Sample records for rat isolated atria

  1. Safety of dietary supplements: chronotropic and inotropic effects on isolated rat atria.

    Kubota, Yoko; Umegaki, Keizo; Tanaka, Naoko; Mizuno, Hideya; Nakamura, Kazuki; Kunitomo, Masaru; Shinozuka, Kazumasa


    We investigated the effects of dietary supplements on atria isolated from male Wistar rats. The examined supplements, which are increasingly used in Japan, those were Ginkgo biloba extract (GBE), catechins, isoflavones, sodium iron chlorophyllin and sodium copper chlorophyllin. GBE at 100-1000 microg/ml significantly increased the beat rate and the contractile force. Catechins at 1-100 microg/ml significantly potentiated the contractile force but did not effect the beat rates. However, isoflavones, sodium iron and sodium copper chlorophyllins did not change the contractile force or the beat rates. To identify the active ingredient of GBE, ginkgolide B, quercetin and amentoflavone on the atria were tested. Ginkgolide B weakened the contractile force. Quercetin potentiated the contractile force at only 30 microg/ml. Amentoflavone significantly increased the beat rate. From these findings, amentoflavone and quercetin were considered to be the principal ingredients of GBE producing the positive chronotropic and inotropic actions, respectively. In the case of catechins, (-)-epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg), one of the principal ingredients, produced inotropic actions. These findings suggest that there are some dietary supplements which affect cardiac function, such GBE and catechins.

  2. Differential CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptor-inotropic response of rat isolated atria: endogenous signal transduction pathways.

    Sterin-Borda, Leonor; Del Zar, Claudia F; Borda, Enri


    In this study, we have determined the contractile effects of CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptor activation on rat isolated atria and the different signaling pathways involved. Anandamide did not has significantly effect on atria contractility, however, the treatment with both CB1 (AM251) or CB2 (AM630) receptor antagonists, the endocannabinoids triggered stimulation or inhibition on contractility respectively. The ACEA stimulation of CB1 receptor exerted decrease on contractility, that significantly correlated with the decrement of cAMP and the stimulation of nitric oxide synthase (NOS) and the accumulation of cyclic GMP (cGMP). On the contrary, JWH 015 stimulation of CB2 receptor triggered positive contractile response that significantly correlated with the increase cAMP production. The inhibiton of adenylate cyclase activity impaired the JWH 015 activation of CB1 receptor induced positive contractile effect, while inhibitors of phospholipase C (PLC), NOS and soluble nitric oxide (NO)-sensitive guanylate cyclase blocked the dose-response curves of ACEA on contractility. Those inhibitors also attenuated the CB1 receptor-dependent increase in activation of NOS and cGMP accumulation. These results suggest that CB2 receptor agonist mediated positive contractile effect associated with increased production on cAMP while CB1 receptor agonist mediated decrease on contractility associated with decreased cAMP accumulation and increase production of NO and cGMP; that occur secondarily to stimulation of PLC, NOS and soluble guanylate cyclase. Data give pharmacological evidence for the existence of functional CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors in rat isolated atria and may contribute to a better understanding the effects of cannabinoids in the cardiovascular system.

  3. Deferiprone protects the isolated atria from cardiotoxicity induced by doxorubicin

    Ling-jie XU; Liang JIN; Hong PAN; Ao-zhen ZHANG; Gang WEI; Ping-ping LI; Wei-yue LU


    Aim: To investigate the effects of deferiprone on doxorubicin-induced cardiotoxicity and determine its protection on cardiac contractility in vivo at tissue level. Methods: Spontaneously-beating isolated atria from rats were pretreated with deferiprone for 10 min at 1.2 mmol/L or 0.3 mmol/L, respectively before co-incubation with doxorubicin (DOX) at 0.03 mmol/L for 60 min. Contractility (dF/dt) was assessed every 10 min during the incubation. After that, the tissues around the sinuatrial nodes were fixed for ultrastructural study; succinate dehydrogenase (SDH) and Cu, Zn superoxide dismutase (Cu, Zn-SOD) activity, as well as malondialdehyde (MDA) level of the atria were assayed. Results: Treatment with DOX alone resulted in a 49.34% reduction of the contractility, mitochondria swelling, disruption of mitochondrial crista and decreased electron density of the matrices. Conversely, with the presence of deferiprone, the negative inotropic effect and lesions in the cardiac mitochondria structure induced by DOX were attenuated. Cu, Zn-SOD activity increased by 12.97%-12.11%, the MDA level decreased by 29.12%-39.82% and succinate dehydrogenase (SDH) activity was ameliorated by 25.15%-34.76%. Conclusion : Deferiprone can efficiently preserve cardiac contractility. Moreover, the results of this study indicate that deferiprone is able to protect mitochondrial function and structure form damage induced by DOX. This cardiac protective potential of deferiprone could be due to its defense capability against oxidative damage.

  4. β-Adrenoceptors potentiate α1-adrenoceptor-mediated inotropic response in rat left atria

    Yong-zhenZHANG; You-yiZHANG; Ming-zheCHEN; Qi-deHAN


    AIM: To investigate whether stimulation of β-adrenoceptor (AR) and its subtypes augment α1-AR-evoked positive inotropic response and inositol phosphate (InsP) accumulation in isolated rat left atria. METHODS: Inotropic response was determined by contractile function experiment in isolated electrically driven rat left atria. 3H-InsP accumulations were measured by 3H-inositol incorporation and column chromatography. RESULTS: (1) Stimula-tion of α1-AR by phenylephrine (PE) or norepinephrine (NE) in the presence of propranolol (Prop) evoked positive inotropic response and 3H-InsP accumulations, while stimulation of β-AR by isoprenaline (ISO) or NE in the presence of phentolamine (Phen) only evoked positive inotropic response, but not 3H-InsP accumulations. (2) Simultaneous stimulation of α1- and β-AR by NE or ISO plus PE significantly shifted the concentration-dependent inotropic response curves and 3H-InsP accumulation curves to the left and upward compared with individual α1-AR stimulation by PE or NE in the presence of Prop. (3) In the presence of ICI118551 (selective β2-AR antagonist) or CGP12177 (selective β1-AR antagonist), stimulation of either β1- or β2-AR did not change α1-AR-evoked inotropic response and 3H-InsP accumulations. CONCLUSION: Stimulation of β1-AR and β2-AR potentiates α1-AR-mediated positive inotropic response and InsP accumulation in isolated rat left atria.

  5. Influence of resting tension on immunoreactive atrial natriuretic peptide secretion by rat atria superfused in vitro

    Schiebinger, R.J.; Linden, J.


    Atrial natriuretic peptide is a potent diuretic hormone secreted by the atria in response to volume expansion. We examined the effect of resting tension on atrial natriuretic peptide secretion by rat atria superfused in vitro. Left atria were hooked between an electrode and force transducer and superfused with medium 199. The atria were studied at a pacing frequency of 0 or 3 Hz. Atrial natriuretic peptide content of the superfusate was measured by radioimmunoassay. In nonpaced and paced atria, increasing resting tension three- to five-fold caused immunoreactive atrial natriuretic peptide secretion to increase by 35 +/- 5% (mean +/- SEM, n = 6, p less than 0.01) and 30 +/- 3% (n = 4, p less than 0.01), respectively. Lowering resting tension by 50% in nonpaced and paced atria lowered immunoreactive atrial natriuretic peptide secretion by 30 +/- 3% (n = 7, p less than 0.01) and 24 +/- 3% (n = 6, p less than 0.01), respectively. To exclude the possibility that release of norepinephrine or acetylcholine from endogenous nerve endings was mediating this effect, the atria were superfused with the combination of propranolol 0.1 microM, phentolamine 1.0 microM, and atropine 10 microM. These concentrations of the antagonists were 125-fold or higher than their Kd for binding to their respective receptors. The antagonists did not block the rise in immunoreactive atrial natriuretic peptide secretion; neither did they inhibit an established rise in immunoreactive atrial natriuretic peptide secretion induced by increasing the resting tension.

  6. Diamide: positive inotropic effect in isolated atria and inhibition of Na+/Ca2+ exchange in cardiomyocytes.

    Antolini, M; Debetto, P; Trevisi, L; Luciani, S


    The influence of frequency of stimulation and external calcium on the positive inotropic response of guinea-pig left atria to diamide and the inhibitory action on Na+/Ca2+ exchange activity of rat cardiomyocytes by this oxidant of sulphhydryl groups have been investigated. Diamide (50-500 microM) induces a concentration-dependent positive inotropic effect which is more pronounced when atria are driven at 1.0 Hz rather than at 0.5 and 0.1 Hz, and are bathed in 2.72 mM rather than in 1.36 mM external calcium. A decrease in the positive inotropic effect at 35 degrees C with respect to 29 degrees C is also observed. In addition, diamide in positive inotropic concentrations (100-300 microM) significantly reduces Na+/Ca2+ exchange activity and cytoplasmic glutathione levels in adult rat cardiomyocytes. The thiol reducing agent dithiothreitol either reverses or prevents diamide effects both in isolated atria and cardiomyocytes, suggesting that the actions of diamide are correlated to its property to oxidize sulphhydryl groups to disulphides. In view of the functional importance of Na+/Ca2+ exchange in myocardial contractility, it is proposed that diamide may increase the heart force of contraction by an inhibition of the sarcolemmal Na+/Ca2+ exchange activity.

  7. Functional β2-adrenoceptors in rat left atria: effect of foot-shock stress.

    Moura, André Luiz de; Hyslop, Stephen; Grassi-Kassisse, Dora M; Spadari, Regina C


    Altered sensitivity to the chronotropic effect of catecholamines and a reduction in the β1/β2-adrenoceptor ratio have previously been reported in right atria of stressed rats, human failing heart, and aging. In this report, we investigated whether left atrial inotropism was affected by foot-shock stress. Male rats were submitted to 3 foot-shock sessions and the left atrial inotropic response, adenylyl cyclase activity, and β-adrenoceptor expression were investigated. Left atria of stressed rats were supersensitive to isoprenaline when compared with control rats and this effect was abolished by ICI118,551, a selective β2-receptor antagonist. Schild plot slopes for the antagonism between CGP20712A (a selective β1-receptor antagonist) and isoprenaline differed from unity in atria of stressed but not control rats. Atrial sensitivity to norepinephrine, as well as basal and forskolin- or isoprenaline-stimulated adenylyl cyclase activities were not altered by stress. The effect of isoprenaline on adenylyl cyclase stimulation was partially blocked by ICI118,551 in atrial membranes of stressed rats. These findings indicate that foot-shock stress equally affects inotropism and chronotropism and that β2-adrenoceptor upregulation contributes to the enhanced inotropic response to isoprenaline.

  8. The effect of N6-Cyclopentyladenosine on ouabain-Induced toxicity: isolated guinea pig atria

    Bakhtiarian A


    Full Text Available "nBackground: Adenosine receptors play an important role in the treatment of paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia in cardiovascular system. This effect is through interaction with A1 type of G-protein-coupled adenosine receptors. The effect of N6-cyclopentyladenosine (CPA, an A1-selective adenosine agonist, was studied on ouabain-induced toxicity in spontaneously beating isolated guinea pig atria. "nMethods: In the beginning the isolated guinea pig atria were mounted on the organ bath containing modified krebs and contractile responses in the four groups (shame, CPA, ouabain, CPA- ouabain were measured. "nResults: CPA (2-16nM produced a dose-dependent decrease in the force of contractions (34%-51% and in the rate of contractions (22%-48%. CPA significantly increased the time of onset of arrhythmia (toxicity induced by ouabain (1.2µM when it was administered 10 min before ouabain was added in organ bath. Ouabain (1.2µM alone produced arrhythmia at 7 min and either asystole or standstill at 22 min. CPA (8nM increased the time required to produce arrhythmia to 27.5 min and prolonged beating atria to more than 63 min and prevented the occurrence of asystole. "nConclusion: CPA produces direct cardiac action, probably due the inhibition of cardiac Ca2+ channel and membrane hyperpolarization of atrium cells in guinea pig atria. Moreover, our results suggest that CPA may reduce the membrane conduction through inhibition of ionic channels, which decrease ouabain- induced toxicity.

  9. Effects of eugenol on resting tension of rat atria.

    Olivoto, R R; Damiani, C E N; Kassouf Silva, I; Lofrano-Alves, M S; Oliveira, M A; Fogaça, R T H


    In cardiac and skeletal muscle, eugenol (μM range) blocks excitation-contraction coupling. In skeletal muscle, however, larger doses of eugenol (mM range) induce calcium release from the sarcoplasmic reticulum. The effects of eugenol are therefore dependent on its concentration. In this study, we evaluated the effects of eugenol on the contractility of isolated, quiescent atrial trabeculae from male Wistar rats (250-300 g; n=131) and measured atrial ATP content. Eugenol (1, 3, 5, 7, and 10 mM) increased resting tension in a dose-dependent manner. Ryanodine [100 µM; a specific ryanodine receptor (RyR) blocker] and procaine (30 mM; a nonspecific RyR blocker) did not block the increased resting tension induced by eugenol regardless of whether extracellular calcium was present. The myosin-specific inhibitor 2,3-butanedione monoxime (BDM), however, reversed the increase in resting tension induced by eugenol. In Triton-skinned atrial trabeculae, in which all membranes were solubilized, eugenol did not change resting tension, maximum force produced, or the force vs pCa relationship (pCa=-log [Ca2+]). Given that eugenol reduced ATP concentration, the increase in resting tension observed in this study may have resulted from cooperative activation of cardiac thin filaments by strongly attached cross-bridges (rigor state).

  10. Optical mapping system for visualizing arrhythmias in isolated mouse atria.

    Schmidt, Robyn; Nygren, Anders


    Optical mapping has become an important technique in the study of cardiac electrophysiology, especially in terms of investigating the mechanisms of cardiac arrhythmias. The increasing availability of transgenic mice as models for cardiovascular disease is driving the need for instrumentation suitable for the study of electrical activity in the mouse heart. In this paper we evaluate our optical mapping system's ability to clearly record induced arrhythmic activity in an isolated mouse atrial preparation. Preliminary results indicate that the signal quality is high enough that individual optically recorded action potentials can be discerned in many pixels, even without post-processing for noise removal. The optical mapping video is clear enough for general observations regarding the patterns of electrical propagation during arrhythmic behaviour. The induced arrhythmias appear to have a regular pattern of activity, and are likely best classified as atrial tachycardias.

  11. Protective effect of bepridil against veratrine-induced contracture in rat atria.

    Leboeuf, J; Baissat, J; Massingham, R


    In isolated stimulated rat atria, superfusion with veratrine caused a marked contracture (VIC) which was absent in calcium-free medium and which was inhibited by tetrodotoxin (IC50VIC of 1.38 microM). Lowering the extracellular calcium concentration from 2.5 to 0.5 or 0.1 mM reduced the veratrine-induced contracture and delayed its onset. Superfusion of bepridil (1-10 microM) for 60 min before and during veratrine exposure markedly slowed the onset of contracture, reduced the maximum response (IC50VIC = 2.11 microM) and facilitated recovery upon washout of the alkaloid. The direct negative inotropic effect (NIE) of bepridil (IC50NIE = 10.96 microM) resulted in an VIC/NIE ratio of 5.19 for this drug. The protective effects of bepridil were rate-independent and were not modified by the presence of atropine (1.4 microM) and propranolol (0.3 microM) in the medium. Diltiazem, verapamil and nifedipine only reduced veratrine-induced contracture at concentrations much higher than those producing a negative inotropic effect, giving them negative NIE/VIC ratios of 0.31, 0.08 and 0.08 respectively. Like bepridil, flunarizine had a positive NIE/VIC ratio (15.87, IC50VIC = 3.71 microM). The lack of effect of the quaternary derivative of bepridil CERM 11888 indicated that intracellular sites of action may be involved in the activity of bepridil on veratrine-induced contracture. Given that veratrine-induced changes may mimic some of the pathological changes occurring in ischaemia, the results suggest that bepridil and flunarizine may be more effective than L-type, slow calcium ion-channel blockers in protecting against calcium overload during ischaemia and reperfusion injury.

  12. The mode of action of quinidine on isolated rabbit atria interpreted from intracellular potential records.



    An attempt has been made to show why quinidine, which has long been known not to lengthen the duration of the cardiac action potential, measured with external electrodes, and also not to lengthen, and sometimes to shorten, the absolute refractory period, nevertheless reduces the maximum frequency at which atria can respond to a stimulus. Simultaneous measurements have been made in electrically driven isolated rabbit atria of contractions, conduction velocity and intracellular potentials before and during exposure to a wide range of concentrations of quinidine sulphate. The resting potential remained undiminished, in contrast to the effect of quinidine on Purkinje fibres. In the therapeutic range of doses, up to 10 mg./l., the half-time for repolarization was either shortened or unchanged, thus providing an explanation for the failure of quinidine to prolong the absolute refractory period. In contrast, even at low concentrations of quinidine, conduction velocity and the rate of rise of the action potential were greatly slowed, and the height of the overshoot was reduced. The terminal phase of the action potential was prolonged. It is known that the rate of rise of the action potential is a function of the level of repolarization at which an impulse takes off (the more negative the take-off point, the faster the rate of rise). Normally, a stimulus introduced when repolarization has proceeded to 2/3 of the resting potential evokes a response with a rate of rise fast enough for propagation, so that the duration of the terminal 1/3 of the phase of repolarization has no influence upon the length of the effective refractory period. In the presence of quinidine, however, the rate of rise itself was directly reduced, thus repolarization had to proceed further before the critical take-off point was reached at which the rate of rise was fast enough for propagation, and the duration of the terminal phase of repolarization thus became significant. It has been concluded that

  13. The Effect of Paroxetine on Ouabain-Induced Toxicity in Isolated Guinea Pig Atria

    Farzaneh Najar


    Full Text Available It has been reported that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs possess some cardiac effects. In the present study we have investigated the effect of paroxetine (PX, a potent SSRI agent, on spontaneously as well as ouabain-induced arrhythmia beating isolated guinea-pig atria. The Guinea-pig heart was rapidly removed; the auricles were dissected out in oxygenated modified Krebs solution. The rate and force of spontaneous contractions were recorded isometrically with a photosensitive transducer. PX (1-16 µg/ml caused a dose-dependent decrease in the rate of contractions (14-70% and contractile force (8-16%. Ouabain alone (1.2 µg/ml produced arrhythmia at 7.2 ± 1.5 min and asystole at 20.1 ± 3.1 min. Pretreatment with PX (4 µg/ml significantly increased the time of arrhythmia onset to 19.8 min. In addition, PX prolonged the duration of action beating from 20.1 ± 3.1 min to 43.1± 2.6 and delayed the occurrence of asystole. The pattern of contractile force by PX + ouabain treatment was more regular than that observed after administration of ouabain alone. The above findings may the probably be due to the inhibition of cardiac Na+ and Ca2+ channels or autonomic nervous system. Results also suggest that PX may reduce the membrane conductance through inhibition of ionic channels to prevent ouabain-induced arrhythmia.

  14. Thyroid hormones differentially affect sarcoplasmic reticulum function in rat atria and ventricles.

    Kaasik, A; Minajeva, A; Paju, K; Eimre, M; Seppet, E K


    The present study was undertaken to compare the effects of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism on sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca(2+)-pump activity, together with assessment of the functional role of SR in providing activator Ca2+ under these altered thyroid states. In response to a shift from hypothyroid to hyperthyroid state, a 10 fold and 2 fold increase in SR Ca(2+)-pump activity in atria and ventricles, respectively, were observed. This was associated with the 8-9 fold increases in atrial contractility (+dT/dt) and relaxation (-dT/dt), but only with a 3-4 fold increase in their ventricular counterparts. Also, the recirculation fraction of activator Ca2+ (RFA) increased to a far greater extent in atria (4 fold) than in papillary muscles, and the relative increment in inhibition of developed tension by ryanodine became 3 times larger in atria than in papillary muscles. A positive force-frequency relationship (FFR) was observed in hypothyroid atria, whereas the hyperthyroid atria, hypothyroid and hyperthyroid papillary muscles showed a negative FFR. These results suggest the greater role of transsarcolemmal (SL) Ca2+ and smaller role of SR Ca2+ in activating contraction in hypothyroid atria compared to other preparations. Thyroid hormones decrease the contribution of SL and increase that of SR in providing activator Ca2+ to the greater extent in atria than in ventricles. This effect of thyroid hormones is based on larger stimulation of SR Ca(2+)-pump in atria compared to ventricles.

  15. Influence of lidocaine on ouabain-induced inotropic response in rat atria.

    Sterin-Borda, Leonor; Orman, Betina; Reina, Silvia; Borda, Enri


    In this paper we demonstrated that lidocaine broadens the therapeutic range of ouabain action having a protective effect on ouabain-induced toxicity on rat atria. The lidocaine effect on therapeutic ouabain action was associated with the increase in the sensitivity of Na(+)-K(+)-ATPase related to a decreased in the equilibrium dissociation constant (K(d)) of high affinity binding sites. Lidocaine suppressed the ouabain-induced tonotropic effect and arrhythmias, decreasing the number of low affinity binding sites (B(max)) without changes in K(d). Blockade of Na(+)-Ca(2+) exchange with KB-R7943 or dual Na(+)-Ca(2+) channel with flunarizine, mimicked lidocaine effect increasing ouabain therapeutic action, extending its concentration range tolerated, delaying the onset of contracture. Lidocaine itself triggered negative inotropic response at high concentration. This effect was increased in the presence of flunarizine and verapamil but not by the inhibition of calcium/calmodulin with W-7. The mechanism underlying the lidocaine-induced negative inotropic response, appears to be different that underlying the positive inotropic effect on ouabain action. This study provides evidence that lidocaine can interact with the same or similar binding sites for ouabain in rat atrial tissue, providing a protective effect on ouabain-induced changes in contractility. The contribution of Na(+)-Ca(2+) exchange and/or Ca(2+) overload on lidocaine effect is discussed.

  16. Myocardial steatosis and necrosis in atria and ventricles of rats given pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase inhibitors.

    Jones, Huw Bowen; Reens, Jaimini; Johnson, Elizabeth; Brocklehurst, Simon; Slater, Ian


    Pharmaceutical therapies for non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) include plasma glucose lowering by enhancing glucose utilization. The mitochondrial pyruvate dehydrogenase (PDH) complex is important in controlling the balance between glucose and fatty acid substrate oxidation. Administration of pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase inhibitors (PDHKIs) to rats effectively lowers plasma glucose but results in myocardial steatosis that in some instances is associated primarily with atrial and to a lesser degree with ventricular pathology. Induction of myocardial steatosis is not dose-dependent, varies from minimal to moderate severity, and is either of multifocal or diffuse distribution. Ventricular histopathology was restricted to few myocardial degenerative fibers, while that in the atrium/atria was of either acute or chronic appearance with the former showing myocardial degeneration/necrosis, acute myocarditis, edema, endothelial activation (rounding up), endocarditis, and thrombosis associated with moderate myocardial steatosis and the latter with myocardial loss, replacement fibrosis, and no apparent or minimal association with steatosis. The evidence from these evaluations indicate that excessive intramyocardial accumulation of lipid may be either primarily adverse or represents an indicator of other adversely affected cellular processes.

  17. Is phosphodiesterase inhibition arrhythmogenic? Electrophysiologic effects in pithed rats and in normoxic and hypoxic rabbit atria of enoximone, a new cardiotonic agent.

    Vaughan Williams, E M


    The positive inotropic and chronotropic actions of enoximone were confirmed. At concentrations within the clinical range, enoximone prolonged the chronotropic and hypotensive action of isoproterenol in pithed rats. Very high doses of both enoximone and isoproterenol caused ventricular fibrillation in only one of six rats. In isolated rabbit atria, the maximum frequency at which pacing stimuli were followed 1:1 was increased by enoximone, and atrial flutter was consistently induced, then terminated by greatly suprathreshold stimulation. Enoximone significantly shortened action potential duration (APD), but did not exacerbate the APD-shortening induced by hypoxia. Since such hypoxia-induced shortening occurred in the presence of glucose 11 mmol/L and oxygen 20%, it was concluded that it was unlikely to have been caused by the opening of ATP-regulated potassium channels. These animal experiments suggest that enoximone, at concentrations encountered clinically in humans, does not have any electrophysiologic actions that would be likely to increase the probability of arrhythmias.

  18. Naloxone modifies the inotropic decrease induced by halothane on isolated left atria.

    Laorden, M L; Carceles, M D; Miralles, F S; Hernandez, J


    1. The present study evaluates the interaction between naloxone and halothane on the left atria. 2. Halothane produced significant decrease in auricular inotropism at concentrations ranging from 0.3 to 2.5 v/v%. 3. Naloxone modified the concentration response curve to halothane. The antagonism between both drugs is consistent with a competitive antagonism since the curve obtained had a slope which did not differ significantly from -1. 4. These results suggest that the negative inotropic effects induced by halothane could be mediated by opioid receptors.

  19. Effect of Mucuna pruriens Seed Extract Pretreatment on the Responses of Spontaneously Beating Rat Atria and Aortic Ring to Naja sputatrix (Javan Spitting Cobra) Venom.

    Fung, Shin Yee; Tan, Nget Hong; Sim, Si Mui; Aguiyi, John C


    Mucuna pruriens Linn. (velvet bean) has been used by native Nigerians as a prophylactic for snakebite. Rats pretreated with M. pruriens seed extract (MPE) have been shown to protect against the lethal and cardiovascular depressant effects of Naja sputatrix (Javan spitting cobra) venoms, and the protective effect involved immunological neutralization of the venom toxins. To investigate further the mechanism of the protective effect of MPE pretreatment against cobra venom toxicity, the actions of Naja sputatrix venom on spontaneously beating rat atria and aortic rings isolated from both MPE pretreated and untreated rats were studied. Our results showed that the MPE pretreatment conferred protection against cobra venom-induced depression of atrial contractility and atrial rate in the isolated atrial preparations, but it had no effect on the venom-induced contractile response of aortic ring preparation. These observations suggested that the protective effect of MPE pretreatment against cobra venom toxicity involves a direct protective action of MPE on the heart function, in addition to the known immunological neutralization mechanism, and that the protective effect does not involve action on blood vessel contraction. The results also suggest that M. pruriens seed may contain novel cardioprotective agent with potential therapeutic value.

  20. Effect of Mucuna pruriens Seed Extract Pretreatment on the Responses of Spontaneously Beating Rat Atria and Aortic Ring to Naja sputatrix (Javan Spitting Cobra Venom

    Shin Yee Fung


    Full Text Available Mucuna pruriens Linn. (velvet bean has been used by native Nigerians as a prophylactic for snakebite. Rats pretreated with M. pruriens seed extract (MPE have been shown to protect against the lethal and cardiovascular depressant effects of Naja sputatrix (Javan spitting cobra venoms, and the protective effect involved immunological neutralization of the venom toxins. To investigate further the mechanism of the protective effect of MPE pretreatment against cobra venom toxicity, the actions of Naja sputatrix venom on spontaneously beating rat atria and aortic rings isolated from both MPE pretreated and untreated rats were studied. Our results showed that the MPE pretreatment conferred protection against cobra venom-induced depression of atrial contractility and atrial rate in the isolated atrial preparations, but it had no effect on the venom-induced contractile response of aortic ring preparation. These observations suggested that the protective effect of MPE pretreatment against cobra venom toxicity involves a direct protective action of MPE on the heart function, in addition to the known immunological neutralization mechanism, and that the protective effect does not involve action on blood vessel contraction. The results also suggest that M. pruriens seed may contain novel cardioprotective agent with potential therapeutic value.

  1. Refractoriness in human atria

    Skibsbye, Lasse; Jespersen, Thomas; Christ, Torsten


    drugs. Cardiomyocyte excitability depends on availability of sodium channels, which involves both time- and voltage-dependent recovery from inactivation. This study therefore aims to characterise how sodium channel inactivation affects refractoriness in human atria. METHODS AND RESULTS: Steady......-state activation and inactivation parameters of sodium channels measured in vitro in isolated human atrial cardiomyocytes were used to parameterise a mathematical human atrial cell model. Action potential data were acquired from human atrial trabeculae of patients in either sinus rhythm or chronic atrial...... in pharmacological management of chronic atrial fibrillation....

  2. Beneficial effect of medicinal plants on the contractility of post-hypoxic isolated guinea pig atria - Potential implications for the treatment of ischemic-reperfusion injury.

    Bipat, Robbert; Toelsie, Jerry R; Magali, Indira; Soekhoe, Rubaina; Stender, Karin; Wangsawirana, Angelique; Oedairadjsingh, Krishan; Pawirodihardjo, Jennifer; Mans, Dennis R A


    Context Ischemic-reperfusion injury is accompanied by a decreased contractility of the myocardium. Positive-inotropic agents have proven useful for treating this condition but may exert serious side-effects. Objective In this study, aqueous preparations from Abelmoschus esculentus L. Moench (Malvaceae), Annona muricata L. (Annonaceae), Bixa orellana L. (Bixaceae), Cecropia peltata L. (Moraceae), Erythrina fusca Lour. (Fabaceae), Psidium guajava L. (Myrtaceae) and Terminalia catappa L. (Combretaceae) were evaluated for their ability to improve the decreased contractility of isolated guinea pig atria after hypoxic stress. Materials and methods Guinea pig atria isolated in Ringer-Locke buffer gassed with 100% O2 at 30 °C were exposed for 5 min to hypoxia, then allowed to recover in oxygenated buffer alone or containing a single plant extract (0.001-1 mg/mL). The contractility (g/s) and beating frequency (beats/min), as well as troponin C contents of the bathing solution (ng/mL), were determined and expressed as means ± SDs. Results The extracts of A. muricata, B. orellana, C. peltata and T. catappa caused an increase in the contractility compared to untreated atria of 340 ± 102%, 151 ± 13%, 141 ± 14% and 238 ± 44%, respectively. However, the latter two preparations increased the troponin C contents of the bathing solution to 36 ± 11 and 69 ± 33, compared to the value of 11 ± 3 ng/mL found with untreated atria. Conclusions Preparations from A. muricata and B. orellana may possess positive-inotropic properties which may improve the contractility of the post-hypoxic myocardium. Studies to assess their usefulness in ischemic-reperfusion injury are warranted.

  3. Biophysical and molecular comparison of sodium current in cells isolated from canine atria and pulmonary vein.

    Barajas-Martinez, Hector; Goodrow, Robert J; Hu, Dan; Patel, Payal; Desai, Mayurika; Panama, Brian K; Treat, Jacqueline A; Aistrup, Gary L; Cordeiro, Jonathan M


    The collar of the pulmonary vein (PV) is the focal point for the initiation of atrial arrhythmias, but the mechanisms underlying how PV cells differ from neighboring left atrial tissue are unclear. We examined the biophysical and molecular properties of INa in cells isolated from the canine pulmonary sleeve and compared the properties to left atrial tissue. PV and left atrial myocytes were isolated and patch clamp techniques were used to record INa. Action potential recordings from either tissue type were made using high-resistance electrodes. mRNA was determined using quantitative RT-PCR and proteins were determined by Western blot. Analysis of the action potential characteristics showed that PV tissue had a lower Vmax compared with left atrial tissue. Fast INa showed that current density was slightly lower in PV cells compared with LA cells (-96 ± 18.7 pA/pF vs. -120 ± 6.7 pA/pF, respectively, p < 0.05). The recovery from inactivation of INa in PV cells was slightly slower but no marked difference in steady-state inactivation was noted. Analysis of late INa during a 225-ms pulse showed that late INa was significantly smaller in PV cells compared to LA cells at all measured time points into the pulse. These results suggest PV cells have lower density of both peak and late INa. Molecular analysis of Nav1.5 and the four beta subunits showed lower levels of Nav1.5 as well as Navβ1 subunits, confirming the biophysical findings. These data show that a lower density of INa may lead to depression of excitability and predispose the PV collar to re-entrant circuits under pathophysiological conditions.

  4. β-Adrenoceptors potentiate α1-adrenoceptor-mediated inotropic response in rat left atria%β-肾上腺素受体增强α1-肾上腺素受体介导的大鼠左心耳正性变力效应

    张永珍; 张幼怡; 陈民哲; 韩启德


    AIM: To investigate whether stimulation of β-adrenoceptor (AR) and its subtypes augment α1-AR-evoked positive inotropic response and inositol phosphate (InsP) accumulation in isolated rat left atria. METHODS: Inotropic response was determined by contractile function experiment in isolated electrically driven rat left atria. 3H-InsP accumulations were measured by 3H-inositol incorporation and column chromatography. RESULTS: (1) Stimulation of α1-AR by phenylephrine (PE) or norepinephrine (NE) in the presence of propranolol (Prop) evoked positive inotropic response and 3H-InsP accumulations, while stimulation of β-AR by isoprenaline (ISO) or NE in the presence of phentolamine (Phen) only evoked positive inotropic response, but not 3H-InsP accumulations. (2) Simultaneous stimulation of α1- and β-AR by NE or ISO plus PE significantly shifted the concentration-dependent inotropic response curves and 3H-InsP accumulation curves to the left and upward compared with individual α1-AR stimulation by PE or NE in the presence of Prop. (3) In the presence of ICI118551 (selective β2-AR antagonist) or CGP12177 (selective β1-AR antagonist), stimulation of either β1- or β2-AR did not change α1-AR-evoked inotropic response and 3H-InsP accumulations. CONCLUSION: Stimulation of β1-AR and β2-AR potentiates α1-AR-mediated positive inotropic response and InsP accumulation in isolated rat left atria.

  5. Effects of adrenoceptor antagonists and neuronal uptake inhibitors on dimethylphenylpiperazinium-induced release of catecholamines from the rabbit isolated adrenal gland and guinea-pig atria

    Collett, A.R.; Story, D.F.


    Isolated rabbit adrenal glands were perfused with Krebs-Henseleit solution at 37 degrees C and the catecholamine storage sites were labeled with (/sup 3/H)epinephrine. Release of radioactivity was evoked by 2-min periods of perfusion with dimethylphenylpiperazinium (DMPP, 100 microM). DMPP-induced efflux of radioactivity was decreased by desipramine (1 microM), cocaine (30 microM), phenoxybenzamine (1 and 10 microM), phentolamine (1, 3 and 10 microM) and propranolol (1 microM). The reduction in DMPP-induced efflux cannot be accounted for by interactions with alpha adrenoceptors, as prazosin (1 microM) and yohimbine (1 microM) were without effect. There also was no correlation between inhibition of DMPP-induced efflux and ability of the drugs to inhibit catecholamine uptake as phentolamine (1 microM) and propranolol (1 microM) did not affect the incorporation of (/sup 3/H)epinephrine by the gland. In guinea-pig atria, in which the catecholamine storage sites had been labeled with (/sup 3/H)norepinephrine, efflux of radioactivity was elicited by 1-min periods of contact with DMPP. DMPP-induced efflux of radioactivity from atria was decreased by desipramine (1 microM), cocaine (30 microM), phenoxybenzamine (1 and 10 microM), phentolamine (1 and 10 microM) and propranolol (1 microM) but not by prazosin (1 microM) or yohimbine (1 microM). The inhibition of DMPP-induced efflux in guinea-pig atria could not be correlated with alpha adrenoceptor antagonism or blockade of neuronal uptake. There were differences between the two preparations in the degree of inhibition of DMPP-induced release produced by the above drugs.

  6. Ion Fluxes through KCa2 (SK) and Cav1 (L-type) Channels Contribute to Chronoselectivity of Adenosine A1 Receptor-Mediated Actions in Spontaneously Beating Rat Atria

    Bragança, Bruno; Oliveira-Monteiro, Nádia; Ferreirinha, Fátima; Lima, Pedro A.; Faria, Miguel; Fontes-Sousa, Ana P.; Correia-de-Sá, Paulo


    Impulse generation in supraventricular tissue is inhibited by adenosine and acetylcholine via the activation of A1 and M2 receptors coupled to inwardly rectifying GIRK/KIR3.1/3.4 channels, respectively. Unlike M2 receptors, bradycardia produced by A1 receptors activation predominates over negative inotropy. Such difference suggests that other ion currents may contribute to adenosine chronoselectivity. In isolated spontaneously beating rat atria, blockade of KCa2/SK channels with apamin and Cav1 (L-type) channels with nifedipine or verapamil, sensitized atria to the negative inotropic action of the A1 agonist, R-PIA, without affecting the nucleoside negative chronotropy. Patch-clamp experiments in the whole-cell configuration mode demonstrate that adenosine, via A1 receptors, activates the inwardly-rectifying GIRK/KIR3.1/KIR3.4 current resulting in hyperpolarization of atrial cardiomyocytes, which may slow down heart rate. Conversely, the nucleoside inactivates a small conductance Ca2+-activated KCa2/SK outward current, which eventually reduces the repolarizing force and thereby prolong action potentials duration and Ca2+ influx into cardiomyocytes. Immunolocalization studies showed that differences in A1 receptors distribution between the sinoatrial node and surrounding cardiomyocytes do not afford a rationale for adenosine chronoselectivity. Immunolabelling of KIR3.1, KCa2.2, KCa2.3, and Cav1 was also observed throughout the right atrium. Functional data indicate that while both A1 and M2 receptors favor the opening of GIRK/KIR3.1/3.4 channels modulating atrial chronotropy, A1 receptors may additionally restrain KCa2/SK activation thereby compensating atrial inotropic depression by increasing the time available for Ca2+ influx through Cav1 (L-type) channels. PMID:27014060

  7. Pharmacological properties of novel bicyclic isoquinoline analogs in isolated guinea pig atria, trachea and in human platelets: relationship to trimetoquinol.

    Shams, G; Fedyna, J; Romstedt, K J; Adejare, A; Miller, D D; Roche, V F; Feller, D R


    1. Antiplatelet and beta-adrenoceptor activities of a set of secondary and tertiary N-methyl substituted amine analogs of trimetoquinol (TMQ, I and II, respectively) and 5,8-ethano-l-(p-methoxybenzyl)-1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8-octahydroisoquin oline (bicyclic isoquinoline compounds III and IV, respectively) were examined. 2. Compounds III and IV induced relaxations of guinea pig trachea which were blocked by propranolol whereas neither compound acted as an agonist nor antagonist of beta-adrenoceptors (chronotropy) in guinea pig atria. TMQ analogs (I and II) were agonists in both beta-adrenoceptor systems. 3. When tested in human platelets, compounds III and IV, like the TMQ analogs, blocked several inducers of the prostaglandin-dependent and -independent pathways, and the alpha 2-adrenoceptor-mediated pathway of platelet activation. 4. The bicyclic isoquinoline analogs (III and IV) possessed more selective beta 2-adrenoceptor stimulatory activity and equal or greater inhibitory activity against inducers of the prostaglandin-independent pathways of platelet function than the corresponding TMQ analogs (I and II). 5. These chemically novel lipophilic bicyclic compounds provide a new lead to the development of agents useful for the treatment of asthma and thrombotic disorders.

  8. Veratridine-induced intoxication in the isolated left atrium of the rat: Effects of some anti-ischemic compounds

    Wermelskirchen, D.; Wilffert, B.; Nebel, U.; Wirth, A.; Peters, Thies


    Veratridine-induced Na+and Ca2+uptake was used as a simulation of ischemia-induced Na+and Ca2+uptake. Therefore, electrically driven (1 Hz) isolated left atria of the rat were intoxicated with veratridine and the45Ca2+uptake was determined. Veratridine (10-4mol/l) increased the45Ca2+uptake from 575

  9. Comparative stereology of mouse atria.

    Bossen, E H; Sommer, J R; Waugh, R A


    The left and right atria of the mouse were compared to each other and to the mouse left ventricle using stereologic techniques. The volume fraction (Vv) and surface area per unit cell volume (Sv) of the interior junctional sarcoplasmic reticulum (IJSR), total JSR and extended JSR were greater in the left atrium than in right. The Vv and Sv of the free SR, transverse tubules, and mitochondria were similar in the two atria. It is suggested that the differences in junctional sarcoplasmic reticulum between the atria can be accounted for by a difference in distribution of two types of cells whose anatomy is analogous to working and conducting fibers in the ventricle. The Sv and Vv of the transverse tubules, mitochondria, and all the components of the sarcoplasmic reticulum except for the free SR were greater in the left ventricle than in either atrium. The greater calcium content and sensitivity to extracellular calcium of the atria may explain the greater volume of free SR in the atria as compared to the left ventricle. The Sv of the plasmalemma of the atria and of the Sv of the plasmalemma of the transverse tubules of the left ventricles supports the suggestion of others that there is a constant ratio of surface area to cell volume in cardiac cells.

  10. Evaluation of structural remodeling of the atria with OCT in a chronic rat model of myocardial infarction (Conference Presentation)

    Eberle, Melissa M.; Thorn, Stephanie; Young, Lawerence; Pfau, Daniel; Madwed, Jeffrey; Small, Kersten; Kilmas, Michael; Choma, Michael A.; Sinusas, Albert J.


    Atrial fibrillation (AF) occurs following myocardial infarction (MI) and is associated with left ventricular dysfunction, which promotes the development of atrial remodeling and permanent atrial fibrosis. The purpose of this study was determining the effects of MI on left atrial (LA) remodeling with and without therapy with an angiotensin converting enzyme inhibition (ACEi) utilizing optical coherence tomography (OCT). As the composition of the myocardial tissue changes during LA remodeling the optical attenuation of the light will also change providing a metric to quantify the structural remodeling process. Lewis rats (240-275 g) underwent either surgical ligation of left coronary artery creating chronic MI, or SHAM surgery. 13 weeks post-surgery, ex vivo OCT imaging was performed of the LA appendage. Depth-resolved, attenuation coefficient volumes were calculated and the resulting atrial wall attenuation values were analyzed for four experimental groups: SHAM, SHAM with ACEi, MI no ACEi, and MI with ACEi. Quantification of tissue attenuation was performed and shown to significantly increase with MI in association with increases in collagen as verified with corresponding histological sectioning. Fractal analysis of the LA wall trabeculation patterns, 100 µm below the surface, was performed to quantify wall thickening associated with LA remodeling. A significant increase in fractal dimension was determined post MI compared to SHAM corresponding to a loss of the trabeculation pattern and wall thickening. The results from this study demonstrate OCT as an imaging technique capable of investigate LA remodeling with high resolution and label-free optical contrast processing.

  11. Stimulation and inhibition of the sodium pump by cardioactive steroids in relation to their binding sites and their inotropic effect on guinea-pig isolated atria.

    Ghysel-Burton, J; Godfraind, T


    1 The actions of ouabain, ouabagenin and dihydroouabain on the contractility and on the ionic content have been investigated in left guinea-pig atria stimulated at 3.3 Hz. The specific binding of ouabain and its displacement by the other cardenolides have been determined. 2 The action of either ouabain or ouabagenin on Na and K content was qualitatively different according to the concentration employed. Low doses evoked a reduction of Nai whereas high doses produced an increase. Dihydroouabain evoked only a Nai gain. 3 The increase of KCl concentration from 2.7 to 12 mM decreased Nai in untreated atria and displaced ouabain dose-effect curves to the right. 4 ED50 values for the positive inotropic effect were lower than ED50 values for the inhibition of the pump and were not similarly affected by an increase in KCl concentration. 5 The specific binding of ouabain occurred at high and low affinity sites, related to Na pump stimulation and inhibition respectively. 6 The increase in KCl reduced the affinity of the two groups of sites for ouabain and increased the capacity of the high-affinity sites whereas the capacity of the other sites remained unchanged. 7 The results confirm the existence of two specific binding sites for ouabain in guinea-pig heart and suggest that the inhibition of the Na pump is not the only mechanism responsible for the positive inotropic effect of cardiac glycosides.

  12. Rat myocardial protein degradation.

    Steer, J H; Hopkins, B E


    1. Myocardial protein degradation rates were determined by following tyrosine release from rat isolated left hemi-atria in vitro. 2. After two 20 min preincubations the rate of tyrosine release from hemi-atria was constant for 4 h. 3. Skeletal muscle protein degradation was determined by following tyrosine release from rat isolated hemi-diaphragm (Fulks, Li & Goldberg, 1975). 4. Insulin (10(-7) M) inhibited tyrosine release from hemi-atria and hemi-diaphragm to a similar extent. A 48 h fast increased tyrosine release rate from hemi-diaphragm and decreased tyrosine release rate from hemi-atria. Hemi-diaphragm tyrosine release was inhibited by 15 mmol/l D-glucose but a variety of concentrations of D-glucose (0, 5, 15 mmol/l) had no effect on tyrosine release from hemi-atria. Five times the normal plasma levels of the branched-chain amino acids leucine, isoleucine and valine had no effect on tyrosine release from either hemi-atria or hemi-diaphragm.

  13. Isolation of rat adrenocortical mitochondria

    Solinas, Paola [Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 44106 (United States); Department of Medicine, Center for Mitochondrial Disease, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 44106 (United States); Fujioka, Hisashi [Electron Microscopy Facility, Department of Pharmacology, Center for Mitochondrial Disease, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 44106 (United States); Tandler, Bernard [Department of Biological Sciences, School of Dental Medicine, Center for Mitochondrial Disease, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 44106 (United States); Hoppel, Charles L., E-mail: [Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 44106 (United States); Department of Medicine, Center for Mitochondrial Disease, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 44106 (United States)


    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A method for isolation of adrenocortical mitochondria from the adrenal gland of rats is described. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The purified isolated mitochondria show excellent morphological integrity. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The properties of oxidative phosphorylation are excellent. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The method increases the opportunity of direct analysis of adrenal mitochondria from small animals. -- Abstract: This report describes a relatively simple and reliable method for isolating adrenocortical mitochondria from rats in good, reasonably pure yield. These organelles, which heretofore have been unobtainable in isolated form from small laboratory animals, are now readily accessible. A high degree of mitochondrial purity is shown by the electron micrographs, as well as the structural integrity of each mitochondrion. That these organelles have retained their functional integrity is shown by their high respiratory control ratios. In general, the biochemical performance of these adrenal cortical mitochondria closely mirrors that of typical hepatic or cardiac mitochondria.

  14. Neuronal Classification of Atria Fibrillation

    Mohamed BEN MESSAOUD


    Full Text Available Motivation. In medical field, particularly the cardiology, the diagnosis systems constitute the essential domain of research. In some applications, the traditional methods of classification present some limitations. The neuronal technique is considered as one of the promising algorithms to resolve such problem.Method. In this paper, two approaches of the Artificial Neuronal Network (ANN technique are investigated to classify the heart beats which are Multi Layer Perception (MLP and Radial Basis Function (RBF. A calculation algorithm of the RBF centers is proposed. For the Atria Fibrillation anomalies, an artificial neural network was used as a pattern classifier to distinguish three classes of the cardiac arrhythmias. The different classes consist of the normal beats (N, the Arrhythmia (AFA and Tachycardia (TFA Atria Fibrillation cases. The global and the partition classifier are performed. The arrhythmias of MIT-BIH database are analyzed. The ANN inputs are the temporal and morphological parameters deduced from the electrocardiograph.Results. The simulation results illustrate the performances of the studied versions of the neural network and give the fault detection rate of the tested data, a rate of classification reaching the 3.7%.Conclusion. This system can constitute a mesh in a chain of automated diagnosis and can be a tool for assistance for the classification of the cardiac anomalies in the services of urgencies before the arrival of a qualified personal person.

  15. Regulation of atriopeptin release from the isolated rat heart

    Currie, M.G.; Newman, W.H.


    Recent studies have demonstrated that the mammalian atria possess an endocrine function which appears to play a role in the regulation of systemic arterial pressure, fluid balance, and electrolyte homeostasis. They have begun to study the regulation of atriopeptin (atrial natriuretic factor) release into the coronary effluent of the isolated perfused rat heart. Characterization by high pressure liquid chromatography of the form of the hormone released indicates that the predominant form is the active low MW circulating hormone not the pro-hormone. The release of immunoreactive atriopeptin (iAP) was stimulated by infusion of norepinephrine (1 or epinephrine (1 3.0 and 2.6-fold, respectively. The ..beta..-adrenergic agonist isoproterenol and the ..cap alpha..-2 adrenergic agonist BHT-920 lacked effects on iAP release. On the other hand, the ..cap alpha..-1 adrenergic agonist phenylephrine caused a dose-dependent increase in release of iAP. Release of iAP stimulated by phenylephrine was inhibited by the ..cap alpha.. antagonist phentolamine. Further, iAP release was stimulated 4.2-fold by phorbol ester (1 but was not affected by 4-..beta.. phorbol (1 From these collective data they conclude that the release of atriopeptin is stimulated by ..cap alpha..-1 receptor activation and that protein kinase C participates in the regulation of secretion. The data suggests that the sympathetic nervous system may play a physiologic role in the regulation of atriopeptin secretion.

  16. Effects of halothane, isoflurane and enflurane on isolated rat heart muscle.

    Miralles, F S; Carceles, M D; Laorden, M L; Hernandez, J


    Since the effects in the intact organism are complicated by central as well as peripheral effects, we compared the direct cardiac effects of three commonly used inhalational anaesthetics--halothane, isoflurane and enflurane--on isolated heart muscle. Concentration-response curves for inotropic, chronotropic and ventricular automaticity effects of halothane, isoflurane and enflurane (0.1-2% v/v) on electrically stimulated left atria, right atria and right ventricles of the rat were obtained. All three inhalational anaesthetics significantly decreased contractile force; the inhibitory concentration 50 (IC50) of enflurane was 0.55 +/- 0.06% v/v, significantly lower than halothane (0.96 +/- 0.08% v/v) and isoflurane (0.67 +/- 0.05% v/v). Similar results were obtained on atrial nomotopic rate. Halothane, isoflurane and enflurane produced negative chronotropic effects in this preparation. On the other hand, halothane and isoflurane significantly reduced the ventricular ectopic automaticity. However enflurane (0.3, 0.5, 1% v/v) increased ventricular rate. There were statistically significant differences between the IC50 values of atrial and ventricular rate for halothane and isoflurane. These results indicate: (a) direct negative inotropic and chronotropic effects for the three inhalational anaesthetics tested; (b) anti-dysrhythmic actions for halothane and isoflurane; and (c) dysrhythmogenic effects of enflurane.

  17. Apparent affinity of some 8-phenyl-substituted xanthines at adenosine receptors in guinea-pig aorta and atria.

    Collis, M. G.; Jacobson, K. A.; Tomkins, D. M.


    1 Some 8-phenyl-substituted, 1,3 dipropyl xanthines have previously been demonstrated to have a 20-400 fold greater affinity for A1 binding sites in rat CNS membranes than for A2 adenosine receptors in intact CNS cells from guinea-pigs. In the present study these compounds (1,3, dipropyl-8-phenylxanthine: DPPX; 1,3 dipropyl-8-(2 amino-4-chlorophenyl) xanthine: PACPX; 8-(4-(2-amino-ethyl)amino) carbonyl methyl oxyphenyl)-1,3-dipropylxanthine: XAC; and D-Lys-XAC) together with two that have not been reported to exhibit A1-receptor selectively (8-(p-sulphophenyl)theophylline: 8-PST; 8-(4-carboxy methyl oxyphenyl)-1,3-dipropylxanthine: XCC) have been evaluated as antagonists of the effects of 2-chloroadenosine in two isolated cardiovascular tissues. 2 The isolated tissues used were guinea-pig atria (bradycardic response) and aorta (relaxation), which are thought to possess A1 and A2 adenosine receptors, respectively. 3 All the xanthines antagonized responses evoked by 2-chloroadenosine in both tissues but did not affect responses evoked by acetylcholine (atria) or sodium nitrite (aorta). 4 The xanthines, 8-PST, XAC, D-Lys XAC, XCC and DPPX appeared to be competitive antagonists of the effects of 2-chloroadenosine, as Schild plot slopes did not differ significantly from unity. The 1,3-dipropyl substituted compounds had pA2 values from 6.5 to 7.4 and were more potent than the 1,3 dimethyl substituted 8-PST (pA2 4.9 to 5). 5 For individual xanthines, there was no difference between pA2 values obtained in the atria and in the aorta.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:3664093

  18. Crude extract and purified components isolated from the stems of Tinospora crispa exhibit positive inotropic effects on the isolated left atrium of rats

    Praman, Siwaporn; Mulvany, Michael J.; Williams, David E.


    ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Tinospora crispa has been used in folkloric medicine for the control of blood pressure. We previously found that an extract of Tinospora crispa and its constituents effect the heart rate and blood pressure in anesthetized rats. AIM OF THE STUDY: The aim...... was to investigate the effects and mechanisms of the Tinospora crispa extract and bioactive components on the rat isolated left atria. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Air-dried stems of Tinospora crispa were extracted with water, followed by partitioning with chloroform, ethyl acetate, and finally by n-butanol. The n......-butanol soluble material was concentrated and dried under reduced pressure and lyophilized to obtain a crude powder (Tinospora crispa extract). The active components of Tinospora crispa extract were separated by column chromatography and preparative HPLC. The effects and mechanisms of the n-butanol extract...

  19. The effect of endotoxin on heart rate dynamics in diabetic rats.

    Meamar, Morvarid; Dehpour, Tara; Mazloom, Roham; Sharifi, Fatemeh; Raoufy, Mohammad R; Dehpour, Ahmad R; Mani, Ali R


    The effect of endotoxin on heart rate variability (HRV) was assessed in diabetic and controls rats using a telemetric system. Endotoxin induced a reduction in sample entropy of cardiac rhythm in control animals. However, this effect was significantly blunted in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. Since uncoupling of cardiac pacemaker from cholinergic control is linked to reduced HRV in endotoxemia, chronotropic responsiveness to cholinergic stimulation was assessed in isolated atria. Endotoxemia was associated with impaired responsiveness to carbacholine in control rats. However, endotoxemia did not impair cholinergic responsiveness in diabetic atria. These findings corroborates with development of endotoxin tolerance in diabetic rats. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Pharmacological investigation on nigrescigenin-a cardenolide from Parquetina nigrescens (Afzel.) Bullock: comparative studies on cardiotonic effects of Parquetina nigrescens, g-strophanthin and noradrenaline in guinea-pig isolated atria.

    Datté, J Y; Ziegler, A


    The cardiotonic and catecholamine-like effects of Parquetina nigrescens extract-induced contractile force of guinea-pig left and right atria were investigated in-vitro. Isometric contractions were recorded. P. nigrescens extract, 5-150 microg mL(-1), increased the force of contraction dose dependently in electrically driven left atria. The concentration of P. nigrescens extract producing 50% of the maximal effect (EC50 value) was 7.5 microg mL(-1). The positive inotropic response differed from that of g-strophanthin by its high rate of onset and its complete reversibility upon removal of the extract from the incubation medium. In spontaneously beating right atrial muscle, P. nigrescens extract increased the rate of contractions. Its positive chronotropic and inotropic effects were partly antagonized by propranolol and atenolol indicating the presence of an adrenergic acting principle in P. nigrescens extract. In contrast, the inotropic response to P. nigrescens extract could not be completely suppressed by beta-blocking agents, suggesting that the force of contraction is not only increased by a sympathomimetic ingredient of P. nigrescens extract but also by the cardenolides known to be present in P. nigrescens.

  1. Effects of Metallothionein on Isolated Rat Heart

    SUN Zhongdong; XIA Jiahong; DONG Nianguo; DU Xinling; CHI Yifan; YANG Tienan; YANG Chenyuan


    To investigate the effects of metallothionein (MT) on isolated rat heart, 16 Wistar rats were randomly divided into 2 groups. In control group (group C), distilled water was injected intraperitoneally and 24 h later isolated hearts were perfused with Langendorff and stored at 4℃ for 3 h with histidine-tryptophan-ketoglutarate (HTK) solutions, and then isolated hearts were perfused for 2 h by Langendorff. In experimental group (group E), 3.6% ZnSO4 was injected intraperitoneally, 24 h later isolated hearts were perfused by Langendorff and stored at 4℃ for 3 h with HTK solutions, and then the isolated herts were perfused for 2 h with Langendorff. MT content, the recovery of hemodynamics, myocardial water content (MWC), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and creatine kinase (CK) leakage, adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and malondialdehyde (MDA) content, superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity, myocardial cell Ca2+ content, Ca2+-ATPase activity of mitochondria ([Ca2+-ATPase]m) and its Ca2+ content ([Ca2+]m), synthesizing ATP activity of mitochondria ([ATP]m), and the ultrastructure of cells were examined. There were a significant increase in group E in hemodynamic recovery, ATP content, SOD activity, [Ca2+-ATPase]m activity, [ATP]m activity, and substantial reduction in MWC, LDH and CK leakage, MDA content, myocardial cell Ca2+ content, [Ca2+]m content,and the ultrastructural injury were obviously milder than that of group C. This study demonstrated that MT has protective effects on isolated rat heart.

  2. DNA isolation from rat tail or ear

    Cuppen, E.


    This protocol describes a rapid procedure for isolating DNA from rat tail or ear punches. The simplest version of the protocol can be scaled for use in 96-well (deep-well) plates. The quality of the DNA is sufficient for any polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based genotyping approach.

  3. DNA isolation from rat tail or ear

    Cuppen, E.


    This protocol describes a rapid procedure for isolating DNA from rat tail or ear punches. The simplest version of the protocol can be scaled for use in 96-well (deep-well) plates. The quality of the DNA is sufficient for any polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based genotyping approach.

  4. Postextrasystolic potentiation in the isolated rat heart

    Meijler, F.L.; Boogaard, F. van de; Tweel, H. van der; Durrer, D.


    “Postextrasystolic potentiation" of isotonic contractions of the intact isolated rat heart was studied. It was found that the Frank-Starling mechanism does not participate in the increase of the contraction following a premature beat and a compensatory pause. A linear relationship could be demonstra


    STEEN, H; MEIJER, DKF; Merema, M.T.


    The effect of ethanol on the hepatic uptake of various cationic drugs was studied in isolated perfused rat livers, isolated rat hepatocytes and isolated rat liver mitochondria. In isolated rat hepatocytes and in isolated perfused rat livers, the uptake of the model organic cation tri-n-butylmethylam

  6. Adolescent social isolation influences cognitive function in adult rats

    Feng Shao; Xiao Han; Shuang Shao; Weiwen Wang


    Adolescence is a critical period for neurodevelopment. Evidence from animal studies suggests that isolated rearing can exert negative effects on behavioral and brain development. The present study aimed to investigate the effects of adolescent social isolation on latent inhibition and brain-derived neurotrophic factor levels in the forebrain of adult rats. Male Wistar rats were randomly divided into adolescent isolation (isolated housing, 38–51 days of age) and social groups. Latent inhibition was tested at adulthood. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor levels were measured in the medial prefrontal cortex and nucleus accumbens by an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Adolescent social isolation impaired latent inhibition and increased brain-derived neurotrophic factor levels in the medial prefrontal cortex of young adult rats. These data suggest that adolescent social isolation has a profound effect on cognitive function and neurotrophin levels in adult rats and may be used as an animal model of neurodevelopmental disorders.

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  12. Interaction between halothane and morphine on isolated heart muscle.

    Laorden, M L; Hernandez, J; Carceles, M D; Miralles, F S; Puig, M M


    The present study describes the effects of halothane on morphine activity in the isolated left atria of the rat. Concentration-response curves were obtained for the negative inotropic effects of morphine on electrically stimulated left atria. Morphine significantly decreased the contractile force, with an inhibitory concentration 16 (IC16) of 3.130.698 +/- 22.5 X 10(-9) M. The opiate agonist was more potent in reserpinized rats, causing a consistent negative inotropic action over a wide range (10(-8)-10(-4) M) or morphine concentrations. The IC16 of morphine was significantly (P less than 0.001) decreased in the presence of 1.5% v/v halothane. The administration of L-naloxone (3 X 10(-7)-10(-6) M) but not D-naloxone (10(-6) M) antagonized the inhibitory effects of morphine in the presence of halothane. These results demonstrate that halothane increases the potency of morphine on the isolated left atria and suggest that this effect is mediated by opioid receptors.

  13. Internodal pathways in the human atria: a model study.

    Kafer, C J


    An electrophysical/anatomical computer model of human atrial excitation was used to investigate the controversy over specialized internodal pathways. The only atrial pathways that have been thoroughly described in the literature are those that connect the sinoatrial (SA) and atrioventricular (AV) nodes, and the right and left atria. By incorporating pathways of rapid propagation representing the internodal and interatrial tracts, anisotropy was introduced into an otherwise isotropic atrial model. Simulated epicardial isochrone maps, heart vector loops, and electrograms were calculated for both the isotropic and anisotropic atrial models, and the simulations were compared with observed normal data. Although the simulations using the anisotropic model compare more favorably with real data, the results suggest that there are more pathways of rapid propagation in the atria than those described and that a global anisotropy based on morphology and fiber direction is a more likely explanation than rapid propagation confined to a few specialized pathways.

  14. Isolation and Primary Culture of Rat Hepatocytes Using Kiwifruit Actinidin

    Z. Shirvani Farsani


    Full Text Available Introduction & Objective: Isolation of cells from different tissues rely on proteolytic enzymes mainly collagenases that selectively digest collagen fibers of extra-cellular matrix. It is important to find new and proper collagenases from plant sources. In the present research actinidin, a cysteine protease abundant in Kiwifruit, was used to isolate and culture of rat hepatocytes. Materials & Methods: Different concentrations of actinidin was used to isolate rat hepatocytes by one or two-step perfusion method. The viability of the separated cells was examined by the trypan blue test. The isolated rat hepatocytes were cultured on collagen coated plates in William´s E medium. The morphology of hepatocytes was examined microscopically after staining with the Papanicolaou method.Results: Actinidin in the concentration of 0.4 mg/ml in two-step perfusion method properly isolated hepatocytes from rat liver. The viability of isolated hepatocytes that successfully cultured in collagen coated plates was 90-95 percent.Conclusion: These results showed that actinidin is a proper protease for isolation of hepatocytes. In addition, purification of this enzyme is simpler than the collagenases.

  15. Fire safety design of atria. Valokatteisten tilojen palotekniikkaa

    Keski-Rahkonen, O.; Bjoerkman, J. (eds.) (Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo (Finland). Fire Technology Lab.)


    Atria, halls and other large size glass buildings have recently become very popular in public buildings in Finland. Atria are large rooms, and constructed from new type of construction parts which present high demands on their fire protection. This publication consists of three parts. The first parts deals with design of atria according to Finnish and foreign building codes. Especially safety of egress, active fire protection, smoke venting as well as materials and structures are discussed. The second part deals detailed with smoke venting applying a recent NFPA Guide on atrium inside an office building. Additionally, the same object is simulated numerically using a zone model code BRI2. The third part deals with thermal load of structural members of an atrium inside a big office building applying numerical fire simulation using zone model code BRI2. The simulation yields hot layer temperature and smoke layer height inside the building. The report is a review on the fire protection design principles starting from the simple traditional prescriptive calculation rules. The examples of utilization of numerical fire simulation for solving special problems in fire safety design are included.

  16. Investigation of Thermal Performance for Atria: a Method Overview

    Moosavi Leila


    Full Text Available The importance of low energy design in large buildings has encouraged researchers to implement different methods for predicting a building’s thermal performance. Atria, as energy efficient features, have been implemented to improve the indoor thermal environment in large modern buildings. Though widely implemented, the thorough study of atrium performance is restricted due to its large size, complex thermodynamic behavior and the inaccuracies and limitations of available prediction tools. This study reviews the most common research tools implemented in previous researches on atria thermal performance, to explore the advantages and limitation of different methods for future studies. The methods reviewed are analytical, experimental, computer modelling and a combination of any or all of these methods. The findings showed that CFD (computational fluid dynamic models are the most popular tools of recent due to their higher accuracy, capabilities and user-friendly modification. Although the experimental methods were reliable for predicting atria thermal and ventilation performance, they have mostly been used to provide data for validation of CFD models. Furthermore, coupling CFD with other experimental models could increase the reliability and accuracy of the models and provide a more comprehensive analysis.

  17. A modified rat model of isolated bilateral pulmonary contusion

    Wang, Shaohua; Ruan, Zheng; Jie ZHANG; ZHENG, JIN


    The aim of the present study was to create a feasible specific rat model of isolated bilateral pulmonary contusion (PC) and to evaluate the relationship between severity of hypoxemia and quantity of contusion lesions. Anesthetized rats were placed in a prone position. Injury energy ranging from 2.1 to 3.0 J was produced by a falling weight passed through a specially designed arched shield to the bilateral chest wall of rats. After injury (4 h), the contusion volume was measured using computer...

  18. Interaction between inhalational anaesthetics and enoximone on isolated heart muscle.

    Miralles, F S; Carceles, M D; Laorden, M L


    1. The present study describes the effects of halothane or isoflurane on enoximone activity in the isolated left atria of the rat. 2. Concentration-response curves were obtained for the positive inotropic effects of enoximone on electrically stimulated left atria. 3. Enoximone significantly (P < 0.01) increased the contractile force (56% maximum) with all the concentrations tested (10(-9) -10(-3) M). 4. When halothane (1.5% v/v) was present in the organ bath, the maximum effect obtained with enoximone (9%) was significantly lower than that obtained with enoximone alone. 5. Similar results were obtained with enoximone in the presence of halothane plus diltiazem. Isoflurane (1.5% v/v) did not significantly modify the maximum effect obtained with enoximone alone. 6. The administration of diltiazem antagonized the positive inotropic effects of enoximone in the presence of isoflurane or halothane. 7. These results shows that halothane, but not isoflurane, decreased the potency of enoximone on the isolated left atria and suggests that this effect may be mediated by the blocking of the influx of extracellular calcium through voltage-dependent calcium channels inhibited by diltiazem.

  19. Isolation and partial characterization of rat gastric mucous glycoprotein

    Spee-Brand, R.; Strous, G.J.A.M.; Kramer, M.F.


    Mucus glycoproteins from the rat stomach were characterized after their isolation from homogenates of the superficial gastric mucosa by equilibrium centrifugation in CsCl density gradients. Water-soluble as well as water-insoluble glycoproteins were studied. The latter were solubilized by 2-mercapto

  20. Accumulation of pyruvate by isolated rat liver mitochondria

    Vaartjes, W.J.; Geelen, M.J.H.; Bergh, S.G. van den


    1. 1. Various methods to measure the rate of accumulation of [3-14C]pyruvate in the sucrose-impermeable space of isolated rat liver mitochondria are tested and compared with respect to their ability to distinguish between carrier-linked pyruvate transport and non-carrier-linked processes (adsorption

  1. A rat model with an isolated bladder in situ

    Thulesen, J; Olsen, P S; Grevstad, J U


    This paper describes our method for producing a rat model with an isolated bladder in situ in which the bladder makes no contact with urine. First, the right kidney was removed, then an external catheter was placed in the right ureter for bladder infusions, and next the left ureter was anatomosed...

  2. Thermally-induced ventilation in atria: an atrium classification scheme and promising test sites


    In establishing the atrium classification scheme, specific attention was given to: climate (hot-arid, warm-humid, and temperate), atrium configuration (open, closed, and adjustable tops), and thermal mechanism (natural convection, radiative cooling, shading, and others). Application of the resulting three-dimensional (three-coordinate) matrix was considered and tested. Although the testing was for purposes of checking scheme application, the procedure indicated that most of the atria examined were of the adjustable-top configuration with daylighting the principal functional mode. However, it was noted that thermally-induced air flow was present in many of the atria classified. In the identification of promising test sites it was noted that there appears to be a shortage of buildings which meet the atrium definition. Consequently, prospective test sites were categorized as follows based upon anticipated value to the study: commercial atria already constructed, commercial atria planned or under construction, and residential atria already constructed.

  3. Depressive behavior induced by social isolation of predisposed female rats.

    Zanier-Gomes, Patrícia Helena; de Abreu Silva, Tomaz Eugênio; Zanetti, Guilherme Cia; Benati, Évelyn Raquel; Pinheiro, Nanci Mendes; Murta, Beatriz Martins Tavares; Crema, Virgínia Oliveira


    Depression is a mood disorder that is more prevalent in women and has been closely associated with chronic stress. Many models of depression have been suggested that consider different forms of stress. In fact, stress is present in the life of every human being, but only a few develop depression. Accordingly, it seems wrong to consider all stressed animals to be depressed, emphasizing the importance of predisposition for this mood disorder. Based on this finding, we evaluated a predisposition to depressive behavior of female rats on the forced swim test (FST), and the more immobile the animal was during the FST, the more predisposed to depression it was considered to be. Then, animals were subjected to the stress of social isolation for 21 days and were re-evaluated by the FST. The Predisposed/Isolated rats presented higher immobility times. Once all the rats had prior experience in the FST, we calculated an Index of Increase by Isolation, confirming the previous results. Based on this result, we considered the Predisposed/Isolated group as presenting depressive behavior ('Depressed') and the Nonpredisposed/Nonisolated group as the control group ('Nondepressed'). The animals were distributed into 4 new groups: Nondepressed/Vehicle, Nondepressed/Amitriptyline, Depressed/Vehicle, Depressed/Amitriptyline. After 21 days of treatment, only the Depressed/Vehicle group differed from the other 3 groups, demonstrating the efficacy of amitriptyline in treating the depressive behavior of the Depressed animals, validating the model. This study shows that conducting an FST prior to any manipulation can predict predisposition to depressive behavior in female rats and that the social isolation of predisposed animals for 21 days is effective in inducing depressive behavior. This behavior can be considered real depressive behavior because it takes into account predisposition, chronic mild stress, and the prevalent gender.

  4. Fetal cerebral ventricular atria width of 8-10mm: A possible prenatal risk factor for adolescent treated Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

    Kivilevitch, Zvi; Gabis, Lidia V; Katorza, Eldad; Achiron, Reuven


    The purpose of our research was to study the in-utero and long term post-natal outcome of fetal isolated cerebral ventricular atria width between 8 and 10mm. We conducted a retrospective, observational, case-control study, of low risk pregnant women, between 1993 and 2001. One hundred and forty one fetuses with isolated cerebral ventricular atria width between 8 and 10mm, corresponding to 2-4 standard deviations above the mean, and 309 controls, with atrial width below this level, were included for the analysis. Clinical data concerning pre and post-natal outcome was retrieved from computerized medical records. Matching of cases with controls was based on age, with a ratio of 2-3 controls per case. Statistical analysis included: T-test, Chi-Square, and Multiple Logistic Regression analysis. The study group was characterized by a predominance of male gender, left side involvement, and higher birth weight, compared to the control group. Long term post-natal follow-up at a mean age of 12.7 years (±1.9) demonstrated an adjusted odds ratio of 2.589 (95% CI 1.415-4.737, p=0.001), being diagnosed as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and treated by Methylphenidate (Ritalin(®)), during childhood, compared to the control group (23.6% and 10.0% respectively) (p=0.001). Cerebral atria width was an independent factor, controlled for the only two significant variants between groups, gender and weight over 90th centile. In conclusions, our preliminary results show that fetuses with prenatal finding of isolated cerebral ventricular atria width between 8 and 10mm are more likely of being diagnosed and treated as ADHD during childhood.

  5. [Morphological and electrophysiological changes of the heart atria in necropsy patients with atrial fibrillation - a pilot study].

    Matějková, Adéla; Steiner, Ivo


    Atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common supraventricular tachycardia, has a morphological base, so called remodelation of atrial myocardium, with its abnormal conduction pattern as a consequence. The remodelation regards electrical, contractile, and structural properties. In this pilot study we attempted to find relations between the myocardial morphological (scarring, amyloidosis, left atrial enlargement) and electrophysiological (ECG characteristics of the P-wave) changes in patients with AF. We examined 40 hearts of necropsy patients - 20 with a history of AF and 20 with no history of AF. Grossly, the heart weight and the size of the left atrium (LA) were evaluated. Histologically, 7 standard sites from the atria were examined. In each specimen, the degree of myocardial scarring and of deposition of isolated atrial amyloid (IAA) were assessed. We failed to show any significant difference in the P-wave pattern between patients with and without AF. Morphologically, however, there were several differences - the patients with AF had significantly heavier hearts, larger left atria, more severely scarred myocardium of the LA and the atrial septum, and more severe deposition of IAA in both atria in comparison to the control group of patients with sinus rhythm. The left atrial distribution of both fibrosis and amyloidosis was irregular. In patients with AF the former was most pronounced in the LA ceiling while the latter in the LA anterior wall. The entire series showed more marked amyloidosis in the left than in the right atrium. An interesting finding was the universal absence of IAA in the sinoatrial node. The knowledge of distribution of atrial myocardial structural changes could be utilized by pathologists in taking specimens for histology and also by cardiologists in targeting the radiofrequency ablation therapy.

  6. Stereological brain volume changes in post-weaned socially isolated rats

    Fabricius, Katrine; Helboe, Lone; Steiniger-Brach, Björn


    than controls. However, this was not seen in female rats. Isolated males had a significant smaller hippocampus, dentate gyrus and CA2/3 where isolated females had a significant smaller CA1 compared to controls. Thus, our results indicate that long-term isolation of male rats leads to neuroanatomical...

  7. Metabolism of Mequindox in Isolated Rat Liver Cells

    LI Guang-hui; SHAN Qi; WANG Jing; LI Ya-fei; GAO Yan; ZENG Zhen-ling


    Mequindox (MEQ), 3-methyl-2-quinoxalinacetyl-1,4-dioxide, is widely used in Chinese veterinary medicine as an antimicrobial agent and feed additive. Its toxicity has been reported to be closely related to its metabolism. To understand the pathways underlying MEQ’s metabolism more clearly, we studied its metabolism in isolated rat liver cells by using liquid chromatography coupled with electrospray ionization hybrid linear trap quadrupole orbitrap (LC-LTQ-Orbitrap) mass spectrometry. The structures of MEQ metabolites and their product ions were readily and reliably characterized on the basis of accurate MS2 spectra and known structure of MEQ. Eleven metabolites were detected in isolated rat liver cells, two of which were detected for the ifrst time in vitro. The major metabolic pathways reported previously for in vitro metabolism of MEQ in rat microsomes were conifrmed in this study, including N→O group reduction, carbonyl reduction, and methyl monohydroxylation. In addition, we found that acetyl hydroxylation was an important pathway of MEQ metabolism. The results also demonstrate that cellular systems more closely simulate in vivo conditions than do other in vitro systems such as microsomes. Taken together, these data contribute to our understanding of the in vivo metabolism of MEQ.

  8. Protein phosphorylation in isolated hepatocytes of septic and endotoxemic rats

    Deaciuc, I.V.; Spitzer, J.A. (Louisiana State Univ. Medical Center, New Orleans (USA))


    The purpose of this study was to investigate possible alterations induced by sepsis and endotoxicosis in the late phase of Ca2+-dependent signaling in rat liver. Hepatocytes isolated from septic or chronically endotoxin (ET)-treated rats were labeled with (32P)H3PO4 and stimulated with various agents. Proteins were resolved by one-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and autoradiographed. Vasopressin (VP)- and phenylephrine (PE)-induced responses were attenuated in both septic and ET-treated rats for cytosolic and membrane proteins compared with their respective controls. Glucagon and 12-O-myristate phorbol-13-acetate (TPA) affected only the phosphorylation of membrane proteins. Glucagon-induced changes in the phosphorylation of membrane proteins were affected by both sepsis and endotoxicosis, whereas TPA-stimulated phosphorylation was lowered only in endotoxicosis. Response to the Ca2+ ionophore A23187 was depressed in septic rats for cytosolic proteins. The phosphorylation of two cytosolic proteins, i.e., 93 and 61 kDa (previously identified as glycogen phosphorylase and pyruvate kinase, respectively), in response to VP, PE, and A23187 was severely impaired by endotoxicosis and sepsis. TPA did not affect the phosphorylation state of these two proteins. The results show that sepsis and endotoxicosis produce perturbations of the phosphorylation step in Ca2+ transmembrane signaling. Such changes can explain alterations of glycogenolysis and gluconeogenesis associated with sepsis and endotoxicosis.

  9. Mechanisms of the statins cytotoxicity in freshly isolated rat hepatocytes.

    Abdoli, Narges; Heidari, Reza; Azarmi, Yadollah; Eghbal, Mohammad Ali


    Statins are potent drugs, used as lipid-lowering agents in cardiovascular diseases. Hepatotoxicity is one of the serious adverse effects of statins, and the exact mechanism of hepatotoxicity is not yet clear. In this study, the cytotoxic effects of the most commonly used statins, that is, atorvastatin, lovastatin, and simvastatin toward isolated rat hepatocytes, were evaluated. Markers, such as cell death, reactive oxygen species (ROS) formation, lipid peroxidation, mitochondrial membrane potential, and the amount of reduced and oxidized glutathione in the statin-treated hepatocytes, were investigated. It was found that the statins caused cytotoxicity toward rat hepatocytes dose dependently. An elevation in ROS formation, accompanied by a significant amount of lipid peroxidation and mitochondrial depolarization, was observed. Cellular glutathione reservoirs were decreased, and a significant amount of oxidized glutathione was formed. This study suggests that the adverse effect of statins toward hepatocytes is mediated through oxidative stress and the hepatocytes mitochondria play an important role in the statin-induced toxicity.

  10. A modified rat model of isolated bilateral pulmonary contusion.

    Wang, Shaohua; Ruan, Zheng; Zhang, Jie; Zheng, Jin


    The aim of the present study was to create a feasible specific rat model of isolated bilateral pulmonary contusion (PC) and to evaluate the relationship between severity of hypoxemia and quantity of contusion lesions. Anesthetized rats were placed in a prone position. Injury energy ranging from 2.1 to 3.0 J was produced by a falling weight passed through a specially designed arched shield to the bilateral chest wall of rats. After injury (4 h), the contusion volume was measured using computer-generated three-dimensional reconstruction from a chest computed tomographic scan and expressed as a percentage of total lung volume. Arterial partial pressure of oxygen (PaO(2)) in blood gas analysis and contusion volume percentage were used to assess the severity of contusion. Heart and lung biopsy was used to confirm the diagnosis and rule out the existence of myocardial contusion. There were 3 cases of death and 1 case of death in the 3.0 J and the 2.4 J group, respectively. PaO(2) in the 2.7 J group was significantly lower than that in the lower energy groups (Ppulmonary contusion in the 2.7 J group was significantly higher compared to that of the lower energy groups (Pcontusion percentage (R(2)=0.76). Hemorrhage, edema and neutrophil infiltration were determined by lung biopsy. No evidence of myocardial contusion was documented in multiple heart biopsies. The method illustrated in this research effectively duplicates isolated bilateral pulmonary contusion in rats, the severity of which is highly correlated with the contusion size. Thus, 2.7 J can be regarded as the maximal energy for sublethal injury.


    LU Ying-li; YE Ting-ting; XIA Fang-zhen; WANG Ning-jian; YANG Hua; CHEN Yi


    Objective To acquire oval cells (progenitor stem cells) from adult rat liver of different models including diabetic rats. Methods Thirty Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were divided into 5 groups randomly: control, 2-acetylaminofluorene (2-AAF), 2-AAF+partial hepatectomy (PH), 2-AAF+carbon tetrachloride (CCl4), and diabetic groups. As two-step collagenase perfusion protocol of Seglen, oval cells were isolated by Percoll density gradient centrifugation. Thy1.1 positive cells were sorted by flow cytometry, and then cultured in Dulbeccos minimum Eagles medium (DMEM). Immunofluorescence staining was applied to labelling Thy1.1. Results Different rates of Thy1.1 positive oval cells were found in different rat model groups: 0.5% in 2-AAF, 0.3% in 2-hAAF+PH, 0.2% in 2-AAF+CCl4 , 0.1% in diabetic, and 0.0% in control. Isolated cells adhered to plate with fusiform or polygon as epithelial cells. Conclusion Progenitor stem cells exist in injured liver tissue including those from diabetic rats.

