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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664826/differences-in-vascular-response-between-balloon-overstretch-and-stent-overexpansion-in-nonatherosclerotic-porcine-coronary-arteries
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Yoshiaki Mitsutake, Jörg Reifart, Wook Bum Pyun, Jennifer K Lyons, Tobias Deuse, Sonja Schrepfer, Fumiaki Ikeno
Which preclinical models are best suited for restenosis research remains uncertain. Here we compared the restenotic responsesafter balloon or stent overstretch injury in a porcine coronary artery. A total of 30 coronary lesions in 5 pigs were treated by balloon overdilatation or oversized stent implantation at various balloon-to-artery (B:A) ratios. Four weeks later, the lesions were examined in vivo by using coronary angiography, intravascular ultrasound, and optical coherence tomography (OCT). At follow-up, the lumen area stenosis and plaque burden at the minimal lumen area site were greater in stented sites than in balloon injury site (lumen area stenosis, 21...
June 29, 2017: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623659/immune-activation-of-platelets-in-response-to-serial-phlebotomy-in-pigtailed-macaques-macaca-nemestrina
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Kelly A Metcalf Pate, Meghan S Vermillion, Claire E Lyons, Kevin M Najarro, Robert J Adams
Serial phlebotomy is a common sampling practice for repeated-measures studies in biomedical research. In NHP, the effect ofserial blood collection on RBC parameters has been characterized, but the effects on platelet parameters and other aspects of thehemogram have not been well studied. We sought to characterize the circulating platelet phenotype throughout the course of 7serial phlebotomies spanning 30 d in pigtailed macaques (Macaca nemestrina). Phlebotomy was performed on 23 animals at days0, 2, 4, 7, 10, 21, and 30 to quantify the circulating platelet count and markers of both hemostatic and immune platelet activation...
June 16, 2017: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621254/use-of-microcomputed-tomography-to-measure-the-relaxin-induced-expansion-of-intrapubic-ligaments-in-mice
#3
Heather A Zimmerman, Richard P Kennan, Chunlian Zhang, Kashmira Shah, Douglas G Johns, Joseph J Lynch, Maya Dajee
Relaxin is a 6-kDa peptide in the insulin superfamily of hormones. In addition to its effects on reproductive and musculoskeletal ligaments, relaxin has demonstrated beneficial effects on cardiac, renal, and vascular systems in preclinical models. The mouse intrapubic ligament ex vivo bioassay is the current standard for measuring in vivo relaxin bioactivity. However, this bioassay necessitates euthanasia and dissection of large cohorts to measure the intrapubic ligament at specified time points. We hypothesized that μCT imaging could be used to reduce the number of animals necessary for the intrapubic ligament bioassay by enabling a single animal to be followed longitudinally throughout the study rather than euthanizing different cohorts at established time points...
June 15, 2017: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550681/antibiotic-associated-manipulation-of-the-gut-microbiota-and-phenotypic-restoration-in-nod-mice
#4
James R Fahey, Bonnie L Lyons, Haiyan L Olekszak, Anthony J Mourino, Jeremy J Ratiu, Jeremy J Racine, Harold D Chapman, David V Serreze, Dina L Baker, N Ken Hendrix
Segmented filamentous bacterium (SFB) a gram-positive, anaerobic, and intestinal commensal organism directly influencesthe development of Th17 helper cells in the small intestine of mice. In NOD mice, SFB colonization interferes with the developmentof type 1 diabetes (T1D), a T-cell-mediated autoimmune disease, suggesting that SFB may influence Th17 cells to inhibit Th1populations associated with the anti-β-cell immune response. This effect is a serious concern for investigators who use NOD micefor diabetes research because the expected incidence of disease decreases markedly when they are colonized by SFB...
May 26, 2017: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662758/abstracts-of-scientific-papers-aisal-symposium
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No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 1, 2017: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662757/abdominal-wall-endometriosis-in-a-rhesus-macaque-macaca-mulatta
#6
Hannah M Atkins, David L Caudell, A Robert Hutchison, Andre C LeGrande, Nancy D Kock
Endometriosis is the presence of endometrium outside of the uterus. Although endometriosis occurs in both pelvic and extrapelvic locations, extrapelvic locations are less common. The development of abdominal wall or incisional endometriosis in women is associated with gynecologic surgeries and is often misdiagnosed. Because they naturally develop endometriosis similar to women, Old World NHP, including rhesus macaques, provide excellent opportunities for studying endometriosis. Here, we describe a case of abdominal wall endometriosis in a rhesus macaque that had undergone cesarean section...
