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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241197/renoprotective-effects-of-metformin
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Marc E De Broe, Farshad Kajbaf, Jean-Daniel Lalau
BACKGROUND/AIMS: It has become clear that metformin exerts pleiotropic actions beyond its glucose-lowering agent effect. In this review, we summarise the state of the art concerning the potential renoprotective effects of metformin in vitro, animal models and clinical nephrology. METHODS: A literature search was performed in PUBMED, ScienceDirect, between January 1957 and March 2017 using the following keywords: "metformin," "nephroprotection," "renoprotection," "survival," "renal failure," "chronic kidney diseases," "fibrosis," "polycystic kidney disease" and "microalbuminuria...
December 14, 2017: Nephron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241126/the-chronic-exposure-to-abamectin-causes-spatial-memory-deficit-and-depressive-behavior-in-mice
#2
Wellington Alves Mizael da Silva, Abraão Tiago Batista Guimarães, Mateus Flores Montalvão, Bruna de Oliveira Mendes, Aline Sueli de Lima Rodrigues, Guilherme Malafaia
It is known that abamectin (ABA), which is a component belonging to the group of avermectins, has been broadly used as biopesticide. Although its effect on non-target aquatic organisms is known, knowledge about its impacts on terrestrial animals such as mammals remains incipient. Thus, we aim at investigating the effects (phycical and neural-behavioral) from the chronic exposure (90 days) to ABA (1/10 of LD50) on Swiss and C57Bl/6J mice from both sexes. Accordingly, at the end of the experimental period the animals were subjected to the following tests: Novel Object Recognition Test (NORT), Morris Water Maze (MWM), Tail Suspension Test (TST), and Forced Swimming Test (FST)...
December 7, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241098/under-ascertainment-under-reporting-and-timeliness-of-iranian-communicable-disease-surveillance-system-for-zoonotic-diseases
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P A Kazerooni, M Fararouei, M Nejat, M Akbarpoor, Z Sedaghat
OBJECTIVES: The important steps in controlling infectious diseases are fast detection, proper treatment and on-time reporting of cases to the appropriate authorities. This study was conducted to evaluate the quality of Iranian communicable diseases surveillance system (CDSS) for zoonotic diseases in rural areas of Fars province (Iran's third largest province). STUDY DESIGN: The three most important evaluation indices of CDSS, namely under-ascertainment, under-reporting and timeliness, for the three most common zoonotic diseases were measured using independent data source obtained from door-to-door interviews and patients' medical records...
December 11, 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241065/associations-between-maternal-triclosan-concentrations-in-early-pregnancy-and-gestational-diabetes-mellitus-impaired-glucose-tolerance-gestational-weight-gain-and-fetal-markers-of-metabolic-function
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Gabriel D Shapiro, Tye E Arbuckle, Jillian Ashley-Martin, William D Fraser, Mandy Fisher, Maryse F Bouchard, Patricia Monnier, Anne-Sophie Morisset, Adrienne S Ettinger, Linda Dodds
BACKGROUND: Triclosan is a phenolic biocide used in a multitude of consumer products and in health care settings. It is widely detected in the American and Canadian populations and has been shown in animal models to act as an endocrine disrupting agent. However, there has been little examination to date of the effects of triclosan exposure in pregnancy on perinatal metabolic outcomes in human populations. METHODS: Using data from the Maternal-Infant Research on Environmental Chemicals (MIREC) Study, a Canadian pregnancy cohort, we measured associations of first-trimester urinary triclosan concentrations with total gestational weight gain, gestational diabetes mellitus and impaired glucose tolerance in pregnancy, and fetal markers of metabolic function...
December 11, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241023/ergovaline-does-not-alter-the-severity-of-ryegrass-staggers-induced-by-lolitrem-b
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S C Finch, J B Vlaming, B L Sutherland, C van Koten, W J Mace, L R Fletcher
AIM: To investigate a possible interaction between lolitrem B and ergovaline by comparing the incidence and severity of ryegrass staggers in sheep grazing ryegrass (Lolium perenne) containing lolitrem B or ryegrass containing both lolitrem B and ergovaline. METHODS: Ninety lambs, aged approximately 6 months-old, were grazed on plots of perennial ryegrass infected with either AR98 endophyte (containing lolitrem B), standard endophyte (containing lolitrem B and ergovaline) or no endophyte, for up to 42 days from 2 February 2010...
