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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076365/gene-expression-profiling-in-slow-type-calf-soleus-muscle-of-30-days-space-flown-mice
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Guido Gambara, Michele Salanova, Stefano Ciciliot, Sandra Furlan, Martina Gutsmann, Gudrun Schiffl, Ute Ungethuem, Pompeo Volpe, Hanns-Christian Gunga, Dieter Blottner
Microgravity exposure as well as chronic disuse are two main causes of skeletal muscle atrophy in animals and humans. The antigravity calf soleus is a reference postural muscle to investigate the mechanism of disuse-induced maladaptation and plasticity of human and rodent (rats or mice) skeletal musculature. Here, we report microgravity-induced global gene expression changes in space-flown mouse skeletal muscle and the identification of yet unknown disuse susceptible transcripts found in soleus (a mainly slow phenotype) but not in extensor digitorum longus (a mainly fast phenotype dorsiflexor as functional counterpart to soleus)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065723/social-context-dependent-relationships-between-mouse-dominance-rank-and-plasma-hormone-levels
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Cait M Williamson, Won Lee, Russell D Romeo, James P Curley
The associations between social status and endogenous testosterone and corticosterone have been well-studied across taxa, including rodents. Dominant social status is typically associated with higher levels of circulating testosterone and lower levels of circulating corticosterone but findings are mixed and depend upon numerous contextual factors. Here, we determine that the social environment is a key modulator of these relationships in Mus musculus. In groups of outbred CD-1 mice living in stable dominance hierarchies, we found no evidence of simple linear associations between social rank and corticosterone or testosterone plasma levels...
January 5, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063042/murine-models-of-allergic-asthma
#3
Eline Haspeslagh, Nincy Debeuf, Hamida Hammad, Bart N Lambrecht
Allergic asthma is a heterogeneous inflammatory lung disease affecting millions of people worldwide and with a steadily increasing incidence. Mouse models have been of utmost importance in uncovering key inflammatory cell types, cytokines, and pathways in the development and maintenance of allergic asthma. Historically, the mainstay in experimental asthma research was sensitizing rodents to the model protein antigen ovalbumin (OVA) with the pro-Th2 adjuvant aluminum hydroxide, followed by repetitive OVA exposures to the airways to initiate a Th2-skewed adaptive immune response leading to eosinophilic airway inflammation and airway hyperreactivity (AHR)...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046261/we-fg-202-02-exploration-of-high-resolution-quantitative-ultrasonic-micro-vascular-imaging-for-early-assessment-of-radiotherapy-tumor-response
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S Kasoji, J Rivera, P Dayton, J Buse, S Chang
PURPOSE: Currently, we cannot predict an individual patient's response to a given radiotherapy which normally is not detected for weeks to months post-treatment. As a result, precious time is wasted for patients with unresponsive tumors who could have switched to an alternative treatment much earlier. Presently, no early treatment response detection method exists that is effective, low-cost, non-invasive, and safe. We hypothesize that changes in tumor microvasculature predict tumor response to radiotherapy earlier than tumor volume changes...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043860/differential-heart-rate-variability-and-physiological-responses-associated-with-accumulated-short-and-long-term-stress-in-rodents
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Sunghee E Park, Dajeong Park, Kang-Il Song, Joon-Kyung Seong, Seok Chung, Inchan Youn
In this study, we tested the hypothesis that chronic stress has cumulative effects over time on heart rate variability (HRV) and physiological responses in a rodent model of chronic mild stress. Rats were exposed to either short-term (2weeks) or long-term (4weeks) stress, followed by a 1-week recovery period. Controls were normally housed rats that did not undergo the stress procedure. For electrocardiogram recordings, transmitters were implanted in all rats 10days before the onset of the experiment to allow recovery from surgery...
