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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230158/persistent-neuronal-activity-in-anterior-cingulate-cortex-correlates-with-sustained-attention-in-rats-regardless-of-sensory-modality
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Dingcheng Wu, Hanfei Deng, Xiong Xiao, Yanfang Zuo, Jingjing Sun, Zuoren Wang
The anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) has long been thought to regulate conflict between an object of attention and distractors during goal-directed sustained attention. However, it is unclear whether ACC serves to sustained attention itself. Here, we developed a task in which the time course of sustained attention could be controlled in rats. Then, using pharmacological lesion experiments, we employed it to assess function of ACC in sustained attention. We then recorded neuronal activity in ACC using multichannel extracellular recording techniques and identified specific ACC neurons persistently activated during the period of attention...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230072/improved-social-interaction-recognition-and-working-memory-with-cannabidiol-treatment-in-a-prenatal-infection-poly-i-c-rat-model
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Ashleigh L Osborne, Nadia Solowij, Ilijana Babic, Xu-Feng Huang, Katrina Weston-Green
Neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia are associated with cognitive impairment, including learning, memory and attention deficits. Antipsychotic drugs are limited in their efficacy to improve cognition; therefore, new therapeutic agents are required. Cannabidiol (CBD), the non-intoxicating component of cannabis, has anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective and antipsychotic-like properties, however, its ability to improve the cognitive deficits of schizophrenia remains unclear. Using a prenatal infection model, we examined the effect of chronic CBD treatment on cognition and social interaction...
February 23, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229107/translational-relevance-of-rodent-models-of-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-function-and-stressors-in-adolescence
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REVIEW
Cheryl M McCormick, Matthew R Green, Jonathan J Simone
Elevations in glucocorticoids that result from environmental stressors can have programming effects on brain structure and function when the exposure occurs during sensitive periods that involve heightened neural development. In recent years, adolescence has gained increasing attention as another sensitive period of development, a period in which pubertal transitions may increase the vulnerability to stressors. There are similarities in physical and behavioural development between humans and rats, and rats have been used effectively as an animal model of adolescence and the unique plasticity of this period of ontogeny...
February 2017: Neurobiology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224388/ocular-safety-of-intravitreal-clindamycin-hydrochloride-released-by-plga-implants
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Gabriella M Fernandes-Cunha, Silvia Ligório Fialho, Gisele Rodrigues da Silva, Armando Silva-Cunha, Min Zhao, Francine Behar-Cohen
BACKGROUND: Drug ocular toxicity is a field that requires attention. Clindamycin has been injected intravitreally to treat ocular toxoplasmosis, the most common cause of eye posterior segment infection worldwide. However, little is known about the toxicity of clindamycin to ocular tissues. We have previously showed non intraocular toxicity in rabbit eyes of poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) implants containing clindamycin hydrochloride (CLH) using only clinical macroscotopic observation...
February 21, 2017: Pharmaceutical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219751/evidence-for-a-role-of-corticopetal-noradrenergic-systems-in-the-development-of-executive-function
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David J Mokler, Christine E Miller, Jill A McGaughy
Adolescence is a period during which many aspects of executive function are maturing. Much of the literature has focused on discrepancies between sub-cortical and cortical development that is hypothesized to lead to over-processing of reinforcement related stimuli unchecked by fully matured response inhibition. Specifically, maturation of sub-cortical dopaminergic systems that terminate in the nucleus accumbens has been suggested to occur prior to the full maturation of corticopetal dopaminergic systems. However, converging evidence supports the hypothesis that many aspects of cognitive control are critically linked to cortical noradrenergic systems, that the effectiveness of drugs used to treat disorders of executive function, e...
