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See detailElectrophysiologic evaluation of the phrenic nerve-diaphragm pathway in an intact conscious calf model
Desmecht, Daniel ULg; Linden, Annick ULg; Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in American Journal of Veterinary Research (1995), 56(5), 545-554

Owing to technical and ethical limitations, a substantial part of the knowledge about the pathophysiologic mechanism of the human diaphragm has been obtained from studies in which phrenic nerve activation ... [more ▼]

Owing to technical and ethical limitations, a substantial part of the knowledge about the pathophysiologic mechanism of the human diaphragm has been obtained from studies in which phrenic nerve activation was usually carried out by direct surgical exposure of the nerves in the neck of deeply anesthetized, mechanically ventilated animals. Novel information has been gleaned from such studies, but the restrictive conditions under which it was collected preclude reliable extrapolation. We, therefore, addressed the question of whether accurate electrophysiologic evaluation of the phrenic nerve-diaphragm pathway can be performed in intact, nonanesthetized calves. Transjugular phrenic activation was well tolerated, safe, specific, and able to achieve constant symmetric and supramaximal phrenic stimulations during prolonged periods. Eighteen noninvasive cutaneous and esophageal reception circuits were tested for their ability to record the diaphragmatic evoked potential. In addition, they were compared for specificity and reproducibility of the recorded potentials during prolonged periods of tidal or stimulated respiration. The best diaphragmatic potential was recorded from surface electrodes attached to the skin of the ninth and tenth intercostal spaces, using a xyphoidian reference. We describe a method that allows easy, longterm, and reliable electrophysiologic evaluation of the phrenic nerve-diaphragm pathway in intact, conscious calves. It is hoped that such a model will produce relevant novel information regarding pathophysiology of the diaphragm. [less ▲]

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See detailValidation of Creatine, Glycogen and L-(+)-Lactate Determination in Biopsy Samples of Bovine Musculus Diaphragma
Desmecht, Daniel ULg; Linden, Annick ULg; Cuvelier-Klimek, M. et al

in Journal of Veterinary Medicine. A, Physiology, Pathology, Clinical Medicine (1995), 42(1), 13-26

Whereas reliable measurements of diaphragmatic force and electrical activity are now available in calves, evidence that substrate contents in the bovine diaphragm can be accurately measured is still ... [more ▼]

Whereas reliable measurements of diaphragmatic force and electrical activity are now available in calves, evidence that substrate contents in the bovine diaphragm can be accurately measured is still lacking. The purposes of the present study were therefore a) to describe and test the reliability of methods and procedures used for sampling, lyophilisation, extraction and dosage of muscular lactate, glycogen and creatine contents and b) to report the variation in their levels found along the bovine diaphragm and among individuals. The repeatability of the results yielded by a) assaying the extracts, b) processing and assaying the extracts and c) taking samples at different sites in the muscle was assessed. Neither assay, nor processing effects were significant (P < or = 0.05). Substrates were found to be homogeneously distributed within the two muscles studied. Substrate contents expressed per unit of muscle weight or total creatine were neither more or less variable than when expressed per unit of dry matter. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of adenosine IV administration on gas exchanges and hemodynamics in unsedated calves with hypoxic vasoconstruction
Van de Weerdt, Marie-Lys; Desmecht, Daniel ULg; Vandenput, Sandrina ULg et al

in Pflügers Archiv : European Journal of Physiology (1995), 430(5), 186

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See detailInvolvement of 5-hydroxytryptamine in hyperdynamic pulmonary hemodynamics in endotoxemic calves
Desmecht, Daniel ULg; Linden, Annick ULg; Amory, Hélène ULg et al

in Pflügers Archiv : European Journal of Physiology (1995), 429

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See detailHemodynamic effects of intratracheal administration of Pasteurella haemolytica in calves
Amory, Hélène ULg; Linden, Annick ULg; Desmecht, Daniel ULg et al

in Pflügers Archiv : European Journal of Physiology (1995), 430

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See detailComparative assessment of right ventricular performance from the pressure-volume relationship in double-muscled and conventional calves.
Amory, Hélène ULg; Mc Entee, Kathleen ULg; Linden, Annick ULg et al

in Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research = Revue Canadienne de Recherche Vétérinaire (1995), 59(2), 135-141

