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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339490/create-your-own-stimulus-manipulating-movements-according-to-social-categories
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Markus Koppensteiner, Georg Primes, Pia Stephan
People ascribe purposeful behaviour to the movements of artificial objects and social qualities to human body motion. We investigated how people associate simple motion cues with social categories. For a first rating-experiment we converted the body movements of speakers into stick-figure animations; for a second rating-experiment we used animations of one single dot. Rating-experiments were "reversed" because we asked participants to alter the movements (i.e., vertical amplitude, horizontal amplitude, and velocity) of the stimuli according to different instructions (e...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334745/disease-correction-by-aav-mediated-gene-therapy-in-a-new-mouse-model-of-mucopolysaccharidosis-type-iiid
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Carles Roca, Sandra Motas, Sara Marcó, Albert Ribera, Víctor Sánchez, Xavier Sánchez, Joan Bertolin, Xavier León, Jennifer Pérez, Miguel Garcia, Pilar Villacampa, Jesús Ruberte, Anna Pujol, Virginia Haurigot, Fatima Bosch
Gene therapy is a promising therapeutic alternative for Lysosomal Storage Disorders (LSD), as it is not necessary to correct the genetic defect in all cells of an organ to achieve therapeutically significant levels of enzyme in body fluids, from which non-transduced cells can uptake the protein correcting their enzymatic deficiency. Animal models are instrumental in the development of new treatments for LSD. Here we report the generation of the first mouse model of the LSD Muccopolysaccharidosis Type IIID (MPSIIID), also known as Sanfilippo syndrome type D...
February 17, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332531/animal-behaviour-kingsnakes-go-for-the-big-squeeze
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March 22, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331976/nosy-neighbours-large-broods-attract-more-visitors-a-field-experiment-in-the-pied-flycatcher-ficedula-hypoleuca
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Wiebke Schuett, Pauliina E Järvistö, Sara Calhim, William Velmala, Toni Laaksonen
Life is uncertain. To reduce uncertainty and make adaptive decisions, individuals need to collect information. Individuals often visit the breeding sites of their conspecifics (i.e., "prospect"), likely to assess conspecifics' reproductive success and to use such information to identify high-quality spots for future breeding. We investigated whether visitation rate by prospectors and success of visited sites are causally linked. We manipulated the reproductive success (enlarged, reduced, and control broods) in a nest-box population of migratory pied flycatchers, Ficedula hypoleuca, in Finland...
March 22, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330777/altered-visual-repetition-suppression-in-fragile-x-syndrome-new-evidence-from-erps-and-oscillatory-activity
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Simon Rigoulot, Inga S Knoth, Marc-Philippe Lafontaine, Phetsamone Vannasing, Philippe Major, Sébastien Jacquemont, Jacques L Michaud, Karim Jerbi, Sarah Lippe
Fragile X Syndrome (FXS) is a neurodevelopmental genetic disorder associated with cognitive and behavioural deficits. In particular, neuronal habituation processes have been shown to be altered in FXS patients. Yet, while such deficits have been primarily explored using auditory stimuli, less is known in the visual modality. Here, we investigated the putative alteration of repetition suppression using faces in FXS patients compared to controls that had the same age distribution. Electroencephalographic (EEG) signals were acquired while participants were presented with 18 different faces, each repeated ten times successively...
March 19, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329449/behavioural-and-neurochemical-effects-of-alpha-lipoic-acid-associated-with-omega-3-in-tardive-dyskinesia-induced-by-chronic-haloperidol-in-rats
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Dayane Pessoa Araújo, Thaisa Camboim, Ana Silva, Caio Fonseca, Rebeca Sousa, Mabson Barbosa, Lucidio Oliveira, José Cavalcanti, Eudes Lucena, Fausto Guzen
Tardive dyskinesia (TD) is characterized by involuntary movements of the lower portion of the face being related to typical antipsychotic therapy. TD is associated with the oxidative imbalance in the basal ganglia. Lipoic acid (LA) and omega 3 (ω-3) are antioxidants acting as enzyme cofactors, regenerating antioxidant enzymes. This study aimed to investigate behavioral and neurochemical effects of supplementation with of LA (100mg/Kg) and ω-3 (1g/Kg) in the treatment of TD-induced by chronic use haloperidol (HAL) (1mg/Kg) in rats...
March 22, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327531/porcine-dendritic-cells-as-an-in-vitro-model-to-assess-the-immunological-behaviour-of-streptococcus-suis-subunit-vaccine-formulations-and-the-polarizing-effect-of-adjuvants
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Léa Martelet, Sonia Lacouture, Guillaume Goyette-Desjardins, Guy Beauchamp, Charles Surprenant, Marcelo Gottschalk, Mariela Segura
An in vitro porcine bone marrow-derived dendritic cell (DC) culture was developed as a model for evaluating immune polarization induced by adjuvants when administered with immunogens that may become vaccine candidates if appropriately formulated. The swine pathogen Streptococcus suis was chosen as a prototype to evaluate proposed S. suis vaccine candidates in combination with the adjuvants Poly I:C, Quil A ®, Alhydrogel ®, TiterMax Gold ® and Stimune ®. The toll-like receptor ligand Poly I:C and the saponin Quil A ® polarized swine DC cytokines towards a type 1 phenotype, with preferential production of IL-12 and TNF-α...
