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Jacek A Koziel, Heekwon Ahn, Thomas D Glanville, Timothy S Frana, J Hans van Leeuwen, Lam T Nguyen
Nearly 55,000 outbreaks of animal disease were reported to the World Animal Health Information Database between 2005 and 2016. To suppress the spread of disease, large numbers of animal mortalities often must be disposed of quickly and are frequently buried on the farm where they were raised. While this method of emergency disposal is fast and relatively inexpensive, it also can have undesirable and lasting impacts (slow decay, concerns about groundwater contamination, pathogens re-emergence, and odor). Following the 2010 foot-and-mouth disease outbreak, the Republic of Korea's National Institute of Animal Science funded research on selected burial alternatives or modifications believed to have potential to reduce undesirable impacts of burial...
March 13, 2018: Waste Management
Qi Yao, Zijiang Yang, Hong Li, Michael D Buser, John D Wanjura, Peter M Downey, Chen Zhang, Collin Craige, Alba Torrents, Laura L McConnell, Gregory A Holt, Cathleen J Hapeman
Poultry-emitted air pollutants, including particulate matter (PM) and ammonia, have raised concerns due to potential negative effects on human health and the environment. However, developing and optimizing remediation technologies requires a better understanding of air pollutant concentrations, the emission plumes, and the relationships between the pollutants. Therefore, we conducted ten field experiments to characterize PM (total suspended particulate [TSP], particulate matter less than 10 μm in aerodynamic diameter [PM10 ], and particulate matter less than 2...
March 9, 2018: Environmental Pollution
Josephine Bryk Rose, Sarah Davies, Kadie M Anderson, Graeme S Allan, Patricia M Dennis, Richard Malik
An approximately 4-yr-old female Bennett's wallaby ( Macropus rufogriseus) was evaluated for chronic left-sided facial swelling and nasal discharge. Computed tomography, endoscopy, biopsy, mycologic culture, and panfungal polymerase chain reaction were consistent with destructive mycotic rhinosinusitis. The patient's infection was treated with a long-term injectable antibiotic, oral antifungal therapy, and multiple intranasal infusions of voriconazole suspended in a reverse thermodynamic pluronic gel. This case represents the first documented case of mycotic rhinosinusitis in a macropod and underlines the importance of advanced cross-sectional imaging in the diagnosis, monitoring, and management of nasal cavity disease in zoo animals...
March 2018: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
Sebastiaan D Hemelrijk, Marcel C Dirkes, Marit H N van Velzen, Rick Bezemer, Thomas M van Gulik, Michal Heger
Hydrogen sulfide (H2 S, 80 ppm) gas in an atmosphere of 17.5% oxygen reportedly induces suspended animation in mice; a state analogous to hibernation that entails hypothermia and hypometabolism. However, exogenous H2 S in combination with 17.5% oxygen is able to induce hypoxia, which in itself is a trigger of hypometabolism/hypothermia. Using non-invasive thermographic imaging, we demonstrated that mice exposed to hypoxia (5% oxygen) reduce their body temperature to ambient temperature. In contrast, animals exposed to 80 ppm H2 S under normoxic conditions did not exhibit a reduction in body temperature compared to normoxic controls...
March 1, 2018: Scientific Reports
Julio Adrián Garfias-López, Graciela Castro-Escarpuli, Pedro E Cárdenas, María Maximina Bertha Moreno-Altamirano, Juan Padierna-Olivos, F Javier Sánchez-García
A wide array of microorganisms colonizes distinctive anatomical regions of animals, being the intestine the one that harbors the most abundant and complex microbiota. Phylogenetic analyses indicate that it is composed mainly of bacteria, and that Bacterioidetes and Firmicutes are the most represented phyla (>90% of the total eubacteria) in mice and humans. Intestinal microbiota plays an important role in host physiology, contributing to digestion, epithelial cells metabolism, stimulation of intestinal immune responses, and protection against intestinal pathogens...
February 24, 2018: Immunology Letters
Paul Childress, Alexander Brinker, Cynthia-May S Gong, Jonathan Harris, David J Olivos, Jeffrey D Rytlewski, David C Scofield, Sungshin Y Choi, Yasaman Shirazi-Fard, Todd O McKinley, Tien-Min G Chu, Carolynn L Conley, Nabarun Chakraborty, Rasha Hammamieh, Melissa A Kacena
Segmental bone defects (SBDs) secondary to trauma invariably result in a prolonged recovery with an extended period of limited weight bearing on the affected limb. Soldiers sustaining blast injuries and civilians sustaining high energy trauma typify such a clinical scenario. These patients frequently sustain composite injuries with SBDs in concert with extensive soft tissue damage. For soft tissue injury resolution and skeletal reconstruction a patient may experience limited weight bearing for upwards of 6 months...
