Petkana Christova

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OBJECTIVES A total of 45 motor units (MUs) from the human biceps brachii muscle were investigated during isovelocity concentric and eccentric movements performed by means of a device implementing an external torque in the direction of the extension proportionally to the elbow angle changes. The effects of movement velocity on the recruitment and decruitment(More)
Action potentials of selected motor units (MUs) from biceps brachii muscle were recorded and analysed at three different elbow angles: 90, 120 and 150 degrees, corresponding to short, control and long muscle length, respectively. Using branched and conventional bipolar wire electrodes, superficial and deep-situated MUs were selectively recorded at(More)
The purpose of the present investigation is to use surface interference EMG recorded by branched electrodes for assessment of muscle fatigue during sustained voluntary isometric contractions at different levels. Level-trigger averaging and turn/amplitude analysis have been applied. The conduction velocity (CV) of excitation was calculated from the time(More)
Seven healthy subjects were investigated in cyclic ramp-and-hold long lasting isometric contractions. Wire branched electrodes were used for selective recording of single motor unit (MU) potentials from m. biceps brachii. MU behaviour was defined in terms of recruitment/derecruitment thresholds (RT and DT) and the duration of interspike intervals (ISI). A(More)
Insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) is an autoimmune disease associated with the presence of different types of autoantibodies. The presence of these antibodies and the corresponding antigens in the circulation leads to the formation of circulating immune complexes (CIC). CIC are known to persist in the blood for long periods of time. Such CIC(More)
An important factor in the development of vascular wall alterations is degradation of the elastic fiber major protein-elastin. Elastin peptides derived from this degradation are present in the circulating blood and they are a stimulus for increased production of anti-elastin antibodies (AEAb). The aim of the present study was to examine the possible(More)
Single motor units (MUs) activity was investigated in human m. biceps brachii during movements against an elastic load. A total of sixty-five MUs were studied by means of subcutaneously placed fine-wire branched electrodes. Subjects were asked to perform active shortening and lengthening of the muscle with approximately constant velocities at two different(More)
Thickening of basement membrane in capillaries and small vessels is a well-known finding and important in the progression of diabetic microangiopathy. To monitor the metabolism of the basement membrane protein collagen type IV (CIV) in diabetes mellitus, serum levels of IgG, IgM and IgA to CIV were measured using an ELISA method in 28 children with Type 1(More)
The tissue accumulation of advanced glycation end products (AGE) alters the structure and function of long-lived proteins. A number of studies have shown that tissue accumulation of AGE correlates with the severity of diabetic complications. Proteins containing AGE are highly immunogenic and anti-AGE antibodies were found in sera of diabetic rats and human.(More)