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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214831/p38-mapk-pharmacological-inhibitor-sb203580-alleviates-total-parenteral-nutrition-induced-loss-of-intestinal-barrier-function-but-promotes-hepatocyte-lipoapoptosis
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Yong-Tao Xiao, Wei-Hui Yan, Yi Cao, Jun-Kai Yan, Wei Cai
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Our previous studies have provided evidence that p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) is involved in total parenteral nutrition (TPN)-associated complications, but its exact effects and mechanisms have not been fully understood. This study aimed to evaluate the roles of p38 MAPK inhibitor SB203580 in the TPN-induced loss of intestinal barrier function and liver disease. METHODS: A rodent model of TPN was used to analyze the roles of SB203580 in TPN-associated complications...
February 8, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214577/parafascicular-thalamic-nucleus-deep-brain-stimulation-decreases-nmda-receptor-glun1-subunit-gene-expression-in-the-prefrontal-cortex
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Mónica R Fernández-Cabrera, Abraham Selvas, Miguel Miguéns, Alejandro Higuera-Matas, Anna Vale-Martínez, Emilio Ambrosio, Margarita Martí-Nicolovius, Gemma Guillazo-Blanch
The rodent parafascicular nucleus (PFn) or the centromedian-parafascicular complex of primates is a posterior intralaminar nucleus of the thalamus related to cortical activation and maintenance of states of consciousness underlying attention, learning and memory. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the PFn has been proved to restore arousal and consciousness in humans and to enhance performance in learning and memory tasks in rats. The primary expected effect of PFn DBS is to induce plastic changes in target neurons of brain areas associated with cognitive function...
February 15, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214380/application-of-the-mechpeff-model-to-predict-passive-effective-intestinal-permeability-in-the-different-regions-of-the-rodent-small-intestine-and-colon
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D Pade, M Jamei, A Rostami-Hodjegan, D B Turner
A major component of Physiologically-Based Pharmacokinetic (PBPK) models is prediction of the rate and extent of absorption of orally dosed drugs for which knowledge of effective passive intestinal permeability (Peff ) is essential. Single pass intestinal perfusion (SPIP) studies are used to establish effective permeability in vivo but are difficult to perform in rodents while mechanistic models to predict drug Peff in rat and mouse have not been published. This work evaluates the predictive performance of the 'MechPeff' model to predict Peff in the rodent intestine based upon knowledge of regional gut physiology and drug-specific physicochemical parameters...
February 18, 2017: Biopharmaceutics & Drug Disposition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214131/social-decision-making-and-the-brain-a-comparative-perspective
#4
REVIEW
Sébastien Tremblay, K M Sharika, Michael L Platt
The capacity and motivation to be social is a key component of the human adaptive behavioral repertoire. Recent research has identified social behaviors remarkably similar to our own in other animals, including empathy, consolation, cooperation, and strategic deception. Moreover, neurobiological studies in humans, nonhuman primates, and rodents have identified shared brain structures (the so-called 'social brain') apparently specialized to mediate such functions. Neuromodulators may regulate social interactions by 'tuning' the social brain, with important implications for treating social impairments...
February 14, 2017: Trends in Cognitive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213784/microglia-in-the-primate-macula-specializations-in-microglial-distribution-and-morphology-with-retinal-position-and-with-aging
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Janani Singaravelu, Lian Zhao, Robert N Fariss, T Michael Nork, Wai T Wong
Microglia, the principal resident immune cell in the retina, play constitutive roles in immune surveillance and synapse maintenance, and are also associated with retinal disease, including those occurring in the macula. Perspectives on retinal microglia function have derived largely from rodent models and how these relate to the macula-bearing primate retina is unclear. In this study, we examined microglial distribution and cellular morphology in the adult rhesus macaque retina, and performed comparative characterizations in three retinal locations along the center-to-periphery axis (parafoveal, macular, and the peripheral retina)...
February 17, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213528/leptospira-interrogans-serogroup-pomona-infections-in-the-uk-is-there-a-real-threat-for-farm-animals
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Z Arent, C Gilmore, A M Barlow, L Smith, W A Ellis
Current typing of Leptospira strains requires a combination of both serological and molecular methods. Study of the epidemiology of strains within the Pomona serogroup has proved problematic due to the limitations of serological typing methods. This is particularly true of the two main complexes within this group, namely the Pomona, Monjakov, Kennewicki cluster in Leptospira interrogans species and the Mozdok, Tsaratsovo, Kunming, Altodouro cluster in Leptospira kirschneri Strains from the south of England have been shown previously to belong to L kirschneri serovar Mozdok, strains of which are maintained by small rodents in western Europe...
