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Muscle contractions present the main source of unpleasant sensations for patients undergoing electrochemotherapy. The contractions are a consequence of high voltage pulse delivery. Relatively low repetition frequency of these pulses (1 Hz) results in separate muscle contractions associated with each single pulse that is delivered. It would be possible to(More)
We postulated that, in rat extensor digitorum longus muscle (EDL), the length of capillaries per fibre surface area (Lcap/Sfib) and per fibre volume (Lcap/Vfib) could reflect fibre-type transformations accompanied by changes in oxidative metabolic profile and selective fibre-type atrophy. We excised rat EDL muscle 2 weeks after the sciatic nerve was cut(More)
The goal of this study was to determine the acute effects of permanent denervation on the length density of the capillary network in rat slow soleus (SOL) and fast extensor digitorum longus (EDL) muscles and the effect of short-lasting reinnervation in slow muscle only. Denervation was performed by cutting the sciatic nerve. Both muscles were excised 2(More)
The success of axon regeneration after nerve injury should be judged by the extent to which the target organs regain their function. Recovery of muscle contraction involves axon regeneration, reestablishment of nerve-muscle connections, recovery of transmission, and muscle force. All these processes were investigated under the same experimental conditions(More)
Skin blood flow on the rat's paws using laser Doppler flowmeter, electrical activity of the heart (ECG) and respiration were measured simultaneously. The signals were recorded for 20 minutes, both before and after denervation, at core temperature 37 degrees C and 38.5 degrees C, that was maintained constant during the recordings. Spinal nerve fibres, at the(More)
Involuntary muscle contractions and painful sensations during electric pulse delivery are the most unpleasant side effects of electrochemotherapy. The aim of this study was to determine the nature of pain caused by the application of electric pulses and to evaluate patients tolerance to the standard electric pulses of 1 Hz repetition frequency and the new 5(More)
Phase synchronization between cardiac and respiratory oscillations is investigated during anesthesia in rats. Synchrograms and time evolution of synchronization indices are used to show that the system passes reversibly through a sequence of different phase-synchronized states as the anesthesia level changes, indicating that it can undergo phase(More)
We hypothesized that, associated with the state of anaesthesia, characteristic changes exist in both cardio-respiratory and cerebral oscillator parameters and couplings, perhaps varying with depth of anaesthesia. Electrocardiograms (ECGs), respiration and electroencephalograms (EEGs) were recorded from two groups of 10 rats during the entire course of(More)
One of the current challenges in medicine is monitoring the patients' depth of general anaesthesia (DGA). Accurate assessment of the depth of anaesthesia contributes to tailoring drug administration to the individual patient, thus preventing awareness or excessive anaesthetic depth and improving patients' outcomes. In the past decade, there has been a(More)
The adaptive response of skeletal muscle fibres depends on a variety of biological factors including loading conditions and neuromuscular activity. An extreme type of atrophy-inducing change in contractile activity is represented by the physical disconnection between the motor nerve and its respective fibre unit. Since fibre type alterations have a striking(More)