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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452193/antidepressant-activity-of-vorinostat-is-associated-with-amelioration-of-oxidative-stress-and-inflammation-in-a-corticosterone-induced-chronic-stress-model-in-mice
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Athira Kv, Rajaram Mohanrao Madhana, Indu Chandran Js, Mangala Lahkar, Swapnil Sinha, V G M Naidu
Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a multifactorial neuropsychiatric disorder. Chronic administration of corticosterone (CORT) to rodents is used to mimic the stress associated dysregulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, a well-established feature found in depressive patients. Recently, preclinical studies have demonstrated the antidepressant potential of histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors. So, we examined the antidepressant potential of vorinostat (VOR), a HDAC inhibitor against CORT injections in male mice...
February 13, 2018: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452192/graded-6-ohda-induced-dopamine-depletion-in-the-nigrostriatal-pathway-evokes-progressive-pathological-neuronal-activities-in-the-subthalamic-nucleus-of-a-hemi-parkinsonian-mouse
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Sunghee Estelle Park, Kang-Il Song, Hyungmin Kim, Seok Chung, Inchan Youn
Recent studies have established methods for establishing a rodent model that mimics progressive stages of human Parkinson's disease (PD), via injection of graded doses of 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) into regions within the nigrostriatal pathway. However, the electrophysiological characteristics of the subthalamic nucleus (STN) in this model have not been fully elucidated in this model. This study aimed to investigate changes in the neuronal activity of the STN in a graded mouse model of PD. Increasing doses of 6-OHDA were unilaterally injected into the medial forebrain bundle (MFB) to produce a hemi-parkinsonian mouse model, mimicking early, moderate, advanced, and severe stages of human PD...
February 13, 2018: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452180/the-m-maze-task-an-automated-method-for-studying-fear-memory-in-rats-exposed-to-protracted-aversive-conditioning
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Rimenez R Souza, Nicole M Robertson, David T Pruitt, Lindsey Noble, Eric C Meyers, Phillip A Gonzales, Nathaniel P Bleker, Holle L Carey, Seth A Hays, Michael P Kilgard, Christa K McIntyre, Robert L Rennaker
BACKGROUND: Fear conditioning (FC) in rodents is the most used animal model to investigate the neurobiology of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Although research using FC has generated a better understanding of fear memories, studies often rely on mild or moderate FC training and behavioral analysis generally focuses on measuring freezing responses within few test sessions. NEW METHOD: We introduce the M-Maze task, a system to measures extinction of conditioned fear using suppression of operant behavior...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451852/delta-opioids-neuroprotective-roles-in-preclinical-studies
#4
Shahid Husain
Since ancient times, opioids have been used clinically and abused recreationally. In the early stages (about 1,000 AD) of opium history, an Arab physician, Avicenna, administered opioids to control diarrhea and eye diseases. 1 Opioids have very strong pain relieving properties and they also regulate numerous cellular responses. Opioid receptors are expressed throughout the body, including the nervous system, heart, lungs, liver, gastrointestinal tract, and retina. 2-6 Delta opioid receptors (DORs) are a very attractive target from the perspective of both receptor function and their therapeutic potential...
January 2018: Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451705/modeling-asthma-pitfalls-promises-and-the-road-ahead
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REVIEW
Helene F Rosenberg, Kirk M Druey
Asthma is a chronic, heterogeneous, and recurring inflammatory disease of the lower airways, with exacerbations that feature airway inflammation and bronchial hyperresponsiveness. Asthma has been modeled extensively via disease induction in both wild-type and genetically manipulated laboratory mice (Mus musculus). Antigen sensitization and challenge strategies have reproduced numerous important features of airway inflammation characteristic of human asthma, notably the critical roles of type 2 T helper cell cytokines...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451485/-the-roles-of-mast-cells-in-radiation-induced-damage-are-still-an-enigma
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Fabien Milliat, Agnès François
Mast cells are immune cells that mature within the host tissue. The acquired phenotype is dictated by the tissue microenvironment, giving rise to diverse tissue-dependent phenotypes and functions. The lack of cellular models reflecting phenotypes found in vivo and important differences between human and rodent mast cells are obstacles to the understanding of their exact role in several pathophysiological processes. Studies published over the past few years showed that mast cells' role lies far beyond their involvement in allergy and anaphylaxis...
