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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344355/increased-soil-nutrition-and-decreased-light-intensity-drive-species-loss-after-eight-years-grassland-enclosures
#1
Jingpeng Li, Zhirong Zheng, Hongtao Xie, Nianxi Zhao, Yubao Gao
Enclosures (fenced, grazing or clipping) within a certain period of years are the most common tools for restoration of degraded grasslands in temperate regions. Short-term enclosures can improve biodiversity and productivity by effectively relieving grazing pressure, while long-term enclosures can reduce species diversity. We therefore carried out a field experiment to investigate the specific causes of the reduced species diversity in Hulunbeier grassland of northern China. After eight years of enclosure, the significantly increased soil available nitrogen (AN) and available phosphorus (AvP) in enclosure community reduced nitrogen (N) limitation but most vegetation was still N limited...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340511/quantitative-mapping-reveals-age-and-sex-differences-in-vasopressin-but-not-oxytocin-immunoreactivity-in-the-rat-social-behavior-neural-network
#2
Brett T DiBenedictis, Elizabeth R Nussbaum, Harry K Cheung, Alexa H Veenema
The neuropeptides vasopressin (AVP) and oxytocin (OT) have been implicated in the regulation of numerous social behaviors in adult and juvenile animals. AVP and OT signaling predominantly occur within a circuit of interconnected brain regions known collectively as the "social behavior neural network" (SBNN). Importantly, AVP and OT signaling within the SBNN has been shown to differentially regulate diverse social behaviors, depending on the age and/or sex of the animal. We hypothesized that variation in the display of these behaviors is due in part to age and sex differences in AVP and OT synthesis within the SBNN...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336818/increased-exposure-to-sodium-during-pregnancy-and-lactation-changes-basal-and-induced-behavioral-and-neuroendocrine-responses-in-adult-male-offspring
#3
Marcia S Silva, Fabiana Lúcio-Oliveira, Andre Souza Mecawi, Lucas F Almeida, Silvia G Ruginsk, Michael P Greenwood, Mingkwan Greenwood, Laura Vivas, Lucila L K Elias, David Murphy, José Antunes-Rodrigues
Excessive sodium (Na(+)) intake in modern society has been associated with several chronic disorders such as hypertension. Several studies suggest that early life events can program physiological systems and lead to functional changes in adulthood. Therefore, we investigated behavioral and neuroendocrine responses under basal conditions and after 48 h of water deprivation in adult (60-day-old Wistar rats) male, Wistar rats originating from dams were offered only water or 0.15 mol/L NaCl during pregnancy and lactation...
March 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329739/peptides-derived-from-glycoproteins-h-and-b-of-herpes-simplex-virus-type-1-and-herpes-simplex-virus-type-2-are-capable-of-blocking-herpetic-infection-in-vitro
#4
Abraham Cetina-Corona, Uriel López-Sánchez, Juana Salinas-Trujano, Alfonso Méndez-Tenorio, Blanca Lilia Barrón, Jesus Torres-Flores
AIMS: The aim of this study was to design peptides derived from glycoproteins H (gH) and B (gB) of herpes simplex viruses type 1 (HSV-1) and type 2 (HSV-2) with the potential to block herpetic infection and to evaluate their ability to inhibit HSV-1 and HSV-2 infection in vitro. METHODS: A library of continuous 15-25 residue stretches (CRSs) located at the surface of gH and gB from HSV-1 and HSV-2 was created. These CRSs were analyzed, and only those that were highly flexible and rich in charged residues were selected for the design of the antiviral peptides (AVPs)...
March 23, 2017: Intervirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323954/heterogeneity-of-calcium-responses-to-secretagogues-in-corticotrophs-from-male-rats
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Nicola Romanò, Heather McClafferty, Jamie J Walker, Paul Le Tissier, Michael J Shipston
Heterogeneity in homotypic cellular responses is an important feature of many biological systems, and has been shown to be prominent in most anterior pituitary hormonal cell types. Here we analyse heterogeneity in the responses to hypothalamic secretagogues in the corticotroph cell population of adult male rats. Using the genetically-encoded calcium indicator GCaMP6s, we determined the intracellular calcium responses of these cells to CRH and AVP. Our experiments revealed marked population heterogeneity in the response to these peptides, in terms of amplitude and dynamics of the responses, as well as the sensitivity to different concentrations and duration of stimuli...
