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Kevin K Ohlemiller, Sherri M Jones, Kenneth R Johnson
Laboratory mice (Mus musculus) have become the major model species for inner ear research. The major uses of mice include gene discovery, characterization, and confirmation. Every application of mice is founded on assumptions about what mice represent and how the information gained may be generalized. A host of successes support the continued use of mice to understand hearing and balance. Depending on the research question, however, some mouse models and research designs will be more appropriate than others...
October 17, 2016: Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology: JARO
Katia Pasciuti, Shrinivas Kuthpady, Anne Anderson, Bronagh Best, Saleem Waqar, Subhra Chowdhury
To examine tumor׳s and organ׳s response when different radiotherapy plan techniques are used. Ten patients with confirmed bladder tumors were first treated using 3-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (3DCRT) and subsequently the original plans were re-optimized using the intensity-modulated radiation treatment (IMRT) and volumetric-modulated arc therapy (VMAT)-techniques. Targets coverage in terms of conformity and homogeneity index, TCP, and organs׳ dose limits, including integral dose analysis were evaluated...
October 14, 2016: Medical Dosimetry: Official Journal of the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists
Jonathan Shaw, Kyle Wohlrab, Charles Rardin
OBJECTIVES: The primary objective is to determine the relative risk (RR) of reoperation for stress urinary incontinence (SUI) recurrence after midurethral sling (MUS) division or excision. Our secondary objective is to determine the RR of SUI symptom recurrence according to differing techniques of revision. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study of all women who underwent surgical revision of an MUS by the Division of Urogynecology at the Women & Infants' Hospital during a 10-year period between October 1, 2004, and October 1, 2014...
September 29, 2016: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
Christina Backes, Tim Kehl, Daniel Stöckel, Tobias Fehlmann, Lara Schneider, Eckart Meese, Hans-Peter Lenhof, Andreas Keller
In the last decade, miRNAs and their regulatory mechanisms have been intensively studied and many tools for the analysis of miRNAs and their targets have been developed. We previously presented a dictionary on single miRNAs and their putative target pathways. Since then, the number of miRNAs has tripled and the knowledge on miRNAs and targets has grown substantially. This, along with changes in pathway resources such as KEGG, leads to an improved understanding of miRNAs, their target genes and related pathways...
October 13, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Bart Ellenbroek, Jiun Youn
Rodents (especially Mus musculus and Rattus norvegicus) have been the most widely used models in biomedical research for many years. A notable shift has taken place over the last two decades, with mice taking a more and more prominent role in biomedical science compared to rats. This shift was primarily instigated by the availability of a much larger genetic toolbox for mice, particularly embryonic-stem-cell-based targeting technology for gene disruption. With the recent emergence of tools for altering the rat genome, notably genome-editing technologies, the technological gap between the two organisms is closing, and it is becoming more important to consider the physiological, anatomical, biochemical and pharmacological differences between rats and mice when choosing the right model system for a specific biological question...
October 1, 2016: Disease Models & Mechanisms
Heather A Richbourg, Matthew J Martin, Emma R Schachner, Margaret A McNulty
Rodent models are used for a variety of orthopedic research applications; however, anatomy references include mostly artistic representations. Advanced imaging techniques, including micro-computed tomography (microCT), can provide more accurate representations of subtle anatomical characteristics. A recent microCT atlas of laboratory mouse (Mus musculus) anatomy depicts the central and tarsal bone III (T3) as a single bone, differing from previous references. Fusion of tarsal bones is generally characterized as pathological secondary to mutations associated with growth factors, and normal variation has not been documented in the mouse tarsus...
October 12, 2016: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
Humberto Contreras-Cornejo, Germán Saucedo-Correa, Javier Oviedo-Boyso, Juan José Valdez-Alarcón, Víctor Manuel Baizabal-Aguirre, Marcos Cajero-Juárez, Alejandro Bravo-Patiño
The Notch signaling pathway is a reiteratively used cell to cell communication pathway that triggers pleiotropic effects. The correct regulation of the pathway permits the efficient regulation of genes involved in cell fate decision throughout development. This activity relies notably on the CSL proteins, (an acronym for CBF-1/RBPJ-κ in Homo sapiens/Mus musculus respectively, Suppressor of Hairless in Drosophila melanogaster, Lag-1 in Caenorhabditis elegans) which is the unique transcription factor and DNA binding protein involved in this pathway...
