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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439989/using-size-controlled-multicellular-spheroids-of-murine-adenocarcinoma-cells-to-efficiently-establish-pulmonary-tumors-in-mice
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Tomoko Nishikawa, Yutaro Tanaka, Makiya Nishikawa, Kosuke Kusamori, Narumi Mizuno, Yuya Mizukami, Yuka Ogino, Kazunori Shimizu, Satoshi Konishi, Yuki Takahashi, Yoshinobu Takakura
Previous studies demonstrated that multicellular spheroids developed using polydimethylsiloxane-based microwells exhibited superior functions, such as insulin secretion from pancreatic cells, over suspended cells. To successfully apply these spheroids, the effect of spheroid size on cellular functions must be determined. In this study, using murine adenocarcinoma colon26 cells, we examined whether such spheroids were useful for developing tumor-bearing animal models, which requires the efficient and stable engraftment of cancer cells at implanted sites and/or metastatic sites...
April 25, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416816/scalable-electrophysiology-in-intact-small-animals-with-nanoscale-suspended-electrode-arrays
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Daniel L Gonzales, Krishna N Badhiwala, Daniel G Vercosa, Benjamin W Avants, Zheng Liu, Weiwei Zhong, Jacob T Robinson
Electrical measurements from large populations of animals would help reveal fundamental properties of the nervous system and neurological diseases. Small invertebrates are ideal for these large-scale studies; however, patch-clamp electrophysiology in microscopic animals typically requires invasive dissections and is low-throughput. To overcome these limitations, we present nano-SPEARs: suspended electrodes integrated into a scalable microfluidic device. Using this technology, we have made the first extracellular recordings of body-wall muscle electrophysiology inside an intact roundworm, Caenorhabditis elegans...
April 17, 2017: Nature Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411315/contamination-of-marine-fauna-by-chlordecone-in-guadeloupe-evidence-of-a-seaward-decreasing-gradient
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Charlotte R Dromard, Mathilde Guéné, Yolande Bouchon-Navaro, Soazig Lemoine, Sébastien Cordonnier, Claude Bouchon
Chlordecone is an organochlorine pesticide, used in the Lesser Antilles from 1972 to 1993 to fight against a banana weevil. That molecule is very persistent in the natural environment and ends up in the sea with runoff waters. The objective of the present study is to evaluate the level of contamination in several trophic groups of marine animals according to their distance from the source of pollution. Samples of suspended matter, macroalgae, herbivorous fishes, detrivorous crustaceans, zooplanktivorous fishes, first- and second-order of carnivorous fishes, and piscivorous fishes have been collected in two sites, located downstream the contaminated sites (Goyave and Petit-Bourg), in three marine habitats (coastal mangroves, seagrass beds located 1...
April 14, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398071/raman-spectroscopy-of-blood-and-blood-components
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Chad G Atkins, Kevin Buckley, Michael W Blades, Robin F B Turner
Blood is a bodily fluid that is vital for a number of life functions in animals. To a first approximation, blood is a mildly alkaline aqueous fluid (plasma) in which a large number of free-floating red cells (erythrocytes), white cells (leucocytes), and platelets are suspended. The primary function of blood is to transport oxygen from the lungs to all the cells of the body and move carbon dioxide in the return direction after it is produced by the cells' metabolism. Blood also carries nutrients to the cells and brings waste products to the liver and kidneys...
January 1, 2017: Applied Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397598/anhydrobiosis-affects-thermal-habituation-in-the-bdelloid-rotifer-adineta-sp
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Mai Kanazawa, Takahiro Nanri, Masayuki Saigusa
The bdelloid rotifer of the genus Adineta is a freshwater metazoan characterized by anhydrobiosis, a highly stable state of suspended animation induced by desiccation. This study investigated the influence of anhydrobiosis on the thermal habituation by use of an index, Activity Ratio (AR = the number of active rotifers at each experimental temperature/ number of active rotifers at the 25°C stage). In the first experiment, rotifers were divided into two groups: one group was cultivated at 25°C throughout experiment, and another group was transferred to 15°C for two days...
April 2017: Zoological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396490/trehalose-metabolism-genes-of-aphelenchoides-besseyi-nematoda-aphelenchoididae-in-hypertonic-osmotic-pressure-survival
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Qiaoli Chen, Danlei Li, Feng Wang, Ruizhi Zhang, Yaming Ling
Some organisms can survive extreme desiccation caused by hypertonic osmotic pressure by entering a state of suspended animation known as osmobiosis. The free-living mycophagous nematode Aphelenchoides besseyi can be induced to enter osmobiosis by soaking in osmolytes. It is assumed that sugars (in particular trehalose) are instrumental for survival under environmental stress. In A. besseyi two putative trehalose-6-phosphate synthase genes (TPS) encode enzymes catalyzing trehalose synthesis and a putative trehalase genes (TRE) encodes enzymes that catalyze hydrolysis of trehalose were identified and then characterized based on its transcriptome...
