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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150562/the-role-of-mhc-e-in-t-cell-immunity-is-conserved-among-humans-rhesus-macaques-and-cynomolgus-macaques
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Helen L Wu, Roger W Wiseman, Colette M Hughes, Gabriela M Webb, Shaheed A Abdulhaqq, Benjamin N Bimber, Katherine B Hammond, Jason S Reed, Lina Gao, Benjamin J Burwitz, Justin M Greene, Fidel Ferrer, Alfred W Legasse, Michael K Axthelm, Byung S Park, Simon Brackenridge, Nicholas J Maness, Andrew J McMichael, Louis J Picker, David H O'Connor, Scott G Hansen, Jonah B Sacha
MHC-E is a highly conserved nonclassical MHC class Ib molecule that predominantly binds and presents MHC class Ia leader sequence-derived peptides for NK cell regulation. However, MHC-E also binds pathogen-derived peptide Ags for presentation to CD8(+) T cells. Given this role in adaptive immunity and its highly monomorphic nature in the human population, HLA-E is an attractive target for novel vaccine and immunotherapeutic modalities. Development of HLA-E-targeted therapies will require a physiologically relevant animal model that recapitulates HLA-E-restricted T cell biology...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142313/effects-of-exosome-on-the-activation-of-cd4-t-cells-in-rhesus-macaques-a-potential-application-for-hiv-latency-reactivation
#2
Xiaowu Hong, Blake Schouest, Huanbin Xu
Exosomes are small extracellular vesicles (EVs), released by a wide variety of cell types, carry donor origin-proteins, cytokines, and nucleic acids, transport these cargos to adjacent or distant specific recipient cells, and thereby regulate gene expression and activation of target cells. In this study, we isolated and identified exosomes in rhesus macaques, and investigated their effects on cell tropism and activation, especially their potential to reactivate HIV latency. The results indicated that plasma-derived exosomes preferentially fuse to TCR-activated T cells and autologous parent cells...
November 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141868/geographic-clonal-tracking-in-macaques-provides-insights-into-hspc-migration-and-differentiation
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Chuanfeng Wu, Diego A Espinoza, Samson J Koelle, E Lake Potter, Rong Lu, Brian Li, Di Yang, Xing Fan, Robert E Donahue, Mario Roederer, Cynthia E Dunbar
The geographic distribution of hematopoiesis at a clonal level is of interest in understanding how hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) and their progeny interact with bone marrow (BM) niches during regeneration. We tagged rhesus macaque autologous HSPCs with genetic barcodes, allowing clonal tracking over time and space after transplantation. We found marked geographic segregation of CD34(+) HSPCs for at least 6 mo posttransplantation, followed by very gradual clonal mixing at different BM sites over subsequent months to years...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140568/crispr-cas9-based-safe-harbor-gene-editing-in-rhesus-ipscs
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Ravi Chandra Yada, John W Ostrominski, Ilker Tunc, So Gun Hong, Jizhong Zou, Cynthia E Dunbar
NHP iPSCs provide a unique opportunity to test safety and efficacy of iPSC-derived therapies in clinically relevant NHP models. To monitor these cells in vivo, there is a need for safe and efficient labeling methods. Gene insertion into genomic safe harbors (GSHs) supports reliable transgene expression while minimizing the risk the modification poses to the host genome or target cell. Specifically, this protocol demonstrates targeting of the adeno-associated virus site 1 (AAVS1), one of the most widely used GSH loci in the human genome, with CRISPR/Cas9, allowing targeted marker or therapeutic gene insertion in rhesus macaque induced pluripotent stem cells (RhiPSCs)...
November 15, 2017: Current Protocols in Stem Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136119/the-bat-as-a-new-model-of-cortical-development
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Verónica Martínez-Cerdeño, Jasmin Camacho, Jeanelle Ariza, Hailee Rogers, Kayla Horton-Sparks, Anna Kreutz, Richard Behringer, John J Rasweiler, Stephen C Noctor
The organization of the mammalian cerebral cortex shares fundamental features across species. However, while the radial thickness of grey matter varies within one order of magnitude, the tangential spread of the cortical sheet varies by orders of magnitude across species. A broader sample of model species may provide additional clues for understanding mechanisms that drive cortical expansion. Here, we introduce the bat Carollia perspicillata as a new model species. The brain of C. perspicillata is similar in size to that of mouse but has a cortical neurogenic period at least 5 times longer than mouse, and nearly as long as that of the rhesus macaque, whose brain is 100 times larger...
