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  1. Aflatoxicosis en chinchillas (Chinchilla lanigera)

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    Sandra Cepeda A; Hansen Murcia G; Gonzalo Diaz G

    2011-01-01

    Objetivo. Determinar los efectos de las aflatoxinas (AF) en chinchillas (Chinchilla lanigera) por consumo de dietas contaminadas a diferentes concentraciones. Materiales y métodos. Un total de 20 chinchillas macho se distribuyeron en 5 grupos experimentales de 4 animales cada uno, los cuales recibieron diferentes niveles de aflatoxinas totales en el alimento durante 8 semanas: 0, 25, 50, 100 y 200 ppb. Semanalmente se determinó el consumo de alimento, el peso corporal individual y la mortalid...

  2. Aflatoxicosis en chinchillas (Chinchilla lanigera

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    Sandra Cepeda A

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo. Determinar los efectos de las aflatoxinas (AF en chinchillas (Chinchilla lanigera por consumo de dietas contaminadas a diferentes concentraciones. Materiales y métodos. Un total de 20 chinchillas macho se distribuyeron en 5 grupos experimentales de 4 animales cada uno, los cuales recibieron diferentes niveles de aflatoxinas totales en el alimento durante 8 semanas: 0, 25, 50, 100 y 200 ppb. Semanalmente se determinó el consumo de alimento, el peso corporal individual y la mortalidad. Adicionalmente, al finalizar el experimento, se investigó el metabolismo hepático in vitro de la aflatoxina B1 (AFB1 en animales no expuestos al tóxico y se realizó examen histopatológico del hígado en todos los grupos. Resultados. El consumo de dietas contaminadas con aflatoxinas no causó efectos sobre el consumo de alimento ni hubo mortalidad. Solamente se observó disminución significativa (p<0.05 en la ganancia de peso corporal en los animales expuestos a 200 ppb en la dieta. Los niveles de 100 y 200 ppb (ng/g de aflatoxinas indujeron cambios leves a moderados en el hígado. El metabolismo microsomal de la AFB1 demostró la producción del epóxido de la AFB1 como único metabolito. Conclusiones. Los resultados del presente estudio demuestran que la chinchilla es altamente resistente a las aflatoxinas, pudiendo tolerar durante al menos dos meses niveles de aflatoxinas en el alimento que resultarían letales, en apenas unos pocos días, para especies sensibles como el cerdo o el perro.

  3. La reproduction du chinchilla (Chinchilla lanigera)

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    Stein, Frédérique

    2002-01-01

    Ce travail s'attache aux diverses particularités de la reproduction du chin- chilla (Chinchilla lanigera). La reproduction est définie comme tout ce qui a trait à la production du nouveau-né. Sont ainsi abordés: la physiologie de la reproduction mâle-femelle (anatomie, fonctionnement hormonal), la saillie, la fécondation, la gestation (développement de l'embryon puis du foetus, développement des annexes embryonnaires comme le placenta), la parturition, ainsi que le développement du jeune jusq...

  4. Otitis media: the chinchilla model.

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    Giebink, G S

    1999-01-01

    Streptococcus pneumoniae infection and disease have been modeled in several animal species including infant and adult mice, infant and adult rats, infant Rhesus monkeys, and adolescent and adult chinchillas. Most are models of sepsis arising from intravenous or intraperitoneal inoculation of bacteria, and a few were designed to study disease arising from intranasal infection. Chinchillas provide the only animal model of middle ear pneumococcal infection in which the disease can be produced by very small inocula injected into the middle ear (ME) or intranasally, and in which the disease remains localized to the ME in most cases. This model, developed at the University of Minnesota in 1975, has been used to study pneumococcal pathogenesis at a mucosal site, immunogenicity and efficacy of pneumococcal capsular polysaccharide (PS) vaccine antigens, and the kinetics and efficacy of antimicrobial drugs. Pathogenesis experiments in the chinchilla model have revealed variation in ME virulence among different pneumococcal serotypes, enhancement of ME infection during concurrent intranasal influenza A virus infections, and natural resolution of pneumococcal otitis media (OM) without intervention. Research has explored the relative contribution of pneumococcal and host products to ME inflammation. Pneumococcal cell wall components and pneumolysin have been studied in the model. Host inflammatory responses studied in the chinchilla ME include polymorphonuclear leukocyte oxidative products, hydrolytic enzymes, cytokine and eicosanoid metabolites, and ME epithelial cell adhesion and mucous glycoprotein production. Both clinical (tympanic membrane appearance) and histopathology (ME, Eustachian tube, inner ear) endpoints can be quantified. Immunologic and inflammatory studies have been facilitated by the production of affinity-purified antichinchilla immunoglobulin G (IgG), IgM, and secretory IgA polyclonal antibody reagents, and the identification of cross-reactivity between

  5. Distribución potencial de la chinchilla de cola corta (Chinchilla chinchilla, Rodentia) en el sudoeste de Bolivia

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    María Eugenia Copa Alvaro; Geovana Shirley Mendieta; Amy L. Deane

    2014-01-01

    Actualmente, la presencia de la chinchilla de cola corta (Chinchilla chinchilla), abundante en la región andina sudamericana durante el siglo pasado, ha sido fehacientemente documentada en pocas localidades del norte de Chile y Argentina; en Bolivia aunque su presencia es altamente probable, los últimos registros confiables datan de 1939. La cacería con fines peleteros disminuyó significativamente la población silvestre de la especie lo que derivó en un estatus de conservación "En Peligro Crí...

  6. Necrotizing enteritis associated with Clostridium perfringensType B in chinchillas (Chinchilla lanigera

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    Ricardo B. Lucena

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Four 3-4 month-old chinchillas (Chinchilla lanigera from a commercial flock of 395 chinchillas, were found dead with evidence of previous diarrhea and prolapsed rectum. A fifth 8 month-old chinchilla died 8 hours after being found recumbent, apathetic, diarrheic and with a prolapsed rectum. Two chinchillas were necropsied and observed gross lesions consisted of extensive hemorrhagic enteritis, mild pulmonary edema and enlarged and yellow liver; this latter finding was particularly prominent in the chinchilla presenting longer clinical course. Histologically there was necrotizing enteritis associated with abundant bacterial rods aggregates in the intestinal surface epithelium and within the lamina propria. In the lungs there were small amounts of pink proteinaceous material (edema in the interstitium and marked vacuolar hepatocellullar degeneration (lipidosis in the liver. Anaerobic cultures from the intestinal contents of one of the affected chinchillas yielded Clostridium perfringens. Genotyping of this C. perfringens isolate was achieved by multiplex polymerase chain reaction (mPCR as C. perfringenstype B due to detection of alpha, beta and epsilon-toxin genes. These findings suggest C. perfringens type B as an important cause of sudden or acute death in chinchillas.

  7. Gross morphological features of plexus brachialis in the chinchilla (Chinchilla lanigera)

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    A. Cevik-Demirkan; Ozdemir, V.; I. Demirkan; I. Turkmenoglu

    2007-01-01

    This study documents the detailed features of the morphological structure and the innervation areas of the plexus brachialis in the chinchilla (Chinchilla lanigera). The animals (5 female and 5 male) were euthanased with ketamine hydrocloride and xylazine hydrocloride combination, 60 mg/kg and 6 mg/kg, respectively. Skin, muscles and nerves were dissected under a stereo-microscope. The brachial plexus of the chinchilla is formed by rami ventrales of C5-C8, T1 and T2, and possesses a single tr...

  8. Chinchilla lanigera (Molina 1782 and C. chinchilla (Lichtenstein 1830: review of their distribution and new findings

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    Valladares, P.

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Millions of Chinchilla chinchilla and C. lanigera were killed during the early twentieth century and they were nearly hunted to extinction. In order to establish the current range of distribution of these two wild species and to localize possible new colonies, we used the available scientific literature, technical reports, information from residents, and live trapping methods. Both species are ‘critically endangered’ since their current distribution is highly fragmented and all recognized colonies are small and isolated. We report a small new wild colony of C. lanigera in the Atacama region, Chile.

  9. Seasonal evaluations of urinary androgen metabolites and semen quality in domestic long-tailed chinchilla (Chinchilla lanigera) under natural photoperiod.

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    Dominchin, M F; Bianconi, S; Ponzio, M F; Fiol de Cuneo, M F; Ruiz, R D; Busso, J M

    2014-02-01

    Chinchilla spp. is a South American hystricomorph rodent genus currently considered almost extinct in the wild. The high quality of chinchilla fur motivated the harvesting of chinchillas for the fur market. Reproductive biology advances come from studies on commercially exploited animals, especially Chinchilla lanigera. We studied seasonal variation of urinary androgen metabolites, sperm concentration and sperm functional activity in males of domestic Chinchilla lanigera under natural photoperiod. In Córdoba city (31° S-64° W; Argentina), within the same latitudes as those of the historic Andean distribution (tropical deserts; 15°-34° S), domestic males (n=7) were studied in May (autumn), August (winter), November (spring), and February (summer). Urine was seasonally collected (over 24h; once for season, 4 in total) to measure urinary androgen metabolites (RIA), before semen collection by electroejaculation. The results indicated that although testicular volume (relative to body weight) and values of sperm functional activity did not show seasonal changes, a seasonal variation in androgen excretion was detected, with the highest values occurring during "short" light/dark cycles (autumn-winter). In addition, viable spermatozoa with intact acrosome mean values during winter-spring were higher than in autumn or summer. This study provides information that might contribute to the assessment of testicular activity in male chinchilla subjected to genetic selection in the fur industry. In addition, since domestic chinchilla still share some genomic characteristics with their counterparts in the wild, results presented may alsocontribute to ex situ breeding program of endangered chinchilla. In conclusion, natural photoperiod cycle affects testicular activity in domestic chinchilla. PMID:24503344

  10. Morphometry of the alimentary system of the long-tailed chinchilla (Chinchilla lanigera

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    Mirosława Kulawik

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The study was conducted on 40 long-tailed chinchillas (Chinchilla lanigera (20 females and 20 males. The study measured the length of the internal organs of the digestive system and the measurements of their mass. In order to compare the examined metric traits in the male and the female, the figures were statistically analysed. The results found that the average length of the esophagus, the greater curvature of the stomach and cecum were larger in males. After estimating the mass of internal organs it was found that in the male greater value reached mass of the stomach and duodenum with food contained in it and mass of duodenum cleared of leftover food. Research has also shown that the females were characterized by longer intestines than males. The ratio of the small intestine to the large intestine in females was 1: 1.52, in males 1: 1.58.

  11. Sound pressure transformations by the head and pinnae of the adult Chinchilla (Chinchilla lanigera)

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    Koka, Kanthaiah; Jones, Heath G.; Thornton, Jennifer L.; Lupo, J. Eric; Tollin, Daniel J.

    2010-01-01

    There are three main cues to sound location: the interaural differences in time (ITD) and level (ILD) as well as the monaural spectral shape cues. These cues are generated by the spatial- and frequency-dependent filtering of propagating sound waves by the head and external ears. Although the chinchilla has been used for decades to study the anatomy, physiology, and psychophysics of audition, including binaural and spatial hearing, little is actually known about the sound pressure transformati...

  12. Gross morphological features of plexus brachialis in the chinchilla (Chinchilla lanigera

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    A. Cevik-Demirkan

    2007-05-01

    Full Text Available This study documents the detailed features of the morphological structure and the innervation areas of the plexus brachialis in the chinchilla (Chinchilla lanigera. The animals (5 female and 5 male were euthanased with ketamine hydrocloride and xylazine hydrocloride combination, 60 mg/kg and 6 mg/kg, respectively. Skin, muscles and nerves were dissected under a stereo-microscope. The brachial plexus of the chinchilla is formed by rami ventrales of C5-C8, T1 and T2, and possesses a single truncus. The subscapular nerve is formed by the rami of the spinal nerves originating from C6 (one thin ramus and C7 (one thick and 2 thin rami. These nerves innervate the subscapular and teres minor muscles. The long thoracic nerve, before joining with the brachial plexus, obtains branches from C6 and C7 in 5 cadavers (3 male, 2 female, from C7 in 4 cadavers (2 male, 2 female and from C6-C8 in only 1 female cadaver. These nerves disperse in variable combinations to form the extrinsic and intrinstic named, nerves of the thoracic limb. An undefined nerve branch originates from the rami ventrales of C7, C8 and T1 spinal nerves enter the coracobrachial muscle.

  13. Prevalence and analysis of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in chinchillas

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    Aoyama Naoki

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Chinchillas (Chinchilla laniger are popular as pets and are often used as laboratory animals for various studies. Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a major infectious agent that causes otitis media, pneumonia, septicaemia enteritis, and sudden death in chinchillas. This bacterium is also a leading cause of nosocomial infections in humans. To prevent propagation of P. aeruginosa infection among humans and animals, detailed characteristics of the isolates, including antibiotic susceptibility and genetic features, are needed. In this study, we surveyed P. aeruginosa distribution in chinchillas bred as pets or laboratory animals. We also characterized the isolates from these chinchillas by testing for antibiotic susceptibility and by gene analysis. Results P. aeruginosa was isolated from 41.8% of the 67 chinchillas included in the study. Slide agglutination and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis discriminated 5 serotypes and 7 unique patterns, respectively. For the antibiotic susceptibility test, 40.9% of isolates were susceptible to gentamicin, 77.3% to ciprofloxacin, 77.3% to imipenem, and 72.7% to ceftazidime. DNA analyses confirmed that none of the isolates contained the gene encoding extended-spectrum β-lactamases; however, 2 of the total 23 isolates were found to have a gene similar to the pilL gene that has been identified in the pathogenicity island of a clinical isolate of P. aeruginosa. Conclusions P. aeruginosa is widely spread in chinchillas, including strains with reduced susceptibility to the antibiotics and highly virulent strains. The periodic monitoring should be performed to help prevent the propagation of this pathogen and reduce the risk of infection from chinchillas to humans.

  14. Diagnosis of an outbreak of Salmonella typhimurium in chinchillas (Chinchilla lanigera) by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis.

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    Gornatti Churria, Carlos D; Vigo, Germán B; Origlia, Javier; Campos, Josefina; Caffer, María; Píscopo, Miguel; Herrero Loyola, Miguel; Petruccelli, Miguel; Pichel, Mariana

    2014-01-01

    Adult chinchillas (Chinchilla lanigera) that had suddenly died in a commercial farm located in La Plata City, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, in July 2012 were macroscopically, histopathologically, and microbiologically examined. Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium (S. Typhimurium) was isolated from the liver, spleen, heart, lungs, kidneys and intestines from each of the five animals evaluated. The five strains were susceptible to ampicillin, cephalotin, cefotaxime, nalidixic acid, gentamicin, streptomycin, chloramphenicol, fosfomycin, nitrofurantoin and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, and resistant to tetracycline. Each of the five S. Typhimurium isolates was analyzed by XbaI- pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), showing an identical electrophoretic profile with 15 defined bands, which was found to be identical to pattern ARJPXX01.0220 of the PulseNet Argentine National database of Salmonella PFGE patterns. This is the first work describing the postmortem diagnosis of an outbreak of salmonellosis in chinchillas by using molecular methods such as PFGE. PMID:25444129

  15. The Chinchilla Research Resource Database: resource for an otolaryngology disease model

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    Shimoyama, Mary; Smith, Jennifer R.; De Pons, Jeff; Tutaj, Marek; Khampang, Pawjai; Hong, Wenzhou; Erbe, Christy B.; Ehrlich, Garth D.; Bakaletz, Lauren O.; Kerschner, Joseph E.

    2016-01-01

    The long-tailed chinchilla (Chinchilla lanigera) is an established animal model for diseases of the inner and middle ear, among others. In particular, chinchilla is commonly used to study diseases involving viral and bacterial pathogens and polymicrobial infections of the upper respiratory tract and the ear, such as otitis media. The value of the chinchilla as a model for human diseases prompted the sequencing of its genome in 2012 and the more recent development of the Chinchilla Research Resource Database (http://crrd.mcw.edu) to provide investigators with easy access to relevant datasets and software tools to enhance their research. The Chinchilla Research Resource Database contains a complete catalog of genes for chinchilla and, for comparative purposes, human. Chinchilla genes can be viewed in the context of their genomic scaffold positions using the JBrowse genome browser. In contrast to the corresponding records at NCBI, individual gene reports at CRRD include functional annotations for Disease, Gene Ontology (GO) Biological Process, GO Molecular Function, GO Cellular Component and Pathway assigned to chinchilla genes based on annotations from the corresponding human orthologs. Data can be retrieved via keyword and gene-specific searches. Lists of genes with similar functional attributes can be assembled by leveraging the hierarchical structure of the Disease, GO and Pathway vocabularies through the Ontology Search and Browser tool. Such lists can then be further analyzed for commonalities using the Gene Annotator (GA) Tool. All data in the Chinchilla Research Resource Database is freely accessible and downloadable via the CRRD FTP site or using the download functions available in the search and analysis tools. The Chinchilla Research Resource Database is a rich resource for researchers using, or considering the use of, chinchilla as a model for human disease. Database URL: http://crrd.mcw.edu PMID:27173523

  16. The Chinchilla Research Resource Database: resource for an otolaryngology disease model.

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    Shimoyama, Mary; Smith, Jennifer R; De Pons, Jeff; Tutaj, Marek; Khampang, Pawjai; Hong, Wenzhou; Erbe, Christy B; Ehrlich, Garth D; Bakaletz, Lauren O; Kerschner, Joseph E

    2016-01-01

    The long-tailed chinchilla (Chinchilla lanigera) is an established animal model for diseases of the inner and middle ear, among others. In particular, chinchilla is commonly used to study diseases involving viral and bacterial pathogens and polymicrobial infections of the upper respiratory tract and the ear, such as otitis media. The value of the chinchilla as a model for human diseases prompted the sequencing of its genome in 2012 and the more recent development of the Chinchilla Research Resource Database (http://crrd.mcw.edu) to provide investigators with easy access to relevant datasets and software tools to enhance their research. The Chinchilla Research Resource Database contains a complete catalog of genes for chinchilla and, for comparative purposes, human. Chinchilla genes can be viewed in the context of their genomic scaffold positions using the JBrowse genome browser. In contrast to the corresponding records at NCBI, individual gene reports at CRRD include functional annotations for Disease, Gene Ontology (GO) Biological Process, GO Molecular Function, GO Cellular Component and Pathway assigned to chinchilla genes based on annotations from the corresponding human orthologs. Data can be retrieved via keyword and gene-specific searches. Lists of genes with similar functional attributes can be assembled by leveraging the hierarchical structure of the Disease, GO and Pathway vocabularies through the Ontology Search and Browser tool. Such lists can then be further analyzed for commonalities using the Gene Annotator (GA) Tool. All data in the Chinchilla Research Resource Database is freely accessible and downloadable via the CRRD FTP site or using the download functions available in the search and analysis tools. The Chinchilla Research Resource Database is a rich resource for researchers using, or considering the use of, chinchilla as a model for human disease.Database URL: http://crrd.mcw.edu. PMID:27173523

  17. The spinal nerves that constitute the lumbosacral plexus and their distribution in the chinchilla

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    M. A. Martinez-Pereira; E. M. Rickes

    2011-01-01

    In this study, the spinal nerves that constitute the lumbosacral plexus (plexus lumbosacrales) (LSP) and its distribution in Chinchilla lanigera were investigated. Ten chinchillas (6 males and 4 females) were used in this research. The spinal nerves that constitute the LSP were dissected and the distribution of pelvic limb nerves originating from the plexus was examined. The iliohypogastric nerve arose from L1 and L2,, giving rise to the cranial and caudal nerves, and the ilioinguinal nerve a...

