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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908639/animal-models-of-respiratory-syncytial-virus-infection
#1
Geraldine Taylor
Human respiratory syncytial virus (hRSV) is a major cause of respiratory disease and hospitalisation of infants, worldwide, and is also responsible for significant morbidity in adults and excess deaths in the elderly. There is no licensed hRSV vaccine or effective therapeutic agent. However, there are a growing number of hRSV vaccine candidates that have been developed targeting different populations at risk of hRSV infection. Animal models of hRSV play an important role in the preclinical testing of hRSV vaccine candidates and although many have shown efficacy in preclinical studies, few have progressed to clinical trials or they have had only limited success...
November 29, 2016: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893810/antiviral-efficacy-of-verdinexor-in-vivo-in-two-animal-models-of-influenza-a-virus-infection
#2
Olivia Perwitasari, Scott Johnson, Xiuzhen Yan, Emery Register, Jackelyn Crabtree, Jon Gabbard, Elizabeth Howerth, Sharon Shacham, Robert Carlson, Sharon Tamir, Ralph A Tripp
Influenza A virus (IAV) causes seasonal epidemics of respiratory illness that can cause mild to severe illness and potentially death. Antiviral drugs are an important countermeasure against IAV; however, drug resistance has developed, thus new therapeutic approaches are being sought. Previously, we demonstrated the antiviral activity of a novel nuclear export inhibitor drug, verdinexor, to reduce influenza replication in vitro and pulmonary virus burden in mice. In this study, in vivo efficacy of verdinexor was further evaluated in two animal models or influenza virus infection, mice and ferrets...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892925/a-mouse-model-for-mers-coronavirus-induced-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome
#3
Adam S Cockrell, Boyd L Yount, Trevor Scobey, Kara Jensen, Madeline Douglas, Anne Beall, Xian-Chun Tang, Wayne A Marasco, Mark T Heise, Ralph S Baric
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is a novel virus that emerged in 2012, causing acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), severe pneumonia-like symptoms and multi-organ failure, with a case fatality rate of ∼36%. Limited clinical studies indicate that humans infected with MERS-CoV exhibit pathology consistent with the late stages of ARDS, which is reminiscent of the disease observed in patients infected with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus. Models of MERS-CoV-induced severe respiratory disease have been difficult to achieve, and small-animal models traditionally used to investigate viral pathogenesis (mouse, hamster, guinea-pig and ferret) are naturally resistant to MERS-CoV...
November 28, 2016: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892873/evidence-of-disseminated-infection-by-mycobacterium-avium-subspecies-hominissuis-in-a-pet-ferret-mustela-putorius-furo
#4
Javier Bezos, Beatriz Álvarez-Carrión, Antonio Rodríguez-Bertos, Álvaro Fernández-Manzano, Lucía de Juan, Cristina Huguet, Víctor Briones, Beatriz Romero
The infection caused by the zoonotic opportunistic pathogen Mycobacterium avium subsp. hominissuis (Mah) was reported for the first time in a pet ferret. Both owners were HIV-positive. Euthanasia of the pet was recommended due to medical reasons and as a preventive action. Disseminated and open tuberculosis lesions were observed in the gastrointestinal and respiratory systems of the ferret. Ecographic and radiographic surveys showed a severe generalized lymphadenopathy, strong thickening of the gastric wall and peritoneum layer...
September 17, 2016: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890288/ferret-oncology-diseases-diagnostics-and-therapeutics
#5
REVIEW
Nico J Schoemaker
Neoplastic disease is common in ferrets. Approximately half of all tumors diagnosed in ferrets are located in the endocrine or hemolymphatic system. Many factors may influence the choice of treatment. Medical management of adrenal tumors has a greater disease-free period compared to adrenalectomy. In ferrets with an insulinoma, no difference is seen in the mean survival time of medically and surgically treated patients. Aside from medical and surgical treatment modalities, chemotherapy and radiation therapy have also been described in ferrets in other types of tumors...
