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See detailDe Bruxelles (Belgique) à Toyota (Japon)... des gens, des légumes et des fleurs !
Muramatsu, Kenjiro ULg; Ansay, Michel ULg; Monneret, Lucrèce

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See detailIonic adsorption of ammonium and nitrate on some animal litters and their role in ammonia volatilization
Nimenya, H.; Delaunois, A.; Bloden, Serge ULg et al

in Annals of Zootechnology (2000), 49

Two experiments were carried out to determine the adsorption of ammonium and nitrate on litters (Exp. 1) and the volatilization of ammonia in their presence (Exp. 2). In Exp. 1, glass tubes containing 15 ... [more ▼]

Two experiments were carried out to determine the adsorption of ammonium and nitrate on litters (Exp. 1) and the volatilization of ammonia in their presence (Exp. 2). In Exp. 1, glass tubes containing 15 mi of a buffered solution enriched with NH4Clcalculated as 10.59 mg.l(-1) of NH4+ or KNO3 calculated as 50 mg.l(-1) of NO3- were used. Graded amounts (0 [control], 25, 50, 100 mg) of litters (wheat straw, nax straw (Equi-lin(R)), zeolite (Zeolite Stall Fresh(R)), spruce sawdust and beech sawdust) were added to the tubes which were incubated for 24 h. Ammonium and nitrate concentrations, and pH, were checked on the supernatant. A preliminary experiment was carried out with zeolite to come to an ammonium balance. After adsorption of ammoniumby graded amounts of zeolite, [0 (control), 0.25, 1, 2, 4 g], ammonium balance was assessed after two elutions with 1 N HCl. In Exp. 2, Woulff flasks were used and ammonia was trapped in a solution of 0.1 N HCl. The preliminary experiment showed that the ammonium added and adsorbed by different amounts of zeolite was completely recovered after 2 elutions. All litters, except beech sawdust, were effective in ammonium adsorption. Especially, the straws were required in very small amounts to immobilize the added ammonium or nitrate. Furthermore, with straws the pH value decreased from pH 7.5-7.60 to pH 6.90, and this effect was related to the amounts of material added. For each pH group, ammonia volatilization was significantly decreased (P <0.05) with straw (wheat straw, Equi-lino) as compared with their blank pH group. However, no significant decrease was observed with sawdust (spruce, beech) and zeolite [less ▲]

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See detailShort-term toxicity of various pharmacological agents on the in vitro nitrification process in a simple closed aquatic system
Nimenya, H.; Delaunois, Annie; La Duong, Duc ULg et al

in Alternatives to Laboratory Animals [= ATLA] (1999), 27

During the treatment of fish diseases, drugs which inhibit the nitrification process can cause acute ammonia toxicity. The same phenomenon can occur when fish are put into a tank without active cultures ... [more ▼]

During the treatment of fish diseases, drugs which inhibit the nitrification process can cause acute ammonia toxicity. The same phenomenon can occur when fish are put into a tank without active cultures of nitrifying bacteria. The purpose of this study was to quantify the inhibitory effects of 15 pharmacological agents, which are often used as therapeutic agents in ichthyopathology, on ammonia removal and nitrate production in a simple closed aquatic system. The experiments were conducted in polyethylene bags containing activated biofilters and synthetic water solutions, held in a water bath. Ammonia was added to initiate the nitrification process, and graded concentrations of various pharmacological agents were added. The effects of the pharmacological agents on in vitro nitrification were assessed by monitoring ammonia and nitrate concentrations compared to controls with no added agents, for 24 hours. Graded concentrations of ampicillin (Albipen(R)), chloramine T, enrofloxacin (Baytril(R)), erythromycin, levamisole, methylene blue and polymyxin B induced dose-dependent inhibitions of ammonia removal and nitrate production. The corresponding linear regression curves showed high correlation coefficients and were highly significant (p < 0.05). The addition of chloramphenicol, copper (II) sulphate, kanamycin disulphate, malachite green, neomycin sulphate, potassium penicillin G, tetracycline and a mixture of trimethoprim and sulphadoxin (Duoprim(TM)) had no significant effects on the nitrification process. A significant dose-related inhibition of nitrate production, but not of ammonia oxidation, was observed with enrofloxacin. The significant correlation (r = 0.940; p < 0.001) between the degrees of inhibition of ammonia oxidation and nitrate production for the various inhibitory pharmacological agents has also been calculated, with a view to validating this method. The data presented suggest that separate tank facilities for hospitalisation or quarantine are necessary when treating diseased fish with ampicillin, enrofloxacin, chloramine T, erythromycin, levamisole, methylene blue or polymyxin B, in order to avoid ammonia poisoning. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of ozone-induced effects on lung mechanics and hemodynamics in the rabbit.
Delaunois, Annie ULg; Segura, P.; Montano, L. M. et al

in Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology (1998), 150(1), 58-67

