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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651171/the-relevance-of-inter-and-intrastrain-differences-in-mice-and-rats-and-their-implications-for-models-of-seizures-and-epilepsy
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Wolfgang Löscher, Russell J Ferland, Thomas N Ferraro
It is becoming increasingly clear that the genetic background of mice and rats, even in inbred strains, can have a profound influence on measures of seizure susceptibility and epilepsy. These differences can be capitalized upon through genetic mapping studies to reveal genes important for seizures and epilepsy. However, strain background and particularly mixed genetic backgrounds of transgenic animals need careful consideration in both the selection of strains and in the interpretation of results and conclusions...
June 23, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649993/kappa-opioid-receptor-activation-in-dopamine-neurons-disrupts-behavioral-inhibition
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Antony D Abraham, Harrison M Fontaine, Allisa J Song, Mackenzie M Andrews, Madison A Baird, Brigitte L Kieffer, Benjamin B Land, Charles Chavkin
The dynorphin/kappa opioid receptor (KOR) system has been previously implicated in the regulation of cognition, but the neural circuitry and molecular mechanisms underlying KOR-mediated cognitive disruption are unknown. Here, we used an operational test of cognition involving timing and behavioral inhibition and found that systemic KOR activation impairs performance of male and female C57BL/6 mice in the differential reinforcement of low response rates (DRL) task. Systemic KOR antagonism also blocked stress-induced disruptions of DRL performance...
June 26, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649315/effects-of-a-social-stimulus-on-gene-expression-in-a-mouse-model-of-fragile-x-syndrome
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Tiffany D Rogers, Allison M J Anacker, Travis M Kerr, C Gunnar Forsberg, Jing Wang, Bing Zhang, Jeremy Veenstra-VanderWeele
BACKGROUND: People with fragile X syndrome (FXS) often have deficits in social behavior, and a substantial portion meet criteria for autism spectrum disorder. Though the genetic cause of FXS is known to be due to the silencing of FMR1, and the Fmr1 null mouse model representing this lesion has been extensively studied, the contributions of this gene and its protein product, FMRP, to social behavior are not well understood. METHODS: Fmr1 null mice and wildtype littermates were exposed to a social or non-social stimulus...
2017: Molecular Autism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649286/autism-spectrum-disorder-and-epileptic-encephalopathy-common-causes-many-questions
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REVIEW
Siddharth Srivastava, Mustafa Sahin
Epileptic encephalopathies represent a particularly severe form of epilepsy, associated with cognitive and behavioral deficits, including impaired social-communication and restricted, repetitive behaviors that are the hallmarks of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). With the advent of next-generation sequencing, the genetic landscape of epileptic encephalopathies is growing and demonstrates overlap with genes separately implicated in ASD. However, many questions remain about this connection, including whether epileptiform activity itself contributes to the development of ASD symptomatology...
2017: Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648937/the-correlation-of-the-standard-5-probe-fish-assay-with-melanocytic-tumors-of-uncertain-malignant-potential
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Aaron Muhlbauer, Shabnam Momtahen, Martin C Mihm, James Wang, Cynthia M Magro
BACKGROUND: FISH has recently emerged as a technique to better assess the malignant potential of histologically ambiguous melanocytic lesions. However, the usefulness of FISH has not been conclusively established. The purpose of this study was to further explore the diagnostic value of FISH in distinguishing the borderline melanocytic tumor (BMT) from melanoma. METHOD: 73 cases with BMT were analyzed retrospectively from a dermatopathology database between 2010-2015...
June 2017: Annals of Diagnostic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648497/selective-optogenetic-control-of-purkinje-cells-in-monkey-cerebellum
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Yasmine El-Shamayleh, Yoshiko Kojima, Robijanto Soetedjo, Gregory D Horwitz
Purkinje cells of the primate cerebellum play critical but poorly understood roles in the execution of coordinated, accurate movements. Elucidating these roles has been hampered by a lack of techniques for manipulating spiking activity in these cells selectively-a problem common to most cell types in non-transgenic animals. To overcome this obstacle, we constructed AAV vectors carrying the channelrhodopsin-2 (ChR2) gene under the control of a 1 kb L7/Pcp2 promoter. We injected these vectors into the cerebellar cortex of rhesus macaques and tested vector efficacy in three ways...
June 21, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647564/effects-of-chronic-forced-swim-stress-on-behavioral-properties-in-rats-with-neonatal-repeated-mk-801-treatment
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Kouichi Kawabe
The two-hit hypothesis has been used to explain the onset mechanism of schizophrenia. It assumes that predisposition to schizophrenia is originally attributed to vulnerability in the brain which stems from genetic or early developmental factors, and that onset is triggered by exposure to later detrimental factors such as stress in adolescence or adulthood. Based on this hypothesis, the present study examined whether rats that had received neonatal repeated treatment with an N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist (MK-801), an animal model of schizophrenia, were vulnerable to chronic stress...
