RESUMO Objetivo: Avaliar, em coelhos, qual é a influência do desenho da alça de veia femoral com anastomose na artéria femoral, na presença de fluxo (patência) após sete dias. Método: 39 coelhos foram submetidos à microanastomose arteriovenosa com técnica microcirúrgica. As alças foram acomodadas em dois desenhos, um circular e outro, o mais alongado possível sem dobras na alça. Os parâmetros avaliados foram: presença ou não de fluxo, sinais de hemólise, alterações hemodinâmicas. Resultados: após sete dias, o fluxo estava presente em 68% das alças anguladas e em 75% das alças circulares (p > 0,05). Houve, intragrupo, diminuição estatisticamente significante da pCO 2 e aumento estatisticamente significante do pH. Não houve diferença estatística no restante dos parâmetros avaliados entre os dois modelos de alça. Conclusões: apresentamos um modelo reprodutível de alça vascular. Não houve diferença estatística quanto à presença de fluxo após sete dias nos dois modelos de alça vascular. Nível de Evidência V, Estudo experimental em animais.
ABSTRACT Objective: To evaluate the effect of the design of a femoral vascular loop with anastomosis in the femoral artery of rabbits on the presence of flow (patency) after seven days. Methods: A total of 39 rabbits underwent arteriovenous microanastomosis using the microsurgical technique. Two loop designs were used: one circular and the other angled. The parameters evaluated were presence or absence of flow, signs of hemolysis and hemodynamic changes. Results: After seven days, flow was present in 68% of the angled loops and 75% of the circular loops (p > 0.05). There was a significant intragroup decrease in pCO2 and a significant increase in pH. For the other parameters evaluated, no significant differences between the two loop models were found. Conclusions: A reproducible vascular loop model was shown. There was no significant difference between the two vascular loop models about the presence of flow after seven days. Level of Evidence V, Animal experimental study.
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of interleukin-6 (IL-6) and erythropoietin (EPO) in experimental acute spinal cord injury (SCI) in rats. METHODS: Using standardized equipment, namely, a New York University (NYU) Impactor, a SCI was produced in 50 Wistar rats using a 10-g weight drop from a 12.5-mm height. The rats were divided into the following 5 groups of 10 animals each: “Group EPO”, treated with erythropoietin only; “Group EPO + IL-6”, treated with both substances; “Group IL-6”, receiving IL-6 administration only; “Group Placebo”, receiving a placebo solution; and “Group Sham”, submitted to an incomplete procedure (only laminectomy, without SCI). All drugs and the placebo solution were administered intraperitoneally for three weeks. The animals were followed up for 42 days. Functional motor recovery was monitored by the Basso, Beattie, and Bresnahan (BBB) scale on days 2, 7, 14, 21, 28, 35 and 42. Motor-evoked potential tests were performed on the 42nd day. Histological analysis was performed after euthanasia. RESULTS: The group receiving EPO exhibited superior functional motor results on the BBB scale. IL-6 administration alone was not superior to the placebo treatment, and the IL-6 combination with EPO yielded worse results than did EPO alone. CONCLUSIONS: Using EPO after acute SCI in rats yielded benefits in functional recovery. The combination of EPO and IL-6 showed benefits, but with inferior results compared to those of isolated EPO; moreover, isolated use of IL-6 resulted in no benefit.
OBJECTIVE: To standardize a spinal cord lesion mouse model. METHODS: Thirty BALB/c mice were divided into five groups: four experimental groups and one control group (sham). The experimental groups were subjected to spinal cord lesion by a weight drop from different heights after laminectomy whereas the sham group only underwent laminectomy. Mice were observed for six weeks, and functional behavior scales were applied. The mice were then euthanized, and histological investigations were performed to confirm and score spinal cord lesion. The findings were evaluated to prove whether the method of administering spinal cord lesion was effective and different among the groups. Additionally, we correlated the results of the functional scales with the results from the histology evaluations to identify which scale is more reliable. RESULTS: One mouse presented autophagia, and six mice died during the experiment. Because four of the mice that died were in Group 5, Group 5 was excluded from the study. All the functional scales assessed proved to be significantly different from each other, and mice presented functional evolution during the experiment. Spinal cord lesion was confirmed by histology, and the results showed a high correlation between the Basso, Beattie, Bresnahan Locomotor Rating Scale and the Basso Mouse Scale. The mouse function scale showed a moderate to high correlation with the histological findings, and the horizontal ladder test had a high correlation with neurologic degeneration but no correlation with the other histological parameters evaluated. CONCLUSION: This spinal cord lesion mouse model proved to be effective and reliable with exception of lesions caused by a 10-g drop from 50 mm, which resulted in unacceptable mortality. The Basso, Beattie, Bresnahan Locomotor Rating Scale and Basso Mouse Scale are the most reliable functional assessments, and but the horizontal ladder test is not recommended.
