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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156586/in-depth-glyco-peptidomics-approach-reveals-unexpected-diversity-of-glycosylated-peptides-and-atypical-post-translational-modifications-in-dendroaspis-angusticeps-snake-venom
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Michel Degueldre, Julien Echterbille, Nicolas Smargiasso, Christian Damblon, Charlotte Gouin, Gilles Mourier, Nicolas Gilles, Edwin De Pauw, Loïc Quinton
Animal venoms represent a valuable source of bioactive peptides that can be derived into useful pharmacological tools, or even innovative drugs. In this way, the venom of Dendroaspis angusticeps (DA), the Eastern Green Mamba, has been intensively studied during recent years. It mainly contains hundreds of large toxins from 6 to 9 kDa, each displaying several disulfide bridges. These toxins are the main target of venom-based studies due to their valuable activities obtained by selectively targeting membrane receptors, such as ion channels or G-protein coupled receptors...
November 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156546/systematic-review-of-epigenetic-effects-of-pharmacological-agents-for-bipolar-disorders
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REVIEW
Laura E Lockwood, Nagy A Youssef
Epigenetic effects of medications are an evolving field of medicine, and can change the landscape of drug development. The aim of this paper is to systematically review the literature of the relationship between common medications used for treatment of bipolar disorders and epigenetic modifications. MedLine/PubMed searches were performed based on pre-specified inclusion criteria from inception to November 2017. Six animal and human studies met the inclusion criteria. These studies examined the epigenetic changes in the main classes of medications that are used in bipolar disorders, namely mood stabilizers and antipsychotics...
November 18, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156539/epidemiological-investigations-of-four-cowpox-virus-outbreaks-in-alpaca-herds-germany
#3
Almut Prkno, Donata Hoffmann, Daniela Goerigk, Matthias Kaiser, Anne Catherine Franscisca van Maanen, Kathrin Jeske, Maria Jenckel, Florian Pfaff, Thomas W Vahlenkamp, Martin Beer, Rainer G Ulrich, Alexander Starke, Martin Pfeffer
Four cowpox virus (CPXV) outbreaks occurred in unrelated alpaca herds in Eastern Germany during 2012-2017. All incidents were initially noticed due to severe, generalized, and finally lethal CPXV infections, which were confirmed by testing of tissue and serum samples. As CPXV-infection has been described in South American camelids (SACs) only three times, all four herds were investigated to gain a deeper understanding of CPXV epidemiology in alpacas. The different herds were investigated twice, and various samples (serum, swab samples, and crusts of suspicious pox lesions, feces) were taken to identify additionally infected animals...
November 18, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155760/echocardiographic-and-histological-examination-of-cardiac-morphology-in-the-mouse
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Delphine Baudouy, Jean-François Michiels, Ana Vukolic, Kay-Dietrich Wagner, Nicole Wagner
An increasing number of genetically modified mouse models has become available in recent years. Moreover, the number of pharmacological studies performed in mice is high. Phenotypic characterization of these mouse models also requires the examination of cardiac function and morphology. Echocardiography and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are commonly used approaches to characterize cardiac function and morphology in mice. Echocardiographic and MRI equipment specialized for use in small rodents is expensive and requires a dedicated space...
October 26, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155745/hand-held-clinical-photoacoustic-imaging-system-for-real-time-non-invasive-small-animal-imaging
#5
Kathyayini Sivasubramanian, Vijitha Periyasamy, Manojit Pramanik
Translation of photoacoustic imaging into the clinic is a major challenge. Handheld real-time clinical photoacoustic imaging systems are very rare. Here, we report a combined photoacoustic and clinical ultrasound imaging system by integrating an ultrasound probe with light delivery for small animal imaging. We demonstrate this by showing sentinel lymph node imaging in small animals along with minimally invasive real-time needle guidance. A clinical ultrasound platform with access to raw channel data allows the integration of photoacoustic imaging leading to a handheld real-time clinical photoacoustic imaging system...
