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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637971/esculentoside-a-ameliorates-cecal-ligation-and-puncture-induced-acute-kidney-injury-in-rats
#1
Guodong Sun, Wei Yang, Yang Zhang, Mingyan Zhao
Esculentoside A (EsA), a saponin isolated from Phytolacca esculenta, can attenuate acute liver and lung injury. However, whether EsA has a protective effect against sepsis-induced acute kidney injury (AKI) has not been reported. In this study, EsA (2.5, 5, or 10 mg/kg) was given to rats with sepsis induced by cecal ligation and puncture (CLP). We found that EsA improved the survival of septic rats in a dose-dependent manner. In addition, EsA lowered the kidney tubular damage score and decreased blood urea nitrogen and creatinine...
June 22, 2017: Experimental Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626113/effects-of-%C3%AE-estradiol-on-cold-sensitive-receptor-channel-trpm8-in-ovariectomized-rats
#2
Takuro Kubo, Shunichiro Tsuji, Tsukuru Amano, Fumi Yoshino, Yoko Niwa, Kyoko Kasahara, Saori Yoshida, Ken-Ichi Mukaisho, Hiroyuki Sugihara, Sachiko Tanaka, Fuminori Kimura, Kentaro Takahashi, Takashi Murakami
Transient receptor potential cation channel subfamily M member 8 (TRPM8) is associated with sensitivity to cold sensation in mammals. A previous study demonstrated that TRPM8 was overexpressed in the skin of ovariectomized (OVX) rats due to the loss of estrogen. In the present study, we investigated whether estrogen replacement restricts overexpression of the TRPM8 channel in the skin of OVX rats. We divided 15 Sprague Dawley rats into three groups: a non-operated group (NON-OPE), an ovariectomy group (OVX), and a group subjected to estrogen replacement during 4 weeks beginning 7 days after ovariectomy (OVX+E2)...
June 19, 2017: Experimental Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626157/protein-restriction-does-not-affect-body-temperature-pattern-in-female-mice
#3
Goro A Kato, Hiroki Shichijo, Toshihiro Takahashi, Akio Shinohara, Tetsuo Morita, Chihiro Koshimoto
Daily torpor is a physiological adaptation in mammals and birds characterized by a controlled reduction of metabolic rate and body temperature during the resting phase of circadian rhythms. In laboratory mice, daily torpor is induced by dietary caloric restriction. However, it is not known which nutrients are related to daily torpor expression. To determine whether dietary protein is a key factor in inducing daily torpor in mice, we fed mice a protein-restricted (PR) diet that included only one-quarter of the amount of protein but the same caloric level as a control (C) diet...
June 13, 2017: Experimental Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626156/a-method-to-establish-a-mouse-model-of-bone-marrow-microenvironment-injury
#4
Wenzhe Cheng, Quanhu Ge, Longfei Wan, Xiaoyi Wang, Xueling Chen, Xiangwei Wu
A normal bone marrow microenvironment plays a very important role in the normal functioning of hematopoietic stem cells. Once disturbed, this microenvironment can become favorable for the occurrence of blood disorders, cancers, and other diseases. Therefore, further studies on the bone marrow microenvironment should be performed to reveal regulatory and stem cell fate determination mechanisms and promote the development of bone marrow transplantation, tissue repair and regenerative medicine, and other fields...
June 13, 2017: Experimental Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592716/animal-ethics-and-welfare-education-in-wet-lab-training-can-foster-residents-ethical-values-toward-life
#5
Yuko Iki, Takuya Ito, Katsuyoshi Kudo, Masafumi Noda, Masahiko Kanehira, Teruko Sueta, Ichiro Miyoshi, Yutaka Kagaya, Yoshinori Okada, Michiaki Unno
Live animals are used in surgical skills training in wet lab, which has undeniable effectiveness for the development of future surgeons. However, where such training is provided, animal welfare is a major consideration. Increasingly, institutions that offer wet-lab training are incorporating animal ethics and welfare-related content into their training courses, but the effectiveness of such animal ethics education has yet to be evaluated quantitatively. We investigated whether the animal ethics content of a training course affected trainees by measuring increase in ethical awareness using visual analog scale questionnaires before and after training...
