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To evaluate the efficiency of decontamination practice in European Homograft Bank (EHB), the data of the cardiovascular tissues received during recent 2 years were retrospectively analysed in this study. After initial assessment, the tissues were incubated in a 3-antibiotics’ cocktail at 4°C for 20–48 h. The states of contamination were evaluated before and(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS There is a demand for serum markers that can routinely assess the progression of liver cancer. DENA (diethylnitrosamine), a hepatocarcinogen, is commonly used in an experimental mouse model to induce liver cancer that closely mimics a subclass of human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, blood monitoring of the progression of HCC in(More)
SPRET/Ei mice are extremely resistant to acute LPS-induced lethal inflammation when compared with C57BL/6. We found that in vivo SPRET/Ei mice exhibit strongly reduced expression levels of cytokines and chemokines. To investigate the role of the potent anti-inflammatory glucocorticoid receptor (GR) in the SPRET/Ei phenotype, mice were treated with the GR(More)
Although portal venous supply is considered essential to preserve hepatic integrity, in this study, effects of portal arterialization on liver regeneration were evaluated in a rat model of partial hepatectomy (PH). Ninety-six Lewis rats were randomly assigned to four groups of 24 rats each: PH only (group 1), PH with either venous or arterialized portal(More)
Due to the growing shortage of donor livers, more patients are waiting for transplantation. Living donor liver transplantation may help expanding the donor pool, but is often confronted with the small-for-size syndrome. Since the hemodynamic effects of partial hepatectomy are not fully understood, we developed an electrical rat liver model to compare normal(More)
Vascular allografts have been used for many years in patients with infection complications and when the patient lacks own autologous venous material. Cryopreservation has permitted the long term storage of these allografts, offering the optimal solution for particular clinical situations. For more than 20 years the European Homograft Bank has prepared,(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Placental growth factor (PlGF) is known for its role in pathological conditions to protect parenchymal cells of different organs from injury, whereas its presence in the liver and its potential importance in stimulating liver regeneration has never been described. This was investigated in this study using a rat model of partial hepatectomy(More)
BACKGROUND Non-invasive staging of human liver fibrosis is a desirable objective that remains under extensive evaluation. Animal model systems are often used for studying human liver disease and screening antifibrotic compounds. The aim of the present study was to investigate the potential use of serum N-glycan profiles to evaluate liver fibrosis in a rat(More)
In the rat model of heterotopic auxiliary liver transplantation, graft re-arterialization may influence the outcome of inter-liver competition. This was investigated in the current study using two transplanted groups with or without graft re-arterialization. Immediately after reperfusion, the re-arterialized grafts showed significantly higher bile flow rate(More)
Experiments in lower organisms, such as worms and flies, indicate that the molecular chaperone protein heat shock protein 70 (HSP70) is a longevity factor. In contrast, we demonstrate here that mice overexpressing HSP70 display growth retardation and early death. HSP70 transgenic mice displayed increased levels of serum corticosterone and weaker expression(More)