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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433720/establishment-of-a-non-invasive-method-for-stress-evaluation-in-farmed-salmon-based-on-direct-fecal-corticoid-metabolites-measurement
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Yanran Cao, Ann-Kristin Tveten, Anne Stene
Fish welfare is an important issue for growth of the aquaculture industry. Stress responses represent animal's natural reactions to challenging conditions and could be used as a welfare indicator. Cortisol level is relevant to fish welfare condition, and is a readily measured component of the primary stress response system. Generally, cortisol is measured by blood sampling. However, fish blood cortisol level could be instantly influenced by handling-stress at sampling. Fecal corticoid metabolites (FCM) are a mixture of several different metabolites with a wide range of polarities...
April 19, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432377/emerging-roles-of-calpain-proteolytic-systems-in-macrophage-cholesterol-handling
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Takuro Miyazaki, Akira Miyazaki
Calpains are Ca(2+)-dependent intracellular proteases that play central roles in the post-translational processing of functional proteins. In mammals, calpain proteolytic systems comprise the endogenous inhibitor calpastatin as well as 15 homologues of the catalytic subunits and two homologues of the regulatory subunits. Recent pharmacological and gene targeting studies in experimental animal models have revealed the contribution of conventional calpains, which consist of the calpain-1 and -2 isozymes, to atherosclerotic diseases...
April 21, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425395/comparing-phlebotomy-by-tail-tip-amputation-facial-vein-puncture-and-tail-vein-incision-in-c57bl-6-mice-by-using-physiologic-and-behavioral-metrics-of-pain-and-distress
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Elizabeth S Moore Thomas A Cleland Wendy O Williams Christine M Peterson Bhupinder Singh Teresa L Southard Bret Pasch Rachael N Labitt And Erin K Daugherity
Tail tip amputation with minimal restraint is not widely used for mouse phlebotomy. In part, this infrequency may reflectpolicies influenced by tail tip amputation procedures for genotyping, which involve greater handling and tissue removal. Toassess tail tip amputation with minimal restraint as a phlebotomy technique, we compared it with 2 more common methods:scruffing with facial vein puncture and lateral tail vein incision with minimal restraint. Blood glucose levels, audible and ultrasonic vocalizations, postphlebotomy activity and grooming behavior, open field and elevated plus maze behaviors,nest-building scores, and histologic changes at the phlebotomy site were evaluated...
April 19, 2017: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424774/cardiac-radionuclide-imaging-in-rodents-a-review-of-methods-results-and-factors-at-play
#4
Francesco Cicone, David Viertl, Ana Maria Quintela Pousa, Thibaut Denoël, Silvano Gnesin, Francesco Scopinaro, Marie-Catherine Vozenin, John O Prior
The interest around small-animal cardiac radionuclide imaging is growing as rodent models can be manipulated to allow the simulation of human diseases. In addition to new radiopharmaceuticals testing, often researchers apply well-established probes to animal models, to follow the evolution of the target disease. This reverse translation of standard radiopharmaceuticals to rodent models is complicated by technical shortcomings and by obvious differences between human and rodent cardiac physiology. In addition, radionuclide studies involving small animals are affected by several extrinsic variables, such as the choice of anesthetic...
2017: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417083/effects-of-turmeric-curcuminoids-and-metformin-against-central-sensitivity-to-pain-in-mice
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Suruchi Verma, Deepak Mundkinajeddu, Amit Agarwal, Shyam Sunder Chatterjee, Vikas Kumar
The reported experimental study was conducted to compare the effects of repeated daily oral doses of curcuminoids (CLE) with metformin as potential antidepressants and analgesics. Effects of a single and ten daily oral doses of CLE (5, 20, 80 mg/kg/day) and of 50 mg/kg/day metformin (MET) were compared in mice hot plate test (HPT) for analgesics. On the 11th treatment day, all animals were subjected to foot shock stress triggered hyperthermia test, and on the 12th treatment day to tail suspension test (TST) for antidepressants...
