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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350101/biomimetic-composite-scaffold-sis-mbg-exhibits-high-osteogenic-and-angiogenic-capacity
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Tingfang Sun, Man Liu, Sheng Yao, Yanhui Ji, Zekang Xiong, Kai Tang, Kaifang Chen, Hu Yang, Xiao-Dong Guo
Biomaterials with excellent osteogenic and angiogenic activities are desirable to repair massive bone defects. Decellularized matrix from porcine small intestinal submucosa (SIS) has attracted particular attention for tissue regeneration because it has strong angiogenic effects and retains plentiful bioactive components. However, it has inferior osteoinductivity and osteoconductivity. In this study, we developed porous composite of SIS combined with mesoporous bioactive glass (SIS/MBG) with the goal of improving the mechanical and biological properties...
January 19, 2018: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348192/differential-contributions-of-nucleus-accumbens-subregions-to-cue-guided-risk-reward-decision-making-and-implementation-of-conditional-rules
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Stan B Floresco, David R Montes, Maric M T Tse, Mieke van Holstein
The nucleus accumbens (NAc) is a key node within cortico-limbic circuitry for guiding action selection and cost/benefit decision making in situations involving reward uncertainty. Preclinical studies have typically assessed risk/reward decision making using assays where decisions are guided by internally-generated representations of choice-outcome contingencies. Yet, real-life decisions are often influenced by external stimuli that inform about likelihoods of obtaining rewards. How different subregions of the NAc mediate decision making in such situations is unclear...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348190/pronounced-hyperactivity-cognitive-dysfunctions-and-bdnf-dysregulation-in-dopamine-transporter-knockout-rats
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Damiana Leo, Ilya Sukhanov, Francesca Zoratto, Placido Illiano, Lucia Caffino, Fabrizio Sanna, Giulia Messa, Marco Emanuele, Alessandro Esposito, Maria Dorofeikova, Evgeny A Budygin, Liudmila Mus, Evgenia E Efimova, Marco Niello, Stefano Espinoza, Tatyana D Sotnikova, Marius C Hoener, Gianni Laviola, Fabio Fumagalli, Walter Adriani, Raul R Gainetdinov
Dopamine (DA) controls many vital physiological functions and is critically involved in several neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The major function of the plasma membrane dopamine transporter (DAT) is the rapid uptake of released DA into presynaptic nerve terminals leading to control of both the extracellular levels of DA and the intracellular stores of DA. Here, we present a newly developed strain of rats (DAT-knockout, DAT-KO rats) in which the gene encoding the DAT has been disrupted by using zinc finger nuclease technology (ZFN)...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340834/limited-daily-feeding-and-intermittent-feeding-have-different-effects-on-regional-brain-energy-homeostasis-during-aging
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Kosara Smiljanic, Smilja Todorovic, Aleksandra Mladenovic Djordjevic, Tim Vanmierlo, Dieter Lütjohann, Sanja Ivkovic, Selma Kanazir
Albeit aging is an inevitable process, the rate of aging is susceptible to modifications. Dietary restriction (DR) is a vigorous nongenetic and nonpharmacological intervention that is known to delay aging and increase healthspan in diverse species. This study aimed to compare the impact of different restricting feeding regimes such as limited daily feeding (LDF, 60% AL) and intermittent feeding (IF) on brain energy homeostasis during aging. The analysis was focused on the key molecules in glucose and cholesterol metabolism in the cortex and hippocampus of middle-aged (12-month-old) and aged (24-month-old) male Wistar rats...
January 16, 2018: Biogerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340215/genome-stability-maintenance-in-naked-mole-rat
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I O Petruseva, A N Evdokimov, O I Lavrik
The naked mole-rat (Heterocephalus glaber) is one of the most promising models used to study genome maintenance systems, including the effective repair of damage to DNA. The naked mole-rat is the longest lived rodent species, which is extraordinarily resistant to cancer and has a number of other unique phenotypic traits. For at least 80% of its lifespan, this animal shows no signs of aging or any increased likelihood of death and retains the ability to reproduce. The naked mole-rat draws the heightened attention of researchers who study the molecular basis of lengthy lifespan and cancer resistance...
