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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651250/a-role-for-neuronal-alpha-synuclein-in-gastrointestinal-immunity
#1
Ethan Stolzenberg, Deborah Berry, De Yang, Ernest Y Lee, Alexander Kroemer, Stuart Kaufman, Gerard C L Wong, Joost J Oppenheim, Supti Sen, Thomas Fishbein, Ad Bax, Brent Harris, Denise Barbut, Michael A Zasloff
BACKGROUND: Alpha-synuclein (αS) is a nerve cell protein associated with Parkinson disease (PD). Accumulation of αS within the enteric nervous system (ENS) and its traffic from the gut to the brain are implicated in the pathogenesis and progression of PD. αS has no known function in humans and the reason for its accumulation within the ENS is unknown. Several recent studies conducted in rodents have linked αS to immune cell activation in the central nervous system. We hypothesized that αS in the ENS might play a role in the innate immune defenses of the human gastrointestinal (GI) tract...
June 27, 2017: Journal of Innate Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651171/the-relevance-of-inter-and-intrastrain-differences-in-mice-and-rats-and-their-implications-for-models-of-seizures-and-epilepsy
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Wolfgang Löscher, Russell J Ferland, Thomas N Ferraro
It is becoming increasingly clear that the genetic background of mice and rats, even in inbred strains, can have a profound influence on measures of seizure susceptibility and epilepsy. These differences can be capitalized upon through genetic mapping studies to reveal genes important for seizures and epilepsy. However, strain background and particularly mixed genetic backgrounds of transgenic animals need careful consideration in both the selection of strains and in the interpretation of results and conclusions...
June 23, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651055/pharmacokinetic-characterization-of-18-f-ucb-h-pet-radiopharmaceutical-in-the-rat-brain
#3
Guillaume Becker, Corentin Warnier, Maria Elisa Serrano, Mohamed Ali Bahri, Joël Mercier, Christian Lemaire, Eric Salmon, André Luxen, Alain Plenevaux
The synaptic vesicle glycoprotein 2A (SV2A), a protein essential to the proper nervous system function, is found in presynaptic vesicles. Thus, SV2A targeting, using dedicated radiotracers combined with positron emission tomography (PET), allows the assessment of synaptic density in the living brain. The first-in-class fluorinated SV2A specific radioligand, [(18)F]UCB-H, is now available at high-activity through an efficient radiosynthesis compliant with the current good manufacturing practices (cGMP). We report here a non-invasive method to quantify [(18)F]UCB-H binding in rat brain with microPET...
June 26, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650973/interferon-signaling-in-peromyscus-leucopus-confers-a-potent-and-specific-restriction-to-vector-borne-flaviviruses
#4
Adaeze O Izuogu, Kristin L McNally, Stephen E Harris, Brian H Youseff, John B Presloid, Christopher Burlak, Jason Munshi-South, Sonja M Best, R Travis Taylor
Tick-borne flaviviruses (TBFVs), including Powassan virus and tick-borne encephalitis virus cause encephalitis or hemorrhagic fevers in humans with case-fatality rates ranging from 1-30%. Despite severe disease in humans, TBFV infection of natural rodent hosts has little noticeable effect. Currently, the basis for resistance to disease is not known. We hypothesize that the coevolution of flaviviruses with their respective hosts has shaped the evolution of potent antiviral factors that suppress virus replication and protect the host from lethal infection...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650477/video-rate-volumetric-ca-2-imaging-across-cortex-using-seeded-iterative-demixing-sid-microscopy
#5
Tobias Nöbauer, Oliver Skocek, Alejandro J Pernía-Andrade, Lukas Weilguny, Francisca Martínez Traub, Maxim I Molodtsov, Alipasha Vaziri
Light-field microscopy (LFM) is a scalable approach for volumetric Ca(2+) imaging with high volumetric acquisition rates (up to 100 Hz). Although the technology has enabled whole-brain Ca(2+) imaging in semi-transparent specimens, tissue scattering has limited its application in the rodent brain. We introduce seeded iterative demixing (SID), a computational source-extraction technique that extends LFM to the mammalian cortex. SID can capture neuronal dynamics in vivo within a volume of 900 × 900 × 260 μm located as deep as 380 μm in the mouse cortex or hippocampus at a 30-Hz volume rate while discriminating signals from neurons as close as 20 μm apart, at a computational cost three orders of magnitude less than that of frame-by-frame image reconstruction...
