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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328893/improving-quality-of-science-through-better-animal-welfare-the-nc3rs-strategy
#1
Mark J Prescott, Katie Lidster
Good animal welfare is linked to the quality of research data derived from laboratory animals, their validity as models of human disease, the number of animals required to reach statistical significance and the reproducibility of in vivo studies. Identifying new ways of understanding and improving animal welfare, and promoting these in the scientific community, is therefore a key part of the work of the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs). Our strategy for animal welfare includes funding research to generate an evidence base to support refinements, office-led data sharing to challenge existing practices, events and networks to raise awareness of the evidence base, and the creation of online and other resources to support practical implementation of refinement opportunities...
March 22, 2017: Lab Animal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328884/aggression-in-group-housed-laboratory-mice-why-can-t-we-solve-the-problem
#2
Elin M Weber, Jamie Ahloy Dallaire, Brianna N Gaskill, Kathleen R Pritchett-Corning, Joseph P Garner
Group housing is highly important for social animals. However, it can also give rise to aggression, one of the most serious welfare concerns in laboratory mouse husbandry. Severe fighting can lead to pain, injury and even death. In addition, working with animals that are severely socially stressed, wounded or singly-housed as a result of aggression may compromise scientific validity. Some general recommendations on how to minimize aggression exist, but the problem persists. Thus far, studies attempting to find solutions have mainly focused on social dominance and territorial behavior, but many other aspects of routine housing and husbandry that might influence aggressive behavior have been overlooked...
March 22, 2017: Lab Animal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327531/porcine-dendritic-cells-as-an-in-vitro-model-to-assess-the-immunological-behaviour-of-streptococcus-suis-subunit-vaccine-formulations-and-the-polarizing-effect-of-adjuvants
#3
Léa Martelet, Sonia Lacouture, Guillaume Goyette-Desjardins, Guy Beauchamp, Charles Surprenant, Marcelo Gottschalk, Mariela Segura
An in vitro porcine bone marrow-derived dendritic cell (DC) culture was developed as a model for evaluating immune polarization induced by adjuvants when administered with immunogens that may become vaccine candidates if appropriately formulated. The swine pathogen Streptococcus suis was chosen as a prototype to evaluate proposed S. suis vaccine candidates in combination with the adjuvants Poly I:C, Quil A ®, Alhydrogel ®, TiterMax Gold ® and Stimune ®. The toll-like receptor ligand Poly I:C and the saponin Quil A ® polarized swine DC cytokines towards a type 1 phenotype, with preferential production of IL-12 and TNF-α...
March 22, 2017: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320774/3d-bioprint-me-a-socioethical-view-of-bioprinting-human-organs-and-tissues
#4
Niki Vermeulen, Gill Haddow, Tirion Seymour, Alan Faulkner-Jones, Wenmiao Shu
In this article, we review the extant social science and ethical literature on three-dimensional (3D) bioprinting. 3D bioprinting has the potential to be a 'game-changer', printing human organs on demand, no longer necessitating the need for living or deceased human donation or animal transplantation. Although the technology is not yet at the level required to bioprint an entire organ, 3D bioprinting may have a variety of other mid-term and short-term benefits that also have positive ethical consequences, for example, creating alternatives to animal testing, filling a therapeutic need for minors and avoiding species boundary crossing...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318400/new-frontiers-in-fibers-innovative-and-emerging-research-on-the-gut-microbiome-and-bone-health
#5
Taylor C Wallace, Massimo Marzorati, Lisa Spence, Connie M Weaver, Patricia S Williamson
The complex interactions between the diet, gut microbiome, and host characteristics that provide a functional benefit to the host are an area of great interest and current exploration in the nutrition and health science community. New technologies are available to assess mechanisms that may explain these functional benefits to the host. One emerging functional benefit from changes in the gut microbiome is increased calcium absorption, increased calcium retention, and improved indices of bone health. Prebiotic fibers enhance microbial fermentation in the gut, providing an ecological advantage to specific nonpathogenic bacteria that have the ability to modify an individual's metabolic potential...
March 20, 2017: Journal of the American College of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316481/response-surface-methodology-using-a-fullest-balanced-model-a-re-analysis-of-a-dataset-in-the-korean-journal-for-food-science-of-animal-resources
#6
Sungsue Rheem, Insoo Rheem, Sejong Oh
Response surface methodology (RSM) is a useful set of statistical techniques for modeling and optimizing responses in research studies of food science. In the analysis of response surface data, a second-order polynomial regression model is usually used. However, sometimes we encounter situations where the fit of the second-order model is poor. If the model fitted to the data has a poor fit including a lack of fit, the modeling and optimization results might not be accurate. In such a case, using a fullest balanced model, which has no lack of fit, can fix such problem, enhancing the accuracy of the response surface modeling and optimization...
