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The maturity of pericytes in cerebral neocapillaries induced by two different growth factors: basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) and platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), was examined using an immunohistochemical staining technique. Cerebral angiogenesis was induced in mice by implanting a sandwich system of bFGF/PDGF gel and nylon-mesh over the exposed(More)
By using streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats as a studied model, our previous experimental results have indicated that daily oral feeding of garlic extract (100 mg/kg BW) could increase the cardiovascular functions in streptozotocin (STZ) rats; the abnormality of lipid profile was prevented; and garlic extract could increase fibrinolitic activities with(More)
OBJECTIVE To demonstrate the microcirculatory and wound healing effects of Aloe vera on induced second degree burn wounds in rats. METHOD A total of 48 male Wistar rats were equally divided into 4 groups as follows: sham controls, untreated burn-wound rats, those treated with once-daily application of normal saline (NSS) and those treated with once-daily(More)
The present study examined effects of alpha-mangostin (α-MG) supplementation on the retinal microvasculature, including ocular blood flow (OBF) and blood-retinal barrier (BRB) permeability in a type 2 diabetic animal model. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into four groups: normal control and diabetes with or without α-MG supplementation.(More)
The current study was aimed to investigate effects of long-term supplementation of vitamin C on the iris microcirculation in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic rats. Diabetes was induced in male Wistar-Furth rats by intravenous injection of STZ (55 mg/kg b.w.). The rats were divided into three groups: control rats (CON), STZ-induced diabetic rats (STZ),(More)
The effect of long-term supplementation of vitamin C on leukocyte adhesion to the cerebral endothelium was investigated in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic rats. Diabetes was induced in male Wistar Furth rats by intravenous injection of STZ. The vitamin C, ascorbic acid, was supplemented with drinking water (1 g/l). The rats were divided into control(More)
This study was aimed to evaluate the combined effect of curcumin with vitamin C supplementation on hyperglycemic and dyslipidemia conditions and endothelial cell dysfunction induced in diabetic rats. Wistar Furth rats were used and divided into four groups: control (single injection of 0.9% sterile saline), STZ (streptozotocin, Sigma, 55 mg/kg.BW, i.v.),(More)
This study was aimed to investigate chronic changes of the iris microvasculature in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic rats. Diabetes was induced in male Wistar-Furth rats by intravenous injection of STZ (55 mg/kg.bw). The rats were divided into control (CON) and diabetic (STZ) groups. The experiments were performed at 8, 12, 24 and 36 weeks after the(More)
Endothelial function of cerebral microvessel in diabetes was evaluated using streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic rats (blood glucose of >/=300 mg/dl). At 36 weeks after STZ injection, the rats were anesthetized with sodium pentobarbital. The cerebral microcirculation in control and STZ groups was directly observed, using intravital fluorescence(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the correlation of parathyroid hormone (PTH) and cardiac autonomic nervous system (ANS) measured by heart rate variability (HRV) method in continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) patients. MATERIAL AND METHOD Healthy subjects (HS) and two groups of CAPD patients classified by the PTH concentration: high PTH group (H-PTH;(More)