January 2017: Veterinary Clinics of North America. Exotic Animal Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888071/cell-type-specific-expression-of-foxp2-in-the-ferret-and-mouse-retina
#6
Chihiro Sato, Lena Iwai-Takekoshi, Yoshie Ichikawa, Hiroshi Kawasaki
Although the anatomical and physiological properties of subtypes of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) have been extensively investigated, their molecular properties are still unclear. Here, we examined the expression patterns of FoxP2 in the retina of ferrets and mice. We found that FoxP2 was expressed in small subsets of neurons in the adult ferret retina. FoxP2-positive neurons in the ganglion cell layer were divided into two groups. Large FoxP2-positive neurons expressed Brn3a and were retrogradely labeled with cholera toxin subunit B injected into the optic nerve, indicating that they are RGCs...
November 22, 2016: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885606/using-galleria-mellonella-as-an-infection-model-for-campylobacter-jejuni-pathogenesis
#7
Momen Askoura, Alain Stintzi
Nonmammalian model systems of infection have been employed recently to study bacterial virulence. For instance, Galleria mellonella (the greater wax moth) has been shown to be susceptible to infection by many bacterial pathogens including the enteric pathogen Campylobacter jejuni. In contrast to the traditional animal models for C. jejuni such as the chick colonization model and ferret diarrheal model, the Galleria mellonella infection model has the advantages of lower cost, ease of use and no animal breeding is required...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884756/repeated-unpredictable-threats-without-harm-impair-spatial-working-memory-in-the-barnes-maze
#8
Diane J Kim, Nathan St Louis, Ralph A Molaro, Glenn T Hudson, Robert C Chorley, Brenda J Anderson
Psychological stressors elicit the anticipation of homeostatic challenge, whereas physical stressors are direct threats to homeostasis. Many rodent models of stress include both types of stressors, yet deficits, like those reported for working memory, are often attributed to psychological stress. To empirically test whether intermittent psychological stressors, such as repeated threats, are solely sufficient to impair spatial working memory, we developed a novel rodent model of stress that is restricted to the anticipation of threat, and free of direct physical challenge...
November 21, 2016: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862396/research-on-reproduction-is-essential-for-captive-breeding-of-endangered-carnivore-species
#9
K Jewgenow, B C Braun, M Dehnhard, J Zahmel, F Goeritz
Assisted reproductive technology (ART) has great potential for conservation, but its successful application in captive breeding programmes of endangered species is often compromised by limited background on species' biology. Although carnivore species benefit from knowledge obtained in domesticated species (dogs, cats and ferrets), the focus of research is different. In pet animals, research in reproduction has mainly been focused on ovarian function and contraception, although substantial progress has also been made in the field of in vitro embryo production, transgenic embryos and cloning to aid relevant medical models...
November 15, 2016: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27847354/an-amino-acid-in-the-stalk-domain-of-n1-neuraminidase-is-critical-for-enzymatic-activity
#10
Mark Zanin, Susu Duan, Sook-San Wong, Gyanendra Kumar, Pradyumna Baviskar, Emily Collin, Charles Russell, Subrata Barman, Benjamin Hause, Richard Webby
: Neuraminidase (NA) is a sialidase expressed on the surface of influenza A viruses that releases progeny viruses from the surface of infected cells and prevents viruses becoming trapped in mucus. It is a homo-tetramer with each monomer consisting of a transmembrane region, a stalk and a globular head with sialidase activity. We recently characterized two swine viruses of the pandemic H1N1 lineage; A/swine/Virginia/1814-1/2012 (pH1N1low-1) and A/swine/Virginia/1814-2/2012 (pH1N1low-2) with almost undetectable NA enzymatic activity compared to the highly homologous A/swine/Pennsylvania/2436/2012 (pH1N1-1) and A/swine/Minnesota/2499/2012 (pH1N1-2) viruses...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27825367/involvement-of-the-different-lung-compartments-in-the-pathogenesis-of-ph1n1-influenza-virus-infection-in-ferrets
#11
Beatriz Vidaña, Jorge Martínez, Jaime Martorell, María Montoya, Lorena Córdoba, Mónica Pérez, Natàlia Majó
Severe cases after pH1N1 infection are consequence of interstitial pneumonia triggered by alveolar viral replication and an exacerbated host immune response, characterized by the up-regulation of pro-inflammatory cytokines and the influx of inflammatory leukocytes to the lungs. Different lung cell populations have been suggested as culprits in the unregulated innate immune responses observed in these cases. This study aims to clarify this question by studying the different induction of innate immune molecules by the distinct lung anatomic compartments (vascular, alveolar and bronchiolar) of ferrets intratracheally infected with a human pH1N1 viral isolate, by means of laser microdissection techniques...