December 30, 2016: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042341/anti-angiogenic-nanotherapy-inhibits-airway-remodeling-and-hyper-responsiveness-of-dust-mite-triggered-asthma-in-the-brown-norway-rat
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Gregory M Lanza, John Jenkins, Anne H Schmieder, Aigul Moldobaeva, Grace Cui, Huiying Zhang, Xiaoxia Yang, Qiong Zhong, Jochen Keupp, Ismail Sergin, Krishna S Paranandi, Lindsey Eldridge, John S Allen, Todd Williams, Michael J Scott, Babak Razani, Elizabeth M Wagner
Although angiogenesis is a hallmark feature of asthmatic inflammatory responses, therapeutic anti-angiogenesis interventions have received little attention. Objective: Assess the effectiveness of anti-angiogenic Sn2 lipase-labile prodrugs delivered via αvβ3-micellar nanotherapy to suppress microvascular expansion, bronchial remodeling, and airway hyper-responsiveness in Brown Norway rats exposed to serial house dust mite (HDM) inhalation challenges. Results: Anti-neovascular effectiveness of αvβ3-mixed micelles incorporating docetaxel-prodrug (Dxtl-PD) or fumagillin-prodrug (Fum-PD) were shown to robustly suppress neovascular expansion (p<0...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039074/caffeine-stimulates-voluntary-wheel-running-in-mice-without-increasing-aerobic-capacity
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Gerald C Claghorn, Zoe Thompson, Kristianna Wi, Lindsay Van, Theodore Garland
The "energy drink" Red Bull and the "sports drink" Gatorade are often marketed to athletes, with claims that they cause performance gains. However, both are high in sugars, and also consumed by non-athletes. Few studies have addressed the effects of these drinks or their biologically active components in rodent exercise models. We used three experiments to test effects on both voluntary exercise behavior and maximal aerobic capacity in lines of mice known to differ in "athletic" traits. Mice from four replicate High Runner (HR) lines have been selectively bred for voluntary running on wheels, and run approximately three times as many revolutions per day as do mice from four non-selected Control (C) lines...
December 28, 2016: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017680/circulating-levels-of-endocannabinoids-respond-acutely-to-voluntary-exercise-are-altered-in-mice-selectively-bred-for-high-voluntary-wheel-running-and-differ-between-the-sexes
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Zoe Thompson, Donovan Argueta, Theodore Garland, Nicholas DiPatrizio
The endocannabinoid system serves many physiological roles, including in the regulation of energy balance, food reward, and voluntary locomotion. Signaling at the cannabinoid type 1 receptor has been specifically implicated in motivation for rodent voluntary exercise on wheels. We studied four replicate lines of high runner (HR) mice that have been selectively bred for 81 generations based on average number of wheel revolutions on days five and six of a six-day period of wheel access. Four additional replicate lines are bred without regard to wheel running, and serve as controls (C) for random genetic effects that may cause divergence among lines...
December 22, 2016: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27992117/like-or-dislike-response-of-rodents-to-the-odor-of-plant-secondary-metabolites
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Sabine C Hansen, Caroline Stolter, Christian Imholt, Jens Jacob
Rodents, including common voles (Microtus arvalis Pallas, 1778) and house mice (Mus musculus Linnaeus, 1758) cause immense pre- and post-harvest losses. Therefore, developing methods that mitigate these losses while maintaining their role in ecosystems is a priority. Several plant secondary metabolites (PSMs) which significantly reduce food intake of both species under laboratory conditions have been identified. However before these can be used in rodent pest management, they must be tested under more natural conditions where other food sources are available...
December 19, 2016: Integrative Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27976565/different-clinical-spectrum-of-leptospirosis
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Fatma Deniz Aygün, Pınar Özge Avar-Aydın, Haluk Çokuğraş, Yıldız Camcıoğlu
Leptospirosis is a prevalent zoonotic disease. Human infection usually occurs through exposure to environmental sources. Clinical course of leptospirosis is variable. We presented five patients, aged between 4-14 years, having a history of contact with rodents and symptoms 7-10 days after contact. The first three cases were relatives and had contact with dead rats after applying insecticides to bakery across from their house. The first case diagnosed as isolated meningitis, others as flu-like illness. The fourth case had a contact history with a rat inundate in the canalization and diagnosed as acute hepatitis...