June 1, 2017: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662756/effect-of-antibiotic-administration-during-infancy-on-growth-curves-through-young-adulthood-in-rhesus-macaques-macaca-mulatta
#7
Heather M Sidener, Byung Park, Lina Gao
Recent human studies indicate a possible correlation between the administration of antibiotics during early life and the risk of later obesity, potentially due to antibiotic-induced alteration of the gastrointestinal microbiome. In humans, the risk of obesity increases with multiple courses of antibiotics and when fetuses or infants are treated with broad-spectrum and macrolide antibiotics. In addition, the obesity risk in humans seems higher for males than females. We used a retrospective, case-control, matched-pair study design to evaluate health records for 99 control-matched pairs of rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) from an outdoor breeding colony...
June 1, 2017: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662755/stress-leukogram-induced-by-acute-and-chronic-stress-in-zebrafish-danio-rerio
#8
Agata K Grzelak, Daniel J Davis, Susan M Caraker, Marcus J Crim, Jan M Spitsbergen, Charles E Wiedmeyer
The use of zebrafish (Danio rerio) as an animal model for experimental studies of stress has increased rapidly over the years. Although many physiologic and behavioral characteristics associated with stress have been defined in zebrafish, the effects of stress on hematologic parameters have not been described. The purpose of our study was to induce a rise in endogenous cortisol through various acute and chronic stressors and compare the effects of these stressors on peripheral WBC populations. Acutely stressed fish underwent dorsal or full-body exposure to air for 3 min, repeated every 30 min over the course of 90 min...
June 1, 2017: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662754/animal-models-of-ebolavirus-infection
#9
Marisa C St Claire, Dan R Ragland, Laura Bollinger, Peter B Jahrling
Ebola virus is a highly pathogenic member of the family Filoviridae that causes a severe hemorrhagic disease in humans and NHP. The 2013-2016 West African outbreak has increased interest in the development and refinement of animal models of Ebola virus disease. These models are used to test countermeasures and vaccines, gain scientific insights into the mechanisms of disease progression and transmission, and study key correlates of immunology. Ebola virus is classified as a BSL4 pathogen and Category A agent, for which the United States government requires preparedness in case of bioterrorism...
June 1, 2017: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662753/animal-models-of-zika-virus
#10
Michael P Bradley, Claude M Nagamine
Zika virus has garnered great attention over the last several years, as outbreaks of the disease have emerged throughout the Western Hemisphere. Until quite recently Zika virus was considered a fairly benign virus, with limited clinical severity in both people and animals. The size and scope of the outbreak in the Western Hemisphere has allowed for the identification of severe clinical disease that is associated with Zika virus infection, most notably microcephaly among newborns, and an association with Guillian-Barré syndrome in adults...
June 1, 2017: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662752/an-overview-of-animal-models-for-arthropod-borne-viruses
#11
Erin S Reynolds, Charles E Hart, Meghan E Hermance, Douglas L Brining, Saravanan Thangamani
Arthropod-borne viruses (arboviruses) have continued to emerge in recent years, posing a significant health threat to millions of people worldwide. The majority of arboviruses that are pathogenic to humans are transmitted by mosquitoes and ticks, but other types of arthropod vectors can also be involved in the transmission of these viruses. To alleviate the health burdens associated with arbovirus infections, it is necessary to focus today's research on disease control and therapeutic strategies. Animal models for arboviruses are valuable experimental tools that can shed light on the pathophysiology of infection and will enable the evaluation of future treatments and vaccine candidates...
June 1, 2017: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662751/considerations-for-infectious-disease-research-studies-using-animals
#12
Lesley A Colby, Lauriane E Quenee, Lois A Zitzow
Animal models are vital in understanding the transmission and pathogenesis of infectious organisms and the host immune response to infection. In addition, animal models are essential in vaccine and therapeutic drug development and testing. Prior to selecting an animal model to use when studying an infectious agent, the scientific team must determine that sufficient in vitro and ex vivo data are available to justify performing research in an animal model, that ethical considerations are addressed, and that the data generated from animal work will add useful information to the body of scientific knowledge...
June 1, 2017: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662750/viral-vector-biosafety-in-laboratory-animal-research
#13
Dalis E Collins, Jon D Reuter, Howard G Rush, Jason S Villano
Viral vector research presents unique occupational health and safety challenges to institutions due to the rapid development of both in vivo and in vitro gene-editing technologies. Risks to human and animal health make it incumbent on institutions to appropriately evaluate viral vector usage in research on the basis of available information and governmental regulations and guidelines. Here we review the factors related to risk assessment regarding viral vector usage in animals and the relevant regulatory documents associated with this research, and we highlight the most commonly used viral vectors in research today...