The effects of rabbit exposure to ozone (O3)(0.4 ppm for 4 h) on pulmonary mechanical properties and hemodynamics have been investigated on the isolated perfused lung model. Tracheal pressure, airflow ... [more ▼]

The effects of rabbit exposure to ozone (O3)(0.4 ppm for 4 h) on pulmonary mechanical properties and hemodynamics have been investigated on the isolated perfused lung model. Tracheal pressure, airflow, and tidal volume were measured in order to calculate lung resistance (RL) and dynamic compliance (Cdyn). Using the arterial/venous/double occlusion method, the total pressure gradient (deltaPT) was partitioned into four components (arterial, pre-, postcapillary and venous). Dose-response curves to acetylcholine (ACh), substance P (SP), and histamine were constructed in lungs isolated from rabbits immediately or 48 h after air or O3 exposure O3 induced a significant increase in the baseline value of deltaPt, more markedly 48 h after the exposure. Immediately after the exposure, O3 partly inhibited the ACh-, SP-, and histamine-induced decreases in Cdyn and increases in RL. This inhibitory effect was still in part present 48 h after O3 treatment. In the groups studied immediately after exposure, O3 did not significantly modify the ACh-, SP-, and histamine-induced vasoconstriction. Forty-eight hours after exposure, O3 induced a contractile response to ACh and SP in the arterial segment but decreased the response to histamine. We conclude that O3 can induce direct vascular constriction. Directly, but also 48 h after exposure, O3 can inhibit the ACh-, SP-, and histamine-induced changes in lung mechanical properties. Ozone can also induce some changes in the intensity and in the location of the vascular responses to ACh, SP, and histamine. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of Hyperchloremia on Blood Oxygen Binding in Healthy Calves
Cambier, Carole ULg; Detry, B.; Beerens, Dominique ULg et al

in Journal of Applied Physiology (Bethesda, Md. : 1985) (1998), 85(4), 1267-1272

Three different levels of hyperchloremia were induced in healthy Friesian calves to study the effects of chloride on blood oxygen transport. By infusion, the calves received either 5 ml/kg of 0.9% NaCl ... [more ▼]

Three different levels of hyperchloremia were induced in healthy Friesian calves to study the effects of chloride on blood oxygen transport. By infusion, the calves received either 5 ml/kg of 0.9% NaCl (low-level hyperchloremia; group A), 5 ml/kg of 7.5% NaCl (moderate hyperchloremia; group B), or 7.5 ml/kg of 7.5% NaCl (high-level hyperchloremia; group C). Blood was sampled from the jugular vein and the brachial artery. Chloride concentration, hemoglobin content, arterial and venous pH, PCO2, and PO2 were determined. At each time point (0, 15, 30, 60, and 120 min), the whole blood oxygen equilibrium curve (OEC) was measured under standard conditions. In groups B and C, hyperchloremia was accompanied by a sustained rightward shift of the OEC, as indicated by the significant increase in the standard PO2 at 50% hemoglobin saturation. Infusion of hypertonic saline also induced relative acidosis. The arterial and venous OEC were calculated, with body temperature, pH, and PCO2 values in arterial and venous blood taken into account. The degree of blood desaturation between the arterial and the venous compartments [O2 exchange fraction (OEF%)] and the amount of oxygen released at tissue level by 100 ml of bovine blood (OEF vol%) were calculated from the arterial and venous OEC combined with the PO2 and hemoglobin concentration. The chloride-induced rightward shift of the OEC was reinforced by the relative acidosis, but the altered PO2 values combined with the lower hemoglobin concentration explained the absence of any significant difference in OEF (% and vol%). We conclude that infusion of hypertonic saline induces hyperchloremia and acidemia, which can explain the OEC rightward shift observed in arterial and peripheral venous blood. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of Age and Breed on the Binding of Oxygen to Red Blood Cells of Bovine Calves
Gustin, Pascal ULg; Detry, B.; Robert, Alain ULg et al

in Journal of Applied Physiology (Bethesda, Md. : 1985) (1997), 82(3), 784-90

The influence of somatic growth and genetic selection on the whole blood oxygen equilibrium curve (OEC) was measured under standard conditions in double-muscled and dairy calves during their first 3 mo of ... [more ▼]

