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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542356/the-use-of-preferred-social-stimuli-as-rewards-for-rhesus-macaques-in-behavioural-neuroscience
#1
Helen Gray, Bradley Pearce, Alexander Thiele, Candy Rowe
Macaques are often motivated to perform in neuroscientific experiments by implementing fluid restriction protocols. Daily access to water is controlled and the monkeys are rewarded with droplets of fluid for performing correct trials in the laboratory. Although these protocols are widely used and highly effective, it is important from a 3Rs perspective to investigate refinements that may help to lessen the severity of the fluid restriction applied. We assessed the use of social stimuli (images of conspecifics) as rewards for four rhesus macaques performing simple cognitive tasks...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505100/preclinical-evaluation-of-the-efficacy-of-antivenoms-for-snakebite-envenoming-state-of-the-art-and-challenges-ahead
#2
REVIEW
José María Gutiérrez, Gabriela Solano, Davinia Pla, María Herrera, Álvaro Segura, Mariángela Vargas, Mauren Villalta, Andrés Sánchez, Libia Sanz, Bruno Lomonte, Guillermo León, Juan J Calvete
Animal-derived antivenoms constitute the mainstay in the therapy of snakebite envenoming. The efficacy of antivenoms to neutralize toxicity of medically-relevant snake venoms has to be demonstrated through meticulous preclinical testing before their introduction into the clinical setting. The gold standard in the preclinical assessment and quality control of antivenoms is the neutralization of venom-induced lethality. In addition, depending on the pathophysiological profile of snake venoms, the neutralization of other toxic activities has to be evaluated, such as hemorrhagic, myotoxic, edema-forming, dermonecrotic, in vitro coagulant, and defibrinogenating effects...
May 13, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504918/sheep-placenta-cotyledons-a-noninvasive-source-of-ovine-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#3
Iris Ribitsch, Souyet Chang-Rodriguez, Monika Egerbacher, Simone Gabner, Sinan Gueltekin, Johann Huber, Therese Schuster, Florien Jenner
Sheep are one of the most frequently used large animal models in stem cell research. However, minimal invasive or noninvasive sources of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in sheep are scarce. In the light of the principles of the 3Rs (reduce, refine, replace), it would therefore be desirable to identify a minimally invasive or noninvasive ovine MSC source. In humans, the chorionic villi of the placenta, which can be noninvasively harvested as part of the afterbirth, have been identified as a rich source of MSCs...
May 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443181/development-of-a-test-method-for-the-evaluation-of-dna-damage-in-mouse-spermatogonial-stem-cells
#4
Hye Lyun Jeon, Jung-Sun Yi, Tae Sung Kim, Youkyung Oh, Hye Jeong Lee, Minseong Lee, Jin Seok Bang, Kinarm Ko, Il Young Ahn, Kyungyuk Ko, Joohwan Kim, Hye-Kyung Park, Jong Kwon Lee, Soo Jung Sohn
Although alternative test methods based on the 3Rs (Replacement, Reduction, Refinement) are being developed to replace animal testing in reproductive and developmental toxicology, they are still in an early stage. Consequently, we aimed to develop alternative test methods in male animals using mouse spermatogonial stem cells (mSSCs). Here, we modified the OECD TG 489 and optimized the in vitro comet assay in our previous study. This study aimed to verify the validity of in vitro tests involving mSSCs by comparing their results with those of in vivo tests using C57BL/6 mice by gavage...
April 2017: Toxicological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429311/improving-animal-welfare-using-continuous-nalbuphine-infusion-in-a-long-term-rat-model-of-sepsis
#5
Victor Jeger, Mattia Arrigo, Florian F Hildenbrand, Daniel Müller, Paulin Jirkof, Till Hauffe, Burkhardt Seifert, Margarete Arras, Donat R Spahn, Dominique Bettex, Alain Rudiger
BACKGROUND: Sepsis research relies on animal models to investigate the mechanisms of the dysregulated host response to infection. Animal welfare concerns request the use of potent analgesics for the Refinement of existing sepsis models, according to the 3Rs principle. Nevertheless, adequate analgesia is often missing, partly because the effects of analgesics in this particular condition are unknown. We evaluated the use of nalbuphine, an opioid with kappa agonistic and mu antagonistic effects, in rats with and without experimental sepsis...
