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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933166/sex-specific-ecophysiological-responses-to-environmental-fluctuations-of-free-ranging-hermann-s-tortoises-implication-for-conservation
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Adélaïde Sibeaux, Catherine Louise Michel, Xavier Bonnet, Sébastien Caron, Kévin Fournière, Stephane Gagno, Jean-Marie Ballouard
Physiological parameters provide indicators to evaluate how organisms respond to conservation actions. For example, individuals translocated during reinforcement programmes may not adapt to their novel host environment and may exhibit elevated chronic levels of stress hormones and/or decreasing body condition. Conversely, successful conservation actions should be associated with a lack of detrimental physiological perturbation. However, physiological references fluctuate over time and are influenced by various factors (e...
2016: Conservation Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933163/temporal-overlap-and-repeatability-of-feather-corticosterone-levels-practical-considerations-for-use-as-a-biomarker
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Christopher M Harris, Christine L Madliger, Oliver P Love
The measurement of corticosterone (CORT) levels in feathers has recently become an appealing tool for the conservation toolbox, potentially providing a non-invasive, integrated measure of stress activity throughout the time of feather growth. However, because the mechanism of CORT deposition, storage and stability in feathers is not fully understood, it is unclear how reliable this measure may be, especially when there is an extended interval between growth and feather collection. We compared CORT levels of naturally grown feathers from tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor) that were moulted and regrown concurrently and therefore expected to have similar CORT levels...
2016: Conservation Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932681/acute-intermittent-hypoxia-in-rats-activates-muscle-proteolytic-pathways-through-a-glucocorticoid-dependent-mechanism
#3
Franciele Przygodda, Leandro Henrique Manfredi, Juliano Machado, Dawit A P Gonçalves, Neusa Maria Zanon, Leni G H Bonagamba, Benedito H Machado, Isis do Carmo Kettelhut, Luiz C C Navegantes
Although it is well known that chronic hypoxia induces muscle wasting, the effects of intermit-tent hypoxia on skeletal muscle protein metabolism remains unclear. We hypothesized that acute intermittent hypoxia (AIH), a challenge that activates the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, would alter muscle protein homeostasis through a glucocorticoid-dependent mechanism. Three-week-old rats were submitted to adrenalectomy (ADX) and exposed to 8 h of AIH (6% O2 for 40s at 9 min intervals). Animals were sacrificed and the soleus and extensor digitorum longus (EDL) muscles were harvested and incubated in vitro for measurements of protein turn-over...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931508/voluntary-wheel-running-reverses-the-decrease-in-subventricular-zone-neurogenesis-caused-by-corticosterone
#4
Jada Chia-Di Lee, Suk-Yu Yau, Tatia M C Lee, Benson Wui-Man Lau, Kwok-Fai So
Adult neurogenesis within the dentate gyrus (DG) of the hippocampus can be increased by voluntary exercise but is suppressed under stress, such as with corticosterone (CORT). However, the effects of exercise and CORT on the cell proliferation of the other traditional neurogenic site, the subventricular zone (SVZ), have been reported with controversial results. In addition, the cotreatment effects of voluntary exercise and CORT have not been investigated. This study aims to determine whether CORT can suppress cell proliferation in the SVZ and whether this can be reversed by voluntary exercise...
November 2016: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931321/evaluation-of-mice-undergoing-serial-oral-gavage-while-awake-or-anesthetized
#5
Carissa P Jones, Kelli L Boyd, Jeanne M Wallace
Although oral gavage is the most straightforward approach to achieve precise enteric administration in rodents, it is associated with potential adverse consequences. Here we compare the effects of serial oral gavage in awake compared with anesthetized mice. Female C57BL/6J mice (n = 20 per group) were assigned to 1 of 3 treatment groups (control, awake gavage, or anesthetized gavage) and gavaged daily with 0.2 mL of saline (with no manipulation on weekends) for a total of 18 treatment days. Body weight and clinical appearance were monitored throughout the treatment period, after which mice were euthanized and necropsied...