The influence of somatic growth and genetic selection on the whole blood oxygen equilibrium curve (OEC) was measured under standard conditions in double-muscled and dairy calves during their first 3 mo of life. Crossbreed animals were also investigated. Hemoglobin, 2,3-diphosphoglycerate (DPG), Cl, and Pi concentrations were also measured. The percentage of fetal hemoglobin (HbF) was determined. The influence of exogenous Cl, Pi, and pH on the OEC was also assessed. The PO2 at 50% hemoglobin saturation (P50) increased during somatic growth, probably because of the increase in DPG recorded in double-muscled neonates and to the progressive disappearance of HbF in both breeds. The oxygen exchange fraction (OEF%) was used to assess the combined influence of the OEC shift and OEC shape changes on blood oxygen desaturation under standard conditions, when the PO2 decreases within a physiological range. The OEF% showed an increase during the first month, then a stabilization. The effects of Cl, Pi, and pH in Friesian calves were similar as in adult cattle. Double-muscled neonates had a lower P50, OEF% values, and DPG concentrations and higher hemoglobin and Cl concentrations than Friesian neonates. The Pi concentration and the percentage of HbF were similar in both breeds. The pH and the Cl concentration had significantly less effect on the OEC in double-muscled than in Friesian calves. Crossbreed animals exhibited intermediate parameter values, between those recorded for double-muscled and Friesian calves. All differences between breeds progressively disappeared during the first month. These data show that blood function changes markedly in calves during the first month of life and that genetic selection can alter blood function. [less ▲]

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See detailOzone-Induced Stimulation of Pulmonary Sympathetic Fibers: A Protective Mechanism against Edema
Delaunois, Annie ULg; Segura, P.; Dessy, Cécile ULg et al

in Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology (1997), 147(1), 71-82

Tropospheric ozone exerts well-described toxic effects on the respiratory tract. Less documented, by contrast, is the ability of ozone to induce protective mechanisms against agents that are toxic to the ... [more ▼]

Tropospheric ozone exerts well-described toxic effects on the respiratory tract. Less documented, by contrast, is the ability of ozone to induce protective mechanisms against agents that are toxic to the lungs. In particular, interactions between ozone and the sympathetic nervous system have never been considered. Using a model of permeability edema in isolated perfused rabbit lungs, we report here that, immediately after exposure of rabbits to 0.4 ppm ozone for 4 hr, the pulmonary microvascular responses to acetylcholine and substance P are completely blocked. Several lines of evidence, including partial inhibition of the ozone-induced protective effect by several drugs (alpha2- and beta-adrenergic antagonists, neuropeptide Y antagonist, guanethidine), measured levels of released catecholamines in blood and urine and the in vitro response of isolated lungs exposed to 0.4 ppm ozone all seem to suggest that ozone can stimulate pulmonary adrenergic fibers and induce the local release of catecholamines and neuropeptide Y, this resulting in transient protection against pulmonary edema. We also showed that, 48 hr after the exposure, ozone increased the baseline microvascular permeability and the response to low concentrations of acetylcholine [less ▲]

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See detailSubacute effects of feed flour dust inhalation on the respiratory tract in pigs
Urbain, B.; Nicks, Baudouin ULg; Mast, J. et al

in Proceedings of the 9th International Congress in Animal Hygiene (1997)

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See detailInteractions between acetylcholine and substance P effects on lung mechanics in the rabbit.
Delaunois, Annie ULg; Gustin, Pascal ULg; Segura, P. et al

in Fundamental & Clinical Pharmacology (1996), 10(3), 278-88

The pharmacological mechanisms involved in the acetylcholine (ACh)- and substance P (SP)-induced changes in pulmonary mechanics were studied in isolated perfused rabbit lungs. Tracheal pressure (Ptr) and ... [more ▼]

