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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346627/severe-and-protracted-sleep-disruptions-in-mouse-model-of-post-traumatic-stress-disorder
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Rishi Sharma, Pradeep Sahota, Mahesh M Thakkar
Increasing evidences suggest that the predator threat model is a valid animal model of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, sleep has never been examined in this model. Since sleep disturbances, including insomnia and excessive daytime sleepiness, are severe and protracted symptoms of PTSD, we hypothesized that mice exposed to predator odor trauma (POT) will display contextual fear conditioning along with severe and protracted sleep disruptions.Adult male C57BL/6J mice, instrumented with wire electrodes [to record hippocampal field potentials (LFP) and nuchal muscle (EMG) activity], were exposed to contextual conditioning using soiled cat litter as unconditional stimulus (US)...
January 13, 2018: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346569/controlled-antenatal-thyroid-screening-ii-effect-of-treating-maternal-sub-optimal-thyroid-function-on-child-cognition
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Charlotte Hales, Peter N Taylor, Sue Channon, Ruth Paradice, Kirsten McEwan, Lei Zhang, Michael Gyedu, Ameen Bakhsh, Onyebuchi Okosieme, Ilaria Muller, Mohd S Draman, John W Gregory, Colin Dayan, John H Lazarus, D Aled Rees, Marian Ludgate
Context & Objective: The Controlled Antenatal Thyroid Screening (CATS) study investigated treatment for suboptimal gestational thyroid function (SGTF) on childhood cognition and found no difference in IQ at 3 years between children of treated and untreated SGTF mothers. We have measured IQ in the same children at age 9.5-years and included children from normal-GTF mothers. Design, Setting & Participants: One examiner, blinded to participant group, assessed children's IQ (WISC-IV), long-term memory and motor function (NEPSY-II) from children of 119 treated and 98 untreated SGTF mothers plus children of 232 mothers with normal-GTF...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346563/lc3-immunostaining-in-the-inferior-olivary-nuclei-of-cats-with-niemann-pick-disease-type-c1-is-associated-with-patterned-purkinje-cell-loss
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Brittney L Gurda, Jessica H Bagel, Samantha J Fisher, Mark L Schultz, Andrew P Lieberman, Peter Hand, Charles H Vite, Gary P Swain
The feline model of Niemann-Pick disease, type C1 (NPC1) recapitulates the clinical, neuropathological, and biochemical abnormalities present in children with NPC1. The hallmarks of disease are the lysosomal storage of unesterified cholesterol and multiple sphingolipids in neurons, and the spatial and temporal distribution of Purkinje cell death. In feline NPC1 brain, microtubule-associated protein 1 light chain 3 (LC3) accumulations, indicating autophagosomes, were found within axons and presynaptic terminals...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346439/interspecies-diversity-of-chloride-channel-regulators-calcium-activated-3-genes
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Lars Mundhenk, Nancy A Erickson, Nikolai Klymiuk, Achim D Gruber
Members of the chloride channel regulators, calcium-activated (CLCA) family, have been implicated in diverse biomedical conditions, including chronic inflammatory airway diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and cystic fibrosis, the activation of macrophages, and the growth and metastatic spread of tumor cells. Several observations, however, could not be repeated across species boundaries and increasing evidence suggests that select CLCA genes are particularly prone to dynamic species-specific evolvements...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346429/the-farnesoid-x-receptor-agonist-obeticholic-acid-upregulates-biliary-excretion-of-asymmetric-dimethylarginine-via-mate-1-during-hepatic-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
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Andrea Ferrigno, Laura Giuseppina Di Pasqua, Clarissa Berardo, Veronica Siciliano, Vittoria Rizzo, Luciano Adorini, Plinio Richelmi, Mariapia Vairetti
BACKGROUND: We previously showed that increased asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) biliary excretion occurs during hepatic ischemia/reperfusion (I/R), prompting us to study the effects of the farnesoid X receptor (FXR) agonist obeticholic acid (OCA) on bile, serum and tissue levels of ADMA after I/R. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Male Wistar rats were orally administered 10mg/kg/day of OCA or vehicle for 5 days and were subjected to 60 min partial hepatic ischemia or sham-operated...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346332/owners-and-veterinary-surgeons-in-the-united-kingdom-disagree-about-what-should-happen-during-a-small-animal-vaccination-consultation
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Zoe Belshaw, Natalie J Robinson, Rachel S Dean, Marnie L Brennan
Dog and cat vaccination consultations are a common part of small animal practice in the United Kingdom. Few data are available describing what happens during those consultations or what participants think about their content. The aim of this novel study was to investigate the attitudes of dog and cat owners and veterinary surgeons towards the content of small animal vaccination consultations. Telephone interviews with veterinary surgeons and pet owners captured rich qualitative data. Thematic analysis was performed to identify key themes...