June 7, 2017: Experimental Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515388/nitric-oxide-is-critical-for-avoiding-hepatic-lipid-overloading-via-il6-induction-during-liver-regeneration-after-partial-hepatectomy-in-mice
#6
Yue Yu, Miho Tamai, Yoh-Ichi Tagawa
Nitric oxide (NO), generated from L-arginine by three different isoforms of nitric oxide synthase (NOS), is a pleiotropic factor to regulate physiological functions in almost every organ and tissue. Each knockout mouse of iNOS or eNOS has been used to suggest that NO has a crucial role in liver regeneration after partial hepatectomy (PH), for NO may inhibit caspase 3 activity and is required for EGFR signaling. In previous reports, defective mitochondrial β-oxidation was observed in eNOS KO mice, and hepatic steatosis was often correlated to deficient liver regeneration, so we focused on metabolic perspective and hypothesized that NO depletion in PH mice would affect hepatocytic lipolysis and impair hepatocytes proliferation...
May 18, 2017: Experimental Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450692/the-ethyl-acetate-fraction-of-a-methanolic-extract-of-unripe-noni-morinda-citrifolia-linn-fruit-exhibits-a-biphasic-effect-on-the-dopaminergic-system-in-mice
#7
Vijayapandi Pandy, Megala Narasingam, Kamini Vijeepallam, Syam Mohan, Vasudevan Mani, Zahurin Mohamed
In earlier ex vivo studies, we reported the biphasic effect of a methanolic extract of unripe Morinda citrifolia fruit (MMC) on dopamine-induced contractility in isolated rat vas deferens preparations. The present in vivo study was designed and undertaken to further explore our earlier ex vivo findings. This study examined the effect of the ethyl acetate fraction of a methanolic extract of unripe Morinda citrifolia Linn. fruit (EA-MMC; 5-100 mg/kg, p.o.) on the dopaminergic system using mouse models of apomorphine-induced climbing time and climbing behavior, methamphetamine-induced stereotypy (sniffing, biting, gnawing, and licking) and haloperidol-induced catalepsy using the bar test...
April 26, 2017: Experimental Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442635/a-novel-missense-mutation-of-mip-causes-semi-dominant-cataracts-in-the-nat-mouse
#8
Gou Takahashi, Sayaka Hasegawa, Yukiko Fukutomi, Chihiro Harada, Masamune Furugori, Yuta Seki, Yoshiaki Kikkawa, Kenta Wada
Major intrinsic protein of lens fiber (MIP) is one of the proteins essential for maintaining lens transparency while also contributing to dominant cataracts in humans. The Nodai cataract (Nat) mice harbor a spontaneous mutation in Mip and develop early-onset nuclear cataracts. The Nat mutation is a c.631G>A mutation (Mip(Nat)), resulting in a glycine-to-arginine substitution (p.Gly211Arg) in the sixth transmembrane domain. The Mip(Nat/Nat) homozygotes exhibit congenital cataracts caused by the degeneration of lens fiber cells...
April 24, 2017: Experimental Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413186/the-characterization-of-a-full-thickness-excision-open-foot-wound-model-in-n5-streptozotocin-stz-induced-type-2-diabetic-rats-that-mimics-diabetic-foot-ulcer-in-terms-of-reduced-blood-circulation-higher-c-reactive-protein-elevated-inflammation-and-reduced-cell
#9
Caroline Oi-Ling Yu, Kwok-Sui Leung, Kwok-Pui Fung, Francis Fu-Yuen Lam, Ethel Sau-Kuen Ng, Kit-Man Lau, Simon Kwoon-Ho Chow, Wing-Hoi Cheung
Delayed foot wound healing is a major complication attributed to hyperglycemia in type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) patients, and these wounds may develop into foot ulcers. There are at least two types of DM wound models used in rodents to study delayed wound healing. However, clinically relevant animal models are not common. Most models use type 1 DM rodents or wounds created on the back rather than on the foot. An open full-thickness excision wound on the footpad of type 2 DM rats is more clinically relevant, but such a model has not yet been characterized systematically...
