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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783060/sleep-dependent-consolidation-patterns-reveal-insights-into-episodic-memory-structure
#1
Carlos N Oyanedel, Anuck Sawangjit, Jan Born, Marion Inostroza
Episodic memory formation is considered a genuinely hippocampal function. Its study in rodents has relied on two different task paradigms, i.e. the so called "what-where-when" (WW-When) task and "what-where-which" (WW-Which) task. The WW-When task aims to assess the memory for an episode as an event bound into its context defined by spatial and distinct temporal information, the WW-Which task lacks the temporal component and introduces, instead, an "occasion setter" marking the broader contextual configuration in which the event occurred...
May 18, 2018: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782943/effects-of-d-amphetamine-on-risk-choice-in-rats-depend-on-the-manner-in-which-the-expected-reward-value-is-varied
#2
Jen-Hau Yang, Chung-Ping Cheng, Ruey-Ming Liao
Decision making related to risks and rewards has been studied in the rodent by using several behavioral tests including the use of probability discounting tasks. However, it still remains unclear how long-term values and the different levels of risk are involved in decisions with reward uncertainty. In this study, we used a T-maze choice task to investigate the role of expected reward values in decision making under risk in the rat. The task was specifically set up to run with the expected value (EV) being equal to 1 between binary choice options (small-and-certain vs...
May 18, 2018: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782892/a-glp-1-cck-fusion-peptide-harnesses-the-synergistic-effects-on-metabolism-of-cck-1-and-glp-1-receptor-agonism-in-mice
#3
David C Hornigold, Emma Roth, Victor Howard, Sarah Will, Stephanie Oldham, Matthew P Coghlan, Clemence Blouet, James L Trevaskis
Combination approaches for the treatment of metabolic diseases such as obesity and diabetes are becoming increasingly relevant. Co-administration of a glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor (GLP-1R) agonist with a cholecystokinin receptor-1 (CCKR1) agonist exert synergistic effects on weight loss in obese rodents. Here, we report on the effects of a novel fusion peptide (C2816) comprised of a stabilized GLP-1R agonist, AC3174, and a CCKR1-selective agonist, AC170222. C2816 was constructed such that AC3174 was linked to the N-terminus of AC170222, thus preserving the C-terminal amide of the CCK moiety...
May 18, 2018: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782882/prolonged-increase-in-ser31-tyrosine-hydroxylase-phosphorylation-in-substantia-nigra-following-cessation-of-chronic-methamphetamine
#4
Michael F Salvatore, Vicki A Nejtek, Habibeh Khoshbouei
Methamphetamine (MA) exposure may increase the risk of motor or cognitive impairments similar to Parkinson's disease (PD) by middle age. Although damage to nigrostriatal or mesoaccumbens dopamine (DA) neurons may occur during or early after MA exposure, overt PD-like symptoms at a younger age may not manifest due to compensatory mechanisms to maintain DA neurotransmission. One possible compensatory mechanism is increased tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) phosphorylation. In the rodent PD 6-OHDA model, nigrostriatal lesion decreases TH protein in both striatum and substantia nigra (SN)...
May 18, 2018: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782839/different-regulation-of-cortisol-and-corticosterone-in-the-subterranean-rodent-ctenomys-talarum-responses-to-dexamethasone-angiotensin-ii-potassium-and-diet
#5
Federico Vera, C Daniel Antenucci, Roxana R Zenuto
When harmful environmental stimuli occur, glucocorticoids (GCs), cortisol and corticosterone are currently used to evaluate stress status in vertebrates, since their secretions are primarily associated to an increased activity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. To advance in our comprehension about GCs regulation, we evaluated the subterranean rodent Ctenomys talarum to assess cortisol and corticosterone response to (1) the negative feedback of the HPA axis using the dexamethasone (DEX) suppression test, (2) angiotensin II (Ang II), (3) potassium (K+ ) intake, and (4) different diets (vegetables, grasses, acute fasting)...
