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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102835/spinal-cord-regeneration-in-xenopus-laevis
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Gabriela Edwards-Faret, Rosana Muñoz, Emilio E Méndez-Olivos, Dasfne Lee-Liu, Victor S Tapia, Juan Larraín
Here we present a protocol for the husbandry of Xenopus laevis tadpoles and froglets, and procedures to study spinal cord regeneration. This includes methods to induce spinal cord injury (SCI); DNA and morpholino electroporation for genetic studies; in vivo imaging for cell analysis; a swimming test to measure functional recovery; and a convenient model for screening for new compounds that promote neural regeneration. These protocols establish X. laevis as a unique model organism for understanding spinal cord regeneration by comparing regenerative and nonregenerative stages...
February 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102110/evaluation-of-the-antidepressant-and-anxiolytic-like-effects-of-a-hydrophilic-extract-from-the-green-seaweed-ulva-sp-in-rats
#2
Nicolas Violle, Pascale Rozan, Hervé Demais, Pi Nyvall Collen, Jean-François Bisson
OBJECTIVES: The green seaweed Ulva sp. contains a large amount of ulvans, a family of sulphated polysaccharides. The present study was designed to investigate in rats the antidepressant- and anxiolytic-like effects of a hydrophilic extract of Ulva sp. (MSP) containing about 45% of ulvans. METHODS: After a 14-day administration of MSP at doses of 10, 20 and 40 mg/kg/day, 48 and 60 male adult Wistar rats were respectively tested in the elevated plus-maze (EPM) and the forced swimming test (FST)...
January 19, 2017: Nutritional Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100802/hydrodynamic-detection-and-localization-of-artificial-flatfish-breathing-currents-by-harbour-seals-phoca-vitulina
#3
Benedikt Niesterok, Yvonne Krüger, Sven Wieskotten, Guido Dehnhardt, Wolf Hanke
Harbour seals are known to be opportunistic feeders, whose diet consists mainly of pelagic and benthic fish, such as flatfish. As flatfish are often cryptic and do not produce noise, we hypothesized that harbour seals are able to detect and localize flatfish using their hydrodynamic sensory system (vibrissae), as fish emit water currents through their gill openings (breathing currents). To test this hypothesis, we created an experimental platform where an artificial breathing current was emitted through one of eight different openings...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100475/effects-of-obesity-and-exercise-on-testicular-leptin-signal-transduction-and-testosterone-biosynthesis-in-male-mice
#4
Xuejie Yi, Haining Gao, Dequan Chen, Donghui Tang, Wanting Huang, Tao Li, Tie Ma, Bo Chang
To explore the role of the testicular leptin and JAK-STAT(LEP-JAK-STAT) pathway in testosterone biosynthesis during juvenile stages and exercise for weight loss, male C57BL/6J mice were randomly divided into normal-diet (ND) and high-fat diet (HFD) groups. After 10 weeks, mice in the HFD group were further divided randomly into obese control (OC), obese moderate-volume exercise (OME), and obese high-volume exercise (OHE) groups. Mice in the OME group were provided with 2 h/day, 6 days/week swimming exercise for 8 weeks and mice in the OHE group underwent twice the amount of daily exercise intervention as the OME group...
January 18, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100305/environment-directed-activation-the-escherichia-coli-flhdc-operon-by-transposons
#5
Zhongge Zhang, Chika Kukita, Mir Zafri Humayun, Milton H Saier
The flagellar system in E. coli K12 is expressed under the control of the flhDC-encoded master regulator, FlhDC. Transposition of insertion sequence (IS) elements to the upstream flhDC promoter region up-regulates transcription of this operon, resulting in more rapid motility. Wang and Wood (2011) provided evidence that insertion of IS5 into upstream activating sites occurs at higher rates in semisolid agar media in which swarming behavior is allowed as compared with liquid or solid media where swarming cannot occur...