  18. NUEVO REGISTRO DE CHINCHILLA CHINCHILLA (RODENTIA, CHINCHILLIDAE) PARA LA REGIÓN DE ATACAMA, CHILE. IMPLICANCIAS PARA SU ESTADO DE CONSERVACIÓN

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    Pablo Valladares F.; Martín Espinosa; Mauricio Torres; Eric Diaz; Nicolai Zeller; Jorge de La Riva; Moisés Grimberg; Ángel Spotorno

    2012-01-01

    Reportamos un nuevo registro de Chinchilla chinchilla para la Región de Atacama, Chile. Se basa en ejemplares fotografiados por cámaras de movimiento en el Parque Nacional Nevado Tres Cruces y sus alrededores y por restos óseos y de fecas encontrados en laderas de cerros, ya sea con pendiente abrupta o con rodados, ambas formaciones con cuevas de mediano tamaño. No existen reportes científicos para esta especie en la Región de Atacama en los últimos cincuenta años. Se analiza el estado de con...

  19. Fiber diameter distributions in the chinchilla's ampullary nerves

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    Hoffman, Larry F.; Honrubia, Vicente

    2002-01-01

    A morphometric study of the chinchilla's ampullary nerves was conducted to produce an unbiased accounting of the diameter distribution of their constituent fibers. Diameter analyses were determined from 1 microm plastic-embedded nerve sections taken at a plane immediately proximal to the sensory epithelium. We found these nerves to be composed of 2094+/-573 fibers, having diameters that ranged from 0.5 to 8 microm. The distributions of diameters were positively skewed, where approximately 75% of the fibers were found to have diameters less than 3.5 microm. An analysis of the spatial distribution of diameters within the nerve section revealed that the lateralmost areas of the nerve contained larger fractions of fibers within the smallest diameter quintiles, and the central area harbored greater proportions of the larger diameter quintiles. However, significant fractions of all quintiles were found in all areas. These data were integrated with available data of Fernandez et al. (1998) to produce diameter estimates of calyx, dimorphic, and bouton morphology subpopulations. In view of a general relationship between diameter, innervation locus, and an afferent's physiologic characteristics, these data provide the basis for developing a perspective for the in situ distribution of afferent response dynamics.

  20. Anatomy and Disorders of the Oral Cavity of Chinchillas and Degus.

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    Mans, Christoph; Jekl, Vladimir

    2016-09-01

    Dental disease is among the most common causes for chinchillas and degus to present to veterinarians. Most animals with dental disease present with weight loss, reduced food intake/anorexia, and drooling. Degus commonly present with dyspnea. Dental disease has been primarily referred to as elongation and malocclusion of the cheek teeth. Periodontal disease, caries, and tooth resorption are common diseases in chinchillas, but are missed frequently during routine intraoral examination, even performed under general anesthesia. A diagnostic evaluation, including endoscopy-guided intraoral examination and diagnostic imaging of the skull, is necessary to detect oral disorders and to perform the appropriate therapy. PMID:27497209

  1. Estudio morfológico del oído medio e interno de la Chinchilla laniger Morphological study of the middle and internal ear of Chinchilla laniger

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    Loreto Carrasco M; J. Cristóbal Maass O; Luis Dentone S; Gonzalo Miranda G; Manuel Kukuljan P

    2008-01-01

    Introducción: La Chinchilla laniger, roedor originario de la Cordillera de Los Andes, ha sido utilizada como modelo de investigación otológica por más de 40 años. Sin embargo, no existe un estudio anatómico e histológico detallado del oído de este animal. La mayoría de las investigaciones se han desarrollado en neurofisiología de la audición. Objetivos: Describir macroscópica y microscópicamente el oído medio e interno de la Chinchilla laniger. Material y método: Estudio realizado en cinco ch...

  2. The nutrition of the chinchilla as a companion animal--basic data, influences and dependences.

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    Wolf, P; Schröder, A; Wenger, A; Kamphues, J

    2003-04-01

    This contribution is meant to obtain basic data for feeding chinchillas (ingestion behaviour, feed and water intake) kept as companion animals. The chinchillas ingested more than 70% of their total feed intake during the dark phase (highest level of activity between 9:00 pm and 7:00 am). Daily amounts of feed intake varied between 2.5 (fresh grass) or 2.6 (hay) and 5.5 (pelleted complete diet) g of dry matter per 100 g of body weight. An offered mixed feed based on native components led to a selection of individual ingredients (high palatability: carob, beet pulp, sunflower seeds). The chinchillas' daily water intake varied between 30 (mixed feed in briquette form) and 40 ml (alfalfa cubes) and amounted on average between 1.5 and 3 ml/g of dry matter. Compared with rabbits or guinea-pigs, the chinchillas generally showed noticeable differences (rhythm of feed intake, palatability of individual ingredients, capacity for digestion, etc.) which must be considered in order to optimize the nutrition of this species. PMID:14511138

  3. Conjuntivite bacteriana secundária à doença dentária em chinchilas (Chinchilla lanigera Bacterial conjunctivitis secondary to dental disease in chinchillas (Chinchilla lanigera

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    Ricardo Barbosa Lucena

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available São relatados três casos de conjuntivite bacteriana associada à doença dentária grave em chinchilas. Todas as chinchilas afetadas tinham histórico de emagrecimento, hipersalivação e epífora, que progrediu para exsudação ocular purulenta. Durante a necropsia, foi constatado marcado alongamento da coroa clínica dos incisivos e molares, e crescimento do ápice dentário, causando deformação óssea e compressão do canal lacrimal. Histologicamente, observou-se infiltrado de neutrófilos na conjuntiva e pálpebras. Cultivo microbiológico do exsudato ocular revelou crescimento de Staphylococcus coagulase-positiva . Uma compressão do canal lacrimal pelo crescimento dentário excessivo impediu a drenagem das lágrimas, resultando em epífora. Esse é um importante fator predisponente para infecção bacteriana ocular em chinchilas.Three cases of bacterial conjunctivitis associated with severe dental disease in chinchillas are described. All affected chinchillas had a history of weight loss, ptyalism, and epiphora which progressed to suppurative ocular exsudation. At necropsy incisor and molar teeth revealed marked elongation of the clinical crown and overgrowth of the dental apexes resulting in deformation of the tear ducts. Histologically, there was neutrophilic infiltrate in the conjunctiva and eyelid skin. Microbiological culture carried out in samples from the ocular exsudate yielded Staphylococcus coagulase-positive. Compression of the lacrimal duct by dental overgrowth compromised tear draining and resulting in epiphora. This is a major predisposing factor inducing bacterial ocular infection in chinchillas.

  4. SLEEPING AND RESTING BEHAVIOR, FACTORS AND IMPLICATIONS IN BREEDING TECHNOLOGY OF CHINCHILLA

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    M. BOTHA

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Fallowing many papers, related to different breeding systems of the Chinchilla l., wirenetting floor and bedding cage, which results that there are no significant differencesoverview the growth indices and implicit the forage intake, we where studied thebreed’s behavior to explain all these. Adopting one of the breeding systems involvessmaller or bigger investment, this being the principal aim of this paper. Knowing thatChinchilla has an inactive period of 71,02% from 24 h, they are resting 54,05% and16,97% so-called sleeping in 24 h. From our studies results that most of inactive time(rest and sleeping they are sitting on the dust bath tray, no matter the floor type. Thatexplains there are no significant differences in outputs depending on the adoptedtechnology.

  5. Mycoflora and Natural Incidence of Selected Mycotoxins in Rabbit and Chinchilla Feeds

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    Mariana Vanesa Greco; Alejandro Guillermo Pardo; Vanesa Ludemann; Pablo Eduardo Martino; Graciela Noemí Pose

    2012-01-01

    Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by filamentous fungi that cause a toxic response when ingested by animals or man. Demand of natural fur, such as those from rabbit and chinchilla, produced under controlled conditions, has increased worldwide. The toxicogenic mycoflora contaminating feeds for these animals was enumerated and identified. Six of the major mycotoxins implicated in animal mycotoxicosis were detected and quantified. Moulds count ranged from

  6. Regeneration of sciatic nerve in chinchilla posterity whose mothers were irradiated before mating

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    A study was made of the sciatic curve regeneration after smooth cutting thereof in 198 young chinchillas whose mothers were subjected to whole-body single irradiation with doses of 0.05, 0.15, 0.5 or 1.5 Gy one week before mating. The statistically important data obtained may be used to estimate the risk from ionizing radiation and ensure the radiation sequrity standards

  7. Effects of Electrical Stimulation of Olivocochlear Fibers in Cochlear Potentials in the Chinchilla

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    Elgueda, Diego; Delano, Paul H.; ROBLES, LUIS

    2011-01-01

    The mammalian cochlea has two types of sensory cells; inner hair cells, which receive auditory-nerve afferent innervation, and outer hair cells, innervated by efferent axons of the medial olivocochlear (MOC) system. The role of the MOC system in hearing is still controversial. Recently, by recording cochlear potentials in behaving chinchillas, we suggested that one of the possible functions of the efferent system is to reduce cochlear sensitivity during attention to other sensory modalities (...

  8. Histological and morphometric study of the epididymus of Chinchilla lanigera Grey under controlled conditions in captivity.

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    Gramajo-Bühler, M C; Pucci, F J; Sanchez-Toranzo, G

    2016-06-01

    Chinchilla lanigera, native to the Andean Mountains of Perú, Chile, Bolivia and Argentina, is a specimen of great economic importance because of its fur. In mammals, spermatozoa originate in testes and are transported to the epididymis, where they undergo morphological and biochemical modifications known as sperm maturation, a basic step in the acquisition of their fertilizing ability. The aim of this work is the macroscopic and microscopic analysis of the epididymis of Chinchilla lanigera Grey and its sectorization based on a histomorphological study. The epididymis presents a clear segmentation into four regions: initial segment, caput, corpus and cauda. The epithelium lining the seminiferous tubules is pseudostratified, with principal cells with stereocilia and basal, clear, apical, narrow and halo cells. The histological analysis showed that principal and basal cells are the prevailing populations in all regions, also revealing narrow cells and the absence of clear cells in the initial segment. Each segment presents its different histological and morphometric characteristics, which supports the idea of the specific behaviour of each region, giving a segment-specific character to the process of sperm maturation in this species. No significant differences were found in the morphometric measurements or in the histological evaluation of the epididymis of samples collected in April and October. The fact that no differences were found between the samples collected during the two periods when the reproductive ability in nature is different suggests the importance of external factors in the control of the reproductive cycle of Chinchilla lanigera. PMID:27172053

  9. THE ANALYSIS OF THE FACTORS THAT INFLUENCE THE FERTILITY IN THREE COLOUR TYPES OF CHINCHILLA

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    S. SOCHA

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the work was to analyse the fertility of females in chinchilla. The number of born and raised animals was analysed in standard, beige and black velvet chinchilla. The analysis of variance considered the influence of the colour type, the year and animal age. The analysis proved statistically significant influence of all the factors on the number of born and raised puppies. The highest fertility characterised standard females, then, beige, and the lowest, black velvet. The mean number of born in one litter was 2.10 in standard and less than 1.50 in black velvet. The mean number of raised was the highest in standard, 1.70. Variability coefficient ranged from 34% to 46% in the number of born and from 46% to 61% in the number of raised, depending on colour type and the year. Phenotypic correlations: high and positive correlations were estimated between the number of born and raised (0.641, which proves that the same females were characterised of both higher number of born and raised puppies. These estimators prove that genetic base had low but significant influence on fertility in chinchilla females.

  10. Estudio morfológico del oído medio e interno de la Chinchilla laniger Morphological study of the middle and internal ear of Chinchilla laniger

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    Loreto Carrasco M

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    Full Text Available Introducción: La Chinchilla laniger, roedor originario de la Cordillera de Los Andes, ha sido utilizada como modelo de investigación otológica por más de 40 años. Sin embargo, no existe un estudio anatómico e histológico detallado del oído de este animal. La mayoría de las investigaciones se han desarrollado en neurofisiología de la audición. Objetivos: Describir macroscópica y microscópicamente el oído medio e interno de la Chinchilla laniger. Material y método: Estudio realizado en cinco chinchillas adultas (previa aprobación del Comité de Bioética sobre la Investigación en Animales. Macroscopía: Se realizó una cirugía vía conducto auditivo externo y se estudió también con una tomografía computada de oído s. Microscopía: Disección, fijación e inclusión en parafina. Tinción con hematoxilina-eosina. Resultados: Vía conducto auditivo externo se realiza un colgajo timpanomeatal similar al de estapedectomía. Se accede a la caja timpánica por el cuadrante posterosuperior Se observa que el martillo presenta un delgado mango unido verticalmente al tímpano. Presenta una cabeza con un gran proceso anterior en vez de ligamento timpanomaleolar anterior. Su cabeza se une al yunque, fusionándose. El proceso lenticular del yunque se une a un delgado estribo, en el cual se observa el vestigio de la arteria estapedial, entre las cruras. El promontorio es visible fácilmente dado su tamaño y prominencia. La ventana oval se encuentra levemente más superoanterior que la ventana redonda. La cóclea da 3 y media vueltas sobre el modiolo. El órgano de Corti, sáculo, utrículo y crista ampularis se identificaron en los cortes histológicos. Conclusiones: El estudio morfológico detallado de un modelo de investigación como la chinchilla es imprescindible para el desarrollo de nuevos estudios en audición.Introduction: Chinchilla laniger is a rodent that has been used as a model of ear research for more than 40 years

  11. Stronger efferent suppression of cochlear neural potentials by contralateral acoustic stimulation in awake than in anesthetized chinchilla

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    Cristian eAedo

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available There are two types of sensory cells in the mammalian cochlea, inner hair cells, which make synaptic contact with auditory-nerve afferent fibers, and outer hair cells that are innervated by crossed and uncrossed medial olivocochlear (MOC efferent fibers. Contralateral acoustic stimulation activates the uncrossed efferent MOC fibers reducing cochlear neural responses, thus modifying the input to the central auditory system. The chinchilla, among all studied mammals, displays the lowest percentage of uncrossed MOC fibers raising questions about the strength and frequency distribution of the contralateral-sound effect in this species. On the other hand, MOC effects on cochlear sensitivity have been mainly studied in anesthetized animals and since the MOC-neuron activity depends on the level of anesthesia, it is important to assess the influence of anesthesia in the strength of efferent effects. Seven adult chinchillas (Chinchilla laniger were chronically implanted with round-window electrodes in both cochleae. We compared the effect of contralateral sound in awake and anesthetized condition. Compound action potentials (CAP and cochlear microphonics (CM were measured in the ipsilateral cochlea in response to tones in absence and presence of contralateral sound. Control measurements performed after middle-ear muscles section in one animal discarded any possible middle-ear reflex activation. Contralateral sound produced CAP amplitude reductions in all chinchillas, with suppression effects greater by about 1-3 dB in awake than in anesthetized animals. In contrast, CM amplitude increases of up to 1.9 dB were found in only three awake chinchillas. In both conditions the strongest efferent effects were produced by contralateral tones at frequencies equal or close to those of ipsilateral tones. Contralateral CAP suppressions for 1-6 kHz ipsilateral tones corresponded to a span of uncrossed MOC fiber innervation reaching at least the central third of the

  12. STUDIES REGARDING THE DURATION OF MAINS MAINTENANCE ACTIVITIES ON CHINCHILLAS BREAD IN INTENSIV SYSTEM

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    C. CĂLĂMAR

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    Full Text Available The study was made in 2008 and his purpose was to establish the period of time necessary to execute the main services in a chinchilla farm in order to do the standardisation of work and to establish the payment It has been determined the period of time necessary for giveing the hay, the fodder, the water, checking the animal births, spreading out the sand, etc., wich was 3 hours and 25 minutes. 3 workers participated in this daily program, so wich one of them worked for 3 hours and 8 minutes every day.

  13. Observations on the morphology and chemical analysis of medullary granules in chinchilla hair. Research letters

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    Keogh, H.J. (South African Inst. for Medical Research, Johannesburg); Haylett, T. (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Pretoria (South Africa). National Chemical Research Lab.)

    1983-02-01

    The ultrastructure of the medullary granules of white and grey chinchilla hair was investigated by scanning electron microscopy and chemical analysis in an attempt to clarify their structure and function. Atomic absorption spectroscopy and amino acid analysis showed them to be composed of melanin. The sample preparation for scanning electron microscopy is discussed. The metal content was qualitatively established by X-ray fluorescence spectrometry and quantitatively determined on a Varian Techtron model AAs atomic absorption spectrophotometer. Amino acid analysis of the granule, was carried out on a Beckman 121 amino acid analyser. Information is provided on the amino acid composition of the medullary granules as well as its metal content.

