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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336571/regulation-of-alcohol-extinction-and-cue-induced-reinstatement-by-specific-projections-between-medial-prefrontal-cortex-nucleus-accumbens-and-basolateral-amygdala
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Colby R Keistler, Emma Hammarlund, Jacqueline M Barker, Colin W Bond, Ralph J DiLeone, Christopher Pittenger, Jane R Taylor
The ability to inhibit drinking is a significant challenge for recovering alcoholics, especially in the presence of alcohol-associated cues. Previous studies have demonstrated that the regulation of cue-guided alcohol seeking is mediated by the basolateral amygdala (BLA), nucleus accumbens (NAc), and medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC). However, given the high interconnectivity between these structures, it is unclear how mPFC projections to each subcortical structure, as well as projections between BLA and NAc, mediate alcohol-seeking behaviors...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336441/chronic-stress-induced-dendritic-reorganization-and-abundance-of-synaptosomal-pka-dependent-cp-ampa-receptor-in-the-basolateral-amygdala-in-a-mouse-model-of-depression
#2
Eun-Surk Yi, Seikwan Oh, Jang-Kyu Lee, Yea-Hyun Leem
Chronic stress is a precipitating factor for disorders including depression. The basolateral amygdala (BLA) is a critical substrate that interconnects with stress-modulated neural networks to generate emotion- and mood-related behaviors. The current study shows that 3 h per day of restraint stress for 14 days caused mice to exhibit long-term depressive behaviors, manifested by disrupted sociality and despair levels, which were rescued by fluoxetine. These behavioral changes corresponded with morphological and molecular changes in BLA neurons, including chronic stress-elicited increases in arborization, dendritic length, and spine density of BLA principal neurons...
March 20, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334609/basolateral-to-central-amygdala-neural-circuits-for-appetitive-behaviors
#3
Joshua Kim, Xiangyu Zhang, Shruti Muralidhar, Sarah A LeBlanc, Susumu Tonegawa
Basolateral amygdala (BLA) principal cells are capable of driving and antagonizing behaviors of opposing valence. BLA neurons project to the central amygdala (CeA), which also participates in negative and positive behaviors. However, the CeA has primarily been studied as the site for negative behaviors, and the causal role for CeA circuits underlying appetitive behaviors is poorly understood. Here, we identify several genetically distinct populations of CeA neurons that mediate appetitive behaviors and dissect the BLA-to-CeA circuit for appetitive behaviors...
March 22, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333348/promoter-characterization-and-expression-of-the-blakpc-2-gene-in-escherichia-coli-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-and-acinetobacter-baumannii
#4
Delphine Girlich, Rémy A Bonnin, Agnes Jousset, Thierry Naas
Objectives: KPC-producing pathogens exhibit variable carbapenem susceptibility levels, which is probably the result of the genetic environment of the bla KPC genes. Here we determined the transcriptional start sites (TSSs) and the expression of the bla KPC-2 gene in various genetic contexts and in different hosts ( Escherichia coli , Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Acinetobacter baumannii ). Methods: The bla KPC-2 genes along with the upstream sequences derived from Tn 4401b (structure A), Tn 4401b interrupted by Tn 3 /IS 26 (structure B) and Tn 4401b interrupted by Tn 5563 (structure C) were cloned in two E...
March 5, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333330/genomic-landscape-of-extended-spectrum-%C3%AE-lactamase-resistance-in-escherichia-coli-from-an-urban-african-setting
#5
Patrick Musicha, Nicholas A Feasey, Amy K Cain, Teemu Kallonen, Chrispin Chaguza, Chikondi Peno, Margaret Khonga, Sarah Thompson, Katherine J Gray, Alison E Mather, Robert S Heyderman, Dean B Everett, Nicholas R Thomson, Chisomo L Msefula
Objectives: Efforts to treat Escherichia coli infections are increasingly being compromised by the rapid, global spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Whilst AMR in E. coli has been extensively investigated in resource-rich settings, in sub-Saharan Africa molecular patterns of AMR are not well described. In this study, we have begun to explore the population structure and molecular determinants of AMR amongst E. coli isolates from Malawi. Methods: Ninety-four E...