February 17, 2017: Veterinary Record
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213154/density-and-neurochemical-profiles-of-neuronal-nitric-oxide-synthase-expressing-interneuron-in-the-mouse-basolateral-amygdala
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Xiaona Wang, Chunhua Liu, Xiaochen Wang, Fei Gao, Ren-Zhi Zhan
Neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS)-expressing interneurons reside in the basolateral nucleus of the amygdala (BLA) of rodents. In the present study, we immunohistochemically analyzed nNOS-positive cells in the mouse BLA by focusing on their density, γ-Aminobutyric acid (GABA)ergicity, and co-localization with calcium-binding proteins and neuropeptides. The density of nNOS-containing neurons was analyzed with unbiased stereology. Experiments were conducted in both adult wild-type C57BL/6 and glutamic acid decarboxylase-green fluorescence protein (GAD67-GFP) knock-in mice, in which GFP is expressed in GABAergic neurons under the control of the endogenous GAD67 gene promoter...
February 14, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213092/prediction-of-thyroid-c-cell-carcinogenicity-after-chronic-administration-of-glp1-r-agonists-in-rodents
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Willem van den Brink, Annette Emerenciana, Francesco Bellanti, Oscar Della Pasqua, Jan Willem van der Laan
Increased incidence of C-cell carcinogenicity has been observed for glucagon-like-protein-1 receptor (GLP-1r) agonists in rodents. It is suggested that the duration of exposure is an indicator of carcinogenic potential in rodents of the different products on the market. Furthermore, the role of GLP-1-related mechanisms in the induction of C-cell carcinogenicity has gained increased attention by regulatory agencies. This study proposes an integrative pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (PKPD) framework to identify explanatory factors and characterize differences in carcinogenic potential of the GLP-1r agonist products...
February 14, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212443/recurrent-rearrangements-of-the-myb-sant-like-dna-binding-domain-containing-3-gene-msantd3-in-salivary-gland-acinic-cell-carcinoma
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Nicholas Barasch, Xue Gong, Kevin A Kwei, Sushama Varma, Jewison Biscocho, Kunbin Qu, Nan Xiao, Joseph S Lipsick, Robert J Pelham, Robert B West, Jonathan R Pollack
Pathogenic gene fusions have been identified in several histologic types of salivary gland neoplasia, but not previously in acinic cell carcinoma (AcCC). To discover novel gene fusions, we performed whole-transcriptome sequencing surveys of three AcCC archival cases. In one specimen we identified a novel HTN3-MSANTD3 gene fusion, and in another a novel PRB3-ZNF217 gene fusion. The structure of both fusions was consistent with the promoter of the 5' partner (HTN3 or PRB3), both highly expressed salivary gland genes, driving overexpression of full-length MSANTD3 or ZNF217...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212183/cxcl12-cxcr4-signaling-contributes-to-the-pathogenesis-of-opioid-tolerance-a-translational-study
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Chih-Peng Lin, Kai-Hsiang Kang, Huang-Ju Tu, Ming-Yueh Wu, Tzu-Hung Lin, Houng-Chi Liou, Wei-Zen Sun, Wen-Mei Fu
BACKGROUND: Long-term opioid therapy for chronic pain may lead to analgesic tolerance, especially when administered intrathecally, thus preventing adequate pain relief. Discovering drug targets to treat opioid tolerance using a mechanism-based approach targeting opioid-induced neuroinflammation provides new therapeutic opportunities. In this study, we provide translational evidence that CXCL12/CXCR4 signaling contributes to the pathogenesis of opioid tolerance. METHODS: The CXCL12 levels in the cerebrospinal fluid of opioid-tolerant patients were compared with those of opioid-naive subjects...