November 8, 2016: Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27807224/amino-acids-in-hemagglutinin-antigenic-site-b-determine-antigenic-and-receptor-binding-differences-between-a-h3n2-v-and-ancestral-seasonal-h3n2-influenza-viruses
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Xiaoquan Wang, Natalia A Ilyushina, Vladimir Y Lugovtsev, Nicolai V Bovin, Laura K Couzens, Jin Gao, Raymond P Donnelly, Maryna C Eichelberger, Hongquan Wan
: Influenza A H3N2 variant [A(H3N2)v] viruses, which have caused human infections in the US in recent years, originated from human seasonal H3N2 viruses that were introduced into North American swine in the mid-1990s, but are antigenically distinct from both the ancestral and current circulating H3N2 strains. A reference A(H3N2)v virus, A/Minnesota/11/2010 (MN/10), and a seasonal H3N2 strain, A/Beijing/32/1992 (BJ/92), were chosen to determine the molecular basis for the antigenic difference between A(H3N2)v and the ancestral viruses...
November 2, 2016: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27802314/detection-prevalence-and-phylogenetic-relationships-of-demodex-spp-and-further-skin-prostigmata-mites-acari-arachnida-in-wild-and-domestic-mammals
#13
Natalia Sastre, Olga Francino, Joseph N Curti, Tiffany C Armenta, Devaughn L Fraser, Rochelle M Kelly, Erin Hunt, Katja Silbermayr, Christine Zewe, Armand Sánchez, Lluís Ferrer
This study was conceived to detect skin mites in social mammals through real-time qPCR, and to estimate taxonomic Demodex and further Prostigmata mite relationships in different host species by comparing sequences from two genes: mitochondrial 16S rRNA and nuclear 18S rRNA. We determined the mite prevalence in the hair follicles of marmots (13%) and bats (17%). The high prevalence found in marmots and bats by sampling only one site on the body may indicate that mites are common inhabitants of their skin. Since we found three different mites (Neuchelacheles sp, Myobia sp and Penthaleus sp) in three bat species (Miotis yumanensis, Miotis californicus and Corynorhinus townsendii) and two different mites (both inferred to be members of the Prostigmata order) in one marmot species (Marmota flaviventris), we tentatively concluded that these skin mites 1) cannot be assigned to the same genus based only on a common host, and 2) seem to evolve according to the specific habitat and/or specific hair and sebaceous gland of the mammalian host...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27783670/dual-microrna-screens-reveal-that-the-immune-responsive-mir-181-promotes-henipavirus-entry-and-cell-cell-fusion
#14
Chwan Hong Foo, Christina L Rootes, Karla Cowley, Glenn A Marsh, Cathryn M Gould, Celine Deffrasnes, Christopher J Cowled, Reuben Klein, Sarah J Riddell, Deborah Middleton, Kaylene J Simpson, Lin-Fa Wang, Andrew G D Bean, Cameron R Stewart
Hendra and Nipah viruses (family Paramyxoviridae, genus Henipavirus) are bat-borne viruses that cause fatal disease in humans and a range of other mammalian species. Gaining a deeper understanding of host pathways exploited by henipaviruses for infection may identify targets for new anti-viral therapies. Here we have performed genome-wide high-throughput agonist and antagonist screens at biosafety level 4 to identify host-encoded microRNAs (miRNAs) impacting henipavirus infection in human cells. Members of the miR-181 and miR-17~93 families strongly promoted Hendra virus infection...