March 5, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333323/high-ceftazidime-hydrolysis-activity-and-porin-ompk35-deficiency-contribute-to-the-decreased-susceptibility-to-ceftazidime-avibactam-in-kpc-producing-klebsiella-pneumoniae
#6
Zhen Shen, Baixing Ding, Meiping Ye, Peng Wang, Yingmin Bi, Shi Wu, Xiaogang Xu, Qinglan Guo, Minggui Wang
Objectives: To investigate mechanisms for the decreased susceptibility to ceftazidime/avibactam in KPC-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae (KPC-KP). Methods: A total of 24 isolates, 8 each with ceftazidime/avibactam MICs of 4-8, 1-2 and ≤0.5 mg/L, were randomly selected from 214 clinical isolates of KPC-KP, and the β-lactamase hydrolysis activity and porin expression profiles were determined. Plasmid profile and relative expression and copy number of the bla KPC gene were also analysed...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333298/occurrence-and-molecular-characteristics-of-esbl-ampc-producing-escherichia-coli-in-faecal-samples-from-horses-in-an-equine-clinic
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Ilias Apostolakos, Eelco Franz, Angela H A M van Hoek, Alice Florijn, Christiaan Veenman, Marianne M Sloet-van Oldruitenborgh-Oosterbaan, Cindy Dierikx, Engeline van Duijkeren
Objectives: To investigate the occurrence and characteristics of ESBL/AmpC-producing Escherichia coli in faecal samples from horses at one equine clinic in the Netherlands. Methods: A total of 91 horses, including residents and patients, were sampled. ESBL/AmpC-producing E. coli were identified by a combination disc diffusion test. Phylogenetic groups and MLST were determined. ESBL/AmpC genes were analysed using PCR and sequencing. Plasmids were characterized by transformation and PCR-based replicon typing...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333184/analysis-of-blashv-12-carrying-escherichia-coli-clones-and-plasmids-from-human-animal-and-food-sources
#8
Carla Andrea Alonso, Geovana Brenner Michael, Jun Li, Sergio Somalo, Carmen Simón, Yang Wang, Heike Kaspar, Kristina Kadlec, Carmen Torres, Stefan Schwarz
Objectives: This study aimed at characterizing 23 Escherichia coli isolates from various sources and their respective bla SHV-12 -carrying plasmids and sequencing one of these plasmids completely. Methods: Isolates were typed by XbaI-PFGE, MLST and PCR-based phylotyping. Transformed bla SHV-12 -carrying plasmids were examined by replicon typing, S1-nuclease, conjugation, EcoRI-HindIII-BamHI digests and plasmid MLST. Co-located resistance genes and integrons as well as the bla SHV-12 genetic environment were analysed by PCR and sequencing...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321113/acid-sensing-ion-channel-1a-in-the-amygdala-is-involved-in-pain-and-anxiety-related-behaviours-associated-with-arthritis
#9
Youssef Aissouni, Abderrahim El Guerrab, Al Mahdy Hamieh, Jérémy Ferrier, Maryse Chalus, Diane Lemaire, Stéphanie Grégoire, Monique Etienne, Alain Eschalier, Denis Ardid, Eric Lingueglia, Fabien Marchand
Chronic pain is associated with anxiety and depression episodes. The amygdala plays a key role in the relationship between emotional responses and chronic pain. Here, we investigated the role of Acid-Sensing Ion Channels 1a within the basolateral amygdala (BLA), in pain and associated anxiety in a rat model of monoarthritis (MoAr). Administration within the BLA of PcTx1 or mambalgin-1, two specific inhibitors of ASIC1a-containing channels significantly inhibited pain and anxiety-related behaviours in MoAr rats...
March 2, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320887/hip-region-muscular-dystrophy-and-emergence-of-motor-deficits-in-dysferlin-deficient-bla-j-mice
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Nadia Nagy, Randal J Nonneman, Telmo Llanga, Catherine F Dial, Natallia V Riddick, Tom Hampton, Sheryl S Moy, Kimmo K Lehtimäki, Toni Ahtoniemi, Jukka Puoliväli, Hillarie Windish, Douglas Albrecht, Isabelle Richard, Matthew L Hirsch
The identification of a dysferlin-deficient animal model that accurately displays both the physiological and behavior aspects of human dysferlinopathy is critical for the evaluation of potential therapeutics. Disease progression in dysferlin-deficient mice is relatively mild, compared to the debilitating human disease which manifests in impairment of particular motor functions. Since there are no other known models of dysferlinopathy in other species, locomotor proficiency and muscular anatomy through MRI (both lower leg and hip region) were evaluated in dysferlin-deficient B6...