February 2018: Médecine Sciences: M/S
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451448/donor-nerve-axotomy-and-axonal-regeneration-after-end-to-side-neurorrhaphy-in-a-rodent-model
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Shiwei Wang, Diya Su, Jing Li, Dezhi Li, Hong Wan, Michael Schumacher, Song Liu
OBJECTIVE In this study, the authors used a surgical model of end-to-side neurorrhaphy between a nerve graft and a donor tibial nerve in adult rats to investigate the optimal conditions for axonal regeneration induced by the donor nerve. They also assessed the importance of a more favorable pathway using a predegenerated nerve graft to attract regenerating axons to regrow into the graft and then directing and improving their growth toward the target in comparison with results obtained with a fresh nerve graft...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451203/a-growing-field-the-regulation-of-axonal-regeneration-by-wnt-signaling
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REVIEW
Armando L Garcia, Adanna Udeh, Karthik Kalahasty, Abigail S Hackam
The canonical Wnt/β-catenin pathway is a highly conserved signaling cascade that plays critical roles during embryogenesis. Wnt ligands regulate axonal extension, growth cone guidance and synaptogenesis throughout the developing central nervous system (CNS). Recently, studies in mammalian and fish model systems have demonstrated that Wnt/β-catenin signaling also promotes axonal regeneration in the adult optic nerve and spinal cord after injury, raising the possibility that Wnt could be developed as a therapeutic strategy...
January 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451130/intrinsic-optical-signal-imaging-of-the-blood-volume-changes-is-sufficient-for-mapping-the-resting-state-functional-connectivity-in-the-rodent-cortex
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Sreekanth Kura, Hongyu Xie, Buyin Fu, Cenk Ayata, David A Boas, Sava Sakadzic
OBJECTIVE: Resting state functional connectivity (RSFC) allows the study of functional organization in normal and diseased brain by measuring the spontaneous brain activity generated under resting conditions. Intrinsic optical signal imaging (IOSI) based on multiple illumination wavelengths has been used successfully to compute RSFC maps in animal studies. The IOSI setup complexity would be greatly reduced if only a single wavelength can be used to obtain comparable RSFC maps. APPROACH: We used anesthetized mice and performed various comparisons between the RSFC maps based on single wavelength as well as oxy-, deoxy- and total hemoglobin concentration changes...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451062/exploratory-rearing-a-context-and-stress-sensitive-behavior-recorded-in-the-open-field-test
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Oliver Sturman, Pierre-Luc Germain, Johannes Bohacek
Stressful experiences are linked to anxiety disorders in humans. Similar effects are observed in rodent models, where anxiety is often measured in classic conflict tests such as the open-field test. Spontaneous rearing behavior, in which rodents stand on their hind legs to explore, can also be observed in this test yet is often ignored. We define two forms of rearing, supported rearing (in which the animal rears against the walls of the arena) and unsupported rearing (in which the animal rears without contacting the walls of the arena)...
February 16, 2018: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450943/cortical-projections-to-the-superior-colliculus-in-gray-squirrels-sciurus-carolinensis
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Mary K L Baldwin, Nicole A Young, Denis Matrov, Jon H Kaas
The superior colliculus is an important midbrain structure involved with integrating information from varying sensory modalities and sending motor signals to produce orienting movements toward environmental stimuli. Because of this role, the superior colliculus receives a multitude of sensory inputs from a wide variety of subcortical and cortical structures. Proportionately, the superior colliculus of gray squirrels is among the largest in size of all studied mammals, suggesting the importance of this structure in the behavioral characteristics of gray squirrels...
February 16, 2018: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450220/recent-insights-into-corticostriatal-circuit-mechanisms-underlying-habits-invited-review-for-current-opinions-in-behavioral-sciences
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Justin O'Hare, Nicole Calakos, Henry H Yin
Habits have been studied for decades, but it was not until recent years that experiments began to elucidate the underlying cellular and circuit mechanisms. The latest experiments have been enabled by advances in cell-type specific monitoring and manipulation of activity in large neuronal populations. Here we will review recent efforts to understand the neural substrates underlying habit formation, focusing on rodent studies on corticostriatal circuits.
April 2018: Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450149/human-and-mouse-microarrays-guided-expression-analysis-of-membrane-protein-trafficking-related-genes-in-mdck-cells-a-canine-epithelial-model-for-apical-and-basolateral-differential-protein-targeting
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Xiaofan Xu, Mingming Pan, Alexis E Gasiewicz, Rongzi Li, Shiu-Ming Kuo
MDCK cells are widely used to study the differential targeting of membrane transporters to apical and basolateral membrane but its canine origin limited the commercial tools available for the analysis of protein trafficking machinery. Because apical and basolateral membranes are only found in differentiated epithelial cells, genes critical for differential targeting may be specifically up-regulated upon MDCK cell differentiation. To search for these genes, a cross-species screening strategy was used. We first analyzed the human microarray data for protein trafficking-related genes that were up-regulated in colon carcinoma Caco2 cells upon differentiation...
