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Anna Jafarpour, Hugo Spiers
When humans draw maps, or make judgments about travel-time, their responses are rarely accurate and are often systematically distorted. Distortion effects on estimating time to arrival and the scale of sketch-maps reveal the nature of mental representation of time and space. Inspired by data from rodent entorhinal grid cells, we predicted that familiarity to an environment would distort representations of the space by expanding the size of it. We also hypothesized that travel-time estimation would be distorted in the same direction as space-size, if time and space rely on the same cognitive map...
October 22, 2016: Hippocampus
Marian Raschke, Bernd-W Igl, Julia Kenny, Joanne Collins, Stephen D Dertinger, Carson Labash, Javed A Bhalli, Cameron C M Tebbe, Kylie M McNeil, Andreas Sutter
The rodent Pig-a assay is an in vivo method for the detection of gene mutation, where lack of glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored proteins on the surface of circulating red blood cells (RBCs) serves as a reporter for Pig-a gene mutation. In the case of rats, the frequency of mutant phenotype RBCs is measured via fluorescent anti-CD59 antibodies and flow cytometry. The Pig-a assay meets the growing expectations for novel approaches in animal experimentation not only focusing on the scientific value of the assay but also on animal welfare aspects (3Rs principles), for example, amenable to integration into pivotal rodent 28-day general toxicology studies...
October 22, 2016: Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis
David F Woodward, Jenny W Wang, Ming Ni, Alex Bauer, Jose L Martos, Robert W Carling, Neil J Poloso
The purpose of these studies was to test the hypothesis that a selected polypharmacological approach for treating the prostanoid-mediated component of inflammatory diseases would produce a therapeutic effect superior to global inhibition of prostaglandin (PG) biosynthesis by aspirin-like drugs. The compound studied was AGN 211377, which had been previously shown to produce a superior effect on cytokine release from human macrophages compared with cyclooxygenase (COX) inhibitors. AGN 211377 antagonizes prostanoid prostaglandin D2 (DP)1, DP2, prostaglandin E2 (EP)1, EP4, prostaglandin F2α, and thromboxane A2 receptors but not anti-inflammatory EP2, prostaglandin I2, or EP3 receptors...
October 21, 2016: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Ruinan Gu, Fali Zhang, Gang Chen, Chaojun Han, Jay Liu, Zhaoxiang Ren, Yi Zhu, John L Waddington, Long Tai Zheng, Xuechu Zhen
Clock (Clk)1/COQ7 is a mitochondrial hydroxylase that is necessary for the biosynthesis of ubiquinone (coenzyme Q or UQ). Here, we investigate the role of Clk1 in neuroinflammation and consequentially dopaminergic (DA) neuron survival. Reduced expression of Clk1 in microglia enhanced the LPS-induced proinflammatory response and promoted aerobic glycolysis. Inhibition of glycolysis abolished Clk1 deficiency-induced hypersensitivity to the inflammatory stimulation. Mechanistic studies demonstrated that mTOR/HIF-1α and ROS/HIF-1α signaling pathways were involved in Clk1 deficiency-induced aerobic glycolysis...
October 18, 2016: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Alema Galijatovic-Idrizbegovic, Judith E Miller, Wendy D Cornell, James A Butler, Gordon K Wollenberg, Frank D Sistare, Joseph J DeGeorge
Chronic (>3 months) preclinical toxicology studies are conducted to support the safe conduct of clinical trials exceeding 3 months in duration. We have conducted a review of 32 chronic toxicology studies in non-rodents (22 studies in dogs and 10 in non-human primates) and 27 chronic toxicology studies in rats dosed with Merck compounds to determine the frequency at which additional target organ toxicities are observed in chronic toxicology studies as compared to subchronic studies of 3 months in duration...
October 18, 2016: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
Dongdong Chai, Hong Jiang, Qifang Li
OBJECTIVE: Previously, we found that the inhaled anesthetic isoflurane up-regulated the transcriptional factor hypoxia inducible factor (HIF)-1α protein levels during induction of neurodegeneration in the brain of neonatal rats. Here, we investigated the role of HIF-1α and the underlying signaling pathway in the neurodegenration induced by isoflurane in rodent developing brain. METHODS: Primary hippocampal neurons were exposed to isoflurane (0.4mM) for 12h. Neuron injury was analyzed by 3-(4,5-dimethyithiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyl-tetra-zolium bromide (MTT) test and quantification of lactate dehydrogenaserelease...
