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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933672/single-neuron-activity-and-theta-modulation-in-the-posterior-parietal-cortex-in-a-visuospatial-attention-task
#1
Fang-Chi Yang, T K Jacobson, R D Burwell
The posterior parietal cortex (PPC) is implicated in directing and maintaining visual attention to locations in space. We hypothesized that the PPC also engages other cognitive processes in the transformation of behaviorally relevant visual inputs into appropriate actions, for example, monitoring of multiple locations, selection of responses to locations in space, and monitoring the outcome of response selections. We recorded single cells and local field potentials in the rat PPC during performance on a novel visuospatial attention (VSA) task that requires visually monitoring locations in space in order to make appropriate stimulus-guided locomotor responses...
December 9, 2016: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933582/microrna-181c-ameliorates-cognitive-impairment-induced-by-chronic-cerebral-hypoperfusion-in-rats
#2
Chen Fang, Qian Li, Guowen Min, Min Liu, Jing Cui, Jing Sun, Liang Li
Chronic cerebral hypoperfusion (CCH) characterized by global cerebral ischemia is an important risk factor contributing to the development of dementia. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play important roles in the cellular adaptation to long-term ischemia/hypoxia by turning off or on the expression of target genes. MiR-181c is widely expressed in the nervous system, and tripartite motif 2 (TRIM2) is one of its target genes. In this work, we had identified that progressive spatial memory deficiency was induced in the bilateral common carotid artery occlusion (2-VO) rat models...
December 8, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933551/pentoxifylline-alleviates-early-brain-injury-after-experimental-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-in-rats-possibly-via-inhibiting-tlr-4-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathway
#3
Da-Yong Xia, Hua-Sheng Zhang, Ling-Yun Wu, Xiang-Sheng Zhang, Meng-Liang Zhou, Chun-Hua Hang
Early brain injury (EBI) after subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) generally causes significant and lasting damage. Pentoxifylline (PTX), a nonselective phosphodiesterase inhibitor, has shown anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties in several brain injury models, but the role of PTX with respect to EBI following SAH remains uncertain. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of PTX on EBI after SAH in rats. Adult male Sprauge-Dawley rats were randomly assigned to the sham and SAH groups. PTX (30 or 60 mg/kg) or an equal volume of the administration vehicle (normal saline) was administrated at 30 min intervals following SAH...
December 8, 2016: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933549/demyelination-occurred-as-the-secondary-damage-following-diffuse-axonal-loss-in-a-rat-model-of-radiation-myelopathy
#4
Li Wei, Yong Zhou, Chang-Jiang Liu, Ke Zheng, Hua You
The main purpose of the present study was to examine the time and dose-dependent course of demyelination in the rat radiation myelopathy model in the first 180 days after irradiation of the spinal cord. An irradiated cervical spinal cord rat model (C2-T2 segment) was generated using a (60)Co irradiator to deliver 50 Gy and 100 Gy, respectively. The behavioral dysfunction was observed by the forelimb paralysis scoring system. The histological damage in the irradiated spinal cord was examined by hematoxylin/eosin staining, luxol fast blue staining, immunohistochemical analysis, methylene blue/Azure II staining, and uranyl/lead salts staining...
December 8, 2016: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933548/metabolic-characterization-of-acutely-isolated-hippocampal-and-cerebral-cortical-slices-using-u-13-c-glucose-and-1-2-13-c-acetate-as-substrates
#5
Laura F McNair, Rasmus Kornfelt, Anne B Walls, Jens V Andersen, Blanca I Aldana, Jakob D Nissen, Arne Schousboe, Helle S Waagepetersen
Brain slice preparations from rats, mice and guinea pigs have served as important tools for studies of neurotransmission and metabolism. While hippocampal slices routinely have been used for electrophysiology studies, metabolic processes have mostly been studied in cerebral cortical slices. Few comparative characterization studies exist for acute hippocampal and cerebral cortical slices, hence, the aim of the current study was to characterize and compare glucose and acetate metabolism in these slice preparations in a newly established incubation design...