October 16, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154500/structure-activity-studies-of-peptidomimetics-based-on-kinase-inhibitory-region-of-suppressors-of-cytokine-signaling-1
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Sara La Manna, Laura Lopez-Sanz, Marilisa Leone, Paola Brandi, Pasqualina Liana Scognamiglio, Giancarlo Morelli, Ettore Novellino, Carmen Gomez-Guerrero, Daniela Marasco
Suppressors of Cytokine Signaling (SOCS) proteins are negative regulators of JAK proteins that are receptor-associated tyrosine kinases, which play key roles in the phosphorylation and subsequent activation of several transcription factors named STATs. Unlike the other SOCS proteins, SOCS1 and 3 show, in the N-terminal portion, a small kinase inhibitory region (KIR) involved in the inhibition of JAK kinases. Drug discovery processes of compounds based on KIR sequence demonstrated promising in functional in vitro and in inflammatory animal models and we recently developed a peptidomimetic called PS5, as lead compound...
November 20, 2017: Biopolymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154278/effects-of-physical-exercise-on-alzheimer-s-disease-biomarkers-a-systematic-review-of-intervention-studies
#7
Kristian Steen Frederiksen, Le Gjerum, Gunhild Waldemar, Steen Gregers Hasselbalch
Physical exercise may be an important adjunct to pharmacological treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Animal studies indicate that exercise may be disease modifying through several mechanisms including reduction of AD pathology. We carried out a systematic review of intervention studies of physical exercise with hippocampal volume (on MRI), amyloid-β, total tau, phosphorylated tau in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), 18F-FDG-PET or amyloid PET as outcome measures in healthy subjects, patients with subjective memory complaints, mild cognitive impairment, or AD...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154145/evaluation-of-a-novel-grpr-antagonist-for-prostate-cancer-pet-imaging-64-cu-dotha2-peg-rm26
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Nematallah Mansour, Michel Paquette, Samia Ait-Mohand, Véronique Dumulon-Perreault, Brigitte Guérin
INTRODUCTION: Gastrin releasing peptide receptors (GRPRs) are significantly over-expressed on a large proportion of prostate cancers making them prime candidates for receptor-mediated nuclear imaging by PET. Recently, we synthesized a novel bifunctional chelator (BFC) bearing hydroxamic acid arms (DOTHA2). Here we investigated the potential of a novel DOTHA2-conjugated, (64)Cu-radiolabeled GRPR peptide antagonist, [D-Phe(6)-Sta(13)-Leu(14)-NH2]bombesin(6-14) (DOTHA2-PEG-RM26) to visualize prostate tumors by PET imaging...
October 23, 2017: Nuclear Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154084/penetration-of-gold-nanoparticles-across-the-stratum-corneum-layer-of-thick-skin
#9
Gayathri Raju, Neeraj Katiyar, Sajini Vadukumpully, Sahadev A Shankarappa
BACKGROUND: Transdermal particulate penetration across thick-skin, such as that of palms and sole, is particularly important for drug delivery for disorders such as small fiber neuropathies. Nanoparticle-based drug delivery across skin is believed to have much translational applications, but their penetration especially through thick-skin, is not clear. OBJECTIVE: This study specifically investigates the effectiveness of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) for thick-skin penetration, especially across the stratum corneum (SC) as a function of particle size...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153862/tumor-necrosis-factor-alpha-in-sleep-regulation
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REVIEW
Matthew D Rockstrom, Liangyu Chen, Ping Taishi, Joseph T Nguyen, Cody M Gibbons, Sigrid C Veasey, James M Krueger
This review details tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF) biology and its role in sleep, and describes how TNF medications influence sleep/wake activity. Substantial evidence from healthy young animals indicates acute enhancement or inhibition of endogenous brain TNF respectively promotes and inhibits sleep. In contrast, the role of TNF in sleep in most human studies involves pathological conditions associated with chronic elevations of systemic TNF and disrupted sleep. Normalization of TNF levels in such patients improves sleep...