March 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211945/ip3-receptor-mutations-and-brain-diseases-in-human-and-rodents
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REVIEW
Chihiro Hisatsune, Katsuhiko Mikoshiba
The inositol 1,4,5 trisphosphate receptor (IP3 R) is a huge Ca(2+) channel that is localized at the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). The IP3 R releases Ca(2+) from the ER upon binding to IP3 , which is produced by various extracellular stimuli through phospholipase C activation. All vertebrate organisms have three subtypes of IP3 R genes, which have distinct properties of IP3 -binding and Ca(2+) sensitivity, and are differently regulated by phosphorylation and by their associated proteins. Each cell type expresses the three subtypes of IP3 R in a distinct proportion, which is important for creating and maintaining spatially and temporally appropriate intracellular Ca(2+) level patterns for the regulation of specific physiological phenomena...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211608/preclinical-characterisation-of-55p0251-a-novel-compound-that-amplifies-glucose-stimulated-insulin-secretion-and-counteracts-hyperglycaemia-in-rodents
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Karin Stadlbauer, Barbara Brunmair, Zsuzsanna Lehner, Immanuel Adorjan, Thomas Scherer, Anton Luger, Leonhardt Bauer, Clemens Fürnsinn
AIMS: 55P0251 is a novel compound with blood glucose lowering activity in mice, which has been developed from a molecular backbone structure found in herbal remedies. We here report its basic pharmacological attributes and initial progress in unmasking the mode of action. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Pharmacokinetic properties of 55P0251 were portrayed in several species. First efforts to elucidate the glucose lowering mechanism in rodents included numerous experimental protocols dealing with glucose tolerance, insulin secretion from isolated pancreatic islets, and comparison to established drugs...
February 17, 2017: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210904/acute-and-neuropathic-orofacial-antinociceptive-effect-of-eucalyptol
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José de Maria de Albuquerque de Melo Júnior, Marina de Barros Mamede Vidal Damasceno, Sacha Aubrey Alves Rodrigues Santos, Talita Matias Barbosa, João Ronielly Campêlo Araújo, Antonio Eufrásio Vieira-Neto, Deysi Viviana Tenazoa Wong, Roberto César Pereira Lima-Júnior, Adriana Rolim Campos
Terpenes have a wide range of pharmacological properties, including antinociceptive action. The anti-inflammatory and antinociceptive effects of eucalyptol are well established. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the antinociceptive effect of eucalyptol on acute and neuropathic orofacial pain in rodent models. Acute orofacial and corneal nociception was induced with formalin, capsaicin, glutamate and hypertonic saline in mice. In another series, animals were pretreated with capsazepine or ruthenium red to evaluate the involvement of TRPV1 receptors in the effect of eucalyptol...
February 16, 2017: Inflammopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209805/effects-of-photophase-illuminance-on-locomotor-activity-urine-production-and-urinary-6-sulfatoxymelatonin-in-nocturnal-and-diurnal-south-african-rodents
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Ingrid van der Merwe, Maria K Oosthuizen, Andre Ganswindt, Abraham Haim, Nigel C Bennett
Effects of photophase illuminance (1, 10, 100 and 330 lux of white incandescent lighting) on daily rhythms of locomotor activity, urine production and 6-sulfatoxymelatonin (6-SMT; 10 lux vs. 330 lux) were studied in nocturnal Namaqua rock mice (Micaelamys namaquensis) and diurnal four striped field mice (Rhabdomys pumilio). Micaelamys namaquensis was consistently nocturnal (∼90-94% nocturnal activity), whereas considerable individual variation marked activity profiles in R. pumilio, but with activity mostly pronounced around twilight (∼55-66% diurnal activity)...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209803/correlation-between-membrane-protein-concentrations-and-transcellular-transport-activity-for-breast-cancer-resistance-protein
#15
Houfu Liu, Liang Huang, Yi Li, Tingting Fu, Xueying Sun, Yan-Yan Zhang, Ruina Gao, Qingfang Chen, Wandong Zhang, Jasminder Sahi, Scott Summerfield, Kelly Dong
Emerging evidence indicates an important role for breast cancer resistance protein (BCRP) in limiting brain penetration of substrate drugs. While in vitro Transwell® assays can provide an indication of BCRP substrate potential, the predictability of these to in vivo brain penetration is still under debate. The present study examines the correlation of BCRP protein concentration and transcellular transport activity across MDCKII monolayers. We expressed human BCRP or murine Bcrp1 in MDCKII wild-type cells using BacMam2 virus transduction...