June 26, 2017: Nature Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650259/locomotor-effects-of-a-low-frequency-fire-alarm-on-c57bl-6-male-mice-a-preliminary-study
#6
Jessica M Povroznik, Robert E Faith, Matthew J Kessler, Frank N Ali, James Kosik, Stephen Prince, Elizabeth B Engler-Chiurazzi
Maintaining appropriate acoustic conditions for animal welfare and data collection are crucial in biomedical research facilities. Negative impacts of disruptive sound are known and can include auditory damage, immune function changes, and behavioral alterations. One type of disruptive sound occurring in research facilities is that of fire alarms. To ameliorate this problem, many facilities have incorporated the use of low-frequency fire alarms that emit tones outside the rodent audible range. The impact of these devices has been assumed to be negligible...
January 1, 2017: Laboratory Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650075/isl1-controls-patterning-and-mineralization-of-enamel-in-the-continuously-renewing-mouse-incisor
#7
Adrien Naveau, Bin Zhang, Bo Meng, McGarrett T Sutherland, Michaela Prochazkova, Timothy Wen, Pauline Marangoni, Kyle B Jones, Timothy C Cox, Bernhard Ganss, Andrew H Jheon, Ophir D Klein
Rodents are characterized by continuously renewing incisors whose growth is fueled by epithelial and mesenchymal stem cells housed in the proximal compartments of the tooth. The epithelial stem cells reside in structures known as the labial (toward the lip) and lingual (toward the tongue) cervical loops (laCL and liCL, respectively). An important feature of the rodent incisor is that enamel, the outer, highly mineralized layer, is asymmetrically distributed, as it is normally generated by the laCL but not the liCL...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649673/rapid-acting-antidepressants-in-chronic-stress-models-molecular-and-cellular-mechanisms
#8
Brendan D Hare, Sriparna Ghosal, Ronald S Duman
Stress-associated disorders, including depression and anxiety, impact nearly 20% of individuals in the United States. The social, health, and economic burden imposed by stress-associated disorders requires in depth research efforts to identify suitable treatment strategies. Traditional medications (e.g., selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, monoamine oxidase inhibitors) have significant limitations, notably a time lag for therapeutic response that is compounded by low rates of efficacy. Excitement over ketamine, a rapid acting antidepressant effective in treatment resistant patients, is tempered by transient dissociative and psychotomimetic effects, as well as abuse potential...
February 2017: Chronic stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649336/phylogeography-of-a-widespread-small-carnivore-the-western-spotted-skunk-spilogale-gracilis-reveals-temporally-variable-signatures-of-isolation-across-western-north-america
#9
Adam W Ferguson, Molly M McDonough, Gema I Guerra, Margaret Rheude, Jerry W Dragoo, Loren K Ammerman, Robert C Dowler
We analyzed phylogeographic patterns in the western spotted skunk, Spilogale gracilis Merriam, 1890 (Carnivora: Mephitidae) in relation to historical events associated with Pre-Pleistocene Divergence (PPD) and Quaternary climate change (QCC) using mitochondrial DNA from 97 individuals distributed across Western North America. Divergence times were generated using BEAST to estimate when isolation in putative refugia occurred. Patterns and timing of demographic expansion was performed using Bayesian skyline plot...
