Sabrena F. Noria

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The advent of laparoscopic ventral hernia repair (LVHR) not only reduced the morbidity associated with open repair but also led to a decrease in the hernia recurrence rate. However, the rate continues to remain significant. A retrospective observational study was conducted on 193 patients who were treated with LVHR by two minimally invasive surgeons in a(More)
Endothelial cells exhibit profound changes in cell shape in response to altered shear stress that may require disassembly/reassembly of adherens junction protein complexes that mediate cell-cell adhesion. To test this hypothesis, we exposed confluent porcine aortic endothelial cells to 15 dyne/cm(2) of shear stress for 0, 8.5, 24, or 48 hours, using a(More)
Intraoperative cholangiography (IOC) is the current gold standard for biliary imaging during laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC). However, utilization of IOC remains low. Near-infrared fluorescence cholangiography (NIRF-C) is a novel, noninvasive method for real-time, intraoperative biliary mapping. Our aims were to assess the safety and efficacy of NIRF-C(More)
Fluid shear stress greatly influences the biology of vascular endothelial cells and the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. Endothelial cells undergo profound shape change and reorientation in response to physiological levels of fluid shear stress. These morphological changes influence cell function; however, the processes that produce them are poorly(More)
The prevalence of obesity has increased so rapidly over the last few decades that it is now considered a global epidemic. Obesity, defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more, is associated with several comorbid conditions that decrease life expectancy and increase health care costs. Diet therapies have been reported to be ineffective in the long-term(More)
OBJECTIVE Protein kinase C (PKC) activation impairs contractility in the normal heart but is protective during myocardial ischemia. We hypothesized that PKC remains activated post-ischemia and modulates myocardial excitation-contraction coupling during early reperfusion. METHODS Langendorff-perfused rabbit hearts where subjected to 25 min unmodified(More)
This study evaluated patient-reported outcome of the donor site in patients following head and neck cancer reconstruction. Patients who had undergone cancer reconstruction using either an anterolateral thigh or a radial forearm free flap and who were at least 6 months postsurgery were included and contacted by telephone. There were 37 patients (mean age 61(More)
We tested the hypothesis that bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS) must be internalized to facilitate endotoxin-dependent signal activation in cardiac myocytes. Fluorescently labeled LPS was used to treat primary cardiomyocyte cultures, perfused heart preparations, and the RAW264.7 macrophage cell line. Using confocal microscopy and spectrofluorometry, we(More)
Endothelial cells undergo profound morphologic changes in response to alterations in shear stresses that are imposed on them by blood flow, and these responses have important implications for physiologic and pathophysiologic function of blood vessels. Shear-induced changes in cell morphology represent a unique mode of cell motility: elongation of the cells(More)
The introduction of laparoscopy has provided trauma surgeons with a valuable diagnostic and, at times, therapeutic option. The minimally invasive nature of laparoscopic surgery, combined with potentially quicker postoperative recovery, simplified wound care, as well as a growing number of viable intraoperative therapeutic modalities, presents an attractive(More)