October 2017: Acta Naturae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338251/delivery-of-oxytocin-to-the-brain-for-the-treatment-of-autism-spectrum-disorder-by-nasal-application
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Akiko Tanaka, Tomoyuki Furubayashi, Mari Arai, Daisuke Inoue, Shunsuke Kimura, Akiko Kiriyama, Kosuke Kusamori, Hidemasa Katsumi, Reiko Yutani, Toshiyasu Sakane, Akira Yamamoto
Oxytocin (OXT) is a cyclic nonapeptide, two amino acids of which are cysteine, forming an intramolecular disulfide bond. OXT is produced in the hypothalamus and is secreted into the blood stream from the posterior pituitary. As recent studies have suggested that OXT is a neurotransmitter exhibiting central effects important for social deficits, it has drawn much attention as a drug candidate for the treatment of autism. Although human-stage clinical trials of the nasal spray of OXT for the treatment of autism have already begun, few studies have examined the pharmacokinetics and brain distribution of OXT after nasal application...
January 16, 2018: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335360/activity-in-the-ventral-medial-prefrontal-cortex-is-necessary-for-the-therapeutic-effects-of-extinction-in-rats
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Elizabeth A Fucich, Denisse Paredes, Madeleine O Saunders, David A Morilak
Poor response and high relapse rates remain problematic in the treatment of stress-related psychiatric disorders like depression and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). While mechanisms of pharmacotherapies are intensely studied, little is known about mechanisms of behavioral therapy that could inform improved treatments. We have previously demonstrated the therapeutic effects of extinction learning as a behavioral intervention modeling exposure therapy in rats. In the present study, we tested the hypothesis that activity in the ventral medial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC) during extinction is necessary for its therapeutic effects...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335356/single-bursts-of-individual-granule-cells-functionally-rearrange-feed-forward-inhibition
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Máté Neubrandt, Viktor János Oláh, János Brunner, Endre Marosi, Ivan Soltesz, János Szabadics
The sparse single spike activity of dentate gyrus granule cells (DG GCs) is punctuated by occasional brief bursts of 3 to 7 action potentials. It is well-known that such presynaptic bursts in individual mossy fibers (MFs; axons of granule cells) are often able to discharge postsynaptic CA3 pyramidal cells due to powerful short-term facilitation. However, what happens in the CA3 network after the passage of a brief MF burst, before the arrival of the next burst or solitary spike, is not understood. Because MFs innervate significantly more CA3 interneurons than pyramidal cells, we focused on unitary MF responses in identified interneurons in the seconds-long post-burst period, using paired recordings in rat hippocampal slices...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332598/synthesis-of-new-isoxazole-pyridazine-pyrimidopyrazines-and-their-anti-inflammatory-and-analgesic-activity
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Ameen Ali Abu-Hashem, Mohamed El-Shazly
BACKGROUND: Isoxazoles, pyridazines, and pyrimidopyrazines have recently attracted attention due to their potent pharmacological activities. They exhibited anticancer, neuroprotective, analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects. OBJECTIVE: Synthesis of novel isoxazoles, pyridazines, and pyrimidopyrazines through efficient high yield protocol and evaluating their analgesics and anti-inflammatory activities. METHOD: A series of novel isoxazole-, pyridazine-, pyrimidopyrazine derivatives were prepared from 5,8-alkyl-1,3-dimethyl-5,6-dihydropyrimido[5,6-e]pyrazine-2,4,7-trione (1a,b) as the starting material...
January 11, 2018: Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332255/profiling-attention-and-cognition-enhancing-drugs-in-a-rat-touchscreen-based-continuous-performance-test
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Zhiyong Ding, Jordan W Brown, Lynne E Rueter, Eric G Mohler
RATIONALE: A novel rodent continuous performance test (CPT) was developed as one of the goals of the NEWMEDS (Novel Methods leading to New Medications in Depression and Schizophrenia) consortium to improve its translatability to the CPT test used in human subjects. OBJECTIVES: The objective of the study is to investigate the effects of attention and cognition enhancing drugs in rodent CPT. METHODS: A single cohort of rats were trained to asymptotic performance in the test...