April 2017: Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415542/bladder-smooth-muscle-cells-on-electrospun-poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-poly-l-lactic-acid-scaffold-promote-bladder-regeneration-in-a-canine-model
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Nasser Shakhssalim, Masoud Soleimani, Mohammad M Dehghan, Javad Rasouli, Masoud Taghizadeh-Jahed, Peyman M Torbati, Mohammad Naji
Engineering of urinary bladder has been the focus of numerous studies in recent decade. Novel biomaterials, innovative fabrication methods and various modification processes of scaffolds are the critical issues to find supportive matrices. Supportive characteristics of electrospun PCL/PLLA nano-scaffold for bladder augmentation in canine model and the role of bladder cells in regeneration process were appraised. Electrospun PCL/PLLA was fabricated by co-electrospinning of PCL and PLLA. Bladder cells were isolated and transduced with lentiviral particles encoding eGFP and JRed proteins...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414565/new-regenerative-vascular-grafts-for-hemodialysis-access-evaluation-of-a-preclinical-animal-model
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Karen Tatiana Valencia Rivero, Juliana Jaramillo Escobar, Sergio David Galvis Forero, Maria Clara Miranda Saldaña, Rocío Del Pilar López Panqueva, Néstor Fernando Sandoval Reyes, Juan Carlos Briceño Triana
The purpose of this study was to evaluate a suitable animal model for the in vivo evaluation of patency and vascular tissue regeneration in small intestinal submucosa (SIS) vascular grafts for hemodialysis access. First, a 4-mm U-shaped SIS vascular graft was implanted between the internal carotid artery (CA) and the external jugular vein (JV) in five sheep and six swine. The U-shape grafts remained functional for 53 ± 4 days in sheep and 32 ± 2 days in swine. The sheep model presented exaggerated inflammation, so the swine model was selected for the in vivo study...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Investigative Surgery: the Official Journal of the Academy of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406529/validation-of-the-biopryn-enzyme-linked-immunosorbent-assay-for-detection-of-pregnancy-specific-protein-b-pspb-and-diagnosis-of-pregnancy-in-american-bison-bison-bison
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D M Love, M T Mefford, J C Ramer
This study assessed the accuracy of the commercial BioPRYN(®) ELISA for the detection of pregnancy-specific protein-B (PSPB) using a single blood sample to determine pregnancy status in American bison (Bison bison). A total of 49 bison cows were used in the study, and sampled at two time-points during the gestation period, fall and spring, correlating with early- to mid-term gestation (average 62.9 days post-mating) and mid- to late-term gestation (average 229.2 days post-mating), respectively. Sensitivity of the test during early- to mid-term gestation sampling period (fall) was 87...
April 12, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404591/intravital-imaging-of-the-kidney-in-a-rat-model-of-salt-sensitive-hypertension
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Bradley T Endres, Ruben M Sandoval, George J Rhodes, Silvia B Campos-Bilderback, Malgorzata M Kamocka, Christopher McDermott-Roe, Alexander Staruschenko, Bruce A Molitoris, Aron M Geurts, Oleg Palygin
Hypertension is one of the most prevalent diseases worldwide, and a major risk factor for renal failure and cardiovascular disease. The role of albuminuria, a common feature of hypertension and robust predictor of cardiorenal disorders, remains incompletely understood. The goal of this study was to investigate the mechanisms leading to albuminuria in the kidney of a rat model of hypertension, the Dahl salt-sensitive (SS) rat. To determine the relative contributions of the glomerulus and proximal tubule (PT) to albuminuria, we applied intravital two-photon-based imaging to investigate the complex renal physiological changes that occur during salt-induced hypertension...
April 12, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404582/histone-deacetylase-activity-modulates-exercise-induced-skeletal-muscle-plasticity-in-zebrafish-danio-rerio
#10
Alec Izaac Marcus Simmonds, Frank Seebacher
Aerobic exercise has a positive impact on animals by enhancing skeletal muscle function and locomotor performance. Responses of skeletal muscle to exercise involve changes in energy metabolism, calcium handling, and the composition of contractile protein isoforms, which together influence contractile properties. Histone deacetylases (HDAC) can cause short-term changes in gene expression, and may thereby mediate plasticity in contractile properties of skeletal muscle in response to exercise. The aim of this project was to determine (in zebrafish, Danio rerio) the traits that mediate inter-individual differences in sustained and sprint performance, and to determine whether inhibiting class I and II HDACs mediates exercise-induced changes in these traits...