February 17, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218448/chronic-supplementation-with-dietary-proanthocyanidins-protects-from-diet-induced-intestinal-alterations-in-obese-rats
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Gil-Cardoso Katherine, Ginés Iris, Pinent Montserrat, Ardévol Anna, Arola Lluís, Blay Mayte, Terra Ximena
SCOPE: Increased attention has been paid to the link between altered intestinal function and elevated incidence of metabolic disorders, such as in obesity. The present study investigated in obese rats the role of grape seed proanthocyanidin extract (GSPE) chronic treatment, taken in a low, moderate or high dose, on obesity-associated intestinal alterations in response to a cafeteria diet (CAF). METHODS AND RESULTS: To evaluate the degree of intestinal inflammation, ROS production and MPO activity were measured as well as the expression of inflammatory related genes...
February 20, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214577/parafascicular-thalamic-nucleus-deep-brain-stimulation-decreases-nmda-receptor-glun1-subunit-gene-expression-in-the-prefrontal-cortex
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Mónica R Fernández-Cabrera, Abraham Selvas, Miguel Miguéns, Alejandro Higuera-Matas, Anna Vale-Martínez, Emilio Ambrosio, Margarita Martí-Nicolovius, Gemma Guillazo-Blanch
The rodent parafascicular nucleus (PFn) or the centromedian-parafascicular complex of primates is a posterior intralaminar nucleus of the thalamus related to cortical activation and maintenance of states of consciousness underlying attention, learning and memory. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the PFn has been proved to restore arousal and consciousness in humans and to enhance performance in learning and memory tasks in rats. The primary expected effect of PFn DBS is to induce plastic changes in target neurons of brain areas associated with cognitive function...
February 15, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214329/-p-clphse-2-reduces-hepatotoxicity-induced-by-monosodium-glutamate-by-improving-mitochondrial-function-in-rats
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Caroline B Quines, Pietro M Chagas, Diane Hartmann, Nélson R Carvalho, Félix A Soares, Cristina W Nogueira
It is has been demonstrated that mitochondrial dysfunction, oxidative stress and chronic inflammatory process are associated with progress of morbid obesity in human patients. For this reason, the searching for safe and effective antiobesity drugs has been the subject of intense research. In this context, the organic selenium compounds have attracted much attention due to their pharmacological properties, such as antihyperglycemic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. The aim of this study was to evaluate the hepatoprotective action of p-chloro-diphenyl diselenide (p-ClPhSe)2 , an organic selenium compound, in a model of obesity induced by monosodium glutamate (MSG) administration in rats...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213446/acetylcholine-release-in-prefrontal-cortex-promotes-gamma-oscillations-and-theta-gamma-coupling-during-cue-detection
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W M Howe, H J Gritton, N Lusk, Erik A Roberts, Vaughn L Hetrick, Joshua D Berke, Martin Sarter
The capacity for using external cues to guide behavior ("cue detection") constitutes an essential aspect of attention and goal-directed behavior. The cortical cholinergic input system, via phasic increases in prefrontal acetylcholine release, plays an essential role in attention by mediating such cue detection. However, the relationship between cholinergic signaling during cue detection and neural activity dynamics in prefrontal networks remains unclear. Here we combined sub-second measures of cholinergic signaling, neurophysiological recordings, and cholinergic receptor blockade to delineate the cholinergic contributions to prefrontal oscillations during cue detection in rats...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212902/intrauterine-valproate-exposure-is-associated-with-alterations-in-hippocampal-cell-numbers-and-folate-metabolism-in-a-rat-model-of-valproate-teratogenicity
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Alexander Semmler, Christian Frisch, Christiane Bleul, Desiree Smith, Laurent Bigler, Jean-Christophe Prost, Henk Blom, Michael Linnebank
PURPOSE: Valproate is one of the most commonly used anticonvulsive drugs. Despite its significant benefits, the teratogenicity of valproate is a relevant problem in the treatment of women of childbearing age. In addition to major congenital malformations, such as neural tube defects, reduced intelligence and attention after intrauterine valproate exposure are reported. Until now the mechanisms of teratogenicity of VPA are poorly understood and concepts how to reduce valproate teratogenicity are lacking...