March 16, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294453/a-translational-approach-for-nmda-receptor-profiling-as-a-vulnerability-biomarker-for-depression-and-schizophrenia
#6
Handan Gunduz-Bruce, Joshua Kenney, Suravi Changlani, Aldo Peixoto, Ralitza Gueorguieva, Cheryl Leone, Nina Stachenfeld
Altered N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor activity and glutamate signaling may underlie the pathogenesis of both schizophrenia and depression in subgroups of patients. In schizophrenia, pharmacologic modeling, postmortem and imaging data suggest reduced NMDA signaling. In contrast, recent clinical trials demonstrating the efficacy of the NMDA antagonist ketamine in severely depressed patients suggest increased NMDA receptor signaling. We conducted a proof of concept study to assess whether there is any in vivo evidence for an inverse association in depression and schizophrenia with respect to the NMDA receptor function...
March 13, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290267/characterisation-of-penicillin-and-tetracycline-resistance-in-staphylococcus-aureus-isolated-from-bovine-milk-samples-in-minas-gerais-brazil
#7
Caroline L Martini, Carla C Lange, Maria Avp Brito, João B Ribeiro, Letícia C Mendonça, Eliana K Vaz
This Regional Research Communication describes the characterisation of ampicillin, penicillin and tetracycline resistance in Staphylococcus aureus isolated from bovine subclinical mastitis in Minas Gerais State, Brazil. Ninety S. aureus isolates from bovine mastitis exhibiting phenotypic resistance to ampicillin, penicillin and/or tetracycline were selected for this study. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of each antibiotic was determined using the E-Test® and the production of beta-lactamase was determined by cefinase disks...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Dairy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288570/effect-of-tolvaptan-on-renal-water-and-sodium-excretion-and-blood-pressure-during-nitric-oxide-inhibition-a-dose-response-study-in-healthy-subjects
#8
Safa Al Therwani, Jeppe Bakkestrøm Rosenbæk, Frank Holden Mose, Jesper Nørgaard Bech, Erling Bjerregaard Pedersen
BACKGROUND: Tolvaptan is a selective vasopressin receptor antagonist. Nitric Oxide (NO) promotes renal water and sodium excretion, but the effect is unknown in the nephron's principal cells. In a dose-response study, we measured the effect of tolvaptan on renal handling of water and sodium and systemic hemodynamics, during baseline and NO-inhibition with L-NMMA (L-NG-monomethyl-arginine). METHODS: In a randomized, placebo-controlled, double blind, cross over study, 15 healthy subjects received tolvaptan 15, 30 and 45 mg or placebo...
March 13, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283809/genes-related-to-oxytocin-and-arginine-vasopressin-pathways-associations-with-autism-spectrum-disorders
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Rong Zhang, Hong-Feng Zhang, Ji-Sheng Han, Song-Ping Han
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a highly heritable neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by impaired social interactions, communication deficits, and repetitive behavior. Although the mechanisms underlying its etiology and manifestations are poorly understood, several lines of evidence from rodent and human studies suggest involvement of the evolutionarily highly-conserved oxytocin (OXT) and arginine-vasopressin (AVP), as these neuropeptides modulate various aspects of mammalian social behavior. As far as we know, there is no comprehensive review of the roles of the OXT and AVP systems in the development of ASD from the genetic aspect...
April 2017: Neuroscience Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280053/copeptin-associates-with-cause-specific-mortality-in-patients-with-impaired-renal-function-results-from-the-luric-and-the-4d-study
#10
Vera Krane, Bernd Genser, Marcus E Kleber, Christiane Drechsler, Winfried März, Graciela Delgado, Bruno Allolio, Christoph Wanner, Wiebke Fenske
BACKGROUND: In chronic kidney disease (CKD) arginine vasopressin (AVP) cannot efficiently act via renal V2-receptors. AVP is upregulated leading to augmented activation of V1a- and V1b-receptors, which might contribute to the increase in cardiovascular and infectious complications in CKD. Here, we evaluate copeptin, a surrogate of AVP, and its association with cause specific mortality among patients within the whole spectrum of renal function. METHODS: Copeptin was measured in baseline samples from the LURIC (n = 3131 patients with coronary angiograms) and the 4D-Study (n = 1241 type 2 diabetic hemodialysis patients)...