June 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648961/uterine-fluid-in-pregnancy-a-biological-and-clinical-outlook
#10
REVIEW
Ying Zhang, Qiang Wang, Hongmei Wang, Enkui Duan
Once considered a simple medium for sperm and embryo transport, the functional spectrum of uterine fluid is now expanding. Novel molecular players, such as extracellular vesicles and mobile RNAs, have been detected in the uterine fluid of livestock, rodents, and humans. These novel molecules, together with previously known ions and proteins, ensure uterine fluid homeostasis and facilitate embryo-maternal interactions. Here, we propose that these molecules may also carry information that mirrors maternal environmental exposure and possibly relay such information to the embryo via uterine fluid, generating long-term epigenetic effects on the offspring via embryonic and placental programming...
May 25, 2017: Trends in Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648950/mechanisms-of-cholangiocyte-responses-to-injury
#11
REVIEW
Keisaku Sato, Fanyin Meng, Thao Giang, Shannon Glaser, Gianfranco Alpini
Cholangiocytes, epithelial cells that line the biliary epithelium, are the primary target cells for cholangiopathies including primary sclerosing cholangitis and primary biliary cholangitis. Quiescent cholangiocytes respond to biliary damage and acquire an activated neuroendocrine phenotype to maintain the homeostasis of the liver. The typical response of cholangiocytes is proliferation leading to bile duct hyperplasia, which is a characteristic of cholestatic liver diseases. Current studies have identified various signaling pathways that are associated with cholangiocyte proliferation/loss and liver fibrosis in cholangiopathies using human samples and rodent models...
June 22, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648717/automated-classification-of-self-grooming-in-mice-using-open-source-software
#12
Bastijn J G van den Boom, Pavlina Pavlidi, Casper M H Wolf, Hanne A H Mooij, Ingo Willuhn
BACKGROUND: Manual analysis of behavior is labor intensive and subject to inter-rater variability. Although considerable progress in automation of analysis has been made, complex behavior such as grooming still lacks satisfactory automated quantification. NEW METHOD: We trained a freely available, automated classifier, Janelia Automatic Animal Behavior Annotator (JAABA), to quantify self-grooming duration and number of bouts based on video recordings of SAPAP3 knockout mice (a mouse line that self-grooms excessively) and wild-type animals...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648457/enriched-environment-promotes-remyelination-and-motor-function-recovery-through-modulation-of-hdac1-2-in-mice
#13
Jian Zheng, Weijun Ding, Baoming Li, Youjun Yang
Brain structure and functions are significantly affected by enriched environment (EE). Rodent and rhesus monkeys raised in EE will increase myelination in development, and these increase correlate with improved cognitive functions on learning and memory. However, whether and how EE influences remyelination in the adult remained undefined. Here, we used a cuprizone-induced demyelination mouse model demonstrate that EE significantly enhances remyelination. This EE-regulated remyelination is associated with improved motor skills...
June 22, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648389/stress-primes-microglial-polarization-after-global-ischemia-therapeutic-potential-of-progesterone
#14
Claudia Espinosa-Garcia, Iqbal Sayeed, Seema Yousuf, Fahim Atif, Elena G Sergeeva, Gretchen N Neigh, Donald G Stein
Despite the fact stress is associated with increased risk of stroke and worsened outcome, most preclinical studies have ignored this comorbid factor, especially in the context of testing neuroprotective treatments. Preclinical research suggests that stress primes microglia, resulting in an enhanced reactivity to a subsequent insult and potentially increasing vulnerability to stroke. Ischemia-induced activated microglia can be polarized into a harmful phenotype, M1, which produces pro-inflammatory cytokines, or a protective phenotype, M2, which releases anti-inflammatory cytokines and neurotrophic factors...