June 1, 2017: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662749/personal-protective-equipment-in-animal-research
#14
Jason S Villano, Janet M Follo, Mark G Chappell, Morris T Collins
The occupational health and safety program is an integral component of a comprehensive animal care and use program. It is important to mitigate the risk of exposures of animal care and research personnel to allergens and physical, chemical, radiologic, and biologic hazards during the conduct of various tasks. This need is especially true in infectious disease and biocontainment research. One aspect of the program is the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE). Commercially available PPE should be carefully evaluated based on their material composition and performance according to manufacturer data...
June 1, 2017: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662748/institutional-oversight-of-occupational-health-and-safety-for-research-programs-involving-biohazards
#15
Melissa C Dyson, Calvin B Carpenter, Lesley A Colby
Research with hazardous biologic materials (biohazards) is essential to the progress of medicine and science. The field of microbiology has rapidly advanced over the years, partially due to the development of new scientific methods such as recombinant DNA technology, synthetic biology, viral vectors, and the use of genetically modified animals. This research poses a potential risk to personnel as well as the public and the environment. Institutions must have appropriate oversight and take appropriate steps to mitigate the risks of working with these biologic hazards...
June 1, 2017: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662747/special-issue-infectious-disease-research-animal-models-and-risk-management
#16
Jason S Villano, Bryan E Ogden
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 1, 2017: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516833/animal-models-of-ebolavirus-infection
#17
Marisa C St Claire, Dan R Ragland, Laura Bollinger, Peter B Jahrling
Ebola virus is a highly pathogenic member of the family Filoviridae that causes a severe hemorrhagic disease in humansand NHP. The 2013-2016 West African outbreak has increased interest in the development and refinement of animal models of Ebola virus disease. These models are used to test countermeasures and vaccines, gain scientific insights into the mechanisms of disease progression and transmission, and study key correlates of immunology. Ebola virus is classified as a BSL4 pathogen and Category A agent, for which the United States government requires preparedness in case of bioterrorism...
May 17, 2017: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513420/optimization-of-glioblastoma-mouse-orthotopic-xenograft-models-for-translational-research
#18
Susan M Irtenkauf, Susan Sobiechowski, Laura A Hasselbach, Kevin K Nelson, Andrea D Transou, Enoch T Carlton, Tom Mikkelsen, Ana C deCarvalho
Glioblastoma is an aggressive primary brain tumor predominantly localized to the cerebral cortex. We developed a panelofpatient-derived mouse orthotopic xenografts (PDOX) for preclinical drug studies by implanting cancer stem cells (CSC) cultured from fresh surgical specimens intracranially into 8-wk-old female athymic nude mice. Here we optimize the glioblastoma PDOX model by assessing the effect of implantation location on tumor growth, survival, and histologic characteristics. To trace the distribution of intracranial injections, toluidine blue dye was injected at 4 locations with defined mediolateral, anterioposterior, and dorsoventral coordinates within the cerebral cortex...
May 16, 2017: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508743/mycobacterium-kansasii-isolated-from-tuberculinpositive-rhesus-macaques-macaca-mulatta-in-the-absence-of-disease
#19
Steven T Shipley, David K Johnson, Morteza Roodgar, David Glenn Smith, Charles A Montgomery, Steven M Lloyd, James A Higgins, Edwin H Kriel, Hilton J Klein, William P Porter, Jerome B Nazareno, Paul W Houghton, Aruna Panda, Louis J DeTolla
Mycobacterial infections are of primary health concern in NHP colonies in biomedical research. NHP are constantly monitoredand screened for Mycobacterium spp. We report 6 Chinese-origin rhesus macaques infected with Mycobacterium kansasii thatexhibited positive tuberculin skin tests in the absence of disease. Two of these macaques were being used for research purposes;the remaining 4 macaques were residing at the contract quarantine company. Histopathology and acid-fast staining of fixed tissues from all macaques showed that all were free of disease...
May 15, 2017: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492131/personal-protective-equipment-in-animal-research
#20
Jason S Villano, Janet M Follo, Mark G Chappell, Morris T Collins
The occupational health and safety program is an integral component of a comprehensive animal care and use program. Itisimportant to mitigate the risk of exposures of animal care and research personnel to allergens and physical, chemical, radiologic,and biologic hazards during the conduct of various tasks. This need is especially true in infectious disease and biocontainment research. One aspect of the program is the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE). Commercially available PPE should be carefully evaluated based on their material composition and performance according to manufacturer data...
May 10, 2017: Comparative Medicine
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