OBJECTIVES: To analyze the histological changes observed in venous grafts subjected to arterial blood flow as a function of the duration of the postoperative period to optimize their use in free flap reconstructions. METHOD: Twenty-five rats (7 females and 18 males) underwent surgery. Surgeries were performed on one animal per week. Five weeks after the first surgery, the same five animals were subjected to an additional surgery to assess the presence or absence of blood flow through the vascular loop, and samples were collected for histological analysis. This cycle was performed five times. RESULTS: Of the rats euthanized four to five weeks after the first surgery, no blood flow was observed through the graft in 80% of the cases. In the group euthanized three weeks after the first surgery, no blood flow was observed in 20% of the cases. In the groups euthanized one to two weeks after the first surgery, blood flow through the vascular loop was observed in all animals. Moreover, intimal proliferation tended to increase with the duration of the postoperative period. Two weeks after surgery, intimal proliferation increased slightly, whereas strong intimal proliferation was observed in all rats evaluated five weeks after surgery. CONCLUSION: Intimal proliferation was the most significant change noted in venous grafts as a function of the duration of the postoperative period and was directly correlated with graft occlusion. In cases in which vascular loops are required during free flap reconstruction, both procedures should preferably be performed during the same surgery.
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the functional and histological effects of ganglioside G(M1) and erythropoietin after experimental spinal cord contusion injury. METHODS: Fifty male Wistar rats underwent experimental spinal cord lesioning using an NYU-Impactor device and were randomly divided into the following groups, which received treatment intraperitoneally. The G(M1) group received ganglioside G(M1) (30 mg/kg); the erythropoietin group received erythropoietin (1000 IU/kg); the combined group received both drugs; and the saline group received saline (0.9%) as a control. A fifth group was the laminectomy group, in which the animals were subjected to laminectomy alone, without spinal lesioning or treatment. The animals were evaluated according to the Basso, Beattie and Bresnahan (BBB) scale, motor evoked potential recordings and, after euthanasia, histological analysis of spinal cord tissue. RESULTS: The erythropoietin group had higher BBB scores than the G(M1) group. The combined group had the highest BBB scores, and the saline group had the lowest BBB scores. No significant difference in latency was observed between the three groups that underwent spinal cord lesioning and intervention. However, the combined group showed a significantly higher signal amplitude than the other treatment groups or the saline group (p<0.01). Histological tissue analysis showed no significant difference between the groups. Axonal index was significantly enhanced in the combined group than any other intervention (p<0.01). CONCLUSION: G(M1) and erythropoietin exert therapeutic effects on axonal regeneration and electrophysiological and motor functions in rats subjected to experimental spinal cord lesioning and administering these two substances in combination potentiates their effects.
OBJECTIVES:To evaluate the functional and histological effects of estrogen as a neuroprotective agent after a standard experimentally induced spinal cord lesion.METHODS:In this experimental study, 20 male Wistar rats were divided into two groups: one group with rats undergoing spinal cord injury (SCI) at T10 and receiving estrogen therapy with 17-beta estradiol (4mg/kg) immediately following the injury and after the placement of skin sutures and a control group with rats only subjected to SCI. A moderate standard experimentally induced SCI was produced using a computerized device that dropped a weight on the rat's spine from a height of 12.5 mm. Functional recovery was verified with the Basso, Beattie and Bresnahan scale on the 2nd, 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, 35th and 42nd days after injury and by quantifying the motor-evoked potential on the 42nd day after injury. Histopathological evaluation of the SCI area was performed after euthanasia on the 42nd day.RESULTS:The experimental group showed a significantly greater functional improvement from the 28th to the 42nd day of observation compared to the control group. The experimental group showed statistically significant improvements in the motor-evoked potential compared with the control group. The results of pathological histomorphometry evaluations showed a better neurological recovery in the experimental group, with respect to the proportion and diameter of the quantified nerve fibers.CONCLUSIONS:Estrogen administration provided benefits in neurological and functional motor recovery in rats with SCI beginning at the 28th day after injury.