April 12, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403147/cryptosporidium-spp-and-giardia-spp-in-feces-and-water-and-the-associated-exposure-factors-on-dairy-farms
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Roberta Dos Santos Toledo, Felippe Danyel Cardoso Martins, Fernanda Pinto Ferreira, Jonatas Campos de Almeida, Liza Ogawa, Hannah Lia Ettiene Peruch Lemos Dos Santos, Maíra Moreira Dos Santos, Filipe Aguera Pinheiro, Italmar Teodorico Navarro, João Luis Garcia, Roberta Lemos Freire
The aims of this study were to verify the prevalence of Cryptosporidium spp. and Giardia spp. in animal feces and drinking water on dairy farms and to identify a possible relation between the exposure factors and the presence of these parasites. Fecal samples from cattle and humans and water samples were collected on dairy farms in Paraná, Brazil. Analysis of (oo)cysts in the feces was performed by the modified Ziehl-Neelsen staining and centrifugal flotation in zinc sulfate. Test-positive samples were subjected to nested PCR amplification of the 18SSU ribosomal RNA gene for identification of Cryptosporidium and Giardia and of the gp60 gene for subtyping of Cryptosporidium...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400369/in-utero-particulate-matter-exposure-produces-heart-failure-electrical-remodeling-and-epigenetic-changes-at-adulthood
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Vineeta Tanwar, Matthew W Gorr, Markus Velten, Clayton M Eichenseer, Victor P Long, Ingrid M Bonilla, Vikram Shettigar, Mark T Ziolo, Jonathan P Davis, Stephen H Baine, Cynthia A Carnes, Loren E Wold
BACKGROUND: Particulate matter (PM; PM2.5 [PM with diameters of <2.5 μm]) exposure during development is strongly associated with adverse cardiovascular outcomes at adulthood. In the present study, we tested the hypothesis that in utero PM2.5 exposure alone could alter cardiac structure and function at adulthood. METHODS AND RESULTS: Female FVB mice were exposed either to filtered air or PM2.5 at an average concentration of 73.61 μg/m(3) for 6 h/day, 7 days/week throughout pregnancy...
April 11, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400103/common-marmoset-callithrix-jacchus-as-a-primate-model-for-behavioral-neuroscience-studies
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Noeline W Prins, Eric Pohlmeyer, Shubham Debnath, Ramanamurthy Mylavarapu, Shijia Geng, Justin C Sanchez, Daniel Rothen, Abhishek Prasad
BACKGROUND: The common marmoset (Callithrix jacchus) has been proposed as a suitable bridge between rodents and larger primates. They have been used in several types of research including auditory, vocal, visual, pharmacological and genetics studies. However, marmosets have not been used as much for behavioral studies. NEW METHOD: Here we present data from training 12 adult marmosets for behavioral neuroscience studies. We discuss the husbandry, food preferences, handling, acclimation to laboratory environments and neurosurgical techniques...
April 8, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400013/survival-of-clostridium-difficile-spores-at-low-water-activity
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Kai Deng, Prabhat K Talukdar, Mahfuzur R Sarker, Daniel Paredes-Sabja, J Antonio Torres
Clostridium difficile is frequently found in meat and meat products. Germination efficiency, defined as colony formation, was previously investigated at temperatures found in meat handling and processing for spores of strain M120 (animal isolate), R20291 (human isolate), and DK1 (beef isolate). In this study, germination efficiency of these spore strains was assessed in phosphate buffered saline (PBS, aw ∼1.00), commercial beef jerky (aw ∼0.82/0.72), and aw-adjusted PBS (aw ∼0.82/0.72). Surface hydrophobicity was followed for spores stored in PBS...
August 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386852/polyurethane-siloxane-membranes-containing-graphene-oxide-nanoplatelets-as-antimicrobial-wound-dressings-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-evaluations
#15
Elias Shams, Hamid Yeganeh, Hossein Naderi-Manesh, Reza Gharibi, Zuhair Mohammad Hassan
Preserving wounds from bacterial and fungal infections and retaining optimum moist environment over damaged tissue are major challenges in wound care management. Application of wound dressings with antimicrobial activity and appropriate wound exudates handling ability is of particular significance for promoting wound healing. To this end, preparation and evaluation of novel wound dres1sings made from polyurethane/siloxane network containing graphene oxide (GO) nanoplatelets are described. The particular sol-gel hydrolysis/condensation procedure applied for the preparation of dressings leads to an appropriate distribution of GO nanoplatelets in the dressing membranes...
