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T Komprda, V Rozíková, N Zamazalová, O Škultéty, M Vícenová, M Trčková, M Faldyna
The objective of the present study was to compare hepatic fatty acid deposition, plasma lipid level and expression of cholesterol homeostasis controlling genes in the liver of rats (Wistar Albino; n = 32) and pigs (Large White × Landrace; n = 32) randomly assigned into two groups of 16 animals each and fed 10 weeks the diet with either 2.5% of fish oil (F; source of eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acid, EPA+DHA) or 2.5% of palm oil (P; high content of saturated fatty acids; control). F-rats deposited in the liver three times less EPA, but 1...
October 16, 2016: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
Kerstin Mueller, Rebecca Fahrig, Michael Manhart, Yu Deuerling-Zheng, Jarrett Rosenberg, Teri Moore, Arundhuti Ganguly, Nishita Kothary
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: Intra-procedural measurement of hepatic perfusion following liver embolization continues to be a challenge. Blood volume imaging before and after interventional procedures would allow identifying the treatment end point or even allow predicting treatment outcome. Recent liver oncology studies showed the feasibility of parenchymal blood volume (PBV) imaging using an angiographic C-arm system. This study was done to evaluate the reproducibility of PBV measurements using cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) before and after embolization of the liver in a swine model...
October 10, 2016: Academic Radiology
Cristina Faralla, Gabrielle A Rizzuto, David E Lowe, Byoungkwan Kim, Cara Cooke, Lawrence R Shiow, Anna I Bakardjiev
Intrauterine infection is a major detriment for maternal-child health and occurs despite local mechanisms that protect the maternal-fetal interface from a wide variety of pathogens. The bacterial pathogen Listeria monocytogenes causes spontaneous abortion, stillbirth, and preterm labor in humans, and serves as a model for placental pathogenesis. Given the unique immunological environment of the maternal-fetal interface we hypothesized that virulence determinants with placental tropism are required for infection of this tissue...
October 10, 2016: Infection and Immunity
Alexandra Mani, Chryssoula Staikou, Iosifina Karmaniolou, Nikolaos Orfanos, Anastassios Mylonas, Tzortzis Nomikos, Agathi Pafiti, Apostolos Papalois, Nikolaos Arkadopoulos, Vassilios Smyrniotis, Kassiani Theodoraki
AIM OF THE STUDY: To investigate the pulmonary oxidative stress and possible protective effect of N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) and Desferoxamine (DFX)in a porcine model subjected to hemorrhagic shock. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-one pigs were randomly allocated to Group-A (sham, n = 5), Group-B (fluid resuscitation, n = 8) and Group-C (fluid, NAC and DFX resuscitation, n = 8). Groups B and C were subjected to a 40-min shock period induced by liver trauma, followed by a 60-min resuscitation period...
August 15, 2016: Journal of Investigative Surgery: the Official Journal of the Academy of Surgical Research
Luis Sendra, Antonio Miguel, Daniel Pérez-Enguix, María José Herrero, Eva Montalvá, María Adelaida García-Gimeno, Inmaculada Noguera, Ana Díaz, Judith Pérez, Pascual Sanz, Rafael López-Andújar, Luis Martí-Bonmatí, Salvador F Aliño
INTRODUCTION: Expressing exogenous genes after naked DNA delivery into hepatocytes might achieve sustained and high expression of human proteins. Tail vein DNA injection is an efficient procedure for gene transfer in murine liver. Hydrodynamic procedures in large animals require organ targeting, and improve with liver vascular exclusion. In the present study, two closed liver hydrofection models employing the human alpha-1-antitrypsin (hAAT) gene are compared to reference standards in order to evaluate their potential clinical interest...
2016: PloS One
Mats Eriksson, Gunnar Strandberg, Miklós Lipcsey, Anders Larsson
BACKGROUND: Intraosseous (IO) access can be established faster than a venous or arterial access when there is an urgent need for rapid initiation of treatment. The access can also be used to draw marrow samples. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the potential use of IO samples for enzyme determinations using a porcine model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Bilateral tibial intraosseous cannulae and an arterial catheter were used for blood sampling from five healthy anesthetized pigs...
September 29, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation
Justin J Skowno, Jonathan S Karpelowsky, Nicola R Watts, David G Little
BACKGROUND: Vascular complications following pediatric liver transplantation occur in 8-10% of cases, and no continuous, non-invasive monitoring for this problem exists. Near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) allows non-invasive, continuous, transcutaneous assessment of hemoglobin oxygenation (StO2 ) 1-4 cm below the skin surface. AIMS: We hypothesized that transcutaneous NIRS would be able to detect severe hepatic ischemia, and tested this in an animal model using 15-20 kg and 5-7 kg juvenile pigs...