March 9, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279754/estrogen-receptors-er%C3%AE-and-er%C3%AE-participation-in-hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal-axis-activation-by-hemorrhagic-stress
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Luana Maria Silva Alves, Procópio Cleber Gama de Barcellos Filho, Celso Rodrigues Franci
The sympato-adrenal-system and hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis are anatomically and functionally connected with participation of several brain areas that express estrogen receptors (ERα and ERβ). We assessed the neuronal activity of these areas for FOS expression and the action of PPT (ERα agonist) or DPN (ERβ agonist) in HPA axis activity during hemorrhagic stress. Ovariectomized Wistar rats treated with vehicle (DMSO) or ER agonists were catheterized for blood collection. Animals received (control) or not (hemorrhagic) immediate reposition with the same volume of saline...
March 6, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277796/effect-of-diet-phase-change-dietary-ca-and-p-level-and-phytase-on-bird-performance-and-real-time-gizzard-ph-measurements
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S A Lee, J Dunne, T Mottram, M R Bedford
In the current study, a novel capsule technique was used to capture real-time pH readings from the gizzard over several hours, in response to different dietary treatments. The first experiment was a preliminary study into capsule administration and pH recordings using 9 male Ross 308 broilers from 20 d. In the second experiment, broilers (576) were fed in 2 phases (0-21 d and 21-42 d) with 4 treatment groups; low and adequate Ca and AvP diets with and without Quantum Blue phytase (1500 FTU/kg). Capsules were administered to 8 birds from each treatment group, pre and post diet phase change, with readings captured over a 2...
February 15, 2017: British Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270612/synchronous-circadian-voltage-rhythms-with-asynchronous-calcium-rhythms-in-the-suprachiasmatic-nucleus
#13
Ryosuke Enoki, Yoshiaki Oda, Michihiro Mieda, Daisuke Ono, Sato Honma, Ken-Ichi Honma
The suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), the master circadian clock, contains a network composed of multiple types of neurons which are thought to form a hierarchical and multioscillator system. The molecular clock machinery in SCN neurons drives membrane excitability and sends time cue signals to various brain regions and peripheral organs. However, how and at what time of the day these neurons transmit output signals remain largely unknown. Here, we successfully visualized circadian voltage rhythms optically for many days using a genetically encoded voltage sensor, ArcLightD...
March 7, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270594/aldosterone-does-not-alter-endothelin-b-receptor-signaling-in-the-inner-medullary-collecting-duct
#14
Nirupama Ramkumar, Deborah Stuart, Tianxin Yang, Donald E Kohan
Recent studies suggest that aldosterone-mediated sulfenic acid modification of the endothelin B receptor (ETB) promotes renal injury in an ischemia/reperfusion model through reduced ETB-stimulated nitric oxide production. Similarly, aldosterone inactivation of ETB signaling promotes pulmonary artery hypertension. Consequently, we asked whether aldosterone inhibits collecting duct ETB signaling; this could promote fluid retention since CD ETB exerts natriuretic and diuretic effects. A mouse inner medullary collecting duct cell line (IMCD3) was treated with aldosterone for 48 h followed by sarafotoxin-6c, an ETB-selective agonist, and extracellular signal-related kinase 1/2 (ERK) phosphorylation assessed...
March 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258508/a-volumetric-and-functional-connectivity-mri-study-of-brain-arginine-vasopressin-pathways-in-autistic-children
#15
Xiao-Jing Shou, Xin-Jie Xu, Xiang-Zhu Zeng, Ying Liu, Hui-Shu Yuan, Yan Xing, Mei-Xiang Jia, Qing-Yun Wei, Song-Ping Han, Rong Zhang, Ji-Sheng Han
Dysfunction of brain-derived arginine-vasopressin (AVP) systems may be involved in the etiology of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Certain regions such as the hypothalamus, amygdala, and hippocampus are known to contain either AVP neurons or terminals and may play an important role in regulating complex social behaviors. The present study was designed to investigate the concomitant changes in autistic behaviors, circulating AVP levels, and the structure and functional connectivity (FC) of specific brain regions in autistic children compared with typically developing children (TDC) aged from 3 to 5 years...
