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The purpose of this study was to determine the kinetics of HSP70 expression in response to mild thermal stress. The rationale is to produce a basis for design of optimal heating methods to induce HSP70 expression for preconditioning in cardiac surgery. Bovine aortic endothelial cells were heated at 42 degrees C for 0.5 to 5 hours followed by 37 degrees C(More)
Thermal preconditioning protocols for cardiac cells were identified which produce elevated HSP70 levels while maintaining high cell viability. Bovine aortic endothelial cells were heated with a water bath at temperatures ranging from 44 to 50 degrees C for periods of 1-30 min. Thermal stimulation protocols were determined which induce HSP70 expression(More)
The direct correlation between levels of heat shock protein expression and efficiency of its tissue protection function motivates this study of how thermal doses can be used for an optimal stress protocol design. Heat shock protein 70 (HSP70) expression kinetics were visualized continuously in cultured bovine aortic endothelial cells (BAECs) on a microscope(More)
The response of blood vessels to laser irradiation in vivo was studied in the dorsal skin flap glass window chamber model of hamsters. The vasodilatory response of venules was critically dependent on the wavelength of irradiating laser. Relaxation was not produced in arterioles, although it was tried repeatedly. Vessels were irradiated with the 514.5 nm(More)
Human fetal pancreata (HFP) were obtained from dilatation and extraction aborted fetuses of 11-18 weeks' gestation. The pancreas was excised under sterile conditions and kept in culture medium at 4 degrees C, prior to stepwise digestion into 50- to 150-micron fragments. The fragmented pieces were allowed to sediment by gravity, then transferred to tissue(More)
The technique of serial optical sectioning by confocal microscopy, in conjunction with off-line digital image analysis, was used to quantify the radial distribution of damaged cells in rat pancreatic islets following cryopreservation. The process consists of imaging frozen-thawed islets of Langerhans using laser scanning confocal microscopy (LSCM). The(More)
A technique to measure angiogenesis and revascularization in pancreatic islets transplanted at the renal subcapsular site in the rat has been developed. In-vivo imaging of the microcirculation of transplanted pancreatic islets was conducted using a confocal scanning laser microscope (CSLM) to achieve optical sectioning through the graft in order to perform(More)