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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936166/nucleus-accumbens-mc4-r-stimulation-reduces-food-and-ethanol-intake-in-adult-rats-regardless-of-binge-like-ethanol-exposure-during-adolescence
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Francisca Carvajal, José M Lerma-Cabrera, Manuel Alcaraz-Iborra, Montserrat Navarro, Todd E Thiele, Inmaculada Cubero
The melanocortin (MC) system regulates feeding and ethanol consumption. Recent evidence shows that melanocortin 4 receptor (MC4-R) stimulation within the nucleus accumbens (NAc) elicits anorectic responses and reduces ethanol consumption and ethanol palatability in adult rats. Ethanol exposure during adolescence causes long-lasting changes in neural pathways critically involved in neurobehavioral responses to ethanol. In this regard, binge-like ethanol exposure during adolescence reduces basal alpha-melanocyte-stimulating hormone (α-MSH) and alters the levels of agouti-related peptide (AgRP) in hypothalamic and limbic areas...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935448/perinatal-effects-of-exposure-to-pcbs-on-social-preferences-in-young-adult-and-middle-aged-offspring-mice
#2
Alaa Karkaba, Nidhal Soualeh, Rachid Soulimani, Jaouad Bouayed
In social species, social interactions between conspecifics constitute a fundamental component to establish relations, provide best chances to reproduce, and even improve survival rates. In this study, a three-chambered social approach test was used to estimate the level of sociability and level of preference for social novelty in both male and female young adult (postnatal day (PND) 50) and middle-aged (PND 330) offspring mice (n=10 per group) that were perinatally exposed to a mixture of six polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), 28, 52, 101, 138, 153, and 180, at environmentally low doses (10 and 1000ng/kg b...
September 18, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921679/maternal-immune-activation-leads-to-increased-nnos-immunoreactivity-in-the-brain-of-postnatal-day-2-rat-offspring
#3
Jiaxian Zhang, Yu Jing, Hu Zhang, David K Bilkey, Ping Liu
Neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) is a key arginine metabolising enzyme in the brain, and nNOS-derived nitric oxide plays an important role in regulating glutamatergic neurotransmission. Nitric oxide and its related molecules are involved in the pathogenesis of schizophrenia, and human genetic studies have identified schizophrenia risk genes encoding nNOS. The present study systematically investigated how maternal immune activation (MIA; a risk factor for schizophrenia) induced by polyinosinic:polycytidylic acid affected nNOS-immunoreactivity in the brain of the resulting male and female offspring at the age of postnatal day (PND) 2...
September 16, 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914327/repeated-2-sevoflurane-administration-in-7%C3%A2-and-60-day-old-rats-neurotoxicity-and-neurocognitive-dysfunction
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He Huang, Cun-Ming Liu, Jie Sun, Wen-Jie Jin, Yu-Qing Wu, Jing Chen
BACKGROUND: Sevoflurane is one of the most widely used inhalation anesthetics in pediatric anesthesia. A large number of studies have demonstrated that repeated treatment with high concentrations or long durations of sevoflurane anesthesia during the neonatal period can induce neuroapoptosis and long-term learning disability. In clinical practice, we observed that a subset of patients underwent minor surgery under sevoflurane anesthesia more than once from birth to adolescence. Therefore, this research was conducted to investigate whether a 2% concentration of sevoflurane (clinically relevant usage of sevoflurane) for 1 h (a short duration) can induce neuroapoptosis and neurocognitive dysfunction in adolescent rats that received sevoflurane (2% for 1 h) during the neonatal period...
September 15, 2017: Der Anaesthesist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905719/consequences-of-oral-gavage-during-gestation-and-lactation-on-rat-dams-and-the-neurodevelopment-and-behavior-of-their-offspring
#5
Kate McDonnell-Dowling, Silke Kleefeld, John P Kelly
Oral gavage is a popular route of drug administration during preclinical testing. Despite the growing body of information regarding the effects of oral gavage and the stress associated with this technique, the consequences of such exposure during pregnancy or lactation have rarely been investigated. Therefore, we sought to determine the consequences of oral gavage exposure during pregnancy and lactation on the neurodevelopment and behavior of rat offspring. Pregnant Sprague-Dawley dams underwent either no treatment or oral gavage of distilled water once daily from gestational day 7 until postnatal day 21...
