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This study assessed the potential therapeutic efficacy of adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs) on infarcted hearts. Myocardial infarction was induced in rat hearts by occlusion of the left anterior descending artery (LAD). One week after LAD occlusion, the rats were divided into three groups and subjected to transplantation of ASCs or transplantation of cell(More)
Two noninvasive methods, calorimetry and 31P nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), were used to further define energy-consuming and energy-providing reactions in endothelial cells. With 31P-NMR, cellular ATP content was measured; with calorimetry, heat flux as a result of ATP turnover was measured. For these measurements, pig aortic endothelial cells were(More)
Forward (-->ATP) and reverse (-->CrP) fluxes through the creatine kinase reaction were determined in isolated rat and bovine heart mitochondria and with soluble MM-CK from rabbit skeletal muscle, using 31P-saturation transfer NMR. With soluble MM-CK forward and reverse fluxes were identical in the absence and presence of BSA or rat liver mitochondria.(More)
Sodium flux rate and energy consumption of the Na(+)-K+ pump in vascular endothelial cells of porcine aorta grown on micro-carrier beads were studied using a combination of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy of intracellular 23Na and microcalorimetry. The Na+ flux into the cells was determined in the presence of the shift reagent Dy(P3O10)2(7-), while(More)
So far, the hydrated part of the HPMC matrix has commonly been denoted as a “gel” or “pseudogel” layer. No MRI-based results have been published regarding observation of internal phenomena related to drug dissolution inside swelling polymeric matrices during hydration. The purpose of the study was to detect such phenomena. Multiparametric, spatially and(More)
The objectives of this study were (1) to determine whether superparamagnetic iron oxide (SPIO) affects viability, transdifferentiation potential and cell-factor secretion of adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs); and (2) to determine whether SPIO-enhanced magnetic resonance (MR) imaging highlights living stem cells. Rat ASCs were incubated in SPIO-containing(More)
To resolve contradictions found in morphology of hydrating hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose (HPMC) matrix as studied using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) techniques. Until now, two approaches were used in the literature: either two or three regions that differ in physicochemical properties were identified. Multiparametric, spatially and temporally resolved(More)
The woodchuck is one of the only lab animal models of chronic viral hepatitis infection and the development of hepatocellular carcinoma. Using this model, changes in tissue energetics in the liver due to the development of hepatocellular carcinoma can be monitored by repeated magnetic resonance imaging and localized phosphorus spectroscopy. Age- and(More)
Malting-quality barley samples of the varieties Harrington, Manley, and TR118, each from two locations in Saskatchewan, were collected directly from the producers and sent to China for storage. At regular intervals samples were shipped back to Canada for analysis consisting of germination studies, alpha-amylase tests, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and(More)