February 2018: Life Sciences in Space Research
Patricia L Keen, Charles W Knapp, Kenneth J Hall, David W Graham
Environmental transport of contaminants that can influence the development of antibiotic resistance in bacteria is an important concern in the management of ecological and human health risks. Agricultural regions are locales where practices linked to food crop and livestock production can introduce contaminants that could alter the selective pressures for the development of antibiotic resistance in microbiota. This is important in regions where the use of animal manure or municipal biosolids as waste and/or fertilizer could influence selection for antibiotic resistance in pathogenic bacterial species...
February 13, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Ying Jin, Jed S Shumsky, Itzhak Fischer
The goal of this study was to compare the efficacy of human glial restricted progenitors (hGRPs) in promoting axonal growth of different tracts. We examined the potential of hGRPs grafted into a cervical (C4) dorsal column lesion to test sensory axons, and into a C4 hemisection to test motor tracts. The hGRPs, thawed from frozen stocks, were suspended in a PureCol matrix and grafted acutely into a C4 dorsal column or hemisection lesion. Control rats received PureCol only. Five weeks after transplantation, all transplanted cells survived in rats with the dorsal column lesion but only about half of the grafts in the hemisection...
January 31, 2018: Brain Research
Takahisa Suzuki, Atsushi Otsuka, Yoshihiko Ito, Shizuo Yamada, Hideaki Miyake, Seiichiro Ozono
Isosamidin is a pharmacologically active compound extracted from Peucedanum japonicum which is used as a health food in East Asia. Our preliminary animal data suggested that isosamidin may have sufficient potency to treat patients with lower urinary tract symptoms suggestive of benign prostatic hyperplasia or overactive bladder. However, the efficacy of isosamidin in humans is unknown. Here, we examined whether isosamidin inhibits agonist-stimulated contractions in isolated human bladder and prostate tissue strips in vitro...
February 1, 2018: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
Wei Yee Chan, Elizabeth E Hickey, Manouchehr Khazandi, Stephen W Page, Darren J Trott, Peter B Hill
BACKGROUND: Antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial stewardship are of ever-increasing importance in veterinary medicine. Re-purposing of old drugs that are not used in human medicine is one approach that addresses the emergence of multidrug resistance in canine skin and ear infections, and can reduce the use of critically important human antibiotic classes. HYPOTHESIS/OBJECTIVES: To determine the antimicrobial activity of narasin, a polyether ionophore conventionally used as a rumen modifier and anticoccidial agent in production animals, against common clinical isolates of canine otitis externa (OE)...
January 24, 2018: Veterinary Dermatology
Samantha Lane, Elizabeth Lynn, Saad Shakir
OBJECTIVES: To assess the sources of publicly available evidence supporting withdrawal, revocation or suspension of marketing authorisations ('regulatory actions') due to safety reasons in the EU since 2012 and to investigate the time taken since initial marketing authorisation to reach these regulatory decisions. SETTING: This investigation examined the sources of evidence supporting 18 identified prescription medicinal products which underwent regulatory action due to safety reasons within the EU in the period 1 July 2012 to 31 December 2016...
January 23, 2018: BMJ Open
Jerod J Hurst, Josh S Wallace, Diana S Aga
Ionophore antimicrobials are heavily used in the livestock industries, both for preventing animal infection by coccidia protozoa and for increasing feed efficiency. Ionophores are excreted mostly unmetabolized and are released into the environment when manure is land-applied to fertilize croplands. Here, an analytical method was optimized to study the occurrences of five ionophore residues (monensin, lasalocid, maduramycin, salinomycin, and narasin) in dairy manure after solid-liquid separation and further treatment of the liquid manure by a membrane-based treatment system...
January 9, 2018: Chemosphere
Talita Bandeira Roos, Carina Martins de Moraes, Régis Tuchtenhagen Sturbelle, Luana Alves Dummer, Geferson Fischer, Fábio Pereira Leivas Leite
There have been significant efforts toward the development of more efficient vaccines for animal health. A strategy that may be used to improve vaccine efficacy is the use of probiotics. Bovine herpesvirus 5 (BoHV-5) is an example of an important animal pathogen for which vaccines have provided only limited protection. In this study, we examined the use of the probiotics Bacillus toyonensis and Saccharomyces boulardii as a potential immune modulator to improve vaccine efficiency. Thirty, 5-month-old lambs were randomly grouped in three lots of 10 each and vaccinated at days 0, 21 and 42 of the experiment...