  14. Observations on the morphology and chemical analysis of medullary granules in chinchilla hair

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    The ultrastructure of the medullary granules of white and grey chinchilla hair was investigated by scanning electron microscopy and chemical analysis in an attempt to clarify their structure and function. Atomic absorption spectroscopy and amino acid analysis showed them to be composed of melanin. The sample preparation for scanning electron microscopy is discussed. The metal content was qualitatively established by X-ray fluorescence spectrometry and quantitatively determined on a Varian Techtron model AAs atomic absorption spectrophotometer. Amino acid analysis of the granule, was carried out on a Beckman 121 amino acid analyser. Information is provided on the amino acid composition of the medullary granules as well as its metal content

  15. Morpho-histological studies on the male genital apparatus of Chinchilla laniger

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    Calin Daniel Calamar

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available The histological studies of the male genital apparatus of the Chinchilla Laniger are scares and incomplete. Due to the studies done on the male genital apparatus of Chinchilla Laniger it has been determined that the seminiferous tubes are separated by large conjunctive septum, the seminiferous epithelium varies from one tissue to another, aspect that suggests different stages in the spermatogenesis process. The epididymis channel is made up of pseudo-layered epithelium, a reduced lamina propria and a delicate muscular layer. The deferent channel wall is made up of three tunics: mucous, muscular and adventitia. The muscular tunic is the most developed part and is made up of three super posed layers of even smooth muscle cell. The histological sections done on the pelvic urethra reveals the following components: mucous, vascular layer, muscular and adventitia. The transversal sections done on the free extremity of the penis reveal the presence of the foreskin made up of three layers: tegument or external, parietal or visceral. The vesicular glands (seminal have an intestine shaped aspect and are sustained by their own ligament, richly vascularised. The transversal section reveals a tubular aspect, the wall of these tubes is made up of: mucous, muscular and adventitia. The prostate is made up of an external part and an internal part, and is covered in a thick conjunctive-muscular capsule.

  16. Immunoreactivity of S100β protein in the hippocampus of chinchilla

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    Krawczyk Aleksandra

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the study was to investigate S100β protein in astrocytes of CA1 and CA3 areas of the hippocampus proper and the dentate gyrus with the hilus yet undefined in mature males of chinchilla. The presence of S100β was determined using indirect immunohistochemical peroxidase-antiperoxidase method with specific monoclonal antibody against this protein. Most of the S100β-positive cells were detected in the subgranular zone of the dentate gyrus and in the middle part of the hilus. In CA3 area, it was found that the most numerous cells with S100β are in stratum radiatum. In CA1 area, there were single astrocytes expressing this protein. This data demonstrates species differences and a large quantity of S100β immunoreactive cells in the subgranular zone of the dentate gyrus of chinchilla, which may be associated with structural reorganisation of the hippocampus and with neurogenesis, learning, and memorising process dependent on the hippocampus.

  17. Development of a Chinchilla Model To Allow Direct, Continuous, Biophotonic Imaging of Bioluminescent Nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae during Experimental Otitis Media

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    Novotny, Laura A.; Mason, Kevin M.; Bakaletz, Lauren O.

    2005-01-01

    We transformed a nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae clinical isolate with a plasmid containing the luxCDABE operon driven by the H. influenzae outer membrane protein P2 promoter. Herein, we demonstrate the ability to detect bioluminescence and to monitor infection within the nasopharynges, eustachian tubes, and middle ears of chinchillas after intranasal and transbullar challenges.

  18. Analysis of Conformation Characters in Chinchillas of Standard and Polish Beige Strains in the Breeding Farm ‘Raba’ in Myślenice

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    Stanisław Socha; Dauta Wójcik; Dorota Kołodziejczyk; Aldona Gontarz

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    The work aimed at the analysis of the influence of colour type on chinchilla utilitarian traits. Research concerns animal size and fur quality traits. The data for the analysis was collected from the breeding farm „Raba” in Myślenice (southern Poland). The data concerns standard and Polish beige chinchillas and covers 3 years. The analysis included the following factors: year of evaluation, animal sex, colour type and interactions of these factors. The analysis of variance proved statisticall...

  19. Reference values for chinchilla (Chinchilla laniger blood cells and serum biochemical parameters Valores de referência para os parâmetros das células e bioquímica sangüínea da chinchila (Chinchilla laniger

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    Tális de Oliveira Silva

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available Raising chinchilla (Chinchilla laniger for commercial purpose has increased significantly; however, hematological and serum biochemical reference values have not yet been determined for chinchillas raised in south Brazil. Establishing blood cells and serum biochemistry reference values might be helpful to evaluate health status of chinchillas and might be used as a tool by clinicians. The purpose of this study was to determine the reference values for blood cells and serum biochemistry of Chinchilla laniger. Blood samples were collected by cardiac puncture from 16 adult males, at the time they were killed to remove the fur coat, and from 8 adult males anesthetized with ketamine and xylazine. Blood cell counts and serum biochemistry analysis were performed using standard techniques and the results were expressed as mean ± SEM. Analysis of blood parameters from post-mortem cardiac punctured and from anesthetized chinchillas indicated that blood samples from anesthetized chinchillas had higher PCV, Hemoglobin, MCHC and WBC (P A criação de chinchila (Chinchilla laniger com objetivos comerciais tem crescido muito nos últimos anos. No entanto, os valores de referência para os parâmetros hematológicos e bioquímicos não foram ainda determinados para chinchilas criados no sul do Brasil. O estabelecimento dos valores de referência para esses parâmetros pode servir de auxílio para a avaliação da saúde das chinchilas e servir de auxílio diagnóstico para o clínico. Esse estudo teve como objetivo determinar os valores de referência das células e da bioquímica sangüínea da Chinchilla laniger. As amostras de sangue foram coletadas por meio de punção cardíaca de 16 machos adultos no momento em que os animais foram mortos para remoção da pele, e de 8 machos adultos após anestesia com xylazina e ketamina. A contagem das células sangüíneas e a análise dos parâmetros bioquímicos foram feitas utilizando-se métodos padronizados em

  20. Effects on auditory-nerve fibers of opening the otic capsule at the apex of the chinchilla cochlea

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    Recio-Spinoso, Alberto; Temchin, Andrei N.; Ruggero, Mario A.

    2015-12-01

    Vibration responses to clicks measured at the apex of chinchilla cochleae with open otic capsules have onsets much shorter than those of responses of auditory-nerve fibers (ANFs) corrected for synaptic and neural delays. Apical vibration responses to tones in open cochleae also differ in other respects from the responses to tones of ANFs with low characteristic frequency (CF) in normal chinchilla cochleae. To further specify the origin(s) of these differences, we recorded from chinchilla ANFs after delicately opening a small hole in the otic capsule overlying scala vestibuli in the cochlear apex. In those cochleae, the earliest ANF responses to clicks are often evoked by condensation (rather than rarefaction) clicks and responses to tones often exhibit level-dependent phase changes different from those in normal cochleae. These findings are largely consistent with, and seem to account for, apical vibration responses of cochleae with open otic capsules. An unexpected finding is that the tuning curves of ANFs with moderately high CF and normal CF thresholds often had hypersensitive tails.

  1. Spectral and temporal response patterns of single units in the chinchilla dorsal cochlear nucleus.

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    Kaltenbach, J A; Saunders, J C

    1987-05-01

    Spectral and temporal response patterns to pure-tone stimuli were collected from single units in the dorsal cochlear nucleus of anesthetized chinchillas. The spectral response profiles were divisible into groups based on the balance of excitation and inhibition. Temporal responses were characterized in chloralose-anesthetized animals by collecting PST-histograms. There appeared to be no simple one-to-one relationship between a unit's spectral and its temporal response pattern. Excitatory spectral responses were generally sharply tuned areas resembling those of auditory nerve fibers. However, unlike the latter, the majority of these had chopper or pauser/buildup temporal responses. Inhibitory spectral responses were of two distinct types: one included lateral inhibitory areas flanking the tuned excitatory areas which occasionally invaded the latter creating a nonmonotonic excitatory response at the unit's characteristic frequency. The other included sharply tuned inhibitory areas. The characteristic frequencies of these units were found to be in close correspondence with those of sharply tuned excitatory units from the same penetration suggesting that these inhibitory units were tonotopically mapped in the same register as tuned excitatory units. The spectral response patterns were studied with three types of anesthesia: ketamine/xylazine, dial/urethane, and chloralose. In each of these groups the patterns were similar. However, the proportions of units showing inhibition was strongly dependent on the choice of anesthetic agent with chloralose yielding the highest proportions (59%) and ketamine/xylazine yielding the lowest (29%). PMID:3569464

  2. Enhancement and distortion in the temporal representation of sounds in the ventral cochlear nucleus of chinchillas and cats.

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    Alberto Recio-Spinoso

    Full Text Available A subset of neurons in the cochlear nucleus (CN of the auditory brainstem has the ability to enhance the auditory nerve's temporal representation of stimulating sounds. These neurons reside in the ventral region of the CN (VCN and are usually known as highly synchronized, or high-sync, neurons. Most published reports about the existence and properties of high-sync neurons are based on recordings performed on a VCN output tract--not the VCN itself--of cats. In other species, comprehensive studies detailing the properties of high-sync neurons, or even acknowledging their existence, are missing.Examination of the responses of a population of VCN neurons in chinchillas revealed that a subset of those neurons have temporal properties similar to high-sync neurons in the cat. Phase locking and entrainment--the ability of a neuron to fire action potentials at a certain stimulus phase and at almost every stimulus period, respectively--have similar maximum values in cats and chinchillas. Ranges of characteristic frequencies for high-sync neurons in chinchillas and cats extend up to 600 and 1000 Hz, respectively. Enhancement of temporal processing relative to auditory nerve fibers (ANFs, which has been shown previously in cats using tonal and white-noise stimuli, is also demonstrated here in the responses of VCN neurons to synthetic and spoken vowel sounds.Along with the large amount of phase locking displayed by some VCN neurons there occurs a deterioration in the spectral representation of the stimuli (tones or vowels. High-sync neurons exhibit a greater distortion in their responses to tones or vowels than do other types of VCN neurons and auditory nerve fibers.Standard deviations of first-spike latency measured in responses of high-sync neurons are lower than similar values measured in ANFs' responses. This might indicate a role of high-sync neurons in other tasks beyond sound localization.

  3. Role of Sialic Acid and Complex Carbohydrate Biosynthesis in Biofilm Formation by Nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae in the Chinchilla Middle Ear

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    Jurcisek, Joseph; Greiner, Laura; Watanabe, Hiroshi; Zaleski, Anthony; Apicella, Michael A.; Bakaletz, Lauren O.

    2005-01-01

    Nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae (NTHI) is an important pathogen in respiratory tract infections, including otitis media (OM). NTHI forms biofilms in vitro as well as in the chinchilla middle ear, suggesting that biofilm formation in vivo might play an important role in the pathogenesis and chronicity of OM. We've previously shown that SiaA, SiaB, and WecA are involved in biofilm production by NTHI in vitro. To investigate whether these gene products were also involved in biofilm production...

  4. The vestibular nerve of the chinchilla. III. Peripheral innervation patterns in the utricular macula

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    Fernandez, C.; Goldberg, J. M.; Baird, R. A.

    1990-01-01

    1. Nerve fibers supplying the utricular macula of the chinchilla were labeled by extracellular injection of horseradish peroxidase into the vestibular nerve. The peripheral terminations of individual fibers were reconstructed and related to the regions of the end organ they innervated and to the sizes of their parent axons. 2. The macula is divided into medial and lateral parts by the striola, a narrow zone that runs for almost the entire length of the sensory epithelium. The striola can be distinguished from the extrastriolar regions to either side of it by the wider spacing of its hair cells. Calyx endings in the striola have especially thick walls, and, unlike similar endings in the extrastriola, many of them innervate more than one hair cell. The striola occupies 10% of the sensory epithelium; the lateral extrastriola, 50%; and the medial extrastriola, 40%. 3. The utricular nerve penetrates the bony labyrinth anterior to the end organ. Axons reaching the anterior part of the sensory epithelium run directly through the connective tissue stroma. Those supplying more posterior regions first enter a fiber layer located at the bottom of the stroma. Approximately one-third of the axons bifurcate below the epithelium, usually within 5-20 microns of the basement membrane. Bifurcations are more common in fibers destined for the extrastriola than for the striola. 4. Both calyx and bouton endings were labeled. Calyces can be simple or complex. Simple calyces innervate individual hair cells, whereas complex calyces supply 2-4 adjacent hair cells. Complex endings are more heavily concentrated in the striola than in the extrastriola. Simple calyces and boutons are found in all parts of the epithelium. Calyces emerge from the parent axon or one of its thick branches. Boutons, whether en passant or terminal, are located on thin collaterals. 5. Fibers can be classified into calyx, bouton, or dimorphic categories. The first type only has calyx endings; the second, only bouton

  5. Transfection using hydroxyapatite nanoparticles in the inner ear via an intact round window membrane in chinchilla

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    Wu Xuewen; Ding Dalian [Central South University, Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, The Third Xiangya Hospital (China); Jiang Haiyan [State University of New York at Buffalo, Center for Hearing and Deafness (United States); XingXiaowei [Central South University, Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, The Third Xiangya Hospital (China); Huang, Suping [Central South University, State Key Laboratory of Powder Metallurgy (China); Liu Hong [Central South University, Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, The Third Xiangya Hospital (China); Chen Zhedong [Central South University, State Key Laboratory of Powder Metallurgy (China); Sun Hong, E-mail: shjhaj@vip.163.com [Central South University, Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Xiangya Hospital (China)

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    Hydroxyapatite nanoparticles (nHAT) are known to have excellent biocompatibility, and have attracted increasing attention as new candidates of non-viral vectors for gene therapy. In our previous studies, nHAT carrying a therapeutic gene and a reporter gene were successfully transfected into the spiral ganglion neurons in the inner ear of guinea pigs in vivo as well as in the cultured cell lines, although the transfection efficiencies were never higher than 30%. In this study, the surface modification of nHAT with polyethylenimine (PEI) was made (PEI-nHAT, diameter = 73.09 {+-} 27.32 nm) and a recombinant plasmid carrying enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) gene and neurotrophin-3 (NT-3) gene was constructed as pEGFPC2-NT3. The PEI modified nHAT and the recombinant plasmid was then connected to form the nHAT-based vector-gene complex (PEI-nHAT-pEGFPC2-NT3). This complex was then placed onto the intact round window membranes of the chinchillas for inner ear transfection. Auditory brainstem response (ABR) was tested to evaluate auditory function. Green fluorescence of EGFP was observed using confocal microscopy 48 h after administering vector-gene complexes. There was no significant threshold shift in tone burst-evoked ABR at any tested frequency. Abundant, condensed green fluorescence was found in dark cells on both sides of the crista and around the macula of the utricle. Scattered EGFP signals were also detected in vestibular hair cells, some Schwann cells in the cochlear spiral ganglion region, some outer pillar cells in the organ of Corti, and a few cells in the stria vascularis. The density of green fluorescence-marked cells was obviously higher in the vestibular dark cell area than in other areas of the inner ear, suggesting that vestibular dark cells may have the ability to actively engulf the nHAT-based vector-gene complexes. Considering the high transfection efficiency in the vestibular system, PEI-nHAT may be a potential vector for gene therapy of

  6. Transfection using hydroxyapatite nanoparticles in the inner ear via an intact round window membrane in chinchilla

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    Hydroxyapatite nanoparticles (nHAT) are known to have excellent biocompatibility, and have attracted increasing attention as new candidates of non-viral vectors for gene therapy. In our previous studies, nHAT carrying a therapeutic gene and a reporter gene were successfully transfected into the spiral ganglion neurons in the inner ear of guinea pigs in vivo as well as in the cultured cell lines, although the transfection efficiencies were never higher than 30%. In this study, the surface modification of nHAT with polyethylenimine (PEI) was made (PEI–nHAT, diameter = 73.09 ± 27.32 nm) and a recombinant plasmid carrying enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) gene and neurotrophin-3 (NT-3) gene was constructed as pEGFPC2–NT3. The PEI modified nHAT and the recombinant plasmid was then connected to form the nHAT-based vector–gene complex (PEI–nHAT–pEGFPC2–NT3). This complex was then placed onto the intact round window membranes of the chinchillas for inner ear transfection. Auditory brainstem response (ABR) was tested to evaluate auditory function. Green fluorescence of EGFP was observed using confocal microscopy 48 h after administering vector–gene complexes. There was no significant threshold shift in tone burst-evoked ABR at any tested frequency. Abundant, condensed green fluorescence was found in dark cells on both sides of the crista and around the macula of the utricle. Scattered EGFP signals were also detected in vestibular hair cells, some Schwann cells in the cochlear spiral ganglion region, some outer pillar cells in the organ of Corti, and a few cells in the stria vascularis. The density of green fluorescence-marked cells was obviously higher in the vestibular dark cell area than in other areas of the inner ear, suggesting that vestibular dark cells may have the ability to actively engulf the nHAT-based vector–gene complexes. Considering the high transfection efficiency in the vestibular system, PEI–nHAT may be a potential vector for

  7. COMPARATIVE RESEARCHE REGARDING METABOLIC PROFILE OF THE CALIFORNIAN, NEW ZEALAND WHITE, GRAND CHINCHILLA MEAT RABIT BREEDS AND THE F1 NZCH HYBRIDS

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    Full Text Available Precious biological characteristics of rabbits make their breeding a very profitable occupation. The rabbit meat, organoleptically same to the white meat, is rich in proteins, but low in fats. Biological researched done in direction to elucidate the biochemical systems that are the basis for organism physiological processes, have revealed that the level in which this process are develop directly influence the rabbits productivity capacity. 60 rabbit’s heads was used as biological material, distributed in: 15 Californian, 15 New Zeeland White, 15 Grand Chinchilla and 15 F1NZCH hybrids obtained from cross-breeding the New Zeeland White as maternal form and Grand Chinchilla as paternal form. Blood was sampled from the rabbit and was biochemical analyzed. The studied indices were: total protein, albumin, urea, uric acid, creatinine, total bilirubine, cholesterol, triglyceride and glucose. The experimental lot formed from F1 NZCH hybrids registered a concentration of 2.1 mg/dl uric acid, and in the other three lots the concentration was under 2 mg/dl. In all four lots, uric acid value was in normal limits. The determined creatinine registered very low values, under 1 mg/dl, at the low limit of reference values. At hybrids from New Zeeland White as maternal form and Grand Chinchilla as paternal form, in equal environmental conditions, the serum biochemical analysis haven’t registered significant differences compared to pure breeds individuals.

  8. Asymmetric textural and structural patterns of a granitic body emplaced at shallow levels: The La Chinchilla pluton, northwestern Argentina

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    Macchioli Grande, M.; Alasino, P. H.; Rocher, S.; Larrovere, M. A.; Dahlquist, J. A.

    2015-12-01

    New mapping and a detailed structural study of the La Chinchilla stock, Sierra de Velasco, NW Argentina, suggest an asymmetrical shape of the pluton and provide strong evidence for its shallow emplacement depth. The pluton is a Lower Carboniferous monzogranite composed of K-feldspar, quartz, plagioclase and biotite. It exhibits an internal asymmetric textural zoning, defined by porphyritic granite in the southeastern region to equigranular granite in the northwestern region. The presence of subhorizontal dikes in the northwestern area, where the contacts dip shallowly, and subvertical dikes intruding the host rock nearby steep-dipping intrusive contacts in the southeastern region are compatible with an overall asymmetrical shape and internal structure of this pluton. Considering published crystallization ages, a dominant strain field occurring at around 12 Ma is inferred based on magmatic fabrics in the pluton and its host rock (the Huaco pluton), with a principal shortening direction oriented SW-NE, consistent with the general NW-SE strike of the body. Field evidence supports brittle fracturing and block displacement as the dominant emplacement mechanism, suggesting that magmatic stoping dominated during the late stage of the evolution of the magma chamber.