April 10, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357645/seroprevalence-and-risk-factors-for-leptospirosis-in-cattle-sheep-and-goats-at-consorted-rearing-from-the-state-of-piau%C3%A3-northeastern-brazil
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Ângela Piauilino Campos, Dayane Francisca Higino Miranda, Huanna Waleska Soares Rodrigues, Micherlene da Silva Carneiro Lustosa, Gustavo Henrique Chaves Martins, Ana Lys Bezerra Barradas Mineiro, Vanessa Castro, Sérgio Santos Azevedo, Silvana Maria Medeiros de Sousa Silva
Leptospirosis is an endemic disease in Latin America, caused by pathogenic bacteria of the genus Leptospira. It is considered one of the main causes responsible for the negative economic impact on global livestock by causing reproductive problems. The research aimed to determine the prevalence of leptospirosis in cattle, sheep, and goats at consorted rearing in the micro-region of Teresina, Piauí state, northeastern Brazil, as well as to identify prevalent serovars and risk factors associated with seroprevalence...
March 29, 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
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/28314262/the-histogenesis-of-the-third-pathway-of-colonic-carcinogenesis-in-rats
#9
Carlos A Rubio
BACKGROUND/AIM: Conventional (tubular or villous) adenomas, and the more recently described serrated adenomas, are non-invasive neoplasias that precede colon carcinomas in carcinogen-treated rats. In contrast, the histological steps antedating carcinomas in gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT) in rats, i.e. the third pathway of colonic carcinogenesis, remain unidentified. Aim of the study was to investigate the histological changes preceding colonic GALT carcinomas in Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats...
March 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251532/occurrence-and-distribution-of-antibiotics-in-multiple-environmental-media-of-the-east-river-dongjiang-catchment-south-china
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Ruijie Zhang, Ruiling Zhang, Jun Li, Zhineng Cheng, Chunling Luo, Yinghui Wang, Kefu Yu, Gan Zhang
The occurrence and distribution of 11 antibiotics in multiple environmental media including river water, suspended particle, sediment, and soil of the East River catchment, South China, were systematically characterized from multiple spatial (area and point) and temporal (seasonal variation and diurnal variation) scales. The results indicated that six to eight antibiotics were detected in these media. The predominant antibiotics and their concentrations varied with environment media because of the varied contamination sources, physicochemical properties of antibiotics, and media...
March 1, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249288/responsiveness-of-coronary-arteries-to-nitroglycerin-under-hypoxia-the-importance-of-the-endothelium
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Masashi Tawa, Takashi Shimosato, Hiroshi Sakonjo, Tomio Okamura
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Nitroglycerin is widely used as a coronary vasodilator in the treatment of ischemic heart diseases. This study investigated the influence of hypoxia on nitroglycerin-induced relaxation in endothelium-intact and -denuded rabbit, monkey, and porcine coronary arteries. METHODS: Helically cut strips of coronary arteries were suspended in organ chambers, and isometric tension was recorded. RESULTS: Nitroglycerin concentration dependently relaxed endothelium-intact rabbit coronary arteries, which were not different under normoxic and hypoxic conditions...
2017: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144705/ecological-fitness-and-virulence-features-of-vibrio-parahaemolyticus-in-estuarine-environments
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REVIEW
Charles R Lovell
Vibrio parahaemolyticus is a commonly encountered and highly successful organism in marine ecosystems. It is a fast-growing, extremely versatile copiotroph that is active over a very broad range of conditions. It frequently occurs suspended in the water column (often attached to particles or zooplankton), and is a proficient colonist of submerged surfaces. This organism is an important pathogen of animals ranging from microcrustaceans to humans and is a causative agent of seafood-associated food poisoning. This review examines specific ecological adaptations of V...
March 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126002/novel-vs-clinical-organ-preservation-solutions-improved-cardiac-mitochondrial-protection
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Alice S Ferng, David Schipper, Alana M Connell, Katherine M Marsh, Shannon Knapp, Zain Khalpey
BACKGROUND: Heart transplantation remains the gold standard for end-stage heart failure, with current ex vivo organ storage times limited to 4 to 6 h before critical tissue damage occurs. Many preservation solutions exist in an attempt to limit both ischemic and reperfusion damage. In order to compare the effects of various storage solutions, mitochondrial function can be used to provide a sensitive analysis of cellular metabolic function. METHODS: Experimental plates were seeded with cardiac myoblasts and kept in suspended animation for either 4 or 8 h at either 4(o) or 21 °C, in Celsior®, Perfadex®, or Somah storage solutions...
