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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806762/a-becn1-mutation-mediates-hyperactive-autophagic-sequestration-of-amyloid-oligomers-and-improved-cognition-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#1
Altea Rocchi, Soh Yamamoto, Tabitha Ting, Yuying Fan, Katherine Sadleir, Yigang Wang, Weiran Zhang, Sui Huang, Beth Levine, Robert Vassar, Congcong He
Impairment of the autophagy pathway has been observed during the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD), a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by abnormal deposition of extracellular and intracellular amyloid β (Aβ) peptides. Yet the role of autophagy in Aβ production and AD progression is complex. To study whether increased basal autophagy plays a beneficial role in Aβ clearance and cognitive improvement, we developed a novel genetic model to hyperactivate autophagy in vivo. We found that knock-in of a point mutation F121A in the essential autophagy gene Beclin 1/Becn1 in mice significantly reduces the interaction of BECN1 with its inhibitor BCL2, and thus leads to constitutively active autophagy even under non-autophagy-inducing conditions in multiple tissues, including brain...
August 14, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806219/selective-activation-of-basal-forebrain-cholinergic-neurons-attenuates-polymicrobial-sepsis-induced-inflammation-via-the-cholinergic-anti-inflammatory-pathway
#2
Qian Zhai, Dengming Lai, Ping Cui, Rui Zhou, Qixing Chen, Jinchao Hou, Yunting Su, Libiao Pan, Hui Ye, Jing-Wei Zhao, Xiangming Fang
OBJECTIVES: Basal forebrain cholinergic neurons are proposed as a major neuromodulatory system in inflammatory modulation. However, the function of basal forebrain cholinergic neurons in sepsis is unknown, and the neural pathways underlying cholinergic anti-inflammation remain unexplored. DESIGN: Animal research. SETTING: University research laboratory. SUBJECTS: Male wild-type C57BL/6 mice and ChAT-ChR2-EYFP (ChAT) transgenic mice...
August 10, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805920/ground-juniperus-pinchotii-and-urea-in-supplements-fed-to-rambouillet-ewe-lambs-i-feedlot-growth-traits-blood-serum-parameters-and-fecal-characteristics
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T R Whitney
Ground woody products and urea are low-cost roughage and N sources. Rambouillet ewe lambs ( = 48, 6 lambs/treatment; initial BW = 42 kg ± 3.8) were used to evaluate effects of using ground (juniper) and urea in supplements on feedlot lamb growth traits, blood serum parameters, and fecal characteristics. In a randomized complete block design (40 d), lambs were individually fed an ad libitum basal sorghum-Sudangrass hay diet, which was fed separate from 1 of 8 supplemental diets (6 lambs/diet; 533 g of supplement/d, as-fed basis)...
August 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805905/standardized-ileal-digestible-amino-acids-and-digestible-energy-contents-in-high-protein-distiller-s-dried-grains-with-solubles-fed-to-growing-pigs
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Y Rho, C Zhu, E Kiarie, C F M de Lange
Chemical composition and, therefore, potential nutritive value of corn distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) is constantly evolving as the ethanol industry innovates processing techniques. We determined standardized ileal digestibility (SID) of AA (Exp. 1) and DE (Exp. 2) contents in high-protein (HP; >40% on a DM basis) DDGS samples. Two HP DDGS (HP-A and HP-B) samples and 1 conventional DDGS (CON) sample were selected for this study. Three semipurified corn starch-based diets (minimum 18% CP, as-fed basis) were formulated with DDGS as the sole source of AA...
August 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805896/the-composition-of-dietary-fat-alters-the-transcriptional-profile-of-pathways-associated-with-lipid-metabolism-in-the-liver-and-adipose-tissue-in-the-pig
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T A Kellner, N K Gabler, J F Patience
The objective was to investigate the of effect chemical composition of dietary fat on transcription of genes involved in lipid metabolism in adipose tissue and the liver via transcriptional profiling in growing pigs. A total of 48 Genetiporc 6.0 × Genetiporc F25 (PIC, Inc., Hendersonville, TN) barrows (initial BW of 44.1 ± 1.2 kg) were randomly allotted to 1 of 6 dietary treatments. Each experimental diet included 95% of a corn-soybean meal basal diet and 5% cornstarch (control; CNTR), animal-vegetable blend (AV), coconut oil (COCO), corn oil (COIL), fish oil (FO), or tallow (TAL)...