The pharmacological mechanisms involved in the acetylcholine (ACh)- and substance P (SP)-induced changes in pulmonary mechanics were studied in isolated perfused rabbit lungs. Tracheal pressure (Ptr) and airflow were measured by a Fleisch pneumotachograph and pressure transducers. Air volume, lung resistance (RL) and dynamic compliance (Cdyn) were calculated. ACh induced a dose-dependent increase in Ptr and RL, and a decrease in Cdyn. These effects were strongly prevented by atropine, and partly by SR140333, a neurokinin NK1 receptor antagonist; SR48968, a neurokinin NK2 receptor antagonist; indomethacin and antihistaminics. Ketanserin had no significant protective effect against ACh. SP also induced concentration-dependent increases in RL and decreases in Cdyn. SR140333 and atropine strongly inhibited the effects of SP, while ketanserin, SR48968, antihistaminics and indomethacin did not protect the lungs against this drug. 5-hydroxytryptamine induced no significant change in lung mechanic parameters. Cumulative concentrations of histamine increased RL and decreased Cdyn. We conclude that ACh-induced changes in lung resistance and compliance are in part mediated by a direct effect on airway smooth muscle and in part by the stimulation of C fibers, by the release of histamine from mast cells and by the synthesis of arachidonic acid metabolites. In turn, the effects of SP on lung mechanics are partly due to cholinergic activation. [less ▲]

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See detailEndogenous nitric oxide modulates acetylcholine-induced edema and vasoconstriction in isolated perfused rabbit lungs.
Delaunois, Annie ULg; Gustin, Pascal ULg; Ansay, Michel ULg

in Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (The) (1995), 274(2), 559-97

The modulatory role of endogenous nitric oxide (NO) on pulmonary edema induced by acetylcholine (ACh), capsaicin, substance P (SP) and 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) was investigated by using an inhibitor of ... [more ▼]

The modulatory role of endogenous nitric oxide (NO) on pulmonary edema induced by acetylcholine (ACh), capsaicin, substance P (SP) and 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) was investigated by using an inhibitor of NO synthase, N-omega-nitro-L-arginine (L-NNA). The effects of endogenous NO on the hemodynamic response to ACh, 5-HT and SP were also investigated. The capillary filtration coefficient (Kf,c), the total pressure gradient (delta Pt) and its four components [arterial (delta Pa), pre- (delta Pa') and post-capillary (delta Pv'), and venous gradient (delta Pv)] were evaluated on isolated, ventilated, perfused rabbit lungs. ACh (10(-8) to 10(-4) M) and SP (10(-10) to 10(-6) M) induced a concentration-dependent increase in the Kf,c. Capsaicin (10(-4) M) and 5-HT (10(-4) M) also increased this parameter. L-NNA (10(-4) M) completely inhibited the effects of ACh and capsaicin on the Kf,c, without preventing the effects of SP and 5-HT. ACh induced a concentration-dependent vasoconstriction in the precapillary segment. Pretreatment with L-NNA enhanced this increase in delta Pa' but also increased delta Pv' and delta Pv. 5-HT increased delta Pt and delta Pa proportionally to the concentration. This effect was enhanced by L-NNA, which also increased delta Pa'. SP had no significant hemodynamic effect. Pretreatment with L-NNA did not modify the response to SP. Sodium nitroprusside (10(-5) M) induced a left shift of the concentration-response curve to ACh on the Kf,c, although it did not change the response to SP. Sodium nitroprusside also inhibited the hemodynamic effect of ACh. It was concluded that endogenous NO is involved in ACh-and capsaicin-induced edema via a prejunctional stimulatory effect on the C-fibers. Endogenous NO can also modulate ACh- and 5-HT-induced vasoconstriction by exerting a vasodilator action on the whole pulmonary vascular bed. [less ▲]

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See detailModulation of acetylcholine, capsaicin and substance P effects by histamine H3 receptors in isolated perfused rabbit lungs.
Delaunois, Annie ULg; Gustin, Pascal ULg; Garbarg, M. et al

in European Journal of Pharmacology (1995), 277(2-3), 243-50

The modulatory role of histamine H3 receptors in pulmonary oedema induced by acetylcholine, capsaicin and by exogenous substance P was investigated in isolated, ventilated rabbit lungs. Endothelial ... [more ▼]

