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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335529/effects-of-momordica-charantia-bitter-melon-on-ischemic-diabetic-myocardium
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Attila Czompa, Alexandra Gyongyosi, Kitti Szoke, Istvan Bak, Evelin Csepanyi, David D Haines, Arpad Tosaki, Istvan Lekli
Objective: A rat model is here used to test a hypothesis that Momordica charantia (Bitter melon (BM)) extract favorably alters processes in cardiovascular tissue and is systemically relevant to the pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes (T2DM) and related cardiovascular disease. Methods: Male Lean and Zucker Obese (ZO) rats were gavage-treated for six weeks with 400 mg/kg body weight bitter melon (BM) extract suspended in mucin-water vehicle, or with vehicle (Control). Animals were segregated into four treatment groups, 10 animals in each group, according to strain (Lean or ZO) and treatment (Control or BM)...
March 20, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335423/treatment-with-17%C3%AE-estradiol-reduced-body-weight-and-the-risk-of-cardiovascular-disease-in-a-high-fat-diet-induced-animal-model-of-obesity
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Wei-Jen Ting, Chih-Yang Huang, Chong-He Jiang, Yueh-Min Lin, Li-Chin Chung, Chia-Yao Shen, Peiying Pai, Kuan-Ho Lin, Vijaya Padma Viswanadha, Shih-Chieh Liao
Estrogen receptor α (ERα) and estrogen receptor β (ERβ) play important roles in cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention. Recently, these estrogen receptors were reconsidered as an important treatment target of obesity leading to CVD. In this study, 17β-estradiol (17β-E) replacement therapy applied to high-fat diet-induced obese C57B male mice and ovariectomized (OVX) rats were evaluated, and the protective effects against high-fat diet-induced obesity were assessed in C57B mouse hearts. The results showed that 17β-E treatment activated both ERα and ERβ, and ERβ levels increased in a dose-dependent manner in high-fat diet C57B mouse cardiomyocytes following 17β-E treatment...
March 14, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335271/distribution-of-iron-oxide-core-titanium-dioxide-shell-nanoparticles-in-vx2-tumor-bearing-rabbits-introduced-by-two-different-delivery-modalities
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Tamer Refaat, Derek West, Samar El Achy, Vamsi Parimi, Jasmine May, Lun Xin, Kathleen R Harris, William Liu, Michael Beau Wanzer, Lydia Finney, Evan Maxey, Stefan Vogt, Reed A Omary, Daniele Procissi, Andrew C Larson, Tatjana Paunesku, Gayle E Woloschak
This work compares intravenous (IV) versus fluoroscopy-guided transarterial intra-catheter (IC) delivery of iron oxide core-titanium dioxide shell nanoparticles (NPs) in vivo in VX2 model of liver cancer in rabbits. NPs coated with glucose and decorated with a peptide sequence from cortactin were administered to animals with developed VX2 liver cancer. Two hours after NPs delivery tumors, normal liver, kidney, lung and spleen tissues were harvested and used for a series on histological and elemental analysis tests...
August 3, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335096/estimation-of-methane-emissions-from-local-and-crossbreed-beef-cattle-in-dak-lak-province-of-vietnam
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Carlos Alberto Ramírez-Restrepo, Dung Van Tien, Ngoan Le Duc, Mario Herrero, Phung Le Dinh, Dung Dinh Van, Sen Le Thi Hoa, Cuong Vu Chi, Cesar Solano-Patiño, Amy M Lerner, Timothy D Searchinger
Objective: This study was aimed at evaluating effects of cattle breed resources and alternative mixed-feeding practices on meat productivity and emission intensities from household farming systems in Daklak Province, Vietnam. Methods: Records from Local Yellow x Red Sindhi (Bos indicus; Lai Sind) and ½ Limousin, ½ Drought Master and ½ Red Angus cattle during the growth (0 to 21 months) and fattening (22 to 25 months) periods were used to better understand variations on meat productivity and enteric methane emissions...
