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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429678/intraperitoneal-administration-of-ethanol-as-a-means-of-euthanasia-for-neonatal-mice-mus-musculus
#1
Cecilia de Souza Dyer Angela K Brice And James O Marx
The humane euthanasia of animals in research is of paramount importance. Neonatal mice frequently respond differentlyto euthanasia agents when compared with adults. The AVMA's Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals includes intraperitonealinjection of ethanol as "acceptable with conditions," and recent work confirmed that this method is appropriate for euthanizing adult mice, but neonatal mice have not been tested. To explore this method in neonatal mice, mouse pups(C57BL/6 and CD1, 162 total) were injected with 100% ethanol, a pentobarbital-phenytoin combination, or saline at 7, 14, 21, 28, or 35 d of age...
April 20, 2017: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429156/crystallization-and-preliminary-x-ray-diffraction-analysis-of-a-mammal-inositol-1-3-4-5-6-pentakisphosphate-2-kinase
#2
Elsa Franco-Echevarría, Julia Sanz-Aparicio, Nathalie Troffer-Charlier, Arnaud Poterszman, Beatriz González
Inositol 1,3,4,5,6-pentakisphosphate 2-kinase (IP5 2-K) is an enzyme that catalyses the formation of phytic acid (IP6) from IP5 and ATP. In mammals, IP6 is involved in multiple events such as DNA repair and mRNA edit and it is the precursor of inositol pyrophosphates, emerging compounds shown to have an essential role in apoptosis. In addition, IP5 2-K have functions in cells independently of its catalytic activity, for example in rRNA biogenesis. We pursue the structure determination of a mammal IP5 2-K by Protein Crystallography...
April 21, 2017: Protein Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428867/adaptative-evolution-of-the-vkorc1-gene-in-mus-musculus-domesticus-is-influenced-by-the-selective-pressure-of-anticoagulant-rodenticides
#3
Joffrey Goulois, Véronique Lambert, Lionel Legros, Etienne Benoit, Virginie Lattard
Anticoagulant rodenticides are commonly used to control rodent pests worldwide. They specifically inhibit the vitamin K epoxide reductase (VKORC1), which is an enzyme encoded by the Vkorc1 gene, involved in the recycling of vitamin K. Therefore, they prevent blood clotting. Numerous mutations of Vkorc1 gene were reported in rodents, and some are involved in the resistant to rodenticides phenotype. Two hundred and sixty-six mice tails were received from 65 different locations in France. Coding sequences of Vkorc1 gene were sequenced in order to detect mutations...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424518/the-genetic-basis-of-parental-care-evolution-in-monogamous-mice
#4
Andres Bendesky, Young-Mi Kwon, Jean-Marc Lassance, Caitlin L Lewarch, Shenqin Yao, Brant K Peterson, Meng Xiao He, Catherine Dulac, Hopi E Hoekstra
Parental care is essential for the survival of mammals, yet the mechanisms underlying its evolution remain largely unknown. Here we show that two sister species of mice, Peromyscus polionotus and Peromyscus maniculatus, have large and heritable differences in parental behaviour. Using quantitative genetics, we identify 12 genomic regions that affect parental care, 8 of which have sex-specific effects, suggesting that parental care can evolve independently in males and females. Furthermore, some regions affect parental care broadly, whereas others affect specific behaviours, such as nest building...
