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OBJECTIVE Changes of major cerebral vessels in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) are well known from routine cerebral angiography. Data on changes in the microcirculation do not exist. This study sought to provide a qualitative and quantitative analysis of the cortical microcirculation after SAH. METHODS By means of orthogonal polarization(More)
OBJECTIVE Increased intracranial pressure (ICP) and decreased cerebral blood flow leading to global cerebral ischemia are the primary causes of death after severe subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). Hypertonic saline has been demonstrated to exert neuroprotective properties after traumatic brain injury by osmotic mobilization of parenchymal water and improvement(More)
The " danger theory " of Polly Matzinger posed in 1994 (Matzinger, 1994) principally holds that the immune system is far less concerned with " foreign " (microorganisms , cells, and molecules) than with signals that cause dangerous damage, and, furthermore, that antigen-presenting cells respond to danger signals—most notably from cells undergoing stress(More)
Fluorescent-labeled microspheres (FM) are a new tool for the determination of organ blood flow. However, the FM-method is labor intensive, because of the necessity to recover the microspheres from the tissue samples. The aim of this study was to automate the FM-method. A Zymate-Robotic System (Zymark, Idstein, Germany) was modified to handle a novel(More)
Anti-angiogenetic cancer therapy is a potential new form for treatment of solid tumours. The alpha(v)-integrins (alpha(v)beta3, alpha(v)beta5) mediate the contact of activated endothelial cells to proteins of the extracellular matrix during tumour angiogenesis as a prerequisite for survival of endothelial cells. The aim of this study was to investigate the(More)
Hypertonic saline prevents vascular adherence of neutrophils and ameliorates ischemic tissue injury. We hypothesized that hypertonic saline attenuates N-formyl-methionyl-leucyl-phenylalanine (fMLP)-stimulated expression of adhesion molecules on human polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMNLs). fMLP-stimulated up-regulation of beta2-integrins was diminished by(More)
The effect of photodynamic therapy (PDT) on interstitial fluid pressure (IFP), tumour volume and water content was measured in melanomas grown in hamsters. Unlike control tumours, treated tumours exhibited a 40-60% increase in volume at 1, 3 and 6 h post PDT. IFP also increased at 1 and 3 h after PDT, but decreased to 50% of control value after 24 h,(More)
Components of the activated complement cascade are considered to play a pivotal role in ischemia-reperfusion-induced organ injury. With the use of intravital epifluorescence microscopy, we investigated the effect of complement inhibition by the recombinant soluble complement receptor 1 (sCR1; TP10) on the effect of macromolecular microvascular permeability,(More)
Tumour angiogenesis plays a key role in tumour growth, formation of metastasis, detection and treatment of malignant tumours. Recent investigations provided increasing evidence that quantitative analysis of tumour angiogenesis is an indispensable prerequisite for developing novel treatment strategies such as anti-angiogenic and antivascular treatment(More)
The effect of photodynamic therapy (PDT) on interstitial fluid pressure (IFP), tumour volume and water content was measured in melanomas grown in hamsters. Unlike control tumours, treated tumours exhibited a 40-60% increase in volume at 1, 3 and 6 h post PDT. IFP also increased at 1 and 3 h after PDT, but decreased to 50% of control value after 24 h,(More)