April 2017: Neuroscience Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256907/proximal-occlusion-of-unaffected-internal-iliac-artery-versus-distal-occlusion-of-aneurysmatic-internal-iliac-artery-prior-to-evar-a-comparative-evaluation-of-efficacy-and-clinical-outcome
#16
Alexander Dierks, Alexander Sauer, Franziska Wolfschmidt, Nicole Hassold, Richard Kellersmann, Thorsten A Bley, Ralph Kickuth
OBJECTIVE: Occlusion of the internal iliac artery (IIA) may be necessary prior to endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) to prevent endoleak Type II. We compared efficacy and clinical outcome after proximal occlusion of an unaffected IIA (ProxEmbx) using an Amplatzer vascular plug (AVP) I vs distal occlusion of aneurysmatic IIA with coils and plugs (DistEmbx). METHODS: Between 2009 and 2012, 22 patients underwent EVAR. In 9 patients with unaffected IIA, occlusion was performed by a single AVP...
April 2017: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228586/modeling-the-diversity-of-spontaneous-and-agonist-induced-electrical-activity-in-anterior-pituitary-corticotrophs
#17
Patrick Allen Fletcher, Hana Zemkova, Stanko S Stojilkovic, Arthur Sherman
Pituitary corticotrophs fire action potentials spontaneously and in response to stimulation with corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) and arginine vaspressin (AVP), and such electrical activity is critical for calcium signaling and calcium-dependent adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) secretion. These cells typically fire tall sharp action potentials when spontaneously active, but a variety of other spontaneous patterns have also been reported, including various modes of bursting. There is variability in reports of the fraction of corticotrophs that are electrically active, as well as their patterns of activity, and the sources of this variation are not well understood...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220737/adenovirus-associated-pneumonia-in-south-african-children-presentation-clinical-course-and-outcome
#18
M Zampoli, Z Mukuddem-Sablay
BACKGROUND: Viruses have emerged as important aetiological agents of childhood pneumonia. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the clinical presentation, severity and outcome of adenovirus-associated pneumonia (AVP) in children. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of AVP cases over 12 months was performed, including demographic, clinical course and outcome (death, persistent lung disease (PLD)) data. RESULTS: Two hundred and six AVP cases (median age 12 months, interquartile range 6 - 24) were identified; 70 children (34...
January 30, 2017: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211168/the-medtronic-micro-vascular-plug%C3%A2-for-vascular-embolization-in-children-with-congenital-heart-diseases
#19
Shyam Sathanandam, Henri Justino, B Rush Waller, Srinath T Gowda, Wolfgang Radtke, Athar M Qureshi
OBJECTIVES: To describe the early multi-center, clinical experience with the Medtronic Micro Vascular Plug™ (MVP) in children with congenital heart disease (CHD) undergoing vascular embolization. BACKGROUND: The MVP is a large diameter vascular occlusion device that can be delivered through a microcatheter for embolization of abnormal blood vessels. METHODS: A retrospective review of embolization procedures using the MVP in children with CHD was performed in 3-centers...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210214/arginine-vasopressin-alters-both-spontaneous-and-phase-locked-synaptic-inputs-to-airway-vagal-preganglionic-neuron-via-activation-of-v1a-receptor-insights-into-stress-related-airway-vagal-excitation
#20
Xianxia Yan, Xingxin Chen, Yuhong Guo, Ding He, Yonghua Chen, Chunmei Xia, Jijiang Wang
The airway vagal preganglionic neurons (AVPNs) in the external formation of the nucleus ambiguus (eNA) play a major role in the vagal control of tracheobronchial smooth muscle tone and maintenance of airway resistance. The eNA receives vasopressinergic projection from the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus (PVN), the key node for the genesis of psychological stress. Since airway vagal excitation is reportedly to be associated with the psychological stress-induced/exacerbated airway hyperresponsiveness in asthmatics, arginine vasopressin (AVP) might be involved in stress-related airway vagal excitation...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
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