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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340319/apigenin-reduces-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-subsequent-cytokine-production-as-protective-effect-in-a-rodent-animal-model-of-lung-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
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Ioannis Bougioukas, Vassilios Didilis, Alexander Emmert, Ahmad F Jebran, Regina Waldmann-Beushausen, Tomislav Stojanovic, Friedrich A Schoendube, Bernhard C Danner
PURPOSE: Lung ischemia-reperfusion injury (LIRI) can complicate lung transplantation or cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass, increasing morbidity and mortality. In LIRI, pro-inflammatory cytokines are activated, reactive oxygen species are generated and nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) is up-regulated, altering lung mechanics. We tested the effect of the flavonoid apigenin on a rodent model of LIRI. METHODS: Thirty-seven Wistar rats were subjected to LIRI with or without a single or double dose of apigenin...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Investigative Surgery: the Official Journal of the Academy of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340258/hydrocodone-is-more-effective-than-morphine-or-oxycodone-in-suppressing-the-development-of-burn-induced-mechanical-allodynia
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Michael A Emery, M L Shawn Bates, Paul J Wellman, Shoshana Eitan
Background. : Pain is the most frequent complaint of burn-injured patients. Opioids are commonly used in the course of treatment. However, there is a lack of rodent studies that examine the differential effects of various opioids on burn pain. Objective. : This study compared the ability of morphine, oxycodone, and hydrocodone to suppress the development of burn-induced mechanical allodynia and reduce pain sensitivity. Methods. : Mice were examined for their baseline pain sensitivity thresholds using the von Frey Filaments test...
March 18, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339990/detecting-thresholds-for-bitter-umami-and-sweet-tastants-in-broiler-chicken-using-a-2-choice-test-method
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Shira L Cheled-Shoval, Naama Reicher, Masha Y Niv, Zehava Uni
The sense of taste has a key role in nutrient sensing and food intake in animals. A standardized and simple method for determination of tastant-detection thresholds is required for chemosensory research in poultry. We established a 24-h, 2-alternative, forced-choice solution-consumption method and applied it to measure detection thresholds for 3 G-protein-coupled receptor-mediated taste modalities-bitter, sweet, and umami-in chicken. Four parameters were used to determine a significant response: 1) tastant-solution consumption; 2) water (tasteless) consumption; 3) total consumption (tastant and water together); 4) ratio of tastant consumption to total consumption...
March 2, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339469/non-invasive-evaluation-of-muscle-disease-in-the-canine-model-of-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-by-electrical-impedance-myography
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Chady H Hakim, Alex Mijailovic, Thais B Lessa, Joan R Coates, Carmen Shin, Seward B Rutkove, Dongsheng Duan
Dystrophin-deficient dogs are by far the best available large animal models for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), the most common lethal childhood muscle degenerative disease. The use of the canine DMD model in basic disease mechanism research and translational studies will be greatly enhanced with the development of reliable outcome measures. Electrical impedance myography (EIM) is a non-invasive painless procedure that provides quantitative data relating to muscle composition and histology. EIM has been extensively used in neuromuscular disease research in both human patients and rodent models...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339439/dezocine-antagonizes-morphine-analgesia-upon-simultaneous-administration-in-rodent-models-of-acute-nociception
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Na-Na Li, Ya-Qin Huang, Ling-Er Huang, Shao-Hui Guo, Maxwell R Shen, Chen-Ling Guo, Sheng-Mei Zhu, Yong-Xing Yao
BACKGROUND: Dezocine is a powerful analgesic that can be less addictive than morphine, yet how the two drugs interact in vivo is poorly understood. Here we administered dezocine alone or in combination with morphine to different acute nociception paradigms to explore the interactions of the 2 drugs upon co-administration. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate how dezocine interacts with morphine in different acute nociception paradigms. STUDY DESIGN: Laboratory animal study...