September 24, 2016: Paediatric Anaesthesia
Bang-Jiang Fang, Jun-Yi Shen, Hua Zhang, Shuang Zhou, Chuan-Zhu Lyu, Yi-Qiang Xie
OBJECTIVE: To study the mechanism of insulin resistance in the cholesterol gallstone formation from insulin signal transduction pathway so as to reveal the possible mechanism and the effective role of Albiflorin Granule on preventing the cholesterol gallstones. METHODS: Serum triglycerides (TG), free fatty acid (FFA), and total cholesterol (TC) from different groups were measured and liver cells InsR, PKB, IKK-β protein expression levels were detected by western blotting...
September 2016: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
Sung Hyun Kim, Hye Sung Yoon, Chang Hoon In, Kyung Sik Kim
BACKGROUNDS/AIMS: This study evaluated the hemostatic effects of a novel oxidized regenerated cellulose, SurgiGuard®, during liver surgery, using a reproducible and clinically relevant animal model. METHODS: Fifteen mini-pigs underwent left partial hepatectomy. They were randomized to treatment of the resected surface with SurgiGuard® (Group C [test], n=5), Surgicel® (Group B [reference], n=5), or nothing (Group A [control], n=5). Blood loss was measured 5, 7 and 9 min after resection...
August 2016: Korean Journal of Hepato-biliary-pancreatic Surgery
Ana Gabriela Murillo, David Aguilar, Gregory H Norris, Diana M DiMarco, Amanda Missimer, Siqi Hu, Joan A Smyth, Sarah Gannon, Christopher N Blesso, Yangchao Luo, Maria Luz Fernandez
BACKGROUND: It is not clear how oil-in-water nanoemulsions of lutein may affect bioavailability and consequently alter lipoprotein metabolism, oxidative stress, and inflammation. OBJECTIVE: The bioavailability as well as effects of a powdered lutein (PL) and an oil-in-water lutein nanoemulsion (NANO; particle size: 254.2 nm; polydispersity index: 0.29; and ζ-potential: -65 mV) on metabolic variables in liver, plasma, and adipose tissue in a guinea pig model of hepatic steatosis were evaluated...
October 2016: Journal of Nutrition
Stephen T Ballard, Jessica W Evans, Holly S Drag, Michele Schuler
This study evaluated the pulmonary pathophysiology of the transgenic CFTR "gut-corrected" cystic fibrosis (CF) pigs. Four sows produced 18 piglets of which 11 were stillborn with only 2 animals surviving beyond 2 weeks. Failure to survive beyond the neonatal period by 5 piglets was judged to result from metabolic dysfunction related to genetic manipulation for CFTR gut expression or due to cloning artifact. Plasma analysis showed very low plasma proteins, highly elevated liver enzymes, and severe acidosis. All surviving offspring received furosemide for systemic edema...
August 19, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Anna M Swanson, Carlo A Rossi, Keren Ofir, Vedanta Mehta, Michael Boyd, Hannah Barker, Agata Ledwozyw, Owen Vaughan, John Martin, Ian Zachary, Neil Sebire, Donald M Peebles, Anna L David
In a model of growth-restricted sheep pregnancy, it was previously demonstrated that transient uterine artery VEGF overexpression can improve fetal growth. This approach was tested in guinea-pig pregnancies, where placental physiology is more similar to humans. Fetal growth restriction (FGR) was attained through peri-conceptual nutrient restriction in virgin guinea pigs. Ad.VEGF-A165 or Ad.LacZ (1 × 10(10)vp) was applied at mid-gestation via laparotomy, delivered externally to the uterine circulation with thermosensitive gel...
August 16, 2016: Human Gene Therapy
Alžběta Kračmarová, Hana Banďouchová, Jiří Pikula, Miroslav Pohanka
In animal models, there was observed alteration of various physiological processes caused by microtraumas. Here reported experiment was aimed on the research of link between injection and development of an oxidative imbalance. Laboratory guinea pig was chosen as a suitable model for examining of the oxidative stress. Markers indicating oxidative homeostasis were assayed in the frontal, temporal and occipital brain lobe, cerebellum, liver, kidney, spleen and heart one hour after an intramuscular injection. Common biochemical parameters were measured in plasma samples as well...
2016: Acta Medica (Hradec Králové)
T-R Kwon, S Im, Y-J Jang, C T Oh, E J Choi, S J Jung, H Hong, Y S Choi, S Y Choi, Y S Kim, B J Kim
BACKGROUND: Non-invasive body sculpting procedures are becoming increasingly popular. High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) treatment is a non-surgical fat reduction procedure that permanently destroys unwanted abdominal fat. Despite its increasing popularity, evaluation methods for the procedure have not yet been fully developed. AIMS: The objective of this study was to develop evaluation methods for HIFU for non-surgical, permanent fat reduction in the anterior abdomen using a porcine model...