January 18, 2018: Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346278/a-case-study-in-citizen-science-the-effectiveness-of-a-trap-neuter-return-program-in-a-chicago-neighborhood
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Daniel D Spehar, Peter J Wolf
The use of trap-neuter-return (TNR) as a method of managing free-roaming cat populations has increased in the United States in recent decades. Historically, TNR has been conducted most often at a grassroots level, which has led to inconsistent data collection and assessment practices. Consequently, a paucity of analyzable data exists. An initiative is underway to standardize TNR program data collection and assessment. However, it could be some time before scientifically sound protocols are implemented on a broad scale...
January 18, 2018: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346049/microphthalmia-corneal-dermoids-and-congenital-anomalies-resembling-goldenhar-syndrome-in-a-cat
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William Berkowski, Ingeborg Langohr, Anthony Pease, Joshua Bartoe
CASE DESCRIPTION An 18-month-old spayed female domestic shorthair cat was evaluated because of conjunctivitis and skin-fold dermatitis secondary to bilateral microphthalmia, corneal dermoids, and ankyloblepharon. CLINICAL FINDINGS Physical examination revealed bilateral microphthalmia, bilaterally symmetrical corneal dermoids, ankyloblepharon, superior and inferior entropion, prognathism, and facial asymmetry with deviation of the nasal septum. Computed tomography revealed malformed, thickened bony orbits with mineralization of the orbital ligament bilaterally...
February 1, 2018: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344915/mechanistic-investigation-of-visible-light-driven-photocatalytic-inactivation-of-e-coli-by-ag-agcl-znfe2o4
#9
Akhanda Raj Upreti, Nirina Khadgi, Yi Li
In this study, photocatalytic inactivation of Escherichia coli was investigated over magnetic nanocomposite Ag-AgCl/ZnFe2O4. The nanocomposite demonstrated efficient photocatalytic activity by complete inactivation of the bacteria within 60 min of visible light irradiation. The anions HPO42- and SO42- were found to play the most important role in the inhibition of photocatalytic inactivation of E. coli. A systematic investigation of mechanism of photocatalytic bacterial inactivation was carried out based on cell membrane injury test, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) of bacterial morphology changes, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy of E...
January 17, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344801/toxoplasma-gondii-in-sympatric-domestic-and-wild-ungulates-in-the-mediterranean-ecosystem
#10
S Almería, O Cabezón, J Paniagua, D Cano-Terriza, S Jiménez-Ruiz, A Arenas-Montes, J P Dubey, I García-Bocanegra
Toxoplasma gondii is a zoonotic protozoan of worldwide distribution. The present study provides information on risk factors affecting T. gondii infection in domestic and free-ranging wild ungulates sharing habitats in Mediterranean ecosystems in Spain. Serum samples from 482 extensively reared domestic ruminants and 2351 wild ungulates were tested for T. gondii antibodies using the modified agglutination test (MAT, cut-off 1:25). Toxoplasma gondii seroprevalence was 41.2% of 194 sheep, 18.6% of 199 cattle and 5...
