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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923771/off-axis-astigmatism-in-the-isolated-chicken-crystalline-lens
#1
Felix Maier, Siegfried Wahl, Frank Schaeffel
The chicken eye was previously found to have little off-axis astigmatism which is not explained by its special corneal shape but rather by the optical properties of the crystalline lens. To learn more about lens design, we studied off-axis astigmatism in the chicken lens in situ and compared it to a glass lens of similar power but with homogenous refractive index. After euthanasia, enucleated eye balls were cut in the equatorial plane right behind the scleral ossicles. The anterior segment was placed in a water-filled chamber...
December 2016: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920697/end-of-life-practices-in-france-under-the-claeys-leonetti-law-report-of-three-cases-in-the-oncology-unit
#2
Alexandre de Nonneville, Anthony Marin, Theo Chabal, Veronique Tuzzolino, Marie Fichaux, Sebastien Salas
On February 2, 2016, the French government enacted the Claeys-Leonetti law introducing the right to deep and continuous sedation and forbade euthanasia for end-of-life patients. This article reports the first descriptions of this kind of intervention at the final stage of life of 3 patients and highlights the need of patient-centered goals and the importance of close collaboration between the patient, family, and medical and paramedical team to achieve a higher quality of final palliative care.
September 2016: Case Reports in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917541/fish-pollutants-mehg-and-aroclor-cause-permanent-structural-damage-in-male-gonad-and-kidney-after-prepubertal-exposure
#3
Mariana S Garcia, Dulce Helena J Constantino, Ana P G Silva, Juliana E Perobelli
This study investigated whether or not prepubertal exposure to the fish contaminants methylmercury (MeHg) and the polychlorinated bisphenol Aroclor in low doses interferes with the histomorphometry of the testes, epididymis, liver and kidneys in rats. Wistar male rats, 21 days old, were allocated into the following: control (n = 17, received corn oil), MeHg (n = 17, received MeHg at 0.5 mg/kg/day), Aroclor (n = 17, received Aroclor at 1.0 mg/kg/day), low mix (n = 18, received MeHg at 0.05 mg/kg/day and Aroclor at 0...
December 5, 2016: International Journal of Experimental Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909194/severity-assessment-and-scoring-for-neurosurgical-models-in-rodents
#4
Sarah Pinkernell, Katrin Becker, Ute Lindauer
The most important acute neurological diseases seen at neurosurgery departments are traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and subarachnoid hemorrhages (SAH). In both diseases the pathophysiological sequela are complex and have not been fully understood up to now, and rodent models using rats and mice are most suitable for the investigation of the pathophysiological details. In both models, surgery is performed under anesthesia, followed by assessment of their functional outcome and behavioral testing before brain tissue analysis after euthanasia...
December 2016: Laboratory Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908827/different-routes-and-doses-influence-protection-in-pigs-immunised-with-the-naturally-attenuated-african-swine-fever-virus-isolate-ourt88-3
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Pedro J Sánchez-Cordón, Dave Chapman, Tamara Jabbar, Ana L Reis, Lynnette Goatley, Christopher L Netherton, Geraldine Taylor, Maria Montoya, Linda Dixon
This study compares different combinations of doses and routes of immunisation of pigs with low virulent African swine fever virus (ASFV) genotype I isolate OURT88/3, including the intramuscular and intranasal route, the latter not previously tested. Intranasal immunisations with low and moderate doses (10(3) and 10(4) TCID50) of OURT88/3 provided complete protection (100%) against challenge with virulent genotype I OURT88/1 isolate. Only mild and transient clinical reactions were observed in protected pigs...
