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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214946/an-evaluation-of-feather-corticosterone-as-a-biomarker-of-fitness-and-an-ecologically-relevant-stressor-during-breeding-in-the-wild
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Christopher M Harris, Christine L Madliger, Oliver P Love
Feather corticosterone (CORT) levels are increasingly employed as biomarkers of environmental stress. However, it is unclear if feather CORT levels reflect stress and/or workload in the wild. We investigated whether feather CORT represents a biomarker of environmental stress and reproductive effort in tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor). Specifically, we examined whether individual state and investment during reproduction could predict feather CORT levels in subsequently moulted feathers and whether those levels could predict future survival and reproductive success...
February 18, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213760/endocrine-regulation-of-fueling-by-hyperphagia-in-migratory-birds
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Cas Eikenaar
To support migratory endurance flight, birds accumulate large amounts of fat by hyperphagia (fueling). Whereas the factors influencing migrants' motivation to fuel are well described, the physiological mechanism regulating fueling is largely unknown. Hormones are likely involved and arguably the best studied with respect to food intake and fueling is corticosterone. Corticosterone has a permissive effect, as blocking the hormone's actions prohibits efficient fueling. There are no indications, though that corticosterone stimulates fueling, and some studies even observed negative correlations between corticosterone level and food intake and speed of fueling...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. A, Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213063/impaired-spatial-performance-in-cerebellar-deficient-lurcher-mice-is-not-associated-with-their-abnormal-stress-response
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Jan Tuma, Yaroslav Kolinko, Dana Jelinkova, Pascal Hilber, Jan Cendelin
Both humans and laboratory animals suffering from cerebellar lesions exhibit cognitive as well as many emotional and behavioral abnormalities. These latter have been already observed in the cerebellar mutant mice currently used to highlight some aspect of autism spectrum disorders. The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of cerebellar-related stress response abnormalities on spatial learning and memory. Cerebellar-deficient Lurcher mutant mice were exposed to water environment without active escape possibility and then tested for spatial learning in the Morris water maze...
February 14, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212940/hippocampal-nr3c1-dna-methylation-can-mediate-part-of-preconception-paternal-stress-effects-in-rat-offspring
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Somayeh Niknazar, Arezo Nahavandi, Ali Asghar Peyvandi, Hassan Peyvandi, Navid Ahmady Roozbahany, Hojjat-Allah Abbaszadeh
Many studies have been shown that maternal stress during pregnancy and in early life period influences offspring in the behavioral and molecular aspects in human and animal models. Recent research has indicated that the environmental condition of males before conception has effects on next generations. We evaluated whether preconception paternal stress (PPS) could influence on hippocampal glucocorticoid receptor gene (GR), (NR3C1) expression, corticosterone response and behavioral outcomes of their offspring...
February 14, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210212/differential-behavioral-and-neurobiological-effects-of-chronic-corticosterone-treatment-in-adolescent-and-adult-rats
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Jitao Li, Xiaomeng Xie, Youhong Li, Xiao Liu, Xuemei Liao, Yun-Ai Su, Tianmei Si
Adolescence is a critical period with ongoing maturational processes in stress-sensitive systems. While adolescent individuals show heightened stress-induced hormonal responses compared to adults, it is unclear whether and how the behavioral and neurobiological consequences of chronic stress would differ between the two age groups. Here we address this issue by examining the effects of chronic exposure to the stress hormone, corticosterone (CORT), in both adolescent and adult animals. Male Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were injected intraperitoneally with CORT (40 mg/kg) or vehicle for 21 days during adolescence (post-natal day (PND) 29-49) or adulthood (PND 71-91) and then subjected to behavioral testing or sacrifice for western blot analyses...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208233/neonatal-exposure-to-endocrine-disrupting-chemicals-impair-learning-behaviour-by-disrupting-hippocampal-organization-in-male-swiss-albino-mice
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Rakesh Bhaskar, Ashish K Mishra, Banalata Mohanty
Hippocampus is highly susceptible to endocrine disrupting chemicals exposure particularly during the critical phase of brain development. In the present study, mice offspring were exposed to endocrine disruptors mancozeb (MCZ) and imidacloprid (IMI) individually (40 mg MCZ and 0.65 mg IMI/kg/day) as well as to their equimixture (40 mg MCZ + 0.65 mg IMI/kg/day) through the diet of lactating mothers from post-natal day (PND) 1 to PND 28. Half of the randomly selected male offspring were killed at PND 29 and the rest half were left unexposed and killed at PND 63...
February 16, 2017: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202350/chronic-social-instability-increases-anxiety-like-behavior-and-ethanol-preference-in-male-long-evans-rats
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Alyssa R Roeckner, Alexandra Bowling, Tracy R Butler
Chronic stress during adolescence is related to increased prevalence of anxiety disorders and alcohol use disorders in humans. This phenotype has been consistently recapitulated in animal models with male subjects, but models using female subjects are fewer. The aim of these studies was to test the hypothesis that chronic social instability (CSI) during adolescence engenders increased anxiety-like behavior, increased corticosterone, and greater ethanol intake and/or preference than control groups in male and female rats...