December 14, 2017: New Zealand Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240975/macroecological-patterns-of-sexual-size-dimorphism-in-turtles-of-the-world
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Mickey Agha, Joshua R Ennen, A Justin Nowakowski, Jeffrey E Lovich, Sarah C Sweat, Brian D Todd
Sexual size dimorphism (SSD) is a well-documented phenomenon in both plants and animals; however, the ecological and evolutionary mechanisms that drive and maintain SSD patterns across geographic space at regional and global scales are understudied, especially for reptiles. Our goal was to examine geographic variation of turtle SSD and to explore ecological and environmental correlates using phylogenetic comparative methods. We use published body size data on 135 species from nine turtle families to examine how geographic patterns and the evolution of SSD are influenced by habitat specialization, climate (annual mean temperature and annual precipitation) and climate variability, latitude, or a combination of these predictor variables...
December 14, 2017: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240948/early-cyclical-neuromuscular-electrical-stimulation-improves-strength-and-trophism-by-akt-pathway-signaling-in-partially-paralyzed-biceps-muscle-after-spinal-cord-injury-in-rats
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Gabriel R de Freitas, Caroline C do Espírito Santo, Nicolas A M M de Machado-Pereira, Franciane Bobinski, Adair R S Dos Santos, Jocemar Ilha
Background: Electrical stimulation is often used to treat weakness in people with spinal cord injury (SCI), however its efficacy to increase strength and trophism are weak and the mechanisms underlying the therapeutic benefits are unknown. Objective: The purpose of the study was to analyze the effects of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) on muscle function, trophism and the Akt pathway signaling involved in muscular plasticity after incomplete-SCI in rats...
December 12, 2017: Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240941/management-of-the-pine-processionary-moth-thaumetopoea-pityocampa-lepidoptera-thaumetopoeidae-in-urban-and-suburban-areas-trials-with-trunk-barrier-and-adhesive-barrier-trap-devices
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Marco Colacci, Nickolas G Kavallieratos, Christos G Athanassiou, Maria C Boukouvala, Christos I Rumbos, Demetrius C Kontodimas, David Pardo, José Sancho, Enrique Benavent-Fernández, Santiago Gálvez-Settier, Andrea Sciarretta, Pasquale Trematerra
In urban and suburban areas larvae of the pine processionary moth, Thaumetopoea pityocampa (Denis and Schiffermüller), cause serious defoliation to Cedrus, Pinus, and Pseudotsuga trees and health problems to humans and domestic or farm animals by their urticating setae. In this study, we present the results of biennial trials (2015-2016) on the management of T. pityocampa infestations using commercial or LIFE-PISA prototype trunk barrier and adhesive trap devices in Greece (Attica and Volos), Spain (Valencia), and Italy (Molise)...
December 12, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240875/the-expanding-roles-of-argonautes-rna-interference-splicing-and-beyond
#9
Xiaoxia Ma, Ziwei Zuo, Weishan Shao, Yongfeng Jin, Yijun Meng
Argonaute (AGO) protein family is highly conserved in eukaryotes and prokaryotes, reflecting its evolutionarily indispensible role in maintaining normal life cycle of the organisms. Small RNA-guided, AGO-dependent RNA interference (RNAi) is a well-studied pathway for gene expression regulation, which can be performed at transcriptional, posttranscriptional or translational level. In addition to RNAi, growing pieces of evidence point to a novel role of AGOs in pre-mRNA (messenger RNA precursor) splicing in animals...
