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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623605/cathepsin-c-aggravates-neuroinflammation-involved-in-disturbances-of-behaviour-and-neurochemistry-in-acute-and-chronic-stress-induced-murine-model-of-depression
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Yanli Zhang, Kai Fan, Yanna Liu, Gang Liu, Xiaohan Yang, Jianmei Ma
Major depression has been interpreted as an inflammatory disease characterized by cell-mediated immune activation, which is generally triggered by various stresses. Microglia has been thought to be the cellular link between inflammation and depression-like behavioural alterations. The expression of cathepsin C (Cat C), a lysosomal proteinase, is predominantly induced in microglia in neuroinflammation. However, little is known about the role of Cat C in pathophysiology of depression. In the present study, Cat C transgenic mice and wild type mice were subjected to an intraperitoneal injection of LPS (0...
June 16, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613391/evaluation-of-five-diffeomorphic-image-registration-algorithms-for-mouse-brain-magnetic-resonance-microscopy
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Zhenrong Fu, Lan Lin, Miao Tian, Jingxuan Wang, Baiwen Zhang, Pingping Chu, Shaowu Li, Muhammad Mohsin Pathan, Yulin Deng, Shuicai Wu
The development of genetically engineered mouse models for neuronal diseases and behavioural disorders have generated a growing need for small animal imaging. High-resolution magnetic resonance microscopy (MRM) provides powerful capabilities for noninvasive studies of mouse brains, while avoiding some limits associated with the histological procedures. Quantitative comparison of structural images is a critical step in brain imaging analysis, which highly relies on the performance of image registration techniques...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596596/optical-mapping-of-neuronal-activity-during-seizures-in-zebrafish
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L Turrini, C Fornetto, G Marchetto, M C Müllenbroich, N Tiso, A Vettori, F Resta, A Masi, G Mannaioni, F S Pavone, F Vanzi
Mapping neuronal activity during the onset and propagation of epileptic seizures can provide a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying this pathology and improve our approaches to the development of new drugs. Recently, zebrafish has become an important model for studying epilepsy both in basic research and in drug discovery. Here, we employed a transgenic line with pan-neuronal expression of the genetically-encoded calcium indicator GCaMP6s to measure neuronal activity in zebrafish larvae during seizures induced by pentylenetretrazole (PTZ)...
June 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593819/voluntary-exercise-improves-cognitive-deficits-in-female-dominant-negative-disc1-transgenic-mouse-model-of-neuropsychiatric-disorders
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Hadar Segal-Gavish, Ran Barzilay, Ofri Rimoni, Daniel Offen
OBJECTIVES: Physical exercise has gained increasing interest as a treatment modality that improves prognosis in psychiatric patients. The disrupted in schizophrenia 1 (DISC1) gene is a candidate gene for major mental illness. In this study, we aimed to determine whether voluntary wheel running can improve cognitive deficits of dominant-negative DISC1 transgenic mice (DN-DISC1). METHODS: DN-DISC1 and control mice (10-week-old male and female) were placed for 14 days in a cage with or without access to a running wheel...
June 8, 2017: World Journal of Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520590/role-of-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitors-in-the-treatment-of-pituitary-tumours-from-bench-to-bedside
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Anat Ben-Shlomo, Odelia Cooper
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Treatment of aggressive pituitary tumours often yields suboptimal control of the tumour and confers significant morbidity. Lactotroph and corticotroph-derived tumours express ErbB receptors and ligands, and mutations in ubiquitin-specific protease 8 (USP8), which alters epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) degradation, have been implicated in Cushing disease pathogenesis. EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) therapy has emerged as a potential new therapeutic approach for patients with aggressive prolactinomas and Cushing disease...