February 13, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196601/cholinergic-signals-from-the-cns-regulate-g-csf-mediated-hsc-mobilization-from-bone-marrow-via-a-glucocorticoid-signaling-relay
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Halley Pierce, Dachuan Zhang, Claire Magnon, Daniel Lucas, John R Christin, Matthew Huggins, Gary J Schwartz, Paul S Frenette
Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) are mobilized from niches in the bone marrow (BM) to the blood circulation by the cytokine granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) through complex mechanisms. Among these, signals from the sympathetic nervous system regulate HSC egress via its niche, but how the brain communicates with the BM remains largely unknown. Here we show that muscarinic receptor type-1 (Chrm1) signaling in the hypothalamus promotes G-CSF-elicited HSC mobilization via hormonal priming of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis...
February 4, 2017: Cell Stem Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193523/faah-inhibition-produces-antidepressant-like-efforts-of-mice-to-acute-stress-via-synaptic-long-term-depression
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Ying Wang, Xia Zhang
Recent studies have shown that inhibition of fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH), the major degradative enzyme of the endocannabinoid N-arachidonoylethanolamine (AEA), produced antidepressant behavioral responses, but its underlying mechanism is not clear. Here we find that a systemic administration of the FAAH inhibitor PF3845 or an intra-CA1 application of AEA elicits an in vivo long-term depression (LTD) at excitatory glutamatergic CA3-CA1 synapses of the hippocampus. The PF3845- and/or AEA-elicited LTD are abolished by the LTD-blocking peptide Tat-GluR2...
February 10, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193487/personality-types-in-budgerigars-melopsittacus-undulatus
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Michael R Duggan, Julia Lee-Soety, Matthew J Anderson
The current study further characterized personality types in Budgerigars, an avian model that only recently demonstrated individual consistencies in behavior (Callicrate et al., 2011). Several methodological techniques, commonly used in previous examinations of other animal models, were employed. Specifically, Phase I assessed the relationship between Budgerigar personality types and Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) activity, while Phase II sought to examine the persistence of individual behavioral tendencies across varying testing contexts...
February 10, 2017: Behavioural Processes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190867/the-impact-of-the-clinical-cyp11b2-mutation-v386a-strongly-depends-on-the-enzyme-s-genetic-background
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Jens Neunzig, Yogan Khatri, Rita Bernhardt
Human cytochrome P450 11B2 (CYP11B2) is an essential enzyme in the steroid hormone biosynthesis, which catalyzes the last three reaction steps of the aldosterone synthesis. These reactions comprise a hydroxylation at position C11 of the steroid intermediate deoxycorticosterone yielding corticosterone, followed by a hydroxylation at position C18 yielding 18-hydroxy-corticosterone and a subsequent oxidation of the hydroxyl group at C18, which results in the formation of aldosterone. Alterations in the amino acid sequence of CYP11B2 often cause severe disease patterns...
February 10, 2017: Endocrine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186389/the-role-of-5-ht2c-receptor-on-corticosterone-mediated-food-intake
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Tongtong Ge, Zhuo Zhang, Jiayin Lv, Yunong Song, Jie Fan, Wei Liu, Xuefeng Wang, F Scott Hall, Bingjin Li, Ranji Cui
Corticosterone plays an important role in feeding behavior. However, its mechanism remains unclear. Therefore, the present study aimed to investigate the effect of corticosterone on feeding behavior. In this study, cumulative food intake was increased by acute corticosterone administration in a dose-dependent manner. Administration of the 5-HT2c receptor agonist m-chlorophenylpiperazin (mCPP) reversed the effect of corticosterone on food intake. The anorectic effects of mCPP were also blocked by the 5-HT2c receptor antagonist RS102221 in corticosterone-treated mice...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185964/experimental-occlusal-disharmony-a-promoting-factor-for-anxiety-in-rats-under-chronic-psychological-stress
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Xuan Tang, Jian Li, Ting Jiang, Shu-Hui Han, Dong-Yuan Yao
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Clinically, patients under chronic psychological stress (PS) appear to be more susceptible to occlusal disharmony (OD) compared with those without PS. OD was proved to introduce anxiety-like stress. Therefore, the purpose of the study was to investigate whether OD would affect psychological stress-induced anxiety and its underlying mechanisms. METHODS: Chronic PS was induced by a communication box, and OD was produced by bonding a 0.3mm-thick crown on the right maxillary first molar of male Sprague-Dawley rats...
