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This work describes the utilization of Pulsed Electric Fields to control the protozoan contamination of a microalgae culture, in an industrial 2.7 m(3) microalgae photobioreactor. The contaminated culture was treated with Pulsed Electric Fields, PEF, for 6h with an average of 900 V/cm, 65 μs pulses of 50 Hz. Working with recirculation, all the culture was(More)
Vagal activity is thought to influence atrial electrophysiological properties and play a role in the initiation and maintenance of atrial fibrillation (AF). We evaluated the effects of acute vagal stimulation on atrial conduction, refractoriness of atrial and pulmonary veins (PVs) and inducibility of AF. An open-chest epicardial approach was performed in(More)
BACKGROUND It is well established that sympathetic nervous system is responsible for the onset, development and maintenance of neurogenic hypertension. The rostroventrolateral medulla (RVLM) and medullo-cervical pressor area (MCPA) are important central sympathoexcitatory regions whose role on neurogenic hypertension remains unknown. OBJECTIVE To(More)
INTRODUCTION Vagal activity is thought to influence atrial electrophysiological properties and play a role in the initiation and maintenance of atrial fibrillation (AF). In this study, we assessed the effects of acute vagal stimulation (vagus_stim) on atrial conduction times, atrial and pulmonary vein (PV) refractoriness, and vulnerability to induction of(More)
BACKGROUND In keeping with the fundamental practice of transparency in the discussion and resolution of ethics conflicts raised by research, a summary of ethics issues raised during Portuguese biomonitoring in health surveillance and research is presented and, where applicable, their resolution is described. METHODS Projects underway aim to promote the(More)
The accumulation of lead in several bones of Wistar rats with time was determined and compared for the different types of bones. Two groups were studied: a control group (n = 20), not exposed to lead and a contaminated group (n = 30), exposed to lead from birth, first indirectly through mother's milk, and then directly through a diet containing lead acetate(More)
The concentration of lead in liver and kidneys of Wistar rats, fed with lead since fetal period in relation to their age and to a control group, was determined. A group of rats was exposed to lead acetate (n=30) in drinking water and the other group was exposed to normal water (n=20). Samples were collected from rats aging between 1 and 11 months and were(More)
UNLABELLED Neurocardiogenic syncope (NCS) is a common clinical entity resulting from an excessive reflex autonomic response, particularly during orthostatism. Treatment options are controversial and of limited effectiveness. Tilt training (TT) is a promising option to treat these patients. However, its mechanism of action and clinical impact remain unclear.(More)
UNLABELLED Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a complex disease with multiple mechanisms, involving the interaction between the autonomic nervous system (ANS), electrophysiological properties of the atria and pulmonary veins (PVs), and vulnerability for AF. AIM We assessed the effects of acute vagal (vagus_stim) and sympathetic stimulation (symp_stim) on atrial(More)
OBJECTIVE Evaluate the effects of acute vagal stimulation on atrial conduction, atria and pulmonary veins (PV) refractoriness and AFib inducibility in a MetS rabbit model. DESIGN AND METHOD MetS was induced in male NZW rabbits, 8 weeks, by a high sucrose diet given for 6 months, after which, under anaesthesia, a thoracotomy was performed to expose the(More)