March 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339283/development-optimization-and-implementation-of-a-centralized-metabolic-soft-spot-assay
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Anthony A Paiva, Cheryl Klakouski, Shu Li, Benjamin M Johnson, Yue-Zhong Shu, Jonathan Josephs, Tatyana Zvyaga, Ismael Zamora, Wilson Z Shou
AIM: High clearance is a commonly encountered issue in drug discovery. Here we present a centralized metabolic soft spot identification assay with adequate capacity and turnaround time to support the metabolic optimization needs of an entire discovery organization. METHODOLOGY: An integrated quan/qual approach utilizing both an orthogonal sample-pooling methodology and software-assisted structure elucidation was developed to enable the assay. Major metabolic soft spots in liver microsomes (rodent and human) were generated in a batch mode, along with kinetics of parent disappearance and metabolite formation, typically within 1 week of incubation...
March 24, 2017: Bioanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338593/clinical-correlates-to-assist-with-cte-diagnosis-insights-from-a-novel-rodent-repeat-concussion-model
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Gretchen M Thomsen, Ara Ko, Megan Y Harada, Annie Ma, Livia Wyss, Patricia Haro, Jean-Philippe Vit, Pablo Avalos, Navpreet Dhillon, Noell Cho, Oksana Shelest, Eric J Ley
INTRODUCTION: Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a neurodegenerative disease linked to repetitive head injuries. CTE symptoms include changes in mood, behavior, cognition and motor function, however CTE is only currently diagnosed post-mortem. Using a rat model of recurrent traumatic brain injury (TBI) we demonstrate rodent deficits that predict the severity of CTE-like brain pathology. METHODS: Bilateral, closed skull, mild TBI was administered once per week to 35 WT rats, 8 rats received 2 injuries ('2xTBI'), 27 rats received 5 injuries ('5xTBI') and 13 rats were sham controls...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338530/pharmacologic-characterizations-of-a-p2x7-receptor-specific-radioligand-11c-gsk1482160-for-neuroinflammatory-response
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Junbin Han, Hui Liu, Chunling Liu, Hongjun Jin, Joel S Perlmutter, Terrance M Egan, Zhude Tu
OBJECTIVE: The P2X7 receptor (P2X7R) is a key regulatory element in the neuroinflammatory cascade that provides a promising target for imaging neuroinflammation. GSK1482160, a P2X7R modulator with nanomolar binding affinity and high selectivity, has been successfully radiolabeled and utilized for imaging P2X7 levels in a mouse model of lipopolysaccharide-induced systemic inflammation. In the current study, we further characterized its binding profile and determined whether [C]GSK1482160 can detect changes in P2X7R expression in a rodent model of multiple sclerosis...
March 23, 2017: Nuclear Medicine Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338428/a-surgical-device-to-study-the-efficacy-of-bioengineered-skin-substitutes-in-mice-wound-healing-models
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Marc G Jeschke, Ali-Reza Sadri, Cassandra Belo, Saeid Amini-Nik
Due to the poor regenerative capacity of adult mammalian skin, there is a need to develop effective skin substitutes for promoting skin regeneration after a severe wound. However, the complexity of skin biology has made it difficult to enable perfect regeneration of skin. Thus, animal models are being used to test potential skin substitutes. Murine models are valuable but their healing process involves dermal contraction. We have developed a device called a dome that is able to eliminate the contraction effect of rodent skin while simultaneously housing a bioengineered skin graft...
March 23, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338402/testosterone-plus-finasteride-prevents-bone-loss-without-prostate-growth-in-a-rodent-spinal-cord-injury-model
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Joshua F Yarrow, Ean G Phillips, Christine F Conover, Taylor E Bassett, Cong Chen, Tyler Teurlings, Andrea Vasconez, Jonathan Alerte, Hannah M Prock, Jessica M Jiron, Micah Flores, J Ignacio Aguirre, Stephen E Borst, Fan Ye
We have reported that testosterone-enanthate (TE) prevents the musculoskeletal decline occurring acutely after spinal cord injury (SCI), but results in a near doubling of prostate mass. Our purpose was to test the hypothesis that administration of TE plus finasteride (FIN, type II 5α-reductase inhibitor) would prevent the chronic musculoskeletal deficits in our rodent severe contusion SCI model, without inducing prostate enlargement. Forty-three 16-week old male Sprague-Dawley rats received: (1) SHAM surgery (T9 laminectomy), (2) severe (250 kdyne) contusion SCI, (3) SCI+TE (7...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338324/studies-to-examine-potential-tolerability-differences-between-the-5-ht2c-receptor-selective-agonists-lorcaserin-and-cp-809101
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Guy A Higgins, Leonardo B Silenieks, Amy Patrick, Ines A M De Lannoy, Paul J Fletcher, Linda A Parker, Neil J MacLusky, Laura C Sullivan, Teresa A Chavera, Kelly A Berg
Lorcaserin (LOR) is a selective 5-HT2C receptor agonist that has been FDA approved as a treatment for obesity. The most frequently reported side-effects of LOR include nausea and headache, which can be dose limiting. We have previously reported that in the rat, while LOR produced unconditioned signs characteristic of nausea/malaise, the highly selective 5-HT2C agonist CP-809101 (CP) produced fewer equivalent signs. Because this may indicate a subclass of 5-HT2C agonists having better tolerability, the present studies were designed to further investigate this apparent difference...