  9. Surface Proteins and Pneumolysin of Encapsulated and Nonencapsulated Streptococcus pneumoniae Mediate Virulence in a Chinchilla Model of Otitis Media

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    Keller, Lance E.; Bradshaw, Jessica L.; Pipkins, Haley; McDaniel, Larry S.

    2016-01-01

    Streptococcus pneumoniae infections result in a range of human diseases and are responsible for almost one million deaths annually. Pneumococcal disease is mediated in part through surface structures and an anti-phagocytic capsule. Recent studies have shown that nonencapsulated S. pneumoniae (NESp) make up a significant portion of the pneumococcal population and are able to cause disease. NESp lack some common surface proteins expressed by encapsulated pneumococci, but express surface proteins unique to NESp. A chinchilla model of otitis media (OM) was used to determine the effect various pneumococcal mutations have on pathogenesis in both NESp and encapsulated pneumococci. Epithelial cell adhesion and invasion assays were used to examine the effects in relation to deletion of intrinsic genes or expression of novel genes. A mouse model of colonization was also utilized for comparison of various pneumococcal mutants. It was determined that pneumococcal surface protein K (PspK) and pneumolysin (Ply) affect NESp middle ear pathogenesis, but only PspK affected epithelial cell adhesion. Experiments in an OM model were done with encapsulated strains testing the importance of native virulence factors and treatment of OM. First, a triple deletion of the common virulence factors PspA, PspC, and Ply, (ΔPAC), from an encapsulated background abolished virulence in an OM model while a PspC mutant had detectable, but reduced amounts of recoverable bacteria compared to wildtype. Next, treatment of OM was effective when starting antibiotic treatment within 24 h with resolution by 48 h post-treatment. Expression of NESp-specific virulence factor PspK in an encapsulated strain has not been previously studied, and we showed significantly increased adhesion and invasion of human epithelial cells by pneumococci. Murine colonization was not significantly increased when an encapsulated strain expressed PspK, but colonization was increased when a capsule mutant expressed PspK. The

  10. SURFACE PROTEINS AND PNEUMOLYSIN OF ENCAPSULATED AND NONENCAPSULATED STREPTOCOCCUS PNEUMONIAE MEDIATE VIRULENCE IN A CHINCHILLA MODEL OF OTITIS MEDIA

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    Lance E. Keller

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Streptococcus pneumoniae infections result in a range of human diseases and are responsible for almost one million deaths annually. Pneumococcal disease is mediated in part through surface structures and an anti-phagocytic capsule. Recent studies have shown that nonencapsulated Streptococcus pneumoniae (NESp make up a significant portion of the pneumococcal population and are able to cause disease. NESp lack some common surface proteins expressed by encapsulated pneumococci, but express surface proteins unique to NESp. A chinchilla model of otitis media (OM was used to determine the effect various pneumococcal mutations have on pathogenesis in both NESp and encapsulated pneumococci. Epithelial cell adhesion and invasion assays were used to examine the effects in relation to deletion of intrinsic genes or expression of novel genes. A mouse model of colonization was also utilized for comparison of various pneumococcal mutants. It was determined that pneumococcal surface protein K (PspK and pneumolysin (Ply affect NESp middle ear pathogenesis, but only PspK affected epithelial cell adhesion. Experiments in an OM model were done with encapsulated strains testing the importance of native virulence factors and treatment of OM. First, a triple deletion of the common virulence factors PspA, PspC, and Ply, (ΔPAC, from an encapsulated background abolished virulence in an OM model while a PspC mutant had detectable, but reduced amounts of recoverable bacteria compared to wildtype. Next, treatment of OM was effective when starting antibiotic treatment within 24 hrs with resolution by 48 hrs post treatment. Expression of NESp-specific virulence factor PspK in an encapsulated strain has not been previously studied, and we showed significantly increased adhesion and invasion of human epithelial cells by pneumococci. Murine colonization was not significantly increased when an encapsulated strain expressed PspK, but colonization was increased when a capsule

  11. Surface Proteins and Pneumolysin of Encapsulated and Nonencapsulated Streptococcus pneumoniae Mediate Virulence in a Chinchilla Model of Otitis Media.

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    Keller, Lance E; Bradshaw, Jessica L; Pipkins, Haley; McDaniel, Larry S

    2016-01-01

    Streptococcus pneumoniae infections result in a range of human diseases and are responsible for almost one million deaths annually. Pneumococcal disease is mediated in part through surface structures and an anti-phagocytic capsule. Recent studies have shown that nonencapsulated S. pneumoniae (NESp) make up a significant portion of the pneumococcal population and are able to cause disease. NESp lack some common surface proteins expressed by encapsulated pneumococci, but express surface proteins unique to NESp. A chinchilla model of otitis media (OM) was used to determine the effect various pneumococcal mutations have on pathogenesis in both NESp and encapsulated pneumococci. Epithelial cell adhesion and invasion assays were used to examine the effects in relation to deletion of intrinsic genes or expression of novel genes. A mouse model of colonization was also utilized for comparison of various pneumococcal mutants. It was determined that pneumococcal surface protein K (PspK) and pneumolysin (Ply) affect NESp middle ear pathogenesis, but only PspK affected epithelial cell adhesion. Experiments in an OM model were done with encapsulated strains testing the importance of native virulence factors and treatment of OM. First, a triple deletion of the common virulence factors PspA, PspC, and Ply, (ΔPAC), from an encapsulated background abolished virulence in an OM model while a PspC mutant had detectable, but reduced amounts of recoverable bacteria compared to wildtype. Next, treatment of OM was effective when starting antibiotic treatment within 24 h with resolution by 48 h post-treatment. Expression of NESp-specific virulence factor PspK in an encapsulated strain has not been previously studied, and we showed significantly increased adhesion and invasion of human epithelial cells by pneumococci. Murine colonization was not significantly increased when an encapsulated strain expressed PspK, but colonization was increased when a capsule mutant expressed PspK. The

  12. Virulence phenotypes of low-passage clinical isolates of Nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae assessed using the chinchilla laniger model of otitis media

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    Hogg Justin

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background The nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae (NTHi are associated with a spectrum of respiratory mucosal infections including: acute otitis media (AOM; chronic otitis media with effusion (COME; otorrhea; locally invasive diseases such as mastoiditis; as well as a range of systemic disease states, suggesting a wide range of virulence phenotypes. Genomic studies have demonstrated that each clinical strain contains a unique genic distribution from a population-based supragenome, the distributed genome hypothesis. These diverse clinical and genotypic findings suggest that each NTHi strain possesses a unique set of virulence factors that contributes to the course of the disease. Results The local and systemic virulence patterns of ten genomically characterized low-passage clinical NTHi strains (PittAA – PittJJ obtained from children with COME or otorrhea were stratified using the chinchilla model of otitis media (OM. Each isolate was used to bilaterally inoculate six animals and thereafter clinical assessments were carried out daily for 8 days by blinded observers. There was no statistical difference in the time it took for any of the 10 NTHi strains to induce otologic (local disease with respect to any or all of the other strains, however the differences in time to maximal local disease and the severity of local disease were both significant between the strains. Parameters of systemic disease indicated that the strains were not all equivalent: time to development of the systemic disease, maximal systemic scores and mortality were all statistically different among the strains. PittGG induced 100% mortality while PittBB, PittCC, and PittEE produced no mortality. Overall Pitt GG, PittII, and Pitt FF produced the most rapid and most severe local and systemic disease. A post hoc determination of the clinical origins of the 10 NTHi strains revealed that these three strains were of otorrheic origin, whereas the other 7 were from patients

  13. Hair-cell counts and afferent innervation patterns in the cristae ampullares of the squirrel monkey with a comparison to the chinchilla

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    Fernandez, C.; Lysakowski, A.; Goldberg, J. M.

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    1. The numbers of type I and type II hair cells were estimated by dissector techniques applied to semithin, stained sections of the horizontal, superior, and posterior cristae in the squirrel monkey and the chinchilla. 2. The crista in each species was divided into concentrically arranged central, intermediate, and peripheral zones of equal areas. The three zones can be distinguished by the sizes of individual hair cells and calyx endings, by the density of hair cells, and by the relative frequency of calyx endings innervating single or multiple type I hair cells. 3. In the monkey crista, type I hair cells outnumber type II hair cells by a ratio of almost 3:1. The ratio decreases from 4-5:1 in the central and intermediate zones to under 2:1 in the peripheral zone. For the chinchilla, the ratio is near 1:1 for the entire crista and decreases only slightly between the central and peripheral zones. 4. Nerve fibers supplying the cristae in the squirrel monkey were labeled by extracellular injections of horseradish peroxidase (HRP) into the vestibular nerve. Peripheral terminations of individual fibers were reconstructed and related to the zones of the cristae they innervated and to the sizes of their parent axons. Results were similar for the horizontal, superior, and posterior cristae. 5. Axons seldom bifurcate below the neuroepithelium. Most fibers begin branching shortly after crossing the basement membrane. Their terminal arbors are compact, usually extending no more than 50-100 microns from the parent exon. A small number of long intraepithelial fibers enter the intermediate and peripheral zones of the cristae near its base, then run unbranched for long distances through the neuroepithelium to reach the central zone. 6. There are three classes of afferent fibers innervating the monkey crista. Calyx fibers terminate exclusively on type I hair cells, and bouton fibers end only on type II hair cells. Dimorphic fibers provide a mixed innervation, including calyx

  14. Caracterización litogeoquímica del granito La Chinchilla y su relación con el uranio, siella de Velasco, provincia de La Rioja

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    Full Text Available El plutón La Chinchilla es un cuerpo granítico de forma subelipsoidal en planta que aflora en el sector central de la sierra de Velasco, provincia de La Rioja, Argentina, cubriendo un área aproximada de 3,75 km2. Intruye en forma neta al granito porfírico Huaco, o bien mediante contactos pegmatoides y en algunos sectores con desarrollo de stockscheider. Fueron definidas tres facies graníticas en base a sus características texturales, composición mineralógica y radioactividad natural. La facies porfírica de mayor extensión areal, la facies equigranular y la facies de borde de grano fino de escasa representación areal, todas correspondientes modalmente a monzogranitos. Los análisis químicos reflejan contenidos elevados en uranio para todas las facies, siendo la equigranular la que muestra los mayores tenores. Asimismo esta facies se encuentra levemente enriquecida en álcalis, elementos incompatibles (F, Rb, Sn y U y relaciones Th/U menores a 0,8 evidenciando un mayor grado de fraccionamiento.

  15. Suppression Measured from Chinchilla Auditory-Nerve-Fiber Responses Following Noise-Induced Hearing Loss: Adaptive-Tracking and Systems-Identification Approaches.

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    Sayles, Mark; Walls, Michael K; Heinz, Michael G

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    The compressive nonlinearity of cochlear signal transduction, reflecting outer-hair-cell function, manifests as suppressive spectral interactions; e.g., two-tone suppression. Moreover, for broadband sounds, there are multiple interactions between frequency components. These frequency-dependent nonlinearities are important for neural coding of complex sounds, such as speech. Acoustic-trauma-induced outer-hair-cell damage is associated with loss of nonlinearity, which auditory prostheses attempt to restore with, e.g., "multi-channel dynamic compression" algorithms.Neurophysiological data on suppression in hearing-impaired (HI) mammals are limited. We present data on firing-rate suppression measured in auditory-nerve-fiber responses in a chinchilla model of noise-induced hearing loss, and in normal-hearing (NH) controls at equal sensation level. Hearing-impaired (HI) animals had elevated single-fiber excitatory thresholds (by ~ 20-40 dB), broadened frequency tuning, and reduced-magnitude distortion-product otoacoustic emissions; consistent with mixed inner- and outer-hair-cell pathology. We characterized suppression using two approaches: adaptive tracking of two-tone-suppression threshold (62 NH, and 35 HI fibers), and Wiener-kernel analyses of responses to broadband noise (91 NH, and 148 HI fibers). Suppression-threshold tuning curves showed sensitive low-side suppression for NH and HI animals. High-side suppression thresholds were elevated in HI animals, to the same extent as excitatory thresholds. We factored second-order Wiener-kernels into excitatory and suppressive sub-kernels to quantify the relative strength of suppression. We found a small decrease in suppression in HI fibers, which correlated with broadened tuning. These data will help guide novel amplification strategies, particularly for complex listening situations (e.g., speech in noise), in which current hearing aids struggle to restore intelligibility. PMID:27080669

  16. Malocclusions in guinea pigs, chinchillas and rabbits

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    Legendre, Loïc F.J.

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    The types of malocclusions encountered in rodents and lagomorphs are classified. Diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis are reviewed. Some malocclusions are curable, whereas others can only be controlled. The need to perform a complete oral examination and to find a cause for the condition is stressed, as it will seriously affect the prognosis.

  17. Auditory Cortex Basal Activity Modulates Cochlear Responses in Chinchillas

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    León, Alex; Elgueda, Diego; Silva, María A.; Hamamé, Carlos M.; Delano, Paul H.

    2012-01-01

    Background The auditory efferent system has unique neuroanatomical pathways that connect the cerebral cortex with sensory receptor cells. Pyramidal neurons located in layers V and VI of the primary auditory cortex constitute descending projections to the thalamus, inferior colliculus, and even directly to the superior olivary complex and to the cochlear nucleus. Efferent pathways are connected to the cochlear receptor by the olivocochlear system, which innervates outer hair cells and auditory...

  18. Doenças de chinchilas (Chinchilla lanigera

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    Ricardo B. Lucena

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available As doenças de chinchilas foram estudadas através da avaliação de laudos de necropsia entre janeiro de 1997 e dezembro de 2011. Em 202 chinchilas necropsiadas, 189 (93,5% tiveram o diagnóstico determinado, e 13 (6,5% tiveram diagnóstico inconclusivo, por ausência de lesões ou autólise acentuada. Dentre as 202 chinchilas computadas, 162 eram fêmeas (80%, 37 eram machos (18%, e em quatro chinchilas (2% o sexo não foi anotado. As chinchilas tinham entre um dia a 12 anos de idade. As doenças foram agrupadas nas seguintes categorias: doenças inflamatórias, doenças causadas por intoxicações, doenças causadas por agentes físicos, doenças metabólicas, doenças parasitárias, doenças degenerativas, distúrbios circulatórios, neoplasmas, distúrbios do desenvolvimento e "outros distúrbios". As doenças inflamatórias foram as mais prevalentes (52 casos [25,7%] e foram representadas por casos de gastrite (10 casos, listeriose (5 casos, septicemia (5 casos, broncopneumonia bacteriana (4 casos, enterite necrosante (4 casos, piometra (4 casos, diarreia com isolamento de Proteus sp. (3 casos, abscessos subcutâneos e em linfonodos (2 casos, endometrite (2 casos, otite (2 casos, pielonefrite (2 casos, abscesso do ligamento redondo do fígado (1 caso, pneumonia fibrinosa (1 caso, pneumonia intersticial (1 caso, hepatite e colecistite com isolamento de Salmonella sp. (1 caso, histiocitose pulmonar (1 caso, miosite linfo-histiocítica (1 caso e um caso de dermatofitose (Trichopyton metagrophytes. O segundo grupo de doenças mais prevalentes foram as intoxicações (22,3%, representado por 45 casos de intoxicação por salinomicina. As doenças causadas por agentes físicos (21 casos [10,4%] incluíam casos de traumas causados por outros animais (8 casos, automutilação após injeção intramuscular (8 casos, prolapso de reto (3 casos e parto distócico (2 casos. A categoria de doenças metabólicas foi representada por 16 casos (7,9% de lipidose hepática. As doenças parasitárias (8 casos [4%] consistiram em infestação por pulga (4 casos, piolho (3 casos e giardíase (1 caso. Doenças degenerativas (4 casos [2,5%] incluíam insuficiência renal crônica (2 casos, necrose aleatória de hepatócitos (1 caso e necrose muscular de origem desconhecida (1 caso. Os distúrbios circulatórios incluíram dois casos (0,99% de insuficiência cardíaca congestiva. Neoplasmas foram representados por dois casos (0,99% de adenocarcinoma gástrico. Um caso de atresia ani, associado a ausência do trato reprodutor, intestino grosso e rins policíticos representou a categoria de distúrbios do desenvolvimento (0,5%. Algumas doenças não se enquadraram nas categorias acima e foram enquadradas em "outros distúrbios" (38 casos [18,8%]. Nesta categoria, doenças dentárias foi o distúrbio mais comum, diagnosticado em 9% (18 de 202 de todas as chinchilas examinadas. Seguido por casos de hipertermia (14 casos, dois casos de anemia, dois casos de metaplasia de células adiposas do córtex da adrenal, e dois casos de mucometra.

  19. Surtos de intoxicação por salinomicina em chinchilas (Chinchilla lanigera

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    Ricardo B. Lucena

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Quatro surtos de intoxicação por salinomicina são descrito em chinchilas de três municípios do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul. Uma semana após a ingestão de ração contendo 37 ppm de salinomicina, aproximadamente duas mil chinchilas de quatro fazendas expostas diminuíram o consumo da ração. Quatrocentos e vinte sete chinchilas demonstraram apatia. Dessas, duzentos e setenta e sete desenvolveram decúbito esternal e lateral, dispneia e coma, seguidos de morte. As primeiras mortes ocorreram oito dias após a ingestão da ração. A evolução dos sinais clínicos até a morte ou eutanásia foi de 2-5 dias. Os exames bioquímicos do soro sanguíneo em quatro chinchilas revelaram níveis aumentados da alanina aminotransferase, aspartato transaminase, fosfatase alcalina, creatina cinase, glicose, triglicerídeos e colesterol total. Quarenta e cinco chinchilas foram submetidas à necropsia. Os achados macroscópicos consistiam de marcada lipidose hepática em todas as chinchilas necropsiadas; fetos em estado de decomposição em doze chinchilas que estavam prenhes. Microscopicamente, múltiplas fibras musculares esqueléticas estavam hipereosinofílicas, tumefeitas e com perda das estriações. Nas chinchilas que sobreviveram por mais dias era possível observar segmentos fragmentados de miofibras afetadas (necrose flocular e regeneração de miofibras. No fígado foi observada marcada degeneração gordurosa. Não foram observadas anormalidades microscópicas nos demais órgãos analisados. Análises à procura de aflatoxinas, resíduos de pesticidas e isolamento bacteriano foram negativos. A análise da ração por cromatografia líquida revelou 37ppm de salinomicina na ração. A ração suspeita foi administrada a 12 chinchilas, três das quais (25% morreram apresentando lesões semelhantes às observadas nas chinchilas com a doença natural. O diagnóstico de intoxicação por salinomicina foi baseado na epidemiologia, lesões histológicas características e na presença de salinomicina na ração administrada nas quatro criações envolvidas.