The modulatory role of histamine H3 receptors in pulmonary oedema induced by acetylcholine, capsaicin and by exogenous substance P was investigated in isolated, ventilated rabbit lungs. Endothelial permeability was evaluated by measuring the capillary filtration coefficient (Kf,c). Acetylcholine (10(-8) to 10(-4) M), substance P (10(-10) to 10(-6) M), capsaicin (10(-4) M) and 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) (10(-4) M) induced an increase in the Kf,c. Carboperamide, a novel histamine H3 receptor antagonist, induced a significant leftward shift of the concentration-response curve to acetylcholine and also enhanced the effect of capsaicin on the Kf,c, while it had no significant effect on the response to substance P and 5-HT. Imetit, a new histamine H3 receptor agonist, strongly inhibited the effects of acetylcholine and capsaicin. Imetit also strongly protected the lung against substance P effects but did not prevent the 5-HT-induced increase in the Kf,c. Carboperamide completely blocked the inhibitory effect of Imetit on the acetylcholine response. (R)-alpha-Methylhistamine, an other histamine H3 receptor agonist, had the same protective effect against acetylcholine response as Imetit. We conclude that histamine H3 receptors could protect the lung against acetylcholine- and capsaicin-induced oedema via a prejunctional modulatory effect on the C-fibres. However, since the response to exogenous substance P was also inhibited by histamine H3 receptor stimulation, the presence of such receptors at a postsynaptic level, probably on mast cells, was also suggested. [less ▲]

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See detailMechanisms of substance P-induced pulmonary oedema in the rabbit: interactions between parasympathetic and excitatory NANC nerves.
Delaunois, Annie ULg; Gustin, Pascal ULg; Ansay, Michel ULg

in Fundamental & Clinical Pharmacology (1995), 9(5), 450-7

The pharmacological mechanisms involved in the substance P (SP)-induced pulmonary oedema were studied in isolated perfused rabbit lungs. Substance P induced a dose-dependent increase in the capillary ... [more ▼]

The pharmacological mechanisms involved in the substance P (SP)-induced pulmonary oedema were studied in isolated perfused rabbit lungs. Substance P induced a dose-dependent increase in the capillary filtration coefficient (Kf,c), responsible for oedema. Atropine, hemicholinium-3 and ruthenium red pretreatment partly protected the lungs against SP effects, while tetrodotoxin and hexamethonium did not significantly modify them. (+/-)CP96,345, a NK1 receptor antagonist, completely inhibited the SP-induced increase in the Kf,c. Like SP, acetylcholine (ACh) and capsaicin also increased the Kf,c. Atropine and (+/-)CP96,345 completely blocked the oedema induced by both drugs. Tetrodotoxin and ruthenium red strongly inhibited the response to capsaicin and acetylcholine. It was concluded that SP-induced pulmonary oedema is in part mediated by a stimulating action on cholinergic efferent nerves, with subsequent release of endogenous acetylcholine. Acetylcholine can, in turn, stimulate the release of SP from excitatory non adrenergic, non cholinergic nerves. The effects induced by capsaicin and exogenous acetylcholine, thus endogenous SP, involve tetrodotoxin-sensitive mechanisms, while those produced by exogenous SP are tetrodotoxin-resistant. [less ▲]

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See detailModulation of the acetylcholine- and substance P-induced pulmonary edema by calcitonin gene-related peptide in the rabbit.
Delaunois, Annie ULg; Gustin, Pascal ULg; Ansay, Michel ULg

in Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (The) (1994), 270(1), 30-6

The effects of calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) (6 x 10(-8) M) on hemodynamics and on pulmonary microvascular permeability were investigated in isolated, perfused rabbit lungs by measuring the ... [more ▼]

