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  • 1
    ISSN: 1420-9071
    Keywords: Cardiac output ; cardio-regulatory nerves ; hemodynamics ; neurohormones ; pericardial organ ; Crustacea
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Biology , Medicine
    Notes: Abstract This report provides the first direct measurements of the stroke volume and total cardiac output of crustacean hearts, as recorded from a semi-isolated in vitro preparation. The responses to mechanical perturbations, changes in preload and afterload, show that these hearts do not possess automatic compensatory Frank-Starling-like mechanisms. Heart rate, reflecting the burst rate of the cardiac ganglion, is minimally affected by stretch. On the other hand, these hearts are exquisitely responsive to the neurohormones of the pericardial organs. Serotonin, CCAP and proctolin all produce positive chronotropic and inotropic effects, but the responses to each are unique. Two FMRFamide peptides were positively chronotropic, but negatively inotropic.
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  • 2
    ISSN: 1432-136X
    Keywords: Crustacea ; Amphipoda ; Haemocyanin ; Temperature sensitivity ; l-Lactate
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Biology , Medicine
    Notes: Summary The effect of pH, temperature, and l-lactate on the O2 bindign properties of haemocyanin (Hc) from three talitroidean species i.e., the aquatic Apohyale pugettensis, the semi-terrestrial Megalorchestia californiana, and the semi-/euterrestrial Traskorchestia traskiana was studied. The Hc of A. pugettensis was characterized by a higher O2 affinity (and more pronounced Bohr shift) than the Hc of either M. californiana or T. traskiana. Apohyale was the only species that possessed He that was sensitive to temperature change. Resuspending Hc from each of the three species in a stock Ringer's solution (based on the ionic composition of the haemolymph of T. traskiana) showed that the persistence of the difference in Bohr shift between Apohyale and the other two species was due to differences in the haemocyanins themselves and not attributable to their respective ionic environments. An inverse relationship was found between the cooperativity (n 50) and pH of Hc from T. traskiana and A. pugettensis but not for M. californiana. In each case adding l-lactate increased Hc O2 affinity, but this was most pronounced for A. pugettensis.
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  • 3
    ISSN: 1432-136X
    Keywords: Amphipoda ; Crustacea ; Haemocyanin ; Freezing ; Inorganic effectors ; Urate
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Biology , Medicine
    Notes: Summary The effect of variations in [K], [Ca], [Mg], [NaCl], and [urate] on the in vitro O2 binding properties of haemocyanin (Hc) from three talitroidean species, viz. the aquatic Apohyale pugettensis, the semi-terrestrial Megalorchestia californiana, and the semi-/euterrestrial Traskorchestia traskiana were studied. Freezing altered the cooperativity of Hc from A. pugettensis and M. californiana but not T. traskiana. Variations in [NaCl], [K], and [Mg] had no effect on cither O2 affinity or cooperativity of the Hc except for A. pugettensis Hc where an increase in [Mg] resulted in an increase in both O2 affinity and cooperativity. Increasing [Ca] or [urate] increased O2 affinity of both A. pugettensis and M. californiana but not T. traskiana Hc. These effects were most marked in A. pugettensis. The results suggest a negative correlation between sensitivity to Hc effectors and the degree of terrestrial adaptation of a particular amphipod species.
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  • 4
    ISSN: 1432-136X
    Keywords: Key words Cardiovascular ; Hypoxia ; Crustacea ; Respiratory ; Doppler
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Biology , Medicine
    Notes: Abstract The heart rate of crayfish (Procambarus clarkii) and lobsters (Homarus americanus) decreased (bradycardia) as partial pressure of O2 (P O 2) decreased, yet cardiac output (V b) was maintained via an increased stroke volume (S v) to P O 2s of 40 mmHg and 75 mmHg for crayfish and lobsters, respectively. V b was redistributed in both animals. Flow through the anterior aorta increased while flow dropped through the posterior aorta and sternal artery to a P O 2 of 30 mmHg; below this flow was no longer maintained in crayfish. In the lobster, flow increased to the lateral arteries and the ventral thoracic artery while flow through the anterior and posterior aortas, sternal artery and ventral abdominal artery decreased to a P O 2 of 75 mmHg. Anterior hemolymph flow was maintained or increased in both animals presumably to supply nervous tissue and cephalic sense organs better. Crayfish showed an increase in intracardiac and mean arterial hemolymph pressures as P O 2 declined. The increased pressures combined with the net increase in cardiac filling pressure and diastolic filling time could have accounted for the increased S V. The cardiovascular response exhibited by both the crayfish and lobster was P O 2 dependent; below a critical water P O 2 active compensation was no longer observed.