  12. Reactivity of the isolated perfused rat tail vascular bed

    A.S. França


    Full Text Available Isolated segments of the perfused rat tail artery display a high basal tone when compared to other isolated arteries such as the mesenteric and are suitable for the assay of vasopressor agents. However, the perfusion of this artery in the entire tail has not yet been used for functional studies. The main purpose of the present study was to identify some aspects of the vascular reactivity of the rat tail vascular bed and validate this method to measure vascular reactivity. The tail severed from the body was perfused with Krebs solution containing different Ca2+ concentrations at different flow rates. Rats were anesthetized with sodium pentobarbital (65 mg/kg and heparinized (500 U. The tail artery was dissected near the tail insertion, cannulated and perfused with Krebs solution plus 30 µM EDTA at 36oC and 2.5 ml/min and the procedures were started after equilibration of the perfusion pressure. In the first group a dose-response curve to phenylephrine (PE (0.5, 1, 2 and 5 µg, bolus injection was obtained at different flow rates (1.5, 2.5 and 3.5 ml/min. The mean perfusion pressure increased with flow as well as PE vasopressor responses. In a second group the flow was changed (1.5, 2, 2.5, 3 and 3.5 ml/min at different Ca2+ concentrations (0.62, 1.25, 2.5 and 3.75 mM in the Krebs solution. Increasing Ca2+ concentrations did not alter the flow-pressure relationship. In the third group a similar protocol was performed but the rat tail vascular bed was perfused with Krebs solution containing PE (0.1 µg/ml. There was an enhancement of the effect of PE with increasing external Ca2+ and flow. PE vasopressor responses increased after endothelial damage with air and CHAPS, suggesting an endothelial modulation of the tone of the rat tail vascular bed. These experiments validate the perfusion of the rat tail vascular bed as a method to investigate vascular reactivity

  13. Differential expression of parvalbumin interneurons in neonatal phencyclidine treated rats and socially isolated rats

    Kaalund, Sanne Simone; Riise, Jesper; Broberg, Brian


    of parvalbumin-positive interneurons (PV(+) interneurons). In this study we examined PV(+) expression in two rat models of cognitive dysfunction in schizophrenia, the environmental social isolation (SI) and pharmacological neonatal phencyclidine (neoPCP) models. Using a stereological method, the optical...... cells (p = 0.024) in the mPFC of neonatal phencyclidine rats. We observed no alterations in the total number of neurons, hippocampal PV(+) interneurons, parvalbumin mRNA expression or volume of the mPFC or HPC in the two models. Thus, as the total number of neurons remains unchanged following...

  14. Simulation of the contraction of the ventricles in a human heart model including atria and pericardium.

    Fritz, Thomas; Wieners, Christian; Seemann, Gunnar; Steen, Henning; Dössel, Olaf


    During the contraction of the ventricles, the ventricles interact with the atria as well as with the pericardium and the surrounding tissue in which the heart is embedded. The atria are stretched, and the atrioventricular plane moves toward the apex. The atrioventricular plane displacement (AVPD) is considered to be a major contributor to the ventricular function, and a reduced AVPD is strongly related to heart failure. At the same time, the epicardium slides almost frictionlessly on the pericardium with permanent contact. Although the interaction between the ventricles, the atria and the pericardium plays an important role for the deformation of the heart, this aspect is usually not considered in computational models. In this work, we present an electromechanical model of the heart, which takes into account the interaction between ventricles, pericardium and atria and allows to reproduce the AVPD. To solve the contact problem of epicardium and pericardium, a contact handling algorithm based on penalty formulation was developed, which ensures frictionless and permanent contact. Two simulations of the ventricular contraction were conducted, one with contact handling of pericardium and heart and one without. In the simulation with contact handling, the atria were stretched during the contraction of the ventricles, while, due to the permanent contact with the pericardium, their volume increased. In contrast to that, in the simulations without pericardium, the atria were also stretched, but the change in the atrial volume was much smaller. Furthermore, the pericardium reduced the radial contraction of the ventricles and at the same time increased the AVPD.

  15. Contractile force measured in unskinned isolated adult rat heart fibres.

    Brady, A J; Tan, S T; Ricchiuti, N V


    A number of investigators have succeeded in preparing isolated cardiac cells by enzymatic digestion which tolerate external [Ca2+] in the millimolar range. However, a persistent problem with these preparations is that, unlike in situ adult ventricular fibres, the isolated fibres usually beat spontaneously. This spontaneity suggests persistent ionic leakage not present in situ. A preferable preparation for mechanical and electrical studies would be one which is quiescent but excitable in response to electrical stimulation and which does not undergo contracture with repeated stimulation. We report here a modified method of cardiac fibre isolation and perfusion which leaves the fibre membrane electrically excitable and moderately resistant to mechanical stress so that the attachment of suction micropipettes to the fibre is possible for force measurement and length control. Force generation in single isolated adult rat heart fibres is consistent with in situ contractile force. The negative staircase effect (treppe) characteristic of adult not heart tissue is present with increased frequency of stimulation. Isometric developed tension increases with fibre length as in in situ ventricular tissue.

  16. The effect of cinnamon extract on isolated rat uterine strips.

    Alotaibi, Mohammed


    Cinnamon is a spice used by some populations as a traditional remedy to control blood pressure and thus hypertension. Cinnamon extract decreases contractility in some smooth muscles, but its effect on uterine smooth muscle is unknown. The aim of this study was to determine the physiological and pharmacological effects of cinnamon extract (CE) on the contractions of isolated rat uterine strips and to investigate its possible mechanism of action. Isolated longitudinal uterine strips were dissected from non-pregnant rats, mounted vertically in an organ bath chamber, and exposed to different concentrations of CE (10-20mg/mL). The effect of CE was investigated in the presence of each of the following solutions: 60mM KCl, 5nM oxytocin, and 1μM Bay K8644. CE significantly decreased the force of uterine contraction in a concentration-dependent manner and significantly attenuated the uterine contractions elicited by KCl and oxytocin. In addition, CE significantly decreased the contractile force elicited when L-type Ca(2+) channels were activated by Bay K8644. CE's major mechanism may be inhibition of L-type Ca(2+) channels, which limits calcium influx. These data demonstrate that CE can be a potent tocolytic that can decrease uterine activity regardless of how the force was produced, even when the uterus was stimulated by agonists. As a result, cinnamon may be used to alleviate menstrual pain associated with dysmenorrhoea or prevent unwanted uterine activity in early pregnancy.

  17. Isolation and purification of rat liver morphine UDP-glucuronosyltransferase

    Puig, J.F.; Tephly, T.R.


    The enhancement of rat liver microsomal morphine (M) and 4-hydroxybiphenyl (4-HBP) UDP-glucuronyltransferase (UDPGT) activities by phenobarbital treatment has been proposed to represent increased activity of a single enzyme form, GT-2. They have separated M and 4-HBP UDPGT activities from Emulgen 911-solubilized microsomes obtained from livers of phenobarbital-treated Wistar rats. A sensitive assay procedure was developed to quantify M-UDPGT and 4-HBP-UDPGT activities using /sup 14/C-UDP-glucuronic acid (UDPGA) and reversed phase C-18 minicolumns whereby the radioactive glucuronides were differentially eluted from labeled UDPGA. Trisacryl DEAE, and chromatofocusing procedures were employed to separate M-UDPGT and 4-HBP-UDPGT in the presence of exogenous phosphatidylcholine (PC). The PC is necessary to stabilize UDPGT activities. M-UDPGT was isolated to apparent homogeneity and displayed a monomeric molecular weight of 56,000 daltons on SDS-PAGE. It reacted with M but not with 4-HBP, bilirubin, p-nitrophenol, testosterone, androsterone, estrone, 4-aminobiphenyl or ..cap alpha..-naphthylamine. 4-HBP-UDPGT did not react with M. Therefore, M and 4-HBP glucuronidations are catalyzed by separate enzymes in rat liver microsomes.

  18. Isolating highly pure rat spermatogonial stem cells in culture.

    Hamra, F Kent; Chapman, Karen M; Wu, Zhuoru; Garbers, David L


    Methods are detailed for isolating highly pure populations of spermatogonial stem cells from primary cultures of testis cells prepared from 22- to 24-day-old rats. The procedure is based on the principle that testicular somatic cells bind tightly to plastic and collagen matrices when cultured in serum-containing medium, whereas spermatogonia and spermatocytes do not bind to plastic or collagen when cultured in serum-containing medium. The collagen-non-binding testis cells obtained using these procedures are thus approx. 97% pure spermatogenic cells. Stem spermatogonia are then easily isolated from the purified spermatogenic population during a short incubation step in culture on laminin matrix. The spermatogenic cells that bind to laminin are more than 90% undifferentiated, type A spermatogonia and are greatly enriched in genetically modifiable stem cells that can develop into functional spermatozoa. This method does not require flow cytometry and can also be applied to obtain enriched cultures of mouse spermatogonial stem cells. The isolated spermatogonia provide a highly potent and effective source of stem cells that have been used to initiate in vitro and in vivo culture studies on spermatogenesis.

  19. The isolated perfused rat liver : standardization of a time-honoured model

    Bessems, M.; t'Hart, N. A.; Tolba, R.; Doorschodt, B. M.; D Leuvenink, H. G.; Ploeg, R. J.; Minor, T.; van Gulik, T. M.

    For many years, the isolated perfused rat liver (IPRL) model has been used to investigate the physiology and pathophysiology of the rat liver. This in vitro model provides the opportunity to assess cellular injury and liver function in an isolated setting. This review offers an update of recent

  20. Freshly isolated hepatocyte transplantation in acetaminophen-induced hepatotoxicity model in rats

    Daniela Rodrigues; Themis Reverbel Da Silveira; Ursula Matte


    CONTEXT: Hepatocyte transplantation is an attractive therapeutic modality for liver disease as an alternative for orthotopic liver transplantation. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the current study was to investigate the feasibility of freshly isolated rat hepatocyte transplantation in acetaminophen-induced hepatotoxicity model. METHODS: Hepatocytes were isolated from male Wistar rats and transplanted 24 hours after acetaminophen administration in female recipients. Female rats received either 1x10(7) ...

  1. Leukotriene C4 biosynthesis in isolated August rat peritoneal leukocytes

    J. M. Huebner


    Full Text Available The mixed leukocyte population obtained from the peritoneum of the August rat is a potentially important experimental model of inherent eosinophilia that has not been well characterized. In the present study, isolated cell preparations generated a concentration-dependent release of leukotriene (LT C4 when exposed to the Ca2+ ionophore A23187, reaching maximal stimulation at 5.0 μM. This response was inhibited by the 5-lipoxygenase activating protein antagonist MK-886 (0.1 μM, nominally Ca2+ and Mg2+-free incubation media and by activation of protein kinase C via phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (50 nM. These findings establish a model system for investigating LTC4 profiles contingent with innate peritoneal eosinophilia and are consistent with the hypothesis that cellular LTC4 biosynthesis is phosphoregulated.

  2. Proteomic analysis of lamellar bodies isolated from rat lungs

    Ayalew Sahlu


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Lamellar bodies are lysosome-related secretory granules and store lung surfactant in alveolar type II cells. To better understand the mechanisms of surfactant secretion, we carried out proteomic analyses of lamellar bodies isolated from rat lungs. Results With peptide mass fingerprinting by Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization – Time of Flight mass spectrometry, 44 proteins were identified with high confidence. These proteins fell into diverse functional categories: surfactant-related, membrane trafficking, calcium binding, signal transduction, cell structure, ion channels, protein processing and miscellaneous. Selected proteins were verified by Western blot and immunohistochemistry. Conclusion This proteomic profiling of lamellar bodies provides a basis for further investigations of functional roles of the identified proteins in lamellar body biogenesis and surfactant secretion.

  3. Effects of ethanol on antioxidant capacity in isolated rat hepatocytes

    Sien-Sing Yang; Chi-Chang Huang; Jiun-Rong Chen; Che-Lin Chiu; Ming-Jer Shieh; Su-Jiun Lin; Suh-Ching Yang


    AIM: To investigate dose-response and time-course of the effects of ethanol on the cell viability and antioxidant capacity in isolated rat hepatocytes.METHODS: Hepatocytes were isolated from male adult Wistar rats and seeded into 100-mm dishes. Hepatocytes were treated with ethanol at concentrations between 0 (C), 10 (E10), 50 (E50), and 100 (E100) mmol/L (dose response) for 12, 24, and 36 h (time course). Then,lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) leakage, malondialdehyde (MDA) concentration, glutathione (GSH) level, and activities of glutathione peroxidase (GPX), glutathione reductase (GRD), superoxide dismutase (SOD), and catalase (CAT) were measured.RESULTS: Our data revealed that LDH leakage was significantly increased by about 30% in group E100 over those in groups C and E10 at 24 and 36 h, The MDA concentration in groups C, E10 and E50 were significantly lower than that in group E100 at 36 h. Furthermore,the concentration of MDA in group E100 at 36 h was significantly higher by 4.5- and 1.7-fold, respectively,than that at 12 and 24 h. On the other hand, the GSH level in group E100 at 24 and 36 h was significantly decreased, by 32% and 28%, respectively, compared to that at 12 h. The activities of GRD and CAT in group E100 at 36 h were significantly less than those in groups C and E10. However, The GPX and SOD activities showed no significant change in each group.CONCLUSION: These results suggest that longtime incubation with higher concentration of ethanol (100 mmol/L) decreased the cell viability by means of reducing GRD and CAT activities and increasing lipid peroxidation.

  4. Glucocorticoid control of steroidogenesis in isolated rat adrenocortical cells.

    Carsia, R V; Malamed, S


    The role of end-product glucocorticoids in the regulation of corticosteroidogenesis in isolated adrenocortical cells was investigated. Trypsin-isolated cells from male rat adrenal glands were incubated with or without corticotropin (ACTH) and with or without corticosterone. Endogenous corticosterone production was determined by radioimmunoassay at the end of incubation. Cessation of ACTH-induced corticosterone production was apparent after 2-4 h of incubation. The suppression occurred later with lower cell concentrations. Corticosterone production was partially restored after washing the suppressed cells. Supernatant fluid from suppressed cell suspensions also suppressed steroidogenesis of a fresh population of cells. However, the suppressing property of the supernatant fluid was abolished after the removal of corticosterone by charcoal-dextran treatment, suggesting that corticosterone or other steroids caused the suppression. Exogenous corticosterone induced suppression over a wide range of ACTH concentrations, but did not change the half-maximal steroidogenic concentration of ACTH, indicating that the suppression does not change the sensitivity of the cells to ACTH. Suppression occurred within 30-60 min after corticosterone had been added to the incubation medium either at the start of incubation or while steroidogenesis was in progress. Suppression varied directly with the concentration of exogenous corticosterone. These data indicate that glucocorticoids can directly and acutely suppress corticosteroidogenesis and thus control adrenocortical function in concert with other regulators such as ACTH and Ca2+.

  5. Cytotoxicity of ortho-phenylphenol in isolated rat hepatocytes.

    Nakagawa, Y; Moldéus, P; Moore, G A


    The effects of ortho-phenylphenol (OPP) and its metabolites, phenyl-hydroquinol (PHQ) and phenyl-benzoquinone (PBQ), on isolated rat hepatocytes were investigated. Addition of OPP (0.5-1.0 mM) to cells caused a dose-dependent cell death accompanied by the depletion of intracellular levels of ATP, glutathione (GSH) and protein thiols. GSH loss correlated with the formation of oxidized GSH. In addition, PHQ and especially PBQ (both at 0.5 mM) resulted in acute cell death with rapid depletion of ATP, GSH and protein thiols, and further low doses of PBQ (10-50 microM) elicited serious impairment of mitochondrial functions related to oxidative phosphorylation and Ca fluxes in isolated liver mitochondria. These results indicate that mitochondria are a target for these compounds and that OPP is itself toxic to hepatocytes even when metabolism is inhibited. The loss of cellular GSH and protein thiols accompanied by the impairment of mitochondrial function may be the main mechanisms of cytotoxicity induced by OPP and its metabolites.

  6. The mechanism of methyl mercury toxicity in isolated rat hepatocytes.

    Ashour, H; Abdel-Rahman, M; Khodair, A


    Mercury is the major component of dental amalgam restorative material, which typically has 50% pure elemental mercury. It is also used in some skin creams, and in the manufacturing of plastic, drugs and fungicides. The present study was designed to investigate the toxicity of methyl mercury (MeHg+) on isolated rat hepatocytes using several toxicity parameters. The hepatocytes were isolated by a collagenase perfusion technique and were incubated with different concentrations of MeHg+ (0.1-100 ppm) for 2 h. Through the incubation period the viability was determined by Trypan blue exclusion. Reduced glutathione (GSH) content and its enzymes, glutathione peroxidase (GSH-PX) and glutathione reductase (GSH-RX) were measured. Leakage of enzymes such as aspartate transaminase (AST), and alanine transaminase (ALT) were determined. The cell viability was reduced significantly after 1 h incubation when 0.1 and 1 ppm MeHg+ were applied. The decrease in the cell viability was dose- and time-dependent. A depletion of GSH content was observed with 100 ppm MeHg+ after 30 min of incubation. A significant decrease in GSH-RX was observed with 100 ppm during 15 and 30 min of incubation, while 10 ppm of MeHg+ significantly increased ALT leakage after 60 min. However, there was a significant increase in AST leakage with 100 ppm only. The present investigation indicates that the toxic effect of MeHg+ is most likely cytosolic enzyme related.

  7. Aging-related changes in the effects of social isolation on social behavior in rats.

    Shoji, Hirotaka; Mizoguchi, Kazushige


    Aging is generally associated with cognitive dysfunction and alterations in emotional response. Moreover, in social situations, aging decreases social interaction with unfamiliar individuals, suggesting the decline of social cognition/motivation and a high level of anxiety. Although it is known that isolation housing has various effects on subsequent behavior, including social interaction depending on the age at isolation, the effects of isolation on aged subjects have not been examined. In the present study, we investigated the effects of aging and different periods of isolation housing on social interaction in male F344/N rats. Young (3-4months old) and aged (24-25months old) rats were either group-housed or socially isolated for 2 or 4weeks. The rats were tested with age-matched and group-housed unfamiliar males in a social interaction test, and social (e.g. approach/following and sniffing) and non-social behaviors (e.g. self-grooming and ambulation) were recorded. The results indicated that group-housed aged rats showed less approach/following, sniffing, and ambulation than group-housed young rats. Moreover, in young rats, isolation housing gradually increased approach/following and sniffing depending on the isolation period. In contrast, in aged rats, more prolonged isolation (4weeks) attenuated the 2-week isolation-induced increase of sniffing behavior and had no effect on approach/following. The present study suggests that aging decreases social investigation and induces high emotional response to a novel social environment, and that the behaviors can be differentially affected by social isolation depending on the age at isolation and the period of isolation.

  8. Morphine treatment during juvenile isolation increases social activity and opioid peptides release in the adult rat.

    Van den Berg, C L; Kitchen, I; Gerrits, M A; Spruijt, B M; Van Ree, J M


    The consequences of juvenile isolation and morphine treatment on general activity, social activity and endogenous opioid release during a social interaction test were investigated in the adult rat. Rats were either isolated or socially housed during weeks 4 and 5 of age and treated daily during this isolation period subcutaneously with either saline or morphine. Directly after a social interaction test at 10 weeks of age, rats were injected with [3H]-diprenorphine and subsequently prepared for in vivo autoradiography. The autoradiographic technique was used to visualise neuroanatomical changes in opioid receptor occupancy, probably reflecting changes in opioid peptide release, as a result of social activity. Juvenile isolation increased general activity during the social interaction test, an effect which was accompanied by a reduction of opioid receptor occupancy in many brain areas, suggesting an increased opioid peptide release as a consequence of socially-induced general activity. Morphine treatment in isolated rats caused an increase in adult social activity and enhanced opioid peptide release in some cortical regions and the ventral tegmental area as compared to saline treated rats. Both social activity and opioid receptor occupancy were unaffected by morphine treatment in non-isolated rats. The present study underscores the role of opioid systems in adult social behaviors as a consequence of juvenile isolation. The results suggest a relationship between social activity and opioid peptide release during social contact. Increased social activity seems to be accompanied by elevated opioid peptide release in distinct brain areas after morphine treatment during juvenile isolation.

  9. Effects of rat urotensin II on coronary flow and myocardial eNOS protein expression in isolated rat heart

    LingLI; Wen-junYUAN; Ding-fengSU


    AIM: To examine the effects of urotensin Ⅱ, a recently discovered endogenous peptide, on coronary flow (CF),cardiac function, and endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) expression in isolated rat hearts. METHODS: Heart was isolated and perfused retrogradely via the aorta in Langendorff mode. Rat urotensin Ⅱ was administered in the perfusion solution. The eNOS content in myocardium was determined by Western blot. RESULTS: Rat urotensin Ⅱ had no effect on the heart rate, left ventricular systolic pressure, left ventricular end-diastolic pressure, or±dp/dt max. While rat urotensin Ⅱ dose-dependently increased CF. CF was increased by 11.43%, 6.67%, 6.62%,6.56%, 6.36%, and 5.86% respectively in a time-dependent manner at 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 min after injection of rat urotensin Ⅱ 6.66×10-2μg. The maximal effect on CF was found at 5 min following urotensin Ⅱ administration.NG-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME) did not prevent the increased CF in response to urotensin Ⅱ. Rat urotensin Ⅱ dose-dependently increased the cardiac eNOS protein expression and this effect was not inhibited by L-NAME. CONCLUSION: Rat urotensin Ⅱ did not alter cardiac function but increased CF and the amount of myocardial eNOS protein in the isolated rat heart. The increased CF was independent of the involvement of eNOS.

  10. Effects of microcystin-LR in isolated perfused rat kidney

    A.C.L. Nobre


    Full Text Available Microcystin is a hepatotoxic peptide which inhibits protein phosphatase types 1 and 2A. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the physiopathologic effects of microcystin-LR in isolated perfused rat kidney. Adult Wistar rats (N = 5 of both sexes (240-280 g were utilized. Microcystin-LR (1 µg/ml was perfused over a period of 120 min, during which samples of urine and perfusate were collected at 10-min intervals to determine the levels of inulin, sodium, potassium and osmolality. We observed a significant increase in urinary flow with a peak effect at 90 min (control (C = 0.20 ± 0.01 and treated (T = 0.32 ± 0.01 ml g-1 min-1, P<0.05. At 90 min there was a significant increase in perfusate pressure (C = 129.7 ± 4.81 and T = 175.0 ± 1.15 mmHg and glomerular filtration rate (C = 0.66 ± 0.07 and T = 1.10 ± 0.04 ml g-1 min-1 and there was a significant reduction in fractional sodium tubular transport at 120 min (C = 78.6 ± 0.98 and T = 73.9 ± 0.95%. Histopathologic analysis of the perfused kidneys showed protein material in the urinary space, suggestive of renal toxicity. These data demonstrate renal vascular, glomerular and urinary effects of microcystin-LR, indicating that microcystin acts directly on the kidney by probable inhibition of protein phosphatases.

  11. Differential expression of parvalbumin in neonatal phencyclidine-treated rats and socially isolated rats.

    Kaalund, Sanne S; Riise, Jesper; Broberg, Brian V; Fabricius, Katrine; Karlsen, Anna S; Secher, Thomas; Plath, Niels; Pakkenberg, Bente


    Decreased parvalbumin expression is a hallmark of the pathophysiology of schizophrenia and has been associated with abnormal cognitive processing and decreased network specificity. It is not known whether this decrease is due to reduced expression of the parvalbumin protein or degeneration of parvalbumin-positive interneurons (PV(+) interneurons). In this study, we examined PV(+) expression in two rat models of cognitive dysfunction in schizophrenia: the environmental social isolation (SI) and pharmacological neonatal phencyclidine (neoPCP) models. Using a stereological method, the optical fractionator, we counted neurons, PV(+) interneurons, and glial cells in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) and hippocampus (HPC). In addition, we quantified the mRNA level of parvalbumin in the mPFC. There was a statistically significant reduction in the number of PV(+) interneurons (p = 0.021) and glial cells (p = 0.024) in the mPFC of neonatal phencyclidine rats, but not in SI rats. We observed no alterations in the total number of neurons, hippocampal PV(+) interneurons, parvalbumin mRNA expression or volume of the mPFC or HPC in the two models. Thus, as the total number of neurons remains unchanged following phencyclidine (PCP) treatment, we suggest that the decreased number of counted PV(+) interneurons represents a reduced parvalbumin protein expression below immunohistochemical detection limit rather than a true cell loss. Furthermore, these results indicate that the effect of neonatal PCP treatment is not limited to neuronal populations.

  12. Experimental model of isolated lung perfusion in rats: first Brazilian experience using the IL-2 isolated perfused rat or guinea pig lung system.

    Pêgo-Fernandes, P M; Werebe, E; Cardoso, P F G; Pazetti, R; de Oliveira, K A; Soares, P R O; Jatene, F B


    Lung transplantation has become the mainstay therapy for patients with end-stage lung disease refractory to medical management. However, the number of patients listed for lung transplantation largely exceeds available donors. The study of lung preservation requires accurate, cost-effective small animal models. We have described a model of ex vivo rat lung perfusion using a commercially available system. Male Wistar rats weighing 250 g-300 g were anesthetized with intraperitoneal sodium thiopental (50 mg/kg body weight). The surgical technique included heart-lung block extraction, assembly, and preparation for perfusion and data collection. We used an IL-2 Isolated Perfused Rat or Guinea Pig Lung System (Harvard Apparatus, Holliston, Mass, United States; Hugo Sachs Elektronik, Alemanha). Preliminary results included hemodynamic and pulmonary mechanics data gathered in the experiments. The isolated rat lung perfusion system is a reliable method to assess lung preservation. Copyright (c) 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. Impact of social isolation and resident intruder stress on aggressive behavior in the male rat

    Sheng Wei; Huiyun Zhang; Jie Gao; Ling Xue; Peng Sun; Yubin Chao; Gang Xue; Mingqi Qiao


    Stress studies frequently utilize physical stressors to establish animal models of stress.In the majority of cases,these models are not consistent with human circumstances.The present study simulated a social isolation plus resident intruder stress model in the rat.The rats were subjected to daily social isolation and resident intruder stress for 2 weeks.Behaviors were then tested.Rats subjected to social stress exhibited different aggressive behavior styles;some rats had greater scores on composite aggression behaviors,as well as locomotor and exploratory activity,but lower scores on latency than others.The high-aggressive group exhibited predominantly anger-out,while the low-aggressive group exhibited anger-in.Results suggest that social isolation plus resident intruder may serve as an appropriate model for anger-in and anger-out emotion modeling in the rat.

  14. Effects of an acidic phospholipase A2 purified from Ophiophagus hannah (king cobra) venom on rat heart.

    Huang, M Z; Wang, Q C; Liu, G F


    An acidic phospholipase A2 (OHV A-PLA2) purified from Ophiophagus hannah venom had a cardiotoxic action on rat heart. In rats OHV A-PLA2 (2-4 mg/kg) caused ECG abnormalities including decreased heart rate, prolonged P-R interval, widened QRS complex and complete A-V block. When tested on isolated rat right atria, OHV A-PLA2 (10-20 micrograms/ml) produced a positive chronotropic effect. When tested on isolated rat left atria or papillary muscle preparations, OHV A-PLA2 (2.5-20 micrograms/ml) caused positive inotropic effect, followed by contracture. The positive inotropic effects could be abolished by high Ca2+ and enhanced by low Ca2+; both treatments accelerated contracture. The contracture could be inhibited in Mn2+ (5 mM)-containing medium and abolished by Ca(2+)-free bath solution containing 1 mM EDTA. The cardiotoxic action of OHV A-PLA2 was not influenced by verapamil, tetrodotoxin, propranolol, phentolamine, atropine or indomethacin. It is suggested that the cardiotoxic effects of OHV A-PLA2 may result from increasing intracellular levels of Ca2+.

  15. Molecular cytotoxic mechanisms of chlorpromazine in isolated rat hepatocytes.

    MacAllister, Stephanie L; Young, Cheryl; Guzdek, Anna; Zhidkov, Nickholas; O'Brien, Peter J


    Chlorpromazine (CPZ), a member of the largest class of first-generation antipsychotic agents, is known to cause hepatotoxicity in the form of cholestasis and hepatocellular necrosis in some patients. The mechanism of CPZ hepatotoxicity is unclear, but is thought to result from reactive metabolite formation. The goal of this research was to assess potential cytotoxic mechanisms of CPZ using the accelerated cytotoxicity mechanism screening (ACMS) technique with freshly isolated rat hepatocytes. This study identified CPZ cytotoxicity and inhibition of mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP) to be concentration-dependent. Furthermore, inhibition of cytochrome P450s (CYPs), including CYP2D1 and 1A2, delayed CPZ cytotoxicity, suggesting a role for CYP activation of CPZ to a toxic metabolite(s) in this model. Metabolism studies also demonstrated glucuronide and glutathione (GSH) requirement for CPZ detoxification in hepatocytes. Inactivating the 2-electron reduction pathway, NAD(P)H quinone oxidoreductase (NQO1), caused a significant increase in hepatocyte susceptibility to CPZ, indicating quinoneimine contribution to CPZ cytotoxicity. Nontoxic concentrations of peroxidase/H(2)O(2) (inflammatory model) increased cytotoxicity in CPZ-treated hepatocytes and caused additional mitochondrial toxicity. Inflammation further depleted GSH and increased oxidized glutathione (GSSG) levels. Results suggest activation of CPZ to reactive metabolites by 2 pathways in hepatocytes: (i) a CYP-catalyzed quinoneimine pathway, and (ii) a peroxidase-catalyzed oxidation of CPZ to CPZ radicals.

  16. Morphology and function of isolated hepatocytes transplanted into rat spleen.

    Mito, M; Ebata, H; Kusano, M; Onishi, T; Saito, T; Sakamoto, S


    Hepatocytes isolated by the collagenase digestive method were transplanted into the spleens of syngeneic rats. Morphology and function of the hepatocytes in the spleen were investigated for 12 to 17 months after transplantation. The transplanted hepatocytes proliferated and reconfigured in the spleen without direct perfusion of portal venous blood and with the presence of an intact host liver. Fourteen to 17 months after transplantation, the hepatocytes which had formed a demarcated nodule occupied approximately 40% of the area of the splenic parenchyma without undifferentiation on microscopic examination. However, the weight of the hepatized spleen did not increase beyond the weight of a normal spleen and the weight of the host liver that had normal morphology also did not differ from a normal liver. Light and electron microscopic studies demonstrated differentiated cord structure and normal architecture for each heptocyte. Furthermore, the hepatized spleen synthesized albumin and glycogen as demonstrated by immunofluorescence and histochemical studies. Ammonia tolerance and indocyanine green clearance tests revealed functioning hepatocytes in the spleen proper. These results indicate that our experimental model lends itself well to investigations in cell growth mechanism and that hepatocellular transplantation has potential clinical application to compensate for impaired hepatic function.

  17. 3D virtual human atria: A computational platform for studying clinical atrial fibrillation.

    Aslanidi, Oleg V; Colman, Michael A; Stott, Jonathan; Dobrzynski, Halina; Boyett, Mark R; Holden, Arun V; Zhang, Henggui


    Despite a vast amount of experimental and clinical data on the underlying ionic, cellular and tissue substrates, the mechanisms of common atrial arrhythmias (such as atrial fibrillation, AF) arising from the functional interactions at the whole atria level remain unclear. Computational modelling provides a quantitative framework for integrating such multi-scale data and understanding the arrhythmogenic behaviour that emerges from the collective spatio-temporal dynamics in all parts of the heart. In this study, we have developed a multi-scale hierarchy of biophysically detailed computational models for the human atria--the 3D virtual human atria. Primarily, diffusion tensor MRI reconstruction of the tissue geometry and fibre orientation in the human sinoatrial node (SAN) and surrounding atrial muscle was integrated into the 3D model of the whole atria dissected from the Visible Human dataset. The anatomical models were combined with the heterogeneous atrial action potential (AP) models, and used to simulate the AP conduction in the human atria under various conditions: SAN pacemaking and atrial activation in the normal rhythm, break-down of regular AP wave-fronts during rapid atrial pacing, and the genesis of multiple re-entrant wavelets characteristic of AF. Contributions of different properties of the tissue to mechanisms of the normal rhythm and arrhythmogenesis were investigated. Primarily, the simulations showed that tissue heterogeneity caused the break-down of the normal AP wave-fronts at rapid pacing rates, which initiated a pair of re-entrant spiral waves; and tissue anisotropy resulted in a further break-down of the spiral waves into multiple meandering wavelets characteristic of AF. The 3D virtual atria model itself was incorporated into the torso model to simulate the body surface ECG patterns in the normal and arrhythmic conditions. Therefore, a state-of-the-art computational platform has been developed, which can be used for studying multi

  18. Effects of REM sleep deprivation on sensorimotor gating and startle habituation in rats: role of social isolation in early development.

    Chang, Hsin-An; Liu, Yia-Ping; Tung, Che-Se; Chang, Chuan-Chia; Tzeng, Nian-Sheng; Huang, San-Yuan


    The present study examined the role of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep on sensorimotor gating function in a developmentally rodent model of schizophrenic-spectrum disorders. Startle magnitude, prepulse inhibition (PPI) and startle habituation in an acoustic startle test were measured after 72-h of REM sleep deprivation (REMSD) in 14-week-old rats that were reared in one of the following conditions: control social interaction, 2-week isolation, and continuous isolation, since weaning. The results showed that REMSD significantly inhibited rats' PPI in socially controlled rats, and rats in two isolation groups appeared less sensitive to REMSD. After REMSD, startle habituation was significantly reduced in continuous-isolated rats but not in 2-week-isolated rats. These data indicate that REM sleep is essential for PPI; REMSD inhibits startle habituation in rats with continuous social isolation. In addition, social interaction, in early life or for the whole life, functions differently to the sensorimotor gating.

  19. Stereological brain volume changes in post-weaned socially isolated rats

    Fabricius, Katrine; Helboe, Lone; Steiniger-Brach, Björn;


    have evaluated the neuroanatomical changes in this animal model in comparison to changes seen in schizophrenia. In this study, we applied stereological volume estimates to evaluate the total brain, the ventricular system, and the pyramidal and granular cell layers of the hippocampus in male and female...... Lister Hooded rats isolated from postnatal day 25 for 15 weeks. We observed the expected gender differences in total brain volume with males having larger brains than females. Further, we found that isolated males had significantly smaller brains than group-housed controls and larger lateral ventricles...... than controls. However, this was not seen in female rats. Isolated males had a significant smaller hippocampus, dentate gyrus and CA2/3 where isolated females had a significant smaller CA1 compared to controls. Thus, our results indicate that long-term isolation of male rats leads to neuroanatomical...

  20. Use of local isolate of Monascus purpureus for reducing blood cholesterol in Sprague Dawley rat



    Full Text Available Research using local isolate of M. purpureus to reduce the blood cholesterol total on the white rats of Sprague Dawley strain had been done. The research proposed was to obtain the best doses of fermented rice contain lovastatin to reduce the blood cholesterol content of the white rats Sprague Dawley strain. The research used 42 male rats which was devided into 6 treatments based on the food and fermented rice doses. Each rat was 2 months and 250 gram in weight. The cholesterol food and the standard food given everyday for 20 gram/day/rat. The blood rats was measured the content of cholesterol every seven days for 21 days. The result showed that the lovastatin of the fermented rice could reduce 20,78% the blood cholesterol total of the white rats Sprague Dawley strain.

  1. Isolation of hydroxy-Y base from rat liver tRNAPhe.

    Kasai, H; Yamaizumi, Z; Kuchino, Y; Nishimura, S


    A Y-base derivative was isolated from rat liver tRNAPhe and its structure was assigned to be alpha-(carboxyamino)-beta-hydroxy-4,9-dihydro-4,6-dimethyl-9-oxo-1H-imidazol[1,2-a]purine-7-butyric acid dimethyl ester (hydroxy-Y), based on the results of mass spectrometry and chemical degradation. This modified base seems to be the major fluorescent component of rat liver tRNAPhe; the peroxy-Y base previously isolated from rat liver tRNAPhe and characterized by Nakanishi and his coworkers (1,2) was not present in our preparation.

  2. Uptake of dodecanedioic acid by isolated rat liver.

    Greco, A V; Mingrone, G; De Gaetano, A; Amigo, L; Puglielli, L; Castagneto, M; Nervi, F


    The uptake of dodecanedioic acid (C12); a dicarboxylic acid with 12 carbon atoms, was studied in the isolated perfused rat liver. Fifty mumol of C12 were injected as a bolus into the perfusing liver solution. The concentration of C12 in perfusate samples taken over 2 h from the beginning of the experiments were analyzed by high performance liquid chromatography. An in vitro experimental session was performed to determine the binding curve of C12 to defatted bovine serum albumin. These data were then used to compute the perfusate C12 free fraction. The number of binding sites on the albumin molecule was equal to 4.29 +/- 0.21 (S.E.), while the affinity constant was 6.33 +/- 0.87 x 10(3). M-1. Experimental values of perfusate C12 concentration versus time were individually plotted and fitted to a monoexponential decay for each liver perfused. The predicted C12 concentration at time zero averaged 0.354 +/- 0.0375 mumol/ml. Prom this value the apparent volume of distribution of C12 was obtained and corresponded to 153.02 +/- 14.56 ml. The disappearance rate constant from the perfusate was 0.0278 +/- 0.0030 min-1. The C12 half life was 26.6 +/- 2.3 min. The mean hepatic clearance from the perfusate was 4.08 +/- 0.38 ml/min. In conclusion, C12 is quickly taken up by the liver so that in about 100 min it was completely cleared from the perfusate.

  3. Cadmium-2-acetylaminofluorene interaction in isolated rat hepatocytes.

    Moffatt, P; Marion, M; Denizeau, F


    Cadmium (Cd) is a non-essential, highly toxic heavy metal and a ubiquitous environmental contaminant. Evidence exists that Cd can affect parameters which are of great importance in the response towards xenobiotics. However, there is a lack of information about the mechanisms that take place at the cellular and molecular levels upon dual exposure to Cd and other toxins. The purpose of the present work was therefore to examine the biochemical interactions between Cd and a well-known genotoxic hepatocarcinogen, 2-acetylaminofluorene (AAF) in isolated rat hepatocytes. The cells were incubated for 10 hr with a sub-cytotoxic concentration (0.22 microM) of 109Cd. This was followed by a 10 hr exposure to 1 microM [3H]AAF. Cellular distribution of Cd and 3H was determined. Sephadex G-75 elution profiles of the cytosol showed that Cd was almost entirely associated with the intermediate molecular weight (IMW) fractions containing metallothionein (MT) ( > 80%), and with high molecular weight proteins. In parallel, the highest proportion of 3H was found in the low molecular weight components. Further analysis of IMW fractions by DEAE A-25 anion-exchange chromatography revealed that, in addition to Cd, there was some 3H which coeluted along with MT-I and MT-II isoforms, but preferentially with MT-I. Moreover, Cd pretreatment caused a 1.6-fold increase in MT level, as measured by the silver-saturation assay. Under these conditions, there was a 17% lower binding of 3H to the DNA. This reduced binding was neither accompanied by diminished AAF uptake nor by inhibition of cytochrome P-450 activity. Taken together, these results suggest that Cd exposure has a protective effect against the genotoxicity of AAF. MT, whose synthesis is induced, could play a role in the Cd-AAF interaction through scavenging of reactive metabolites.

  4. Promotion of bone growth by dietary soy protein isolate: Comparision with dietary casein, whey hydrolysate and rice protein isolate in growing female rats

    The effects of different dietary protein sources(casein (CAS), soy protein isolate (SPI), whey protein hydrolysate (WPH) and rice protein isolate (RPI)) on bone were studied in intact growing female rats and in ovarectomized (OVX) rats showing sex steroid deficiency-induced bone loss. In addition, S...

  5. Effect of isoorientin isolated from Arum palaestinum on uterine smooth muscle of rats and guinea pigs.

    Afifi, F U; Khalil, E; Abdalla, S


    The phytochemical investigation of Arum palaestinum resulted in the isolation of two flavone C-glucosides, namely isoorientin (luteolin 6-C-glucoside) and vitexin (apigenin 8-C glucoside). The effects of isoorientin on rat isolated aorta, ileum, trachea and uterus and on guinea-pig uterus were studied. Isoorientin (10(-7)M-6 x 10(-4)M) caused concentration-dependent inhibition of the amplitude and the frequency of the phasic contractions of the rat and guinea-pig uterus but did not affect the isolated aorta, ileum or trachea. The results were discussed in relation to the effects of its aglycone luteolin reported in the literature.

  6. Cannabinoid HU210 protects isolated rat stomach against impairment caused by serum of rats with experimental acute pancreatitis.

    Ming-hua Cao

    Full Text Available Acute pancreatitis (AP, especially severe acute pancreatitis often causes extra-pancreatic complications, such as acute gastrointestinal mucosal lesion (AGML which is accompanied by a considerably high mortality, yet the pathogenesis of AP-induced AGML is still not fully understood. In this report, we investigated the alterations of serum components and gastric endocrine and exocrine functions in rats with experimental acute pancreatitis, and studied the possible contributions of these alterations in the pathogenesis of AGML. In addition, we explored the intervention effects of cannabinoid receptor agonist HU210 and antagonist AM251 on isolated and serum-perfused rat stomach. Our results showed that the AGML occurred after 5 h of AP replication, and the body homeostasis was disturbed in AP rat, with increased levels of pancreatic enzymes, lipopolysaccharide (LPS, proinflammtory cytokines and chemokines in the blood, and an imbalance of the gastric secretion function. Perfusing the isolated rat stomach with the AP rat serum caused morphological changes in the stomach, accompanied with a significant increment of pepsin and [H+] release, and increased gastrin and decreased somatostatin secretion. HU210 reversed the AP-serum-induced rat pathological alterations, including the reversal of transformation of the gastric morphology to certain degree. The results from this study prove that the inflammatory responses and the imbalance of the gastric secretion during the development of AP are responsible for the pathogenesis of AGML, and suggest the therapeutic potential of HU210 for AGML associated with acute pancreatitis.

  7. Cannabinoid HU210 Protects Isolated Rat Stomach against Impairment Caused by Serum of Rats with Experimental Acute Pancreatitis

    Cao, Ming-hua; Li, Yong-yu; Xu, Jing; Feng, Ya-jing; Lin, Xu-hong; Li, Kun; Han, Tong; Chen, Chang-Jie


    Acute pancreatitis (AP), especially severe acute pancreatitis often causes extra-pancreatic complications, such as acute gastrointestinal mucosal lesion (AGML) which is accompanied by a considerably high mortality, yet the pathogenesis of AP-induced AGML is still not fully understood. In this report, we investigated the alterations of serum components and gastric endocrine and exocrine functions in rats with experimental acute pancreatitis, and studied the possible contributions of these alterations in the pathogenesis of AGML. In addition, we explored the intervention effects of cannabinoid receptor agonist HU210 and antagonist AM251 on isolated and serum-perfused rat stomach. Our results showed that the AGML occurred after 5 h of AP replication, and the body homeostasis was disturbed in AP rat, with increased levels of pancreatic enzymes, lipopolysaccharide (LPS), proinflammtory cytokines and chemokines in the blood, and an imbalance of the gastric secretion function. Perfusing the isolated rat stomach with the AP rat serum caused morphological changes in the stomach, accompanied with a significant increment of pepsin and [H+] release, and increased gastrin and decreased somatostatin secretion. HU210 reversed the AP-serum-induced rat pathological alterations, including the reversal of transformation of the gastric morphology to certain degree. The results from this study prove that the inflammatory responses and the imbalance of the gastric secretion during the development of AP are responsible for the pathogenesis of AGML, and suggest the therapeutic potential of HU210 for AGML associated with acute pancreatitis. PMID:23285225

  8. Diabetes Alters the Expression and Translocation of the Insulin-Sensitive Glucose Transporters 4 and 8 in the Atria.

    Zahra Maria

    Full Text Available Although diabetes has been identified as a major risk factor for atrial fibrillation, little is known about glucose metabolism in the healthy and diabetic atria. Glucose transport into the cell, the rate-limiting step of glucose utilization, is regulated by the Glucose Transporters (GLUTs. Although GLUT4 is the major isoform in the heart, GLUT8 has recently emerged as a novel cardiac isoform. We hypothesized that GLUT-4 and -8 translocation to the atrial cell surface will be regulated by insulin and impaired during insulin-dependent diabetes. GLUT protein content was measured by Western blotting in healthy cardiac myocytes and type 1 (streptozotocin-induced, T1Dx diabetic rodents. Active cell surface GLUT content was measured using a biotinylated photolabeled assay in the perfused heart. In the healthy atria, insulin stimulation increased both GLUT-4 and -8 translocation to the cell surface (by 100% and 240%, respectively, P<0.05. Upon insulin stimulation, we reported an increase in Akt (Th308 and s473 sites and AS160 phosphorylation, which was positively (P<0.05 correlated with GLUT4 protein content in the healthy atria. During diabetes, active cell surface GLUT-4 and -8 content was downregulated in the atria (by 70% and 90%, respectively, P<0.05. Akt and AS160 phosphorylation was not impaired in the diabetic atria, suggesting the presence of an intact insulin signaling pathway. This was confirmed by the rescued translocation of GLUT-4 and -8 to the atrial cell surface upon insulin stimulation in the atria of type 1 diabetic subjects. In conclusion, our data suggest that: 1 both GLUT-4 and -8 are insulin-sensitive in the healthy atria through an Akt/AS160 dependent pathway; 2 GLUT-4 and -8 trafficking is impaired in the diabetic atria and rescued by insulin treatment. Alterations in atrial glucose transport may induce perturbations in energy production, which may provide a metabolic substrate for atrial fibrillation during diabetes.

  9. Effects of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) on glucose metabolism in isolated hepatocytes from Zucker rats

    Finan, A.; Cleary, M.P.


    DHEA has been shown to competitively inhibit the pentose phosphate shunt (PPS) enzyme glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) when added in vitro to supernatants or homogenates prepared from mammalian tissues. However, no consistent effect on G6PD activity has been determined in tissue removed from DHEA-treated rats. To explore the effects of DHEA on PPS, glucose utilization was measured in hepatocytes from lean and obese male Zucker rats (8 wks of age) following 1 wk of DHEA treatment (0.6% in diet). Incubation of isolated hepatocytes from treated lean Zucker rats with either (1-/sup 14/C) glucose or (6-/sup 14/C) glucose resulted in significant decreases in CO/sub 2/ production and total glucose utilization. DHEA-lean rats also had lowered fat pad weights. In obese rats, there was no effect of 1 wk of treatment on either glucose metabolism or fat pad weight. The calculated percent contribution of the PPS to glucose metabolism in hepatocytes was not changed for either DHEA-lean or obese rats when compared to control rats. In conclusion, 1 wk of DHEA treatment lowered overall glucose metabolism in hepatocytes of lean Zucker rats, but did not selectively affect the PPS. The lack of an effect of short-term treatment in obese rats may be due to differences in their metabolism or storage/release of DHEA in tissues in comparison to lean rats.

  10. Isolation and identification of two galangin metabolites from rat urine ...

    inhibition of lipogenesis or stimulation of lipolysis is an effective ..... activates thermogenesis in white and brown adipose tissue. Nat Commun 2014; 5: 5493. 10. Kumar S ... a pancreatic lipase inhibitor in cafeteria diet fed female rats. Pharm ...

  11. Primary culture of adult rat liver cells. I. Preparation of isolated cells from trypsin-perfused liver of adult rat



    Full Text Available Isolated hepatic cells from adult rats were prepared by perfusing the livers with trypsin. The highest yield of viable cells was obtained by perfusing the liver with 0.1% trypsin, pH 7.0, at 37 degrees C for 30 min. Following this treatment about 70% of cells excluded trypan blue. The isolated cells contained many binucleate cells. Between 60 and 70% of DNA present originally in the liver was recovered from the isolated hepatic cells, which had higher glucose 6-phosphatase activity than the liver. Thus the resulting cell population seems to be rich in hepatocytes. The isolated hepatic cells, however, lost some of their cellular proteins such as alanine and tyrosine amino-transferases. It was suggested that the membranes of isolated hepatic cells might be damaged by both enzymatic digestion and mechanical destruction.

  12. Glucose production and storage in hepatocytes isolated from normal versus diabetic rats

    Olivieri, M.C.; Dragland-Meserve, C.J.; Parker Botelho, L.H.


    The rates of glucose production and storage were compared in hepatocytes isolated from normal versus insulin-resistant diabetic rats. A single low-dose (40 mg/kg) IV injection of streptozotocin to 250 g rats resulted in a Type II diabetic animal model which was hyperglycemic with normal insulin levels. Addition of 8 mM /sup 14/C-lactate and 2 mM pyruvate to hepatocytes resulted in a linear increase in total glucose production (/sup 14/C-glucose and unlabeled glucose) and incorporation into glycogen measured over 120 min. The rate of gluconeogenesis was estimated from the production of /sup 14/C-glucose and the rate of glycogenolysis was estimated from the production of unlabeled glucose in cells incubated in the presence or absence of /sup 14/C-labelled substrate. There was not significant difference in total glucose production in hepatocytes isolated from normal versus diabetic rats, however, the contribution from gluconeogenesis versus glycogenolysis was significantly different. Following a 1 h incubation of cells from normal rats, 42% of the total glucose production was due to gluconeogenesis and 58% was due to glycogenolysis. In cells from diabetic rats, 83% of total glucose production was from gluconeogenesis and 17% from glycogenolysis. Also, incubation with /sup 14/C-lactate/pyruvate resulted in a 3.3-fold increase in /sup 14/C-glucose incorporation into glycogen in hepatocytes isolated from normal rats compared to diabetic rats. These data suggest that alterations occur in the rate-limiting enzymes responsible for glucose production and storage in hepatocytes isolated from a rat model of insulin-resistant Type II diabetes.

  13. Citotoxicity of Fipronil on Hepatocytes Isolated from Rat and Effects of Its Biotransformation

    Marieli Guelfi


    Full Text Available ABSTRACT The aim of this study was to characterize the mechanism of toxicity of fipronil on hepatocytes isolated from the rat and the effect of its biotransformation on the toxicological potential. The toxicity of fipronil was assessed by monitoring the oxygen consumption and mitochondrial membrane potential, intracellular ATP concentration, Ca2+ homeostasis and cell viability. The cell viability was evaluated by trypan blue exclusion in hepatocytes that were isolated from the normal rats and by the release of the enzymes alanine transaminase and aspartate transaminase in hepatocytes that were isolated from the normal rats or proadifen-pretreated rats. Fipronil reduced mitochondrial respiration in the cells that were energized with glutamate plus malate in a dose-dependent manner and dissipated the mitochondrial membrane potential that was accompanied by a reduction in ATP concentration and a disruption of intracellular Ca2+ homeostasis. The cell viability was affected by fipronil with higher potency in hepatocytes that were isolated from the normal rats, which indicated that the metabolism of this insecticide increased its toxicological potential. The results of this study indicated that the toxicity of fipronil to the hepatocytes was related to the inhibition of mitochondrial activity, which led to decreased ATP synthesis and a consequent alteration in intracellular Ca2+ homeostasis and ultimately resulted in cell death.

  14. Effects of Charred Fructus Crataegi on the contractilily of isolated rat gastric and intestine muscle strips

    ZHANG Hou-li; DIAO Yun-peng; LIU Zhi-hao; HUANG Shan-shan; MA Xiao-chi; LIN Yuan


    Objective The purpose of the study is to investigate the effects of Charred Fructus Crataegi Alcohol Extract on contractililty of isolated rat gastric and intesting smooth muscle strips. Methods Isolated rat intestine was selected in the assay to test the effects of Charred Fructus Crataegi Alcohol Extract on contractilty of isolated rat gastric and intestine smooth muscle strips using Krebs' solution, to observe the effects of in the presence of acetylcholine or atropine. Results Charred Fructus Crataegi Alcohol Extract in the range of 2-8 rag crude drugs/mL could significantly reduce the contractility of rat gastric and intestine smooth muscle strips in a dose-dependent manner, and Charred Fructus Crataegi Alcohol Extract 8 mg·mL-1(crude drugs) could inhibit the stimulation induced by acetylcholine. Charred Fructus Crataegi Alcohol Extract 8 mg·mL-1(crude drugs) was found to have a inhibiton of the relaxtion concurrently used with atropin. Conclusions The results suggest that Charred Fructus Crataegi Alcohol Extract has prominent inhibitory effects on the contractile activity of isolated rat gastric and intestine smooth muscle strips.

  15. Isolation of cardiac myocytes and fibroblasts from neonatal rat pups.

    Golden, Honey B; Gollapudi, Deepika; Gerilechaogetu, Fnu; Li, Jieli; Cristales, Ricardo J; Peng, Xu; Dostal, David E


    Neonatal rat ventricular myocytes (NRVM) and fibroblasts (FBs) serve as in vitro models for studying fundamental mechanisms underlying cardiac pathologies, as well as identifying potential therapeutic targets. Both cell types are relatively easy to culture as monolayers and can be manipulated using molecular and pharmacological tools. Because NRVM cease to proliferate after birth, and FBs undergo phenotypic changes and senescence after a few passages in tissue culture, primary cultures of both cell types are required for experiments. Below we describe methods that provide good cell yield and viability of primary cultures of NRVM and FBs from 0 to 3-day-old neonatal rat pups.

  16. Social isolation increases aggressive behaviour and alters the effects of diazepam in the rat social interaction test.

    Wongwitdecha, N; Marsden, C A


    Isolation rearing in the early stages of life has been shown to modify a variety of behaviours in many animals and the responsitivity to psychotropic drugs. The aims of the present study were to investigate the effects of isolation rearing on anxiety using the social interaction paradigm and to compare the effects of diazepam on social interaction behaviours in isolation and socially reared rats. Male Lister hooded rats were reared from weaning either alone (isolation reared) or in groups of four (socially reared) for 6 weeks and then were tested for social interaction. Both isolation and socially reared rats were exposed to the social interaction test either without drug treatment or following saline or diazepam (1 and 2.5 mg/kg, i.p., 30 min before testing). The results demonstrate that under high light in an unfamiliar arena, the isolation compared to the socially reared rats showed a significantly (P < 0.01) higher level of social interaction, manifested as increases in aggressive and avoidance behaviours, and that this interaction occur for a greater length of time during the test period (10 min). However, when the light level was decreased or when the arena was familiar, active social interaction of isolation reared rats decreased but increased in the socially reared rats. In both conditions the isolation reared rats displayed more aggressive behaviours, in particular biting and boxing the partners which did not occur with the socially reared rats. Pretreatment of diazepam (1 and 2.5 mg/kg., i.p.) caused a dose-related reduction in aggressive behaviours in rats reared under both conditions but increased passive interactions in the socially reared rats. In contrast diazepam (2.5 mg/kg) reduced active interaction in the isolation reared rats but had no effect on passive interaction. These results indicate that isolation rearing increases aggressive behaviours and alters the effects of diazepam.

  17. Urinary epidermal growth factor is excreted from the rat isolated perfused kidney in the absence of plasma

    Jørgensen, P E; Hilchey, S D; Nexø, Ebba;


    . Administration of the proteinase inhibitor aprotinin reduced urinary EGF excretion from the rat isolated perfused kidney by approximately 50%. In conclusion, the rat isolated perfused kidney excreted significant amounts of urinary EGF without having access to plasma, and EGF excretion was reduced by aprotinin...




    Increasing the extracellular Ca2+ concentration induced a dihydropyridine-insensitive contraction in the isolated rat aorta bathed in K+-free solution. To obtain further insight into the mechanism of this contraction Ca-45(2+) uptake measurements were carried out with isolated rat aorta. Increasing

  19. 45Ca2+movements induced by Ca2+chloride in isolated rat aorta under K+-free conditions

    Wermelskirchen, D.; Nebel, U.; Wirth, A.; Wilffert, B.


    Increasing the extracellular Ca2+concentration induced a dihydropyridine-insensitive contraction in the isolated rat aorta bathed in K+-free solution. To obtained further insight into the mechanisms of this contraction45Ca2+uptake measurements were carried out with isolated rat aorta. Increasing the




    Subfractions of the hepatic macrophage population, differing in cell size, were isolated from normal rats and rats treated with liposomal muramyl dipeptide (lipMDP) and analyzed histochemically and by ultrastructural peroxidase cytochemistry. The majority of cells in all subfractions of control rats

  1. Effects of anabolic steroid nandrolone decanoate on ischemic preconditioning in isolated heart of sedentary rats

    Zahra Akbari


    Full Text Available Background: Previous studies have shown that use of supraphysiologocal doses of anabolic adrogenic steroids (AAS associated with detrimental cardiovascular effects including ventricular hypertrophy, increased susceptibility to ischaemia/reperfusion injury, impairment of exercise-induced cardioprotection and sudden cardiac death. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the impact of 8 weeks treatment of AAS nandrolone decanoate (10 mg/kg/week, on ischemic preconditioning (IPC phenomena in isolated hearts of sedentary rats. Materials and Methods: Three groups of animals were studied in the present study. Control ischemia/reperfusion injury group (IR, 2- Ischemic preconditioned group before main test ischemia and reperfusion (IPC+IR, and 3- Nandrolone treated ischemic preconditioned group before main test ischemia and reperfusion (Nan+IPC+IR. After two months of nandrolone and/or its solvent, the isolated Langendorff perfused rat hearts were subjected to 30 min of ischemia followed by 120 min reperfusion. The IPC was induced by three cycles of 3-min occlusion and 3-min reperfusion of the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD before main test ischemia. Heart rate, left ventricular developed pressure (LVDP, rate pressure product (RPP, Max dp/dt, Min dp/dt and coronary flow were recorded during experiment. Infarction size was measured after 120 min reperfusion by TTC staining. Results: Eight weeks’ nandrolone treatment decreased body weight and increased cardiac to body weight ratio in treated rats. Nandrolone increased pre-ischemic base line cardiac function parameters in the rat hearts. Cardiac function recovery parameters in different time points during reperfusion were also greater in nandrolone treated rats compared to their respective controls. IPC decreased infarct size in the rats (P<0.05. Nandrolone could not significantly change the infarct size lowering effect of IPC in the rat heart. Conclusion: The present study revealed

  2. Spasmodic versus spasmolytic activities of Euphorbia spinidens extract on rat isolated uterus.

    Ghanadian, Mustafa; Sadraei, Hassan; Cheraghi, Zeinab


    Preterm contraction of uterus is a main cause of miscarriages and preterm labour. Euphorbia known as Ferphion in Iranian traditional medicine texts like Al-Hawi, is reported for prevention of preterm labour. Therefore, the objective of this research was to investigate the effect of Euphorbia spinidens Bornm. Ex Prokh. on motility of rat uterus. Uterine horns were isolated form non-pregnant female rats pretreated with estrogen. E. spinidens hydroalcoholic extract was examined on KCl (80 mM) induced and spontaneous periodic contraction in isolate uterine strips suspended in an organ bath and compared with nifedipine and ritodrine. In isolated rat uterine strips, E. spinidens extract (1-500 µg/mL) showed mixed effects. At lower concentrations, firstly potentiated the spontaneous periodic contraction, while in concentrations above 256 µg/mL the spontaneous periodic contractions were completely attenuated. These findings demonstrated that although lower concentrations of hydroalcoholic extract potentiated the spontaneous periodic contraction of rat uterine smooth muscle, but at higher concentrations it had inhibitory effect on rat uterus contraction.

  3. Spasmodic versus spasmolytic activities of Euphorbia spinidens extract on rat isolated uterus

    Mustafa Ghanadian


    Full Text Available Preterm contraction of uterus is a main cause of miscarriages and preterm labour. Euphorbia known as Ferphion in Iranian traditional medicine texts like Al-Hawi, is reported for prevention of preterm labour. Therefore, the objective of this research was to investigate the effect of Euphorbia spinidens Bornm. Ex Prokh. on motility of rat uterus. Uterine horns were isolated form non-pregnant female rats pretreated with estrogen. E. spinidens hydroalcoholic extract was examined on KCl (80 mM induced and spontaneous periodic contraction in isolate uterine strips suspended in an organ bath and compared with nifedipine and ritodrine. In isolated rat uterine strips, E. spinidens extract (1-500 µg/mL showed mixed effects. At lower concentrations, firstly potentiated the spontaneous periodic contraction, while in concentrations above 256 µg/mL the spontaneous periodic contractions were completely attenuated. These findings demonstrated that although lower concentrations of hydroalcoholic extract potentiated the spontaneous periodic contraction of rat uterine smooth muscle, but at higher concentrations it had inhibitory effect on rat uterus contraction.

  4. Deficits in parvalbumin and calbindin immunoreactive cells in the hippocampus of isolation reared rats.

    Harte, M K; Powell, S B; Swerdlow, N R; Geyer, M A; Reynolds, G P


    Post-mortem studies have provided evidence for abnormalities of the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)-ergic system in schizophrenia. The calcium-binding proteins (CBPs), parvalbumin (PV), calbindin (CB) and calretinin (CR) can be used as markers for specific subpopulations of GABAergic neurons in the brain. Isolation rearing of rats is a non-pharmacological, non-lesion manipulation that leads to deficits in prepulse inhibition of the startle reflex (PPI) and other behavioural and neurochemical alterations reminiscent of schizophrenia. Female rats were reared in social housing (groups of three) or singly for 11 weeks post weaning and PPI was measured. Brains were removed and hippocampal CBP- containing neurons determined following immunocytochemical staining. Compared to socially housed rats, isolated rats exhibited PPI deficits and reductions in PV and CB-immunoreactive cells in the hippocampus, with no significant change in CR. These findings demonstrate selective abnormalities of sub-populations of GABAergic interneurons in the hippocampus of isolation reared rats, which resemble the neuronal deficits seen in this region in schizophrenia.

  5. Effects of juvenile isolation and morphine treatment on social interactions and opioid receptors in adult rats: behavioural and autoradiographic studies.

    Van den Berg, C L; Van Ree, J M; Spruijt, B M; Kitchen, I


    The consequences of juvenile isolation and morphine treatment during the isolation period on (social) behaviour and mu-, delta- and kappa-opioid receptors in adulthood were investigated by using a social interaction test and in vitro autoradiography in rats. Juvenile isolation reduced social exploration in adults. Morphine treatment counteracted this reduction in isolated rats, but decreased social exploration in nonisolated rats. Self-grooming and nonsocial exploration were enhanced after juvenile isolation. Morphine treatment had no effect on self-grooming, but suppressed nonsocial exploration in isolated rats. With respect to the opioid receptors, juvenile isolation resulted in regiospecific increases in mu-binding sites with a 58% increase in the basolateral amygdala and a 33% increase in the bed nucleus of stria terminalis. Morphine treatment in isolated rats reversed this upregulation in both areas. The number of delta-binding sites did not differ between the experimental groups. A general upregulation of kappa-binding sites was observed after juvenile isolation, predominantly in the cortical regions, the hippocampus and the substantia nigra. Morphine treatment did not affect the upregulation of kappa-receptors. The results show that juvenile isolation during the play period causes long-term effects on social and nonsocial behaviours and on the number of mu- and kappa- but not delta-opioid receptors in distinct brain areas. The number of mu-receptors in the basolateral amygdala appears to be negatively correlated with the amount of social exploration in adult rats.

  6. The novel phenylpropiophenone derivates induced relaxation of isolated rat aorta.

    Ivković, B; Vladimirov, S; Novaković, R; Cupić, V; Heinle, H; Gojković-Bukarica, L


    Our aim was to define how different chemical properties of newly developed phenylpropiophenone derivates (PhPds) influenced their potency and efficacy to relax rat aorta. A contribution of ion channels in the PhPds and propafenone mechanism of vasodilatation was tested. PhPds were syntethysed by substitution in the benzyl moiety with -F, -CH3 or -CF3 groups on the ortho or para position. The vasodilatation by PhPds was examined on the rings of rat aorta precontracted with phenylephrine. In order to test involvement of voltage-gated Na+ and K+ channels and L-type Ca2+ channels in a mechanism of action of PhPds, we used their blockers: lidocaine, nifedipine and 4-aminopiridine, respectively. Aorta was more sensitive to 5-ortho-trifluoromethyl derivate than to propafenone and other PhPds. The 5-para-methyl derivate had lower potency and efficacy than propafenone and other PhPds. Lidocaine did not influenced relaxation induced by PhPds, but slightly inhibited the effect of propafenone. The 4-aminopiridine only inhibited relaxation induced by 5-para-methyl derivate. Nifedipine inhibited relaxation of the rat aorta induced by 5-ortho-trifluoromethyl derivate and by propafenone. Introduction of 5-ortho-trifluoromethyl and 5-para-methyl group in the benzyl moiety of propafenone molecule changed its potency, efficacy and mechanism of action in the rat aorta. The 4-aminopiridine- and nifedipine sensitive ion channels are involved in mechanism of action of 5-para-methyl and 5-ortho-trifluoromethyl derivate. The introduction of other tested groups in the benzyl moiety does not affect pharmacological properties of the PhPds in relation to propafenone.

  7. Uptake and retention kinetics of para-fluorine-18-fluorobenzylguanidine in isolated rat heart

    Berry, C.R.; Garg, P.K.; Zalutsky, M.R. [North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC (United States)]|[Duke Univ. Medical Center, Durham, NC (United States)] [and others


    Para-[{sup 18}F]fluorobenzylguanidine ([{sup 18}F]PFBG) is a newly developed tracer for imaging myocardial sympathetic neuronal innervation. This study investigated the uptake and retention mechanisms of [{sup 18}F]PFBG in perfused, isolated rat heart. 31 refs., 3 figs., 2 tabs.

  8. Ketogenesis in isolated rat-liver mitochondria. IV. Oxaloacetate decarboxylation: Consequences for metabolic calculations

    Lopes-Cardozo, M.; Bergh, S.G. van den


    Oxaloacetate which is formed by isolated rat-liver mitochondria during oxidation of malate may be decarboxylated to pyruvate by the action of oxaloacetate decarboxylase (EC The pyruvate so formed is rapidly oxidized to acetyl-CoA from which citrate is formed by condensation with a second m




    In the present study, we established a cryopreservation method for freshly isolated synaptosomes prepared from the cerebral cortex of rats. Freshly prepared synaptosomes were either shock-frozen or frozen under temperature-controlled conditions using a programmable temperature controller. Each group




    Intraportal inoculation of CC531 adenocarcinoma cells into syngeneic rats causes an increase of liver macrophage cell number but not of major histocompatibility complex class II antigen expression. On day I after inoculation of 10(5) CC531 cells, a fixed number of isolated liver macrophages lysed si

  11. Depression of the inotropic action of isoprenaline by nitric oxide synthase induction in rat isolated hearts

    Wei, S; Szabo, C; Dusting, GJ


    The mechanisms involved in myocardial dysfunction during septic shock are not well understood. We have investigated the effects of endotoxin and the role of nitric oxide (NO) in the P-adrenoceptor responsiveness of rat isolated, ejecting hearts perfused at 60 mmHg of head pressure. In vivo pretreatm

  12. Isolation and characterization of satellite cells from rat head branchiomeric muscles

    Carvajal Monroy, P.L.; Yablonka-Reuveni, Z.; Grefte, Sander; Kuijpers-Jagtman, Anne Marie; Wagener, F.A.D.T.G.; Hoff, Von den J.W.


    This protocol describes the isolation of satellite cells from branchiomeric head muscles of a 9 week-old rat. The muscles originate from different branchial arches. Subsequently, the satellite cells are cultured on a spot coating of millimeter size to study their differentiation. This approach avoid

  13. Laminin from rat yolk sac tumor: isolation, partial characterization, and comparison with mouse laminin

    Engvall, E; Krusius, T; Wewer, U


    Laminin was isolated from a rat yolk sac tumor by salt extraction, gel filtration, and affinity chromatography on heparin-Sepharose. The purified laminin gave two polypeptide chains with approximate Mr of 200,000 and 400,000 in sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. Its amino...

  14. Early-life Social Isolation Impairs the Gonadotropin-Inhibitory Hormone Neuronal Activity and Serotonergic System in Male Rats

    Tomoko eSoga


    Full Text Available Social isolation in early life deregulates the serotonergic system of the brain, compromising reproductive function. Gonadotropin-inhibitory hormone (GnIH neurons in the dorsomedial hypothalamic nucleus are critical to the inhibitory regulation of gonadotropin-releasing hormone neuronal activity in the brain and release of luteinising hormone by the pituitary gland. Although GnIH responds to stress, the role of GnIH in social isolation-induced deregulation of the serotonin system and reproductive function remains unclear. We investigated the effect of social isolation in early life on the serotonergic–GnIH neuronal system using enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP-tagged GnIH-transgenic rats. Socially isolated rats were observed for anxious and depressive behaviours. Using immunohistochemistry, we examined c-Fos protein expression in EGFP–GnIH neurons in 9-week-old adult male rats after 6 weeks post-weaning isolation or group -housing. We also inspected serotonergic fibre juxtapositions in EGFP–GnIH neurons in control and socially isolated male rats. Socially isolated rats exhibited anxious and depressive behaviours. The total number of EGFP–GnIH neurons was the same in control and socially isolated rats, but c-Fos expression in GnIH neurons was significantly reduced in socially isolated rats. Serotonin fibre juxtapositions on EGFP–GnIH neurons was also lower in socially isolated rats. In addition, levels of tryptophan hydroxylase mRNA expression in the dorsal raphe nucleus were significantly attenuated in these rats. These results suggest that social isolation in early life results in lower serotonin levels, which reduce GnIH neuronal activity and may lead to reproductive failure.

  15. Freshly isolated hepatocyte transplantation in acetaminophen-induced hepatotoxicity model in rats

    Daniela Rodrigues


    Full Text Available CONTEXT: Hepatocyte transplantation is an attractive therapeutic modality for liver disease as an alternative for orthotopic liver transplantation. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the current study was to investigate the feasibility of freshly isolated rat hepatocyte transplantation in acetaminophen-induced hepatotoxicity model. METHODS: Hepatocytes were isolated from male Wistar rats and transplanted 24 hours after acetaminophen administration in female recipients. Female rats received either 1x10(7 hepatocytes or phosphate buffered saline through the portal vein or into the spleen and were sacrificed after 48 hours. RESULTS: Alanine aminotransferase levels measured within the experiment did not differ between groups at any time point. Molecular analysis and histology showed presence of hepatocytes in liver of transplanted animals injected either through portal vein or spleen. CONCLUSION: These data demonstrate the feasibility and efficacy of hepatocyte transplantation in the liver or spleen in a mild acetaminophen-induced hepatotoxicity model.

  16. Effect of ethanol on hepatobiliary transport of cationic drugs. A study in the isolated perfused rat liver, rat hepatocytes and rat mitochondria

    Steen, H.; Merema, M.; Meijer, D.K.F. (Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, University Centre for Pharmacy, Groningen State Univrsity, Groningen (Netherlands))


    The effect of ethanol on the hepatic uptake of various cationic drugs was studied in isolated perfused rat livers, isolated rat hepatocytes and isolated rat liver mitochondria. In isolated rat hepatocytes and in isolated perfused rat livers, the uptake of the model organic cation tri-n-butylmethylammonium was found to be markedly stimulated by ethanol in a concentration-dependent fashion. The uptake of tri-n-butylmethylammonium at 1 [mu]M was increased to 120% and 137% at 0.5% (v/v, (=87 mM)) and 1% (v/v, (=174 mM)) ethanol, respectively. At 25 [mu]M, tri-n-butylmethylamonium uptake was increased to 124% and 152% at 0.5% (v/v) and 1% (v/v) of ethanol, respectively. The uptake of the organic cations azidoprocainamide methoiodide, vecuronium, ORG 9426 and ORG 6368, the anionic compound taurocholate and the uncharge compound ouabain was not markedly increased at these ethanol concentrations. The mechanism of action of ethanol on the uptake of tri-n-butylmethylammonium was further studied. Competitive inhibitors for the type I organic cation uptake system, procainamide ethobromide and verapamil, almost completely blocked uptake of tri-n-butyl-methylammonium (1 [mu]M) in the presence of 1% (v/v) ethanol, indicating that carrier-mediated uptake is still involved and that additional passive diffusion is unlikely. Neither the plasma membrane potential nor the accumulation of the cation in mitochondria was altered after ethanol treatment, suggesting that potential driving forces for uptake and sequestration were not affected. The results of our study indicate that ethanol selectively stimulates the uptake of the aliphatic organic cation tri-n-butylmethylammonium rather than through generally alterated hepatobiliary transport processes. (EG) (28 refs.).

  17. Isolation of rat cardiac sarcoplasmic reticulum with improved Ca2+ uptake and ryanodine binding.

    Feher, J J; Davis, M D


    The instability of the oxalate-supported Ca2+ uptake activity of rat cardiac sarcoplasmic reticulum (CSR) in ventricular homogenates most likely accounts for the low specific activity of the rate of oxalate-supported Ca2+ uptake in previously reported fractions of isolated rat CSR. We have found that CSR vesicles with improved Ca2+ transport capabilities can be isolated if 1 M KCl is used to stabilize the CSR activity and to allow the extraction of the CSR from the cellular debris. The average rate of Ca2+ uptake by the isolated rat CSR in the presence of 10 mM oxalate at 37 degrees C was 0.45 mumols/min-mg in the absence of CSR Ca2+ channel blockers and 0.87 mumols/min-mg in the presence of 10 microM ruthenium red. The Ca(2+)-dependent ATPase activity under the conditions of oxlate-supported uptake was 1.25 mumols/min-mg and 0.84 mumols/min-mg in the absence and presence of 10 microM ruthenium red, respectively. The rat CSR vesicles bound 3H-ryanodine with a Kd of 1.45 nM and a Bmax of 3.7 pmol mg. The level of phosphorylated intermediate was 0.30 nmol/mg. The values Bmax, EP and Ca(2+)-ATPase activity are from one-third to one-half of those previously reported for isolated canine CSR vesicles. These results suggest that the isolated rat CSR may be quite similar to dog CSR.

  18. Isolation, separation, and characterization of epithelial and connective cells from rat palate

    Terranova, Victor Paul [Univ. of Rochester, NY (United States)


    Epithelial and connective tissue cells were isolated from rat palate by sequential collagenase, hyaluronidase and trypsin digestion of the extracellular matrix. Differences between the two populations were noted with respect to total cell protein, total cell water, proline uptake and incorporation, percent collagen synthesized, effects of parathyroid hormone, metabolism of D-valine and cell density. Basal epithelial cells were subsequently separated from the heterogeneous epithelial cell population on shallow linear density gradients by velocity centrifugation. The type of collagen synthesized by the basal epithelial cells was compared to the type of collagen synthesized by the connective tissue cells by means of labeled amino acid incorporation ratios. Cells isolated from the epithelial and connective tissue were compared. From these studies it can be concluded that epithelial and connective tissue cells can be isolated from rat palate as viable and distinct populations with respect to the biochemical parameters examined. Furthermore, subpopulations can be separated and biochemically characterized.

  19. Diminished contractile responses of isolated conduit arteries in two rat models of hypertension.

    Zemancíková, Anna; Török, Jozef


    Hypertension is accompanied by thickening of arteries, resulting in marked changes in their passive and active mechanical properties. The aim of this study was to demonstrate that the large conduit arteries from hypertensive individuals may not exhibit enhanced contractions in vitro, as is often claimed. Mechanical responses to vasoconstrictor stimuli were measured under isometric conditions using ring arterial segments isolated from spontaneously hypertensive rats, N(omega)-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME)-treated Wistar rats, and untreated Wistar rats serving as normotensive control. We found that thoracic aortas from both types of hypertensive rats had a greater sensitivity but diminished maximal developed tension in response to noradrenaline, when compared with that from normotensive rats. In superior mesenteric arteries, the sensitivity to noradrenaline was similar in all examined rat groups but in L-NAME-treated rats, these arteries exhibited decreased active force when stimulated with high noradrenaline concentrations, or with 100 mM KCl. These results indicate that hypertension leads to specific biomechanical alterations in diverse arterial types which are reflected in different modifications in their contractile properties.

  20. Effect of hypertonic saline solution on the left ventricular functions of isolated hearts from burned rats

    周继红; 刘大维; 王正国; 朱佩芳


    To study the effect of hypertonic saline solution on the left ventricular functions of isolated hearts from burned rats. Methods: Thirty-six Wistar rats were used and divided into 4 groups: (1) normal hearts perfused with isotonic Krebs-Henseleit solution; (2) normal hearts perfused with Krebs-Henseleit solution which contained 215 mmol/L Na+; (3) hearts of rats suffered from 25% TBSA third degree burn and perfused with isotonic Krebs-Henseleit solution; (4) hearts of the burned rats perfused with Krebs-Henseleit solution which contained 215 mmol/L Na+. The systolic and diastolic functions of the left ventricle were observed. Results: During perfusion, there were very short periods of decrease in heart systolic and diastolic functions at first, but they recovered very soon and even became stronger than normal both in the normal and burned rats. The systolic and diastolic functions of the hearts increased very significantly when the perfusion solution was changed to isotonic solution from the hypertonic solutions. The effect of the hypertonic saline solution on the ventricular systolic and diastolic improvements was stronger in the hearts of the burned rats than that in the normal hearts. Conclusions: Hypertonic saline solution can directly affect myocardium and significantly improve the ventricular systolic and diastolic functions, especially in the hearts of the burned rats.

  1. Isolation of a presumed mucoprotein fraction from rat intestine

    Feinstein, R.N.; Butler, C.L.


    The mucoproteins of intestinal mucosa are of interest to radiation biochemistry for a variety of reasons: (a) the known sensitivity of intestine to x-radiation; (b) post-irradiation bacteremia characterized by the presence in the blood of intestinal microorganisms, which may indicate degradation of such a `ground substance` as mucoproteins are considered to be; (c) post-irradiation desquamation of intestinal epithelium; and (d) post-irradiation increase in serum polysaccharide, which may arise from degradation of x-ray sensitive glycoprotein (mucoprotein). Considerable effort has therefore been put into an attempt to isolate an intestinal mucoprotein on which to test the effects of irradiation. A protein fraction has now been isolated which, on the basis only of its method of preparation, is suggested may be a mucoprotein. The material has not yet been fully characterized, nor is its degree of homogeneity known. 10 refs., 1 tab.

  2. Protective effect of magnesium and selenium on cadmium toxicity in the isolated perfused rat liver system.

    Ali Ghaffarian-Bahraman


    Full Text Available The isolated perfused rat liver (IPRL model has been used into toxicology study of rat liver. This model provides an opportunity at evaluation of liver function in an isolated setting. Studies showed that Cd, in a dose-dependent manner, induced toxic effects in IPRL models, and these effects were associated with aminotransferase activity and lipid peroxidation. The aim of this study was to investigate whether Mg  and/or Se could have protective effects against the Cd toxicity in the IPRL model. Male Wistar rats (9-10 weeks weighing 260-300 gr were used in this study. They were randomly divided into 8 groups of 4-6 rats per cage. In group 1, liver was perfused by Krebs-Henseleit buffer without MgSO4 (Control. Groups 2-8 were exposed to Mg, Se, Cd, Mg +Se, Cd + Mg, Cd + Se, Cd + Mg + Se respectively in Krebs-Henseleit buffer with no added MgSo4. Biochemical changes in the liver were examined within 90 minutes, and the result showed that the exposure to Cd, lowered glutathione level, while it increased malondialdehyde level and aminotransferase activities in IPRL model. Mg administration during exposure to Cd reduces the toxicity of Cd in the liver isolated while Se administration during exposure to Cd did not decrease Cd hepatotoxicity. Nevertheless, simultaneous treatment with Se and Mg on Cd toxicity have strengthened protective effects than the supplementation of Se alone in the liver.