The effects of calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) (6 x 10(-8) M) on hemodynamics and on pulmonary microvascular permeability were investigated in isolated, perfused rabbit lungs by measuring the arterial, capillary and venous pressures and the capillary filtration coefficient (Kf,c). CGRP was administered alone or in combination with capsaicin (10(-4) M), acetylcholine (ACh) (10(-11) M to 10(-7) M), substance P (SP) (10(-10) M to 10(-6) M) and serotonin (10(-4) M). The influence of a specific antagonist of CGRP receptors, CGRP8-37 (10(-8) M), on the pulmonary edema induced by these mediators was also considered. CGRP had no direct effect on the vascular pressures or on Kf,c. Capsaicin and serotonin induced an increase in Kf,c of 271 +/- 49% and 676 +/- 147% of base line, respectively. ACh and SP also increased the microvascular permeability, in proportion to the concentration. The effects of capsaicin, ACh and SP have been related to the activation of neurokinin NK1 receptors. Co-administration of CGRP with capsaicin and ACh enhanced the increase in Kf,c induced by these two drugs. By contrast, when co-injected with SP, CGRP inhibited the Kf,c increase induced by 10(-8) M and 10(-7) M of SP (P < .05) and significantly decreased the arterial and capillary pressures. CGRP also partly prevented the pulmonary edema induced by serotonin (P < .05). Pretreatment with CGRP8-37 partly prevented the effects of capsaicin and ACh on Kf,c but bestowed no protection against SP-induced pulmonary edema. These data suggest that CGRP is co-released with SP from the C-fibers upon the action of capsaicin and ACh in the rabbit lung. Because CGRP potentiated the pulmonary edema induced in capsaicin and ACh, but decreased the effects of SP, we hypothesize that CGRP exerts a positive retro-control on the release of neuropeptides by these fibers but can attenuate their effects on the target cells. [less ▲]

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See detailMultiple muscarinic receptor subtypes mediating pulmonary oedema in the rabbit.
Delaunois, Annie ULg; Gustin, Pascal ULg; Ansay, Michel ULg

in Pulmonary Pharmacology (1994), 7(3), 185-93

The effects of various muscarinic antagonists on acetylcholine (ACh)-induced pulmonary oedema were studied in isolated perfused rabbit lungs. ACh induced a dose-dependent increase in the capillary ... [more ▼]

The effects of various muscarinic antagonists on acetylcholine (ACh)-induced pulmonary oedema were studied in isolated perfused rabbit lungs. ACh induced a dose-dependent increase in the capillary filtration coefficient (Kf,c). This effect has been previously related to the activation of the capsaicin-sensitive nerve fibres and the release of substance P. Atropine, pirenzepine (M1-selective antagonist) and 4-DAMP (M3-selective antagonist) altered this response, producing a dose-dependent shift to the right of the ACh concentration-Kf,c response curve. By contrast, the M2-selective antagonist AFDX-116 shifted the ACh concentration-response curve to the left. Atropine, pirenzepine and 4-DAMP also significantly reduced the capsaicin-induced increase in the Kf,c, while AFDX-116 enhanced it. We conclude that multiple muscarinic receptor subtypes are present in the rabbit lung, located on the C-fibres, and are involved in the ACh-induced pulmonary oedema. M1 and M3 receptors seem to stimulate the release of neuropeptides from C-fibres, whereas M2 receptors have an inhibitory effect on these fibers. [less ▲]

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See detailModulatory Effect of Neuropeptide Y on Acetylcholine-Induced Oedema and Vasoconstriction in Isolated Perfused Lungs of Rabbit
Delaunois, Annie ULg; Gustin, Pascal ULg; Dessy-Doize, C. et al

in British Journal of Pharmacology (1994), 113(3), 973-81

1. The modulatory role of neuropeptide Y (NPY) on pulmonary oedema induced by acetylcholine and capsaicin was investigated. The effects of NPY on the haemodynamic response to acetylcholine, phenylephrine ... [more ▼]

1. The modulatory role of neuropeptide Y (NPY) on pulmonary oedema induced by acetylcholine and capsaicin was investigated. The effects of NPY on the haemodynamic response to acetylcholine, phenylephrine and substance P were also investigated. 2. Isolated, ventilated, exsanguinated lungs of the rabbit were perfused with a constant flow of recirculating blood-free perfusate. The double/arterial/venous occlusion method was used to partition the total pressure gradient (delta Pt) into four components: the arterial gradient (delta Pa), the pre- and post-capillary gradients (respectively delta Pa' and delta Pv') and the venous pressure gradient (delta Pv). Endothelial permeability was evaluated by measuring the capillary filtration coefficient (Kf,c). 3. Acetylcholine (10(-8) M to 10(-4) M) and substance P (SP, 10(-10) M to 10(-6) M) induced a concentration-dependent increase in the Kf,c. Capsaicin (10(-4) M) and 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) (10(-4) M) also increased this parameter. NPY (10(-8) M) completely inhibited the effects of acetylcholine and capsaicin on the Kf,c, without preventing the effects of substance P and 5-HT. 4. Acetylcholine induced concentration-dependent vasoconstriction in the precapillary segment. The effect was inhibited by NPY and aspirin, an inhibitor of cyclo-oxygenase, while ketanserin, a 5-HT2 receptor antagonist, and SR140333, a new NK1 antagonist, had no protective effect. Phenylephrine increased delta Pa at high concentration, an effect also inhibited by NPY and aspirin. Substance P had no significant haemodynamic effect. When injected together with NPY, substance P (10(-6) M) induced a significant increase in the total pressure gradient.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) [less ▲]

