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Laura M Langan, Stewart F Owen, Awadhesh N Jha
A novel method for the establishment and long-term maintenance of ex vivo cultures from intestinal regions of the rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss (Walbaum), is reported. Adherence of cells was observed within hours, epithelial island formation recorded at 48 h and rapid proliferation with confluence achieved between 9-14 days. In addition to metabolic characterisation, basic morphology of growing cells was characterised using histology, immunofluorescence, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and transepithelial electrical resistance (TEER)...
March 7, 2018: Biology Open
Theetha L Pavankumar
Inteins are self-splicing polypeptides with an ability to excise themselves from flanking host protein regions with remarkable precision; in the process, they ligate flanked host protein fragments. Inteins are distributed sporadically across all three domains of life (bacteria, archaea, and unicellular eukaryotes). However, their apparent localized distribution in DNA replication, repair, and recombination proteins (the 3Rs), particularly in bacteria and archaea, is enigmatic. Our understanding of the localized distribution of inteins in the 3Rs, and their possible regulatory role in such distribution, is still only partial...
February 28, 2018: Microorganisms
Motoki Nakamura, Thomas Haarmann-Stemmann, Jean Krutmann, Akimichi Morita
Increasing ethical concerns regarding animal experimentation have led to the development of various alternative methods based on the 3Rs (Refinement, Reduction, and Replacement), first described by Russell and Burch in 1959. Cosmetic and skin aging research are particularly susceptible to concerns related to animal testing. In addition to animal welfare reasons, there are scientific and economic reasons to reduce and avoid animal experiments. Importantly, animal experiments may not reflect findings in humans mainly because of the differences of architectures and immune responses between animal skin and human skin...
February 25, 2018: Experimental Dermatology
Karine Audouze, Olivier Taboureau, Philippe Grandjean
The need to prevent developmental brain disorders has led to an increased interest in efficient neurotoxicity testing. When an epidemic of microcephaly occurred in Brazil, Zika virus infection was soon identified as the likely culprit. However, the pathogenesis appeared to be complex, and a larvicide used to control mosquitoes responsible for transmission of the virus was soon suggested as an important causative factor. Yet, it is challenging to identify relevant and efficient tests that are also in line with ethical research defined by the 3Rs rule (Replacement, Reduction and Refinement)...
February 21, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
C Curtin, J C Nolan, R Conlon, L Deneweth, C Gallagher, Y J Tan, B L Cavanagh, A Z Asraf, H Harvey, S Miller-Delaney, J Shohet, I Bray, F J O'Brien, R L Stallings, O Piskareva
3D scaffold-based in vitro cell culturing is a recent technological advancement in cancer research bridging the gap between conventional 2D culture and in vivo tumours. The main challenge in treating neuroblastoma, a paediatric cancer of the sympathetic nervous system, is to combat tumour metastasis and resistance to multiple chemotherapeutic drugs. The aim of this study was to establish a physiologically relevant 3D neuroblastoma tissue-engineered system and explore its therapeutic relevance. Two neuroblastoma cell lines, chemotherapeutic sensitive Kelly and chemotherapeutic resistant KellyCis83 were cultured in a 3D in vitro model on two collagen-based scaffolds containing either glycosaminoglycan (Coll-GAG) or nanohydroxyapatite (Coll-nHA) and compared to 2D cell culture and an orthotopic murine model...
February 12, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
Hiroyuki Miyazaki, Yuji Yoshiyama
The alternative method to animal experiments is based on 3Rs (Replacement, Reduction, Refinement) of animal experiments. The use of an alternative method to animal experiment has become a global trend in chemical substances, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, agrochemicals, as well as cosmetics for which animal testing within the EU area was prohibited by the EU directive. Here, the progress of alternative method research to animal experiment in Japan, and recent topics on the development of "replacement" in cell culture, non mammalian, non vertebrates and in silico as technical aspects are described...