November 9, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136024/severe-oxidative-stress-in-an-acute-inflammatory-demyelinating-model-in-the-rhesus-monkey
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Jordon Dunham, Reinofke van de Vis, Jan Bauer, Jacqueline Wubben, Nikki van Driel, Jon D Laman, Bert A 't Hart, Yolanda S Kap
Oxidative stress is increasingly implicated as a co-factor of tissue injury in inflammatory/demyelinating disorders of the central nervous system (CNS), such as multiple sclerosis (MS). While rodent experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) models diverge from human demyelinating disorders with respect to limited oxidative injury, we observed that in a non-human primate (NHP) model for MS, namely EAE in the common marmoset, key pathological features of the disease were recapitulated, including oxidative tissue injury...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134258/novel-full-length-major-histocompatibility-complex-class-i-allele-discovery-and-haplotype-definition-in-pig-tailed-macaques
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Matthew R Semler, Roger W Wiseman, Julie A Karl, Michael E Graham, Samantha M Gieger, David H O'Connor
Pig-tailed macaques (Macaca nemestrina, Mane) are important models for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) studies. Their infectability with minimally modified HIV makes them a uniquely valuable animal model to mimic human infection with HIV and progression to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). However, variation in the pig-tailed macaque major histocompatibility complex (MHC) and the impact of individual transcripts on the pathogenesis of HIV and other infectious diseases is understudied compared to that of rhesus and cynomolgus macaques...
November 13, 2017: Immunogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132995/comparative-functional-potency-of-dna-vaccines-encoding-plasmodium-falciparum-transmission-blocking-target-antigens-pfs48-45-and-pfs25-administered-alone-or-in-combination-by-in-vivo-electroporation-in-rhesus-macaques
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Dibyadyuti Datta, Geetha P Bansal, Brooke Grasperge, Dale S Martin, Mario Philipp, Dietlind Gerloff, Barry Ellefsen, Drew Hannaman, Nirbhay Kumar
Antibodies recognizing conformational epitopes in Pfs48/45, an antigen expressed on the surface of Plasmodium falciparum gametes and zygotes, have firmly established Pfs48/45 as a promising transmission blocking vaccine (TBV) candidate. However, it has been difficult to reproducibly express Pfs48/45 in a variety of recombinant expression systems. The goal of our studies was to evaluate functional immunogenicity of Pfs48/45 using DNA vaccine format in rhesus macaques. An additional goal was to ensure that when used in combination with another malarial antigen, specific immunity to both antigens was not compromised...
November 10, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132231/the-use-of-desflurane-for-neurosurgical-procedures-in-rhesus-macaque-macaca-mulatta
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Henri Gmj Bertrand, Charlotte Sandersen, Paul A Flecknell
Volatile agents are widely used to anaesthetise laboratory non-human primates as they allow a rapid induction and recovery as well as an easy adjustment of the anaesthesia plan. Desflurane is currently the volatile agent with the lowest solubility in blood, and hence enables the most rapid onset of anaesthesia and most rapid recovery. This study aimed to investigate the suitability of desflurane for maintenance of general anaesthesia in rhesus macaques undergoing elective experimental neurosurgery. Fourteen primates (five males and nine females) were sedated with ketamine (10 mg kg(-1)) and anaesthesia was induced with propofol (usually 8 mg kg(-1) IV)...