November 2016: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931312/effect-of-overcrowding-on-hair-corticosterone-concentrations-in-juvenile-male-wistar-rats
#6
Duvn G Uarquin, Jerrold S Meyer, Fernando P Cardenas, Manuel J Rojas
In many species, chronic stress due to overcrowding during the juvenile period triggers several metabolic and behavioral pathologies in adulthood. The aim of this study was to determine whether a chronic stress condition (overcrowding) induces changes in plasma and hair corticosterone concentrations, overall growth, and organ weights in young Wistar rats. The experimental subjects were divided into 2 groups (control and overcrowded); the overcrowded subjects were exposed to overcrowding during days 38 through 65 after birth...
November 2016: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931030/effects-of-total-sleep-deprivation-on-mouse-cytokine-levels
#7
Lin Yang, Li Li, Jianfeng Xue
OBJECTIVE: Cytokines play an integral role in sleep/wake regulation. The objective of this study was to identify how total sleep deprivation affects cytokine levels. METHODS: Male C57BL/6 mice were subjected to 48 h of total sleep deprivation produced by brief rotation of activity wheels or 3 different controls: home cage, a sedentary wheel, or forced activity. In addition, the serum levels of cytokines were analyzed using a mouse magnetic bead-based multiplex immunoassay...
December 9, 2016: Neuroimmunomodulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927738/altered-acoustic-startle-reflex-pre-pulse-inhibition-and-peripheral-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-in-morphine-self-administered-rats
#8
Bong Hyo Lee, Thomas Y Park, Erica Lin, He Li, Chae Ha Yang, Kwang H Choi
BACKGROUND: Previous studies suggested that opiate withdrawal may increase anxiety and disrupt brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) function, but the effects of intravenous morphine self-administration (MSA) on these measures remain unclear. METHODS: Adult male Sprague-Dawley rats were implanted with a catheter in the jugular vein. After 1 week of recovery, the animals were allowed to self-administer either intravenous morphine (0.5 mg/kg per infusion, 4 hr/day) or saline (SSA) in the operant conditioning chambers...
December 7, 2016: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927697/absence-of-11-keto-reduction-of-cortisone-and-11-ketotestosterone-in-the-model-organism-zebrafish
#9
Maria Tsachaki, Arne Meyer, Benjamin Weger, Denise V Kratschmar, Janina Tokarz, Jerzy Adamski, Heinz-Georg Belting, Markus Affolter, Thomas Dickmeis, Alex Odermatt
Zebrafish are widely used as model organism. Their suitability for endocrine studies, drug screening and toxicity assessements depends on the extent of conservation of specific genes and biochemical pathways between zebrafish and human. Glucocorticoids consist of inactive 11-keto (cortisone, 11-dehydrocorticosterone) and active 11β-hydroxyl forms (cortisol, corticosterone). In mammals, two 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenases (11β-HSD1, 11β-HSD2) interconvert active and inactive glucocorticoids, allowing tissue-specific regulation of glucocorticoid action...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923708/acth-modulation-on-corticosterone-melatonin-testosterone-and-innate-immune-response-in-the-tree-frog-hypsiboas-faber
#10
Adriana Maria Giorgi Barsotti, Vania Regina de Assis, Stefanny Christie Monteiro Titon, Braz Titon Junior, Zulma Felisbina da Silva Ferreira, Fernando Ribeiro Gomes
The modulation exerted by glucocorticoids in physiological responses to stressors is essential for maintaining short-term homeostasis. However, highly frequent and/or prolonged activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal/interrenal axis may inhibit processes that are important to long-term fitness and health, including reproduction and immunocompetence. The present study evaluates the response to adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) injection in the adult male tree frog, Hypsiboas faber, as indicated by levels of plasma corticosterone (CORT), plasma testosterone (T), ocular melatonin (MEL), hematocrit and immune functioning (total leukocyte count and bacterial killing ability against Escherichia coli)...