January 17, 2018: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344678/conservative-antibiotic-treatment-for-acute-uncomplicated-appendicitis-is-feasible
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Zvi Steiner, Genady Buklan, Michael Gutermacher, Ita Litmanovitz, Tal Landa, Shmuel Arnon
PURPOSE: Appendectomy versus conservative antibiotic treatment (CAT) for children with acute uncomplicated appendicitis (AUA) remains unresolved, with concerns regarding the practicality of CAT. We analyzed our center's experience with CAT for AUA, using a protocol with strict inclusion, exclusion and treatment criteria. METHODS: Non-randomized, prospective cohort study included all children admitted betwee 2014 and 2016, with clinical and laboratory tests suspicious for AUA...
January 17, 2018: Pediatric Surgery International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343664/the-anti-inflammatory-action-of-maropitant-in-a-mouse-model-of-acute-pancreatitis
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Atsushi Tsukamoto, Minami Ohgoda, Nozomi Haruki, Masatoshi Hori, Tomo Inomata
The neurokinin 1 receptor (NK1R) plays an important role in the pathogenesis of acute pancreatitis (AP). Maropitant is an NK1R antagonist that is widely used as an antiemetic in dogs and cats. In the present study, we investigated the anti-inflammatory action of maropitant in a mouse model of AP. AP was induced in BALB/c mice by intraperitoneal administration of cerulein, and maropitant was administered subcutaneously at a dose of 8 mg/kg. We assessed the mRNA expression levels of NK1R and substance P (SP) in the pancreatic tissue via real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343602/bayesian-inference-reveals-positive-but-subtle-effects-of-experimental-fishery-closures-on-marine-predator-demographics
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Richard B Sherley, Barbara J Barham, Peter J Barham, Kate J Campbell, Robert J M Crawford, Jennifer Grigg, Cat Horswill, Alistair McInnes, Taryn L Morris, Lorien Pichegru, Antje Steinfurth, Florian Weller, Henning Winker, Stephen C Votier
Global forage-fish landings are increasing, with potentially grave consequences for marine ecosystems. Predators of forage fish may be influenced by this harvest, but the nature of these effects is contentious. Experimental fishery manipulations offer the best solution to quantify population-level impacts, but are rare. We used Bayesian inference to examine changes in chick survival, body condition and population growth rate of endangered African penguins Spheniscus demersus in response to 8 years of alternating time-area closures around two pairs of colonies...
January 31, 2018: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343518/fibroblast-specific-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-dictates-the-outcome-of-aki
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Dong Zhou, Haiyan Fu, Liangxiang Xiao, Hongyan Mo, Hui Zhuo, Xiaojun Tian, Lin Lin, Jianhua Xing, Youhua Liu
AKI is a devastating condition with high morbidity and mortality. The pathologic features of AKI are characterized by tubular injury, inflammation, and vascular impairment. Whether fibroblasts in the renal interstitium have a role in the pathogenesis of AKI is unknown. In this study, we investigated the role of fibroblast-specific β-catenin signaling in dictating the outcome of AKI, using conditional knockout mice in which β-catenin was specifically ablated in fibroblasts (Gli1-β-cat-/-). After ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI), Gli1-β-cat-/- mice had lower serum creatinine levels and less morphologic injury than Gli1-β-cat+/+ littermate controls...
January 17, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343446/s-adenosyl-methionine-prevents-asd-like-behaviors-triggered-by-early-postnatal-valproic-acid-exposure-in-very-young-mice
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Asher Ornoy, Liza Weinstein-Fudim, Matanel Tfilin, Zivanit Ergaz, Joseph Yanai, Moshe Szyf, Gadi Turgeman
INTRODUCTION: A common animal model of ASD is the one induced by valproic acid (VPA), inducing epigenetic changes and oxidative stress. We studied the possible preventive effect of the methyl donor for epigenetic enzymatic reactions, S-adenosine methionine (SAM), on ASD like behavioral changes and on redox potential in the brain and liver in this model. METHODS: ICR albino mice were injected on postnatal day 4 with one dose of 300 mg/kg of VPA, with normal saline (controls) or with VPA and SAM that was given orally for 3 days at the dose of 30 mg/kg body weight...
