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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454153/muscle-carnosine-in-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis-and-multiple-sclerosis
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Charly Keytsman, Laura Blancquaert, Inez Wens, Maarten Missine, Pieter Van Noten, Frank Vandenabeele, Wim Derave, Bert O Eijnde
BACKGROUND: Muscle carnosine is related to contractile function (Ca ++ handling) and buffering of exercise-induced acidosis. As these muscular functions are altered in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) it is relevant to understand muscle carnosine levels in MS. METHODS: Tibialis anterior muscle carnosine was measured in an animal MS model (EAE, experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis, n = 40) and controls (CON, n = 40) before and after exercise training (EAE EX , CON EX , 10d, 1 h/d, 24 m/min treadmill running) or sedentary conditions (EAE SED , CON SED )...
February 11, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454067/considering-our-methods-methodological-issues-with-rodent-models-of-appetite-and-obesity-research
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Thomas A Lutz
A large number of animal models are currently used in appetite and obesity research. Because the worldwide incidence of obesity continues to climb, it is imperative that animal models sharing characteristics of human obesity and its co-morbidities be used appropriately in the quest for novel preventions or treatments. There is probably no animal model, at least in rodents, that recapitulates all aspects of "common" human obesity and its comorbidities, but rodent models allow insight into specific mechanisms of disease or its consequences...
February 14, 2018: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453997/effects-of-para-methoxyamphetamine-pma-on-agonistic-encounters-between-male-mice
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Mercedes Martín-López, Ana T Muela, María Cavas, José Francisco Navarro
Para-methoxyamphetamine (PMA) is a synthetic drug chemically similar to the recreational drug 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA or "ecstasy") and often replaces MDMA in tablets that show an "ecstasy" logo. PMA displays a higher toxic potential than MDMA, but the behavioral profile of PMA has been scarcely studied in animal models. Here we evaluated the effects of PMA (2, 4, 8, and 12 mg/kg, i.p.) on agonist encounters between male mice using an ethopharmacological approach, the isolation-induced aggression model...
February 14, 2018: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453974/genetically-modified-bone-mesenchymal-stem-cells-with-tgf-%C3%AE-3-improve-wound-healing-and-reduce-scar-tissue-formation-in-a-rabbit-model
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Mingyong Li, Lin Qiu, Wei Hu, Xiang Deng, Hanfeng Xu, Youhan Cao, Zijian Xiao, Liangyu Peng, Shawn Johnson, Lyundup Alexey, Paul A Kingston, Qing Li, Yuanyuan Zhang
Extensive scar tissue formation often occurs after severe burn injury, trauma, or as one of complications after surgical intervention. Despite significant therapeutic advances, it is still a significant challenge to manage massive scar tissue formation while also promoting normal wound healing. The goal of this study was to investigate the therapeutic effect of bone mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) that were genetically modified to overexpress transforming growth factor-beta 3 (TGF-β 3 ), an inhibitor of myofibroblast proliferation and collagen type I deposition, on full-thickness cutaneous wound healing in a rabbit model...
February 14, 2018: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453960/synaptic-dysfunction-and-altered-excitability-in-c9orf72-als-ftd
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Alexander Starr, Rita Sattler
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is characterized by a progressive degeneration of upper and lower motor neurons, resulting in fatal paralysis due to denervation of the muscle. Due to genetic, pathological and symptomatic overlap, ALS is now considered a spectrum disease together with frontotemporal dementia (FTD), the second most common cause of dementia in individuals under the age of 65. Interestingly, in both diseases, there is a large prevalence of RNA binding proteins (RBPs) that are mutated and considered disease-causing, or whose dysfunction contribute to disease pathogenesis...