October 2016: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27774297/driving-forces-behind-the-evolution-of-the-aleutian-mink-disease-parvovirus-in-the-context-of-intensive-farming
#15
Marta Canuti, Kimberly E O'Leary, Bruce D Hunter, Grant Spearman, Davor Ojkic, Hugh G Whitney, Andrew S Lang
Aleutian mink disease virus (AMDV) causes plasmacytosis, an immune complex-associated syndrome that affects wild and farmed mink. The virus can also infect other small mammals (e.g., ferrets, skunks, ermines, and raccoons), but the disease in these hosts has been studied less. In 2007, a mink plasmacytosis outbreak began on the Island of Newfoundland, and the virus has been endemic in farms since then. In this study, we evaluated the molecular epidemiology of AMDV in farmed and wild animals of Newfoundland since before the beginning of the outbreak and investigated the epidemic in a global context by studying AMDV worldwide, thereby examining its diffusion and phylogeography...
January 2016: Virus Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27763617/ferrets-that-help-fight-the-flu
#16
Nicole Navratil
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 20, 2016: Lab Animal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27746342/the-temporal-spatial-dynamics-of-feature-maps-during-monocular-deprivation-revealed-by-chronic-imaging-and-self-organization-model-simulation
#17
Lei Tong, Yang Xie, Hongbo Yu
Experiments on the adult visual cortex of cats, ferrets and monkeys have revealed organized spatial relationships between multiple feature maps which can also be reproduced by the Kohonen and elastic net self-organization models. However, attempts to apply these models to simulate the temporal kinetics of monocular deprivation (MD) during the critical period, and their effects on the spatial arrangement of feature maps, have led to conflicting results. In this study, we performed MD and chronic imaging in the ferret visual cortex during the critical period of ocular dominance (OD) plasticity...
December 17, 2016: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27744547/a-mixture-of-milk-and-vegetable-lipids-in-infant-formula-changes-gut-digestion-mucosal-immunity-and-microbiota-composition-in-neonatal-piglets
#18
Isabelle Le Huërou-Luron, Karima Bouzerzour, Stéphanie Ferret-Bernard, Olivia Ménard, Laurence Le Normand, Cécile Perrier, Cindy Le Bourgot, Julien Jardin, Claire Bourlieu, Thomas Carton, Pascale Le Ruyet, Isabelle Cuinet, Cécile Bonhomme, Didier Dupont
PURPOSE: Although composition of infant formula has been significantly improved during the last decade, major differences with the composition and structure of breast milk still remain and might affect nutrient digestion and gut biology. We hypothesized that the incorporation of dairy fat in infant formulas could modify their physiological impacts by making their composition closer to that of human milk. The effect of milk fat and milk fat globule membrane (MFGM) fragments in infant formulas on gut digestion, mucosal immunity and microbiota composition was evaluated...
October 15, 2016: European Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27740711/behavioural-benefits-of-multisensory-processing-in-ferrets
#19
Amy Hammond-Kenny, Victoria M Bajo, Andrew J King, Fernando R Nodal
Enhanced detection and discrimination, along with faster reaction times, are the most typical behavioural manifestations of the brain's capacity to integrate multisensory signals arising from the same object. In this study, we examined whether multisensory behavioural gains are observable across different components of the localization response that are potentially under the command of distinct brain regions. We measured the ability of ferrets to localize unisensory (auditory or visual) and spatiotemporally coincident auditory-visual stimuli of different durations that were presented from one of seven locations spanning the frontal hemifield...
October 14, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27739468/evaluation-of-the-human-adaptation-of-influenza-a-h7n9-virus-in-pb2-protein-using-human-and-swine-respiratory-tract-explant-cultures
#20
Louisa L Y Chan, Christine T H Bui, Chris K P Mok, Mandy M T Ng, John M Nicholls, J S Malik Peiris, Michael C W Chan, Renee W Y Chan
Novel avian H7N9 virus emerged in China in 2013 resulting in a case fatality rate of around 39% and continues to pose zoonotic and pandemic risk. Amino acid substitutions in PB2 protein were shown to influence the pathogenicity and transmissibility of H7N9 following experimental infection of ferrets and mice. In this study, we evaluated the role of amino acid substitution PB2-627K or compensatory changes at PB2-591K and PB2-701N, on the tropism and replication competence of H7N9 viruses for human and swine respiratory tracts using ex vivo organ explant cultures...
October 14, 2016: Scientific Reports
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