Rabea Verhaegh

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BACKGROUND Glycine is well known to protect the intestine against ischemia-reperfusion injury and during mechanical manipulation. Here, we studied whether glycine protects the small intestine during endotoxemia, even without being the site of the infection. MATERIALS AND METHODS Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) was infused at a rate of 1 mg/kg × h over a period(More)
INTRODUCTION Dilutional acidosis may result from the introduction of a large fluid volume into the patients' systemic circulation, resulting in a considerable dilution of endogenous bicarbonate in the presence of a constant carbon dioxide partial pressure. Its significance or even existence, however, has been strongly questioned. Blood gas samples of(More)
BACKGROUND Survivin, a member of the inhibitor of apoptosis protein (IAP) family, regulates mitosis and chromosome segregation. The expression of survivin proceeds during embryonic development and in addition has already been demonstrated in cancer cells. However, there is also evidence of survivin expression in differentiated tissues, including the(More)
BACKGROUND Recently, protection in shock (hemorrhagic or septic) by physostigmine has been demonstrated. Here, we studied the protective effect of intravenous infusion of physostigmine in a rat model of severe intestinal ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury and shock. MATERIALS AND METHODS Mesenteric I/R was induced in male Wistar rats by occlusion of the(More)
Bretschneider (histidine-tryptophan-ketoglutarate, HTK) solution employed for induction of cardioplegic arrest possesses a high histidine concentration (198 mM). Due to the large volume administered, massive amounts of histidine are incorporated. The aim of the study was to evaluate alterations in amino acid and nitrogen metabolism originating from(More)
BACKGROUND After severe muscle trauma, hypoxia due to microvascular perfusion failure is generally believed to further increase local injury and to impair healing. However, detailed analysis of hypoxia at the cellular level is missing. Therefore, in the present work, spectroscopic measurements of microvascular blood flow and O2 supply were combined with(More)
Zebrafish (Danio rerio) have become a popular model in cardiovascular research mainly due to identification of a large number of mutants with structural defects. In recent years, cardiomyopathies and other diseases influencing contractility of the heart have been studied in zebrafish mutants. However, little is known about the regulation of contractility of(More)
BACKGROUND Acute mesenteric ischemia is often caused by embolization of the mesenteric arterial circulation. Coherent intestinal injury due to ischemia and following reperfusion get visible on macroscopic and histologic level. In previous studies, application of glycine caused an ameliorated intestinal damage after ischemia-reperfusion in rats. Because we(More)
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