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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545034/characterization-of-sudan-ebolavirus-infection-in-ferrets
#1
Andrea Kroeker, Shihua He, Marc-Antoine de La Vega, Gary Wong, Carissa Embury-Hyatt, Xiangguo Qiu
Sudan virus (SUDV) outbreaks in Africa are highly lethal; however, the development and testing of novel antivirals and vaccines for this virus has been limited by a lack of suitable animal models. Non-human primates (NHP) remain the gold standard for modeling filovirus disease, but they are not conducive to screening large numbers of experimental compounds and should only be used to test the most promising candidates. Therefore, other smaller animal models are a valuable asset. We have recently developed a guinea-pig adapted SUDV virus that is lethal in guinea pigs...
May 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539215/comparison-and-validation-of-an-in-vitro-skin-sensitization-strategy-using-a-data-set-of-33-chemical-references
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Elodie Clouet, Saadia Kerdine-Römer, Pierre-Jacques Ferret
Allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) is an adverse health effect that develops following repeated exposure to skin sensitizing chemicals. An animal testing ban has been applied in EU, leading to development of reliably predictive non-animal methods. Several in vitro methods have been developed as alternatives but one single non-animal test method is not been sufficient to fully address since the LLNA test ban. Here, we have selected an ITS (Integrated Testing Strategy) for skin sensitization which focuses on three in vitro methods that covered the first three steps of the AOP (DPRA, SENS-IS or h-CLAT)...
May 21, 2017: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533379/learned-response-sequences-in-cerebellar-purkinje-cells
#3
Dan-Anders Jirenhed, Anders Rasmussen, Fredrik Johansson, Germund Hesslow
Associative learning in the cerebellum has previously focused on single movements. In eyeblink conditioning, for instance, a subject learns to blink at the right time in response to a conditional stimulus (CS), such as a tone that is repeatedly followed by an unconditional corneal stimulus (US). During conditioning, the CS and US are transmitted by mossy/parallel fibers and climbing fibers to cerebellar Purkinje cells that acquire a precisely timed pause response that drives the overt blink response. The timing of this conditional Purkinje cell response is determined by the CS-US interval and is independent of temporal patterns in the input signal...
May 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525756/immunization-elicited-broadly-protective-antibody-reveals-ebolavirus-fusion-loop-as-a-site-of-vulnerability
#4
Xuelian Zhao, Katie A Howell, Shihua He, Jennifer M Brannan, Anna Z Wec, Edgar Davidson, Hannah L Turner, Chi-I Chiang, Lin Lei, J Maximilian Fels, Hong Vu, Sergey Shulenin, Ashley N Turonis, Ana I Kuehne, Guodong Liu, Mi Ta, Yimeng Wang, Christopher Sundling, Yongli Xiao, Jennifer S Spence, Benjamin J Doranz, Frederick W Holtsberg, Andrew B Ward, Kartik Chandran, John M Dye, Xiangguo Qiu, Yuxing Li, M Javad Aman
While neutralizing antibodies are highly effective against ebolavirus infections, current experimental ebolavirus vaccines primarily elicit species-specific antibody responses. Here, we describe an immunization-elicited macaque antibody (CA45) that clamps the internal fusion loop with the N terminus of the ebolavirus glycoproteins (GPs) and potently neutralizes Ebola, Sudan, Bundibugyo, and Reston viruses. CA45, alone or in combination with an antibody that blocks receptor binding, provided full protection against all pathogenic ebolaviruses in mice, guinea pigs, and ferrets...