2016: Turkish Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27966833/stable-transmission-of-borrelia-burgdorferi-sensu-stricto-on-the-outer-banks-of-north-carolina
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J F Levine, C S Apperson, M Levin, T R Kelly, M L Kakumanu, L Ponnusamy, H Sutton, S A Salger, J M Caldwell, A J Szempruch
The spirochaete (Borrelia burgdorferi) associated with Lyme disease was detected in questing ticks and rodents during a period of 18 years, 1991-2009, at five locations on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The black-legged tick (Ixodes scapularis) was collected at varied intervals between 1991 and 2009 and examined for B. burgdorferi. The white-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus), house mouse (Mus musculus) marsh rice rat (Oryzomys palustris), marsh rabbit (Sylvilagus palustris), eastern cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus) and six-lined racerunner (Cnemidophorus sexlineatus) were live-trapped, and their tissues cultured to isolate spirochaetes...
December 14, 2016: Zoonoses and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933541/social-interactions-and-indirect-genetic-effects-on-complex-juvenile-and-adult-traits
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David G Ashbrook, Reinmar Hager
Most animal species are social in one form or another, yet many studies in rodent model systems use either individually housed animals or ignore potential confounds caused by group housing. While such social interaction effects on developmental and behavioral traits are well established, the genetic basis of social interactions has not been researched in as much detail. Specifically, the effects of genetic variation in social partners on the phenotype of a focal individual have mostly been studied at the phenotypic level...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933288/health-complaints-associated-with-poor-rental-housing-conditions-in-arkansas-the-only-state-without-a-landlord-s-implied-warranty-of-habitability
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Ashley E Bachelder, M Kate Stewart, Holly C Felix, Neil Sealy
Arkansas is the only U.S. state that does not have a landlord's implied warranty of habitability, meaning tenants have a requirement for maintaining their rental properties at certain habitability standards, but landlords are not legally required to contribute to those minimum health and safety standards. This project assessed the possibility that this lack of landlord responsibility affects tenants' perceived health. Using surveys and interviews, we collected self-reported data on the prevalence and description of problems faced by renters who needed household repairs from their landlords...
2016: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932683/survival-of-bacteria-of-laboratory-animal-origin-on-cage-bedding-and-inactivation-by-hydrogen-peroxide-vapour
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Laurentiu Benga, W Peter M Benten, Eva Engelhardt, Christina Gougoula, Roland Schulze-Röbbecke, Martin Sager
This study aims to determine the ability of laboratory animal bacteria to resist desiccation and inactivation by hydrogen peroxide vapour (HPV) on paper bedding pieces. Bedding pieces were saturated with bacterial suspensions in water or 2% (w/v) bovine serum albumin (BSA) in water, and held in a mouse facility. Viable counts showed variable survival rates over time for the bacterial species used ([Pasteurella] pneumotropica, Muribacter muris, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Acinetobacter redioresistens, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella oxytoca, Bordetella bronchiseptica, Bordetella hinzii, Enterococcus faecalis, β-haemolytic Streptococcus spp...
December 8, 2016: Laboratory Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931317/influence-of-rack-design-and-disease-prevalence-on-detection-of-rodent-pathogens-in-exhaust-debris-samples-from-individually-ventilated-caging-systems
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Beth A Bauer, Cynthia Besch-Williford, Robert S Livingston, Marcus J Crim, Lela K Riley, Matthew H Myles
Sampling of bedding debris within the exhaust systems of ventilated racks may be a mechanism for detecting murine pathogens in colony animals. This study examined the effectiveness of detecting pathogens by PCR analysis of exhaust debris samples collected from ventilated racks of 2 different rack designs, one with unfiltered air flow from within the cage to the air-exhaust pathway, and the other had a filter between the cage and the air-exhaust pathway. For 12 wk, racks were populated with either 1 or 5 cages of mice (3 mice per cage) infected with one of the following pathogens: mouse norovirus (MNV), mouse parvovirus (MPV), mouse hepatitis virus (MHV), Helicobacter spp...