March 21, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335095/genetic-correlation-between-live-body-measurements-and-beef-cutability-traits-in-hanwoo-steers
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Yun Ho Choy, Jae Goo Lee, Alam Mahboob, Tae Jeong Choi, Seung Hee Rho
The growth, carcass and retail cut yield records on 1,428 Hanwoo steers obtained through progeny testing were analyzed in this study, and their heritability and genetic relationships among the traits were estimated using animal models. Two different models were compared in this study. Each model was fitted for different fixed class effects, date of slaughter for carcass traits and batch of progeny test live measurement traits, and a choice of covariates (carcass weight in Model 1 or backfat thickness in Model 2) for carcass traits...
March 21, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335089/variance-components-estimation-for-farrowing-traits-in-three-purebred-pigs
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Bryan Irvine Mamuad Lopez, Tae Hun Kim, Milton Tinashe Makumbe, Choul Won Song, Kang Seok Seo
Objective: This study was conducted to estimate breed-specific variance components for total number born (TNB), number born alive (NBA) and mortality rate from birth through weaning including stillbirths (MORT) of three main swine breeds in Korea. In addition, the importance of including maternal genetic and service sire effects in estimation models was evaluated. Methods: Records of farrowing traits from 6,412 Duroc, 18,020 Landrace and 54,254 Yorkshire sows collected from January 2001 to September 2016 from different farms in Korea were used in the analysis...
March 21, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334834/aav-mediated-transfer-of-fkrp-shows-therapeutic-efficacy-in-a-murine-model-but-requires-control-of-gene-expression
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Evelyne Gicquel, Natacha Maizonnier, Steven J Foltz, William J Martin, Nathalie Bourg, Fedor Svinartchouk, Karine Charton, Aaron M Beedle, Isabelle Richard
Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophies type 2I (LGMD2I), a recessive autosomal muscular dystrophy, is caused by mutations in the Fukutin Related Protein (FKRP) gene. It has been proposed that FKRP, a ribitol-5-phosphate transferase, is a participant in α-dystroglycan (αDG) glycosylation, which is important to ensure the cell/matrix anchor of muscle fibers. A LGMD2I knock-in mouse model was generated to express the most frequent mutation (L276I) encountered in patients. The expression of FKRP was not altered neither at transcriptional nor at translational levels, but its function was impacted since abnormal glycosylation of αDG was observed...
March 3, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334780/eif4a3-deficient-human-ipscs-and-mouse-models-demonstrate-neural-crest-defects-that-underlie-richieri-costa-pereira-syndrome
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Emily E Miller, Gerson S Kobayashi, Camila M Musso, Miranda Allen, Felipe A A Ishiy, Luiz C de Caires Junior, Ernesto S G Guimarães, Karina Griesi-Oliveira, Roseli M Zechi-Ceide, Antonio Richieri-Costa, Debora R Bertola, Maria Rita Passos-Bueno, Debra L Silver
Biallelic loss-of-function mutations in the RNA binding protein EIF4A3 cause Richieri-Costa-Pereira syndrome (RCPS), an autosomal recessive condition mainly characterized by craniofacial and limb malformations. However, the pathogenic cellular mechanisms responsible for this syndrome are entirely unknown. Here we used two complementary approaches, patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and conditional Eif4a3 mouse models, to demonstrate that defective Neural Crest Cell (NCC) development explains RCPS craniofacial abnormalities...
March 2, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334745/disease-correction-by-aav-mediated-gene-therapy-in-a-new-mouse-model-of-mucopolysaccharidosis-type-iiid
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Carles Roca, Sandra Motas, Sara Marcó, Albert Ribera, Víctor Sánchez, Xavier Sánchez, Joan Bertolin, Xavier León, Jennifer Pérez, Miguel Garcia, Pilar Villacampa, Jesús Ruberte, Anna Pujol, Virginia Haurigot, Fatima Bosch
Gene therapy is a promising therapeutic alternative for Lysosomal Storage Disorders (LSD), as it is not necessary to correct the genetic defect in all cells of an organ to achieve therapeutically significant levels of enzyme in body fluids, from which non-transduced cells can uptake the protein correcting their enzymatic deficiency. Animal models are instrumental in the development of new treatments for LSD. Here we report the generation of the first mouse model of the LSD Muccopolysaccharidosis Type IIID (MPSIIID), also known as Sanfilippo syndrome type D...