January 27, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211328/excretion-characteristics-of-tetrabromobisphenol-a-in-wistar-rats-following-mouth-and-nose-inhalation-exposure
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Yunjiang Yu, Zhengdong Wang, Qiong Wang, Mingdeng Xiang, Yanping Zhang, Qingzhi Ge, Liangzhong Li, Hui Li, Ruixue Ma
Tetrabromobisphenol-A (TBBPA), a brominated flame retardant with the largest production volume worldwide, is employed as a reactive and additive flame retardant, and also as an intermediate in the production of other retardants. The constant release of TBBPA into the environment has attracted increasing attention to its potent health effects. To date, the vast majority of health-related research on TBBPA has focused on oral exposure. This study aims to explore the excretion characteristics of TBBPA in living organisms following inhalation exposure...
February 4, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202254/robust-interactions-between-the-effects-of-auditory-and-cutaneous-electrical-stimulations-on-cell-activities-in-the-thalamic-reticular-nucleus
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Akihisa Kimura
The thalamic reticular nucleus (TRN), a cluster of GABAergic cells, is thought to regulate bottom-up and top-down streams of sensory processing in the loop circuitry between the thalamus and cortex. Provided that sensory inputs of different modalities interact in the TRN, the TRN could contribute to fast and flexible cross-modal modulation of attention and perception that incessantly takes place in our every day life. Indeed, diverse subthreshold interactions of auditory and visual inputs have been revealed in TRN cells (Kimura, 2014)...
February 12, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202235/stx12-lncrna-mir-148a-smad5-participate-in-the-regulation-of-pancreatic-stellate-cell-activation-through-a-mechanism-involving-competing-endogenous-rna
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Hao Wang, Yanfeng Jiang, Ming Lu, Bei Sun, Xin Qiao, Dongbo Xue, Weihui Zhang
BACKGROUND: With the deepening of research, the roles of LncRNAs play in the fibrotic process have attracted great attention. At the early stage of pancreatic fibrogenesis, to effectively regulate pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs) activation is crucial for the treatment of chronic pancreatic fibrosis. METHODS: Microarray data on chronic pancreatitis were retrieved from the Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) repository and analyzed using bioinformatic methods. A diagram of the lncRNA-miRNA-mRNA ceRNA network was constructed...
February 1, 2017: Pancreatology: Official Journal of the International Association of Pancreatology (IAP) ... [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197651/effects-of-early-life-stress-and-adolescent-ethanol-exposure-on-adult-cognitive-performance-in-the-5-choice-serial-reaction-time-task-in-wistar-male-rats
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Nathalie Boutros, Andre Der-Avakian, Athina Markou, Svetlana Semenova
RATIONALE: Early life stress combined with heavy adolescent alcohol use predicts impaired neuropsychological functioning in adulthood. We investigated whether adolescent intermittent ethanol (AIE) exposure combined with neonatal maternal separation in rats altered attentional processes and impulsivity in adulthood. METHODS: Male Wistar rat pups were exposed to maternal separation (postnatal days (PNDs) 1-14) and moderate AIE exposure (PNDs 28-57). Adult rats were tested in the five-choice serial reaction time task, which provides separate measures of attention, motor impulsivity, and compulsivity...
February 14, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196555/dohad-at-the-intersection-of-maternal-immune-activation-and-maternal-metabolic-stress-a-scoping-review
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J A Goldstein, S A Norris, D M Aronoff
The prenatal environment is now recognized as a key driver of non-communicable disease risk later in life. Within the developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD) paradigm, studies are increasingly identifying links between maternal morbidity during pregnancy and disease later in life for offspring. Nutrient restriction, metabolic disorders during gestation, such as diabetes or obesity, and maternal immune activation provoked by infection have been linked to adverse health outcomes for offspring later in life...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194034/high-pressure-carbon-monoxide-preserves-rat-kidney-grafts-from-apoptosis-and-inflammation
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Toyofumi Abe, Koji Yazawa, Masayuki Fujino, Ryoichi Imamura, Naoyuki Hatayama, Yoichi Kakuta, Koichi Tsutahara, Masayoshi Okumi, Naotsugu Ichimaru, Jun-Ya Kaimori, Yoshitaka Isaka, Kunihiro Seki, Shiro Takahara, Xiao-Kang Li, Norio Nonomura
Renal ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury is unavoidable in kidney transplantation (KTx) and frequently influences both short- and long-term allograft survival. Carbon monoxide (CO) has attracted attention as a medical gas with anti-inflammatory and anti-apoptotic effects. We investigated a new strategy for organ preservation using ex vivo application of high-pressure CO in an experimental rat KTx model. We preserved kidney grafts using a high-pressure chamber filled with mixed gases composed of CO and O2. We found that cold I/R injury resulted in progressive deterioration of renal graft function in University of Wisconsin solution, whereas CO significantly improved renal function...