Forty-one and 55 records of right-sided and systemic arterial pressures, cardiac output, and end-diastolic and end-systolic right ventricular volumes were collected from a group of 6 conventional and 6 ... [more ▼]

Forty-one and 55 records of right-sided and systemic arterial pressures, cardiac output, and end-diastolic and end-systolic right ventricular volumes were collected from a group of 6 conventional and 6 double-muscled calves, respectively. In each group, the mean right ventricular pressure-volume loop was constructed. Global cardiac performance was significantly lower in the double-muscled than in the conventional calves. The right ventricular end-diastolic and end-systolic volumes, as well as the diastolic portion of the mean pressure-volume loop, were similar in the 2 groups. Those results suggest that the reduced cardiac performance of double-muscled calves is not due to a lowered ventricular preload and that diastolic properties of their myocardium are similar to those of conventional calves. When expressed on a body weight basis, however, the right ventricular end-diastolic and end-systolic volumes were lower in the double-muscled than in conventional calves. When expressed as a function of probable metabolic demand, therefore, the volumetric capacity of the cardiac pump appears to be reduced in double-muscled calves. The significantly lower right ventricular ejection fraction, maximal rate of ventricular pressure rise and right ventricular peak-systolic pressure to end-systolic volume ratio measured in double-muscled as compared with conventional calves suggest that reduced myocardial contractility may also be partly responsible for the significantly lower stroke index of the former calves. The cardiac pump of double-muscled cattle thus seems to be less effective than that of conventional cattle because of reduced volumetric capacity and lowered strength of contraction. [less ▲]

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See detailHemodynamic effects of intratracheal administration of Pasteurella haemolytica in calves
Amory, Hélène ULg; Linden, Annick ULg; Desmecht, Daniel ULg et al

in Pflügers Archiv : European Journal of Physiology (1995), 430

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See detailMaximal cardiac pumping capacity in double-muscled cattle as determined by a pharmacological test
Amory, Hélène ULg; Mc Entee, Kathleen ULg; Linden, Annick ULg et al

in Pflügers Archiv : European Journal of Physiology (1995), 430

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See detailPathophysiological response of bovine diaphragm function to gastric distension
Desmecht, Daniel ULg; Linden, Annick ULg; Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in Journal of Applied Physiology (1995), 78

Because of the anatomic association of an exceptionally bulky stomach with a striking compartmentation of the chest wall, leading to the most cranial insertion of the diaphragm among mammals, gastric ... [more ▼]

Because of the anatomic association of an exceptionally bulky stomach with a striking compartmentation of the chest wall, leading to the most cranial insertion of the diaphragm among mammals, gastric overdistension in the bovine species offers a unique pathophysiological condition for the diaphragm. The purpose of the present study was to determine whether increased intragastric pressure (Pga) (1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 kPa) leads to perturbations of respiratory and diaphragm function in calves. Changes in diaphragmatic strength and inspiratory action followed a biphasic pattern: 1) transdiaphragmatic pressure (Pdi) in response to constant bilateral maximal phrenic nerve stimulation at 30 Hz increased with moderate gastric distension and then fell abruptly as Pga continued to rise and 2) the magnitude of the ratio of the fall in pleural pressure to total Pdi was maintained up to a Pga amounting to 2 kPa but declined at higher pressures. We conclude that gastric distension in the bovine species provokes physiologically significant alterations of the diaphragm excitation-to-pressure generation coupling as well as of its capacity to convert Pdi into useful inspiratory pleural pressure. We suggest that these perturbations resulted from the combination of 1) altered tension-generating capacity due to compromised perfusion, 2) altered diaphragm geometry capable of altering tension-to-pressure generation coupling, and 3) modified coupling of the diaphragm with the chest wall that reduced its ability to drive inspiration [less ▲]

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See detailPathophysiological response of bovine pulmonary function to gastric distension
Desmecht, Daniel ULg; Linden, Annick ULg; Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in Journal of Comparative Pathology (1995), 112