  20. Surface Proteins and Pneumolysin of Encapsulated and Nonencapsulated Streptococcus pneumoniae Mediate Virulence in a Chinchilla Model of Otitis Media

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    Keller, Lance E.; Bradshaw, Jessica L.; Pipkins, Haley; McDaniel, Larry S.

    2016-01-01

    Streptococcus pneumoniae infections result in a range of human diseases and are responsible for almost one million deaths annually. Pneumococcal disease is mediated in part through surface structures and an anti-phagocytic capsule. Recent studies have shown that nonencapsulated S. pneumoniae (NESp) make up a significant portion of the pneumococcal population and are able to cause disease. NESp lack some common surface proteins expressed by encapsulated pneumococci, but express surface protein...

  1. SURFACE PROTEINS AND PNEUMOLYSIN OF ENCAPSULATED AND NONENCAPSULATED STREPTOCOCCUS PNEUMONIAE MEDIATE VIRULENCE IN A CHINCHILLA MODEL OF OTITIS MEDIA

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    Keller, Lance E.; Bradshaw, Jessica L.; Haley ePipkins; McDaniel, Larry S.

    2016-01-01

    Streptococcus pneumoniae infections result in a range of human diseases and are responsible for almost one million deaths annually. Pneumococcal disease is mediated in part through surface structures and an anti-phagocytic capsule. Recent studies have shown that nonencapsulated Streptococcus pneumoniae (NESp) make up a significant portion of the pneumococcal population and are able to cause disease. NESp lack some common surface proteins expressed by encapsulated pneumococci, but express surf...

  2. Variation in response dynamics of regular and irregular vestibular-nerve afferents during sinusoidal head rotations and currents in the chinchilla

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    Kim, Kyu-Sung; Minor, Lloyd B.; Della Santina, Charles; Lasker, David M.

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    In mammals, primary vestibular afferents that innervate only type I hair cells (calyx-only afferents) respond nearly in phase with head acceleration for high-frequency motion, whereas afferents that innervate both type I and type II (dimorphic) or only type II (bouton-only) hair cells respond more in phase with head velocity. Afferents that exhibit irregular background firing rates have a larger phase lead re head velocity than those that fire more regularly. We wanted to examine what is the ...

  3. 50 CFR 300.161 - Alternatives and exceptions.

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    ..., chinchilla, marten, fisher, muskrat, and karakul that have been bred and born in captivity, or their products, if a signed statement certifying that the animals were bred and born in captivity accompanies...

  4. Producción científica cubana en Salud Pública. Scopus 2003-2011 Cuban scientific output in Public Health. Scopus 2003-2011

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    Zacca-González, Grisel; Vargas-Quesada, Benjamín; Chinchilla-Rodríguez, Zaida; Moya-Anegón, Félix De

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    Zacca-González, Grisel; Vargas-Quesada, Benjamín; Chinchilla-Rodríguez, Zaida; Moya-Anegón, Félix. Producción científica cubana en Salud Pública. Scopus 2003-2011. XIII Congreso Internacional de Información INFO’2014. La Habana, Cuba, 14 al 18 de abril del 2014

  5. 50 CFR 14.82 - Alternatives and exceptions to the marking requirement.

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    ... the shipper has valid wildlife import/export license issued under authority of 50 CFR part 14. For..., chinchilla, marten, fisher, muskrat, and karakul that have been bred and born in captivity, or their products, if a signed statement certifying that the animals were bred and born in captivity accompanies...

  6. Increased biofilm formation by nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae isolates from patients with invasive disease or otitis media versus strains recovered from cases of respiratory infections

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    Puig, C.; Domenech, A.; Garmendia, J.; Langereis, J.D.; Mayer, P.; Calatayud, L.; Linares, J.; Ardanuy, C.; Marti, S.

    2014-01-01

    Biofilm formation by nontypeable (NT) Haemophilus influenzae remains a controversial topic. Nevertheless, biofilm-like structures have been observed in the middle-ear mucosa of experimental chinchilla models of otitis media (OM). To date, there have been no studies of biofilm formation in large coll

  7. Analysis of responses to noise in the ventral cochlear nucleus using Wiener kernels

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    Recio-Spinoso, Alberto; van Dijk, Pim

    2006-01-01

    Responses to noise were recorded in ventral cochlear nucleus (VCN) neurons of anesthetized chinchillas and cats, then analyzed using Wiener-kernel theory. First-order kernels, which are proportional to reverse-correlation functions, of primary-like (PL) and primary-like with notch (PLN) neurons havi

  8. Mineralización de uranio en la Sierra de Velasco, La Rioja

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    Orquídea Morello

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available En esta contribución se describe una mineralización de uranio hallada en la sierra de Velasco, provincia de La Rioja, noroeste de Argentina. La geología de la región incluye granitos, pegmatitas y rocas metamórficas. Las rocas hospedantes de la mineralización son el granito La Chinchilla, de edad carbonífera y las metamorfitas del Complejo La Cébila, de edad precámbrica-ordovícica inferior. La mineralización es perigranítica; se encuentra diseminada, en fracturas y alojada en el contacto entre el granito y la metamorfita. En el granito La Chinchilla se identificó un óxido de U-Nb-Ta, y en las metamorfitas se reconocieron silicatos (uranofano, betauranofano, fosfatos (furcalita y meta-autunita y minerales negros de uranio (uraninita -variedad pechblenda- y coffinita.

  9. Chemical Separation of Fixed Tissue Using Thermolysin

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    Anahita Dua; Desai, Sapan S.

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    Thermolysin is a metallopeptidase used to cleave peptide bonds at specific junctions. It has previously been used to cleave specific amino acid sequences found at the junction of the sensory epithelium and underlying stroma of unfixed otolithic organs of the vestibular system. We have used thermolysin to separate sensory epithelium from the underlying stroma in fixed cristae ampullares of mouse, rat, gerbil, guinea pig, chinchilla, and tree squirrel, thus removing the saddle-shaped curvature ...

  10. Restoration of 3D Vestibular Sensation in Rhesus Monkeys Using a Multichannel Vestibular Prosthesis

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    Dai, Chenkai; Fridman, Gene Y.; Davidovics, Natan; Chiang, Bryce; Ahn, Joong Ho; DELLA SANTINA, CHARLES C.

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    Profound bilateral loss of vestibular hair cell function can cause chronically disabling loss of balance and inability to maintain stable vision during head and body movements. We have previously shown that chinchillas rendered bilaterally vestibular-deficient via intratympanic administration of the ototoxic antibiotic gentamicin regain a more nearly normal 3-dimensional vestibulo-ocular reflex (3D VOR) when head motion information sensed by a head-mounted multichannel vestibular prosthesis (...

  11. Apoptotic clearance in rabbits with experimental pulmonary emphysema

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    Žunić-Božinovski Snežana; Žunić Svetlana; Mladenović-Đorđević Aleksandra; Ruždijić Sabera; Kanazir Selma

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    In order to better understand pathogenesis of pulmonary emphysema, the model of experimentally induced pulmonary emphysema in Chinchilla rabbits was used for the estimation of apoptotic clearance of pulmonary tissue. Bronchoalveolar lavage was performed in three groups of animals: experimental group-E on hypercholesterolemic diet (4% edible oil solution of crystalline cholesterol), control group-C1 on standard diet for that animal species and animals on oil...

  12. As Above, So Below. Astrology and the Inquisition in Seventeenth-Century New Spain

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    Avalos, Ana

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    Defence date: 20 March 2007 Examining board: Prof. Peter Becker, Johannes-Kepler-Universität Linz, Institut für Neuere Geschichte und Zeitgeschichte (Supervisor) ; Prof. Víctor Navarro Brotons, Instituto de Historia de la Ciencia y Documentación "López Piñero" (External supervisor) ; Prof. Antonella Romano, European University Institute ; Prof. Perla Chinchilla Pawling, Universidad Iberoamericana History of astrology is no longer neglected. Studies on the subject now benefit from a rich...

  13. Guatemalan Immigration to San Francisco Bay Area

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    Manz, Beatriz; Perry-Houts, Ingrid; Castaneda, Xochitl

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    Increasing numbers of Central Americans, primarily from El Salvador and Guatemala, began arriving in the United States in the early 1980s, fleeing brutal military repression and counterinsurgency efforts in their home countries (Hamilton and Chinchilla-Stoltz 1991, 1998; Julian 1994; Bens 1996; Burns 1988). The Commission for Historical Clarification (CEH) concludes that 200,000 people were killed or disappeared, and that state forces and related paramilitary groups onslaught, from 1981 to 1...

  14. Spontaneous hair cell regeneration in the mouse utricle following gentamicin ototoxicity

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    Kawamoto, Kohei; Izumikawa, Masahiko; Lisa A. Beyer; Atkin, Graham M.; Raphael, Yehoash

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    Whereas most epithelial tissues turn-over and regenerate after a traumatic lesion, this restorative ability is diminished in the sensory epithelia of the inner ear; it is absent in the cochlea and exists only in a limited capacity in the vestibular epithelium. The extent of regeneration in vestibular hair cells has been characterized for several mammalian species including guinea pig, rat, and chinchilla, but not yet in mouse. As the fundamental model species for investigating hereditary dise...

  15. Vergleichende Untersuchungen zur Käfighaltung von weiblichen Laborkaninchen in Einzel- und Paarhaltung

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    Skolarski, Ilona

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    Comparative studies on the housing of single and pair-caged female laboratory rabbits In this study the housing of laboratory rabbits in an unstructured metal cage commonly used in laboratories (laboratory cage) has been compared with the housing in a structured larger cage (environmental cage). Each cage type was tested for its suitability for housing single and paired female nonreproductive laboratory rabbits. A total of 48 chinchilla bastard laboratory rabbits were examined in four ...

  16. Filtration surgery of congenital glaucoma in children — visсosinusotrabeculotomy

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    N.F. Bobrova; N.B. Trofimova; V.V. Vit; N.E. Dumbrova,; T.A. Sorochinskaya; N.I. Molchanyuk

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    ABSTRACT Purpose. To study in experiment the features of regeneration of outflow tracts of aqueous humor after antiglaucomatous operation using the viscoelastic and the effectiveness of the developed viscosinusotrabeculotomy in the congenital glaucoma surgical treatment in children. Material and methods. The experimental research has been carried out in 15 rabbits (28 eyes) of Chinchilla breed. The obtained results provided the basis for development of an original method of ...

  17. Sound frequency-invariant neural coding of a frequency-dependent cue to sound source location.

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    Jones, Heath G; Brown, Andrew D; Koka, Kanthaiah; Thornton, Jennifer L; Tollin, Daniel J

    2015-07-01

    The century-old duplex theory of sound localization posits that low- and high-frequency sounds are localized with two different acoustical cues, interaural time and level differences (ITDs and ILDs), respectively. While behavioral studies in humans and behavioral and neurophysiological studies in a variety of animal models have largely supported the duplex theory, behavioral sensitivity to ILD is curiously invariant across the audible spectrum. Here we demonstrate that auditory midbrain neurons in the chinchilla (Chinchilla lanigera) also encode ILDs in a frequency-invariant manner, efficiently representing the full range of acoustical ILDs experienced as a joint function of sound source frequency, azimuth, and distance. We further show, using Fisher information, that nominal "low-frequency" and "high-frequency" ILD-sensitive neural populations can discriminate ILD with similar acuity, yielding neural ILD discrimination thresholds for near-midline sources comparable to behavioral discrimination thresholds estimated for chinchillas. These findings thus suggest a revision to the duplex theory and reinforce ecological and efficiency principles that hold that neural systems have evolved to encode the spectrum of biologically relevant sensory signals to which they are naturally exposed. PMID:25972580

  18. Reproductive performance of different breeds of broiler rabbits under sub-temperate climatic conditions

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    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available This study was conducted to assess the effect of breed, season, age and weight of doe at mating on reproductive performance of 4 broiler rabbit breeds, Grey Giant, White Giant, Soviet Chinchilla, and New Zealand White, reared under standard management practices in sub-temperate climatic conditions of India. They were first mated at 6 to 7 mo of age, whereupon an extensive breeding system (re-mating after weaning was followed. Weaning was done 42 d after kindling. The data from the records on reproduction consisting of 503 matings and 377 kindlings were analysed. The parameters considered were fertility rate, litter size at birth (LSB, litter weight at birth (LWB, litter size at weaning (LSW, litter weight at weaning (LWW, doe weight at mating (DWM, gestation length and sex ratio. Among 4 breeds, the LSB, LWB and LSW were higher in Grey Giant followed by White Giant, Soviet Chinchilla and New Zealand White. The LSB and LSW in Grey Giant breed differed significantly (P<0.05 from Soviet Chinchilla and New Zealand White. Season had significant (P<0.05 effect on LSW with higher values during spring (5.68±0.24, followed by summer (5.29±0.30, winter (5.13±0.25 and autumn (4.17±0.49. The body weight of doe at service significantly influenced fertility. The fertility increased as body weight increased. The age of the doe at mating had a significant effect on LSW, with higher values for does more than 2 yr and less than 1 yr old compared to 1- to 2-yr old does. The parity did not affect any of the parameters studied. It is concluded that the factors studied affect the reproductive performance of rabbit does. Grey Giant breed showed the highest litter size at birth and weaning, and the highest litter size and weight at weaning was in spring.

  19. EFFECT OF WEANER BODY WEIGHT ON GROWTH TRAITS OF RABBITS

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Data from growth parameters and production traits of 108 ten-week old male rabbits comprising Newzealand white, Dutch and Chinchilla breeds collected over a period of 16 weeks were analysed in a 2- factor factorial in a randomised complete block (RCBD to determine their interrelationships and response to age and weaner body weight groupings as a step towards employing them in selection and breeding programme and predicting live body weight. Individual breeds were grouped into three categories of body weights of low (LBW, medium (MBW, and high (HBW, depending on the body weight range of each breed. The linear body parameters were characterised using Body weight (BW, Heart girth (HG, Shoulder to tail drop, Head to shoulder, Ear length and Tail length, while the Production traits studied were average Daily feed intake, Feed conversion efficiency and mortality. Results of the analysis evinced significant (P<0.01 effect of breed-body weight interaction on the Production traits and linear body parameters studied. High weaner body weight Chinchilla consumed more feed; converted feed to meat more efficiently, gained weight more rapidly and recorded no mortality. Regression and correlation studies revealed that any one of the linear body traits could predict the rabbit body, weight at 20 weeks of age. Trait combination revealed that Ear length Vs Height at withers (R2-0.944, Ear length Vs Heart girth (R2-0.969 and Heart girth (R2= 0.935 best contributed to the total variability in body weight of Newzealand white Dutch and chinchilla respectively.

  20. INTERFERENCIA ENTRE BACTERIAS COMENSALES DE FARINGE Y PATÓGENAS DE OÍDO MEDIO EN UN MODELO ANIMAL DE OTITIS MEDIA

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    LM Villafañe

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: determinar in vivo la interacción entre bacterias comensales aisladas de faringe de niños sanos y S. pneumoniae, en un modelo animal (Chinchilla laniger de otitis media. Metodos: estudio experimental Intervenciones: Suspensiones de los serotipos 18A y 9V de Spn fueron inyectados intra-peritonealmente en dos chinchillas y luego recuperados mediante cultivo de órganos y sangre de las mismas. Empleando suspensiones de las cepas animalizadas se inocularon intranasalmente cuatro chinchillas, y solo a dos de ellas se le inoculo una mezcla de las bacterias comensales (Streptococcus mitis, Streptococcus parasanguinis. Con un otoscopio se examinó la evolución de la infección a los 7 y 14 días. Se sacrificaron los animales y se tomaron muestras de los oídos para un examen histológico. Resultados: Mediante otoscopia, se observó al día 14 que todos presentaron una membrana timpánica hiperémica sin efusión, presentándose con mayor intensidad en aquellos que recibieron el tratamiento. La histología confirmó que la administración del tratamiento no evitó que la infección evolucionara, advirtiéndose que las infectadas con el serotipo 8A y tratadas fueron las que presentaron el tejido epitelial menos comprometido respecto al resto. Conclusiones: Spn y las bacterias comensales podrían establecer una relación competitiva, y el efecto moderador en la progresión de la infección de otitis media dependería del serotipo involucrado.

  1. Interferencia entre bacterias comensales de faringe y patogénesis de oído medio en un modelo animas de otitis media

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    LM Villafane

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: determinar in vivo la interacción entre bacterias comensales aisladas  de faringe de niños sanos y S. pneumoniae, en un modelo animal (Chinchilla laniger de otitis media. Metodos: estudio experimental Intervenciones: Suspensiones de los serotipos 18A y 9V de Spn fueron inyectados intra-peritonealmente en dos chinchillas y luego recuperados mediante cultivo de órganos y sangre de las mismas. Empleando suspensiones de las cepas animalizadas se inocularon intranasalmente cuatro chinchillas, y solo a dos de ellas se le inoculo una mezcla de las bacterias comensales (Streptococcus mitis, Streptococcus parasanguinis. Con un otoscopio se examinó la evolución de la infección a los 7 y 14 días. Se sacrificaron los animales y se tomaron muestras de los oídos para un examen histológico. Resultados: Mediante otoscopia, se observó al día 14 que todos presentaron una membrana timpánica hiperémica sin efusión, presentándose con mayor intensidad en aquellos que recibieron el tratamiento. La histología confirmó que la administración del tratamiento no evitó que la infección evolucionara, advirtiéndose que las infectadas con el serotipo 8A y tratadas fueron las que presentaron el tejido epitelial menos comprometido respecto al resto. Conclusiones: Spn y las bacterias comensales podrían establecer una relación competitiva, y el efecto moderador en la progresión de la infección de otitis media dependería del serotipo involucrado.