March 22, 2017: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326927/glial-activation-in-the-collagenase-model-of-nociception-associated-with-osteoarthritis
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Sara Adães, Lígia Almeida, Catarina S Potes, Ana Rita Ferreira, José M Castro-Lopes, Joana Ferreira-Gomes, Fani L Neto
Background Experimental osteoarthritis entails neuropathic-like changes in dorsal root ganglia (DRG) neurons. Since glial activation has emerged as a key player in nociception, being reported in numerous models of neuropathic pain, we aimed at evaluating if glial cell activation may also occur in the DRG and spinal cord of rats with osteoarthritis induced by intra-articular injection of collagenase. Methods Osteoarthritis was induced by two injections, separated by three days, of 500 U of type II collagenase into the knee joint of rats...
January 2017: Molecular Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325494/modelling-h5n1-in-bangladesh-across-spatial-scales-model-complexity-and-zoonotic-transmission-risk
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Edward M Hill, Thomas House, Madhur S Dhingra, Wantanee Kalpravidh, Subhash Morzaria, Muzaffar G Osmani, Mat Yamage, Xiangming Xiao, Marius Gilbert, Michael J Tildesley
Highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 remains a persistent public health threat, capable of causing infection in humans with a high mortality rate while simultaneously negatively impacting the livestock industry. A central question is to determine regions that are likely sources of newly emerging influenza strains with pandemic causing potential. A suitable candidate is Bangladesh, being one of the most densely populated countries in the world and having an intensifying farming system. It is therefore vital to establish the key factors, specific to Bangladesh, that enable both continued transmission within poultry and spillover across the human-animal interface...
February 21, 2017: Epidemics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324812/the-effects-of-ovarian-biopsy-and-blood-sampling-methods-on-salivary-cortisol-and-behaviour-in-sows
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Jinhyeon Yun, Stefan Björkman, Merja Pöytäkangas, Olli Peltoniemi
In reproductive physiology research, experimental animals are often subjected to stressful procedures, including blood sampling and biopsy. In this present study, presence of pain or distress induced by four different procedures was examined using a measurement of salivary cortisol levels and activity observations in sows. The treatments were: 1) PAL: The ovary was palpated through the rectum without snaring, 2) TUB: transvaginal ultrasound-guided biopsy of the ovary was conducted without snaring, 3) SNA: a soft rope snare was placed around the maxilla, 4) CAT: A soft rope snare was placed around the maxilla, and an intravenous catheter was inserted through the ear vein of the sows...
March 11, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323851/the-effect-of-excluding-juveniles-on-apparent-adult-olive-baboons-papio-anubis-social-networks
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Piotr Fedurek, Julia Lehmann
In recent years there has been much interest in investigating the social structure of group living animals using social network analysis. Many studies so far have focused on the social networks of adults, often excluding younger, immature group members. This potentially may lead to a biased view of group social structure as multiple recent studies have shown that younger group members can significantly contribute to group structure. As proof of the concept, we address this issue by investigating social network structure with and without juveniles in wild olive baboons (Papio anubis) at Gashaka Gumti National Park, Nigeria...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322873/fortune-favours-the-brave-movement-responses-shape-demographic-dynamics-in-strongly-competing-populations
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Jonathan R Potts, Sergei V Petrovskii
Animal movement is a key mechanism for shaping population dynamics. The effect of interactions between competing animals on a population's survival has been studied for many decades. However, interactions also affect an animal's subsequent movement decisions. Despite this, the indirect effect of these decisions on animal survival is much less well-understood. Here, we incorporate movement responses to foreign animals into a model of two competing populations, where inter-specific competition is greater than intra-specific competition...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322308/optimising-reliability-of-mouse-performance-in-behavioural-testing-the-major-role-of-non-aversive-handling
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Kelly Gouveia, Jane L Hurst
Handling laboratory animals during test procedures is an important source of stress that may impair reliability of test responses. Picking up mice by the tail is aversive, stimulating stress and anxiety. Responses among anxious animals can be confounded further by neophobia towards novel test environments and avoidance of test stimuli in open areas. However, handling stress can be reduced substantially by using a handling tunnel, or cupping mice without restraint on the open hand. Here we establish whether non-aversive handling, brief prior familiarisation with the test arena and alternative stimulus placement could significantly improve performance of mice in behavioural tests...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321581/neurobehavioural-toxicity-of-iron-oxide-nanoparticles-in-mice
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Vasanth Dhakshinamoorthy, Vijayprakash Manickam, Ekambaram Perumal
Iron oxide nanoparticles (Fe2O3-NPs) are widely used in various biomedical applications, extremely in neurotheranostics. Simultaneously, Fe2O3-NP usage is of alarming concern, as its exposure to living systems causes deleterious effects due to its redox potential. However, study on the neurobehavioural impacts of Fe2O3-NPs is very limited. In this regard, adult male mice were intraperitoneally administered with Fe2O3-NPs (25 and 50 mg/kg body weight) once a week for 4 weeks. A significant change in locomotor behaviour and spatial memory was observed in Fe2O3-NP-treated animals...