December 8, 2016: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933531/using-baseline-transcriptional-connectomes-in-rat-to-identify-genetic-pathways-associated-with-predisposition-to-complex-traits
#6
Laura Saba, Paula Hoffman, Boris Tabakoff
Although rat is a critical model organism in preclinical medications development, its use in systems genetics studies remains sparse. The PhenoGen database and website contain detailed information on the qualitative and quantitative aspects of the rat brain, liver, heart, and brown adipose transcriptome. This database has been generated using the HXB/BXH recombinant inbred panel and is being expanded to a hybrid rat diversity panel that includes many common inbred strains as well. By using such a panel, the PhenoGen project has created a renewable and cumulative resource for the rat genomics community...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933519/heterogeneous-stock-populations-for-analysis-of-complex-traits
#7
Leah C Solberg Woods, Richard Mott
Heterogeneous Stock (HS) populations allow for fine-resolution genetic mapping of a variety of complex traits. HS mice and rats were created from breeding together eight inbred strains, followed by maintaining the colony in a manner that minimizes inbreeding. After 50 or more generations of breeding, the resulting animals' chromosomes represent a genetic mosaic of the founders' haplotypes, with the average distance between recombination events in the centiMorgan range. This allows for genetic mapping to only a few Mb, a much smaller region than what can be identified using traditional F2 intercross or backcross mapping strategies...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933490/alterations-in-the-cerebral-microvascular-proteome-expression-profile-after-transient-global-cerebral-ischemia-in-rat
#8
Stine Spray, Sara E Johansson, Alistair V G Edwards, Martin R Larsen, Aneta Radziwon-Balicka, Gro K Povlsen, Lars Edvinsson
This study aimed at obtaining an in-depth mapping of expressional changes of the cerebral microvasculature after transient global cerebral ischemia (GCI) and the impact on these GCI-induced expressional changes of post-GCI treatment with a mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase (MEK1/2) inhibitor. GCI was induced in male Wistar rats followed by treatment with either vehicle or the MEK1/2 inhibitor U0126 every 12 h post-GCI. Seventy-two hours after GCI or sham surgery, the cerebral microvasculature was isolated and the protein content analysed with state-of-the-art mass spectrometry...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933463/effect-of-tempol-and-tempol-plus-catalase-on-intra-renal-haemodynamics-in-spontaneously-hypertensive-stroke-prone-shsp-and-wistar-rats
#9
Ahmad F Ahmeda, Mark G Rae, Mohammed F Al Otaibi, Lamyia M Anweigi, Edward J Johns
Vasoconstriction within the renal medulla contributes to the development of hypertension. This study investigated the role of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in regulating renal medullary and cortical blood perfusion (MBP and CBP respectively) in both stroke-prone spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRSP) and Wistar rats. CBP and MBP were measured using a laser-Doppler flow meter before and after intra-renal infusion of tempol, the superoxide dismutase (SOD) mimetic or tempol plus catalase, the hydrogen peroxide-degrading enzyme...
December 9, 2016: Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933392/leishmania-infection-painful-or-painless
#10
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Sergio M Borghi, Victor Fattori, Ivete Conchon-Costa, Phileno Pinge-Filho, Wander R Pavanelli, Waldiceu A Verri
The complex life cycle and immunopathological features underpinning the interaction of Leishmania parasites and their mammalian hosts poses frequent poorly explored and inconclusively resolved questions. The altered nociceptive signals over the course of leishmaniasis remain an intriguing issue for nociceptive and parasitology researchers. Experimental investigations have utilized behavioral, morphological, and neuro-immune approaches in the study of experimental cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL). The data generated indicates new venues for the study of the pathological characteristics of nociceptive processing in this parasitic disease...
December 9, 2016: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933365/ketamine-decreases-sensitivity-of-male-rats-to-misleading-negative-feedback-in-a-probabilistic-reversal-learning-task
#11
Michal Rychlik, Eva Bollen, Rafal Rygula
RATIONALE: Depression is characterized by an excessive attribution of value to negative feedback. This imbalance in feedback sensitivity can be measured using the probabilistic reversal-learning (PRL) task. This task was initially designed for clinical research, but introduction of its rodent version provides a new and much needed translational paradigm to evaluate potential novel antidepressants. OBJECTIVES: In the present study, we aimed at evaluating the effects of a compound showing clear antidepressant properties-ketamine (KET)-on the sensitivity of rats to positive and negative feedback in the PRL paradigm...
