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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651251/electrical-potential-of-leaping-eels
#1
Kenneth C Catania
When approached by a large, partially submerged conductor, electric eels (Electrophorus electricus) will often defend themselves by leaping from the water to directly shock the threat. Presumably, the conductor is interpreted as an approaching terrestrial or semiaquatic animal. In the course of this defensive behavior, eels first make direct contact with their lower jaw and then rapidly emerge from the water, ascending the conductor while discharging high-voltage volleys. In this study, the equivalent circuit that develops during this behavior was proposed and investigated...
June 27, 2017: Brain, Behavior and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651193/p-p-methoxyl-diphenyl-diselenideincorporation-into-polymeric-nanocapsules-improves-its-antinociceptive-action-physicochemical-and-behavioral-studies
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Marcel Henrique Marcondes Sari, Luana Mota Ferreira, Vanessa AngonesiZborowski, Paulo Cesar Oliveira Araujo, Jessica Mendes Nadal, Paulo Vitor Farago, Letícia Cruz, Cristina Wayne Nogueira
The p,p'-methoxyl-diphenyl diselenide [(OMePhSe)2] is an, organoselenium compound that elicits antinociceptive action in different, animal models of pain. However, the compound has physicochemical, Limitations that delay its clinical studies. Herein, (OMePhSe)2, nanocapsules were developed and their physicochemical properties were, analyzed using different techniques (Scanning electron microscopy with, field emissionguns, wide-angle X-ray diffractometry, fourier-transform, infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis and differential, scanning calorimetry)...
June 20, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
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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REVIEW
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/28651128/local-up-regulation-of-interferon-%C3%AE-ifn-%C3%AE-following-disc-herniation-is-involved-in-the-inflammatory-response-underlying-acute-lumbar-radicular-pain
#4
Gunn-Helen Moen, Aurora Moen, Elina I Schistad, Johannes Gjerstad
Lumbar radicular pain after disc herniation may be associated with release of pro-inflammatory cytokines from nucleus pulposus (NP) tissue. In the present study we examined the role of interferon-γ (IFN-γ) and cluster of differentiation 68 (CD68) in the acute phase of this process. First, in an animal model mimicking the clinical situation after disc herniation, the role of IFN-γ close to the dorsal nerve roots was studied. Next, in patients with lumbar radicular pain due to disc herniation, we examined how two single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs; rs2069705 and rs2069718) are important for the IFN-γ expression influenced the pain behavior...
June 23, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650259/locomotor-effects-of-a-low-frequency-fire-alarm-on-c57bl-6-male-mice-a-preliminary-study
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Jessica M Povroznik, Robert E Faith, Matthew J Kessler, Frank N Ali, James Kosik, Stephen Prince, Elizabeth B Engler-Chiurazzi
Maintaining appropriate acoustic conditions for animal welfare and data collection are crucial in biomedical research facilities. Negative impacts of disruptive sound are known and can include auditory damage, immune function changes, and behavioral alterations. One type of disruptive sound occurring in research facilities is that of fire alarms. To ameliorate this problem, many facilities have incorporated the use of low-frequency fire alarms that emit tones outside the rodent audible range. The impact of these devices has been assumed to be negligible...
January 1, 2017: Laboratory Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649569/environmental-enrichment-for-broiler-breeders-an-undeveloped-field
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REVIEW
Anja B Riber, Ingrid C de Jong, Heleen A van de Weerd, Sanna Steenfeldt
Welfare problems, such as hunger, frustration, aggression, and abnormal sexual behavior, are commonly found in broiler breeder production. To prevent or reduce these welfare problems, it has been suggested to provide stimulating enriched environments. We review the effect of the different types of environmental enrichment for broiler breeders, which have been described in the scientific literature, on behavior and welfare. Environmental enrichment is defined as an improvement of the environment of captive animals, which increases the behavioral opportunities of the animal and leads to improvements in biological function...
2017: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649346/couch-potatoes-do-better-delayed-dispersal-and-territory-size-affect-the-duration-of-territory-occupancy-in-a-monogamous-mammal
#7
Martin Mayer, Andreas Zedrosser, Frank Rosell
In territorial, socially monogamous species, the establishment and defense of a territory are an important strategy to maximize individual fitness, but the factors responsible for the duration of territory occupancy are rarely studied, especially in long-lived mammals. A long-term monitoring program in southeast Norway spanning over 18 years allowed us to follow the individual life histories of Eurasian beavers (Castor fiber) from adolescence in their natal family group to dispersal and territory establishment until the end of territory occupancy...