  3. Cardiovascular actions of the venom from the Irukandji (Carukia barnesi) jellyfish: effects in human, rat and guinea-pig tissues in vitro and in pigs in vitro.

    Winkel, Kenneth D; Tibballs, James; Molenaar, Peter; Lambert, Gavin; Coles, Peter; Ross-Smith, Mark; Wiltshire, Carolyn; Fenner, Peter J; Gershwin, Lisa-Ann; Hawdon, Gabrielle M; Wright, Christine E; Angus, James A


    1. We have investigated the cardiovascular pharmacology of the crude venom extract (CVE) from the potentially lethal, very small carybdeid jellyfish Carukia barnesi, in rat, guinea-pig and human isolated tissues and anaesthetized piglets. 2. In rat and guinea-pig isolated right atria, CVE (0.1-10 microg/mL) caused tachycardia in the presence of atropine (1 micromol/L), a response almost completely abolished by pretreatment with tetrodotoxin (TTX; 0.1 micromol/L). In paced left atria from guinea-pig or rat, CVE (0.1-3 microg/mL) caused a positive inotropic response in the presence of atropine (1 micromol/L). 3. In rat mesenteric small arteries, CVE (0.1-30 microg/mL) caused concentration-dependent contractions that were unaffected by 0.1 micromol/L TTX, 0.3 micromol/L prazosin or 0.1 micromol/L omega-conotoxin GVIA. 4. Neither the rat right atria tachycardic response nor the contraction of rat mesenteric arteries to CVE were affected by the presence of box jellyfish (Chironex fleckeri) antivenom (92.6 units/mL). 5. In human isolated driven right atrial trabeculae muscle strips, CVE (10 microg/mL) tended to cause an initial fall, followed by a more sustained increase, in contractile force. In the presence of atropine (1 micromol/L), CVE only caused a positive inotropic response. In separate experiments in the presence of propranolol (0.2 micromol/L), the negative inotropic effect of CVE was enhanced, whereas the positive inotropic response was markedly decreased. 6. In anaesthetized piglets, CVE (67 microg/kg, i.v.) caused sustained tachycardia and systemic and pulmonary hypertension. Venous blood samples demonstrated a marked elevation in circulating levels of noradrenaline and adrenaline. 7. We conclude that C. barnesi venom may contain a neural sodium channel activator (blocked by TTX) that, in isolated atrial tissue (and in vivo), causes the release of transmitter (and circulating) catecholamines. The venom may also contain a 'direct' vasoconstrictor component

  4. Effect of interleukin-1 on the biosynthesis of proinsulin and insulin in isolated rat pancreatic islets

    Hansen, Birgit Sehested; Linde, S; Spinas, G A


    Insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) is often preceded or associated with lymphocytic infiltration in the islets of Langerhans (insulitis). We recently demonstrated that interleukin-1 (IL-1) produced by activated macrophages exerts a bimodal effect on insulin release and biosynthesis...... in isolated rat islets. In the present study we have further analysed the effect of recombinant human interleukin-1 beta (rIL-1) on the biosynthesis and conversion of proinsulin 1 and 2 in rat islets. By RP-HPLC-analysis of islets labelled with [3H]leucine we found that exposure to 6 ng/ml of IL-1 for 24 h...

  5. Regulation of ketogenesis during the suckling-weanling transition in the rat. Studies with isolated hepatocytes.

    Benito, M; Whitelaw, E; Williamson, D H


    The rates of ketogenesis from endogenous substrates, butyrate or oleate, have been measured in isolated hepatocytes from suckling and weanling rats. Ketogenesis from endogenous substrate and from oleate decreased on weaning, whereas the rate from butyrate remained unchanged. It is concluded that the major site of regulation of ketogenesis during this period of development involves the disposal of long-chain fatty acyl-CoA between the esterification and beta-oxidation pathways. Modulators of lipogenesis [dihydroxyacetone and 5-(tetradecyloxy)-2-furoic acid] did not alter the rate of ketogenesis in hepatocytes from suckling rats, and it is suggested that this is due to the low rate of lipogenesis in these cells. Hepatocytes from fed weanling rats have a high rate of lipogenesis and evidence is presented for a reciprocal relationship between ketogenesis and lipogenesis, and ketogenesis, and esterification in these cells. Dibutyryl cyclic AMP stimulated ketogenesis from oleate in hepatocytes from fed weanling rats, even in the presence of an inhibitor of lipogenesis [5-(tetradecyloxy)-2-furoic acid], but not in cells from suckling rats. It is suggested that cyclic AMP may act via inhibition of esterification and that in hepatocytes from suckling rats ketogenesis is already maximally stimulated by the high basal concentrations of cyclic AMP [Beaudry, Chiasson & Exton (1977) Am. J. Physiol. 233, E175--E180].

  6. [Early social isolation increases aggression and impairs a short-term habituation in acoustic startle reflex in rats].

    Krupina, N A; Khlebnikova, N N; Orlova, I N


    Prolonged social isolation in early ontogeny leads to various changes in behavior and cognitive dysfunction in adult rats; however, data on the disorders are contradictory. In the present work, we studied the effects of early social isolation in Wistar rats by indices of psychomotor activity, aggression, anxiety, depression-like behavior, sensorimotor reactivity and short-term habituation of acoustic startle reflex. On the 24th postnatal day, rats were weaned from the dams and housed in individual cages for nine consecutive weeks. Animal behavior was evaluated at the age of one, two and three months. Immediately after weaning from the dam rats in the experimental group did not differ from the control on any of the indices. After four weeks of social isolation, rats showed an increased aggression in the social contact test. In rats isolated for an 8-weeks period, the increase in active non-aggressive contacts with a slight increase in motor activity in the elevated plus maze (E PM) accompanied increased aggression. At any terms of examination, isolated rats did not differ from the control in the anxiety in EPM, in the anxiety-phobic score, which is evaluated in a battery of tests, and in the duration of immobility which characterizes depression in the forced swimming test. Rats isolated for an 8-weeks period increased daily liquid intake by increasing the consumption of sucrose. After nine weeks of isolation, basal startle amplitude and prepulse inhibition that is, the characteristics of sensorimotor gating did not differ from the control, but there was a lack of short-term habituation of the acoustic startle reflex. Based on the data obtained, Wistar rats subjected to prolonged social isolation can be seen as a model of increased aggression with signs of cognitive deficits by indices of non-associative learning in the acoustic startle reflex.

  7. Atria selective prolongation by NIP-142, an antiarrhythmic agent, of refractory period and action potential duration in guinea pig myocardium.

    Matsuda, Tomoyuki; Takeda, Kentaro; Ito, Mie; Yamagishi, Reiko; Tamura, Miku; Nakamura, Hideki; Tsuruoka, Noriko; Saito, Tomoaki; Masumiya, Haruko; Suzuki, Takeshi; Iida-Tanaka, Naoko; Itokawa-Matsuda, Maho; Yamashita, Toru; Tsuruzoe, Nobutomo; Tanaka, Hikaru; Shigenobu, Koki


    NIP-142 is a novel benzopyran compound that was shown to prolong the atrial effective refractory period and terminate experimental atrial fibrillation in the dog. In the present study, we examined the effects of NIP-142 on isolated guinea pig myocardium and on the G-protein-coupled inwardly rectifying potassium channel current (acetylcholine-activated potassium current; I(KACh)) expressed in Xenopus oocytes. NIP-142 (10 and 100 microM) concentration-dependently prolonged the refractory period and action potential duration in the atrium but not in the ventricle. E-4031 and 4-aminopyridine prolonged action potential duration in both left atrium and right ventricle. Prolongation by NIP-142 of the atrial action potential duration was observed at stimulation frequencies between 0.5 and 5 Hz. In contrast, the prolongation by E-4031 was not observed at higher frequencies. Tertiapin, a blocker of I(KACh), prolonged action potential duration in the atrium but not in the ventricle. NIP-142 completely reversed the carbachol-induced shortening of atrial action potential duration. NIP-142 (1 to 100 microM), as well as tertiapin (0.1 to 100 nM), concentration-dependently blocked I(KACh) expressed in Xenopus oocytes; the blockade by NIP-142 was not affected by membrane voltage. In conclusion, NIP-142 was shown to prolong atrial refractory period and action potential duration through blockade of I(KACh) which may possibly explain its previously described antiarrhythmic activity. NIP-142 has pharmacological properties that are different from classical class III antiarrhythmic agents such as atria specificity and lack of reverse frequency dependence, and thus appears promising for the treatment of supraventricular arrhythmia.

  8. Electrical Properties of Isolated Cardiomyocytes in a Rat Model of Thiamine Deficiency

    Artur Santos-Miranda


    Full Text Available In modern society, thiamine deficiency (TD remains an important medical condition linked to altered cardiac function. There have been contradictory reports about the impact of TD on heart physiology, especially in the context of cardiac excitability. In order to address this particular question, we used a TD rat model and patch-clamp technique to investigate the electrical properties of isolated cardiomyocytes from epicardium and endocardium. Neither cell type showed substantial differences on the action potential waveform and transient outward potassium current. Based on our results we can conclude that TD does not induce major electrical remodeling in isolated cardiac myocytes in either endocardium or epicardium cells.

  9. Cytotoxic effects of postharvest fungicides, ortho-phenylphenol, thiabendazole and imazalil, on isolated rat hepatocytes.

    Nakagawa, Y; Moore, G A


    The cytotoxic effects of ortho-phenylphenol (OPP), imazalil (IMZ) and thiabendazole (TBZ) on isolated rat hepatocytes were investigated. Addition of IMZ and OPP to hepatocyte suspensions at a concentration of 0.75 mM resulted in acute cell death, accompanied by depletion of intracellular levels of glutathione and protein thiols. Both compounds rapidly depleted cellular ATP which consistently preceded the cell death. In addition, the cell death caused by IMZ was accompanied by the accumulation of intracellular malondialdehyde, indicating initiation of lipid peroxidation. During a 3-hr incubation period, TBZ did not affect these parameters. In mitochondria isolated from rat liver, IMZ and OPP impaired respiration related to oxidative phosphorylation. Based on these results, the order of toxic potency is IMZ > OPP > TBZ.

  10. Contraceptive studies of isolated fractions of Cuminum cyminum in male albino rats.

    Saxena, Poonam; Gupta, Rajnish; Gupta, R S


    The contraceptive efficacy of Cuminum cyminum isolated fractions (CcFr) in male albino rats was investigated. Oral dose of CcFr at 50 mg/rat/day for 60 days revealed no significant changes in body weight, while marked abnormalities in spermatogenesis were observed with decreased counts (P ≤ 0.001) in round spermatids, preleptotene spermatocytes and secondary spermatocytes. Cross sectional surface area of Sertoli cells as well as number of mature Leydig cell were decreased significantly (P ≤ 0.001). Testicular as well as accessory sex organ biochemical parameters were significantly changed (P ≤ 0.001). Sperm motility, density and morphology were resulted in 100% negative fertility. Testosterone levels were declined significantly. In conclusion, Cuminum cyminum inhibited spermatogenesis in rats, indicating the possibility of developing an herbal male contraceptive.

  11. Interaction of propionate and carnitine metabolism in isolated rat hepatocytes

    Brass, E.P.; Beyerinck, R.A.


    Propionate (P) and its metabolic products P-CoA and methylmalonyl-CoA can disrupt normal hepatic metabolism. Carnitine (Cn) has been shown to partially restore cellular function in the presence of P. This effect of Cn may result from removal of propionyl groups as propionylcarnitine (P-Cn). The present study examined the kinetics of P-Cn formation in rat hepatocytes, and the consequence of P-Cn formation on P and Cn metabolism. /sup 14/C-P was converted to CO/sub 2/, glucose and P-Cn in the hepatocyte system. Increasing concentrations of Cn up to 10.0 mM increased P-Cn formation from P without affecting CO/sub 2/ or glucose formation. Thus, 10.0 mM Cn increased total P metabolism by 40%. Metabolism of P was associated with a decrease in Cn concentration and an increase in short chain acylcarnitines (SCCn). In the absence of added Cn, 60 min incubation with P decreased Cn from 6.8 to 2.5 with a corresponding increase in SCCn. This effect of P to deplete free Cn was not seen to the same degree with butyrate in place of P. Similar increases in the formation of SCCn in the presence of P at the expense of free Cn were seen when the incubation Cn concentration was increased to 50 or 150 HPLC methodologies to study specific acylcarnitines demonstrated the accumulation of large amounts of P-Cn in the incubations containing P, accounting for the depletion of free Cn.

  12. Differential regulation of atrial contraction by P1 and P2 purinoceptors in normotensive and spontaneously hypertensive rats.

    Rodrigues, Juliano Quintella Dantas; da Silva, Edilson Dantas; de Magalhães Galvão, Kleber; Miranda-Ferreira, Regiane; Caricati-Neto, Afonso; Jurkiewicz, Neide Hyppolito; Garcia, Antônio G; Jurkiewicz, Aron


    In the normotensive rat atrium, adenosine-5'-triphosphate and uridine-5'-triphosphate exert a biphasic effect consisting of an initial negative inotropic effect (NIE) followed by a subsequent positive inotropic effect (PIE). We comparatively studied these responses in normotensive Wistar rats (NWRs) and spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs). Compared with NWRs, the NIE responses in the atria were lower and the PIE responses were higher in SHRs. The P1 purinoceptor antagonist, D 8-cyclopentyl-1,3-dipropylxanthine, partially blocked the NIE responses of both ATP and UTP and mildly enhanced the PIE responses in both NWRs and SHRs. Furthermore, the P2 purinoceptor blockers suramin and pyridoxalphosphate-6-azophenyl-2',4'-disulphonic acid tetrasodium salt induced a pronounced block of the PIE responses in both atria types. The PIE responses to ATP were inhibited more efficiently by nifedipine. These responses were depressed by ryanodine and, to a lesser extent, carbonyl cyanide 3-chlorophenylhydrazone in SHR atria compared with NWR atria. The higher responses in SHR rats suggest the existence of an augmented endoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+) store and faster mitochondrial Ca(2+) cycling in SHR atria compared with NWR atria. These data support the hypothesis that a dysfunction of purinergic neurotransmission and enhanced sympathetic activity are contributing factors in the pathogenesis of hypertension.

  13. Vasorelaxant action of aqueous extract of the leaves of Persea americana on isolated thoracic rat aorta.

    Owolabi, Mbang A; Jaja, Smith I; Coker, Herbert A B


    The present study investigated the vasorelaxant action of the aqueous leaves extract of Persea americana on isolated rat aorta. The results showed that the extract produced significant vasorelaxation and that the effect is dependent on the synthesis or release of endothelium-derived relaxing factors (EDRFs) as well as the release of prostanoid. The extract also reduced vasoconstriction probably by inhibiting Ca2+ influx through calcium channels.

  14. Kinetics of reversible-sequestration of leukocytes by the isolated perfused rat lung

    Goliaei, B.


    The kinetics and morphology of sequestration and margination of rat leukocytes were studied using an isolated perfused and ventilated rat lung preparation. Whole rat blood, bone marrow suspension, or leukocyte suspensions, were used to perfuse the isolated rat lung. The lung was also perfused with latex particle suspensions and the passage of particles through the lung capillaries was studied. When a leukocyte suspension was perfused through the lung in the single-pass mode, the rate of sequestration decreased as more cells were perfused. In contrast, latex particles of a size comparable to that of leukocytes were totally stopped by the lung. When the leukocyte suspension was recirculated through the lung, cells were rapidly removed from circulation until a steady state was reached, after which no net removal of cells by the lung occurred. These results indicate that leukocytes are reversibly sequestered from circulation. The sequestered cells marginated and attached to the luminal surface of the endothelium of post-capillary venules and veins. A mathematical model was developed based on the assumption that the attachment and detachment of leukocytes to blood vessel walls follows first-order kinetics. The model correctly predicts the following characteristics of the system: (a) the kinetics of the sequestration of leukocytes by the lung; (b) the existence of a steady state when a suspension of leukocytes is recirculated through the lung; and (c) the independence of the fraction of cells remaining in circulation from the starting concentration for all values of starting concentration. (ERB)

  15. Neonatal stress tempers vulnerability of acute stress response in adult socially isolated rats

    Mariangela Serra


    Full Text Available Adverse experiences occurred in early life and especially during childhood and adolescence can have negative impact on behavior later in life and the quality of maternal care is considered a critical moment that can considerably influence the development and the stress responsiveness in offspring. This review will assess how the association between neonatal and adolescence stressful experiences such as maternal separation and social isolation, at weaning, may influence the stress responsiveness and brain plasticity in adult rats. Three hours of separation from the pups (3-14 postnatal days significantly increased frequencies of maternal arched-back nursing and licking-grooming by dams across the first 14 days postpartum and induced a long-lasting increase in their blood levels of corticosterone. Maternal separation, which per sedid not modified brain and plasma allopregnanolone and corticosterone levels in adult rats, significantly reduced social isolation-induced decrease of the levels of these hormones. Moreover, the enhancement of corticosterone and allopregnanolone levels induced by foot shock stress in socially isolated animals that were exposed to maternal separation was markedly reduced respect to that observed in socially isolated animals. Our results suggest that in rats a daily brief separation from the mother during the first weeks of life, which per se did not substantially alter adult function and reactivity of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA axis, elicited a significant protection versus the subsequent long-term stressful experience such that induced by social isolation from weaning. Proceedings of the 10th International Workshop on Neonatology · Cagliari (Italy · October 22nd-25th, 2014 · The last ten years, the next ten years in NeonatologyGuest Editors: Vassilios Fanos, Michele Mussap, Gavino Faa, Apostolos Papageorgiou

  16. Interleukin 1 dose-dependently affects the biosynthesis of (pro)insulin in isolated rat islets of Langerhans

    Spinas, G A; Hansen, B S; Linde, S


    Human crude and recombinant interleukin 1 (IL-1) was found to dose- and time-dependently affect the biosynthesis of (pro)insulin in isolated rat islets of Langerhans. Incubation of rat islets with either 0.5 U/ml or 5 U/ml of crude IL-1 for 1 h had no detectable effect on (pro)insulin biosynthesis...

  17. Modulation of vagal activity to atria electrical remodeling resulted from rapid atrial pacing

    Shulong Zhang; Yanzong Yang; Yingxue Dong; Lianjun Gao; Donghui Yang; Chunyue Zhao; Hongwei Zhao; Xiaomeng Yin; Jinqiu Liu; Zhihu Lin


    Background Atrial electrical remodeling(AER)plays an important role in the pathogenesis and maintenance of atrialfibrillation.However,little is known about modulation of vagal activilty to AER.This study aimed to investigate the relationshipbetween vagal moduation and AER. Methods Twenty four adult mongrel dogs under general anesthesia were randomized into 3groups.Sympathetic activity was blocked by administration of metoprolol in 3 groups.The changes in vagal modulation to atria afterAER were observed in 10 dogs without vagal interruption in group A.The effects of vagal intervention on AER were investigated in 8dogs with administration of atropine in group B.The impact of aggressively vagal activity on AER was studied in 6 dogs with bilateralcervical vag sympathetic trunLks stimulation during AER in group C.Bilateral cervicall vagosympathetic trunks were decentralized.Multipolar catheters wereplaced into high right atria(RA),coronary sinus(CS)and rightventricle(RV).AER was induced by 600 bpmpacing through RA catheter for 30 minutes.Attial effective refractory period(ERP)and vulnerability window (VW)of atrial fibrillationwere measured with and without vagal stimulation before and after AER.Results In group A,ERP decreased significantly at baselineand during vagal stimulation after AER compared with that beforeAER(all P<0.05).In group B,ERP remaind unchanged at baselineand vagal stimulation after AER compared with tbat before AER (all P>0.05).In group C,ERP shortened significantly at baseline andvagal stimulation after AER compared with that before AER(all P<0.05).ERP shortening after AER in Groups A and C increasedsignificantly than that in group B (all P<0.05).Atrial fibrillation could not be induced at baseline(VW close to 0) before and after AERin three groups.VW became widen significantly during vagal stimulation after AER compared with that before AER in Groups A and C(all P<0.05),while VW remained unchanged in group B (VW close to 0).Conclusions

  18. Soome lihatööstus Atria Group lubab Leedu lihaga Eesti turgu hõivata / Krista Taim

    Taim, Krista


    Ilmunud ka: Delovõje Vedomosti 15. sept. lk. 7. Atria Groupi kavatsustest tungida Eesti turule Leedu tütarfirma Vilnius Mesa kaudu. Eesti lihatööstuste juhtide hinnangul oleks võimalik siinsel turul läbi lüüa vaid dumpinghindadega

  19. Soome lihatööstus Atria Group lubab Leedu lihaga Eesti turgu hõivata / Krista Taim

    Taim, Krista


    Ilmunud ka: Delovõje Vedomosti 15. sept. lk. 7. Atria Groupi kavatsustest tungida Eesti turule Leedu tütarfirma Vilnius Mesa kaudu. Eesti lihatööstuste juhtide hinnangul oleks võimalik siinsel turul läbi lüüa vaid dumpinghindadega

  20. Negative visuospatial priming in isolation-reared rats: Evidence of resistance to the disruptive effects of amphetamine.

    Amitai, Nurith; Powell, Susan; Weber, Martin; Swerdlow, Neal R; Young, Jared W


    Negative visuospatial priming (NP) represents a quantifiable measure of inhibitory information processing that is disrupted in several neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia. We developed a novel rodent NP task to investigate mechanisms underlying NP and its role in various disorders, and to test potential therapeutics. In the present studies, we further characterized this novel paradigm by investigating whether NP is disrupted in rats reared in isolation, a developmental manipulation that produces a range of abnormalities in behavior, neurochemistry, and brain structure that mirror aspects of schizophrenia pathology. We also further explored the role of monoaminergic signaling in NP and the effects of isolation rearing by challenging both socially reared and isolation-reared rats with D-amphetamine during the NP task. Although fewer isolation-reared animals learned the complex NP task, those that learned exhibited unaffected NP compared with socially reared rats. Consistent with previous reports, D-amphetamine impaired NP and increased motor impulsivity in socially reared rats. In contrast, D-amphetamine did not affect NP or motor impulsivity in isolation-reared rats. These data confirm a monoaminergic influence on NP behavior and indicate that rats reared in isolation have altered dopaminergic sensitivity.

  1. A unique method for the isolation of nasal olfactory stem cells in living rats.

    Stamegna, Jean-Claude; Girard, Stéphane D; Veron, Antoine; Sicard, Gilles; Khrestchatisky, Michel; Feron, François; Roman, François S


    Stem cells are attractive tools to develop new therapeutic strategies for a variety of disorders. While ethical and technical issues, associated with embryonic, fetal and neural stem cells, limit the translation to clinical applications, the nasal stem cells identified in the human olfactory mucosa stand as a promising candidate for stem cell-based therapies. Located in the back of the nose, this multipotent stem cell type is readily accessible in humans, a feature that makes these cells highly suitable for the development of autologous cell-based therapies. However, preclinical studies based on autologous transplantation of rodent olfactory stem cells are impeded because of the narrow opening of the nasal cavity. In this study, we report the development of a unique method permitting to quickly and safely biopsy olfactory mucosa in rats. Using this newly developed technique, rat stem cells expressing the stem cell marker Nestin were successfully isolated without requiring the sacrifice of the donor animal. As an evidence of the self-renewal capacity of the isolated cells, several millions of rat cells were amplified from a single biopsy within four weeks. Using an olfactory discrimination test, we additionally showed that this novel biopsy method does not affect the sense of smell and the learning and memory abilities of the operated animals. This study describes for the first time a methodology allowing the derivation of rat nasal cells in a way that is suitable for studying the effects of autologous transplantation of any cell type present in the olfactory mucosa in a wide variety of rat models.

  2. Nitric Oxide Overproduction Reduces Insulin Secretion from Isolated Islets in Fetal Hypothyroid Rats.

    Rouintan, Z; Farrokhfall, K; Karbalaei, N; Ghasemi, A


    Thyroid hormones have developmental effects during fetal life. Fetal hypothyroidism leads to glucose intolerance and reduced insulin secretion capacity. Activity of nitric oxide synthases follows a heterogeneous pattern in hypothyroidism. Overactivity of constitutive nitric oxide synthase (NOS), inhibits glucose-stimulated insulin release. The aim of this study was to examine if reduction in insulin secretion in fetal hypothyroidism is due to overproduction of nitric oxide. Pregnant Wistar rats were divided into 2 groups; the experimental group consumed water containing 0.02% of 6-propyl-2-thiouracil till delivery, while the control group consumed tap water. After delivery serum thyroid hormones were measured. Intravenous glucose tolerance test was performed in 6-month old offspring (n=8). After 3 weeks recovery, pancreatic islets were isolated and insulin secretion, inducible and constitutive nitric oxide synthase activity were measured (n=4). Compared to controls, during intravenous glucose tolerance test, fetal hypothyroid rats had high plasma glucose concentration (p=0.003) and low plasma insulin levels (p=0.012) at 5-20 min and their insulin secretion from isolated islets at basal glucose concentration and in the presence of l-arginine was lower. The nitric oxide synthase inhibitor, NG-nitro-l-arginine methyl ester significantly improved insulin secretion in fetal hypothyroid rats at basal glucose concentration and in the presence of l-arginine. The results showed higher NOS activities in fetal hypothyroid rats (constitutive 17.60±1.09 vs. 47.34±4.44 and inducible 4.09±0.96 vs. 19.97±1.14 pmol/min/mg proteins, p=0.002). In conclusion, NO overproduction through NOS participates in decreased insulin secretion in fetal hypothyroid rats.

  3. The effect of inducing agents on the metabolism of trypanocidal diamidines by isolated rat hepatocytes.

    Atsriku, C; Watson, D G; Grant, M H; Skellern, G G


    This study has investigated the effect of phenobarbitone (PB), 3-methylcholanthrene (3-MC), and deltamethrin (DM) on the metabolism of two trypanocidal diamidines; pentamidine isethionate and diminazene aceturate in freshly isolated Sprague-Dawley rat hepatocytes. There were significant increases in the total cytochrome p450 content of hepatocytes obtained from rats pre-treated with PB and 3-MC, whereas pre-treatment with DM did not produce any significant induction of cytochrome p450. However, pre-treatment of rats with each of the three agents led to inhibition of pentamidine metabolism following a 3h incubation of pentamidine (100 microM) with freshly isolated rat hepatocytes (5 x 10(6) cells ml(-1)). Pre-treatment with 3-MC caused the highest inhibitory effect on pentamidine metabolism (8-fold inhibition), compared with PB (4.8-fold) and DM (2.2-fold). Six previously reported phase I metabolites of pentamidine were identified in cells from all the pre-treated animals as well as controls. When compared to the control group, there were significant differences between the profiles of the three major metabolites of pentamidine, 1,5-di(4'-amidinophenoxy)-2-pentanol, 1,5-di(4'-amidinophenoxy)-3-pentanol and 5-(4'-amidinophenoxy) pentanoic acid, in hepatocytes from the DM and 3-MC pre-treated rats, whereas no significant differences were observed in the cells from the PB pre-treated group. In contrast, diminazene was not metabolised with the same experimental conditions. Differences in the metabolic profiles of pentamidine and its metabolites as a result of concomitant exposure to environmental xenobiotics could have important toxicological and pharmacological implications for patients that receive the drug.

  4. A rat model for isolated bilateral lung contusion from blunt chest trauma.

    Raghavendran, Krishnan; Davidson, Bruce A; Helinski, Jadwiga D; Marschke, Cristi J; Manderscheid, Patricia; Woytash, James A; Notter, Robert H; Knight, Paul R


    Lung contusion affects 17%-25% of adult blunt trauma patients, and is the leading cause of death from blunt thoracic injury. A small animal model for isolated bilateral lung contusion has not been developed. We induced lung contusion in anesthetized rats by dropping a 0.3-kg weight onto a precordial protective shield to direct the impact force away from the heart and toward the lungs. Lung injury was characterized as a function of chest impact energy (1.8-2.7 J) by measurements of arterial oxygenation, bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) albumin and cytology, pressure-volume mechanics, and histopathology. Histology confirmed bilateral lung contusion without substantial cardiac muscle trauma. Rats receiving 2.7 J of chest impact energy had 33% mortality that exceeded prospectively defined limits for sublethal injury. Hypoxemia in rats with maximal sublethal injury (2.45 J) met criteria for acute lung injury at lung volumes at 48 h. We concluded that an impact energy of 2.45 J induces isolated, bilateral lung contusion and provides a useful model for future mechanistic pathophysiological assessments.

  5. Effects of Lipoteichoic Acid induced Delayed Preconditioning on Ischemia-reperfusion Injury in Isolated Rat Hearts

    马世玉; 向继洲; 吴基良; 胡本容


    To explore the potential of lipoteichoic acid (LTA) induced cardioprotection against is-chemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury in isolated rat hearts and whether endogenous nitric oxide (NO)participates-in the protection, the rats were pretreated with LTA (1 mg/kg, i. p. ) 24 h before theexperiment, and the isolated hearts were subjected to 30 min no-flow normothermic global ischemiaand 60 min reperfusion after a 20-min stabilization period by the langendorff method. Cardiac func-tions were evaluated at the end of stabilization, and at 30 min, 60 min of reperfusion. The amountsof MB isoenzyme of creatine kinase (CK-MB), lactate dehydrogenase(LDH) and total NO oxidationproducts in the coronary effluent were measured spectrophotometrically at the end of reperfusion. Itwas revealed that pretreatment with LTA could significantly improve the recovery of cardiac func-tion, reduce the release of CK-MB and LDH, and increase the concentrations of NO in coronary ef-fluent. The protective effects were abrogated by pretreatment of the rats with L-NAME. It wasconcluded that LTA could induce the delayed cardioprotection against I/R injury, and endogenousNO may be involved in the mechanisms.

  6. The vasodilatory action of telmisartan on isolated mesenteric artery rings from rats.

    Chen, Xiao-Ping; Qian, Li-Ren


    Angiotensin II type 1 receptor blockers (ARBs) represent one of the widely used antihypertensive agents. In addition to anti-hypertension effect, some ARBs also show other molecular effects such as activating peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ and so on. Here we studied the effects of telmisartan on the rat isolated mesenteric artery rings pre-contracted by phenylephrine (PE). Rat mesenteric artery rings were pre-contracted with 10 μM PE, and cumulative concentration-response curves to telmisartan were obtained. The endothelium-dependent mechanisms were investigated by mechanical removal of the endothelium. K(+) channels were investigated by pretreatment of the artery rings with various K(+) channel blockers. Telmisartan produced concentration-dependent relaxation of the artery rings pre-contracted by 10 μM PE. Denudation of the endothelium did not affect the relaxant effect of telmisartan. Pretreatment with BaCl2 nearly inhibited the relaxation induced by the 0.5, 1, 5 and 10 μM telmisartan, but did not affect the relaxation induced by the 50 and 100 μM telmisartan. While the relaxation induced by telmisartan was not affected by pretreatment with TEA, 4-AP and glibenclamide. These findings demonstrated that telmisartan produces concentration dependent vasodilation in isolated rat mesenteric artery rings with or without endothelium pre-contracted by PE. KIR channel may be involved in such a relaxant effect of telmisartan.

  7. Influence of microwaves on the beating rate of isolated rat hearts.

    Yee, K C; Chou, C K; Guy, A W


    Previous reports have shown that microwave exposure can decrease the beating rate of isolated rat hearts. These experiments were conducted at room temperature and with the hearts exposed to air. We observed arrhythmia frequently at room temperature, and the variation of heart beat was so large that it makes the results difficult to reproduce. Therefore, we employed a double-circulating system to provide perfusion through the coronary artery and around the outside of the heart to maintain the rat hearts at 37.7 degrees C. No arrhythmias were observed in our experiments, and the hearts were beating for at least 1 h. The effects of 16-Hz modulated 2,450-MHz pulsed microwaves (10 microseconds, 100 pps) on the beating rate of 50 isolated rat hearts were studied. Results showed no statistically significant changes of heart rate in exposed groups at SARs of 2 and 10 W/kg compared with the control group. The effect seen at 200 W/kg was shown to be similar to that resulting from heating the heart.

  8. Contrasting cardiovascular properties of the µ-opioid agonists morphine and methadone in the rat.

    Tung, Kenneth H; Angus, James A; Wright, Christine E


    Morphine and methadone share the property of μ-opioid receptor agonism yet have markedly different cardiovascular actions suggesting additional properties are at play. We investigated the i.v. dose-response relationships of the opioids on cardiovascular metameters in anaesthetised rats in the absence or presence of H1- and H2-receptor antagonism and the μ-opioid antagonist naloxone. In vitro tissue assays were employed to define more clearly cardiac and vascular mechanisms of action. Morphine (9, 30, 90mg/kg i.v.) decreased heart rate (HR) and mean arterial pressure (MAP) - responses that were blocked by naloxone pretreatment (10mg/kg i.v.). In contrast, methadone (3, 10, 30mg/kg i.v.) caused dramatic short-lived (1-3min) bradycardia, hypotension and lengthening of the QT interval before stabilising 5min after i.v. dosing. Only the steady-state responses of HR and MAP were blocked by naloxone. Mepyramine (10mg/kg i.v.) and cimetidine (100mg/kg i.v.) also blocked the naloxone-sensitive components. In isolated small mesenteric arteries precontracted by K(+) 62mM or endothelin-1, methadone (1-30μM) relaxed vessels while morphine (1-100μM) had no effect. Pretreatment with naloxone (10μM), indomethacin (30μM) or nitro-l-arginine (100μM) did not affect the relaxation to methadone. In rat isolated left atria, morphine and methadone inhibited inotropic responses at high concentrations (100μM). In rat papillary muscle and right atria, methadone was more than 30 times more potent at lengthening the refractory period and slowing the atrial rate than morphine. We conclude that methadone is a potent vasodilator agent, possibly through blocking L-type calcium channels.

  9. Effects of resocialization on post-weaning social isolation-induced abnormal aggression and social deficits in rats.

    Tulogdi, Aron; Tóth, Máté; Barsvári, Beáta; Biró, László; Mikics, Eva; Haller, József


    As previously shown, rats isolated from weaning develop abnormal social and aggressive behavior characterized by biting attacks targeting vulnerable body parts of opponents, reduced attack signaling, and increased defensive behavior despite increased attack counts. Here we studied whether this form of violent aggression could be reversed by resocialization in adulthood. During the first weak of resocialization, isolation-reared rats showed multiple social deficits including increased defensiveness and decreased huddling during sleep. Deficits were markedly attenuated in the second and third weeks. Despite improved social functioning in groups, isolated rats readily showed abnormal features of aggression in a resident-intruder test performed after the 3-week-long resocialization. Thus, post-weaning social isolation-induced deficits in prosocial behavior were eliminated by resocialization during adulthood, but abnormal aggression was resilient to this treatment. Findings are compared to those obtained in humans who suffered early social maltreatment, and who also show social deficits and dysfunctional aggression in adulthood.

  10. Stress increased ghrelin secretion from pancreatic isolated islets in male rats.

    Rostamkhani, Fatemeh; Zardooz, Homeira; Goshadrou, Fatemeh; Baveisi, Mahyar; Hedayati, Mehdi


    It has been demonstrated that plasma ghrelin is likely affected by stress, but little attention has been paid to the effect of stress on ghrelin release from pancreatic islets. This study investigates the effect of stress on ghrelin secretion from pancreatic islets in rats. Male Wistar rats were divided into control and stressed groups. The stressed group was further divided into foot-shock and psychological stress subgroups. Stress was induced by a communication box. After stress exposure, blood sampling was performed to determine the plasma levels of corticosterone, glucose, and ghrelin. Then the animals' pancreatic islets were isolated to assess their ghrelin output at 5.6, 8.3, and 16.7 mM glucose concentrations. Acute exposure to foot-shock and psychological stress both increased plasma corticosterone concentration. Moreover, plasma glucose concentration increased in the foot-shock stress group. Chronic exposure to foot-shock decreased plasma ghrelin concentration, whereas acute exposure had no significant effect. Acute and chronic exposure to foot-shock and psychological stress increased ghrelin secretion from isolated islets in the presence of different glucose concentrations. The results of the present study suggest that ghrelin secretion from isolated islets is not glucose-dependent. However, ghrelin secretion appears to be intensely responsive to both acute and chronic stress.

  11. Quantifying single microvessel permeability in isolated blood-perfused rat lung preparation.

    Kandasamy, Kathirvel; Parthasarathi, Kaushik


    The isolated blood-perfused lung preparation is widely used to visualize and define signaling in single microvessels. By coupling this preparation with real time imaging, it becomes feasible to determine permeability changes in individual pulmonary microvessels. Herein we describe steps to isolate rat lungs and perfuse them with autologous blood. Then, we outline steps to infuse fluorophores or agents via a microcatheter into a small lung region. Using these procedures described, we determined permeability increases in rat lung microvessels in response to infusions of bacterial lipopolysaccharide. The data revealed that lipopolysaccharide increased fluid leak across both venular and capillary microvessel segments. Thus, this method makes it possible to compare permeability responses among vascular segments and thus, define any heterogeneity in the response. While commonly used methods to define lung permeability require postprocessing of lung tissue samples, the use of real time imaging obviates this requirement as evident from the present method. Thus, the isolated lung preparation combined with real time imaging offers several advantages over traditional methods to determine lung microvascular permeability, yet is a straightforward method to develop and implement.

  12. Intake of Mung Bean Protein Isolate Reduces Plasma Triglyceride Level in Rats

    Nobuhiko Tachibana


    Full Text Available ABSTRACTBackground: Mung bean is well known as a starch source, but the physiological effects of mung bean protein have received little attention. In this study, we isolated mung bean protein from de-starched mung bean solutions, and investigated its influence on lipid metabolism. Objective: The aim of this study is to clarify the influence of the lipid metabolism by consumption of mung bean protein isolate (MPIMethods: Diets containing either mung bean protein isolate (MPI or casein were fed to normal rats for 28 days.Results: Both groups ate the same amount of food, but the plasma triglyceride level, relative liver weight and liver lipid contents (cholesterol and triglyceride pool in the MPI group were significantly lower than in the casein group. In the MPI group, the expression of sterol regulatory-element binding factor 1 (SREBF1 mRNA in the liver was significantly different when compared with the casein group. The significantly lower levels of insulin and free fatty acids in the MPI-fed rats may be due to the regulation of genes related to lipid metabolism in the liver.Conclusions: These results suggest that MPI may improve the plasma lipid profile by normalizing insulin sensitivity.Keywords: mung bean, Vigna radiata L., 8S globulin, triglyceride, β-conglycinin, 7S globulin, insulin sensitivity, SREBF1

  13. Lithium ameliorates autistic-like behaviors induced by neonatal isolation in rats

    Xiaoyan eWu


    Full Text Available Neonatal isolation is a widely accepted model to study the long-term behavioral changes produced by the early life events. However, it remains unknown whether neonatal isolation can induce autistic-like behaviors, and if so, whether pharmacological treatment can overcome it. Here, we reported that newborn rats subjected to individual isolations from their mother and nest for 1 hr per day from postnatal days 1 to 9 displayed apparent autistic-like symptoms including social deficits, excessive repetitive self-grooming behavior, and increased anxiety- and depressive-like behaviors tested in young adult (postnatal days 42-56 compared to normal reared controls. Furthermore, these behavioral changes were accompanied by impaired adult hippocampal neurogenesis and reduced the ratio of excitatory/inhibitory synaptic transmissions, as reflected by an increase in spontaneous inhibitory postsynaptic current (sIPSC and normal spontaneous excitatory postsynaptic current (sEPSC in the hippocampal CA1 pyramidal neuron. More importantly, chronic administration of lithium, a clinically used mood stabilizer, completely overcame neonatal isolation-induced autistic-like behaviors, and restored adult hippocampal neurogenesis as well as the balance between excitatory and inhibitory activities to physiological levels. These findings indicate that neonatal isolation may produce autistic-like behaviors, and lithium may be a potential therapeutic agent against autism spectrum disorders during development.

  14. Preparation and Primary Culture of Liver Cells Isolated from Adult Rats by Dispase Perfusion



    Full Text Available The dispase perfusion technique was used to isolate liver cells from adult rats. The optimum conditions for obtaining many isolated liver cells with high viability were an enzyme concentration of 2000 U/ml, a pH of 7.5 and a perfusion time of 20 min. The population of isolated liver cells prepared with dispase consisted of 43.6% cells with diameters less than 20 micron and 56.4% cells with diameters above 20 micron. The isolated liver cells were cultured in basal culture medium either supplemented with or without dexamethasone (1 X 10(-5M and insulin (10 micrograms/ml. The addition of hormones to the culture medium improved the attachment efficiency of the isolated liver cells and delayed the disappearance of mature hepatocytes. Epithelial-like clear cells proliferated early in primary culture even in the presence of hormones. Therefore, functioning mature hepatocytes and proliferating epithelial-like clear cells coexisted well in the hormone-containing medium. Furthermore, the number of cultured cells reached a maximal level earlier in the presence of hormones than in the absence of hormones. The level of TAT activity in primary cultured cells was higher up to 3 days after inoculation in the presence of hormones than in their absence. No difference between G6Pase activity in primary cultured cells in the presence of hormones and that in the absence of hormones was found.

  15. Uncoupling and oxidative stress in liver mitochondria isolated from rats with acute iron overload

    Pardo Andreu, G.L. [Centro de Quimica Farmaceutica, Departamento de Investigaciones Biomedicas, Ciudad de La Habana (Cuba); Inada, N.M.; Vercesi, A.E. [Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Departamento de Patologia Clinica, Faculdade de Ciencias Medicas, Campinas, SP (Brazil); Curti, C. [Universidade de Sao Paulo, Departamento de Fisica e Quimica, Faculdade de Ciencias Farmaceuticas de Ribeirao Preto, SP (Brazil)


    One hypothesis for the etiology of cell damage arising from iron overload is that its excess selectively affects mitochondria. Here we tested the effects of acute iron overload on liver mitochondria isolated from rats subjected to a single dose of i.p. 500 mg/kg iron-dextran. The treatment increased the levels of iron in mitochondria (from 21{+-}4 to 130{+-}7 nmol/mg protein) and caused both lipid peroxidation and glutathione oxidation. The mitochondria of iron-treated rats showed lower respiratory control ratio in association with higher resting respiration. The mitochondrial uncoupling elicited by iron-treatment did not affect the phosphorylation efficiency or the ATP levels, suggesting that uncoupling is a mitochondrial protective mechanism against acute iron overload. Therefore, the reactive oxygen species (ROS)/H{sup +} leak couple, functioning as a mitochondrial redox homeostatic mechanism could play a protective role in the acutely iron-loaded mitochondria. (orig.)

  16. Vasorelaxant responses to endomorphins, nociceptin, albuterol, and adrenomedullin in isolated rat aorta.

    Hugghins, S Y; Champion, H C; Cheng, G; Kadowitz, P J; Jeter, J R


    The endogenous peptides endomorphins 1 and 2 are newly discovered, potent, selective mu-opioid receptor agonists. In the present study, the effects of endomorphins 1 and 2 on vascular smooth muscle tone were investigated on isolated rings from rat aorta with and without endothelium. In rings precontracted with phenylephrine, endomorphins 1 and 2 at concentrations of 0.1 and 1.0 microM, nociceptin at concentrations of 1-100 microM, and adrenomedullin at concentrations of 0.01-1.0 microM induced concentration dependent relaxant responses. The endomorphins and nociceptin were less potent than adrenomedullin. No relaxation was induced by endomorphins 1 and 2 in aortic rings denuded of endothelium and precontracted with phenylephrine. The results of the present studies demonstrate that the endomorphins relax aortic vascular smooth muscle from the rat aorta by an endothelium-dependant mechanism.

  17. The role of Na(+), K(+)-ATPase in the hypoxic vasoconstriction in isolated rat basilar artery.

    Shen, Haitao; Liang, Peng; Qiu, Suhua; Zhang, Bo; Wang, Yongli; Lv, Ping


    Hypoxia-induced cerebrovascular dysfunction is a key factor in the occurrence and the development of cerebral ischemia. Na(+), K(+)-ATPase affects the regulation of intracellular Ca(2+) concentration and plays an important role in vascular smooth muscle function. However, the potential role of Na(+), K(+)-ATPase in hypoxia-induced cerebrovascular dysfunction is unknown. In this study, we found that the KCl-induced contraction under hypoxia in rat endothelium-intact basilar arteries is similar to that of denuded arteries, suggesting that hypoxia may cause smooth muscle cell (SMC)-dependent vasoconstriction in the basilar artery. The Na(+), K(+)-ATPase activity of the isolated basilar artery with or without endothelium significantly reduced with prolonged hypoxia. Blocking the Na(+)-Ca(2+) exchanger with Ni(2+) (10(-3)M) or the L-type Ca(2+) channel with nimodipine (10(-8)M) dramatically attenuated KCl-induced contraction under hypoxia. Furthermore, prolonged hypoxia significantly reduced Na(+), K(+)-ATPase activity and increased [Ca(2+)]i in cultured rat basilar artery SMCs. Hypoxia reduced the protein and mRNA expression of the α2 isoform of Na(+), K(+)-ATPase in SMCs in vitro. We used a low concentration of the Na(+), K(+)-ATPase inhibitor ouabain, which possesses a high affinity for the α2 isoform. The contractile response in the rat basilar artery under hypoxia was partly inhibited by ouabain pretreatment. The decreased Na(+), K(+)-ATPase activity in isolated basilar artery and the increased [Ca(2+)]i in SMCs induced by hypoxia were partly inhibited by pretreatment with a low concentration of ouabain. These results suggest that hypoxia may educe Na(+), K(+)-ATPase activity in SMCs through the α2 isoform contributing to vasoconstriction in the rat basilar artery.

  18. Inhibition of oxidative metabolism by propionic acid and its reversal by carnitine in isolated rat hepatocytes.

    Brass, E P; Fennessey, P V; Miller, L V


    The present study was designed to study the interaction of propionic acid and carnitine on oxidative metabolism by isolated rat hepatocytes. Propionic acid (10 mM) inhibited hepatocyte oxidation of [1-14C]-pyruvate (10 mM) by 60%. This inhibition was not the result of substrate competition, as butyric acid had minimal effects on pyruvate oxidation. Carnitine had a small inhibitory effect on pyruvate oxidation in the hepatocyte system (210 +/- 19 and 184 +/- 18 nmol of pyruvate/60 min per mg of protein in the absence and presence of 10 mM-carnitine respectively; means +/- S.E.M., n = 10). However, in the presence of propionic acid (10 mM), carnitine (10 mM) increased the rate of pyruvate oxidation by 19%. Under conditions where carnitine partially reversed the inhibitory effect of propionic acid on pyruvate oxidation, formation of propionylcarnitine was documented by using fast-atom-bombardment mass spectroscopy. Propionic acid also inhibited oxidation of [1-14C]palmitic acid (0.8 mM) by hepatocytes isolated from fed rats. The degree of inhibition caused by propionic acid was decreased in the presence of 10 mM-carnitine (41% inhibition in the absence of carnitine, 22% inhibition in the presence of carnitine). Propionic acid did not inhibit [1-14C]palmitic acid oxidation by hepatocytes isolated from 48 h-starved rats. These results demonstrate that propionic acid interferes with oxidative metabolism in intact hepatocytes. Carnitine partially reverses the inhibition of pyruvate and palmitic acid oxidation by propionic acid, and this reversal is associated with increased propionylcarnitine formation. The present study provides a metabolic basis for the efficacy of carnitine in patients with abnormal organic acid accumulation, and the observation that such patients appear to have increased carnitine requirements ('carnitine insufficiency'). PMID:3790065

  19. The ethanolic extract of Kaempferia parviflora reduces ischaemic injury in rat isolated hearts.

    Malakul, Wachirawadee; Ingkaninan, Kornkanok; Sawasdee, Pattara; Woodman, Owen L


    The ethanolic extract of Kaempferia parviflora (KPE) has been reported to contain a range of flavonoids and to enhance endothelial synthesis of NO. We investigated the vascular relaxant, antioxidant and cardioprotective activities of KPE. Vascular function was assessed in rat aortic rings and superoxide generation determined using lucigenin enhanced chemiluminescence. Ischaemia and reperfusion were induced in rat isolated, perfused hearts. KPE caused vasorelaxation (R(max) 102 ± 2%), which was partly inhibited by removal of the endothelium (R(max) 91 ± 1%) or by N(G)-nitro-l-arginine (L-NNA, R(max) 83 ± 3%) or 1H-[1,2,4] oxadiazolo[4,3-a]quinoxaline-1-one (ODQ, R(max) 80 ± 2%). In addition KPE caused concentration-dependent inhibition of the contractile response to exogenous Ca(2+). KPE (10(-3)M) also significantly inhibited superoxide radical generation induced by of xanthine/xanthine oxidase (2.3 ± 0.4% of control) to a similar extent to the xanthine oxidase inhibitor allopurinol (10(-4)M, 1.6 ± 0.5%) or by rat isolated aorta in the presence of NADPH (30.0 ± 6.3% of control) similarly to the NADPH oxidase inhibitor diphenyliodonium (5 × 10(-6)M, 23.1 ± 5.6%). In the presence of oxidant stress generated by pyrogallol endothelium-dependent relaxation of rat aortic rings was impaired (ACh R(max) control 99 ± 1%; pyrogallol 44 ± 5%), an effect that was significantly reduced by KPE (10(-4)M, ACh R(max) 82 ± 4%). In addition, KPE was found to attenuate the ventricular dysfunction caused by 20 min global ischaemia and 30 min reperfusion (I/R) in rat isolated hearts (dP/dt IR 1016 ± 242, IR+KPE 2238±233 mm Hg/s). KPE is an effective vasodilator and antioxidant that is able to prevent myocardial ischaemia-reperfusion injury. We suggest that KPE may be useful as an adjunct to thrombolytic therapy in the management of reperfusion injury. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Tissue specific phosphorylation of mitochondrial proteins isolated from rat liver, heart muscle, and skeletal muscle

    Bak, Steffen; León, Ileana R; Jensen, Ole Nørregaard;


    of TiO2 phosphopeptide-enrichment, HILIC fractionation, and LC-MS/MS on isolated mitochondria to investigate the tissue-specific mitochondrial phosphoproteomes of rat liver, heart, and skeletal muscle. In total, we identified 899 phosphorylation sites in 354 different mitochondrial proteins including......Phosphorylation of mitochondrial proteins in a variety of biological processes is increasingly being recognized and may contribute to the differences in function and energy demands observed in mitochondria from different tissues such as liver, heart, and skeletal muscle. Here, we used a combination...

  1. Convulsive and Neurodegenerative Effects in Rats of Some Isolated Toxins from the Tityus bahiensis Scorpion Venom


    Despite Tityus bahiensis being one of the most dangerous scorpions in Brazil, there are few studies about the effects of its venom, which acts mainly on the central nervous system. Previous studies demonstrated the convulsive ability of this venom. The present work aimed to study the hippocampal effects in rats of some toxins isolated from pool V, which induces a pronounced epileptogenic effect. The pool was separated by reverse-phase HPLC, and the peaks with higher yield (Tb V-1, V-5, V-24, ...

  2. Renal vascular effects of leukotriene C4 in the isolated perfused kidney of the rat.

    Frölich, J C; Yoshizawa, M.


    1 The vascular effects of leukotriene C4 (LTC4) were investigated in the isolated perfused kidney of the rat. 2 LTC4 (6.4 X 10(-10) to 3.2 X 10(-8) mol kg-1 min-1 given over 5 min) resulted in a prompt, dose-dependent increase in renal vascular resistance in a recirculating system, which lasted for more than 60 min. 3 LTC4 was 10 to 20 fold and 1000 to 2000 fold, respectively, less active on a molar basis than noradrenaline and angiotensin II in eliciting renal vasoconstriction. 4 The vascula...

  3. Acyl-homoserine lactones suppresses IEC-6 cell proliferation and increase permeability of isolated rat colon.

    Joe, Ga-Hyun; Andoh, Midori; Nomura, Mikako; Iwaya, Hitoshi; Lee, Jae-Sung; Shimizu, Hidehisa; Tsuji, Youhei; Maseda, Hideaki; Miyazaki, Hitoshi; Hara, Hiroshi; Ishizuka, Satoshi


    We investigated to determine whether a variety of acyl-homoserine lactones (AHLs) influences epithelial cell proliferation and mucosal permeability. 3-Oxo-C12-homoserine lactone (HSL) and 3-oxo-C14-HSL significantly suppressed IEC-6 cell proliferation. A significant increase in mucosal permeability was observed in isolated rat colon tissue exposed to C12-HSL, 3-oxo-C12-HSL, and 3-oxo-C14-HSL. These data indicate that AHLs suppress epithelial proliferation and disrupt barrier function in intestinal mucosa.

  4. Heat stable cell growth inhibiting factor isolated from rat liver microsomes.



    Full Text Available A heat stable cell growth inhibiting factor was isolated from rat liver microsomes by hot salt extraction, ethanol fractionation and the hot phenol method. The factor was contained in the RNA fraction (designated as mhRNA. mhRNA inhibited the growth of mouse fibroblast (L-929 cells at a relatively low concentration (55 microgram/ml of culture medium. The molecular weight of mhRNA was about 27,000 and the base composition was guanine and cytosine rich.

  5. A pharmacodynamic model of portal hypertension in isolated perfused rat liver

    Tao Zhang; Peng-Tao Li; Xue-Yan Xu; Hang Zhou; Xin Zhao; Da-Yong Cai; Meng Song; Tao-Tao Zhang; He Yin; Ting Li


    AIM: To develop a pharmacodynamic model of portal hypertension from chronic hepatitis. METHODS: Pathological changes and collagen depositions were analyzed using morphometry to confirm CCl4-induced chronic hepatitis. At d0, d28, d56 and d84 of the process, the portal perfused velocities (μL/min) in isolated rat livers were exactly controlled with a quantified pump. The pressure (mmHg) was monitored with a Physiological System. The geometric concentrations of phenylephrine or acetylcholine were added to a fixed volume (300 mL) of the circulating perfusate. The equation, the median effective concentration and its 95% confidence intervals of phenylephrine or acetylcholine were regressed with Prism-4 software in nonlinear fit and various slopes. In the isolated perfused rat livers with chronic hepatitis, both median effective concentrations were defined as the pharmacodynamic model of portal hypertension. RESULTS: At d0, d28, d56 and d84, the equations of portal pressure potency from the concentrations of phenylephrine used to constrict the portal vein in isolated perfused rat livers were Y = 0.1732 + 0.3970/[1 + 10(-4.3061-0.4407 X)], Y = -0.004934 + 0.12113/[1 + 10(-3. 1247-0.3262X)], Y = 0.0104 + 0.2643/[1 + 10(-8.8462-0.9579X)], and Y = 0.01603 + 0.12107/[1 + 10(-5.1134-0.563X)]; the median effective concentrations were 1.69 × 10-10 mol/L, 2.64 × 10-10 mol/L, 5.82 × 10-10 mol/L, and 8.24 × 10-10 mol/L, respectively. The equations from the concentrations of acetylcholine used to relax the portal vein were Y = -0.4548 + 0.3274/[1 + 10(6.1538 + 0.5554X)], Y = -0.05391 + 0.06424/[1 + 10(3.8541+0.3469X)], Y = -0.2733 + 0.22978/[1 + 10(3.0472 + 0.3008X)], and Y = -0.0559 + 0.053178/[1 + 10(5.6336 + 0.5883 X)]; the median effective concentrations were 8.40 × 10-10 mol/L, 7.73 × 10-12 mol/L, 5.98 × 10-11 mol/L, and 2.66 × 10-10 mol/L, respectively. CONCLUSION: A pharmacodynamic model of portal hypertension in isolated perfused rat livers with chronic hepatitis was

  6. Inhibitory effect of Schisandrin on spontaneous contraction of isolated rat colon

    Yang, Jiaming; Ip, Paul SP; Yeung, John HK; Che, Chun-Tao


    This study examined the effect of schisandrin, one of the major lignans isolated from Schisandra chinensis, on spontaneous contraction in rat colon and its possible mechanisms. Schisandrin produced a concentration-dependent inhibition (EC50 = 1.66 μM) on the colonic spontaneous contraction. The relaxant effect of schisandrin could be abolished by the neuronal Na+ channel blocker tetrodotoxin (1 μM) but not affected by propranolol (1 μM), phentolamine (1 μM), atropine (1 μM) or nicotine desens...

  7. Selective vulnerability of the medullary thick ascending limb to anoxia in the isolated perfused rat kidney.

    Brezis, M; Rosen, S.; Silva, P.; Epstein, F H


    A specific anatomical lesion sharply localized to the cells of the medullary thick ascending limbs (mTAL) and characterized by mitochondrial swelling progressing to nuclear pyknosis and cell death is elicited reproducibly in isolated rat kidneys perfused for 15 or 90 min with cell-free albumin-Ringer's medium gassed with 5% CO2, 95% O2 (O2 content, 1.5 vol/100 ml). The lesion, involving about half of mTALs, appears first in mTALs removed from vascular bundles and near the inner medulla, areas...

  8. [Effective method of isolating M4-lactate dehydrogenase from rat liver].

    Gorbach, Z V; Maglysh, S S; Konovalenko, O V


    Lactate dehydrogenase M4-isoform in the homogeneous state was isolated from the rat liver by successive application of sulphate-ammonium fractionation, phosphocellulose ion-exchange chromatography with high-affinity elution of 1 mM NADH and subsequent hydroxyl apatite fractionation. The method permits obtaining the preparation amounts of the enzymic protein with yield 37.5%, specific activity 386.8 units per 1 mg of protein. It is established that 1 mM NAD+, 10 mM pyruvate and 100 mM lactate are also effective as agents of the selective enzyme elution.

  9. Menadione-induced DNA fragmentation without 8-oxo-2'-deoxyguanosine formation in isolated rat hepatocytes

    Fischer-Nielsen, A; Corcoran, G B; Poulsen, H E


    damage DNA. In the present study, we measured the effect of menadione on formation of 7,8-dihydro-8-oxo-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-oxodG), an index of oxidative DNA base modifications, and on DNA fragmentation. Isolated hepatocytes from phenobarbital-pretreated rats were exposed to menadione, 25-400 micro......M, for 15, 90 or 180 min with or without prior depletion of reduced glutathione (GSH) by diethyl maleate. Menadione caused profound GSH depletion and internucleosomal DNA fragmentation, which was demonstrated by a prominent fragmentation ladder on agarose gel electrophoresis. We found no oxidative...

  10. Effect of social isolation on CB1 and D2 receptor and fatty acid amide hydrolase expression in rats.

    Malone, D T; Kearn, C S; Chongue, L; Mackie, K; Taylor, D A


    Rearing rats in isolation has been shown to produce behavioral and neurochemical alterations similar to those observed in psychoses such as schizophrenia. Also, a dysregulation in both the endocannabinoid and dopaminergic systems has been implicated in schizophrenia. The aim of this study was to determine if there are differences in CB1 receptor and fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) protein expression, as well as D2 dopamine receptor expression in different brain regions in rats reared in different environmental conditions. Twenty-one-day-old male Sprague-Dawley rats were either reared in individual cages (isolated rats) or in group cages of six per cage (group-housed rats) for 8 weeks. Quantitative fluorescence immunohistochemistry was performed on brain slices using antibodies specific to the CB1 or D2 receptor, or the enzyme FAAH. Raising rats in isolation led to a significant decrease in CB1 receptor expression in the caudate putamen and the amygdala, a significant increase in FAAH expression in the caudate putamen and the nucleus accumbens core and shell, and no significant change in D2 receptor expression in any region studied. These results indicate that the endocannabinoid system is altered in an animal model of aspects of psychosis. This implies that rearing rats under different housing conditions may provide new insight into the role of the endocannabinoid system in the development of psychoses.

  11. Modulatory Effect of Syzygium cumini Seeds and its Isolated Compound on biochemical parameters in Diabetic Rats

    Mamta Farswan


    Full Text Available Many herbal remedies individually or in combination have been recommended in various medical treatises for the cure of different diseases. In the search of natural hypoglycemic agents as alternatives to synthetic ones and to justify the use of Syzygium cumini seeds in folklore system of medicine for diabetes, the hypoglycemic and hypolipidernic activity of Syzygium cumini seeds were investigated in normal and non insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM rats. Diabetes was induced by streptozotocin in neonates. Administration of petroleum ether, chloroform, acetone, methanol and water extracts of Syzygium cumini seeds (100 mg/kg, p.o. for 21 days caused a decrease in fasting blood sugar in diabetic rats (FBS. Among all the extracts methanol extract was found to lower the FBS significantly in diabetic rats. Glibenclamide at a dose of 5 mg/kg p.o was used for comparision. Methanol extract was subjected to column chromatography which led to the isolation of an active principle, which was given trivial name Cuminoside. Cuminoside (50 mg/kg, p.o. caused significant reduction in fasting blood sugar in diabetic rats. Further it also caused a significant reduction in cholesterol, triglycerides, low density lipoprotein (LDL, hepatic enzymes such as aspartate aminotransferase (AST, alanine aminotransferase (ALT, lactate dehydrogenase (LDH level and improvement in the level of high density lipoproteins (HDL in diabetic rats. Reduction in the fasting blood sugar, normalization of liver enzymes level and improvement in the lipid profile by Cuminoside indicates that Cuminoside has cardio protective potential with antidiabetic activity and provides a scientific rationale for the use of Cuminoside as an antidiabetic agent.

  12. Reproducible isolation of type II pneumocytes from fetal and adult rat lung using nycodenz density gradients.

    Viscardi, R M; Ullsperger, S; Resau, J H


    Isolating fresh, relatively pure type II pneumocytes from the lung, particularly of fetal origin, is a difficult process. Separation by buoyant density gradient centrifugation has been used successfully to isolate adult type II cells. There is concern, however, that Percoll, a gradient medium that is commonly used for type II cell isolation, may be toxic to cells. We evaluated a new gradient medium, Nycodenz, that is (1) a true solution, (2) transparent, (3) not metabolized by cells, and (4) nontoxic to cells. Type II pneumocytes were isolated from 19- and 21-day gestation fetal and adult rat lung by elastase digestion and separated on preformed isotonic Nycodenz gradients (2 mL each of 27.6, 20.7, 13.8, and 4.6 (w/v) solutions). Type II pneumocytes were recovered from the density range 1.057-1.061 and identified by binding of FITC-conjugated and gold-complexed Maclura pomifera lectin. Cells derived from 19-day fetal lung contained abundant glycogen and reacted with a monoclonal antibody to the cytokeratins 8 and 18, which are markers of the fetal type II cell. Adult type II cells reacted with antibodies to cytokeratins 8, 18, and 19. Type II cell purity was 79.7 +/- 2.4%, 83.8 +/- 2.8%, and 82.6 +/- 1.8% (means +/- SEM) for 19- and 21-day gestation fetal and adult lung preparations, respectively. Cell viability was greater than 95%. The final cell yield for adult preparations was 17.8 +/- 2.7 x 10(6)/rat (means +/- SEM). To determine if the freshly isolated type II pneumocytes were functionally active, the incorporation of [3H]choline into phosphatidylcholine was measured. The percent saturation of phosphatidylcholine was high for both populations of freshly isolated cells. However, adult type II pneumocytes incorporated [3H]choline into phosphatidylcholine more rapidly than 21-day gestation fetal cells (5.97 x 10(-3) dpm/10(6) cells/h vs. 0.32 x 10(-3) dpm/10(6) cells/h, P less than .005). We have demonstrated that, using the Nycodenz isolation method, it is

  13. Prevention of reperfusion lung injury by lidocaine in isolated rat lung ventilated with higher oxygen levels.

    Das K


    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Lidocaine, an antiarrhythmic drug has been shown to be effective against post-ischaemic reperfusion injury in heart. However, its effect on pulmonary reperfusion injury has not been investigated. AIMS: We investigated the effects of lidocaine on a postischaemic reperfused rat lung model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Lungs were isolated and perfused at constant flow with Krebs-Henseilet buffer containing 4% bovine serum albumin, and ventilated with 95% oxygen mixed with 5% CO2. Lungs were subjected to ischaemia by stopping perfusion for 60 minutes followed by reperfusion for 10 minutes. Ischaemia was induced in normothermic conditions. RESULTS: Postischaemic reperfusion caused significant (p < 0.0001 higher wet-to-dry lung weight ratio, pulmonary arterial pressure and peak airway pressure compared to control lungs. Lidocaine, at a dose of 5mg/Kg b.w. was found to significantly (p < 0.0001 attenuate the increase in the wet-to-dry lung weight ratio, pulmonary arterial pressure and peak airway pressure observed in post-ischaemic lungs. CONCLUSION: Lidocaine is effective in preventing post-ischaemic reperfusion injury in isolated, perfused rat lung.

  14. Comparative Proteomics Provides Insights into Metabolic Responses in Rat Liver to Isolated Soy and Meat Proteins.

    Song, Shangxin; Hooiveld, Guido J; Zhang, Wei; Li, Mengjie; Zhao, Fan; Zhu, Jing; Xu, Xinglian; Muller, Michael; Li, Chunbao; Zhou, Guanghong


    It has been reported that isolated dietary soy and meat proteins have distinct effects on physiology and liver gene expression, but the impact on protein expression responses are unknown. Because these may differ from gene expression responses, we investigated dietary protein-induced changes in liver proteome. Rats were fed for 1 week semisynthetic diets that differed only regarding protein source; casein (reference) was fully replaced by isolated soy, chicken, fish, or pork protein. Changes in liver proteome were measured by iTRAQ labeling and LC-ESI-MS/MS. A robust set totaling 1437 unique proteins was identified and subjected to differential protein analysis and biological interpretation. Compared with casein, all other protein sources reduced the abundance of proteins involved in fatty acid metabolism and Pparα signaling pathway. All dietary proteins, except chicken, increased oxidoreductive transformation reactions but reduced energy and essential amino acid metabolic pathways. Only soy protein increased the metabolism of sulfur-containing and nonessential amino acids. Soy and fish proteins increased translation and mRNA processing, whereas only chicken protein increased TCA cycle but reduced immune responses. These findings were partially in line with previously reported transcriptome results. This study further shows the distinct effects of soy and meat proteins on liver metabolism in rats.

  15. Analysis of ergotamine - 5-HT interaction on the isolated rat stomach preparation.

    Frankhuijzen, A L


    The effect of ergotamine on the isolated rat stomach and its influence on the response to ACh and 5-HT were investigated. The log dose-response curve of ergotamine was bell-shaped. Extension of the incubation time of ergotamine resulted in a parallel shift to the left of the curve. The response to ergotamine was inhibited by methyserigide and piperoxan. Incubation with ergotamine resulted in a decrease of the pD2-value of 5-HT together with a marked suppression of the maximum of the 5-HT curve. The response to ACh was affected in accordance with the prediction of an action of ACh and ergotamine on different receptors. The prolonged receptor stimulation by 5-HT or ACh resulted in a decrease of the apparent affinity towards their receptors. Incubation with ACh resulted in a parallel shift to the right of the 5-HT curve. However no inconsistency with the theoretical prediction of an action on separate receptors was observed with the ACh curve in the presence of 5-HT. It is concluded that ergotamine is a partial agonist on the D-tryptamine receptors of tbe isolated rat stomach. The marked decrease of the maximum of the 5-HT curve by ergotamine is probably caused by the slowly reversible character of its antagonism. The parallel shift to the left of the ergotamine curve with the extension of the incubation time and the persistence of its antagonism both are probably caused by a slow diffusion into and from the biophase.

  16. In vitro examination of potentized atropine sulfate dilutions on the contractility of the isolated rat ileum.

    Siegling-Vlitakis, Christiane; Martens, Holger; Lüdtke, Rainer


    Atropine sulphate, a competitive antagonist of acetylcholine (ACh) at muscarinic receptors, was first isolated from Atropa belladonna, one of the most used and best known homeopathic medicines. It has been suggested that high potencies of homeopathic atropine sulphate might have an influence on ACh-induced contraction of smooth muscles. The aim of the study was to determine the effects of homeopathic dilutions of atropine sulphate D6, D32, and D100 compared to the potentized diluents L6, L32, and L100 on ACh-induced contraction of isolated rat ileum. Forty-eight (48) ileal sections from 12 male Wistar rats were incubated in modified Krebs solutions, and the contractile activity responses to ACh obtained in the absence and presence of the test substances were recorded. Investigators and biometrician were completely blinded. No significant effects of atropine sulphate D6, D32, or D100 could be found (all p > 0.4 after Bonferoni-Holm correction) compared to the potentized diluents L6, L32, and L100, respectively. These figures did not change considerably even when strict a priori criteria were applied that define a measurement as valid and comparable. Our experiments could not replicate previous results on the effects of homeopathic atropine.

  17. Protective effect of NAC against malathion-induced oxidative stress in freshly isolated rat hepatocytes

    Sara Mostafalou


    Full Text Available Purpose: Induction of oxidative stress by Organophosphate compounds (OPs has been previously reported. In the present work, the mechanism of protective effects of N-acetylcysteine as a glutathion (GSH prodrug against malathion–induced cell toxicity was investigated. In this work, freshly isolated rat hepatocytes were used to determine the effect of NAC on malathion-induced cytotoxicity, formation of reactive oxygen species (ROS and mitochondrial dysfunction. Methods: Rat hepatocytes were isolated using collagenase perfusion and then cell viability, mitchondrial membrane potential (MMP and ROS formation were determined using trypan blue exclusion, Rhodamine 123 fluorescence and fluorogenic probe, 2', 7' -dichlorofluorescin diacetate (DCFH-DA, respectively. Results: Despite the protective effect of NAC on malathion-induced cell toxicity and MMP dysfunction, its efficacy against ROS formation was not adequate to completely protect the cells. Conclusion: Cytotoxic effects of malathion regardless of its cholinergic feature, is started with gradual free radical production but, the main factor that causes cell death, is mitochondrial dysfunction, so that reduction of ROS formation alone is not sufficient for cell survival, and the maintenance of mitochondrial integrity through different mechanisms is the most ameliorative factor specially at high levels of cell damage, as NAC seemed to protect cells with various fashions apart from ROS scavenging in concentrations higher than malathion’s LC50.

  18. Behavior of lactobacilli isolated from fermented slurry (ben-saalga in gnotobiotic rats.

    Williams Turpin

    Full Text Available Most bacterial strains, which have been studied so far for their probiotic functions, are extensively used by manufacturers in developed countries. In our work, we sought to study a mix (called BSL comprising three strains belonging to Lactobacillus fermentum, L. paraplantarum and L. salivarius, that were isolated from a traditional African pearl millet based fermented slurry. Our objective was to study this BSL cocktail in gnotobiotic rats, to evaluate their survival and their behavior in the digestive tract conditions. After a single oral inoculation of germfree rats with BSL, the species established stably in the digestive tract with the following hierarchy of abundance: L. salivarius> L. plantarum> L. fermentum. BSL cocktail was metabolically active since it produced 50 mM lactate and it expressed genes involved in binding mechanism in the caecum. Furthermore, the global morphology of the colon epithelium was not disturbed by the BSL cocktail. BSL cocktail did not modify mucus content and host mucus-related genes (MUC1, MUC2, MUC3 or resistin-like molecule β. The cocktail of lactobacilli enhanced the proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA at a level comparable to what was observed in conventional rats. PCNA was involved in proliferation and DNA repair, but the presence of the cocktail did not provoke proliferative events (with Ki67 as indicator, so we suppose BSL may help gut preservation. This work is the first step towards the selection of strains that are derived from traditional fermented food to formulate new probiotic mixture.

  19. Distribution of capillary transit times in isolated lungs of oxygen-tolerant rats.

    Ramakrishna, Madhavi; Gan, Zhuohui; Clough, Anne V; Molthen, Robert C; Roerig, David L; Audi, Said H


    Rats pre-exposed to 85% O₂ for 5-7 days tolerate the otherwise lethal effects of 100% O₂. The objective was to evaluate the effect of rat exposure to 85% O₂ for 7 days on lung capillary mean transit time t(c) and distribution of capillary transit times (h(c)(t)). This information is important for subsequent evaluation of the effect of this hyperoxia model on the redox metabolic functions of the pulmonary capillary endothelium. The venous concentration vs. time outflow curves of fluorescein isothiocyanate labeled dextran (FITC-dex), an intravascular indicator, and coenzyme Q₁ hydroquinone (CoQ₁H₂), a compound which rapidly equilibrates between blood and tissue on passage through the pulmonary circulation, were measured following their bolus injection into the pulmonary artery of isolated perfused lungs from rats exposed to room air (normoxic) or 85% O₂ for 7 days (hyperoxic). The moments (mean transit time and variance) of the measured FITC-dex and CoQ₁H₂ outflow curves were determined for each lung, and were then used in a mathematical model [Audi et al. J. Appl. Physiol. 77: 332-351, 1994] to estimate t(c) and the relative dispersion (RD(c)) of h (c)(t). Data analysis reveals that exposure to hyperoxia decreases lung t(c) by 42% and increases RD(c), a measure h(c)(t) heterogeneity, by 40%.

  20. Chronic exposure to zinc oxide nanoparticles increases ischemic-reperfusion injuries in isolated rat hearts

    Milivojević, Tamara; Drobne, Damjana; Romih, Tea; Mali, Lilijana Bizjak; Marin, Irena; Lunder, Mojca; Drevenšek, Gorazd


    The use of zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) in numerous products is increasing, although possible negative implications of their long-term consumption are not known yet. Our aim was to evaluate the chronic, 6-week oral exposure to two different concentrations of ZnO NPs on isolated rat hearts exposed to ischemic-reperfusion injury and on small intestine morphology. Wistar rats of both sexes ( n = 18) were randomly divided into three groups: (1) 4 mg/kg ZnO NPs, (2) 40 mg/kg ZnO NPs, and (3) control. After 6 weeks of treatment, the hearts were isolated, the left ventricular pressure (LVP), the coronary flow (CF), the duration of arrhythmias and the lactate dehydrogenase release rate (LDH) were measured. A histological investigation of the small intestine was performed. Chronic exposure to ZnO NPs acted cardiotoxic dose-dependently. ZnO NPs in dosage 40 mg/kg maximally decreased LVP (3.3-fold) and CF (2.5-fold) and increased the duration of ventricular tachycardia (all P < 0.01) compared to control, whereas ZnO NPs in dosage 4 mg/kg acted less cardiotoxic. Goblet cells in the small intestine epithelium of rats, treated with 40 mg ZnO NPs/kg, were enlarged, swollen and numerous, the intestinal epithelium width was increased. Unexpectedly, ZnO NPs in both dosages significantly decreased LDH. A 6-week oral exposure to ZnO NPs dose-dependently increased heart injuries and caused irritation of the intestinal mucosa. A prolonged exposure to ZnO NPs might cause functional damage to the heart even with exposures to the recommended daily doses, which should be tested in future studies.

  1. Chronic cadmium treatment promotes oxidative stress and endothelial damage in isolated rat aorta.

    Camila C P Almenara

    Full Text Available Cadmium is a highly toxic metal that is present in phosphate fertilizers, and the incidence of cadmium poisoning in the general population has increased, mainly due to cigarette smoking. Once absorbed, cadmium accumulates in the tissues, causing harmful effects including high blood pressure, endothelial damage and oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is known to efficiently produce oxidized low-density lipoprotein and consequently atherosclerosis, mainly in the aorta. However, the mechanisms through which endothelial damage is induced by cadmium have not been elucidated. Thus, the aim of this study was to investigate the effects of this metal in the isolated aorta and the possible role of oxidative stress. Rats received 100 mg.L(-1 cadmium chloride (CdCl2 in the drinking water or distilled water alone for four weeks. The pressor effect of cadmium was followed throughout the exposure period by tail plethysmography. At the end of the fourth week, the blood cadmium content was established, and the vascular reactivity of the isolated aorta to phenylephrine, acetylcholine and sodium nitroprusside was analyzed in the context of endothelium denudation and incubation with L-NAME, apocynin, losartan, enalapril, superoxide dismutase (SOD or catalase. We observed an increased response to phenylephrine in cadmium-treated rats. This increase was abolished by catalase and SOD incubation. Apocynin treatment reduced the phenylephrine response in both treatment groups, but its effect was greater in cadmium-treated rats, and NOX2 expression was greater in the cadmium group. These results suggested that cadmium in blood concentrations similar to those found in occupationally exposed populations is able to stimulate NOX2 expression, contributing to oxidative stress and reducing NO bioavailability, despite enhanced eNOS expression. These findings suggest that cadmium exposure promotes endothelial damage that might contribute to inflammation, vascular injury and the

  2. Comparative studies of endotoxin uptake by isolated rat Kupffer and peritoneal cells.

    Fox, E S; Thomas, P; Broitman, S A


    The process of uptake of endotoxin by cells of the reticuloendothelial system is of current interest. Rabbit peritoneal macrophages have been used to study macrophage-endotoxin interactions and have suggested a receptor-mediated process. It is generally believed that the site of in vivo endotoxin clearance is the liver and that this clearance involves the Kupffer cell population. In the current report, the uptake characteristics of iodine-125-labeled Salmonella minnesota lipopolysaccharide (LPS) were compared in both isolated rat Kupffer cells and elicited rat peritoneal cells. Both types of cells were isolated from male Sprague-Dawley rats fed a semisynthetic AIN-76 5% saturated-fat diet either by peritoneal lavage for peritoneal cells or by collagenase perfusion followed by purification on a 17.5% metrizamide gradient for Kupffer cells. Hot phenol water-extracted S. minnesota LPS was labeled with iodine by the chloramine-T method following a reaction with methyl-p-hydroxybenzimidate. The in vitro uptake of [125I]LPS by Kupffer cells was unsaturable up to concentrations of 33.33 micrograms/ml, while peritoneal cells became saturated at between 16.67 and 25 micrograms of LPS per ml. Uptake by both types of cells could be inhibited by a 10-fold excess of unlabeled LPS. Kinetic experiments demonstrated that Kupffer cells were unsaturable after 60 min of incubation, while peritoneal cells were saturable after 40 min of incubation. Pretreatment with 75 mM colchicine inhibited uptake by peritoneal cells but not Kupffer cells, while pretreatment with 12 mM 2-deoxyglucose inhibited uptake by Kupffer cells but not peritoneal cells. These results are consistent with a process of receptor-mediated endocytosis for peritoneal cells, while Kupffer cells may internalize endotoxins by absorptive pinocytosis. These results suggest that studies of peritoneal cell-endotoxin interactions do not accurately describe the physiologic process within the liver, the major site for the

  3. Alterations to prepulse inhibition magnitude and latency in adult rats following neonatal treatment with domoic acid and social isolation rearing.

    Marriott, Amber L; Tasker, R Andrew; Ryan, Catherine L; Doucette, Tracy A


    Deficits in perceptual, informational, and attentional processing are consistently identified as a core feature in schizophrenia and related neuropsychiatric disorders. Neonatal injections of low doses of the AMPA/kainate agonist domoic acid (DOM) have previously been shown to alter various aspects of perceptual and attentional processing in adult rats. The current study investigated the effects of combined neonatal DOM treatment with isolation rearing on prepulse inhibition behaviour and relevant neurochemical measures, to assess the usefulness of these paradigms in modeling neurodevelopmental disorders. Daily subcutaneous injections of DOM (20 μg/kg) or saline were administered to male and female rat pups from postnatal days (PND) 8-14. After weaning, rats were either housed alone or in groups of 4. Both the magnitude and latency of prepulse inhibition were determined in adulthood (approximately 4.5 months of age) and post-mortem brain tissue was assayed using Western blot. Social isolation alone significantly lowered PPI magnitude in male (but not female) rats while DOM treatment appeared to make animals refractory to this effect. Combining social isolation and DOM treatment caused an additive decrease in PPI startle latency. No statistically significant differences were found in the expression of D1, D2, TH, GAD65 or GAD67 protein in either the prefrontal cortex or hippocampus, although some tendencies toward differences were noted. We conclude that both neonatal low-dose DOM and social isolation affect prepulse inhibition in rats but that each paradigm exerts these effects through different neuronal signalling systems.

