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Serotonin receptors have been found in several reproductive organs as well as in the central nervous system. Serotonin-binding sites have been demonstrated in duck ovarian follicles and the testis, hamster ovaries, human granulosa cells and mouse placenta. Local production of serotonin by the rat ovary, oviduct, uterus and testis has also been reported. We(More)
The morphogenetic function of the transient phase of cell death that occurs during blastocyst maturation is not known but it is thought that its regulation results from a delicate balance between survival and lethal signals in the uterine milieu. In this paper, we show that blastocysts from diabetic rats have a higher incidence of dead cells than control(More)
Epinephrine and norepinephrine can play an important role in basic developmental processes such as embryogenesis and morphogenesis, regulating cell proliferation, differentiation and migration. We showed that beta-adrenergic receptors can mediate the effects of catecholamines on preimplantation embryos in our previous work. In the present study, we designed(More)
In a controlled study we compared the outcome of intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) performed by two different methods. The oocytes from 20 patients were equally divided into two groups and injected either by conventional ICSI using polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) or by a modified PVP-free ICSI procedure. While in the conventional ICSI method the(More)
The course of histopathological alterations within jejunal graft architecture during the initial adaptation phase in the host body was investigated. Graft tissues were compared to the intestinal tissues of the recipients. This study demonstrates: (1) renewal of intestinal epithelial lining in the graft biopsies during initial hours after transplantation is(More)
The character of the changes in cell populations within the jejunal graft mucosa during the initial adaptation phase in the host body was investigated. 24 adult male Wistar rats underwent intestinal heterotopic allotransplantation. Aorto-aortal and porto-caval anastomoses were performed using the end-to-side microsurgery technique. Graft tissues were(More)
Components of plant essential oils have been reported to have health benefit properties, including antioxidative, anti-tumour, antimicrobial, anti-stress, and immunomodulative activities. We examined the anti-inflammatory effects of thymoquinone, the active ingredient in the volatile oil of Nigella sativa seeds, and borneol, the active component of Salvia(More)
Ischaemic/reperfusion (IR) injury of the small intestine may lead to the development of multiple organ failure. Little is known about the morphological changes occurring in the organs during the subacute course of this syndrome. The objective of this study was to observe histopathological features and the role of apoptosis in the jejunal mucosa and lung(More)
The progress of jejunal damage and recovery in the course of mesenteric ischemia-reperfusion injury in rats at different time periods was investigated. Mesenteric ischemia lasting 1h followed by 1h of reperfusion caused a significant disintegration of the mucosa, reduction of the muscular layer and diminution of the wall thickness. The loss of epithelium(More)
Analysis of changes after ischemia-reperfusion (IR) attack to the small intestine leads to multiple organ dysfunction (multiple organ dysfunction syndrome, MODS) and the subsequent death of patients is a topic for discussion. IR stress affects the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). ER dysfunction induces responses through kinases activation that stimulate(More)