March 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320396/occurrence-of-bla-dha-1-mediated-cephalosporin-resistance-in-escherichia-coli-and-their-transcriptional-response-against-cephalosporin-stress-a-report-from-india
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Birson Ingti, Deepjyoti Paul, Anand Prakash Maurya, Debajyoti Bora, Debadatta Dhar Chanda, Atanu Chakravarty, Amitabha Bhattacharjee
BACKGROUND: Treatment alternatives for DHA-1 harboring strains are challenging as it confers resistance to broad spectrum cephalosporins and may further limit treatment option when expressed at higher levels. Therefore, this study was designed to know the prevalence of DHA genes and analyse the transcription level of DHA-1 against different β-lactam stress. METHODS: Screening of AmpC β-lactamase phenotypically by modified three dimensional extract method followed by Antimicrobial Susceptibility and MIC determination...
March 21, 2017: Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293886/creation-of-antigen-dependent-%C3%AE-lactamase-fusion-protein-tethered-by-circularly-permuted-antibody-variable-domains
#12
Hiroto Iwai, Miki Kojima-Misaizu, Jinhua Dong, Hiroshi Ueda
Antibody-based molecular switches that are able to recognize a range of exogenous antigens can be highly useful as a versatile biosensor. However, regulating the catalytic activity of enzymes by antibodies is still hard to achieve. Here, we describe a design method of unique antibody variable region Fv introduced with two circular permutations, called Clampbody. By tethering the Clampbody to a circularly permuted TEM-1 β-lactamase (BLA), we successfully constructed a genetically encoded molecular switch Cbody-cpBLA that shows antigen-dependent catalytic activity...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288907/in-vivo-quantification-of-amygdala-subnuclei-using-4-7-t-fast-spin-echo-imaging
#13
Arash Aghamohammadi-Sereshki, Yushan Huang, Fraser Olsen, Nikolai V Malykhin
The amygdala (AG) is an almond-shaped heterogeneous structure located in the medial temporal lobe. The majority of previous structural Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) volumetric methods for AG measurement have so far only been able to examine this region as a whole. In order to understand the role of the AG in different neuropsychiatric disorders, it is necessary to understand the functional role of its subnuclei. The main goal of the present study was to develop a reliable volumetric method to delineate major AG subnuclei groups using ultra-high resolution high field MRI...
March 10, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288394/blood-blister-like-aneurysms-in-tibetans-a-retrospective-observational-study
#14
Ruiqi Chen, Anqi Xiao, Hao Li, Lu Ma, Sen Lin, Chao You
OBJECT: Although research on blood blister-like aneurysms (BLAs) in different population is well documented, studies of that in the plateau area remain elusive. This study aimed to develop a better understanding of BLAs in Tibetan population, which is a typical representation of people in plateau area. METHODS: In this retrospective observational study, the hospital information system (HIS) was used to search for consecutive patients with BLAs by using the discharge diagnoses...
March 6, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288126/manipulating-fear-associations-via-optogenetic-modulation-of-amygdala-inputs-to-prefrontal-cortex
#15
Oded Klavir, Matthias Prigge, Ayelet Sarel, Rony Paz, Ofer Yizhar
Fear-related disorders are thought to reflect strong and persistent fear memories. The basolateral amygdala (BLA) and the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) form strong reciprocal synaptic connections that play a key role in acquisition and extinction of fear memories. While synaptic contacts of BLA cells onto mPFC neurons are likely to play a crucial role in this process, the BLA connects with several additional nuclei within the fear circuit that could relay fear-associated information to the mPFC, and the contribution of direct monosynaptic BLA-mPFC inputs is not yet clear...