  2. Clinical hematology of rodent species.

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    Pilny, Anthony A

    2008-09-01

    Pet rodents, such as rats, guinea pigs, and chinchillas, differ from more traditional companion animal species in many aspects of their hematologic parameters. Animals within this order have much diversity in size, anatomy, methods of restraint, and blood collection technique. Appropriate sample collection is often the most challenging aspect of the diagnostic protocol, and inappropriate restraint may cause a stress response that interferes with blood test results. For many of these patients, sedation is required and can also affect results as well. In most cases, however, obtaining a standard database is necessary and very possible when providing medical care for this popular group of pets. PMID:18675732

  3. Chemical Separation of Fixed Tissue Using Thermolysin

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    Anahita Dua

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Thermolysin is a metallopeptidase used to cleave peptide bonds at specific junctions. It has previously been used to cleave specific amino acid sequences found at the junction of the sensory epithelium and underlying stroma of unfixed otolithic organs of the vestibular system. We have used thermolysin to separate sensory epithelium from the underlying stroma in fixed cristae ampullares of mouse, rat, gerbil, guinea pig, chinchilla, and tree squirrel, thus removing the saddle-shaped curvature of the sensory organ and creating a flattened sensory epithelium preparation. This permits visualization of the entire sensory organ in a single mount and facilitates proper morphometric analysis.

  4. Feed-Forward and Feed-Backward Amplification Model from Cochlear Cytoarchitecture: An Interspecies Comparison

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    Yoon, Yong-Jin; Steele, Charles R.; Puria, Sunil

    2011-01-01

    The high sensitivity and wide bandwidth of mammalian hearing are thought to derive from an active process involving the somatic and hair-bundle motility of the thousands of outer hair cells uniquely found in mammalian cochleae. To better understand this, a biophysical three-dimensional cochlear fluid model was developed for gerbil, chinchilla, cat, and human, featuring an active “push-pull” cochlear amplifier mechanism based on the cytoarchitecture of the organ of Corti and using the time-ave...

  5. Bio-Economic Evaluation of the Performance of Rabbits Raised under Two Different Housing Systems

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    Mobolaji-Bukola, PU.; Allison-Oguru, EA.; Berepubo, NA.; Oruwari, BM.

    2002-01-01

    This study was conducted to evaluate the bio-economic performance of rabbits raised under two different housing systems: conventional hutch with cage system as control (A) and the non-conventional floor housing system (B). Thirty six adult rabbits of medium size breed category of both sexes aged 5-6 months comprising Chinchilla (20), New Zealand White (10), Dutch (6) were used in the study which lasted 24 weeks. Fifteen does and 3 bucks were each randomly but equally assigned to both housing ...

  6. Retinal and Choroidal Damage from Long-Term Exposure to a Laser Pointer Beam

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    Heidari M H; Piryaei A; Almasiyeh MA; Kianersi F; Ghasemi Broumand M; Rohani R

    2004-01-01

    Introduction: Laser pointers are devices that produce a weak laser beam of 630-680 nmwavelength and 1-5 mW power (ClassII or III A laser). These devices generally emit a redbeam that is used by lecturers and teachers for presentations. Some children use pointers astoys and sometimes direct the beam to their own or others' eyes. Material and Methods: Following irradiation by a laser pointer beam for 8 secondsthe eyes of Chinchilla rabbits were examined by opthalmoscope, and fluorescein angiogr...

  7. Comparative research regarding the average efficiency at slaughter of the pure breeds fellows, F1 simple hybrids (♀NZW x ♂CHL and of the double three-breeds hybrids (♀F1 x ♂CAL of Oryctolagus Cunicullus

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    Dorel Dronca

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    Full Text Available Non additive genetic component that is at the base of a quantitative character has no predictability; this is the reason for which the present paper is proposing to appreciate the special combinative capacity for mean efficiency at slaughter, in Timis county breeders New Zealand White, Large Chinchilla and Californian. The statistic analyze of the data obtained, shows a good special combinative capacity for this character, reason for which the breeding scheme is recommended for producing individuals destined for slaughterhouses. This scheme provides an exploitation of the high fervency of the heterozygote at maternal forms and at the final hybrids

  8. The Effects of Age, Breed, Sire, Body Weight and the Ejaculate Characteristics of Rabbit Bucks

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    G. N. Akpa; H.K. Yahaya; U.C. Martin

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    The aim of this research is to analyse the semen of different breeds of rabbits and to determine the effects of age, breed, sire, generation and body weight on the ejaculate characteristics of rabbit bucks. Twenty rabbit bucks comprising of three breeds (New-Zealand White 8, Chinchilla 6 and Californian White 6) between the ages of 6-9 months were used to investigate the effect of age, breed, sire and generation on body weight and ejaculate characteristics of the bucks. The experiment was car...

  9. Nonlinear dynamics of the mammalian inner ear

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    2015-01-01

    A simple nonlinear transmission-line model of the cochlea with longitudinal coupling is introduced that can reproduce Basilar membrane response and neural tuning in the chinchilla. It is found that the middle ear has little effect on cochlear resonances, and hence conclude that the theory of coherent reflections is not applicable to the model. The model also provides an explanation of the emergence of spontaneous otoacoustic emissions (SOAEs). It is argued that SOAEs arise from Hopf bifurcations of the transmission-line model and not from localized instabilities. The paper shows that emissions can become chaotic, intermittent and fragile to perturbations.

  10. Mucin gene 19 (MUC19) expression and response to inflammatory cytokines in middle ear epithelium

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    Kerschner, Joseph E.; Khampang, Pawjai; Erbe, Christy B.; Kolker, Alexander; Cioffi, Joseph A.

    2009-01-01

    Mucin gene 19 (MUC19) has been identified as a major gel-forming mucin in the human middle ear (ME). The objectives of this investigation were to characterize the expression and assess the regulation of MUC19 in the ME cell culture models utilized in the study of otitis media (OM). Findings demonstrate that MUC19 is expressed in both human immortalized cell culture (HMEEC) and chinchilla primary epithelial culture (CMEEC). ME exposure to inflammatory cytokines TNF-α, IL-1β, IL-6 and IL-8 up-r...

  11. Informe de calidad y datos de producción científica (2003-2009)en Nanociencia y Nanotecnología, Nuevos Materiales y Nuevos Procesos Industriales

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    de Moya-Anegón, Félix; Chinchilla-Rodríguez, Zaida; Corera-Álvarez, Elena; González-Molina, Antonio; López-Illescas, Carmen; Vargas-Quesada, Benjamín

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    Moya-Anegón, F. (dir.), Chinchilla-Rodríguez, Z. (coord.), Corera-Álvarez, E., González-Molina, A., López-Illescas, C., Vargas-Quesada, B. Informe de calidad y datos de producción científica (2003-2009)en Nanociencia y Nanotecnología, Nuevos Materiales y Nuevos Procesos Industriales. Madrid: Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología, 2012. NIPO: 720-12-041-0

  12. Structural and Functional Studies of the Protamine 2-Zinc Complex from Syrian Gold Hamster (Mesocricetus Auratus) Spermatids and Sperm

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    Dolan, C E

    2004-08-30

    The research described in this dissertation consists of four major areas: (1) sequence analysis of protamine 2 from Muroid rodents to identify potential zinc-binding domain(s) of protamine 2; (2) structural studies of the protamine 2-zinc complex from Syrian Gold hamster sperm and spermatids to elucidate the role of zinc during spermiogenesis; (3) structural studies of an unique protamine 2-zinc complex from chinchilla sperm; and (4) Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) studies of soluble complexes of hairpin oligonucleotides with synthetic arginine-rich peptides or protamine 1 isolated from bull sperm. First, zinc was quantitated in spermatids and sperm by Proton-Induced X-ray Emission (PIXE) to determine whether zinc is present in the early stages of spermiogenesis. The PIXE results revealed the zinc content varies proportionately with the amount of protamine 2 in both spermatid and sperm nuclei. An exception was chinchilla sperm containing twice the amount of protamine 2 than zinc. Further analyses by PIXE and X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS) of zinc bound to protamines isolated from hamster sperm confirmed the majority of the zinc is bound to protamine and identified the zinc ligands of protamine 2 in hamster spermatids and sperm in vivo. These studies established that zinc is bound to the protamine 2 precursor in hamster spermatids and the coordination of zinc by protamine 2 changes during spermiogenesis. Finally, the sequence analysis combined with the XAS results suggest that the zinc-binding domain in protamine 2 resides in the amino-terminus. Similar analyses of chinchilla sperm by XAS were performed to clarify the unusual PIXE results and revealed that chinchilla has an atypical protamine 2-zinc structure. Two protamine 2 molecules coordinate one zinc atom, forming homodimers that facilitate the binding of protamine 2 to DNA and provide an organizational scheme that would accommodate the observed species-specific protamine stoichiometry in mammalian sperm

  13. The multifunctional host defense peptide SPLUNC1 is critical for homeostasis of the mammalian upper airway.

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    Full Text Available Otitis media (OM is a highly prevalent pediatric disease caused by normal flora of the nasopharynx that ascend the Eustachian tube and enter the middle ear. As OM is a disease of opportunity, it is critical to gain an increased understanding of immune system components that are operational in the upper airway and aid in prevention of this disease. SPLUNC1 is an antimicrobial host defense peptide that is hypothesized to contribute to the health of the airway both through bactericidal and non-bactericidal mechanisms. We used small interfering RNA (siRNA technology to knock down expression of the chinchilla ortholog of human SPLUNC1 (cSPLUNC1 to begin to determine the role that this protein played in prevention of OM. We showed that knock down of cSPLUNC1 expression did not impact survival of nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae, a predominant causative agent of OM, in the chinchilla middle ear under the conditions tested. In contrast, expression of cSPLUNC1 was essential for maintenance of middle ear pressure and efficient mucociliary clearance, key defense mechanisms of the tubotympanum. Collectively, our data have provided the first in vivo evidence that cSPLUNC1 functions to maintain homeostasis of the upper airway and, thereby, is critical for protection of the middle ear.

  14. Taxonomic Characterization and Secondary Metabolite Profiling of Aspergillus Section Aspergillus Contaminating Feeds and Feedstuffs

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    Greco, Mariana; Kemppainen, Minna; Pose, Graciela; Pardo, Alejandro

    2015-01-01

    Xerophilic fungal species of the genus Aspergillus are economically highly relevant due to their ability to grow on low water activity substrates causing spoilage of stored goods and animal feeds. These fungi can synthesize a variety of secondary metabolites, many of which show animal toxicity, creating a health risk for food production animals and to humans as final consumers, respectively. Animal feeds used for rabbit, chinchilla and rainbow trout production in Argentina were analysed for the presence of xerophilic Aspergillus section Aspergillus species. High isolation frequencies (>60%) were detected in all the studied rabbit and chinchilla feeds, while the rainbow trout feeds showed lower fungal charge (25%). These section Aspergillus contaminations comprised predominantly five taxa. Twenty isolates were subjected to taxonomic characterization using both ascospore SEM micromorphology and two independent DNA loci sequencing. The secondary metabolite profiles of the isolates were determined qualitatively by HPLC-MS. All the isolates produced neoechinulin A, 17 isolates were positive for cladosporin and echinulin, and 18 were positive for neoechinulin B. Physcion and preechinulin were detected in a minor proportion of the isolates. This is the first report describing the detailed species composition and the secondary metabolite profiles of Aspergillus section Aspergillus contaminating animal feeds. PMID:26364643

  15. Cochlear anatomy using micro computed tomography (μCT) imaging

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    Kim, Namkeun; Yoon, Yongjin; Steele, Charles; Puria, Sunil

    2008-02-01

    A novel micro computed tomography (μCT) image processing method was implemented to measure anatomical features of the gerbil and chinchilla cochleas, taking into account the bent modailosis axis. Measurements were made of the scala vestibule (SV) area, the scala tympani (SV) area, and the basilar membrane (BM) width using prepared cadaveric temporal bones. 3-D cochlear structures were obtained from the scanned images using a process described in this study. It was necessary to consider the sharp curvature of mododailosis axis near the basal region. The SV and ST areas were calculated from the μCT reconstructions and compared with existing data obtained by Magnetic Resonance Microscopy (MRM), showing both qualitative and quantitative agreement. In addition to this, the width of the BM, which is the distance between the primary and secondary osseous spiral laminae, is calculated for the two animals and compared with previous data from the MRM method. For the gerbil cochlea, which does not have much cartilage in the osseous spiral lamina, the μCT-based BM width measurements show good agreement with previous data. The chinchilla BM, which contains more cartilage in the osseous spiral lamina than the gerbil, shows a large difference in the BM widths between the μCT and MRM methods. The SV area, ST area, and BM width measurements from this study can be used in building an anatomically based mathematical cochlear model.

  16. Reproductive patterns of pedigree cats.

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    Johnstone, I

    1987-07-01

    A survey of Brisbane catteries was carried out to investigate reproductive patterns of pedigree cats. Eighteen breeders supplied data on 751 litters with a total of 3171 kittens covering the Persian, Chinchilla, Siamese, Burmese and Abyssinian breeds. The overall sex ratio at birth was 100 males to 92 females. There was a significant seasonal effect on sex ratio with litters conceived during the wet season (September to February) producing more males than expected and litters conceived during the dry season producing more females than expected. Litter size and breed had no significant effect on the sex ratio. The average litter size varied with the breed with the most prolific being the Burmese (5.0) then the Siamese (4.5), Persian (3.9), Abyssinian (3.5) and Chinchilla (2.8). The average litter size was smaller for the first litter than for the subsequent 3 litters. The maximum average litter size was reached at 6 years with only a moderate decline thereafter. There was a seasonal fluctuation in births with the greatest numbers being born in spring and the least in late autumn. Longhair cats showed a more marked seasonal distribution of births than the shorthairs which reproduced for most of the year, particularly the Burmese breed. PMID:3675409

  17. Delayed effects of ionizing radiation on the ear

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    Bohne, B.A.; Marks, J.E.; Glasgow, G.P.

    1985-07-01

    The question of damage to the ear from exposure to ionizing radiation was addressed by exposing groups of chinchillas to fractioned doses of radiation (2 Gy per day) for total doses ranging from 40 to 90 Gy. In order to allow any delayed effects of radiation to become manifest, the animals were sacrificed two years after completion of treatment and their temporal bones were prepared for microscopic examination. The most pronounced effect of treatment was degeneration of sensory and supporting cells and loss of eighth nerve fibers in the organ of Corti. Damage increased with increasing dose of radiation. The degree of damage found in many of these ears was of sufficient magnitude to produce a permanent sensorineural hearing loss.

  18. FACTIBILIDAD DEL USO DE UN ELISA INDIRECTO PARA LA DETECCIÓN DE Glomus clarum

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    I. de la Providencia

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Este trabajo tuvo como objetivo evaluar la factibilidad del uso de un ensayo inmunoenzimático sobre soporte sólido (ELISA, para la detección de esporas de Glomus clarum. Para ello se inmunizaron conejos de la raza Chinchilla con extractos proteicos provenientes de dichas esporas. El suero policlonal obtenido de los animales inmunizados se enfrentó a G. clarum y a las esporas de otras especies de Glomales. Se logró detectar las esporas de G. clarum con el uso del ELISA indirecto a la dilución 1/3 000, sin reacciones cruzadas con las otras especies de Glomales utilizadas en este estudio a esa misma dilución.

  19. Delayed effects of ionizing radiation on the ear

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    The question of damage to the ear from exposure to ionizing radiation was addressed by exposing groups of chinchillas to fractioned doses of radiation (2 Gy per day) for total doses ranging from 40 to 90 Gy. In order to allow any delayed effects of radiation to become manifest, the animals were sacrificed two years after completion of treatment and their temporal bones were prepared for microscopic examination. The most pronounced effect of treatment was degeneration of sensory and supporting cells and loss of eighth nerve fibers in the organ of Corti. Damage increased with increasing dose of radiation. The degree of damage found in many of these ears was of sufficient magnitude to produce a permanent sensorineural hearing loss

  20. Temporal resolution of the Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris) auditory system.

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    Mann, David A; Colbert, Debborah E; Gaspard, Joseph C; Casper, Brandon M; Cook, Mandy L H; Reep, Roger L; Bauer, Gordon B

    2005-10-01

    Auditory evoked potential (AEP) measurements of two Florida manatees (Trichechus manatus latirostris) were measured in response to amplitude modulated tones. The AEP measurements showed weak responses to test stimuli from 4 kHz to 40 kHz. The manatee modulation rate transfer function (MRTF) is maximally sensitive to 150 and 600 Hz amplitude modulation (AM) rates. The 600 Hz AM rate is midway between the AM sensitivities of terrestrial mammals (chinchillas, gerbils, and humans) (80-150 Hz) and dolphins (1,000-1,200 Hz). Audiograms estimated from the input-output functions of the EPs greatly underestimate behavioral hearing thresholds measured in two other manatees. This underestimation is probably due to the electrodes being located several centimeters from the brain. PMID:16001184

  1. [Building of defects of the bladder wall by membrane, created on the basis of type I collagen (an experimental study)].

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    Kamalov, A A; Mksimov, V A; Kirpatovskiĭ, V I; Kudriavtsev, Iu V; Karpov, V K; Tokarev, F K; Kamalov, D M; Burov, V N; Okhobotov, D A

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    Experimental study was performed on 24 Chinchilla rabbits, which underwent resection of the bladder with building of defect by membrane "Collost", created on the basis of type I collagen. The functional state of the bladder in situ was assessed by infusion cystomanometry during repeated surgery at 7, 14 day and at 1, 3, 6 months, and at 1 and 1.5 years. It is found that developing detrusor pressure during bladder contractions was decreased by 10 times in the first week of the study; it was in line with the subcompensation after 3 months, and was restored at 6 month. At 1 and 1.5 years, increase of cumulative function of bladder while saving detrusor pressure was observed. Dilating cystoplastics using biopolymer "Collost" provides good long-term functional results. PMID:23379236

  2. Otoacoustic Estimates of Cochlear Tuning: Testing Predictions in Macaque

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    Shera, Christopher A.; Bergevin, Christopher; Kalluri, Radha; Mc Laughlin, Myles; Michelet, Pascal; van der Heijden, Marcel; Joris, Philip X.

    2011-11-01

    Otoacoustic estimates of cochlear frequency selectivity suggest substantially sharper tuning in humans. However, the logic and methodology underlying these estimates remain untested by direct measurements in primates. We report measurements of frequency tuning in macaque monkeys, Old-World primates phylogenetically closer to humans than the small laboratory animals often taken as models of human hearing (e.g., cats, guinea pigs, and chinchillas). We find that measurements of tuning obtained directly from individual nerve fibers and indirectly using otoacoustic emissions both indicate that peripheral frequency selectivity in macaques is significantly sharper than in small laboratory animals, matching that inferred for humans at high frequencies. Our results validate the use of otoacoustic emissions for noninvasive measurement of cochlear tuning and corroborate the finding of sharper tuning in humans.