December 2017: Intensive Care Medicine Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422076/zeglobaltox-an-innovative-approach-to-address-organ-drug-toxicity-using-zebrafish
#6
Carles Cornet, Simone Calzolari, Rafael Miñana-Prieto, Sylvia Dyballa, Els van Doornmalen, Helma Rutjes, Thierry Savy, Davide D'Amico, Javier Terriente
Toxicity is one of the major attrition causes during the drug development process. In that line, cardio-, neuro-, and hepatotoxicities are among the main reasons behind the retirement of drugs in clinical phases and post market withdrawal. Zebrafish exploitation in high-throughput drug screening is becoming an important tool to assess the toxicity and efficacy of novel drugs. This animal model has, from early developmental stages, fully functional organs from a physiological point of view. Thus, drug-induced organ-toxicity can be detected in larval stages, allowing a high predictive power on possible human drug-induced liabilities...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409527/animal-welfare-officers-in-australian-higher-education-3r-application-work-contexts-and-risk-perception
#7
Peter J Chen
Acceptance of the concept of replacement, refinement, and reduction (the 3Rs) and the need for their implementation is widespread in the research community, and is also backed by local governance requirements in many key jurisdictions. Yet concerns about underutilization of these concepts and practices remain. From a survey of animal welfare officers (AWOs) in Australia, the attitudes to, and the adoption of, 3Rs in Australian public universities is explored. The survey finds that Australian AWOs have considerable concerns about 3R uptake, with 44% agreeing that '3R possibilities often remain unused'...
January 1, 2017: Laboratory Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328898/more-than-3rs-the-importance-of-scientific-validity-for-harm-benefit-analysis-of-animal-research
#8
Hanno Würbel
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 22, 2017: Lab Animal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322894/inflammation-and-immunogenicity-limit-the-utility-of-the-rabbit-as-a-nonclinical-species-for-ocular-biologic-therapeutics
#9
Christina L Zuch de Zafra, Vito G Sasseville, Steven Matsumoto, Christian Freichel, Mark Milton, Timothy K MacLachlan, Cindy Farman, Iona Raymond, Swati Gupta, Ronald Newton, Elke-Astrid Atzpodien, Evan A Thackaberry
The nonclinical safety evaluation of therapeutic drug candidates is commonly conducted in two species (rodent and non-rodent) in keeping with international health authority guidance. Biologic drugs typically have restricted species cross-reactivity, necessitating the evaluation of safety in non-human primates and thus limiting the utility of lower order species. Safety studies of cross-reactive ocular biologic drug candidates have been conducted in rabbits as a second toxicology species, despite the fact that rabbits are not a rodent species...
March 16, 2017: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321041/evaluation-of-a-general-toxicity-study-incorporating-phototoxicity-assessments-in-sprague-dawley-rats
#10
Yutaka Yonezawa, Taishi Miyashita, Hiroko Ashizawa, Kazuto Hashimoto, Hiroaki Nejishima, Haruko Ogawa
Previously, we showed that phototoxicity assessments in Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats can detect phototoxic potential to the same degree as those in guinea pigs. In this study, we examined whether phototoxicity assessments can be incorporated into general toxicology studies, using SD rats. Three phototoxic compounds were tested. Acridine and 8-methoxypsoralen (8-MOP) were transdermally administered, and 8-MOP and lomefloxacin were orally administered. The animals were allocated to three groups for each compound: single-dose, repeated-dose, and repeated-dose plus toxicokinetics (TK)...
2017: Journal of Toxicological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263526/bioindicators-of-wastewater-ecotoxicity
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REVIEW
Gabriela Jirova, Zdenka Wittlingerova, Magdalena Zimova, Alena Vlkova, Martina Wittlerova, Marketa Dvorakova, Dagmar Jirova
Wastewater, especially containing hospital effluents, exhibits high chemical complexity and specificity since it includes various chemicals, biocides, pharmaceuticals, surfactants, radionuclides, disinfectants and pathogens. Biological tests provide true evidence of the wastewater quality and unlike chemical analytical tests show comprehensive pollution effects on the environment and human health. Normalized conventional bioassays are not sensitive enough for ecotoxicological evaluation of wastewater and there is a great need for the development of suitable sensitive bioassays in order to characterize properly the residual toxicity of treated effluents...
December 18, 2016: Neuro Endocrinology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251926/phosphoregulation-of-tau-modulates-inhibition-of-kinesin-1-motility
#12
Jamie L Stern, Dominique V Lessard, Gregory J Hoeprich, Gerardo A Morfini, Christopher L Berger
Microtubule-based axonal transport is tightly regulated by numerous pathways, ensuring appropriate delivery of specific organelle cargoes to selected subcellular domains. Highlighting the importance of this process, pathological evidence has linked alterations in these pathways to the pathogenesis of several neurodegenerative diseases. An important regulator of this system, the microtubule-associated protein Tau, has been shown to participate in signaling cascades, modulate microtubule dynamics, and preferentially inhibit kinesin-1 motility...
April 15, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245867/detection-of-schistosoma-antibodies-and-exploration-of-associated-factors-among-local-residents-around-inlay-lake-southern-shan-state-myanmar
#13
Htin Zaw Soe, Cho Cho Oo, Tin Ohn Myat, Nay Soe Maung
BACKGROUND: Schistosomiasis is a chronic parasitic disease caused by blood flukes (trematode worms) of the genus Schistosoma. Its transmission has been reported in 78 countries affecting at least 258 million people world-wide. It was documented that S. japonicum species was prevalent in Shan State, Myanmar, but the serological study was not conducted yet. General objective of the present study was to detect schistosoma antibodies and explore associated factors among local residents living around Inlay Lake, Nyaung Shwe Township, and Southern Shan State, Myanmar...