February 14, 2018: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453851/dicer-inactivation-stimulates-limb-regeneration-ability-in-xenopus-laevis
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Mengshi Zhang, Li Yang, Feng Yuan, Ying Chen, Gufa Lin
The ontogenetic decline of regeneration capacity in the anuran amphibian Xenopus makes it an excellent model for regeneration studies. However, the cause of the regeneration ability decline is not fully understood. MicroRNAs regulate animal development, and have been indicated in various regeneration situations. However, little is known about the role of microRNAs during limb regeneration in Xenopus. This study investigates the effect of Dicer, an enzyme responsible for microRNA maturation, on limb development and regeneration in Xenopus...
February 17, 2018: Wound Repair and Regeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453847/fiber-bundle-endomicroscopy-with-multi-illumination-for-three-dimensional-reflectance-image-reconstruction
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Yoriko Ando, Hirohito Sawahata, Takeshi Kawano, Kowa Koida, Rika Numano
Bundled fiber optics allow in vivo imaging at deep sites in a body. The intrinsic optical contrast detects detailed structures in blood vessels and organs. We developed a bundled-fiber-coupled endomicroscope, enabling stereoscopic three-dimensional (3-D) reflectance imaging with a multipositional illumination scheme. Two illumination sites were attached to obtain reflectance images with left and right illumination. Depth was estimated by the horizontal disparity between the two images under alternative illuminations and was calibrated by the targets with known depths...
February 2018: Journal of Biomedical Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453777/intramuscular-allopregnanolone-and-ganaxolone-in-a-mouse-model-of-treatment-resistant-status-epilepticus
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Dorota Zolkowska, Chun-Yi Wu, Michael A Rogawski
Allopregnanolone (5α-pregnan-3α-ol-20-one) and its synthetic 3β-methyl analog, ganaxolone, are positive allosteric modulators of synaptic and extrasynaptic γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) A receptors that exhibit antiseizure activity in diverse animal seizure models, including models of status epilepticus (SE). The 2 neuroactive steroids are being investigated as treatments for SE, including as a treatment for SE induced by chemical threat agents. Intramuscular injection is the preferred route of administration in the prehospital treatment of SE...
February 17, 2018: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453736/reproductive-epidemiology-of-glial-tumors-may-reveal-novel-treatments-high-dose-progestins-or-progesterone-antagonists-as-endocrino-immune-modifiers-against-glioma
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Meric A Altinoz, Aysel Ozpinar, Ilhan Elmaci
Female gender, contraceptives, and menopausal hormone replacement treatments containing progesterone analogues associate with higher risk of meningiomas yet with lower risk of gliomas. Progesterone receptor (PR) expression and mifepristone treatment was highly discussed for meningiomas. However, much less is known in regard to progesterone actions in gliomas despite PR expression strongly correlates with their grade. Meningiomas and gliomas may grow faster during gestation; but paradoxically, parousity reduces lifetime risk of gliomas which can be explained with dichotomous cell growth-stimulating and inhibitory actions of progesterone at low versus high levels...
February 17, 2018: Neurosurgical Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453733/egfp-transgene-a-useful-tool-to-track-transplanted-bone-marrow-mononuclear-cell-contribution-to-peripheral-remyelination
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Gonzalo Piñero, Vanina Usach, Paula A Soto, Paula V Monje, Patricia Setton-Avruj
Bone marrow mononuclear cells (BMMC) constitute a heterogeneous population with potential to promote tissue regeneration. For this reason, this cell fraction has recently become a therapeutic alternative to mesenchymal stem cells, as culture is not required and phenotypic transformations can be hence avoided. In this work, and in order to attain long-lasting cell labeling and study longer survival times, we used BMMC isolated from adult transgenic rats expressing GFP to reproduce our wild type model and evaluate their remyelination ability in a reversible model of Wallerian degeneration...
February 16, 2018: Transgenic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453656/the-ferroportin-ceruloplasmin-system-and-the-mammalian-iron-homeostasis-machine-regulatory-pathways-and-the-role-of-lactoferrin
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Maria Carmela Bonaccorsi di Patti, Antimo Cutone, Fabio Polticelli, Luigi Rosa, Maria Stefania Lepanto, Piera Valenti, Giovanni Musci
In the last 20 years, several new genes and proteins involved in iron metabolism in eukaryotes, particularly related to pathological states both in animal models and in humans have been identified, and we are now starting to unveil at the molecular level the mechanisms of iron absorption, the regulation of iron transport and the homeostatic balancing processes. In this review, we will briefly outline the general scheme of iron metabolism in humans and then focus our attention on the cellular iron export system formed by the permease ferroportin and the ferroxidase ceruloplasmin...