January 17, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099583/swimming-training-prevents-coronary-endothelial-dysfunction-in-ovariectomized-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
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E R G Claudio, S A Almeida, V Mengal, G A Brasil, C H Santuzzi, R V Tiradentes, S A Gouvea, N S Bissoli, R L Santos, G R Abreu
Estrogen deficiency and hypertension are considered major risk factors for the development of coronary heart disease. On the other hand, exercise training is considered an effective form to prevent and treat cardiovascular diseases. However, the effects of swimming training (SW) on coronary vascular reactivity in female ovariectomized hypertensive rats are not known. We aimed to evaluate the effects of SW on endothelium-dependent coronary vasodilation in ovariectomized hypertensive rats. Three-month old spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR, n=50) were divided into four groups: sham (SH), sham plus swimming training (SSW), ovariectomized (OVX), and ovariectomized plus swimming training (OSW)...
January 16, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099507/correlations-of-behavioral-deficits-with-brain-pathology-assessed-through-longitudinal-mri-and-histopathology-in-the-hdhq150-q150-mouse-model-of-huntington-s-disease
#7
Ivan Rattray, Edward J Smith, William R Crum, Thomas A Walker, Richard Gale, Gillian P Bates, Michel Modo
A variety of mouse models have been developed that express mutant huntingtin (mHTT) leading to aggregates and inclusions that model the molecular pathology observed in Huntington's disease. Here we show that although homozygous HdhQ150 knock-in mice developed motor impairments (rotarod, locomotor activity, grip strength) by 36 weeks of age, cognitive dysfunction (swimming T maze, fear conditioning, odor discrimination, social interaction) was not evident by 94 weeks. Concomitant to behavioral assessments, T2-weighted MRI volume measurements indicated a slower striatal growth with a significant difference between wild type (WT) and HdhQ150 mice being present even at 15 weeks...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099477/chronic-maternal-low-protein-diet-in-mice-affects-anxiety-night-time-energy-expenditure-and-sleep-patterns-but-not-circadian-rhythm-in-male-offspring
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Randy F Crossland, Alfred Balasa, Rajesh Ramakrishnan, Sangeetha K Mahadevan, Marta L Fiorotto, Ignatia B Van den Veyver
Offspring of murine dams chronically fed a protein-restricted diet have an increased risk for metabolic and neurobehavioral disorders. Previously we showed that adult offspring, developmentally exposed to a chronic maternal low-protein (MLP) diet, had lower body and hind-leg muscle weights and decreased liver enzyme serum levels. We conducted energy expenditure, neurobehavioral and circadian rhythm assays in male offspring to examine mechanisms for the body-weight phenotype and assess neurodevelopmental implications of MLP exposure...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099463/the-differential-effects-of-anesthetics-on-bacterial-behaviors
#9
Matthew Chamberlain, Sophia Koutsogiannaki, Matthew Schaefers, Hasan Babazada, Renyu Liu, Koichi Yuki
Volatile anesthetics have been in clinical use for a long period of time and are considered to be promiscuous by presumably interacting with several ion channels in the central nervous system to produce anesthesia. Because ion channels and their existing evolutionary analogues, ion transporters, are very important in various organisms, it is possible that volatile anesthetics may affect some bacteria. In this study, we hypothesized that volatile anesthetics could affect bacterial behaviors. We evaluated the impact of anesthetics on bacterial growth, motility (swimming and gliding) and biofilm formation of four common bacterial pathogens in vitro...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098559/lattice-boltzmann-simulations-of-the-bead-spring-microswimmer-with-a-responsive-stroke-from-an-individual-to-swarms
#10
Kristina Pickl, Jayant Pande, Harald Köstler, Ulrich Rüde, Ana-Suncana Smith
Propulsion at low Reynolds numbers is often studied by defining artificial microswimmers which exhibit a particular stroke. The disadvantage of such an approach is that the stroke does not adjust to the environment, in particular the fluid flow, which can diminish the effect of hydrodynamic interactions. To overcome this limitation, we simulate a microswimmer consisting of three beads connected by springs and dampers, using the self-developed waLBerla and <i>pe</i> framework based on the lattice Boltzmann method and the discrete element method...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098557/length-dependent-flagellar-growth-of-vibrio-alginolyticus-revealed-by-real-time-fluorescent-imaging
#11
Meiting Chen, Ziyi Zhao, Jin Yang, Kai Peng, Matthew A B Baker, Fan Bai, Chien-Jung Lo
Bacterial flagella are extracellular filaments that drive swimming in bacteria. During its assembly, flagellins are transported unfolded through the central channel in the flagellum to the growing tip. Here we applied in vivo fluorescent imaging to monitor in real time the Vibrio alginolyticus polar flagella growth. The flagellar growth rate is found to be highly length-dependent. Initially, the flagellum grows at a constant rate (50nm/min) when shorter than 1500nm. The growth rate decays sharply when the flagellum grows longer...
