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David S Freedman, Joseph B Schroeder, Gregory I Telian, Zhengyang Zhang, Smrithi Sunil, Jason T Ritt
OBJECTIVE: Behavioral neuroscience studies in freely moving rodents require small, light-weight implants to facilitate neural recording and stimulation. Our goal was to develop an integrated package of 3D printed parts and assembly aids for labs to rapidly fabricate, with minimal training, an implant that combines individually positionable microelectrodes, an optical fiber, zero insertion force (ZIF-clip) headstage connection, and secondary recording electrodes, e.g. for electromyography (EMG)...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Neural Engineering
Cristina Cucolas, Alexandra Ioana Daneasa, Diana Olteanu, Nicoleta Decea, Remus Moldovan, Flaviu Tabaran, Gabriela Adriana Filip
The aim of this study was to evaluate the protective effects of resveratrol and curcumin in an experimental rat model of intestinal ischemia-reperfusion (I/R). Forty-eight adult Wistar rats were used: 12 animals undergoing the sham surgery and 36 animals undergoing laparotomy, with 15 min of mesentric artery clamping. The animals from the latter group (n = 12) were pretreated, for 1 week, with vehicle (CTR), resveratrol (RES), and curcumin (CUR). After 1 h and 6 h of reperfusion, respectively, cyclooxigenase (COX)-2, mucin-1, E-cadherin, nuclear factor (NK)-κB expressions, and tumor necrosis factor related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) were assessed in the small intestine...
May 30, 2016: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
S H Lauz Medeiros, A de Oliveira Menezes, L Zogbi, E Frasson de Souza Montero
BACKGROUND: The ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) phenomenon can cause the dysfunction of some transplanted organs and other distant organs. Liver surgery success, including transplantations, may depend on the adverse effects of intestinal mucosa injury arising from temporary porta triad occlusion. The study objective was to examine I/R liver effects on the small intestine in rats after N-acetylcysteine (NAC) treatment. METHODS: Twenty-four male Wistar rats were randomly divided into 2 groups...
September 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
Bin Wu, Chunyang Meng, Haibin Wang, Cunling Jia, Yifeng Zhao
OBJECTIVE: Post-operation of cervical decompression fusion and internal fixation (CDF) accelerated adjacent segment disc degeneration (ASD). It is not clear that whether instability of one single segmental accelerates the degeneration of adjacent segment disc. This study aims to explore the effect of cervical instability on the change of morphology and biochemistry in adjective segment (above) in the L5/6 cervical instability rabbit models. METHODS: Thirty-two mature New Zealand white rabbits (3000±250g) were randomly divided into two groups, control group (n=8) and model group (n=24)...
October 4, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Louise Kruse Jensen, Janne Koch, Bent Aalbaek, Arshnee Moodley, Thomas Bjarnsholt, Kasper Nørskov Kragh, Andreas Petersen, Henrik Elvang Jensen
Implant-associated osteomyelitis (IAO) is a common complication in orthopedic surgery. The aim of this study was to elucidate how deep IAO can go into the peri-implanted bone tissue within a week. The study was performed in a porcine model of IAO. A small steel implant and either 10(4) CFU/kg body weight of Staphylococcus aureus or saline was inserted into the right tibial bone of 12 pigs. The animals were consecutively killed on day 2, 4 and 6 following implantation. Bone tissue around the implant was histologically evaluated...
October 5, 2016: APMIS: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica, et Immunologica Scandinavica
N Katic, G Dupré
Although endoscopic surgery entered its "golden era" in the mid-1980s, it is still advancing at a tremendous pace. Novel surgical techniques and devices are continuously developed and applied, and new indications (and/or contraindications) for the use of endoscopic surgery are routinely reported in the literature and subjected to systematic assessments. Although endoscopic surgery (laparoscopy in particular) has already become established as the gold standard in human medicine, it has yet to be proven as a viable alternative to open surgery in the field of veterinary medicine...
September 2016: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
M Beccaglia, S Alonge, C Trovo', G C Luvoni
Accurate prediction of delivery date in canine and feline allows a better management of parturition, reducing the loss of neonates. This review evaluates the most common methods adopted to accurately predict the day of delivery: determination of ovulation and hormonal assays, first appearance of embryonic/foetal structures using ultrasound or radiography, echographic measurement of extra-foetal and foetal structures, or evaluation of foetal flux and heart rate. Determination of ovulation and hormonal assays at the time of breeding and close to pregnancy term is widely used to predict parturition in dogs (Concannon et al...
