Ryan Mathias

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Lymphatic vessels serve as a route by which interstitial fluid, protein and other macromolecules are returned to the blood circulation and immune cells and antigens gain access to lymph nodes. Lymph flow is an active process promoted by rhythmical contraction-relaxation events occurring in the collecting lymphatic vessels. This lymphatic pumping is an(More)
1. This article examines the effects of hypoxia on the contractile response of isolated human umbilical artery strips to 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT). 2. Hypoxic conditions produce a large increase in the contractile response to 5-HT without a significant alteration of the sensitivity evaluated at the level of the pD2 value. Indomethacin (10 microM) reduced(More)
1. To investigate the possible role of endogenous thromboxane A2 (TXA2) in 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT)-induced contraction, human umbilical artery strips were suspended in isolated organ chambers for measurement of isometric force. 2. In endothelium intact strips, arachidonic acid (AA;1 microM) potentiates the contractile response to 5-HT, whereas the(More)
1. The effects of simulated myocardial ischemic conditions on the contractile response of isolated human umbilical artery (HUA) strips to 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) and prostaglandin F2 alpha (PGF2 alpha) were studied. 2. During simulated myocardial ischemic conditions the contractile response of HUA strips to 5-HT was lower than the response to the(More)
Mesenteric lymphatic vessels actively transport lymph, immune cells, fat, and other macromolecules from the intestine via a rhythmical contraction-relaxation process called lymphatic pumping. We have previously demonstrated that mesenteric lymphatic pumping was compromised in the guinea pig model of 2,4,6-trinitrobenzenesulfonic acid (TNBS)-induced ileitis,(More)
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