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Hypoxia or hypercapnia impairs diaphragmatic contractility and induces fatigue. However, little is known about the combined effect of hypoxic and hypercapnic acidosis (HHA) on diaphragmatic fatigue. In this study, a gas mixture (21% O2, 12% CO2 and 67% N2) was used to produce HHA-induced rat diaphragmatic fatigue. Force-frequency relationships and twitch(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore the possible mechanism of cyclovirobuxine D (CVB-D) in countering and inducing arrhythmia, by way of studying its electro-physiological effect on ventricular papillary muscles of rats in vitro. METHODS The transmembrane potential of rat's isolated right ventricular papillary muscles were recorded using conventional glass(More)
The myocardial protective effects of water extracts from Hsian-tsao (Mesona procumbens Hemsl.) on diabetic rats were investigated. Thirty Sprague-Dawley male rats were randomly divided into three groups, "control group" (n=10) with intraperitoneal saline injection, "diabetic group" (n=10) with 60 mg of intraperitoneal streptozotocin injection per kg of body(More)
Kir2.1 channel is a typical inward rectified channel with little outward currents when the membrane depolarized. Barium blocks the inward Kir2.1 currents in a voltage-dependent manner. However, in this study we found that barium would impair the rectification and open Kir2.1 outward currents at a depolarized voltage, causing increment of outward current(More)
The methods for evaluating left ventricular diastolic function completely and simply are lacking in our country at present. To solve this problem, we presents in this paper a novel method, which is developed according to certain algorithms and mathematic models and is carried out by a MATLAB program. This method mainly obtains dP/dt loops, and calculates(More)
Caffeine overdose death is due to cardiac arrest, but its mechanism has not been explored in detail. In this study, our data showed that caffeine significantly prolonged the heart rate-corrected QT interval (QTc) of rabbits in vivo (P<0.05; n=7). Caffeine was also found to be a hERG channel blocker with an IC50 of 5.04mM (n=5). Although these two findings(More)
Hemin has been reported to be protective in the pathological process, but its protective mechanisms have not been precisely defined. Hemin could induce Erk1/2 phosphorylation in astrocyte. Erk1/2 phosphorylation has been proved to be involved in many growth signals cellular transduction. However, little study has been conducted as to the relationship(More)
To find a better strategy for effective donor organ preservation, here we used a model of long-term hypothermia preservation of rat hearts to investigate the cardioprotective effects of diazoxide, a selective opener of mitochondrial ATP-sensitive potassium channel (mitoK<sub>ATP </sub>). Cardiac function was impaired by 8-hour ischemic preservation(More)
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