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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087519/sympathetic-modulation-of-electrical-activation-in-normal-and-infarcted-myocardium-implications-for-arrhythmogenesis
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Olujimi A Ajijola, Robert L Lux, Anadjeet Khahera, OhJin Kwon, Eric Aliotta, Daniel Ennis, Michael C Fishbein, Jeffrey Laurence Ardell, Kalyanam Shivkumar
: Background The influence of cardiac sympathetic innervation on electrical activation in normal and chronically infarcted ventricular myocardium is not understood. Methods and Results Yorkshire pigs with normal hearts (NL, n=12) or anterior myocardial infarction (MI, n=9) underwent high-resolution mapping of the anteroapical left ventricle, at baseline, and during left and right stellate ganglion stimulation (LSGS & RSGS, respectively). Conduction velocity (CV), activation times (AT), & directionality of propagation were measured...
January 13, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081484/new-insights-into-antiviral-immunity-gained-through-intravital-imaging
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REVIEW
Heather D Hickman
Viral infections pose an ongoing challenge for mankind. Much of our knowledge of the immune response to viral infections comes from ex vivo analyses of infected animals, which provide important yet static information about events occurring within the host. Recently, a relatively new technique known as intravital microscopy (IVM) has been applied to the study of antiviral immunity. Intravital imaging affords a unique, real-time view of both viral dynamics and the ensuing immune response (along with their interplay) in the living animal...
January 9, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081299/ultrasound-detection-of-regional-oxidative-stress-in-deep-tissues-using-novel-enzyme-loaded-nanoparticles
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Emilia S Olson, Inanc Ortac, Christopher Malone, Sadik Esener, Robert Mattrey
Oxidative stress is a powerful tool that is critical to immune mediated responses in healthy individuals, yet additionally plays a crucial role in development of cancer, inflammatory pathologies, and tissue ischemia. Despite this, there remain relatively few molecular tools to study oxidative stress, particularly in living mammals. To develop an intravenously injectable probe capable of labeling sites of oxidative stress in vivo, 200 nm catalase synthetic hollow enzyme loaded nanospheres (catSHELS) are designed and fabricated using a versatile enzyme nanoencapsulation method...
January 12, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081216/real-time-monitoring-of-placental-oxygenation-during-maternal-hypoxia-and-hyperoxygenation-using-photoacoustic-imaging
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Chloé J Arthuis, Anthony Novell, Florian Raes, Jean-Michel Escoffre, Stéphanie Lerondel, Alain Le Pape, Ayache Bouakaz, Franck Perrotin
PURPOSE: This preclinical study aimed to evaluate placental oxygenation in pregnant rats by real-time photoacoustic (PA) imaging on different days of gestation and to specify variations in placental oxygen saturation under conditions of maternal hypoxia and hyperoxygenation. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Placentas of fifteen Sprague-Dawley rats were examined on days 14, 17, and 20 of pregnancy with a PA imaging system coupled to high-resolution ultrasound imaging. Pregnant rats were successively exposed to hyperoxygenated and hypoxic conditions by changing the oxygen concentration in inhaled gas...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080087/perceptual-salience-does-not-influence-emotional-arousal-s-impairing-effects-on-top-down-attention
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Matthew R Sutherland, Douglas A McQuiggan, Jennifer D Ryan, Mara Mather
Emotional arousal impairs top-down attentional control while strengthening bottom-up attentional biases. In this study, we examined whether top-down impairments due to arousal can be modulated by increasing the perceptual salience of the target stimulus. To examine this question, we briefly displayed positive and negative arousing images prior to the encoding of 2 emotionally neutral items, 1 of which was to be remembered and 1 of which was perceptually salient (the to-be-remembered and the salient items were either the same item or different items)...