2017: Korean Journal for Food Science of Animal Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302564/tackling-maladaptive-memories-through-reconsolidation-from-neural-to-clinical-science
#7
James W B Elsey, Merel Kindt
Behavioral neuroscience has greatly informed how we understand the formation, persistence, and plasticity of memory. Research has demonstrated that memory reactivation can induce a labile period, during which previously consolidated memories are sensitive to change, and in need of restabilization. This process is known as reconsolidation. Such findings have advanced not only our basic understanding of memory processes, but also hint at the prospect of harnessing these insights for the development of a new generation of treatments for disorders of emotional memory...
March 18, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298279/the-potential-impact-of-animal-science-research-on-global-maternal-and-child-nutrition-and-health-a-landscape-review
#8
REVIEW
Jack Odle, Sheila K Jacobi, R Dean Boyd, Dale E Bauman, Russell V Anthony, Fuller W Bazer, Adam L Lock, Andrew C Serazin
High among the challenges facing mankind as the world population rapidly expands toward 9 billion people by 2050 is the technological development and implementation of sustainable agriculture and food systems to supply abundant and wholesome nutrition. In many low-income societies, women and children are the most vulnerable to food insecurity, and it is unequivocal that quality nutrition during the first 1000 d of life postconception can be transformative in establishing a robust, lifelong developmental trajectory...
March 2017: Advances in Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291037/tardive-dyskinesia-a-historical-perspective
#9
Matthew Macaluso, Alexandra Flynn, Sheldon H Preskorn
The goal of this column is to provide historical context on tardive dyskinesia (TD) to help the reader understand how the concept was studied and evolved over time. Psychiatrists today should understand this history and consider it in combination with more recent data on the neurobiology of TD, including data from animal studies. This combination of classic data with modern science can help readers develop a more complete understanding and lead to a more judicious use of the term TD, after consideration of all of the alternative causes of abnormal movements, including spontaneous dyskinesia (SD)...
March 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289515/biochemical-strategies-for-the-detection-and-detoxification-of-toxic-chemicals-in-the-environment
#10
EDITORIAL
Ferdinando Febbraio
Addressing the problems related to the widespread presence of an increasing number of chemicals released into the environment by human activities represents one of the most important challenges of this century. In the last few years, to replace the high cost, in terms of time and money, of conventional technologies, the scientific community has directed considerable research towards the development both of new detection systems for the measurement of the contamination levels of chemicals in people's body fluids and tissue, as well as in the environment, and of new remediation strategies for the removal of such chemicals from the environment, as a means of the prevention of human diseases...
February 26, 2017: World Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287586/introducing-clicker-training-as-a-cognitive-enrichment-for-laboratory-mice
#11
Charlotte Leidinger, Felix Herrmann, Christa Thöne-Reineke, Nadine Baumgart, Jan Baumgart
Establishing new refinement strategies in laboratory animal science is a central goal in fulfilling the requirements of Directive 2010/63/EU. Previous research determined a profound impact of gentle handling protocols on the well-being of laboratory mice. By introducing clicker training to the keeping of mice, not only do we promote the amicable treatment of mice, but we also enable them to experience cognitive enrichment. Clicker training is a form of positive reinforcement training using a conditioned secondary reinforcer, the "click" sound of a clicker, which serves as a time bridge between the strengthened behavior and an upcoming reward...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285934/human-exposure-to-chemical-mixtures-challenges-for-the-integration-of-toxicology-with-epidemiology-data-in-risk-assessment
#12
REVIEW
Antonio F Hernández, Aristidis M Tsatsakis
Little is known about the potential adverse effects from longterm exposure to complex mixtures at low doses, close to health-based reference values. Traditional chemical-specific risk assessment based on animal testing may be insufficient and the lack of toxicological studies on chemical mixtures remains a major regulatory challenge. Hence, new methodologies on cumulative risk assessment are being developed but still present major limitations. Evaluation of chemical mixture effects requires an integrated and systematic approach and close collaboration across different scientific fields, particularly toxicology, epidemiology, exposure science, risk assessment and statistics for a proper integration of data from all these disciplines...
March 7, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285172/multifunctional-luv-liposomes-decorated-for-bbb-and-amyloid-targeting-b-in-vivo-brain-targeting-potential-in-wild-type-and-app-ps1-mice
#13
Konstantina Papadia, Anastasios D Giannou, Eleni Markoutsa, Christian Bigot, Greejte Vanhoute, Spyridon Mourtas, Annemie Van der Linded, Georgios T Stathopoulos, Sophia G Antimisiaris
Multifunctional liposomes (mf-LIPs) having a curcumin-lipid ligand (to target amyloids) together with two ligands to target the transferrin, and the low-density apolipoprotein receptor of the blood-brain-barrier (BBB) on their surface, were previously studied (in vitro) as potential theranostic systems for Alzheimer's disease (AD) (Papadia et al., 2017, Eur. J. Pharm. Sciences; 101:140-148). Herein, the targeting potential of mf-LIPs was compared to that of BBB-LIPs (liposomes having only the two BBB-specific ligands) in FVB mice (normal), as well as in double transgenic mice (APP/PS1) and their corresponding littermates (WT), by live-animal (in vivo) and explanted organ (ex vivo) imaging...