September 2016: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
Zanazir E Alexander, Bruce Su'a, Caleb T G Hill, Mataroria P Lyndon, Primal P Singh, Andrew G Hill
BACKGROUND: Studies conducted in animal models have shown that statins (3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase inhibitors) reduce adhesion formation by upregulating fibrinolysis. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of orally administered statins on the promoters and inhibitors of the fibrinolytic pathway. METHODS: In a previously described double-blinded clinical trial, 144 patients undergoing elective colorectal resection, or reversal of Hartmann's procedure were randomized to receive 40 mg once daily oral simvastatin 3-7 d before surgery or placebo...
September 2016: Journal of Surgical Research
Ahmet Akgül, Musa Cirak, Tansu Birinci
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is an autologous concentrated preparation of human platelets contained in a small volume of plasma that is characterized by hemostatic and tissue-repairing effects. Being enriched by various kinds of growth factors, and their tissue-repairing effects have made them the focus of attention for use in tissue regeneration. PRP has been safely used and documented in many different fields, including orthopedics, sports injuries, dental and periodontal surgery, and cosmetic, plastic, cardiovascular, general, and maxillofacial surgery...
September 6, 2016: Lymphatic Research and Biology
Yvette Ellen, Paul Flecknell, Matt Leach
To manage pain effectively in people and animals, it is essential to recognise when pain is present and to assess its intensity. Currently there is very little information regarding the signs of post-surgical pain or its management in guinea pigs. Studies from other rodent species indicate that behaviour-based scoring systems can be used successfully to detect pain and evaluate analgesic efficacy. This preliminary study aimed to establish whether behaviour-based scoring systems could be developed to assess post-surgical pain in guinea pigs...
2016: PloS One
Lasse L Nonboe, Tommy K Nielsen, Søren Høyer, Ole Graumann, Jørgen Frøkiær, Michael Borre
INTRODUCTION: The minimally invasive treatment of small renal masses with cryoablation has become increasingly widespread during the past 15 years. Studies with long-term follow-up are beginning to emerge, showing good oncological control, however, tumors with a central and endophytic location seem to possess an increased risk of treatment failure. Such tumors are likely to be subjected to a high volume of blood giving thermal protection to the cancerous cells. Arterial clamping during freezing might reduce this effect but at the same time subject the kidney to ischemia...
August 25, 2016: Technology in Cancer Research & Treatment
Jenna L Dziki, Brian M Sicari, Matthew T Wolf, Madeline C Cramer, Stephen F Badylak
Acellular bioscaffolds composed of extracellular matrix (ECM) have been effectively used to promote functional tissue remodeling in both preclinical and clinical studies of volumetric muscle loss, but the mechanisms that contribute to such outcomes are not fully understood. Thirty-two C57bl/6 mice were divided into eight groups of four animals each. A critical-sized defect was created in the quadriceps muscle and was repaired with a small intestinal submucosa ECM bioscaffold or left untreated. Animals were sacrificed at 3, 7, 14, or 56 days after surgery...
October 2016: Tissue Engineering. Part A
K M Lövgren, H Søndergaard, S Skov, B Wiinberg
In haemophilia A (HA) management, antidrug antibodies, or inhibitors, are a serious complication that renders factor VIII (FVIII) replacement therapy ineffective, increases morbidity and reduces quality of life for affected patients. Inhibitor development aetiology is multifactorial and covers both genetic and therapy related risk factors. Many therapy-related risk factors have proven difficult to confirm due to several confounding factors and the small study populations available. However, clinical studies indicate that e...
September 2016: Haemophilia: the Official Journal of the World Federation of Hemophilia
C Anton Fries, Carole Y Villamaria, Jerry R Spencer, Rory F Rickard, Vijay S Gorantla, Michael R Davis
BACKGROUND: The restoration of complex tissue deficits with vascularized composite allotransplantation is a paradigm shift in reconstructive surgery. Clinical adoption of vascularized composite allotransplantation is limited by the need for systemic immunosuppression, with associated morbidity and mortality. Small-animal models lack the biological fidelity and preclinical relevance to enable translation of immunologic insights to humans. Large-animal models have been described; however, limitations persist, including the inability of heterotopic models to evaluate functional nerve regeneration, and the sensitivity of primates to toxicity of immunosuppressive drugs...