December 3, 2016: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923288/toll-like-receptor-4-protects-against-stress-induced-ulcers-via-regulation-of-glucocorticoid-production-in-mice
#11
Liang Wang, Pengfei Luo, Fang Zhang, Yuelu Zhang, Xingtong Wang, Fei Chang, Yuechan Zhang, Hongtai Tang, Zhaofan Xia
Stress-induced gastric ulcer is an important life-threatening condition, while the molecular basis of its development is incompletely understood. Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4), an innate immune pattern recognition receptor, can induce pro-inflammatory transcription, aggravating a stress ulcer. The present study found that TLR4 played a protective role in a mouse model of water immersion (23 °C) restraint stress. Wild-type (WT) and TLR4(-/-) male mice were respectively divided into five groups (5 per group), and exposed to the stressor for 0, 0...
December 6, 2016: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923157/adjuvant-neuronal-nitric-oxide-synthase-inhibition-for-combined-treatment-of-epilepsy-and-comorbid-depression
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Tanveer Singh, Rajesh Kumar Goel
BACKGROUND: Elevated nitric oxide (NO) levels in the brain have been apparently associated with depression in kindled animals. Owing to the major role of neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) in brain and ineffectiveness of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) in restoring nitrosative stress, the present study was envisaged to evaluate the adjuvant nNOS inhibitor, 7-nitroindazole (7-NI) with valproic acid for combined treatment of epilepsy and associated depression. METHODS: Pentylenetetrazole kindled animals associated with depression were treated with vehicle, valproate (300mg/kg/day ip), valproate with 7-NI (10mg/kg; 20mg/kg; 40mg/kg)/day ip and 7-NI (40mg/kg/day ip) for 15days...
October 4, 2016: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920193/light-intensity-of-5-or-20%C3%A2-lux-on-broiler-behavior-welfare-and-productivity
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Jean-Loup Rault, Katie Clark, Peter J Groves, Greg M Cronin
Light intensity can influence broiler behavior, but discrepancies in the scientific literature remain. Furthermore, few studies have investigated the welfare implications induced by varying light intensity. We investigated the effects of providing 5 or 20 lux light intensity on broiler behavior, welfare and productivity. A total of 1,872 Ross 308 broilers of mixed sex were studied across 2 replicates. Treatments began on d 8 with one of 2 light intensity levels: 5 lux or 20 lux, using LED lights on a 16L:8D photoperiod with 30 min sunrise and sunset periods...
December 5, 2016: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917385/effects-of-sheltering-on-behavior-and-fecal-corticosterone-level-of-elderly-dogs
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Katsuji Uetake, Chu Han Yang, Aki Endo, Toshio Tanaka
In Japan, the human population is aging rapidly, and the abandonment of dogs by the elderly people who have died or been hospitalized becomes a problem. It is hypothesized that elderly dogs have difficulty adapting to the novel circumstances when brought to an animal shelter. Therefore, the objective of this study was to assess stress levels and demonstrate stress responses of elderly dogs just after admission to an animal shelter. As stress indicators, fecal corticosterone levels and changes in the ethogram of the dogs were investigated during the first week of admittance...
2016: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914538/adaptive-response-of-rat-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cells-to-insulin-resistance-induced-by-monocrotophos-biochemical-evidence
#15
Raju Nagaraju, Padmanabhan Sharda Rajini
Our previous findings clearly suggested the role of duration of exposure to monocrotophos (MCP) in the development of insulin resistance. Rats exposed chronically to MCP developed insulin resistance with hyperinsulinemia without overt diabetes. In continuation of this vital observation, we sought to delineate the biochemical mechanisms that mediate heightened pancreatic β-cell response in the wake of MCP-induced insulin resistance in rats. Adult rats were orally administered (0.9 and 1.8mg/kgb.w/d) MCP for 180days...