June 21, 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647013/autism-spectrum-symptoms-in-a-tourette-s-disorder-sample
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Sabrina M Darrow, Marco Grados, Paul Sandor, Matthew E Hirschtritt, Cornelia Illmann, Lisa Osiecki, Yves Dion, Robert King, David Pauls, Cathy L Budman, Danielle C Cath, Erica Greenberg, Gholson J Lyon, William M McMahon, Paul C Lee, Kevin L Delucchi, Jeremiah M Scharf, Carol A Mathews
OBJECTIVE: Tourette's disorder (TD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) share clinical features and possibly an overlapping etiology. The aims of this study were to examine ASD symptom rates in participants with TD, and to characterize the relationships between ASD symptom patterns and TD, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). METHOD: Participants with TD (n = 535) and their family members (n =234) recruited for genetic studies reported TD, OCD, and ADHD symptoms and completed the Social Responsiveness Scale Second Edition (SRS), which was used to characterize ASD symptoms...
July 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646458/ovarian-cancer-knowledge-in-women-and-providers-following-education-with-inside-knowledge-campaign-materials
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Mary C Puckett, Julie S Townsend, Cynthia A Gelb, Polly Hager, Amy Conlon, Sherri L Stewart
Because no effective methods for preventing or screening for ovarian cancer exist, symptom recognition is integral to its early detection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Inside Knowledge: Get the Facts about Gynecologic Cancer campaign was developed to raise awareness and educate women and providers about risk factors, symptoms, recommended screening, and prevention strategies for the five main gynecologic cancers, including ovarian cancer. Inside Knowledge campaign materials were utilized by CDC's National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program grantees to educate women and providers about gynecologic cancer from 2014 to 2015...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Cancer Education: the Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645895/multiparity-improves-outcomes-after-cerebral-ischemia-in-female-mice-despite-features-of-increased-metabovascular-risk
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Rodney M Ritzel, Anita R Patel, Monica Spychala, Rajkumar Verma, Joshua Crapser, Edward C Koellhoffer, Anna Schrecengost, Evan R Jellison, Liang Zhu, Venugopal Reddy Venna, Louise D McCullough
Females show a varying degree of ischemic sensitivity throughout their lifespan, which is not fully explained by hormonal or genetic factors. Epidemiological data suggest that sex-specific life experiences such as pregnancy increase stroke risk. This work evaluated the role of parity on stroke outcome. Age-matched virgin (i.e., nulliparous) and multiparous mice were subjected to 60 min of reversible middle cerebral artery occlusion and evaluated for infarct volume, behavioral recovery, and inflammation. Using an established mating paradigm, fetal microchimeric cells present in maternal mice were also tracked after parturition and stroke...
June 23, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645872/two-obesity-susceptibility-loci-in-lyplal1-and-etv5-independently-associated-with-childhood-hypertension-in-chinese-population
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Duo Lv, Dan Zhou, Yan Zhang, Shuai Zhang, Yi-Min Zhu
AIMS: Genome-wide association studies have identified novel obesity-associated susceptibility loci. Associations of these variants with childhood obesity have been studied in our previous research. The purpose of this study is to investigate if these loci are associated with hypertension being independent of obesity in Chinese children and adolescents. METHODS: Nineteen candidate SNPs were genotyped using Sequenom MassARRAY platform among Chinese children (N=2954, 514 hypertension and 2440 controls, aged 7-17years)...
June 20, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645745/dna-methylation-of-dlg4-and-gja-1-of-human-hippocampus-and-prefrontal-cortex-in-major-depression-is-unchanged-in-comparison-to-healthy-individuals
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Oliver Kaut, Amit Sharma, Ina Schmitt, René Hurlemann, Ullrich Wüllner
Epigenetic alterations provide a potential mechanism to account for the numerous gene-environment interactions that have been reported in association with neuropsychiatric phenotypes. In context to major depression disorder (MDD), where postmortem and neuroimaging studies provide insights into dysfunctional brain regions, involvement of genetic heterogeneity also revealed the complexity of this disorder. Despite intensive research during the past several decades and information from genome wide studies, pathophysiology of depressive disorders remained elusive...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645536/imaging-genetics-of-schizophrenia-in-the-post-gwas-era
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REVIEW
Ayla Arslan
Imaging genetics is a research methodology studying the effect of genetic variation on brain structure, function, behavior, and risk for psychopathology. Since the early 2000s, imaging genetics has been increasingly used in the research of schizophrenia (SZ). SZ is a severe mental disorder with no precise knowledge of its underlying neurobiology, however, new genetic and neurobiological data generate a climate for new avenues. The accumulating data of genome wide association studies (GWAS) continuously decode SZ risk genes...
June 20, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645128/-headache-news
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Hans-Christoph Diener, Charly Gaul, Dagny Holle-Lee, Lazaros Lazaridis, Steffen Nägel, Mark Obermann
A review of the latest and most relevant information on different disorders of head and facial pain is presented. News from epidemiologic studies regarding the relationship between migraine and patent foramen ovale, the cardiovascular risk in migraine, and migraine behavior during menopause, and the development of white matter lesions or migraine genetics are presented. Regarding pathophysiology there are very recent insights regarding the role of the hypothalamus during prodromal phase and the interplay of brain-stem and hypothalamus during the attack...