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See detailMicroclimat et composition de l'air dans une enceinte fermée destinée à l'étude de la toxicité des polluants atmosphériques chez le porcelet
Urbain, B.; Gustin, Pascal ULg; Prouvost, J. F. et al

in Veterinary Research (1993), 24(6), 503-514

An experimental model representing the pollution background in a pigpen was constructed in order to study the toxicology of pig respiratory air pollutants. Temperature, relative humidity, air-flow rate ... [more ▼]

An experimental model representing the pollution background in a pigpen was constructed in order to study the toxicology of pig respiratory air pollutants. Temperature, relative humidity, air-flow rate, total dust, total viable particles, endotoxins in respirable dust (< 5 microns) and ammonia were measured in a 1.9 m3 environmental chamber designed for piglets. The activity of 1 piglet was recorded on video. Temperature and relative humidity were respectively 23.9 +/- 1.3 degrees C and 70.5 +/- 8.3% (mean +/- SD). Air flow rate was 10 m3/h. Dust, viable particles, endotoxin and ammonia concentrations were respectively 7 +/- 2 particles/ml, 3.4 x 10(4) +/- 2.9 x 10(4) BCFP (bacterial colony-forming particles)/m3, 4.8 +/- 1.5 ng/m3 and 6 +/- 0.8 ppm (mean +/- SD). All these parameters were comparable to the lowest values recorded in pigpens [less ▲]

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See detailRole of Neuropeptides in Acetylcholine-Induced Edema in Isolated and Perfused Rabbit Lungs
Delaunois, Annie ULg; Gustin, Pascal ULg; Ansay, Michel ULg

in Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (The) (1993), 266(2), 483-491

Changes in pulmonary endothelial permeability and in microvascular hemodynamics in response to cumulative concentrations of acetylcholine (ACh) (10(-8) M to 10(-5) M) were investigated in isolated ... [more ▼]

Changes in pulmonary endothelial permeability and in microvascular hemodynamics in response to cumulative concentrations of acetylcholine (ACh) (10(-8) M to 10(-5) M) were investigated in isolated, perfused rabbit lungs. The total pressure gradient was partitioned into four components: arterial, pre- and postcapillary and venous. The capillary filtration coefficient (Kf, c) also was evaluated. ACh caused a significant increase in arterial and precapillary pressures at concentrations higher than 3 x 10(-6) M. The total pressure gradient and precapillary were significantly increased whereas arterial, postcapillary and venous pressure gradient remained unchanged. In papaverine (3 x 10(-4) M)-pretreated lungs, the vasoconstriction was abolished and a concentration-dependent increase in Kf,c was recorded from 10(-8) to 10(-5) M ACh. This reaction was accompanied by pulmonary edema. Atropine, indomethacin, aspirin, ketanserin, clonidine, morphine and (+/-)-CP 96-345, an antagonist of neurokinin NK1 receptors, completely prevented the effects of ACh on Kf,c. In contrast, cromolyn sodium and SR48968, a neurokinin NK2 antagonist, did not inhibit the response to ACh. Terfenadine together with cimetidine had a partially inhibitory effect. Changes in the Kf, c similar to those observed with ACh were induced by capsaicin (10(-4) M) by exogenous substance P (10(-7) M) and by 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) (10(-4) M). The effects of SP were inhibited by aspirin, (+/-)-CP 96,345 and ketanserin, but not by atropine and antihistaminics. 5-HT effects were prevented by aspirin and not by (+/-)-CP 96,345. It was concluded that ACh-induced pulmonary edema was due to an increase in the capillary filtration coefficient.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of Capsaicin on the Endothelial Permeability in Isolated and Perfused Rabbit Lungs
Delaunois, Annie ULg; Gustin, Pascal ULg; Ansay, Michel ULg

in Fundamental & Clinical Pharmacology (1993), 7(2), 81-91

Changes in pulmonary endothelial permeability and in microvascular hemodynamics in response to capsaicin (10(-4) M) were investigated in isolated, perfused rabbit lungs. Blood-free perfusate was ... [more ▼]