January 13, 2018: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329030/pdok2-caspase-3-dependent-glioma-cell-growth-arrest-by-nitidine-chloride
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Ravindra Pramod Deshpande, Phanithi Prakash Babu
BACKGROUND: Nitidine chloride (NC) is known to exert anticancer and anti-metastatic effects on a variety of tumors. Recently, NC has also been shown to inhibit PIK3/AKT/mTOR axis in U87 human glioma cells. METHODS: The study shows NC employing pDok2, caspase 3 dependent cell death in C6 rat glioma and U87 human malignant glioblastoma cells. The effect of NC on glioblastoma cell lines was accessed by MTT, clonogenic and wound healing assays. Cell cycle analysis was performed by FACS...
July 29, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326171/abdominal-vagal-afferents-modulate-the-brain-transcriptome-and-behaviors-relevant-to-schizophrenia
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Melanie Klarer, Jean-Philippe Krieger, Juliet Richetto, Ulrike Weber-Stadlbauer, Lydia Günther, Christine Winter, Myrtha Arnold, Wolfgang Langhans, Urs Meyer
Reduced activity of vagal efferents has long been implicated in schizophrenia and appears to be responsible for diminished parasympathetic activity and associated peripheral symptoms such as low heart rate variability and cardiovascular complications in affected individuals. In contrast, only little attention has been paid to the possibility that impaired afferent vagal signaling may be relevant for the disorder's pathophysiology as well. The present study explored this hypothesis using a model of subdiaphragmatic vagal deafferentation (SDA) in male rats...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324357/a-pilot-study-of-the-role-of-the-claustrum-in-attention-and-seizures-in-rats
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Arezou Bayat, Sweta Joshi, Sahar Jahan, Phillip Connell, Komei Tsuchiya, David Chau, Tanvir Syed, Patrick Forcelli, Mohamad Z Koubeissi
OBJECTIVE: The claustrum has been implicated in consciousness, and MRIs of patients with status epilepticus have shown increased claustral signal intensity. In an attempt to investigate the role of claustrum in cognition and seizures, we (1) assessed the effect of high-frequency stimulation (HFS) of the claustrum on performance in the operant chamber; (2) studied interclaustral and claustrohippocampal connectivity through cerebro-cerebral evoked potentials (CCEPs); and (3) investigated the role of claustrum in kainate-induced (KA) seizures...
January 5, 2018: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323167/neural-correlates-of-perceptual-separation-induced-enhancement-of-prepulse-inhibition-of-startle-in-humans
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Ming Lei, Changxin Zhang, Liang Li
Prepulse inhibition (PPI) is the suppression of the startle reflex when the intense startling stimulus is shortly preceded by a weaker non-startling stimulus (prepulse). In rats, the auditory precedence-effect-induced perceived spatial separation between the fear-conditioned prepulse and a noise masker facilitates selective attention to the prepulse and enhances PPI. However, whether the perceptual separation between the prepulse and a noise masker can also enhance PPI in humans remains unclear. Also, the relationship between the PPI enhancement and the change in early cortical representations of prepulse signals is unclear...
January 11, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322391/feet-in-danger-short-exposure-to-contaminated-soil-causing-health-damage-an-experimental-study
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Flavio Manoel Rodrigues da Silva Júnior, Edlaine Acosta Pinto, Tatiane Britto da Silveira, Edariane Menestrino Garcia, Adriane Maria Netto de Oliveira, Ana Luíza Muccillo-Baisch
In this study, hematological and behavioral changes in Wistar rats exposed to soil collected from urban areas next to an industrial complex were investigated. Animals were exposed to soil samples placed at the bottom of cages for 4 days. After this period, behavioral parameters were measured by the open field test and the elevated plus-maze. Blood was collected to measure hematological parameters. The soil from the vicinity of the oil refining industry caused changes in hematological parameters and altered behavioral parameters in both tests...