December 8, 2016: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933361/biotransformation-and-detectability-of-the-new-psychoactive-substances-n-n-diallyltryptamine-dalt-derivatives-5-fluoro-dalt-7-methyl-dalt-and-5-6-methylenedioxy-dalt-in-urine-using-gc-ms-lc-ms-n-and-lc-hr-ms-ms
#12
Julian A Michely, Simon D Brandt, Markus R Meyer, Hans H Maurer
Derivatives of N,N-diallyltryptamine (DALT) can be classified as new psychoactive substances. Biotransformation and detectability of 5-fluoro-DALT (5-F-DALT), 7-methyl-DALT (7-Me-DALT), and 5,6-methylenedioxy-DALT (5,6-MD-DALT) are described here. Their metabolites detected in rat urine and pooled human liver microsomes were identified by liquid chromatography (LC)-high resolution (HR)-tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS). In addition, the human cytochrome-P450 (CYP) isoenzymes involved in the main metabolic steps were identified and detectability tested in urine by the authors' urine screening approaches using GC-MS, LC-MS(n), or LC-HR-MS/MS...
December 8, 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933357/bilateral-increases-in-erk-activation-at-the-spinomedullary-junction-region-by-acute-masseter-muscle-injury-during-temporomandibular-joint-inflammation-in-the-rats
#13
Masayuki Kurose, Hiroki Imbe, Yosuke Nakatani, Mana Hasegawa, Noritaka Fujii, Ritsuo Takagi, Kensuke Yamamura, Emiko Senba, Keiichiro Okamoto
We determined the role of persistent monoarthritis of temporomandibular joint region (TMJ) on bilateral masseter muscle (MM) nociception in male rats using orofacial nocifensive behaviors, phosphorylated extracellular signal-regulated kinase and Fos induction at the trigeminal subnucleus caudalis/upper cervical spinal cord (Vc/C2) region in response to formalin injection to the MM region. TMJ inflammation was induced by local injection of CFA into the left TMJ region. Orofacial nocifensive behaviors evoked by formalin injection ipsilateral or contralateral to the TMJ inflammation appeared to be increased at 1-14 days or at 1, 10 and 14 days after induction of TMJ inflammation, respectively, while increases in behavioral duration were seen mainly in the late phase rather than the early phase...
December 8, 2016: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933340/enhancement-of-pharmacological-effects-of-uricosuric-agents-by-concomitant-treatment-with-pyrazinamide-in-rats
#14
Tetsuya Taniguchi, Naoki Ashizawa, Koji Matsumoto, Takashi Iwanaga
Our goal was to establish a model for the evaluation of the effects of uricosuric agents and to clarify the underlying mechanism(s). The effects of a uricosuric agent co-treated with pyrazinamide, an anti-tubercular agent, on urate handling were examined in rats. Furthermore, the effects of uricosuric agents on urate uptake were evaluated using the vesicles of rat renal brush-border membrane. Treatment with probenecid, at a dose of 100 mg/kg, significantly increased the urinary urate to creatinine ratio (UUA/UCRE) in pyrazinamide-treated rats although the same treatment did not produce any uricosuric effects in intact rats...
December 8, 2016: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933339/efficacy-and-safety-of-osteoporosis-medications-in-a-rat-model-of-late-stage-chronic-kidney-disease-accompanied-by-secondary-hyperparathyroidism-and-hyperphosphatemia
#15
M Ota, M Takahata, T Shimizu, Y Kanehira, H Kimura-Suda, Y Kameda, H Hamano, S Hiratsuka, D Sato, N Iwasaki
: This study showed that bisphosphonate was safe and effective for the treatment of bone disorders in stage 4 chronic kidney disease (CKD) rats. Intermittent teriparatide therapy showed an anabolic action on bone even under secondary hyperparathyroidism conditions without having an adverse effect on mineral metabolism in late-stage CKD. INTRODUCTION: Patients with late-stage CKD are at high risk for fragility fractures. However, there are no consensus on the efficacy and safety of osteoporosis medications for patients with late-stage CKD...
