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Measurement of flow characteristics during individual contractions in bovine mesenteric lymphatic vessels.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10897468     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We developed a novel technique for measuring flow characteristics during individual contractions in lymph vessels. Bovine mesenteric lymph vessel segments (n = 15) were mounted in organ baths and allowed to equilibrate for 1 hr. Transmural pressure was subsequently increased by 2 cm H2O increments at 15 min intervals and vessel outputs were collected during the final 10 min of each period and measured. Flow also was continuously recorded with an in-line Doppler transducer connected to a flow analyzer, and flow characteristics were analyzed. The two methods of flow measurement correlated well (r2 = 0.92). Mean flow increased with increasing transmural pressure and reached a maximum of 0.5 +/- 0.1 ml/min at a transmural pressure of 8 cm H2O. The rate of spontaneous contractions, the peak flow during a contraction-induced wave, and the total volume of flow during a wave also increased with increasing transmural pressure and reached maximums of 12.4 +/- 1.0 min-1, 8.2 +/- 1.6 ml/min, and 0.21 +/- 0.06 ml, respectively. Wave duration changed little in response to changes in transmural pressure. Continuous in-line flow measurement is an accurate technique for assessing flow characteristics during individual contractions in lymph vessels in vitro. Transmural pressure regulates flow by influencing spontaneous contraction frequency and total and peak flows during contraction-induced waves.
M K Ferguson; U Williams
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Publication Detail:
Type:  In Vitro; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Lymphology     Volume:  33     ISSN:  0024-7766     ISO Abbreviation:  Lymphology     Publication Date:  2000 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-11-01     Completed Date:  2000-11-01     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0155112     Medline TA:  Lymphology     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  36-42     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Surgery, University of Chicago, Illinois, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Lymph / physiology*
Lymphatic System / physiology*
Muscle Contraction*
Muscle, Smooth / physiology

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