May 18, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515300/a-novel-a-h7n2-influenza-virus-isolated-from-a-veterinarian-caring-for-cats-in-a-new-york-city-animal-shelter-causes-mild-disease-and-transmits-poorly-in-the-ferret-model
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Jessica A Belser, Joanna A Pulit-Penaloza, Xiangjie Sun, Nicole Brock, Claudia Pappas, Hannah M Creager, Hui Zeng, Terrence M Tumpey, Taronna R Maines
In December 2016, a low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) A(H7N2) virus was identified as the causative source of an outbreak in a cat shelter in New York City, which subsequently spread to multiple shelters in New York and Pennsylvania. One person with occupational exposure to infected cats became infected with the virus, representing the first LPAI H7N2 human infection in North America since 2003. Considering the close contact that frequently occurs between companion animals and humans, it was critical to assess the relative risk of this novel virus to public health...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499842/establishing-the-ferret-as-a-gyrencephalic-animal-model-of-traumatic-brain-injury-optimization-of-controlled-cortical-impact-procedures
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Susan C Schwerin, Elizabeth B Hutchinson, Kryslaine L Radomski, Kapinga P Ngalula, Carlo M Pierpaoli, Sharon L Juliano
BACKGROUND: Although rodent TBI studies provide valuable information regarding the effects of injury and recovery, an animal model with neuroanatomical characteristics closer to humans may provide a more meaningful basis for clinical translation. The ferret has a high white/gray matter ratio, gyrencephalic neocortex, and ventral hippocampal location. Furthermore, ferrets are amenable to behavioral training, have a body size compatible with pre-clinical MRI, and are cost-effective. NEW METHODS: We optimized the surgical procedure for controlled cortical impact (CCI) using 9 adult male ferrets...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497055/indigenous-wildlife-rabies-in-taiwan-ferret-badgers-a-long-term-terrestrial-reservoir
#7
Yu-Ching Lan, Tzai-Hung Wen, Chao-Chin Chang, Hsin-Fu Liu, Pei-Fen Lee, Chung-Yuan Huang, Bruno B Chomel, Yi-Ming A Chen
The emerging disease of rabies was confirmed in Taiwan ferret badgers (FBs) and reported to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) on July 17, 2013. The spread of wildlife rabies can be related to neighborhood countries in Asia. The phylogenetic analysis was conducted by maximum likelihood (ML) methods and the Bayesian coalescent approach based on the glycoprotein (G) and nucleoprotein (N) genes. The phylogeographic and spatial temporal dynamics of viral transmission were determined by using SPREAD, QGIS...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496051/molecular-investigations-of-development-and-diseases-of-the-brain-of-higher-mammals-using-the-ferret
#8
Hiroshi Kawasaki
The brains of higher mammals such as primates and carnivores contain well-developed unique brain structures. Uncovering the physiological functions, developmental mechanisms and evolution of these brain structures would greatly facilitate our understanding of the human brain and its diseases. Although the anatomical and electrophysiological features of these brain structures have been intensively investigated, our knowledge about their molecular bases is still limited. To overcome this limitation, genetic techniques for the brains of carnivores and primates have been established, and molecules whose expression patterns correspond to these brain structures were identified recently...
2017: Proceedings of the Japan Academy. Series B, Physical and Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493848/investigating-multi-objective-fluence-and-beam-orientation-imrt-optimization
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Peter Simon Potrebko, Jason Fiege, Matthew Biagioli, Jan Poleszczuk
Radiation Oncology treatment planning requires compromises to be made between clinical objectives that are invariably in conflict. It would be beneficial to have a "bird's-eye-view" perspective of the full spectrum of treatment plans that represent the possible trade-offs between delivering the intended dose to the planning target volume (PTV) while optimally sparing the organs-at-risk (OARs). In this work, the authors demonstrate Pareto-Aware Radiotherapy Evolutionary Treatment Optimization (PARETO), a multi-objective tool featuring such bird's-eye-view functionality, which optimizes fluence patterns and beam angles for intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) treatment planning...
May 11, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490598/development-of-clade-specific-and-broadly-reactive-live-attenuated-influenza-virus-vaccines-against-rapidly-evolving-h5-subtype-viruses
#10
Kobporn Boonnak, Yumiko Matsuoka, Weijia Wang, Amorsolo L Suguitan, Zhongying Chen, Myeisha Paskel, Mariana Baz, Ian Moore, Hong Jin, Kanta Subbarao
We have developed pandemic live attenuated influenza vaccines (pLAIV) against clade 1 H5N1 viruses on an Ann Arbor cold-adapted (ca) backbone that induced long-term immune memory. In 2015, many human infections caused by a new clade (2.2.1.1) of goose/Guangdong (gs/GD) lineage H5N1 viruses were reported in Egypt that prompted updating of the H5N1 pLAIV. We explored two strategies to generate suitable pLAIVs: first to modify the hemagglutinin gene of a highly pathogenic wild-type (wt) clade 2.2.1.1 virus A/Egypt/N03434/2009 (Egy/09) (H5N1) with its unmodified neuraminidase (NA) gene; this virus was designated Egy/09 ca The second approach was to select a low pathogenicity avian influenza H5 virus that elicited antibodies that cross-reacted with a broad range of H5 viruses, including the Egypt H5N1 viruses and contained a novel NA subtype for humans...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490200/human-bocavirus-type-1-capsid-facilitates-the-transduction-of-ferret-airways-by-adeno-associated-virus-genomes
#11
Ziying Yan, Zehua Feng, Xingshen Sun, Yulong Zhang, Wei Zou, Zekun Wang, Chandler Jensen-Cody, Bo Liang, Soo-Yeun Park, Jianming Qiu, John F Engelhardt
Human bocavirus type-1 (HBoV1) has a high tropism for the apical membrane of human airway epithelia. The packaging of a recombinant adeno-associated virus 2 (rAAV2) genome into HBoV1 capsid produces a chimeric vector (rAAV2/HBoV1) that also efficiently transduces human airway epithelia. As such, this vector is attractive for use in gene therapies to treat lung diseases such as cystic fibrosis. However, preclinical development of rAAV2/HBoV1 vectors has been hindered by the fact that humans are the only known host for HBoV1 infection...