January 1, 2017: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903790/virtual-reality-exposure-therapy-for-the-treatment-of-dental-phobia-a-controlled-feasibility-study
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Kumar Raghav Gujjar, Arjen van Wijk, Ratika Sharma, Ad de Jongh
BACKGROUND: Virtual reality exposure therapy (VRET) has been used to treat a variety of fears and phobias. AIM: To determine the feasibility (i.e. safety and efficacy) of using VRET to treat dental phobia. METHOD: Safety was evaluated by determining any adverse events or symptom exacerbation. Efficacy of VRET was evaluated by comparing the reduction in dental anxiety scores (measured 16 times within a 14-week study period, and at 6-month follow-up), and its behavioural effects with that of an informational pamphlet (IP) on ten randomized patients with dental phobia using a controlled multiple baseline design...
September 14, 2017: Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903622/maternal-dietary-n-6-polyunsaturated-fatty-acid-deprivation-does-not-exacerbate-post-weaning-reductions-in-arachidonic-acid-and-its-mediators-in-the-mouse-hippocampus
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Shoug M Alashmali, Alex P Kitson, Lin Lin, R J Scott Lacombe, Richard P Bazinet
OBJECTIVES: The present study examines how lowering maternal dietary n-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) (starting from pregnancy) compared to offspring (starting from post-weaning) affect the levels of n-6 and n-3 fatty acids in phospholipids (PL) and lipid mediators in the hippocampus of mice. METHODS: Pregnant mice were randomly assigned to consume either a deprived or an adequate n-6 PUFA diet during pregnancy and lactation (maternal exposure). On postnatal day (PND) 21, half of the male pups were weaned onto the same diet as their dams, and the other half were switched to the other diet for 9 weeks (offspring exposure)...
September 13, 2017: Nutritional Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901367/effects-of-developmental-arsenite-exposure-on-hippocampal-synapses-in-mouse-offspring
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Fenghong Zhao, Yingjun Liao, Hongge Tang, Jie Piao, Gaoyang Wang, Yaping Jin
Arsenic exposure through drinking water can impair the learning and memory ability of children in China and other countries. Synaptic plasticity plays a key role in the process of learning and memory. Alterations in the expression of presynaptic and postsynaptic proteins can be used to evaluate synaptic plasticity, and further to evaluate impairment in learning and memory ability. Thereby, the aim of this study was to explore the mechanisms underlying arsenic neurotoxicity by focusing on alterations in the hippocampal synapses of mouse offspring induced by developmental arsenite exposure...
September 13, 2017: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900865/genetic-counseling-in-primary-immunodeficiency-disorders-an-emerging-experience-in-egypt
#9
Rabab E El Hawary, Safa S Meshaal, Dalia S Abd Elaziz, Marwa A Elsharkawy, Radwa S Alkady, Sohilla Lotfy, Ahmad El-Sheikhah, Amr Hassan, Nermeen M Galal, Jeannette A Boutros, Aisha M Elmarsafy
BACKGROUND: Primary immunodeficiency disorders (PIDs) are a heterogeneous group of diseases of the immune system leading to life-threatening infections, and, unless urgently treated with immune reconstitution, patients do not usually survive. With the continuing progress in molecular diagnosis, many mutations have been described in more than 300 genes. Genetic counseling has recently been considered an essential part of the management of PIDs. This study presents the experience of genetic counseling services in the largest PID center in Egypt, and reports on our management plan and the impact of prenatal diagnosis (PND) on families...
September 12, 2017: Molecular Diagnosis & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900387/social-isolation-in-early-versus-late-adolescent-mice-is-associated-with-persistent-behavioral-deficits-that-can-be-improved-by-neurosteroid-based-treatment
#10
Andrea Locci, Philippe Geoffroy, Michel Miesch, Ayikoe-Guy Mensah-Nyagan, Graziano Pinna
Early trauma and stress exposure during a critical period of life may increase the risk of major depressive disorder (MDD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in adulthood. The first-choice treatment for MDD and PTSD are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants. Unfortunately, half of MDD and PTSD patients show resistance to the therapeutic effects of these drugs and more efficient treatments are essential. Both MDD and PTSD patients present reduced levels of allopregnanolone (Allo), a potent endogenous positive allosteric modulator of GABA action at GABAA receptors which are normalized by SSRIs in treatment responders...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900372/psychological-stress-has-a-higher-rate-of-developing-addictive-behaviors-compared-to-physical-stress-in-rat-offspring
#11
Masoud Nazeri, Arezoo Ebrahimi, Iraj Aghaei, Samaneh Ghotbi Ravandi, Mohammad Shabani
Prenatal stress could have great influence on development of offspring and might alter cognitive function and other physiological processes of children. The current study was conducted to study the effect of physical or psychological prenatal stress on addictive and anxiety-like behavior of male and female offspring during their adolescence period (postnatal day (PND) 40). Adult female rats were exposed to physical (swimming) or psychological (observing another female rat swimming) stress from day six of gestation for 10 days...