December 11, 2017: Briefings in Functional Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240835/scientific-research-on-animal-biodiversity-is-systematically-biased-towards-vertebrates-and-temperate-regions
#10
Mark A Titley, Jake L Snaddon, Edgar C Turner
Over the last 25 years, research on biodiversity has expanded dramatically, fuelled by increasing threats to the natural world. However, the number of published studies is heavily weighted towards certain taxa, perhaps influencing conservation awareness of and funding for less-popular groups. Few studies have systematically quantified these biases, although information on this topic is important for informing future research and conservation priorities. We investigated: i) which animal taxa are being studied; ii) if any taxonomic biases are the same in temperate and tropical regions; iii) whether the taxon studied is named in the title of papers on biodiversity, perhaps reflecting a perception of what biodiversity is; iv) the geographical distribution of biodiversity research, compared with the distribution of biodiversity and threatened species; and v) the geographical distribution of authors' countries of origin...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240804/different-involvement-of-medial-prefrontal-cortex-and-dorso-lateral-striatum-in-automatic-and-controlled-processing-of-a-future-conditioned-stimulus
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Francisco Pérez-Díaz, Estrella Díaz, Natividad Sánchez, Juan Pedro Vargas, John M Pearce, Juan Carlos López
Recent studies support the idea that stimulus processing in latent inhibition can vary during the course of preexposure. Controlled attentional mechanisms are said to be important in the early stages of preexposure, while in later stages animals adopt automatic processing of the stimulus to be used for conditioning. Given this distinction, it is possible that both types of processing are governed by different neural systems, affecting differentially the retrieval of information about the stimulus. In the present study we tested if a lesion to the dorso-lateral striatum or to the medial prefrontal cortex has a selective effect on exposure to the future conditioned stimulus (CS)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240762/rethinking-3r-strategies-digging-deeper-into-animaltestinfo-promotes-transparency-in-in-vivo-biomedical-research
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Bettina Bert, Antje Dörendahl, Nora Leich, Julia Vietze, Matthias Steinfath, Justyna Chmielewska, Andreas Hensel, Barbara Grune, Gilbert Schönfelder
In the European Union (EU), animal welfare is seen as a matter of great importance. However, with respect to animal experimentation, European citizens feel quite uninformed. The European Directive 2010/63/EU for the protection of laboratory animals aims for greater transparency and requires that a comprehensible, nontechnical summary (NTS) of each authorised research project involving animals is published by the respective Member State. However, the NTSs remain sleeping beauties if their contents are not easily and systematically accessible...
December 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240753/virulence-pathology-and-pathogenesis-of-pteropine-orthoreovirus-prv-in-balb-c-mice-development-of-an-animal-infection-model-for-prv
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Kazutaka Egawa, Masayuki Shimojima, Satoshi Taniguchi, Noriyo Nagata, Hideki Tani, Tomoki Yoshikawa, Takeshi Kurosu, Shumpei Watanabe, Shuetsu Fukushi, Masayuki Saijo
BACKGROUND: Cases of acute respiratory tract infection caused by Pteropine orthoreovirus (PRV) of the genus Orthoreovirus (family: Reoviridae) have been reported in Southeast Asia, where it was isolated from humans and bats. It is possible that PRV-associated respiratory infections might be prevalent in Southeast Asia. The clinical course of PRV is not fully elucidated. METHODS: The virulence, pathology, and pathogenesis of two PRV strains, a human-borne PRV strain (isolated from a patient, who returned to Japan from Bali, Indonesia in 2007) and a bat-borne PRV (isolated from a bat [Eonycteris spelaea] in the Philippines in 2013) were investigated in BALB/c mice using virological, pathological, and immunological study methods...
December 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240631/in-vivo-5-day-animal-studies-of-a-compact-wearable-pumping-artificial-lung
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Shalv P Madhani, Brian J Frankowski, Sang-Ho Ye, Greg W Burgreen, William R Wagner, Robert Kormos, Jonathan D'Cunha, William J Federspiel
Recent studies show improved outcomes in ambulated lung failure patients. Ambulation still remains a challenge in these patients. This necessitates development of more compact and less cumbersome respiratory support specifically designed to be wearable. The Paracorporeal Ambulatory Assist Lung (PAAL) is being designed for providing ambulatory support in lung failure patients during bridge to transplant or recovery. We previously published in vitro and acute in vivo results of the PAAL. This study further evaluates the PAAL for 5 days...
December 11, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240567/theoretical-evaluation-and-experimental-validation-of-localized-therapeutic-hypothermia-application-to-preserve-residual-hearing-after-cochlear-implantation
#15
Ilmar Tamames, Curtis King, Chin-Yuh Huang, Fred F Telischi, Michael E Hoffer, Suhrud M Rajguru
OBJECTIVES: Cochlear implantation surgery has been shown to result in trauma to inner ear sensory structures, resulting in loss of residual hearing. Localized therapeutic hypothermia has been shown in clinical care to be a neuroprotective intervention. Previously, we have shown in an experimental model that localized hypothermia protects cochlear hair cells and residual hearing function against surgical and cochlear implantation trauma. Using experimental temperature measurements carried out in human cadaver temporal bones and a finite element model of the inner ear, the present study examined the temperature distribution of a custom-designed hypothermia delivery system in the human inner ear organs...