June 22, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648184/uterine-fluid-in-pregnancy-a-biological-and-clinical-outlook
#15
REVIEW
Ying Zhang, Qiang Wang, Hongmei Wang, Enkui Duan
Once considered a simple medium for sperm and embryo transport, the functional spectrum of uterine fluid is now expanding. Novel molecular players, such as extracellular vesicles and mobile RNAs, have been detected in the uterine fluid of livestock, rodents, and humans. These novel molecules, together with previously known ions and proteins, ensure uterine fluid homeostasis and facilitate embryo-maternal interactions. Here, we propose that these molecules may also carry information that mirrors maternal environmental exposure and possibly relay such information to the embryo via uterine fluid, generating long-term epigenetic effects on the offspring via embryonic and placental programming...
July 2017: Trends in Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647853/are-podocytes-motile
#16
REVIEW
Nicole Endlich, Florian Siegerist, Karlhans Endlich
Podocytes, the postmitotic and highly branched epithelial cells of the glomerulus, play a pivotal role for the function of the glomerular filtration barrier and the development of chronic kidney disease. It has long been discussed whether podocytes in vivo are motile and can laterally migrate in a coordinated way along the capillaries until they reach the position of naked glomerular basement membrane often found in podocytopathies. Such motility would also be the prerequisite for the replacement of lost podocytes by progenitor cells...
June 24, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647678/methyl-jasmonate-attenuated-lipopolysaccharide-induced-depressive-like-behaviour-in-mice
#17
Adaeze Adebesin, Olusegun A Adeoluwa, Anthony T Eduviere, Solomon Umukoro
Depression is a recurrent neuropsychiatric disorder that affects millions of individuals worldwide and impact negatively on the patients' social functions and quality of life. Studies have shown that i.p injection of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) induces depressive-like behavior in rodents via induction of oxidative stress and neuroinflammation. Methyl jasmonate (MJ), an isolated compound from jasmine plant has gained reputation in aromatherapy for treatment of depression, nervousness and memory deficits. This study was designed to evaluate the effects of MJ on LPS-induced depressive-like behavior in mice...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647662/microsurgical-bypass-training-rat-model-part-1-technical-nuances-of-exposure-of-the-aorta-and-iliac-arteries
#18
Ali Tayebi Meybodi, Michael T Lawton, Pooneh Mokhtari, Sonia Yousef, Sirin Gandhi, Arnau Benet
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Animal models using rodents are frequently used for the purpose of practicing microvascular anastomosis - an essential technique in cerebrovascular surgery. However, safely and efficiently exposing rat's target vessels is technically difficult. Such difficulty may lead to excessive hemorrhage and shorten animal survival. This limits the ability to perform multiple anastomoses on a single animal and may increase the overall training time and costs. We report our model for microsurgical bypass training in rodents in two consecutive articles...
June 21, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647450/central-administration-of-ghrelin-induces-conditioned-avoidance-in-rodents
#19
Erik Schéle, Christopher Cook, Marie Le May, Tina Bake, Simon M Luckman, Suzanne L Dickson
Feelings of hunger carry a negative-valence (emotion) signal that appears to be conveyed through agouti-related peptide (AgRP) neurons in the hypothalamic arcuate nucleus. The circulating hunger hormone, ghrelin, activates these neurons although it remains unclear whether it also carries a negative-valence signal. Given that ghrelin also activates pathways in the midbrain that are important for reward, it remains possible that ghrelin could act as a positive reinforcer and hence, carry a positive-valence signal...
June 21, 2017: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647288/gap-junctions-pannexins-and-pain
#20
REVIEW
David C Spray, Menachem Hanani
Enhanced expression and function of gap junctions and pannexin (Panx) channels has been associated with both peripheral and central mechanisms of pain sensitization. At the level of the sensory ganglia, evidence includes augmented gap junction and pannexin1 expression in glial cells and neurons in inflammatory and neuropathic pain models and increased synchrony and enhanced cross-excitation among sensory neurons by gap junction-mediated coupling. In spinal cord and in suprapinal areas, evidence is largely limited to increased expression of relevant proteins, although in several rodent pain models, hypersensitivity is reduced by treatment with gap junction/Panx1 channel blocking compounds...
June 21, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
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