Andrea de Oliveira Albuquerque

Universidade Federal do Ceará, Ceará, Ceará, Brazil

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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate the effects of preconditioning with oils mixes containing ω3/ω6/ω9 associated with micro-currents on skin repair in rats. One-hundred and eight Wistar rats randomized into G-1, G-2 and G-3 groups were treated with saline (0.9%), mix 1 (corn+soybean oils) and mix 2 (olive+canola+flaxseed oils), respectively, in a single dose (0.01ml/g) by gavage. Next, each group was subdivided into sham and stimulated subgroups. Pulsed-wave microcurrents (0.5 µA, 0.5 Hz) were applied to stimulated subgroups for 20 min. One hour later anesthetized rats were subjected to surgery. A dorsal incision (6 cm long) was carried out and closed with interrupted nylon sutures. Samples (1cm2) were harvested from the mid-portion of the incision on the 7, 14, 21 post-operative (P.O.) days. Variables were analyzed using Mann-Whitney/Dunn tests Significance level was set to 5 % (p<0.05). Micro-currents promoted increase of exudate and reduction of epithelialization on day 7 in G1 rats. Mixes 1/2 reduced vascularization on 7/14th days P.O. Both 1/2 mixes reduced fibrosis on day 14. Preconditioning with mix 1 led to increased expression of NF-kB on the 7th day. Preconditioning with microcurrents has pro-inflammatory effects while oil mixes 1 and 2 decrease fibrosis and vascularization in the proliferative phase of cicatrization.
    Acta cirurgica brasileira / Sociedade Brasileira para Desenvolvimento Pesquisa em Cirurgia 02/2015; 30(2):107-14. DOI:10.1590/S0102-86502015002000004 · 0.66 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: To evaluate the effects of acupuncture (Ac) and electroacupuncture (EAc) on oxidative stress and inflammation in testis torsion/detorsion (T/D) model in rats. Methods: Thirty male Wistar rats were randomized into five groups. G1 Group (Sham) served as control. The remaining groups were submitted to spermatic cord torsion (720°) for 3 hours, followed by detorsion and reperfusion for 4 hours. Before detorsion G3, G4 and G5 rats were treated with Ac, EAc 2Hz and EAc 10 Hz, respectively, applied to acupoint Gulai (S-29) bilaterally under anesthesia for 5 minutes. Next, the testes were detorsioned and reperfused for 4 hours. Afterwards, blood samples and the right testis were collected for biochemical assays: reduced Glutathione (GSH), Malonaldehyde (MDA), Myeloperoxidase (MPO). Results: EAc stimulation (2 and 10 Hz) promoted significant increase in concentrations of GSH in plasma and testis of G4-G5 rats, compared with G1. There was significant increase of tissue MDA in groups G4-G5 and plasma MDA in all groups, compared with G1. There was a significant reduction in MPO activity in groups G4-G5 compared with G1. Conclusion: Electroacupuncture stimulation (2 and 10 Hz) attenuates oxidative stress and inflammatory response in rats subjected to testicular torsion/detorsion.
    Acta cirurgica brasileira / Sociedade Brasileira para Desenvolvimento Pesquisa em Cirurgia 07/2014; 29(7):450-456. DOI:10.1590/S0102-86502014000700007 · 0.66 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background Skin flaps may be damaged by free radicals produced during blood reflow and oxygen return to ischemic tissues. Considering that published studies have demonstrated the effects of manual acupuncture (MA) and electroacupuncture (EA) in attenuating the oxidative stress in different tissues and organs, this study aimed to investigate the possible protective effects of MA and EA in randomized skin flaps in rats. Methods Thirty-two rats were subjected to dorsal skin flap (8 × 2.5 cm) construction and randomly divided into four groups of eight rats each: G1, surgical trauma; G2, MA; G3, EA 3 Hz; and G4, EA 100 Hz. All rats were anesthetized with ketamine (90 mg/kg) + xylazine (10 mg/kg) intraperitoneally on days 1, 3, and 7. MA (G2) and EA (G3/G4) were applied on days 3 and 7 of the experiment. G3 and G4 rats were treated with EA 3 and 100 Hz, respectively. Needles were inserted in GV-14 (Dazhui), GV-2 (Yaoshu), and L-13 (Zhangmen) acupoints and retained for 30 min. Blood and skin samples were collected at the end of the last procedure. The ANOVA/Dunnett test was used for group comparison. Values of p
    Aesthetic Plastic Surgery 06/2012; 36(5). DOI:10.1007/s00266-012-9926-x · 0.96 Impact Factor