February 13, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193693/unresponsive-choline-transporter-as-a-trait-neuromarker-and-a-causal-mediator-of-bottom-up-attentional-biases
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Ajeesh Koshy Cherian, Aaron Kucinski, Kyle Pitchers, Brittney Yegla, Vinay Parikh, Youngsoo Kim, Paulina Valuskova, Sarika Gurnani, Craig W Lindsley, Randy D Blakely, Martin Sarter
Some rats (sign-trackers; STs) are prone to attribute incentive salience to reward cues, which can manifest as a propensity to approach and contact Pavlovian cues, and for addiction-like behavior. STs also exhibit poor attentional performance, relative to goal-trackers (GTs), which is associated with attenuated acetylcholine (ACh) levels in prefrontal cortex (Paolone et al., 2013). Here, we demonstrate a cellular mechanism, linked to ACh synthesis, that accounts for attenuated cholinergic capacity in STs. First, we found that electrical stimulation of the basal forebrain increased cortical choline transporter (CHT)-mediated choline transport in GTs, paralleled by a redistribution of CHTs to the synaptic plasma membrane...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193559/dual-functional-mesoporous-silicon-nanoparticles-enhance-the-radiosensitivity-of-vpa-in-glioblastoma
#18
Hailong Zhang, Wei Zhang, Yong Zhou, Yuhua Jiang, Shupeng Li
Radiotherapy is a critical strategy and standard adjuvant approach to glioblastoma treatment. One of the major challenges facing radiotherapy is to minimize radiation damage to normal tissue without compromising therapeutic effects on cancer cells. Various agents and numerous approaches have been developed to improve the therapeutic index of radiotherapy. Among them, radiosensitizers have attracted much attention because they selectively increase susceptibility of cancer cells to radiation and thus enhance biological effectiveness of radiotherapy...
February 10, 2017: Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191878/new-variations-for-strategy-set-shifting-in-the-rat
#19
Sho Aoki, Andrew W Liu, Aya Zucca, Stefano Zucca, Jeffery R Wickens
Behavioral flexibility is crucial for survival in changing environments. Broadly defined, behavioral flexibility requires a shift of behavioral strategy based on a change in governing rules. We describe a strategy set-shifting task that requires an attentional shift from one stimulus dimension to another. The paradigm is often used for testing cognitive flexibility in primates. However, the rodent version has not been as extensively developed. We have recently extended an established set-shifting task in the rat(1) by requiring attention to different stimuli according to context...
January 23, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188852/the-k%C3%A3-lliker-fuse-nucleus-acts-as-a-timekeeper-for-late-expiratory-abdominal-activity
#20
Sarah E M Jenkin, William K Milsom, Daniel B Zoccal
While the transition from the inspiratory to the post-inspiratory (post-I) phase is dependent on the pons, little attention has been paid to understanding the role of the pontine respiratory nuclei, specifically the Kölliker-Fuse nucleus (KF), in transitioning from post-I to the late expiratory (late-E) activity seen with elevated respiratory drive. To elucidate this, we used the in situ working heart-brainstem preparation of juvenile male Holtzman rats and recorded from the vagus (cVN), phrenic (PN) and abdominal nerves (AbN) during baseline conditions and during chemoreflex activation [with potassium cyanide (KCN; n=13) or hypercapnia (8% CO2; n=10)] to recruit active expiration...
February 8, 2017: Neuroscience
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