May 10, 2017: Human Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489053/nasal-infection-of-enterovirus-d68-leading-to-lower-respiratory-tract-pathogenesis-in-ferrets-mustela-putorius-furo
#12
Hui-Wen Zheng, Ming Sun, Lei Guo, Jing-Jing Wang, Jie Song, Jia-Qi Li, Hong-Zhe Li, Ruo-Tong Ning, Ze-Ning Yang, Hai-Tao Fan, Zhan-Long He, Long-Ding Liu
Data from EV-D68-infected patients demonstrate that pathological changes in the lower respiratory tract are principally characterized by severe respiratory illness in children and acute flaccid myelitis. However, lack of a suitable animal model for EV-D68 infection has limited the study on the pathogenesis of this critical pathogen, and the development of a vaccine. Ferrets have been widely used to evaluate respiratory virus infections. In the current study, we used EV-D68-infected ferrets as a potential animal to identify impersonal indices, involving clinical features and histopathological changes in the upper and lower respiratory tract (URT and LRT)...
May 10, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485830/diagnosis-and-management-of-pyothorax-in-a-domestic-ferret-mustela-putorius-furo
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Izidora Sladakovic, Benjamin M Brainard, Selena L Lane, Scott A Secrest, Andrew J Fox, Jaime L Tarigo, Corry K Yeuroukis, Susan Sanchez, Laila M Proenca, Joerg Mayer
OBJECTIVE: To describe the diagnosis, management, and outcome of pyothorax in a domestic ferret (Mustela putorius furo). CASE SUMMARY: A domestic ferret was evaluated for a history of lethargy, anorexia, and pyrexia. Pleural effusion was detected with radiography and ultrasonography, and a diagnosis of pyothorax was made following cytologic evaluation of pleural fluid. Bilateral thoracostomy tubes were placed for thoracic drainage and lavage, and the ferret was treated with intravenous crystalloid fluids, antimicrobials, and analgesics...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481926/delineating-morbillivirus-entry-dissemination-and-airborne-transmission-by-studying-in-vivo-competition-of-multicolor-canine-distemper-viruses-in-ferrets
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Rory D de Vries, Martin Ludlow, Alwin de Jong, Linda J Rennick, R Joyce Verburgh, Geert van Amerongen, Debby van Riel, Peter R W A van Run, Sander Herfst, Thijs Kuiken, Ron A M Fouchier, Albert D M E Osterhaus, Rik L de Swart, W Paul Duprex
Identification of cellular receptors and characterization of viral tropism in animal models have vastly improved our understanding of morbillivirus pathogenesis. However, specific aspects of viral entry, dissemination and transmission remain difficult to recapitulate in animal models. Here, we used three virologically identical but phenotypically distinct recombinant (r) canine distemper viruses (CDV) expressing different fluorescent reporter proteins for in vivo competition and airborne transmission studies in ferrets (Mustela putorius furo)...
May 8, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479181/carbohydrate-fatty-acid-monosulphate-esters-are-safe-and-effective-adjuvants-for-humoral-responses
#15
Luuk A Th Hilgers, Peter Paul L I Platenburg, Jeffrey Bajramovic, Jennifer Veth, Robert Sauerwein, Will Roeffen, Marie Pohl, Geert van Amerongen, Koert J Stittelaar, Johannes F van den Bosch
Carbohydrate fatty acid sulphate esters (CFASEs) formulated in a squalane-in-water emulsion are effective adjuvants for humoral responses to a wide range of antigens in various animal species but rise in body temperature and local reactions albeit mild or minimal hampers application in humans. In rabbits, body temperature increased 1°C one day after intramuscular (IM) injection, which returned to normal during the next day. The effect increased with increasing dose of CFASE but not with the number of injections (up to 5)...