2017: EXCLI journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899646/early-life-adversity-potentiates-expression-of-addiction-related-traits
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Tristan J Hynes, Catherine S Thomas, Alicia S Zumbusch, Anna Samson, Ioana Petriman, Una Mrdja, Angelique Orr, Emilie Cutts, Bruce G Ruzindana, Alimohamed Hazari, Margaret Zjadewicz, Vedran Lovic
Many individuals sporadically and circumstantially sample addictive drugs, yet few become addicted. The individual vulnerabilities underlying the development of addiction are not well understood. Correlational findings show that early life adversity is associated with a greater propensity to develop drug addiction. However, the mechanisms by which early life adversity increases addiction vulnerability are unknown. Separate lines of research have found that several traits are associated with addiction. Here, we examined the effects of early life adversity on addiction-related traits in adulthood...
September 9, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893662/spatial-memory-related-brain-activity-in-normally-reared-and-different-maternal-separation-models-in-rats
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María Banqueri, Marta Méndez, Jorge L Arias
Early life stress comprises a wide range of adverse events that can occur in the subject's early developmental stages: from child abuse to rodent repeated maternal separation models. This study used young adult male Wistar rats that were maternally raised (AFR), maternally separated from post-natal day (PND) 1 to PND10 (MS10), or maternally separated from PND1 to PND21 (MS21), to assess the effects of maternal separation on spatial learning and memory using the Morris Water Maze (MWM). We also performed quantitative cytochrome oxidase (COx) histochemistry on some selected brain areas in order to find out whether maternal separation affects brain energy metabolism...
September 8, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891310/the-adverse-effects-of-perinatal-exposure-to-nonylphenol-on-carbohydrate-metabolism-in-male-offspring-rats
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J Yang, J Yu, P Wang, Y Luo, X F Yang, X S Yang, W M Li, J Xu
BACKGROUND: We sought to investigate the adverse effects of perinatal exposure to nonylphenol (NP) on carbohydrate metabolism of male offspring rats. METHODS: Thirty-two healthy pregnant Sprague Dawley rats were randomly divided into four groups, control normal diet group (C), NP normal diet group (NPN), control high-energy diet group (CH), and NP high-energy diet group (NPH). Both of the control groups were received a gavage of corn oil and the NP-groups were received NP (200 mg/kg/day) from gestational days 6 to post-natal day (PND) 21...
September 11, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Health Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886447/early-life-experience-contributes-to-the-developmental-programming-of-depressive-like-behaviour-neuroinflammation-and-oxidative-stress
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Gislaine Z Réus, Gabrielly C Fernandes, Airam B de Moura, Ritele H Silva, Ana Caroline Darabas, Thays G de Souza, Helena M Abelaira, Celso Carneiro, Diogo Wendhausen, Monique Michels, Bruna Pescador, Felipe Dal-Pizzol, Danielle S Macêdo, João Quevedo
This study used an animal model of depression induced by maternal care deprivation (MCD) to investigate whether depressive behaviour, neuroinflammation and oxidative stress were underlying factors in developmental programming after early life stress. At postnatal days (PND) 20, 30, 40, and 60, individual subsets of animals were evaluated in behavioural tests and then euthanized to assess cytokine levels and oxidative stress parameters in the prefrontal cortex (PFC), hippocampus and serum. The results showed that MCD did not induce behavioural changes at PND 30 and 40...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884398/developmental-exposure-of-decabromodiphenyl-ether-impairs-subventricular-zone-neurogenesis-and-morphology-of-granule-cells-in-mouse-olfactory-bulb
#16
Mingrui Xu, Yingxue Huang, Kaikai Li, Xinran Cheng, Guohong Li, Mengmeng Liu, Yufei Nie, Shu Geng, Shanting Zhao
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are additive flame retardants widely used in various products (e.g., textiles, consumer electronics, and plastics). Strong evidence indicates that PBDEs are developmental neurotoxicants that can cause neurodevelopmental disabilities and cognitive defects. Currently, decabromodiphenyl ether (BDE 209) is the only PBDE permitted for production in most countries. This study investigated the impact of BDE 209 on postnatal neurogenesis in the subventricular zone (SVZ) of ICR mice...