January 12, 2017: Emotion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079433/pet-imaging-of-cannabinoid-type-2-receptors-with-11-c-a-836339-did-not-evidence-changes-following-neuroinflammation-in-rats
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Geraldine Pottier, Vanessa Gómez-Vallejo, Daniel Padro, Raphaël Boisgard, Frédéric Dollé, Jordi Llop, Alexandra Winkeler, Abraham Martín
Cannabinoid type 2 receptors (CB2R) have emerged as promising targets for the diagnosis and therapy of brain pathologies. However, no suitable radiotracers for accurate CB2R mapping have been found to date, limiting the investigation of the CB2 receptor expression using positron emission tomography (PET) imaging. In this work, we report the evaluation of the in vivo expression of CB2R with [(11)C]A-836339 PET after cerebral ischemia and in two rat models of neuroinflammation, first by intrastriatal LPS and then by AMPA injection...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078795/a-continuous-infusion-dynamic-mri-model-at-3-0-tesla-for-the-serial-quantitative-evaluation-of-microvascular-proliferation-in-an-animal-model-of-glioblastoma-multiforme
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Hunter R Underhill
PURPOSE: To develop a continuous-infusion dynamic MRI technique to characterize tumor-associated microvascular proliferation (MVP) in a rat brain model of glioblastoma multiforme. METHODS: The proposed model assumes effects due to tumor-associated MVP (eg, vascular permeability, K(trans) ; intravascular plasma fraction, vp ) cannot be individually separated and solves for a single parameter (k(vasc) ) that quantifies the T1 -weighted contrast enhancement from dynamic images acquired during continuous contrast agent (CA) infusion...
January 12, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078077/a-novel-method-for-the-quantification-of-fatty-infiltration-in-skeletal-muscle
#8
Nicole K Biltz, Gretchen A Meyer
BACKGROUND: Fatty infiltration of the skeletal muscle is a common but poorly understood feature of many myopathies. It is best described in human muscle, where non-invasive imaging techniques and representative histology have been optimized to view and quantify infiltrating fat. However, human studies are limited in their ability to identify cellular and molecular mechanisms regulating fatty infiltration, a likely prerequisite to developing targeted interventions. As mechanistic investigations move to small animals, studies may benefit from new or adapted imaging tools optimized for high resolution and whole muscle quantification...
2017: Skeletal Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077710/sensory-flow-as-a-basis-for-a-novel-distance-cue-in-freely-behaving-electric-fish
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Volker Hofmann, Juan Ignacio Sanguinetti-Scheck, Leonel Gómez-Sena, Jacob Engelmann
: The sensory input that an animal receives is directly linked to its motor activity. Behavior thus enables animals to influence their sensory input, a concept referred to as active sensing. How such behavior can serve as a scaffold for generating sensory information is of general scientific interest. In this article, we investigate how behavior can shape sensory information by using some unique features of the sensorimotor system of the weakly electric fish. Based on quantitative behavioral characterizations and computational reconstruction of sensory input, we show how electrosensory flow is actively created during highly patterned, spontaneous behavior in Gnathonemus petersii...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077665/spatial-cognition-in-a-virtual-reality-home-cage-extension-for-freely-moving-rodents
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Ursula Kaupert, Kay Thurley, Katja Frei, Francesco Bagorda, Alexej Schatz, Gilad Tocker, Sophia Rapoport, Dori Derdikman, York Winter
Virtual reality environments are part of a powerful tool set to investigate brain mechanisms of behavior in animals. For this, animals are mostly head-fixed or in a harness, and training for cognitively more complex VR paradigms is time consuming. A virtual reality apparatus allowing free animal movement and 24/7 operator-independent training of tasks would enable many new applications. Key prospective usages include brain imaging in behaving animals carrying a miniaturized mobile device such as a fluorescence microscope, or an optetrode...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077523/autologous-adipose-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-improve-healing-of-coiled-experimental-saccular-aneurysms-an-angiographic-and-histopathological-study