  4. Antihyperlipidemic effect of sesame (Sesamum indicum L.) protein isolate in rats fed a normal and high cholesterol diet.

    Biswas, Arundhati; Dhar, Pubali; Ghosh, Santinath


    The dietary influence of sesame protein isolate (protein content 91.5%), produced from dehulled, defatted sesame meal, on blood and tissue lipid profile and lipid peroxidation has been assessed in normal and hypercholesterolemic rats. To evaluate their hypocholesterolemic and antioxidative activity in vivo, we fed 18% sesame protein isolate with or without 2% cholesterol in comparison with casein to rats for 28 d. We determined plasma total protein, total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein (HDL)-cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL)-cholesterol, triacylglycerol as well as susceptibility of plasma and erythrocyte membrane lipid to oxidation ex vivo. Liver tissue lipid, cholesterol, phospholipids, and lipid peroxidations were also determined. The total cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol and triacylglycerol levels were significantly reduced in the sesame protein isolate and isolate containing cholesterol group than the corresponding control casein groups. HDL-cholesterol level was also increased in sesame protein isolate (41%) and protein isolate containing cholesterol group (38%) than the corresponding control casein and casein containing cholesterol groups. There was 49% and 64% lowering of plasma lipid peroxidation as well as 36% and 56% lowering of lipoprotein oxidation susceptibility (LOS) in the 2 experimental groups (sesame protein isolate and isolate containing cholesterol group) than the corresponding control (casein and casein containing cholesterol) groups. There was significant lowering of erythrocyte membrane lipid peroxidation (68% and 63% lowering in sesame protein isolate and isolate containing cholesterol groups) and liver lipid peroxidation (61% and 76% lowering in the 2 experimental groups than the corresponding control casein groups). Therefore, our results indicate that sesame protein isolate decreases cholesterol concentration in plasma, increases HDL-cholesterol, and also decreases plasma and erythrocyte membrane lipid peroxidation with or

  5. Rotigaptide (ZP123) improves atrial conduction slowing in chronic volume overload-induced dilated atria.

    Haugan, Ketil; Miyamoto, Takuya; Takeishi, Yasuchika; Kubota, Isao; Nakayama, Jun; Shimojo, Hisashi; Hirose, Masamichi


    Chronic atrial dilation is associated with atrial conduction velocity slowing and an increased risk of developing atrial tachyarrhythmias. Rotigaptide (ZP123) is a selective gap junction modifier that increases cardiac gap junctional intercellular communication. We hypothesised that rotigaptide treatment would increase atrial conduction velocity and reduce the inducibility to atrial tachyarrhythmias in a model of chronic volume overload induced chronic atrial dilatation characterized by atrial conduction velocity slowing. Chronic volume overload was created in Japanese white rabbits by arterio-venous shunt formation. Atrial conduction velocity and atrial tachyarrhythmias inducibility were examined in Langendorff-perfused chronic volume overload hearts (n=12) using high-resolution optical mapping before and after treatment with rotigaptide. Moreover, expression levels of atrial gap junction proteins (connexin40 and connexin43) were examined in chronic volume overload hearts (n=6) and compared to sham-operated controls (n=6). Rotigaptide treatment significantly increased atrial conduction velocity in chronic volume overload hearts, however, rotigaptide did not decrease susceptibility to the induction of atrial tachyarrhythmias. Protein expressions of Cx40 and Cx43 were decreased by 32% and 72% (P<0.01), respectively, in chromic volume overload atria compared to control. To conclude, rotigaptide increased atrial conduction velocity in a rabbit model of chromic volume overload induced atrial conduction velocity slowing. The demonstrated effect of rotigaptide on atrial conduction velocity did not prevent atrial tachyarrhythmias inducibility. Whether rotigaptide may possess antiarrhythmic efficacy in other models of atrial fibrillation remains to be determined.

  6. Study of atrial arrhythmias in a computer model based on magnetic resonance images of human atria

    Virag, N.; Jacquemet, V.; Henriquez, C. S.; Zozor, S.; Blanc, O.; Vesin, J.-M.; Pruvot, E.; Kappenberger, L.


    The maintenance of multiple wavelets appears to be a consistent feature of atrial fibrillation (AF). In this paper, we investigate possible mechanisms of initiation and perpetuation of multiple wavelets in a computer model of AF. We developed a simplified model of human atria that uses an ionic-based membrane model and whose geometry is derived from a segmented magnetic resonance imaging data set. The three-dimensional surface has a realistic size and includes obstacles corresponding to the location of major vessels and valves, but it does not take into account anisotropy. The main advantage of this approach is its ability to simulate long duration arrhythmias (up to 40 s). Clinically relevant initiation protocols, such as single-site burst pacing, were used. The dynamics of simulated AF were investigated in models with different action potential durations and restitution properties, controlled by the conductance of the slow inward current in a modified Luo-Rudy model. The simulation studies show that (1) single-site burst pacing protocol can be used to induce wave breaks even in tissue with uniform membrane properties, (2) the restitution-based wave breaks in an atrial model with realistic size and conduction velocities are transient, and (3) a significant reduction in action potential duration (even with apparently flat restitution) increases the duration of AF.

  7. The effect of inflammation on sympathetic nerve mediated contractions in rat isolated caudal artery.

    Fotso Soh, Jocelyn; Strong, Hilary R; Daneshtalab, Noriko; Tabrizchi, Reza


    Chronic inflammatory process(es) contributes to changes in vascular function in a variety of diseases. Sympathetic nerve-mediated responses in blood vessels play a pivotal role in regular physiological functions. We tested the hypothesis that sympathetic neuro-effector function will be altered as consequence of inflammatory state. Sympathetic nerve-mediated contractions and alpha adrenergic receptor expressions were evaluated in isolated caudal arteries of rats treated with saline and Complete Freund's adjuvant (CFA). While CFA-treated animals had significantly higher plasma levels of tumor necrosis factor-alpha compared to saline, blood pressure remained unchanged. Immunofluorescence revealed increased expression of ionized calcium adapter binding molecule-1 in the adventitia of blood vessels from CFA-treated animals compared to saline. In isolated arteries, electrical field stimulations between 1.25 and 40Hz resulted in frequency-dependent contractions that wasabolished by tetrodotoxin. Neurogenic contractions from CFA groups were significantly greater than saline. While the presence of alpha1-adrenoceptor antagonist (prazosin) significantly inhibited contractions at lower frequencies of stimulation (1.25-5Hz) in isolated arteries of CFA-treated rats compared to controls, alpha2-adrenoceptor antagonist (rauwolscine) had modest effects. Inhibition of neuronal reuptake by cocaine comparably enhanced field-stimulated responses in vessels of experimental and control animals. Immunofluorescence revealed a difference in expression of alpha1- and alpha2-adrenoceptors in the endothelium of blood vessels of CFA compared to saline controls. Collectively, our observations lend support to enhanced neurogenic contractions in blood vessels of inflamed animals possibly attributing to alterations in responsiveness and/or distribution of post-junctional alpha1-adrenoceptors.

  8. Sex Differences in Effects of Ketamine on Behavior, Spine Density, and Synaptic Proteins in Socially Isolated Rats.

    Sarkar, Ambalika; Kabbaj, Mohamed


    The mechanistic underpinnings of sex differences in occurrence of depression and efficacy of antidepressant treatments are poorly understood. We examined the effects of isolation stress (IS) and the fast-acting antidepressant ketamine on anhedonia and depression-like behavior, spine density, and synaptic proteins in male and female rats. We used a chronic social IS paradigm to test the effects of ketamine (0, 2.5 mg/kg, and 5 mg/kg) on behavior and levels of synaptic proteins synapsin-1, postsynaptic density protein 95, and glutamate receptor 1 in male rats and female rats in diestrus. Medial prefrontal cortex spine density was also examined in male rats and female rats that received ketamine during either the diestrus or the proestrus phase of their estrous cycle. Male rats showed anhedonia and depression-like behavior after 8 weeks of IS, concomitant with decreases in spine density and levels of synapsin-1, postsynaptic density protein 95, and glutamate receptor 1 in the medial prefrontal cortex; these changes were reversed by a single injection of ketamine (5 mg/kg). After 11 weeks of IS, female rats showed depression-like behavior but no signs of anhedonia. Although both doses of ketamine rescued depression-like behavior in female rats, the decline observed in synaptic proteins and spine density in IS and in diestrus female rats could not be reversed by ketamine. Spine density was higher in female rats during proestrus than in diestrus. Our findings implicate a role for synaptic proteins synapsin-1, postsynaptic density protein 95, and glutamate receptor 1 and medial prefrontal cortex spine density in the antidepressant effects of ketamine in male rats subjected to IS but not in female rats subjected to IS, suggesting dissimilar underlying mechanisms for efficacy of ketamine in the two sexes. Copyright © 2016 Society of Biological Psychiatry. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Low-power light and isolated rat hearts after ischemia of myocardium

    Monich, Victor A.; Drugova, Olga V.; Lazukin, Valery F.; Bavrina, Anna B.


    Total ischemia of myocardium has been simulated on isolated hearts of rats. Effects of a low-power HeNe laser (λ=632.8 nm) and a fiber optic photo-luminescent radiation source of red light ( λ of the spectral peak is equal to 630 nm) on isolated heart contractile function characteristics and on lipid peroxidation (LPO) level in myocardium tissues have been investigated. Two groups of the specimens have been irradiated with red light during the postischemia (reperfusion) period of time. The first group has been treated with laser light and the second one with the luminescent radiation. More rapid restoration of the speed of contraction, of the force of contraction, of the relaxation speed and of the heart rate with respect to the data of the control group has been observed in both experimental groups. The similar tendency was observed in the laser treated specimens. The effects of fibrillation of myocardium of isolated hearts irradiated by lowpower He-Ne laser light were observed. These effects could be caused by the local light fluence rate excess in the interference pattern of laser light diffracted on the heart muscle structures.

  10. Outcome of experimental rat vaginitis by Candida albicans isolates with different karyotypes.

    Tavanti, Arianna; Campa, Daniele; Arancia, Silvia; Hensgens, Lambert A M; de Bernardis, Flavia; Senesi, Sonia


    Candida albicans isolates with different genomic background, designed as b and c karyotypes, have been previously shown to differentially modulate their response to macrophage candidacidal activity. While b-type isolates were susceptible to intracellular killing, strains with c karyotype survived upon internalization and were able to replicate inside macrophages. Furthermore, it was also shown that c type strains escape microglial cell mediated growth inhibition, suggesting that these strains form a more virulent cluster. In this report, the pathogenicity exerted by C. albicans isolates with b and c karyotypes was analyzed in vivo using a model of experimental rat vaginitis. Although both types induced infection, c-type-infected animals suffered from more persistent vaginitis, confirming the higher virulence potential the c karyotype exerted in vivo. The analysis of fungal cells recovered from vaginal fluids of infected animals indicated that c-type was more prone to undergo morphogenesis and to express SAP2 than b-type; these different traits may account for the differences observed in the outcome of experimental rodent vaginitis induced by the two C. albicans karyotypes. Copyright 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Isolation and characterization of the DNA fraction of rat liver chromatin which binds polylysine.

    Arnold, E A; Wahn, U; Young, K E


    The structure of eukaryotic chromatin has been investigated by isolating and analyzing the "accessible" DNA fraction of rat liver chromatin. This DNA fraction has been isolated by titrating the chromatin with the protese-resistant D isomer of polylysine to bind the "accessible" DNA sites. After removal of chromosomal proteins by digestion with pronase, all DNA not protected from attack by bound polylysine was removed by digestion with DNase. Even after exhaustive treatment with pronase and DNase approximately 30% of the chromatin DNA remains resistant to nuclease attack. Analysis of the isolated DNA shows it to be mainly double-stranded with an average size of 200-250 base pairs. The DNA is slightly A-T rich and contains both repetitive and "single-copy" nuleotide sequences. The results suggest that there are extensive regions in chromatin where the DNA is not tightly complexed with protein. Furthermore, the DNA of these regions is similar in gross properties to the DNA of the total genome.

  12. Mitochondrial oxidative stress and dysfunction induced by isoniazid: study on isolated rat liver and brain mitochondria.

    Ahadpour, Morteza; Eskandari, Mohammad Reza; Mashayekhi, Vida; Haj Mohammad Ebrahim Tehrani, Kamaleddin; Jafarian, Iman; Naserzadeh, Parvaneh; Hosseini, Mir-Jamal


    Isoniazid (INH or isonicotinic hydrazide) is used for the treatment and prophylaxis of tuberculosis. Liver and brain are two important target organs in INH toxicity. However, the exact mechanisms behind the INH hepatotoxicity or neurotoxicity have not yet been completely understood. Considering the mitochondria as one of the possible molecular targets for INH toxicity, the aim of this study was to evaluate the mechanisms of INH mitochondrial toxicity on isolated mitochondria. Mitochondria were isolated by differential ultracentrifugation from male Sprague-Dawley rats and incubated with different concentrations of INH (25-2000 μM) for the investigation of mitochondrial parameters. The results indicated that INH could interact with mitochondrial respiratory chain and inhibit its activity. Our results showed an elevation in mitochondrial reactive oxygen species (ROS) formation, lipid peroxidation and mitochondrial membrane potential collapse after exposure of isolated liver mitochondria in INH. However, different results were obtained in brain mitochondria. Noteworthy, significant glutathione oxidation, adenosine triphosphate (ATP) depletion and lipid peroxidation were observed in higher concentration of INH, as compared to liver mitochondria. In conclusion, our results suggest that INH may initiate its toxicity in liver mitochondria through interaction with electron transfer chain, lipid peroxidation, mitochondrial membrane potential decline and cytochrome c expulsion which ultimately lead to cell death signaling.

  13. Mitigation of statins-induced cytotoxicity and mitochondrial dysfunction by L-carnitine in freshly-isolated rat hepatocytes

    Abdoli, N.; Azarmi, Y.; Eghbal, M.A.


    Statins are widely used as anti hyperlipidemic agents. Hepatotoxicity is one of their adverse effects appearing in some patients. No protective agents have yet been developed to treat statins-induced hepatotoxicity. Different investigations have suggested L-carnitine as a hepatoprotective agent against drugs-induced toxicity. This study was designed to evaluate the effect of L-carnitine on the cytotoxic effects of statins on the freshly-isolated rat hepatocytes. Hepatocytes were isolated from...

  14. CGP 41251, a new potential anticancer drug, improves contractility of rat isolated cardiac muscle subjected to hypoxia.

    Kocic, I; Dworakowska, D; Dworakowski, R; Petrusewicz, J


    The aim of the present work was to examine the effects of 4'-N-benzoyl staurosporine (CGP 41251), a protein kinase C inhibitor with broad antiproliferative activity in many cell lines, on the rat isolated heart contractility under normoxic and hypoxic conditions. Additionally, we examined the effects of CGP 41251, WB-4101 (alpha1a -adrenoceptor antagonist), chloroethylclonidine (CEC) (alpha1b-adrenoceptor antagonist) and selective damage of endocardial endothelium by Triton X-100 on the protection against hypoxia induced by preconditioning of rat heart tissue. Experiments were performed on rat isolated left ventricular papillary muscle. The following parameters were measured: force of contraction (Fc), velocity of contraction (+dF/dt) and velocity of relaxation (-dF/dt). The temperature of the bath solution was 37 degrees C +/- 0.5 degrees C, and rate of electrical stimulation was 0.5 Hz. At concentrations less than 1 microM CGP 41251 did not cause any changes in contractility of rat heart. At 1 and 3 microM, significant positive inotropic action was observed. Treatment of rat papillary muscle by CGP 41251 at 3 microM reduced decreasing of contractility by simulated hypoxia and reperfusion. Moreover, protective effects of preconditioning was not affected by addition of CGP 41251 neither at 1 nor at 3 microM. Pretreatment with CEC at 3 microM, and selective damage of endocardial endothelium induced by fast (1-s) immersion of papillary muscle in 0.5% Triton X-100, but not pretreatment with WB-4101, abolished the protective effects of preconditioning. The results imply that CGP 41251 improves contractility of heart muscle under normoxic and hypoxic conditions, and does not alter hypoxic preconditioning in rat isolated cardiac tissue. Moreover, it was shown that alpha1b-adrenoceptors and endocardial endothelium are involved in triggering of preconditioning in rat isolated heart muscle.

  15. RNA-sequencing data analysis of uterus in ovariectomized rats fed with soy protein isolate,17B-estradiol and casein

    This data file describes the bioinformatics analysis of uterine RNA-seq data comparing genome wide effects of feeding soy protein isolate compared to casein to ovariectomized female rats age 64 days relative to treatment of casein fed rats with 5 ug/kg/d estradiol and relative to rats treated with e...

  16. Influence of calcium preconditioning and streptomycin on ventricular dilation-induced arrhythmias in isolated rat hearts


    Objective To investigate the mechanism of ventricular dilation-induced arrhythmias by dilating isolated rat hearts. Methods Isolated rat hearts were perfused by Langerdorff method. After equilibration, 80 hearts were randomly divided into four groups as follows: (1) control group (n=20), (2) Ca2+ preconditioning (CPC) group (n=20), (3) streptomycin group (n=20), and (4) CPC + streptomycin group (n=20). A latex balloon which can be filled with fluid was anchored in the left ventricle through the left atrium and mitral valve. Epicardial ECG of the left ventricle, left ventricular pressure, coronary flow and heart rate were recorded before and during ventricular dilation by injecting fluid into the latex balloon. The rate and duration of ventricular dilation-induced arrhythmias were recorded. Results Under the same increase in ventricular end-diastolic pressure made by inflation of the balloon, the rate of arrhythmias was 100% and duration of arrhythmias was 2.56±0.46 s in the control group. Both the rates of premature ventricular beat (90 %) and ventricular tachycardia 70 % ) were high. Compared with the control group, the total rate (60 % ) of arrhythmias was lower, and duration (1.67±0.61 s ) of arrhythmias was shorter in the CPC group. Both the rates of premature ventricular beat (60%) and ventricular tachycardia (40%) were low comparatively. The rate of arrhythmias (45 %) was lower and duration ( 1.64±0.42 s)of arrhythmias was shorter, and the rates of premature ventricular beat (30 % ) or ventricular tachycardia (35 %) were lower in the streptomycin group than in the control one. The least ventricular dilation-induced arrhythmias occurred in the CPC + streptomycin group. The rate of arrhythmias (10%) was the lowest and duration (1.01±0.37s) of arrhythmias was the shortest; both the rates of premature ventricular beat (5%) and ventricular tachycardia (10%) were the lowest. Conclusions Ventricular dilation may induce arrhythmias in isolated rat hearts. Stretch

  17. Measurement of ultraweak chemiluminescence emitted from isolated and perfused rat hearts

    Bottigli, U.; Camici, P.; Bellina, C.R. (Pisa Univ. (Italy). Ist. di Patologia Speciale Medica e Metodologia Clinica); Salvadori, P.A.; Mazzarisi, R.A. (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Pisa (Italy). Lab. di Fisiologia Clinica); Barsacchi, R. (Pisa Univ. (Italy). Ist. di Chimica Biologica); Quaglia, M. (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa (Italy)); Ursini, F. (Padua Univ. (Italy). Ist. di Chimica Biologica)


    This paper describes the use of a single-photon counting apparatus (SPCA) for the continuous monitoring of the ultraweak chemiluminescence (UWC) emitted by isolated and perfused rat hearts and deriving from phospholipid peroxydation. Specifically the SPCA was used to assess the peroxidative stress induced in the heart by the addition of an hydroperoxide to the perfusing medium. To this purpose, different hydroperoxides were used and each one produced a typical and highly reliable temporal evolution of UWC. It was also found that the oxygen availability strongly influences the intensity and the kinetic of the UWC emission. UWC was proved to be a very interesting and promising tool for monitoring the peroxidative damage of biological membranes, both because it makes a continuous assessment possible and because the sensitivity of this method is approximately ten times greater than usual analytical chemistry methods.

  18. Isolation and differentiation of neural stem/progenitor cells from fetal rat dorsal root ganglia


    To find a promising alternative to neurons or schwann cells (SCs) for peripheral nerve repair applications,this study sought to isolate stem cells from fetal rat dorsal root ganglion (DRG) explants.Molecular expression analysis confirmed neural stem cell characteristics of DRG-derived neurospheres in terms of expressing neural stem cell-specific genes and a set of well-defined genes related to stem cell niches and glial fate decision.Under the influence of neurotrophic factors,bFGF and NGF,the neurospheres gave rise to neurofilament-expressing neurons and S100-expressing Schwann cell-like cells by different pathways.This study suggests that a subpopulation of stem cells that reside in DRGs is the progenitor of neurons and glia,which could directly induce the differentiation toward neurons,or SCs.

  19. Isolation and characterization of influenza C virus inhibitors in rat serum.

    Kitame, F; Nakamura, K; Saito, A; Sinohara, H; Homma, M


    Two inhibitors against haemagglutination by influenza C virus were isolated from pooled sera of normal rats by sequential chromatography on Blue Sepharose CL 6B, Ultrogel AcA 2, and DEAE-cellulose. The two inhibitors were identified as alpha 1-macroglobulin and murinoglobulin by comparison with the authentic samples. These inhibitors abolished the haemagglutination by influenza C virus strains but did not affect the haemagglutination by influenza A and B virus strains. Haemagglutination inhibition activity of both inhibitors was completely destroyed by incubation with neuraminidase from Arthrobacter ureafaciens. By contrast, no activity was lost after treatment with neuraminidase from Vibrio cholerae. These results suggest that the sialic acid residue(s) which is excised by the former neuraminidase but not by the latter is essential for the haemagglutination inhibition. The two inhibitors were inactivated by treating with sodium hydroxide and methylamine but not with sodium metaperiodate.

  20. [L-propionylcarnitine taurine amide induces the metabolic recovery of the isolated postischemic rat heart].

    Lazzarino, G; Corsico, N; Tavazzi, B; di Pierro, D; Arrigoni-Martelli, E; Giardina, B


    The effect of reperfusion with L-propionyl-carnitine-taurinammide 1 mM was evaluated on the metabolic recovery of the isolated postischemic rat heart. Data referring to the tissue concentration of the high-energy phosphates, oxypurines, nucleosides, nicotinic coenzymes, lactate and pyruvate indicate that L-propionyl-carnitine-taurinammide significantly improves the metabolism of the reperfused myocardium. In particular, ATP, creatinphosphate, GTP, sum of adenine nucleotides and the energy charge resulted 1.80, 1.83, 3.47, 1.47 and 1.20 times higher respectively than the corresponding values recorded in control reperfused heart (p < 0.01 all). These data, out of supplying the necessary biochemical support to the beneficial effects of L-propionyl-carnitine-taurinammide on hemodynamics obtained in previous studies, suggest that L-propionyl-carnitine-taurinammide might represent a useful tool for the pharmacological treatment of myocardial infarction.

  1. Enzymatic Cell Isolation and Explant Cultures of Rat Calvarial Osteoblast Cells


    Osteoblast cells were isolated from the calvarial bones of newborn Wistar rats and cultured in vitro via both collagenase digestion method and explant technique, and a comparative study was carried out on the two culture methods. The biologic characteristics of tbs osteoblast cells were studied via cell number counting,morphology observation, alkaline phosphatase staining of the cells and alizarine- red staining of the calcified nodules. The results show that osteoblast cells can be cultured in vitro via collagenase digestion method and explant technique, and the obtained cells are of good biologic characteristics. In comparison with the explant techniqne,the operative procedure of the enzymatic digestion method is more complicated. The digestion time must be carefully controlled. However, with this method, one can obtain a lager number of cells in a short time. The operative procedure of the explant technique is simpler, but it usually takes longer time to obtain cells of desirable number.

  2. Ozone effects on mechanics and arachidonic acid metabolite concentrations in isolated rat lungs

    Joad, J.P.; McDonald, R.J.; Giri, S.N.; Bric, J.M. (Univ. of California, Davis, CA (United States))


    In whole animals, ozone acutely impairs pulmonary function, an effect which may be mediated by eicosanoids. This study determined if the lung itself, separated from blood components and the CNS, responds to ozone with increased eicosanoid production and decreased function. Wistar rat lungs were placed in a negatively ventilated, buffer-perfused, isolated system, where they were exposed to filtered air or 1 ppm ozone for 3 hr. ozone increased lung resistance (P = 0.02) and decreased dynamic compliance (P = 0.003, multivariate ANOVA for repeated measures). Pulmonary artery pressure, lung weight/body weight, and cells in lung lavage (BALF) did not change. In the perfusate, ozone increased the concentration of 6-keto-PGF[sub 1[alpha

  3. Dissociation enzyme effects on the biophysical properties of calcium current in acutely isolated rat ventricular myocytes

    Julio Álvarez


    Full Text Available Proteolytic enzymes such as collagenase, trypsin and pronase E are widely used to acutely dissociate adult cardiomyocytes. There is some evidence that enzyme treatment can alter ionic channels. The aim of the present investigation was to compare the characteristics of the L-type Ca2+ current (ICaL of rat ventricular cardiomyocytes dissociated with two enzyme combinations: collagenase + trypsin (C+T and collagenase + pronase E (C+P. ICaL density (pA/pF was significantly lower (~ 2 pA/pF in myocytes isolated with the C+P combination. However, its inactivation time course was barely affected. As well, the voltage dependency of ICaL kinetics was not affected by the C+P treatment. Our results suggest that, compared to the C+T, treatment with the C+P enzyme combination could decrease the number of functional (expressed channels in the sarcolemma.


    Ruffolo, Bruno Bergamo; Toledo, Roberta dos Santos; Martins, Felippe Danyel Cardoso; Bugni, Felipe Monteiro; Costa, Letícia da; Marana, Elizabete Regina Marangoni; Navarro, Italmar Teodorico; Garcia, João Luis; Su, Chunlei; Freire, Roberta Lemos


    The role of rodents in the epidemiology of toxoplasmosis was investigated in Londrina, Paraná State, Brazil. One hundred and eighty-one Rattus rattus and one Mus musculus were caught in 37 places. Blood and tissues were collected and submitted to the indirect fluorescence antibody test (IFAT) and the bioassay. Serum samples from 61 contacting dogs were also collected. Sixteen rats (8.8%) were positive for Toxoplasma gondii, but just two of them were positive by serology and bioassay test. Antibodies were found in nine (4.9%) rats. Tissues of nine rats bioassayed were positive and four isolates were obtained. Restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) analysis was performed using 12 markers (SAG1, SAG2, SAG2-alt, C22-8, C29-2, L358, PK1, BTUB, GRA6, SAG3, Apico, CS3). Genotyping revealed that the four strains isolated from this study have been isolated before in cats and chickens from Brazil. None of the isolates was identified like clonal archetypal T-types I, II, and III. The rats presented lower serologic Toxoplasma gondii prevalence (8.8%) compared to contacting dogs (70.5%).


    RUFFOLO, Bruno Bergamo; TOLEDO, Roberta dos Santos; MARTINS, Felippe Danyel Cardoso; BUGNI, Felipe Monteiro; da COSTA, Letícia; MARANA, Elizabete Regina Marangoni; NAVARRO, Italmar Teodorico; GARCIA, João Luis; SU, Chunlei; FREIRE, Roberta Lemos


    The role of rodents in the epidemiology of toxoplasmosis was investigated in Londrina, Paraná State, Brazil. One hundred and eighty-one Rattus rattus and one Mus musculus were caught in 37 places. Blood and tissues were collected and submitted to the indirect fluorescence antibody test (IFAT) and the bioassay. Serum samples from 61 contacting dogs were also collected. Sixteen rats (8.8%) were positive for Toxoplasma gondii, but just two of them were positive by serology and bioassay test. Antibodies were found in nine (4.9%) rats. Tissues of nine rats bioassayed were positive and four isolates were obtained. Restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) analysis was performed using 12 markers (SAG1, SAG2, SAG2-alt, C22-8, C29-2, L358, PK1, BTUB, GRA6, SAG3, Apico, CS3). Genotyping revealed that the four strains isolated from this study have been isolated before in cats and chickens from Brazil. None of the isolates was identified like clonal archetypal T-types I, II, and III. The rats presented lower serologic Toxoplasma gondii prevalence (8.8%) compared to contacting dogs (70.5%). PMID:27074322

  6. Uterine responses to feeding soy protein isolate and treatment with 17B-estradiol differ in ovariectomized female rats

    There are concerns regarding reproductive toxicity from consumption of soy foods, including an increased risk of endometriosis and endometrial cancer, as a result of phytoestrogen consumption. In this study, female rats were fed AIN-93G diets made with casein (CAS) or soy protein isolate (SPI) from ...


    Bruno Bergamo RUFFOLO


    Full Text Available The role of rodents in the epidemiology of toxoplasmosis was investigated inLondrina, Paraná State, Brazil. One hundred and eighty-one Rattus rattus and one Mus musculus were caught in 37 places. Blood and tissues were collected and submitted to the indirect fluorescence antibody test (IFAT and the bioassay. Serum samples from 61 contacting dogs were also collected. Sixteen rats (8.8% were positive for Toxoplasma gondii, but just two of them were positive by serology and bioassay test. Antibodies were found in nine (4.9% rats. Tissues of nine rats bioassayed were positive and four isolates were obtained. Restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP analysis was performed using 12 markers (SAG1, SAG2, SAG2-alt, C22-8, C29-2, L358, PK1, BTUB, GRA6, SAG3, Apico, CS3. Genotyping revealed that the four strains isolated from this study have been isolated before in cats and chickens from Brazil. None of the isolates was identified like clonal archetypal T-types I, II, and III. The rats presented lower serologic Toxoplasma gondii prevalence (8.8% compared to contacting dogs (70.5%.

  8. Smooth muscle pharmacology in the isolated virgin and pregnant rat uterus and cervix.

    Darios, Emma S; Seitz, Bridget; Watts, Stephanie W


    Uterine smooth muscle function is established, but comparatively little is known about cervical smooth muscle pharmacology. We performed a proof-of-principle experiment that smooth muscle was expressed in the cervix in both virgin and pregnant rats, using the uterus as a comparator. We tested whether all tissues were pharmacologically responsive to contractile and relaxant agonists. Immunohistochemistry revealed the expression of smooth muscle α-actin in all tissues. The isolated tissue bath was used to measure isometric contractility of uterine strips and whole cervices from virgin and pregnant (day 11 ± 2) female Sprague-Dawley rats. We tested classic activators of uterine smooth muscle contraction and relaxation in both uterus and cervix. All tissues contracted to the depolarizing agent potassium chloride, prostaglandin F2α, muscarinic cholinergic agonist carbachol [2-[(aminocarbonxyl)oxy]-N,N,N-trimethylethanaminium chloride], and 5-hydroxytryptamine. Unlike other tissues, the pregnant cervix did not contract to oxytocin, but the oxytocin receptor was present. Both cervix and uterus (virgin and pregnant) had concentration-dependent, near-complete relaxation to the adrenergic agonist norepinephrine and adenylate cyclase activator forskolin [(3R,4aR,5S,6S,6aS,10S,10aR,10bS)-6,10-10b-trihydroxy-3,4a,7,10a-pentamethyl-1-oxo-3-vinyldodecahydro-1H-benzo[f] chroment-5-yl acetate]. The β-adrenergic receptor agonist isoproterenol was less potent in pregnant cervix versus virgin by ∼10-fold. All tissues, particularly the cervix, responded poorly to the nitric-oxide donor sodium nitroprusside, relaxing ∼20% maximally. These findings support the importance of smooth muscle in the cervix, the use of the isolated cervix in pharmacological studies, and a similarity between smooth muscle pharmacology of the nonpregnant uterus and cervix. This work highlights the unappreciated smooth muscle function of the cervix versus uterus and cervical changes in pharmacology during

  9. Inhibitory effects of the essential oil of Mentha pulegium on the isolated rat myometrium.

    Soares, P M; Assreuy, A M S; Souza, E P; Lima, R F; Silva, T O; Fontenele, S R; Criddle, D N


    The effects of the essential oil of Mentha pulegium L. (EOMP), a plant commonly known as "pennyroyal" or "poejo" that is used in folk medicine as an abortifaceant, were assessed on the isolated rat myometrium. Myometrial strips were stimulated with 10 nM oxytocin or 10 microM PGF (2alpha). EOMP (10 - 300 microg/mL) concentration-dependently and reversibly inhibited the amplitude of oscillatory contractions, being approximately 3-fold more active against contractions stimulated by oxytocin than those by PGF (2alpha) (IC (50) values of 45.7 +/- 5.6 microg/mL and 160.9 +/- 5.9 microg/mL , respectively), although the maximal inhibitory effect occurred at the same concentration (300 microg/mL ) in both cases. This action was shared by pulegone (30 - 300 microM), the principal component of the essential oil (IC (50) values of 21.8 +/- 2.1 microg/mL and 12.7 +/- 4.6 microg/mL , respectively). Nifedipine (30 nM - 30 microM) also abolished agonist-stimulated contractions, and was approximately twice and 12 times as potent as EOMP in inhibiting oxytocin- and prostaglandin F (2alpha) (PGF (2alpha))-stimulated contractions, respectively. In conclusion, our results show that the essential oil of the abortifaceant plant Mentha pulegium exerts an inhibitory effect on the contractile activity of the isolated rat myometrium. This oil shares a common effect with the voltage-dependent calcium channel (VDCC) blocker nifedipine, although ostensibly acting via a different mechanism. It thus appears that EOMP and pulegone do not exert direct toxic effects on the myometrium per se that would cause abortion, and other possibilities such as systemic metabolism of plant constituents may rather underlie the abusive use of Mentha pulegium in popular medicine.

  10. Toluene metabolism in isolated rat hepatocytes: effects of in vivo pretreatment with acetone and phenobarbital

    Smith-Kielland, A.; Ripel, A. (National Inst. of Forensic Toxicology, Oslo (Norway))


    Hepatocytes isolated from control, acetone- and phenobarbital-pretreated rats were used to study the metabolic conversion of toluene to benzyl alcohol, benzaldehyde, benzoic acid and hippuric acid at low (<100 [mu]M) and high (100-500 [mu]M) toluene concentrations. The baseline formation rates of toluene metabolites (benzyl alcohol, benzoic acid and hippuric acid) were 2.9[+-]1.7 and 10.0[+-]2.3 nmol/mg cell protein/60 min at low and high toluene concentrations, respectively. In vivo pretreatment of rats with acetone and phenobarbital increased the formation of metabolites: at low toluene concentrations 3- and 5-fold, respectively; at high toluene concentrations no significant increase (acetone) and 8-fold increase (phenobarbital). Apparent inhibition by ethanol, 7 and 60 mM, was most prominent at low toluene concentrations: 63% and 69%, respectively, in control cells; 84% and 91% in acetone-pretreated cells, and 32% (not significant) and 51% in phenobarbital-pretreated cells. Ethanol also caused accumulation of benzyl alcohol. The apparent inhibition by isoniazid was similar to that of ethanol at low toluene concentrations. Control and acetone-pretreated cells were apparently resistant towards metyrapone; the decrease was 49% and 64% in phenobarbital-pretreated cells at low and high toluene concentrations, respectively. In these cells, the decrease in presence of combined ethanol and metyrapone was 95% (low toluene concentrations). 4-Methylpyrazole decreased metabolite formation extensively in all groups. Benzaldehyde was only found in the presence of an aldehyde dehydrogenase inhibitor. Increased ratio benzoic/hippuric acid was observed at high toluene concentrations. These results demonstrate that toluene oxidation may be studied by product formation in isolated hepatocytes. However, the influence of various enzymes in the overall metabolism could not be ascertained due to lack of inhibitor specificity. (orig.).

  11. Effects of ascorbic acid on UV light-mediated photoreceptor damage in isolated rat retina.

    Tokuda, Kazuhiro; Zorumski, Charles F; Izumi, Yukitoshi


    Concerns have been raised about whether operating microscopes and endoillumination used during ophthalmic surgeries contribute to retinal damage. Despite the recognition that ascorbic acid (vitamin C) helps to protect the eye from light and the abundance of vitamin C in the retina, artificial aqueous humors used during surgery only contain the antioxidant glutathione. To test whether inclusion of antioxidants other than glutathione in surgical solutions might help to preserve retinal integrity, we studied the effects of vitamin C on acute toxicity in isolated rat retinas. Male Sprague-Dawley rats (PND 30+/-2) were sacrificed for retinal isolation. In the presence or absence of vitamin C (1 or 3 mM), retinas were exposed to 302 nm ultraviolet B (UVB) light for 1 h and were incubated for a total of 5 h at 30 degrees C. Retinal damage was assessed by morphological examination and biochemical assay measuring the amount of lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) released from injured cells. In control retinas, LDH release was significantly increased after UVB exposure. The presence of 1 mM vitamin C in the incubation media significantly reduced LDH release during the post-incubation period following UV exposure. No difference was found between 1 and 3 mM vitamin C. Microscopic examination revealed that disorganization in the outer nuclear layer after UVB exposure was markedly attenuated by administration of 1 mM vitamin C. Vitamin C (1 mM), a concentration found in the anterior chamber in humans, but not glutathione, prevented phototoxic injury following UV exposure. Although vitamin C itself cannot be used in intraocular irrigating solutions because of adverse interactions with iron released during bleeding, inclusion of antioxidants equivalent to vitamin C should be considered to help protect the retina from intraoperative light toxicity.

  12. Taxol inhibits stretch-induced electrophysiological alterations in isolated rat hearts with acute myocardial infarction


    Mechanosensitive channels have been determined to work as transducers of mechanoelectric feedback in the heart, which is associated with the generation of arrhythmias. Recent studies have investigated the role of the cytoskeleton in ion channels control. This study explored the ability of taxol to inhibit stretch-induced electrophysiological alterations in the ischemic myocardium. Thirty-two Wistar rats were randomly divided into four groups: normal control group (n=9), taxol group (n=7), myocardial infarction (MI) group (n=9), and MI+taxol group (n=7). After Langendorff perfusion, the isolated hearts were stretched for 5 s by balloon inflation to 0.2 or 0.3 mL. The effects of stretching on 90% monophasic action potential duration (MAPD90), premature ventricular beats (PVB), and ventricular tachycardia (VT) were observed for 30 s. Stretching increased MAPD90 in both the normal control and MI groups, but MAPD90 increased more in the MI group for the same degree of stretch. Taxol (5 μmol L?1) had no effect on MAPD90 under baseline, unstretched conditions, but MAPD90 in the taxol group was slightly increased after stretching compared with the normal control group (P>0.05). However, taxol reduced MAPD90 in infarcted myocardium (P<0.05 at V=0.3 mL). The incidences of PVB and VT in the MI group were higher than in the normal control group (both P<0.01). Taxol had no effect on the occurrence of arrhythmias in normal myocardium, but it inhibited PVB and VT in infarcted hearts (both P<0.01). Thus changes in MAPD and the occurrence of arrhythmias caused by mechanical stretching of the myocardium could be inhibited by taxol in isolated rat hearts during AMI, indicating the involvement of tubulin in mechanoelectric feedback in AMI.

  13. Biotransformation and cytotoxic effects of hydroxychavicol, an intermediate of safrole metabolism, in isolated rat hepatocytes.

    Nakagawa, Yoshio; Suzuki, Toshinari; Nakajima, Kazuo; Ishii, Hidemi; Ogata, Akio


    The biotransformation and cytotoxic effects of hydroxychavicol (HC; 1-allyl-3,4-dihydroxybenzene), which is a catecholic component in piper betel leaf and a major intermediary metabolite of safrole in rats and humans, was studied in freshly isolated rat hepatocytes. The exposure of hepatocytes to HC caused not only concentration (0.25-1.0mM)- and time (0-3h)-dependent cell death accompanied by the loss of cellular ATP, adenine nucleotide pools, reduced glutathione, and protein thiols, but also the accumulation of glutathione disulfide and malondialdehyde, indicating lipid peroxidation. At a concentration of 1mM, the cytotoxic effects of safrole were less than those of HC. The loss of mitochondrial membrane potential and generation of oxygen radical species assayed using 2',7'-dichlorodihydrofluoresein diacetate (DCFH-DA) in hepatocytes treated with HC were greater than those with safrole. HC at a weakly toxic level (0.25 and/or 0.50mM) was metabolized to monoglucuronide, monosulfate, and monoglutathione conjugates, which were identified by mass spectra and/or (1)H nuclear magnetic resonance spectra. The amounts of sulfate rather than glucuronide or glutathione conjugate predominantly increased, accompanied by a loss of the parent compound, with time. In hepatocytes pretreated with either diethyl maleate or salicylamide, HC-induced cytotoxicity was enhanced, accompanied by a decrease in the formation of these conjugates and by the inhibition of HC loss. Taken collectively, our results indicate that (a) mitochondria are target organelles for HC, which elicits cytotoxicity through mitochondrial failure related to mitochondrial membrane potential at an early stage and subsequently lipid peroxidation through oxidative stress at a later stage; (b) the onset of cytotoxicity depends on the initial and residual concentrations of HC rather than those of its metabolites; (c) the toxicity of HC is greater than that of safrole, suggesting the participation of a catecholic

  14. Evaluation of CMU-1 preservation solutions using an isolated perfused rat liver model

    Ying Cheng; Yong-Feng Liu; Dong-Hua Cheng; Bai-Feng Li; Ning Zhao


    AIM: CMU-1 is a new preservation solution with a low potassium concentration as well as low viscosity that is highly effective in reducing preservation injury. The purpose of this experiment is to compare the protective effect of CMU-1 solution with that of UW during cold presevation and normothermic reperfusion.METHODS: Wistar rats were divided into two groups according to different preservation solution: CMU-1 group and UW group. After 6, 12 and 24 h cold storage of rat liver in different preservation solutions, the isolated perfused rat liver model was applied to reperfuse the liver for 120 min normothermically (37 ℃) with KrebsHenseleit solution, meanwhile the pH value of the preservation solution was measured. The perfusate was sampled for the evaluation of alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH). At the end of the reperfusion, all of the bile product was collected, energy metabolic substrate and histological examination were performed.RESULTS: After preserving for 6 h, pH value of both groups did not change; after 12 h, both decreased but with no significant difference. After 24 h, pH value in UW solution group significantly decreased. The total adenine nudeotides level and AEC in liver tissue decreased with preservation time, but they were higher in CMU-1 group. And the amount of bile product after perfusion for 120 min in CMU-1 group was much more than that in UW group. However,there were no significant differences in ALT and LDH levels between two groups. Histology showed no difference.CONCLUSION: The preservation effect of CMU-1 solution is similar with that of UW solution. However, CMU-1 solution shows some advantages over UW solution in energy metabolism, preventing intracellular acidosis and bile product.

  15. The actions of isoprenaline and mirabegron in the isolated whole rat and guinea pig bladder.

    Persyn, Sara; De Wachter, Stefan; Wyndaele, Jean-Jacques; Eastham, Jane; Gillespie, James


    β3-adrenoceptor agonists influence overactive bladder in humans and animal models. However, data is emerging that the mode of action of these drugs is complex. The present study explored the actions of the β3-adrenergic agonist mirabegron and the non-selective agonist isoprenaline on the contractile systems in the rat and guinea pig bladder. Intravesical pressure was measured in isolated whole bladders from female adult animals. In both species spontaneous contractile activity was observed. The muscarinic agonist arecaidine produced complex responses consisting of an initial transient pressure rise followed by complex phasic activity. Three contractile elements were identified: intrinsic micro-contractile activity, initial transient response and steady state phasic activity. The intrinsic and steady state activity could be further divided into a baseline pressure with superimposed phasic activity. The effects of isoprenaline and mirabegron were investigated on these elements. In the rat, the micro-contractile activity could be completely inhibited by isoprenaline (full agonist). The arecaidine-induced initial and steady state baseline pressures were partially reduced, while the phasic activity was little affected. In the guinea pig, both the arecaidine-induced baseline pressure and the phasic activity were affected by isoprenaline. Mirabegron didn't produce significant inhibitory effects in any of the contractile elements in either species. These results show that complex contractile systems operate in the rat and guinea pig bladder that can be modulated by β1/β2-adrenoceptor mechanisms. No evidence was obtained for any β3-dependent regulation of contraction. These data support similar data in humans. Therefore the primary site of therapeutic action of β3-adrenergic agonists remains unknown.

  16. Isolation and identification of CD4+CD25+ regulatory T cells in rat

    Ling Lü; Feng Zhang; Liyong Pu; Chao Jiang


    Objective: To establish a stable and high efficient method for collection of CD4+CD25+ regulatory T cells from rats in vitro. Methods: CD4+CD25+ regulatory T cells were isolated from the rat splenic cells through two steps by magic cell sorting (MACS) system. The first step was negative selection of CD4+ T cells by cocktail antibodies and anti-IgG magic microbeads, and the second step was positive selection of CD25+ T cells by anti-CD25 PE and anti-PE magic microbeads. The purity and viability of separated cells were measured by flow cytometry (FACS) and Trypan blue staining. The suppressive ability of seperated cells on the proliferation of CD4+CD25- T cells was assessed by cell proliferation assay. Results: The purity of negatively enriched CD4+ T cells was 79%-87% (83.6% ± 2.5%) , and the purity of positively enriched CD4+CD25+ T cells was 86%-93% ( 90.2 ± 1.8%) with the viability of 92%-95% (92.8% ± 3.4%). The enriched cells significantly suppressed the proliferation of CD4+CD25- T cells in mixed lymphocyte culture (P < 0.05). Conclusion: An effective method can be established for enrichment of CD4+CD25+ regulatory T cells in two steps by MACS, with satisfied cell purity, viability and function.

  17. Photo-oxidative damage to isolated rat liver mitochondria induced by phenothiazines



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    Photosensitization is a well-known side-effect of phenothiazines that could involve photochemically promoted oxidative damage to mitochondria, leading to the impairment of metabolic functions and apoptosis. In this work, for the first time, we investigated the effects of photoexcited thioridazine (TR, trifluoperazine (TFP and fluphenazine (FP on isolated rat liver mitochondria. Under UV irradiation, the presence of these phenothiazines led to a dose-dependent lack of the respiratory control ratio. These effects were not accompanied by significant swelling and oxidation of protein thiol groups but were accompanied by lipid peroxidation. Lycopene and sorbate, well-known quenchers of singlet oxygen and triplet species, respectively, were ineffective at protecting mitochondrial lipids against the damage promoted by the excited phenothiazines, suggesting that photochemically-produced cation radicals were the prooxidant species. Corroborating this proposal, butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT completely inhibited the lipid peroxidation induced by UV irradiation in the presence of phenothiazines. These novel results make a significant contribution to the understanding of the photochemical properties of phenothiazines in biological systems. Keywords: Trifluoperazine, thioridazine, fluphenazine, rat liver mitochondria, oxidative stress, photochemistry, photodamage, respiratory chain.

  18. Association between microtubules and Golgi vesicles isolated from rat parotid glands.

    Coffe, G; Raymond, M N


    We report an isolation procedure of trans-Golgi vesicles (GVs) from rat parotid glands. Various organelle markers were used, particularly galactosyl transferase as a trans-Golgi marker, to test the purity of the GV fraction. A quantitative in vitro binding assay between microtubules and GVs is described. The vesicles were incubated with taxol-induced microtubules, layered between 50% and 43% sucrose cushions and subjected to centrifugation. Unlike free microtubules which were sedimented, the GV-bound microtubules co-migrated upward with GVs. Quantification of these bound microtubules was carried out by densitometric scanning of Coomassie blue-stained gels. The association between microtubules and GVs followed a saturation curve, with a plateau value of 20 micrograms of microtubule protein bound to 500 micrograms of GV fraction. The half-saturation of the GV sites was obtained with a microtubule concentration of 20 micrograms/ml. Electron microscopy of negatively stained re-floated material showed numerous microtubule-vesicle complexes. Coating of microtubules with an excess of brain microtubule-associated proteins (MAPs) abolished binding. In the absence of exogenous microtubules, we showed that the GV fraction was already interacting with a class of endogenous rat parotid microtubules. This class of colcemid and cold-stable microtubules represents 10-20% of the total tubulin content of the parotid cell.

  19. Sodium-independent, bicuculline-sensitive (/sup 3/H)GABA binding to isolated rat hepatocytes

    Minuk, G.Y.; Bear, C.E.; Sarjeant, E.J.


    To determine whether hepatocytes possess specific receptor sites for gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a potent amino acid neurotransmitter, (/sup 3/H)GABA, was added to sodium-free suspensions of Percoll-purified hepatocytes derived from collagenase-perfused rat livers under various experimental conditions and in the presence or absence of specific GABA receptor agonists (muscimol) and antagonists (bicuculline). The effects of GABA, muscimol, and bicuculline on hepatocyte resting membrane potentials were also determined. Specific binding of (/sup 3/H)GABA to hepatocytes was a consistent finding. GABA-hepatocyte interactions were reversible and temperature dependent. Muscimol and bicuculline inhibited binding in a dose-dependent manner (IC50, 30 nM and 50 microM, respectively), whereas strychnine (1.0-100 microM), a nonspecific central nervous system stimulant, had no appreciable effect. Both GABA and muscimol (100 microM) caused significant hyperpolarization of hepatocyte resting membrane potential (delta PD 5.4 +/- 3.1 and 22.2 +/- 16.2 mV, respectively, means +/- SD, P less than 0.0005). Bicuculline (100 microM) inhibited the effect of muscimol (P less than 0.05). The results of this study suggest that specific GABA receptor sites exist on the surface of isolated rat hepatocytes. The presence of such sites raises the possibility that, in addition to adrenergic and cholinergic innervation, hepatic function may be influenced by GABA-ergic neurotransmitter mechanisms.

  20. Effects Of The Direct Renin Inhibitor Aliskiren On Oxidative Stress In Isolated Rat Heart

    Plecevic Sasa


    Full Text Available Increased activity of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS plays a significant role in the development and progression of various cardio-metabolic diseases, such as hypertension, atherosclerosis and heart failure. Aliskiren is the newest antihypertensive drug and the first orally active direct renin inhibitor to become available for clinical use. This study investigated the acute and direct effects of Aliskiren on different parameters of oxidative stress on isolated rat heart. The hearts of male Wistar albino rats (n = 24, 8 per experimental group, age 8 weeks, body mass 180–200 g, were excised and retrogradely perfused according to the Langendorfftechnique at a gradually increasing perfusion pressure (40-120 cmH2O. Markers of oxidative stress (NO2−, TBARS, H2O2 and O2− were measured spectrophotometrically after perfusion with three different concentrations of Aliskiren (0.1 μM, 1 μM, and 10 μM. The results demonstrated possible dose-dependent cardioprotective properties of Aliskiren, particularly with higher CPP. Lipid peroxidation (TBARS levels decreased with the highest dose of Aliskiren and higher CPP, and the same trend was observed in nitrite (NO2− and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2 levels. These findings indicate that the acute effects of Aliskiren do not likely promote the production of reactive oxygen species upon higher pressure with the highest dose. Aliskiren may exert beneficial effects on oxidative stress biomarkers.

  1. (-)Epicatechin induces and modulates endothelium-dependent relaxation in isolated rat mesenteric artery rings

    YAO Xiao-Qiang; CHAN Franky Leung; LAU Chi-Wai; HUANG Yu


    AIM: The present study was aimed to examine the role of endothelial nitric oxide in the relaxant response to green tea (-)epicatechin and its modulation of endothelium-mediated relaxation in the isolated rat mesenteric artery rings.METHODS: Changes in the isometric tension were measured with Grass force-displacement transducers. RESULTS:The (-)epicatechin-induced relaxation was largely dependent on the presence of intact endothelium and was reversed by NG-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester 10 μmol/L or methylene blue 10 μmol/L, the inhibitors of nitric oxidemediated relaxation. L-Arginine at 1 mmol/L antagonized the effect of L-NAME or methylene blue. Pretreatment of endothelium-intact rings with (-)epicatechin 10 μmol/L enhanced the relaxation induced by endothelium-dependent vasodilator, acetylcholine, while this concentration did not influence the endothelium-independent relaxation induced by sodium nitroprusside in the endothelium-denuded artery rings. CONCLUSION: The results indicate that the endothelium-dependent vasodilation by (-)epicatechin is mainly mediated through nitric oxide and low concentration of (-)epicatechin augments endothelium-dependent vasorelaxation in the rat mesenteric arteries.

  2. Influence of cytisine on catecholamine release in isolated perfused rat adrenal glands.

    Lim, Dong-Yoon; Jang, Seok-Jeong; Kim, Kwang-Cheol


    The aim of the present study was to determine the characteristics of cytisine on the secretion of catecholamines (CA) in isolated perfused rat adrenal glands, and to clarify its mechanism of action. The release of CA evoked by the continuous infusion of cytisine (1.5 x 10(-5) M) was time-dependently reduced from 15 min following the initiation of cytisine infusion. Furthermore, upon the repeated injection of cytisine (5 x 10(-5) M), at 30 min intervals into an adrenal vein, the secretion of CA was rapidly decreased following the second injection. Tachyphylaxis to the release of CA was observed by the repeated administration of cytisine. The cytisine-induced secretion of CA was markedly inhibited by pretreatment with chlorisondamine, nicardipine, TMB-8, and the perfusion of Ca2+-free Krebs solution, while it was not affected by pirenzepine or diphenhydramine. Moreover, the secretion of CA evoked by ACh was time-dependently inhibited by the prior perfusion of cytisine (5 x 10(-6) M). Taken together, these experimental data suggest that cytisine causes secretion of catecholamines from the perfused rat adrenal glands in a calcium-dependent fashion through the activation of neuronal nicotinic ACh receptors located in adrenomedullary chromaffin cells. It also seems that the cytisine-evoked release of catecholamine is not relevant to the activation of cholinergic M1-muscarinic or histaminergic receptors.

  3. [Permeability of isolated rat hepatocyte plasma membranes for molecules of dimethyl sulfoxide].

    Kuleshova, L G; Gordienko, E A; Kovalenko, I F


    We have studied permeability of isolated rat hepatocyte membranes for molecules of dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) at different hypertonicity of a cryoprotective medium. The permeability coefficient of hepatocyte membranes κ1 for DMSO molecules was shown to be the differential function of osmotic pressure between a cell and an extracellular medium. Ten-fold augmentation of DMSO concentration in the cryoprotective medium causes the decrease of permeability coefficients κ1 probably associated with the increased viscosity in membrane-adjacent liquid layers as well as partial limitations appeared as a result of change in cell membrane shape after hepatocyte dehydration. We have found out that in aqueous solutions of NaCl (2246 mOsm/l) and DMSO (2250 mOsm/l) the filtration coefficient L(p) in the presence of a penetrating cryoprotectant (L(pDMSO) = (4.45 ± 0.04) x 10(-14) m3/Ns) is 3 orders lower compared to the case with electrolyte (L(pNaCl) = (2.25 ± 0.25) x 10(-11) m3/Ns). This phenomenon is stipulated by the cross impact of flows of a cryoprotectant and water at the stage of cell dehydration. Pronounced lipophilicity of DMSO, geometric parameters of its molecule as well as the presence of large aqueous pores in rat hepatocyte membranes allow of suggesting the availability of two ways of penetrating this cryoprotectant into the cells by non-specific diffusion through membrane lipid areas and hydrophilic channels.

  4. Cistus incanus and Cistus monspeliensis inhibit the contractile response in isolated rat smooth muscle.

    Attaguile, G; Perticone, G; Mania, G; Savoca, F; Pennisi, G; Salomone, S


    The lyophilized aqueous extracts from Cistus incanus L. (CI) and Cistus monspeliensis L. (CM) collected in Sicily were studied in order to evaluate their myorelaxant activity by using isolated smooth muscle of rat ileum and rat aorta. Both CI and CM extracts concentration-dependently inhibited the contractile response to acetylcholine (ACh), phenylephrine (PE) and to 100 mM KCl. The concentration-contraction curves to ACh in ileum and to PE in aorta, were displaced to the right by Cistus extracts in a non-competitive manner, with a depression of the maximum contractile response. The EC50 (microg/ml) of CM and CI were: ileum/KCl, CM 457+/-99, CI 681+/-80; ileum/ACh 100 microM, CM 297+/-66, CI 335+/-41; aorta/KCl, CM 360+/-21, CI 843+/-36; and aorta/PE 10 microM, CM 287+/-33, CI 451+/-58. The two extracts resulted almost equi-active in ileum, whereas CM was more active than CI in aorta. These data indicate that Cistus extracts act as spasmolytic on intestinal and vascular smooth muscle. The antagonism they exert on ACh-, PE- and KCl-evoked contractions seems to be functional, because it is not specifically directed toward any particular receptor; furthermore, a calcium-antagonist activity seems unlikely, since the extracts are capable of completely block the contractile response to agonists.

  5. Dexmedetomidine-Induced Contraction Involves CPI-17 Phosphorylation in Isolated Rat Aortas

    Ok, Seong-Ho; Kwon, Seong-Chun; Baik, Jiseok; Hong, Jeong-Min; Oh, Jiah; Han, Jeong Yeol; Sohn, Ju-Tae


    Dexmedetomidine, a highly selective α-2 adrenoceptor agonist, produces vasoconstriction, which leads to transiently increased blood pressure. The goal of this study was to investigate specific protein kinases and the associated cellular signal pathways responsible for the increased calcium sensitization induced by dexmedetomidine in isolated rat aortas, with a particular focus on phosphorylation-dependent inhibitory protein of myosin phosphatase (CPI-17). The effect of Y-27632 and chelerythrine on the dexmedetomidine-induced intracellular calcium concentration ([Ca2+]i) and tension were assessed using fura-2-loaded aortic strips. The effects of rauwolscine, Y-27632, chelerythrine, and ML-7 hydrochloride on the dexmedetomidine-induced phosphorylation of CPI-17 or of the 20-kDa regulatory light chain of myosin (MLC20) were investigated in rat aortic vascular smooth muscle cells. The effects of rauwolscine, Y-27632, and chelerythrine on the membrane translocation of Rho-kinase and protein kinase C (PKC) phosphorylation induced by dexmedetomidine were assessed. Y-27632 and chelerythrine each reduced the slopes of the [Ca2+]i-tension curves of dexmedetomidine-induced contraction, and Y-27632 more strongly reduced these slopes than did chelerythrine. Rauwolscine, Y-27632, chelerythrine, and ML-7 hydrochloride attenuated the dexmedetomidine-induced phosphorylation of CPI-17 and MLC20. Taken together, these results suggest that dexmedetomidine-induced contraction involves calcium sensitization, which appears to be mediated by CPI-17 phosphorylation via Rho-kinase or PKC. PMID:27706026

  6. Antiatherosclerotic Potential of Active Principle Isolated from Eugenia jambolana in Streptozotocin-Induced Diabetic Rats

    Reenu Singh Tanwar


    Full Text Available The aim of the present study was to investigate the antiatherosclerotic effect of active principle (FIIc isolated from aqueous fruit pulp extract of Eugenia jambolana. Crude aqueous extract of E. jambolana was subjected to purification using chromatographic techniques which yielded purified active compound (FIIc. Purity of FIIc was tested by HPLC. Phytochemical investigation of FIIc by NMR, IR, and UV spectra showed that the purified compound is α-hydroxy succinamic acid. The streptozotocin- (STZ- induced diabetic rats were fed atherosclerotic (Ath diet containing 1.5 mL olive oil containing 8 mg (3, 20,000 IU vitamin D2 and 40 mg cholesterol for 5 consecutive days. The STZ-induced diabetic rats receiving Ath diet were orally administered FIIc at doses of 10, 15, and 20 mg/kg, and results were compared with reference drug, that is, glibenclamide (600 μg/mg and healthy control. 30-day treatment with FIIc resulted in significant (P<.001 improvement in blood glucose, serum lipid profile, apolipoproteins (Apo A1 and apoB100, and endothelial dysfunction parameters. Histomorphological studies also confirmed biochemical findings. Our results showed that FIIc has protective effect on hyperglycemia-induced atherosclerosis.

  7. Cardiac actions of phencyclidine in isolated guinea pig and rat heart: possible involvement of slow channels

    Temma, K.; Akera, T.; Ng, Y.C.


    The mechanisms responsible for the positive inotropic effect of phencyclidine were studied in isolated preparations of guinea pig and rat heart. In electrically paced left atrial muscle preparations, phencyclidine increased the force of contraction; rat heart muscle preparations were more sensitive than guinea pig heart muscle preparations. The positive inotropic effect of phencyclidine was not significantly reduced by a combination of phentolamine and nadolol; however, the effect was competitively blocked by verapamil in the presence of phentolamine and nadolol. Inhibition of the outward K+ current by tetraethylammonium chloride also produced a positive inotropic effect; however, the effect of tetraethylammonium was reduced by phentolamine and nadolol, and was almost insensitive to verapamil. The inotropic effect of phencyclidine was associated with a marked prolongation of the action potential duration and a decrease in maximal upstroke velocity of the action potential, with no change in the resting membrane potential. The specific (/sup 3/H)phencyclidine binding observed with membrane preparations from guinea pig ventricular muscle was saturable with a single class of high-affinity binding site. This binding was inhibited by verapamil, diltiazem, or nitrendipine, but not by ryanodine or tetrodotoxin. These results suggest that the positive inotropic effect of phencyclidine results from enhanced Ca/sup 2 +/ influx via slow channels, either by stimulation of the channels or secondary to inhibition of outward K/sup +/ currents.

  8. Evidence for leukotriene D4 receptors in guinea pig left atria

    Falcone, R.C.; Aharony, D.; Orzechowski, R.F. (Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, PA (USA))


    The effects of peptidoleukotrienes (LTs) on electrically driven guinea pig left atria (GPLA) were investigated. LTD4 produced a positive inotropic response; however, rapid desensitization required the construction of noncumulative dose-response curves to naive tissues. The maximal inotropic response to LTD4 was 24 {plus minus} 3% of isoproterenol and the EC50 = 267 {plus minus} 77 nM. The functional response was corroborated by the demonstration of specific and rapid (3H)LTD4 binding to GPLA membranes with low affinity (Kd = 212 {plus minus} 80.2 nM), in a saturable (Bmax = 20 {plus minus} 1.1 pmol/mg protein) manner. In tissues pretreated with acivicin, which inhibits conversion of LTC4 to LTD4, the response to LTC4, but not LTD4, was abolished. Selectivity towards LTD4 was demonstrated by the inability of propranolol, prazosin, atropine, pyrilamine, capsaicin or indomethacin (all tested at 1 microM) to alter the functional response to LTD4. Similarly, none of the tested compounds (100 microMs) was inhibitory in the binding assay. Structurally diverse LTD4 antagonists SKF102922 (pKb = 6.42) and ICI 198.615 (pKb = 8.74) were able to inhibit the functional response as well as (3H)LTD4 binding to GPLA membranes. The calcium channel antagonist, verapamil, inhibited the functional response but did not alter (3H)LTD4 binding. These data support the existence of specific LTD4 receptors in GPLA which evoke a modest, rapidly desensitized, increase in the force of myocardial contraction.

  9. Activation of GPER-1 estradiol receptor downregulates production of testosterone in isolated rat Leydig cells and adult human testis.

    Laurent Vaucher

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: Estradiol (E2 modulates testicular functions including steroidogenesis, but the mechanisms of E2 signaling in human testis are poorly understood. GPER-1 (GPR30, a G protein-coupled membrane receptor, mediates rapid genomic and non-genomic response to estrogens. The aim of this study was to evaluate GPER-1 expression in the testis, and its role in estradiol dependent regulation of steroidogenesis in isolated rat Leydig cells and human testis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Isolated Leydig cells (LC from adult rats and human testicular tissue were used in this study. Expression and localization studies of GPER-1 were performed with qRT-PCR, immunofluorescence, immunohistochemistry and Western Blot. Luteinizing Hormone (LH -stimulated, isolated LC were incubated with estradiol, G-1 (GPER-1-selective agonist, and estrogen receptor antagonist ICI 182,780. Testosterone production was measured with radioimmunoassay. LC viability after incubation with G-1 was measured using 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl-5-(3-carboxymethoxyphenyl-2-(4-sulfophenyl-2H-tetrazolium, inner salt (MTS assay. RESULTS: GPER-1 mRNA is abundantly expressed in rat LC and human testis. Co-localization experiments showed high expression levels of GPER-1 protein in LC. E2-dependent activation of GPER-1 lowers testosterone production in isolated rats LCs and in human testis, with statistically and clinically significant drops in testosterone production by 20-30% as compared to estradiol-naïve LC. The exposure to G-1 does not affect viability of isolated LCs. CONCLUSIONS: Our results indicate that activation of GPER-1 lowers testosterone levels in the rat and human testis. The expression of GPER-1 in human testis, which lack ERα, makes it an exciting target for developing new agents affecting testosterone production in men.

  10. Effects of post-weaning social isolation and environment al enrichment on exploratory behavior and ankiety in Wistar rats.

    Tanaś, Łukasz; Ostaszewski, Paweł; Iwan, Anna


    Adverse early experience is generally regarded as a risk factor for both externalizing and internalizing behavioral disorders in humans. It can be modeled in rats by a post-weaning social isolation procedure. Effects of social isolation might possibly be ameliorated by environmental enrichment. In the current study, 24 male Wistar rats were divided post-weaning into four rearing conditions: control, environmental enrichment (EE), social isolation (SI) and a combination of the two experimental conditions; (EE+SI). Two observations of the effects of rearing conditions on the rate of social and object interactions were conducted during the juvenile and post-pubertal stages of development. The SI condition led to a marked increase of social interactions during the juvenile phase, but did not affect object interactions. The EE condition increased the level of social interactions during both the juvenile and post-pubertal measurements. The effects of early rearing conditions on adult exploratory behavior were less clear, with a significant difference between the groups obtained in one of three behavioral tests. Results suggest a general robustness in the development of adult exploratory behavior and anxiety when rats were exposed to early social isolation and provided brief opportunities for social play during the juvenile period. Further studies, aimed at distinguishing play-related protective factors serving against long-term adverse effects of juvenile social isolation, are suggested.

  11. Role of 4-bromophenol and 4-bromocatechol in bromobenzene covalent binding and toxicity in isolated rat hepatocytes

    Dankovic, D.A.; Billings, R.E.


    4-Bromophenol and 4-bromocatechol are formed as metabolites of bromobenzene in vivo and in isolated rat hepatocytes. Both of these metabolites may potentially contribute to the hepatotoxicity of bromobenzene. Bromobenzene metabolism in hepatocytes isolated from phenobarbital-treated rats forms 0.12 to 0.17 mM 4-bromophenol and 4-bromocatechol in 2 hr, with 1 to 3 mM bromobenzene. The role of activated metabolites derived from 4-bromophenol and 4-bromocatechol in bromobenzene covalent binding and toxicity was investigated with isolated hepatocytes in suspension. The covalent binding of the phenol and the catechol was increased four- to eightfold by the addition of unlabeled bromobenzene. Two-hour incubations of 0.25 mM /sup 14/C-labeled 4-bromophenol or 4-bromocatechol with hepatocytes isolated from phenobarbital-treated rats resulted, under these conditions, in no significant toxicity, and approximately 4 and 25%, respectively, of the covalent binding associated with bromobenzene itself. Two- and six-hour incubations with higher 4-bromophenol and 4-bromocatechol concentrations demonstrated that 1 to 3 mM substrate concentrations were required for cytotoxicity. These results show that metabolically produced 4-bromophenol and 4-bromocatechol do not play significant roles in the production of bromobenzene cytotoxicity in isolated hepatocytes, and that they contribute only modestly to bromobenzene covalent binding.

  12. Action of progesterone on contractile activity of isolated gastric strips in rats

    Fang Wang; Tian-Zhen Zheng; Wei Li; Song-Yi Qu; Di-Ying He


    AIM: To study the effect of progesterone on contractile activity of isolated gastric strips in rats.METHODS: Wistar rats were sacrificed to remove whole stomach. Then, the stomach was opened and the mucosal layer was removed. Parellel to either the circular or the longitudial fibers, muscle strips were cut from fundus, body,antrum and pylorus. Each muscle strip was suspended in a tissue chamber containing 5 mL Krebs solution. Then the motility of gastric strips in tissue chambers was simultaneously recorded. The preparations were subjected to 1 g load tension and washed with 5 ml Krebs solution every 20 min. After 1 h equilibration, progesterone or antagonists were added in the tissue chamber separately. The antagonists were added 3 min before using progesterone (50 μmol. L-1).RESULTS: Progesterone decreased the resting tension of fundus and body longitudinal muscle (LM) (P<0.05). It inhibited the mean contractile amplitude of body and antrum LM and circular muscle (CM), and the motility index of pyloric CM (P<0.05). The inhibition of progesterone on the mean contractile amplitude could be partially blocked by phentolamine in LM of the stomach body (the mean contractile amplitude of body LM decreased from -7.5±5.5to -5.2±4.5 P<0.01), and by phentolamine or indomethacin in CM of body (The inhibition of progesterone on the mean contractile amplitude of body CM decreased from -5.6±3.0to -3.6±2.7 by phentolamine and from -5.6±3.0 to -3.5±2.5by indomethacin, P<0.01). Hexamethonium, propranolol and L-NNA (inhibitor of NO synthetase) didn′t affect the action of progesterone (P>0.05).CONCLUSION: The study suggested that progesterone can inhibit the contractile activity of isolated gastric strips in rats and the mechanism seems to be a direct one except that the action on gastric body is mediated through prostaglandin and adrenergic α receptor partly.

  13. Study of the antioxidant effects of Eremostachys laciniata rhizome extracts in isolated rat hepatocytes

    Haleh Vaez


    Full Text Available Eremostachys laciniata, having rich flavonoid content, is expected to have a considerable antioxidant effect. In this study We used ACMS (Accelerated cytotoxic or protective mechanism screening technique to evaluate the possible antioxidant effect of E. laciniata rhizome against oxidative cell damages induced by different types of oxidative stress such as iron-8-hydroxyquinolin (IQ complex and copper in freshly isolated liver cells. The extracts were prepared with n-hexane, dichloromethane and methanol. Hepatocytes were isolated from male Sprague-Dawley rats by a two-step collagenase perfusion. Cell viability was measured by trypan blue exclusion method. DPPH (2, 2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl assay was used to evaluate the antioxidant activity. ROS formation was measured by using DCFDA (2, 7-dichlorofluorescin diacetate probe, mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP was assessed by rhodamine 123 fluorescence and lipid peroxidation was determined by thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS assay. The MET extract was demonstrated to possess a significant radical scavenging activity (RC50%=0.212. Unlike MET extract, the n-hexane and dichloromethane extracts showed toxic effects in cell suspensions. The MET extract significantly decreased cell death and ROS formation induced by IQ complex and copper and demonstrated protective effects against copper-induced mitochondrial membrane potential collapse and lipid peroxidation. The protection induced by MET extract can be attributed to antioxidant characteristics of the phenylethanoids content.

  14. /sup 45/Ca/sup 2 +/ uptake and phospholipid methylation in isolated rat liver microsomes

    Kraus-Friedmann, N.; Zimniak, P.


    The effects of glucagon, epinephrine and insulin on hepatic phospholipid methylation were studied. Glucagon, either injected into rats or added to perfused livers, stimulated methylation in subsequently isolated microsomes. Epinephrine also increased phospholipid methylation. Insulin by itself did not influence the rate of the reaction, but, when administered prior to glucagon, it blocked the effect of the latter. The possibility that the observed stimulation of phospholipid methylation might be causally linked to the reported stimulation by glucagon of 45Ca2+ uptake in subsequently isolated liver microsomes was examined. Both the substrate and the competitive inhibitor of the methylation reaction, S-adenosylmethionine and S-adenosylhomocysteine, had profound effect on the rate of phospholipid methylation, without having comparable effects on Ca2+ uptake. S-adenosylmethionine in increasing concentration stimulated methylation four-fold, while no significant changes in 45Ca2+ uptake were seen. S-adenosylhomocysteine did not inhibit 45Ca2+ uptake even at levels causing more than 95% decrease in methylation. In conclusion, while both phospholipid methylation and 45Ca2+ uptake seem to be hormonally controlled, the correlation between these two processes was not sufficient to support the notion that the changes in 45Ca2+ uptake are caused by the changes in phospholipid methylation.

  15. Interactions between ADH and prostaglandins in isolated erythrocyte-perfused rat kidney

    Lieberthal, W.; Vasilevsky, M.L.; Valeri, C.R.; Levinsky, N.G.


    Interactions between antidiuretic hormone (ADH) and renal prostaglandins in the regulation of sodium reabsorption and urinary concentrating ability were studied in isolated erythrocyte-perfused rat kidneys (IEPK). In this model, hemodynamic characteristics are comparable to those found in vivo, and tubular morphology is preserved throughout the period of perfusion. (Deamino)-D-arginine vasopressin (dDAVP) markedly reduced fractional sodium excretion (FE/sub Na/) in the IEPK. After indomethacin, FE/sub Na/ fell still further. In the absence of dDAVP indomethacin had no effect on sodium excretion. dDAVP increased urine osmolality in the IEPK. When prostaglandin synthesis was blocked with indomethacin, urinary osmolality increased further. In isolated kidneys perfused without erythrocytes (IPK), dDAVP decreased FE/sub Na/ from 14.5 +/- 1.8% to 9.6 +/- 1.2%. dDAVP increased urine osmolality only modestly in the IPK and indomethacin did not increase concentrating ability further. Thus the IEPK (unlike the IPK) can excrete markedly hypertonic urine in response to ADH. ADH also enhances tubular reabsorption of sodium in the IEPK. Prostaglandins inhibit both these actions of ADH but do not directly affect sodium excretion in the absence of the hormone. Prostaglandius were measured by radioimmunoassay.

  16. In vitro study of lovastatin interactions with amiodarone and with carbon tetrachloride in isolated rat hepatocytes

    AZ Krasteva; MK Mitcheva; MS Kondeva-Burdina; VA Descatoire


    AIM: To investigate the interactions at a metabolic level between lovastatin, amiodarone and carbon tetrachloride in isolated rat hepatocytes.METHODS: For cell isolation two-step collagenase liver perfusion was performed. Lovastatin was administered alone in increasing concentrations (1 μmol/L, 3 μmol/L,5 μmol/L and 10 μmol/L) and in combination with CCl4 (86 μmol/L). The cells were also pretreated with 14 μmol/Lamiodarone and then the other two compounds were added.RESULTS: Lovastatin promoted concentration-dependent significant toxicity estimated by decrease in cell viability and GSH level by 45% and 84%, respectively. LDH-activity increased by 114% and TBARS content by 90%. CCl4 induced the expected severe damage on the examined parameters. CCl4 induced toxicity was attenuated after lovastatin pretreatment, which was expressed in less increased values of LDH activity and TBARS levels, as well as in less decreased cell viability and GSH concentrations. However, the pretreatment of hepatocytes with amiodarone abolished the protective effect of lovastatin.CONCLUSION: We suggest that the observed cytoprotective effect was due to interactions between lovastatin,CCl4 and amiodarone at a metabolic level.

  17. Charge Variants of an Avastin Biosimilar Isolation, Characterization, In Vitro Properties and Pharmacokinetics in Rat.

    Yan-Yan Zhao

    Full Text Available The similarity between a proposed biosimilar product and the reference product can be affected by many factors. This study is designed to examine whether any subtle difference in the distribution of the charge variants of an Avastin biosimilar can affect its in vitro potency and in vivo PK. Here, the acidic, basic and main peak fractions of a biosimilar product were isolated using high-performance cation-exchange chromatography and were subjected to various studies to compare their in vitro properties and in vivo PK profile. A serial of analytical methods, including size exclusion chromatography (SEC, imaged capillary isoelectric focusing (icIEF capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE and cation-exchange chromatography (CEX-HPLC were also used to characterize the isolated charge variants. The kinetics constant was measured using a Biacore X100 system. The study indicates the biosimilar product has a high similarity with avastin in physicochemical properties. The potency in vitro and PK profile in rat of charge variants and biosimilar product are consistent with avastin.

  18. Surface fluorescence studies of tissue mitochondrial redox state in isolated perfused rat lungs.

    Staniszewski, Kevin; Audi, Said H; Sepehr, Reyhaneh; Jacobs, Elizabeth R; Ranji, Mahsa


    We designed a fiber-optic-based optoelectronic fluorometer to measure emitted fluorescence from the auto-fluorescent electron carriers NADH and FAD of the mitochondrial electron transport chain (ETC). The ratio of NADH to FAD is called the redox ratio (RR = NADH/FAD) and is an indicator of the oxidoreductive state of tissue. We evaluated the fluorometer by measuring the fluorescence intensities of NADH and FAD at the surface of isolated, perfused rat lungs. Alterations of lung mitochondrial metabolic state were achieved by the addition of rotenone (complex I inhibitor), potassium cyanide (KCN, complex IV inhibitor) and/or pentachlorophenol (PCP, uncoupler) into the perfusate recirculating through the lung. Rotenone- or KCN-containing perfusate increased RR by 21 and 30%, respectively. In contrast, PCP-containing perfusate decreased RR by 27%. These changes are consistent with the established effects of rotenone, KCN, and PCP on the redox status of the ETC. Addition of blood to perfusate quenched NADH and FAD signal, but had no effect on RR. This study demonstrates the capacity of fluorometry to detect a change in mitochondrial redox state in isolated perfused lungs, and suggests the potential of fluorometry for use in in vivo experiments to extract a sensitive measure of lung tissue health in real-time.

  19. Effect of acute nitric oxide synthase inhibition in the modulation of heart rate in rats

    A.L. Fellet


    Full Text Available Acute nitric oxide synthase inhibition with N G-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME on chronotropic and pressor responses was studied in anesthetized intact rats and rats submitted to partial and complete autonomic blockade. Blood pressure and heart rate were monitored intra-arterially. Intravenous L-NAME injection (7.5 mg/kg elicited the same hypertensive response in intact rats and in rats with partial (ganglionic and parasympathetic blockade and complete autonomic blockade (38 ± 3, 55 ± 6, 54 ± 5, 45 ± 5 mmHg, respectively; N = 9, P = NS. L-NAME-induced bradycardia at the time when blood pressure reached the peak plateau was similar in intact rats and in rats with partial autonomic blockade (43 ± 8, 38 ± 5, 46 ± 6 bpm, respectively; N = 9, P = NS. Rats with combined autonomic blockade showed a tachycardic response to L-NAME (10 ± 3 bpm, P<0.05 vs intact animals, N = 9. Increasing doses of L-NAME (5.0, 7.5 and 10 mg/kg, N = 9 caused a similar increase in blood pressure (45 ± 5, 38 ± 3, 44 ± 9 mmHg, respectively; P = NS and heart rate (31 ± 4, 34 ± 3, 35 ± 4 bpm, respectively; P = NS. Addition of L-NAME (500 µM to isolated atria from rats killed by cervical dislocation and rats previously subjected to complete autonomic blockade did not affect spontaneous beating or contractile strength (N = 9. In vivo results showed that L-NAME promoted a tachycardic response in rats with complete autonomic blockade, whereas the in vitro experiments showed no effect on intrinsic heart rate, suggesting that humoral mechanisms may be involved in the L-NAME-induced cardiac response.