June 2017: Biochimie Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448001/induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-ipsc-derived-retinal-cells-in-disease-modeling-and-regenerative-medicine
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REVIEW
Reena Rathod, Harshini Surendran, Rajani Battu, Jogin Desai, Rajarshi Pal
Retinal degenerative disorders are a leading cause of the inherited, irreversible and incurable vision loss. While various rodent model systems have provided crucial information in this direction.lack of disease-relevant tissue availability and species-specific differences have proven to be a major roadblock. Human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) have opened up a whole new avenue of possibilities not just in understanding the disease mechanism but also potential therapeutic approaches towards a cure. In this review, we have summarized recent advances in the methods of deriving retinal cell types from iPSCs which can serve as a renewable source of disease-relevant cell population for basic as well as translational studies...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447486/the-development-of-mid-wavelength-photoresponsivity-in-the-mouse-retina
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Paul J Bonezzi, Maureen E Stabio, Jordan M Renna
PURPOSE: Photoreceptors in the mouse retina express much of the molecular machinery necessary for phototransduction and glutamatergic transmission prior to eye opening at postnatal day 13 (P13). Light responses have been observed collectively from rod and cone photoreceptors via electroretinogram recordings as early as P13 in mouse, and the responses are known to become more robust with maturation, reaching a mature state by P30. Photocurrents from single rod outer segments have been recorded at P12, but no earlier, and similar studies on cone photoreceptors have been done, but only in the adult mouse retina...
February 15, 2018: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447473/impact-of-micronutrients-on-the-immune-response-of-animals
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Allen D Smith, Kiran S Panickar, Joseph F Urban, Harry D Dawson
Vitamins and minerals (micronutrients) play an important role in regulating and shaping an immune response. Deficiencies generally result in inadequate or dysregulated cellular activity and cytokine expression, thereby affecting the immune response. Decreased levels of natural killer, granulocyte, and phagocytic cell activity and T and B cell proliferation and trafficking are associated with inadequate levels of micronutrients, as well as increased susceptibility to various adverse health conditions, including inflammatory disorders, infection, and altered vaccine efficacy...
February 15, 2018: Annual Review of Animal Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447208/species-specific-regulation-of-angiogenesis-by-glucocorticoids-reveals-contrasting-effects-on-inflammatory-and-angiogenic-pathways
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Ruth Morgan, John Keen, Daniel Halligan, Alan O'Callaghan, Ruth Andrew, Dawn Livingstone, Amber Abernethie, Giorgia Maltese, Brian Walker, Patrick Hadoke
Glucocorticoids are potent inhibitors of angiogenesis in the rodent in vivo and in vitro but the mechanism by which this occurs has not been determined. Administration of glucocorticoids is used to treat a number of conditions in horses but the angiogenic response of equine vessels to glucocorticoids and, therefore, the potential role of glucocorticoids in pathogenesis and treatment of equine disease, is unknown. This study addressed the hypothesis that glucocorticoids would be angiostatic both in equine and murine blood vessels...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446652/developmental-regulation-of-the-intestinal-fgf19-system-in-domestic-pigs
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Aleix Gavaldà-Navarro, Jose J Pastor, Alessandro Mereu, Francesc Villarroya, Ignacio R Ipharraguerre
Fibroblast growth factor-19 (FGF19) is an emerging endocrine factor involved in the regulation of bile acid homeostasis and energy metabolism in rodents and humans. In pigs, however, the FGF19 system remains largely unexplored. This study was designed to investigate the developmental regulation of the FGF19 system in domestic pigs. Samples of intestinal sections, liver, and plasma were collected from 24 pigs (n = 6) at four developmental stages (birth, pre-weaning, post-weaning, and adulthood). In the intestine, expression of the farnesoid X receptor (FXR) and FGF19 showed a congruent time- and region-dependent regulation, beginning soon after birth to achieve maximal expression in ileum during adulthood...
February 15, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446544/association-between-plasma-trans-fatty-acid-concentrations-and-diabetes-in-a-nationally-representative-sample-of-u-s-adults
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Buyun Liu, Yangbo Sun, Linda G Snetselaar, Qi Sun, Quanhe Yang, Zefeng Zhang, Liegang Liu, Frank B Hu, Wei Bao
BACKGROUND: High trans fatty acid (TFA) diet induces insulin resistance in experimental studies in rodent models and primates. However, previous epidemiological studies on the association between trans fatty acids (TFAs), mainly based on self-reported intake from diet, and diabetes have yielded conflicting results. We examined the associations of objectively-measured plasma TFA concentrations with diabetes in a large population-based study among U.S. adults. METHODS: We included 3,801 participants aged 20 years or older from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999-2000 and 2009-2010...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446034/molecular-genetic-diversity-of-gongylonema-neoplasticum-fibiger-ditlevsen-1914-spirurida-gongylonematidae-from-rodents-in-southeast-asia
#20
Aogu Setsuda, Alexis Ribas, Kittipong Chaisiri, Serge Morand, Monidarin Chou, Fidelino Malbas, Muchammad Yunus, Hiroshi Sato
More than a dozen Gongylonema spp. (Spirurida: Spiruroidea: Gongylonematidae) have been described from a variety of rodent hosts worldwide. Gongylonema neoplasticum (Fibiger & Ditlevsen, 1914), which dwells in the gastric mucosa of rats such as Rattus norvegicus (Berkenhout) and Rattus rattus (Linnaeus), is currently regarded as a cosmopolitan nematode in accordance with global dispersion of its definitive hosts beyond Asia. To facilitate the reliable specific differentiation of local rodent Gongylonema spp...
February 14, 2018: Systematic Parasitology
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