May 18, 2018: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782837/phenylalanine-and-tryptophan-stimulate-gastrin-and-somatostatin-secretion-and-h-k-atpase-activity-in-pigs-through-calcium-sensing-receptor
#6
Yihan Xian, Xiuying Zhao, Chao Wang, Cuicui Kang, Liren Ding, Weiyun Zhu, Suqin Hang
In rodents and humans, aromatic amino acids increase gut hormone secretion and H+ -K+ -ATPase activity by modulating calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR). However, the role of CaSR and its related signaling molecules in amino acid-induced gut hormone secretion in swine has not been investigated. Here, we examined whether a CaSR-dependent pathway modulated gastrin and somatostatin (SS) secretion and H+ -K+ -ATPase activity in pigs. Perfusion of pig stomach tissues in the presence of extracellular 80 mM l-phenylalanine (Phe) or 20 mM l-tryptophan (Trp) and a CaSR agonist cinacalcet triggered gastrin and SS secretion and H+ -K+ -ATPase activity (P < 0...
May 18, 2018: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782315/tlr4-gene-expression-and-pro-inflammatory-cytokines-in-alzheimer-s-disease-and-in-response-to-hippocampal-deafferentation-in-rodents
#7
Justin Miron, Cynthia Picard, Josée Frappier, Doris Dea, Louise Théroux, Judes Poirier
One important aspect in Alzheimer's disease pathology is the presence of chronic inflammation. Considering its role as a key receptor in the microglial innate immune system, TLR4 was shown to regulate the binding and phagocytosis of amyloid plaques by microglia in several mouse models of amyloidosis, as well as the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines. To our knowledge, TLR4 and its association with cytokines have not been thoroughly examined in the brains of subjects affected with Alzheimer's disease. Using quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) in postmortem human brains, we observed increased expression for the TLR4 and TNF genes (p = 0...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782059/testicular-histomorphometry-and-the-proliferative-and-apoptotic-activities-of-the-seminiferous-epithelium-in-syrian-hamster-during-spontaneous-recrudescence-after-exposure-to-short-photoperiod
#8
Jesús Martínez-Hernández, Vicente Seco-Rovira, Ester Beltrán-Frutos, Concepción Ferrer, Manuel Canteras, María Del Mar Sánchez-Huertas, Luis Miguel Pastor
Syrian hamsters are photoperiodic rodents in which reproduction, including testicular function, is stimulated by long photoperiod exposure and curtailed by exposure to a short photoperiod. The objectives of this study were to characterize the testis histomorphometrically and to determine the role of the proliferation and apoptosis phenomena in the recovery of the seminiferous epithelium during spontaneous recrudescence after exposure to short photoperiod. The study was performed using conventional light microscopy, proliferating cell nuclear antigen and terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase (TdT)-mediated dUTP in situ nick end labelling staining, image analysis software, and transmission electron microscopy in three recrudescence groups: initial recrudescence (IR), advanced recrudescence (AR) and total recrudescence (TR)...
May 21, 2018: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782007/intraportal-transplantation-of-pancreatic-islets-in-mouse-model
#9
Rahul Khatri, Birte Hussmann, Divya Rawat, Ali Osman Gürol, Thomas Linn
Pancreatic islet transplantation to reduce hyperglycemia is highly successful in rodents with chemically-induced diabetes. The most common transplantation site in experimental islet transplantation is the kidney capsule. However, as less is known about the interaction of pancreatic islets with blood constituents, it also makes sense to utilize the portal vein approach in experimental islet transplantation. This protocol demonstrates an intraportal islet transplantation technique in NMRI nude mice. Streptozotocin (180 mg/kg) is injected intraperitoneally to induce hyperglycemia in recipient mice...
May 5, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782000/induction-of-nephrotic-syndrome-in-mice-by-retrobulbar-injection-of-doxorubicin-and-prevention-of-volume-retention-by-sustained-release-aprotinin
#10
Bernhard N Bohnert, Ferruh Artunc
Nephrotic syndrome is the most extreme manifestation of proteinuric kidney disease and characterized by heavy proteinuria, hypoalbuminemia, and edema due to sodium retention and hyperlipidemia. To study the pathophysiology of this syndrome, rodent models have been developed based on the injection of toxic substances such as doxorubicin causing podocyte damage. In mice, only few strains are susceptible to this model. In wildtype 129S1/SvImJ mice, the administration of doxorubicin by rapid intravenous injection to the retrobulbar sinus induces experimental nephrotic syndrome that features all the symptoms of human disease including sodium retention and edema...