  20. The vasorelaxing effect of hydrogen sulfide on isolated rat aortic rings versus pulmonary artery rings

    Yan SUN; Chao-shu TANG; Hong-fang JIN; Jun-bao DU


    Aim:To compare the vasorelaxing effects of hydrogen sulfide(H2S)on isolated aortic and pulmonary artery rings and to determine their action mechanisms.Methods:H2S-induced vasorelaxation of isolated rat aortic versus pulmonary artery tings under 95%02 and 5%CO2 was analyzed.The expression of cystathinonine gamma-lyase(CSE),cystathionine beta synthase(CBS),3-memaptopyruvate sulfurtransferase(3MST),SUR2B and Kir6.1 was examined.Results:NaHS caused vasorelaxation of rat aortic and pulmonary artery rings in a dose-dependent mannener NaHS dilated aortic rings to a greater extent(16.4%,38.4%,64.1%,84.3%,and 95.9%at concentrations of 50,100.200, 500,and 1000 μmol/L,respectively)than pulmonary artery rings(10.1%,22.2%.50.6%,73.6%,and 84.6%at concentrations of 50,100,200, 500 and 1000 μmol/L,respectively).The EC50 of the vasorelaxant effect for aortic rings was 152.17 pmol/L,whereas the EC50 for pulmonary artery tings was233.65 μmol/L.The vasorelaxing effect of H2was markedly blocked b y cellular and mitochondrial membrane Km channel blockers in aortic rings(P<0.01).In contrast.only the cellular membrane KATP channel blocker inhibited H2S-induced vasorelaxation in pulmonary artery rings.SUR2B mRNA and protein expression was higher in aortic rings than in pulmonary artery rings.Cystathinonine gamma-lyase(CSE)but not cystathionine beta synthase(CBS)expression in aortic rings was higher than in pulmonary artery rings.3.Mercapto PYruvate sulfurtransferase(3MST)mRNA was lower in aortic rings than in pulmonary artery rings.Conclusion:The vasorelaxing effect of H2S on isolated aortic rings was more pronounced than the effect on pulmonary artery rings at specific concentrations,which might be associated with increased expression of the KATP channel subunit SUR2B.

  1. Fade responses at neuroeffector junction to vagal stimulation in the isolated, blood-perfused dog atrium.

    Furukawa, Y; Saegusa, K; Ogiwara, Y; Chiba, S


    Effects of physostigmine and of beating rate on the negative chronotropic and inotropic responses to tonic intramural parasympathetic nerve stimulation at a frequency of 5 Hz for 2 min were investigated, using the isolated, blood-perfused dog atrium which was pretreated with propranolol. The responses to stimulation reached a maximum, and then "faded" back toward the control levels during stimulation. Before physostigmine, the fade of the inotropic response was consistently observed but the fade of the chronotropic response was minimal. Both the maximum effect and the fade of the chronotropic response were augmented dose-dependently by physostigmine in spontaneously beating atria. Physostigmine increased the maximum chronotropic response to infusion of acetylcholine (ACh) but did not potentiate the fade response. These results suggest that the potentiation of the fade of the chronotropic response to stimulation after physostigmine is due to decreases in the amount of ACh at the neuroeffector junction. The maximum negative inotropic responses were dose-dependently potentiated similarly by physostigmine in isolated spontaneously beating or paced atria. The fade of the inotropic response in spontaneously beating atria was decreased along with reduction of the rate by physostigmine, whereas the fades in paced atria at 2 and 3 Hz were not changed, showing that decreases in rate during stimulation influenced the reduction of the fade. Increases in contractile force induced by infusion of CaCl2 did not alter the maximum and fade responses to stimulation in 2 Hz paced atria. The blood flow into an isolated atrium was not changed detectably during stimulation. These results suggest that the fade of the inotropic response to parasympathetic nerve stimulation is related subsidiarily to acetylcholinesterase or washout of ACh at the neuroeffector junction in isolated perfused atria.

  2. Differential effect of neocuproine, a copper(I) chelator, on contractile activity in isolated ovariectomized non-pregnant rat, pregnant rat and pregnant human uterus.

    Kumcu, Eda Karabal; Büyüknacar, Hacer Sinem Göktürk; Göçmen, Cemil; Evrüke, Ismail Cüneyt; Onder, Serpil


    The study was conducted to examine effects of a selective copper(I) chelator, neocuproine on the spontaneous or oxytocin-induced contractions in isolated ovariectomized non-pregnant rat, pregnant rat and pregnant human uterus. Uterus activity was evaluated in tissues obtained from bilaterally ovariectomized non-pregnant rats on the 21st day of the operation (n = 24), pregnant rats on the 19-21st day of gestation (n = 24) and women undergoing caesarean section at 38-42 weeks of pregnancy (n = 15). Neocuproine (100 microM) significantly suppressed the amplitude and frequency of the spontaneous contractions in the ovariectomized non-pregnant rat uterus while this agent facilitated the frequency of the spontaneous or oxytocin-induced contractions in the pregnant rat and human uterus without altering the amplitude of these contractions. At high concentration of 200 microM, neocuproine could enhance the amplitude of the contractions in the pregnant uterus. These effects were blocked by a purinergic receptor antagonist, suramin (100 microM) and did not occur following the administration of neocuproine-copper(I) complex or copper(II) chelator cuprizone. alpha, beta-methylene ATP increased the amplitude and frequency of contractions in the pregnant uterus, but not affected the contractions in the ovariectomized non-pregnant rat uterus, and neocuproine potentiated this facilitation effect. However, the suppressive effect of neocuproine on the ovariectomized non-pregnant rat uterus increased in the presence of alpha,beta-methylene ATP. Beta-adrenoceptor blocker, propranolol or nitric oxide synthase inhibitor, L-nitroarginine did not affect the responses to neocuproine. These findings suggest that neocuproine can affect the uterus contractile activity by modulation purinergic excitatory responses and that copper(I)-sensitive mechanisms may play a role in this effect.

  3. Post-weaning isolation promotes food intake and body weight gain in rats that experienced neonatal maternal separation.

    Ryu, Vitaly; Yoo, Sang Bae; Kang, Dong-Won; Lee, Jong-Ho; Jahng, Jeong Won


    Neonatal maternal separation (MS) in rats has been reported to result in permanent dysfunctions of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and the development of anxiety- and depression-like behaviors later in life. In this study, we examined the effects of post-weaning social isolation stress on food intake and body weight gain of rats with MS experience. MS was performed daily for 180 min during the first 2 weeks of birth and nonhandled control (NH) pups were left undisturbed. Weanling male pups were caged either in a group of three or singly (social isolation), and then subjected to behavioral sessions for anxiety- or depression-like behaviors at 2 months of age. Social isolation following MS experience, but neither MS nor social isolation alone, significantly increased food intake and weight gain. MS pups showed increased immobility in forced swim test, compared to NH pups, regardless of their housing conditions. In elevated plus maze test, group-caged MS pups spent less time in the open arms and more time in the closed arms than group-caged NH pups, but social isolation did not further affect the arm stay of MS pups. However, statistical analyses revealed an interaction between MS and social isolation not only in the time spent in each arms, but also in defecation scores during the ambulatory activity test. These results suggest that post-weaning social isolation may promote hyperphagia and weight gain in young rats that experienced neonatal maternal separation, perhaps, in relation with its impact on the psycho-emotional behaviors of MS pups.

  4. The Effects Of L-Arginine And L-Name On Coronary Flow And Oxidative Stress In Isolated Rat Hearts

    Sobot Tanja


    Full Text Available The aim of this experimental study was to assess the effects of the acute administration of L-arginine alone and in combination with L-NAME (a non-selective NO synthase inhibitor on the coronary flow and oxidative stress markers in isolated rat hearts. The experimental study was performed on hearts isolated from Wistar albino rats (n=12, male, 8 weeks old, body mass of 180-200 g. Retrograde perfusion of the isolated preparations was performed using a modified method according to the Langendorff technique with a gradual increase in the perfusion pressure (40–120 cmH2O. The following values were measured in the collected coronary effluents: coronary flow, released nitrites (NO production marker, superoxide anion radical and the index of lipid peroxidation (measured as thiobarbiturate reactive substances. The experimental protocol was performed under controlled conditions, followed by the administration of L-arginine alone (1 mmol and L-arginine (1 mmol + L-NAME (30 μmol. The results indicated that L-arginine did not significantly increase the coronary flow or the release of NO, TBARS and the superoxide anion radical. These effects were partially blocked by the joint administration of L-arginine + L-NAME, which indicated their competitive effect. Hence, the results of our study do not demonstrate significant effects of L-arginine administration on the coronary flow and oxidative stress markers in isolated rat hearts.

  5. Identification and culture of neural stem cells isolated from adult rat subventricular zone following fluid percussion brain injury


    Objective To analyze proliferation and differentiation of glial fibrillary acid protein(GFAP)-and nestin-positive(GFAP+/nestin+)cells isolated from the subventricular zone following fluid percussion brain injury to determine whether GFAP+/nestin+ cells exhibit characteristics of neural stem cells.Methods Male Sprague-Dawley rats,aged 12 weeks and weighing 200-250 g,were randomly and evenly assigned to normal control group and model group.In the model group,a rat model of fluid percussion brain injury was es...

  6. Niacinamide mitigated the acute lung injury induced by phorbol myristate acetate in isolated rat's lungs.

    Lin, Chia-Chih; Hsieh, Nan-Kuang; Liou, Huey Ling; Chen, Hsing I


    Phorbol myristate acetate (PMA) is a strong neutrophil activator and has been used to induce acute lung injury (ALI). Niacinamide (NAC) is a compound of B complex. It exerts protective effects on the ALI caused by various challenges. The purpose was to evaluate the protective effects of niacinamide (NAC) on the PMA-induced ALI and associated changes. The rat's lungs were isolated in situ and perfused with constant flow. A total of 60 isolated lungs were randomized into 6 groups to received Vehicle (DMSO 100 μg/g), PMA 4 μg/g (lung weight), cotreated with NAC 0, 100, 200 and 400 mg/g (lung weight). There were 10 isolated lungs in each group. We measured the lung weight and parameters related to ALI. The pulmonary arterial pressure and capillary filtration coefficient (Kfc) were determined in isolated lungs. ATP (adenotriphosphate) and PARP [poly(adenosine diphophate-ribose) polymerase] contents in lung tissues were detected. Real-time PCR was employed to display the expression of inducible and endothelial NO synthases (iNOS and eNOS). The neutrophil-derived mediators in lung perfusate were determined. PMA caused increases in lung weight parameters. This agent produced pulmonary hypertension and increased microvascular permeability. It resulted in decrease in ATP and increase in PARP. The expression of iNOS and eNOS was upregulated following PMA. PMA increased the neutrophil-derived mediators. Pathological examination revealed lung edema and hemorrhage with inflammatory cell infiltration. Immunohistochemical stain disclosed the presence of iNOS-positive cells in macrophages and endothelial cells. These pathophysiological and biochemical changes were diminished by NAC treatment. The NAC effects were dose-dependent. Our results suggest that neutrophil activation and release of neutrophil-derived mediators by PMA cause ALI and associated changes. NO production through the iNOS-producing cells plays a detrimental role in the PMA-induced lung injury. ATP is beneficial

  7. Niacinamide mitigated the acute lung injury induced by phorbol myristate acetate in isolated rat's lungs

    Lin Chia-Chih


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Phorbol myristate acetate (PMA is a strong neutrophil activator and has been used to induce acute lung injury (ALI. Niacinamide (NAC is a compound of B complex. It exerts protective effects on the ALI caused by various challenges. The purpose was to evaluate the protective effects of niacinamide (NAC on the PMA-induced ALI and associated changes. Methods The rat's lungs were isolated in situ and perfused with constant flow. A total of 60 isolated lungs were randomized into 6 groups to received Vehicle (DMSO 100 μg/g, PMA 4 μg/g (lung weight, cotreated with NAC 0, 100, 200 and 400 mg/g (lung weight. There were 10 isolated lungs in each group. We measured the lung weight and parameters related to ALI. The pulmonary arterial pressure and capillary filtration coefficient (Kfc were determined in isolated lungs. ATP (adenotriphosphate and PARP [poly(adenosine diphophate-ribose polymerase] contents in lung tissues were detected. Real-time PCR was employed to display the expression of inducible and endothelial NO synthases (iNOS and eNOS. The neutrophil-derived mediators in lung perfusate were determined. Results PMA caused increases in lung weight parameters. This agent produced pulmonary hypertension and increased microvascular permeability. It resulted in decrease in ATP and increase in PARP. The expression of iNOS and eNOS was upregulated following PMA. PMA increased the neutrophil-derived mediators. Pathological examination revealed lung edema and hemorrhage with inflammatory cell infiltration. Immunohistochemical stain disclosed the presence of iNOS-positive cells in macrophages and endothelial cells. These pathophysiological and biochemical changes were diminished by NAC treatment. The NAC effects were dose-dependent. Conclusions Our results suggest that neutrophil activation and release of neutrophil-derived mediators by PMA cause ALI and associated changes. NO production through the iNOS-producing cells plays a detrimental

  8. Modulation of noradrenaline release in rat isolated stomach by prostanoids, but not by histaminergic mechanisms.

    Racké, K; Berrino, L; Möhlig, A; Jäger, R; Griepenkerl, I; Bräutigam, M; Reimann, A


    Several gastric functions are modulated by the sympathetic nervous system, but local mechanisms involved in the control of noradrenaline release are largely unknown. Overflow of endogenous noradrenaline was studied from isolated rat stomach incubated in Ussing chambers allowing the separate determination of mucosal and serosal overflow. Spontaneous noradrenaline overflow was similar at the mucosal and serosal side, but electrical field stimulation caused a frequency-dependent increase in noradrenaline overflow selectively at the serosal side. Evoked noradrenaline overflow was blocked by tetrodotoxin, not affected by indometacin and markedly enhanced (by about 250%) by yohimbine. In the presence of indometacin and yohimbine, sulprostone (an agonist at EP1/EP3 receptors) and misoprostol (an agonist at EP2/EP3 receptors) reduced the noradrenaline overflow evoked by stimulation at 3 Hz maximally by about 80% (EC50: 6 nmol/l and 11 nmol/l, respectively). The EP1 receptor selective antagonist AH 6809 (6-isopropoxy-9-oxoxanthene-2-carboxylic acid) did not antagonize the inhibition by sulprostone. Noradrenaline overflow evoked by stimulation at 1 Hz and 3 Hz was increased by scopolamine by about 50% and almost completely inhibited by oxotremorine. Neither, histamine nor the H3 receptor selective agonist (R)-alpha-methyl-histamine, nor the H1, H2 and H3 selective receptor antagonists mepyramine, cimetidine and thioperamide significantly affected noradrenaline overflow evoked by stimulation at 1 Hz or 3 Hz. In conclusion, impulse-induced noradrenaline release in the rat stomach is controlled by multiple presynaptic mechanisms involving alpha 2-adrenergic autoreceptors, EP3 prostanoid and muscarine heteroreceptors, whereas histaminergic mechanisms do not appear to be significant.

  9. Cardiotoxic effects of the Vipera ammodytes ammodytes venom fractions in the isolated perfused rat heart.

    Karabuva, Svjetlana; Brizić, Ivica; Latinović, Zorica; Leonardi, Adrijana; Križaj, Igor; Lukšić, Boris


    The nose-horned viper (Vipera ammodytes ammodytes) is the most venomous European snake. Its venom is known as haematotoxic, myotoxic and neurotoxic but it exerts also cardiotoxic effects. To further explore the cardiotoxicity of the venom we separated it into four fractions by gel filtration chromatography. Three fractions that contain polypeptides (A, B, and C) were tested for their effects on isolated rat heart. Heart rate (HR), incidence of arrhythmias (atrioventricular (AV) blocks, ventricular tachycardia, ventricular fibrillation, and asystolia), coronary flow (CF), systolic, developed and diastolic left ventricular pressure (LVP) were measured before, during, and after the application of venom fractions in three different concentrations. Fraction A, containing proteins of 60-100 kDa, displayed no effect on the rat heart. Fractions B and C disturbed heart functioning in similar way, but with different potency that was higher by the latter. This was manifested by significant decrease of HR and CF, the increase of diastolic, and the decrease of systolic and developed LVPs. All hearts treated with fraction C in the final CF concentrations 22.5 and 37.5 μg/mL suffered rapid and irreversible asystolia without AV blockade. They underwent also ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia. Fraction B affected hearts only at the highest dose inducing asystolia in all hearts, ventricular fibrillation in 80% and ventricular tachycardia in 70% of the hearts. Venom fraction C induced 71% of all recorded heart rhythm disturbances, significantly more than fraction B, which induced 29%. Most abundant proteins in fraction C were secreted phospholipases A2 among which the venom component acting on the heart is most probably to be looked for. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. Inhibitory effect of schisandrin on spontaneous contraction of isolated rat colon.

    Yang, Jiaming; Ip, Paul S P; Yeung, John H K; Che, Chun-Tao


    This study examined the effect of schisandrin, one of the major lignans isolated from Schisandra chinensis, on spontaneous contraction in rat colon and its possible mechanisms. Schisandrin produced a concentration-dependent inhibition (EC₅₀=1.66 μM) on the colonic spontaneous contraction. The relaxant effect of schisandrin could be abolished by the neuronal Na+ channel blocker tetrodotoxin (1 μM) but not affected by propranolol (1 μM), phentolamine (1 μM), atropine (1 μM) or nicotine desensitization, suggesting possible involvement of non-adrenergic non-cholinergic (NANC) transmitters released from enteric nerves. N(ω)-nitro-l-arginine methyl ester (100-300 μM), a nitric oxide synthase inhibitor, attenuated the schisandrin response. The role of nitric oxide (NO) was confirmed by an increase in colonic NO production after schisandrin incubation, and the inhibition on the schisandrin responses by soluble guanylyl cyclase inhibitor 1H-[1,2,4] oxadiazolo[4,3-α]-quinoxalin-1-one (1-30 μM). Non-nitrergic NANC components may also be involved in the action of schisandrin, as suggested by the significant inhibition of apamin on the schisandrin-induced responses. Pyridoxal phosphate-6-azo(benzene-2,4-disulfonic acid) tetrasodium salt hydrate (100 μM), a selective P2 purinoceptor antagonist, markedly attenuated the responses to schisandrin. In contrast, neither 8-cyclopentyl-1,3-dipropylxanthine, an antagonist for adenosine A₁ receptors, nor chymotrypsin, a serine endopeptidase, affected the responses. All available results have demonstrated that schisandrin produced NANC relaxation on the rat colon, with the involvement of NO and acting via cGMP-dependent pathways. ATP, but not adenosine and VIP, likely plays a role in the non-nitrergic, apamin-sensitive component of the response.

  11. Effects of ischemia and omeprazole preconditioning on functional recovery of isolated rat heart

    Nevena Jeremic


    Full Text Available AbstractObjective:The aim of this study was to compare protective effects of ischemic and potential protective effects of pharmacological preconditioning with omeprazole on isolated rat heart subjected to ischemia/reperfusion.Methods:The hearts of male Wistar albino rats were excised and perfused on a Langendorff apparatus. In control group (CG after stabilization period, hearts were subjected to global ischemia (perfusion was totally stopped for 20 minutes and 30 minutes of reperfusion. Hearts of group II (IPC were submitted to ischemic preconditioning lasting 5 minutes before 20 minutes of ischemia and 30 minutes of reperfusion. In third group (OPC hearts first underwent preconditioning lasting 5 minutes with 100μM omeprazole, and then submitted 20 minutes of ischemia and 30 minutes of reperfusion.Results:Administration of omeprazole before ischemia induction had protective effect on myocardium function recovery especially regarding to values of systolic left ventricular pressure and dp/dt max. Also our findings are that values of coronary flow did not change between OPC and IPC groups in last point of reperfusion.Conclusion:Based on our results it seems that ischemic preconditioning could be used as first window of protection after ischemic injury especially because all investigated parameters showed continuous trend of recovery of myocardial function. On the other hand, preconditioning with omeprazole induced sudden trend of recovery with positive myocardium protection, although less effective than results obtained with ischemic preconditioning not withstand, we must consider that omeprazole may be used in many clinical circumstances where direct coronary clamping for ischemic preconditioning is not possible.

  12. Papaverine-induced and endothelium-dependent relaxation in the isolated rat aortic strip.

    Seçilmis A


    Full Text Available In the present study, we aimed to obtain further evidence in favour of the hypothesis that nitric oxide (NO is a major mediator of endothelium-dependent vasorelaxation and to clarify whether NO plays a role in papaverine-induced vasorelaxation. The relaxant effects of acetylcholine (Ach, acidified NaNO2 or papaverine were investigated on isolated helical strips of the rat thoracic aorta precontracted with phenylephrine in an organ bath containing Krebs solution aerated with 95% O2 and 5% CO2. The relaxation was quantified as % peak reduction of phenylephrine contracture. Saponin abolished the relaxant effects of Ach completely whereas it had no effect on the responses to acidified NaNO2 or papaverine. NG-nitro-L-arginine (L-NOARG reduced the effects of Ach significantly, but it was ineffective on the relaxation induced by acidified NaNO2. The inhibitory action of L-NOARG was partly restored by L-arginine, but not by D-arginine. Hemoglobin, hydroxocobalamin and hydroquinone exhibited significant inhibition on the relaxation evoked by Ach and acidified NaNO2. L-NOARG, hydroxocobalamin and hydroquinone caused only limited but significant decrease in the relaxation due to papaverine. This phenomenon was also observed by increasing phenylephrine concentration leading to an enhancement in the contraction. Our findings strongly support the view that Ach-induced relaxation of rat aorta strips is mediated by free NO released from the endothelium and the results suggest that NO may indirectly contribute to papaverine-induced relaxation.

  13. Calcium transient evoked by nicotine in isolated rat vagal pulmonary sensory neurons.

    Xu, Jennings; Yang, Wenbin; Zhang, Guangfan; Gu, Qihai; Lee, Lu-Yuan


    It has been shown that inhaled cigarette smoke activates vagal pulmonary C fibers and rapidly adapting receptors (RARs) in the airways and that nicotine contained in the smoke is primarily responsible. This study was carried out to determine whether nicotine alone can activate pulmonary sensory neurons isolated from rat vagal ganglia; the response of these neurons was determined by fura-2-based ratiometric Ca(2+) imaging. The results showed: 1) Nicotine (10(-4) M, 20 s) evoked a transient increase in intracellular Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)](i)) in 175 of the 522 neurons tested (Delta[Ca(2+)](i) = 142.2 +/- 12.3 nM); the response was reproducible, with a small reduction in peak amplitude in the same neurons when the challenge was repeated 20 min later. 2) A majority (59.7%) of these nicotine-sensitive neurons were also activated by capsaicin (10(-7) M). 3) 1,1-Dimethyl-4-phenylpiperazinium iodide (DMPP; 10(-4) M, 20 s), a selective agonist of the neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (NnAChRs), evoked a pattern of response similar to that of nicotine. 4) The responses to nicotine and DMPP were either totally abrogated or markedly attenuated by hexamethonium (10(-4) M). 5) In anesthetized rats, right atrial bolus injection of nicotine (75-200 mug/kg) evoked an immediate (latency <1-2 s) and intense burst of discharge in 47.8% of the pulmonary C-fiber endings and 28.6% of the RARs tested. In conclusion, nicotine exerts a direct stimulatory effect on vagal pulmonary sensory nerves, and the effect is probably mediated through an activation of the NnAChRs expressed on the membrane of these neurons.

  14. Effects of KATP channel openers diazoxide and pinacidil in coronary-perfused atria and ventricles from failing and non-failing human hearts

    Fedorov, Vadim V.; Glukhov, Alexey V.; Ambrosi, Christina M.; Kostecki, Geran; Chang, Roger; Janks, Deborah; Schuessler, Richard B.; Moazami, Nader; Nichols, Colin G.; Efimov, Igor R.


    INTRODUCTION This study compared the effects of ATP-regulated potassium channel (KATP) openers, diazoxide and pinacidil, on diseased and normal human atria and ventricles. METHODS We optically mapped the endocardium of coronary-perfused right (n=11) or left (n=2) posterior atrial-ventricular free wall preparations from human hearts with congestive heart failure (CHF, n=8) and non-failing human hearts without (NF, n=3) or with (INF, n=2) infarction. We also analyzed the mRNA expression of the KATP targets Kir6.1, Kir6.2, SUR1, and SUR2 in the left atria and ventricles of NF (n=8) and CHF (n=4) hearts. RESULTS In both CHF and INF hearts, diazoxide significantly decreased action potential durations (APDs) in atria (by −21±3% and −27±13%, p<0.01) and ventricles (by −28±7% and −28±4%, p<0.01). Diazoxide did not change APD (0±5%) in NF atria. Pinacidil significantly decreased APDs in both atria (−46 to - 80%, p<0.01) and ventricles (−65 to −93%, p<0.01) in all hearts studied. The effect of pinacidil on APD was significantly higher than that of diazoxide in both atria and ventricles of all groups (p<0.05). During pinacidil perfusion, burst pacing induced flutter/fibrillation in all atrial and ventricular preparations with dominant frequencies of 14.4±6.1 Hz and 17.5 ±5.1 Hz, respectively. Glibenclamide (10 μM) terminated these arrhythmias and restored APDs to control values. Relative mRNA expression levels of KATP targets were correlated to functional observations. CONCLUSION Remodeling in response to CHF and/or previous infarct potentiated diazoxide-induced APD shortening. The activation of atrial and ventricular KATP channels enhances arrhythmogenicity, suggesting that such activation may contribute to reentrant arrhythmias in ischemic hearts. PMID:21586291

  15. Tissue specific characteristics of cells isolated from human and rat tendons and ligaments

    Scutt A


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Tendon and ligament injuries are common and costly in terms of surgery and rehabilitation. This might be improved by using tissue engineered constructs to accelerate the repair process; a method used successfully for skin wound healing and cartilage repair. Progress in this field has however been limited; possibly due to an over-simplistic choice of donor cell. For tissue engineering purposes it is often assumed that all tendon and ligament cells are similar despite their differing roles and biomechanics. To clarify this, we have characterised cells from various tendons and ligaments of human and rat origin in terms of proliferation, response to dexamethasone and cell surface marker expression. Methods Cells isolated from tendons by collagenase digestion were plated out in DMEM containing 10% fetal calf serum, penicillin/streptomycin and ultraglutamine. Cell number and collagen accumulation were by determined methylene blue and Sirius red staining respectively. Expression of cell surface markers was established by flow cytometry. Results In the CFU-f assay, human PT-derived cells produced more and bigger colonies suggesting the presence of more progenitor cells with a higher proliferative capacity. Dexamethasone had no effect on colony number in ACL or PT cells but 10 nM dexamethasone increased colony size in ACL cultures whereas higher concentrations decreased colony size in both ACL and PT cultures. In secondary subcultures, dexamethasone had no significant effect on PT cultures whereas a stimulation was seen at low concentrations in the ACL cultures and an inhibition at higher concentrations. Collagen accumulation was inhibited with increasing doses in both ACL and PT cultures. This differential response was also seen in rat-derived cells with similar differences being seen between Achilles, Patellar and tail tendon cells. Cell surface marker expression was also source dependent; CD90 was expressed at higher levels by PT

  16. Sodium currents in isolated rat CA1 neurons after kindling epileptogenesis.

    Vreugdenhil, M; Faas, G C; Wadman, W J


    Cellular excitability of CA1 neurons from a kindled focus in the rat hippocampus is persistently increased. The changes in the underlying voltage-dependent sodium current were characterized under whole-cell voltage-clamp conditions. We compared sodium currents in acutely isolated CA1 neurons from kindled rats with those in matched controls, one day and five weeks after cessation of kindling stimulations. The sodium current in CA1 neurons was tetrodotoxin sensitive and inactivated completely with two time-constants. In 97 cells from control rats, the current evoked at -20 mV consisted of a fast-inactivating component of 3.8 +/- 0.2 nA which decayed with a time-constant of 1.0 +/- 0.1 ms, and a slow-inactivating component of 1.2 +/- 0.1 nA with a time-constant of 3.6 +/- 0.1 ms. The potential of half-maximal inactivation was -72.2 +/- 1.0 mV for the fast-inactivating component and -63.2 +/- 1.0 mV for the slow-inactivating component. The time-constant of recovery at -80 mV was 14.1 +/- 0.4 ms for the fast-inactivating component and 9.3 +/- 0.4 ms for the slow-inactivating component. One day after kindling, the voltage dependence of inactivation of the slow-inactivating and the fast-inactivating component was shifted in the depolarizing direction (3.2 +/- 1.3 and 3.0 +/- 1.3 mV, respectively). The voltage dependence of recovery from inactivation was shifted in the same direction. Five weeks after kindling, the shift in voltage dependence of inactivation was (3.3 +/- 1.2 and 2.9 +/- 1.2 mV, respectively) and was accompanied by a 20% increase in sodium current amplitude. The voltage-dependent activation was not different after kindling. The changes in sodium current inactivation will increase the number of channels available for activation and may enhance the maximum firing rate. This implies that the changes in sodium current inactivation will contribute to the enhanced excitability of pyramidal neurons observed after kindling.

  17. Mechanisms of relaxation induced by flavonoid ayanin in isolated aorta rings from Wistar rats

    Rosalía Carrón


    Full Text Available Introduction: This study shows the relaxant effect induced by ayanin in aorta rings from Wistar rats linked to nitric oxide/cyclic-GMP pathway.  This flavonoid is the prevalent compound obtained from Croton schiedeanus Schlecht (Euphorbiaceae, specie used in Colombian folk medicine for the treatment of arterial hypertension. Objectives: To identify possible action mechanisms of vascular relaxation induced by ayanin (quercetin 3,4',7-trimethyl ether. Methodology: Isolated aorta rings from Wistar rats obtained at the Animal House of the University of Salamanca were contracted with KCl (80 mM or phenylephrine (PE, 10-6 M and exposed to ayanin (10-6-10-4 M.  Then, the effect of ayanin was assessed in deendothelized rings contracted with PE and in intact rings contracted with PE previously incubated with: ODQ (10-6 M, L-NAME (10-4 M, L-NAME plus D- and L-arginine (10-4 M, indomethacin (5x10-6 M, dipyridamole (3x10-7 M, glibenclamide (10-6 M, propranolol (10-6 M, verapamil (10-7 M or atropine (3x10-5 M.  In addition, the relaxant effect of acetylcholine (Ach, 10-8-3x10-4 M, and sodium nitroprusside (SNP, 10-9-3x10-5 M was assessed in the presence and absence of ayanin (10-6 M. Results: Ayanin induced a greater concentration-dependent relaxation in vessels contracted with phenylephrine (pEC50: 5.84±0.05, an effect significantly reduced by deendothelization and by both ODQ and L-NAME.  L-arginine was able to reverse the effect of L-NAME.  Indomethacin weakly inhibited ayanin response.  Dipyridamole, glibenclamide, propranolol, verapamil, and atropine did not affect ayanin relaxation.  Ayanin did not have any effect on the relaxation elicited by acetylcholine (ACh, while weakly decreasing the relaxation induced by sodium nitroprusside (SNP. Conclusion: Ayanin induces endothelium-dependent relaxation in the rat aorta mainly related to nitric oxide/cGMP pathway, according to the response observed in the presence of L-NAME, L-arginine and ODQ.

  18. Cardioprotection by polysaccharide sulfate against ischemia/reperfusion injury in isolated rat hearts

    Ying YANG; Shen-jiang HU; Liang LI; Guo-ping CHEN


    Aim: Polysaccharide sulfate (PSS) is a new type of heparinoid synthesized with alginic acid as the basic material and then by chemical introduction of effective groups. Although PSS is successfully applied in ischemic cardio-cerebrovascular dis-ease, its effect on cardiac function after ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury has previously not been investigated. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether PSS can protect the heart from I/R injury and the underlying mechanism of protection. Methods: Isolated rat hearts were perfused (Langendorff) and subjected to 20 min global ischemia followed by 60 min rep-effusion with Kreb's Henseleit solution or PSS (0.3-100 mg/L). Myocardial contractile function was continuously recorded. Creatine kinase (CK) and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) leakage were measured. Tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) expres-sion in cardiomyocytes was investigated. Western blot analysis for extracellular regulated kinases (ERKs), c-jun amino-terminal kinase (INKs) and p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) activity was performed. Results: After I/R, cardiac contractility decreased, CK and LDH levels increased in the coronary effluent, and TNF-α expression increased in cardiomyocytes. PSS administration at concentrations of 1-30 mg/L improved cardiac contractility, reduced CK and LDH release and inhibited TNF-α production. Phosphorylated-p38MAPK (p-p38MAPK) and p-p54/p46-JNK increased in I/R rat hearts but diminished in PSS (1-30 mg/L) treated hearts. P-p44/p42-ERK levels were unchanged. In contrast, high concentrations of PSS (100 mg/L) had adverse effects that caused a worsening of heart function. Conclusion: PSS has dose-dependent cardioprotective effects on the rat heart after I/R injury. The beneficial effects may be mediated through normalization of the activity of p38 MAPK and JNK pathways as well as controlling the level of TNF-α expression.

  19. Hypocholesterolemic effects of Kluyveromyces marxianus M3 isolated from Tibetan mushrooms on diet-induced hypercholesterolemia in rat

    Yuanhong Xie


    Full Text Available To investigate the effects of Kluyveromyces marxianus M3 isolated from Tibetan mushrooms on diet-induced hypercholesterolemia in rats, female Wistar rats were fed a high-cholesterol diet (HCD for 28 d to generate hyperlipidemic models. Hyperlipidemic rats were assigned to four groups, which were individually treated with three different dosages of K. marxianus M3+HCD or physiological saline+HCD via oral gavage for 28 d. The total cholesterol (TC, triglycerides (TG, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C, and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C levels in the serum and liver of the rats were measured using commercially available enzyme kits. In addition, the liver morphology was also examined using hematoxylin and eosin staining and optical microscopy. According to our results, the serum and liver TC, TG, LDL-C levels and atherogenic index (AI were significantly decreased in rats orally administered K. marxianus M3 (p <0.01, and the HDL-C levels and anti atherogenic index (AAI were significantly increased (p <0.01 compared to the control group. Moreover, K. marxianus M3 treatment also reduced the build-up of lipid droplets in the liver and exhibited normal hepatocytes, suggesting a protective effect of K. marxianus M3 in hyperlipidemic rats.

  20. Hypocholesterolemic effects of Kluyveromyces marxianus M3 isolated from Tibetan mushrooms on diet-induced hypercholesterolemia in rat.

    Xie, Yuanhong; Zhang, Hongxing; Liu, Hui; Xiong, Lixia; Gao, Xiuzhi; Jia, Hui; Lian, Zhengxing; Tong, Nengsheng; Han, Tao


    To investigate the effects of Kluyveromyces marxianus M3 isolated from Tibetan mushrooms on diet-induced hypercholesterolemia in rats, female Wistar rats were fed a high-cholesterol diet (HCD) for 28 d to generate hyperlipidemic models. Hyperlipidemic rats were assigned to four groups, which were individually treated with three different dosages of K. marxianus M3+HCD or physiological saline+HCD via oral gavage for 28 d. The total cholesterol (TC), triglycerides (TG), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels in the serum and liver of the rats were measured using commercially available enzyme kits. In addition, the liver morphology was also examined using hematoxylin and eosin staining and optical microscopy. According to our results, the serum and liver TC, TG, LDL-C levels and atherogenic index (AI) were significantly decreased in rats orally administered K. marxianus M3 (p <0.01), and the HDL-C levels and anti atherogenic index (AAI) were significantly increased (p <0.01) compared to the control group. Moreover, K. marxianus M3 treatment also reduced the build-up of lipid droplets in the liver and exhibited normal hepatocytes, suggesting a protective effect of K. marxianus M3 in hyperlipidemic rats.

  1. Isolation of Trichophyton mentogrophytes var mentogrophytes from naturally infected laboratory albino rats: experimental infection and treatment in rabbits

    N. A. Issa


    Full Text Available The present study demonstrated for the first time the occurrence of dermatophytosis in naturally infected rats and from asymptomatic and from breeding boxes of white rats kept in animal housing of college of Veterinary Medicine, University of Dohuk, Iraq. The prevalence rate of infection was (28%, clinically infected rats characterized by appearance of scaly ovoid type lesions with crusty edge and patch of hair loss mostly seen on the back, neck and face of the infected rats, itching was reported in some rats. Only one species of the trichophyton, T. mentogrophytes var mentogrophytes was isolated with growth rate (85.71% of samples collected from clinically infected rats, and (28.57% from asymptomatic and from breeding cages, the growth was observed within the 21 days at 25ºC on Sabouraud's Dextrose Agar. Lacto phenol cotton blue staining slides of T. mentogrophytes var mentogrophytes revealed both microconidia and macroconidia. Microconidia found in numerous numbers often in dense cluster which were hyaline, smooth walled and predominantly spherical to sub spherical in shape, varying numbers of chlamydoconidia. Spiral hyphae and smooth, thin walled clavate shaped multicelled macroconidia were also present. The study also dealt with experimental infection in rabbits with T. mentogrophytes var mentogrophytes and treated by two drugs, natural herbal preparation of acidic pomegranate (Punica granatum fruit and synthetic nystatine ointment. The complete recovery of lesions was recorded after 14 days and 21 days of topical application of a pomegranate and nystatine ointment for 5 successive days respectively.

  2. Action of metadoxine on isolated human and rat alcohol and aldehyde dehydrogenases. Effect on enzymes in chronic ethanol-fed rats.

    Parés, X; Moreno, A; Peralba, J M; Font, M; Bruseghini, L; Esteras, A


    Metadoxine (pyridoxine-pyrrolidone carboxylate) has been reported to accelerate ethanol metabolism. In the present work we have investigated the effect of metadoxine on the activities of isolated alcohol and aldehyde dehydrogenases from rat and man, and on the activity of these enzymes in chronic ethanol-fed rats. Our results indicate that in vitro metadoxine does not activate any of the enzymatic forms of alcohol dehydrogenase (classes I and II) or aldehyde dehydrogenase (low-Km and high-Km, cytosolic and mitochondrial). At concentrations higher than 0.1 mM, metadoxine inhibits rat class II alcohol dehydrogenase, although this would probably not affect the physiological ethanol metabolism. Chronic ethanol intake for 5 weeks results in a 25% decrease of rat hepatic alcohol dehydrogenase (class I) activity as compared with the pair-fed controls. The simultaneous treatment with metadoxine prevents activity loss, suggesting that the positive effect of metadoxine on ethanol metabolism can be explained by the maintenance of normal levels of alcohol dehydrogenase during chronic ethanol intake. No specific effect of chronic exposure to ethanol or to metadoxine was detected on rat aldehyde dehydrogenase activity.

  3. [Effects of ruta SSP on the activity of the smooth gastrointestinal muscle isolated of rat].

    Grigorjev, Carlota A; Brizuela, Nilda Y


    Ruta graveolens L. and Ruta chalepensis L. are plants used in folkloric medicine as antispasmodics, digestive and for intestinal gases. Animals used as experimental model were rats of the Wistar line, adult females, clinically healthy and with a weight average of 250 grams. We used strips of stomach and duodenum. Each one of the segments mounted on two stirrups in a bath of organ isolated with Ringer-lactate solution, at 37° C , pH: 7.3-7.4, and bubbled with 95% O2, 5% CO2. One of the stirrups was connected vertically to the bottom of the bath and the other to a transducer of tension connected to a Beckman polygraph. We applied 500 mgs of basal tension. After the stabilization, the ethanolic extract of Ruta ssp was added in increasing doses. At 50μl/ml the tone lower 23% in small intestine and lower 27% in stomach. However at 100 μl/ml the tone lower 32% and 35% respectively. In the other parameters the amplitude decrease 50% in the stomach at dose of 5 μl/ml while in the small intestine the amplitude lower 60%. With 10 μl/ml the amplitude change in both organs ( 96% in small intestine, and 75% in stomach). The frequency changes in both organs ( 32% in small intestine, and 50% in stomach) at 10 μl/ml Rue showed decreased effects on isolated small intestine and stomach were is dose dependent, maybe we were demonstrated the effects digestive of Ruta.

  4. Toxicity and kinetics of ( sup 3 H)microcystin-LR in isolated perfused rat livers

    Pace, J.G.; Robinson, N.A.; Miura, G.A.; Matson, C.F.; Geisbert, T.W.; White, J.D. (Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Fort Detrick, Frederick, MD (USA))


    Isolated rat livers were perfused for 60 min with either 0.3 or 0.5 microgram/ml (initial volume, 119 ml) of (3H)microcystin-LR at a constant flow of 10 ml/min in a recirculating system. During the 60-min exposure, toxin caused stimulation of glycogenolysis, liver engorgement, and cessation of bile flow. Electron micrographs of liver showed dilation of bile canaliculi and the space of Disse, loss of sinusoidal lining architecture, and decreased hepatocyte intercellular contacts. Although hepatocytes did not exhibit overt necrosis, mitochondria were hydropic, occasionally encircled by whorls of rough endoplasmic reticulum, and desmosomal tonofilaments were decreased on the plasma membrane lateral surface. Isolated mitochondria displayed inhibition of state 3 respiration and a 50-60% decrease in the respiratory control index, characteristic of hydropism. Distribution of radiolabel was 1.7% to bile, 79% to perfusate, and 16% to liver. Two to four percent was recovered in perfusate that leaked from the surface of the liver. Of the radiolabel found in bile and perfusate, 78 and 100% were associated with parent toxin, respectively. The radiolabel in liver, associated with the cytosolic fraction (S-100), corresponded to parent toxin (15%) and to a more-polar component(s) (85%). The elimination half-life from perfusate was 130 +/- 10 min (0.5 microgram/ml) and the hepatic extraction ratio 0.07 +/- 0.01. Although the calculated hepatic extraction ratio was low, there was a significant accumulation of microcystin in the liver. Many toxic effects of microcystin in the perfused liver mimicked those observed in the whole animal, suggesting that this model can be used as an alternative to whole animals for screening of potential therapeutic agents.

  5. Lipid emulsion-mediated reversal of toxic-dose aminoamide local anesthetic-induced vasodilation in isolated rat aorta

    Ok, Seong-Ho; Han, Jeong Yeol; Lee, Soo Hee; Shin, Il-Woo; Lee, Heon Keun; Chung, Young-Kyun; Choi, Mun-Jeoung; Sohn, Ju-Tae


    Background Intravenous lipid emulsion has been used to treat systemic toxicity of local anesthetics. The goals of this in vitro study were to determine the ability of two lipid emulsions (Intralipid® and Lipofundin® MCT/LCT) to reverse toxic dose local anesthetic-induced vasodilation in isolated rat aortas. Methods Isolated endothelium-denuded aortas were suspended for isometric tension recording. Vasodilation was induced by bupivacaine (3 × 10-4 M), ropivacaine (10-3 M), lidocaine (3 × 10-3 ...

  6. Evaluation of glucose utilization capacity of bioactivity guided fractions of Hybanthus enneaspermus and Pedalium murex in isolated rat hemidiaphragm

    Dinesh K. Patel; Sairam Krishnamurthy; S. Hemalatha


    Objective: To investigate glucose utilization capacity of bioactivity guided fractions ofHybanthus enneaspermus (H. enneaspermus) and Pedalium murex (P. murex) in isolated rat hemidiaphragm. Methods: Dried coarsely powdered plant material was extracted in ethanol using soxhlation technique, further extract was fractionated using solvents of varying polarity. Glucose utilization capacity of bioactivity guided fractions using isolated rat hemidiaphragm was performed in the present study. Results: The entire tested fraction showed increased glucose uptake capacity, and was found to be maximum in case of chloroform fraction of P. murex extract (CHPM) which was quite comparable to standard insulin (P<0.05). Conclusions: In vitro glucose uptake by hemidiaphragm study showed increased utilization of the glucose by hemidiaphragm in the presence of different fractions. From these findings we can conclude that that different fraction of both plant materials had some extra pancreatic mechanism like glucose uptake by peripheral tissues.

  7. Suppressive effect of astaxanthin isolated from the Xanthophyllomyces dendrorhous mutant on ethanol-induced gastric mucosal injury in rats.

    Kim, Jeong-Hwan; Choi, Seok-Keun; Choi, Sang-Yun; Kim, Han-Kyeom; Chang, Hyo-Ihl


    Ethanol has been found to induce ulcerative gastric lesion in humans. The present study investigated the in vivo protective effect of astaxanthin isolated from the Xanthophyllomyces dendrorhous mutant against ethanol-induced gastric mucosal injury in rats. The rats were treated with 80% ethanol for 3 d after pretreatment with two doses of astaxanthin (5 and 25 mg/kg of body weight respectively) for 3 d, while the control rats received only 80% ethanol for 3 d. The oral administration of astaxanthin (5 and 25 mg/kg of body weight) showed significant protection against ethanol-induced gastric lesion and inhibited elevation of the lipid peroxide level in gastric mucosa. In addition, pretreatment with astaxanthin resulted in a significant increase in the activities of radical scavenging enzymes such as superoxide dismutase, catalase, and glutathione peroxidase. A histologic examination clearly indicated that the acute gastric mucosal lesion induced by ethanol nearly disappeared after pretreatment with astaxanthin.

  8. Effect of Amlodipine in Comparison to Nifedipine on Vascular Perfusion Pressure of Isolated Rat Kidney

    Lili Sepehr-Ara


    Full Text Available This study aimed to investigate and to compare the effects of nifedipine and amlodipine, dihydropyridine (DHP calcium channel blockers (CCBs on perfusion pressure of isolated perfused rat kidney.Materials and MethodsFollowing the establishment of renal perfusion with a constant baseline pressure of 85-95 mmHg, the renal vasculature was constricted by phenylephrine (PE injection. Changes in the baseline perfusion pressure were recorded. Then nifedipine and amlodipine prepared in perfusion medium was fed to the kidney for 30 min. Finally alterations in the baseline pressure arising from PE administrations in the presence of CCBs were recorded and data analyses were done.ResultsPE-induced increases in perfusion pressure attenuated significantly in the presence of 5 and 10 μM of nifedipine and 1, 5, and 10 μM of amlodipine. Increases in perfusion pressure arising from PE (100 and 200 μM in the presence of amlodipine (1, 5, and 10 μM was significantly less than that in the presence of nifedipine (1, 5, and 10 μM. Calculated EC50 value of amlodipine for inhibition was significantly lower than that of nifedipine. Based on the EC50 values, the potency of amlodipine in inhibiting PE-induced responses is significantly higher compared to nifedipine.ConclusionThe potency of amlodipine in inhibiting PE-induced increments in renal perfusion pressure is significantly higher compared to nifedipine.

  9. Using an isolated rat kidney model to identify kidney origin proteins in urine.

    Lulu Jia

    Full Text Available The use of targeted proteomics to identify urinary biomarkers of kidney disease in urine can avoid the interference of serum proteins. It may provide better sample throughput, higher sensitivity, and specificity. Knowing which urinary proteins to target is essential. By analyzing the urine from perfused isolated rat kidneys, 990 kidney origin proteins with human analogs were identified in urine. Of these proteins, 128 were not found in normal human urine and may become biomarkers with zero background. A total of 297 proteins were not found in normal human plasma. These proteins will not be influenced by other normal organs and will be kidney specific. The levels of 33 proteins increased during perfusion with an oxygen-deficient solution compared to those perfused with oxygen. The 75 proteins in the perfusion-driven urine have a significantly increased abundance ranking compared to their ranking in normal human urine. When compared with existing candidate biomarkers, over ninety percent of the kidney origin proteins in urine identified in this study have not been examined as candidate biomarkers of kidney diseases.

  10. Electron tomographic structure and protein composition of isolated rat cerebellar, hippocampal and cortical postsynaptic densities.

    Farley, M M; Swulius, M T; Waxham, M N


    Electron tomography and immunogold labeling were used to analyze similarities and differences in the morphology and protein composition of postsynaptic densities (PSDs) isolated from adult rat cerebella, hippocampi, and cortices. There were similarities in physical dimensions and gross morphology between cortical, hippocampal and most cerebellar PSDs, although the morphology among cerebellar PSDs could be categorized into three distinct groups. The majority of cerebellar PSDs were composed of dense regions of protein, similar to cortical and hippocampal PSDs, while others were either composed of granular or lattice-like protein regions. Significant differences were found in protein composition and organization across PSDs from the different brain regions. The signaling protein, βCaMKII, was found to be a major component of each PSD type and was more abundant than αCaMKII in both hippocampal and cerebellar PSDs. The scaffold molecule PSD-95, a major component of cortical PSDs, was found absent in a fraction of cerebellar PSDs and when present was clustered in its distribution. In contrast, immunogold labeling for the proteasome was significantly more abundant in cerebellar and hippocampal PSDs than cortical PSDs. Together, these results indicate that PSDs exhibit remarkable diversity in their composition and morphology, presumably as a reflection of the unique functional demands placed on different synapses.

  11. Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) induce vasodilation in isolated rat aortic rings.

    Gutiérrez-Hernández, J M; Ramirez-Lee, M A; Rosas-Hernandez, H; Salazar-García, S; Maldonado-Ortega, D A; González, F J; Gonzalez, C


    Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) are used in biological systems with impact in biomedicine in order to improve diagnostics and treatment of diseases. However, their effects upon the vascular system, are not fully understood. Endothelium and smooth muscle cells (SMC) communicate through release of vasoactive factors as nitric oxide (NO) to maintain vascular tone. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of SWCNTs on vascular tone using isolated rat aortic rings, which were exposed to SWCNTs (0.1, 1 and 10 μg/mL) in presence and absence of endothelium. SWCNTs induced vasodilation in both conditions, indicating that this effect was independent on endothelium; moreover that vasodilation was NO-independent, since its blockage with L-NAME did not modify the observed effect. Together, these results indicate that SWCNTs induce vasodilation in the macrovasculature, may be through a direct interaction with SMC rather than endothelium independent of NO production. Further investigation is required to fully understand the mechanisms of action and mediators involved in the signaling pathway induced by SWCNTs on the vascular system.

  12. Renal vascular effects of leukotriene C4 in the isolated perfused kidney of the rat.

    Frölich, J. C.; Yoshizawa, M.


    1 The vascular effects of leukotriene C4 (LTC4) were investigated in the isolated perfused kidney of the rat. 2 LTC4 (6.4 X 10(-10) to 3.2 X 10(-8) mol kg-1 min-1 given over 5 min) resulted in a prompt, dose-dependent increase in renal vascular resistance in a recirculating system, which lasted for more than 60 min. 3 LTC4 was 10 to 20 fold and 1000 to 2000 fold, respectively, less active on a molar basis than noradrenaline and angiotensin II in eliciting renal vasoconstriction. 4 The vascular response to LTC4 was blocked dose-dependently by FPL 55712, an antagonist of slow reacting substance of anaphylaxis. OKY 1581, a specific thromboxane synthetase inhibitor, and indomethacin, a cyclo-oxygenase inhibitor, did not influence the LTC4 response. 5 LTC4 given in a single-pass perfusion system resulted in a short lasting response with baseline values for renal vascular resistance reached after 4 min. 6 These results show that LTC4 is a short acting renal vasoconstrictor with less potency than noradrenaline and angiotensin II. Its pressor effects seem to be mediated by specific leukotriene receptors and independent of cyclo-oxygenase products. The long-lasting effect in the recirculating arrangement, in contrast to the single pass system, is compatible with formation of active metabolite(s). PMID:3676595

  13. Isolation and characterization of influenza C virus inhibitor in rat serum.

    Kitame, F; Nakamura, K; Saito, A; Sinohara, H; Homma, M


    Two hemagglutination inhibitors for influenza C virus were isolated from pooled sera of normal rats by sequential chromatography on Blue Sepharose CL 6B, Ultrogel AcA 22, and DEAE-cellulose. The two inhibitors were identified as alpha 1-macroglobulin and murinoglobulin by comparison with the authentic samples. These inhibitors abolished the hemagglutination by influenza C virus strains but did not affect the hemagglutination by influenza A and B virus strains. Hemagglutination inhibition activity of both inhibitors was completely destroyed by incubation with influenza C virus at 37 degrees C but not with the other types of influenza virus, indicating that the inhibitors are specific for influenza C virus. The inhibitory activity was also destroyed by incubation with neuraminidase from Arthrobacter ureafaciens. By contrast, no activity was lost after treatment with neuraminidase from Vibrio cholerae. These results suggest that the sialic acid residue(s) which is cleavable by the former neuraminidase but not by the latter is essential for the hemagglutination inhibition. The two inhibitors were inactivated by treating with sodium hydroxide and methylamine but not with sodium metaperiodate.

  14. Exogenous reactive oxygen species deplete the isolated rat heart of antioxidants.

    Vaage, J; Antonelli, M; Bufi, M; Irtun, O; DeBlasi, R A; Corbucci, G G; Gasparetto, A; Semb, A G


    The effects of reactive oxygen species (ROS) on myocardial antioxidants and on the activity of oxidative mitochondrial enzymes were investigated in the following groups of isolated, perfused rat hearts. I: After stabilization the hearts freeze clamped in liquid nitrogen (n = 7). II: Hearts frozen after stabilization and perfusion for 10 min with xanthine oxidase (XO) (25 U/l) and hypoxanthine (HX) (1 mM) as a ROS-producing system (n = 7). III: Like group II, but recovered for 30 min after perfusion with XO + HX (n = 9). IV: The hearts were perfused and freeze-clamped as in group III, but without XO + HX (n = 7). XO + HX reduced left ventricular developed pressure and coronary flow to approximately 50% of the baseline value. Myocardial content of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and malondialdehyde (MDA) increased at the end of XO + HX perfusion, indicating that generation of ROS and lipid peroxidation occurred. Levels of H2O2 and MDA normalized during recovery. Superoxide dismutase, reduced glutathione and alpha-tocopherol were all reduced after ROS-induced injury. ROS did not significantly influence the tissue content of coenzyme Q10 (neither total, oxidized, nor reduced), cytochrome c oxidase, and succinate cytochrome c reductase. The present findings indicate that the reduced contractile function was not correlated to reduced activity of the mitochondrial electron transport chain. ROS depleted the myocardium of antioxidants, leaving the heart more sensitive to the action of oxidative injury.

  15. Effect of. cap alpha. -ketobutyrate on the metabolism of pyruvate and palmitate in isolated rat hepatocytes

    Brass, E.P.


    Alpha-ketobutyrate (..cap alpha..KB), an intermediate in the catabolism of threonine and methionine, is decarboxylated to propionyl-CoA. The authors have reported that propionate (PROP) inhibits oxidative metabolism in rate hepatocytes. Based on these observations, the present study examined the effects of ..cap alpha..KB on pyruvate and palmitate metabolism in hepatocytes isolated from fed rats. Similar to PROP, ..cap alpha..KB (10mM) inhibited palmitate oxidation and this inhibition was diminished when 10mM carnitine (CN) was added (35 +/- 6% inhibition without CN, 22 +/- 8% with CN). ..cap alpha..KB inhibited the conversion of 3-/sup 14/C-pyruvate to glucose and CO/sub 2/. Inhibition of pyruvate metabolism by ..cap alpha..KB was concentration-dependent. At equal concentrations, ..cap alpha..KB inhibited pyruvate metabolism to a greater extent than PROP. Addition of CN partially reversed the effects of PROP on pyruvate metabolism, but not those of ..cap alpha..KB despite the generation of propionylcarnitine when ..cap alpha..KB and CN were included in the incubation. These results demonstrate that accumulation of ..cap alpha..KB can impair normal hepatocyte metabolism. While some of the effects of ..cap alpha..KB can be explained on the basis of propionyl-CoA formation, ..cap alpha..KB has effects on pyruvate metabolism not explainable by this mechanism.


    Chauveau, J.; Moulé, Y.; Rouiller, C.; Schneebeli, J.


    Microsomes, isolated from rat liver homogenate in 0.88 M sucrose, have been fractionated by differential centrifugation. The 2nd microsomal fraction, sedimented between 60 minutes at 105,000 g and 3 hours at 145,000 g, consists mainly of smooth vesicles, free ribosomes, and ferritin. By utilizing the differences in density existing between the membranes and the granular elements it has been possible to separate the smooth membranes from the free ribosomes and ferritin. The procedure is to resuspend the 2nd microsomal fraction in a sucrose solution of 1.21 or 1.25 density and centrifuge it at 145,000 g for 20 or 40 hours. A centripetal migration of membranes and a centrifugal sedimentation of granular elements are obtained. Phospholipids, as well as the enzymatic activities DPNH-cytochrome c reductase, glucose-6-phosphatase and esterase are localized in the membranes. The free ribosomes have been purified by washing. A concentration of 200 µg RNA per mg nitrogen has been reached. RNA is also present in the membranes. These results are discussed in relation to current views on microsomal structure and chemistry. PMID:13878497

  17. Evaluation of activity inotropic of a new steroid derivative using an isolated rat heart model.

    Lauro, Figueroa-Valverde; Francisco, Díaz-Cedillo; Elodia, García-Cervera; Eduardo, Pool-Gómez; Maria, López-Ramos; Marcela, Rosas-Nexticapa; Lenin, Hau-Heredia; Bety, Sarabia-Alcocer; Landy, Campos-Ramos


    There are studies which indicate that some steroid derivatives have inotropic activity; nevertheless, the cellular site and mechanism of action at cardiovascular level is very confusing. In order, to clarify these phenomena in this study, a new estradiol derivative was synthesized with the objective of to evaluate its biological activity on left ventricular pressure and characterize their molecular mechanism. The Langendorff technique was used to measure changes on perfusion pressure and coronary resistance in an isolated rat heart model in absence or presence of the estradiol derivative. Additionally, to characterize the molecular mechanism involved in the inotropic activity induced by the OTBDS-estradiol-hexanoic acid derivative was evaluated by measuring left ventricular pressure in absence or presence of following compounds; tamoxifen, prazosin, metoprolol, indomethacin and nifedipine. The results showed that the OTBDS-estradiol-hexanoic acid derivative significantly increased the perfusion pressure and coronary resistance in comparison with the control conditions. Additionally, other data indicate that OTBDS-estradiol-hexanoic acid derivative increase left ventricular pressure in a dose-dependent manner (0.001 to 100 nM); nevertheless, this phenomenon was significantly inhibited only by nifedipine at a dose of 1 nM. These data suggest that positive inotropic activity induced by the OTBDS-estradiol-hexanoic acid derivative is via activation of L-type calcium channel. This phenomenon is a particularly interesting because the positive inotropic activity induced by this steroid derivative involves a molecular mechanism different in comparison with other positive inotropic drugs.

  18. Positive inotropic activity induced by a dehydroisoandrosterone derivative in isolated rat heart model.

    Figueroa-Valverde, L; Díaz-Cedillo, F; García-Cervera, E; Pool Gómez, E; López-Ramos, M; Rosas-Nexticapa, M; Martinez-Camacho, R


    Experimental studies indicate that some steroid derivatives have inotropic activity; nevertheless, there is scarce information about the effects of the dehydroisoandrosterone and its derivatives at cardiovascular level. In addition, to date the cellular site and mechanism of action of dehydroisoandrosterone at cardiovascular level is very confusing. In order, to clarify those phenomena in this study, a dehydroisoandrosterone derivative was synthesized with the objective of to evaluate its activity on perfusion pressure and coronary resistance and compare this phenomenon with the effect exerted by dehydroisoandrosterone. The Langendorff technique was used to measure changes on perfusion pressure and coronary resistance in an isolated rat heart model in absence or presence of dehydroisoandrosterone and its derivative. Additionally, to characterize the molecular mechanism involved in the inotropic activity induced by dehydroisoandrosterone derivative was evaluated by measuring left ventricular pressure in absence or presence of following compounds; flutamide, prazosin, metoprolol and nifedipine. The results showed that dehydroisoandrosterone derivative significantly increased the perfusion pressure and coronary resistance in comparison with the control conditions and dehydroisoandrosterone. Additionally, other data indicate that dehydroisoandrosterone derivative increase left ventricular pressure in a dose-dependent manner [1 × 10(-9)-1 × 10(-4) mmol]; nevertheless, this phenomenon was significantly inhibited by nifedipine at a dose of 1 × 10(-6) mmol. In conclusion, these data suggest that dehydroisoandrosterone derivative induces positive inotropic activity through of activation the L-type calcium channel.

  19. Acute effects of nandrolone decanoate on oxidative stress in isolated rat heart

    Jevđević Maja


    Full Text Available Abuse of anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS produces side effects in different tissues, with oxidative stress linked to their pathophysiology, being involved in fibrosis, cellular proliferation, and tumorigenesis. The aim of this study was to examine the acute effects of nandrolone decanoate (ND on oxidative stress in isolated rat heart. The hearts of male Wistar albino were excised and perfused according to the Langendorff technique at gradually increasing coronary perfusion pressures (40-120 cmH2O. The hearts were perfused with ND at doses of 1, 10 and 100 μM. Oxidative stress markers, including the index of lipid peroxidation (thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS, nitric oxide (nitrites; NO2-, the superoxide anion radical (O2- and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2 were measured in the coronary venous effluent. Our results showed that acute effects of ND do not promote the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS. Our finding pointed out that the highest concentration of ND may even possess some anti-oxidative potential, which should be examined further.

  20. Effect of ADH on rubidium transport in isolated perfused rat cortical collecting tubules

    Schafer, J.A.; Troutman, S.L.


    Unidirectional fluxes of 86Rb+ were measured as an indicator of potassium transport in isolated rat cortical collecting tubules perfused and bathed at 38 degrees C with isotonic solutions in which Rb+ replaced K+. Under control conditions the lumen-to-bath flux (Jl----b) was significantly less than the bath-to-lumen flux (Jb----l), indicating net Rb+ secretion. Net secretion increased approximately 180% after addition of 100 microU/ml of arginine vasopressin (ADH) to the bathing solution, due to a rapid and reversible increase in Jb----l from 4.6 +/- 0.8 to 9.0 +/- 1.9 pmol X min-1 X mm-1 with no significant change in Jl----b. The ADH effect was completely inhibited by 2 mM luminal Ba2+. The average transepithelial voltage (Ve) was not significantly different from zero in the control period but became lumen negative (-5 to -10 mV) after ADH. With 10(-5) M amiloride in the lumen Ve was lumen positive (+2 to +4 mV) and was unaltered by ADH or Ba2+, yet ADH produced a significant but attentuated increase in Jb----l with no change in Jl----b. The results indicate that ADH augments net K+ secretion either by an increase in the Ba2+-sensitive conductance of the apical membrane or by an increase in the electrochemical potential driving force for net Rb+ secretion through this pathway.

  1. Oxidative damages in isolated rat hepatocytes treated with the organochlorine fungicides captan, dichlofluanid and chlorothalonil.

    Suzuki, Toshihide; Nojiri, Hisao; Isono, Hideo; Ochi, Takafumi


    The cytotoxicity and lipid peroxidative potency of the organochlorine fungicides captan (N-(trichloromethylthio)-4-cyclohexene-1,2-dicarboximide), dichlofluanid (N-dichlorofluoromethylthio-N'N'-dimethyl-N-phenylsulfamide) and chlorothalonil (2,4,5,6-tetrachloro-isophthalonitrile) were studied in isolated rat hepatocytes. These fungicides induced cytotoxicity and lipid peroxidation in a dose- and time-dependent manner. Considerable cytotoxicity and lipid peroxidation occurred after cells were treated with 25 microM and more of fungicide. The phosphatidylcholine hydroperoxide (PCOOH) content increased more than 300 times by captan (250-1000 microM), 400 times by dichlofluanid (250-1000 microM) and 20 times by chlorothalonil (25-1000 microM) after 1h of incubation, as compared with untreated control. Significant cytotoxicity occurred after 20 min (captan), 30 min (dichlofluanid) and 60 min (chlorothalonil) of incubation and lipid peroxidation was induced prior to cytotoxicity. The antioxidant alpha-tocopherol and cytochrome P450 inhibitor SKF-525A effectively prevented cytotoxicity and lipid peroxidation. Our results suggest that metabolites of these fungicides produced by the microsomal cytochrome P450 system, induced membrane phospholipid peroxidation that caused cytotoxicity.

  2. Stochastic vs. deterministic uptake of dodecanedioic acid by isolated rat livers.

    Ditlevsen, Susanne; de Gaetano, Andrea


    Deterministic and stochastic differential equations models of the uptake of dodecanedioic acid (C12) are fitted to experimental data obtained on nine isolated, perfused rat livers. 11500 mug of C12 were injected as a bolus into the perfusing liver solution. The concentrations of C12 in perfusate samples taken over 2 h from the beginning of the experiments were analyzed by High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC). A two-compartment deterministic model is studied. To include spontaneous erratic variations in the metabolic processes the parameter for the uptake rate is randomized to obtain a stochastic differential equations model. Parameters are estimated in a two-step procedure: first, parameters in the drift part are estimated by least squares; then, the diffusion parameter is estimated using Monte-Carlo simulations to approximate the unknown likelihood function. Parameter estimation is carried out over a wide range of reasonable measurement error variances to check robustness of estimates. It is concluded that the kinetics of dodecanedioic acid, in the experimental conditions discussed, is well approximated by a model including spontaneous erratic variations in the liver uptake rate.

  3. [Function and morphology of isolated rat kidney following cellfree perfusion with various plasmaexpanders (author's transl)].

    Franke, H; Sobotta, E E; Witzki, G; Unsicker, K


    Isolated arteficially perfused rat kidneys prepared as described by Franke et al. (1971) were perfused for 60 min with solutions of Haemaccel, Dextran 40, Pluronic-F-108, or hydroxy-aethyl starch in a single pass system. The glomerular filtration rate (GFR) of the Haemaccel or Dextran 40 perfused organs amounted during the first 30 min to 0.58 ml X g-1 X min-1 and 0.47 ml X g-1 X min-1 respectively. Using Pluronic-F-108 or hydroxy-aethyl starch GFR rose to 0.94 ml X g-1 X min-1 and to 0.85 ml X G-1 X min-1. With Haemaccel or Dextran 40 solutions a mean tubular Na-reabsorption of 75.4 mumol X g-1 X min-1 and of 59 mumol X g-1 X min-1 respectively was determined. Employing Pluronic-F-108 or hydroxy-aethyl starch a mean sodium net transport of 92.6 mumol X g-1 X min-1 in both experimental groups was obtained. The differences described in the functional capabilities of Haemaccel or Dextran 40 and of Pluronic-F-108 or Hydroxyethyl starch perfused kidneys are in good accordance with morphological changes in the ultrastructure. The most striking morphological deviations were found in proximal tubules of those kidneys perfused with Haemaccel solutions. On the other hand after perfusion with hydroxyethyl starch only very few morphological alterations could be detected.

  4. Taurolithocholate impairs bile canalicular motility and canalicular bile secretion in isolated rat hepatocyte couplets

    Norihito Watanabe; Tatehiro Kagawa; Sei-ichiro Kojima; Shinji Takashimizu; Naruhiko Nagata; Yasuhiro Nishizaki; Tetsuya Mine


    AIM: To investigate the effects of taurolithocholate (TLC)on the canalicular motility in isolated rat hepatocyte couplets (IRHC).METHODS: TLC was added to IRHC at concentrations of 10 and 50 μmol/L, respectively. In each group, five time-lapse movies containing 3 representative bile canaliculi were taken under phase-contrast microscopy for 12 h. The number of bile canalicular contractions and the intervals between consecutive canalicular contractions were calculated. Furthermore, the effects of TLC on IRHC were examined by transmission electron microscopy.RESULTS: The bile canalicular contractions were spontaneous and forceful in the controls. Active vesicular movement was observed in the pericanalicular region. Immediately after the addition of TLC, the bile canaliculi were deformed, and canalicular bile was incorporated into the vacuoles. The canaliculi were gradually dilated, and canalicular contractions were markedly inhibited by TLC. The vesicular movements became extremely slow in the pericanalicular region. The number of canalicular contractions significantly decreased in the TLC-treated groups, as compared with that in the controls. The time intervals were prolonged, as the TLC dosage increased,indicating that bile secretion into the canaliculi was impaired with TLC. Transmission electron microscopy revealed the lamellar transformation of the canalicular membranes in IRHC treated with TLC.CONCLUSION: TLC impairs both the bile canalicular contractions and the canalicular bile secretion, possibly by acting directly on the canalicular membranes in TLCinduced cholestasis.

  5. Calcium ion transport across plasma membranes isolated from rat kidney cortex.

    Gmaj, P; Murer, H; Kinne, R


    Basal-lateral-plasma-membrane vesicles and brush-border-membrane vesicles were isolated from rat kidney cortex by differential centrifugation followed by free-flow-electrophoresis. Ca2+ uptake into these vesicles was investigated by a rapid filtration method. Both membranes show a considerable binding of Ca2+ to the vesicle interior, making the analysis of passive fluxes in uptake experiments difficult. Only the basal-lateral-plasma-membrane vesicles exhibit an ATP-dependent pump activity which can be distinguished from the activity in mitochondrial and endoplasmic reticulum by virtue of the different distribution during free-flow electrophoresis and its lack of sensitivity to oligomycin. The basal-lateral plasma membranes contain in addition a Na+/Ca2+-exchange system which mediates a probably rheogenic counter-transport of Ca2+ and Na+ across the basal cell border. The latter system is probably involved in the secondary active Na+-dependent and ouabain-inhibitable Ca2+ reabsorption in the proximal tubule, the ATP-driven system is probably more important for the maintenance of a low concentration of intracellular Ca2+.

  6. Tricarboxylic acid cycle metabolites during ischemia in isolated perfused rat heart.

    Peuhkurinen, K J; Takala, T E; Nuutinen, E M; Hassinen, I E


    Isolated rat hearts were, after a retrograde perfusion by the Langendorff procedure, rendered ischemic by lowering the aortic pressure to zero. The rate of proteolysis and temporal patterns of the changes in the concentrations of the metabolites of the tricarboxylic acid cycle, related amino acids, ammonia, and breakdown products of the adenine nucleotides were determined. The most significant change in the amino acid metabolism was a decrease of the proteolysis to one-tenth and a large accumulation of alanine, which was almost stoichiometric to the degradation of aspartate plus asparagine. The accumulation of malate and succinate was small compared with the metabolic net fluxes of aspartate and alanine. The metabolic balance sheet suggests that aspartate was converted to alanine. A prerequisite for this would be a feed in of carbon of aspartate to the tricarboxylic acid cycle as oxalacetate, reversal of the malate dehydrogenase, and production of pyruvate by the malic enzyme reaction. Alanine accumulating during ischemia is not glycolytic in origin but occurs through a concerted operation of anaplerotic reactions and tricarboxylic acid cycle metabolite disposal. The data also suggest that the potentially energy-yielding reduction of fumarate to succinate is not significant in the ischemic myocardium.

  7. Energetics of stress production in isolated cardiac trabeculae from the rat.

    Han, June-Chiew; Taberner, Andrew J; Nielsen, Poul M F; Kirton, Robert S; Ward, Marie-Louise; Loiselle, Denis S


    The heat liberated upon stress production in isolated cardiac muscle provides insights into the complex thermodynamic processes underlying mechanical contraction. To that end, we simultaneously measured the heat and stress (force per cross-sectional area) production of cardiac trabeculae from rats using a flow-through micromechanocalorimeter. In a flowing stream of O(2)-equilibrated Tyrode solution (∼22°C), the stress and heat production of actively contracting trabeculae were varied by 1) altering stimulus frequency (0.2-4 Hz) at optimal muscle length (L(o)), 2) reducing muscle length below L(o) at 0.2 and 2 Hz, and 3) changing extracellular Ca(2+) concentrations ([Ca(2+)](o); 1 and 2 mM). Linear regression lines were adequate to fit the active heat-stress data. The active heat-stress relationships were independent of stimulus frequency and muscle length but were dependent on [Ca(2+)](o), having greater intercepts at 2 mM [Ca(2+)](o) than at 1 mM [Ca(2+)](o) (3.5 and 2.0 kJ·m(-3)·twitch(-1), respectively). The slopes among the heat-stress relationships did not differ. At the highest experimental stimulus frequency, pronounced elevation of diastolic Ca(2+) resulted in incomplete twitch relaxation. The resulting increase of diastolic stress, which occurred with negligible metabolic energy expenditure, subsequently diminished due to the time-dependent loss of myofilament Ca(2+)-sensitivity.

  8. Transcriptome analysis of amoeboid and ramified microglia isolated from the corpus callosum of rat brain

    Parakalan Rangarajan


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Microglia, the resident immune cells of the central nervous system (CNS, have two distinct phenotypes in the developing brain: amoeboid form, known to be amoeboid microglial cells (AMC and ramified form, known to be ramified microglial cells (RMC. The AMC are characterized by being proliferative, phagocytic and migratory whereas the RMC are quiescent and exhibit a slow turnover rate. The AMC transform into RMC with advancing age, and this transformation is indicative of the gradual shift in the microglial functions. Both AMC and RMC respond to CNS inflammation, and they become hypertrophic when activated by trauma, infection or neurodegenerative stimuli. The molecular mechanisms and functional significance of morphological transformation of microglia during normal development and in disease conditions is not clear. It is hypothesized that AMC and RMC are functionally regulated by a specific set of genes encoding various signaling molecules and transcription factors. Results To address this, we carried out cDNA microarray analysis using lectin-labeled AMC and RMC isolated from frozen tissue sections of the corpus callosum of 5-day and 4-week old rat brain respectively, by laser capture microdissection. The global gene expression profiles of both microglial phenotypes were compared and the differentially expressed genes in AMC and RMC were clustered based on their functional annotations. This genome wide comparative analysis identified genes that are specific to AMC and RMC. Conclusions The novel and specific molecules identified from the trancriptome explains the quiescent state functioning of microglia in its two distinct morphological states.

  9. Hydrogen Gas Ameliorates Hepatic Reperfusion Injury After Prolonged Cold Preservation in Isolated Perfused Rat Liver.

    Shimada, Shingo; Wakayama, Kenji; Fukai, Moto; Shimamura, Tsuyoshi; Ishikawa, Takahisa; Fukumori, Daisuke; Shibata, Maki; Yamashita, Kenichiro; Kimura, Taichi; Todo, Satoru; Ohsawa, Ikuroh; Taketomi, Akinobu


    Hydrogen gas reduces ischemia and reperfusion injury (IRI) in the liver and other organs. However, the precise mechanism remains elusive. We investigated whether hydrogen gas ameliorated hepatic I/R injury after cold preservation. Rat liver was subjected to 48-h cold storage in University of Wisconsin solution. The graft was reperfused with oxygenated buffer with or without hydrogen at 37° for 90 min on an isolated perfusion apparatus, comprising the H2 (+) and H2 (-) groups, respectively. In the control group (CT), grafts were reperfused immediately without preservation. Graft function, injury, and circulatory status were assessed throughout the perfusion. Tissue samples at the end of perfusion were collected to determine histopathology, oxidative stress, and apoptosis. In the H2 (-) group, IRI was indicated by a higher aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT) leakage, portal resistance, 8-hydroxy-2-deoxyguanosine-positive cell rate, apoptotic index, and endothelial endothelin-1 expression, together with reduced bile production, oxygen consumption, and GSH/GSSG ratio (vs. CT). In the H2 (+) group, these harmful changes were significantly suppressed [vs. H2 (-)]. Hydrogen gas reduced hepatic reperfusion injury after prolonged cold preservation via the maintenance of portal flow, by protecting mitochondrial function during the early phase of reperfusion, and via the suppression of oxidative stress and inflammatory cascades thereafter. Copyright © 2016 International Center for Artificial Organs and Transplantation and Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  10. Antidiarrheal Activity of 19-Deoxyicetexone Isolated from Salvia ballotiflora Benth in Mice and Rats

    Ernesto Sánchez-Mendoza


    Full Text Available The antidiarrheal properties of 19-deoxyicetexone, a diterpenoid isolated from Salvia ballotiflora were evaluated on castor oil-, arachidonic acid (AA- and prostaglandin (PGE2-induced diarrhea in rodent models. The structure of 19-deoxyicetexone was determined by X-ray crystallography, mass spectrometry (EI-MS, as well as ultraviolet (UV-Vis, infrared (FT-IR and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR spectroscopies. This compound significantly and dose-dependently reduced frequency of stooling in castor oil-induced diarrhea, and at dose of 25 mg/kg it also inhibited diarrhea induced with AA, while it had no effect on PGE2-induced diarrhea. This compound at doses of 25 mg/kg also diminished castor oil-induced enteropooling and intestinal motility, and inhibited the contraction of the rats’ ileum induced by carbachol chloride at a concentration of 100 µg/mL. 19-Deoxyicetexone did not present acute toxicity at doses of 625 mg/kg. Its antidiarrheal activity may be due to increased reabsorption of NaCl and water and inhibition of the release of prostaglandins, gastrointestinal motility and fluid accumulation in the intestinal tracts of rats. These findings suggest that 19-deoxyicetexone may be used in the treatment of diarrhea, although more studies must be carried out to confirm this.

  11. Antinociceptive effect of amygdalin isolated from Prunus armeniaca on formalin-induced pain in rats.

    Hwang, Hye-Jeong; Kim, Pil; Kim, Chang-Ju; Lee, Hye-Jung; Shim, Insop; Yin, Chang Shik; Yang, Young; Hahm, Dae-Hyun


    Amygdalin is a plant glucoside isolated from the stones of rosaceous fruits, such as apricots, peaches, almond, cherries, and plums. To investigate the pain-relieving activity of amygdalin, we induced pain in rats through intraplantar injection of formalin, and evaluated the antinociceptive effect of amygdalin at doses of 0.1, 0.5, 1.0, and 10.0 mg/kg-body weight by observing nociceptive behavior such as licking, biting and shaking, the number of Fos-immunoreactive neurons in the spinal cord, and the mRNA expression of inflammatory cytokines in the plantar skin. The intramuscular injection of amygdalin significantly reduced the formalin-induced tonic pain in both early (the initial 10 min after formalin injection) and late phases (10-30 min following the initial formalin injection). During the late phase, amygdalin did reduce the formalin-induced pain in a dose-dependent manner in a dose range less than 1 mg/kg. Molecular analysis targeting c-Fos and inflammatory cytokines such as tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) and interleukin-1 beta (IL-1beta) also showed a significant effect of amygdalin, which matched the results of the behavioral pain analysis. These results suggest that amygdalin is effective at alleviating inflammatory pain and that it can be used as an analgesic with anti-nociceptive and anti-inflammatory activities.

  12. Sevoflurane postconditioning protects isolated rat hearts against ischemia-reperfusion injury

    YAO Yun-tai; FANG Neng-xin; SHI Chun-xia; LI Li-huan


    Background Studies suggested that anesthetics administered upon the early reperfusion or "anesthetic postconditioning" could protect post-ischemic hearts against myocardial ischemia reperfusion injury (MIRI).However, the mechanism responsible for such protection was not well-elucidated.We investigated the cardioprotection induced by sevoflurane postconditioning (SpostC) in rat hearts in vitro, and the respective role of phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase (PI3K), extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1 and 2 (ERK 1/2), mitochondrial KATP channels (mitoKATP) and mitochondrial permeability transition pore (mPTP), by selectively inhibiting PI3K, ERK 1/2, mitoKATP, with LY294002 (LY), PD98059 (PD), 5-hydroxydecanoate (5-HD) and by directly opening of mPTP with atractyloside (ATR), respectively.Methods Isolated rat hearts were randomly assigned to one of the 12 groups (n=15):Time control (continuous perfusion), ISCH (30 minutes of ischemia followed by 60 minutes of reperfusion alone), SpostC (3% sevoflurane postconditioning was administered during the first 15 minutes of reperfusion after 30 minutes of ischemia), ISCH+LY,ISCH+PD, ISCH+ATR, ISCH+5-HD and ISCH+ dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) groups (LY, PD, ATR, 5-HD and DMSO (the vehicle) was administered respectively during the first 15 minutes of reperfusion following test ischemia), SpostC+LY, SpostC+PD, SpostC+ATR and SpostC+5-HD groups (LY, PD, ATR and 5-HD was coadministered with 3% sevoflurane, respectively).Hemodynamics was compared within and between groups.Infarction size was determined at the end of experiments using triphenyltetrazolium chloride (TTC) staining.Lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), creatine kinase-MB (CK-MB) and cardiac troponin I (cTnI) released from necrotic myocardium, were compared among TC, ISCH and SpostC groups.To investigate the relationships between RISK and mPTP implicated in SpostC, NAD+ content in myocardium, a marker of mPTP opening, was compared among some experimental groups (TC, ISCH, ISCH

  13. In vitro effects of alpha-bromopalmitate on metabolism of essential fatty acids studied in isolated rat hepatocytes: sex differences.