February 16, 2018: Biometals: An International Journal on the Role of Metal Ions in Biology, Biochemistry, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453608/chemopreventive-action-of-imatinib-a-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitor-in-the-regulation-of-angiogenesis-and-apoptosis-in-rat-model-of-lung-cancer
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Kulvinder Kumar, Preety Ghanghas, S N Sanyal
The present study explored the events of angiogenesis and apoptosis in 7,12-dimethyl benz(a)anthracene (DMBA)-induced lung cancer in rat and its chemoprevention with Imatinib, a receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor. Further, it includes lipopolysaccharide (LPS) mediating inflammation along with DMBA for the promotion of lung carcinogenesis. The animals received a single intratracheal instillation of DMBA (20 mg/kg body weight) in olive oil and LPS (0.6 mg/kg body weight) to induce tumors in 16 weeks. Besides morphology and histology of the lung tissues, RT-PCR, western blots, and immunofluorescence were performed for the expression of apoptotic and angiogenic proteins...
February 16, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453568/a-method-for-in-vivo-induction-and-ultrastructural-detection-of-mitophagy-in-sertoli-cells
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Nabil Eid, Yuko Ito, Akio Horibe, Hitomi Hamaoka, Yoichi Kondo
An emerging body of evidences based on in vitro studies indicate that mitophagy (selective autophagic clearance of damaged mitochondria) is a prosurvival mechanism, specifically under exposure to various stressors. Sertoli cells (SCs) play essential roles in maintenance of spermatogenesis via paracrine interactions with germ cells and other somatic cells in the testis; however, studies investigating mitophagy in SCs are still very few. In this chapter, we give a brief review of mechanisms and detection methods of mitophagy in SCs based on our recent publications on animal models of ethanol toxicity and current literature...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453536/relevance-of-physicochemical-characterization-of-nanomaterials-for-understanding-nano-cellular-interactions
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Henriqueta Louro
The manufactured nanomaterials (NMs) have specific physicochemical properties that confer unique mechanical, optical, electrical and magnetic characteristics that are beneficial for biomedical and industrial applications. However, recent studies have suggested that such specific physicochemical properties of the NMs may define nano-bio interactions thereby determining their toxic potential.One of the major concerns about NMs is the potential to induce cancer, suggested by some experimental studies, as seen for titanium dioxide nanomaterials or carbon nanotubes...
2018: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453493/altered-prepulse-inhibition-of-the-acoustic-startle-response-in-bdnf-deficient-mice-in-a-model-of-early-postnatal-hypoxia-implications-for-schizophrenia
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Juan M Lima-Ojeda, Anne S Mallien, Christiane Brandwein, Undine E Lang, Dimitri Hefter, Dragos Inta
The brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a major proliferative agent in the nervous system. Both BDNF-deficiency and perinatal hypoxia represent genetic/environmental risk factors for schizophrenia. Moreover, a decreased BDNF response to birth hypoxia was associated with the disease. BDNF expression is influenced by neuronal activity and environmental conditions such as hypoxia. Thus, it may partake in neuroprotective and reparative mechanisms in acute or chronic neuronal insults. However, the interaction of hypoxia and BDNF is insufficiently understood and the behavioral outcome unknown...