April 11, 2017: Experimental Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381738/a-new-missense-mutation-in-the-paired-domain-of-the-mouse-pax3-gene
#10
Tamio Ohno, Tomoki Maegawa, Hiroto Katoh, Yuki Miyasaka, Miyako Suzuki, Misato Kobayashi, Fumihiko Horio
Mice with dominant white spotting occurred spontaneously in the C3.NSY-(D11Mit74-D11Mit229) strain. Linkage analysis indicated that the locus for white spotting was located in the vicinity of the Pax3 gene on chromosome 1. Crosses of white-spotted mice showed that homozygosity for the mutation caused tail and limb abnormalities and embryonic lethality as a result of exencephaly; these phenotypes were analogous to those found in other Pax3 mutants. Sequence analysis identified a missense point mutation (c.101G>A) in exon 2 of Pax3 that resulted in a methionine to isoleucine conversion at amino acid 62 of the PAX3 protein...
April 6, 2017: Experimental Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381818/dronedarone-attenuates-the-duration-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-a-dog-model-of-sustained-atrial-fibrillation
#11
Nakkawee Saengklub, Vudhiporn Limprasutr, Suwanakiet Sawangkoon, Robert L Hamlin, Anusak Kijtawornrat
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a supraventricular arrhythmia that leads to a decrease in cardiac output and impairs cardiac function and quality of life. Dronedarone has an atrial-selective property and has been used for management of AF in humans, but limited information is available in dogs. This study was designed to evaluate efficacy of dronedarone in attenuating the duration of AF in dog model of sustained AF. Six beagle dogs were anesthetized with isoflurane and instrumented to measure atrial action potential duration (aAPD) and atrial effective refractory period (AERP)...
April 4, 2017: Experimental Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367864/body-surface-area-measurement-in-juvenile-miniature-pigs-using-a-computed-tomography-scanner
#12
Tadashi Itoh, Mifumi Kawabe, Takahiko Nagase, Hisami Matsushita, Masami Kato, Masafumi Miyoshi, Kazuro Miyahara
The use of miniature pigs in non-clinical studies for medical drugs or devices has gradually been increasing in recent years. It is anticipated that the use of juvenile miniature pigs in laboratory practice will also increase. Therefore, it is important to investigate various parameters of juvenile miniature pigs. The body surface area (BSA) of an organism is one of the important parameters for evaluating physiological functions. In drug development, normalization by BSA is an appropriate method for extrapolating doses between species...
March 30, 2017: Experimental Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367863/ginsenoside-rb1-improves-cardiac-function-and-remodeling-in-heart-failure
#13
Xian Zheng, Shuai Wang, Xiaoming Zou, Yating Jing, Ronglai Yang, Siqi Li, Fengrong Wang
We investigated the effect of ginsenoside Rb1 on cardiac function and remodeling in heart failure (HF). Four weeks after HF induction, the rats were administrated with ginsenoside Rb1 (35 and 70 mg/kg) and losartan (4.5 mg/kg) for 8 weeks. Losartan was used as a positive control. Cardiac function was assessed by measuring hemodynamic parameters. Histological changes were analyzed by HE and Masson's trichrome staining. Cardiac hypertrophy, fibrosis, mitochondrial membrane potential and glucose transporter type 4 (GLUT4) levels were evaluated...
March 30, 2017: Experimental Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100889/cotransfer-of-regulatory-t-cells-improve-the-therapeutic-effectiveness-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-treating-a-colitis-mouse-model
#14
Yang Yu, Tianyu Zhao, Deqin Yang
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a severe inflammatory condition in the colon. To date, clinical solutions for this disease have been limited. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), multipotential cells with immune regulation and anti-inflammatory functions, have been applied to treatment of IBD. However, the therapeutic effectiveness of MSCs still needs to be improved. Here, we were interested in whether regulatory T cells (Tregs) could enhance the immune regulation function of MSCs in treatment of mouse colitis...
May 3, 2017: Experimental Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100888/%C3%AE-hydroxybutyrate-levels-in-serum-and-cerebrospinal-fluid-under-ketone-body-metabolism-in-rats
#15
Xiaomeng Wang, Qi Liu, Jian Zhou, Xiuhua Wu, Qingan Zhu
A high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet (KD) or calorie restriction in the form of every-other-day fasting (EODF) results in ketone body metabolism with an increasing β-hydroxybutyrate (βOHB) level. Previous studies have supported that a KD and EODF have a neuroprotective effect. However, the βOHB levels in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) resulting from a KD and EODF remain unknown. The aim of this study was to detect βOHB levels in rats fed a KD, EODF diet, and every-other-day ketogenic diet (EODKD) and to compare the serum βOHB level with the CSF βOHB level...
