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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231321/argonaute10-promotes-the-degradation-of-mir165-6-through-the-sdn1-and-sdn2-exonucleases-in-arabidopsis
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Yu Yu, Lijuan Ji, Brandon H Le, Jixian Zhai, Jiayi Chen, Elizabeth Luscher, Lei Gao, Chunyan Liu, Xiaofeng Cao, Beixin Mo, Jinbiao Ma, Blake C Meyers, Xuemei Chen
The degradation of small RNAs in plants and animals is associated with small RNA 3' truncation and 3' uridylation and thus relies on exonucleases and nucleotidyl transferases. ARGONAUTE (AGO) proteins associate with small RNAs in vivo and are essential for not only the activities but also the stability of small RNAs. AGO1 is the microRNA (miRNA) effector in Arabidopsis, and its closest homolog, AGO10, maintains stem cell homeostasis in meristems by sequestration of miR165/6, a conserved miRNA acting through AGO1...
February 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231256/advancing-the-match-mismatch-framework-for-large-herbivores-in-the-arctic-evaluating-the-evidence-for-a-trophic-mismatch-in-caribou
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David Gustine, Perry Barboza, Layne Adams, Brad Griffith, Raymond Cameron, Kenneth Whitten
Climate-induced shifts in plant phenology may adversely affect animals that cannot or do not shift the timing of their reproductive cycle. The realized effect of potential trophic "mismatches" between a consumer and its food varies with the degree to which species rely on dietary income and stored capital. Large Arctic herbivores rely heavily on maternal capital to reproduce and give birth near the onset of the growing season but are they vulnerable to trophic mismatch? We evaluated the long-term changes in the temperatures and characteristics of the growing seasons (1970-2013), and compared growing conditions and dynamics of forage quality for caribou at peak parturition, peak lactation, and peak forage biomass, and plant senescence between two distinct time periods over 36 years (1977 and 2011-13)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231026/late-administration-of-a-palladium-lipoic-acid-complex-poly-mva-modifies-cardiac-mitochondria-but-not-functional-or-structural-manifestations-of-radiation-induced-heart-disease-in-a-rat-model
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Vijayalakshmi Sridharan, John W Seawright, Francis J Antonawich, Merrill Garnett, Maohua Cao, Preeti Singh, Marjan Boerma
Exposure of the heart to ionizing radiation can cause adverse myocardial remodeling. In small animal models, local heart irradiation causes persistent alterations in cardiac mitochondrial function and swelling. POLY-MVA is a dietary supplement that contains a palladium lipoic acid complex that targets mitochondrial complex I and has been demonstrated to have greater redox potential than lipoic acid alone. POLY-MVA improves mitochondrial function and anti-oxidant enzyme activity in the aged rat heart. In this study, we tested whether POLY-MVA can mitigate cardiac effects of ionizing radiation...
February 23, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230415/targeting-translational-successes-through-cansort-sci-using-pet-dogs-to-identify-effective-treatments-for-spinal-cord-injury
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Sarah A Moore, Nicolas Granger, Natasha Olby, Ingo Spitzbarth, Nick D Jeffery, Andrea Tipold, Yvette S Nout-Lomas, Ronaldo da Costa, Veronika Stein, Linda Noble-Haeusslein, Andrew R Blight, Robert Grossman, D Michele Basso, Jonathan Michael Levine
Translation of therapeutic interventions for spinal cord injury (SCI) from laboratory to clinic has been historically challenging, highlighting the need for robust models of injury that more closely mirror the human condition. The high prevalence of acute, naturally occurring SCI in pet dogs provides a unique opportunity to expeditiously evaluate promising interventions in a population of animals that are diagnosed and managed clinically in a manner similar to spinal cord-injured people, while adhering to NIH guidelines for scientific rigor and transparent reporting...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229420/noninvasive-assessment-of-cell-fate-and-biology-in-transplanted-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Federico Franchi, Martin Rodriguez-Porcel
Recently, molecular imaging has become a conditio sine qua non for cell-based regenerative medicine. Developments in molecular imaging techniques, such as reporter gene technology, have increasingly enabled the noninvasive assessment of the fate and biology of cells after cardiovascular applications. In this context, bioluminescence imaging is the most commonly used imaging modality in small animal models of preclinical studies. Here, we present a detailed protocol of a reporter gene imaging approach for monitoring the viability and biology of Mesenchymal Stem Cells transplanted in a mouse model of myocardial ischemia reperfusion injury...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229334/specific-amyloid-binding-of-polybasic-peptides-in-vivo-is-retained-by-%C3%AE-sheet-conformers-but-lost-in-the-disrupted-coil-and-all-d-amino-acid-variants
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Jonathan S Wall, Angela Williams, Tina Richey, Alan Stuckey, Craig Wooliver, J Christopher Scott, Robert Donnell, Emily B Martin, Stephen J Kennel
PURPOSE: The heparin-reactive, helical peptide p5 is an effective amyloid imaging agent in mice with systemic amyloidosis. Analogs of p5 with modified secondary structure characteristics exhibited altered binding to heparin, synthetic amyloid fibrils, and amyloid extracts in vitro. Herein, we further study the effects of peptide helicity and chirality on specific amyloid binding using a mouse model of systemic inflammation-associated (AA) amyloidosis. PROCEDURES: Peptides with disrupted helical structure [p5(coil) and p5(Pro3)], with an extended sheet conformation [p5(sheet)] or an all-D enantiomer [p5(D)], were chemically synthesized, radioiodinated, and their biodistribution studied in WT mice as well as transgenic animals with severe systemic AA amyloidosis...