October 18, 2016: Brain Research
Carolina Moreira Blanco, Bernardo Rodrigues Teixeira, Alexandro Guterres da Silva, Renata Carvalho de Oliveira, Liana Strecht, Maria Ogrzewalska, Elba Regina S de Lemos
Information about tick fauna and monitoring of pathogen prevalences in ticks (Acari: Ixodidae) in various habitat types can enhance knowledge about the epidemiology of tick-borne pathogens in Brazil. This work shows the results of a study of tick parasitism of wild rodents and marsupials collected in seven localities in the southern part of Brazil, within Atlantic Forest and Cerrado biomes. A total of 61 ticks were collected from small mammals, and after identification to the species level, the ticks were individually tested for the presence of bacteria of the genera Rickettsia, Borrelia, family Anaplasmataceae, and protozoa of the genus Babesia...
October 15, 2016: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
Yeohong Yoon, Jee Woong Lim, Jiyoung Kim, Younggi Kim, Keun Ho Chun
The aim of our study was to develop ursolic acid (UA) prodrugs in order to overcome UA's weakness, which has an extremely low bioavailability. UA-medoxomil (NX-201), one of our UA prodrugs, showed an improved bioavailability about 200times better than UA in rodent model. According to in vivo test performed with PANC-1 xenograft SCID mouse model, tumor growth rate decreased dose-dependently and 100mg/kg dose of NX-201 had an anticancer effect comparable to gemcitabine. Most of all the combination of NX-201 (50mg/kg, po, daily) and gemcitabine (40mg/kg, iv, 2timesperweek) even reduced tumor size after three weeks...
October 6, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Giulia Suarato, Seong-Il Lee, Weiyi Li, Sneha Rao, Tanvir Khan, Yizhi Meng, Maya Shelly
During mammalian embryonic development, neurons polarize to create distinct cellular compartments of axon and dendrite that inherently differ in form and function, providing the foundation for directional signaling in the nervous system. Polarization results from spatio-temporal segregation of specific proteins' activities to discrete regions of the neuron to dictate axonal vs. dendritic fate. We aim to manipulate axon formation by directed subcellular localization of crucial intracellular protein function...
October 8, 2016: Biomaterials
Tomohiro Yamashita, Shota Yamamoto, Jiaming Zhang, Miho Kometani, Daisuke Tomiyama, Keita Kohno, Hidetoshi Tozaki-Saitoh, Kazuhide Inoue, Makoto Tsuda
P2X4 receptors (P2X4R) are a family of ATP-gated non-selective cation channels. We previously demonstrated that activation of P2X4R in spinal microglia is crucial for neuropathic pain, a highly debilitating chronic pain condition, suggesting that P2X4R is a potential therapeutic target for treating neuropathic pain. Thus, the identification of a compound that has a potent inhibitory effect on P2X4R is an important clinical challenge. In the present study, we screened a chemical library of clinically approved drugs and show for the first time that duloxetine, a serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor, has an inhibitory effect on rodent and human P2X4R...
2016: PloS One
Zhanglong Peng, Shibani Pati, Magali J Fontaine, Kelly Hall, Anthony V Herrera, Rosemary A Kozar
BACKGROUND: Clinical studies have demonstrated that the early and empiric use of plasma improves survival after hemorrhagic shock. We have demonstrated in rodent models of hemorrhagic shock that resuscitation with plasma is protective to the lungs compared with lactated Ringer's solution. As our long-term objective is to determine the molecular mechanisms that modulate plasma's protective effects in injured bleeding patients, we have used human plasma in a mouse model of hemorrhagic shock...
November 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Yanina S Bogliotti, Marcela Vilarino, Pablo J Ross
Cytoplasmic microinjection into one-cell embryos is a very powerful technique. As an example, it enables the delivery of genome editing tools that can create genetic modifications that will be present in every cell of an adult organism. It can also be used to deliver siRNA, mRNAs or blocking antibodies to study gene function in preimplantation embryos. The conventional technique for microinjecting embryos used in rodents consists of a very thin micropipette that directly penetrates the plasma membrane when advanced into the embryo...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Satoru Kondo, Takashi Yoshida, Kenichi Ohki
A minicolumn is the smallest anatomical module in the cortical architecture, but it is still in debate whether it serves as functional units for cortical processing. In the rodent primary visual cortex (V1), neurons with different preferred orientations are mixed horizontally in a salt and pepper manner, but vertical functional organization was not examined. In this study, we found that neurons with similar orientation preference are weakly but significantly clustered vertically in a short length and horizontally in the scale of a minicolumn...