March 1, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215928/human-platelet-lysate-is-a-successful-alternative-serum-supplement-for-propagation-of-monocyte-derived-dendritic-cells
#14
Urban Švajger
BACKGROUND AIMS: Clinical protocols for dendritic cell (DC) generation from monocytes require the use of animal serum-free supplements. Serum-free media can also require up to 1% of serum supplementation. In addition, recommendations based on the 3Rs (Refinement, Reduction, Replacement) principle also recommend the use of non-animal sera in in vitro studies. The aim of this study was to explore the potential use of platelet lysate (PL) for generation of optimally differentiated DCs from monocytes...
February 16, 2017: Cytotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214916/facial-expression-an-under-utilised-tool-for-the-assessment-of-welfare-in-mammals
#15
Kris A Descovich, Jennifer Wathan, Matthew C Leach, Hannah M Buchanan-Smith, Paul Flecknell, David Farningham, Sarah-Jane Vick
Animal welfare is a key issue for industries that use or impact upon animals. The accurate identification of welfare states is particularly relevant to the field of bioscience, where the 3Rs framework encourages refinement of experimental procedures involving animal models. The assessment and improvement of welfare states in animals is reliant on reliable and valid measurement tools. Behavioural measures (activity, attention, posture and vocalisation) are frequently used because they are immediate and non-invasive, however no single indicator can yield a complete picture of the internal state of an animal...
February 8, 2017: ALTEX
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170173/the-3rs-of-cell-therapy
#16
Arnold I Caplan, Chris Mason, Brock Reeve
The 3Rs for a good education are "reading, 'riting, and 'rithmetic." The basis for good health care solutions for the emergent field of cell therapy in the future will also involve 3Rs: regulation, reimbursement, and realization of value. The business models in this new field of cell therapy will involve these 3Rs. This article brings forth realities facing this new industry for its approaches to provide curative health care solutions. Stem Cells Translational Medicine 2017;6:17-21.
January 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150005/gauging-circadian-variation-in-ketamine-metabolism-by-real-time-breath-analysis
#17
P Martinez-Lozano Sinues, M Kohler, S A Brown, R Zenobi, R Dallmann
The time-of-day of drug application is an important factor in maximizing efficacy and minimizing toxicity. Real-time in vivo mass spectrometric breath analysis of mice was deployed to investigate time-of-day variation in ketamine metabolism. Different production rates of ketamine metabolites, including the recently described anti-depressant hydroxynorketamine, were found in opposite circadian phases. Thus, breath analysis has potential as a rapid and 3Rs (Replacement, Reduction and Refinement) conforming screening method to estimate the time-dependence of drug metabolism...
February 14, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149193/sheep-as-an-experimental-model-for-biomaterial-implant-evaluation
#18
Suelen Cristina Sartoretto, Marcelo José Uzeda, Fúlvio Borges Miguel, Jhonathan Raphaell Nascimento, Fabio Ascoli, Mônica Diuana Calasans-Maia
OBJECTIVE: Based on a literature review and on our own experience, this study proposes sheep as an experimental model to evaluate the bioactive capacity of bone substitute biomaterials, dental implant systems and orthopedics devices. The literature review covered relevant databases available on the Internet from 1990 until to date, and was supplemented by our own experience. METHODS: For its resemblance in size and weight to humans, sheep are quite suitable for use as an experimental model...
September 2016: Acta Ortopedica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095847/the-biomedical-piglet-establishing-reference-intervals-for-haematology-and-clinical-chemistry-parameters-of-two-age-groups-with-and-without-iron-supplementation
#19
Domenico Ventrella, Francesco Dondi, Francesca Barone, Federica Serafini, Alberto Elmi, Massimo Giunti, Noemi Romagnoli, Monica Forni, Maria L Bacci
BACKGROUND: The similarities between swine and humans in physiological and genomic patterns, and the great correlation in size and anatomy, make pigs extremely useful in preclinical studies. New-born piglets can represent a model for congenital and genetic diseases in new-born children. It is known that piglets may have significant differences in clinicopathological results compared to adult pigs. Therefore, adult laboratory reference intervals cannot be applied to piglets. The aim of this study was to compare haematological and chemical variables in piglets of two ages and determinate age-related reference intervals for commercial hybrid young pigs...
January 17, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076320/solid-waste-management-in-thailand-an-overview-and-case-study-tha-khon-yang-sub-district
#20
Nachalida Yukalang, Beverley Dawn Clarke, Kirstin Elizabeth Ross
Due to rapid urbanization, solid waste management (SWM) has become a significant issue in several developing countries including Thailand. Policies implemented by the Central Thai Government to manage SWM issues have had only limited success. This article reviews current municipal waste management plans in Thailand and examines municipal waste management at the local level, with focus on the Tha Khon Yang sub-district surrounding Mahasarakham University in Mahasarakham Province. Within two decades this area has been converted from a rural to an urban landscape featuring accommodation for over 45,000 university students and a range of business facilities...
January 11, 2017: Reviews on Environmental Health
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