March 8, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284227/the-association-between-adverse-pregnancy-outcomes-and-maternal-human-papillomavirus-infection-a-systematic-review-protocol
#14
Joseph Niyibizi, Nadège Zanré, Marie-Hélène Mayrand, Helen Trottier
BACKGROUND: Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most prevalent genital infection, especially in young women of reproductive age. In vitro and animal model experiments provide compelling evidence of the harmful effect of HPV on pregnancy outcomes, but results from epidemiologic studies are inconclusive. We aim to determine the strength of the relationship between adverse pregnancy outcomes (APO) and HPV infection and assess its consistency across studies, by systematically reviewing the literature...
March 11, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283966/data-standardization-and-quality-management
#15
Paul A Lapchak, John H Zhang
Important questions regarding the conduct of scientific research and data transparency have been raised in various scientific forums over the last 10 years. It is becoming clear, that in spite of published RIGOR guidelines, that improvement in the transparency of scientific research is required to focus on the discovery and drug development process so that a treatment can be provided to stroke patients. We have the unique privilege of conducting research using animal models of a disease so that we can address the development of a new therapy, and we should do this with great care and vigilance...
March 10, 2017: Translational Stroke Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281774/parasites-of-domestic-and-wild-animals-in-south-africa-l-ixodid-ticks-infesting-horses-and-donkeys
#16
Ivan G Horak, Heloise Heyne, Ali Halajian, Shalaine Booysen, Willem J Smit
The aim of the study was to determine the species spectrum of ixodid ticks that infest horses and donkeys in South Africa and to identify those species that act as vectors of disease to domestic livestock. Ticks were collected opportunistically from 391 horses countrywide by their owners or grooms, or by veterinary students and staff at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria. Ticks were also collected from 76 donkeys in Limpopo Province, 2 in Gauteng Province and 1 in North West province...
February 28, 2017: Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280794/the-putative-effects-of-d-aspartic-acid-on-blood-testosterone-levels-a-systematic-review
#17
REVIEW
Farzad Roshanzamir, Seyyed Morteza Safavi
BACKGROUND: D-Aspartic acid (D-Asp) is in invertebrate and vertebrate neuroendocrine tissues, where it carries out important physiological functions. Recently, it has been reported that D-Asp is involved in the synthesis and release of testosterone and is assumed can be used as a testosterone booster for infertile men, and by athletes to increase muscle mass and strength. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this review is to summarize available evidence related to the effects of D-Asp on serum testosterone levels...
January 2017: International Journal of Reproductive Biomedicine (Yazd, Iran)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279182/the-use-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-for-cartilage-repair-and-regeneration-a-systematic-review
#18
REVIEW
Andy Goldberg, Katrina Mitchell, Julian Soans, Louise Kim, Razi Zaidi
BACKGROUND: The management of articular cartilage defects presents many clinical challenges due to its avascular, aneural and alymphatic nature. Bone marrow stimulation techniques, such as microfracture, are the most frequently used method in clinical practice however the resulting mixed fibrocartilage tissue which is inferior to native hyaline cartilage. Other methods have shown promise but are far from perfect. There is an unmet need and growing interest in regenerative medicine and tissue engineering to improve the outcome for patients requiring cartilage repair...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278315/biochemical-effects-of-exercise-on-a-fasciocutaneous-flap-in-a-rat-model
#19
Edita Aksamitiene, Adam L Baker, Sudeep Roy, Salini Hota, Li-Hui Zhang, Julianna Rodin, Kealan Hobelmann, Jan B Hoek, Edmund A Pribitkin
Importance: An overwhelming amount of data suggest that cardiovascular exercise has a positive effect on the mind and body, although the precise mechanism is not always clear. Objective: To assess the clinical and biochemical effects of voluntary cardiovascular exercise on pedicled flaps in a rodent model. Design, Setting, and Participants: Eighteen adult Sprague-Dawley male rats were randomized into a resting animal group (RAG) (n=9) and an exercise animal group (EAG) (n=9) for 14 days (July 23, 2013, through July 30, 2013)...
March 9, 2017: JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277906/preclinical-evaluation-of-cell-based-strategies-to-prevent-or-treat-bronchopulmonary-dysplasia-in-animal-models-a-systematic-review
#20
Flore Lesage, Julio Jimenez, Jaan Toelen, Jan Deprest
Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) remains the most common complication of extreme prematurity as no effective treatment is available to date. This calls for the exploration of new therapeutic options like cell therapy, which is already effective for various human (lung) disorders. We systematically searched the MEDLINE, Embase and Web of Science databases from the earliest date till January 2017 and included original studies on the perinatal use of cell-based therapies (i.e. cells and/or cell-derivatives) to treat BDP in animal models...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
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