November 16, 2017: Sleep Medicine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153179/a-100-year-review-a-century-of-dairy-processing-advancements-pasteurization-cleaning-and-sanitation-and-sanitary-equipment-design
#11
S A Rankin, R L Bradley, G Miller, K B Mildenhall
Over the past century, advancements within the mainstream dairy foods processing industry have acted in complement with other dairy-affiliated industries to produce a human food that has few rivals with regard to safety, nutrition, and sustainability. These advancements, such as milk pasteurization, may appear commonplace in the context of a modern dairy processing plant, but some consideration of how these advancements came into being serve as a basis for considering what advancements will come to bear on the next century of processing advancements...
December 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152705/an-epidemological-study-on-peste-des-petits-ruminants-in-tripoli-region-lybia
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REVIEW
Mohamed Dakil Almeshay, Abubaker Gusbi, Ibrahim Eldaghayes, Riadh Mansouri, Mohammed Bengoumi, Abdunaser S Dayhum
A cross‑sectional study was conducted in Libya in 7 areas of Tripoli to determine the seroprevalence of Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR) Virus (PPRV) in small ruminants (sheep and goats) between June and August 2013, and to identify the potential risk factors associated with the infection. The study involved 10% of small ruminant herds with ≥50 animals in the Tripoli region. They were selected randomly (15 herds), and 35 to 58 samples, depending on its size, were collected from each selected herd. Seven‑hundred and twenty‑one serum samples from unvaccinated animals (601 of sheep and 120 of goats) were collected and then tested using cELISA commercial kit in the National Center of Animal Health Laboratory in Tripoli, Libya...
September 30, 2017: Veterinaria Italiana
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152657/dihydroartemisinin-treatment-exhibits-antitumor-effects-in-glioma-cells-through-induction-of-apoptosis
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Chun-Hua Xu, Yue Liu, Li-Min Xiao, Chang-Gui Guo, Su-Yue Zheng, Er-Ming Zeng, Dong-Hai Li
The present study aimed to investigate the effect of dihydroartemisinin on the proliferation of chemotherapy‑resistant C6 rat glioma cells. The results revealed that incubation of C6 glioma cells with a range of dihydroartemisinin concentrations for 48 h led to a significant (P<0.02) reduction in the cell number. There was a ‑0.8-fold reduction in the cell count following treatment with 20 µM dihydroartemisinin when compared with the control cultures. Analysis of DNA synthesis using bromodeoxyuridine (BrdU) staining demonstrated a reduction in the BrdU‑labeling index (LI) following treatment with 20 µM dihydroartemisinin...
October 19, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152416/microbial-agents-in-macroscopically-healthy-mammary-gland-tissues-of-small-ruminants
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Liliana Spuria, Elena Biasibetti, Donal Bisanzio, Ilaria Biasato, Daniele De Meneghi, Patrizia Nebbia, Patrizia Robino, Paolo Bianco, Michele Lamberti, Claudio Caruso, Alessia Di Blasio, Simone Peletto, Loretta Masoero, Alessandro Dondo, Maria Teresa Capucchio
Background: Health of mammary glands is fundamental for milk and dairy products hygiene and quality, with huge impacts on consumers welfare. Methods: This study aims to investigate the microbial agents (bacteria, fungi and lentiviruses) isolated from 89 macroscopically healthy udders of regularly slaughtered small ruminants (41 sheep, 48 goats), also correlating their presence with the histological findings. Multinomial logistic regression was applied to evaluate the association between lesions and positivity for different microbial isolates, animal age and bacteria...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152227/promising-neuroprotective-strategies-for-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury-with-a-focus-on-the-differential-effects-among-anatomical-levels-of-injury
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REVIEW
Antigona Ulndreaj, Anna Badner, Michael G Fehlings
Traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) is a devastating condition of motor, sensory, and autonomic dysfunction. The significant cost associated with the management and lifetime care of patients with SCI also presents a major economic burden. For these reasons, there is a need to develop and translate strategies that can improve outcomes following SCI. Given the challenges in achieving regeneration of the injured spinal cord, neuroprotection has been at the forefront of clinical translation. Yet, despite many preclinical advances, there has been limited translation into the clinic apart from methylprednisolone (which remains controversial), hypertensive therapy to maintain spinal cord perfusion, and early decompressive surgery...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152121/longitudinal-evaluation-of-myocardial-glucose-metabolism-and-contractile-function-in-obese-type-2-diabetic-db-db-mice-using-small-animal-dynamic-18-f-fdg-pet-and-echocardiography
#16
Kuan-Yin Ko, Yen-Wen Wu, Cheng-Wei Liu, Mei-Fang Cheng, Ruoh-Fang Yen, Wei-Shiung Yang
The aim was to evaluate sequential changes of myocardial glucose utilization and LV systolic function in db/db mice. Eight db/db and eight wild-type mice underwent plasma substrate analysis and dynamic (18)F-FDG PET at week 8 (W8), W10, W12, W14, and W16. (18)F-FDG uptake constant Ki and the rate of myocardial glucose uptake (MRGlu) were derived via Patlak graphic analysis. Another 8 db/db and 8 wild-type mice received echocardiography at W8, W12, and W16 and LV structure and function were measured. The db/db mice showed increased weights and glucose levels as they aged...