December 8, 2016: Osteoporosis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933336/shp-1-activation-inhibits-vascular-smooth-muscle-cell-proliferation-and-intimal-hyperplasia-in-a-rodent-model-of-insulin-resistance-and-diabetes
#16
Weier Qi, Qian Li, Chong Wee Liew, Christian Rask-Madsen, Samuel M Lockhart, Lars Melholt Rasmussen, Yu Xia, Xuanchun Wang, Mogher Khamaisi, Kevin Croce, George L King
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Accelerated migration and proliferation of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) enhances arterial restenosis after angioplasty in insulin resistance and diabetes. Elevation of Src homology 2-containing protein tyrosine phosphatase 1 (SHP-1) induces apoptosis in the microvasculature. However, the role of SHP-1 in intimal hyperplasia and restenosis has not been clarified in insulin resistance and diabetes. METHODS: We used a femoral artery wire injury mouse model, rodent models with insulin resistance and diabetes, and patients with type 2 diabetes...
December 9, 2016: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933309/impact-of-age-and-vector-construct-on-striatal-and-nigral-transgene-expression
#17
Nicole K Polinski, Fredric P Manfredsson, Matthew J Benskey, D Luke Fischer, Christopher J Kemp, Kathy Steece-Collier, Ivette M Sandoval, Katrina L Paumier, Caryl E Sortwell
Therapeutic protein delivery using viral vectors has shown promise in preclinical models of Parkinson's disease (PD) but clinical trial success remains elusive. This may partially be due to a failure to include advanced age as a covariate despite aging being the primary risk factor for PD. We investigated transgene expression following intracerebral injections of recombinant adeno-associated virus pseudotypes 2/2 (rAAV2/2), 2/5 (rAAV2/5), 2/9 (rAAV2/9), and lentivirus (LV) expressing green fluorescent protein (GFP) in aged versus young adult rats...
2016: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933306/significant-changes-in-endogenous-retinal-gene-expression-assessed-1-year-after-a-single-intraocular-injection-of-aav-cntf-or-aav-bdnf
#18
Chrisna J LeVaillant, Anil Sharma, Jill Muhling, Lachlan Pg Wheeler, Greg S Cozens, Mats Hellström, Jennifer Rodger, Alan R Harvey
Use of viral vectors to deliver therapeutic genes to the central nervous system holds promise for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases and neurotrauma. Adeno-associated viral (AAV) vectors encoding brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) or ciliary derived neurotrophic factor (CNTF) promote the viability and regeneration of injured adult rat retinal ganglion cells. However, these growth-inducing transgenes are driven by a constitutively active promoter, thus we examined whether long-term AAV-mediated secretion of BDNF or CNTF affected endogenous retinal gene expression...
2016: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933296/modeling-diet-induced-obesity-with-obesity-prone-rats-implications-for-studies-in-females
#19
REVIEW
Erin D Giles, Matthew R Jackman, Paul S MacLean
Obesity is a worldwide epidemic, and the comorbidities associated with obesity are numerous. Over the last two decades, we and others have employed an outbred rat model to study the development and persistence of obesity, as well as the metabolic complications that accompany excess weight. In this review, we summarize the strengths and limitations of this model and how it has been applied to further our understanding of human physiology in the context of weight loss and weight regain. We also discuss how the approach has been adapted over time for studies in females and female-specific physiological conditions, such as menopause and breast cancer...
2016: Frontiers in Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932994/comparative-mrna-and-microrna-profiling-during-acute-myocardial-infarction-induced-by-coronary-occlusion-and-ablation-radio-frequency-currents
#20
Eduardo T Santana, Regiane Dos Santos Feliciano, Andrey J Serra, Eduardo Brigidio, Ednei L Antonio, Paulo J F Tucci, Lubov Nathanson, Mariana Morris, José A Silva
The ligation of the left anterior descending coronary artery is the most commonly used experimental model to induce myocardial infarction (MI) in rodents. A high mortality in the acute phase and the heterogeneity of the size of the MI obtained are drawbacks recognized in this model. In an attempt to solve the problem, our group recently developed a new MI experimental model which is based on application of myocardial ablation radio-frequency currents (AB-RF) that yielded MI with homogeneous sizes and significantly reduce acute mortality...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
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