April 19, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422421/results-of-a-10-year-survey-of-workload-for-10-treatment-vaults-at-a-high-throughput-comprehensive-cancer-center
#5
Ziad H Saleh, Jeho Jeong, Brian Quinn, James Mechalakos, Jean St Germain, Lawrence T Dauer
The workload for shielding purposes of modern linear accelerators (linacs) consists of primary and scatter radiation which depends on the dose delivered to isocenter (cGy) and leakage radiation which depends on the monitor units (MUs). In this study, we report on the workload for 10 treatment vaults in terms of dose to isocenter (cGy), monitor units delivered (MUs), number of treatment sessions (Txs), as well as, use factors (U) and modulation factors (CI) for different treatment techniques. The survey was performed for the years between 2006 and 2015 and included 16 treatment machines which represent different generations of Varian linear accelerators (6EX, 600C, 2100C, 2100EX, and TrueBeam) operating at different electron and x-ray energies (6, 9, 12, 16 and 20 MeV electrons and, 6 and 15 MV x-rays)...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421397/comparison-between-the-four-field-box-and-field-in-field-techniques-for-conformal-radiotherapy-of-the-esophagus-using-dose-volume-histograms-and-normal-tissue-complication-probabilities
#6
Farzaneh Allaveisi, Amir Nami Moghadam
PURPOSE: We evaluated and compared the performance of the field-in-field (FIF) to that of the four-field box (4FB) technique regarding dosimetric and radiobiological parameters for radiotherapy of esophageal carcinoma. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty patients with esophageal cancer were selected. For each patient, two treatment plans were created: 4FB and FIF. The parameters compared included the conformity index (CI), homogeneity index (HI), D mean, D max, tumor control probability (TCP), V 20Gy and V 30Gy of the heart and lungs, normal tissue complication probability (NTCP), and monitor units per fraction (MU/fr)...
April 18, 2017: Japanese Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417953/recombinant-adeno-associated-virus-mediated-rescue-of-function-in-a-mouse-model-of-dopamine-transporter-deficiency-syndrome
#7
P Illiano, C E Bass, L Fichera, L Mus, E A Budygin, T D Sotnikova, D Leo, S Espinoza, R R Gainetdinov
Dopamine Transporter Deficiency Syndrome (DTDS) is a rare autosomal recessive disorder caused by loss-of-function mutations in dopamine transporter (DAT) gene, leading to severe neurological disabilities in children and adults. DAT-Knockout (DAT-KO) mouse is currently the best animal model for this syndrome, displaying functional hyperdopaminergia and neurodegenerative phenotype leading to premature death in ~36% of the population. We used DAT-KO mouse as model for DTDS to explore the potential utility of a novel combinatorial adeno-associated viral (AAV) gene therapy by expressing DAT selectively in DA neurons and terminals, resulting in the rescue of aberrant striatal DA dynamics, reversal of characteristic phenotypic and behavioral abnormalities, and prevention of premature death...
April 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405104/structural-shielding-design-of-a-6-mv-flattening-filter-free-linear-accelerator-indian-scenario
#8
Bibekananda Mishra, T Palani Selvam, P K Dash Sharma
Detailed structural shielding of primary and secondary barriers for a 6 MV medical linear accelerator (LINAC) operated with flattening filter (FF) and flattening filter free (FFF) modes are calculated. The calculations have been carried out by two methods, one using the approach given in National Council on Radiation Protection (NCRP) Report No. 151 and the other based on the monitor units (MUs) delivered in clinical practice. Radiation survey of the installations was also carried out. NCRP approach suggests that the primary and secondary barrier thicknesses are higher by 24% and 26%...
January 2017: Journal of Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400849/cytotoxicity-and-apoptosis-induction-of-ardisia-crispa-and-its-solvent-partitions-against-mus-musculus-mammary-carcinoma-cell-line-4t1
#9
Muhammad Luqman Nordin, Arifah Abdul Kadir, Zainul Amiruddin Zakaria, Fauziah Othman, Rasedee Abdullah, Muhammad Nazrul Hakim Abdullah
This study was conducted to investigate the cytotoxicity and apoptosis effect of A. crispa extract and its solvent partition (ethyl acetate and aqueous extract) against Mus musculus mammary carcinoma cell line (4T1). The normal mouse fibroblast cell line (NIH3T3) was used as comparison for selective cytotoxicity properties. The cytotoxicity evaluation was assessed using MTT assay. AO/PI dual fluorescent staining assay and Annexin V-FITC were used for apoptosis analysis. Results showed that 80% methanol extract from leaves showed most promising antimammary cancer agent with IC50 value of 42...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400396/giant-perforated-marginal-ulcer-after-laparoscopic-roux-en-y-gastric-bypass
#10
Edward Wang, Ruth Blackham, Jeremy Tan, Jeffrey Hamdorf
Perforation of a marginal ulcer (MU) is a complication of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass that can be life-threatening. We report a case of a perforated MU that presented 7 months after surgery with several interesting points for discussion. Firstly, the presentation of the ulcer was cryptic with unreliable investigations. Secondly, the ulcer presented again even after anastomotic revision surgery. Finally, the ulcer and the sepsis associated with perforation presented after months of poor nutritional intake with profound hypoalbuminaemia...