Changes in pulmonary endothelial permeability and in microvascular hemodynamics in response to capsaicin (10(-4) M) were investigated in isolated, perfused rabbit lungs. Blood-free perfusate was recirculated through ventilated lungs in an isogravimetric state, under zone III conditions with a constant flow. Using the occlusions method, the total pressure gradient between the arterial and the venous levels (delta Pt) was partitioned into four components: arterial (delta Pa), pre-(delta Pa') and post-(delta Pv') capillary, and venous (delta Pv). The capillary filtration coefficient (Kf,c) was evaluated by measuring the amount of fluid filtering through the endothelium when arterial and venous pressures were suddenly increased. Capsaicin caused no changes in the vascular pressures at any level of the pulmonary circulation but induced a significant 3-fold increase in the Kf,c (P < 0.05). This reaction was accompanied by pulmonary oedema. The mechanisms involved in the permeability changes were investigated by testing the capacity of different drugs to block the response to capsaicin. Clonidine (10(-7) M to 10(-5) M), morphine (10(-6) M), aspirin (10(-3) M), ketanserin (10(-8) M) and (+/)- CP 96,345 (10(-6) M), an antagonist of neurokinin NK1 receptor, completely prevented the effects of capsaicin on the Kf,c. In contrast, terfenadine (10(-7)) together with cimetidine (10(-5) M) had no protective effect against capsaicin. It was concluded that capsaicin-induced pulmonary oedema was due to an increase in the capillary filtration coefficient and not to hemodynamic changes. This alteration in the endothelium permeability is mediated by the release of endogenous peptides from C-fibers upon the action of capsaicin and subsequent activation of NK1 receptors, probably by substance P. Moreover, 5-hydroxytryptamine receptors and arachidonic acid derivates are also involved in this reaction [less ▲]

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See detailEndotoxin-induced microvascular injury in isolated and perfused pig lungs
Urbain, B.; Gustin, Pascal ULg; Ansay, Michel ULg

in Veterinary Research Communications (1992), 16(6), 453-464

The lungs of 13 healthy Landrace piglets were isolated, perfused and maintained in an isogravimetric state under zone III conditions. By applying vascular occlusion methods, the total blood flow ... [more ▼]

The lungs of 13 healthy Landrace piglets were isolated, perfused and maintained in an isogravimetric state under zone III conditions. By applying vascular occlusion methods, the total blood flow resistance (Rt) was partitioned into four components: arterial (Ra), pre- (Ra') and post-capillary (Rv'), and venous (Rv). The capillary filtration coefficient (Kfc) was evaluated using a gravimetric technique. A bolus of 55 micrograms of Escherichia coli endotoxins (LPS) per 100 g of lung was injected into the arterial reservoir of eight lungs, followed by an infusion of LPS at a rate of 55 micrograms per 100 g of lung per hour for 180 min. A bolus of theophylline (85 mg per 100 g of lung weight) was injected into the arterial reservoir after the last determination of the Kfc value. All the parameters were evaluated again when the lungs reached a new steady state. Endotoxin induced a significant increase in Rt from 54.7 +/- 7.0 at zero time to 184.7 +/- 44.2 cmH2O min L-1 (100 g)-1 180 minutes later, which can be ascribed to the increase in Ra' and Rv'. These haemodynamic modifications were related to the increases in the arterial pressure and in the pressure at the distal end of the arterial segment and to the decreases in the pressure at the proximal end of the venous segment and in the blood flow. The capillary pressure and the lung weight remained unchanged. Endotoxin infusion induced an increase in the Kfc value from 0.208 +/- 0.011 (at t = 0) to 0.391 +/- 0.034 ml min-1 (cmH2O)-1 (100 g)-1 (at t = 180). Administration of theophylline significantly reduced Rt,Ra,Ra' and Rv' towards or under the baseline values and also induced a significant increase in the lung weight and in the Kfc value. It was concluded that the endotoxin-induced increase in the total blood flow resistance can be ascribed to a vasospasm occurring at the level of the pre- and post-capillary small vessels and that changes in the permeability of the endothelium greatly contribute to the development of the pulmonary oedema observed in endotoxaemic pigs [less ▲]

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