January 1, 2017: Laboratory Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130452/augmenting-intracortical-brain-machine-interface-with-neurally-driven-error-detectors
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Nir Even-Chen, Sergey D Stavisky, Jonathan C Kao, Stephen I Ryu, Krishna V Shenoy
OBJECTIVE: Making mistakes is inevitable, but identifying them allows us to correct or adapt our behavior to improve future performance. Current brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) make errors that need to be explicitly corrected by the user, thereby consuming time and thus hindering performance. We hypothesized that neural correlates of the user perceiving the mistake could be used by the BMI to automatically correct errors. However, it was unknown whether intracortical outcome error signals were present in the premotor and primary motor cortices, brain regions successfully used for intracortical BMIs...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127484/progress-in-developing-transgenic-monkey-model-for-huntington-s-disease
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Brooke R Snyder, Anthony W S Chan
Huntington's disease (HD) is a complex neurodegenerative disorder that has no cure. Although treatments can often be given to relieve symptoms, the neuropathology associated with HD cannot be stopped or reversed. HD is characterized by degeneration of the striatum and associated pathways that leads to impairment in motor and cognitive functions as well as psychiatric disturbances. Although cell and rodent models for HD exist, longitudinal study in a transgenic HD nonhuman primate (i.e., rhesus macaque; HD monkeys) shows high similarity in its progression with human patients...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125625/low-inherent-sensitivity-to-the-intoxicating-effects-of-ethanol-in-rhesus-monkeys-with-low-csf-concentrations-of-the-serotonin-metabolite-5-hydroxyindoleacetic-acid
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Elizabeth K Wood, Ryno Kruger, Angus Bennion, Bradley M Cooke, Stephen Lindell, Melanie Schwandt, David Goldman, Christina S Barr, Stephen J Suomi, J Dee Higley
INTRODUCTION: Type 2 Alcoholism is characterized by low serotonin system functioning and has a high degree of heritability, with offspring of alcoholics often showing a reduced response to the intoxicating effects of ethanol, which is thought to be marker for future alcohol use disorders (AUDs). As such, an important aim of studies investigating the origins of AUDs is understanding the relationship between serotonin system functioning and level of intoxication. A nonhuman primate model was used to evaluate observational ratings of sensitivity to ethanol and to further investigate the relationship between central serotonin activity and behavioral response to ethanol...
November 10, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121114/cd4-levels-control-the-odds-of-induction-of-humoral-immune-responses-to-tracer-doses-of-therapeutic-antibodies
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Sharat Srinivasula, Erin Gabriel, Insook Kim, Paula DeGrange, Alexis St Claire, Candace Mallow, Robert E Donahue, Chang Paik, H C Lane, Michele Di Mascio
Rapidly increasing number of therapeutic antibodies are being repurposed to imaging probes for noninvasive diagnosis, as well as monitoring during treatment or disease recurrence. Though antibody-based imaging involves tracer doses (~3 log lower than therapeutic doses), and immune responses are severely reduced in patients with impaired immunity, formation of anti-tracer antibodies (ATA) has been observed hampering further diagnostic monitoring. Here, we explored the potential to develop humoral responses to intravenously administered tracer dose of a monoclonal antibody F(ab΄)2 fragment, and associated with host related immune measures in 49 rhesus macaques categorized into healthy (uninfected controls), SIV-progressors, SIV non-progressors, or total body irradiated (TBI)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118219/nonhuman-primate-optogenetics-recent-advances-and-future-directions
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Adriana Galvan, William R Stauffer, Leah Acker, Yasmine El-Shamayleh, Ken-Ichi Inoue, Shay Ohayon, Michael C Schmid
Optogenetics is the use of genetically coded, light-gated ion channels or pumps (opsins) for millisecond resolution control of neural activity. By targeting opsin expression to specific cell types and neuronal pathways, optogenetics can expand our understanding of the neural basis of normal and pathological behavior. To maximize the potential of optogenetics to study human cognition and behavior, optogenetics should be applied to the study of nonhuman primates (NHPs). The homology between NHPs and humans makes these animals the best experimental model for understanding human brain function and dysfunction...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118125/alt-803-transiently-reduces-siv-replication-in-the-absence-of-antiretroviral-treatment
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Amy L Ellis-Connell, Alexis J Balgeman, Katie R Zarbock, Gabrielle Barry, Andrea Weiler, Jack O Egan, Emily K Jeng, Thomas Friedrich, Jeffrey S Miller, Ashley T Haase, Timothy W Schacker, Hing C Wong, Eva Rakasz, Shelby L O'Connor
Developing biological interventions to control HIV replication in the absence of antiretroviral therapy (ART) could contribute to the development of a functional cure. As a potential alternative to ART, the IL-15 superagonist ALT-803 has been shown to boost the number and function of HIV-specific CD8(+) T and NK cell populations, in vitro. Four SIV(+) rhesus macaques, three of whom possessed MHC alleles associated with control of SIV, and all of whom had received SIV vaccine vectors that had the potential to elicit CD8(+) T cell responses, were given ALT-803 in three treatment cycles...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108696/metagenomics-for-the-study-of-viruses-in-urban-sewage-as-a-tool-for-public-health-surveillance
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X Fernandez-Cassi, N Timoneda, S Martínez-Puchol, M Rusiñol, J Rodriguez-Manzano, N Figuerola, S Bofill-Mas, J F Abril, R Girones
The application of next-generation sequencing (NGS) techniques for the identification of viruses present in urban sewage has not been fully explored. This is partially due to a lack of reliable and sensitive protocols for studying viral diversity and to the highly complex analysis required for NGS data processing. One important step towards this goal is finding methods that can efficiently concentrate viruses from sewage samples. Here the application of a virus concentration method based on skimmed milk organic flocculation (SMF) using 10L of sewage collected in different seasons enabled the detection of many viruses...