2016: Cell Division
C L Li, X Y Du, J Gao, C Wang, H G Guo, F W Dai, X Y Sa, W An, Z W Chen
Meriones unguiculatus (Gerbillinae, Rodentia) is widely used as an animal model of human disease. Here, we provide the first report of the complete mitochondrial genome sequence of M. unguiculatus (GenBank accession Nos. KF425526 and NC_023263). The sequence contained the conserved vertebrate pattern of 13 protein-coding genes, 2 ribosomal RNAs, 22 transfer RNAs, and 1 major noncoding region. We identified one extended termination-associated sequence and one conserved sequence block in the non-coding region...
September 16, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
Jian Guo Wen, Xin Jian Liu, Zhi Min Wang, Tian Fang Li, Mark L Wahlqvist
The melamine contaminated milk powder contamination scandal occurred in China in 2008. Its main consequences so far have been urinary stone formation in children with associated renal damage and increased child mortality. Eight years have passed, but food safety issues still remain of concern in the daily lives of millions of Chinese. Vigilance is required to ensure no recurrence of such food safety problems. Ongoing studies focus on the early detection of food industry malpractice, mechanisms whereby these toxic substances induce disease and how its advent may be prevented and better managed...
December 2016: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Tiago Antunes-Lopes, Ana Coelho, Rui Pinto, Sérgio C Barros, Célia D Cruz, Francisco Cruz, Carlos M Silva
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association between urinary neurotrophin levels, maximum flow rate (Qmax) variation and the appearance of urgency in women with stress urinary incontinence (SUI) after a midurethral sling (MUS) procedure. METHODS: Thirty-one women with SUI were treated with a MUS. One year later, the outcome of surgery and the onset of urgency were assessed. At baseline and 1-year follow-up, urine was collected to measure nerve growth factor (NGF) and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) concentration, and Qmax variation was calculated...
September 30, 2016: Urology
Michelle D Parmenter, Melissa M Gray, Caley A Hogan, Irene N Ford, Karl W Broman, Christopher J Vinyard, Bret A Payseur
Organisms on islands often undergo rapid morphological evolution, providing a platform for understanding mechanisms of phenotypic change. Many examples of evolution on islands involve the vertebrate skeleton. Although the genetic basis of skeletal variation has been studied in laboratory strains, especially in the house mouse Mus musculus domesticus, the genetic determinants of skeletal evolution in natural populations remain poorly understood. We used house mice living on the remote Gough Island - the largest wild house mice on record - to understand the genetics of rapid skeletal evolution in nature...
September 30, 2016: Genetics
Lavanya Pothana, Lalitha Devi, Naresh Kumar Venna, Niharika Pentakota, Vivek Phani Varma, Jedy Jose, Sandeep Goel
Cryopreservation of immature testis is a feasible approach for germplasm preservation of male animals. Combinations of dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) and foetal bovine serum (FBS) are used for testis cryopreservation. However, an alternative to FBS is needed, because FBS is expensive. Buffalo ocular fluid (BuOF), a slaughter house by-product, could be an economical option. The objective of the present study was to assess whether BuOF can replace FBS for cryopreservation of immature mouse (Mus musculus), rat (Rattus norvegicus), and buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) testes...
September 28, 2016: Cryobiology
Felipe Roberto Borba Ferreira, Pollyanna Michelle da Silva, Tatiana Soares, Larissa Gonçalves Machado, Larissa Cardoso Corrêa de Araújo, Teresinha Gonçalves da Silva, Gabriela Souto Vieira de Mello, Maira Galdino da Rocha Pitta, Moacyr Jesus Barreto de Melo Rego, Emmanuel Viana Pontual, Russolina Benedeta Zingali, Thiago Henrique Napoleão, Patrícia Maria Guedes Paiva
This study characterized the protein/peptide profile of venom isolated from the spider Lasiodora sp. (Mygalomorphae, Theraphosidae) found in northeastern Brazil and determined its antimicrobial activity, toxicity against human cells, and hemolytic activity. Protein concentration of the Lasiodora sp. venom was 4.53 ± 0.38 mg/mL. SDS-PAGE showed proteins with molecular masses up to 75 kDa, some of which contained disulfide bridges. RP-HPLC analysis separate at least 12 peaks that were identified by mass spectrometry as peptides U1-theraphotoxin-Lp1a (lasiotoxin-1), U1-theraphotoxin-Lp1c (lasiotoxin-3), U3-theraphotoxin-Lsp1a (LTx5), and ω-theraphotoxin-Asp3a as well as the proteins phospholipase A2 (PLA2) and hyaluronidase...