August 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805574/nonmotor-symptoms-in-vascular-and-other-secondary-parkinsonism
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Oleg S Levin, Achcha Sh Chimagomedova, Natalia A Skripkina, Elena A Lyashenko, Olga V Babkina
Vascular parkinsonism (VP) is a relatively frequent variant of secondary parkinsonism caused by ischemic or hemorrhagic lesions of basal ganglia, midbrain, or their links with frontal cortex. According to different investigations, various forms of cerebrovascular disease cause 1%-15% of parkinsonism cases. Nonmotor symptoms are frequently found in VP and may negatively influence on quality of life. However, nonmotor symptoms such as hallucinations, orthostatic hypotension, REM-sleep behavior disorder, and anosmia are rarely revealed in VP, which may be noted to another diagnosis or mixed pathology...
2017: International Review of Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805433/overriding-actions-in-parkinson-s-disease-impaired-stopping-and-changing-of-motor-responses
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Wery P M van den Wildenberg, K Richard Ridderinkhof, Nelleke C van Wouwe, Joseph S Neimat, Theodore R Bashore, Scott A Wylie
We administered a stop-change paradigm, an extended version of the stop task that requires (a) stopping an ongoing motor response and (b) changing to an alternative (change) response. Performance of a group of patients diagnosed with Parkinson's disease (PD) and taking dopaminergic medication was compared with that of matched healthy control (HC) participants. Behavioral results indicated that response latencies to the initial go signal did not distinguish between the 2 groups, but that stopping latencies were prolonged in PD patients...
August 14, 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804963/effect-of-housing-system-on-reproductive-behaviour-and-on-some-endocrinological-and-seminal-parameters-of-donkey-stallions
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A Rota, M Sgorbini, D Panzani, F Bonelli, P Baragli, N Ille, D Gatta, C Sighieri, L Casini, M M Maggiorelli, C Aurich, F Camillo
Reproductive management of male donkeys employed for artificial breeding has been poorly studied. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of housing system, with the animals grouped together in a paddock or kept in individual boxes, on sexual behaviour, cortisol and testosterone concentration and seminal characteristics of adult male donkeys. The study included four Amiata donkey jacks (stallions) from which ejaculates, saliva and blood were collected during two distinct 3 weeks periods, one in the group and one in the box housing system...
August 14, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804928/the-comet-assay-for-detection-of-dna-damage-in-canine-sperm
#9
A F Pereira, P Borges, A Fontbonne, L Cardoso, I Gaivão, A Martins-Bessa
Sperm DNA integrity is a fundamental prerequisite in fertilization and embryo development. Among DNA integrity tests, the Comet assay is an accurate and sensitive test for the detection of sperm oxidative damage. The aim of this work was to evaluate sperm oxidative damage using the Comet assay and to study the correlation between Comet and routine assays for the evaluation of semen quality. Dogs were divided in two groups: group A (n = 6), comprising dogs with abnormal spermiogram, that is astheno-, terato- or oligoasthenoteratozoospermic (OAT); and group B (n = 8), comprising normospermic dogs...