February 22, 2017: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229110/reliability-of-the-chronic-mild-stress-model-of-depression-a-user-survey
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Paul Willner
The chronic mild stress (CMS) model of depression is considered by many to be the animal model of depression that has the greatest validity and translational potential, but it has often been criticized for a perceived lack of reliability. The aims of this study were to establish the extent to which the procedure is reproducible, and to identify experimental variables relevant to its reliability. Because failures to replicate frequently remain unpublished, a survey methodology was used. A questionnaire was circulated to 170 labs identified from a PubMed search as having published a CMS study in the years 2010 or 2015 (with no selection in respect of the results reported)...
February 2017: Neurobiology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228921/scuttle-flies-diptera-phoridae-inhabiting-rabbit-carcasses-confined-to-plastic-waste-bins-in-malaysia-include-new-records-and-an-undescribed-species
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Raja M Zuha, See Huong-Wen, R Henry L Disney, Baharudin Omar
Scuttle flies (Diptera: Phoridae) are small-sized insects of forensic importance. They are well known for diversified species and habitats, but in the context of forensic entomology, scuttle flies' inhabitance of corpses remains inadequately explored. With recent reports indicating the existence of more scuttle fly species possibly inhabiting these environments, a decomposition study using animal carcasses in enclosed environments was conducted. The aim was to record the occurrence of scuttle flies on rabbit carcasses placed in sealed plastic waste bins for a 40-day period...
January 2017: Tropical Life Sciences Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228588/investigation-of-the-role-of-protein-kinase-d-in-human-rhinovirus-replication
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Anabel Guedán, Dawid Swieboda, Mark Charles, Marie Toussaint, Sebastian L Johnston, Amin Asfor, Anusha Panjwani, Tobias J Tuthill, Henry Danahay, Tony Raynham, Aurelie Mousnier, Roberto Solari
Picornavirus replication is known to cause extensive remodelling of Golgi and endoplasmic reticulum membranes and a number of the host proteins involved in the viral replication complex have been identified, including oxysterol binding protein (OSBP) and phosphatidylinositol 4-kinase III beta (PI4KB). Since both OSBP and PI4KB are substrates for protein kinase D (PKD) and PKD is known to be involved in the control of Golgi vesicular and lipid transport, we hypothesised that PKD played a role in viral replication...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228509/the-use-of-clamping-grips-and-friction-pads-by-tree-frogs-for-climbing-curved-surfaces
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Thomas Endlein, Aihong Ji, Shanshan Yuan, Iain Hill, Huan Wang, W Jon P Barnes, Zhendong Dai, Metin Sitti
Most studies on the adhesive mechanisms of climbing animals have addressed attachment against flat surfaces, yet many animals can climb highly curved surfaces, like twigs and small branches. Here we investigated whether tree frogs use a clamping grip by recording the ground reaction forces on a cylindrical object with either a smooth or anti-adhesive, rough surface. Furthermore, we measured the contact area of fore and hindlimbs against differently sized transparent cylinders and the forces of individual pads and subarticular tubercles in restrained animals...
