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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054116/t-cell-epitope-content-comparison-epicc-of-swine-h1-influenza-a-virus-hemagglutinin
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Andres H Gutiérrez, Vicki Rapp-Gabrielson, Frances E Terry, Crystal Loving, Leonard Moise, William D Martin, Anne S De Groot
BACKGROUND: Predicting vaccine efficacy against emerging pathogen strains is a significant problem in human and animal vaccine design. T cell epitope cross-conservation may play an important role in cross-strain vaccine efficacy. While influenza A virus (IAV) hemagglutination inhibition (HI) antibody titers are widely used to predict protective efficacy of one IAV vaccine against new strains, no similar correlate of protection has been identified for T cell epitopes. OBJECTIVE: We developed a computational method (EpiCC) that facilitates pairwise comparison of protein sequences based on an immunological property - T cell epitope content - rather than sequence identity, and evaluated its ability to classify swine IAV strain relatedness to estimate cross-protective potential of a vaccine strain for circulating viruses...
October 20, 2017: Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054075/evaluation-of-immunological-markers-of-ovine-vaginal-irritation-implications-for-preclinical-assessment-of-non-vaccine-hiv-preventive-agents
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Gregg N Milligan, Gracie Vargas, Kathleen L Vincent, Yong Zhu, Nigel Bourne, Massoud Motamedi
The presence of genital inflammatory responses and a compromised vaginal epithelial barrier have been linked to an increased risk of HIV acquisition. It is important to assure that application of candidate microbicides designed to limit HIV transmission will not cause these adverse events. We previously developed high resolution in vivo imaging methodologies in sheep to assess epithelial integrity following vaginal application of a model microbicide, however characterization of genital inflammation in sheep has not been previously possible...
October 13, 2017: Journal of Reproductive Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053782/seizure-onset-zone-localization-using-postictal-hypoperfusion-detected-by-arterial-spin-labelling-mri
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Ismael Gaxiola-Valdez, Shaily Singh, Tefani Perera, Sherry Sandy, Emmy Li, Paolo Federico
Neurological dysfunction following epileptic seizures is a well-recognized phenomenon. Several potential mechanisms have been suggested to explain postictal dysfunction, with alteration in cerebral blood flow being one possibility. These vascular disturbances may be long lasting and localized to brain areas involved in seizure generation and propagation, as supported by both animal and human studies. Therefore, measuring perfusion changes in the postictal period may help localize the seizure onset zone. Arterial spin labelling is a non-invasive, rapid and reproducible magnetic resonance imaging technique that measures cerebral perfusion...
September 28, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053743/in-vitro-modeling-of-experimental-succinic-semialdehyde-dehydrogenase-deficiency-ssadhd-using-brain-derived-neural-stem-cells
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Kara R Vogel, Garrett R Ainslie, Erwin E Jansen, Gajja S Salomons, Jean-Baptiste Roullet, K Michael Gibson
We explored the utility of neural stem cells (NSCs) as an in vitro model for evaluating preclinical therapeutics in succinic semialdehyde dehydrogenase-deficient (SSADHD) mice. NSCs were obtained from aldh5a1+/+ and aldh5a1-/- mice (aldh5a1 = aldehyde dehydrogenase 5a1 = SSADH). Multiple parameters were evaluated including: (1) production of GHB (γ-hydroxybutyrate), the biochemical hallmark of SSADHD; (2) rescue from cell death with the dual mTOR (mechanistic target of rapamycin) inhibitor, XL-765, an agent previously shown to rescue aldh5a1-/- mice from premature lethality; (3) mitochondrial number, total reactive oxygen species, and mitochondrial superoxide production, all previously documented as abnormal in aldh5a1-/- mice; (4) total ATP levels and ATP consumption; and (5) selected gene expression profiles associated with epilepsy, a prominent feature in both experimental and human SSADHD...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053693/in-vivo-tracking-of-human-adipose-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-a-rat-knee-osteoarthritis-model-with-fluorescent-lipophilic-membrane-dye
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Meng Li, Ming Hao, Dong Jiang, Yanxi Chen, Wen Wang
In order to support the clinical application of human adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cell (haMSC) therapy for knee osteoarthritis (KOA), we examined the efficacy of cell persistence and biodistribution of haMSCs in animal models. We demonstrated a method to label the cell membrane of haMSCs with lipophilic fluorescent dye. Subsequently, intra-articular injection of the labeled cells in rats with surgically induced KOA was monitored dynamically by an in vivo imaging system. We employed the lipophilic carbocyanines DiD (DilC18 (5)), a far-red fluorescent Dil (dialkylcarbocyanines) analog, which utilized a red laser to avoid excitation of the natural green autofluorescence from surrounding tissues...