May 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516241/innate-immunity-in-alzheimer-s-disease-the-relevance-of-animal-models
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Diana K Franco Bocanegra, James A R Nicoll, Delphine Boche
The mouse is one of the organisms most widely used as an animal model in biomedical research, due to the particular ease with which it can be handled and reproduced in laboratory. As a member of the mammalian class, mice share with humans many features regarding metabolic pathways, cell morphology and anatomy. However, important biological differences between mice and humans exist and must be taken into consideration when interpreting research results, to properly translate evidence from experimental studies into information that can be useful for human disease prevention and/or treatment...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501482/ciproxifan-improves-cholinergic-transmission-attenuates-neuroinflammation-and-oxidative-stress-but-does-not-reduce-amyloid-level-in-transgenic-mice
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Vasudevan Mani, Siti Murnirah Jaafar, Nur Syamimi Mohd Azahan, Kalavathy Ramasamy, Siong Meng Lim, Long Chiau Ming, Abu Bakar Abdul Majeed
AIM: The present study is aimed to investigate the ability of ciproxifan, a histamine H3 receptor antagonist to inhibit β-amyloid (Aβ)-induced neurotoxicity in SK-N-SH cells and APP transgenic mouse model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In vitro studies was designed to evaluate the neuroprotective effects of ciproxifan in Aβ25-35 - induced SK-N-SH cells. For the in vivo study, ciproxifan (1 and 3mg/kg, i.p.) was administrated to transgenic mice for 15days and behaviour was assessed using the radial arm maze (RAM)...
July 1, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484229/characterizing-microglia-activation-a-spatial-statistics-approach-to-maximize-information-extraction
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Benjamin M Davis, Manual Salinas-Navarro, M Francesca Cordeiro, Lieve Moons, Lies De Groef
Microglia play an important role in the pathology of CNS disorders, however, there remains significant uncertainty about the neuroprotective/degenerative role of these cells due to a lack of techniques to adequately assess their complex behaviour in response to injury. Advancing microscopy techniques, transgenic lines and well-characterized molecular markers, have made histological assessment of microglia populations more accessible. However, there is a distinct lack of tools to adequately extract information from these images to fully characterise microglia behaviour...
May 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480797/tnf%C3%AE-depleting-therapy-improves-fertility-and-animal-welfare-in-tnf%C3%AE-driven-transgenic-models-of-polyarthritis-when-administered-in-their-routine-breeding
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Amy J Naylor, Guillaume Desanti, Atif N Saghir, Rowan S Hardy
Transgenic tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNFα)-driven models of polyarthritis such as the TNF(ΔARE) mouse have proven to be invaluable in delineating aspects of inflammatory disease pathophysiology in humans. Unfortunately, the onset of joint destruction and inflammation in these models represents a significant detriment to breeding management. We examined whether TNFα depleting therapy 'infliximab' might represent a significant refinement in routine breeding. Clinical scores of joint inflammation were assessed in TNF(ΔARE) males receiving either infliximab (10 mg/kg) or saline by twice-weekly intraperitoneal injection...
January 1, 2017: Laboratory Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416454/e1a-is-an-exogenous-in%C3%A2-vivo-tumour-suppressor
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Francisco J Cimas, Juan L Callejas-Valera, Dolores C García-Olmo, Javier Hernández-Losa, Pedro Melgar-Rojas, María J Ruiz-Hidalgo, Raquel Pascual-Serra, Marta Ortega-Muelas, Olga Roche, Pilar Marcos, Elena Garcia-Gil, Diego M Fernandez-Aroca, Santiago Ramón Y Cajal, J Silvio Gutkind, Ricardo Sanchez-Prieto
The E1a gene from adenovirus has become a major tool in cancer research. Since the discovery of E1a, it has been proposed to be an oncogene, becoming a key element in the model of cooperation between oncogenes. However, E1a's in vivo behaviour is consistent with a tumour suppressor gene, due to the block/delay observed in different xenograft models. To clarify this interesting controversy, we have evaluated the effect of the E1a 13s isoform from adenovirus 5 in vivo. Initially, a conventional xenograft approach was performed using previously unreported HCT116 and B16-F10 cells, showing a clear anti-tumour effect regardless of the mouse's immunological background (immunosuppressed/immunocompetent)...