January 26, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093259/suspending-loads-decreases-load-stability-but-may-slightly-improve-body-stability
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Jeffrey Ackerman, Karna Potwar, Justin Seipel
Here, we seek to determine how compliantly suspended loads could affect the dynamic stability of legged locomotion. We theoretically model the dynamic stability of a human carrying a load using a coupled spring-mass-damper model and an actuated spring-loaded inverted pendulum model, as these models have demonstrated the ability to correctly predict other aspects of locomotion with a load in prior work, such as body forces and energetic cost. We report that minimizing the load suspension natural frequency and damping ratio significantly reduces the stability of the load mass but may slightly improve the body stability of locomotion when compared to a rigidly attached load...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003050/microbial-community-structures-in-high-rate-algae-ponds-for-bioconversion-of-agricultural-wastes-from-livestock-industry-for-feed-production
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A Mark Ibekwe, Shelton E Murinda, Marcia A Murry, Gregory Schwartz, Trygve Lundquist
Dynamics of seasonal microbial community compositions in algae cultivation ponds are complex. However, there is very limited knowledge on bacterial communities that may play significant roles with algae in the bioconversion of manure nutrients to animal feed. In this study, water samples were collected during winter, spring, summer, and fall from the dairy lagoon effluent (DLE), high rate algae ponds (HRAP) that were fed with diluted DLE, and municipal waste water treatment plant (WWTP) effluent which was included as a comparison system for the analysis of total bacteria, Cyanobacteria, and microalgae communities using MiSeq Illumina sequencing targeting the 16S V4 rDNA region...
February 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936893/clinical-respiratory-motion-correction-software-reconstruct-register-and-averaged-rra-for-18-f-fdg-pet-ct-phantom-validation-practical-implications-and-patient-evaluation
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Anne-Charlotte Bouyeure-Petit, Mathieu Chastan, Agathe Edet-Sanson, Stephanie Becker, Sebastien Thureau, Estelle Houivet, Pierre Vera, Sebastien Hapdey
OBJECTIVE: On fluorine-18 fludeoxyglucose ((18)F-FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) CT of pulmonary or hepatic lesions, standard uptake value (SUV) is often underestimated due to patient breathing. The aim of this study is to validate, on phantom and patient data, a motion correction algorithm [reconstruct, register and averaged (RRA)] implemented on a PET-CT system. METHODS: Three phantoms containing five spheres filled with (18)F-FDG and suspended in a water or Styrofoam(®)(18)F-FDG-filled tank to create different contrasts and attenuation environment were acquired on a Discovery GE710...
February 2017: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933305/robust-generation-of-transgenic-mice-by-simple-hypotonic-solution-mediated-delivery-of-transgene-in-testicular-germ-cells
#17
Abul Usmani, Nirmalya Ganguli, Subodh K Jain, Nilanjana Ganguli, Rajesh Kumar Sarkar, Mayank Choubey, Mansi Shukla, Hironmoy Sarkar, Subeer S Majumdar
Our ability to decipher gene sequences has increased enormously with the advent of modern sequencing tools, but the ability to divulge functions of new genes have not increased correspondingly. This has caused a remarkable delay in functional interpretation of several newly found genes in tissue and age specific manner, limiting the pace of biological research. This is mainly due to lack of advancements in methodological tools for transgenesis. Predominantly practiced method of transgenesis by pronuclear DNA-microinjection is time consuming, tedious, and requires highly skilled persons for embryo-manipulation...
2016: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903784/terrain-following-and-applications-caenorhabditis-elegans-swims-along-the-floor-using-a-bump-and-undulate-strategy
#18
Jinzhou Yuan, Hungtang Ko, David M Raizen, Haim H Bau
Nematodes such as Caenorhabditis elegans are heavier than water. When submerged in water, they settle to the bottom surface. Observations reveal that the animals do not lie flat on the bottom surface, but remain substantially suspended above the surface through continuous collisions with the surface, while maintaining their swimming gaits. Consequently, the swimming animals follow the bottom surface topography. When the bottom surface is inclined, the animals swim up or down along the incline. As the magnitude of the gravitational force can be easily estimated, this behaviour provides a convenient means to estimate the animal's propulsive thrust...
November 2016: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901384/pharmacokinetics-of-zonisamide-following-rectal-administration-to-healthy-dogs
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Jennifer R Michaels, Amy J Hodshon, William B Thomas, Dawn M Boothe, Lindsay Williams
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the pharmacokinetics of zonisamide following rectal administration of 20 or 30 mg/kg suspended in sterile water or polyethylene glycol (PEG) to healthy dogs and determine whether either dose resulted in plasma zonisamide concentrations within the recommended therapeutic target range (10 to 40 μg/mL). ANIMALS 8 healthy mixed-breed dogs. PROCEDURES Each dog received each of 2 doses (20 or 30 mg/kg) of zonisamide suspended in each of 2 delivery substrates (sterile water or PEG) in a randomized crossover study with a 7-day washout period between phases...
December 2016: American Journal of Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888773/the-combined-effects-of-grain-supplementation-and-tenderstretching-on-alpaca-vicugna-pacos-meat-quality
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M A Smith, R D Bush, R J van de Ven, D L Hopkins
This study investigated the effects of feeding a mixed grain supplement and tenderstretching (TS) alpaca carcasses on meat quality. A total of 56 castrated 24month old alpacas were divided into two treatments (pasture-only, and pasture plus supplementation). Supplemented groups were fed a mixed grain ration in addition to ad lib pasture for 10weeks. Animals were slaughtered across two kill days (n=28). One half of each carcass was suspended by the pelvis (TS) prior to chilling, and the other half was Achilles tendon hung (AH)...
March 2017: Meat Science
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