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Using a video-imaging technique, we characterized the effects of 8-isoprostaglandin F2 alpha (8-iso-PGF2 alpha) on retinal vasculature from piglets. 8-Iso-PGF2 alpha potently contracted (EC50 = 5.9 +/- 0.5 nM) retinal vessels. These effects were completely antagonized by the cyclooxygenase inhibitor indomethacin, the thromboxane synthase blocker CGS-12970,(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Oxidant stress, especially in the premature, plays a major role in the pathogenesis of hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathies mostly manifested in the periventricular region. We studied the vasomotor mode of actions of the peroxidation product 15-F(2t)-isoprostane (15-F(2t)-IsoP) (8-iso-prostaglandin F(2alpha)) on periventricular region(More)
PURPOSE Newborn rats exposed to hyperoxia during the first days of life have been shown to exhibit not only vasculopathy but also permanent changes in the structure and function of the retina. Given that the rat retina is immature at birth and that the maturation process continues until the opening of the eyes at 14 days of life, this study was conducted to(More)
The failure of blood vessels to revascularize ischemic neural tissue represents a significant challenge for vascular biology. Examples include proliferative retinopathies (PRs) such as retinopathy of prematurity and proliferative diabetic retinopathy, which are the leading causes of blindness in children and working-age adults. PRs are characterized by(More)
PURPOSE To study the role of free radicals in autoregulation of retinal blood flow (RBF) and choroidal blood flow (ChBF) and the contribution of the cyclooxygenase pathway in free radical formation during blood pressure changes in 1- to 3-day-old pigs. METHODS Blood pressure was adjusted by inflating balloon-tipped catheters placed at the aortic isthmus(More)
PURPOSE To test whether platelet-activating factor (PAF) directly causes retinovascular endothelial cell (EC) death. METHODS Retinovascular density was calculated in rat pups exposed to 80% O(2) from postnatal days (P)6 to P14 (to produce oxygen-induced retinopathy [OIR]), using the adenosine diphosphatase (ADPase) technique, in animals treated with(More)
We reported upregulation of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) by PGE(2) in tissues and presence of perinuclear PGE(2) receptors (EP). We presently studied mechanisms by which PGE(2) induces eNOS expression in cerebral microvessel endothelial cells (ECs). 16,16-Dimethyl PGE(2) and selective EP(3) receptor agonist M&B28767 increased eNOS expression in(More)
The role of prostanoids in setting the range of autoregulation of retinal blood flow (RBF) and choroidal blood flow (ChBF) in the newborn was assessed. The RBF, ChBF, and arterial and cerebral sinus concentrations of PGE, PGF2 alpha, 6-keto-PGF1 alpha and TXB2 were measured over a wide range of mean systemic blood pressure (blood pressure (BP): 17-117 mm(More)
To assess whether prostaglandins contribute to the control of basal retinal and choroidal hemodynamics, retinal (RBF) and choroidal blood flow (ChBF) were measured by a microsphere technique in 1- to 4-day-old pigs before and after (at 20 and 60 min) administration of indomethacin (0.3 mg/kg, n = 6 or 10 mg/kg, n = 5), ibuprofen (40 mg/kg, n = 7), naproxen(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Reduced endothelium-dependent vasorelaxation partly due to loss of nitric oxide (NO) bioavailability occurs in most cases of chronic hypertension. Intrauterine nutritional deprivation has been associated with increased risk for hypertension and stroke, associated with relaxant dysfunction and decreased vascular compliance, but the(More)