  3. Comprehensive Proteomic and Metabolomic Signatures of Nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae-Induced Acute Otitis Media Reveal Bacterial Aerobic Respiration in an Immunosuppressed Environment.

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    Harrison, Alistair; Dubois, Laura G; St John-Williams, Lisa; Moseley, M Arthur; Hardison, Rachael L; Heimlich, Derek R; Stoddard, Alexander; Kerschner, Joseph E; Justice, Sheryl S; Thompson, J Will; Mason, Kevin M

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    A thorough understanding of the molecular details of the interactions between bacteria and host are critical to ultimately prevent disease. Recent technological advances allow simultaneous analysis of host and bacterial protein and metabolic profiles from a single small tissue sample to provide insight into pathogenesis. We used the chinchilla model of human otitis media to determine, for the first time, the most expansive delineation of global changes in protein and metabolite profiles during an experimentally induced disease. After 48 h of infection with nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae, middle ear tissue lysates were analyzed by high-resolution quantitative two-dimensional liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Dynamic changes in 105 chinchilla proteins and 66 metabolites define the early proteomic and metabolomic signature of otitis media. Our studies indicate that establishment of disease coincides with actin morphogenesis, suppression of inflammatory mediators, and bacterial aerobic respiration. We validated the observed increase in the actin-remodeling complex, Arp2/3, and experimentally showed a role for Arp2/3 in nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae invasion. Direct inhibition of actin branch morphology altered bacterial invasion into host epithelial cells, and is supportive of our efforts to use the information gathered to modify outcomes of disease. The twenty-eight nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae proteins identified participate in carbohydrate and amino acid metabolism, redox homeostasis, and include cell wall-associated metabolic proteins. Quantitative characterization of the molecular signatures of infection will redefine our understanding of host response driven developmental changes during pathogenesis. These data represent the first comprehensive study of host protein and metabolite profiles in vivo in response to infection and show the feasibility of extensive characterization of host protein profiles during disease. Identification of

  4. Organic matter and macromineral digestibility in domestic rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) as compared to other hindgut fermenters.

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    Hagen, K B; Tschudin, A; Liesegang, A; Hatt, J-M; Clauss, M

    2015-12-01

    It is generally assumed that animal species differ in physiological characteristics of their digestive tract. Because investigating digestive processes is often labour-intensive, requiring lengthy adaptation and collection periods, comparisons are often made on the basis of data collated from different studies. We added a new data set on dietary crude fibre (CF) and macromineral (Na, K, Ca, P, Mg) composition and apparent digestibility (aD) of organic matter (OM) and macrominerals in rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus; a total of 180 measurements with 12 individuals and 10 different diets) to a literature data collection for rodents and domestic horses (Equus caballus). Significant negative relationships between dietary CF and aD OM were obtained, but the significant difference in digestive efficiency between rabbits and guinea pigs (Cavia porcellus) reported from studies where both species had been investigated under identical conditions were not detectable in the larger data collection. However, the 95% confidence interval of the negative slope of the CF-aD OM relationship did not overlap between domestic horses on the one hand, and rabbits and guinea pigs on the other hand, indicating a less depressing effect of CF in horses. Akaike's information criterion indicated that aD of a macromineral did not only depend on its concentration in the diet, but also on the individual and various other diet characteristics and the presence of other macrominerals, indicating complex interactions. The data indicate similar mechanisms in the absorption of macrominerals amongst rabbits, rodents and horses, with the exception of Na and K in guinea pigs and Ca in chinchillas (Chinchilla laniger) that should be further corroborated. In particular, the occurrence of high aD Ca in hindgut fermenters, regardless of whether they employ a digestive strategy of coprophagy or whether they have fossorial habits, suggests that this peculiarity might represent an adaptation to hindgut

  5. Coal bed methane enrichment regularities and controlling factors in Bowen-Surat basin, Australia%澳洲Bowen-Surat盆地煤层气富集规律及主控因素

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    李志华; 李胜利; 于兴河; 方欣欣

    2014-01-01

    澳大利亚是世界第四大煤炭生产国和世界上最大的煤炭输出国。2000年后,澳大利亚煤层气产业快速发展。Bowen-Surat盆地是澳大利亚最大的煤层气盆地。应用石油地质综合分析方法,总结了 Bowen-Surat 盆地的石油地质特征,进而分析了该盆地煤层气富集规律:平面上,煤层气富集在Taroom槽和Chinchilla-Goondiwindi斜坡中;剖面上,煤层气富集在二叠系Blackwater群和侏罗系Walloon组煤层中。针对煤层气藏在平面和剖面上的分布特点,结合沉积体系、气源岩、煤阶、孔隙度和渗透率等因素进行相关性分析,认为有8个因素主要控制了煤层气藏的分布,即:沉积控类型,气源控范围,煤阶、埋深和孔渗控含量,构造封闭控层位。%Bowen-Surat Basin is a superimposed rifting basin located in the eastern Australian and the largest CBM basins in Australia. The paper, through a comprehensive analysis of petroleum geology methods, summarizes Bowen-Surat basin petroleum geology characteristics, and then analyzes CBM enrichment regularities. In the plane CBM is enriched in the Taroom trough and Chinchilla-Goondiwindi slopes, vertically enriched in Permian Blackwater Group and Jurassic Walloon coal measures. Aiming at the planar and vertical distribution regularities of CBM reservoirs, combining with sedimentary system, gas source rock, coal rank, porosity, permeability and other factors and making the correlation analysis, the paper concluded that there are eight main factors controlling the distribution of CBM reservoirs, i.e., sedimentary control, distribution range controlled by gas source rock, coal rank, depth, porosity and permeability, horizon controlled by structure confining.

  6. THE GROWTH AND REPRODUCTIVE PERFORMANCE OF DIFFERENT BREEDS OF RABBITS KEPT UNDER WARM AND HUMID ENVIRONMENTS IN GHANA

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    S.O. APORI

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available The potential of rabbit production in solving the problem of inadequate animal protein supply cannot be overemphasized. A study was therefore conducted to assess the growth and reproductive performances on 488 bunnies and 87 does of Blue Vienna and 474 bunnies and 80 does of Chinchilla rabbits reared under hot and humid environment in Ghana. The reproductive performance of the two breeds, in terms of litter size at birth and weaning, litter weight at birth and weaning, kindling interval, age at first kindling and gestation length as influenced by season of kindling (rainy and dry, year of kindling (2005-2012 and parity (first to sixth and over were determined. The overall least square means for litter size at birth, bunny weight at birth, litter size at weaning, bunny weight at weaning, gestation length, kindling interval, age at first kindling, pre-weaning growth rate and post-weaning growth rate of Blue Vienna were 5.6±0.1, 51.3±0.3 g, 4.4±0.1, 601.5±0.9 g, 30.0±0.1 days, 94.7±0.4 days, 159.7±0.4 days, 13.1±0.1 g/day and 15.4±0.1 g/day respectively. Those of Chinchilla were 5.9±0.1, 54.2±0.3 g, 4.8±0.1, 601.9±0.9 g, 30.1±0.1 days, 94.6±0.3 days, 159.8±0.2 days, 13.0±0.1 g/day and 15.3±0.2 g/day respectively. Year of kindling had significant (P<0.05 effect on litter size at weaning, litter weight at kindling, gestation length, age at first kindling, post weaning growth rate, body weight at 14 weeks and mortality in both breeds. Season of birth on the other hand had significant effect (P<0.05 on litter weight at birth, gestation length and mortality in both breeds. The number of times the doe has kindled (parity significantly (P<0.05 influenced all the parameters apart from kindling interval, gestation length, age at first kindling and pre-weaning growth rate performance of both breeds. The growth performances of the breeds studied were indications of their potential of being developed in future into meat types.

  7. Dosing study on the effectiveness of salicylate/N-acetylcysteine for prevention of noise-induced hearing loss

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    John Coleman

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The efficacy of three different doses of sodium salicylate (SAL in combination with one dose of N-acetylcysteine (NAC to prevent noise-induced hearing loss was studied in chinchillas. After obtaining baseline-hearing thresholds, the chinchillas were randomly assigned to one of four treatment groups: three sets were injected intraperitoneally with 325 mg/kg NAC combined with 25, 50, or 75 mg/kg SAL, and a separate control group was injected with an equal volume of saline. Animals were injected twice daily for 2 days prior to and 1 hour before the noise exposure (6 hours to a 105-dB Standard Pressure Level octave band noise centered at 4 kHz. Immediate post-noise hearing thresholds were obtained followed by post-noise treatments at 1 hour then twice-daily for 2 days. Hearing tests continued at 1, 2, and 3 weeks post-noise, and immediately after the last hearing test, animals′ cochleae were stained for hair cell counts. All the groups showed hearing improvement until week 2. However, at week 3, saline treated animals demonstrated a 17-33 dB SPL permanent threshold shift (PTS across the test frequencies. Hearing loss was lowest in the 50 SAL/325 NAC mg/kg group (all frequencies, P < 0.001, and although PTS was reduced in the 25 and 75 mg/kg SAL dosage groups compared to the saline group, only the 75 mg/kg SAL group was significantly different at all but 2 kHz frequency. Coupled with the hearing loss, outer hair cell (OHC loss was maximal in the 4-8 kHz cochlear region of saline treated animals. However, there was a substantial reduction in the mean OHC loss of the NAC plus 50 or 75 mg/kg (but not the 25 mg/kg SAL groups. These findings suggest that SAL in combination with NAC is effective in reducing noise damage to the cochlea, but SAL has a relatively narrow therapeutic dosing window.

  8. Ultrastructural changes of chorioretinal complex under sub-threshold laser exposure at wavelengths of 0.81 and 0.532 μm (experimental study

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    N. A. Fedoruk

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim: To reveal ultrastructural changes of chorioretinal complex and their possible reversibility under sub-threshold laser exposure at wavelengths of 0.81 and 0.532 μm in 1, 8 and 30 days. Methods: Experimental study was performed on 16 chinchilla rabbits (32 eyes using laser at wavelengths of 0.532 and 0.81 μm in CW, micropulse, and transpupillary thermotherapy modes. Transmission electron microscope EM-10C (Opton, Oberkochen, Germany was used to perform ultrastructural study of retina following laser exposure. Results: In a day after sub-threshold laser exposure, ultrastructural changes were mainly detected in retinal pigment epithelium (RPE, choriocapillaries, and photoreceptors. In 8 days, intracellular regeneration of RPE and partial restoration of choriocapillary blood flow and RPE macrophages were observed. In 30 days, RPE morphology, the number and the structure of photoreceptor outer segments were re-established. Mitochondria of photoreceptor inner segments regenerated as well. Conclusion: Ultrastructural changes of chorioretinal complex following sub-threshold laser radiation were reversible. Intracellular regeneration provided almost complete recovery of chorioretinal complex structure by day 30.

  9. Cardiac muscle’s mitochondrial dysfunction in hypercholesterolemic rabbits

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    Kojić Zvezdana

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Cardiovascular diseases are often associated with energy deficit and in many cases this is also accompanied by lipid disorders such as hyperlipidemias and obesity. The aim of the study was to check mitochondrial oxidative capacity in the course of twelve weeks atherogenic hypercholesterolic diet. Thirty five Chinchilla rabbits, male, were randomized to one of two groups a control group (A, n=17 received (per os physiological saline experimental group (B, n=18 received atherogenic 2% hypercholesterolemic diet. Isolation of the mitochondrial fraction of the heart was done by the method of Tyler. The oxygen consumption rate was studied in different respiration phases: as basal, unstimulated (V4 and as ADP-stimulated (V3 and expressed as indices: respiratory control ratio (RCR and ADP/O. Hypercholesterolemic atherogenic diet induced profound perturbations in mitochondrial energy metabolism and oxidative capacity. Basal oxygen consumption rate without ADP (V4 and the maximal ADP-stimulated respiration rate (V3 showed a marked reduction (quantitative changes; sensibility of mitochondria to ADP (ADP/O was also reduced (qualitative change in rabbits treated by atherogenic diet (group B compared to controls (group A. Respiratory control ratio was not significantly different among the groups. These results indicate that hypercholesterolemic atherogenic diet impairs mitochondrial oxidative capacity without affecting coupling of oxidative and phosphorilative processes.

  10. Application of Polymer Phospholipid Matrix for Closing Open Wounds on Oral Mucosa

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    D.A. Ryabova

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    Full Text Available The aim of the investigation was to assess the possibilities of application of the polymer matrix made from Reperen material for closing open wound surface on the mucous membrane of the oral cavity. Materials and Methods. Experimental investigation was carried out on 15 Chinchilla rabbits. Half of the created defect on the hard palate mucous membrane healed under the Reperen polymer matrix, and the other half healed by secondary intention. The results of the histological and cytological examination were assessed on day 3, 5, and 7. Results. The area of granulation and connective tissue in the specimens of mucosa, healing without the Reperen matrix on day 5 amounted to 25.0±1.2 and 15.0±1.1%, and on day 7 — 15.0±1.2 and 25.0±1.7%, respectively. Meanwhile, in the specimens of mucous membrane, healing under the Reperen polymer matrix, their values have essentially changed: they were 25.0±1.2 and 20.0±1.1% on day 3, and 10.0±1.3 and 40.0±1.7% on day 7. Conclusion. The Reperen polymer matrix promotes intensification of the local regenerative processes in the wound and can be used for closing large open wound surfaces on the mucous membrane of the oral cavity.

  11. Combination of photodynamic and ultrasonic therapy for treatment of infected wounds in animal model

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    Menyaev, Yulian A.; Zharov, Vladimir P.

    2006-02-01

    One of the important problems of modern medicine is treatment of infected wounds. There are many diversified expedients of treatment, but none of them obey the modern physician completely. The aim of this study is to develop and test a new combined method of photodynamic ultrasonic therapy (PDUST) for treatment of infected wounds with focus on experimental trials. PDUST is based on a combination of two methods: photodynamic (PD) therapy (PDT) with photosensitizer and low frequency ultrasonic (US) therapy with antibiotic as tools for treatment of wounds and effectively killing bacteria. The main parameters are: US frequency - 26.5 kHz; US tip elongation - 40+/-20 μm wavelength of light emitting diodes (LED) array - 660+/-10 nm; light intensity on biotissue surface - 1-2 mW/cm2; photosensitizer - an aluminum disulfonated phtalocyanine dissolved in a physiological solution in concentration 10 mg/l. The experiments were carried out with 70 male chinchilla rabbits divided into 7 groups, thus the dynamics of wounds healing were studied in different modes of PDUST. The PD and US methods supplement each other and in conjunction provide additive and especially synergetic effects. The experimental data demonstrated advantages of new technology in comparison with conventional methods in cases of treatment of extended suppurative inflammatory and profound wounds. The more detailed study of PDUST method's mechanism, which is based on low intensity of LED light, PD therapy and US influence is required.

  12. Studies of the processes of incorporation of calcium, strontium, barium and radium into bone tissue

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    Alkaline earth elements incorporation into bone tissue are investigated. The study is aimed at collecting the data on improvement of metabolism model of these elements. The study includes kinetics of calcium, strontium, barium and radium - carried out on 120 rats of Wistar strain: incorporation processes of light and heavy alkaline earth elements (strontium and barium) as a function of age of the organism - carried out on 30 rabbits of Chinchilla strain in different age groups, as well as the rate of incorporation of calcium and barium into different bone tissue areas - carried out on 68 rabbits of the same strain in one age group. The main investigative techniques are: radiochemical methods, whole-body counting technique, quantitative autoradiography and microradiography, ''tetracycline test'', computer calculation methods. The following conclusions are reached: incorporation of alkaline earth elements into bone tissue is differentiated and depends on whether or not it is a light element (Ca, Sr) or heavy one (Ba, Ra), it depends also on the area of bone tissue in which the incorporation occurs

  13. Host-to-host variation of ecological interactions in polymicrobial infections

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    Host-to-host variability with respect to interactions between microorganisms and multicellular hosts are commonly observed in infection and in homeostasis. However, the majority of mechanistic models used to analyze host–microorganism relationships, as well as most of the ecological theories proposed to explain coevolution of hosts and microbes, are based on averages across a host population. By assuming that observed variations are random and independent, these models overlook the role of differences between hosts. Here, we analyze mechanisms underlying host-to-host variations of bacterial infection kinetics, using the well characterized experimental infection model of polymicrobial otitis media (OM) in chinchillas, in combination with population dynamic models and a maximum entropy (MaxEnt) based inference scheme. We find that the nature of the interactions between bacterial species critically regulates host-to-host variations in these interactions. Surprisingly, seemingly unrelated phenomena, such as the efficiency of individual bacterial species in utilizing nutrients for growth, and the microbe-specific host immune response, can become interdependent in a host population. The latter finding suggests a potential mechanism that could lead to selection of specific strains of bacterial species during the coevolution of the host immune response and the bacterial species. (paper)

  14. The ABCG2 efflux transporter from rabbit placenta: Cloning and functional characterization.

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    Halwachs, Sandra; Kneuer, Carsten; Gohlsch, Katrin; Müller, Marian; Ritz, Vera; Honscha, Walther

    2016-02-01

    In human placenta, the ATP-binding cassette efflux transporter ABCG2 is highly expressed in syncytiotrophoblast cells and mediates cellular excretion of various drugs and toxins. Hence, physiological ABCG2 activity substantially contributes to the fetoprotective placenta barrier function during gestation. Developmental toxicity studies are often performed in rabbit. However, despite its toxicological relevance, there is no data so far on functional ABCG2 expression in this species. Therefore, we cloned ABCG2 from placenta tissues of chinchilla rabbit. Sequencing showed 84-86% amino acid sequence identity to the orthologues from man, rat and mouse. We transduced the rabbit ABCG2 clone (rbABCG2) in MDCKII cells and stable rbABCG2 gene and protein expression was shown by RT-PCR and Western blot analysis. The rbABCG2 efflux activity was demonstrated with the Hoechst H33342 assay using the specific ABCG2 inhibitor Ko143. We further tested the effect of established human ABCG2 (hABCG2) drug substrates including the antibiotic danofloxacin or the histamine H2-receptor antagonist cimetidine on H33342 accumulation in MDCKII-rbABCG2 or -hABCG2 cells. Human therapeutic plasma concentrations of all tested drugs caused a comparable competitive inhibition of H33342 excretion in both ABCG2 clones. Altogether, we first showed functional expression of the ABCG2 efflux transporter in rabbit placenta. Moreover, our data suggest a similar drug substrate spectrum of the rabbit and the human ABCG2 efflux transporter. PMID:26907376

  15. The olivocochlear reflex strength and cochlear sensitivity are independently modulated by auditory cortex microstimulation.