December 28, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
Francisco J Santiago-Avila, Ari M Cornman, Adrian Treves
Large carnivores, such as gray wolves, Canis lupus, are difficult to protect in mixed-use landscapes because some people perceive them as dangerous and because they sometimes threaten human property and safety. Governments may respond by killing carnivores in an effort to prevent repeated conflicts or threats, although the functional effectiveness of lethal methods has long been questioned. We evaluated two methods of government intervention following independent events of verified wolf predation on domestic animals (depredation) in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, USA between 1998-2014, at three spatial scales...
2018: PloS One
Wakako Tsuji, Jolene E Valentin, Kacey G Marra, Albert D Donnenberg, Vera S Donnenberg, J Peter Rubin
Autologous fat grafting after breast cancer surgery is commonly performed, but concerns about oncologic risk remain. To model the interaction between fat grafting and breast cancer cells, two approaches were employed. In the first approach, graded numbers of viable MDA-MB-231 or BT-474 cells were admixed directly into human fat grafts and injected subcutaneously into immune-deficient mice to determine if the healing graft is a supportive environment for the tumor. In the second approach, graded doses of MDA-MB-231 cells were suspended in Matrigel and injected into the mammary fat pads of mice...
January 2018: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
Ling Gao, Zachery R Gregorich, Wuqiang Zhu, Saidulu Mattapally, Yasin Oduk, Xi Lou, Ramaswamy Kannappan, Anton V Borovjagin, Gregory P Walcott, Andrew E Pollard, Vladimir G Fast, Xinyang Hu, Steven G Lloyd, Ying Ge, Jianyi Zhang
Background -Here, we generated human cardiac muscle patches (hCMPs) of clinically relevant dimensions (4 cm × 2 cm × 1.25 mm) by suspending cardiomyocytes, smooth-muscle cells, and endothelial cells that had been differentiated from human induced-pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) in a fibrin scaffold and then culturing the construct on a dynamic (rocking) platform. Methods - In vitro assessments of hCMPs suggest maturation in response to dynamic culture stimulation. In vivo assessments were conducted in a porcine model of myocardial infarction (MI)...
December 12, 2017: Circulation
I Yu Maklakova, D Yu Grebnev, A P Yastrebov
The purpose of this work was to study the effect of combined transplantation of multipotent mesenchymal stromal (MSCS) and hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) isolated from the placenta, on the regeneration of white and red pulp of the spleen under physiological conditions and in conditions of exposure to ionizing radiation. Methods. The experiments were performed with laboratory mice-males. We studied the influence of ionizing radiation dose of 4.0 Gy. Animals of the experimental group were intravenously infused into MMSC and GSK respectively at a dose of 6 million cells/kg and 330 thousand cells/kg, suspended in 0...
April 2017: Patologicheskaia Fiziologiia i èksperimental'naia Terapiia
Yuanyuan Yan, Zhen Wang, Donghao Wang, Peter Lawrence, Xingguo Wang, Kumar S D Kothapalli, Jacelyn Greenwald, Ruijie Liu, Hui Gyu Park, J Thomas Brenna
BACKGROUND: Excess vernix caseosa produced by the fetal skin appears as particles suspended in the amniotic fluid in late gestation, is swallowed by the fetus and is found throughout the newborn GI tract as the first organisms are arriving to colonize the gut. Lipid rich vernix contains an unusually high 29% branched chain fatty acid (BCFA). BCFA reduce the incidence of necrotizing enterocolitis in an animal model, recently found predominantly in the sn-2 position of human milk triacylglycerols...
November 22, 2017: Pediatric Research
W Markiewicz, A Bossowska, E Lepiarczyk, M Majewski, P Radziszewski, A Wiśniewska, J J Jaroszewski
The present in vitro study investigated the influence of doxazosin on the contractility of the urinary bladder in female pigs with experimentally induced cystitis. Fifteen juvenile female piglets (18-20 kg body weight) were randomly assigned into three groups (n=5 animals each): i) control (clinically healthy animals, without doxazosin treatment), ii) animals with induced inflammation of the urinary bladder, but without doxazosin treatment (experimental group I) and iii) animals with inflamed bladder, treated orally with doxazosin (0...
September 26, 2017: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
I P Khoroshilova-Maslova, N L Leparskaya, E A Vorotelyak, A V Vasiliev
AIM: to investigate the role of heterogeneous fibroblasts in the development of epiretinal membrane in eyes with modeled proliferative vitreoretinopathy. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The material for investigation were 6 eyes of 3 Chinchilla rabbits. Suspended fibroblasts (fibroblasts of the human skin - 200000 cells in 0.1 ml) were injected into the vitreous cavity via the pars plana. The animals were followed up for 1 month and then made out of the experiment. The eyes were enucleated and fixed in 10% neutral buffered formalin for routine histological examination...
2017: Vestnik Oftalmologii
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