February 16, 2017: Drug Metabolism and Disposition: the Biological Fate of Chemicals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208010/circulating-plasma-and-exosomal-micrornas-as-indicators-of-drug-induced-organ-injury-in-rodent-models
#16
Young-Eun Cho, Sang-Hyun Kim, Byung-Heon Lee, Moon-Chang Baek
This study was performed to evaluate whether microRNAs (miRNAs) in circulating exosomes may serve as biomarkers of drug-induced liver, kidney, or muscle-injury. Quantitative PCR analyses were performed to measure the amounts of liver-specific miRNAs (miR-122, miR-192, and miR-155), kidney-specific miR-146a, or muscle-specific miR-206 in plasma and exosomes from mice treated with liver, kidney or muscle toxicants. The levels of liver-specific miRNAs in circulating plasma and exosomes were elevated in acetaminophen-induced liver injury and returned to basal levels by treatment with antioxidant N-acetyl-cysteine...
February 17, 2017: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205406/potency-of-human-cardiosphere-derived-cells-from-patients-with-ischemic-heart-disease-is-associated-with-robust-vascular-supportive-ability
#17
Emma Harvey, Huajun Zhang, Pilar Sepúlveda, Sara P Garcia, Dominic Sweeney, Fizzah A Choudry, Delia Castellano, George N Thomas, Hassan Kattach, Romina Petersen, Derek J Blake, David P Taggart, Mattia Frontini, Suzanne M Watt, Enca Martin-Rendon
Cardiosphere-derived cell (CDC) infusion into damaged myocardium has shown some reparative effect; this could be improved by better selection of patients and cell subtype. CDCs isolated from patients with ischemic heart disease are able to support vessel formation in vitro but this ability varies between patients. The primary aim of our study was to investigate whether the vascular supportive function of CDCs impacts on their therapeutic potential, with the goal of improving patient stratification. A subgroup of patients produced CDCs which did not efficiently support vessel formation (poor supporter CDCs), had reduced levels of proliferation and increased senescence, despite them being isolated in the same manner and having a similar immunophenotype to CDCs able to support vessel formation...
February 16, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205186/optimisation-of-cognitive-performance-in-rodent-operant-touchscreen-testing-evaluation-and-effects-of-reinforcer-strength
#18
Benjamin U Phillips, Christopher J Heath, Zofia Ossowska, Timothy J Bussey, Lisa M Saksida
Operant testing is a widely used and highly effective method of studying cognition in rodents. Performance on such tasks is sensitive to reinforcer strength. It is therefore advantageous to select effective reinforcers to minimize training times and maximize experimental throughput. To quantitatively investigate the control of behavior by different reinforcers, performance of mice was tested with either strawberry milkshake or a known powerful reinforcer, super saccharin (1.5% or 2% (w/v) saccharin/1.5% (w/v) glucose/water mixture)...
February 15, 2017: Learning & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203607/epigallocatechin-gallate-a-useful-therapy-for-cognitive-disability-in-down-syndrome
#19
Fiorenza Stagni, Andrea Giacomini, Marco Emili, Sandra Guidi, Elisabetta Ciani, Renata Bartesaghi
Neurodevelopmental alterations and cognitive disability are constant features of Down syndrome (DS), a genetic condition due to triplication of chromosome 21. DYRK1A is one of the triplicated genes that is thought to be strongly involved in brain alterations. Treatment of Dyrk1A transgenic mice with epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), an inhibitor of DYRK1A, improves cognitive performance, suggesting that EGCG may represent a suitable treatment of DS. Evidence in the Ts65Dn mouse model of DS shows that EGCG restores hippocampal development, although this effect is ephemeral...
2017: Neurogenesis (Austin, Tex.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202718/incidental-context-information-increases-recollection
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Kamar E Ameen-Ali, Liam J Norman, Madeline J Eacott, Alexander Easton
The current study describes a receiver-operating characteristic (ROC) task for human participants based on the spontaneous recognition memory paradigms typically used with rodents. Recollection was significantly higher when an object was in the same location and background as at encoding, a combination used to assess episodic-like memory in animals, but not when only one of these task-irrelevant cues was present. The results show that incidentally encoded cue information can determine the degree of recollection, and opens up the possibility of assessing recollection across species in a single experimental paradigm, allowing better understanding of the cognitive and biological mechanisms at play...
March 2017: Learning & Memory
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