April 15, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405401/drosophila-enhancer-gal4-lines-show-ectopic-expression-during-development
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Sergio Casas-Tintó, Mercedes Arnés, Alberto Ferrús
In Drosophila melanogaster the most widely used technique to drive gene expression is the binary UAS/Gal4 system. We show here that a set of nervous system specific enhancers (elav, D42/Toll-6, OK6/RapGAP1) display ectopic activity in epithelial tissues during development, which is seldom considered in experimental studies. This ectopic activity is variable, unstable and influenced by the primary sequence of the enhancer and the insertion site in the chromosome. In addition, the ectopic activity is independent of the protein expressed, Gal4, as it is reproduced also with the expression of Gal80...
March 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397990/germline-transformation-of-the-western-corn-rootworm-diabrotica-virgifera-virgifera
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F Chu, W Klobasa, P Wu, S Pinzi, N Grubbs, S Gorski, Y Cardoza, M D Lorenzen
The western corn rootworm (WCR), a major pest of maize, is notorious for rapidly adapting biochemically, behaviourally and developmentally to a variety of control methods. Despite much effort, the genetic basis of WCR adaptation remains a mystery. Since transformation-based applications such as transposon tagging and enhancer trapping have facilitated genetic dissection of model species such as Drosophila melanogaster, we developed a germline-transformation system for WCR in an effort to gain a greater understanding of the basic biology of this economically important insect...
April 11, 2017: Insect Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389761/a-stop-signal-task-for-sheep-introduction-and-validation-of-a-direct-measure-for-the-stop-signal-reaction-time
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Franziska Knolle, Sebastian D McBride, James E Stewart, Rita P Goncalves, A Jennifer Morton
Huntington's disease (HD) patients show reduced flexibility in inhibiting an already-started response. This can be quantified by the stop-signal task. The aim of this study was to develop and validate a sheep version of the stop-signal task that would be suitable for monitoring the progression of cognitive decline in a transgenic sheep model of HD. Using a semi-automated operant system, sheep were trained to perform in a two-choice discrimination task. In 22% of the trials, a stop-signal was presented. Upon the stop-signal presentation, the sheep had to inhibit their already-started response...
July 2017: Animal Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379300/combined-effects-of-scanning-ultrasound-and-a-tau-specific-single-chain-antibody-in-a-tau-transgenic-mouse-model
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Rebecca M Nisbet, Ann Van der Jeugd, Gerhard Leinenga, Harrison T Evans, Phillip W Janowicz, Jürgen Götz
Alzheimer's disease is characterized by the deposition of amyloid-β as extracellular plaques and hyperphosphorylated tau as intracellular neurofibrillary tangles. Tau pathology characterizes not only Alzheimer's disease, but also many other tauopathies, presenting tau as an attractive therapeutic target. Passive tau immunotherapy has been previously explored; however, because only a small fraction of peripherally delivered antibodies crosses the blood-brain barrier, enters the brain and engages with tau that forms intracellular aggregates, more efficient ways of antibody delivery and neuronal uptake are warranted...
March 4, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376796/ahcoda-db-a-data-repository-with-web-based-mining-tools-for-the-analysis-of-automated-high-content-mouse-phenomics-data
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Bastijn Koopmans, August B Smit, Matthijs Verhage, Maarten Loos
BACKGROUND: Systematic, standardized and in-depth phenotyping and data analyses of rodent behaviour empowers gene-function studies, drug testing and therapy design. However, no data repositories are currently available for standardized quality control, data analysis and mining at the resolution of individual mice. DESCRIPTION: Here, we present AHCODA-DB, a public data repository with standardized quality control and exclusion criteria aimed to enhance robustness of data, enabled with web-based mining tools for the analysis of individually and group-wise collected mouse phenotypic data...
April 4, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369393/selective-rescue-of-heightened-anxiety-but-not-gait-ataxia-in-a-premutation-90cgg-mouse-model-of-fragile-x-associated-tremor-ataxia-syndrome
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Hoanna Castro, Emre Kul, Ronald A M Buijsen, Lies-Anne W F M Severijnen, Rob Willemsen, Renate K Hukema, Oliver Stork, Mónica Santos
A CGG-repeat expansion in the premutation range in the Fragile X mental retardation 1 gene (FMR1) has been identified as the genetic cause of Fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS), a late-onset neurodegenerative disorder that manifests with action tremor, gait ataxia and cognitive impairments. In this study, we used a bigenic mouse model, in which expression of a 90CGG premutation tract is activated in neural cells upon doxycycline administration-P90CGG mouse model. We, here, demonstrate the behavioural manifestation of clinically relevant features of FXTAS patients and premutation carrier individuals in this inducible mouse model...