November 28, 2016: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907934/restriction-of-postoperative-joint-loading-in-a-murine-model-of-anterior-cruciate-ligament-reconstruction-botulinum-toxin-paralysis-and-external-fixation
#6
Amir Lebaschi, Xiang-Hua Deng, Nathan W Coleman, Christopher L Camp, Jianchun Zong, Andrew Carbone, Camila B Carballo, Guang-Ting Cong, Zoe M Album, Scott A Rodeo
Control of knee motion in small animal models is necessary to study the effect of mechanical load on the healing process. This can be especially challenging in mice, which are being increasingly used for various orthopedic reconstruction models. We explored the feasibility of botulinum toxin (Botox; Allergan, Dublin, Ireland) paralysis and a newly designed external fixator to restrict motion of the knee in mice undergoing anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction. Nineteen C57BL/6 mice were allocated to two groups: (1) Botox group (n = 9) and (2) external fixator group (n = 10)...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Knee Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907881/effect-of-toad-skin-extracts-on-the-pain-behavior-of-cancer-model-mice-and-its-peripheral-mechanism-of-action
#7
Tao Chen, Shen-Jun Yuan, Xue-Qin Yu, Liang-Bo Jiao, Wei Hu, Wang-Long Chen, Bo Xie
The changes in thermal and mechanical hyperalgesia in paw cancer pain model mice and the action mechanism of toad skin extracts (TSE) was investigated. Eighty female mice were subcutaneously injected with saline or inoculated with H22 hepatoma cells in the right hind paw and administration with saline, vehicle, morphine and TSE. The pain behavior was recorded before treatment and at 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 3 and 6h after initial administration, and thereafter on the 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 8th day after administration. On the last day, samples were collected after the euthanasia for the detection of β-END, CRF, IL-1β, POMC, μ-OR, CD3+, CD8+ and CD4+ in sera and the tumor tissues...
November 28, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907194/preservation-of-multiple-mammalian-tissues-to-maximize-science-return-from-ground-based-and-spaceflight-experiments
#8
Sungshin Choi, Hami E Ray, San-Huei Lai, Joshua S Alwood, Ruth K Globus
BACKGROUND: Even with recent scientific advancements, challenges posed by limited resources and capabilities at the time of sample dissection continue to limit the collection of high quality tissues from experiments that can be conducted only infrequently and at high cost, such as in space. The resources and time it takes to harvest tissues post-euthanasia, and the methods and duration of long duration storage, potentially have negative impacts on sample quantity and quality, thereby limiting the scientific outcome that can be achieved...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905305/regional-variation-in-the-practice-of-euthanasia-and-physician-assisted-suicide-in-the-netherlands
#9
J J E Koopman, H Putter
BACKGROUND: The practice of euthanasia and physicianassisted suicide has been compared between countries, but it has not been compared between regions within the Netherlands. This study assesses differences in the frequencies, characteristics, and trends of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide between five regions in the Netherlands and tries to explain the differences by demographic, socioeconomic, and health-related differences between these regions. METHODS: Data on the frequencies, characteristics, and trends of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide for each region and each year from 2002 through 2014 were derived from the annual reports of the Regional Review Committees...
November 2016: Netherlands Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904528/neuroprotective-effects-of-erythropoietin-against-oxidant-injury-following-brain-irradiation-an-experimental-study
#10
Gamze Ugurluer, Aysegul Cebi, Handan Mert, Nihat Mert, Meltem Serin, Haldun Sukru Erkal
INTRODUCTION: Radiation therapy (RT) is a major treatment modality, and the central nervous system is a dose-limiting organ in clinical RT. This experimental study aims to present the evaluation of the neuroprotective effects of erythropoietin (EPO) against oxidant injury following brain irradiation in rats. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Forty Wistar rats were randomly assigned to four groups (n = 10 each). In group 1 the rats received no EPO and underwent sham RT. The rats in groups 2 and 3 received EPO...