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Aymeric Rouchaud, Waleed Brinjikji, Daying Dai, Yong-Hong Ding, Tina Gunderson, Dana Schroeder, Laurent Spelle, David F Kallmes, Ramanathan Kadirvel
PURPOSE: Long-term occlusion of coiled aneurysms frequently fails, probably because of poor intrasaccular healing and inadequate endothelialization across the aneurysm neck. The purpose of this study was to determine if attachment of autologous mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) to platinum coils would improve the healing response in an elastase-induced aneurysm model in rabbits. MATERIALS AND METHODS: With approval from the institutional animal care and use committee, aneurysms were created in rabbits and embolized with control platinum coils (Axium; Medtronic) (n=6) or coils seeded ex vivo with autologous adipose-tissue MSCs (n=7)...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077373/determination-of-renal-function-and-injury-using-near-infrared-fluorimetry-in-experimental-cardiorenal-syndrome
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Mizuko Ikeda, Rumie Wakasaki, Katie J Schenning, Thomas Swide, Jeong Heon Lee, M Bernie Miller, Hak Soo Choi, Sharon Anderson, Michael P Hutchens
Cardiorenal syndrome type 1 causes acute kidney injury but is poorly understood; animal models and diagnostic aids are lacking. Robust noninvasive measurements of glomerular filtration rate are required for injury models and clinical use. Several have been described but are untested in translational models and suffer from biologic interference. We developed a mouse model of cardiorenal syndrome and tested the novel near-infrared fluorophore, ZW800-1, to assess renal and cardiac function. We performed murine cardiac arrest and cardiopulmonary resuscitation followed by transthoracic echocardiography, 2- and 24h later...
January 11, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077066/the-essential-requirement-of-an-animal-heme-peroxidase-protein-during-the-wing-maturation-process-in-drosophila
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Dondra Bailey, Mohammed Abul Basar, Sanjay Nag, Nivedita Bondhu, Shaloei Teng, Atanu Duttaroy
BACKGROUND: Thus far, a handful of genes have been shown to be related to the wing maturation process in insects. A novel heme peroxidase enzyme known as curly suppressor (Cysu)(formerly CG5873), have been characterized in this report because it is involved in wing morphogenesis. Using bioinformatics tools we found that Cysu is remarkably conserved in the genus Drosophila (>95%) as well as in invertebrates (>70%), although its vertebrate orthologs show poor homology. Time-lapse imaging and histochemical analyses have confirmed that the defective wing phenotype of Cysu is not a result of any underlying cellular alterations; instead, its wings fail to expand in mature adults...
January 11, 2017: BMC Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076929/non-invasive-imaging-demonstrates-clinical-features-of-ankylosing-spondylitis-in-a-rat-adjuvant-model-a-case-study
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N Accart, J Dawson, F Kolbinger, I Kramer, N Beckmann
Ankylosing spondylitis is a common rheumatic disease involving both inflammatory erosive osteopenia and bony overgrowth. Main disease features are recapitulated in small rodents challenged with complete Freund's adjuvant. MRI was used to follow longitudinally in vivo changes induced in the rat spine and micro-CT as terminal assessment of bone damage. Histochemistry methods were used to validate these imaging modalities in view of preclinical drug testing and translational applications of spine imaging. Animals were examined using a 3D fat-suppressed gradient-echo sequence, following the injection of gadolinium...
November 2, 2016: European Journal of Histochemistry: EJH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076762/a-leptin-analog-locally-produced-in-the-brain-acts-via-a-conserved-neural-circuit-to-modulate-obesity-linked-behaviors-in-drosophila
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Jennifer Beshel, Josh Dubnau, Yi Zhong
Leptin, a typically adipose-derived "satiety hormone," has a well-established role in weight regulation. Here we describe a functionally conserved model of genetically induced obesity in Drosophila by manipulating the fly leptin analog unpaired 1 (upd1). Unexpectedly, cell-type-specific knockdown reveals upd1 in the brain, not the adipose tissue, mediates obesity-related traits. Disrupting brain-derived upd1 in flies leads to all the hallmarks of mammalian obesity: increased attraction to food cues, increased food intake, and increased weight...