October 8, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053679/measuring-the-effect-of-chemicals-on-the-growth-and-reproduction-of-caenorhabditis-elegans
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So Young Lee, Kyungsu Kang
Toxicological evaluation is crucial for understanding the effects of chemicals on living organisms in basic and applied biological science fields. A non-mammalian soil round worm, Caenorhabditis elegans, is a valuable model organism for toxicology studies due to its convenience and lack of animal ethics issues compared with mammalian animal systems. In this protocol, a detailed procedure of toxicological evaluation of chemicals in C. elegans is described. A clinical anticancer drug, etoposide, which targets human topoisomerase II and inhibits DNA replication of human cancer cells, was selected as a model testing chemical...
October 5, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053673/a-chronic-cardiac-ischemia-model-in-swine-using-an-ameroid-constrictor
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Karen J Keeran, Kenneth R Jeffries, Arthur D Zetts, Joni Taylor, Shawn Kozlov, Timothy J Hunt
Cardiovascular disease remains the number one cause of mortality in the United States. There are numerous approaches to treating these diseases, but regardless of the approach, an in vivo model is needed to test each treatment. The pig is one of the most used large animal models for cardiovascular disease. Its heart is very similar in anatomy and function to that of a human. The ameroid placement technique creates an ischemic area of the heart, which has many useful applications in studying myocardial infarction...
October 9, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053424/l-carnitine-and-potential-protective-effects-against%C3%A2-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-noncardiac-organs-from-experimental-data-to-potential-clinical-applications
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Azadeh Moghaddas, Simin Dashti-Khavidaki
The mechanism of ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury is complex and multifactorial. In this condition, systemic event results in morbidity and mortality in several pathologies, including myocardial infarction, ischemic stroke, acute kidney injury, trauma, and circulatory arrest. Hypoxia over ischemia phase leads to energy imbalance and changes of cellular homeostasis and functional or structural alterations. In addition, during the reperfusion period, some events, including calcium influx, release of intracellular enzymes, and cell membrane integrity breakdown, cause cell death...
October 20, 2017: Journal of Dietary Supplements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053032/a-mouse-model-of-subcortical-vascular-dementia-reflecting-degeneration-of-cerebral-white-matter-and-microcirculation
#9
Eek-Sung Lee, Jin-Hui Yoon, Jiye Choi, Faris R Andika, Taekwan Lee, Yong Jeong
Subcortical vascular dementia(SVaD) is associated with white matter damage, lacunar infarction, and degeneration of cerebral microcirculation. Currently available mouse models can mimic only partial aspects of human SVaD features. Here, we combined bilateral common carotid artery stenosis (BCAS) with a hyperlipidaemia model in order to develop a mouse model of SVaD; 10- to 12-week-old apolipoprotein E (ApoE)-deficient or wild-type C57BL/6J mice were subjected to sham operation or chronic cerebral hypoperfusion with BCAS using micro-coils...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052939/qtl-mapping-and-analysis-of-heritable-variation-in-affiliative-social-behavior-and-related-traits
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Allison T Knoll, Kevin Jiang, Pat Levitt
Humans exhibit broad heterogeneity in affiliative social behavior. Twin and family studies demonstrate that individual differences in core dimensions of social behavior are heritable, yet there are knowledge gaps in understanding the underlying genetic and neurobiological mechanisms. Animal genetic reference panels (GRPs) provide a tractable strategy for examining the behavioral and genetic architecture of complex traits. Here, using males from 50 mouse strains from the BXD GRP, four domains of affiliative social behavior-social approach, social recognition, direct social interaction (partner sniffing), and vocal communication-were examined in two widely used behavioral tasks-the 3-chamber and direct social interaction tasks...