February 17, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334710/prevention-of-tlr9-pathway-in-warm-ischemia-in-porcine-donor-liver-after-cardiac-death
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Zigong Shao, Baoping Jiao, Dehui Yi, Tingting Liu, Qi Pan, Ying Cheng, Hao Liu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate effect of warm ischemia after cardiac death on activation of TLR9 pathway in porcine liver. METHODS: Donor of cardiac death (DCD) model was established with Duroc, Landrace, Large White crossbred pigs. Liver tissues from the animals were harvested at 0, 5, 10, 15, 25 and 30 minutes after warm ischemia for analysis of expression of TLR9, IRF7, IFN-β, and TNF-α at mRNA and protein levels by real-time PCR and western blot, respectively, and for assessment of NF-κB/DNA binding activity by western blot detection of p65 protein...
March 27, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334641/humanized-mouse-model-for-assessing-the-human-immune-response-to-xenogeneic-and-allogeneic-decellularized-biomaterials
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Raymond M Wang, Todd D Johnson, Jingjin He, Zhili Rong, Michelle Wong, Vishal Nigam, Atta Behfar, Yang Xu, Karen L Christman
Current assessment of biomaterial biocompatibility is typically implemented in wild type rodent models. Unfortunately, different characteristics of the immune systems in rodents versus humans limit the capability of these models to mimic the human immune response to naturally derived biomaterials. Here we investigated the utility of humanized mice as an improved model for testing naturally derived biomaterials. Two injectable hydrogels derived from decellularized porcine or human cadaveric myocardium were compared...
March 11, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334508/dietary-fatty-acids-influence-sperm-quality-and-function
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A Ferramosca, N Moscatelli, M Di Giacomo, V Zara
Recently, obesity has been linked to male infertility. In animal models the administration of a high-fat diet caused a reduction in sperm quality, by impairing gamete energy metabolism. The aim of this study was to investigate a possible effect of dietary fatty acids supplementation in the modulation of sperm energy metabolism and, in turn, in the improvement of sperm quality in rats fed a high-fat diet. Sexually mature male Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into four groups and fed for 4 weeks a standard diet (control group), a high-fat diet (enriched in 35% of fat and 15% sucrose), a high-fat diet supplemented with 2...
March 23, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334406/male-and-female-cervical-spine-biomechanics-and-anatomy-implication-for-scaling-injury-criteria
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Narayan Yoganandan, Cameron R Bass, Liming Voo, Frank A Pintar
There is an increased need to develop female-specific injury criteria and anthropomorphic test devices (dummies) for automotive and military environments, especially as women take occupational roles traditionally reserved for men. Although some exhaustive reviews on the biomechanics and injuries of the human spine have appeared in clinical and bioengineering literatures, focus on the difference between male and female cervical spine responses and characteristics has largely been ignored. Current neck injury criteria for automotive dummies for assessing crashworthiness and occupant safety are obtained from animal and human cadaver experiments, computational modeling and human volunteer studies...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334324/understanding-the-genetic-landscape-of-small-cell-carcinoma-of-the-urinary-bladder-and-implications-for-diagnosis-prognosis-and-treatment-a-review
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Erik J Kouba, Liang Cheng
Importance: Small cell carcinoma of the urinary bladder is a rare and aggressive neuroendocrine tumor of the urinary bladder. Although research has been performed since the first case was reported in 1981, most of our understanding of the disease treatments has been extrapolated from small cell carcinoma of the lung. However, current data on patient survival have been stagnant. Observations: With the advent of advanced molecular diagnostic methods, a new potential for understanding the origin and treatment of small cell carcinoma of the urinary bladder has become evident...