December 1, 2016: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898287/international-association-for-hospice-and-palliative-care-position-statement-euthanasia-and-physician-assisted-suicide
#11
Liliana De Lima, Roger Woodruff, Katherine Pettus, Julia Downing, Rosa Buitrago, Esther Munyoro, Chitra Venkateswaran, Sushma Bhatnagar, Lukas Radbruch
BACKGROUND: Reports about regulations and laws on Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide (PAS) are becoming increasingly common in the media. Many groups have expressed opposition to euthanasia and PAS while those in favor argue that severely chronically ill and debilitated patients have a right to control the timing and manner of their death. Others argue that both PAS and euthanasia are ethically legitimate in rare and exceptional cases. Given that these discussions as well as the new and proposed laws and regulations may have a powerful impact on patients, caregivers, and health care providers, the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) has prepared this statement...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893850/a-convenient-in-vivo-model-using-small-interfering-rna-silencing-to-rapidly-assess-skeletal-gene-function
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Wen Zhang, Can Liu, Bao Hai, Guohong Du, Hong Wang, Huijie Leng, Yingsheng Xu, Chunli Song
It is difficult to study bone in vitro because it contains various cell types that engage in cross-talk. Bone biologically links various organs, and it has thus become increasingly evident that skeletal physiology must be studied in an integrative manner in an intact animal. We developed a model using local intraosseous small interfering RNA (siRNA) injection to rapidly assess the effects of a target gene on the local skeletal environment. In this model, 160-g male Sprague-Dawley rats were treated for 1-2 weeks...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892873/evidence-of-disseminated-infection-by-mycobacterium-avium-subspecies-hominissuis-in-a-pet-ferret-mustela-putorius-furo
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Javier Bezos, Beatriz Álvarez-Carrión, Antonio Rodríguez-Bertos, Álvaro Fernández-Manzano, Lucía de Juan, Cristina Huguet, Víctor Briones, Beatriz Romero
The infection caused by the zoonotic opportunistic pathogen Mycobacterium avium subsp. hominissuis (Mah) was reported for the first time in a pet ferret. Both owners were HIV-positive. Euthanasia of the pet was recommended due to medical reasons and as a preventive action. Disseminated and open tuberculosis lesions were observed in the gastrointestinal and respiratory systems of the ferret. Ecographic and radiographic surveys showed a severe generalized lymphadenopathy, strong thickening of the gastric wall and peritoneum layer...
September 17, 2016: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892642/new-approaches-to-non-surgical-sterilization-for-dogs-and-cats-opportunities-and-challenges
#14
Linda Rhodes
Over the last 40 years, researchers have explored methods to non-surgically suppress fertility in animals. Immunocontraception has been used to control wildlife populations but does not confer long-term immunity. The gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonist deslorelin, formulated as an implant to provide 6-month to 1-year suppression of fertility in male dogs, is available commercially in some countries. Neither of these approaches provide permanent sterility. A single-dose, permanent treatment would be a valuable tool in dog and cat population control...
November 28, 2016: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891095/differential-rna-expression-profile-of-skeletal-muscle-induced-by-experimental-autoimmune-myasthenia-gravis-in-rats
#15
Henry J Kaminski, Keiichi Himuro, Jumana Alshaikh, Bendi Gong, Georgiana Cheng, Linda L Kusner
The differential susceptibility of skeletal muscle by myasthenia gravis (MG) is not well understood. We utilized RNA expression profiling of extraocular muscle (EOM), diaphragm (DIA), and extensor digitorum (EDL) of rats with experimental autoimmune MG (EAMG) to evaluate the hypothesis that muscles respond differentially to injury produced by EAMG. EAMG was induced in female Lewis rats by immunization with acetylcholine receptor purified from the electric organ of the Torpedo. Six weeks later after rats had developed weakness and serum antibodies directed against the AChR, animals underwent euthanasia and RNA profiling performed on DIA, EDL, and EOM...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890860/renal-denervation-by-ct-guided-periarterial-injection-of-hyperosmolar-saline-vincristine-paclitaxel-and-guanethidine-in-a-pig-model
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Patrick Freyhardt, Ricardo Donners, Alex Riemert, Jörg Schnorr, Nicola Stolzenburg, Jan Leo Rinnenthal, Ulrich Bernhardt, Bernd Hamm, Rolf W Günther, Florian Streitparth
AIMS: To evaluate feasibility, safety and efficacy of renal sympathetic denervation with CT- guided periarterial injection of potentially neurolytic agents in pigs. METHODS AND RESULTS: Unilateral injection of formulations containing either 5 M hyperosmolar saline, vincristine, paclitaxel or guanethidine around the renal artery was performed in 24 normotensive pigs with 6 animals per group. Needle placement and injections were performed under CT-fluoroscopy guidance...