The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of covering methods on the nutritive value of corn silage and performance of dairy cows. Whole-plant corn was harvested at 340 g/kg of dry matter (DM) and ensiled for 135 d in horizontal silos covered with one of the following methods: oxygen barrier film (45-µm thick) + white-on-black polyethylene film (200-µm thick) over the oxygen barrier film (OB+WB); white-on-black polyethylene film (200-µm thick) (WB); black polyethylene film (200-µm thick) (B); or recycled black polyethylene film (200-µm thick) covered with a layer of 10 cm of sugarcane bagasse (RB+SB). Nutrient composition, fermentation profile, and yeast and mold counts in edible silages were similar across treatments. Silage temperature during the storage period was 24.6, 28.7, 28.4 and 33.1 °C for RB+SB, OB+WB, WB and B, respectively, and the proportion of spoiled silage ranged from 28.7 (for the RB+SB treatment) to 74.2 g/kg DM (for the B treatment). Dry matter intake was similar across treatments and averaged 21.9 kg/d. Milk production was higher for cows fed corn silage covered with RB+SB (34.4 kg/d) compared with those fed corn silage covered with B (30.4 kg/d), resulting in higher feed efficiency for RB+SB treatment. Silages covered with OB+WB and WB had intermediate values. In vivo digestibility of organic matter was higher for cows fed corn silage covered with RB+SB compared with those fed corn silage covered with WB and B, but were similar to those fed corn silage covered with OB+WB. The utilization of oxygen barrier films and the protection of polyethylene film with sugarcane bagasse are effective strategies to increase the recovery of digestible nutrients and, consequently, to enhance production efficiency of lactating dairy cows.
OBJECTIVES : To evaluate the neuroprotective effect of epidural hypothermia in rats subjected to experimental spinal cord lesion. METHODS: Wistar rats (n = 30) weighing 320-360 g were randomized to two groups (hypothermia and control) of 15 rats per group. A spinal cord lesion was induced by the standardized drop of a 10-g weight from a height of 2.5 cm, using the New York University Impactor, after laminectomy at the T9-10 level. Rats in the hypothermia group underwent epidural hypothermia for 20 minutes immediately after spinal cord injury. Motor function was assessed for six weeks using the Basso, Beattie and Bresnahan motor scores and the inclined plane test. At the end of the final week, the rats' neurological status was monitored by the motor evoked potential test and the results for the two groups were compared. RESULTS: Analysis of the Basso, Beattie and Bresnahan scores obtained during the six-week period indicated that there were no significant differences between the two groups. There was no significant difference between the groups in the inclined plane test scores during the six-week period. Furthermore, at the end of the study, the latency and amplitude values of the motor evoked potential test were not significantly different between the two groups. CONCLUSION: Hypothermia did not produce a neuroprotective effect when applied at the injury level and in the epidural space immediately after induction of a spinal cord contusion in Wistar rats.
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to compare two four-strand techniques: the traditional Strickland and cruciate techniques. METHODS: Thirty-eight Achilles tendons were removed from 19 rabbits and were assigned to two groups based on suture technique (Group 1, Strickland suture; Group 2, cruciate repair). The sutured tendons were subjected to constant progressive distraction using a universal testing machine (Kratos®). Based on data from the instrument, which were synchronized with the visualized gap at the suture site and at the time of suture rupture, the following data were obtained: maximum load to rupture, maximum deformation or gap, time elapsed until failure, and stiffness. RESULTS: In the statistical analysis, the data were parametric and unpaired, and by Kolmogorov-Smirnov test, the sample distribution was normal. By Student's t-test, there was no significant difference in any of the data: the cruciate repair sutures had slightly better mean stiffness, and the Strickland sutures had longer time-elapsed suture ruptures and higher average maximum deformation. CONCLUSIONS: The cruciate and Strickland techniques for flexor tendon sutures have similar mechanical characteristics in vitro.
OBJETIVOS: Avaliar os efeitos de monossialogangliosídeos (GM1) administrados com laser por via transdérmica na recuperação da lesão da medula espinal de ratos. MÉTODOS: Quarenta ratos Wistar machos foram submetidos a contusão da medula espinal usando NYU Impactor. No Grupo 1, os ratos receberam 0,2 ml de solução salina diária por via intraperitoneal; no Grupo 2, GM1 foi administrada intraperitonealmente em concentração de 30 mg/kg por dia; no Grupo 3, os ratos foram tratados diariamente com o laser a baixa temperatura sobre a pele, e no Grupo 4, a sessão de laser diária também continha GM1. Todos os grupos foram tratados durante 42 dias. Os animais foram avaliados pela escala funcional de Basso, Baettie e Bresnahan (BBB) nos dias 7, 14, 21, 28, 35 e 42 após a lesão, e por histopatologia e potencial motor evocado 42 dias depois da lesão. RESULTADOS: Os animais do Grupo 4 apresentaram escores BBB mais elevados em comparação com os outros grupos. Não houve diferenças entre os grupos ou nas comparações ao longo do tempo. A avaliação histológica não mostrou diferenças, e tampouco foram encontradas diferenças significativas no potencial evocado. CONCLUSÃO: A GM1 associada ao uso de laser a baixa temperatura não mostra resultados superiores no tratamento de lesões da medula espinal de ratos. Nível de Evidência I, Experimental, Estudo Controlado de Animais.