August 13, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804842/flow-cytometry-protocols-for-assessment-of-platelet-function-in-whole-blood
#10
Leonardo Pasalic, Gabrielle J Pennings, David Connor, Heather Campbell, Leonard Kritharides, Vivien M Chen
Flow cytometry is a powerful tool for rapid evaluation of multiple functional properties of large numbers of platelets in whole blood. In the following chapter, we provide a number of flow cytometry-based protocols broadly aimed at (1) assessment of constitutively expressed platelet membrane receptors to diagnose inherited platelet bleeding disorders and (2) investigation of basal and agonist-induced platelet functional responses including generation of platelet-leukocyte aggregates, alpha and dense granule release, calcium flux, and phosphatidylserine exposure...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804556/anti-tumor-efficacy-evaluation-of-a-novel-monoclonal-antibody-targeting-neutral-amino-acid-transporter-asct2-using-patient-derived-xenograft-mouse-models-of-gastric-cancer
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Noriyuki Kasai, Aya Sasakawa, Kenta Hosomi, Tze Wei Poh, Bernadette Lynn Chua, Wei Peng Yong, Jimmy So, Shing Leng Chan, Richie Soong, Koji Kono, Toshihiko Ishii, Kazuya Yamano
ASC amino acid transporter 2 (ASCT2), also known as solute linked carrier family 1 member A5 (SLC1A5) is a Na+-dependent glutamine/neutral amino acid transporter. ASCT2 acts as a high-affinity transporter of L-glutamine (Gln) and has been reported to be up-regulated in a variety of cancerous tissues including stomach, liver, and kidney. In this study, we evaluated anti-tumor efficacy of a novel anti-ASCT2 humanized monoclonal antibody, KM8094, which has a neutralizing activity against glutamine uptake, as a therapeutic antibody against gastric cancer and explored clinical predictive biomarker candidates by utilizing patient-derived xenograft (PDX) mouse models...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803853/developmental-suppression-of-forebrain-trka-receptors-and-attentional-capacities-in-aging-rats-a-longitudinal-study
#12
Brittney Yegla, Vinay Parikh
Basal forebrain (BF) cholinergic neurons innervating the cortex regulate cognitive, specifically attentional, processes. Cholinergic atrophy and cognitive decline occur at an accelerated pace in age-related neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease; however, the mechanism responsible for this phenomenon remains unknown. Here we hypothesized that developmental suppression of nerve growth factor signaling, mediated via tropomyosin-related kinase A (trkA) receptors, would escalate age-related attentional vulnerability...
August 10, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803837/silencing-of-glut1-induces-chemoresistance-via-modulation-of-akt-gsk-3%C3%AE-%C3%AE-catenin-survivin-signaling-pathway-in-breast-cancer-cells
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Sunhwa Oh, KeeSoo Nam, Hyungjoo Kim, Incheol Shin
Cancer cells require increased aerobic glycolysis to support rapid cell proliferation. For their increased energy demands, cancer cells express glucose transporter (Glut) proteins at a high level. Glut1 is associated with basal-like breast cancer and is considered a potential therapeutic target. To investigate the possibility of Glut1 as a therapeutic target in breast cancer cells, we downregulated Glut1 in triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) cell lines using a short hairpin system. We determined whether Glut1 silencing might enhance anti-proliferative effect of chemotherapeutic agents...
August 10, 2017: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803836/methionine-sulfoxide-reductase-a-protects-against-lipopolysaccharide-induced-septic-shock-via-negative-regulation-of-the-proinflammatory-responses
#14
Mahendra Pratap Singh, Ki Young Kim, Geun-Hee Kwak, Suk-Hwan Baek, Hwa-Young Kim
Methionine sulfoxide reductase A (MsrA) is a major antioxidant enzyme that specifically catalyzes the reduction of methionine S-sulfoxide. In this study, we used MsrA gene-knockout (MsrA(-/-)) mice and bone marrow-derived macrophages (BMDMs) to investigate the role of MsrA in the regulation of inflammatory responses induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS). MsrA(-/-) mice were more susceptible to LPS-induced lethal shock than wild-type (MsrA(+/+)) mice. Serum levels of the proinflammatory cytokines IL-6 and TNF-α induced by LPS were higher in MsrA(-/-) than in MsrA(+/+) mice...
August 10, 2017: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803134/age-related-changes-of-physiological-performance-and-survivorship-of-bank-voles-selected-for-high-aerobic-capacity
#15
Agata Marta Rudolf, Maciej Jan Dańko, Edyta Teresa Sadowska, Geoffrey Dheyongera, Paweł Koteja
Variation in lifespans is an intriguing phenomenon, but how metabolic rate influence this variation remains unclear. High aerobic capacity can result in health benefits, but also in increased oxidative damage and accelerated ageing. We tested these contradictory predictions using bank voles (Myodes=Clethrionomys glareolus) from lines selected for high swim-induced aerobic metabolism (A), which had about 50% higher maximum metabolic rate and a higher basal and routine metabolic rates, than those from unselected control lines (C)...