    Hagve, T A; Christophersen, B O


    alpha-Bromopalmitate was shown to have a far more pronounced effect on metabolism of labelled linoleic acid (18:2, n-6) and arachidonic acid (20:4, n-6) in isolated liver cells from female rats than in those from males. alpha-Bromopalmitate decreased triacylglycerol synthesis with a concomitant accumulation of fatty acid in diacylglycerol, indicating that the acylation of diacylglycerol is affected by alpha-bromopalmitate.

  14. Continuous Monitoring of Intracellular Volumes in Isolated Rat Hearts during Normothermic Perfusion and Ischemia

    Askenasy, Nadir; Navon, Gil


    The present study describes an experimental setup that enables continuous measurement of cellular volumes in isolated organs. The procedure is a modification of a recently reported method that uses multinuclear NMR measured by59Co NMR of cobalticyanide and1H NMR of water in isolated rat hearts at normothermia. The new apparatus contains a background flow which is shown to improve the rate of exchange of the marker between the interstitium and the external solution and allows detection of cellular shrinkage during no-flow ischemia. A series of experiments of marker loading and wash-out were performed to validate the method. In the Langendorff preparation, intracellular volumes (in units of milliliters per gram dry weight) of hearts perfused with Krebs-Henseleit solution oscillated around a mean value of 2.50 ± 0.06 ml/gdw. During 30 min of ischemia the cells swelled to 2.88 ± 0.08 ml/gdw and residual edema was observed after 30 min of reperfusion (2.62 ± 0.08 ml/gdw). A hypoosmotic shock was used to assess changes in membrane permeability at different time points of ischemia and reperfusion. Water influx induced by the hypoosmotic shock at the end of ischemia was similar to that elicited in perfused hearts. After 15 and 30 min of reperfusion, the magnitude of the response to hypoosmolarity decreased by 9 and 37%, respectively, indicating a gradual permeabilization of the membranes, presumably to ions. The experimental setup was also used to monitor intracellular volumes as a function of time in anisoosmotic conditions. Cellular swelling/shrinkage were delayed for periods of 5 and 8 min at osmolarities of ±50 and ±100 mosmol/liter, suggesting a limited capability of the heart to absorb an anisoosmotic shock. The variation in cellular volumes was proportional to the deviation of the conditions from isoosmolarity, and activation of volume-regulatory mechanisms was demonstrated. The noninvasive technique presented in this study is capable of providing quantitative

  15. Vasorelaxant effects of aqueous leaf extract of Tridax procumbens on aortic smooth muscle isolated from the rat.

    Salahdeen, Hussein M; Murtala, Babatunde A


    Tridax procumbens is commonly used in traditional medicine in southern part of Nigeria for the treatment of hypertension. However, the mechanism of its antihypertensive properties remains unclear. Attempts were made to investigate the properties of direct actions of aqueous extract of the leaves of T. procumbens on mechanical responses of smooth muscles in aortic ring preparations isolated from the rat. Endothelium-intact aortic rings, isolated from the normotensive rats, had been pre-contracted with noradrenaline, and cumulative addition of the aqueous extract (0.15-1.05 mg/mL) to the bathing fluid induced a concentration-dependent relaxation. Aqueous extract of T. procumbens also attenuated the contractile responses to KCl and shifted the concentration-response curve to the right. The contractile responses to serotonin were also attenuated and the concentration-response curve was shifted to the right in the presence of the extract. The results of this study indicated that aqueous leaf extract of T. procumbens possesses vasodilatory effects on the aortic smooth muscles isolated from the rat. Based on these results, a possible mechanism involved in the relaxing actions of the extract on vascular smooth muscle was discussed. The results of this study may provide a scientific basis for the use of this extract to the treatment of hypertension in Nigerian traditional medicine.




    1. The metabolism of the three drugs (Org GB 94, Org 3770 and Org OD 14) was studied in isolated human and rat hepatocytes. The metabolic profiles in rat and human hepatocytes were compared with the available in vivo data in both species. 2. All three drugs were metabolized extensively under the con

  17. Effect of Amygdalin on the Proliferation of Hyperoxia-exposed Type Ⅱ Alveolar Epithelial Cells Isolated from Premature Rat

    祝华平; 常立文; 李文斌; 刘汉楚


    Summary: The pathogenesis of hyperoxia lung injury and the mechanism of amygdalin on type 2 alveolar epithelial cells (AEC2) isolated from premature rat lungs in vitro were investigated. AEC2 were obtained by primary culture from 20-days fetal rat lung and hyperoxia-exposed cell model was established. Cell proliferating viability was examined by MTT assay after treatment of amygdalin at various concentrations. DNA content and the proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) protein expression of AEC2 were measured by using flow cytometry and immunocytochemistry respectively after 24 h of hyperoxia exposure or amygdalin treatment. The results showed that hyperoxia inhibited the proliferation and decreased PCNA protein expression in AEC2 of premature rat in vitro. Amygdalin at the concentration range of 50-200 μmol/L stimulated the proliferation of AEC2 in a dose-dependent manner, however, 400 μmol/L amygdalin inhibited the proliferation of AEC2. Amygdalin at the concentration of 200 μmol/L played its best role in facilitating proliferation of AEC2s in vitro and could partially ameliorated the changes of proliferation in hyperoxia exposed AEC2 of premature rat. It has been suggested that hyperoxia inhibited the proliferation of AEC2s of premature rat, which may contribute to hyperoxia lung injury. Amygdalin may play partial protective role in hyperoxia-induced lung injury.

  18. Effect of amygdalin on the proliferation of hyperoxia-exposed type II alveolar epithelial cells isolated from premature rat.

    Zhu, Huaping; Chang, Liwen; Li, Wenbin; Liu, Hanchu


    The pathogenesis of hyperoxia lung injury and the mechanism of amygdalin on type 2 alveolar epithelial cells (AEC2) isolated from premature rat lungs in vitro were investigated. AEC2 were obtained by primary culture from 20-days fetal rat lung and hyperoxia-exposed cell model was established. Cell proliferating viability was examined by MTT assay after treatment of amygdalin at various concentrations. DNA content and the proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) protein expression of AEC2 were measured by using flow cytometry and immunocytochemistry respectively after 24 h of hyperoxia exposure or amygdalin treatment. The results showed that hyperoxia inhibited the proliferation and decreased PCNA protein expression in A-EC2 of premature rat in vitro. Amygdalin at the concentration range of 50-200 micromol/L stimulated the proliferation of AEC2 in a dose-dependent manner, however, 400 micromol/L amygdalin inhibited the proliferation of AEC2. Amygdalin at the concentration of 200 micromol/L played its best role in facilitating proliferation of AEC2s in vitro and could partially ameliorated the changes of proliferation in hyperoxia exposed AEC2 of premature rat. It has been suggested that hyperoxia inhibited the proliferation of AEC2s of premature rat, which may contribute to hyperoxia lung injury. Amygdalin may play partial protective role in hyperoxia-induced lung injury.

  19. Early social isolation disrupts latent inhibition and increases dopamine D2 receptor expression in the medial prefrontal cortex and nucleus accumbens of adult rats.

    Han, Xiao; Li, Nanxin; Xue, Xiaofang; Shao, Feng; Wang, Weiwen


    Adolescence is a critical period for neurodevelopment. In the present study, we investigated the effects of peri-adolescent social isolation on latent inhibition (LI) and dopamine D2 receptor expression in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) and nucleus accumbens (NAc) of young adult rats. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into adolescent isolation (ISO; isolated housing, 21-34 days of age) and social housing (SOC) groups. LI was tested at postnatal day 56. After behavioral testing, the number of dopamine D2 receptor-expressing cells was determined using immunohistochemistry. Adolescent social isolation impaired LI and increased the number of cells expressing the D2 receptor in the mPFC and NAc. The results suggest that adolescent social isolation produces profound effects on cognitive and dopaminergic function in adult rats, and could be used as an animal model of various neurodevelopmental disorders.

  20. Dietary red palm oil supplementation reduces myocardial infarct size in an isolated perfused rat heart model

    Esterhuyse Adriaan J


    Full Text Available Abstract Background and Aims Recent studies have shown that dietary red palm oil (RPO supplementation improves functional recovery following ischaemia/reperfusion in isolated hearts. The main aim of this study was to investigate the effects of dietary RPO supplementation on myocardial infarct size after ischaemia/reperfusion injury. The effects of dietary RPO supplementation on matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP2 activation and PKB/Akt phosphorylation were also investigated. Materials and methods Male Wistar rats were divided into three groups and fed a standard rat chow diet (SRC, a SRC supplemented with RPO, or a SRC supplemented with sunflower oil (SFO, for a five week period, respectively. After the feeding period, hearts were excised and perfused on a Langendorff perfusion apparatus. Hearts were subjected to thirty minutes of normothermic global ischaemia and two hours of reperfusion. Infarct size was determined by triphenyltetrazolium chloride staining. Coronary effluent was collected for the first ten minutes of reperfusion in order to measure MMP2 activity by gelatin zymography. Results Dietary RPO-supplementation decreased myocardial infarct size significantly when compared to the SRC-group and the SFO-supplemented group (9.1 ± 1.0% versus 30.2 ± 3.9% and 27.1 ± 2.4% respectively. Both dietary RPO- and SFO-supplementation were able to decrease MMP2 activity when compared to the SRC fed group. PKB/Akt phosphorylation (Thr 308 was found to be significantly higher in the dietary RPO supplemented group when compared to the SFO supplemented group at 10 minutes into reperfusion. There was, however, no significant changes observed in ERK phosphorylation. Conclusions Dietary RPO-supplementation was found to be more effective than SFO-supplementation in reducing myocardial infarct size after ischaemia/reperfusion injury. Both dietary RPO and SFO were able to reduce MMP2 activity, which suggests that MMP2 activity does not play a major role in

  1. Effects of Chronic Oral Administration of Natural Honey on Ischemia/Reperfusion-induced Arrhythmias in Isolated Rat Heart

    Moslem Najafi


    Full Text Available Objective(sIn this study, effects of chronic administration of oral natural honey against ischemia/reperfusion (I/R-induced cardiac arrhythmias were investigated in isolated rat heart. Materials and MethodsMale Wistar rats were divided into four groups (n= 10-14 rats in each group and fed with natural honey (1%, 2% and 4% dissolved in the drinking water for 45 days except for the control group. After anesthesia, the rats’ hearts were isolated quickly, mounted on a Langendorff apparatus and perfused with a modified Krebs-Henseleit solution during stabilization, 30 min regional ischemia followed by 30 min reperfusion. The ECGs were recorded throughout the experiments to analyze cardiac arrhythmias based on the Lambeth conventions. ResultsIn the ischemic phase, honey (1% significantly reduced (P<0.05 the number and duration of ventricular tachycardia (VT. Honey (1% and 2% also significantly decreased number of ventricular ectopic beats (VEBs. In addition, incidence and duration of reversible ventricular fibrillation (Rev VF were lowered by honey 2% (P<0.05. During reperfusion time, VT incidence was 73% in the control group, however natural honey (1% decreased it to 22% (P<0.05. Honey also produced significant reduction in the incidences of total VF, Rev VF, duration and number of VT. ConclusionFor the first time, the results of present study demonstrated protective effects of chronic oral honey administration against I/R-induced arrhythmias in isolated rat heart. Antioxidant activity, the existence of energy sources such as glucose and fructose and improvement of some hemodynamic functions might be responsible for these effects.

  2. Myonecrosis induced in rat by a myotoxin isolated from the venom of Bothrops neuwiedifrom Alfenas, MG

    V.L. Leite


    Full Text Available Bothrops venoms are composed by several protein fractions. Among these fractions there are myotoxins which induce an important muscle lesion. The purification of this component involves some steps, although providing a pure material, is time consuming. In the present study, we describe a quick method for myotoxin fraction isolation from the venom of Bolhrops nsuwiedi using one-step high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC. The complete procedure took 30 min. The pur6+y of the two myotoxic fractions isolated was assessed by SDS-PAGE. Upon i.m. injection into rat tibialis anterior, both toxins induced early morphological changes, indicating that the plasma membrane was the first cellular structure affected. Afterwards, the lesion was typically myonecrotic and inflammatory infiltrate was present.Os venenos de Bolhrops são compostos por várias frações protéicas. Dentre elas, as miotoxinas induzem lesões musculares importantes. A purificação deste componente envolve várias etapas e, embora forneça frações puras, é muito trabalhosa. Neste trabalho foi descrito um método rápido para o isolamento da fração miotóxica do veneno de Bothrops neuwiedi (jararaca pintada, utilizando-se uma etapa única de purificação por Cromatografia Liquida de Alta Eficiência (CLAE. O procedimento completo demorou apenas 30 min. Foram isoladas duas frações com atividade miotóxica, cuja pureza foi verificada por eletroforese em gel de poliacrilamida-SDS. A injeção intramuscular no músculo tibial anterior de ratos induziu alterações morfológicas precoces, indicando que a membrana plasmática foi a primeira estrutura celular afetada pela fração miotóxica. A lesão muscular obtida foi tipicamente mionecrótica e foi observado infiltrado inflamatório.

  3. Effect of immobilization stress on gene expression of catecholamine biosynthetic enzymes in heart auricles of socially isolated rats

    L. Gavrilovic


    Full Text Available Chronic stress is associated with the development of cardiovascular diseases. The sympathoneural system plays an important role in the regulation of cardiac function both in health and disease. In the present study, the changes in gene expression of the catecholamine biosynthetic enzymes tyrosine hydroxylase (TH, dopamine-β-hydroxylase (DBH and phenylethanolamine N-methyltransferase (PNMT and protein levels in the right and left heart auricles of naive control and long-term (12 weeks socially isolated rats were investigated by Taqman RT-PCR and Western blot analysis. The response of these animals to additional immobilization stress (2 h was also examined. Long-term social isolation produced a decrease in TH mRNA level in left auricles (about 70% compared to the corresponding control. Expression of the DBH gene was markedly decreased both in the right (about 62% and left (about 81% auricles compared to the corresponding control, group-maintained rats, whereas PNMT mRNA levels remained unchanged. Exposure of group-housed rats to acute immobilization for 2 h led to a significant increase of mRNA levels of TH (about 267%, DBH (about 37% and PNMT (about 60% only in the right auricles. Additional 2-h immobilization of individually housed rats did not affect gene expression of these enzymes in either the right or left auricle. Protein levels of TH, DBH and PNMT in left and right heart auricles were unchanged either in both individually housed and immobilized rats. The unchanged mRNA levels of the enzymes examined after short-term immobilization suggest that the catecholaminergic system of the heart auricles of animals previously exposed to chronic psychosocial stress was adapted to maintain appropriate cardiovascular homeostasis.

  4. Isolation

    Agerholm, Frank Juul


    Næringsstoffet har i dette nummer sat fokus på ”velvære i vinterkulden”, ”indendørsaktiviteter” og ”fedtafgift”. I klummen vises det, at disse tre fokusområder, der for en umiddelbar betragtning måske nok synes noget uensartede, falder sammen i ét tema: Isolation!......Næringsstoffet har i dette nummer sat fokus på ”velvære i vinterkulden”, ”indendørsaktiviteter” og ”fedtafgift”. I klummen vises det, at disse tre fokusområder, der for en umiddelbar betragtning måske nok synes noget uensartede, falder sammen i ét tema: Isolation!...

  5. Effect of the dihydropyridine Bay K 8644 on the release of [3H]-noradrenaline from the rat isolated vas deferens.

    Ceña, V; García, A.G.; Khoyi, M. A.; Salaices, M.; Sanchez-García, P.


    The effects of Bay K 8644 on the release of [3H]-noradrenaline evoked by potassium, electrical stimulation or tyramine from the rat isolated vas deferens labelled with [3H]-noradrenaline were investigated. Bay K 8644 (1 microM) by itself did not affect the spontaneous release of tritium from the rat isolated vas deferens. However, it increased the calcium-dependent release of tritium elicited by both high potassium (59 mM) and electrical field stimulation. The exposure of rat vas deferens to ...

  6. Improved cardiac protection with Sabax cardioplegia in Langendorff isolated rat hearts

    Perian M.


    Full Text Available Objective: Cardioplegia is an important step to facilitate cardiac surgery while limiting intraoperative myocardial injury. Although recent advances in cardioplegic arrest methods have significantly contributed to better postoperative outcomes, there is still controversy regarding the optimal composition and temperature of the cardioplegic solution. Accordingly, we aimed to assess whether cold or lukewarm Sabax cardioplegia offer improved myocardial protection compared with the classical Krebs-Henseleit solution. Methods: The hearts of 40 male Wistar rats were isolated and submitted to constant-flow retrograde perfusion using a Langendorff perfusion apparatus. The hearts were randomly assigned to cold Krebs-Henseleit (K-H, cold Sabax, or lukewarm Sabax cardioplegia. The ECG, heart rates, and left ventricular systolic pressures (LVSP were recorded pre- and post-cardioplegia. The time needed for cardioplegia induction and post-cardioplegia recovery were also noted. Results: Both cold and lukewarm Sabax cardioplegia insured faster induction and faster recovery following isothermic reperfusion compared to the standard K-H solution (both p< 0.01. With K-H cardioplegia, the hearts presented a 21.7% force loss after reperfusion (p< 0.001, whilst Sabax cardioplegia was associated with a slight increase in ventricular mechanical activity (3% LVSP increase with lukewarm Sabax cardioplegia, p< 0.001 and 2% LVSP increase with cold Sabax cardioplegia, p = 0.02. With Sabax cardioplegia the hearts displayed considerably less major arrhythmic events and presented less significant bradycardia. Conclusions: The present data suggest that Sabax cardioplegia may be superior to the classical cold crystalloid K-H solution in preserving mechanical activity of the heart and may provide superior protection against major arrhythmias.

  7. Receptors involved in moxonidine-stimulated atrial natriuretic peptide release from isolated normotensive rat hearts.

    Mukaddam-Daher, Suhayla; Menaouar, Ahmed; Gutkowska, Jolanta


    Imidazoline I1-receptors are present in the heart and may be involved in atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) release. The following studies investigated whether moxonidine (an antihypertensive imidazoline I1-receptor and alpha2-adrenoceptor agonist) acts directly on the heart to stimulate ANP release, and to characterize the receptor type involved in this action. Perfusion of rat (200-225 g) isolated hearts with moxonidine (10(-6) and 10(-5) M), for 30 min, resulted in ANP release (83+/-29 and 277+/-70 ng/30 min, above basal, respectively), significantly (Palpha1-adrenoceptors), and prazosin (alpha1>alpha2-adrenoceptors), but increased by rauwolscine (alpha2-adrenoceptors). Perfusion with 10(-5) M brimonidine (full alpha2-adrenoceptor agonist) inhibited moxonidine-stimulated ANP release. Similarly, moxonidine (10(-6) M) tended to reduce coronary flow, but significantly increased coronary flow in the presence of brimonidine, which was vasoconstrictive when perfused alone. Coronary flow was reduced by 10(-5) M each, brimonidine>clonidine>moxonidine; while similar bradycardia was observed with clonidine and moxonidine, but not with brimonidine. In conclusion, these results argue in favor of moxonidine acting primarily on imidazoline I1-receptors to release ANP, with both alpha2-adrenoceptor and imidazoline I1-receptors exerting inhibitory inter-relation. In contrast, the coronary vasodilatory effect of moxonidine requires full activation of alpha2-adrenoceptor. The sympatholytic and ANP-releasing effects of moxonidine appear to be mediated by cardiac imidazoline receptors that may be differentially localized. Most importantly, moxonidine can stimulate ANP release from the heart without contribution of the central nervous system.

  8. Effects of morphine and endomorphins on the polysynaptic reflex in the isolated rat spinal cord.

    Tao, Pao-Luh; Lai, Yong-Shang; Chow, Lok-Hi; Huang, Eagle Yi-Kung


    At the spinal level, mu-opioids exert their actions on nociceptive primary afferent neurons both pre- and postsynaptically. In the present study, we used an in vitro isolated neonatal rat (11-15 days old) spinal cord preparation to examine the effects of morphine and the endogenous mu-opioid ligands endomorphin-1 (EM-1) and endomorphin-2 (EM-2) on the polysynaptic reflex (PSR) of dorsal root-ventral root (DR-VR) reflex. The actions of mu-opioids on spinal nociception were investigated by quantification of the firing frequency and the mean amplitude of the PSR evoked by stimuli with 20 x threshold intensity. EM-1 decreased the mean amplitude of PSR, whereas EM-2 and morphine decreased the firing frequency. The pattern of the effects elicited by morphine was the same as that for EM-2, except at high concentration. Naloxonazine, a selective mu(1) opioid receptor antagonist, had no significant effect on PSR by itself, but blocked the inhibition of PSR firing frequency or amplitude induced by EM-1, -2 and morphine. This may suggest that EM-1, EM-2 and morphine modulate spinal nociception differently and act mainly at the mu(1)-opioid receptors. Although they all act via mu(1)-opioid receptors, their different effects on the PSR may suggest the existence of different subtypes of the mu(1)-opioid receptor. The present data is also consistent with a further hypothesis, namely, that morphine and EM-2 activate a subtype of mu(1)-opioid receptor presynaptically, while EM-1 acts mainly through another subtype postsynaptically. However, since other reports indicate that EM-2, but not EM-1, could stimulate the release of enkephalins or dynorphin, presynaptic delta and kappa receptors may be also involved indirectly in the different regulation by mu-opioids at the spinal level.

  9. Relationship between metabolism and cytotoxicity of ortho-phenylphenol in isolated rat hepatocytes.

    Nakagawa, Y; Tayama, S; Moore, G A; Moldéus, P


    The relationship between the metabolism and the cytotoxicity of ortho-phenylphenol (OPP) was investigated using isolated rat hepatocytes. Addition of OPP (0.5-1.0 mM) to the hepatocytes caused a dose-dependent toxicity; 1.0 mM OPP caused acute cell death. Pretreatment of hepatocytes with SKF-525A (50 microM, a non-toxic level) enhanced the cytotoxicity of OPP (0.5-1.0 mM). This was accompanied by inhibition of OPP metabolism. Conversely, OPP at low concentrations (0.5 or 0.75 mM) was converted sequentially to phenyl-hydroquinol (PHQ) and then to glutathione (GSH) conjugate in the cells. The concentrations of both metabolites, especially PHQ-GSH conjugate, were very low in hepatocytes exposed to 1.0 mM OPP alone as well as with SKF-525A. The cytotoxicity induced by 0.5 mM OPP was enhanced by the addition of diethylmaleate (1.25 mM) which continuously depletes cellular GSH. In contrast, additions to hepatocytes of 5 mM of dithiothreitol, cysteine, N-acetyl-L-cysteine or ascorbic acid significantly inhibited the cytotoxicity induced by 0.5 mM PHQ; GSH, protein thiols and ATP losses were also prevented. Further, these compounds depressed the rate of PHQ loss in hepatocyte suspensions. These results indicate that the acute cytotoxicity caused by the high dose (1.0 mM) of OPP is associated with direct action by the parent compound; at low doses (0.5-0.75 mM) of OPP, the prolonged depletion of GSH in hepatocytes enhances the cytotoxicity induced by PHQ.

  10. Activation of glycogen phosphorylase in rat pheochromocytoma PC12 cells and isolated hepatocytes by organophosphates.

    Kauffman, F C; Davis, L H; Whittaker, M


    Several organophosphates including diisopropylfluorophosphonate (DPF) and a variety of compounds used as chemical warfare agents produced dose- and time-dependent increases in phosphorylase-a, the phosphorylated form of glycogen phosphorylase in rat pheochromocytoma cells, PC12, and isolated hepatocytes. Increases in phosphorylase-a did not occur in cells exposed to the carbamates, physostigmine or pyridostigmine, or to O-ethyl S-2-diisopropylaminoethylmethyl-phosphonathiolate (VX), an organophosphate which is protonated at physiological pH. When extracellular pH was increased to pH 8, VX acted like the other organophosphates and increased phosphorylase-a activity. The possibility that organophosphates increase phosphorylase-a in intact cells by releasing Ca2+ from intracellular binding sites is supported by the following findings: organophosphate-induced increases in phosphorylase-a did not correlate with changes in cyclic AMP in the two cell types studied; in PC12 cells, increases in this activity occurred in the absence of extracellular calcium and were not inhibited by the calcium channel blocker, verapamil; fluorescence of the calcium sensitive dye, Quin-2, in PC12 cells preloaded with the acetoxymethyl ester of the dye was increased by soman; finally, addition of the calcium ionophore, A23187, to PC12 cells maintained in calcium-free medium caused sarin-stimulated phosphorylase-a activity to return rapidly to basal levels. Collectively, these data argue strongly that organophosphates increase phosphorylase-a activity in intact cells via a novel mechanism involving release of calcium from intracellular binding sites.

  11. Effect of growth hormone on protein phosphorylation in isolated rat hepatocytes

    Yamada, K.; Lipson, K.E.; Marino, M.W.; Donner, D.B.


    Hepatocytes from male rats were incubated with (/sup 32/P)P/sub i/ for 40 min at 37/sup 0/C, thereby equilibrating the cellular ATP pool with /sup 32/P. Subsequent exposure to bovine growth hormone for 10 additional min did not change the specific activity of cellular (..gamma..-/sup 32/P)ATP. Two-dimensional gel electrophoresis or chromatofocusing followed by sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis was used to fractionate phosphoproteins solubilized from control or hormone-stimulated cells. Stimulation of hepatocytes with 5 nM growth hormone for 10 min at 37/sup 0/C affected the phosphorylation of a number of proteins including an M/sub r/ 46,000 species of pI 4.7 whose phosphorylation was augmented (2.65 +/- 0.50)-fold. A significant fraction of the maximal effect of growth hormone on phosphorylation of the M/sub r/ 46,000 species was elicited by 1-5% receptor occupancy. Bovine growth hormone, which binds to somatogenic receptors with great specificity, or recombinant human growth hormone, which is not contaminated with other hormones, affected phosphorylation of hepatic proteins similarly. The M/sub r/ 46,000 phosphoprotein was isolated in a fraction enriched in cytosol after centrifugation of cellular homogenates. Phosphorylation of the M/sub r/ 46,000 phosphoprotein was also increased (1.75 +/- 0.35)-fold and (2.15 +/- 0.50)-fold by insulin and glucagon, respectively. These observations are consistent with the possibility that selective changes in the phosphorylation state of cellular proteins may mediate growth hormone actions in cells.

  12. Assessment of Cardiovascular Apoptosis in the Isolated Rat Heart by Magnetic Resonance Molecular Imaging

    Karl-Heinz Hiller


    Full Text Available Apoptosis, an active process of cell self-destruction, is associated with myocardial ischemia. The redistribution of phosphatidylserine (PS from the inner to the outer leaflet of the cell membrane is an early event in apoptosis. Annexin V, a protein with high specificity and tight binding to PS, was used to identify and localize apoptosis in the ischemic heart. Fluorescein-labeled annexin V has been used routinely for the assessment of apoptosis in vitro. For the detection of apoptosis in vivo, positron emission tomography and single-photon emission computed tomography have been shown to be suitable tools. In view of the relatively low spatial resolution of nuclear imaging techniques, we developed a high-resolution contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI method that allows rapid and noninvasive monitoring of apoptosis in intact organs. Instead of employing superparamagnetic iron oxide particles linked to annexin V, a new T1 contrast agent was used. To this effect, annexin V was linked to gadolinium diethylenetriamine pentaacetate (Gd-DTPA-coated liposomes. The left coronary artery of perfused isolated rat hearts was ligated for 30 min followed by reperfusion. T1 and T2* images were acquired by using an 11.7-T magnet before and after intracoronary injection of Gd-DTP-labeled annexin V to visualize apoptotic cells. A significant increase in signal intensity was visible in those regions containing cardiomyocytes in the early stage of apoptosis. Because labeling of early apoptotic cell death in intact organs by histological and immunohistochemical methods remains challenging, the use of Gd-DTPA-labeled annexin V in MRI is clearly an improvement in rapid targeting of apoptotic cells in the ischemic and reperfused myocardium.

  13. AICAR stimulation metabolome widely mimics electrical contraction in isolated rat epitrochlearis muscle.

    Miyamoto, Licht; Egawa, Tatsuro; Oshima, Rieko; Kurogi, Eriko; Tomida, Yosuke; Tsuchiya, Koichiro; Hayashi, Tatsuya


    Physical exercise has potent therapeutic and preventive effects against metabolic disorders. A number of studies have suggested that 5'-AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) plays a pivotal role in regulating carbohydrate and lipid metabolism in contracting skeletal muscles, while several genetically manipulated animal models revealed the significance of AMPK-independent pathways. To elucidate significance of AMPK and AMPK-independent signals in contracting skeletal muscles, we conducted a metabolomic analysis that compared the metabolic effects of 5-aminoimidazole-4-carboxamide-1-β-D-ribonucleoside (AICAR) stimulation with the electrical contraction ex vivo in isolated rat epitrochlearis muscles, in which both α1- and α2-isoforms of AMPK and glucose uptake were equally activated. The metabolomic analysis using capillary electrophoresis time-of-flight mass spectrometry detected 184 peaks and successfully annotated 132 small molecules. AICAR stimulation exhibited high similarity to the electrical contraction in overall metabolites. Principal component analysis (PCA) demonstrated that the major principal component characterized common effects whereas the minor principal component distinguished the difference. PCA and a factor analysis suggested a substantial change in redox status as a result of AMPK activation. We also found a decrease in reduced glutathione levels in both AICAR-stimulated and contracting muscles. The muscle contraction-evoked influences related to the metabolism of amino acids, in particular, aspartate, alanine, or lysine, are supposed to be independent of AMPK activation. Our results substantiate the significance of AMPK activation in contracting skeletal muscles and provide novel evidence that AICAR stimulation closely mimics the metabolomic changes in the contracting skeletal muscles.

  14. Binding of 125I-insulin to the isolated glomeruli of rat kidney.

    Kurokawa, K; Silverblatt, F J; Klein, K L; Wang, M S; Lerner, R L


    To investigate a possible action of insulin on the glomerulus, the binding 125I-insulin to the isolated glomeruli prepared from rat kidney was examined. When incubated at 22 degrees C, 125I-insulin binding proceeded with time and reached a steady state at 45 min at which time nonspecific binding was less than 25% of total binding. A small fraction of 125I-insulin was degraded during incubation. This binding was specific to insulin in that it was inhibited by unlabeled porcine and beef insulins and to a lesser extent by porcine proinsulin and desalanine-desasparagine insulin, but not by glucagon, parathyroid hormone, vasopressin, calcitonin, and angiotensin II. Increasing concentrations of nonlabeled insulin displaced 125I-insulin binding in a dose-dependent fashion. Scatchard plot of the data was curvilinear consistent with either two classes of receptors with different affinities or a single class of receptors that demonstrate negative cooperativity. The addition of excess nonlabeled insulin to the glomeruli preincubated with 125I-insulin resulted in a rapid dissociation of approximately or equal to 70% of bound 125I-insulin. Insulin decreased the increments in glomerular cyclic AMP levels by epinephrine and by prostaglandin E2, but not those by histamine. These data showed the presence of specific insulin receptors in the glomeruli, and that insulin action may be, at least in part, through modulation of glomerular cyclic AMP concentrations. Such action of insulin may underlie the alteration in glomerular ultrafiltration and the glomerular ultrafiltration and the development of glomerular lesions in diabetes mellitus, a disease in which insulin deficiency or the tissue resistance to insulin exists.


    M. Kadkhodaee


    Full Text Available Oxygen-derived free radical* (OFR involvement in ischacmia-rcpcrfusion (IR injury was investigated in a rat isolated kidney model, using 20 minutes iscliaemia followed by 15 or 60 minutes reperfusion. Two antioxidants, the xanthine oxidase inhibitor allopurinol and the hydroxyl radical scavenger dimcthylthiourca (DMTU, were uscit to try and prevent OFR-relatcd damage. Renal function was estimated from the inulin clearance, fractional soiiium excretion and renal vascular resistance, location and extent of tubular damage, and type of cell death (apoptosis vs necrosis were used as morphological parameters of IR-iiuluced change. Cell damage was most extensive in the nephron segments of the outer zone of the outer medulla (straight proximal tubule and thick ascending limb (TAL. I're-treatment with allopttrinol or DMTU did not Improve renal function. Less structural damage was observed in the TAL of allopuriol - or DMTU - treated kidneys compared with IR alone. In allopurinol - treated kidneys, luminal debris was less extensive than that seen in IR kidneys. Most cell death was necrotic in type and morphological features of apoptosis were seen infrequently. Tlic beneficial effects of allopurinol and DMTU on structural change did not correlate with functional improvement during the reperfusion period, litis may require longer repcrfusion or multiple treatments. Tlie results suggest that OFR ■ injury is of limited significance in this model of renal IR injury. Targeting OFR injury may only be useful after very brief periods of iscliaemia where necrosis is minimal ami the potential for recover}- is greater, Tiie results confirm the different susccptibilitcs of individual nephron segments to injury within the intact kidney. Understanding the molecular response to injury in each segment should facilitate development of methods to accelerate repair after [R injury.

  16. Mechanism of action of magnesium on acetylcholine-evoked secretory responses in isolated rat pancreas.

    Francis, L P; Lennard, R; Singh, J


    This study investigates the effects of magnesium (Mg2+) on acetylcholine (ACh)-evoked secretory responses and calcium (Ca2+) mobilization in the isolated rat pancreas. ACh induced marked dose-dependent increases in total protein output and amylase release from superfused pancreatic segments in zero, normal (1 x 1 mM) and elevated (10 mM) extracellular Mg2+. Elevated Mg2+ attenuated the ACh-evoked secretory responses compared to zero and normal Mg2+. In the absence of extracellular Ca2+, but presence of 1 mM-EGTA (ethylene glycol bis(beta-aminoethylether)-N,N,N',N''-tetraacetic acid), ACh elicited a small transient release of protein from pancreatic segments compared to a larger and more sustained secretion in the absence of both Ca2+ and Mg2+. Incubation of pancreatic segments with 45Ca2+ resulted in time-dependent uptake with maximum influx of 45Ca2+ occurring after 20 min of incubation period. ACh stimulated markedly the 45Ca2+ uptake compared to control tissues. In elevated extracellular Mg2+ the ACh-induced 45Ca2+ influx was significantly (P less than 0.001) reduced compared to zero and normal Mg2+. ACh also evoked dose-dependent increases in cytosolic free Ca2+ concentrations ([Ca2+]i) in pancreatic acinar cells loaded with the fluorescent dye Fura-2 AM. In elevated Mg2+ the ACh-induced cytosolic [Ca2+]i was significantly (P less than 0.001) reduced compared to zero and normal Mg2+. These results indicate that Mg2+ can influence ACh-evoked secretory responses possibly by controlling both Ca2+ influx and release in pancreatic acinar cells.

  17. Action of Al-ATP on the isolated working rat heart.

    Korchazhkina, O; Wright, G; Exley, C


    ATP is an important extracellular messenger in the coronary vasculature of the heart. To be effective its extracellular concentration must be tightly controlled and this is achieved via ectonucleotidases located in the luminal surface of the coronary endothelium. Al-ATP is a potent inhibitor of the hydrolysis of ATP and we speculated that Al-ATP released by cells into the blood would disrupt the signalling function of extracellular ATP. We tested this hypothesis by perfusing isolated working Wistar rat hearts with buffers containing either ATP or Al-ATP. The functional parameters measured were, coronary flow, heart rate and pulsatile power. A number of control perfusions including adenosine, ATP-gamma-S and Al were used to identify those effects which might be specific to ATP and Al-ATP. Al-ATP did not appear to inhibit the function of the endothelial ectonucleotidases. Both ATP and Al-ATP produced a significant increase in coronary flow and this could be attributed to a coronary vasodilation. Interestingly, whilst the effect of ATP was reversible that of Al-ATP was not. ATP caused a reduction in heart rate which was potentiated by aluminium. The negatively chronotropic effect of Al-ATP was mediated via a mechanism which was either distinct from or in addition to the similar response known to be caused by adenosine. We have demonstrated for the first time an influence of Al-ATP on heart function. Perhaps more pertinently we present the first evidence that Al-ATP may influence the function of ATP-specific receptors.

  18. Mepivacaine-induced contraction is attenuated by endothelial nitric oxide release in isolated rat aorta.

    Sung, Hui-Jin; Choi, Mun-Jeoung; Ok, Seong-Ho; Lee, Soo Hee; Hwang, Il Jeong; Kim, Hee Sook; Chang, Ki Churl; Shin, Il-Woo; Lee, Heon-Keun; Park, Kyeong-Eon; Chung, Young-Kyun; Sohn, Ju-Tae


    Mepivacaine is an aminoamide-linked local anesthetic with an intermediate duration that intrinsically produces vasoconstriction both in vivo and in vitro. The aims of this in-vitro study were to examine the direct effect of mepivacaine in isolated rat aortic rings and to determine the associated cellular mechanism with a particular focus on endothelium-derived vasodilators, which modulate vascular tone. In the aortic rings with or without endothelium, cumulative mepivacaine concentration-response curves were generated in the presence or absence of the following antagonists: N(ω)-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester [L-NAME], indomethacin, fluconazole, methylene blue, 1H-[1,2,4]oxadiazolo[4,3-a]quinoxalin-1-one [ODQ], verapamil, and calcium-free Krebs solution. Mepivacaine produced vasoconstriction at low concentrations (1 × 10(-3) and 3 × 10(-3) mol/L) followed by vasodilation at a high concentration (1 × 10(-2) mol/L). The mepivacaine-induced contraction was higher in endothelium-denuded aortae than in endothelium-intact aortae. Pretreatment with L-NAME, ODQ, and methylene blue enhanced mepivacaine-induced contraction in the endothelium-intact rings, whereas fluconazole had no effect. Indomethacin slightly attenuated mepivacaine-induced contraction, whereas verapamil and calcium-free Krebs solution more strongly attenuated this contraction. The vasoconstriction induced by mepivacaine is attenuated mainly by the endothelial nitric oxide - cyclic guanosine monophosphate pathway. In addition, mepivacaine-induced contraction involves cyclooxygenase pathway activation and extracellular calcium influx via voltage-operated calcium channels.

  19. Effects of Chinese herbs on salivary fluid secretion by isolated and perfused rat submandibular glands

    Masataka Murakami; Mu-Xin Wei; Wei Ding; Qian-De Zhang


    AIM: To determine whether Chinese herbs (CHs) relieve xerostomia (dry mouth) by increasing salivary secretion.METHODS: The submandibular glands of Wistar rats were surgically isolated and perfused arterially with buffered salt solution. After control perfusion,recording started 5 min prior to the start of stimulation.After fluid secretion was induced by 0.2 mmol/L carbamylcholine (CCh) in the perfusate for 10 min,Chinese herb (CH) was added in the perfusion for 5 min. CCh was then overloaded at 0.2 mmol/L in the perfusion for 20 min. The volume of salivary fluid secretion was recorded by a computer-controlled balance system.RESULTS: Saliva secretion formed an initial ephemeral peak at 30 s followed by a gradual increase to a sustained level. CH alone induced no or little saliva in all types of CH selected. During perfusion with CH ,overloading of CCh promoted fluid secretion in 15 of 20 CHs. This promotion was classified into four patterns,which were eventually related to the categories of CH: Overall sustained phase was continuously raised ( Yin-nourishing, fluid production-promoting and heatclearing agents); The sustained secretion rose to reach a maximum then decreased ( Qi-enhancing agent); Sustained secretion rose to reach the highest maximum and was then sustained with a slight decline (swelling-reducing, phlegm-resolving and pus-expelling agents); Stimulation of salivary secretion without any added stimulants. Addition of CCh raised the fluid secretion to reach the highest maximum then sharply decreased to a lower sustained level (blood activating agent).CONCLUSION: The present findings lead to the conclusion that various CHs have different promotional effects directly on the salivary gland.

  20. A method for the isolation and culture of adult rat retinal pigment epithelial (RPE cells to study retinal diseases

    Janosch Peter Heller


    Full Text Available Diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD affect the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE and lead to the death of the epithelial cells and ultimately blindness. RPE transplantation is currently a major focus of eye research and clinical trials using human stem cell-derived RPE cells are ongoing. However, it remains to be established to which extent the source of RPE cells for transplantation affects their therapeutic efficacy and this needs to be explored in animal models. Autotransplantation of RPE cells has attractions as a therapy, but existing protocols to isolate adult RPE cells from rodents are technically difficult, time-consuming, have a low yield and are not optimized for long-term cell culturing. Here, we report a newly devised protocol which facilitates reliable and simple isolation and culture of RPE cells from adult rats. Incubation of a whole rat eyeball in 20 U/ml papain solution for 50 minutes yielded 4 x 104 viable RPE cells. These cells were hexagonal and pigmented upon culture. Using immunostaining, we demonstrated that the cells expressed RPE cell-specific marker proteins including cytokeratin 18 and RPE65, similar to RPE cells in vivo. Additionally, the cells were able to produce and secrete Bruch’s membrane matrix components similar to in vivo situation. Similarly, the cultured RPE cells adhered to isolated Bruch’s membrane as has previously been reported. Therefore, the protocol described in this article provides an efficient method for the rapid and easy isolation of high quantities of adult rat RPE cells. This provides a reliable platform for studying the therapeutic targets, testing the effects of drugs in a preclinical setup and to perform in vitro and in vivo transplantation experiments to study retinal diseases.

  1. Eps15 Homology Domain-containing Protein 3 Regulates Cardiac T-type Ca2+ Channel Targeting and Function in the Atria*

    Curran, Jerry; Musa, Hassan; Kline, Crystal F.; Makara, Michael A.; Little, Sean C.; Higgins, John D.; Hund, Thomas J.; Band, Hamid; Mohler, Peter J.


    Proper trafficking of membrane-bound ion channels and transporters is requisite for normal cardiac function. Endosome-based protein trafficking of membrane-bound ion channels and transporters in the heart is poorly understood, particularly in vivo. In fact, for select cardiac cell types such as atrial myocytes, virtually nothing is known regarding endosomal transport. We previously linked the C-terminal Eps15 homology domain-containing protein 3 (EHD3) with endosome-based protein trafficking in ventricular cardiomyocytes. Here we sought to define the roles and membrane protein targets for EHD3 in atria. We identify the voltage-gated T-type Ca2+ channels (CaV3.1, CaV3.2) as substrates for EHD3-dependent trafficking in atria. Mice selectively lacking EHD3 in heart display reduced expression and targeting of both Cav3.1 and CaV3.2 in the atria. Furthermore, functional experiments identify a significant loss of T-type-mediated Ca2+ current in EHD3-deficient atrial myocytes. Moreover, EHD3 associates with both CaV3.1 and CaV3.2 in co-immunoprecipitation experiments. T-type Ca2+ channel function is critical for proper electrical conduction through the atria. Consistent with these roles, EHD3-deficient mice demonstrate heart rate variability, sinus pause, and atrioventricular conduction block. In summary, our findings identify CaV3.1 and CaV3.2 as substrates for EHD3-dependent protein trafficking in heart, provide in vivo data on endosome-based trafficking pathways in atria, and implicate EHD3 as a key player in the regulation of atrial myocyte excitability and cardiac conduction. PMID:25825486

  2. The evolution of isolated bilateral lung contusion from blunt chest trauma in rats: cellular and cytokine responses.

    Raghavendran, Krishnan; Davidson, Bruce A; Woytash, James A; Helinski, Jadwiga D; Marschke, Cristi J; Manderscheid, Patricia A; Notter, Robert H; Knight, Paul R


    Lung contusion is the leading cause of death from blunt thoracic trauma in adults, but its mechanistic pathophysiology remains unclear. This study uses a recently developed rat model to investigate the evolution of inflammation and injury in isolated lung contusion. Bilateral lung contusion with minimal cardiac trauma was induced in 54 anesthetized rats by dropping a 0.3-kg hollow cylindrical weight onto a precordial shield (impact energy, 2.45 Joules). Arterial oxygenation, pressure-volume (P-V) mechanics, histology, and levels of erythrocytes, leukocytes, albumin, and inflammatory mediators in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) were assessed at 8 min, at 4, 12, 24, and 48 h, and at 7 days after injury. The role of neutrophils in the evolution of inflammatory injury was also specifically studied by depleting these cells with intravenous vinblastine before lung contusion. Arterial oxygenation was severely reduced at 8 min to 24 h postcontusion, but became almost normal by 48 h. Levels of erythrocytes, leukocytes, and albumin in BAL were increased at lung injury based on total lung volume at 4 h and on BAL albumin levels at 24 h postcontusion. Inflammatory injury from isolated bilateral lung contusion in rats is most severe in the acute period (8 min-24 h) after initial blunt trauma, and includes a component of neutrophil-dependent pathology.

  3. Relaxant effects of the essential oil of Mentha pulegium L. in rat isolated trachea and urinary bladder.

    Soares, Pedro Marcos Gomes; de Freitas Pires, Alana; de Souza, Emmanuel Prata; Assreuy, Ana Maria Sampaio; Criddle, David Neil


    We evaluated the relaxant activity of the essential oil of Mentha pulegium L. (EOMP) and pulegone in rat isolated tracheal and bladder smooth muscles. ISOMETRIC contractions of isolated tracheal and bladder strips from male Wistar rats were induced by KCl (K60; 60 mm) or acetylcholine (ACh; 10 µm). EOMP and its majory compound pulegone were incubated, after contracting agent, with the tissues in cumulating concentrations. EOMP (3-300 µg/ml) inhibited the contractions induced by ACh and K60 in both tissues, but was more effective against the contractions induced by K60 in trachea (IC50 = 40.47 ± 3.27 µg/ml) compared with ACh. Its relaxant action rules out ganglia and NO participation. Pulegone (10(-7) to 10(-3 ) m) inhibited the contractions induced by ACh and K60 in both tissues. EOMP concentration-dependently inhibited the contractions evoked by addition of CaCl(2) in depolarised trachea, suggesting inhibition of extracellular calcium entry. These findings suggests that EOMP induced relaxant responses in pre-contracted smooth muscles of rat trachea and bladder, which are likely to be mediated via inhibition of calcium entry, mainly by its major compound, pulegone. These effects are coherent with the popular use of EOMP as an antispasmodic agent. © 2012 The Authors. JPP © 2012 Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

  4. Effect of Propafenone on the Contractile Activity of Latissimus Dorsi Muscle Isolated in an Organ Chamber: Experimental Study in Rats

    Ricardo Simões


    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To study the effect of propafenone on the contractile function of latissimus dorsi muscle isolated from rats in an organ chamber. METHODS: We studied 20 latissimus dorsi muscles of Wistar rats and divided them into 2 groups: group I (n=10, or control group - we studied the feasibility of muscle contractility; group II (n=10, in which the contralateral muscles were grouped - we analyzed the effect of propafenone on muscle contractility. After building a muscle ring, 8 periods of sequential 2-minute baths were performed, with intervals of preprogrammed electrical stimulation using a pacemaker of 50 stimuli/min. In group II, propafenone, at the concentration of 9.8 µg/mL, was added to the bath in period 2 and withdrawn in period 4. RESULTS: In group I, no significant depression in muscle contraction occurred up to period 5 (p>0.05. In group II, a significant depression occurred in all periods, except between the last 2 periods (p0.05. CONCLUSION: Propafenone had a depressing effect on the contractile function of latissimus dorsi muscle isolated from rats and studied in an organ chamber.

  5. Islet Stellate Cells Isolated from Fibrotic Islet of Goto-Kakizaki Rats Affect Biological Behavior of Beta-Cell

    Feng-Fei Li


    Full Text Available We previously isolated islet stellate cells (ISCs from healthy Wistar rat islets. In the present study, we isolated “already primed by diabetic environment” ISCs from islets of Goto-Kakizaki rats, determined the gene profile of these cells, and assessed the effects of these ISCs on beta-cell function and survival. We detected gene expression of ISCs by digital gene expression. INS-1 cell proliferation, apoptosis, and insulin production were measured after being treated with ISCs supernatant (SN. We observed the similar expression pattern of ISCs and PSCs, but 1067 differentially expressed genes. Insulin production in INS-1 cells cultured with ISC-SN was significantly reduced. The 5-ethynyl-2′-deoxyuridine-positive INS-1 cells treated with ISC-SN were decreased. Propidium iodide- (PI- positive INS-1 cells were 2.6-fold higher than those in control groups. Caspase-3 activity was increased. In conclusion, ISCs presented in fibrotic islet of GK rats might be special PSCs, which impaired beta-cell function and proliferation and increased beta-cell apoptosis.

  6. Mechanical characteristics of rat vibrissae: resonant frequencies and damping in isolated whiskers and in the awake behaving animal

    Hartmann, Mitra J.; Johnson, Nicholas J.; Towal, R. Blythe; Assad, Christopher


    We investigated the natural resonance properties and damping characteristics of rat macrovibrissae (whiskers). Isolated whiskers rigidly fixed at the base showed first-mode resonance peaks between 27 and 260 Hz, principally depending on whisker length. These experimentally measured resonant frequencies were matched using a theoretical model of the whisker as a conical cantilever beam, with Young's modulus as the only free parameter. The best estimate for Young's modulus was approximately 3-4 GPa. Results of both vibration and impulse experiments showed that the whiskers are strongly damped, with damping ratios between 0.11 and 0.17. In the behaving animal, whiskers that deflected past an object were observed to resonate but were damped significantly more than isolated whiskers. The time course of damping varied depending on the individual whisker and the phase of the whisking cycle, which suggests that the rat may modulate biomechanical parameters that affect damping. No resonances were observed for whiskers that did not contact the object or during free whisking in air. Finally, whiskers on the same side of the face were sometimes observed to move in opposite directions over the full duration of a whisk. We discuss the potential roles of resonance during natural exploratory behavior and specifically suggest that resonant oscillations may be important in the rat's tactile detection of object boundaries.

  7. Subregional Expression of Hippocampal Glutamatergic and GABAergic Genes in F344 Rats with Social Isolation after Weaning.

    Iwata, Hisaya; Yamamuro, Yutaka


    Many studies have shown that postweaning social isolation (pwSI) alters various behavioral phenotypes, including hippocampusdependent tasks. Here, we report the comprehensive analysis of the expression of glutamatergic and GABAergic neurotransmissionrelated genes in the distinct hippocampal subregions of pwSI rats. Male F344 rats (age, 4 wk) experienced either pwSI or group housing (controls). At 7 wk of age, the hippocampus of each rat was removed and laser-microdissected into the CA1 and CA3 layers of pyramidal cells and the granule cell layer of the dentate gyrus. Subsequently, the expression of glutamatergic- and GABAergic- related genes was analyzed by quantitative RT-PCR. In the CA1 and CA3 pyramidal cell layers, 18 of 24 glutamate receptor subunit genes were at least 1.5-fold increased in expression after pwSI. In particular, the expression of several N-methyl-D-aspartate and kainate receptors (for example, Grin2a in CA1, Grik4 in CA3) was significantly increased after pwSI. In contrast, pwSI tended to decrease the expression of GABAA receptor subunit genes, and Gabra1, Gabra2, Gabra4, Gabra5, Gabrb2, Gabrg1, and Gabrg2 were all significantly decreased in expression compared with the levels in the group-housed rats. These results indicate a subregion- specific increase of glutamate receptors and reduction of GABAA receptors, suggesting that the hippocampal circuits of pwSI rats may be in more excitable states than those of group-housed rats.

  8. Pycnogenol® and its fractions influence the function of isolated heart in rats with experimental diabetes mellitus.

    Kralova, Eva; Jankyova, Stanislava; Mucaji, Pavel; Gresakova, Eva; Stankovicova, Tatiana


    The aim of this study was to test the effect of Pycnogenol(®) (PYC) mixture and its three fractions (buthanolic, water, ethyl acetate) on heart function in rats with experimental diabetes mellitus (DM) and compare their effects to the diabetic group. Their antioxidant activity "in vitro" was also determined. DM rats (streptozotocin over 3 consecutive days at a dose of 25 mg/kg of body weight) had increased systolic blood pressure, thicker left ventriculi wall (LV) and weaker myocardial contraction, prolonged QT interval in comparison to controls rats. In comparison to the diabetic group, PYC (20 mg/kg b.w./day) suppressed the influence of DM on the LV, improved contraction, increased coronary flow and displayed negative effect on electrical activity of hearts. The most effective of PYC's fractions was the water fraction. It improved biometric parameters and hemodynamic function of the DM hearts, enhanced shortening the QT interval, reduced the amount of dysrhythmias of the DM hearts and had the strongest antioxidant activity. In conclusion, DM damaged isolated rat heart function. Only the water fraction improved the function of the diabetic heart. The different results of three fractions and PYC on myocardial function may be caused by a various lipo- and hydro-philic action of the PYC components.

  9. The Effect of Prolonged Exposure to Low Frequency Electromagnetic Fields on α1 Adrenergic System of Isolated Colon in Rats

    A Bahaodini


    Full Text Available Introduction: Prolonged exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF influences digestive system specially its motility. The present study was performed in order to study the effects of exposure to low frequency EMF on the adrenergic system of large intestine. Methods: In this experimental study, thirty adult male rats were divided into three groups: First group (experimental included 10 male rats that were exposed to 1000µT and 50Hz for 140 days in the on solenoid. Second group (shahed included 10 rats that were kept at same condition as the first group except that the solenoid was off. Third group (control included 10 rats that were kept in a normal condition. Mechanical activity of the isolated strips of colon that were inserted to organ bath contained Kerebs solution(CaCl2 2/5, KCL 4/7, KH2Po41/2, MgSo4 1/2, NaHCO3 25, NaCl 118, glucose11, PH=7.4 (37°C and they were linked to power lab force transducer to record cumulative doses of Phenylephrin. The data was analyzed using t- test at p<0.05 as a significant level. Results: The results showed no significant difference regarding long- term exposure to low frequency Electromagnetic field on adrenergic receptor α 1 adrenergic receptor sensitivities.

  10. Developmental vitamin D (DVD) deficiency alters pup-retrieval but not isolation-induced pup ultrasonic vocalizations in the rat.

    Burne, Thomas H J; O'Loan, Jonathan; Splatt, Karisha; Alexander, Suzanne; McGrath, John J; Eyles, Darryl W


    Evidence from animal experiments now demonstrates that prenatal vitamin D levels influence brain development. The aims of this study were to examine isolation-induced pup ultrasonic vocalizations and maternal-infant interactions using a pup-retrieval test in developmental vitamin D (DVD) deficient and control rats. Sprague-Dawley rats were fed a vitamin D deficient diet or control diet six weeks prior to mating until birth and housed under UVB-free lighting conditions. In two separate experiments we recorded ultrasonic vocalizations at 46KHz in isolated pups and we performed a pup-retrieval test on the day of birth. There was no significant effect of maternal diet on the calling rate of isolation-induced ultrasonic vocalizations by pups. We found that DVD-deficient dams retrieved their pups sooner than control dams and engaged in more pup directed activities (sniffing and carrying pups) and had a longer latency for self-grooming and rearing than control dams. We also assessed vitamin D related measures from a terminal blood sample immediately after the pup-retrieval test and found that DVD-deficient dams and pups had significantly lower levels of 25 OH D₃, 1,25 (OH)₂D₃ and phosphate, elevated levels of parathyroid hormone (PTH) but there was no significant effect of maternal diet on calcium levels. We speculate that the altered maternal-pup interactions identified in the DVD model may impact on early periods of brain development and behaviour.

  11. Gender-Dependent Effects of Enriched Environment and Social Isolation in Ischemic Retinal Lesion in Adult Rats

    Kiss, Peter; Szabadfi, Krisztina; Horvath, Gabor; Tamas, Andrea; Farkas, Jozsef; Gabriel, Robert; Reglodi, Dora


    Exposure to an enriched environment has been shown to have many positive effects on brain structure and function. Numerous studies have proven that enriched environment can reduce the lesion induced by toxic and traumatic injuries. Impoverished environment, on the other hand, can have deleterious effects on the outcome of neuronal injuries. We have previously shown that enriched conditions have protective effects in retinal injury in newborn rats. It is well-known that the efficacy of neuroprotective strategies can depend on age and gender. The aim of the present study, therefore, was to examine the effects of environmental enrichment and social isolation in retinal ischemia. We used bilateral common carotid artery occlusion to induce retinal hypoperfusion in adult Wistar rats of both genders. Groups were housed in standard, enriched or impoverished conditions. Impoverished environment was induced by social isolation. Retinas were processed for histological analysis after two weeks of survival. In the present study, we show that (1) enriched environment has protective effects in adult ischemic retinal lesion, while (2) impoverished environment further increases the degree of ischemic injury, and (3) that these environmental effects are gender-dependent: females are less responsive to the positive effects of environmental enrichment and more vulnerable to retinal ischemia in social isolation. In summary, our present study shows that the effects of both positive and negative environmental stimuli are gender-dependent in ischemic retinal lesions. PMID:23921682

  12. Efficacy evaluation of the protein isolated from Peganum harmala seeds as an antioxidant in liver of rats

    Amel M Soliman; Helal S Abu-El-Zahab; Gamiaa A Alswiai


    Objective: To evaluate the curative effect of the 132 KD protein isolated from the seeds ofPeganum harmala (P. harmala) L. against carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) induced oxidative stress in rats. Methods: Animals were post treated intraperitoneally with 132 KD isolated protein at doses of 4 and 8 mg/kg body weight and bovine serum albumin (BSA) (8 mg/kg body weight) as well as vitamin C (250 mg/kg body weight p.o.) for 7 d after they challenged with CCl4 orally (1 mL/kg body weight) in olive oil (50%) for 2 d. Results: The purified protein from seeds of P. harmala plant showed in vitro antioxidant activity with DPPH assay. Administration of CCl4 induced induction in serum aminotransferases (AST, ALT), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), lipid profile parameters and liver malondialdehyde (MDA) and decrease in serum total protein, liver superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), and reduced glutathione (GSH) levels. 132 KD protein treatment of rats post CCl4 intoxication successfully alleviated the toxic effects of CCl4. Conclusions: The isolated protein possessed strong antioxidant activity comparable to that of BSA (negative control) and vitamin C (positive control).

  13. Failure of isolated rat tibial periosteal cells to 5 alpha reduce testosterone to 5 alpha-dihydrotestosterone

    Turner, R.T.; Bleiberg, B.; Colvard, D.S.; Keeting, P.E.; Evans, G.; Spelsberg, T.C. (Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN (USA))


    Periosteal cells were isolated from tibiae of adult male rats after collagenase treatment. Northern blot analysis of total cytoplasmic RNA extracted from the isolated periosteal cells was positive for expression of genes encoding the osteoblast marker proteins osteocalcin (BGP) and pre-pro-alpha 2(I) chain of type 1 precollagen. The isolated periosteal cells were incubated with 1 nM (3H)testosterone (({sup 3}H)T) for up to 240 minutes and the reaction products separated by high-performance liquid chromatography. ({sup 3}H)5 alpha-dihydrotestosterone (({sup 3}H)DHT) was not detected in extracts of periosteal cell incubations. In contrast, ({sup 3}H)DHT was produced in a time-dependent manner by cells from seminal vesicles. These results suggest that testosterone 5 alpha-reductase activity is not expressed by osteoblasts in rat tibial periosteum and that the anabolic effects of androgens in this tissue are not mediated by locally produced DHT.




    Carbamoylphosphate synthetase I (CbmPS) is first expressed in rat hepatocytes shortly before birth. After birth, expression of CbmPS gradually becomes confined to the hepatocytes surrounding the portal veins. To obtain insight into the spatiotemporal regulation of its expression, the rat CbmPS gene

  15. Short-term isolation increases social interactions of male rats: A parametric analysis

    Niesink, R.J.M.; Ree, J.M. van


    Frequencies of social interactions were higher in pairs of short-term individually housed male Wistar rats as compared to group-housed animals. This was most pronounced when an individually housed rat and a group-housed conspecific were tested together in the morning under red light conditions. Then

  16. Potential insulin secretagogue effects of isovitexin and swertisin isolated from Wilbrandia ebracteata roots in non-diabetic rats.

    Folador, Poliane; Cazarolli, Luisa Helena; Gazola, Andressa Córneo; Reginatto, Flávio Henrique; Schenkel, Eloir Paulo; Silva, Fátima Regina Mena Barreto


    The antihyperglycemic effect and mechanism of action of extracts, fractions and compounds from Wilbrandia ebracteata was studied. The crude extract reduced the glycemia, increased glycogen content and serum insulin in hyperglycemic rats. Also, a significant effect was observed with the n-butanol and metanol subfraction. However, the antihyperglycemic effect of the n-butanol fraction was not observed in diabetic rats. The C-glycosylflavones isovitexin and swertisin showed a strong antihyperglycemic action compared with the extracts and fractions. These results show that the extracts, fractions, and isolated C-glycosylflavones have an antihyperglycemic action that was reinforced by the stimulation on in vivo insulin secretion. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. Pharmacological inhibition of I-K1 by PA-6 in isolated rat hearts affects ventricular repolarization and refractoriness

    Skarsfeldt, Mark A.; Carstensen, Helena; Skibsbye, Lasse


    The inwardly rectifying potassium current (IK1) conducted through Kir2.X channels contribute to repolarization of the cardiac action potential and to stabilization of the resting membrane potential in cardiomyocytes. Our aim was to investigate the effect of the recently discovered IK1 inhibitor PA......-6 on action potential repolarization and refractoriness in isolated rat hearts. Transiently transfected HEK-293 cells expressing IK1 were voltage-clamped with ramp protocols. Langendorff-perfused heart experiments were performed on male Sprague–Dawley rats, effective refractory period, Wenckebach...... experiments, PA-6 prolonged the ventricular action potential duration at 90% repolarization (from 41.8 6.5 msec to 72.6 21.1 msec, 74% compared to baseline, P

  18. No effect of aluminium upon the hydrolysis of ATP in the coronary circulation of the isolated working rat heart.

    Korchazhkina, O; Wright, G; Exley, C


    Adenosine 5'-triphosphate (ATP) is now recognised as an important extracellular signalling molecule. Its action at a number of specific receptors is mediated by the activity of ectonucleotidases. We have optimised a high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method to allow the simultaneous determination of ATP, and the products of its hydrolysis, in the coronary effluent of an isolated working rat heart. The method is extremely sensitive allowing picomolar quantities of product to be determined. We have used this method to investigate the influence of aluminium on the hydrolysis of ATP by an ecto-ATPase located in the luminal surface of the coronary endothelium of the rat heart. Aluminium did not influence the hydrolysis of ATP by this enzyme.

  19. Effect of phenobarbital pretreatment on benzene biotransformation in the rat. Pt. 2. 9. 000 g supernatant and isolated perfused liver versus living rat

    Gut, I.; Hatle, K.; Zizkova, L.


    Factors responsible for different quantitative effect of phenobarbital (PB) pretreatment on benzene metabolism to phenol in vivo and in vitro were studied in male Wistar rats. A more than 4-fold increase of benzene metabolism was observed with 9,000 g supernatant of liver homogenate, 2.8- to 4-fold increase with isolated perfused liver; phenol formation in vivo after oral benzene was increased by PB 2-fold, but only shortly following benzene administration and the enhancement rapidly diminished to 1.15-fold increase in the total excreted phenol. Benzene concentrations in 9,000 g supernatant incubations were 2 mM, those with isolated perfused livers were up to 4 mM, but those in blood in vivo were below 0.3 mM; the effect of PB induction in vivo disappeared along with decreasing benzene and increasing phenol blood concentrations which surpassed benzene 2-3 h after oral benzene administration. The effect of benzene concentration on the manifestation of PB induction is also supported by almost a 2-fold increased phenol formation in PB rats over controls in vivo after repeated administration of benzene. The elimination of radioactive metabolites of orally administered benzene-/sup 14/C, in urine was markedly inhibited by intraperitoneal administration of phenol, but not by pyrocatechol, resorcinol or hydroquinol suggesting that phenol might inhibit benzene metabolism in vivo especially when its concentration exceeds that of benzene.

  20. Characterization of antiarrhythmic drugs by alternating current induced arrhythmias in isolated heart tissues.

    Borchard, U; Bösken, R; Greeff, K


    A new method for inducing arrhythmias or asystolia by the application of a 50 HZ alternating current (ac) to electrically driven heart preparations has been developed and applied to isolated left atria and right ventricular papillary muscles of the guinea-pig. An increase in driving frequency from 1 to 3 HZ effects a significant reduction of the threshold of ac-arrhythmia in guinea-pig papillary muscles but no change in atria. A decrease in temperature from 31 degrees C to 25 degrees C and an increase in [Ca2+]0 from 1.25 to 5 mmol/l elevates threshold for ac-arrhythmia and -asystolia. The fast sodium channel inhibitors quinidine, carticaine and benzylamino-5,6-dihydro-8,9-dimethoxy-imidazo-5,1-a-isoquinoline hydrochloride (HE-36) increase threshold of ac-arrhythmia in left atria and papillary muscles, whereas the slow channel inhibitor verapamil is ineffective in concentrations up to 6 mumol/l. Threshold of ac-arrhythmia is elevated by quinidine predominantly in papillary muscles. Carticaine and HE-36 are effective in left atria and papillary muscles to almost the same extent. Threshold of ac-asystolia is increased mainly in papillary muscles by quinidine and HE-36; carticaine produces a similar increase in left atria and papillary muscles. Verapamil even leads to a decrease in threshold predominantly in papillary muscles. It is concluded that model arrhythmias induced by alternating current are brought about mainly by an increase in Na+-conductance of cardiac cell membranes. The negative chronotropic potency in right atria occurs in the sequence verapamil greater than quinidine greater than carticane approximately HE-36. The negative inotropic potency in papillary muscle occurs in the same sequence but HE-36 increases force of contraction.

  1. Fade and tachyphylaxis of gastric acid secretory response to pentagastrin in rat isolated gastric mucosa.

    Hirst, B H; Holland, J; Parsons, M E; Price, C A


    1. Gastric acid secretory responses to pentagastrin were characterized in the rat isolated gastric mucosa. In particular, the mechanisms underlying fade, declining response upon continued stimulation, and tachyphylaxis, progressively reduced responses upon repeated stimulation, were investigated. 2. Pentagastrin, 10(-9)-10(-7) M, resulted in concentration-related increases in acid secretion, with a mean maximum of 2.65 mumol cm-2 h-1 in response to pentagastrin, 10(-7) M. Higher concentrations of pentagastrin produced sub-maximal secretory rates; we define this as auto-inhibition. The responses to all concentrations of pentagastrin demonstrated fade. The rate of fade was correlated with the maximum acid secretory rate, declining at about 36% of the peak over the first 16 min. 3. The PO2, PCO2, [HCO3-], pH, [glucose], [lactate], [Na+] and [K+] did not decline during the fade of the acid secretory response to pentagastrin, 10(-7) M. Addition of a second aliquot of pentagastrin was not able to reverse fade, but these tissues were responsive to histamine. Replacement of the serosal solution, before addition of a second aliquot of pentagastrin, increased the acid response from 3% to 24% of the first response. 4. Serosal solution from donor tissues, allowed to respond to pentagastrin and then the acid secretion to fade, was able to stimulate secretion in fresh recipient tissues, although at lower rates. 5. Acid secretory responses to a second dose of pentagastrin were not significantly different, whether the tissues were previously unstimulated, or stimulated with pentagastrin washed out after attaining its peak secretory response (after 10-20 min). The second response was significantly reduced if the first response was allowed to fade with the pentagastrin in contact for 100 min; i.e. fade significantly influenced the extent of tachyphylaxis. 6. Proglumide, 10(-2) M, a gastrin receptor antagonist, and omeprazole, 10(-5) M, an inhibitor of the gastric (H+ + K

  2. Acidic infusion in early reperfusion affects the activity of antioxidant enzymes in postischemic isolated rat heart.

    Penna, Claudia; Perrelli, Maria-Giulia; Tullio, Francesca; Angotti, Carmelina; Pagliaro, Pasquale


    Acidic perfusion (AP) performed at the onset of reperfusion (i.e., acid postconditioning) is cardioprotective. We investigated the effect of AP on postischemic cardiac function and on the activity of endogenous superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), and glutathione peroxidase. The role of exogenous CAT or SOD on AP cardioprotection was also investigated. Phosphorylation of redox-sensitive survival kinases (protein kinase C [PKC] ε and extracellular signal-regulated kinase [ERK] 1/2) was also checked. Isolated rat hearts underwent ischemia and reperfusion (I/R) for 30 and 120 min, respectively. AP was obtained by lowering [HCO3(-)] in the perfusion buffer. Infarct size and left ventricular pressure were measured. Protocols include I/R only, I/R plus acidic perfusion in early reperfusion (I/R + AP), and I/R plus AP and CAT (I/R + AP + CAT) or SOD (I/R + AP + SOD). I/R + SOD and I/R + CAT additional hearts served as controls. AP and/or antioxidants were given in the initial 3 min of reperfusion. Enzyme activities were studied in postischemic phase (seventh minute of reperfusion) in I/R or I/R + AP and Sham (buffer-perfused) hearts. AP with (I/R + AP + CAT or I/R + AP + SOD) or without (I/R + AP) antioxidant enzymes resulted in a larger reduction of infarct size compared with I/R, I/R + SOD, or I/R + CAT. Compared with I/R, the postischemic systolic and diastolic recoveries of the cardiac function were markedly improved by the addition of AP and a lesser extent by AP + SOD or AP + CAT. AP increased the postischemic activity of CAT and lowered that of SOD and glutathione peroxidase compared with I/R only. Also, the phosphorylation and activity of ERK1/2 and PKCε were increased by AP. Acid postconditioning affects the activity of endogenous antioxidant enzymes, activates ERK1/2-PKCε pathways, and protects against myocardial I/R injury. The combination of AP and exogenous SOD or CAT still provides cardioprotection. It is likely that intracellular (not

  3. Effects of Crotalus durissus collilineatus venom in the isolated rat kidney.

    Amora, Daniela N; Sousa, Ticiana M; Martins, Alice M C; Barbosa, Paulo S F; Magalhães, Marta R; Toyama, Marcus H; Fonteles, Manassés C; de Menezes, Dalgimar B; Monteiro, Helena S A


    Ophidian accidents caused by the subspecies Crotalus durissus are responsible for high morbity and mortality rates. Acute renal failure is a common complication observed in these accidents. The aim of the present study was to investigate the renal effects promoted by the venom of C. d. collilineatus and its fractions, crotoxin and phospholipase A2. C. d. collilineatus (Cdc; 30 microg mL(-1)), crotoxin (CTX; 10 microg mL(-1)) and phospholipase A2 (PLA2; 10 microg mL(-1)) were tested in isolated rat kidney. The first 30 min of each experiment were used as an internal control and Cdc or its fractions, CTX and PLA2 were added to the system after this period. All experiments lasted 120 min. The venom of Cdc decreased perfusion pressure (PP; control120 = 110.3 +/- 3.69 mmHg; Cdc120 = 96.7+/-8.1 mmHg), renal vascular resistance (RVR; control120 = 6.42+/-0.78 mmHg mL g(-1) min(-1); Cdc120 = 4.8+/-0.56 mmHg/mL g(-1) min(-1)), urinary flow (UF; control120 = 0.19+/-0.03 mL g(-1) min(-1); Cdc120 = 0.12 +/- 0.01 mL g(-1) min(-1)), and glomerular filtration rate (GFR; control120 = 0.79 +/- 0.07 mL g(-1) min(-1); Cdc120 = 0.53 +/- 0.09 mL g(-1) min(-1)), but had no effect on the percent of sodium tubular transport (%TNa+), percent of chloride tubular transport (%TK+) and percent of potassium tubular transport (%TCl-). CTX and PLA2 reduced the GFR, while UF, PP and RVR remained stable during the full 120 min of perfusion. Crotoxin administration also diminished the %TK+ (control120 = 69.94 +/- 6.49; CTX120 = 33.28 +/- 4.78) and %TCl- (control120 = 79.53 +/- 2.67; CTX120 = 64.62 +/- 6.93). PLA2 reduced the %TK+, but exerted no effect on the %TNa+ or on that of TCl-. In conclusion, the C. d. collilineatus venom altered the renal functional parameters evaluated. We suggest that crotoxin and phospholipase A2 were involved in this process, since the renal effects observed would be due to the synergistic action of the components of the venom.

  4. Vascular, but not luminal, activation of FFAR1 (GPR40) stimulates GLP-1 secretion from isolated perfused rat small intestine

    Christensen, Louise Wulff; Kuhre, Rune Ehrenreich; Janus, Charlotte


    Glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) plays a central role in modern treatment of type 2 diabetes (T2DM) in the form of GLP-1 enhancers and GLP-1 mimetics. An alternative treatment strategy is to stimulate endogenous GLP-1 secretion from enteroendocrine L cells using a targeted approach. The G......- ined the effect of FFAR1 activation on GLP-1 secretion using isolated, per- fused small intestines from rats, a physiologically relevant model allowing distinction between direct and indirect effects of FFAR1 activation. The endogenous FFAR1 ligand, linoleic acid (LA), and four synthetic FFAR1 ago...

  5. Comparison of the vasodilator responses of isolated human and rat middle meningeal arteries to migraine related compounds

    Grände, Gustaf; Labruijere, Sieneke; Haanes, Kristian Agmund


    , telcagepant) were applied to the isolated arteries, and both induced a significant decrease of the effect of exogenously administrated CGRP. In experiments on rat middle meningeal arteries, pre-contracted with PGF2α, similar tendencies were seen. When the pre-contraction was switched to K+ in a separate...... series of experiments, CGRP and sildenafil significantly relaxed the arteries. CONCLUSIONS: Still no definite answer can be given as to why pain is experienced during an attack of migraine. No clear correlation was found between the efficacy of a substance as a meningeal artery vasodilator in human...

  6. ß-adrenergic regulation of ion transport in pancreatic ducts: Patch-clamp study of isolated rat pancreatic ducts

    Novak, I


    much smaller effects. At comparable concentrations, it depolarized Vm by a few millivolts. Neither agonist had significant effects on intracellular Ca2+. CONCLUSIONS: This study provides the first direct evidence that adrenergic stimulation, namely, that of beta-adrenoceptors, controls ion transport....... METHODS: Small intralobular ducts were isolated from rat pancreas and studied in vitro by the whole-cell patch clamp technique. Cell membrane voltages and currents were indicators of cellular ion transport. In some ducts, intracellular Ca2+ activity was measured by fluorescence optical methods. RESULTS...... in pancreatic ducts. Similar to secretin, isoproterenol stimulation leads to opening of luminal Cl- channels, and HCO3- enters the lumen in exchange for Cl-....

  7. Effects of inhibiting glutamine synthetase and blocking glutamate uptake on b-wave generation in the isolated rat retina



    The purpose of the present experiments was to evaluate the contribution of the glutamate-glutamine cycle in retinal glial (Müller) cells to photoreceptor cell synaptic transmission. Dark-adapted isolated rat retinas were superfused with oxygenated bicarbonate-buffered media. Recordings were made of the b-wave of the electroretinogram as a measure of light-induced photoreceptor to ON-bipolar neuron transmission. L-methionine sulfoximine (1–10 mM) was added to superfusion media to inhibit gluta...

  8. Role of RhoA in regulating the pump function of isolated lymphatics from hemorrhagic shock rats.

    Si, Yong-Hua; Niu, Chun-Yu; Zhao, Zi-Gang; Zhang, Li-Min; Zhang, Yu-Ping


    The aim of this present study was to examine changes in RhoA protein levels and the role in RhoA in lymphatic contractility and reactivity after hemorrhagic shock. Levels of RhoA and phospho-RhoA in lymphatic tissue isolated from hemorrhagic shock rats were measured, and the contractility and reactivity to substance P of lymphatics isolated from control rats and rats subjected to shock 0.5 and 2 h were determined with an isolated lymphatic perfusion system at a transmural pressure of 3 cmH2O. At the same time, lymphatics isolated from rats subjected to shock 0.5 and 2 h were incubated with agonists and antagonists of RhoA/Rho kinase signaling. Contractile frequency, end-diastolic and end-systolic diameter, and passive diameter were recorded and used to calculate lymphatic tonic index, contractile amplitude, and fractional pump flow. After stimulation with a gradient of substance P, the differences between the preadministration and postadministration values of contractile frequency, contractile amplitude, tonic index, and fractional pump flow were calculated to further assess lymphatic reactivity. RhoA protein levels were significantly increased at 0.5 h after shock but decreased at 2 and 3 h after shock; p-Rho levels were initially increased after shock and subsequently decreased. The contractility and reactivity of 0.5-h-shocked lymphatics were significantly reduced by the RhoA antagonist C3 transferase and the Rho kinase antagonist Y-27632. The RhoA agonist U-46619 increased the contractility and reactivity of 2-h-shocked lymphatics, whereas Y-27632 suppressed the effect of U-46619. Okadaic acid, an inhibitor of myosin light-chain phosphatase, had no effect on the contractility of 2-h-shocked lymphatics, but improved lymphatic reactivity. These results suggest that RhoA is involved in the modulation of lymphatic pump function during hemorrhagic shock and that its effects may be mediated by Rho kinase and MLCP.

  9. Nitric oxide donor NOR 3 inhibits ketogenesis from oleate in isolated rat hepatocytes by a cyclic GMP-independent mechanism.

    Nomura, T; Ohtsuki, M; Matsui, S; Sumi-Ichinose, C; Nomura, H; Hagino, Y


    Studies were conducted to clarify the effects of nitric oxide donors NOR 3 ((+/-)-(E)-ethyl-2-[(E)-hydroxyimino]-5-nitro-3-hexeneamide, FK409), SIN-1 (3-morpholinosydnonimine) and SNAP (S-nitroso-N-acetylpenicillamine) on the accumulation of cGMP and cAMP and Ca2+ mobilization as well as ketogenesis from oleate in isolated rat hepatocytes. NOR 3 caused inhibition of ketogenesis from oleate along with stimulation of cGMP accumulation in rat hepatocytes, whereas SIN-1 and SNAP exerted no effect on ketogenesis despite their marked stimulation of cGMP accumulation. Although the nitric oxide trapping agent, carboxy-PTIO (2-phenyl-4,4,5,5-tetramethylimidazoline-1-oxyl 3-oxide), antagonized the stimulation by NOR 3 of cGMP accumulation, it failed to modulate the anti-ketogenic action of NOR 3. Furthermore, neither 8-bromoguanosine-3',5'-cyclic monophosphate nor N2,2'-O-dibutyrylguanosine-3',5'-cyclic monophosphate mimicked the anti-ketogenic action of NOR 3. It is concluded in the present study that NOR 3-induced inhibition of ketogenesis in rat hepatocytes is not mediated by cGMP. The present study revealed that the remaining structure of NOR 3 from which nitric oxide had been spontaneously released had no anti-ketogenic action. We first and clearly demonstrated that nitrite production was dramatically enhanced when NOR 3 was incubated in the presence of rat hepatocytes. The mechanism whereby NOR 3 inhibits ketogenesis in rat hepatocytes will be discussed.