October 21, 2016: Nature Communications
Connie F Matthiesen, Anne-Helene Tauson
BACKGROUND: Malnutrition in fetal life and during suckling have in some animal studies resulted in adaptive changes related to the fat and glucose metabolism, which in the long term might predispose the offspring for metabolic disorders such as obesity later in life. The objective was to study the effect of fetal life malnutrition in male mink on the gene expression of leptin and adiponectin in different adipose tissue sites. RESULTS: Thirty-two male mink, strict carnivore species, exposed to low (FL) or adequate (FA) protein provision the last 16...
October 20, 2016: Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica
Chantal Cossette, Shishir Chourey, Qiuji Ye, Chintam Nagendra Reddy, Vivek Gore, Sylvie Gravel, Irina Slobodchikova, Dajana Vuckovic, Joshua Rokach, William S Powell
The potent eosinophil chemoattractant 5-oxo-6,8,11,14-eicosatetraenoic acid (5-oxo-ETE) is a 5-lipoxygenase product that acts via the selective OXE receptor, which is present in many species, but not rodents. We previously reported that the indole 230 is a potent human OXE receptor antagonist. The objective of the present study was to determine whether the monkey would be a suitable animal model to investigate its pharmaceutical potential. We found that monkey leukocytes synthesize and respond to 5-oxo-ETE, and that 230 is a potent antagonist of the OXE receptor in monkey eosinophils...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Sophie Laguesse, Nadege Morisot, Khanhky Phamluong, Dorit Ron
We previously reported that the kinase AKT is activated in the nucleus accumbens (NAc) of rodents in response to excessive consumption of alcohol. One of the important downstream targets of AKT is the mammalian Target Of Rapamycin in Complex 1 (mTORC1), which was also activated by alcohol intake. mTORC1 controls dendritic protein translation, and we showed that the mTORC1-dependent translational machinery is activated in the NAc in response to alcohol intake. Importantly, systemic or intra-NAc inhibition of the AKT/mTORC1 pathway attenuated alcohol-drinking behaviors...
October 20, 2016: Addiction Biology
Amanda R de Oliveira, Adriano E Reimer, Fernando M C V Reis, Marcus L Brandão
Considering the complexity of aversive information processing and defensive response expression, a combined action of stress modulators may be required for an optimal performance during threatening situations. Dopamine is now recognized as one of the most active modulators underlying states of fear and anxiety. On the other hand, activation of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical (HPA) axis, which leads to the release of corticosterone in rodents, has been considered a key part of the stress response. The current study is an extension of prior work investigating modulatory effects of dopamine and corticosterone on conditioned fear expression...
October 20, 2016: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
Robert K McNamara
Over the past three decades a body of translational evidence has implicated dietary deficiency in long-chain omega-3 (LCn-3) fatty acids, including eicosapenaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), in the pathophysiology and etiology of major depressive disorder (MDD). Cross-national and cross-sectional data suggest that greater habitual intake of preformed EPA+DHA is associated with reduced risk for developing depressive symptoms and syndromal MDD. Erythrocyte EPA and DHA composition is highly correlated with habitual fish or fish oil intake, and case-control studies have consistently observed lower erythrocyte EPA and/or DHA levels in patients with MDD...
September 2016: J Nutr Intermed Metab
Nicole Mons, Daniel Beracochea
A prime mechanism that contributes to the development and maintenance of alcoholism is the dysregulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis activity and the release of glucocorticoids (cortisol in humans and primates, corticosterone in rodents) from the adrenal glands. In the brain, sustained, local elevation of glucocorticoid concentration even long after cessation of chronic alcohol consumption compromises functional integrity of a circuit, including the prefrontal cortex (PFC), the hippocampus (HPC), and the amygdala (AMG)...
2016: Frontiers in Psychiatry
Bret H Clough, Eoin P McNeill, Daniel Palmer, Ulf Krause, Thomas J Bartosh, Christopher D Chaput, Carl A Gregory
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Spine pain and the disability associated with it are epidemic in the United States. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, >650,000 spinal fusion surgeries are performed annually in the US and yet there is a failure rate of 15-40% when standard methods employing current commercial bone substitutes are utilized. Autologous bone graft is the gold standard in terms of fusion success, but the morbidity associated with the procedure and limitations in the availability of sufficient material has limited its use in the majority of cases...
October 17, 2016: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
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