VERFAHREN ZUR BESTIMMUNG DER MECHANISCHEN AKTIVITAT UND DER ELEKTROPHYSIOLOGISCHEN EIGENSCHAFTEN ISOLIERTER MENSCHLICHER EMBRYONALER HERZEN

Translated title of the contribution: Method to analyse mechanical activity and electrophysiological properties of hearts isolated from human embryos

B. A. Resch, J. Papp

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Abstract

The authors have invented a complex method by which to examine surviving hearts of early human embryos. The method enables testing of mechanical activity of the heart as well as of many electrophysiological parameters, such as spontaneous heart rate, electrical threshold of stimuli, stimulus conduction time, effective refractory phase, and intracellular action potential. A special transport device was designed for storage and movement of embryonic hearts which were all obtained from cases of legal abortion. A contractility recorder was advised to follow up mechanical heart activity. A variant of the standard micro-electrode technique was developed to measure electrophysiological parameters. This technique has worked extremely well in recording the membrane potential at rest and the intracellular action potential in cells of small embryonic hearts. Also developed was a differentiation unit for direct and convenient measurement of depolarisation velocity of heart cells. The complex method has proved to be particularly suitable to study physiological characteristics relating to the responsiveness of the early human foetal heart to pharmaceuticals.

Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)1298-1306
Number of pages9
JournalZentralblatt fur Gynakologie
Volume104
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 1982

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Embryonic Structures
Action Potentials
Legal Abortion
Fetal Heart
Membrane Potentials
Electrodes
Heart Rate
Equipment and Supplies
Pharmaceutical Preparations

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  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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