September 29, 2016: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
Michalis Aristophanous, Yelin Suh, Pai C Chi, Luke J Whittlesey, Scott LaNeave, Mary K Martel
Many devices designed for the purpose of performing patient-specific IMRT/VMAT QA are commercially available. In this work we report our experience and initial clinical results with the ArcCHECK. The ArcCHECK consists of a cylindrical array of diode detectors measuring entry and exit doses. The measured result is a cumulative dose displayed as a 2D matrix. The detector array requires both an absolute dose calibration, and a calibration of the detector response, relative to each other. In addition to the calibrations suggested by the manufacturer, various tests were performed in order to assess its stability and performance prior to clinical introduction...
2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
Jeannine Marie Miranne, Robert Eric Gutman, Andrew Ian Sokol, Amy Josephine Park, Cheryl Bernadette Iglesia
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether use of a new personalized risk calculator increases patient satisfaction with the decision whether or not to have a prophylactic midurethral sling (MUS) during pelvic organ prolapse (POP) surgery. METHODS: We performed a randomized controlled trial involving English-speaking women without symptoms of stress urinary incontinence (SUI) with ≥ stage 2 POP who planned to undergo POP surgery with 1 of 4 fellowship-trained urogynecologists at a single academic center...
September 26, 2016: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
Alexandre Guet-McCreight, Olivier Camiré, Lisa Topolnik, Frances K Skinner
Determining how intrinsic cellular properties govern and modulate neuronal input-output processing is a critical endeavor for understanding microcircuit functions in the brain. However, lack of cellular specifics and nonlinear interactions prevent experiments alone from achieving this. Building and using cellular models is essential in these efforts. We focus on uncovering the intrinsic properties of mus musculus hippocampal type 3 interneuron-specific (IS3) cells, a cell type that makes GABAergic synapses onto specific interneuron types, but not pyramidal cells...
July 2016: ENeuro
Dominique R Malacarne, Victor W Nitti
As many as 80 % of all women who complain of urine leakage will be diagnosed with stress urinary incontinence (SUI). As the population ages and SUI becomes more widespread, it is imperative to understand how to manage potential complications of the therapies used to treat this condition. As the mid-urethral sling has become the "gold standard" of SUI treatment, it is important to be aware of post-operative complications associated with this procedure. One significant complication of the MUS is subsequent urinary retention...
November 2016: Current Urology Reports
Christophe Diagne, Alexis Ribas, Nathalie Charbonnel, Ambroise Dalecky, Caroline Tatard, Philippe Gauthier, Voitto Haukisalmi, Odile Fossati-Gaschignard, Khalilou Bâ, Mamadou Kane, Youssoupha Niang, Mamoudou Diallo, Aliou Sow, Sylvain Piry, Mbacké Sembène, Carine Brouat
Understanding why some exotic species become widespread and abundant in their colonised range is a fundamental issue that still needs to be addressed. Among many hypotheses, newly established host populations may benefit from a parasite loss ("enemy release" hypothesis) through impoverishment of their original parasite communities or reduced infection levels. Moreover, the fitness of competing native hosts may be negatively affected by the acquisition of exotic taxa from invaders ("parasite spillover") and/or by an increased transmission risk of native parasites due to their amplification by invaders ("parasite spillback")...
September 23, 2016: International Journal for Parasitology
Emily A Slopnick, Adonis K Hijaz, Carvell T Nguyen, Robert Abouassaly, Christopher M Gonzalez, Sangeeta T Mahajan, J Welles Henderson, Matthew J Bream, Simon P Kim
OBJECTIVES: To determine contemporary trends, patient characteristics, and outcomes for mid-urethral sling placement (MUS) at inpatient and ambulatory facilities from a national database. METHODS: Using the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program data base, we identified 7,767 women who underwent isolated MUS 2006-2012. We stratified patients by hospitalization type (outpatient vs. hospitalization). Primary outcomes were 30-day complications, readmissions, and reoperations...
September 23, 2016: Urology
Leena Ackermann, Michael Schell, Wojciech Pokrzywa, Éva Kevei, Anton Gartner, Björn Schumacher, Thorsten Hoppe
Multiple protein ubiquitination events at DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) regulate damage recognition, signaling and repair. It has remained poorly understood how the repair process of DSBs is coordinated with the apoptotic response. Here, we identified the E4 ubiquitin ligase UFD-2 as a mediator of DNA-damage-induced apoptosis in a genetic screen in Caenorhabditis elegans. We found that, after initiation of homologous recombination by RAD-51, UFD-2 forms foci that contain substrate-processivity factors including the ubiquitin-selective segregase CDC-48 (p97), the deubiquitination enzyme ATX-3 (Ataxin-3) and the proteasome...
September 26, 2016: Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
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