May 3, 2017: Experimental Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049885/murine-norovirus-infection-in-brazilian-animal-facilities
#16
Daniele Masselli Rodrigues, Josélia Cristina de Oliveira Moreira, Marcelo Lancellotti, Rovilson Gilioli, Marcus Alexandre Finzi Corat
Murine norovirus (MNV) is a single-stranded positive-sense RNA virus of the Caliciviridae family. MNV has been reported to infect laboratory mice with the ability to cause lethal infections in strains lacking components of the innate immune response. Currently, MNV is considered the most prevalent infectious agent detected in laboratory mouse facilities. In this study, mice in 22 laboratory animal facilities within Brazil were analyzed for MNV infection. Using primers targeting a conserved region of the viral capsid, MNV was detected by RT-PCR in 137 of 359 mice from all 22 facilities...
May 3, 2017: Experimental Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025424/morphological-features-of-coronary-plaques-in-whhlmi-rabbits-oryctolagus-cuniculus-an-animal-model-for-familial-hypercholesterolemia
#17
Satoshi Yamada, Tomonari Koike, Takayuki Nakagawa, Nobue Kuniyoshi, Yu Ying, Hiroyuki Itabe, Atsushi Yamashita, Yuji Asada, Masashi Shiomi
In order to examine their suitability for studies on coronary atherosclerosis, we evaluated the features of coronary atherosclerotic plaques in myocardial infarction-prone Watanabe heritable hyperlipidemic (WHHLMI) rabbits, a spontaneous animal model for coronary atherosclerosis and myocardial infarction. Coronary segments of the hearts of 187 WHHLMI rabbits (10-29 months old) were sectioned serially and stained histopathologically and immunohistologically. Progression of coronary lesions was prominent in rabbits that had died suddenly...
May 3, 2017: Experimental Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025412/effects-of-17%C3%AE-estradiol-on-leptin-signaling-in-anterior-pituitary-of-ovariectomized-rats
#18
Chunhua Yin, Lumei Kang, Cong Lai, Jing Zhou, Bin Shi, Lei Zhang, Hongping Chen
Leptin is secreted predominantly by adipocytes and exerts its role mainly by interaction with the long form of leptin receptor (LEPR_V2). It has been identified that LEPR_V2 is widely distributed in various tissues, including the anterior pituitary. Cross-talk between leptin and estrogens has been indentified. Estrogen is known to modulate the tissue-specific expression of LEPR_V2 and leptin in ovariectomized (OVX) rats, a model of postmenopausal condition. Our previous data showed that 17β-estradiol (E2) up-regulated the expression of LEPR_V2 protein and mRNA in rat dorsal root ganglion (DRG) in an estrogen receptor alpha (ERα)-dependent manner...
May 3, 2017: Experimental Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27980293/the-aryl-hydrocarbon-receptor-a-multifunctional-chemical-sensor-for-host-defense-and-homeostatic-maintenance
#19
Kaname Kawajiri, Yoshiaki Fujii-Kuriyama
The aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) is a pivotal chemical sensor that transduces extrinsic and intrinsic signals into cellular responses. AHR was originally thought to be involved in not only drug metabolism but also carcinogenic and toxicological responses against environmental contaminants, such as 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. However, recent studies demonstrate that the AHR plays multiple intrinsic roles in host defense and homeostasis as well, including immunity, stem cell maintenance, and cell differentiation, upon binding with an increasing number of newly defined dietary, cellular, and microbe-derived ligands...
May 3, 2017: Experimental Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928112/an-enu-induced-p-c225s-missense-mutation-in-the-mouse-tgfb1-gene-does-not-cause-camurati-engelmann-disease-like-skeletal-phenotypes
#20
Satoki Ichimura, Shun Sasaki, Takuya Murata, Ryutaro Fukumura, Yoichi Gondo, Shiro Ikegawa, Tatsuya Furuichi
Camurati-Engelmann disease (CED) is a rare sclerosing bone disorder in humans with autosomal dominant inheritance. Mutations in the gene (TGFB1) that encodes transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) are causative for CED. TGF-β1 signaling is enhanced by the CED-causing mutations. In this study, we performed Tgfb1 mutation screening in an ENU-mutagenized mouse genomic DNA library. We identified a missense mutation in which cysteine was substituted by serine at position 225 (p.C225S), that corresponded to the CED-causing mutation (p...
May 3, 2017: Experimental Animals
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