June 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336338/knockdown-of-appl-mimics-transgenic-a%C3%AE-induced-neurodegenerative-phenotypes-in-drosophila
#17
Sandeep Kumar Singh, Saurabh Srivastav, Amarish Kumar Yadav, Saripella Srikrishna
A variety of Drosophila mutant lines have been established as potential disease-models to study various disease mechanisms including human neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's disease (AD), Huntington's disease (HD) and Parkinson's disease (PD). The evolutionary conservation of APP (Amyloid Precursor Protein) and APPL (Amyloid Precursor Protein-Like) and the comparable detrimental effects caused by their metabolic products strongly implies the conservation of their normal physiological functions. In view of this milieu, a comparative analysis on the pattern of neurodegenerative phenotypes between Drosophila APPL-RNAi line and transgenic Drosophila line expressing eye tissue specific human Aβ (Amyloid beta) was undertaken...
March 20, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211486/motor-phenotype-is-not-associated-with-vascular-dysfunction-in-symptomatic-huntington-s-disease-transgenic-r6-2-160-cag-mice
#18
A Di Pardo, A Carrizzo, A Damato, S Castaldo, E Amico, L Capocci, M Ambrosio, F Pompeo, C De Sanctis, C C Spinelli, A A Puca, P Remondelli, V Maglione, C Vecchione
Whereas Huntington's disease (HD) is unequivocally a neurological disorder, a critical mass of emerging studies highlights the occurrence of peripheral pathology like cardiovascular defects in both animal models and humans. The overt impairment in cardiac function is normally expected to be associated with peripheral vascular dysfunction, however whether this assumption is reasonable or not in HD is still unknown. In this study we functionally characterized the vascular system in R6/2 mouse model (line 160 CAG), which recapitulates several features of human pathology including cardiac disease...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167839/new-murine-niemann-pick-type-c-models-bearing-a-pseudoexon-generating-mutation-recapitulate-the-main-neurobehavioural-and-molecular-features-of-the-disease
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Marta Gómez-Grau, Júlia Albaigès, Josefina Casas, Carme Auladell, Mara Dierssen, Lluïsa Vilageliu, Daniel Grinberg
Niemann-Pick disease type C (NPC) is a rare neurovisceral disease caused mainly by mutations in the NPC1 gene. This autosomal recessive lysosomal disorder is characterised by the defective lysosomal secretion of cholesterol and sphingolipids. No effective therapy exists for the disease. We previously described a deep intronic point mutation (c.1554-1009 G > A) in NPC1 that generated a pseudoexon, which could be corrected at the cellular level using antisense oligonucleotides. Here, we describe the generation of two mouse models bearing this mutation, one in homozygosity and the other in compound heterozygosity with the c...
February 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160413/accelerated-aging-exacerbates-a-pre-existing-pathology-in-a-tau-transgenic-mouse-model
#20
Liviu-Gabriel Bodea, Harrison Tudor Evans, Ann Van der Jeugd, Lars M Ittner, Fabien Delerue, Jillian Kril, Glenda Halliday, John Hodges, Mathew C Kiernan, Jürgen Götz
Age is a critical factor in the prevalence of tauopathies, including Alzheimer's disease. To observe how an aging phenotype interacts with and affects the pathological intracellular accumulation of hyperphosphorylated tau, the tauopathy mouse model pR5 (expressing P301L mutant human tau) was back-crossed more than ten times onto a senescence-accelerated SAMP8 background to establish the new strain, SApT. Unlike SAMP8 mice, pR5 mice are characterized by a robust tau pathology particularly in the amygdala and hippocampus...
April 2017: Aging Cell
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