January 14, 2018: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343196/plexiform-vasculopathy-in-feline-cervical-lymph-nodes
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Nicole Jungwirth, Johannes Junginger, Christoph Andrijczuk, Wolfgang Baumgärtner, Peter Wohlsein
Plexiform vasculopathy refers to an endothelial proliferative disorder affecting cervical or inguinal lymph nodes of cats. The cause of this disorder and the origin of the proliferating endothelial cells are still unknown. In 4 cats with a history of a slowly growing, well-demarcated, nonpainful mass adjacent to the thyroid gland, an enlarged dark brown to red lymph node was removed. Histologically, the lymph nodes showed severe loss of lymphoid tissue with accumulations of erythrocytes. In addition, networks of capillary structures with well-differentiated endothelial cells on a collagen-rich stroma were observed, consistent with benign plexiform vasculopathy...
January 1, 2018: Veterinary Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342889/a-case-control-study-of-the-genetic-variability-in-reactive-oxygen-species-metabolizing-enzymes-in-melanoma-risk
#17
Tze-An Yuan, Vandy Yourk, Ali Farhat, Argyrios Ziogas, Frank L Meyskens, Hoda Anton-Culver, Feng Liu-Smith
Recent studies have shown that ultraviolet (UV)-induced chemiexcitation of melanin fragments leads to DNA damage; and chemiexcitation of melanin fragments requires reactive oxygen species (ROS), as ROS excite an electron in the melanin fragments. In addition, ROS also cause DNA damages on their own. We hypothesized that ROS producing and metabolizing enzymes were major contributors in UV-driven melanomas. In this case-control study of 349 participants, we genotyped 23 prioritized single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH) oxidases 1 and 4 (NOX1 and NOX4, respectively), CYBA, RAC1, superoxide dismutases (SOD1, SOD2, and SOD3) and catalase (CAT), and analyzed their associated melanoma risk...
January 14, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342409/development-and-characterization-of-an-allergoid-of-cat-dander-for-immunotherapy
#18
J P Sola, Y Pedreño, A Cerezo, M Peñalver-Mellado
BACKGROUND: Allergy to cats is a frequent cause of sensitization to indoor allergens and currently there are few alternatives to specific immunotherapy with cat native extracts. The objective is to develop and characterize a new allergoid to increase the tools available for use in clinical practice. METHODS: The allergoid cat dander extract (ACD) was developed from a native cat dander extract (NCD) by modification with glutaraldehyde, and the optimal process control was determined by SDS-PAGE, DOT BLOT and determination of free amine groups...
January 13, 2018: Allergologia et Immunopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342112/useful-bicistronic-reporter-system-for-studying-poly-a-site-defining-cis-elements-and-regulation-of-alternative-polyadenylation
#19
Zhongyuan Deng, Shen Zhang, Shaohua Gu, Xinzhi Ni, Wenxian Zeng, Xianchun Li
The link between polyadenylation (pA) and various biological, behavioral, and pathological events of eukaryotes underlines the need to develop in vivo polyadenylation assay methods for characterization of the cis-acting elements, trans-acting factors and environmental stimuli that affect polyadenylation efficiency and/or relative usage of two alternative polyadenylation (APA) sites. The current protein-based CAT or luciferase reporter systems can measure the polyadenylation efficiency of a single pA site or candidate cis element but not the choice of two APA sites...
January 17, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341663/conditional-hybrid-nonclassicality
#20
E Agudelo, J Sperling, L S Costanzo, M Bellini, A Zavatta, W Vogel
We derive and implement a general method to characterize the nonclassicality in compound discrete- and continuous-variable systems. For this purpose, we introduce the operational notion of conditional hybrid nonclassicality which relates to the ability to produce a nonclassical continuous-variable state by projecting onto a general superposition of discrete-variable subsystem. We discuss the importance of this form of quantumness in connection with interfaces for quantum communication. To verify the conditional hybrid nonclassicality, a matrix version of a nonclassicality quasiprobability is derived and its sampling approach is formulated...
September 22, 2017: Physical Review Letters
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