March 20, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321369/developmental-and-loco-like-effects-of-a-swainsonine-induced-inhibition-of-%C3%AE-mannosidase-in-the-honey-bee-apis-mellifera
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Laura Wedd, Regan Ashby, Sylvain Foret, Ryszard Maleszka
BACKGROUND: Deficiencies in lysosomal a-mannosidase (LAM) activity in animals, caused either by mutations or by consuming toxic alkaloids, lead to severe phenotypic and behavioural consequences. Yet, epialleles adversely affecting LAM expression exist in the honey bee population suggesting that they might be beneficial in certain contexts and cannot be eliminated by natural selection. METHODS: We have used a combination of enzymology, molecular biology and metabolomics to characterise the catalytic properties of honey bee LAM (AmLAM) and then used an indolizidine alkaloid swainsonine to inhibit its activity in vitro and in vivo...
2017: PeerJ
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
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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/28319326/altered-defecatory-behaviour-and-faecal-incontinence-in-a-video-tracked-animal-model-of-pudendal-neuropathy
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Liam A Devane, Eric Lucking, Judith Evers, Maria Buffini, S Mark Scott, Charles H Knowles, P Ronan O'Connell, James F X Jones
AIMS: To develop a behavioural animal model of faecal continence and assess the effect of retrouterine balloon inflation (RBI) injury. RBI in the rat causes pudendal neuropathy, a risk factor for obstetric related faecal incontinence in humans. METHOD: Video-tracking healthy rats (n=12) in a cage containing a latrine box was used to monitor their defaecatory behaviour index (DBI) over 2 weeks. DBI (range 0 - 1) was devised by dividing the defaecation rate (pellets/hour) outside the latrine by that of the whole cage...
March 20, 2017: Colorectal Disease: the Official Journal of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319126/effects-of-sevoflurane-and-clonidine-on-acid-base-status-and-long-term-emotional-and-cognitive-outcomes-in-spontaneously-breathing-rat-pups
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Nicole Almenrader, Paola Colucci, Valentina De Castro, Daniela Valeri, Maura Palmery, Viviana Trezza, Patrizia Campolongo
BACKGROUND: Numerous experiments in rodents suggest a causative link between exposure to general anaesthetics during brain growth spurt and poor long-lasting neurological outcomes. Many of these studies have been questioned with regard of their translational value, mainly because of extremely long anaesthesia exposure. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to assess the impact of a short sevoflurane anaesthesia, alone or combined with clonidine treatment, on respiratory function in spontaneously breathing rat pups and overall effects on long-lasting emotional and cognitive functions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318085/inflammatory-double-hit-model-of-temporomandibular-joint-disorder-with-elevated-ccl2-cxcl9-cxcl10-rantes-and-behavioural-hypersensitivity-in-tnfr1-r2-mice
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S L McIlwrath, R Nesemeier, F Ma, H S Oz, L Zhang, K N Westlund
BACKGROUND: Patients with temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD), reactive arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis often have combined etiology of hereditary and microenvironmental factors contributing to joint pain. Multiple clinical and animal studies indicate 'double-hit' inflammatory insults can cause chronic inflammation. The first inflammatory insult primes the immune system and subsequent insults elicit amplified responses. The present 'double hit' study produced a chronic orofacial pain model in mice with genetic deletion of both TNFα receptors (TNFR1/R2-/-), investigating the main nociceptive signalling pathways in comparisons to wild type mice...
March 20, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316119/animal-tracking-meets-migration-genomics-transcriptomic-analysis-of-a-partially-migratory-bird-species
#20
Paolo Franchini, Iker Irisarri, Adam Fudickar, Andreas Schmidt, Axel Meyer, Martin Wikelski, Jesko Partecke
Seasonal migration is a widespread phenomenon, which is found in many different lineages of animals. This spectacular behaviour allows animals to avoid seasonally adverse environmental conditions to exploit more favourable habitats. Migration has been intensively studied in birds, which display astonishing variation in migration strategies, thus providing a powerful system for studying the ecological and evolutionary processes that shape migratory behaviour. Despite intensive research, the genetic basis of migration remains largely unknown...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Ecology
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