February 22, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228071/a-rat-model-of-ischemic-enteritis-pathogenic-importance-of-enterobacteria-inos-no-and-cox-2-pge2
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Koji Takeuchi, Yoshino Komatsu, Yuka Nakamori, Tohru Kotani
BACKGROUND: We introduced a rat model of ischemic enteritis and investigated the roles of enterobacteria, nitric oxide (NO), and prostaglandins (PGs) in its pathogenesis. METHODS: Male rats were used after 18 h of fasting. Ischemic enteritis was induced by partial ligation of the superior mesenteric artery (SMA). Under ether anesthesia, SMA was isolated, and a stenosis was made by placing a needle (23 guage) on the vessel and ligating both the vessel and needle, and then a needle was removed from the ligature...
February 20, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227956/a-wirelessly-powered-homecage-with-animal-behavior-analysis-and-closed-loop-power-control
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Yaoyao Jia, Zheyuan Wang, Daniel Canales, Morgan Tinkler, Chia-Chun Hsu, Teresa E Madsen, S Abdollah Mirbozorgi, Donald Rainnie, Maysam Ghovanloo, Yaoyao Jia, Zheyuan Wang, Daniel Canales, Morgan Tinkler, Chia-Chun Hsu, Teresa E Madsen, S Abdollah Mirbozorgi, Donald Rainnie, Maysam Ghovanloo, Donald Rainnie, Chia-Chun Hsu, Teresa E Madsen, Morgan Tinkler, Daniel Canales, Zheyuan Wang, S Abdollah Mirbozorgi, Maysam Ghovanloo, Yaoyao Jia
This paper presents a new EnerCage-homecage system, EnerCage-HC2, for longitudinal electrophysiology data acquisition experiments on small freely moving animal subjects, such as rodents. EnerCage-HC2 is equipped with multi-coil wireless power transmission (WPT), closed-loop power control, bidirectional data communication via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), and Microsoft Kinect® based animal behavior tracking and analysis. The EnerCage-HC2 achieves a homogeneous power transfer efficiency (PTE) of 14% on average, with ~42 mW power delivered to the load (PDL) at a nominal height of 7 cm by the closed-loop power control mechanism...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227815/lab-on-chips-for-manipulation-of-small-scale-organisms-to-facilitate-imaging-of-neurons-and-organs
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Ramtin Ardeshiri, Pouya Rezai, Ramtin Ardeshiri, Pouya Rezai, Ramtin Ardeshiri, Pouya Rezai
Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) and Drosophila melanogaster (D. melanogaster) are widely-used model organisms for neurological and cardiac studies due to their simple neuronal (302 neurons in C. elegans) and cardiac (simple tubular organ in D. melanogaster) systems. However, their small sizes and continuous mobility impede their precise and timely manipulation, hence, limiting the assays that can be done using conventional manual methods. This has resulted in a need for technologies that allow multidirectional manipulation of model organisms to enable studies on target neurons and organs throughout the body...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227621/non-contact-automatic-respiration-monitoring-in-restrained-rodents
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Behnaz Rezaei, Jared Lowe, Jason R Yee, Stephen Porges, Sarah Ostadabbas, Behnaz Rezaei, Jared Lowe, Jason R Yee, Stephen Porges, Sarah Ostadabbas, Sarah Ostadabbas, Jason R Yee, Stephen Porges, Jared Lowe, Behnaz Rezaei
Prairie voles are socially monogamous rodents that form social bonds similar to those seen in primates. Social behavior investigation in these species, that include studying their breathing regulation, can provide us with an invaluable psychological model to understand social and emotional functions in both animals and humans. There have been several studies associated with the respiratory pattern of these species in the state of fear-induced defense. However, non-invasive measurement methods employed so far suffer from the lack of a natural experiment environment for the rodents...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227587/optimal-frequency-for-powering-millimeter-sized-biomedical-implants-inside-an-inductively-powered-homecage
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Hesam Sadeghi Gougheri, Mehdi Kiani, Hesam Sadeghi Gougheri, Mehdi Kiani, Hesam Sadeghi Gougheri, Mehdi Kiani
This paper presents the optimal design and operation frequency (f) of an inductively-powered homecage for powering biomedical devices with millimeter (mm) dimensions, implanted inside the body of freely-behaving small animal subjects, for longitudinal behavioral neuroscience and electrophysiology experiments. In order to improve the power transmission efficiency (PTE) for powering mm-sized implants, the geometry of the multi-coil inductive links in the form of 3- and 4-coil links as well as fp need to be co-optimized...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227509/development-of-a-brain-monitoring-system-for-multimodality-investigation-in-awake-rats