May 6, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781959/involvement-of-the-vgf-derived-peptide-tlqp-62-in-nerve-injury-induced-hypersensitivity-and-spinal-neuroplasticity
#11
Alexander G J Skorput, Xijing Zhang, Jonathan J Waataja, Cristina D Peterson, Maureen S Riedl, Kelley F Kitto, Hai Truong, Cecilia Huffman, Stephen R Salton, Carolyn A Fairbanks, Christopher N Honda, Lucy Vulchanova
Neuroplasticity in the dorsal horn following peripheral nerve damage contributes critically to the establishment of chronic pain. The neurosecretory protein VGF (non-acronymic) is rapidly and robustly upregulated following nerve injury, and therefore peptides generated from it are positioned to serve as signals for peripheral damage. The goal of this project was to understand the spinal modulatory effects of the C-terminal VGF derived peptide TLQP-62 at the cellular level and gain insight into the function of the peptide in the development of neuropathic pain...
May 16, 2018: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781509/comparative-analgesic-efficacy-of-pregabalin-administered-according-to-either-a-prevention-protocol-or-an-intervention-protocol-in-rats-with-cisplatin-induced-peripheral-neuropathy
#12
F Y Han, A Kuo, J R Nicholson, L Corradinni, M T Smith
Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) is a type of peripheral neuropathic pain that may be dose-limiting in patients administered potentially curative cancer chemotherapy dosing regimens. In cancer survivors, persistent CIPN adversely affects patient quality of life and so adjuvant drugs (anticonvulsants e.g. pregabalin or antidepressants e.g. amitriptyline) are recommended for the relief of CIPN. However, most studies in rodent models of CIPN involve administration of single bolus doses of adjuvant drugs to assess pain-relieving efficacy...
May 21, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781377/aluminium-phosphide-poisoning-resulting-in-cardiac-arrest-successful-treatment-with-extracorporeal-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-ecpr-a-case-report
#13
Juan Lehoux, Zachary Hena, Megan McCabe, Giles Peek
Aluminium phosphide (AP) is a pesticide used against rodents and insects. Exposure of AP to water releases phosphine gas. Phosphine is a highly toxic mitochondrial poison to which there is no known antidote. We report a case of a 3-year-old female with accidental home exposure to AP, which resulted in cardiac arrest, who was successfully supported with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).
May 1, 2018: Perfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781150/sex-differences-in-adolescent-ethanol-drinking-to-behavioral-intoxication
#14
Sara R Westbrook, Minsu Kang, Luke K Sherrill, Dylan O'Hearn, Tanya Krishnamani, Joshua M Gulley
Rodent models have been especially useful for investigating adolescent ethanol exposure. However, there is a paucity of studies examining sex differences in behavioral intoxication from adolescent ethanol drinking. Here, we used an ethanol drinking model to investigate if adolescent rats of both sexes readily drink ethanol to measurable behavioral intoxication, indicated by increased impulsive action and motor incoordination. Beginning on postnatal day (P) 28, male and female Long-Evans rats were given 30-min access to a solution of sucrose (20%) or sweetened ethanol (20% sucrose +15% ethanol) every other day until P60 and once after 2 weeks of forced abstinence (on P75)...
May 21, 2018: Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780857/multi-omic-network-based-interrogation-of-rat-liver-metabolism-following-gastric-bypass-surgery-featuring-swath-proteomics
#15
Gautham Vivek Sridharan, Matthew D'Alessandro, Shyam Sundhar Bale, Vicky Bhagat, Hugo Gagnon, John M Asara, Korkut Uygun, Martin L Yarmush, Nima Saeidi
Morbidly obese patients often elect for Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB), a form of bariatric surgery that triggers a remarkable 30% reduction in excess body weight and reversal of insulin resistance for those who are type II diabetic. A more complete understanding of the underlying molecular mechanisms that drive the complex metabolic reprogramming post-RYGB could lead to innovative non-invasive therapeutics that mimic the beneficial effects of the surgery, namely weight loss, achievement of glycemic control, or reversal of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)...