March 13, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281197/wild-birds-and-urban-pigeons-as-reservoirs-for-diarrheagenic-escherichia-coli-with-zoonotic-potential
#16
Clarissa A Borges, Marita V Cardozo, Livia G Beraldo, Elisabete S Oliveira, Renato P Maluta, Kaline B Barboza, Karin Werther, Fernando A Ávila
In order to describe the role of wild birds and pigeons in the transmission of shiga toxigenic Escherichia coli (STEC) and enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (EPEC) to humans and other animals, samples were collected from cloacae and oropharynx of free-living wild birds and free-living pigeons. Two STEC (0.8%) and five EPEC strains (2.0%) were isolated from wild birds and four EPEC strains (2.0%) were recovered from pigeons. Serogroups, sequence types (STs) and virulence genes, such as saa, iha, lpfA O113, ehxA, espA, nleB and nleE, detected in this study had already been implicated in human and animal diseases...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Microbiology / the Microbiological Society of Korea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276630/the-xyls-pm-regulator-promoter-system-and-its-use-in-fundamental-studies-of-bacterial-gene-expression-recombinant-protein-production-and-metabolic-engineering
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Agnieszka Gawin, Svein Valla, Trygve Brautaset
The XylS/Pm regulator/promoter system originating from the Pseudomonas putida TOL plasmid pWW0 is widely used for regulated low- and high-level recombinant expression of genes and gene clusters in Escherichia coli and other bacteria. Induction of this system can be graded by using different cheap benzoic acid derivatives, which enter cells by passive diffusion, operate in a dose-dependent manner and are typically not metabolized by the host cells. Combinatorial mutagenesis and selection using the bla gene encoding β-lactamase as a reporter have demonstrated that the Pm promoter, the DNA sequence corresponding to the 5' untranslated end of its cognate mRNA and the xylS coding region can be modified and improved relative to various types of applications...
March 9, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274803/the-effect-of-orexin-1-and-orexin-2-receptors-antagonisms-in-the-basolateral-amygdala-on-memory-processing-in-a-passive-avoidance-task
#18
Motahareh Rouhi Ardeshiri, Narges Hosseinmardi, Esmaeil Akbari
There is an extensive evidence concerning basolateral amygdala (BLA) function to hippocampal memory processing. However, few researches have addressed the orexinergic system roles in this modulation. Then, the present study aims at investigating the action of orexin 1 and 2 receptors in BLA on passive avoidance (PA) learning. Wistar male rats (n=79) were trained to avoid foot shock in one type of PA task. The rats were injected bilaterally into BLA, a selective orexin 1 receptor antagonist, SB-334867-A (3, 6, 12μg/0...
March 6, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269976/physical-and-physiological-demands-in-women-pole-dance-a-single-case-study
#19
Bruno Ruscello, Sara Iannelli, Filippo Partipilo, Mario Esposito, Laura Pantanella, Mary B Dring, Stefano D' Ottavio
We investigated the physical and physiological demands of a pole dancer's performance studied during a simulated competition, lasting 3 min 30 seconds. One single woman pole dancer (age: 22 years; height: 1.56 m; body weight: 52 kg; BMI: 21.4 kg·m-2; estimated HRmax:192.6 bpm) participated in the study. Physical data pertaining to accelerations and rotational values were collected by the means of a tri-axial accelerometer device integrating three gyroscopes. A complete video footage was recorded using four video cameras, using different sampling rates...
April 2017: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263831/involvement-of-serotonin-2a-receptor-activation-in-modulating-medial-prefrontal-cortex-and-amygdala-neuronal-activation-during-novelty-exposure
#20
Mona El-Sayed Hervig, Nadja Cecilie Hvid Jensen, Nadja Bredo Rasmussen, Rasmus Rydbirk, Mikkel Vestergaard Olesen, Anders Hay-Schmidt, Bente Pakkenberg, Susana Aznar
The medial prefrontal cortex (PFC) plays a major role in executive function by exerting a top-down control onto subcortical areas. Novelty-induced frontal cortex activation is 5-HT2A receptor (5-HT2AR) dependent. Here, we further investigated how blockade of 5-HT2ARs in mice exposed to a novel open-field arena affects medial PFC activation and basolateral amygdala (BLA) reactivity. We used c-Fos immunoreactivity (IR) as a marker of neuronal activation and stereological quantification for obtaining the total number of c-Fos-IR neurons as a measure of regional activation...
March 2, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
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