November 3, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29106386/sirna-rescues-nonhuman-primates-from-advanced-marburg-and-ravn-virus-disease
#17
Emily P Thi, Chad E Mire, Amy Ch Lee, Joan B Geisbert, Raul Ursic-Bedoya, Krystle N Agans, Marjorie Robbins, Daniel J Deer, Robert W Cross, Andrew S Kondratowicz, Karla A Fenton, Ian MacLachlan, Thomas W Geisbert
Ebolaviruses and marburgviruses belong to the family Filoviridae and cause high lethality in infected patients. There are currently no licensed filovirus vaccines or antiviral therapies. The development of broad-spectrum therapies against members of the Marburgvirus genus, including Marburg virus (MARV) and Ravn virus (RAVV), is difficult because of substantial sequence variability. RNAi therapeutics offer a potential solution, as identification of conserved target nucleotide sequences may confer activity across marburgvirus variants...
November 6, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101353/in-vivo-multimodal-imaging-of-drusenoid-lesions-in-rhesus-macaques
#18
Glenn Yiu, Eric Tieu, Christian Munevar, Brittany Wong, David Cunefare, Sina Farsiu, Laura Garzel, Jeffrey Roberts, Sara M Thomasy
Nonhuman primates are the only mammals to possess a true macula similar to humans, and spontaneously develop drusenoid lesions which are hallmarks of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Prior studies demonstrated similarities between human and nonhuman primate drusen based on clinical appearance and histopathology. Here, we employed fundus photography, spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT), fundus autofluorescence (FAF), and infrared reflectance (IR) to characterize drusenoid lesions in aged rhesus macaques...
November 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29098692/ontogeny-of-hallucal-metatarsal-rigidity-and-shape-in-the-rhesus-monkey-macaca-mulatta-and-chimpanzee-pan-troglodytes
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Biren A Patel, Jason M Organ, Tea Jashashvili, Stephanie H Bui, Holly M Dunsworth
Life history variables including the timing of locomotor independence, along with changes in preferred locomotor behaviors and substrate use during development, influence how primates use their feet throughout ontogeny. Changes in foot function during development, in particular the nature of how the hallux is used in grasping, can lead to different structural changes in foot bones. To test this hypothesis, metatarsal midshaft rigidity [estimated from the polar second moment of area (J) scaled to bone length] and cross-sectional shape (calculated from the ratio of maximum and minimum second moments of area, Imax /Imin ) were examined in a cross-sectional ontogenetic sample of rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta; n = 73) and common chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes; n = 79)...
November 3, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29095514/genetic-analysis-of-samples-from-wild-populations-opens-new-perspectives-on-hybridization-between-long-tailed-macaca-fascicularis-and-rhesus-macaques-macaca-mulatta
#20
Srichan Bunlungsup, Sree Kanthaswamy, Robert F Oldt, David Glenn Smith, Paul Houghton, Yuzuru Hamada, Suchinda Malaivijitnond
In the past decade, many researchers have published papers about hybridization between long-tailed and rhesus macaques. These previous works have proposed unidirectional gene flow with the Isthmus of Kra as the zoogeographical barrier of hybridization. However, these reports analyzed specimens of unknown origin and/or did not include specimens from Thailand, the center of the proposed area of hybridization. Collected specimens of long-tailed and rhesus macaques representing all suspected hybridization areas were examined...
November 2, 2017: American Journal of Primatology
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