Zoltan Tomori

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The goal of the present study was to develop a porcine spinal cord injury (SCI) model, and to describe the neurological outcome and characterize the corresponding quantitative and qualitative histological changes at 4-9 months after injury. Adult Gottingen-Minnesota minipigs were anesthetized and placed in a spine immobilization frame. The exposed T12(More)
Using a rat model of ischemic paraplegia, we examined the expression of spinal AMPA receptors and their role in mediating spasticity and rigidity. Spinal ischemia was induced by transient occlusion of the descending aorta combined with systemic hypotension. Spasticity/rigidity were identified by simultaneous measurements of peripheral muscle resistance(More)
BACKGROUND It has been shown previously that the suppression of slow-wave sleep (SWS) markedly reduced insulin sensitivity and led to an impairment of glucose tolerance. We hypothesized that a decreased amount of SWS is a feature peculiar to subjects with type 2 diabetes. METHOD A retrospective case-control study analyzed polysomnographic recordings and(More)
In the present study, we have characterized an atraumatic grafting technique which permits multiple, segmental, and lamina-specific injections into cervical or lumbar spinal cord. Cell injections were performed in spinally mounted rats of different ages and spinal cord size, using a micromanipulator and glass microcapillary connected to a digital(More)
Transient spinal ischemia, a complication associated with aortic cross-clamp may lead to spastic paraplegia. Once fully developed this deficit is permanent. Quantitative histopathological assessments and pharmacological studies show that the ischemic spasticity is secondary to the loss of lumbar GABA and glycinergic inhibitory interneurons. In the present(More)
Ependymal cells (EC) in the spinal cord central canal (CC) are believed to be responsible for the postnatal neurogenesis following pathological or stimulatory conditions. In this study, we have analyzed the proliferation of the CC ependymal progenitors in adult rats processed to compression SCI or enhanced physical activity. To label dividing cells, a(More)
The c-fos gene expression method was used to localize brainstem neurons functionally related to the tracheal-bronchial cough on 13 spontaneously breathing, pentobarbitone anesthetized cats. The level of Fos-like immunoreactivity (FLI) in 6 animals with repetitive coughs (170+/-12) induced by mechanical stimulation of the tracheobronchial mucosa was compared(More)
Agonal gasping provoked by asphyxia can save ~15% of mammals even from untreated ventricular fibrillation (VF), but it fails to revive infants with sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Our systematic study of airway reflexes in cats and other animals indicated that in addition to cough, there are two distinct airway reflexes that may contribute to(More)