Damir Sapunar

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The T-junction of sensory neurons in the dorsal root ganglion (DRG) is a potential impediment to action potential (AP) propagation towards the CNS. Using intracellular recordings from rat DRG neuronal somata during stimulation of the dorsal root, we determined that the maximal rate at which all of 20 APs in a train could successfully transit the T-junction(More)
BACKGROUND Behavioral criteria that confirm neuropathic pain in animal injury models are undefined. Therefore, the authors sought clinically relevant measures that distinguish pain behavior of rats with peripheral nerve injury from those with sham injury. METHODS The authors examined mechanical and thermal sensory sensitivity, comparing responses at(More)
BACKGROUND Painful peripheral nerve injury results in disordered sensory neuron function that contributes to the pathogenesis of neuropathic pain. However, the relative roles of neurons with transected axons versus intact adjacent neurons have not been resolved. An essential first step is identification of electrophysiologic changes in these two neuronal(More)
The expression pattern of mitotic Ki-67 and anti-apoptotic bcl-2 proteins, as well as apoptotic caspase-3 and p53 proteins, were investigated in the human mesonephros and metanephros of 5–9 week-old human conceptuses. Apoptotic cells were additionally detected using the terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase (TdT) nick-end labelling (TUNEL) method. Between(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic neuropathic pain resulting from neuronal damage remains difficult to treat, in part, because of incomplete understanding of underlying cellular mechanisms. We have previously shown that inward Ca2+ flux (I(Ca)) across the sensory neuron plasmalemma is decreased in a rodent model of chronic neuropathic pain, but the direct consequence of(More)
During normal human development a number of transient structures form and subsequently regress completely. One of the most prominent structures that regress during development is the human tail. We report here a histological and ultrastructural study of cell death in the cranial and caudal (tail) parts of the neural tube in 4 to 6-week-old human embryos.(More)
The distribution of the bcl-2, bax and caspase-3 proteins was investigated in the cells of developing human spinal ganglia. Paraffin sections of 10 human conceptuses between 5th and 9th gestational weeks were analysed morphologically, immunohistochemically and by TUNEL-method. Cells positive to caspase-3 had brown stained nuclei or nuclear fragmentations.(More)
The survival rate analysis of 130 patients with non-small-cell lung cancer who did not receive any specific anticancer therapy showed no statistically significant differences in the survival rates between various TNM combinations classified into stage groups II, IIIa, IIIb, and IV, as proposed by Mountain in 1989 and adopted by the American Joint Committee(More)
BACKGROUND We have previously shown that a decrease of inward Ca(2+) flux (I(Ca)) across the sensory neuron plasmalemma, such as happens after axotomy, increases neuronal excitability. From this, we predicted that increasing I(Ca) in injured neurons should correct their hyperexcitability. METHODS The influence of increased or decreased I(Ca) upon membrane(More)
OBJECTIVE To document the expression of activated forms of caspase-3 in human granulosa cells. DESIGN Laboratory study. SETTING In vitro fertilization (IVF) laboratory of the Split University Hospital and laboratory of the Department of Anatomy, Histology, and Embryology. PATIENT(S) Ovarian tissues were obtained from women undergoing(More)