January 18, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098324/ionic-screening-and-dissociation-are-crucial-for-understanding-chemical-self-propulsion-in-polar-solvents
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Aidan T Brown, Wilson C K Poon, Christian Holm, Joost de Graaf
Polar solvents like water support the bulk dissociation of themselves and their solutes into ions, and the re-association of these ions into neutral molecules in a dynamic equilibrium, e.g., H2O2 ⇌ H(+) + HO2(-). Using continuum theory, we study the influence of these association-dissociation reactions on the self-propulsion of colloids driven by surface chemical reactions (chemical swimmers). We find that association-dissociation reactions should have a strong influence on swimmers' behaviour, and therefore should be included in future modelling...
January 18, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097495/the-expression-of-hypoxia-inducible-factor-1%C3%AE-gene-is-not-affected-by-low-oxygen-conditions-in-yellow-perch-perca-flavescens-juveniles
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Karolina Kwasek, Simona Rimoldi, Anna Giulia Cattaneo, Timothy Parker, Konrad Dabrowski, Genciana Terova
Hypoxia can affect various fish populations, including yellow perch Perca flavescens, which is an economically and ecologically important species in Lake Erie, a freshwater system that often experiences hypoxia in the hypolimnetic part of the lake. Fish, similarly to mammals, possess molecular oxygen sensor-hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1), a transcription factor that can affect expression of many downstream genes related to animal growth and locomotion, protein synthesis, as well as ATP and amino acid metabolism...
January 18, 2017: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097008/preclinical-findings-predicting-efficacy-and-side-effect-profile-of-ly2940094-an-antagonist-of-nociceptin-receptors
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Jeffrey M Witkin, Linda M Rorick-Kehn, Mark J Benvenga, Benjamin L Adams, Scott D Gleason, Karen M Knitowski, Xia Li, Steven Chaney, Julie F Falcone, Janice W Smith, Julie Foss, Kirsti Lloyd, John T Catlow, David L McKinzie, Kjell A Svensson, Vanessa N Barth, Miguel A Toledo, Nuria Diaz, Celia Lafuente, Alma Jiménez, Alfonso Benito, Conception Pedregal, Maria A Martínez-Grau, Anke Post, Michael A Ansonoff, John E Pintar, Michael A Statnick
Nociceptin/Orphanin FQ (N/OFQ) is a 17 amino acid peptide whose receptor is designated ORL1 or nociceptin receptor (NOP). We utilized a potent, selective, and orally bioavailable antagonist with documented engagement with NOP receptors in vivo to assess antidepressant- and anxiolytic-related pharmacological effects of NOP receptor blockade along with measures of cognitive and motor impingement. LY2940094 ([2-[4-[(2-chloro-4,4-difluoro-spiro[5H-thieno[2,3-c]pyran-7,4'-piperidine]-1'-yl)methyl]-3-methyl-pyrazol-1-yl]-3-pyridyl]methanol) displayed antidepressant-like behavioral effects in the forced-swim test in mice, an effect absent in NOP (-/-) mice...