2018: Nihon Yakurigaku Zasshi. Folia Pharmacologica Japonica
Shaunik Sharma, Sreekanth Puttachary, Achala Thippeswamy, Anumantha G Kanthasamy, Thimmasettappa Thippeswamy
Various etiological factors, such as head injury, chemical intoxication, tumors, and gene mutation, can induce epileptogenesis. In animal models, status epilepticus (SE) triggers epileptogenesis. In humans, convulsive SE for >30 min can be a life-threatening medical emergency. The duration and severity of convulsive SE are highly variable in chemoconvulsant animal models. A continuous video-electroencephalography (EEG) recording, and/or diligent direct observation, facilitates quantification of exact duration of different stages of convulsive seizures (Racine stages 3-5) to determine the severity of SE...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Lina M Acosta Quintero, Alirio Palma, Justo Cobo, Christopher Glidewell
A versatile synthesis of multiply substituted cyclic dipeptides has been designed, based on the stepwise construction of the piperazine-2,5-dione ring using molecular fragments from four different precursor molecules. Starting from substituted 2-allylanilines, reaction with methyl 2-bromo-2-phenylacetate yields the corresponding methyl 2-(2-allylanilino)-2-phenylacetates, which react with haloacetyl chlorides to give methyl 2-[N-(2-allylphenyl)-2-haloacetamido]-2-phenylacetates, which then undergo ring closure with benzylamine to yield the corresponding cyclic dipeptides of type 4-(2-allylphenyl)-1-benzyl-3-phenylpiperazine-2,5-dione...
February 1, 2018: Acta Crystallographica. Section C, Structural Chemistry
Anna Löwa, Marijana Jevtic, Frida Gorreja, Sarah Hedtrich
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a chronic inflammatory skin disease of increasing prevalence, especially in industrialized countries. Roughly 25% of the children and 1-3% of adults are affected. Although significant progress has been made in the understanding of the pathogenesis of AD, many aspects remain poorly understood. Moreover, there is a pressing need for improved therapeutic options. Studies to elucidate the pathophysiological pathways of AD and to identify novel therapeutic targets over the last few decades have been conducted almost exclusively in animal models...
January 22, 2018: Experimental Dermatology
Laura Domicevica, Heidi Koldsø, Philip C Biggin
P-glycoprotein (P-gp) can transport a wide range of very different hydrophobic organic molecules across the membrane. Its ability to extrude molecules from the cell creates delivery problems for drugs that target proteins in the central nervous system (CNS) and also causes drug-resistance in many forms of cancer. Whether a drug will be susceptible to export by P-gp is difficult to predict and currently this is usually assessed with empirical and/or animal models. Thus, there is a need to better understand how P-gp works at the molecular level in order to fulfil the 3Rs: Refinement, reduction and replacement of animals in research...
December 30, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
Rasha Swadi, Grace Mather, Barry L Pizer, Paul D Losty, Violaine See, Diana Moss
BACKGROUND: Neuroblastoma is a paediatric cancer that despite multimodal therapy still has a poor outcome for many patients with high risk tumours. Retinoic acid (RA) promotes differentiation of some neuroblastoma tumours and cell lines, and is successfully used clinically, supporting the view that differentiation therapy is a promising strategy for treatment of neuroblastoma. To improve treatment of a wider range of tumour types, development and testing of novel differentiation agents is essential...
January 4, 2018: BMC Cancer
Thalita Boldrin Zanoni, Tatiana Nascimento Pedrosa, Carolina Motter Catarino, Sander W Spiekstra, Danielle Palma de Oliveira, Gertjan Den Hartog, Aalt Bast, Geja Hagemann, Susan Gibbs, Silvia Berlanga de Moraes Barros, Silvya Stuchi Maria-Engler
Allergic and irritant skin reactions caused by topical exposure to permanent hair dyes are a common problem. For regulatory and ethnical purposes, it is required to perform chemical safety assessment following the replacement, reduction, and refinement of animal testing (3Rs). Permanent hair dyes are formed by a mixture of ingredients that vary from low to extreme skin sensitizing potency and that inter-react to form unknown by-products. Because of the complex reaction, this cytotoxic mechanism has not yet been elucidated and is the subject of this study...
December 19, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
Helinor J Johnston, Rachel Verdon, Suzanne Gillies, David M Brown, Teresa F Fernandes, Theodore B Henry, Adriano G Rossi, Lang Tran, Carl Tucker, Charles R Tyler, Vicki Stone
Assessing the safety of engineered nanomaterials (NMs) is paramount to the responsible and sustainable development of nanotechnology, which provides huge societal benefits. Currently, there is no evidence that engineered NMs cause detrimental health effects in humans. However, investigation of NM toxicity using in vivo, in vitro, in chemico, and in silico models has demonstrated that some NMs stimulate oxidative stress and inflammation, which may lead to adverse health effects. Accordingly, investigation of these responses currently dominates NM safety assessments...
