Lori C Nielsen

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C-type natriuretic peptide (CNP) is a recently described endothelium-derived relaxing factor. CNP relaxes vascular smooth muscle and inhibits smooth muscle proliferation by binding to natriuretic peptide receptor (NPR) type B (NPR-B) and producing cGMP. Lung parenchyma and fifth-generation pulmonary arteries (PA) and veins (PV) were isolated from(More)
Recent studies have shown that type II pneumocytes, at birth and day 3 postnatally, have a diffuse distribution and localize at alveolar 'corners' between 3 and 7 days. Since alpha 3 beta 1 and alpha 6 beta 1 are laminin-binding receptors that are well expressed by rat type II alveolar epithelial cells, we postulated that they may play a role in the(More)
The optimal oxygen concentration for the resuscitation of term infants remains controversial. We studied the effects of 21 versus 100% oxygen immediately after birth, and also exposure for 24 h to 100% oxygen, on oxidant lung injury and lung antioxidant enzyme (AOE) activities in term newborn lambs. Lambs at 139 d gestation were delivered and ventilated(More)
The mechanisms contributing to hypoxia in lung contusion (LC) remain unclear and not temporally associated with the peak onset of acute inflammation. We investigated the role of oxidative stress in alteration of pulmonary arterial (PA) reactivity following LC. In addition, the role of antioxidants in reversing this process was examined. PaO2 and PA(More)
During the transition at birth to air breathing, regulation of surfactant release from alveolar type II (ATII) cells is critical. Atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) stimulates natriuretic peptide receptor-A (NPR-A) and increases intracellular cGMP. We examined the changes in ANP and NPR-A in respiratory epithelium during the perinatal period using(More)
BACKGROUND Premature birth disrupts hypoxia driven microvascular development that directs alveolar and lung growth. Changes in oxygen exposure after birth can perturb the regulation of angiogenesis leading to bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD). We studied the effects of intermittent hypoxia or hyperoxia on HIF and angiogenic gene expression and lung(More)
BACKGROUND Cases of necrotizing enterocolitis occurring within 48 h of packed red blood cell (PRBC) transfusions are increasingly being described in observational studies. Transfusion-associated gut injury is speculated to result from an abnormal mesenteric vascular response to transfusion. However, the mechanism of disruption of the balance between(More)
The observation of bacteria in a peripheral blood smear was conducive to the diagnosis of Capnocytophaga canimorsus septicaemia in a patient with no definite record of animal bites. Multiple rods were seen extracellularly and within the cytoplasm of neutrophils. The blood culture became positive after 18 h of incubation. Disseminated intravascular(More)
BACKGROUND Current neonatal resuscitation guidelines recommend tracheal suctioning of nonvigorous neonates born through meconium-stained amniotic fluid. METHODS We evaluated the effect of tracheal suctioning at birth in 29 lambs with asphyxia induced by cord occlusion and meconium aspiration during gasping. RESULTS Tracheal suctioning at birth (n = 15)(More)
Type II pneumocytes in newborn lungs are more uniformly distributed, whereas in adult lungs they are located at alveolar corners. We used morphometry and reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction in situ hybridization of surfactant protein C mRNA to determine the patterns of type II cell distribution in random lung sections from Sprague-Dawley rats at(More)