March 23, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334319/erbb4-acts-as-a-suppressor-in-the-development-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Yao Liu, Liming Song, Hengli Ni, Lina Sun, Weijuan Jiao, Lin Chen, Qun Zhou, Tong Shen, Hongxia Cui, Tianming Gao, Jianming Li
ERBB4, one member of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) family, plays a key role in physiological and pathological processes. Recently, we identified that ERBB4 played a protective role from chronic hepatitis B virus infection. However, the role of ERBB4 in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is still unclear. Here, we explore the role of ERBB4 in the development of HCC using in vitro models, in vivo animal models and clinical samples of HCC. Liver-specific ERBB4 knockout alleles and full ERBB4 except heart knockout mice were used in this study...
March 14, 2017: Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334188/climate-extremes-vegetation-change-and-decoupling-of-interactive-fire-grazing-processes-exacerbate-fly-parasitism-of-cattle
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John D Scasta, Justin L Talley, David M Engle, Diane M Debinski
We assessed local horn fly (Haematobia irritans L.) and face fly (Musca autumnalis De Geer) communities on cattle in 2012 and 2013 relative to vegetation and climate data to understand how parasitism of cattle is influenced by change in climate and vegetation structure. We compared heterogeneity management using spatially and temporally discrete fires (i.e., patch-burning one-third of a pasture annually) to homogeneity management (i.e., burning entire pasture in 2012 then no burning in 2013), with cattle grazing all years in both treatments...
February 17, 2017: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334187/individual-differences-in-human-auditory-processing-insights-from-single-trial-auditory-midbrain-activity-in-an-animal-model
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Travis White-Schwoch, Trent Nicol, Catherine M Warrier, Daniel A Abrams, Nina Kraus
Auditory-evoked potentials are classically defined as the summations of synchronous firing along the auditory neuraxis. Converging evidence supports a model whereby timing jitter in neural coding compromises listening and causes variable scalp-recorded potentials. Yet the intrinsic noise of human scalp recordings precludes a full understanding of the biological origins of individual differences in listening skills. To delineate the mechanisms contributing to these phenomena, in vivo extracellular activity was recorded from inferior colliculus in guinea pigs to speech in quiet and noise...
October 5, 2016: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334181/uncovering-the-spatial-profile-of-contour-integration-from-fixational-saccades-evidence-for-widespread-processing-in-v1
#18
Ariel Gilad, Roy Oz, Hamutal Slovin
During contour integration, neuronal populations in the primary visual cortex (V1) enhance their responses to the contour while suppressing their responses to the noisy background. However, the spatial extent and profile of these responses are not fully understood. To investigate this question, 2 monkeys were trained on a contour detection task while we measured population responses in V1 using voltage-sensitive dyes. During stimulus presentation the animals made few fixational saccades, and we used their changing gaze position to image and analyze neuronal responses from large part of the stimulus, encoding multiple contour/background elements...
October 5, 2016: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333929/the-rise-and-fall-of-rabies-in-japan-a-quantitative-history-of-rabies-epidemics-in-osaka-prefecture-1914-1933
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Aiko Kurosawa, Kageaki Tojinbara, Hazumu Kadowaki, Katie Hampson, Akio Yamada, Kohei Makita
Japan has been free from rabies since the 1950s. However, during the early 1900s several large-scale epidemics spread throughout the country. Here we investigate the dynamics of these epidemics between 1914 and 1933 in Osaka Prefecture, using archival data including newspapers. The association between dog rabies cases and human population density was investigated using Mixed-effects models and epidemiological parameters such as the basic reproduction number (R0), the incubation and infectious period and the serial interval were estimated...
March 23, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333907/the-effect-of-placing-flow-diverting-stents-in-intracranial-collateral-arteries-of-miniature-pig
#20
Jiwei Wang, Yanan Ding, Qiuxia Wang, Yanan Wang, Shiqing Mu, Lixin Bi, Youxiang Li
BACKGROUND Flow-diverting stent (FDS) has been suggested as an effective intracranial aneurysm treatment. However, the effects of FDS on collateral branches of an aneurysm parent artery still remain unknown. Thus, the present study aimed to comprehensively evaluate the effects of placing a FDS in the intracranial collateral artery, using a miniature pig animal model. MATERIAL AND METHODS Ten healthy miniature pigs were included in the study: one pig was reserved as a control and the remaining nine pigs were placed in three experimental groups: FDS (i...
March 23, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
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