October 20, 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052843/animal-models-in-translational-research-rosetta-stone-or-stumbling-block
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REVIEW
Jessica A Bolker
Leading animal models are powerful tools for translational research, but they also present obstacles. Poorly conducted preclinical research in animals is a common cause of translational failure, but even when such research is well-designed and carefully executed, challenges remain. In particular, dominant models may bias research directions, elide essential aspects of human disease, omit important context, or subtly shift research targets. Recognizing these stumbling blocks can help us find ways to avoid them: employing a wider range of models, incorporating more realistic environmental conditions, better aligning studies between animals and patients, and focusing on human biology and therapeutic goals...
October 20, 2017: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052615/effects-of-alcohol-abuse-on-proliferating-cells-stem-progenitor-cells-and-immature-neurons-in-the-adult-human-hippocampus
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Tara Wardi Le Maître, Gopalakrishnan Dhanabalan, Nenad Bogdanovic, Kanar Alkass, Henrik Druid
In animal studies, impaired adult hippocampal neurogenesis is associated with behavioral pathologies including addiction to alcohol. We hypothesize that alcohol abuse may have a detrimental effect on the neurogenic pool of the dentate gyrus in the human hippocampus. In this study we investigate whether alcohol abuse affects the number of proliferating cells, stem/progenitor cells and immature neurons in samples from postmortem human hippocampus. The specimens were isolated from deceased donors with an on-going alcohol abuse, and from controls with no alcohol overconsumption...
October 20, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052327/crispr-is-knocking-on-barn-door
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REVIEW
I Lamas-Toranzo, J Guerrero-Sánchez, H Miralles-Bover, G Alegre-Cid, E Pericuesta, P Bermejo-Álvarez
Genome modification at specific loci in livestock species was only achievable by performing homologous recombination in somatic cells followed by somatic cell nuclear transfer. The difficulty and inefficiency of this method have slowed down the multiple applications of genome modification in farm animals. The discovery of site-specific endonucleases has provided a different and more direct route for targeted mutagenesis, as these enzymes allow the ablation (KO) or insertion (KI) of specific genomic sequences on a single step, directly applied to zygotes...
October 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052278/carnosine-and-n-acetyl-cysteine-protect-against-sodium-nitrite-induced-oxidative-stress-in-rat-blood
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Fariheen Aisha Ansari, Riaz Mahmood
Sodium nitrite (NaNO2 ) is widely used in the food industry as a preservative and colorant in meat and fish products. Industrialization and improper agricultural practices have greatly increased human exposure to high nitrite levels, mainly through contaminated drinking water, causing various health disorders. We have investigated the protective effect of carnosine (CAR) and N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) on NaNO2 -induced toxicity in rat blood. CAR is a bioactive dipeptide found in mammalian muscle while NAC is a synthetic sulfhydryl amino acid and an important precursor of glutathione...
October 20, 2017: Cell Biology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052181/probiotic-strains-and-mechanistic-insights-for-the-treatment-of-type-2-diabetes
#15
REVIEW
Christiane S Hampe, Christian L Roth
INTRODUCTION: The intestinal microbial composition appears to differ between healthy controls and individuals with Type 2 diabetes (T2D). This observation has led to the hypothesis that perturbations of the intestinal microbiota may contribute to the development of T2D. Manipulations of the intestinal microbiota may therefore provide a novel approach in the prevention and treatment of T2D. Indeed, fecal transplants have shown promising results in both animal models for obesity and T2D and in human clinical trials...