August 11, 2016: Skin Research and Technology
Ludi Zhang, Yanjiao Shao, Lu Li, Feng Tian, Jin Cen, Xiaotao Chen, Dan Hu, Yan Zhou, Weifen Xie, Yunwen Zheng, Yuan Ji, Mingyao Liu, Dali Li, Lijian Hui
Hereditary tyrosinemia type I (HT1) is caused by a deficiency in the enzyme fumarylacetoacetate hydrolase (Fah). Fah-deficient mice and pigs are phenotypically analogous to human HT1, but do not recapitulate all the chronic features of the human disorder, especially liver fibrosis and cirrhosis. Rats as an important model organism for biomedical research have many advantages over other animal models. Genome engineering in rats is limited till the availability of new gene editing technologies. Using the recently developed CRISPR/Cas9 technique, we generated Fah(-/-) rats...
2016: Scientific Reports
Gwendoline Deslyper, Thomas J Colgan, Andrew J R Cooper, Celia V Holland, James C Carolan
The helminth Ascaris causes ascariasis in both humans and pigs. Humans, especially children, experience significant morbidity including respiratory complications, growth deficits and intestinal obstruction. Given that 800 million people worldwide are infected by Ascaris, this represents a significant global public health concern. The severity of the symptoms and associated morbidity are related to the parasite burden and not all hosts are infected equally. While the pathology of the disease has been extensively examined, our understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying resistance and susceptibility to this nematode infection is poor...
August 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
I Otrocka-Domagała, P Jastrzębski, Z Adamiak, K Paździor-Czapula, M Gesek, M Mikiewicz, T Rotkiewicz
The purpose of this study was to examine the safety of the long-term application of QuikClot Combat Gauze, ChitoGauze PRO and Celox Gauze using a swine model. The study was conducted on nine pigs weighing approximately 30 kg, which were randomly divided into three groups. Under deep anesthesia, the pigs underwent complete transverse cutting of the femoral artery in the groin region. Hemostatic dressings were left in the wound for 24 hours. The animals were euthanized 24 hours after dressing application. In each group, macroscopic and microscopic severe changes and shock symptoms were observed in the lungs, liver, kidneys and heart...
2016: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
Ayelet Wandel, Eliel Ben-David, B Said Ulusoy, Robert Neal, Mohammad Faruja, Isaac Nissenbaum, Svetlana Gourovich, S Nahum Goldberg
PURPOSE: To optimize single-insertion bipolar irreversible electroporation (IRE) by characterizing effects of electric parameters and controlling tissue electric properties in a porcine model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Single-insertion electrode bipolar IRE was performed in 28 in vivo pig livers (78 ablations). First, effects of voltage (2,700-3,000 V), number of pulses, repeated cycles (1-6 cycles), and pulse width (70-100 µs) were studied. Next, electric conductivity was altered by instillation of hypertonic and hypotonic fluids...
September 2016: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology: JVIR
Raymond D Hickey, Shennen A Mao, Jaime Glorioso, Faysal Elgilani, Bruce Amiot, Harvey Chen, Piero Rinaldo, Ronald Marler, Huailei Jiang, Timothy R DeGrado, Lukkana Suksanpaisan, Michael K O'Connor, Brittany L Freeman, Samar H Ibrahim, Kah Whye Peng, Cary O Harding, Chak-Sum Ho, Markus Grompe, Yasuhiro Ikeda, Joseph B Lillegard, Stephen J Russell, Scott L Nyberg
We tested the hypothesis that ex vivo hepatocyte gene therapy can correct the metabolic disorder in fumarylacetoacetate hydrolase-deficient (Fah(-/-)) pigs, a large animal model of hereditary tyrosinemia type 1 (HT1). Recipient Fah(-/-) pigs underwent partial liver resection and hepatocyte isolation by collagenase digestion. Hepatocytes were transduced with one or both of the lentiviral vectors expressing the therapeutic Fah and the reporter sodium-iodide symporter (Nis) genes under control of the thyroxine-binding globulin promoter...
July 27, 2016: Science Translational Medicine
G Mátis, A Kulcsár, J Petrilla, P Talapka, Z Neogrády
As Kupffer cells are highly involved in the regulation of hepatic inflammatory response, the main goal of this study was to improve and to characterize a hepatocyte-Kupffer cell co-culture of pig origin for modelling endotoxin-induced hepatic inflammation and for testing the efficacy of potential anti-inflammatory substances. This monolayer co-culture was prepared from primary isolated swine hepatocytes and Kupffer cells in the ratio of 6:1 and 2:1, mimicking different states of liver inflammation. The prepared cell cultures were characterized by immunohistochemical CD-68 detection...
July 23, 2016: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
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