Adrian Dragu

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BACKGROUND We studied the effects of angiotensin II (Ang II) and diastolic overstretch on the induction of cardiac growth in isometrically contracting muscle preparations from human right atria and left ventricles. We used the gene expression of brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) as a molecular marker of cardiac hypertrophy. METHODS AND RESULTS Northern blot(More)
Bone tissue engineering approaches increasingly focus on the use of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC). In most animal transplantation models MSC are isolated and expanded before auto cell transplantation which might be critical for clinical application in the future. Hence this study compares the potential of directly auto-transplanted versus in vitro expanded(More)
Tissue undergoing free transfer in transplant or reconstructive surgery always is at high risk of ischaemia-related cell damage. This study aims at assessing different procedures using an extracorporeal perfusion and oxygenation system to investigate the expression of hypoxia inducible factor (HIF)-1-α as marker for hypoxia and of the pro-apoptotic protein(More)
Preventing ischemia-related cell damage is a priority when preserving tissue for transplantation. Perfusion protocols have been established for a variety of applications and proven to be superior to procedures used in clinical routine. Extracorporeal perfusion of muscle tissue though cumbersome is highly desirable since it is highly susceptible to(More)
In later stages of vasculoangiogenesis a vascular network is going through a metamorphosis for optimal perfusion and economy of energy. In this study we make a quantitative approach to phenomena of remodelling in a bioartificial neovascular network and suggest variance of calibre as a parameter of neovascular maturation. For this study, 18 male Lewis rats(More)
The aim of this study was to analyse various gene expression profiles of muscle tissue during normoxia, ischaemia and after reperfusion in human muscle free flaps, to gain an understanding of the occurring regulatory, inflammatory and apoptotic processes on a cellular and molecular basis. Eleven Caucasian patients with soft tissue defects needing coverage(More)
Chronic wounds--as defined by the World Union of Wound Healing Societies (WUWHS)--are a considerable worldwide health care expense and impair quality of life. In order for chronic wounds to heal, these wounds must be transformed to a more acute state to begin the healing process. Topical negative pressure (TNP) with reticulated open cell foam (ROCF) is(More)
INTRODUCTION An amputation of the upper extremity and the following replantation is still one of the most challenging operations in the field of reconstructive surgery, especially in extremely severe cases of combined mutilating macroamputations including avulsion and multilevel injuries. Specialists agree that macroamputations with sharp wound edges are an(More)
Background—We studied the effects of angiotensin II (Ang II) and diastolic overstretch on the induction of cardiac growth in isometrically contracting muscle preparations from human right atria and left ventricles. We used the gene expression of brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) as a molecular marker of cardiac hypertrophy. Methods and Results—Northern blot(More)