February 7, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185877/female-rats-display-fewer-optimistic-responses-in-a-judgment-bias-test-in-the-absence-of-a-physiological-stress-response
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T H Barker, L Bobrovskaya, G S Howarth, A L Whittaker
Metabolic cages are a type of housing used in biomedical research. Metabolic cage housing has been demonstrated to elicit behavioural and physiological changes in rodents housed within them. The nature of this effect has been characterized as anxiogenic. However, few studies have evaluated positive affect in response to metabolic cage housing and the interaction between this, sex and traditional physiological measures of stress. Cognitive biasing, as measured through a judgment bias paradigm has proven a reliable measure of animal affective state, particularly through its ability to measure positive affect...
February 7, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185235/impact-of-a-simulated-gravity-load-for-atmospheric-reentry-10%C3%A2-g-for-2%C3%A2-min-on-conscious-mice
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Hironobu Morita, Aoi Yamaguchi, Dai Shiba, Masaki Shirakawa, Satoru Takahashi
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency recently performed a mouse experiment in the International Space Station in which mice were raised for 35 days, retrieved using the Dragon spacecraft, and then harvested for analysis 2 days after splashdown. However, the impact of the retrieval procedure, which exposed mice to 5-10 g for 2 min during atmospheric reentry and splashdown, was unknown. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to examine the impact of a 10 g load for 2 min (using a gondola-type centrifuge with a 1...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Physiological Sciences: JPS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183869/behavioral-and-physiological-traits-of-migrant-and-resident-white-crowned-sparrows-a-common-garden-approach
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Marilyn Ramenofsky, Andrew W Campion, Jonathan H Pérez, Jesse S Krause, Zoltán Németh
: To accommodate a migratory life history, migrants express a greater number of physiological and behavioral stages per annum than residents and are thus considered to have higher finite state diversity (FSD). To investigate the physiological mechanisms and constraints associated with migration, direct comparison of two subspecies of White-crowned Sparrow - migrant, Zonotrichia leucophrys gambelii and resident, Z.l.nuttalli - were made under common garden conditions of photoperiod and housing, as birds progressed from winter through the vernal life history stages...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179107/pro-inflammatory-immune-to-brain-signaling-is-involved-in-neuroendocrine-responses-to-acute-emotional-stress
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Jordi Serrats, Jan-Sebastian Grigoleit, Elena Alvarez-Salas, Paul E Sawchenko
Activation of the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis by inflammatory stressors (e.g., bacterial lipopolysaccharide) is thought to involve vascular transduction of circulating cytokines, with perivascular macrophages (PVMs) along with endothelia, effecting activation of HPA control circuitry via inducible (cyclooxygenase-2- or COX-2- dependent) prostaglandin synthesis. To test the stressor-specificity of this mechanism, we examined whether ablation of PVMs or pharmacologic blockade of COX activity affected HPA responses to a representative emotional stressor, restraint...
February 4, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174689/characterization-of-murine-polyspecific-monoamine-transporters
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Yamato Miura, Takeo Yoshikawa, Fumito Naganuma, Tadaho Nakamura, Tomomitsu Iida, Anikó Kárpáti, Takuro Matsuzawa, Asuka Mogi, Ryuichi Harada, Kazuhiko Yanai
The dysregulation of monoamine clearance in the central nervous system occurs in various neuropsychiatric disorders, and the role of polyspecific monoamine transporters in monoamine clearance is increasingly highlighted in recent studies. However, no study to date has properly characterized polyspecific monoamine transporters in the mouse brain. In the present study, we examined the kinetic properties of three mouse polyspecific monoamine transporters [organic cation transporter 2 (Oct2), Oct3, and plasma membrane monoamine transporter (Pmat)] and compared the absolute mRNA expression levels of these transporters in various brain areas...
February 2017: FEBS Open Bio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173889/exposing-broiler-eggs-to-green-red-and-white-light-during-incubation
#19
G S Archer
Previous work has shown that exposing broiler eggs to white light during incubation can improve hatchability and post-hatch animal welfare. It was hypothesized that due to how different wavelengths of light can affect avian physiology differently, and how pigmented eggshells filter light that different monochromatic wavelengths would have differential effects on hatchability and post-hatch animal welfare indicators. To determine, we incubated chicken eggs (n=6912) under either no light (dark), green light, red light or white light; the light level was 250 lux...
February 8, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167192/stress-biomarker-responses-to-different-protocols-of-forced-exercise-in-chronically-stressed-rats
#20
Maryam Radahmadi, Hojjatallah Alaei, Mohammad Reza Sharifi, Nasrin Hosseini
Stress is one of the most significant causes of major health problems on a global scale. The beneficial effects of exercise on combating stress, however, are well-established. The present study investigated the stress biomarker responses, such as serum corticosterone, interlukin-1β, and glucose levels, to different (preventive, therapeutic, protective, and continuous) protocols of forced exercise under stress. Male rats were randomly allocated to the following five groups: stressed, preventive, therapeutic, protective, and continuous (and/or pre-stress, post-stress, stress-accompanied, and both pre-stress and stress-accompanied exercise respectively) exercise groups...
January 2017: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
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