November 29, 2016: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890289/principles-and-applications-of-medical-oncology-in-exotic-animals
#17
REVIEW
Tara Myers Harrison, Barbara E Kitchell
Diagnoses of neoplasia in exotic animals have historically been made at death or just before euthanasia. Routine physical examinations are enabling early diagnosis while accessibility and affordability of advanced diagnostics are improving. With increasing expectations for care, treatment options are more frequently explored. Numerous oncologic medications have been adopted from human and small animal medicine and successfully used in exotic animals. Although there is a need for extended research, this article evaluates which medications have been used thus far for treatment protocols in zoologic and exotic animal species...
January 2017: Veterinary Clinics of North America. Exotic Animal Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884655/zika-virus-infection-in-dexamethasone-immunosuppressed-mice-demonstrating-disseminated-infection-with-multi-organ-involvement-including-orchitis-effectively-treated-by-recombinant-type-i-interferons
#18
Jasper Fuk-Woo Chan, Anna Jinxia Zhang, Chris Chung-Sing Chan, Cyril Chik-Yan Yip, Winger Wing-Nga Mak, Houshun Zhu, Vincent Kwok-Man Poon, Kah-Meng Tee, Zheng Zhu, Jian-Piao Cai, Jessica Oi-Ling Tsang, Kenn Ka-Heng Chik, Feifei Yin, Kwok-Hung Chan, Kin-Hang Kok, Dong-Yan Jin, Rex Kwok-Him Au-Yeung, Kwok-Yung Yuen
BACKGROUND: Disseminated or fatal Zika virus (ZIKV) infections were reported in immunosuppressed patients. Existing interferon-signaling/receptor-deficient mouse models may not be suitable for evaluating treatment effects of recombinant interferons. METHODS: We developed a novel mouse model for ZIKV infection by immunosuppressing BALB/c mice with dexamethasone. RESULTS: Dexamethasone-immunosuppressed male mice (6-8weeks) developed disseminated infection as evidenced by the detection of ZIKV-NS1 protein expression and high viral loads in multiple organs...
November 12, 2016: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883909/anti-inflammatory-effect-of-a-fatty-acid-mixture-with-high-%C3%AF-9-%C3%AF-6-ratio-and-low-%C3%AF-6-%C3%AF-3-ratio-on-rats-submitted-to-dental-extraction
#19
Radamés Bezerra Melo, Paulo Goberlânio de Barros Silva, Reinaldo Barreto Oriá, José Ulisses de Souza Melo, Conceição da Silva Martins, Aline Matos Cunha, Paulo Roberto Leitão Vasconcelos
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the anti-inflammatory effect of pretreatment for three days with a fatty acid mixture with high ω-9:ω-6 ratio and low ω-6:ω-3 ratio on rats submitted to dental extraction. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Thirty-two male Wistar rats (270-310g) were randomly distributed in four groups (n=8/group): the sham control group and the negative control group received saline; the high omega-6/low omega-9 group received isolipid fatty acid with high ω-6:ω-3 ratio and low ω-9:ω-6 ratio; the high omega-3/low omega-6 group received fatty acid with low ω-6:ω-3 ratio and high ω-9:ω-6 ratio...
November 16, 2016: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883274/impact-of-the-chronic-omega-3-fatty-acids-supplementation-in-hemiparkinsonism-model-induced-by-6-hydroxydopamine-in-rats
#20
Alexandre Sales Barros, Rafael Yuri Gouveia Crispim, Juliana Cavalcante Uchoa, Ricardo Basto Souza, Jonatas Cavalcante Lemos, Gerardo Cristino Filho, Mirna Marques Bezerra, Thales Fontenele Moraes Pinheiro, Silvânia Maria Mendes de Vasconcelos, Danielle Silveira Macêdo, Glauce Socorro de Barros Viana, Lissiana Magna Vasconcelos Aguiar
Parkinson's disease (PD) is characterized by a progressive degeneration of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra. The neuronal degeneration may result from the convergence of a number of different pathogenic factors, including apoptosis, excitotoxicity and oxidative stress. Many studies emphasize the importance of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (ω-3 PUFAs) in vital processes such as maintenance of the properties of cell membranes and the participation in signal transduction and biodynamic activity of neuronal membranes...
November 24, 2016: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
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