September 7, 2017: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28881098/identification-and-engineering-of-post-pks-modification-bottlenecks-for-ansamitocin-p-3-titer-improvement-in-actinosynnema-pretiosum-subsp-pretiosum-atcc-31280
#17
Xinjuan Ning, Xinran Wang, Yuanting Wu, Qianjin Kang, Linquan Bai
The type-I polyketide ansamitocin P-3 (AP-3) is a potent antitumor agent. Its production is most likely hampered by the required multiple substrate supplies and complicated post-PKS modifications in Actinosynnema pretiosum subsp. pretiosum ATCC 31280. For titer improvement, gene ansa30, encoding for a glycosyltransferase competing for the N-demethyl-AP-3 (PND-3) intermediate for AP-3 biosynthesis, was initially inactivated. In the mutant NXJ-22, the AP-3 titer was increased by 66% along with an obvious accumulation of PND-3, indicating that the N-methylation is a rate-limiting step...
September 7, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28880688/neonatal-rat-age-sex-and-strain-modify-acute-antioxidant-response-to-ozone
#18
Janice A Dye, Eugene A Gibbs-Flournoy, Judy H Richards, Joel Norwood, Katherine Kraft, Gary E Hatch
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the US and its impact continues to increase in women. Oxidant insults during critical periods of early life appear to increase risk of COPD through-out the life course. To better understand susceptibility to early life exposure to oxidant air pollutants we used Fisher (F344), Sprague-Dawley (SD) and Wistar (WIS) male and female neonatal rat pups to assess: (A) if strain (i.e. genetics), sex, or stage of early life development affected baseline lung antioxidant or redox enzyme levels and (B) if these same factors modulated antioxidant responsiveness to acute ozone exposure (1 ppm × 2 h) on post-natal day (PND) 14, 21, or 28...
September 7, 2017: Inhalation Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874690/a-single-neonatal-administration-of-bisphenol-a-induces-higher-tumour-weight-associated-to-changes-in-tumour-microenvironment-in-the-adulthood
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Margarita Isabel Palacios-Arreola, Karen Elizabeth Nava-Castro, Víctor Hugo Del Río-Araiza, Nashla Yazmín Pérez-Sánchez, Jorge Morales-Montor
BPA is an oestrogenic endocrine disrupting chemical compound. Exposure to BPA in as early as pregnancy leads to lifelong effects. Since endocrine and immune systems interact in a bidirectional manner, endocrine disruption may cause permanent alterations of the immune system, affecting a future anti-tumoral response. Neonate (PND 3) female syngeneic BALB/c mice were exposed to a single dose of 250 µg/kg BPA. Once sexual maturity was reached, a mammary tumour was induced injecting 4T1 cells in situ, these cells are derived from a spontaneous adenocarcinoma in a BALB/c mouse and therefore allows for an immunocompetent recipient...
September 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870491/the-effect-of-neonatal-immune-challenge-on-reproduction-by-altering-intraovarian-kisspeptin-gpr54-system-in-the-rat
#20
Bin-Qiao Wang, Yuan-Yuan Chen, Xiao-Xiao Lan, Zhi-Yang Zhou, Xin-Xin Xu, Xue-Qing Wu
Immune challenge in early life has been observed to influence the long-term reproductive dysfunction. On PNDs 3 and 5, female offsprings were administered with LPS (50μg/kg, i.p.) or saline. Vaginal opening was recorded, and oestrous cyclicity was monitored immediately post puberty and again at 56-70 days. At 10 weeks of age, the ovaries were removed for immunostaining and RNA analysis. Neonatal exposure to LPS resulted in a significant delay puberty onset as well as destroyed expression of ovulation related genes...
September 8, 2017: Reproductive Toxicology
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