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- Basic Surgical Techniques in the Göttingen Minipig: Intubation, Bladder Catheterization, Femoral Vessel Catheterization, and Transcardial Perfusion
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Articles by Aage K. Olsen Alstrup in JoVE
Basic Surgical Techniques in the Göttingen Minipig: Intubation, Bladder Catheterization, Femoral Vessel Catheterization, and Transcardial Perfusion
Kaare S. Ettrup1,2, Andreas N. Glud2, Dariusz Orlowski2, Lise M. Fitting1, Kaare Meier1, Jens Christian Soerensen1, Carsten R. Bjarkam1,2, Aage K. Olsen Alstrup3
1Department of Neurosurgery, Aarhus University Hospital, 2Department of Neurobiology, Institute of Anatomy, Faculty of Health Sciences, Aarhus University, 3Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Centre, Aarhus University Hospital
The use of domestic and miniature pigs in science has increased significantly in recent years. By demonstrating how to perform intubation, transurethral bladder catheterization, femoral artery and vein catheterization, as well as transcardial perfusion, we aim to further increase the value of Göttingen minipigs in biomedical research.
Other articles by Aage K. Olsen Alstrup on PubMed
Postnatal Neurogenesis in the Hippocampal Dentate Gyrus and Subventricular Zone of the Göttingen Minipig
Brain Research Bulletin. May, 2011 | Pubmed ID: 21501667
Postnatal neurogenesis is currently viewed as important for neuroplasticity and brain repair. We are, therefore, interested in animal models for neuroimaging of postnatal neurogenesis. A recent stereological study found an age-dependent increase in the number of neurons and glial cells in the neocortex of Göttingen minipigs, suggesting that this species may be characterized by a prolonged postnatal neurogenesis. Since there is no direct evidence on this issue, the goal of our study was to quantify cell proliferation in the two major neurogenic regions of the postnatal brain - the subventricular zone of the lateral ventricle (SVZ) and the hippocampal dentate gyrus (DG) - at two separate points during the lifespan of the minipig. Göttingen minipigs aged 6-7 and 32 weeks were injected with bromodeoxyuridine (BrdU), a marker of cycling cells, and killed after 2h. We found BrdU-positive cells numbering 165,000 in the SVZ and 35,000 in the DG at 6-7 weeks and 66,000 in the SVZ and 19,000 in the DG at 32 weeks-of-age. Stereology showed a 60% increase in the total number of DG granule cells between 6-7 and 32 weeks-of-age. Our findings show a continued postnatal neurogenesis in the major neurogenic regions of Göttingen minipigs, thereby providing a potential animal model for studies aimed at examining ongoing neurogenesis in the living brain with molecular neuroimaging technology.