  10. Cardioprotective Effect of Modified Peroxiredoxins in Retrograde Perfusion of Isolated Rat Heart under Conditions of Oxidative Stress.

    Karaduleva, E V; Mubarakshina, E K; Sharapov, M G; Volkova, A E; Pimenov, O Yu; Ravin, V K; Kokoz, Yu M; Novoselov, V I


    Antioxidant properties of recombinant peroxiredoxin-6 and chimeric protein PSH combining peroxidase and superoxide dismutase activities were studied on the model of retrograde perfusion of isolated rat heart under conditions of H2O2-induced oxidative stress. The exogenous antioxidant proteins exhibited cardioprotective properties manifested in heart rate normalization, maintenance of contractile activity of the myocardium, and prevention of H2O2-induced LPO in oxidative stress. Localization of peroxiredoxin-6 and PSH in the cardiac tissue was determined and myocardial structures most effectively protected by the antioxidant enzymes from ischemia/reperfusion-induced damages were identified. The results suggest that modified peroxiredoxins are promising components of perfusion media for preservation of isolated organs.

  11. Development of an Assay Based on the Effects of PGBx on the Isolated Perfused Rat Heart and Rat Skeletal Muscle.


    and thyrotoxic rats. Eur. J. Pharac. 2,113-118. Aronson, C. E., Hess, M. E. and Shanfeld, J. (1972) Metabolic actions of tyramine and McNeil-A-343 in...that body weight and food intake of these diabetic mice also showed dose-dependency. As the dose of PGB administered to the animals was increased,x the...hypoglycemic effect became more pronounced, but food intake and body weight showed an inverse relationship to the quantity of drug which the mice

  12. Rat heart: a site of oxytocin production and action.

    Jankowski, M; Hajjar, F; Kawas, S A; Mukaddam-Daher, S; Hoffman, G; McCann, S M; Gutkowska, J


    We report here that the rat heart is a site of oxytocin (OT) synthesis and release. Oxytocin was detected in all four chambers of the heart. The highest OT concentration was in the right atrium (2128 +/- 114 pg/mg protein), which was 19-fold higher than in rat uterus but 3.3-fold lower than in the hypothalamus. OT concentrations were significantly greater in the right and left atria than in the corresponding ventricles. Furthermore, OT was released into the effluent of isolated, perfused rat heart (34.5 +/- 4.7 pg/min) and into the medium of cultured atrial myocytes. Reverse-phase HPLC purification of the heart extracts and heart perfusates revealed a main peak identical with the retention time of synthetic OT. Southern blots of reverse transcription-PCR products from rat heart revealed gene expression of specific OT mRNA. OT immunostaining likewise was found in atrial myocytes and fibroblasts, and the intensity of positive stains from OT receptors paralleled the atrial natriuretic peptide stores. Our findings suggest that heart OT is structurally identical, and therefore derived from, the same gene as the OT that is primarily found in the hypothalamus. Thus, the heart synthesizes and processes a biologically active form of OT. The presence of OT and OT receptor in all of the heart's chambers suggests an autocrine and/or paracrine role for the peptide. Our finding of abundant OT receptor in atrial myocytes supports our hypothesis that OT, directly and/or via atrial natriuretic peptide release, can regulate the force of cardiac contraction.

  13. Improvement in The Function of Isolated Rat Pancreatic Islets through Reduction of Oxidative Stress Using Traditional Iranian Medicine

    Mahban Rahimifard


    Full Text Available Objective: Pancreatic islets have fewer antioxidant enzymes than other tissues and thus are vulnerable to oxidative stress. In the present study, the effects of nine specifically selected Iranian medical plants on the mitochondria function and survival of isolated rat islets were examined. Materials and Methods: In this experimental study, following laparotomy, pancreases of rats were removed and the islets isolated and incubated in vitro for 24 hours. Logarithmic doses of plant materials were added to the islets and incubated for an additional 24 hours after which the viability of the cells and production of reactive oxygen species (ROS were measured. Levels of insulin production in relation to static and stimulated glucose concentrations were also determined. Results: The tested compounds markedly increased survival of the islet cells, their mitochondrial activity, and insulin levels at the same time as reducing production of ROS. Greatest effects were observed in the following order: Peganum harmala, Glycyrrhiza glabra, Satureja hortensis, Rosmarinus officinalis, Teucrium scordium, Aloe vera, Zingiber officinale, Silybum marianum, and Hypericum perforatum at doses of 10, 103, 104, 10, 102, 102, 10-1, 10 and 103 μgmL-1, respectively. Conclusion: Based on these results, we suggest that pretreatment with these selected Iranian medical plants can improve the outcomes of pancreas transplants and grafts through the control of oxidative stress damage.

  14. Effect of indomethacin on electrical field stimulation-induced contractions of isolated transverse and longitudinal rat gastric fundus strips

    Salimeh Afshin; Mansoor Keshavarz; Mahmood Salami; Fatemeh Mirershadi; Bijan Djahanguiri


    AIM: To study the effects of indomethacin on the isolated transverse and longitudinal rat gastric fundus strips.METHODS: The strips were suspended in an organ bath containing oxygenated Krebs solution, and contractile responses to electrical field stimulation were recorded on a physiograph in an isotonic manner after administration of cumulative concentrations of indomethacin. The effects of indomethacin on the strips pretreated with KATP channel modulators, diazoxide and glybenclamide were studied.RESULTS: Treatment of the transverse strips with indomethacin resulted in a concentration-dependent inhibitory response. In longitudinal strips, biphasic responses were seen, which included a stimulatory response at low concentrations of indomethacin, followed by an inhibitory response at higher concentrations.Diazoxide pre-treatment inhibited the stimulatory response of longitudinal strips. Glybenclamide pre-treatment not only blocked inhibitory effect of the low concentrations of indomethacin on transverse strips, but also increased the amplitude of contractions. Moreover, the drug decreased the amplitude of contractions in longitudinal strips.CONCLUSION: Responses of the isolated longitudinal and transverse rat gastric fundus strips to indomethacin are not similar, and are influenced by KATP channel modulators.

  15. Continuous inhibition of poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase does not reduce reperfusion injury in isolated rat heart.

    Nishizawa, Kenya; Yanagida, Shigeki; Yamagishi, Tadashi; Takayama, Eiichi; Bessho, Motoaki; Kusuhara, Masatoshi; Adachi, Takeshi; Ohsuzu, Fumitaka


    Poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP), an enzyme that is important to the regulation of nuclear function, is activated by DNA strand breakage. In massive DNA damage, PARP is overactivated, exhausting nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide and leading to cell death. Recent studies have succeeded in reducing cellular damage in ischemia/reperfusion by inhibiting PARP. However, PARP plays an important part in the DNA repair system, and its inhibition may be hazardous in certain situations. We compared the short-time inhibition of PARP against continuous inhibition during ischemia/reperfusion using isolated rat hearts. The hearts were reperfused after 21 minutes of ischemia with a bolus injection of 3-aminobenzamide (3-AB) (10 mg/kg) followed by continuous 3-AB infusion (50 μM) for the whole reperfusion period or for the first 6 minutes or without 3-AB. At the end of reperfusion, contractile function, high-energy phosphate content, nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide content, and infarcted area were significantly preserved in the 3-AB 6-minute group. In the 3-AB continuous group, these advantages were not apparent. At the end of reperfusion, PARP cleavage had significantly proceeded in the 3-AB continuous group, indicating initiation of the apoptotic cascade. Thus, continuous PARP inhibition by 3-AB does not reduce reperfusion injury in the isolated rat heart, which may be because of acceleration of apoptosis.

  16. Protective Effects of Elaeagnus angustifolia Leaf Extract against Myocardial Ischemia/Reperfusion Injury in Isolated Rat Heart

    Binsheng Wang


    Full Text Available The purpose of this study is to clarify the cardioprotective property of the aqueous extract of Elaeagnus angustifolia L. leaf (EA against myocardial ischemia/reperfusion injury in isolated rat heart. The myocardial ischemia/reperfusion (I/R injury model of isolated rat heart was set up by the use of improved Langendorff retrograde perfusion technology. Compared with the ischemia/reperfusion (I/R group, the aqueous extract of Elaeagnus angustifolia L. leaf (0.5 mg/mL, 1.0 mg/mL pretreatment markedly improved the coronary flow (CF and raised left ventricular developed pressure (LVDP and maximum rise/down velocity (±dp/dtmax. The infarct size of the EA-treated hearts was smaller than that of I/R group. After treatment with EA, the superoxide dismutase (SOD activity increased; malondialdehyde (MDA and protein carbonyl content reduced more obviously (P<0.01 than that of I/R injury myocardial tissue. Conclusion. Results from the present study showed that the aqueous extract of Elaeagnus angustifolia L. leaf has obvious protective effects on myocardial I/R injury, which may be related to the improvement of myocardial oxidative stress states.

  17. Role of alcohol dehydrogenase activity and the acetaldehyde in ethanol- induced ethane and pentane production by isolated perfused rat liver.

    Müller, A; Sies, H


    The volatile hydrocarbons ethane and n-pentane are produced at increased rates by isolated perfused rat liver during the metabolism of acutely ethanol. The effect is half-maximal at 0.5 mM-ethanol, and its is not observed when inhibitors of alcohol dehydrogenase such as 4-methyl- or 4-propyl-pyrazole are also present. Propanol, another substrate for the dehydrogenase, is also active. Increased alkane production can be initiated by adding acetaldehyde in the presence of 4-methyl- or 4-propyl-pyrazole. An antioxidant, cyanidanol, suppresses the ethanol-induced alkane production. The data obtained with the isolated organ demonstrate that products known to arise from the peroxidation of polyunsaturated fatty acids are formed in the presence of ethanol and that the activity of alcohol dehydrogenase is required for the generation of the active radical species. The mere presence of ethanol, e.g. at binding sites of special form(s) of cytochrome P-450, it not sufficient to elicit an increased production of volatile hydrocarbons by rat liver. PMID:6751324

  18. Hepatoprotective and Antioxidant Effects of Saponarin, Isolated from Gypsophila trichotoma Wend. on Paracetamol-Induced Liver Damage in Rats

    Rumyana Simeonova


    Full Text Available The hepatoprotective potential of saponarin, isolated from Gypsophila trichotoma, was evaluated in vitro/in vivo using a hepatotoxicity model of paracetamol-induced liver injury. In freshly isolated rat hepatocytes, paracetamol (100 μmol led to a significant decrease in cell viability, increased LDH leakage, decreased levels of cellular GSH, and elevated MDA quantity. Saponarin (60–0.006 μg/mL preincubation, however, significantly ameliorated paracetamol-induced hepatotoxicity in a concentration-dependent manner. The beneficial effect of saponarin was also observed in vivo. Rats were challenged with paracetamol alone (600 mg/kg, i.p. and after 7-day pretreatment with saponarin (80 mg/kg, oral gavage. Paracetamol toxicity was evidenced by increase in MDA quantity and decrease in cell GSH levels and antioxidant defence system. No changes in phase I enzyme activities of AH and EMND and cytochrome P 450 quantity were detected. Saponarin pretreatment resulted in significant increase in cell antioxidant defence system and GSH levels and decrease in lipid peroxidation. The biochemical changes are in good correlation with the histopathological data. Protective activity of saponarin was similar to the activity of positive control silymarin. On the basis of these results, it can be concluded that saponarin exerts antioxidant and hepatoprotective activity against paracetamol liver injury in vitro/in vivo.

  19. Effects of pincainide on contractile responses and /sup 45/Ca movements in rat isolated vascular smooth muscle

    Barrigon, S.; Diez, J.J.; Tamargo, J.; Tejerina, M.T.


    The effects of pincainide, a new ..beta..-amino anilide, on contractile responses and /sup 45/Ca fluxes were studied in rat aorta and on spontaneous mechanical activity in rat portal veins. Pincainide (10/sup 5/ to 10/sup 2/ M) produced a dose-dependent inhibition of noradrenaline (NA) and high K/sup +/-induced contractions. These inhibitory effects were observed with pincainide added either before or after the induced contractions. The Ca/sup 2 +/-induced contractions of K/sup +/-depolarized aorta as well as the spontaneous mechanical activity of portal veins were also inhibited by pincainide. Pincainide (5 x 10/sup 3/ M) inhibited the /sup 45/Ca influx stimulated by 10/sup 6/ M NA and increased /sup 45/Ca efflux. It was concluded that in isolated rat aorta, pincainide not only inhibited the influx of Ca/sup 2 +/ reducing the contractile responses to NA and high K/sup +/ but it also inhibited other effects related to NA-induced release of intracellular Ca/sup 2 +/ stores.

  20. Selective inhibitory effects of niflumic acid on 5-HT-induced contraction of the rat isolated stomach fundus.

    Scarparo, H C; Santos, G C; Leal-Cardoso, J H; Criddle, D N


    The effects of niflumic acid (NFA), an inhibitor of calcium-activated chloride currents I(Cl(Ca)), were compared with the actions of the voltage-dependent calcium channel (VDCC) blocker nifedipine on 5-hydroxtryptamine (5-HT)- and acetylcholine (ACh)-induced contractions of the rat isolated fundus. NFA (1 - 30 microM) elicited a concentration-dependent inhibition of contractions induced by 5-HT (10 microM) with a reduction to 15. 5+/-6.0% of the control value at 30 microM. 1 microM nifedipine reduced 5-HT-induced contraction to 15.2+/-4.9% of the control, an effect not greater in the additional presence of 30 microM NFA. In contrast, the contractile response to ACh (10 microM) was not inhibited by NFA in concentrations /=10 microM. Our results show that NFA can exert selective inhibitory effects on the chloride-dependent 5-HT-induced contractions of the rat fundus. The data support the hypothesis that activation of Cl((Ca)) channels leading to calcium entry via VDCCs is a mechanism utilized by 5-HT, but not by ACh, to elicit contraction of the rat fundus.

  1. Isolation and purification of psoralen and isopsoralen and their efficacy and safety in the treatment of osteosarcoma in nude rats.

    Lu, Honghui; Zhang, Lihai; Liu, Daohong; Tang, Peifu; Song, Feixiang


    Modern studies have shown that psoralen has a significant inhibitory effect on tumor growth in a variety of animals and humans. To obtain coumarin compounds - psoralen and isopsoralen - from traditional Chinese medicine Psoralea corylifolia L. using chromatographic techniques and isolation and purification methods, and to observe the transplanted tumor growth inhibitory effects and adverse reactions of psoralen and isopsoralen in nude rats with osteosarcoma. Dried ripe fruits of Psoralea corylifolia L. were taken as the raw material to prepare crude extract of Psoralea corylifolia L. by ethanol reflux method. Column chromatography was used to isolate the crude extract; compounds were structurally identified based on (1)H-NMR, (13)C-NMR spectra, the two compounds were identified as psoralen andisopsoralen, and their contents were 99.7% and 99.6, respectively. Nude rat model of osteosarcoma was established; the rats were randomized into: normal saline group, psoralen low- and high-dose groups, isopsoralen low- and high-dose groups, and cisplatin group. Osteosarcoma volume and weight inhibition rates in nude rats in each group were observed; radioimmunoassay was used to determine the serum alkaline phosphatase activity; peripheral blood cell and bone marrow nucleated cell counts were determined; light microscopy was used to observe heart, liver, spleen, lung, kidney, and tumor histopathology; and electron microscopy was used to observe the fine structure of tumor cells. Tumor volume inhibition rates were 43.75% and 40.18%, respectively, in the psoralen and isopsoralen low-dose groups, and tumor weight inhibition rates were 38.83% and 37.77%. Tumor volume inhibition rates were 67.86% and 66.96%, respectively, in the psoralen and isopsoralen high-dose groups, and tumor weight inhibition rates were 49.47% and 47.87%. Psoralen and ispsoralen markedly lowered serum AKP level. Psoralen and isopsoralen induced apoptosis or necrosis of osteosarcoma. After administration of

  2. Effects of fluvoxamine on levels of dopamine, serotonin, and their metabolites in the hippocampus elicited by isolation housing and novelty stress in adult rats.

    Miura, H; Qiao, H; Kitagami, T; Ohta, T; Ozaki, N


    The authors investigated the effects of fluvoxamine on neurochemical changes in the hippocampus elicited by isolation housing and novelty stress. Male F344 rats (11 w) were housed one per cage for four weeks. On each day of the last week (7 days) they were s.c. injected with fluvoxamine (20 mg/kg), and then subjected to novelty stress. Isolation housing significantly increased dihydroxyphenylacetic acid (DOPAC) and 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid (5-HIAA) levels, whereas fluvoxamine significantly decreased them. Isolation housing significantly increased the DOPAC/DA ratio. Fluvoxamine significantly decreased the DA level, and partially restored the DOPAC and 5-HIAA levels increased by isolation housing.

  3. Method of Isolated Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion in a Rat Model: Lessons Learned from Developing a Rat EVLP Program

    Nelson, Kevin; Bobba, Christopher; Eren, Emre; Spata, Tyler; Tadres, Malak; Hayes,, Don; Black, Sylvester M.


    The number of acceptable donor lungs available for lung transplantation is severely limited due to poor quality. Ex-Vivo Lung Perfusion (EVLP) has allowed lung transplantation in humans to become more readily available by enabling the ability to assess organs and expand the donor pool. As this technology expands and improves, the ability to potentially evaluate and improve the quality of substandard lungs prior to transplant is a critical need. In order to more rigorously evaluate these approaches, a reproducible animal model needs to be established that would allow for testing of improved techniques and management of the donated lungs as well as to the lung-transplant recipient. In addition, an EVLP animal model of associated pathologies, e.g., ventilation induced lung injury (VILI), would provide a novel method to evaluate treatments for these pathologies. Here, we describe the development of a rat EVLP lung program and refinements to this method that allow for a reproducible model for future expansion. We also describe the application of this EVLP system to model VILI in rat lungs. The goal is to provide the research community with key information and “pearls of wisdom”/techniques that arose from trial and error and are critical to establishing an EVLP system that is robust and reproducible. PMID:25741794

  4. [Protective effects of amygdalin on hyperoxia-exposed type II alveolar epithelial cells isolated from premature rat lungs in vitro].

    Chang, Li-wen; Zhu, Hua-ping; Li, Wen-bin; Liu, Han-chu; Zhang, Qian-shen; Chen, Hong-bing


    To analyze the effect of hyperoxia on the proliferation and surfactant associated protein messenger RNA levels of type II alveolar epithelial cells (AECIIs) of premature rat, and to investigate the effect of amygdalin on the change resulted from hyperoxia in AECIIs isolated from premature rat lung in vitro. The lung tissue of 20-day fetal rat was digested by trypsin and collagenase. AECIIs and lung fibroblasts (LFs) were isolated and purified at different centrifugal force and different adherence, then cultured. The nature of the cultures was identified by cytokeratin staining, vimentin staining and transmission electron micrography. For establishing hyperoxia-exposed cell model, purified AECIIs were cultured for 24 hours after culture flasks were filled with 95% oxygen-5% CO2 at 3 L/min for 10 min, and then sealed. Oxygen concentrations were tested in CYS-1 digital oxygen monitor after 24 hours of exposure. A sample was discarded if its oxygen concentration was amygdalin at various concentrations. DNA content, protein expression of proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) and mRNA levels of SPs of AECIIs were analyzed with flow cytometric assay, Western blot and reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) respectively after 24 hours of air or hyperoxia exposure in the presence or absence of 200 micromol/L amygdalin. Excellent yields of highly purified, culturable AECIIs could be obtained from 20-day fetal lungs. The expression of cytokeratin in AECIIs was positive and that of vimentin negative by immunocytochemistry. Those, however, in LFs were just opposite. Lamellar bodies in purified AECIIs were revealed by transmission electron micrography. The established hyperoxia-exposed cell model assured the oxygen concentrations of culture flasks more than 90%. Amygdalin at the concentration range from 50 micromol/L to 200 micromol/L stimulated the proliferation of AECIIs in a dose-dependent manner; however, at the concentration of 400 micromol/L inhibited

  5. Arginine induces GH gene expression by activating NOS/NO signaling in rat isolated hemi-pituitaries

    Olinto, S.C.F. [Faculdade de Ciências Integradas do Pontal, Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Ituiutaba, MG (Brazil); Adrião, M.G. [Departamento de Morfologia e Fisiologia, Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco, Recife, PE (Brazil); Castro-Barbosa, T.; Goulart-Silva, F.; Nunes, M.T. [Departamento de Fisiologia e Biofísica, Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP (Brazil)


    The amino acid arginine (Arg) is a recognized secretagogue of growth hormone (GH), and has been shown to induce GH gene expression. Arg is the natural precursor of nitric oxide (NO), which is known to mediate many of the effects of Arg, such as GH secretion. Arg was also shown to increase calcium influx in pituitary cells, which might contribute to its effects on GH secretion. Although the mechanisms involved in the effects of Arg on GH secretion are well established, little is known about them regarding the control of GH gene expression. We investigated whether the NO pathway and/or calcium are involved in the effects of Arg on GH gene expression in rat isolated pituitaries. To this end, pituitaries from approximately 170 male Wistar rats (∼250 g) were removed, divided into two halves, pooled (three hemi-pituitaries) and incubated or not with Arg, as well as with different pharmacological agents. Arg (71 mM), the NO donor sodium nitroprusside (SNP, 1 and 0.1 mM) and a cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) analogue (8-Br-cGMP, 1 mM) increased GH mRNA expression 60 min later. The NO acceptor hemoglobin (0.3 µM) blunted the effect of SNP, and the combined treatment with Arg and L-NAME (an NO synthase (NOS) inhibitor, 55 mM) abolished the stimulatory effect of Arg on GH gene expression. The calcium channel inhibitor nifedipine (3 µM) also abolished Arg-induced GH gene expression. The present study shows that Arg directly induces GH gene expression in hemi-pituitaries isolated from rats, excluding interference from somatostatinergic neurons, which are supposed to be inhibited by Arg. Moreover, the data demonstrate that the NOS/NO signaling pathway and calcium mediate the Arg effects on GH gene expression.

  6. Arginine induces GH gene expression by activating NOS/NO signaling in rat isolated hemi-pituitaries

    S.C.F. Olinto


    Full Text Available The amino acid arginine (Arg is a recognized secretagogue of growth hormone (GH, and has been shown to induce GH gene expression. Arg is the natural precursor of nitric oxide (NO, which is known to mediate many of the effects of Arg, such as GH secretion. Arg was also shown to increase calcium influx in pituitary cells, which might contribute to its effects on GH secretion. Although the mechanisms involved in the effects of Arg on GH secretion are well established, little is known about them regarding the control of GH gene expression. We investigated whether the NO pathway and/or calcium are involved in the effects of Arg on GH gene expression in rat isolated pituitaries. To this end, pituitaries from approximately 170 male Wistar rats (~250 g were removed, divided into two halves, pooled (three hemi-pituitaries and incubated or not with Arg, as well as with different pharmacological agents. Arg (71 mM, the NO donor sodium nitroprusside (SNP, 1 and 0.1 mM and a cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP analogue (8-Br-cGMP, 1 mM increased GH mRNA expression 60 min later. The NO acceptor hemoglobin (0.3 µM blunted the effect of SNP, and the combined treatment with Arg and L-NAME (a NO synthase (NOS inhibitor, 55 mM abolished the stimulatory effect of Arg on GH gene expression. The calcium channel inhibitor nifedipine (3 µM also abolished Arg-induced GH gene expression. The present study shows that Arg directly induces GH gene expression in hemi-pituitaries isolated from rats, excluding interference from somatostatinergic neurons, which are supposed to be inhibited by Arg. Moreover, the data demonstrate that the NOS/NO signaling pathway and calcium mediate the Arg effects on GH gene expression.

  7. The biosynthesis of ascorbate protects isolated rat hepatocytes from cumene hydroperoxide-mediated oxidative stress.

    Chan, Tom S; Shangari, Nandita; Wilson, John X; Chan, Helen; Butterworth, Roger F; O'Brien, Peter J


    Most animals synthesize ascorbate. It is an essential enzymatic cofactor for the synthesis of a variety of biological molecules and also a powerful antioxidant. There is, however, little direct evidence supporting an antioxidant role for endogenously produced ascorbate. Recently, we demonstrated that incubation of rat hepatocytes with 1-bromoheptane or phorone simultaneously depleted glutathione (GSH) and triggered rapid ascorbate synthesis. The present study investigates the hypothesis that endogenous ascorbate synthesis can confer protection against oxidative stress. Rat and guinea pig hepatocytes were depleted of GSH with 1-bromoheptane and subsequently treated with the oxidative stressor cumene hydroperoxide (CHP) in the presence or absence of the ascorbate synthesis inhibitor sorbinil. In rat hepatocytes, ascorbate content increased linearly (from 15.1 to 35.8 nmol/10(6) cells) over a 105-min incubation. Prior depletion of GSH increased CHP-induced cellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, lipid peroxidation, and cell death in rat and guinea pig hepatocytes. Inhibiting ascorbate synthesis, however, further elevated ROS production (2-fold), lipid peroxidation (1.5-fold), and cell death (2-fold) in rat hepatocytes only. This is the first time that endogenous ascorbate synthesis has been shown to decrease cellular susceptibility to oxidative stress. Protection by endogenously produced ascorbate may therefore need to be addressed when extrapolating data to humans from experiments using rodents capable of synthesizing ascorbate.

  8. Catechin-7-O-β-D-glucopyranoside isolated from the seed of Phaseolus calcaratus Roxburgh ameliorates experimental colitis in rats.

    Kook, Sung-Ho; Choi, Ki Choon; Cho, Seong-Wan; Cho, Hyoung-Kwon; Lee, Kyung Dong; Lee, Jeong-Chae


    The seeds of Phaseolus calcaratus Roxburgh (PHCR) are common legumes that comprise part of the daily diet in Chinese and Korean culture. Recent findings highlight anti-inflammatory and anti-septic potentials of catechin-7-O-β-D-glucopyranoside (CGP) isolated from PHCR seeds. We investigated the intestinal anti-inflammatory activity and associated mechanisms of CGP using a rat model of trinitrobenzenesulfonic acid (TNBS)-induced colitis. Oral treatment with CGP (10mg/kg body weight) suppressed body weight loss and intestinal inflammatory damages in TNBS-induced colitic rats. This treatment reduced myeloperoxidase activity and malondialdehyde level, but increased glutathione level in the TNBS colitic rats. CGP treatment also inhibited the TNBS-mediated increases in nitric oxide synthase, cyclooxygenase-2, interleukin-1β, tumor necrosis factor-α, intercellular adhesion molecule-1, and monocyte chemotactic protein-1 proteins or mRNA levels. This inhibition was accompanied by the increased mRNA levels of mucins MUC2 and MUC3. The CGP treatment prevented phosphorylation of p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase, IκB-α, and DNA-nuclear factor-κB binding, all of which were increased in the inflamed colons of TNBS-treated rats. Furthermore, oral administration with a crude PHCR butanol extract (100mg/kg body weight) which contains 1.5% of CGP showed intestinal anti-inflammatory potentials similar to that of CGP. Collectively, our current findings suggest that CGP or CGP-containing PHCR seeds may have favorable effects on intestinal inflammatory diseases.

  9. Novel Flurometric Tool to Assess Mitochondrial Redox State of Isolated Perfused Rat Lungs After Exposure to Hyperoxia

    Audi, Said H.; Staniszewski, Kevin S.; Haworth, Steven T.; Jacobs, Elizabeth R.; Ranji, Mahsa; Zablocki, Clement J.


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  10. Lupeol, a pentacyclic triterpenoid isolated from Vernonia cinerea attenuate selenite induced cataract formation in Sprague Dawley rat pups.

    Asha, Radha; Gayathri Devi, V; Abraham, Annie


    This study investigated the inhibitory effects of active component isolated from flavonoid fraction of Vernonia cinerea (FVC), lupeol on selenite induced cataract formation. Previous reports suggest that phytochemicals or natural plant products retard the process of cataractogenesis by scavenging free oxygen radicals. Hence, the present study sought to assess the potential of lupeol on in vivo selenite induced cataract models. Lupeol, a pentacyclic triterpenoid, was isolated from the ethyl acetate fraction of methanolic extract of Vernonia cinerea, follows standard chromatographic techniques. Structural elucidation of the compound was carried out using (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR, Mass spectrometry together with other complementary techniques (UV and IR). From these, the isolated compound was identified as Lupeol (3'-hydroxylup-20(29)-ene). The antioxidant activity was comparatively studied using DPPH radical scavenging and FRAP assay. Lupeol exhibited higher DPPH radical scavenging activity as well as reducing power assay. In this study, cataract was induced by a single subcutaneous injection of sodium selenite (4 μg/g body weight) on rat pups. Lupeol was administered orally from 8th day upto 21st day at a concentration 25 μg/g body weight. Cataract was visualized on 16th day with the help of an ophthalmoscope and later on with the naked eye. On the 30th day, rats were euthanized by sodium pentothal injection, lenses were excised and the biochemical parameters such as activity of superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), Glutathione peroxidase (GPx), Glutathione reductase (GR), Glutathione-S-transferase (GST), Ca(2+) ATPase, glutathione content (GSH), reactive oxygen species (ROS), lipid peroxidation products (malondialdehyde) were estimated and found effective in the treatment of cataract by lupeol.

  11. Effects of Acetyl-L-Carnitine on Cardiac Arrhythmias and Infarct Size in Ischemic-Reperfused Isolated Rat Heart

    Moslem Najafi


    Full Text Available This study aimed to examine whether acetyl-L-carnitine (ALC was able to reduce cardiac arrhythmias and infarct size in the ischemic-reperfused isolated rat heart.Materials and MethodsThe isolated hearts were mounted on a Langendorff apparatus then perfused by a modified Krebs-Henseleit solution during 30 min regional ischemia and 120 min reperfusion (control or by enriched Krebs solution with 0.375, 0.75, 1.5 and 3 mM of ALC (treatment groups. The ECGs were recorded and analyzed to determine cardiac arrhythmias. The infarct size was determined by using a computerized planimetry package.ResultsDuring ischemia, all used concentrations of ALC decreased number and duration of ventricular tachycardia (VT, total number of ventricular ectopic beats (VEBs (P<0.01, incidence of total ventricular fibrillation (VF and the time spent for reversible VF (P<0.05. At the reperfusion phase, duration of VT, incidence of total VF and reversible VF were significantly lowered by ALC (P<0.05. In addition, infarct size significantly was decreased in all treated groups. In the control group, the infarct size was 23±3.1%, however, ALC (0.375, 0.75 and 3 mM reduced it to 8.7±2.3, 5.3±1.4, and 8±2.9%, respectively (P<0.01. ConclusionConsidering the results, it may be concluded that ALC has protective effects against cardiac ischemia-reperfusion (I/R injuries by reduction of infarct size and arrhythmias in isolated rat heart. Among the potential cardioprotective mechanisms for ALC, increase in glucose oxidation and resulting reduced lactate production, reduction of toxic fatty acid metabolites and removing free radicals from the myocytes are more relevant.

  12. Frequent combination of antimicrobial multiresistance and extraintestinal pathogenicity in Escherichia coli isolates from urban rats (Rattus norvegicus in Berlin, Germany.

    Sebastian Guenther

    Full Text Available Urban rats present a global public health concern as they are considered a reservoir and vector of zoonotic pathogens, including Escherichia coli. In view of the increasing emergence of antimicrobial resistant E. coli strains and the on-going discussion about environmental reservoirs, we intended to analyse whether urban rats might be a potential source of putatively zoonotic E. coli combining resistance and virulence. For that, we took fecal samples from 87 brown rats (Rattus norvegicus and tested at least three E. coli colonies from each animal. Thirty two of these E. coli strains were pre-selected from a total of 211 non-duplicate isolates based on their phenotypic resistance to at least three antimicrobial classes, thus fulfilling the definition of multiresistance. As determined by multilocus sequence typing (MLST, these 32 strains belonged to 24 different sequence types (STs, indicating a high phylogenetic diversity. We identified STs, which frequently occur among extraintestinal pathogenic E. coli (ExPEC, such as STs 95, 131, 70, 428, and 127. Also, the detection of a number of typical virulence genes confirmed that the rats tested carried ExPEC-like strains. In particular, the finding of an Extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL-producing strain which belongs to a highly virulent, so far mainly human- and avian-restricted ExPEC lineage (ST95, which expresses a serogroup linked with invasive strains (O18:NM:K1, and finally, which produces an ESBL-type frequently identified among human strains (CTX-M-9, pointed towards the important role, urban rats might play in the transmission of multiresistant and virulent E. coli strains. Indeed, using a chicken infection model, this strain showed a high in vivo pathogenicity. Imagining the high numbers of urban rats living worldwide, the way to the transmission of putatively zoonotic, multiresistant, and virulent strains might not be far ahead. The unforeseeable consequences of such an emerging public

  13. Unstable Expression of Commonly Used Reference Genes in Rat Pancreatic Islets Early after Isolation Affects Results of Gene Expression Studies.

    Lucie Kosinová

    Full Text Available The use of RT-qPCR provides a powerful tool for gene expression studies; however, the proper interpretation of the obtained data is crucially dependent on accurate normalization based on stable reference genes. Recently, strong evidence has been shown indicating that the expression of many commonly used reference genes may vary significantly due to diverse experimental conditions. The isolation of pancreatic islets is a complicated procedure which creates severe mechanical and metabolic stress leading possibly to cellular damage and alteration of gene expression. Despite of this, freshly isolated islets frequently serve as a control in various gene expression and intervention studies. The aim of our study was to determine expression of 16 candidate reference genes and one gene of interest (F3 in isolated rat pancreatic islets during short-term cultivation in order to find a suitable endogenous control for gene expression studies. We compared the expression stability of the most commonly used reference genes and evaluated the reliability of relative and absolute quantification using RT-qPCR during 0-120 hrs after isolation. In freshly isolated islets, the expression of all tested genes was markedly depressed and it increased several times throughout the first 48 hrs of cultivation. We observed significant variability among samples at 0 and 24 hrs but substantial stabilization from 48 hrs onwards. During the first 48 hrs, relative quantification failed to reflect the real changes in respective mRNA concentrations while in the interval 48-120 hrs, the relative expression generally paralleled the results determined by absolute quantification. Thus, our data call into question the suitability of relative quantification for gene expression analysis in pancreatic islets during the first 48 hrs of cultivation, as the results may be significantly affected by unstable expression of reference genes. However, this method could provide reliable information

  14. Behavior of silica particles introduced into an isolated rat heart as potential drug carriers

    Borak, B [Institute of Material Sciences and Applied Mechanics, Wroclaw University of Technology, Smoluchowskiego 25, 50-370 Wroclaw (Poland); Arkowski, J [Chair and Department of Cardiology, Medical University of Wroclaw, Pasteura 4, 50-367 Wroclaw (Poland); Skrzypiec, M [Chair and Department of Pharmacology, Medical University of Wroclaw, Mikulicza-Radeckiego 2, 50-345 Wroclaw (Poland); Ziolkowski, P [Chair and Department of Patomorphology, Medical University of Wroclaw, Marcinkowskiego 1, 50-368 Wroclaw (Poland); Krajewska, B [Chair and Department of Histology, Medical University of Wroclaw, Chalubinskiego 6a, 50-369 Wroclaw (Poland); Wawrzynska, M [Chair and Department of Cardiology, Medical University of Wroclaw, Pasteura 4, 50-367 Wroclaw (Poland); Grotthus, B [Chair and Department of Pharmacology, Medical University of Wroclaw, Mikulicza-Radeckiego 2, 50-345 Wroclaw (Poland); Gliniak, H [Chair and Department of Pharmacology, Medical University of Wroclaw, Mikulicza-Radeckiego 2, 50-345 Wroclaw (Poland); Szelag, A [Chair and Department of Pharmacology, Medical University of Wroclaw, Mikulicza-Radeckiego 2, 50-345 Wroclaw (Poland); Mazurek, W [Chair and Department of Cardiology, Medical University of Wroclaw, Pasteura 4, 50-367 Wroclaw (Poland); Bialy, D [Chair and Department of Cardiology, Medical University of Wroclaw, Pasteura 4, 50-367 Wroclaw (Poland); Maruszewski, K [Institute of Material Sciences and Applied Mechanics, Wroclaw University of Technology, Smoluchowskiego 25, 50-370 Wroclaw (Poland)


    Silica powders consisting of small spherical particles (50-200 nm) have been obtained by the sol-gel method. A suspension of such particles in the Krebs-Hanseleit solution has been introduced into the coronary circulation of a beating perfused rat heart. The influence of the suspension on the heart muscle and the coronary vessels in the rat body has been histopathologically examined. The particles have not left the lumen of the vessels and have not caused any side effects. These observations suggest the possibility of using such silica particles as a carrier for selected drugs.

  15. Corticosteroid administration alters the mechanical properties of isolated collagen fascicles in rat-tail tendon

    Haraldsson, B T; Aagaard, P; Crafoord-Larsen, D;


    . The present study examined the biomechanical effects of intratendinous corticosteroid injections on healthy rat-tail tendon collagen fascicles. A total of 24 Wistar male rats were divided into (A) a corticosteroid group where the animals were injected in the tail tendon with methylprednisolone acetate, 1.0 m......L of 40 mg/mL mixed with 1.0 mL 9% saline (n=12), and (B) a control group that was injected with 9% saline (n=12). Three days after the injections, the animals were sacrificed and single individual collagen fascicles were collected and underwent displacement to failure. Corticosteroid administration...

  16. Ethanolic Extract of Butea monosperma Leaves Elevate Blood Insulin Level in Type 2 Diabetic Rats, Stimulate Insulin Secretion in Isolated Rat Islets, and Enhance Hepatic Glycogen Formation

    Mehdi Bin Samad


    Full Text Available We measured a vast range of parameters, in an attempt to further elucidate previously claimed antihyperglycemic activity of Butea monosperma. Our study clearly negates the possibility of antidiabetic activity by inhibited gastrointestinal enzyme action or by reduced glucose absorption. Reduction of fasting and postprandial glucose level was reconfirmed (P<0.05. Improved serum lipid profile via reduced low density lipoprotein (LDL, cholesterol, triglycerides (TG, and increased high density lipoprotein (HDL was also reestablished (P<0.05. Significant insulin secretagogue activity of B. monosperma was found in serum insulin assay of B. monosperma treated type 2 diabetic rats (P<0.01. This was further ascertained by our study on insulin secretion on isolated rat islets (P<0.05. Improved sensitivity of glucose was shown by the significant increase in hepatic glycogen deposition (P<0.05. Hence, we concluded that antihyperglycemic activity of B. monosperma was mediated by enhanced insulin secretion and enhanced glycogen formation in the liver.




    Full Text Available Este artículo intenta enjuiciar la argumentación de Fernando Atria acerca de los derechos sociales, según la cual estos no deben ser institucionalizados como derechos subjetivos que protegen “primo et per se” un interés particular de sus titulares exigible en concreto judicialmente, sino de acuerdo con instituciones determinadas democráticamente que protegen una dimensión de la ciudadanía caracte- rizable no tanto por el interés de cada cual cuanto por el interés recíproco y general. Para ello, muestra la unilateralidad de esa argumentación: aunque el legislador y la Administración sean los protagonistas del desarrollo de derechos sociales, eso no obsta a que haya buenas razones para que la teoría jurídica y la jurisprudencia –comparadamente y en Chile– los hayan tratado como derechos justiciables, mas según una justiciabilidad limitada, no activista, sino basada en el potencial epistémico de la jurisdicción para mejorar dialógica y deliberativamente la política democrática.

  18. Socially isolated rats exhibit changes in dopamine homeostasis pertinent to schizophrenia

    Fabricius, Katrine; Steiniger-Brach, Björn; Helboe, Lone;


    an investigation of prefrontal cortical dopamine dynamics using in vivo microdialysis. Social isolation for 12 weeks after weaning caused increased locomotor activity in response to novelty and amphetamine challenge. In vivo microdialysis experiments revealed that while social isolation did not change basal...... dopamine levels in the nucleus accumbens, it did cause a significant reduction of basal dopamine release in the prefrontal cortex. In addition, social isolation lead to a significantly larger dopamine response to an amphetamine challenge, in both the nucleus accumbens and the prefrontal cortex compared...

  19. Mitochondrial dysfunction bridges negative affective disorders and cardiomyopathy in socially isolated rats: Pros and cons of fluoxetine.

    Sonei, Nazanin; Amiri, Shayan; Jafarian, Iman; Anoush, Mahdieh; Rahimi-Balaei, Maryam; Bergen, Hugo; Haj-Mirzaian, Arya; Hosseini, Mir-Jamal


    Objectives Depression is tightly associated with cardiovascular comorbidity and accounts for high financial and social burden worldwide. Mitochondrial dysfunction contributes to the pathophysiology of depression and cardiovascular disorders; its contribution to depression-cardiovascular comorbidity has not yet been investigated. Methods Adolescent rats were subjected to 4 weeks of isolation (social isolation stress or SIS) or social conditions (control), and then they were divided into treatment (fluoxetine, 7.5 mg/kg/day for 21 days) and non-treatment groups. After different housing conditions and treatment, animals were evaluated by behavioural tests (n = 6-8) and mitochondrial assessments (n = 3) of brain and cardiac tissues. Results We found that juvenile SIS induced behavioural abnormalities and mitochondrial dysfunction in adulthood. We showed that juvenile SIS was associated with impaired respiratory chain complex, which leads to reactive oxygen species formation, oxidative damage and ATP abatement in both brain and heart. Administration of FLX (7.5 mg/kg/day) during the isolation period attenuated the effects of SIS on the brain mitochondria and behavioural abnormalities, but had little or no effect on SIS-induced mitochondrial dysfunction in cardiac tissue. Conclusions This suggests that juvenile SIS predisposes the co-occurrence of depression and cardiovascular disease through mitochondrial dysfunction and that therapeutic effect of fluoxetine is partly mediated by its effect on mitochondrial function.

  20. Brief Social Isolation in the Adolescent Wistar-Kyoto Rat Model of Endogenous Depression Alters Corticosterone and Regional Monoamine Concentrations.

    Shetty, Reshma A; Sadananda, Monika


    The Wistar-Kyoto rat (WKY) model has been suggested as a model of adult and adolescent depression though face, predictive and construct validities of the model to depression remain equivocal. The suitability of the WKY as a diathesis model that tests the double-hit hypothesis, particularly during critical periods of brain and behavioural development remains to be established. Here, effects of post-weaning social isolation were assessed during early adolescence (~30pnd) on behavioural despair and learned helplessness in the forced swim test (FST), plasma corticosterone levels and tissue monoamine concentrations in brain areas critically involved in depression, such as prefrontal cortex, nucleus accumbens, striatum and hippocampus. Significantly increased immobility in the FST was observed in socially-isolated, adolescent WKY with a concomitant increase in corticosterone levels over and above the FST-induced stress. WKY also demonstrated a significantly increased release and utilization of dopamine, as manifested by levels of metabolites 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid and homovanillic acid in nucleus accumbens, indicating that the large dopamine storage pool evident during adolescence induces greater dopamine release when stimulated. The serotonin metabolite 5-hydroxy-indoleacetic acid was also significantly increased in nucleus accumbens, indicating increased utilization of serotonin, along with norepinephrine levels which were also signficantly elevated in socially-isolated adolescent WKY. Differences in neurochemistry suggest that social or environmental stimuli during critical periods of brain and behavioural development can determine the developmental trajectories of implicated pathways.

  1. Preconditioning in globally ischemic isolated rat hearts: effect on function and metabolic indices of myocardial damage

    M. Arad; J.W. de Jong (Jan Willem); R. de Jonge (Robert); T. Huizer (Tom); B. Rabinowitz


    textabstractWe assessed the effects of ischemic preconditioning on heart recovery and metabolic indices of damage following global ischemia and reperfusion, in relationship to post-ischemic lactate release. Three groups of Langendorff rat hearts were studied: (1) A control group of

  2. The permeability of polyethylene glycol oligomers in the isolated perfused rat liver

    Mengelers, M.J.B.


    Processes occuring in the liver are very important for the description of the kinetic behaviour of drugs and compounds present in food. Therefore this research was focussed on dispersion and distribution processes occuring in the rat liver. Polyethylene glycols were used as test compounds because th

  3. Preconditioning in globally ischemic isolated rat hearts: effect on function and metabolic indices of myocardial damage

    M. Arad; J.W. de Jong (Jan Willem); R. de Jonge (Robert); T. Huizer (Tom); B. Rabinowitz


    textabstractWe assessed the effects of ischemic preconditioning on heart recovery and metabolic indices of damage following global ischemia and reperfusion, in relationship to post-ischemic lactate release. Three groups of Langendorff rat hearts were studied: (1) A control group of

  4. Transient receptor potential A1 is involved in cold-induced contraction in the isolated rat colon smooth muscle.

    Dong, Yang; Shi, Hai-Lian; Shi, Jian-Rong; Wu, Da-Zheng


    Transient receptor potential (TRP) A1, a member of TRP channel family, is activated by noxious cold. The aims of this study were to determine if TRPA1 contributed to cold-induced contractions in the isolated rat colon preparations and explore the potential mechanisms. The colon smooth muscle layers were surgically isolated from the male Wistar rats and changes in isotonic tension of longitudinal muscle under various treatments were recorded as colonic motilities. Cold stimuli were obtained by the reperfusion with Krebs-Henseleit solution at given temperature using Constant Flow Pump. The mRNA expressions of TRPA1, TRPV1 and TRPM8 in rat colon smooth muscle layer were examined by using reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) techniques. The results showed that the contractions induced by cold stimuli (from 37 degrees C to 12 degrees C stepwise) were inversely proportional to the temperature with a maximum contraction at 17 degrees C in both proximal and distal colons (Pcolon smooth muscle layers. Cold-induced colonic contractions were specially inhibited by TRPA1 blocker, ruthenium red (30 μmol/L), in the proximal and distal colon (Pcolons (both PCA, 1 mmol/L). Extracellular calcium removal (EGTA, 1 mmol/L), PLC blocker (U73122, 10 μmol/L) and IP(3) receptor blocker (2-aminoethoxydiphenyl borate, 2-APB, 30 μmol/L) all decreased the contractions evoked by the cooling at 17 degrees C in the proximal and distal colon (PCa(2+) channels blocker nifedipine (1 μmol/L) and neurotoxin tetrodotoxin (TTX, 2 μmol/L) decreased the contractile response in the distal colon (Pcolon. In conclusion, TRPA1 contributes to cold-induced contractions of the rat colon smooth muscle, and the mechanism of TRPA1 activation involves PLC/IP(3)/Ca(2+) pathway. L-type Ca(2+) channel and neurogenic mechanism other than muscarinic receptor might be partially involved in cold-induced contraction of the distal colon, which probably resulted in higher contraction of distal colon

  5. Gap junctions in isolated rat aorta: evidence for contractile responses that exhibit a differential dependence on intercellular communication

    Christ G.J.


    Full Text Available Connexin43 (Cx43 is a major gap junction protein present in the Fischer-344 rat aorta. Previous studies have identified conditions under which selective disruption of intercellular communication with heptanol caused a significant, readily reversible and time-dependent diminution in the magnitude of a1-adrenergic contractions in isolated rat aorta. These observations have indentified a significant role for gap junctions in modulating vascular smooth muscle tone. The goal of these steady-state studies was to utilize isolated rat aortic rings to further evaluate the contribution of intercellular junctions to contractions elicited by cellular activation in response to several other vascular spasmogens. The effects of heptanol were examined (0.2-2.0 mM on equivalent submaximal (»75% of the phenylephrine maximum aortic contractions elicited by 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT; 1-2 µM, prostaglandin F2a (PGF2a; 1 µM and endothelin-1 (ET-1; 20 nM. Statistical analysis revealed that 200 µM and 500 µM heptanol diminished the maximal amplitude of the steady-state contractile responses for 5-HT from a control response of 75 ± 6% (N = 26 rings to 57 ± 7% (N = 26 rings and 34.9 ± 6% (N = 13 rings, respectively (P<0.05, and for PGF2a from a control response of 75 ± 10% (N = 16 rings to 52 ± 8% (N = 19 rings and 25.9 ± 6% (N = 18 rings, respectively (P<0.05. In contrast, 200 µM and 500 µM heptanol had no detectable effect on the magnitude of ET-1-induced contractile responses, which were 76 ± 5.0% for the control response (N = 38 rings, 59 ± 6.0% in the presence of 200 µM heptanol (N = 17 rings, and 70 ± 6.0% in the presence of 500 µM heptanol (N = 23 rings (P<0.13. Increasing the heptanol concentration to 1 mM was associated with a significant decrease in the magnitude of the steady-state ET-1-induced contractile response to 32 ± 5% (21 rings; P<0.01; further increasing the heptanol concentration to 2 mM had no additional effect. In rat aorta then

  6. Ischemic Postconditioning Does Not Provide Cardioprotection from Long Term Ischemic Injury in Isolated Male or Female Rat Hearts

    Lee, Daniel S.; Steinbaugh, Gregory E.; Quarrie, Ricardo; Yang, Fuchun; Talukder, Hassan; Zweier, Jay L.; Crestanello, Juan A.


    Background Ischemic postconditioning(PoC) is a cardio-protective strategy in which initial reperfusion is interrupted by episodes of ischemia. It is unclear whether PoC can be achieved in the Langendorff perfused rat heart model. We investigated 1) whether postconditioning occurs in Langendorff perfused rat heart and 2) whether there is a gender specific response to PoC. Materials and methods Male/female rat hearts(n=8/group) were subjected to 30 minutes of equilibration, 30 minutes of ischemia, and 120 minutes of reperfusion (CONTROL). PoC was induced by 6 cycles(PoC 6c10s), 3 cycles(PoC 3c10s), or 2 cycles(PoC 2c10s) of 10 second reperfusion/10 second ischemia. Rate pressure product(RPP) and infarct size were measured. Male rats(n=7/group) were subjected in vivo to 30 minute left coronary ligation followed by 24 hours of reperfusion(CONTROL) or PoC 6c10s and 24 hours of reperfusion. Results Recovery of RPP was 18±4% in male CONTROL vs. 17±2% for 6c10s, 16±1% for 3c10s, and 15±3% for 2c10s. Female CONTROL hearts recovered 25±3% of their RPP vs. 21±2% for 6c10s. Infarct size was 25±3% for male CONTROL vs. 26±3% for 6c10s, 30±2% for 3c10s, 28±1% for 2c10s; and 30±2% for female CONTROL vs. 29±2% in 6c10s. In vivo Infarct size for CONTROL and PoC 6c10s was 44±3% and 28±5%, respectively (p<0.05). Conclusions In the Langendorff perfused rat hearts, none of the PoC protocols improved myocardial tolerance to ischemia reperfusion injury nor decreased infarct size; however, in vivo postconditioning did confer protection. The lack of protection in the isolated hearts was not gender specific. PMID:20934717

  7. Isolation of dendritic-cell-like S100β-positive cells in rat anterior pituitary gland.

    Horiguchi, Kotaro; Fujiwara, Ken; Yoshida, Saishu; Higuchi, Masashi; Tsukada, Takehiro; Kanno, Naoko; Yashiro, Takashi; Tateno, Kozue; Osako, Shunji; Kato, Takako; Kato, Yukio


    S100β-protein-positive cells in the anterior pituitary gland appear to possess multifunctional properties. Because of their pleiotropic features, S100β-positive cells are assumed to be of a heterogeneous or even a non-pituitary origin. The observation of various markers has allowed these cells to be classified into populations such as stem/progenitor cells, epithelial cells, astrocytes and dendritic cells. The isolation and characterization of each heterogeneous population is a prerequisite for clarifying the functional character and origin of the cells. We attempt to isolate two of the subpopulations of S100β-positive cells from the anterior lobe. First, from transgenic rats that express green fluorescent protein (GFP) driven by the S100β protein promoter, we fractionate GFP-positive cells with a cell sorter and culture them so that they can interact with laminin, a component of the extracellular matrix. We observe that one morphological type of GFP-positive cells possesses extended cytoplasmic processes and shows high adhesiveness to laminin (process type), whereas the other is round in shape and exhibits low adherence to laminin (round type). We successfully isolate cells of the round type from the cultured GFP-positive cells by taking advantage of their low affinity to laminin and then measure mRNA levels of the two cell types by real-time polymerase chain reaction. The resultant data show that the process type expresses vimentin (mesenchymal cell marker) and glial fibrillary acidic protein (astrocyte marker). The round type expresses dendritic cell markers, CD11b and interleukin-6. Thus, we found a method for isolating dendritic-cell-like S100β-positive cells by means of their property of adhering to laminin.

  8. Iodinated contrast media inhibit oxygen consumption in freshly isolated proximal tubular cells from elderly humans and diabetic rats: Influence of nitric oxide.

    Liss, Per; Hansell, Peter; Fasching, Angelica; Palm, Fredrik


    Objectives Mechanisms underlying contrast medium (CM)-induced nephropathy remain elusive, but recent attention has been directed to oxygen availability. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of the low-osmolar CM iopromide and the iso-osmolar CM iodixanol on oxygen consumption (QO2) in freshly isolated proximal tubular cells (PTC) from kidneys ablated from elderly humans undergoing nephrectomy for renal carcinomas and from normoglycemic or streptozotocin-diabetic rats. Materials PTC were isolated from human kidneys, or kidneys of normoglycemic or streptozotocin-diabetic rats. QO2 was measured with Clark-type microelectrodes in a gas-tight chamber with and without each CM (10 mg I/mL medium). L-NAME was used to inhibit nitric oxide (NO) production caused by nitric oxide synthase. Results Both CM reduced QO2 in human PTC (about -35%) which was prevented by L-NAME. PTC from normoglycemic rats were unaffected by iopromide, whereas iodixanol decreased QO2 (-34%). Both CM decreased QO2 in PTC from diabetic rats (-38% and -36%, respectively). L-NAME only prevented the effect of iopromide in the diabetic rat PTC. Conclusions These observations demonstrate that CM can induce NO release from isolated PTC in vitro, which affects QO2. Our results suggest that the induction of NO release and subsequent effect on the cellular oxygen metabolism are dependent on several factors, including CM type and pre-existing risk factors for the development of CM-induced nephropathy.

  9. Effect of oleic, lauric and myristic acids on phenylephrine-induced contractions of isolated rat vas deferens.

    Arruzazabala, M L; Pérez, Y; Ravelo, Y; Molina, V; Carbajal, D; Mas, R; Rodríguez, E


    D-004, a lipid extract of Roystonea regia fruits that contains oleic, lauric and myristic acids as major components inhibits alpha1-adrenoreceptors-mediated contractile responses in isolated rat vas deferens and prostate trips; no study has demonstrated a similar effect for oleic, lauric or myristic acids individually. Therefore, the effects of D-004 (250 microg/mL), oleic (100 microg/mL), lauric (50 microg/mL) or myristic (25 microg/mL) acids and their combined effects on phenylephrine (PHE: 10(-7)-10(-4) mol/L) induced contractions has been studied. No treatment changed the basal tone of the preparations, but all inhibited PHE-induced contractions. D-004 produced the highest inhibition, followed by lauric acid, which was more effective than myristic and oleic acids against PHE-induced contractions of control group. D-004 and the mixture of the three acids produced similar inhibitions.

  10. Gastroprotective effect of epoxy clerodane diterpene isolated from Tinospora cordifolia Miers (Guduchi) on indomethacin-induced gastric ulcer in rats.

    Antonisamy, Paulrayer; Dhanasekaran, Muniyappan; Ignacimuthu, Savarimuthu; Duraipandiyan, Veeramuthu; Balthazar, Joseph Devadass; Agastian, Paul; Kim, Jong-Hoon


    The present study evaluated the gastroprotective effect of epoxy clerodane diterpene (ECD), isolated from Tinospora cordifolia on indomethacin-induced gastric ulcer in rats. Administration of indomethacin exhibits extreme levels of ulcer index (UI) and myeloperoxidase (MPO) activity. Indomethacin down regulated PGE2, anti-inflammatory cytokines (IL-4, IL-10) and pro-angiogenic factors (VEGF and EGF). The ECD pretreatment considerably increased the levels of PGE2, anti-inflammatory cytokines and pro-angiogenic factors. The ulcer-healing activity of ECD was inhibited by pre-administration of the specific COX-1 inhibitor (SC560) and nonspecific NOS inhibitor (L-NAME), which indicates the involvement of PGE2 and NOS in ECD induced ulcer healing activity. These findings suggest that ECD exerts its antiulcer activity by reinforcement of defensive elements and diminishing the offensive elements.

  11. An in vitro method for recording single unit afferent activity from mesenteric nerves innervating isolated segments of rat ileum.

    Sharkey, K A; Cervero, F


    A technique has been developed for recording single unit afferent activity from mesenteric nerves in isolated segments of rat distal ileum in vitro. The preparation consists of a 3-cm segment of ileum, containing a single neurovascular bundle, held horizontally in an organ bath. One end of the segment is attached to a tension transducer to record changes in longitudinal tension of the gut muscle and the other is connected to a pressure transducer to record changes in intra-luminal pressure. Electromyographic activity of the smooth muscle is recorded using glass-insulated tungsten microelectrodes inserted in the wall of the gut. Afferent nerve activity is recorded with a monopolar platinum wire electrode from filaments of the mesenteric nerves that run between the artery and vein supplying the segment. This preparation permits the detailed analysis of the electrical activity of intestinal afferent nerve fibres correlated with mechanical and chemical events occurring naturally in the gut or imposed experimentally on it.

  12. Involvement of oxidative stress and mitochondrial/lysosomal cross-talk in olanzapine cytotoxicity in freshly isolated rat hepatocytes.

    Eftekhari, Aziz; Azarmi, Yadollah; Parvizpur, Alireza; Eghbal, Mohammad Ali


    1. Olanzapine (OLZ) is a widely used atypical antipsychotic agent for the treatment of schizophrenia and other disorders. Serious hepatotoxicity and elevated liver enzymes have been reported in patients receiving OLZ. However, the cellular and molecular mechanisms of the OLZ hepatotoxicity are unknown. 2. In this study, the cytotoxic effect of OLZ on freshly isolated rat hepatocytes was assessed. Our results showed that the cytotoxicity of OLZ in hepatocytes is mediated by overproduction of reactive oxygen species (ROS), mitochondrial potential collapse, lysosomal membrane leakiness, GSH depletion and lipid peroxidation preceding cell lysis. All the aforementioned OLZ-induced cellular events were significantly (p lysosomal involvement following the initiation of oxidative stress in hepatocytes.

  13. Isolation and identification of previtamin D/sub 3/ from the skin of rats exposed to ultraviolet irradiation

    Holick, M.F. (Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston); Richtand, N.M.; McNeill, S.C.; Holick, S.A.; Frommer, J.E.; Henley, J.W.; Potts, J.T. Jr.


    The process of the photolytic activation of vitamin D precursor(s) in the skin has been elucidated by a detailed analysis of the products formed after ultraviolet light exposure. The photolytic product isolated from the skin of rats exposed to ultraviolet irradiation was identified as previtamin D/sub 3/ by several criteria including its characteristic ultraviolet absorption spectrum, mass spectrum, and thermal isomerization to vitamin D/sub 3/, which itself was identified also by mass spectroscopy. Vitamin D/sub 3/ per se was not formed by ultraviolet irradiation-vitamin D/sub 3/ arises exclusively from the thermal conversion of previtamin D/sub 3/. Detectable amounts of lumisterol/sub 3/ or tachysterol/sub 3/ were not seen.

  14. Cyclic-AMP mediated drugs: differential or global reduction of eicosanoid synthesis in the isolated rat lung?

    Mark J. Post


    Full Text Available In this study the question was addressed whether cAMP mediated drugs induce a differential reduction of branches of the arachidonic acid metabolism rather than a global reduction of eicosanoid synthesis. The isolated lungs of actively sensitized rats were employed to study prostaglandin and leukotriene release in the presence and absence of the cAMP mediated drugs theophylline, milrinone, sulmazole, isobutyl-methylxanthine and salbutamol. The release of eicosanoids as measured by RIA was predominantly basal and continuous, with a mild antigen induced stimulation only for TXB2 and the leukotrienes. All drugs reduced eicosanoid release globally. It is concluded that cAMP mediated drugs interfere with arachidonic acid metabolism at a site proximal to the branching into lipoxygenase and cyclo-oxygenase pathways.

  15. Effect of melatonin administration on parameters related to oxidative damage in hepatocytes isolated from old Wistar rats.

    Castillo, Carmen; Salazar, Veronica; Ariznavarreta, Carmen; Vara, Elena; Tresguerres, Jesus A F


    Aging induces changes in several organs and tissues, such as the liver, and this process might be due to oxidative damage caused by free radicals and inflammatory mediators. Melatonin is a secretory product with well-known antioxidant properties. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of melatonin administration on age-induced alterations in hepatocytes. Twenty-two-month old male Wistar rats were treated with oral melatonin for 10 wk. At the end of the treatment, hepatocytes were isolated and cultured, and different parameters were measured in both cells and medium. Aging induced a significant increase in lipid peroxidation, nitric oxide, carbon monoxide and cyclic guanosyl-monophosphate, as well as a reduction in adenosine triphosphate content and phosphatidylcholine synthesis when compared to young animals. Melatonin administration significantly ameliorated all these age-related changes in males. Melatonin administration seems to exert beneficial effects against age-induced changes in hepatocytes.

  16. Potassium-stimulated release of radiolabelled taurine and glycine from the isolated rat retina

    Smith, L.F.; Pycock, C.J.


    The release of preloaded (/sup 3/H)glycine and (/sup 3/H)taurine in response to a depolarising stimulus (12.5-50 mM KCl) has been studied in the superfused rat retina. High external potassium concentration immediately increased the spontaneous efflux of (/sup 3/H)glycine, the effect of 50 mM K+ apparently being abolished by omitting calcium from the superfusing medium. In contrast, although high potassium concentrations increased the spontaneous efflux of (/sup 3/H)taurine from the superfused rat retina, this release was not evident until the depolarising stimulus was removed from the superfusing medium. The magnitude of this late release of (/sup 3/H)taurine was dependent on external K+ concentrations, and appeared immediately after cessation of the stimulus irrespective of whether it was applied for 4, 8, or 12 min. Potassium (50 mM)-induced release of taurine appeared partially calcium-dependent, being significantly reduced (p less than 0.01) but not abolished by replacing calcium with 1 mM EDTA in the superfusate. High-affinity uptake systems for both (/sup 3/H)glycine and (/sup 3/H)taurine were demonstrated in the rat retina in vitro (Km values, 1.67 microM and 2.97 microM; Vmax values, 19.3 and 23.1 nmol/g wet weight tissue/h, respectively). The results are discussed with respect to the possible neurotransmitter roles of both amino acids in the rat retina.

  17. Hypercapnic vasodilatation in isolated rat basilar arteries is exerted via low pH and does not involve nitric oxide synthase stimulation or cyclic GMP production

    You, J P; Wang, Qian; Zhang, W


    The relaxant effect of hypercapnia (15% CO2) was studied in isolated circular segments of rat basilar arteries with intact endothelium. The nitric oxide synthase inhibitor nitro-L-arginine (L-NOARG) and the cytosolic guanylate cyclase inhibitor methylene blue (MB), significantly reduced...

  18. Effect of pumpkin seed (Cucurbita pepo) protein isolate on the activity levels of certain plasma enzymes in CCl4-induced liver injury in low-protein fed rats.

    Nkosi, C Z; Opoku, A R; Terblanche, S E


    The effects of pumpkin seed (Cucurbita pepo) protein isolate on the activity levels of lactate dehydrogenase (LD), alanine transaminase (ALT), aspartate transaminase (AST) and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) against carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)-induced acute liver injury in low-protein fed rats were investigated. A group of male Sprague-Dawley rats maintained on a low-protein diet for 5 days were divided into three subgroups. Two subgroups were injected with carbon tetrachloride and the other group with an equivalent amount of olive oil. Two hours after CCl4 intoxication one of the two subgroups was administered with pumpkin seed protein isolate. All three subgroups of rats were maintained on the low-protein diet for the duration of the investigation. Groups of rats from the different subgroups were killed at 24, 48 and 72 h after their respective treatments. After 5 days on the low-protein diet the activity levels of all four enzymes were significantly higher than their counterparts on a normal balanced diet. CCl4 intoxication resulted in significant increases in the activity levels of all four enzymes investigated. The administration of pumpkin seed protein isolate after CCl4 intoxication resulted in significantly reduced activity levels of all four enzymes. It is concluded that pumpkin seed protein isolate administration was effective in alleviating the detrimental effects associated with protein malnutrition.

  19. Isolation and identification of an O-(2-hydroxypropyl)-maltose from the faeces of rats fed with O-(hydroxypropyl)starch

    Leegwater, D.C.; Noever de Brauw, M.C. ten; Mackor, A.; Marsman, J.W.


    When rats were fed with diets containing hydroxypropylated potato-starches with a degree of substitution up to 0.11, the major metabolite, isolated from the faeces, was shown by mass spectrometry and p.m.r. spectrometry of its peracetate to be 4-O-{2-O-[(RS)-2-hydroxypropyl]-α-D-glucopyranosyl}-D-gl

  20. Persistent changes in the initial rate of pyruvate transport by isolated rat liver mitochondria after preincubation with adenine nucleotides and calcium ions

    Vaartjes, W.J.; Breejen, J.N. den; Geelen, M.J.H.; Bergh, S.G. van den


    1. Preincubation of isolated rat-liver mitochondria in the presence of adenine nucleotides or Ca2+ results in definite and persistent changes in the initial rate of pyruvate transport. 2. These changes in the rate of pyruvate transport are accompanied by equally persistent changes in the opposite d

  1. Histochemical analysis of the role of class I and class II Clostridium histolyticum collagenase in the degradation of rat pancreatic extracellular matrix for islet isolation

    VosScheperkeuter, GH; vanSuylichem, PTR; Wolters, GHJ; vanSchilfgaarde, R


    To understand why class II Clostridium histolyticum collagenase is much more effective than class I in the isolation of rat pancreatic islets, we analyzed the role of these collagenases in pancreatic tissue dissociation. Crude collagenase was purified and then fractionated into class I and II with d

  2. Rats fed soy protein isolate (SPI) have impaired hepatic CYP1A1 induction by polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons as a result of interference with aryl hydrocarbon receptor signaling

    Consumption of soy diet has been found to reduce cancer incidence in animals and is associated with reduced cancer risk in humans. Previously, we have demonstrated that female Sprague-Dawley rats fed purified AIN-93G diets with soy protein isolate (SPI) as the sole protein source had reduced CYP1A1 ...

  3. Activation of the elastin-laminin receptor (S-Gal) induces preconditioning in isolated rat heart submitted to ischemia and reperfusion



    AIM: Elastin-laminin receptor (S-Gal), was described to belong to G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). Using an isolated nonworking rat heart model, we investigated whether S-Gal stimulation was able to mimic ischemic preconditioning as observed with some other GPCRs. METHODS: Hearts, after 6-hydroxydopamine pretreatment and a 20-min stabilization period,

  4. Relative contributions of Na+/H+ exchange and Na+/HCO3- cotransport to ischemic Na-i(+) overload in isolated rat hearts

    Ten Hove, M; Nederhoff, MGJ; Van Echteld, CJA


    The Na+/H+ exchanger (NHE) and/or the Na+/HCO3- cotransporter (NBC) were blocked during ischemia in isolated rat hearts. Intracellular Na+ concentration ([Na+](i)), intracellular pH (pH(i)), and energy-related phosphates were measured by using simultaneous Na-23 and P-31 NMR spectroscopy. Hearts wer

  5. The novel ortho-chloro derivate propafenone induced relaxation in isolated rat aorta

    Ivković Branka


    Full Text Available The information on the inhibitory effect of propafenone in vascular smooth muscle is sparse. Propafenone acts through blockage of voltage-dependent cardiac Na+ channels, L-type Ca2+ channels, voltage-sensitive K+ (Kv channels, as well as β-adrenergic receptors in the heart. The introduction of different chemical groups in the benzyl moiety of propafenone influences pharmacological properties of newly developed derivate of propafenone. Here we investigated the effect of new ortho-chloro derivate of propafenone (5OCl on the vascular tone of precontracted rat aorta. 5OCl produced endothelium-independent relaxation of rat aorta. In order to test the involvement of different ion channels in 5OCl mechanism of action, antagonist of Na+, lidocaine, KV channels, 4-aminopyiridine (4-AP and L-type Ca2+ channels, nifedipine were used. All tested antagonists of ion channels did not influence the relaxation of rat aorta induced by high a concentration of 5OCl (≥10 μM, but antagonized the relaxation induced by low concentrations of this propafenone derivate. Thus, 5OCl derivate has comparable potency and efficacy as propafenone. According to its interaction with lidocaine, 4-AP and nifedipine it seems that 5OCl partly shares the mechanism of action with propafenone. The mechanism of vasodilatation induced by high micromolar concentration of 5OCl is not defined and further investigations are necessary.

  6. Comparison of three methods for isolation of nucleic acids from membranate inner ear tissue of rats

    KONG Wei-jia; WANG Ying; WANG Qiong; HAN Yue-chen; HU Yu-juan


    Background Mitochondrial DNA mutations have been found in sensorineural deafness. The aim of this study was to compare three methods for extraction of nucleic acid from membranate inner ear tissue of rats.Methods Alkaline denaturation, a conventional phenol-chloroform method and Trizol reagent were respectively used to extract the slight nucleic acid from membranate inner ear tissue of rats. We assessed the amount and quality of nucleic acid using a UV-spectrometer and polymerase chain reaction (PCR).Results The yield and purity (OD260/OD280) of DNA from inner ear tissue using the phenol-chloroform method was the highest of the three methods. Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) fragment can be amplified by PCR from nucleic acid prepared by all methods, while no nuclear DNA (nDNA) fragment can be amplified by method of alkaline denaturation. Both nuclear and mitochondrial genescould be amplified by reverse transcriptional PCR from the RNA prepared by Trizol reagent.Conclusion Adequate amount and high-quality of mtDNA, nDNA and RNA were obtained from unilateral membranate inner ear tissue of rats. Method of alkaline denaturation could be chosen when mtDNA without nDNA was needed, while phenol-chloroform method was suitable for extracting total DNA (including nDNA and mtDNA); method with Trizol reagent was suitable for extracting total RNA and total DNA.

  7. Uptake and metabolism of fructose by rat neocortical cells in vivo and by isolated nerve terminals in vitro.

    Hassel, Bjørnar; Elsais, Ahmed; Frøland, Anne-Sofie; Taubøll, Erik; Gjerstad, Leif; Quan, Yi; Dingledine, Raymond; Rise, Frode


    Fructose reacts spontaneously with proteins in the brain to form advanced glycation end products (AGE) that may elicit neuroinflammation and cause brain pathology, including Alzheimer's disease. We investigated whether fructose is eliminated by oxidative metabolism in neocortex. Injection of [(14) C]fructose or its AGE-prone metabolite [(14) C]glyceraldehyde into rat neocortex in vivo led to formation of (14) C-labeled alanine, glutamate, aspartate, GABA, and glutamine. In isolated neocortical nerve terminals, [(14) C]fructose-labeled glutamate, GABA, and aspartate, indicating uptake of fructose into nerve terminals and oxidative fructose metabolism in these structures. This was supported by high expression of hexokinase 1, which channels fructose into glycolysis, and whose activity was similar with fructose or glucose as substrates. By contrast, the fructose-specific ketohexokinase was weakly expressed. The fructose transporter Glut5 was expressed at only 4% of the level of neuronal glucose transporter Glut3, suggesting transport across plasma membranes of brain cells as the limiting factor in removal of extracellular fructose. The genes encoding aldose reductase and sorbitol dehydrogenase, enzymes of the polyol pathway that forms glucose from fructose, were expressed in rat neocortex. These results point to fructose being transported into neocortical cells, including nerve terminals, and that it is metabolized and thereby detoxified primarily through hexokinase activity. We asked how the brain handles fructose, which may react spontaneously with proteins to form 'advanced glycation end products' and trigger inflammation. Neocortical cells took up and metabolized extracellular fructose oxidatively in vivo, and isolated nerve terminals did so in vitro. The low expression of fructose transporter Glut5 limited uptake of extracellular fructose. Hexokinase was a main pathway for fructose metabolism, but ketohexokinase (which leads to glyceraldehyde formation) was

  8. Transepithelial water and urea permeabilities of isolated perfused Munich-Wistar rat inner medullary thin limbs of Henle's loop.

    Nawata, C Michele; Evans, Kristen K; Dantzler, William H; Pannabecker, Thomas L


    To better understand the role that water and urea fluxes play in the urine concentrating mechanism, we determined transepithelial osmotic water permeability (Pf) and urea permeability (Purea) in isolated perfused Munich-Wistar rat long-loop descending thin limbs (DTLs) and ascending thin limbs (ATLs). Thin limbs were isolated either from 0.5 to 2.5 mm below the outer medulla (upper inner medulla) or from the terminal 2.5 mm of the inner medulla. Segment types were characterized on the basis of structural features and gene expression levels of the water channel aquaporin 1, which was high in the upper DTL (DTLupper), absent in the lower DTL (DTLlower), and absent in ATLs, and the Cl-(1) channel ClCK1, which was absent in DTLs and high in ATLs. DTLupper Pf was high (3,204.5 ± 450.3 μm/s), whereas DTLlower showed very little or no osmotic Pf (207.8 ± 241.3 μm/s). Munich-Wistar rat ATLs have previously been shown to exhibit no Pf. DTLupper Purea was 40.0 ± 7.3 × 10(-5) cm/s and much higher in DTLlower (203.8 ± 30.3 × 10(-5) cm/s), upper ATL (203.8 ± 35.7 × 10(-5) cm/s), and lower ATL (265.1 ± 49.8 × 10(-5) cm/s). Phloretin (0.25 mM) did not reduce DTLupper Purea, suggesting that Purea is not due to urea transporter UT-A2, which is expressed in short-loop DTLs and short portions of some inner medullary DTLs close to the outer medulla. In summary, Purea is similar in all segments having no osmotic Pf but is significantly lower in DTLupper, a segment having high osmotic Pf. These data are inconsistent with the passive mechanism as originally proposed.

  9. Effect of novel antipsychotic drugs on phencyclidine-induced stereotyped behaviour and social isolation in the rat social interaction test.

    Sams-Dodd, F


    Phencyclidine (PCP) induces stereotyped behaviour and social isolation in rats; comparisons with clinical observations have suggested that these behaviours may mimic certain aspects of the positive and the negative symptoms, respectively, of an acute schizophrenic episode. Novel antipsychotics are effective in treating the positive symptoms in schizophrenic patients and have also shown some promise in treating the negative symptoms. In the present study the effects of the novel antipsychotics remoxipride (2.5-20 mg/kg), risperidone (0.02-0.63 mg/kg), sertindole (0.01-2.5 mg/kg), olanzapine (0.16-2.5 mg/kg) and quetiapine (0.16-10 mg/kg) on PCP-induced behaviours were determined. The drugs were administered daily for 3 or 21 days in combination with vehicle or 2.0 mg/kg of PCP for the last 3 days of the administration regime, and the rats were tested using the social interaction test. The antipsychotic drugs all reliably reduced the level of PCP-induced stereotyped behaviour and had distinct effects on PCP-induced social isolation. Comparison with clinical findings suggests that the PCP-induced behaviours respond to treatment with antipsychotic drugs in a manner that correlates well with clinical observations, and that this animal model of schizophrenia may be useful for evaluating novel drug candidates. However, the study also showed that additional experiments are required to determine the specificity by which antipsychotic drugs alleviate PCP-induced behaviours because most of the drugs also affected considerably the behaviour of the control animals.

  10. Leptin Regulated Insulin Secretion via Stimulating IRS2-associated Phosphoinositide 3-kinase Activity in the isolated Rat Pancreatic Islets

    袁莉; 安汉祥; 李卓娅; 邓秀玲


    To investigate the molecular mechanism of leptin regulating insulin secretion through determining the regulation of insulin secretion and the insulin receptor substrate (IRS)-2-associated phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) activity by leptin in the isolated rat pancreatic islets, pancreatic islets were isolated from male SD rats by the collagenase method. The purified islets were incubated with leptin 2 nmol/L for 1 h in the presence of 5.6 mmol/L or 11.1 mmol/L glucose. Insulin release was measured using radioimmunoassay. IRS-2-associated activity of PI3K was determined by immunoprecipitate assay and Western blot. The results showed that in the presence of 5.6 mmol/L glucose, leptin had no significant effect on both insulin secretion and IRS-2-associated PI3K activity, but in the presence of 11.1 mmol/L glucose, insulin release was significantly inhibited after the islets were exposed to leptin for 1 h (P<0. 01). PI3K inhibitor wortmannin blocked the inhibitory regulation of leptin on insulin release (P<0. 05). Western Blot assay revealed that 2 nmol/L leptin could significantly increase the IRS-2-associated activity of PI3K by 51.5 % (P<0. 05) in the presence of 11.1 mmol/L glucose. It was concluded that Leptin could significantly inhibit insulin secretion in the presence of 11.1 mmol/L glucose by stimulating IRS-2-associated activity of PI3K, which might be the molecular mechanism of leptin regulating insulin secretion.

  11. Effect of Arachidonic Acid on the Rate of Oxygen Consumption in Isolated Cardiomyocytes from Intact Rats and Animals with Ischemic or Diabetic Injury to the Heart.

    Egorova, M V; Kutsykova, T V; Afanas'ev, S A; Popov, S V


    We studied the rate of oxygen consumption by isolated cardiomyocytes from intact rats and animals with experimental myocardial infarction or streptozotocin-induced diabetes mellitus. The measurements were performed in standard incubation medium under various conditions of oxygenation and after addition of arachidonic acid (20 μmol/liter). Under normoxic conditions, arachidonic acid improves respiration of cardiomyocytes from intact animals, but reduces this parameter in cells isolated from animals with pathologies. The intensity of O2 consumption by cardiomyocytes from intact rats and animals with pathologies was shown to decrease during hypoxia. Addition of arachidonic acid aggravated inhibition of respiration for cardiomyocytes from intact rats and specimens with myocardial infarction, but had no effect in diabetes mellitus. The effect of arachidonic acid on oxygen consumption rate is probably mediated by a nonspecific mechanism realized at the mitochondrial level.

  12. Impaired Insulin Secretion in Perfused Pancreases Isolated from Offspring of Female Rats Fed a Low Protein Whey-Based Diet

    Matthew PG Barnett


    Full Text Available Context Insufficient maternal protein intake has been postulated to cause impaired fuel metabolism and diabetes mellitus in adult mammalian progeny, but the mechanism remains unclear. Objective To investigate the effect of a maternal low protein whey-based diet during pregnancy and lactation on pancreatic function and skeletal muscle glucose metabolism in the offspring. Animals Sprague-Dawley rats: 8 mothers and 46 offspring. Design Female rats were fed throughout pregnancy and lactation with otherwisecomplete isoenergetic diets sufficient (20% whey protein; control: n=3 or insufficient (5% whey protein; low-protein: n=5 in whey protein. From weaning all offspring ate control diet. Main outcome measures Food intake and weight gain were measured for both mothers and offspring, and in vitro functional studies of endocrine pancreas and skeletal muscle were performed on offspring at 40 and 50 days of age, respectively. Results Food intake (P=0.004 and weight gain (P=0.006 were lower in low protein than control mothers during early gestation. Offspring of low protein mothers had significant lower body weight from 5 to 15 days of age, although there was no significant difference in food consumption. Glucose, arginine- and glucose/arginine-stimulated insulin secretion from perfused pancreases isolated from low protein offspring were decreased by between 55 and 65% compared with control values. Studies in skeletal muscle demonstrated no difference in insulin sensitivity between the two groups. Conclusions Dietary whey protein insufficiency in female rats during pregnancy and lactation can evoke major changes in insulin secretion in progeny, and these changes represent a persistent functional abnormality in the endocrine pancreas.