May 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384423/assessing-stress-in-arctic-lemmings-fecal-metabolite-levels-reflect-plasma-free-corticosterone-levels
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Dominique Fauteux, Gilles Gauthier, Dominique Berteaux, Curtis Bosson, Rupert Palme, Rudy Boonstra
Interest in the ecology of stress in wild populations has triggered the development of noninvasive methods for quantifying stress hormones. Measurement of fecal corticosteroid metabolites (FCMs) is one such method, but it is still unclear whether FCMs can be a reliable proxy of free plasma glucocorticoids. To assess the validity of this assumption, we carried out a robust assessment on brown lemmings (Lemmus trimucronatus) from Bylot Island, Nunavut, Canada, that were hand captured and anesthetized and related plasma glucocorticoid levels to fecal metabolite glucocorticoid levels...
May 2017: Physiological and Biochemical Zoology: PBZ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384063/stress-response-of-juvenile-green-sea-turtles-chelonia-mydas-with-different-fibropapillomatosis-scores
#17
Marcelo Renan de Deus Santos, Paulo Dias Ferreira Júnior, Yhuri Cardoso Nóbrega, Julia Merçon, Tatiana Miura Pereira, Levy Carvalho Gomes
Green sea turtles ( Chelonia mydas ) with cutaneous fibropapillomatosis (FP) occur in some populations worldwide, and the survivability of these individuals may be compromised depending on the disease severity score. Furthermore, populations may be negatively affected in areas with a high prevalence of the disease. The stress responses (corticosterone, glucose, lactate, and hematocrit) to capture and handling were assessed in animals with different FP severity scores. From 18 January 2013 to 31 July 2014, 33 juvenile (sex was not determined) C...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380521/objective-biometric-measurements-of-calf-fed-holstein-steers-fed-in-confinement
#18
J A Reed, M D Garrison, T J McEvers, N D May, L J Walter, J P Hutcheson, T E Lawrence
Understanding the maximum slaughter size for calf-fed Holstein steers based on hip-height has become a contemporary issue in the beef processing industry. Increased carcass size, in terms of both weight and length, has outpaced the ability of some abattoirs to handle the larger animals. Moreover, some abattoirs have begun rejecting animals that exceed 147.3 cm (58 inches) at the hip, creating a challenge for Holstein cattle feeders. The objective of this study was to quantify the skeletal growth rate of calf-fed Holstein steers fed in confinement...
March 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380506/dietary-cation-anion-difference-may-explain-why-ammonium-urate-nephrolithiasis-occurs-more-frequently-in-common-bottlenose-dolphins-under-human-care-than-in-free-ranging-common-bottlenose-dolphins
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A J Ardente, R S Wells, C R Smith, M T Walsh, E D Jensen, T L Schmitt, J Colee, B J Vagt, R C Hill
Ammonium urate nephrolithiasis frequently develops in common bottlenose dolphins () managed under human care but is rare in free-ranging common bottlenose dolphins. In other species, the dietary cation-anion difference (DCAD) can affect ammonium urate urolith formation by increasing proton excretion as ammonium ions. Therefore, differences in diet between the 2 dolphin populations could affect urolith formation, but the DCAD of most species consumed by free-ranging and managed dolphins is unknown. To compare the nutrient composition of diets consumed by free-ranging and managed bottlenose dolphins, samples ( = 5) of the 8 species of fish commonly consumed by free-ranging bottlenose dolphins in Sarasota Bay, FL, and the 7 species of fish and squid commonly fed to managed bottlenose dolphins were analyzed for nutrient content...
March 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380075/repeated-brief-isoflurane-anesthesia-during-early-postnatal-development-produces-negligible-changes-on-adult-behavior-in-male-mice
#20
Marko Rosenholm, Emmi Paro, Hanna Antila, Vootele Võikar, Tomi Rantamäki
Brain development is a complex process regulated by genetic programs and activity-dependent neuronal connectivity. Anesthetics profoundly alter neuronal excitability, and anesthesia during early brain development has been consistently associated with neuroapoptosis, altered synaptogenesis, and persistent behavioral abnormalities in experimental animals. However, the depth, and even more the duration and developmental time point(s) of exposure to anesthesia determine the neuropathological and long-term behavioral consequences of anesthetics...
2017: PloS One
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