March 24, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338321/thiol-reactive-star-polymers-display-enhanced-association-with-distinct-human-blood-components
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Joshua Julian Glass, Yang Li, Robert De Rose, Angus P R Johnston, Ewa I Czuba, Song Yang Khor, John F Quinn, Michael R Whittaker, Thomas P Davis, Stephen J Kent
Directing nanoparticles to specific cell types using non-antibody based methods is of increasing interest. Thiol-reactive nanoparticles can enhance the efficiency of cargo delivery into specific cells through interactions with cell surface proteins. However, studies to date using this technique have been largely limited to immortalized cell lines or rodents and the utility of this technology on primary human cells is unknown. Herein, we used RAFT polymerization to prepare pyridyl disulphide (PDS)-functionalized star polymers with a methoxy-poly(ethylene glycol) brush corona and a fluorescently-labelled crosslinked core using an arm-first method...
March 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338045/abnormal-levels-of-histone-methylation-in-the-retinas-of-diabetic-rats-are-reversed-by-minocycline-treatment
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Wenjun Wang, Simone Sidoli, Wenquan Zhang, Qing Wang, Leilei Wang, Ole N Jensen, Lin Guo, Xiaolu Zhao, Ling Zheng
In this study we quantified the alterations of retinal histone post-translational modifications (PTMs) in diabetic rats using a liquid chromatography - tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) approach. Some diabetic rats were subsequently treated with minocycline, a tetracycline antibiotic, which has been shown to inhibit the diabetes-induced chronic inflammation in the retinas of rodents. We quantified 266 differentially modified histone peptides, including 48 out of 83 methylation marks with significantly different abundancein retinas of diabetic rats as compared to non-diabetic controls...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337831/interleukin-1-alpha-deficiency-increases-the-expression-of-follicle-stimulating-hormone-receptors-in-granulosa-cells
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Shiri Uri-Belapolsky, Irit Miller, Aviv Shaish, Mattan Levi, Dror Harats, Lihi Ninio-Many, Yehuda Kamari, Ruth Shalgi
Follicle-stimulating hormone receptor (FSHR) is a pivotal regulator of ovarian response to hormonal stimulation. Inflammatory conditions have been linked to lower FSHR expression in granulosa cells (GCs) as well as an attenuated response to hormonal stimulation. The current study aimed to reveal if deficiency and/or blockage of the pro-inflammatory cytokine interleukin 1-alpha (IL1A) increased Fshr expression in rodent GCs. We found elevated Fshr transcript abundance, as assessed by quantitative PCR, in primary GCs isolated from Il1a-knockout compared to wild-type mice, and that the expression of FSHR is significantly higher in Il1a-knockout compared to wild-type ovaries...
March 24, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337318/development-of-18-f-maleimide-based-glycogen-synthase-kinase-3%C3%AE-ligands-for-positron-emission-tomography-imaging
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Kongzhen Hu, Debasis Patnaik, Thomas Lee Collier, Katarzyna N Lee, Han Gao, Matthew R Swoyer, Benjamin H Rotstein, Hema S Krishnan, Steven H Liang, Jin Wang, Zhiqiang Yan, Jacob M Hooker, Neil Vasdev, Stephen J Haggarty, Ming-Yu Ngai
Dysregulation of glycogen synthase kinase-3β (GSK-3β) is implicated in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders. Thus, development of GSK-3β radiotracers for positron emission tomography (PET) imaging is of paramount importance, because such a noninvasive imaging technique would allow better understanding of the link between the activity of GSK-3β and central nervous system disorders in living organisms, and it would enable early detection of the enzyme's aberrant activity. Herein, we report the synthesis and biological evaluation of a series of fluorine-substituted maleimide derivatives that are high-affinity GSK-3β inhibitors...