June 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649132/reassessment-of-subacute-mptp-treated-mice-as-animal-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
#8
Qiu-Shuang Zhang, Yang Heng, Zheng Mou, Ju-Yang Huang, Yu-He Yuan, Nai-Hong Chen
1-Methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) mouse model remains the most commonly used animal model of Parkinson's disease (PD). There are three MPTP-treatment schemes: acute, subacute and chronic. Considering the advantages of the period and similarity to PD, the subacute model was often chosen to assess the validity of new candidates, but the changes caused by the subacute MPTP treatment and the appropriate positive control for this model remain to be further confirmed. The aim of this study was: 1 to estimate the value of the subacute MPTP mouse model in aspects of behavioral performance, biochemical changes and pathological abnormalities, and 2 to find effective positive drugs...
June 26, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649074/neurochemical-and-behavioral-effects-of-green-tea-camellia-sinensis-as-observed-in-animals-exposed-to-restraint-stress
#9
Huma Ikram, Beenish Mirza, Darakhshan Jabeen Haleem
Clinical studies on psychiatric patients suggest that life events stress precipitates depression. The possible involvement of 5-Hydroxy tryptamine (5-HT; Serotonin) in depression and other behavioral deficits is also suggested by clinical studies. As a natural stimulant, green tea (Camellia Sinensis) diminishes stress, worry and anxiety, allowing the brain to focus and concentrate better. Previously we have reported that beneficial effects of green tea might be associated with altered levels of 5-HT, which in turn may help in coping with stress...
March 2017: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648990/a-numerical-experimental-protocol-to-characterize-corneal-tissue-with-an-application-to-predict-astigmatic-keratotomy-surgery
#10
M Á Ariza-Gracia, Á Ortillés, J Á Cristóbal, J F Rodríguez Matas, B Calvo
Tonometers are intended to determine the intraocular pressure (IOP) and the quality of corneal tissue. In contrast to the physiological state of stress of the cornea, tonometers induce non-physiological bending stress. Recently, the use of a single experiment to calibrate a set of corneal mechanical properties was suggested to be an ill-posed problem. Thus, we propose a numerical-experimental protocol that uses inflation and indentation experiments simultaneously, restricting the optimization space to circumvent the ambiguity of the fitting...
June 15, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648984/whole-body-biodistribution-of-the-cannabinoid-type-1-receptor-ligand-18-f-mk-9470-in-the-rat
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H G Buchholz, K Uebbing, S Maus, S Pektor, N Afahaene, V Weyer-Elberich, B Lutz, M Schreckenberger, I Miederer
The endocannabinoid system participates in many processes in the body, including memory, reward, pain, motor activity, food intake, energy metabolism, and gastrointestinal functions. [(18)F]MK-9470 is a positron emission tomography (PET) ligand that binds with high affinity and selectivity to the cannabinoid type 1 receptor. In order to fully characterize ligand behavior, tracer uptake measured using in vivo microPET was compared with results from ex vivo tissue dissection. Twelve male Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into three subgroups and scanned over time periods of 10min, 30min and 90min using PET...
June 15, 2017: Nuclear Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648843/identification-of-regulators-of-germ-stem-cell-enwrapment-by-its-niche-in-c-elegans
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Lara M Linden, Kacy L Gordon, Ariel M Pani, Sara G Payne, Aastha Garde, Dane Burkholder, Qiuyi Chi, Bob Goldstein, David R Sherwood
Many stem cell niches contain support cells that increase contact with stem cells by enwrapping them in cellular processes. One example is the germ stem cell niche in C. elegans, which is composed of a single niche cell termed the distal tip cell (DTC) that extends cellular processes, constructing an elaborate plexus that enwraps germ stem cells. To identify genes required for plexus formation and to explore the function of this specialized enwrapping behavior, a series of targeted and tissue-specific RNAi screens were performed...
June 22, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648819/%C3%AE-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-%C3%AE-9-thc-administration-after-neonatal-exposure-to-phencyclidine-potentiates-schizophrenia-related-behavioral-phenotypes-in-mice
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Guadalupe Rodríguez, Nichole M Neugebauer, Katherine Lan Yao, Herbert Y Meltzer, John G Csernansky, Hongxin Dong
The clinical onset of schizophrenia often coincides with cannabis use in adolescents and young adults. However, the neurobiological consequences of this co-morbidity are not well understood. In this study, we examined the effects of Δ9-THC exposure during early adulthood on schizophrenia-related behaviors using a developmental mouse model of schizophrenia. Phencyclidine (PCP) or saline was administered once in neonatal mice (at P7; 10mg/kg). In turn, Δ9-THC or saline was administered sub-acutely later in life to cohorts of animals who had received either PCP or saline (P55-80, 5mg/kg)...