November 2016: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931316/exhaust-air-dust-monitoring-is-superior-to-soiled-bedding-sentinels-for-the-detection-of-pasteurella-pneumotropica-in-individually-ventilated-cage-systems
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Manuel Miller, Brbel Ritter, Julia Zorn, Markus Brielmeier
Reliable detection of unwanted organisms is essential for meaningful health monitoring in experimental animal facilities. Currently, most rodents are housed in IVC systems, which prevent the aerogenic transmission of pathogens between cages. Typically soiled-bedding sentinels (SBS) exposed to soiled bedding collected from a population of animals within an IVC rack are tested as representatives, but infectious agents often go undetected due to inefficient transmission. Pasteurellaceae are among the most prevalent bacterial pathogens isolated from experimental mice, and the failure of SBS to detect these bacteria is well established...
November 2016: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929694/dna-methylation-levels-associate-with-race-and-childhood-asthma-severity
#17
Marcia A Chan, Christina E Ciaccio, Nicole M Gigliotti, Mo Rezaiekhaligh, Jacob A Siedlik, Kevin Kennedy, Charles S Barnes
OBJECTIVE: Asthma is a common chronic childhood disease worldwide. Socioeconomic status, genetic predisposition and environmental factors contribute to its incidence and severity. A disproportionate number of children with asthma are economically disadvantaged and live in substandard housing with potential indoor environmental exposures such as cockroaches, dust mites, rodents and molds. These exposures may manifest through epigenetic mechanisms that can lead to changes in relevant gene expression...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927739/the-roles-of-dopamine-d1-receptor-on-the-social-hierarchy-of-rodents-and-non-human-primates
#18
Yoshie Yamaguchi, Young-A Lee, Akemi Kato, Yukiori Goto
BACKGROUND: Although dopamine (DA) has been suggested to play a role in mediating social behaviors of individual animals, it is not clear whether such DA signaling contributes to attributes of social groups such as social hierarchy. METHODS: In this study, the effects of the pharmacological manipulation of DA D1 receptor function on the social hierarchy and behavior of group-housed mice and macaques were investigated using a battery of behavioral tests. RESULTS: D1 receptor blockade facilitated social dominance in mice at the middle, but not high or low, social rank in the groups without altering social preference among mates...
December 7, 2016: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905270/gastrointestinal-helminth-fauna-of-rodents-from-cambodia-emphasizing-the-community-ecology-of-host-parasite-associations
#19
K Chaisiri, M Chou, C C Siew, S Morand, A Ribas
Extensive field surveys of rodents were conducted in Cambodia from 2008 to 2014 to study the diversity and ecology of helminth infection in wild rodent populations. Gastrointestinal helminths were isolated from 14 species of rodents (569 individuals) trapped from different habitats (forest, dry land, rain-fed land and human settlements) in four provinces of Cambodia (Krong Preah Sihanouk, Mondolkiri, Pursat and Steung Treng). The average prevalence of parasitic infection was 58.5% (range, 16.0-64.7%), and 19 helminth taxa were identified in total...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Helminthology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902884/synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-new-triazolo-and-imidazolopyridine-ror%C3%AE-t-inverse-agonists
#20
Samuel Hintermann, Christine Guntermann, Henri Mattes, David A Carcache, Juergen Wagner, Anna Vulpetti, Andreas Billich, Janet Dawson, Klemens Kaupmann, Joerg Kallen, Rowan Stringer, David Orain
Retinoic-acid-related orphan receptor γt (RORγt) is a key transcription factor implicated in the production of pro-inflammatory Th17 cytokines, which drive a number of autoimmune diseases. Despite diverse chemical series having been reported, combining high potency with a good physicochemical profile has been a very challenging task in the RORγt inhibitor field. Based on available chemical structures and incorporating in-house knowledge, a new series of triazolo- and imidazopyridine RORγt inverse agonists was designed...
December 16, 2016: ChemMedChem
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