December 14, 2017: Critical Reviews in Toxicology
Maria G Varrica, Chiara Zagni, Placido G Mineo, Giuseppe Floresta, Giulia Monciino, Venerando Pistarà, Antonio Abbadessa, Angelo Nicosia, Rogerio M Castilho, Emanuele Amata, Antonio Rescifina
((3RS,5SR)- and ((3RS,5RS)-2-(2-methoxybenzyl)-3-(1,10-phenanthrolin-2-yl)isoxazolidin-5-yl)methanol have been synthesized, according to 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition methodology, as DNA intercalating agents and evaluated for their anticancer activity against human cervical carcinoma HeLa and head and neck squamous cells carcinoma cell lines. The synthesized compounds exhibited good cytotoxic activity with IC50 better than cisplatin, used as the main and effective treatment for HNSCC, and a 24.3-72.0-fold selectivity respect to the 184B5 non-cancerous immortalized breast epithelial cell lines...
January 1, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Caralyn Kemp, Harriet Thatcher, David Farningham, Claire Witham, Ann MacLarnon, Amanda Holmes, Stuart Semple, Emily J Bethell
There has been increased recognition of the 3Rs in laboratory animal management over the last decade, including improvements in animal handling and housing. For example, positive reinforcement is now more widely used to encourage primates to cooperate with husbandry procedures, and improved enclosure design allows housing in social groups with opportunity to escape and avoid other primates and humans. Both practices have become gold standards in captive primate care resulting in improved health and behavioural outcomes...
December 2017: Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Katy Taylor, Laura Rego, Tilo Weber
Under the new Directive 2010/63/EC, member states have to publish non-technical summaries (NTS) of the projects involving animals that they authorise. These summaries must include information on the objectives of the project including the predicted harm and benefits and the number and types of animals to be used. Summaries should also demonstrate compliance with the 3Rs. The intention was that NTS would help increase the transparency of animal research in the EU. In this article, we review the status of the publication of NTS across member states and give some general observations on publication speed, identification, accessibility and quality...
November 29, 2017: ALTEX
Aleksander Rust, Ciara Doran, Rosalyn Hart, Thomas Binz, Paul Stickings, Dorothea Sesardic, Andrew A Peden, Bazbek Davletov
Botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs) type A and type B are commonly used as biopharmaceutics for neurological diseases, uniquely allowing months-long paralysis of target muscles. Their exquisite neuronal specificity is conferred by a multistep process of binding, internalization, cytosolic escape and cleavage of the neuron-specific proteins, SNAP-25 and vesicle-associated membrane proteins (VAMPs), ultimately to inhibit secretion of neurotransmitters. Currently the mouse lethality bioassay is the only available method for quality control testing of VAMP-cleaving botulinum products...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Le Tuan Anh, Alexander A Titov, Maxim S Kobzev, Leonid G Voskressensky, Alexey V Varlamov, Pavel V Dorovatovskii, Victor N Khrustalev
The title compound, C25H27NO4 (I), the product of the unusual thermolysis of aza-cyclic allene methyl 10,11-dimeth-oxy-3,8-dimethyl-6-phenyl-3-aza-benzo[d]cyclo-deca-4,6,7-triene-5-carboxyl-ate, represents a bicyclic heterosystem and crystallizes in the monoclinic space group P21/c with three crystallographically independent mol-ecules in the unit cell. These independent mol-ecules adopt very similar geometries and differ only in the conformations of the two meth-oxy substituents on the benzene ring. In two of the three independent mol-ecules, both meth-oxy groups are almost coplanar with the benzene ring [the C-C-O-Me torsion angles are 10...
November 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica. Section E, Crystallographic Communications
Monika Nendza, Ralph Kühne, Anna Lombardo, Sebastian Strempel, Gerrit Schüürmann
Aquatic bioconcentration factors (BCFs) are critical in PBT (persistent, bioaccumulative, toxic) and risk assessment of chemicals. High costs and use of more than 100 fish per standard BCF study (OECD 305) call for alternative methods to replace as much in vivo testing as possible. The BCF waiving scheme is a screening tool combining QSAR classifications based on physicochemical properties related to the distribution (hydrophobicity, ionisation), persistence (biodegradability, hydrolysis), solubility and volatility (Henry's law constant) of substances in water bodies and aquatic biota to predict substances with low aquatic bioaccumulation (nonB, BCF<2000)...
November 3, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
Dion Garrett, Fernando Montesso, Stéphanie Fougerolle, Maria R Lopez-Alvarez, Ilhan Birand, Manuelle De Bock, Chengjin M Huang, Loïc Legrand, Stéphane Pronost, Romain Paillot
Equine Influenza (EI) is an important respiratory disease of horses caused by H3N8 equine influenza viruses (EIV). Vaccination is a key strategy to prevent or control this disease. However, EIV undergoes continuous antigenic drift and whilst numerous EI vaccines are commercially available worldwide, an accurate evaluation of their efficacy is frequently required through clinical trials conducted in the natural host. Room nebulisation is one of the chosen methods to challenge horses during EI vaccine studies...
November 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
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