June 22, 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648805/animal-social-network-theory-can-help-wildlife-conservation
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REVIEW
Lysanne Snijders, Daniel T Blumstein, Christina R Stanley, Daniel W Franks
Many animals preferentially associate with certain other individuals. This social structuring can influence how populations respond to changes to their environment, thus making network analysis a promising technique for understanding, predicting, and potentially manipulating population dynamics. Various network statistics can correlate with individual fitness components and key population-level processes, yet the logical role and formal application of animal social network theory for conservation and management have not been well articulated...
June 17, 2017: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648717/automated-classification-of-self-grooming-in-mice-using-open-source-software
#15
Bastijn J G van den Boom, Pavlina Pavlidi, Casper M H Wolf, Hanne A H Mooij, Ingo Willuhn
BACKGROUND: Manual analysis of behavior is labor intensive and subject to inter-rater variability. Although considerable progress in automation of analysis has been made, complex behavior such as grooming still lacks satisfactory automated quantification. NEW METHOD: We trained a freely available, automated classifier, Janelia Automatic Animal Behavior Annotator (JAABA), to quantify self-grooming duration and number of bouts based on video recordings of SAPAP3 knockout mice (a mouse line that self-grooms excessively) and wild-type animals...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648662/a-sacrifice-for-survival-mechanism-protects-root-stem-cell-niche-from-chilling-stress
#16
Jing Han Hong, Maria Savina, Jing Du, Ajay Devendran, Karthikbabu Kannivadi Ramakanth, Xin Tian, Wei Shi Sim, Victoria V Mironova, Jian Xu
Temperature has a profound influence on plant and animal development, but its effects on stem cell behavior and activity remain poorly understood. Here, we characterize the responses of the Arabidopsis root to chilling (low but above-freezing) temperature. Chilling stress at 4°C leads to DNA damage predominantly in root stem cells and their early descendants. However, only newly generated/differentiating columella stem cell daughters (CSCDs) preferentially die in a programmed manner. Inhibition of the DNA damage response in these CSCDs prevents their death but makes the stem cell niche more vulnerable to chilling stress...
June 21, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648625/anti-erythrocyte-igg-in-hamsters-with-acute-experimental-infection-by-leptospira-interrogans-serovar-canicola
#17
Ânderson O Sobroza, Guilherme L Dorneles, Márcia S N Machado, Cássia B Silva, Letícia Petry, Andressa Schafer, Raqueli T França, Cinthia M de Andrade, Alfredo Q Antoniazzi, Alexandre A Tonin, Sonia T A Lopes, Micheli M Pillat
The aim of this study was to evaluate the behavior of erythrocyte and platelet, as immunological markers, as well as evaluate the involvement of these factors in hemolytic and hemorrhagic reactions in hamsters experimentally infected by Leptospira interrogans Serovar Canicola. Our experimental design was composed by two randomized groups: Infected Group (IG) (n = 12) and control group (CG) (n = 6). Ninety-six hours after the inoculation, the presence of immunoglobulins (IgG and IgM) and complement C3 levels, related to erythrocytes and platelets, was assessed...
June 22, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648497/selective-optogenetic-control-of-purkinje-cells-in-monkey-cerebellum
#18
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/28647739/antipsychotic-induced-dopamine-supersensitivity-psychosis-pharmacology-criteria-and-therapy
#19
Guy Chouinard, Anne-Noël Samaha, Virginie-Anne Chouinard, Charles-Siegfried Peretti, Nobuhisa Kanahara, Masayuki Takase, Masaomi Iyo
The first-line treatment for psychotic disorders remains antipsychotic drugs with receptor antagonist properties at D2-like dopamine receptors. However, long-term administration of antipsychotics can upregulate D2 receptors and produce receptor supersensitivity manifested by behavioral supersensitivity to dopamine stimulation in animals, and movement disorders and supersensitivity psychosis (SP) in patients. Antipsychotic-induced SP was first described as the emergence of psychotic symptoms with tardive dyskinesia (TD) and a fall in prolactin levels following drug discontinuation...
June 24, 2017: Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647673/constitutive-differences-in-glucocorticoid-responsiveness-to-stress-are-related-to-variation-in-aggression-and-anxiety-related-behaviors
#20
Sophie E Walker, Olivia Zanoletti, Isabelle Guillot de Suduiraut, Carmen Sandi
Glucocorticoids coordinate responses that enable an individual to cope with stressful challenges and, additionally, mediate adaptation following cessation of a stressor. There are important individual differences in the magnitude of glucocorticoid responsiveness to stressors. However, whether individual differences in glucocorticoid responsiveness to stress are linked to different behavioral strategies in coping with social and non-social challenges is not easily studied, owing to the lack of appropriate animal models...
June 16, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
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