January 10, 2017: Cell Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076321/secretion-modification-region-derived-peptide-blocks-exosome-release-and-mediates-cell-cycle-arrest-in-breast-cancer-cells
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Ming-Bo Huang, Ruben R Gonzalez, James Lillard, Vincent C Bond
PURPOSE: Discovery and development of a novel anticancer PEG-SMR-Clu peptide to prevent breast cancer metastasis. How breast cancer cells and primary mammary epithelial cells interact and communicate with each other to promote tumorigenesis and how to prevent tumor metastasis has long been a concern of researchers. Cancer cells secrete exosomes containing proteins and RNA. These factors can influence tumor development by directly targeting cancer cells and tumor stroma. In this study, we determined the effects of a peptide as an inhibitor of exosome secretion on breast tumors...
January 5, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075596/yeast-microcapsule-mediated-targeted-delivery-of-diverse-nanoparticles-for-imaging-and-therapy-via-the-oral-route
#17
Xing Zhou, Xiangjun Zhang, Songling Han, Yin Dou, Mengyu Liu, Lin Zhang, Jia Wei Guo, Qing Shi, Genghao Gong, Ruibing Wang, Jiang Hu, Xiaohui Li, Jianxiang Zhang
Targeting of nanoparticles to distant diseased sites after oral delivery remains highly challenging, due to the existence of many biological barriers in the gastrointestinal tract. Here we report targeted oral delivery of diverse nanoparticles in multiple disease models, via a 'Trojan horse' strategy based on a bioinspired yeast capsule (YC). Diverse charged nanoprobes including quantum dots (QDs), iron oxide nanoparticles (IONPs), and assembled organic fluorescent nanoparticles can be effectively loaded into YC through electrostatic force-driven spontaneous deposition, resulting in different diagnostic YC assemblies...
January 11, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075038/effect-of-aerobic-exercise-on-cancer-associated-cognitive-impairment-a-proof-of-concept-rct
#18
K L Campbell, J W Y Kam, S E Neil-Sztramko, T Liu Ambrose, T C Handy, H Lim, S Hayden, L Hsu, A A Kirkham, C C Gotay, D C McKenzie, L A Boyd
BACKGROUND: Change in cognitive ability is a commonly reported side effect by breast cancer survivors (BCS). The underlying etiology of cognitive complaints is unclear and to date there is limited evidence for effective intervention strategies. Exercise has been shown to improve cognitive function in older adults and animal models treated with chemotherapy. This proof-of-concept randomized controlled trial (RCT) tested the effect of aerobic exercise versus usual lifestyle on cognitive function in postmenopausal BCS...
January 11, 2017: Psycho-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073372/a-novel-method-for-the-quantification-of-fatty-infiltration-in-skeletal-muscle
#19
Nicole K Biltz, Gretchen A Meyer
BACKGROUND: Fatty infiltration of the skeletal muscle is a common but poorly understood feature of many myopathies. It is best described in human muscle, where non-invasive imaging techniques and representative histology have been optimized to view and quantify infiltrating fat. However, human studies are limited in their ability to identify cellular and molecular mechanisms regulating fatty infiltration, a likely prerequisite to developing targeted interventions. As mechanistic investigations move to small animals, studies may benefit from new or adapted imaging tools optimized for high resolution and whole muscle quantification...
January 10, 2017: Skeletal Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072622/170tm-edtmp-a-prospective-alternative-of-89srcl2-for-theranostic-treatment-of-metastatic-bone-pain
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Tapas Das, Ajit Shinto, Koramadai Karuppuswamy Kamaleshwaran, Sharmila Banerjee
We have earlier reported the potential of Tm-EDTMP as an alternative cost-effective radiopharmaceutical of SrCl2 for bone pain palliation application. Encouraging results obtained in the radiochemical studies and biological evaluations in animal model have prompted us to initiate the clinical study to evaluate the potential of Tm-EDTMP in human cancer patients. The serial scintigraphic images represent the whole-body scans of a patient (68 years old woman) with skeletal metastases of carcinoma of the breast origin recorded after administering 370 MBq (10 mCi) of Tm-EDTMP at different post-administration time points along with the pre-therapy images recorded with Tc-MDP in the same patient...
January 9, 2017: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
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