December 13, 2017: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240559/fluorescence-detection-enumeration-and-characterization-of-single-circulating-cells-in-vivo-technology-applications-and-future-prospects
#16
Carolin Hartmann, Roshani Patil, Charles P Lin, Mark Niedre
There are many diseases and biological processes that involve circulating cells in the bloodstream, such as cancer metastasis, immunology, reproductive medicine, and stem cell therapies. This has driven significant interest in new technologies for the study of circulating cells in small animal research models and clinically. Most currently used methods require drawing and enriching blood samples from the body, but these suffer from a number of limitations. In contrast, 'in vivo flow cytometry' (IVFC) refers to set of technologies that allow study of cells directly in the bloodstream of the organism in vivo...
December 14, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240523/injectable-platelet-rich-fibrin-using-the-low-speed-centrifugation-concept-improves-cartilage-regeneration-when-compared-to-platelet-rich-plasma
#17
Mustafa Abd El Raouf, Xuzhu Wang, Si Miusi, Jihua Chai, Abdel Basit Mohamed AbdEl-Aal, Mekkawy M Nefissa Helmy, Shahram Ghanaati, Joseph Choukroun, Elisa Choukroun, Yufeng Zhang, Richard J Miron
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effect of injectable platelet-rich fibrin (i-PRF) on cultivated chondrocytes and osteochondral regeneration in critical-sized osteochondral defect of the rabbit's knee in comparison to autologous platelet-rich plasma (PRP). Chondrocytes were first investigated for their ability to proliferate and differentiate in response to PRP and i-PRF. Thereafter, full-thickness critical-sized osteochondral defects 5 mm in diameter and 5 mm in depth were created in the knee joint of 12 adult female New Zealand White rabbits...
December 14, 2017: Platelets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240422/high-in-vivo-stability-of-64cu-labeled-cross-bridged-chelators-is-a-crucial-factor-in-improved-tumor-imaging-of-rgd-peptide-conjugates
#18
Swarbhanu Sarkar, Nikunj Bhatt, Yeong Su Ha, Phuong Tu Huynh, Nisarg Soni, Woong Hee Lee, Yong Jin Lee, Jung Young Kim, Darpan N Pandya, Gwang Il An, Kyo Chul Lee, Yongmin Chang, Jeongsoo Yoo
Although the importance of bifunctional chelators (BFCs) is well recognized, the chemophysical parameters of chelators that govern the biological behavior of the corresponding bioconjugates have not been clearly elucidated. Here, five BFCs closely related in structure were conjugated with a cyclic RGD peptide and radiolabeled with Cu-64 ions. Various biophysical and chemical properties of the Cu(II) complexes were analyzed with the aim of identifying correlations between individual factors and the biological behavior of the conjugates...
December 14, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240408/itraq-based-untargeted-quantitative-proteomic-approach-to-identify-change-of-the-plasma-proteins-by-salbutamol-abuse-in-beef-cattle
#19
Kai Zhang, Chaohua Tang, Xiaowei Liang, Qingyu Zhao, Junmin Zhang
Salbutamol, a selective β2-agonist, endangers the safety of animal products because of illegal use in food animals. In this study, an iTRAQ-based untargeted quantitative proteomic approach was applied to screen potential protein biomarkers in plasma of cattle before and after treatment with salbutamol for 21 days. A total of 62 plasma proteins were significantly affected by salbutamol treatment, which can be used as potential biomarkers to screen for the illegal use of salbutamol in beef cattle. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay measurements of five selected proteins demonstrated the reliability of iTRAQ-based proteomics in screening of candidate biomarkers among the plasma proteins...
December 14, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240021/differences-in-seizure-expression-between-magnetic-seizure-therapy-and-electroconvulsive-shock
#20
Yael M Cycowicz, Stefan B Rowny, Bruce Luber, Sarah H Lisanby
OBJECTIVE: Evidence suggests that magnetic seizure therapy (MST) results in fewer side effects than electroconvulsive treatment, both in humans treated with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) as well as in the animal preclinical model that uses electroconvulsive shock (ECS). Evidence suggests that MST results in fewer cognitive side effects than ECT. Although MST offers enhanced control over seizure induction and spread, little is known about how MST and ECT seizures differ. Seizure characteristics are associated with treatment effect...
December 12, 2017: Journal of ECT
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