The purpose was to determine whether gastric overdistension leads to lifethreatening perturbations of pulmonary gas exchange in healthy calves. Six animals were studied with normal (0 kPa) and increased ... [more ▼]

The purpose was to determine whether gastric overdistension leads to lifethreatening perturbations of pulmonary gas exchange in healthy calves. Six animals were studied with normal (0 kPa) and increased (1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 kPa) intragastric pressure (IGP). Changes in pleural pressures and peak expiratory flow paralleled those of IGP. Inspiratory pressure-time index remained stable throughout the insufflation process. Pulmonary function values were characterized by abrupt changes with increasing IGP. Tidal volume declined as IGP increased and, along with inspiratory flow, decreased abruptly with the highest pressure (5 kPa). Respiratory rate progressively increased up to an IGP of 4 kPa, then decreased by 30%, due to breath-holding at the end of inspiration. Minute volume increased with IGP up to 4 kPa, but dramatically declined at 5 kPa. Total pulmonary resistance remained stable throughout the insufflation process, whereas lung dynamic compliance fell abruptly to one-half of its baseline value at IGPs of 1 kPa and above. Arterial oxygen tension was maintained at an IGP of 1 kPa, slightly diminished at 2–3 kPa, and markedly decreased at 4–5 kPa. Hypercapnia and respiratory acidosis developed progressively with increasing IGP. Changes in arterial gases were probably due to a combination of (1) alveolar hypoventilation, caused by altered tidal to dead space volume ratio, inadequate central nervous system “drive”, altered effectiveness of inspiratory muscle action, or end-inspiratory breath-holding, and (2) ventilation to perfusion mismatch, caused by perfusion of collapsed lung units. In the range of IGPs used, standardized arterial pH did not decline below the control value, which suggests that perfusion of peripheral tissues remained sufficient, and that respiratory failure rather than cardiovascular failure may be the principal physiopathological effect of increased gastric pressure [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of equine diaphragm strength and activation using transvenous phrenic nerve stimulation
Desmecht, Daniel ULg; Linden, Annick ULg; Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in Equine Veterinary Journal. Supplement (1995), 18

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See detailPulmonary Ventilation, Mechanics, Gas Exchange and Haemodynamics in Calves Following Intratracheal Inoculation of Pasteurella Haemolytica
Linden, Annick ULg; Desmecht, Daniel ULg; Amory, Hélène ULg et al

in Zentralblatt für Veterinarmedizin. Reihe A (1995), 42(8), 531-544

A Pasteurella haemolytica A1 broth was injected intratracheally in eight calves and measurements of pulmonary function values (PFV) were made once before and hourly post inoculation (p.i.). Changes in ... [more ▼]

A Pasteurella haemolytica A1 broth was injected intratracheally in eight calves and measurements of pulmonary function values (PFV) were made once before and hourly post inoculation (p.i.). Changes in PFVs, included increased respiratory rate and minute ventilation (up to 158% of baseline 2 h p.i.) and decreased tidal volume and lung dynamic compliance (up to 33% of baseline 3 h p.i.). Total pulmonary resistance was not affected. At and after 3 h p.i. there was a progressive impairement of gas exchange, as judged from arterial O2 tension which decreased up to 65% of baseline. In contrast, arterial CO2 tension was not affected. Pulmonary hypertension was observed during the 3 last h of the study and was attributable to an increased pulmonary vascular resistance. Severe neutropenia was observed at 3 h p.i. and post-mortem histological findings were consistent with an acute fibrinohemorragic bronchopneumonia. In conclusion, P. haemolytica airway challenge unequiovocally resulted in acute pneumonia, providing a reproducible pathophysiological model for investigations regarding new therapeutic strategies. [less ▲]

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See detailMaximal cardiac pumping capacity in double-muscled cattle as determined by a pharmacological test
Amory, Hélène ULg; Mc Entee, Kathleen ULg; Linden, Annick ULg et al

in Pflügers Archiv : European Journal of Physiology (1995), 430

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See detailExperimental production of hypocalcemia by EDTA infusion in calves : a critical appraisal assessed from the profile of blood chemicals and enzymes
Desmecht, Daniel ULg; Linden, Annick ULg; Godeau, J. M. et al

in Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. A : Comparative Physiology (1995), 110A(2), 115-130