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Kanokwan Limnuson, Raj K Narayan, Amrit Chiluwal, Chad Bouton, Ping Wang, Chunyan Li, Kanokwan Limnuson, Raj K Narayan, Amrit Chiluwal, Chad Bouton, Ping Wang, Chunyan Li, Chunyan Li, Ping Wang, Kanokwan Limnuson, Amrit Chiluwal, Raj K Narayan, Chad Bouton
Multimodal brain monitoring is an important approach to gain insight into brain function, modulation, and pathology. We have developed a unique micromachined neural probe capable of real-time continuous monitoring of multiple physiological, biochemical and electrophysiological variables. However, to date, it has only been used in anesthetized animals due to a lack of an appropriate interface for awake animals. We have developed a versatile headstage for recording the small neural signal and bridging the sensors to the remote sensing units for multimodal brain monitoring in awake rats...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227097/effects-of-geometry-and-material-on-the-insertion-of-very-small-neural-electrode
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Shaun P Marshall, Wei-Chen Lin, Paras R Patel, Albert J Shih, Cynthia A Chestek, Shaun P Marshall, Wei-Chen Lin, Paras R Patel, Albert J Shih, Cynthia A Chestek, Wei-Chen Lin, Shaun P Marshall, Cynthia A Chestek, Albert J Shih, Paras R Patel
For neural probes to be used chronically for years in the human body, they must provoke minimal scarring. Recently, a number of groups have reported substantially reduced scar tissue using cellular scale electrodes below 15 μm in size. This size scale is accessible to manufacturing techniques, but can be very difficult to insert in the brain for most common electrode materials. In this study, we explore the design space available to cellular scale electrodes that will self-insert into the brain. First a mathematical model is developed using beam buckling equations for different materials and geometries...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226990/validity-of-the-small-swine-model-for-human-electrical-safety-risks
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Michael A Brave, Dhanunjaya R Lakkireddy, Mark W Kroll, Dorin Panescu, Michael A Brave, Dhanunjaya R Lakkireddy, Mark W Kroll, Dorin Panescu, Dhanunjaya R Lakkireddy, Mark W Kroll, Dorin Panescu, Michael A Brave
Small swine are the most common model now used for electrical safety studies. Because of the significant anatomical and electrophysiological differences and the effect of animal size on the ventricular fibrillation (VF) threshold, there are concerns that these differences may exaggerate the risks of electrical devices to humans. We chose, as an illustrative and relevant example, swine studies of the TASER(®) conducted electrical weapon (CEW) as it has numerous published VF studies. We reviewed the published electrical swine safety studies for CEWs and compared them to finite element modeling studies, electrical safety standards, and epidemiological experience from field usage...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226899/nanoporous-membrane-robustness-stability-in-small-form-factor-microfluidic-filtration-system
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Dean G Johnson, Sabrina Pan, Andrew Hayden, James L McGrath, Dean G Johnson, Sabrina Pan, Andrew Hayden, James L McGrath, Andrew Hayden, Sabrina Pan, Dean G Johnson, James L McGrath
The development of wearable hemodialysis (HD) devices that replace center-based HD holds the promise to improve both outcomes and quality-of-life for patients with end-stage-renal disease (ERD). A prerequisite for these devices is the development of highly efficient membranes that can achieve high toxin clearance in small footprints. The ultrathin nanoporous membrane material developed by our group is orders of magnitude more permeable than conventional HD membranes. We report on our progress making a prototype wearable dialysis unit...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226858/a-miniature-closed-loop-deep-brain-stimulation-device
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Mahboubeh Parastarfeizabadi, Abbas Z Kouzani, Ian Gibson, Susannah J Tye, Mahboubeh Parastarfeizabadi, Abbas Z Kouzani, Ian Gibson, Susannah J Tye, Mahboubeh Parastarfeizabadi, Ian Gibson, Susannah J Tye, Abbas Z Kouzani
This paper presents a miniature light-weight closed-loop deep brain stimulation (DBS) device that delivers on-demand stimulation current pulses by monitoring and analysing local field potentials. The device includes monitoring and DBS units, each designed and fabricated on a separate small round circuit board. The closed-loop DBS device has been successfully validated by injecting a pre-recorded neural signal into its input, and collecting and analysing its output. The monitoring unit has an amplification gain of 113 dB in frequency range of 0...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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