November 2016: Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914009/serum-response-factor-srf-ablation-interferes-with-acute-stress-associated-immediate-and-long-term-coping-mechanisms
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Annemarie Zimprich, Gabi Mroz, Christopher Meyer Zu Reckendorf, Sofia Anastasiadou, Philip Förstner, Lillian Garrett, Sabine M Hölter, Lore Becker, Jan Rozman, Cornelia Prehn, Birgit Rathkolb, Kristin Moreth, Wolfgang Wurst, Thomas Klopstock, Martin Klingenspor, Jerzy Adamski, Eckhard Wolf, Raffi Bekeredjian, Helmut Fuchs, Valerie Gailus-Durner, Martin Hrabe de Angelis, Bernd Knöll
Stress experience modulates behavior, metabolism, and energy expenditure of organisms. One molecular hallmark of an acute stress response is a rapid induction of immediate early genes (IEGs) such as c-Fos and Egr family members. IEG transcription in neurons is mediated by the neuronal activity-driven gene regulator serum response factor (SRF). We show a first role of SRF in immediate and long-lasting acute restraint stress (AS) responses. For this, we employed a standardized mouse phenotyping protocol at the German Mouse Clinic (GMC) including behavioral, metabolic, and cardiologic tests as well as gene expression profiling to analyze the consequences of forebrain-specific SRF deletion in mice exposed to AS...
December 2, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913253/vibrissal-paralysis-produces-increased-corticosterone-levels-and-impairment-of-spatial-memory-retrieval
#17
William E Patarroyo, Milady García-Perez, Marisol Lamprea, Alejandro Múnera, Julieta Troncoso
This research was aimed at establishing how the absence of active whisking in rats affects acquisition and recovery of spatial memory. The mystacial vibrissae were irreversibly paralyzed by cutting the facial nerve's mandibular and buccal branches bilaterally in the facial nerve lesion group (N=14); control animals were submitted to sham-surgery (N=15). Sham-operated (N=11) and facial nerve-lesioned (N=10) animals were trained (one session, eight acquisition trials) and tested 24h later in a circular Barnes maze...
November 29, 2016: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908768/acute-stress-diminishes-m-current-contributing-to-elevated-activity-of-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis
#18
Jing-Jing Zhou, Yonggang Gao, Therese A Kosten, Zongmao Zhao, De-Pei Li
Acute stress stimulates corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH)-expressing neurons in the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus (PVN), which is an essential component of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. However, the cellular and molecular mechanisms remain unclear. The M-channel is a voltage-dependent K(+) channel involved in stabilizing the neuronal membrane potential and regulating neuronal excitability. In this study, we tested our hypothesis that acute stress suppresses expression of Kv7 channels to stimulate PVN-CRH neurons and the HPA axis...
November 28, 2016: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906551/ald1613-a-novel-long-acting-monoclonal-antibody-to-control-acth-driven-pharmacology
#19
Andrew L Feldhaus, Katie Anderson, Benjamin Dutzar, Ethan Ojala, Patricia Dianne McNeill, Pei Fan, Jenny Mulligan, Sam Marzolf, Charlie Karasek, Michelle Scalley-Kim, Erica Stewart, Jens Billgren, Vanessa Rubin, Kathleen Schneider, David Jurchen, Kathy Snow, Shaun Barnett, Barbara Bengtsson, Brian Baker, John A Latham, Dan Allison, Leon F Garcia-Martinez
ACTH is the primary regulator of adrenal glucocorticoid production. Elevated levels of ACTH play a critical role in disease progression in several indications including congenital adrenal hyperplasia and Cushing's disease. We have generated a specific, high affinity, neutralizing monoclonal antibody (ALD1613) to ACTH. In vitro, ALD1613 neutralizes ACTH-induced signaling via all five melanocortin receptors and inhibited ACTH-induced cAMP accumulation in a mouse adrenal cell line (Y1). ALD1613 administration to wild-type rats significantly reduced plasma corticosterone levels in a dose dependent manner...
December 1, 2016: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904422/the-effect-of-preventive-therapeutic-and-protective-exercises-on-hippocampal-memory-mediators-in-stressed-rats
#20
Maryam Radahmadi, Nasrin Hosseini, Hojjatallah Alaei, Mohammad Reza Sharifi
BACKGROUND: Exercise plays a significant role in learning and memory. The present study focuses on the hippocampal corticosterone (CORT), interleukin-1 beta (IL-1β), glucose, and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) levels in preventive, therapeutic, and protective exercises in stressful conditions. METHODS: Forty male rats were randomly divided into four groups: the control group and the preventive, therapeutic, and protective exercise groups. The treadmill running was applied at a speed of 20-21m/min and a chronic stress of 6 hours/day for 21 days...
September 2016: Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences: MJMS
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