December 2016: Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094810/aberrant-development-of-intrinsic-brain-activity-in-a-rat-model-of-caregiver-maltreatment-of-offspring
#15
C-G Yan, M Rincón-Cortés, C Raineki, E Sarro, S Colcombe, D N Guilfoyle, Z Yang, S Gerum, B B Biswal, M P Milham, R M Sullivan, F X Castellanos
Caregiver maltreatment induces vulnerability to later-life psychopathology. Clinical and preclinical evidence suggest changes in prefrontal and limbic circuitry underlie this susceptibility. We examined this question using a rat model of maternal maltreatment and methods translated from humans, resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (R-fMRI). Rat pups were reared by mothers provided with insufficient or abundant bedding for nest building from postnatal (PN) days 8 to 12 and underwent behavioral assessments of affect-related behaviors (forced swim, sucrose preference and social interaction) in adolescence (PN45) and early adulthood (PN60)...
January 17, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094616/racket-sports-stave-off-death-better-than-swimming-or-aerobics
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Racket sports, swimming and aerobics are associated with the best chance of staving off death, new study results suggest.
January 4, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094327/rapid-adaptation-drives-invasion-of-airway-donor-microbiota-by-pseudomonas-after-lung-transplantation
#17
M Beaume, T Köhler, G Greub, O Manuel, J-D Aubert, L Baerlocher, L Farinelli, A Buckling, C van Delden
In cystic fibrosis (CF) patients, chronic airway infection by Pseudomonas leads to progressive lung destruction ultimately requiring lung transplantation (LT). Following LT, CF-adapted Pseudomonas strains, potentially originating from the sinuses, may seed the allograft leading to infections and reduced allograft survival. We investigated whether CF-adapted Pseudomonas populations invade the donor microbiota and adapt to the non-CF allograft. We collected sequential Pseudomonas isolates and airway samples from a CF-lung transplant recipient during two years, and followed the dynamics of the microbiota and Pseudomonas populations...
January 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094283/adolescent-chronic-stress-and-adult-anxiety-adolescent-chronic-unpredictable-stress-exposure-is-a-sensitive-window-for-long-term-changes-in-adult-behavior-in-mice
#18
Nicole L Yohn, Julie A Blendy
Adolescence is a time period in development when the brain undergoes substantial remodeling in response to the environment. To determine if a stressful experience during adolescence affects adult behavior, we exposed adolescent male and female C57BL/6J mice to chronic unpredictable stress (CUS) for 12 days starting at post-natal day 28 (PND28). We also exposed adult male and female mice to CUS for 12 days beginning at PND70 to determine if adolescence is a sensitive time period when stress can have long-lasting effects on behavior...
January 17, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094239/performance-variation-due-to-stiffness-in-a-tuna-inspired-flexible-foil-model
#19
Mariel-Luisa N Rosic, Patrick J M Thornycroft, Kara L Feilich, Kelsey N Lucas, George V Lauder
Tuna are fast, economical swimmers in part due to their stiff, high aspect ratio caudal fins and streamlined bodies. Previous studies using passive caudal fin models have suggested that while high aspect ratio tail shapes such as a tuna's generally perform well, tail performance cannot be determined from shape alone. In this study, we analyzed the swimming performance of tuna-tail-shaped hydrofoils of a wide range of stiffnesses, heave amplitudes, and frequencies to determine how stiffness and kinematics affect multiple swimming performance parameters for a single foil shape...
January 17, 2017: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093608/spatiotemporal-drivers-of-energy-expenditure-in-a-coastal-marine-fish
#20
Jacob W Brownscombe, Steven J Cooke, Andy J Danylchuk
Animal behavior and energy expenditure often vary significantly across the landscape, and quantifying energy expenditure over space and time provides mechanistic insight into ecological dynamics. Yet, spatiotemporal variability in energy expenditure has rarely been explored in fully aquatic species such as fish. Our objective was to quantify spatially explicit energy expenditure for a tropical marine teleost fish, bonefish (Albula vulpes), to examine how bonefish energetics vary across landscape features and temporal factors...
January 16, 2017: Oecologia
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