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See detailComparison of Cardiac Function in Double-Muscled Calves and in Calves with Conventional Muscular Conformation
Amory, Hélène ULg; Desmecht, Daniel ULg; Linden, Annick ULg et al

in American Journal of Veterinary Research (1994), 55(4), 561-6

During growth, central venous, right ventricular, pulmonary arterial, pulmonary capillary wedge, and systemic arterial pressures, heart rate, and cardiac output were repeatedly measured in 41 Friesian ... [more ▼]

During growth, central venous, right ventricular, pulmonary arterial, pulmonary capillary wedge, and systemic arterial pressures, heart rate, and cardiac output were repeatedly measured in 41 Friesian calves, considered as having conventional muscular conformation, and in 19 Belgian White and Blue double-muscled calves. A total of 123 and 70 recordings were collected in conventional and double-muscled calves, respectively. These circulatory indices were calculated: stroke volume, cardiac and stroke indices, pulmonary and systemic pulse pressures, pulmonary and systemic vascular resistance indices, and right and left ventricular work indices. Results indicated that systemic arterial and pulse pressures, as well as cardiac output, stroke volume, cardiac and stroke indices, and right and left ventricular work indices were significantly (P < or = 0.05 to 0.001) lower but, in contrast, pulmonary and systemic vascular resistance indices were significantly (P < or = 0.001) higher in double-muscled than in conventional calves. Right-sided vascular pressures and heart rate were similar in the 2 groups. These results indicated that global cardiac performance may be considerably poorer in double-muscled calves. Diminished cardiac performance of double-muscled calves appears to be related neither to relative bradycardia nor to reduced ventricular preload. The potential role of increased ventricular afterload or of reduced myocardial contractility in double-muscled cattle should be determined by direct measurements. [less ▲]

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See detailCardio-respiratory, haematological and biochemical parameter adjustments to exercise: effect of a probiotic in horses during training
Art, Tatiana ULg; Votion, Dominique ULg; Mc Entee, Kathleen ULg et al

in Veterinary Research (1994), 25(4), 361-370

Two randomly distributed groups of thoroughbred horses were compared during a 12-week period for their cardio-respiratory and metabolic adjustment to strenuous exercise, training and detraining. The ... [more ▼]

Two randomly distributed groups of thoroughbred horses were compared during a 12-week period for their cardio-respiratory and metabolic adjustment to strenuous exercise, training and detraining. The horses were trained following the same standardized schedule and were regularly investigated using standardized treadmill exercise tests (SET) of increasing speed. After the first SET and during the whole experimental period, a group of 6 horses received a probiotic (Bioracing) once a day while a group of 5 horses received a placebo. All other conditions were similar for both groups. During each SET, the oxygen uptake, carbon dioxide output, tidal volume (inspired volume), respiratory rate and expired minute volume were obtained using 2 ultrasonic pneumotachographs and a mass spectrometer. All the parameters were the mean of the values calculated during the last 20 s of the SET. Heart rate was continuously measured with a polar horse tester. Venous blood was sampled before and after the test and analyzed for various biochemical parameters. In both groups, training induced significant modification in most of the cardio-respiratory parameters, ie peak oxygen uptake, peak carbon dioxide output, respiratory exchange ratio, ventilation/min to oxygen-uptake ratio and oxygen-uptake to heart-rate ratio. After the 3-week detraining period, most of the values were again similar to the pre-training values in both groups. However, the training-induced modifications of most of the cardio-respiratory parameters occurred earlier and were proportionally greater in the probiotic-treated group than in the control. The respiratory coefficient decreased in the control but not in the treated group. All other parameters changed similarly in both groups. This suggests that Bioracing could modify the physiological effects of training by improving some aerobic metabolic capacities for carbohydrate utilization, but that this effect occurs only during training and not during periods of physical inactivity [less ▲]

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See detailControl of breathing in unanesthetized healthy and Pasteurella-exposed calves after 5-HT2 receptor antagonism by metrenperone
Rollin, Frédéric ULg; Close, A; Linden, Annick ULg et al

in Proceedings of the XVIIIth World Buiatrics Congress (1994)

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