October 19, 2017: Endocrine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052141/murine-gammaherpesvirus-68-a-small-animal-model-for-gammaherpesvirus-associated-diseases
#16
Sihan Dong, J Craig Forrest, Xiaozhen Liang
Murine gammaherpesvirus 68 (MHV68) is a naturally occurring pathogen of murid rodents that is genetically related to the human gammaherpesviruses Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV). Viral, immunologic, and disease parameters following experimental infection of laboratory mice with MHV68 closely resemble what occurs during primary EBV infection of humans, which suggests that MHV68 infection of mice offers a small animal model to study in general the pathogenesis of gammaherpesvirus infections...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051764/polyfunctional-cd4-t-cells-as-targets-for-tuberculosis-vaccination
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REVIEW
Deborah A Lewinsohn, David M Lewinsohn, Thomas J Scriba
Tuberculosis (TB), caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), remains a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, despite the widespread use of the only licensed vaccine, Bacille Calmette Guerin (BCG). Eradication of TB will require a more effective vaccine, yet evaluation of new vaccine candidates is hampered by lack of defined correlates of protection. Animal and human studies of intracellular pathogens have extensively evaluated polyfunctional CD4(+) T cells producing multiple pro-inflammatory cytokines (IFN-γ, TNF-α, and IL-2) as a possible correlate of protection from infection and disease...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051620/antimicrobial-peptide-loaded-gold-nanoparticle-dna-aptamer-conjugates-as-highly-effective-antibacterial-therapeutics-against-vibrio-vulnificus
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Boeun Lee, Jonggwan Park, Minkyung Ryu, Soochan Kim, Minju Joo, Ji-Hyun Yeom, Suk Kim, Yoonkyung Park, Kangseok Lee, Jeehyeon Bae
Vibrio vulnificus causes fatal infections in humans, and antibiotics are commonly used in treatment regimens against V. vulnificus infection. However, the therapeutic effects of antibiotics are limited by multidrug resistance. In this study, we demonstrated that an antimicrobial peptide (AMP), HPA3P(His), loaded onto a gold nanoparticle-DNA aptamer (AuNP-Apt) conjugate (AuNP-Apt-HPA3P(His)) is an effective therapeutic tool against V. vulnificus infection in vivo in mice. HPA3P(His) induced bacterial cell death through the disruption of membrane integrity of V...
October 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051603/quantitative-assessment-of-the-blood-brain-barrier-opening-caused-by-streptococcus-agalactiae-hyaluronidase-in-a-balb-c-mouse-model
#19
Su Luo, Qing Cao, Ke Ma, Zhaofei Wang, Guangjin Liu, Chengping Lu, Yongjie Liu
Streptococcus agalactiae is a pathogen causing meningitis in animals and humans. However, little is known about the entry of S. agalactiae into brain tissue. In this study, we developed a BALB/c mouse model based on the intravenous injection of β-galactosidase-positive Escherichia coli M5 as an indicator of blood-brain barrier (BBB) opening. Under physiological conditions, the BBB is impermeable to E. coli M5. In pathological conditions caused by S. agalactiae, E. coli M5 is capable of penetrating the brain through a disrupted BBB...
October 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051517/human-attention-affects-facial-expressions-in-domestic-dogs
#20
Juliane Kaminski, Jennifer Hynds, Paul Morris, Bridget M Waller
Most mammalian species produce facial expressions. Historically, animal facial expressions have been considered inflexible and involuntary displays of emotional states rather than active attempts to communicate with others. In the current study, we aimed to test whether domestic dog facial expressions are subject to audience effects and/ or changes in response to an arousing stimulus (e.g. food) alone. We presented dogs with an experimental situation in which a human demonstrator was either attending to them or turned away, and varied whether she presented food or not...
October 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
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