OBJECTIVES: to evaluate the effects of monosialoganglioside (gm1) administered transdermally with laser in the recovery of spinal cord injury in rats. METHODS: forty male wistar rats underwent spinal cord contusion using the nyu impactor. in group 1, the rats received 0,2 ml of saline intraperitoneally daily; in group 2, gm1 was administered intraperitoneally at a concentration of 30 mg/kg per day; in group 3, rats were treated daily with laser at low temperature on the skin, and in group 4, the daily laser session also contained gm1. all the groups were treated for 42 days. the animals were evaluated by the Basso, Baettie and Bresnahan (BBB) functional scale on days 7, 14, 21, 28, 35 and 42 after the injury, and by histopathology and motor evoked potential after 42 days of injury. RESULTS: the animals in group 4 had higher BBB scores compared with the other groups. there were no differences between the groups, or in the comparisons over time. Histological evaluation showed no differences, and no differences were found in the motor evoked potential tests either. CONCLUSION: gm1 associated with the use of low-temperature laser shows no superior functional, neurological or histological results in the treatment of spinal cord lesions in rats. Evidence Level I, Experimental, Controlled, Animal Study.
OBJETIVOS: Determinar modelo de contusão medular padronizado e método de avaliação motora em ratos com quadro de paraplegia. MÉTODOS: Utilizados 20 ratos Wistar divididos em quatro grupos, diferenciado o nível de gravidade da lesão raquimedular; realizadas lesões intermediárias padronizadas, através do sistema "MASCIS IMPACTOR" (Multicenter Animal Spinal Cord Injury Study): grupo 1 - 12,5 mm (lesão leve); grupo 2 - 25 mm (lesão moderada); grupo 3 - 50 mm (lesão grave); grupo 4 - animais que não sofreram lesão (grupo controle). Após 48 horas foi avaliada função motora, segundo escala proposta por Basso, Beattie e Bresnahan. RESULTADOS: Utilizando o modelo, notamos que as contusões leves (12,5mm de altura) foram efetivas, e os animais apresentaram infecção urinária na fase aguda uma semana após a contusão. As contusões intermediárias (25 mm de altura) foram efetivas, os animais apresentaram infecção urinária até duas semanas após a contusão. As contusões graves (50mm de altura) foram efetivas, os animais apresentaram infecção urinária durante três a quatro semanas e autofagia. CONCLUSÃO: O modelo de lesão medular utilizando o sistema MASCIS IMPACTOR e a avaliação funcional proposta por Basso, Beattie e Bresnahan é reprodutível, podendo ser utilizada, propiciando troca de informações entre os diferentes pesquisadores.
OBJECTIVES: To determine a standardized spinal cord contusion model and a method for motor assessment in rats with paraplegia. METHODS: This study used 20 Wistar rats divided into 4 groups according to level of severity of spinal cord injury; standardized intermediate lesions were made through system MASCIS IMPACTOR (Multicenter Animal Spinal Cord Injury Study): group 1, 12.5mm (mild injury); group 2,25mm (moderate injury); group 3,50mm (severe injury; in the group 4 the animals suffered no injury (control group). Motor function was assessed after 48 hours, using the scale proposed by Basso, Beattie and Bresnahan. RESULTS: Using the model, we observed that the mild contusions (12.5mm height) were effective, and the animals presented acute urinary tract infection one week after the injury. Moderate contusions (25mm height) were effective, and the animals presented urinary infection until 2 weeks after injury. The severe contusions (50mm height) were effective, and the animals presented urinary infection for 3 to 4 weeks and autophagy. CONCLUSION: The model of spinal cord injury using the system MASCIS IMPACTOR and the functional assessment proposed by Basso, Beattie and Bresnahan is reproducible and can be used, enabling information exchange among different researchers.