May 31, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475918/inhibition-of-the-infectivity-and-inflammatory-response-of-influenza-virus-by-arbidol-hydrochloride-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-mice-and-ferret
#16
Yutao Wang, Yuewen Ding, Chunguang Yang, Runfeng Li, Qiuling Du, Yanbing Hao, Zhengtu Li, Haiming Jiang, Jin Zhao, Qiaoyan Chen, Zifeng Yang, Zhanlong He
Influenza virus infections are the main contagious respiratory disease with high levels of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Antiviral drugs are indispensable for the prophylaxis and treatment of influenza and other respiratory viral infections. In this study, the Arbidol hydrochloride (ARB), which has been licensed in Russia and China, is used to investigate its anti-viral and anti-inflammatory efficacy in vitro and in vivo. The antiviral results in vitro showed that ARB had a better inhibition on Influenza virus A/PR/8/34 (H1N1), A/Guangdong/GIRD07/09 (H1N1), A/Aichi/2/68 (H3N2), A/HK/Y280/97 (H9N2) with IC50 ranging from 4...
May 2, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475893/regulation-of-cerebral-cortex-folding-by-controlling-neuronal-migration-via-flrt-adhesion-molecules
#17
Daniel Del Toro, Tobias Ruff, Erik Cederfjäll, Ana Villalba, Gönül Seyit-Bremer, Víctor Borrell, Rüdiger Klein
The folding of the mammalian cerebral cortex into sulci and gyri is thought to be favored by the amplification of basal progenitor cells and their tangential migration. Here, we provide a molecular mechanism for the role of migration in this process by showing that changes in intercellular adhesion of migrating cortical neurons result in cortical folding. Mice with deletions of FLRT1 and FLRT3 adhesion molecules develop macroscopic sulci with preserved layered organization and radial glial morphology. Cortex folding in these mutants does not require progenitor cell amplification but is dependent on changes in neuron migration...
May 4, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457665/preclinical-and-clinical-demonstration-of-immunogenicity-by-mrna-vaccines-against-h10n8-and-h7n9-influenza-viruses
#18
Kapil Bahl, Joe J Senn, Olga Yuzhakov, Alex Bulychev, Luis A Brito, Kimberly J Hassett, Michael E Laska, Mike Smith, Örn Almarsson, James Thompson, Amilcar Mick Ribeiro, Mike Watson, Tal Zaks, Giuseppe Ciaramella
Recently, the World Health Organization confirmed 120 new human cases of avian H7N9 influenza in China resulting in 37 deaths, highlighting the concern for a potential pandemic and the need for an effective, safe, and high-speed vaccine production platform. Production speed and scale of mRNA-based vaccines make them ideally suited to impede potential pandemic threats. Here we show that lipid nanoparticle (LNP)-formulated, modified mRNA vaccines, encoding hemagglutinin (HA) proteins of H10N8 (A/Jiangxi-Donghu/346/2013) or H7N9 (A/Anhui/1/2013), generated rapid and robust immune responses in mice, ferrets, and nonhuman primates, as measured by hemagglutination inhibition (HAI) and microneutralization (MN) assays...
April 11, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456436/centrally-located-glp-1-receptors-modulate-gastric-slow-waves-and-cardiovascular-function-in-ferrets-consistent-with-the-induction-of-nausea
#19
Zengbing Lu, Chi-Kong Yeung, Ge Lin, David T W Yew, P L R Andrews, John A Rudd
Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists are indicated for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes and obesity, but can cause nausea and emesis in some patients. GLP-1 receptors are distributed widely in the brain, where they contribute to mechanisms of emesis, reduced appetite and aversion, but it is not known if these centrally located receptors also contribute to a modulation of gastric slow wave activity, which is linked causally to nausea. Our aim was to investigate the potential of the GLP-1 receptor agonist, exendin-4, administered into the 3rd ventricle to modulate emesis, feeding and gastric slow wave activity...
April 21, 2017: Neuropeptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445778/the-impact-of-bilateral-vagotomy-on-the-physostigmine-induced-airway-constriction-in-ferrets
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Burim Neziri, Armond Daci, Shaip Krasniqi, Ramadan Sopi, Musa A Haxhiu
Vagal innervations have a great role in the respiratory function and are the main route of signal transmission from respiratory neural centers into the trachea and others conducting airways. We have investigated the role of central mechanisms related to vagal neural pathways and the cholinergic outflow in tracheobronchial smooth muscle tone and lung mechanics parameters. Parameters of lung mechanics such as lung resistance (RL), dynamic compliance (Cdyn) and pressure in bypassed tracheal segment (Ptseg) were measured before and after vagotomy and asphyxia test...
April 23, 2017: Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
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