January 10, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315577/bidirectional-variation-in-glutamate-efflux-in-the-medial-prefrontal-cortex-induced-by-selective-positive-and-negative-allosteric-mglur5-modulators
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Sarah N Isherwood, Trevor W Robbins, Jeffrey W Dalley, Anton Pekcec
Dysregulation of prefrontal cortical glutamatergic signalling via NMDA receptor hypofunction has been implicated in cognitive dysfunction and impaired inhibitory control in such neuropsychiatric disorders as schizophrenia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and drug addiction. Although NMDA receptors functionally interact with metabotropic glutamate receptor 5 (mGluR5), the consequence of this interaction for glutamate release in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) is unknown. We therefore investigated the effects of positive and negative allosteric mGluR5 modulation on changes in extracellular glutamate efflux in the medial PFC (mPFC) induced by systemic administration of the non-competitive NMDA receptor antagonist dizocilpine (or MK801) in rats...
January 6, 2018: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311614/closed-loop-control-of-trunk-posture-improves-locomotion-through-the-regulation-of-leg-proprioceptive-feedback-after-spinal-cord-injury
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Eduardo Martin Moraud, Joachim von Zitzewitz, Jenifer Miehlbradt, Sophie Wurth, Emanuele Formento, Jack DiGiovanna, Marco Capogrosso, Grégoire Courtine, Silvestro Micera
After spinal cord injury (SCI), sensory feedback circuits critically contribute to leg motor execution. Compelled by the importance to engage these circuits during gait rehabilitation, assistive robotics and training protocols have primarily focused on guiding leg movements to reinforce sensory feedback. Despite the importance of trunk postural dynamics on gait and balance, trunk assistance has comparatively received little attention. Typically, trunk movements are either constrained within bodyweight support systems, or manually adjusted by therapists...
January 8, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29303357/the-synergy-of-two-factors-on-insulin-expression
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Ying Luo, Yao Xu, Zhen-Yu Wang, Xi Li, Wei-Bing Xing, Tong-Cun Zhang
As a potential cure for diabetes, more and more attentions have been paid to organ transplants to replace insulin therapy. As a result, many researchers have explored out many programs to get insulin-producing cells (IPCs) to replace the defective β cells. Currently, more and more new induction methods are being proposed, and at the same time, more and more possible induction molecular mechanisms are being revealed. The purpose of this study was to explore whether and how the two factors pdx-1 and myocardin affected the differentiation of rat mesenchymal stem cells (rMSCs) into IPCs...
January 5, 2018: Cellular Reprogramming
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29303111/chronic-implantation-of-cuff-electrodes-on-the-pelvic-nerve-in-rats-is-well-tolerated-and-does-not-compromise-afferent-or-efferent-fibre-functionality
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Jonathan J Crook, Charly Brouillard, Pedro Irazoqui, Thelma Lovick
Objective Neuromodulation of autonomic nerve activity to regulate physiological processes is an emerging field. Vagal stimulation has received most attention whereas the potential of modulate visceral function by targeting autonomic nerves within the abdominal cavity remains under-exploited. Surgery to locate intra-abdominal targets is inherently more stressful than for peripheral nerves. Electrode leads risk becoming entrapped by intestines and loss of functionality in the nerve-target organ connection could result from electrode migration or twisting...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29299690/%C3%AE-5-nachr-modulation-of-the-prefrontal-cortex-makes-attention-resilient
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William M Howe, Julie L Brooks, Patrick L Tierney, Jincheng Pang, Amie Rossi, Damon Young, Keith Dlugolenski, Ed Guillmette, Marc Roy, Katherine Hales, Rouba Kozak
A loss-of-function polymorphism in the α5 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) subunit gene has been linked to both drug abuse and schizophrenia. The α5 nAChR subunit is strategically positioned in the prefrontal cortex (PFC), where a loss-of-function in this subunit may contribute to cognitive disruptions in both disorders. However, the specific contribution of α5 to PFC-dependent cognitive functions has yet to be illustrated. In the present studies, we used RNA interference to knockdown the α5 nAChR subunit in the PFC of adult rats...
January 3, 2018: Brain Structure & Function
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