March 9, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337287/memri-is-a-biomarker-defining-nicotine-specific-neuronal-responses-in-subregions-of-the-rodent-brain
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Aditya N Bade, Howard E Gendelman, Michael D Boska, Yutong Liu
Nicotine dependence is defined by dopaminergic neuronal activation within the nucleus accumbens (ACB) and by affected neural projections from nicotine-stimulated neurons. Control of any subsequent neural activities would underpin any smoking cessation strategy. While extensive efforts have been made to study the pathophysiology of nicotine addiction, more limited works were developed to find imaging biomarkers. If such biomarkers are made available, addictive behaviors could be monitored noninvasively. To such ends, we employed manganese (Mn(2+))-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MEMRI) to determine whether it could be used to monitor neuronal activities after acute and chronic nicotine exposure in rats...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337184/the-maternally-inheritable-wolbachia-walbb-induces-refractoriness-to-plasmodium-berghei-in-anopheles-stephensi
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Deepak Joshi, Xiaoling Pan, Michael J McFadden, David Bevins, Xiao Liang, Peng Lu, Suzanne Thiem, Zhiyong Xi
The endosymbiont Wolbachia wAlbB induces refractoriness to Plasmodium falciparum in Anopheles stephensi, the primary mosquito vector of human malaria in the Middle East and South Asia. However, it remains unknown whether such refractoriness can be extended to other malaria species. In particular, it was reported that under very specific conditions, wAlbB can enhance Plasmodium infection in some hosts. Here, we measured the impact of wAlbB on the rodent malaria parasite Plasmodium berghei in A. stephensi by comparing the load of oocysts and sporozoites in midguts and salivary glands, respectively, between wAlbB-infected and -uninfected mosquitoes...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337132/habituation-training-improves-locomotor-performance-in-a-forced-running-wheel-system-in-rats
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Angel Toval, Raúl Baños, Ernesto De la Cruz, Nicanor Morales-Delgado, Jesús G Pallarés, Abdelmalik Ayad, Kuei Y Tseng, Jose L Ferran
Increasing evidence supports that physical activity promotes mental health; and regular exercise may confer positive effects in neurological disorders. There is growing number of reports that requires the analysis of the impact of physical activity in animal models. Exercise in rodents can be performed under voluntary or forced conditions. The former presents the disadvantage that the volume and intensity of exercise varies from subject to subject. On the other hand, a major challenge of the forced training protocol is the low level of performance typically achieved within a given session...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337131/changes-in-neuronal-oscillations-accompany-the-loss-of-hippocampal-ltp-that-occurs-in-an-animal-model-of-psychosis
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Alexander N Kalweit, Bezhad Amanpour-Gharaei, Jens Colitti-Klausnitzer, Denise Manahan-Vaughan
The first-episode of psychosis is followed by a transient time-window of ca. 60 days during which therapeutic interventions have a higher likelihood of being effective than interventions that are started with a greater latency. This suggests that, in the immediate time-period after first-episode psychosis, functional changes occur in the brain that render it increasingly resistant to intervention. The precise mechanistic nature of these changes is unclear, but at the cognitive level, sensory and hippocampus-based dysfunctions become increasingly manifest...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337128/connexin36-expression-in-the-mammalian-retina-a-multiple-species-comparison
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Tamás Kovács-Öller, Gábor Debertin, Márton Balogh, Alma Ganczer, József Orbán, Miklós Nyitrai, Lajos Balogh, Orsolya Kántor, Béla Völgyi
Much knowledge about interconnection of human retinal neurons is inferred from results on animal models. Likewise, there is a lack of information on human retinal electrical synapses/gap junctions (GJ). Connexin36 (Cx36) forms GJs in both the inner and outer plexiform layers (IPL and OPL) in most species including humans. However, a comparison of Cx36 GJ distribution in retinas of humans and popular animal models has not been presented. To this end a multiple-species comparison was performed in retinas of 12 mammals including humans to survey the Cx36 distribution...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
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