September 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Tinen L Iles, Brian Howard, Stephen Howard, Stephen Quallich, Christopher Rolfes, Eric Richardson, Hanna R Iaizzo, Paul A Iaizzo
To date, many pharmacological agents used to treat or prevent arrhythmias in open-heart cases create undesired systemic side effects. For example, antiarrhythmic drugs administered intravenously can produce drops in systemic pressure in the already compromised cardiac patient. While performing open-heart procedures, surgeons will often either create a small port or form a pericardial cradle to create suitable fields for operation. This access yields opportunities for target pharmacological delivery (antiarrhythmic or ischemic preconditioning agents) directly to the myocardial tissue without undesired side effects...
2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Jéssica Barbosa de Oliveira Gonçalves, Daniela Vieira Buchaim, Cleuber Rodrigo de Souza Bueno, Karina Torres Pomini, Benedito Barraviera, Rui Seabra Ferreira Júnior, Jesus Carlos Andreo, Antonio de Castro Rodrigues, Tania Mary Cestari, Rogério Leone Buchaim
Autogenous bone grafts are used to repair bone defects, and the stabilization is needed for bone regeneration. Laser photobiomodulation is a modality of treatment in clinical practice for tissue regeneration, and it has therapeutic effects as an anti-inflammatory, analgesic and modulating cellular activity. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effects of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) on an autogenous bone graft integration process stabilized with a new heterologous fibrin sealant. Forty rats were divided into two groups: Autogenous Fibrin Graft (AFG, n=20), in which a 5mm dome osteotomy was conducted in the right parietal bone and the graft was adhered to the left side using fibrin sealant; and Autogenous Fibrin Graft Laser (AFGL, n=20), which was subjected to the same procedures as AFG with the addition of LLLT...
September 2016: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
Yu-Ching Feng, Kuan-Sheng Chen, Shih-Chieh Chang
This animal was presented with a large-sized infiltrative lipoma in the abdominal wall that had been noted for 4 years. This lipoma was confirmed by histological examination from a previous biopsy, and the infiltrative features were identified by a computerized tomography scan. The surgical removal created a large-sized abdominal defect that was closed by a combination of latissimus dorsi and external abdominal oblique muscle flaps in a pedicle pattern. A small dehiscence at the most distal end of the muscle flap resulted in a small-sized abdominal hernia and was repaired with cranial sartorius muscle flap 14 days after surgery...
July 29, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
Ian C Glenn, Nicholas E Bruns, Todd A Ponsky
PURPOSE: While adult bowel anastomoses are typically performed with staplers, neonatal small bowel anastomoses have traditionally been performed in a hand-sewn manner due to the large size of surgical staplers. The purpose of this study was to compare stapled anastomosis using a newly available, 5-mm laparoscopic stapler to a hand-sewn anastomosis in an open animal model. METHODS: Twenty anastomoses were performed by two general surgery residents (10 stapled and 10 hand-sewn) in an adult New Zealand white rabbit...
October 2016: Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. Part A
Seema Ramakrishnan, Prabu Baskaran, Romana Fazal, Syed Mohammad Sulaiman, Tiruvengada Krishnan, Rengaraj Venkatesh
Achieving a formed and firm eyeball which is stably fixed in a holding device is a major challenge of surgical wet-lab training. Our innovation, the 'Spring-action Apparatus for Fixation of Eyeball (SAFE)' is a robust, simple and economical device to solve this problem. It consists of a hollow iron cylinder to which a spring-action syringe is attached. The spring-action syringe generates vacuum and enables reliable fixation of a human or animal cadaveric eye on the iron cylinder. The rise in intraocular pressure due to vacuum fixation can be varied as per need or nature of surgery being practised...
October 2016: British Journal of Ophthalmology
Sahar Abd-Elbaky Mohamed, Ahmad Mohammad Abd El-Rahman, Khaled M Fares
BACKGROUND: Intrathecal ketamine has been studied extensively in animals, but rarely in humans. Intrathecal dexmedetomidine prolongs the duration of spinal anesthesia. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the efficacy and safety of intrathecal dexmedetomidine, ketamine, or both when added to bupivacaine for postoperative analgesia in major abdominal cancer surgery. DESIGN: Double-blinded, randomized, controlled trial. SETTING: Academic medical center...
July 2016: Pain Physician
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