September 2017: Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780016/haemogregarine-genetic-diversity-in-captive-african-rock-pythons-from-nigeria-suggests-a-geographical-pattern
#16
Henry Olanrewaju Jegede, Beatriz Tomé, Ana Perera, Temidayo O Omobowale
OBJECTIVE: Understanding the processes that drive parasite diversification, distribution, and abundance is central to disentangle the dynamics and evolution of diseases. In this study, we screened African rock pythons from Nigeria for the presence of blood parasites to assess their distribution, diversity, and phylogenetic relationships. METHODS: A total of 21 captive African rock pythons collected from across 11 locations in Nigeria were sampled between August 2016 and January 2017...
March 2018: Türkiye Parazitolojii Dergisi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780003/a-disease-associated-aifm1-variant-induces-severe-myopathy-in-knockin-mice
#17
Lena Wischhof, Anna Gioran, Dagmar Sonntag-Bensch, Antonia Piazzesi, Miriam Stork, Pierluigi Nicotera, Daniele Bano
OBJECTIVE: Mutations in the AIFM1 gene have been identified in recessive X-linked mitochondrial diseases. Functional and molecular consequences of these pathogenic AIFM1 mutations have been poorly studied in vivo. METHODS/RESULTS: Here we provide evidence that the disease-associated apoptosis-inducing factor (AIF) deletion arginine 201 (R200 in rodents) causes pathology in knockin mice. Within a few months, posttranslational loss of the mutant AIF protein induces severe myopathy associated with a lower number of cytochrome c oxidase-positive muscle fibers...
May 8, 2018: Molecular Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779669/synthesis-and-profiling-of-benzylmorpholine-1-2-4-5-tetraoxane-analogue-n205-towards-tetraoxane-scaffolds-with-potential-for-single-dose-cure-of-malaria
#18
Paul M O' Neill, Paul A Stocks, Sunil Sabbani, Natalie L Roberts, Richard K Amewu, Emma R Shore, Ghaith Aljayyoussi, Iñigo Angulo-Barturén, María Belén, Jiménez-Díaz, Santiago Ferrer Bazaga, María Santos Martínez, Brice Campo, Raman Sharma, Susan A Charman, Eileen Ryan, Gong Chen, David M Shackleford, Jill Davies, Gemma L Nixon, Giancarlo A Biagini, Stephen A Ward
A series of aryl carboxamide and benzylamino dispiro 1,2,4,5-tetraoxane analogues have been designed and synthesized in a short synthetic sequence from readily available starting materials. From this series of endoperoxides, molecules with in vitro IC50s versus Plasmodium falciparum (3D7) as low as 0.84 nM were identified. Based on an assessment of blood stability and in vitro microsomal stability, N205 (10a) was selected for rodent pharmacokinetic and in vivo antimalarial efficacy studies in the mouse Plasmodium berghei and Plasmodium falciparum Pf3D70087/N9 severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) mouse models...
May 17, 2018: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779580/animal-models-of-endometriosis-replicating-the-aetiology-and-symptoms-of-the-human-disorder
#19
REVIEW
Ioannis Simitsidellis, Douglas A Gibson, Philippa T K Saunders
Endometriosis is a chronic incurable disorder that affects 1 in 10 women of reproductive age: associated symptoms include chronic pain and infertility. The aetiology of endometriosis remains poorly understood but patients, clinicians and researchers are all in agreement that new non-surgical therapies are urgently needed to reduce the severity of symptoms. Preclinical testing of drugs requires the development and validation of models that recapitulate the key features of the disorder. In this review we describe the best-validated animal models (primate, rodent, xenograft) and their contributions to our understanding of the factors underpinning the development of symptoms...
June 2018: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779156/adolescent-isolation-rearing-produces-a-prepulse-inhibition-deficit-correlated-with-expression-of-the-nmda-glun1-subunit-in-the-nucleus-accumbens
#20
Megan L Fitzgerald, Virginia M Pickel
Adolescence is a transition period during which social interaction is necessary for normal brain and behavior development. Severely abnormal social interactions during adolescence can increase the incidence of lifelong psychiatric disease. Decreased prepulse inhibition (PPI) is a quantifiable hallmark of some psychiatric illnesses in humans and can be elicited in rodents by isolation rearing throughout the adolescent transition period. PPI is a measure of sensorimotor gating in which the nucleus accumbens (Acb) is crucially involved...
May 19, 2018: Brain Structure & Function
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