October 20, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151690/region-dependent-effects-of-diabetes-and-insulin-replacement-on-neuronal-nitric-oxide-synthase-and-heme-oxygenase-immunoreactive-submucous-neurons
#17
Nikolett Bódi, Zita Szalai, Lalitha Chandrakumar, Mária Bagyánszki
AIM: To investigate the intestinal segment-specific effects of diabetes and insulin replacement on the density of different subpopulations of submucous neurons. METHODS: Ten weeks after the onset of type 1 diabetes samples were taken from the duodenum, ileum and colon of streptozotocin-induce diabetic, insulin-treated diabetic and sex- and age-matched control rats. Whole-mount preparations of submucous plexus were prepared from the different gut segments for quantitative fluorescent immunohistochemistry...
November 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151400/review-optimizing-ruminant-conversion-of-feed-protein-to-human-food-protein
#18
G A Broderick
Ruminant livestock have the ability to produce high-quality human food from feedstuffs of little or no value for humans. Balanced essential amino acid composition of meat and milk from ruminants makes those protein sources valuable adjuncts to human diets. It is anticipated that there will be increasing demand for ruminant proteins in the future. Increasing productivity per animal dilutes out the nutritional and environmental costs of maintenance and rearing dairy animals up to production. A number of nutritional strategies improve production per animal such as ration balancing in smallholder operations and small grain supplements to ruminants fed high-forage diets...
November 20, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151188/dry-flue-gas-desulfurization-by-product-application-effects-on-plant-uptake-and-soil-storage-changes-in-a-managed-grassland
#19
Jason R Burgess-Conforti, Kristofor R Brye, David M Miller, Erik D Pollock, Lisa S Wood
Environmental regulations mandate that sulfur dioxide (SO2) be removed from the flue gases of coal-fired power plants, which results in the generation of flue gas desulfurization (FGD) by-products. These FGD by-products may be a viable soil amendment, but the large amounts of trace elements contained in FGD by-products are potentially concerning. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of land application of a high-Ca dry FGD (DFGD) by-product on trace elements in aboveground biomass and soil...
November 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151073/effect-of-the-different-doses-of-acrylamide-on-acetylocholinoesterase-activity-thiol-groups-malondialdehyde-concentrations-in-hypothalamus-and-selected-muscles-of-mice
#20
M Kopanska, J Czech, P Zagata, L Dobrek, P Thor, G Formicki
Acrylamide is a chemical compound that typically forms in starchy food products during high-temperature cooking, including frying, baking and roasting. Acrylamide is a known lethal neurotoxin. Its discovery in some cooked starchy foods in 2002 prompted concerns about the carcinogenicity of those foods. Little is known about acrylamide's influence on the peripheral nerves. In our research we measured acrylamide's influence on the acetylcholinesterase activity in hypothalamus, heart muscle, skeletal muscles of the thigh and smooth muscle of the small intestine (males, Swiss strain) in relation to the thiol groups and malondialdehyde concentration...
August 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
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