Tomasz Skórka

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We assessed exercise performance, coronary blood flow and cardiac reserve of female ApoE/LDLR(-/-) mice with advanced atherosclerosis compared with age-matched, wild-type C57BL6/J mice. Exercise capacity was assessed as whole body maximal oxygen consumption (V'O2max), maximum running velocity (vmax) and maximum distance (DISTmax) during treadmill exercise.(More)
PURPOSE To assess the cardiac response to low (0.15-0.5 mg/kg i.p.) and high (1.5-20 mg/kg i.p.) doses of dobutamine in Tgαq*44 mice with dilated cardiomyopathy at the stage of advanced heart failure. MATERIALS AND METHODS Inotropic, lusitropic, and chronotropic response to β(1) -adrenergic stimulation was assessed by the cine magnetic resonance imaging(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of the present work was to analyze coronary endothelial function in the transgenic mouse model of dilated cardiomyopathy (Tgalphaq*44 mice). METHODS Coronary vasodilatation, both NO-dependent (induced by bradykinin) and PGI(2)-dependent (induced by acetylcholine), was assessed in the isolated hearts of Tgalphaq*44 and FVB mice. Cardiac(More)
A 3D spin-echo (3D SE) pulse sequence was used on a 4.7 T research MRI system to produce images of extracted human first molar tooth placed in CuSO4 water solution. The maximal resolution achieved was 35 x 63 x 300 microm3 in read and two phase directions, respectively. The high-intensity signal from water in solution together with the lack of signal from(More)
The compendial method of evaluation of orodispersible tablets (ODT) is the same disintegration test as for conventional tablets. Since it does not reflect the disintegration process in the oral cavity, alternative methods are proposed that are more related to in vivo conditions, e.g. modified dissolution paddle apparatus, texture analyzer, rotating shaft(More)
BACKGROUND The impairment of cardiac diastolic function is essential for the development and progression of heart failure, regardless of the systolic performance of the heart. Novel methods of diagnosis of diastolic dysfunction in experimental animals are needed in order to validate the effectiveness of novel heart failure treatment. AIM The in vivo(More)
Evaluation of macromolecular polymers used as excipients for the preparation of hydrodynamically balanced systems (HBS) was carried out. Hard gelatine capsules were filled with polymeric substances belonging to various chemical groups (chitosan, sodium alginate, hydroxypropylmethycellulose--HPMC). The following properties of the HBS were investigated:(More)
Anisotropic diffusion in the excised rat spinal cord saturated with 0.9% saline was investigated using MR microimaging with b-values up to 8000 s/mm2 for different diffusion times. Non-exponential transversal diffusion decay found in white matter (WM) and gray matter (GM) was fitted with 2 components (the "fast" and the "slow"). Significantly smaller(More)
Tgalphaq44 mice with targeted overexpression of activated Galphaq protein in cardiomyocytes mimic many of the phenotypic characteristics of dilated cardiomyopathy in humans. However, it is not known whether the phenotype of Tgalphaq44 mice would also involve dysfunction of cardiac mitochondria. The aim of the present work was to examine changes in EPR(More)
Taking advantage of the unique model of slowly developing dilated cardiomyopathy in mice with cardiomyocyte-specific transgenic overexpression of activated Gαq protein (Tgαq*44 mice) we analyzed the contribution of the cardiomyocyte malfunction, fibrosis and cytoskeleton remodeling to the development of heart failure in this model. Left ventricular (LV) in(More)