August 9, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803021/effect-of-dietary-supplementation-with-heat-treated-canola-meal-on-ruminal-nutrient-metabolism-in-lactating-dairy-cows
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S J Krizsan, H Gidlund, F Fatehi, P Huhtanen
An experiment was conducted to quantify the effects of incremental levels of heat-moisture-treated canola meal (TCM) fed to dairy cows on the relationship between ruminal nutrient digestion and milk production. Experimental diets were fed to 4 multiparous rumen-cannulated Nordic Red cows, averaging (mean ± standard deviation) 681 ± 54.8 kg of body weight, 111 ± 16 d in milk, and 29.1 ± 9.1 kg of milk/d at the start of the study, in a Latin square design with four 21-d periods. The 4 experimental dietary treatments consisted of a basal diet of grass silage and crimped barley, and 3 diets in which the crimped barley was replaced with TCM, giving 3 incremental levels of protein supplementation...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803010/short-communication-apparent-ruminal-synthesis-of-b-vitamins-in-lactating-dairy-cows-fed-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-fermentation-product
#17
D S Castagnino, Y Ying, M S Allen, R Gervais, P Y Chouinard, C L Girard
Apparent ruminal synthesis and duodenal flow of thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, folates, and vitamin B12 were evaluated in an experiment using 15 ruminally and duodenally cannulated lactating Holstein cows fed a basal diet, according to a crossover design, supplemented or not with 56 g/d of Saccharomyces cerevisiae fermentation product. Duration of the treatment period was 28 d. The basal ration had 28% neutral detergent fber, 30% starch and 16.5% crude protein; forages were corn silage (67% of forage dry matter) and alfalfa silage (33% of forage dry matter)...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802926/nonmotor-symptoms-and-natural-history-of-parkinson-s-disease-evidence-from-cognitive-dysfunction-and-role-of-noninvasive-interventions
#18
Roberta Biundo, Eleonora Fiorenzato, Angelo Antonini
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a common neurodegenerative disorder, characterized by motor and nonmotor symptoms (NMS). Several subsequent studies substantiate the great functional burden related to NMS, their progression, and negative effect on quality of life in PD. Additional evidence indicates interesting relationships between striatal dopaminergic function and NMS. The basal ganglia are implicated in the modulation and integration of sensory information and pain, bladder function is under control of both inhibitory (D1) and facilitatory (D2) dopaminergic inputs, finally reduced dopaminergic activity in the mesocortical and mesolimbic pathways is involved in the development of several NMS including mood, motivational, and cognitive alterations...
2017: International Review of Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802916/brain-region-and-sex-specific-alterations-in-mitochondrial-function-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-in-the-tgcrnd8-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#19
Jelena Djordjevic, Ella Thomson, Subir Roy Chowdhury, Wanda M Snow, Claudia Perez, Tak Pan Wong, Paul Fernyhough, Benedict C Albensi
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common late onset neurodegenerative disorder with indications that women are disproportionally affected. Mitochondrial dysfunction has been one of the most discussed hypotheses associated with the early onset and progression of AD, and it has been attributed to intraneuronal accumulation of amyloid β (Aβ). It was suggested that one of the possible mediators for Aβ-impaired mitochondrial function is the nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) signaling pathway. NF-κB plays important roles in brain inflammation and antioxidant defense, as well as in the regulation of mitochondrial function, and studies have confirmed altered NF-κB signaling in AD brain...
August 9, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802915/neurological-evaluation-of-the-selection-stage-of-metaphor-comprehension-in-individuals-with-and-without-autism-spectrum-disorder
#20
Brea Chouinard, Joanne Volden, Ivor Cribben, Jacqueline Cummine
Because of their difficulties with figurative language in conversation, it is commonly thought that individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) do not understand figurative meaning. However, recent research indicates that individuals with and without ASD are similar in the first two stages of metaphor comprehension, up to and including successful generation of the figurative meaning. In the current study, we used a sentence decision task to evaluate the subsequent stage of metaphor comprehension, the selection stage, which requires suppression/inhibition of the unintended meaning as part of selecting the intended meaning...
August 9, 2017: Neuroscience
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