April 11, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399226/biology-of-triatoma-sherlocki-hemiptera-reduviidae-under-laboratory-conditions-biological-cycle-and-resistance-to-starvation
#11
Vanessa Lima-Neiva, Teresa C M Gonçalves, Leonardo S Bastos, Marcia Gumiel, Nathália C Correia, Catia C Silva, Carlos E Almeida, Jane Costa
Triatoma sherlocki Papa, Jurberg, Carcavallo, Cerqueira & Barata was described in 2002, based on specimens caught in the wild in the municipality of Gentio do Ouro, Bahia, Brazil. In 2009, nymphs and adults were detected inside homes and sylvatic specimens were positive for Trypanosoma cruzi (Chagas). No information on the bionomics of T. sherlocki exists, although such data are considered essential to estimate its vector and colonization potential in domestic environments. Herein, the biological cycle of T...
March 30, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394497/prediction-of-mid-urethral-sling-failure-with-clinical-findings-and-urodynamics
#12
Serdar Aydin, Çağrı Arioğlu Aydin, Fırat Ersan
OBJECTIVE: Mid-urethral slings (MUS) become a standard, minimally invasive surgery to treat urinary stress incontinence. Our aim is to investigate the contribution of preoperative urodynamics to mid-urethral slings success and determine predictors for choosing mid-urethral sling route. METHODS: Women with stress urinary incontinence and who desired surgical correction of their incontinence were included in the study. The selection of the procedure was according to an algorithm used in an institution...
May 2017: Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390003/modifying-motor-unit-territory-placement-in-the-fuglevand-model
#13
Jason W Robertson, Jamie A Johnston
The Fuglevand model is often used to address challenging questions in neurophysiology; however, there are elements of the neuromuscular system unaccounted for in the model. For instance, in some muscles, slow and fast motor units (MUs) tend to reside deep and superficially in the muscle, respectively, necessarily altering the development of surface electromyogram (EMG) power during activation. Thus, the objective of this study was to replace the randomized MU territory (MUT) placement algorithm in the Fuglevand model with an optimized method capable of reflecting these observations...
April 8, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388918/tea-camellia-sinensis-infusions-ameliorate-cancer-in-4ti-metastatic-breast-cancer-model
#14
Karori S Mbuthia, Paul O Mireji, Raphael M Ngure, Francesca Stomeo, Martina Kyallo, Chalo Muoki, Francis N Wachira
BACKGROUND: Tea (Camellia sinensis) infusions are widely consumed beverages with numerous health benefits. However, physiological and molecular responses mediating these activities are poorly understood. METHOD: Three replicates of 4TI cancer cell suspension (2.0 × 10(5) cells/ml) were challenged in vitro with various concentrations of green, black and purple tea infusions to asseses their cytoxicity and associated differentially expressed genes in the cells...