  13. Co-Exposure Effects of LPS with Various Aflatoxin B1 Doses in Isolated Perfused Rat Liver Model

    Mohammad Kazem Koohi


    Full Text Available Background: Activation of inflammatory cells can cause more chemicals induced-hepatotoxicity. Aflatoxin B1 (AFB1 is a fungal toxin that induces acute hepatotoxicity in humans and animals. This study was conducted to examine the effect of co-exposure LPS and various aflatoxin B1 doses on the damage hepatic parameters in isolated perfused rat liver. Methods: Thirty-two male wistar rats (250-300g were divided to eight groups including Control and LPS; three groups with various doses of AFB1 (0.01, 0.1 and 1 ppm and three groups with various doses of AFB1 and Lipopolysaccharide (LPS (300 ppm. Activity of Aspartate transaminase (AST and Alanine transaminase (ALT were determined in perfusate. Thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS and Glutathione (GSH concentrations were measured in homogenate liver. Results: At two groups of AFB 1 (with LPS and without LPS at AFB1 concentrations of 0.1 and 1 ppm, elevation of AST and ALT enzymes activity were indicated. Values of GSH in both of groups (AFB 1 with LPS and without LPS had reduced at concentration of 1 ppm. TBARS concentrations were enhanced in AFB1 concentration of 1 ppm in both of groups (with LPS and without LPS, however in comparison between groups (with LPS and without LPS in similar concentrations significant different did not observe (P<0.05. Conclusion: Non-injurious dose of LPS did not enhance liver susceptibility to various doses of AFB1 in perfused rat liver. This may be in part of due to extrahepatic factors, which contribute, in more liver damage.

  14. MCT1 and MCT4 Expression During Myocardial Ischemic-Reperfusion Injury in the Isolated Rat Heart

    Yi Zhu


    Full Text Available Background/Aims: Myocardium ischemia-reperfusion (I/R injury can be caused by imbalances in cellular metabolism. Lactate, transported by monocarboxylate transporters (MCTs, has been implicated as a mechanism in this process. The present study was designed to investigate the expression and functional role of MCTs in rat hearts during ischemia and reperfusion. Methods: Langendorff-perfused rat hearts were subjected to 20 minutes stabilization, 30 minutes of global ischemia and 60 minutes reperfusion. Hearts were collected serially for detecting expression changes in MCT1, MCT4 during myocardial I/R injury and lactate concentration was measured. Post-ischemic left ventricular function and infract size were determined at end-point, followed by the pretreatment of D-lactate, a competitive inhibitor of MCTs. Results: MCT4 was significantly increased following global ischemia and MCT1 expression was increased during the early stages of reperfusion in isolated rat hearts, while the expression of the ancillary protein CD147 was increased during I/R injury. We determined increases in AMPK phosphorylation status, which was significantly elevated following ischemia and early reperfusion. Blocking monocarboxylate transport by competitive inhibition with D-lactate caused decreased left ventricular performance and increased infarct size. Conclusion: Increased MCT4 expression facilitates lactate extrusion during the ischemic period, while increased MCT1 may facilitate lactate transport into and out of cells simultaneously during early reperfusion, with increases in AMPK phosphorylation status during the myocardial I/R period. Lactate transport by MCTs has a profound protective effect during myocardial ischemia reperfusion injury.

  15. Anti-apoptosis effect of polysaccharide isolated from the seeds of Cuscuta chinensis Lam on cardiomyocytes in aging rats.

    Sun, Shou-Li; Guo, Li; Ren, Ya-Chao; Wang, Bing; Li, Rong-Hui; Qi, Yu-Shan; Yu, Hui; Chang, Nai-Dan; Li, Ming-Hui; Peng, Hai-Sheng


    To investigate the mechanism of apoptosis in myocardial cells of aging rats induced by D-galactose and to study the effect of the Polysaccharide isolated from the seeds of Cuscuta chinensis Lam (PCCL) on apoptosis of cardiomyocytes and its corresponding machinasim in aging rat model. Fifty male SD rats were randomly divided into 5 groups. Normal control group (NC). D-galactose (100 mg · kg(-1)d(-1) for 56 day) indued aging group (MC), D-galactose plus 100 mg kg(-1) d(-1) PCCL group (ML), D-galactose plus 200 mg kg(-1) d(-1) PCCL group (MM), and D-galactose plus 400 mg kg(-1) d(-1) PCCL group (MH). Same volume of solution (water, or PCCL aqueous solution) was given by gavage for 56 days. Then the hearts were collected and apoptosis parameters were evaluated. Caspase-3 and Cyt c were determined by fluorescence spectrometer, the apoptosis rate was assessed by AnnexinV-FITC method by Flow-Cytometry, [Ca(2+)]i and [Ca(2+)]i overloaded by KCL were observed by laser scanning confocal microscopy (LSCM); Bcl-2 and Bax were examined by immunohistochemistry. The content of Cyt C, [Ca(2+)]i of cardiomyocytes, the activity of Caspase-3, Bax expression level in D-galactose induced aging group were higher than NC (p aging group compared to NC. On the other hand, the content of Cyt C, [Ca(2+)]i of cardiomyocytes, the activity of Caspase-3 and apoptosis rate, as well as Bax expression level in all three PCCL groups were decreased compared to galactose induced group (p aging group. PCCL could decrease the apoptosis of cardiomyocytes by the mitochondria apoptosis pathway.

  16. The effect of temperature on basal tension and thyroarytenoid muscle contraction in an isolated rat glottis model.

    Wang, Hsing-Won; Chu, Yueng-Hsiang; Chao, Pin-Zhir; Lee, Fei-Peng


    The pitch of voice is closely related to the vocal fold tension, which is the end result of coordinated movement of the intralaryngeal muscles, and especially the thyroarytenoid muscle. It is known that vocal quality may be affected by surrounding temperature; however, the effect of temperature on vocal fold tension is mostly unknown. Thus, the aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of temperature on isolated rat glottis and thyroarytenoid muscle contraction induced by electrical field stimulation. In vitro isometric tension of the glottis ring from 30 Sprague-Dawley rats was continuously recorded by the tissue bath method. Electrical field stimulation was applied to the glottis ring with two wire electrodes placed parallel to the glottis and connected to a direct-current stimulator. The tension changes of the rat glottis rings that were either untreated or treated with electrical field stimulation were recorded continuously at temperatures from 37 to 7 °C or from 7 to 37 °C. Warming from 7 to 37 °C increased the basal tension of the glottis rings and decreased the electrical field stimulation-induced glottis ring contraction, which was chiefly due to thyroarytenoid muscle contraction. In comparison, cooling from 37 to 7 °C decreased the basal tension and enhanced glottis ring contraction by electrical field stimulation. We concluded that warming increased the basal tension of the glottis in vitro and decreased the amplitude of electrical field stimulation-induced thyroarytenoid muscle contraction. Thus, vocal pitch and the fine tuning of vocal fold tension might be affected by temperature in vivo.

  17. Reaction mechanism of mRNA guanylyltransferase from rat liver: isolation and characterization of a guanylyl-enzyme intermediate.

    Mizumoto, K; Kaziro, Y; Lipmann, F


    Rat liver RNA guanylyltransferase catalyzes a GTP-PPi exchange reaction in the absence of acceptor RNA [Mizumoto, K. & Lipmann, F. (1979) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 76, 4961-4965] suggesting that the reaction proceeds through the formation of a covalent guanylylated intermediate. We now present more direct evidence for the existence of the enzyme-GMP intermediate: (i) the enzyme-[32P]GMP intermediate was formed on incubation of rat liver guanylyltransferase with [alpha-32P]GTP and migrated as a single radioactive band with Mr 69,000 on NaDodSO4/polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, and (ii) the intermediate isolated on gel filtration can transfer its GMP moiety to ppGpCpC-poly(A2,U2,G) to form the capped RNA molecule or it can react with PPi to regenerate GTP. The formation of the intermediate was dependent on Mg2+ and was strongly inhibited by PPi. The addition of pyrophosphatase markedly increased the amount of the intermediate complex. On blue dextran-Sepharose affinity column chromatography, the activity of guanylyltransferase to form an enzyme-[32P]GMP intermediate comigrated with activities of cap formation and GTP-PPi exchange. A phosphoamide type linkage between GMP and enzyme is suggested by its acidlabile and alkali-stable nature and also by the susceptibility to acidic hydroxylamine. These results indicate that the reaction catalyzed by rat liver guanylyltransferase occurs through the following two partial steps: (i) E + GTP in equilibrium E-pG + PPi; and (ii) E-pG + ppN .....leads to GpppN .....+ E.

  18. The anti-convulsants lacosamide, lamotrigine, and rufinamide reduce myotonia in isolated human and rat skeletal muscle.

    Skov, Martin; de Paoli, Frank V; Nielsen, Ole B; Pedersen, Thomas H


    In myotonia congenita, loss of ClC-1 Cl(-) channel function results in skeletal muscle hyperexcitability and myotonia. Anti-myotonic treatment has typically targeted the voltage-gated sodium channel in skeletal muscle (Nav1.4). In this study we explored whether 3 sodium channel-modulating anti-epileptics can reduce myotonia in isolated rat and human muscle. Dissected muscles were rendered myotonic by ClC-1 channel inhibition. The ability of the drugs to suppress myotonia was then assessed from subclinical to maximal clinical concentrations. Drug synergy was determined using isobole plots. All drugs were capable of abolishing myotonia in both rat and human muscles. Lamotrigine and rufinamide completely suppressed myotonia at submaximal clinical concentrations, whereas lacosamide had to be raised above the maximal clinical concentration to suppress myotonia completely. A synergistic effect of lamotrigine and rufinamide was observed. These findings suggest that lamotrigine and rufinamide could be considered for anti-myotonic treatment in myotonia congenita. Muscle Nerve 56: 136-142, 2017. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  19. Salvianolic Acid B Reducing Portal Hypertension Depends on Macrophages in Isolated Portal Perfused Rat Livers with Chronic Hepatitis

    Zhao, Xin; Jia, Hongmei; Yang, Shijun; Liu, Yuetao; Deng, Bo; Xu, Xueyan; Zhang, Tao; Zhou, Hang; Zu, Chengzhe; Yin, He; Li, Ting; Song, Yijun; Wang, Yueqi; Li, Pengtao; Zou, Zhongmei; Cai, Dayong


    This study is aimed to investigate the effects of Sal B on portal hypertension (PH). PH with chronic hepatitis was induced by carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) in rats. The model was confirmed with elevated portal pressures and increased serum CD163 levels. The inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) or heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) in portal triads was assessed. The isolated portal perfused rat liver (IPPRL) was performed at d0, d28, d56 , and d84 in the progression of chronic hepatitis. After constricting with phenylephrine, the portal veins were relaxed with Sal B. The EC50 of Sal B for relaxing portal veins was −2.04 × 10−9, 7.28 × 10−11, 1.52 × 10−11, and 8.44 × 10−11 mol/L at d0, d28, d56, and d84, respectively. More macrophages infiltrated in portal triads and expressed more iNOS or HO-1 as PH advanced. The areas under the curve (AUCs) of Sal B for reducing PH were positively correlated with the levels of iNOS or HO-1 in portal triads, and so did with serum CD163 levels. Sal B reduces PH in IPPRL with chronic hepatitis, via promoting portal relaxation due to macrophage-originated NO or CO in portal triads, partly at least. PMID:23118797

  20. Palmitate activates autophagy in INS-1E β-cells and in isolated rat and human pancreatic islets.

    Luisa Martino

    Full Text Available We have investigated the in vitro effects of increased levels of glucose and free fatty acids on autophagy activation in pancreatic beta cells. INS-1E cells and isolated rat and human pancreatic islets were incubated for various times (from 2 to 24 h at different concentrations of glucose and/or palmitic acid. Then, cell survival was evaluated and autophagy activation was explored by using various biochemical and morphological techniques. In INS-1E cells as well as in rat and human islets, 0.5 and 1.0 mM palmitate markedly increased autophagic vacuole formation, whereas high glucose was ineffective alone and caused little additional change when combined with palmitate. Furthermore, LC3-II immunofluorescence co-localized with that of cathepsin D, a lysosomal marker, showing that the autophagic flux was not hampered in PA-treated cells. These effects were maintained up to 18-24 h incubation and were associated with a significant decline of cell survival correlated with both palmitate concentration and incubation time. Ultrastructural analysis showed that autophagy activation, as evidenced by the occurrence of many autophagic vacuoles in the cytoplasm of beta cells, was associated with a diffuse and remarkable swelling of the endoplasmic reticulum. Our results indicate that among the metabolic alterations typically associated with type 2 diabetes, high free fatty acids levels could play a role in the activation of autophagy in beta cells, through a mechanism that might involve the induction of endoplasmic reticulum stress.

  1. Pharmacology of Casimiroa edulis IV. Hypotensive effects of compounds isolated from methanolic extracts in rats and guinea pigs.

    Magos, G A; Vidrio, H; Reynolds, W F; Enríquez, R G


    Bioassay-directed fractionation of the methanolic extract of seeds of Casimiroa edulis led to the isolation of seven constituents with cardiovascular activity, namely the new compound synephrine acetonide and the known compounds N-monomethylhistamine, N,N-dimethylhistamine, proline, N-methylproline, gamma-aminobutyric acid and casimiroedine. In anesthetized rats, both histamine derivatives produced transient hypotension mediated via H1-histaminergic receptors and in the case of N,N-dimethylhistamine, via nitric oxide release. Synephrine acetonide produced transient hypertension and tachycardia, mediated via alpha- and alpha- and beta-adrenergic receptores, respectively. The chromatographic zone containing N-methyproline, proline and gamma-aminobutyric acid elicited marked and prolonged hypotension. Finally, casimiroedine did not modify the blood pressure of anesthetized rats, but lowered it persistently in anesthetized guinea pigs. It was concluded that hypotension produced by C. edulis is due to several active components. The immediate effect can be attributed to the histamine derivatives acting on H1-receptors. More prolonged hypotension would be produced by the mixture of amino acids through an unknown mechanism, as well as by casimiroedine, possibly by activation of H3-receptors. Hypotension is partially offset by synephrine acetonide through adrenergic mechanisms.

  2. Relaxin as a protective substance in preservation solutions for organ transplantation, as shown in an isolated perfused rat liver model.

    Boehnert, M U; Armbruster, F P; Hilbig, H


    Reperfusion injury, a well-known problem in organ transplantation, results from multiple pathologic mechanisms, including platelet/mast cell activation and peroxidation of cell membrane lipids. Relaxin was originally described as an insulin-like hormone produced in the ovaries during pregnancy. It causes vessel dilation and inhibition of platelet and mast cell activation. The present study investigated the protective effect of relaxin against reperfusion injury in liver tissue. We used a model of isolated perfused rat liver to simulate liver transplantation. Organ preservation was performed identical to human transplantation in 20 male Wistar rats. During preservation we applied 64 ng/mL relaxin. In contrast controls (n = 10) had no relaxin treatment. To quantify cell damage, we measured malonyldialdehyde (MDA; end product of lipid peroxidation) and myeloperoxidase activity (MPO; marker for accumulation of neutrophil granulocytes) in the perfusates. The livers were examined immunohistochemically for the same parameters. Relaxin as an additional substance in preservation solutions decreased perfusate MPO and MDA levels by up to 30%, as shown by immunohistochemistry. Our preliminary data suggested that relaxin is a promising agent to reduce hepatocyte damage caused by ischemia-reperfusion injury. Quantitative analysis of MDA and MPO levels in the perfusate is the subject of an ongoing study.

  3. Cardioprotective effect of aqueous extract of Chichorium intybus on ischemia-reperfusion injury in isolated rat heart.

    Sadeghi, Najmeh; Dianat, Mahin; Badavi, Mohammad; Malekzadeh, Ahad


    Several studies have shown that Chichorium intybus (C. intybus) which possesses flavonoid compounds has an effective role in treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Contractile dysfunction mostly occurs after acute myocardial infarction, cardiac bypass surgery, heart transplantation and coronary angioplasty. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of aqueous extract of C. intybus on ischemia- reperfusion injury in isolated rat heart. The animals were divided into four groups (Sham, Control, 1 mg/ml and 3 mg/ml of extract) of 8 rats. The aorta was cannulated, and then the heart was mounted on a Langendorff apparatus. Next, a balloon was inserted into the left ventricle (LV) and peak positive value of time derivate of LV pressure (+dp/dt), coronary flow (CF), and left ventricular systolic pressure (LVSP) in pre-ischemia and reperfusion period were calculated by a Power Lab system. All groups underwent a 30-minute global ischemia followed by a 60-minute reperfusion. The results showed that heart rate (HR), coronary flow, and left ventricular developed pressure (LVDP) and rate of pressure product (RPP) significantly decreased in the control group during reperfusion, while these values in the groups receiving the extract (3mg/ml) improved significantly during reperfusion (p<0.001). It seems that flavonoid compounds of aqueous extract of C. intybus reduce ischemia - reperfusion injuries, suggesting its protective effect on heart function after ischemia.

  4. Cardioprotective effect of aqueous extract of Chichorium intybus L. on ischemia-reperfusion injury in isolated rat heart

    Najmeh Sadeghi


    Full Text Available Objective: Several studies have shown that Chichorium intybus L. (C. intybus which possesses flavonoid compounds has an effective role in treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Contractile dysfunction mostly occurs after acute myocardial infarction, cardiac bypass surgery, heart transplantation and coronary angioplasty. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of aqueous extract of C. intybus on ischemia- reperfusion injury in isolated rat heart. Materials and Methods: The animals were divided into four groups (Sham, Control, 1 mg/ml and 3 mg/ml of extract of 8 rats. The aorta was cannulated, and then the heart was mounted on a Langendorff apparatus. Next, a balloon was inserted into the left ventricle (LV and peak positive value of time derivate of LV pressure (+dp/dt, coronary flow (CF, and left ventricular systolic pressure (LVSP in pre-ischemia and reperfusion period were calculated by a Power Lab system. All groups underwent a 30-minute global ischemia followed by a 60-minute reperfusion. Results: The results showed that heart rate (HR, coronary flow, and left ventricular developed pressure (LVDP and rate of pressure product (RPP significantly decreased in the control group during reperfusion, while these values in the groups receiving the extract (3mg/ml improved significantly during reperfusion (p

  5. Effect of etomidate on voltage-dependent potassium currents in rat isolated hippocampal pyramidal neurons

    TAN Hong-yu; SUN Li-na; WANG Xiao-liang; YE Tie-hu


    Background Previous studies demonstrated general anesthetics affect potassium ion channels, which may be one of the mechanisms of general anesthesia. Because the effect of etomidate on potassium channels in rat hippocampus which is involved in memory function has not been studied, we investigated the effects of etomidate on both delayed rectifier potassium current (I_((K(DR))) and transient outward potassium current (I_((K(A))) in acutely dissociated rat hippocampal pyramidal neurons.Methods Single rat hippocampal pyramidal neurons from male Wistar rats of 7-10 days were acutely dissociated by enzymatic digestion and mechanical dispersion according to the methods of Kay and Wong with slight modification. Voltage-clamp recordings were performed in the whole-cell patch clamp configuration. Currents were recorded with a List EPC-10 amplifier and data were stored in a computer using Pulse 8.5. Student's paired two-tail t test was used for data analysis. Results At the concentration of 100 μmol/L, etomidate significantly inhibited I_(K(DR)) by 49.2% at +40 mV when depolarized from -110 mV (P 0.05). The IC_(50) value of etomidate for blocking I_(K(DR)) was calculated as 5.4 μmol/L, with a Hill slope of 2.45. At the presence of 10 μmol/L etomidate, the V_(1/2) of activation curve was shifted from (17.3±1.5) mV to (10.7±9.9) mV (n=8, P <0.05), the V_(1/2) of inactivation curve was shifted from (-18.3±2.2) mV to (-45.3±9.4) mV (n=8, P <0.05). Etomidate 10 μmol/L shifted both the activation curve and inactivation curve of I_(K(DR)) to negative potential, but mainly affected the inactivation kinetics.Conclusions Etomidate potently inhibited I_(K(DR)) but not I_(K(A)) in rat hippocampal pyramidal neurons. I_(K(DR)) was inhibited by etomidate in a concentration-dependent manner, while I_(K(A)) remained unaffected.

  6. Glycogen stability and glycogen phosphorylase activities in isolated skeletal muscles from rat and toad.

    Goodman, C A; Stephenson, G M


    There is increasing evidence that endogenous glycogen depletion may affect excitation-contraction (E-C) coupling events in vertebrate skeletal muscle. One approach employed in physiological investigations of E-C coupling involves the use of mechanically skinned, single fibre preparations obtained from tissues stored under paraffin oil, at room temperature (RT: 20-24 degrees C) and 4 degrees C for several hours. In the present study, we examined the effect of these storage conditions on the glycogen content in three muscles frequently used in research on E-C coupling: rat extensor digitorum longus (EDL) and soleus (SOL) and toad iliofibularis (IF). Glycogen content was determined fluorometrically in homogenates prepared from whole muscles, stored under paraffin oil for up to 6 h at RT or 4 degrees C. Control muscles and muscles stored for 0.5 and 6 h were also analysed for total phosphorylase (Phos(total)) and phosphorylase a (Phos a) activities. No significant change was observed in the glycogen content of EDL and SOL muscles stored at RT for 0.5 h. In rat muscles stored at RT for longer than 0.5 h, the glycogen content decreased to 67.6% (EDL) and 78.7% (SOL) of controls after 3 h and 25.3% (EDL) and 37.4% (SOL) after 6 h. Rat muscles stored at 4 degrees C retained 79.0% (EDL) and 92.5% (SOL) of glycogen after 3 h and 75.2% (EDL) and 61.1% (SOL) after 6 h. The glycogen content of IF muscles stored at RT or 4 degrees C for 6 h was not significantly different from controls. Phos(total) was unchanged in all muscles over the 6 h period, at both temperatures. Phos a was also unchanged in the toad IF muscles, but in rat muscles it decreased rapidly, particularly in EDL (4.1-fold after 0.5 h at RT). Taken together these results indicate that storage under paraffin oil for up to 6 h at RT or 4 degrees C is accompanied by minimal glycogen loss in toad IF muscles and by a time- and temperature-dependent glycogen loss in EDL and SOL muscles of the rat.

  7. TRPC1 expression and distribution in rat hearts

    W. Niu


    Full Text Available Transient receptor potential canonical (TRPC proteins have been identified as a family of plasma membrane calcium-permeable channels. TRPC proteins can be activated by various stimuli and act as cellular sensors in mammals. Stretch-activated ion channels (SACs have been proposed to underlie cardiac mechano-electric feedback (MEF, although the molecular entity of SAC remains unknown. There is evidence suggesting that transient receptor potential canonical 1 (TRPC1 is a stretch-activated ion channel. As a non-selective cation channel, TRPC1 may cause stretch-induced depolarization and arrhythmia and thus may contribute to the MEF of the heart. In this study, we examined the expression patterns of TRPC1 in detail at both the mRNA and protein levels in rat hearts.We isolated total RNA from the left and right atria, and the left and right ventricles, and detected TRPC1 mRNA in these tissues using reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR. To study the protein localization and targeting, we performed immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence labeling with the antibody against TRPC1. TRPC1 was detected in the cardiomyocytes of the ventricle and atrium at both the mRNA and protein levels. The cell membrane and Ttubule showed strong fluorescence labeling in the ventricular myocytes. Purkinje cells, the endothelial cells and smooth muscle cells of the coronary arterioles also displayed TRPC1 labeling. No TRPC1 was detected in fibroblasts. In conclusion, TRPC1 is widely expressed in the rat heart, including in working cells, Purkinje cells and vascular cells, suggesting that it plays an important role in the heart. The specific distribution pattern offered a useful insight into its function in adult rat ventricular cells. Further investigations are needed to clarify the role of TRPC1 in regulating cardiac activity, including cardiac MEF.

  8. Functional BK channels facilitate the β3-adrenoceptor agonist-mediated relaxation of nerve-evoked contractions in rat urinary bladder smooth muscle isolated strips.

    Afeli, Serge A Y; Petkov, Georgi V


    The large-conductance voltage- and Ca(2+)-activated K(+) (BK) channel is a major regulator of detrusor smooth muscle (DSM) contractility thus facilitating urinary bladder function. Recent findings suggest that activation of β3-adrenoceptors causes DSM relaxation. However, it is unknown whether the β3-adrenoceptor-mediated DSM relaxation is BK channel-dependent during nerve-evoked contractions. To test this hypothesis, we induced nerve-evoked contractions in rat DSM isolated strips by using a tissue bath system equipped with platinum electrodes for electrical field stimulation (EFS). (±)-(R(*),R(*))-[4-[2-[[2-(3-chlorophenyl)-2-hydroxyethyl]amino]propyl]phenoxy] acetic acid sodium hydrate (BRL37344), a β3-adrenoceptor agonist, significantly decreased the amplitude and muscle force of the 20 Hz EFS-induced DSM contractions in a concentration-dependent manner. The BRL37344 inhibitory effect was significantly antagonized by 1-(2-ethylphenoxy)-3-[[(1S)-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-1-naphthalenyl]amino]-(2S)-2-propanol hydrochloride (SR59230A), a β3-adrenoceptor antagonist. We further isolated the cholinergic from the purinergic component of the 0.5-50 Hz EFS-induced DSM contractions by using selective inhibitors, atropine as well as suramin and α,β-methylene-ATP. We found that BRL37344 inhibited both the purinergic and cholinergic components of the nerve-evoked contractions in rat DSM isolated strips. The pharmacological blockade of the BK channels with iberiotoxin, a selective BK channel inhibitor, increased the amplitude and muscle force of the 20 Hz EFS-induced contractions in rat DSM isolated strips. In the presence of iberiotoxin, there was a significant reduction in the BRL37344-induced inhibition of the 20 Hz EFS-induced contractions in rat DSM isolated strips. These latter findings suggest that BK channels play a critical role in the β3-adrenoceptor-mediated inhibition of rat DSM nerve-evoked contractions.

  9. Rapid and reversible impairments of short- and long-term social recognition memory are caused by acute isolation of adult rats via distinct mechanisms.

    Shahar-Gold, Hadar; Gur, Rotem; Wagner, Shlomo


    Mammalian social organizations require the ability to recognize and remember individual conspecifics. This social recognition memory (SRM) can be examined in rodents using their innate tendency to investigate novel conspecifics more persistently than familiar ones. Here we used the SRM paradigm to examine the influence of housing conditions on the social memory of adult rats. We found that acute social isolation caused within few days a significant impairment in acquisition of short-term SRM of male and female rats. Moreover, SRM consolidation into long-term memory was blocked following only one day of social isolation. Both impairments were reversible, but with different time courses. Furthermore, only the impairment in SRM consolidation was reversed by systemic administration of arginine-vasopressin (AVP). In contrast to SRM, object recognition memory was not affected by social isolation. We conclude that acute social isolation rapidly induces reversible changes in the brain neuronal and molecular mechanisms underlying SRM, which hamper its acquisition and completely block its consolidation. These changes occur via distinct, AVP sensitive and insensitive mechanisms. Thus, acute social isolation of rats swiftly causes changes in their brain and interferes with their normal social behavior.

  10. VLDL from Metabolic Syndrome Individuals Enhanced Lipid Accumulation in Atria with Association of Susceptibility to Atrial Fibrillation

    Hsiang-Chun Lee


    Full Text Available Metabolic syndrome (MetS represents a cluster of metabolic derangements. Dyslipidemia is an important factor in MetS and is related to atrial fibrillation (AF. We hypothesized that very low density lipoproteins (VLDL in MetS (MetS-VLDL may induce atrial dilatation and vulnerability to AF. VLDL was therefore separated from normal (normal-VLDL and MetS individuals. Wild type C57BL/6 male mice were divided into control, normal-VLDL (nVLDL, and MetS-VLDL (msVLDL groups. VLDL (15 µg/g and equivalent volumes of saline were injected via tail vein three times a week for six consecutive weeks. Cardiac chamber size and function were measured by echocardiography. MetS-VLDL significantly caused left atrial dilation (control, n = 10, 1.64 ± 0.23 mm; nVLDL, n = 7, 1.84 ± 0.13 mm; msVLDL, n = 10, 2.18 ± 0.24 mm; p < 0.0001 at week 6, associated with decreased ejection fraction (control, n = 10, 62.5% ± 7.7%, vs. msVLDL, n = 10, 52.9% ± 9.6%; p < 0.05. Isoproterenol-challenge experiment resulted in AF in young msVLDL mice. Unprovoked AF occurred only in elderly msVLDL mice. Immunohistochemistry showed excess lipid accumulation and apoptosis in msVLDL mice atria. These findings suggest a pivotal role of VLDL in AF pathogenesis for MetS individuals.

  11. Comparative Proteomics Provides Insights into Metabolic Responses in Rat Liver to Isolated Soy and Meat Proteins

    Song, Shangxin; Hooiveld, G.J.E.J.; Zhang, W.; Li, Mengjie; Zhoa, Fan; Xu, Xinglian; Müller, M.R.; Li, Chunbao; Zhou, Guanghong


    It has been reported that isolated dietary soy and meat proteins have distinct effects on physiology and liver gene expression, but the impact on protein expression responses are unknown. Because these may differ from gene expression responses, we investigated dietary protein-induced changes in live

  12. Peptide-evoked release of amylase from isolated acini of the rat parotid gland

    Goll, R; Poulsen, J H; Schmidt, P


    in extracts of the gland. The immunoreactivity of these peptides could be located to varicose nerve fibers in the gland. Binding of labeled SP to the isolated acini exhibited the characteristics of a genuine agonist/receptor interaction, and the rank order of displacement potencies indicated the presence...

  13. Propofol improves cardiac functional recovery after ischemia-reperfusion by upregulating nitric oxide synthase activity in the isolated rat hearts

    SUN Hai-yan; XUE Fu-shan; XU Ya-chao; LI Cheng-wen; XIONG Jun; LIAO Xu; ZHANG Yan-ming


    Background There are few studies to assess whether propofol attenuates myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury via a mechanism related to nitric oxide (NO) route, so we designed this randomized blinded experiment to observe the changes of NO contents, nitric oxide synthase (NOS) activity, NOS contents in the myocardium, and cardiac function in ischemic reperfused isolated rat hearts, and to assess the relation between myocardial NO system and cardioprotection of propofol.Methods The hearts of 30 Sprague-Dawley male rats were removed, mounted on a Langendorff apparatus, and randomly assigned to one of three groups (n=10 each group) to be treated with the following treatments in a blinded manner: Group 1, control group, after perfusion with pure Krebs Henseleit bicarbonate (K-HBB) buffer solution for 15 minutes, hearts were subjected to 20 minutes global ischemia followed by 60 minutes reperfusion with pure K-HBB buffer; Group 2, after perfusion with K-HBB buffer solution containing propofol (10 μg/ml) for 15 minutes, the hearts underwent 20 minutes global ischemia followed by 60 minutes reperfusion with the same K-HBB buffer solution; Group 3, after perfusion with K-HBB buffer solution containing propofol (10 μg/ml) and L-NAME (100 μmol/L) for 15 minutes, the hearts underwent 20 minutes global ischemia followed by 60 minutes reperfusion with the same K-HBB buffer solution. The cardiac function was continuously monitored throughout the experiment.The coronary flow was also measured. An ISO-NO electrode was placed into the right atrium close to the coronary sinus to continuously measure NO concentration in the coronary effluent. The tissue samples from apex of hearts in Groups 1 and 2 were obtained to measure the NOS activity by spectrophotometry and the NOS contents by immunohistochemistry, respectively.Results The cardiac function was significantly inhibited after ischemia and then gradually improved with reperfusion in all three groups. As compared with Group 1

  14. Perfusion of isolated carotid sinus with hydrogen sulfide attenuated the renal sympathetic nerve activity in anesthetized male rats.

    Guo, Q; Wu, Y; Xue, H; Xiao, L; Jin, S; Wang, R


    The purpose of the present study was to define the indirect central effect of hydrogen sulfide (H(2)S) on baroreflex control of sympathetic outflow. Perfusing the isolated carotid sinus with sodium hydrosulfide (NaHS), a H(2)S donor, the effect of H(2)S was measured by recording changes of renal sympathetic nerve activity (RSNA) in anesthetized male rats. Perfusion of isolated carotid sinus with NaHS (25, 50, 100 micromol/l) dose and time-dependently inhibited sympathetic outflow. Preconditioning of glibenclamide (20 micromol/l), a ATP-sensitive K(+) channels (K(ATP)) blocker, the above effect of NaHS was removed. With 1, 4-dihydro-2, 6-dimethyl-5-nitro-4-(2-[trifluoromethyl] phenyl) pyridine-3-carboxylic acid methyl ester (Bay K8644, 500 nmol/l) pretreatment, which is an agonist of L-calcium channels, the effect of NaHS was eliminated. Perfusion of cystathionine gamma-lyase (CSE) inhibitor, DL-propargylglycine (PPG, 200 micromol/l), increased sympathetic outflow. The results show that exogenous H(2)S in the carotid sinus inhibits sympathetic outflow. The effect of H(2)S is attributed to opening K(ATP) channels and closing the L-calcium channels.

  15. The vasodilator mechanisms of sodium metabisulfite on precontracted isolated aortic rings in rats: signal transduction pathways and ion channels.

    Yang, Zhenhua; Zhang, Yuexia; Meng, Ziqiang


    Sodium metabisulfite (SMB) is most commonly used as a food additives, however few study was performed on the vasodilator effect of SMB. In the present paper, the vasodilator effects of SMB and roles of Ca(2+) and K(+) channels as well as the cGMP pathway on isolated rat aortic rings were studied. The results show that: (1) SMB could relax isolated aortic rings precontracted by norepinephrine in a concentration-dependent manner. The maximal endothelium-dependent vasorelaxation was approximately 20% whereas that not depending on the presence of the endothelium was more than 90%. (2) The vasorelaxant effects induced by 50 or 200 μM SMB were partially inhibited by iberiotoxin, NS-2028 or l-NNA. The vasorelaxation of 1000 μM SMB was partially inhibited by nifedipine or glibenclamide. The SMB induced vasorelaxation was partially inhibited by tetraethylammonium. These results led to the conclusions that the vasorelaxation of SMB at low concentrations (500 μM) was endothelium-independent and mediated by K(ATP) channel and L-type Ca(2+) channel. The maximal allowable concentration from China and the acceptable daily intake level from WHO of SMB as a food additive should be revised. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. The effect of temperature on eccentric contraction-induced isometric force loss in isolated perfused rat medial gastrocnemius muscle

    Vasaghi Gharamaleki B


    Full Text Available "nBackground: The typical features of eccentric exercise-induced muscle damage are delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS and prolonged loss of muscle strength. It has been shown that passive warmth is effective in reducing muscle injury. Due to the interaction of different systems in vivo, we used isolated perfused medial gastrocnemius skeletal muscle to study the direct effect of temperature on the eccentric contraction-induced force loss. "nMethods: After femoral artery cannulation of a rat, the left medial gastrocnemius muscle was separated and then the entire lower limb was transferred into a prewarmed (35oC chamber. With the chamber temperature at 31, 35 and 39oC before and during eccentric contraction. Isometric force loss was measured after 15 eccentric contractions (N=7-9. "nResults: Maximum contraction force reduction has been used as an index for eccentric contraction-induced force loss. In this study eccentric contraction caused a significant reduction in maximum isometric tension (p<0.01, but no significant difference was seen in isometric force loss at 31oC and 39oC compared with that at 35oC. "nConclusions: Our results suggest that temperature changes before or during eccentric contractions have no effect on eccentric contraction-induced force loss. "nKeywords: Isolated perfused muscle, skeletal muscle, eccentric contractions, isometric force, gastrocnemius muscle, temperature.

  17. Wound healing activity and docking of glycogen-synthase-kinase-3-beta-protein with isolated triterpenoid lupeol in rats.

    Harish, B G; Krishna, V; Santosh Kumar, H S; Khadeer Ahamed, B M; Sharath, R; Kumara Swamy, H M


    A triterpene compound lupeol isolated from petroleum ether extract of leaves of Celastrus paniculatus was screened for wound healing activity (8 mg/ml of 0.2% sodium alginate gel) by excision, incision and dead space wound models on Swiss Albino rats (175-225 g). In lupeol treated groups wound healing activity was more significant (17.83+/-0.48) than the standard skin ointment nitrofurazone (18.33+/-0.42). Epithelialization of the incision wound was faster with a high rate of wound contraction (571.50+/-5.07) as compared with the control group. In dead space wound model also the weight of the granulation tissue of the lupeol treated animal was increased indicating increase of collagenation and absence of monocytes. The comparative docking of isolated lupeol molecule and standard drug nitrofurazone to glycogen synthase kinase 3-beta protein by Wnt signaling pathway also supported the wound healing property of lupeol. The activation domain of GSK3-beta consisted of Tyr216, with residues Asn64, Gly65, Ser66, Phe67, Gly68, Val70, Lys85, Leu132, Val135, Asp181 in the active pocket docked with lupeol at the torsional degree of freedom 0.5 units with Lamarckian genetic algorithm showed the inhibition constant of 1.38 x 10(-7). The inhibition constant of nitrofurazone was only 1.35 x 10(-4).

  18. Effects of S100A9 in a rat model of asthma and in isolated tracheal spirals.

    Yin, Lei-Miao; Li, Hai-Yan; Zhang, Qing-Hua; Xu, Yu-Dong; Wang, Yu; Jiang, Yong-Liang; Wei, Ying; Liu, Yan-Yan; Yang, Yong-Qing


    S100A9 is a member of the S100 family of proteins that contain two EF-hand calcium-binding motifs. We previously reported that S100A9 was differentially expressed during the early airway response phase of asthma and can be regulated by acupuncture. To understand the possible role of S100A9 in asthma, the effects of the S100A9 were investigated in a rat model of asthma and in isolated tracheal spirals. The pulmonary function and isometric tension were measured after the administration of purified recombinant S100A9. The results of in vivo experiments showed that S100A9 (0.1microg/kg) significantly decreased the pulmonary resistance and increased the dynamic compliance. The in vitro experimental results showed that S100A9 (100, 200, 400, or 800ng/ml, final concentrations) significantly reduced the isometric tension of isolated tracheal spirals. These results suggest that S100A9 elicits dose-dependent anti-asthmatic effects and may provide further insight into the treatment of asthma.

  19. Antibodies against potassium channel interacting protein 2 induce necrosis in isolated rat cardiomyocytes.

    Choudhury, Sangita; Schnell, Michael; Bühler, Thomas; Reinke, Yvonne; Lüdemann, Jan; Nießner, Felix; Brinkmeier, Heinrich; Herda, Lars R; Staudt, Alexander; Kroemer, Heyo K; Völker, Uwe; Felix, Stephan B; Landsberger, Martin


    Auto-antibodies against cardiac proteins have been described in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy. Antibodies against the C-terminal part of KChIP2 (anti-KChIP2 [C-12]) enhance cell death of rat cardiomyocytes. The underlying mechanisms are not fully understood. Therefore, we wanted to explore the mechanisms responsible for anti-KChIP2-mediated cell death. Rat cardiomyocytes were treated with anti-KChIP2 (C-12). KChIP2 RNA and protein expressions, nuclear NF-κB, mitochondrial membrane potential Δψm, caspase-3 and -9 activities, necrotic and apoptotic cells, total Ca(2+) and K(+) concentrations, and the effects on L-type Ca(2+) channels were quantified. Anti-KChIP2 (C-12) induced nuclear translocation of NF-κB. Anti-KChIP2 (C-12)-treatment for 2 h significantly reduced KChIP2 mRNA and protein expression. Anti-KChIP2 (C-12) induced nuclear translocation of NF-κB after 1 h. After 6 h, Δψm and caspase-3 and -9 activities were not significantly changed. After 24 h, anti-KChIP2 (C-12)-treated cells were 75 ± 3% necrotic, 2 ± 1% apoptotic, and 13 ± 2% viable. Eighty-six ± 1% of experimental buffer-treated cells were viable. Anti-KChIP2 (C-12) induced significant increases in total Ca(2+) (plus 11 ± 2%) and K(+) (plus 18 ± 2%) concentrations after 5 min. Anti-KChIP2 (C-12) resulted in an increased Ca(2+) influx through L-type Ca(2+) channels. In conclusion, our results suggest that anti-KChIP2 (C-12) enhances cell death of rat cardiomyocytes probably due to necrosis.

  20. A Depleting Anti-CD45 Monoclonal Antibody as Isolated Conditioning for Bone Marrow Transplantation in the Rat.

    Mark D Jäger

    Full Text Available A monoclonal antibody (mAb against the leukocyte common antigen CD45 (RT7 in rats could facilitate bone marrow transplantation (BMT. This study in rats evaluates a depletive rat anti-RT7a mAb as isolated tool for BMT conditioning without using irradiation or any chemotherapeutic / immunosuppressive agent.The model used a CD45 di-allelic polymorphism (RT7a/RT7b. The anti-RT7a mAb was intravenously administered to LEW.1W rats (RT1uRT7a at 5, 10 and 15 mg/kg. 1x108 BM cells of MHC syngeneic (RT1u, MHC disparate (RT1l or MHC haploidentical (RT1u/l donors were transplanted. All BM donor strains carried the RT7b allele so that their CD45+ cells were not affected by the anti-RT7a mAb. Recipients were monitored for reconstitution and donor-chimerism in blood leukocytes.mAb dosages of 5 or 10 mg/kg were myelosuppressive, whereas 15 mg/kg was myeloablative. Multi-lineage donor-chimerism at day 100 indicated engraftment of MHC syngeneic BM after any used mAb dosage (5 mg/kg: 46+/-7%; 10 mg/kg: 62+/-5%; 15 mg/kg: 80+/-4%. MHC disparate BM resulted in autologous reconstitution after conditioning by 10 mg/kg of the mAb and caused transient chimerism ending up in death associated with aplasia after conditioning by 15 mg/kg of the mAb. MHC haploidentical BM (F1 to parental engrafted only after conditioning by 15 mg/kg (chimerism at day 100: 78+/-7%. Abandonment of α/β TCR+ cell depletion from BM grafts impaired the engraftment process after conditioning using 15 mg/kg of the mAb in the MHC syngeneic setting (2 of 6 recipients failed to engraft and the MHC haploidentical setting (3 of 6 recipients failed.This depletive anti-RT7a mAb is myelosuppressive and conditions for engraftment of MHC syngeneic BM. The mAb also facilitates engraftment of MHC haploidentical BM, if a myeloablative dose is used. RT7b expressing, BM-seeded α/β TCR+ cells seem to impair the engraftment process after myeloablative mAb conditioning.

  1. Cardioprotective Effect of Angiotensin Ⅱ Receptor Antagonist on Perfused Ischemic Reper-fusion Injury of Whole Isolated Rat Hearts

    徐延敏; 黄体钢; 陈元禄; 李广平


    Objectives Investigated the cardioprotective and mechanisms of losartan onwhole isolated ischemic reperfused rat heart. Meth-ods Langendorff perfused systems was used to in-vestigate losartan effect on whole isolated rat hearts inCPK, LDH, MDA, SOD, ang Ⅱ and arrhythmia. Re-sults Losartan decreased incidence of arrhythmia,improved atrial ventricular block recovery in reperfu-sion period, during ischemic period, CPK and LDH inI/R group increased significantly compared with con-trol group, 51.33±27.02 vs 22.42±13.33, 31.80±4.56 vs 22.28 ± 15.96, respectively, but greatlydecreased in losartan group compared with I/R group,23.90±21.74 vs 51.33±27.02 and 11.50±13.20vs 31.80 ± 4. 56, respectively. During reperfusion pe-riod CPK, LDH increased significantly in I/R groupcompared with control group, 49.11 ± 20.63 vs 12.14±5.92 and 28.70±4.69 vs 23.10±21.38, re-spectively, but decreased greatly in losartan groupcompared with I/R group, 39.40 ± 9.60 vs 49.11 ±20.63 and 14.50±13.75 vs 28.70±4.69. Thecontent of MDA, ang Ⅱ in I/R group myocytes ishigher than control group's , 26. ±9. 25 vs 17.2 ±3.37 and 8.43±3.81 vs 4. 80±0.20. However thecontent of SOD in two groups has no significantlychange, 148. 20 ± 8. 72 vs 145.08±6.82. the con-tent of MDA in losartan group myocardial tissue ismuch lower than control group, 15.92±4.05 vs26.80± 9.25 and the content of ang Ⅱ in losartangroup myocardial tissue is much higher than I/Rgroup, 12.44 ± 6.09 vs 8.43 ± 3.21. The departmentof cardiology of second hospital of Tianjin medical u-niversity Tianjin 300211 However, SOD has nosignificant change in two groups, 143.47 ±7.91 vs145.08 ± 6.82. Conclusions Losartan against is-chemic-reperfusion injury of whole isolated rathearts, those beneficial effects are mediate primarily bythe inhibited of angiotensin Ⅱ binding with its receptorand inhibited oxygen free radical scavenging potential.

  2. Nutritional evaluation of the germ meal and its protein isolate obtained from the carob seed (Ceratonia siliqua) in the rat.

    Drouliscos, N J; Malefaki, V


    1. Evaluation of the germ meal (CGM) of carob seed (Ceratonia siliqua) and its protein isolate was carried out with weanling rats. Comparisons were made with casein, soya-bean meal, whole defatted egg and a soya-bean protein isolate (Promine-D) as protein sources. The growth-promoting effects and certain biological indices were evaluated using the protein efficiency ratio (PER), biological value (BV) and net protein utilization (NPU) bioassay procedures. 2. The unsupplemented CGM had a PER of 1.66 +/- 0.09 and an NPU of 0.58 +/- 0.013. Addition of DL-methionine at 4, 8 and 12 g/kg diet resulted in a PER of 1.95 +/- 0.11, 2.01 +/- 0.11 and 1.90 +/- 0.11 respectively. The corresponding BV values were 0.80 +/- 0.003, 0.78 +/- 0.015 and 0.74 +/- 0.011, and those for NPU 0.69 +/- 0.013, 0.66 +/- 0.026 and 0.63 +/- 0.020 respectively. The addition of amino acids improved the PER (2.24--2.59), BV (0.78--0.79) and NPU (0.71--0.73) values. 3. The BV and NPU assays for the unsupplemented carob germ isolate were low (BV 0.36 +/- 0.016, NPU 0.35 +/- 0.015). Supplementation with amino acids resulted in a positive increase with values of 0.66 +/- 0.013 and 0.64 +/- 0.013 for BV and NPU respectively.

  3. Potassium currents in isolated CA1 neurons of the rat after kindling epileptogenesis.

    Vreugdenhil, M; Wadman, W J


    Daily tetanic stimulation of the Schaffer collaterals generates an epileptogenic focus in area CA1 of the rat hippocampus, ultimately leading to generalized tonic-clonic convulsions (kindling). Potassium currents were measured under voltage-clamp conditions in pyramidal neurons, acutely dissociated from the focus of fully kindled rats, one day and six weeks after the last generalized seizure. Their amplitude, kinetics, voltage dependence and calcium dependence were compared with controls. With Ca2+ influx blocked by 0.5 mM Ni2+, the sustained current (delayed rectifier) and the transient current (A-current) were not different after kindling. Calcium influx evoked an additional fast transient current component. This transient calcium-dependent current component was increased by 154%, but only immediately after the seizure. A second, slow calcium-dependent potassium current component was dependent on the intracellular calcium level, set by the pipette as well as on calcium influx. The peak amplitude of this slow calcium-dependent current was under optimal calcium conditions not different after kindling, but we found indications that either calcium homeostasis or the calcium sensitivity of the potassium channels was affected by the kindling process. In contrast to the previously described enhancement of calcium current, kindling epileptogenesis did not change the total potassium current amplitude. The minor changes that were observed can be related either to changes in calcium current or to changes in intracellular calcium homeostasis.

  4. L-propionylcarnitine and synchronization of spontaneous activity in rat isolated portal vein.

    Mancinelli, R


    The effects of L-propionylcarnitine (LPC) on spontaneous mechanical and electrical activity of rat portal vein have been studied "in vitro" by means of an isometric technique. Mechanical activity in normal Krebs solution consisted, in the majority of cases, in phasic contractions with variable amplitude, duration and frequency, while electrical activity showed both slow and fast spike potential components. By adding LPC to the medium at doses ranging from 10(-5) M to 10(-3) M, no effect has been observed while at concentrations from 2 x 10(-3) M to 8 x 10(-3) M, after an initial period of total inhibition, a dose-dependent increase in amplitude associated with a parallel decrease in frequency of contraction waves have been observed. The pattern of electrical activity was characterized by a regular slow wave component with the same frequency of the mechanical waves, and by an increase in number, amplitude and frequency of spike potentials. Experiments on synchronization of contractile activity showed that, in presence of LPC, hepatic and mesenteric regions of the vessel contract in close synchronism. These results suggest that LPC synchronizes spontaneous activity of rat portal vein by means of a mechanism which is at the present unknown.

  5. Comparative inhibitory effects of niflumic acid and novel synthetic derivatives on the rat isolated stomach fundus.

    Criddle, David N; Meireles, AnaVanescaP; Macêdo, Liana B; Leal-Cardoso, José H; Scarparo, Henrique C; Jaffar, Mohammed


    Novel derivatives of 2-[3-(trifluoromethyl)-analino]nicotinic acid (niflumic acid) were synthesized. The compounds were compared for their inhibitory effects on 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT)- and KCI-induced contraction of the rat fundus. The aim was to assess structure-activity relationships regarding the selectivity and potency of these compounds. Niflumic acid (1-100 microM) concentration-dependently inhibited 5-HT-induced tonic contractions with an IC50 value (concentration reducing the control contractile response by 50%, calculated from semi-log graphs) of 0.24 x 10(4) M (n = 9). In contrast, it was significantly less potent at inhibiting KCl-induced responses (IC50 = 1.49 x 10(4) M, n = 9). The methyl ester (NFAme) and amido (NFAm) analogues showed no selectivity between 5-HT- and KCl-induced contractions with IC50 values of 1.64 x 10(-4) M (n = 8) and 1.87 x 10(-4) M (n = 9) for 5-HT responses, and 2.61 x 10(-4) M (n = 8) and 2.55 x 10(-4) M (n = 7) for KCl-induced responses, respectively. Our results suggest that alteration of the carboxylic acid moiety of niflumic acid reduces the selectivity and potency of its inhibitory action on 5-HT-induced contractile responses of the rat fundus, possibly via a reduced interaction with calcium-activated chloride channels.

  6. A novel mechanism of vascular relaxation induced by sodium nitroprusside in the isolated rat aorta.

    Bonaventura, Daniella; Lunardi, Claure N; Rodrigues, Gerson J; Neto, Mário A; Bendhack, Lusiane M


    Sodium nitroprusside (SNP) is an endothelium-independent relaxant agent and its effect is attributed to its direct action on the vascular smooth muscle (VSM). Endothelium modulates the vascular tone through the release of vasoactive agents, such as NO. The aim of this study was to investigate the contribution of the endothelium on SNP vasorelaxation, NO release and Ca2+ mobilization. Vascular reactivity experiments showed that endothelium potentiates the SNP-relaxation in rat aortic rings and this effect was abolished by l-NAME. SNP-relaxation in intact endothelium aorta was inhibited by NOS inhibitors for the constitutive isoforms (cNOS). Furthermore, endogenous NO is involved on the SNP-effect and this endogenous NO is released by cNOS. Moreover, Ca2+ mobilization study shows that l-NAME inhibited the reduction of Ca2+-concentration in VSM cells and reduced the increase in Ca2+-concentration in endothelial cells induced by SNP. This enhancement in Ca2+-concentration in the endothelial cells is due to a voltage-dependent Ca2+ channels activation. The present findings indicate that the relaxation and [Ca2+]i decrease induced by SNP in VSM cells is potentiated by endothelial production of NO by cNOS-activation in rat aorta.

  7. Effects of early malnutrition, isolation and seizures on memory and spatial learning in the developing rat.

    Hemb, Marta; Cammarota, Martin; Nunes, Magda Lahorgue


    In this study we evaluated the effects of undernourishment and seizures on memory and spatial learning in a model of developing brain. Male Wistar rat pups were allocated to one of six experimental groups: nourished control (NC), nourished recurrent seizures (NRS), nourished status epilepticus (NSE), undernourished control (UC), undernourished recurrent seizures (URS) or undernourished status epilepticus (USE). The UC, URS and USE groups were maintained on a starvation regimen from postnatal day 2 (P2) to postnatal day 15 (P15). URS and NRS groups suffered three daily Flurothyl-induced seizures from P2 to P4. The USE and NSE groups suffered a status epilepticus (SE) on P15. Beginning on P21 all groups were trained in the Morris water maze. At P30 the animals were sacrificed and their brains weighed. Our data indicate that early undernourishment does not alter seizure susceptibility at P15, but diminishes body and brain weight (pbrain weight (p=0.972). In the Morris water probe test we have observed that undernourished rats spent less time in the target quadrant than nourished animals (pbrain weight as well as on spatial memory. Copyright 2010 ISDN. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. EPA or DHA supplementation increases triacylglycerol, but not phospholipid, levels in isolated rat cardiomyocytes.

    Righi, Valeria; Di Nunzio, Mattia; Danesi, Francesca; Schenetti, Luisa; Mucci, Adele; Boschetti, Elisa; Biagi, Pierluigi; Bonora, Sergio; Tugnoli, Vitaliano; Bordoni, Alessandra


    It is well recognized that a high dietary intake of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFA) has profound benefits on health and prevention of chronic diseases. In particular, in recent years there has been a dramatic surge of interest in the health effects of n-3 LC-PUFA derived from fish, eicosapentaenoic (EPA) and docosahexaenoic (DHA) acids. Notwithstanding, the metabolic fate and the effects of these fatty acids once inside the cell has seldom been comprehensively investigated. Using cultured neonatal rat cardiomyocytes as model system we have investigated for the first time, by means of high-resolution magic-angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance (HR-MAS NMR) spectroscopy in combination with gas chromatography (GC), the modification occurring in the cell lipid environment after EPA and DHA supplementation. The most important difference between control and n-3 LC-PUFA-supplemented cardiomyocytes highlighted by HR-MAS NMR spectroscopy is the increase of signals from mobile lipids, identified as triacylglycerols (TAG). The observed increase of mobile TAG is a metabolic response to n-3 LC-PUFA supplementation, which leads to an increased lipid storage. The sequestration of mobile lipids in lipid bodies provides a deposit of stored energy that can be accessed in a regulated fashion according to metabolic need. Interestingly, while n-3 LC-PUFA supplementation to neonatal rat cardiomyocytes causes a huge variation in the cell lipid environment, it does not induce detectable modifications in water-soluble metabolites, suggesting negligible interference with normal metabolic processes.

  9. Effects of decavanadate and insulin enhancing vanadium compounds on glucose uptake in isolated rat adipocytes.

    Pereira, Maria João; Carvalho, Eugénia; Eriksson, Jan W; Crans, Debbie C; Aureliano, Manuel


    The effects of different vanadium compounds namely pyridine-2,6-dicarboxylatedioxovanadium(V) (V5-dipic), bis(maltolato) oxovanadium(IV) (BMOV) and amavadine, and oligovanadates namely metavanadate and decavanadate were analysed on basal and insulin stimulated glucose uptake in rat adipocytes. Decavanadate (50 microM), manifest a higher increases (6-fold) on glucose uptake compared with basal, followed by BMOV (1 mM) and metavanadate (1 mM) solutions (3-fold) whereas V5 dipic and amavadine had no effect. Decavanadate (100 microM) also shows the highest insulin like activity when compared with the others compounds studied. In the presence of insulin (10 nM), only decavanadate increases (50%) the glucose uptake when compared with insulin stimulated glucose uptake whereas BMOV and metavanadate, had no effect and V5 dipic and amavadine prevent the stimulation to about half of the basal value. Decavanadate is also able to reduce or eradicate the suppressor effect caused by dexamethasone on glucose uptake at the level of the adipocytes. Altogether, vanadium compounds and oligovanadates with several structures and coordination spheres reveal different effects on glucose uptake in rat primary adipocytes.

  10. Corticosteroid administration alters the mechanical properties of isolated collagen fascicles in rat-tail tendon.

    Haraldsson, B T; Aagaard, P; Crafoord-Larsen, D; Kjaer, M; Magnusson, S P


    Overload tendon injuries are frequent in recreational and elite sports. The optimal treatment strategy remains unknown, but local administration of corticosteroids is one common treatment option. The direct effects of the corticosteroid administration on the tissue are not fully understood. The present study examined the biomechanical effects of intratendinous corticosteroid injections on healthy rat-tail tendon collagen fascicles. A total of 24 Wistar male rats were divided into (A) a corticosteroid group where the animals were injected in the tail tendon with methylprednisolone acetate, 1.0 mL of 40 mg/mL mixed with 1.0 mL 9% saline (n=12), and (B) a control group that was injected with 9% saline (n=12). Three days after the injections, the animals were sacrificed and single individual collagen fascicles were collected and underwent displacement to failure. Corticosteroid administration significantly reduced tensile fascicle yield strength by 16% and Young's modulus by 14% compared with sham treatment (10.5+/-0.8 vs 12.4+/-0.5 MPa, P< or =0.05, and 537+/-27 vs 641+/-30 MPa, P<0.05, respectively), while the strain properties were unaffected. Peak stress was similar between the two groups. There was no difference in fascicle diameter between the two groups.

  11. Isolation of functional mitochondria from rat kidney and skeletal muscle without manual homogenization.

    Gross, Vera S; Greenberg, Heather K; Baranov, Sergei V; Carlson, Greta M; Stavrovskaya, Irina G; Lazarev, Alexander V; Kristal, Bruce S


    Isolation of functional and intact mitochondria from solid tissue is crucial for studies that focus on the elucidation of normal mitochondrial physiology and/or mitochondrial dysfunction in conditions such as aging, diabetes, and cancer. There is growing recognition of the importance of mitochondria both as targets for drug development and as off-target mediators of drug side effects. Unfortunately, mitochondrial isolation from tissue is generally carried out using homogenizer-based methods that require extensive operator experience to obtain reproducible high-quality preparations. These methods limit dissemination, impede scale-up, and contribute to difficulties in reproducing experimental results over time and across laboratories. Here we describe semiautomated methods to disrupt tissue using kidney and muscle mitochondria preparations as exemplars. These methods use the Barocycler, the PCT Shredder, or both. The PCT Shredder is a mechanical grinder that quickly breaks up tissue without significant risk of overhomogenization. Mitochondria isolated using the PCT Shredder are shown to be comparable to controls. The Barocycler generates controlled pressure pulses that can be adjusted to lyse cells and release organelles. The mitochondria subjected to pressure cycling-mediated tissue disruption are shown to retain functionality, enabling combinations of the PCT Shredder and the Barocycler to be used to purify mitochondrial preparations. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Effects of Chinese herbal monomers on oxidative phosphorylation and membrane potential in cerebral mitochondria isolated from hypoxia-exposed rats in vitro

    Weihua Yan; Junze Liu


    Mitochondrial dysfunction is the key pathogenic mechanism of cerebral injury induced by high-altitude hypoxia. Some Chinese herbal monomers may exert anti-hypoxic effects through enhancing the efficiency of oxidative phosphorylation. In this study, effects of 10 kinds of Chinese herbal monomers on mitochondrial respiration and membrane potential of cerebral mitochondria isolated from hypoxia-exposed rats in vitro were investigated to screen anti-hypoxic drugs. Rats were exposed to a low-pressure environment of 405.35 mm Hg (54.04 kPa) for 3 days to establish high-altitude hypoxic models. Cerebral mitochondria were isolated and treated with different concentrations of Chinese herbal monomers (sinomenine, silymarin, glycyrrhizic acid, baicalin, quercetin, ginkgolide B, saffron, piperine, ginsenoside Rg1 and oxymatrine) for 5 minutes in vitro. Mitochondrial oxygen consumption and membrane potential were measured using a Clark oxygen electrode and the rhodamine 123 fluorescence analysis method, respectively. Hypoxic exposure significantly decreased the state 3 respiratory rate, respiratory control rate and mitochondrial membrane potential, and significantly increased the state 4 respiratory rate. Treatment with saffron, ginsenoside Rg1 and oxymatrine increased the respiratory control rate in cerebral mitochondria isolated from hypoxia-exposed rats in dose-dependent manners in vitro, while ginsenoside Rg1, piperine and oxymatrine significantly increased the mitochondrial membrane potential in cerebral mitochondria from hypoxia-exposed rats. The Chinese herbal monomers saffron, ginsenoside Rg1, piperine and oxymatrine could thus improve cerebral mitochondrial disorders in oxidative phosphorylation induced by hypobaric hypoxia exposure in vitro.

  13. Cytoprotective effects of silafibrate, a newly-synthesised siliconated derivative of clofibrate, against acetaminophen-induced toxicity in isolated rat hepatocytes.

    Nafisi, Sara; Heidari, Reza; Ghaffarzadeh, Mohammad; Ziaee, Mojtaba; Hamzeiy, Hossein; Garjani, Alireza; Eghbal, Mohammad Ali


    Acetaminophen (N-acetyl para amino phenol, APAP) is a widely used antipyretic and analgesic drug responsible for various drug-induced liver injuries. This study evaluated APAP-induced toxicity in isolated rat hepatocytes alongside the protective effects of silafibrate and N-acetyl cysteine (NAC). Hepatocytes were isolated from male Sprague-Dawley rats by collagenase enzyme perfusion via the portal vein. This technique is based on liver perfusion with collagenase after removing calcium ions (Ca2+) with a chelator. Cells were treated with different concentrations of APAP, silafibrate, and NAC. Cell death, reactive oxygen species (ROS) formation, lipid peroxidation, and mitochondrial depolarisation were measured as toxicity markers. ROS formation and lipid peroxidation occurred after APAP administration to rat hepatocytes. APAP caused mitochondrial depolarisation in isolated cells. Administration of silafibrate (200 μmol L-1) and/or NAC (200 μmol L-1) reduced the ROS formation, lipid peroxidation, and mitochondrial depolarisation caused by APAP. Cytotoxicity induced by APAP in rat hepatocytes was mediated by oxidative stress. In addition, APAP seemed to target cellular mitochondria during hepatocyte damage. The protective properties of silafibrate and/or NAC against APAP‑induced hepatic injury may have involved the induction of antioxidant enzymes, protection against oxidative stress and inflammatory responses, and alteration in cellular glutathione content.

  14. Effect of 5-hydroxytryptamine on neurogenic vasoconstriction in the isolated, autoperfused hindquarters of the rat.

    Calama, E; Ortíz de Urbina, A V; Morán, A; Martín, M L; San Román, L


    1. In the present study, we analysed the effect of different doses of 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT; intravenous infusions of 0.001-40 microg/kg per min) in the autoperfused hindquarters of the rat subjected to electrical stimulation (frequencies of 0.5-20 Hz) of the lumbar chains, investigating the relationship between the adrenergic and serotonergic systems in this vascular bed. 2. Because we observed that 5-HT inhibited the increases in perfusion pressure induced by electrical stimulation of the lumbar chains, we used different agonists and antagonists to analyse the mechanism of action of 5-HT. 3. The effect of 5-HT was inhibited by methiothepin (a non-specific 5-HT receptor antagonist), but not by ritanserin (a selective 5-HT2 receptor antagonist). The effects of 5-HT were mimicked by 5-carboxamidotryptamine (a 5-HT1 receptor agonist) and L-694 247 (a selective 5-HT1D receptor agonist), but not by 8-hydroxy-2-dipropylaminotetralin (a 5-HT1A receptor agonist), CGS-12066B (a 5-HT1B receptor agonist), alpha-methyl-5-HT (a 5-HT2 receptor agonist), 1-(3-chlorophenyl) piperazine (a 5-HT2C receptor agonist) or 1-phenylbiguanide (a 5-HT3 receptor agonist). The selective 5-HT1D/1B receptor antagonist BRL 15572 inhibited the effect of the agonist L-694 247. 4. Our data suggest that 5-HT inhibits the increases in perfusion pressure induced by the electrical stimulation of the lumbar chains, acting on presynaptic 5-HT1D receptors and decreasing the release of noradrenaline from the sympathetic nerves in the hindquarter vascular bed of the rat.

  15. Development of rat oocytes following intracytoplasmic injection of sperm heads isolated from testicular and epididymal spermatozoa.

    Said, S; Han, M-S; Niwa, K


    The possibility of obtaining normal development of rat oocytes following intracytoplasmic injection of rat sperm heads, obtained by sonicating spermatozoa from testes and epididymides, was evaluated. Irrespective of the source of spermatozoa, sperm heads were successfully injected into approximately 45% of oocytes used; after 9-12h of culture, approximately 55% of injected oocytes still had normal morphology. Of the oocytes injected with testicular sperm heads 45% were activated, with a female pronucleus and a second polar body, but significantly more oocytes (approximately 68%) injected with caput and cauda epididymal sperm heads were activated. Male pronuclear formation was observed in 67-84% of the activated oocytes, with no difference in the proportions among the different sources of sperm heads. When zygotes showing two pronuclei and a second polar body at 10h after injection were cultured in conditions that support development of 1-cell embryos produced in vivo, no embryos derived from testicular sperm heads developed to blastocysts after 120 h of culture. Development of embryos derived from cauda sperm heads was significantly higher at all points of assessment, while embryos from caput sperm showed an intermediate degree of development, compared with embryos from testicular spermatozoa. However, similar proportions (2-4%) of 1-cell embryos derived from all three groups of sperm heads developed into normal offspring after transfer to foster mothers; of the limited number of offspring tested, all were fertile. These results demonstrate that sperm heads from all sources tested are similar in their ability to contribute to full development of normal, fertile offspring.

  16. Acetylcholine modulates transient outward potassium channel in acutely isolated cerebral cortical neurons of rats

    Lanwei Cui; Tao Sun; Lihui Qu; Yurong Li; Haixia Wen


    BACKGROUND:The neuronal transient outward potassium channel has been shown to be highly associated with acetylcholine.However,the influence of acetylcholine on the transient outward potassium current in cerebral cortical neurons remains poorly understood.OBJECTIVE:To investigate acetylcholine modulation on transient outward potassium current in rat parietal cortical neurons using the whole-cell patch-clamp technique.DESIGN,TIME AND SETTING:A neuroelectrophysiology study was performed at the Department of Physiology,Harbin Medical University between January 2005 and January 2006.MATERIALS:Wistar rats were provided by the Animal Research Center,the Second Hospital of Harbin Medical University;PC-IIC patch-clamp amplifier and IBBClamp data collection analysis system were provided by Huazhong University for Science and Technology,Wuhan,China;PP-83 microelectrode puller was purchased from Narrishage,Japan.METHODS:The parietal somatosensory cortical neurons were acutely dissociated,and the modulation of acetylcholine (0.1,1,10,100 μmol/L) on transient outward potassium channel was recorded using the whole-cell patch-clamp technique.MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:Influence of acetylcholine on transient outward potassium current,potassium channel activation,and inactivation.RESULTS:The inhibitory effect of acetylcholine on transient outward potassium current was dose- and voltage-dependent (P<0.01).Acetylcholine was found to significantly affect the activation process of transient outward potassium current,i.e.,the activation curve of transient outward potassium current was left-shifted,while the inactivation curve was shifted to hyperpolarization.Acetylcholine significantly prolonged the time constant of recovery from inactivation of transient outward potassium current (P<0.01).CONCLUSION:These results suggest that acetylcholine inhibits transient outward potassium current by regulating activation and inactivation processes of the transient outward potassium channel.

  17. Construction and validation of a microprocessor controlled extracorporal circuit in rats for the optimization of isolated limb perfusion.

    Gürtler, Ulrich; Fuchs, Peter; Stangelmayer, Achim; Bernhardt, Günther; Buschauer, Armin; Spruss, Thilo


    Although a few experimental approaches to isolated limb perfusion (ILP) are described in the literature, none of these animal models mimics the clinical perfusion techniques adequately to improve the technique of ILP on the basis of valid preclinical data. Therefore, we developed an ILP setup in rats allowing online monitoring of essential perfusion parameters such as temperature (in perfusate, various tissues, and rectum), pH (perfusate), perfusion pressure, and O(2) concentration (in perfusate, tissue), by a tailor-made data acquisition system. This setup permits close supervision of vital parameters during ILP. Various interdependencies, concerning the flow rate and the pressure of perfusate as well as tissue oxygenation were registered. For the measurement of pO(2) values in the perfusate and in different regions of the perfused hind limb, a novel type of microoptode based on quenching of a fluorescent dye was devised. Stable normothermic (37 degrees C) perfusion conditions were maintained at a constant perfusion pressure in the range of 40-60 mm Hg by administration of the spasmo lytic moxaverine (0.5 mg/mL of perfusate as initial dose) at a perfusate flow rate of 0.5 mL/min for 60 min. At the end of an ILP, there were no signs of tissue damage, neither concerning laboratory data (K(+), myoglobin, creatine kinase, lactic dehydrogenase) nor histopathological criteria. The reported ILP model is not only well suited to investigate the effects of hyperthermia but also to assess the efficacy of new antineoplastic approaches, when nude rats, bearing human tumours in the hind limbs, are used.

  18. Promotility Action of the Probiotic Bifidobacterium lactis HN019 Extract Compared with Prucalopride in Isolated Rat Large Intestine

    Dalziel, Julie E.; Anderson, Rachel C.; Peters, Jason S.; Lynch, Amy T.; Spencer, Nick J.; Dekker, James; Roy, Nicole C.


    Attention is increasingly being focussed on probiotics as potential agents to restore or improve gastrointestinal (GI) transit. Determining mechanism of action would support robust health claims. The probiotic bacterium Bifidobacterium lactis HN019 reduces transit time, but its mechanisms of action and effects on motility patterns are poorly understood. The aim of this study was to investigate changes in GI motility induced by an extract of HN019 on distinct patterns of colonic motility in isolated rat large intestine, compared with a known promotility modulator, prucalopride. The large intestines from male Sprague Dawley rats (3–6 months) were perfused with Kreb's buffer at 37°C in an oxygenated tissue bath. Isometric force transducers recorded changes in circular muscle activity at four independent locations assessing contractile propagation between the proximal colon and the rectum. HN019 extract was perfused through the tissue bath and differences in tension and frequency quantified relative to pre-treatment controls. Prucalopride (1 μM) increased the frequency of propagating contractions (by 75 ± 26%) in the majority of preparations studied (10/12), concurrently decreasing the frequency of non-propagating contractions (by 50 ± 11%). HN019 extract had no effect on contractile activity during exposure (n = 8). However, following wash out, contraction amplitude of propagating contractions increased (by 55 ± 18%) in the distal colon, while the frequency of non-propagating proximal contractions decreased by 57 ± 7%. The prokinetic action of prucalopride increased the frequency of synchronous contractions along the length of colon, likely explaining increased colonic rate of transit in vivo. HN019 extract modified motility patterns in a different manner by promoting propagating contractile amplitude and inhibiting non-propagations, also demonstrating prokinetic activity consistent with the reduction of constipation by B. lactis HN019 in humans. PMID:28184185

  19. Uptake and metabolism of D-glucose in isolated acinar and ductal cells from rat submandibular glands.

    Cetik, Sibel; Rzajeva, Aigun; Hupkens, Emeline; Malaisse, Willy J; Sener, Abdullah


    The present study deals with the possible effects of selected environmental agents upon the uptake and metabolism of d-glucose in isolated acinar and ductal cells from the rat submandibular salivary gland. In acinar cells, the uptake of d-[U-(14) C]glucose and its non-metabolised analogue 3-O-[(14) C-methyl]-d-glucose was not affected significantly by phloridzin (0.1 mM) or substitution of extracellular NaCl (115 mM) by an equimolar amount of CsCl, whilst cytochalasin B (20 μM) decreased significantly such an uptake. In ductal cells, both phloridzin and cytochalasin B decreased the uptake of d-glucose and 3-O-methyl-d-glucose. Although the intracellular space was comparable in acinar and ductal cells, the catabolism of d-glucose (2.8 or 8.3 mM) was two to four times higher in ductal cells than in acinar cells. Phloridzin (0.1 mM), ouabain (1.0 mM) and cytochalasin B (20 μM) all impaired d-glucose catabolism in ductal cells. Such was also the case in ductal cells incubated in the absence of extracellular Ca(2+) or in media in which NaCl was substituted by CsCl. It is proposed that the ductal cells in the rat submandibular gland are equipped with several systems mediating the insulin-sensitive, cytochalasin B-sensitive and phloridzin-sensitive transport of d-glucose across the plasma membrane.

  20. Influence of naloxone on catecholamine release evoked by nicotinic receptor stimulation in the isolated rat adrenal gland.

    Kim, Ok-Min; Lim, Geon-Han; Lim, Dong-Yoon


    The present study was designed to investigate the effect of naloxone, a well known opioid antagonist, on the secretion of catecholamines (CA) evoked by cholinergic stimulation and membrane-depolarization in the isolated perfused rat adrenal glands, and to establish its mechanism of action. Naloxone (10(-6) approximately 10(-5) M), perfused into an adrenal vein for 60 min, produced dose- and time-dependent inhibition of CA secretory responses evoked by ACh (5.32 x 10(-3) M), high K+ (5.6 x 10(-2) M), DMPP (10(-4) M) and McN-A-343 (10(-4) M). Naloxone itself also failed to affect the basal CA output. In adrenal glands loaded with naloxone (3 x 10(-6) M), the CA secretory responses evoked by Bay-K-8644, an activator of L-type Ca2+ channels, and cyclopiazonic acid, an inhibitor of cytoplasmic Ca(2+)-ATPase, were also inhibited. In the presence of met-enkephalin (5 x 10(-6) M), a well known opioid agonist, the CA secretory responses evoked by ACh, high K+, DMPP, McN-A-343, Bay-K-8644 and cyclopiazonic acid were also significantly inhibited. Taken together, these results suggest that naloxone greatly inhibits the CA secretion evoked by stimulation of cholinergic (both nicotinic and muscarinic) receptors as well as that by membrane depolarization. It seems that these inhibitory effects of naloxone does not involve opioid receptors, but might be mediated by blocking both the calcium influx into the rat adrenal medullary chromaffin cells and the uptake of Ca2+ into the cytoplasmic calcium store, which are at least partly relevant to the direct interaction with the nicotinic receptor itself.

  1. Isolation of cardiac conduction system of rat heart by laser capture microdissection

    OU Yan; NIU Xiao-lin; REN Fu-xian; HUANG Chen; LEI Cong; LI Zhe; CHEN Wei


    Objective:To isolate cells of cardiac conduction system (CCS) with laser capture microdissection (LCM) and extract and evaluate quality of small amount of RNA from cells of CCS. Methods: Cryostat sections were followed by H-E staining. 20 pieces of H-E stained cryostat sections were scraped and its RNA was assessed to insure that RNA didn't degrade in dyeing and dehydration process. Cells of CCS were captured with LCM and quality of small amount of RNA was verified with RT-PCR. Results: Cells of CCS isolated with LCM had clear morphology after staining. High quality RNA was extracted from LCM samples and scraped tissues; 18S rRNA and 28S rRNA were seen distinctly on gel electrophoresis. Low level of small amount of RNA extracted from LCM sample was below the limit of detection on gel electrophoresis or ultraviolet spectrophotometer. The housekeeping genes β-actin and GAPDH were successfully amplified with small amount of RNA. Conclusion :This study resolves the problem of acquiring material of CCS precisely that hinders gene research of CCS. It is found out that the method is easy and reliable to extract and assess the quality of small amount of RNA from microdissected cells of CCS.

  2. Sodium-pump gene-expression, protein abundance and enzyme activity in isolated nephron segments of the aging rat kidney

    Scherzer, Pnina; Gal-Moscovici, Anca; Sheikh-Hamad, David; Popovtzer, Mordecai M


    Aging is associated with alteration in renal tubular functions, including sodium handling and concentrating ability. Na-K-ATPase plays a key role in driving tubular transport, and we hypothesized that decreased concentrating ability of the aging kidney is due in part to downregulation of Na-K-ATPase. In this study, we evaluated Na and K balance, aldosterone levels, and Na-K-ATPase gene expression, protein abundance, and activity in aging rat kidney. Na-K-ATPase activity (assayed microfluorometrically), mRNA (RT-PCR), and protein abundance (immunoblotting) were quantitated in the following isolated nephron segments: PCT, PST, MTAL, DCT, and CCD from 2, 8, 15, and 24 month-old-rats. In the course of aging, creatinine clearance decreased from 0.48 ± 0.02 mL/min/100 g BW to 0.28 ± 0.06 (P < 0.001) and aldosterone decreased from 23.6 ± 0.8 ng/dL to 13.2 ± 0.6 (P < 0.001). Serum Na+ and K+ increased by 4.0% and 22.5%, respectively. Na-K-ATPase activity, mRNA, and protein abundance of the α1 subunit displayed similar trends in all assayed segments; increasing in PCT and PST; decreasing in MTAL and DCT; increasing in CCD: in PCT they increased by 40%, 75%, and 250%, respectively; while in PST they increased by 80%, 50%, and 100%, respectively (P < 0.001). In MTAL they declined by 36%, 24%, and 34%, respectively, and in DCT by 38%, 59%, and 60%, respectively (P < 0.001). They were higher in CCD by 110%, 115%, and 246%, respectively (P < 0.001). Rats maintained Na/K balance; however with a steady state elevated serum K+. These results reveal quantitative changes in axial distribution of Na-K-ATPase at the level of gene expression, protein abundance, and activity in the nephrons of aging animals and may explain, in part, the pathophysiology of the senescent kidney. PMID:26056060

  3. 17β Estradiol Modulates Perfusion Pressure and Expression of 5-LOX and CYP450 4A in the Isolated Kidney of Metabolic Syndrome Female Rats

    A. M. Zúñiga-Muñoz


    Full Text Available Prevalence of metabolic syndrome and progression of nephropathy depend on sex. We examined a protective effect of estradiol against nephropathy in metabolic syndrome through the modulation of the arachidonic acid metabolism by activating the 5-lipoxygenase and cytochrome p450 4A pathways. 28 female Wistar rats were divided into four groups of seven animals each: control, intact metabolic syndrome, ovariectomized metabolic syndrome, and metabolic syndrome ovariectomized plus estradiol. Blood pressure, body weight, body fat, triglycerides, insulin, HOMA-index, albuminuria, and TNF-α were increased in ovariectomized metabolic syndrome rats (p<0.001. The perfusion pressure in isolated kidneys of ovariectomized metabolic syndrome rats in presence of 4 μg of arachidonic acid was increased. The inhibitors of the arachidonic acid metabolism Baicalein, Miconazole, and Indomethacin in these rats decreased the perfusion pressure by 57.62%, 99.83%, and 108.5%, respectively and they decreased creatinine clearance and the arachidonic acid percentage. Phospholipase A2 expression in the kidney of ovariectomized metabolic syndrome rats was not modified. 5-lipoxygenase was increased in metabolic syndrome ovariectomized rats while cytochrome p450 4A was decreased. In conclusion, the loss of estradiol increases renal damage while the treatment with estradiol benefits renal function by modulating arachidonic acid metabolism through the 5-lipoxygenase and cytochrome p450 4A pathways.

  4. Cardioprotection Afforded by Norepinephrine-mediated Postconditioning in Isolated Rat Hearts

    Xinhua Huang; Dai Li; Yishuai Zhang; Nianshen Li; Benmei Chen; Jun Peng; Yuanjian Li