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  • 5
    ISSN: 1432-136X
    Keywords: Crustacea ; Amphipoda ; Haemocyanin ; O2 transport
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Biology , Medicine
    Notes: Summary Haemolymph PO2 and pH of two amphipod species, Apohyale pugettensis (aquatic) and Megalorchestia californiana (semi-terrestrial) in vivo were examined during immersion and emersion at 15 and 25°C, and also after activity in air at 15°C. For M. californiana arterial O2 tensions were higher in air than in water. This situation was reversed in A. pugettensis, although all O2 tensions measured for both species were comparatively high. No arterial-venous PO2 difference was apparent in the haemolymph of quiescent M. californiana. Haemocyanin (Hc) was 100% saturated in vivo only in the following; A. pugettensis in water (15 and 25°C) and air (15°C), and M. californiana in air (15°C). The Hc of both species becomes important in O2 transport during activity; under such circumstances the haemolymph of M. californiana delivered more O2 to the tissues than did that of A. pugettensis, despite the greater O2 content of the latter. The animals studied here may exhibit a stage (size class?) where cutaneous gas exchange is sufficient for resting aerobic metabolism while specialized respiratory carriers (and respiratory structures) are important in meeting the increased aerobic demands of activity or environmental stress.
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  • 6
    ISSN: 0951-4198
    Keywords: Chemistry ; Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy
    Source: Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
    Topics: Physics
    Additional Material: 3 Ill.
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  • 7
    ISSN: 1076-5174
    Keywords: Chemistry ; Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy
    Source: Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
    Topics: Chemistry and Pharmacology , Physics
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  • 8
    ISSN: 0006-3592
    Keywords: methanogenic population dynamics ; anaerobic digesters ; solid waste ; biosolids ; Chemistry ; Biochemistry and Biotechnology
    Source: Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
    Topics: Biology , Process Engineering, Biotechnology, Nutrition Technology
    Notes: An aggressive start-up strategy was used to initiate codigestion in two anaerobic, continuously mixed bench-top reactors at mesophilic (37°C) and thermophilic (55°C) conditions. The digesters were inoculated with mesophilic anaerobic sewage sludge and cattle manure and were fed a mixture of simulated municipal solid waste and biosolids in proportions that reflect U.S. production rates. The design organic loading rate was 3.1 kg volatile solids/m3/day and the retention time was 20 days. Ribosomal RNA-targeted oligonucleotide probes were used to determine the methanogenic community structure in the inocula and the digesters. Chemical analyses were performed to evaluate digester performance. The aggressive start-up strategy was successful for the thermophilic reactor, despite the use of a mesophilic inoculum. After a short start-up period (20 days), stable performance was observed with high gas production rates (1.52 m3/m3/day), high levels of methane in the biogas (59%), and substantial volatile solids (54%) and cellulose (58%) removals. In contrast, the mesophilic digester did not respond favorably to the start-up method. The concentrations of volatile fatty acids increased dramatically and pH control was difficult. After several weeks of operation, the mesophilic digester became more stable, but propionate levels remained very high. Methanogenic population dynamics correlated well with performance measures. Large fluctuations were observed in methanogenic population levels during the start-up period as volatile fatty acids accumulated and were subsequently consumed. Methanosaeta species were the most abundant methanogens in the inoculum, but their levels decreased rapidly as acetate built up. The increase in acetate levels was paralleled by an increase in Methanosarcina species abundance (up to 11.6 and 4.8% of total ribosomal RNA consisted of Methanosarcina species ribosomal RNA in mesophilic and thermophilic digesters, respectively). Methanobacteriaceae were the most abundant hydrogenotrophic methanogens in both digesters, but their levels were higher in the thermophilic digester. © 1998 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Biotechnol Bioeng 57: 342-355 1998.
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  • 9
    ISSN: 1052-9306
    Keywords: Chemistry ; Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy
    Source: Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
    Topics: Chemistry and Pharmacology
    Notes: A quantitative mass fragmentographic method for the simultaneous determination of labeled and unlabeled propoxyphene in plasma is described. Dogs treated daily with propoxyphene-d0 were treated with a pulse dose of propoxyphene-d2 at day 20. It was found that following an initial rapid equilibrium phase levels of propoxyphene-d2 fell more rapidly than those of propoxyphene-d0. This result suggests that ‘deep’ pools of tissue bound propoxyphene exist which exchange very slowly with drug present in the central compartment. Experimental evidence is presented which demonstrates that the difference in behavior of propoxyphene-d0 and -d2 is not due to unanticipated secondary isotope effects.
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  • 10
    ISSN: 1052-9306
    Keywords: Chemistry ; Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy
    Source: Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
    Topics: Chemistry and Pharmacology
    Notes: A mass fragmentographic method for simultaneous measurement of unlabeled and deuterium labeled methadone in human plasma is described. This specific method has a lower sensitivity of about 16 pmol/ml with a coefficient of variation of less than 4%. The usefulness of the method was evaluated in studies on opiate dependent subjects undergoing methadone maintenance treatment. In one application methadone-d3 was given as a pulse dose during continuous treatment with unlabeled methadone and plasma levels of both species followed by mass fragmentography. The method will be of value in the study of methadone pharmacokinetics in the steady state and in other in vivo situations where multiple drug pools must exist.
    Additional Material: 3 Ill.
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