June 2017: Fortschritte der Neurologie-Psychiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643631/the-anopheles-gambiae-2la-chromosome-inversion-is-associated-with-susceptibility-to-plasmodium-falciparum-in-africa
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Michelle M Riehle, Tullu Bukhari, Awa Gneme, Wamdaogo M Guelbeogo, Boubacar Coulibaly, Abdrahamane Fofana, Adrien Pain, Emmanuel Bischoff, Francois Renaud, Abdoul H Beavogui, Sekou F Traore, N'Fale Sagnon, Kenneth D Vernick
Chromosome inversions suppress genetic recombination and establish co-adapted gene complexes, or supergenes. The 2La inversion is a widespread polymorphism in the Anopheles gambiae species complex, the major African mosquito vectors of human malaria. Here we show that alleles of the 2La inversion are associated with natural malaria infection levels in wild-captured vectors from West and East Africa. Mosquitoes carrying the more-susceptible allele (2L+(a)) are also behaviorally less likely to be found inside houses...
June 23, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643080/elaboration-of-the-reciprocal-engagement-model-of-genetic-counseling-practice-a-qualitative-investigation-of-goals-and-strategies
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Krista Redlinger-Grosse, Patricia McCarthy Veach, Bonnie S LeRoy, Heather Zierhut
As the genetic counseling field evolves, a comprehensive model of practice is critical. The Reciprocal-Engagement Model (REM) consists of 5 tenets and 17 goals. Lacking in the REM, however, are well-articulated counselor strategies and behaviors. The purpose of the present study was to further elaborate and provide supporting evidence for the REM by identifying and mapping genetic counseling strategies to the REM goals. A secondary, qualitative analysis was conducted on data from two prior studies: 1) focus group results of genetic counseling outcomes (Redlinger-Grosse et al...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Genetic Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641336/suppression-of-forkhead-box-protein-o1-foxo1-transcription-factor-may-promote-adrenocortical-tumorigenesis
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Adam Stenman, Timothy Murtha, Reju Korah, Tobias Carling
Despite recent comprehensive genetic analyses, molecular evidence for a pathophysiological continuum linking benign adrenocortical adenoma (ACA) and highly aggressive adrenocortical carcinoma (ACC) is still elusive. Using human tumor samples and the established ACC cell line SW-13, this study investigated potential regulatory roles for FOXO transcription factors, in modulating adrenocortical tumorigenesis. Adrenocortical tumor specimens (20 ACAs, 10 ACCs, and 9 normal adrenal tissue samples) obtained from 30 patients were analyzed for ubiquitously expressed FOXO transcription factors, FOXO1 and FOXO3 using qRT-PCR and immunohistochemistry...
June 22, 2017: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641115/feature-integration-drives-probabilistic-behavior-in-the-drosophila-escape-response
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Catherine R von Reyn, Aljoscha Nern, W Ryan Williamson, Patrick Breads, Ming Wu, Shigehiro Namiki, Gwyneth M Card
Animals rely on dedicated sensory circuits to extract and encode environmental features. How individual neurons integrate and translate these features into behavioral responses remains a major question. Here, we identify a visual projection neuron type that conveys predator approach information to the Drosophila giant fiber (GF) escape circuit. Genetic removal of this input during looming stimuli reveals that it encodes angular expansion velocity, whereas other input cell type(s) encode angular size. Motor program selection and timing emerge from linear integration of these two features within the GF...
June 21, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640866/diet-induced-adipose-tissue-expansion-is-mitigated-in-mice-with-a-targeted-inactivation-of-mesoderm-specific-transcript-mest
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Rea P Anunciado-Koza, Justin Manuel, Randall L Mynatt, Jingying Zhang, Leslie P Kozak, Robert A Koza
Interindividual variation of white adipose tissue (WAT) expression of mesoderm specific transcript (Mest), a paternally-expressed imprinted gene belonging to the α/β-hydrolase fold protein family, becomes apparent among genetically inbred mice fed high fat diet (HFD) and is positively associated with adipose tissue expansion (ATE). To elucidate a role for MEST in ATE, mice were developed with global and adipose tissue inactivation of Mest. Mice with homozygous (MestgKO) and paternal allelic (MestpKO) inactivation of Mest were born at expected Mendelian frequencies, showed no behavioral or physical abnormalities, and did not perturb expression of the Mest locus-derived microRNA miR-335...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640835/bilateral-blockade-of-mek-and-pi3k-mediated-pathways-downstream-of-mutant-kras-as-a-treatment-approach-for-peritoneal-mucinous-malignancies
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Murali R Kuracha, Peter Thomas, Brian W Loggie, Venkatesh Govindarajan
Mucinous colorectal adenocarcinomas (MCAs) are clinically and morphologically distinct from nonmucinous colorectal cancers (CRCs), show a distinct spectrum of genetic alterations (higher KRAS mutations, lower p53, high MUC2), exhibit more aggressive behavior (more prone to peritoneal dissemination and lymph node involvement) and are associated with poorer response to chemotherapy with limited treatment options. Here, we report the effectiveness of combinatorial targeting of two KRAS-mediated parallel pathways in reducing MUC2 production and mucinous tumor growth in vitro and in vivo...
2017: PloS One
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