OBJETIVO: Realizar estudo histológico comparando o crescimento axonal após neurorrafia término-lateral com e sem epineurectomia. MÉTODOS: foram utilizados vinte ratos Wistar, machos, divididos em dois grupos de 10 ratos cada. Um segmento de 1,0cm do nervo tibial e, foi transposto para o lado contralateral, sendo suturado no nervo ciático D. No grupo I, a sutura foi realizada diretamente no epineuro, enquanto que no grupo II foi realizado epineurectomia. Após 4 semanas foi realizado avaliação histológica do segmento transposto e no nervo ciático D, no sitio distal à lesão. RESULTADOS: demonstrou-se baixa quantidade de fibras remielinizadas, variando de 7 a 51 fibras no Grupo I e de 10 a 91 fibras no Grupo II. Utilizou-se o teste U de Mann-Whitney, com p=0,31, demonstrando que não há diferença estatisticamente significante entre os dois grupos. Não há relação positiva entre o número de fibras remielinizadas no enxerto e no sitio distal à lesão do ciático. CONCLUSÃO: A neurorrafia término-lateral, com e sem janela epineural, não promove remielinização eficiente. Nivel de evidência: Nível II: Estudo prospectivo comparativo
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to histologically compare the axonal sprouting after end-to-side neurorrhaphy with or without epineurotomy. METHODS: twenty male Wistar rats were used, divided into two groups of 10 rats each. A 1.0cm segment of the tibial nerve E was dried and sutured on the opposite side, where it was sutured into the sciatic nerve D. In Group I, the suture was made directly in the epineurium and in Group II, epineurotomy was performed. After 4 weeks, histological evaluation was carried out of the transposed segment and the sciatic nerve distal to the suture. RESULTS: the results showed a small number of remyelinated fibers, varying from 7 to 51 fibers in Group I and from 10 to 91 fibers in Group II. The Mann-Whitney U test was used, with p=0.311, showing there is no statistically significant difference between the two groups. There was no positive relation between the number of remyelinated fibers in the graft and in the suture site distal to the sciatic lesion. CONCLUSION: lateral-ending neurorrhaphy, with or without epineural window, does not promote efficient remyelinization. Level of Evidence: Level II, prospective comparative study.
OBJETIVO: Avaliar a influência do uso de pontas ultra-sônica em diamante CVD e de pontas rotatórias convencionais na força adesiva do descanso para apoio de cíngulo em resina composta, confeccionadas sobre dentina de dente bovino. METODOLOGIA: Foram confeccionados 20 espécimes para cada grupo experimental. A exposição dentinária foi realizada com a ponta diamantada rotatória nos espécimes do Grupo 1 e com ponta diamantada CVD no Grupo 2. Em ambos os grupos foi utilizado um sistema adesivo autocondicionante de dois passos. A forma e o tamanho do descanso em resina composta foram padronizados com uma matriz de acetato. Os espécimes foram submetidos ao ensaio de cizalhamento em máquina de teste universal com velocidade constante de 0,5 mm/min. Os dados foram analisados por teste t de Student ao nível de significância de 0,05. RESULTADOS: O teste t-Student demonstrou diferença estatisticamente significante entre os grupos (P=0,028), com médias de 24 kgf para o grupo 1 e 31 kgf para o grupo 2. CONCLUSÃO: O preparo dental com exposição de dentina em região de cíngulo com ponta ultra-sônica CVD promoveu maior resistência de união do sistema adesivo autocondicionante com o descanso para apoio de cíngulo em resina composta para uso em prótese parcial removível.
PURPOSE: To evaluate the influence of using either ultrasonic CVD (Chemical Vapor Deposition) or conventional rotary diamond tips on the adhesive strength of cingulum rest seats made of composite resin over bovine dentin. METHODS: Twenty specimens were produced for each experimental group. For specimens in Group 1, the dentin was exposed with a rotary diamond tip; in Group 2 this procedure was performed using an ultrasonic CVD diamond tip. In both groups a two-step self-etching adhesive system was used, and the shape and size of the rest seats made of composite resin were standardized. The specimens were subjected to a shear assay using a universal testing machine at a crosshead speed of 0.5 mm/min. Data were analyzed by Student's t-test at the significance level of 0.05. RESULTS: There was a statistically significant difference (P=0.028) between the means of the experimental groups: 24 kgf for Group 1 and 31 kgf for Group 2. CONCLUSION: Dental preparation with dentin exposure in the cingulum region by using ultrasonic CVD diamond tip showed the highest bond strength of self-etching adhesive system and composite rest seats for support of removable partial dentures.