February 16, 2018: European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453460/development-and-initial-characterization-of-a-novel-ghrelin-receptor-crispr-cas9-knockout-wistar-rat-model
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L J Zallar, B J Tunstall, C T Richie, Y J Zhang, Z B You, E L Gardner, M Heilig, J Pickel, G F Koob, L F Vendruscolo, B K Harvey, L Leggio
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Ghrelin, a stomach-derived hormone implicated in numerous behaviors including feeding, reward, stress, and addictive behaviors, acts by binding to the growth hormone secretagogue receptor (GHSR). Here, we present the development, verification, and initial characterization of a novel GHSR knockout (KO) Wistar rat model created with CRISPR genome editing. METHODS: Using CRISPR/Cas9, we developed a GHSR KO in a Wistar background. Loss of GHSR mRNA expression was histologically verified using RNAscope in wild-type (WT; n = 2) and KO (n = 2) rats...
January 30, 2018: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453394/experimental-modelling-of-cardiac-pressure-overload-hypertrophy-modified-technique-for-precise-reproducible-safe-and-easy-aortic-arch-banding-debanding-in-mice
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David Merino, Aritz Gil, Jenny Gómez, Luis Ruiz, Miguel Llano, Raquel García, María A Hurlé, J Francisco Nistal
Pressure overload left ventricular hypertrophy is a known precursor of heart failure with ominous prognosis. The development of experimental models that reproduce this phenomenon is instrumental for the advancement in our understanding of its pathophysiology. The gold standard of these models is the controlled constriction of the mid aortic arch in mice according to Rockman's technique (RT). We developed a modified technique that allows individualized and fully controlled constriction of the aorta, improves efficiency and generates a reproducible stenosis that is technically easy to perform and release...
February 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453392/a-novel-flatworm-specific-gene-implicated-in-reproduction-in-macrostomum-lignano
#18
Magda Grudniewska, Stijn Mouton, Margriet Grelling, Anouk H G Wolters, Jeroen Kuipers, Ben N G Giepmans, Eugene Berezikov
Free-living flatworms, such as the planarian Schmidtea mediterranea, are extensively used as model organisms to study stem cells and regeneration. The majority of flatworm studies so far focused on broadly conserved genes. However, investigating what makes these animals different is equally informative for understanding its biology and might have biomedical value. We re-analyzed the neoblast and germline transcriptional signatures of the flatworm M. lignano using an improved transcriptome assembly and show that germline-enriched genes have a high fraction of flatworm-specific genes...
February 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453337/p66shc-signaling-mediates-diabetes-related-cognitive-decline
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Yohei Minami, Noriyuki Sonoda, Eiichi Hayashida, Hiroaki Makimura, Makoto Ide, Noriko Ikeda, Masahiro Ohgidani, Takahiro A Kato, Yoshihiro Seki, Yasutaka Maeda, Shigenobu Kanba, Ryoichi Takayanagi, Yoshihiro Ogawa, Toyoshi Inoguchi
Accumlating evidence have suggested that diabetes mellitus links dementia, notably of Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, the underlying mechanism remains unclear. Several studies have shown oxidative stress (OS) to be one of the major factors in the pathogenesis of diabetic complications. Here we show OS involvement in brain damage in a diabetic animal model that is at least partially mediated through an AD-pathology-independent mechanism apart from amyloid-β accumulation. We investigated the contribution of the p66Shc signaling pathway to diabetes-related cognitive decline using p66Shc knockout (-/-) mice...
February 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453306/acute-pressor-response-to-psychosocial-stress-is-dependent-on-endothelium-derived-endothelin-1
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Brandon M Fox, Bryan K Becker, Analia S Loria, Kelly A Hyndman, Chunhua Jin, Hannah Clark, Robin Johns, Masashi Yanagisawa, David M Pollock, Jennifer S Pollock
BACKGROUND: Acute psychosocial stress provokes increases in circulating endothelin-1 (ET-1) levels in humans and animal models. However, key questions about the physiological function and cellular source of stress-induced ET-1 remain unanswered. We hypothesized that endothelium-derived ET-1 contributes to the acute pressor response to stress via activation of the endothelin A receptor. METHODS AND RESULTS: Adult male vascular endothelium-specific ET-1 knockout mice and control mice that were homozygous for the floxed allele were exposed to acute psychosocial stress in the form of cage switch stress (CSS), with blood pressure measured by telemetry...
February 16, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
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