April 7, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384262/dosimetric-effects-of-sectional-adjustments-of-collimator-angles-on-volumetric-modulated-arc-therapy-for-irregularly-shaped-targets
#15
Beom Seok Ahn, So-Yeon Park, Jong Min Park, Chang Heon Choi, Minsoo Chun, Jung-In Kim
PURPOSE: To calculate an optimal collimator angle at each of sectional arcs in a full-arc volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) plan and evaluate dosimetric quality of these VMAT plans comparing full-arc VMAT plans with a fixed collimator angle. METHODS: Seventeen patients who had irregularly-shaped target in abdominal, head and neck, and chest cases were selected retrospectively. To calculate an optimal collimator angle at each of sectional arcs in VMAT, integrated MLC apertures which could cover all shapes of target determined by beam's-eye view (BEV) within angular sections were obtained for each VMAT plan...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380068/mouse-fitness-measures-reveal-incomplete-functional-redundancy-of-hox-paralogous-group-1-proteins
#16
James S Ruff, Raed B Saffarini, Leda L Ramoz, Linda C Morrison, Shambralyn Baker, Sean M Laverty, Petr Tvrdik, Mario R Capecchi, Wayne K Potts
Here we assess the fitness consequences of the replacement of the Hoxa1 coding region with its paralog Hoxb1 in mice (Mus musculus) residing in semi-natural enclosures. Previously, this Hoxa1B1 swap was reported as resulting in no discernible embryonic or physiological phenotype (i.e., functionally redundant), despite the 51% amino acid sequence differences between these two Hox proteins. Within heterozygous breeding cages no differences in litter size nor deviations from Mendelian genotypic expectations were observed in the outbred progeny; however, within semi-natural population enclosures mice homozygous for the Hoxa1B1 swap were out-reproduced by controls resulting in the mutant allele being only 87...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379409/dna-methylation-divergence-and-tissue-specialization-in-the-developing-mouse-placenta
#17
Benjamin E Decato, Jorge Lopez-Tello, Amanda Sferruzzi-Perri, Andrew D Smith, Matthew D Dean
The placental epigenome plays a vital role in regulating mammalian growth and development. Aberrations in placental DNA methylation are linked to several disease states, including intrauterine growth restriction and preeclampsia. Studying the evolution and development of the placental epigenome is critical to understanding the origin and progression of such diseases. Although high resolution studies have found substantial variation between placental methylomes of different species, the nature of methylome variation has yet to be characterized within any individual species...
April 4, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376095/conservation-genetics-of-the-capercaillie-in-poland-delineation-of-conservation-units
#18
Robert Rutkowski, Dorota Zawadzka, Ewa Suchecka, Dorota Merta
The capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) is one of Poland's most endangered bird species, with an estimated population of 380-500 individuals in four isolated areas. To study these natural populations in Poland further, more than 900 non-invasive genetic samples were collected, along with samples from 59 birds representing large, continuous populations in Sweden and Russia; and from two centres in Poland breeding capercaillie. Microsatellite polymorphism at nine loci was then analysed to estimate within-population genetic diversity and genetic differentiation among populations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370456/predictors-for-detrusor-overactivity-following-extensive-vaginal-pelvic-reconstructive-surgery
#19
Tsia-Shu Lo, Shailaja Nagashu, Wu-Chiao Hsieh, Ma Clarissa Uy-Patrimonio, Lin Yi-Hao
AIM: This study aims to identify the predictors for detrusor overactivity (DO) in women following extensive vaginal pelvic reconstructive surgery (PRS) for advanced pelvic organ prolapse (POP). METHODS: We enrolled 1503 women who had prolapse POP-Q stage ≥ 3 and underwent vaginal PRS with or without MUS from January 2006 to December 2015. All subjects completed a 72-h voiding diary, IIQ-7, UDI-6, POPDI-6, and PISQ-12. Urodynamics (UDS) was performed pre- and post-operatively...
March 31, 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367405/synaptic-vesicles-isolated-from-the-electric-organ-of-torpedo-californica-and-from-the-central-nervous-system-of-mus-musculus-contain-small-ribonucleic-acids-srnas
#20
Huinan Li, Cheng Wu, Rodolfo Aramayo, Matthew S Sachs, Mark L Harlow
Synaptic vesicles (SVs) are presynaptic organelles that load and release small molecule neurotransmitters at chemical synapses. In addition to classic neurotransmitters, we have demonstrated that SVs isolated from the Peripheral Nervous Systems (PNS) of the electric organ of Torpedo californica, a model cholinergic synapse, and SVs isolated from the Central Nervous System (CNS) of Mus musculus (mouse) contain small ribonucleic acids (sRNAs; ≤ 50 nucleotides) (Scientific Reports, 5:1-14(14918) Li et al. (2015) [1])...
June 2017: Genomics Data
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