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    Dragicevic, Constantino D; Aedo, Cristian; León, Alex; Bowen, Macarena; Jara, Natalia; Terreros, Gonzalo; Robles, Luis; Delano, Paul H

    2015-04-01

    In mammals, efferent projections to the cochlear receptor are constituted by olivocochlear (OC) fibers that originate in the superior olivary complex. Medial and lateral OC neurons make synapses with outer hair cells and with auditory nerve fibers, respectively. In addition to the OC system, there are also descending projections from the auditory cortex that are directed towards the thalamus, inferior colliculus, cochlear nucleus, and superior olivary complex. Olivocochlear function can be assessed by measuring a brainstem reflex mediated by auditory nerve fibers, cochlear nucleus neurons, and OC fibers. Although it is known that the OC reflex is activated by contralateral acoustic stimulation and produces a suppression of cochlear responses, the influence of cortical descending pathways in the OC reflex is largely unknown. Here, we used auditory cortex electrical microstimulation in chinchillas to study a possible cortical modulation of cochlear and auditory nerve responses to tones in the absence and presence of contralateral noise. We found that cortical microstimulation produces two different peripheral modulations: (i) changes in cochlear sensitivity evidenced by amplitude modulation of cochlear microphonics and auditory nerve compound action potentials and (ii) enhancement or suppression of the OC reflex strength as measured by auditory nerve responses, which depended on the intersubject variability of the OC reflex. Moreover, both corticofugal effects were not correlated, suggesting the presence of two functionally different efferent pathways. These results demonstrate that auditory cortex electrical microstimulation independently modulates the OC reflex strength and cochlear sensitivity. PMID:25663383

  16. Epidemiological and clinical features of the endomyocardial form of restrictive cardiomyopathy in cats: a review of 41 cases.

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    Kimura, Yusuke; Fukushima, Ryuji; Hirakawa, Atsushi; Kobayashi, Masayuki; Machida, Noboru

    2016-06-01

    Examination of our necropsy records for the period 2005 to 2014 yielded 41 cases of the endomyocardial form of restrictive cardiomyopathy among 327 cats with evidence of heart disease, and here, we reviewed their epidemiological and clinical features. The medical data obtained retrospectively included signalment, presenting complaints, findings of physical examination, results of various diagnostic tests, methods of treatment and survival times. Except for one Chinchilla Persian cat, all were domestic short-haired cats. The mean age at death was 7.3 ± 4.5 years (median, 6 years; range, 4 months to 19 years), and males accounted for 61% (25/41) of the total. Dyspnea was the most common clinical sign, being evident in 83% (35/41) of the cats. Hind limb paresis or paralysis due to aortic thromboembolism was evident in 41% (17/41). Arrhythmias of atrial origin were common. Echocardiography commonly revealed left atrial or biatrial enlargement with severe endocardial thickening of the left ventricle. Most of the affected cats had a poor outcome; the disease duration ranged from 1 to 977 days, and the median survival period was 30 days. PMID:26822001

  17. A biphasic epigenetic switch controls immunoevasion, virulence and niche adaptation in non-typeable Haemophilus influenzae.

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    Atack, John M; Srikhanta, Yogitha N; Fox, Kate L; Jurcisek, Joseph A; Brockman, Kenneth L; Clark, Tyson A; Boitano, Matthew; Power, Peter M; Jen, Freda E-C; McEwan, Alastair G; Grimmond, Sean M; Smith, Arnold L; Barenkamp, Stephen J; Korlach, Jonas; Bakaletz, Lauren O; Jennings, Michael P

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    Non-typeable Haemophilus influenzae contains an N(6)-adenine DNA-methyltransferase (ModA) that is subject to phase-variable expression (random ON/OFF switching). Five modA alleles, modA2, modA4, modA5, modA9 and modA10, account for over two-thirds of clinical otitis media isolates surveyed. Here, we use single molecule, real-time (SMRT) methylome analysis to identify the DNA-recognition motifs for all five of these modA alleles. Phase variation of these alleles regulates multiple proteins including vaccine candidates, and key virulence phenotypes such as antibiotic resistance (modA2, modA5, modA10), biofilm formation (modA2) and immunoevasion (modA4). Analyses of a modA2 strain in the chinchilla model of otitis media show a clear selection for ON switching of modA2 in the middle ear. Our results indicate that a biphasic epigenetic switch can control bacterial virulence, immunoevasion and niche adaptation in an animal model system. PMID:26215614

  18. Mast cells in mammalian brain.

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    Dropp, J J

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    Mast cells, which had until recently been believed to be not present in the mammalian brain, were studied in the brains of 29 mammalian species. Although there was considerable intraspecific and interspecific variation, mast cells were most numerous within the leptomeninges (especially in those overlying the cerebrum and the dorsal thalamus - most rodents, most carnivores, chimpanzees, squirrel monkeys and elephant), the cerebral cortex (most rodents, tiger, fox, chimpanzee, tarsier, and elephant) and in many nuclei of the dorsal thalamus (most rodents, tiger, lion, and fox). In some mammals, mast cells were also numerous in the stroma of the telencephalic choroid plexuses (chimpanzee, squirrel monkey), the putamen and the claustrum (chimpanzee), the subfornical organ (pack rat, tiger, chimpanzee), the olfactory peduncles (hooded rat, albino rat), the stroma of the diencephalic choroid plexus (lion, chimpanzee, squirrel monkey), the pineal organ (chimpanzee, squirrel monkey), some nuclei of the hypothalamus (tiger), the infundibulum (hooded rat, tiger, fox) the area postrema (pack rat, chinchilla, lion, spider monkey, chimpanzee, fox) and some nuclei and tracts of the metencephalon and the myelencephalon (tiger). Neither the sex of the animal nor electrolytic lesions made in the brains of some of the animals at various times prior to sacrifice appeared to effect the number and the distribution of mast cells. Age-related changes in mast cell number and distribution were detected in the albino rat. PMID:961335

  19. Effects of St John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum L. Extracts on Epileptogenesis

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    Janka Zlinská

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of treatment with water, n-butanol and ether extracts of Hypercom perforatum L. on epileptogenesis in rabbits. Animals from the control group received solvent-ethanol, and the kindling model of epilepsy was used. Epileptic focus was induced in Chinchilla rabbits by stimulation of the hippocampus. The following parameters were determined: the minimum current strength necessary to induce after-discharge (AD – discharges appearing after cessation of stimulation; AD duration; the number of stimulations necessary to induce spontaneous kindling; and the latency time for the development of full kindling. The results obtained indicate that epileptogenesis is influenced by Hypericum perforatum L. extract treatment. Animals treated with an ether extract of Hypericum perforatum L. required significantly weaker minimum current strengths for the development of epileptogenic focus, and displayed longer AD times, while the number of electro-stimulations necessary for full kindling was less. In contrast, animals treated with water and n-butanol extracts required increased electro-stimulations for the development of epileptic discharge, and displayed shortened AD durations versus controls.

  20. Retinal and Choroidal Damage from Long-Term Exposure to a Laser Pointer Beam

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    Heidari M H

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Laser pointers are devices that produce a weak laser beam of 630-680 nmwavelength and 1-5 mW power (ClassII or III A laser. These devices generally emit a redbeam that is used by lecturers and teachers for presentations. Some children use pointers astoys and sometimes direct the beam to their own or others' eyes. Material and Methods: Following irradiation by a laser pointer beam for 8 secondsthe eyes of Chinchilla rabbits were examined by opthalmoscope, and fluorescein angiographywas performed 5, 10 and 15 min after the exposure. The rabbits were killed immediately or24h after exposure, the eyes were enucleated, and the histological features of sections fromfundus, retina and choroid were observed by transmission electron microscopy. Results: A fluorescein block was found in the irradiated area immediately after irradiationand it increased in size with increasing time after exposure. The ultrastructural study showedacute oedema shortly after exposure, and thick collagenic bundles after 24h. Conclusion: Laser pointers with labelled power of less than 1mW are capable of producing visible and ultrastructual lesions in pigmented rabbit eyes.

  1. THE FUNCTIONAL EFFECTIVENESS OF A CELL-ENGINEERED CONSTRUCT FOR THE REGENERATION OF ARTICULAR CARTILAGE

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    V. I. Sevastianov

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    Full Text Available The aim of this study is an analysis of the functional effectiveness of a biomedical cell product consisting of a biopolymer microheterogeneous collagen-containing hydrogel (BMCH, human adipose-derived mesenchymal stromal cells (hADMSCs, and chondrogenic induction medium in the regeneration of articular cartilage. Materials and methods. The test model of the adjuvant arthritis was used (female Soviet Chinchilla rabbits with the further development into osteoarthrosis (OA combined with the clinical, biochemical, radiological, and histochemical trials. Results. On Day 92 of the OA model it has been found that the intra-articular introduction of a BMCH with hADMSCs into the left knee joint (n = 3 30 days after the OA modeling, as opposed to the right joint (negative control, n = 3, stimulates the regenerative processes of the cartilaginous tissue structure characterized by the formation of chondrocyte «columns», the emergence of isogenic groups in the intracellular matrix and the regeneration of its structure. Upon the intra-articular introduction of a BMCH (n = 3 such effects are markedly less pronounced. Conclusions. A significant regenerative potential of a cell-engineered construct of human articular tissue (CEC ATh has been proven. It is possible to presume that biostimulating properties of CEC ATh are due to the activating effect of a biomedical cell product on the stem cell migration processes from the surrounding tissue into the injured area with their subsequent differentiation. 

  2. Retinal thermal damage threshold dependence on exposure duration for the transitional near-infrared laser radiation at 1319 nm

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    Wang, Jiarui; Jiao, Luguang; Jing, Xiaomin; Chen, Hongxia; Hu, Xiangjun; Yang, Zaifu

    2016-01-01

    The retinal damage effects induced by transitional near-infrared (NIR) lasers have been investigated for years. However, the damage threshold dependence on exposure duration has not been revealed. In this paper, the in-vivo retinal damage ED50 thresholds were determined in chinchilla grey rabbits for 1319 nm laser radiation for exposure durations from 0.1 s to 10 s. The incident corneal irradiance diameter was fixed at 5 mm. The ED50 thresholds given in terms of the total intraocular energy (TIE) for exposure durations of 0.1, 1 and 10 s were 1.36, 6.33 and 28.6 J respectively. The ED50 thresholds were correlated by a power law equation, ED50 = 6.31t0.66 [J] where t is time [s], with correlation coefficient R = 0.9999. There exists a sufficient safety margin (factor of 28~60) between the human ED50 thresholds derived from the rabbit and the maximum permissible exposure (MPE) values in the current laser safety standards. PMID:27231639

  3. Antigen dose and strain variation as factors in the genetic control of the immune response to sperm whale myoglobin

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    The primary and secondary immune response to the antigen sperm whale myoglobin was investigated in DBA/2, 129 and B10.BR mice over a dose range of immunization from 10 to 2000 μg. Using an antigen excess technique, the quantity of antibody produced after secondary immunization followed a sigmoidal dose-response curve and the maximal plateau level was found to be different for each strain of mice. Furthermore, the genetic control of the immune response was investigated in twelve different inbred strains of mice following secondary immunization with 500 μg of of myoglobin. A continuous distribution for the mean antibody responses was obtained for the twelve different strains of mice. High responsiveness was associated with H-2 haplotypes d, f and k located on chromosome 17, the non-agouti gene 'a' located on chromosome 2 and the chinchilla gene 'csup(ch)' located on chromosome 7. It is concluded that either a large number of IR-genes to myoglobin are present in many loci located on different chromosomes or the antibody differences could be explained by a cross-tolerance mechanism requiring no IR-genes at all. (author)

  4. A Comparative Study of Retinal Function in Rabbits after Panretinal Selective Retina Therapy versus Conventional Panretinal Photocoagulation

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    Young Gun Park

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    Full Text Available Purpose. This study evaluates functional changes in electroretinographic findings after selective retina therapy (SRT compared to panretinal photocoagulation (PRP in rabbits. Methods. The right eyes of 12 Chinchilla rabbits received 200 laser treatment spots. The right eyes of six rabbits received SRT (SRT group, whereas the other six animals were treated using PRP on the right eye (PRP group. The eyes were investigated using full-field ERG 1 hour and 3 weeks after treatment. Histologic exam to assess the tissue response of lasers was performed on 3 weeks. Results. No significant changes in the mean ROD or CR b-wave amplitudes of the SRT lesions were evident, compared to baseline, 1 h after laser treatment (p=0.372 and 0.278, resp.. In addition, the OPs and 30 Hz flickers of the SRT lesions were not significantly altered (p=0.17 and 0.243, resp.. At 3 weeks, similar results were found. Comparing the two groups, the ROD b-wave amplitude was reduced in the PRP and SRT groups to 60.04±4.2% and 92.32±6.43% of baseline (p<0.001. Histologically, there was no visible photoreceptor alterations on week 3. Conclusions. SRT in rabbit eyes induced less functional loss than PRP in both rod-mediated retinal function and cone-mediated retinal function. In addition, SRT irradiated eyes had no functional loss compared to its control.

  5. The Effect of Ginkgo Biloba (EGb 761 on Epileptic Activity in Rabbits

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    Vesna Vasic

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available Different animal models are used to evaluate the process of epileptogenesis. In this investigation the kindling model of epilepsy was used. The epileptic focus was induced in Chinchilla rabbits by stimulation of the hippocampus with electric stimuli. We presumed that the extracts of Ginkgo biloba affect the formation of kindling epilepsy. Bioelectric activity of the brain was registered throughout the development of kindling with and without standardized extracts from dried ginkgo leaves (EGb 761. For each animal the following has been determined: the values of the minimum current strength necessary for the origination of threshold after-discharge (AD – discharges appearing after the cessation of stimulation; duration of the threshold AD; number of stimulations necessary for the origination of full kindling; time latency for the development of full kindling; number of spontaneous epileptogenic discharges manifested in EEG two days following the formation of full kindling during 60-minute registration. The results show that the process of epileptogenesis was influenced by EGb 761. It has been established that if the animals received EGb 761, significantly weaker minimum current strength was necessary for the development of the epileptogenic focus and the AD were longer, while the number of necessary electrostimulations for the appearance of full kindling was less and the latency was shorter.

  6. Effects of ginkgo biloba extract on an experimental model of epilepsy

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    Pilija Vladimir I.

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION The active ingredients of ginkgo biloba extracts were determined by biochemical analyses in the last ten years and they are widely used in classical medicine. The active substances of ginkgo biloba extract, mostly affect muscarinic receptors and adrenergic receptors to a lesser degree. Recently, potential effects of ginkgo biloba on NMDA receptors and on epileptogenic seizures have been considered. The main goal of this research was to investigate effects of ginkgo biloba extracts on the experimantal model of epilepsy. Material and methODS The research was carried out on chinchilla rabbits. GINGIUM solution was used with 40 mg in 1 ml of dry extract of ginkgo biloba leaves. The epileptogenic area was formed by stimulating hippocampus. Bioelectrical activity was registered 60 minutes before the epileptogenic area was formed as well as 90 minutes later. Ginkgo biloba extract was given via IM, in a single daily dose of 1ml/kg/BW. RESULTS A statistically significantly higher frequency of paroxysmal seizures was established after usage of ginkgo biloba. CONCLUSION According to the results obtained in this research, we can conclude that ginkgo biloba extracts have a proconvulsive activity.

  7. Retinal thermal damage threshold dependence on exposure duration for the transitional near-infrared laser radiation at 1319 nm.

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    Wang, Jiarui; Jiao, Luguang; Jing, Xiaomin; Chen, Hongxia; Hu, Xiangjun; Yang, Zaifu

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    The retinal damage effects induced by transitional near-infrared (NIR) lasers have been investigated for years. However, the damage threshold dependence on exposure duration has not been revealed. In this paper, the in-vivo retinal damage ED50 thresholds were determined in chinchilla grey rabbits for 1319 nm laser radiation for exposure durations from 0.1 s to 10 s. The incident corneal irradiance diameter was fixed at 5 mm. The ED50 thresholds given in terms of the total intraocular energy (TIE) for exposure durations of 0.1, 1 and 10 s were 1.36, 6.33 and 28.6 J respectively. The ED50 thresholds were correlated by a power law equation, ED50 = 6.31t (0.66) [J] where t is time [s], with correlation coefficient R = 0.9999. There exists a sufficient safety margin (factor of 28~60) between the human ED50 thresholds derived from the rabbit and the maximum permissible exposure (MPE) values in the current laser safety standards. PMID:27231639

  8. Transcriptome expression profiling of fur color formation in domestic rabbits using Solexa sequencing.

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    Qin, L Z; Wang, W Z; Shi, L J; Wan, X Y; Yan, X R; Weng, Q Q; Wu, X S

    2016-01-01

    Fur color is an important, genetically determined characteristic of domestic rabbits, and rabbit furs are of great economic value. To investigate the molecular genetics associated with fur color determination in domestic rabbits, we used Solexa-sequencing technology to probe gene expression in dorsal skin tissues sampled from full-sibling Rex rabbits of different colors. The number of expressed genes in each sample was approximately 14,700. Among the top 30 genes and transcription factors with the highest reads per kilobase per million values, the elongation factor-alpha 1 gene was highly expressed in all samples, as were genes of the ribosomal protein and keratin gene families. Compared with the chinchilla (C) Rex rabbit control sample, the numbers of genes in the black (B) and white (W) rabbit samples were 1809 and 460, respectively, and the number of common differentially expressed genes was 257. Clustering analysis of these 257 genes revealed that 32 were up-regulated in sample B and down-regulated in sample W. Of these 32 genes, we identified some that are related to fur formation, including Tyrosinase-related protein 1 (TYRP1) and Tyrosinase (TYR), as well as genes with unknown functions. Quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction was used to verify the expression patterns of those genes. The findings are expected to provide reference for the further study of fur color formation in rabbits. PMID:27173236

  9. Antihyperglycaemic and Antihyperproteinaemic Activity of Extracts of Picralima nitida Seed and Tapinanthus bangwensis Leaf on Alloxan-Induced Diabetic Rabbits

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    Bosede M. Adegoke

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    Full Text Available Coconut water extract of Picralima nitida seed and aqueous extract of Tapinanthus bangwensis leaf were investigated for their antidiabetic activities on some biochemical parameters (glucose, protein associated with diabetes in both the serum and tissues of experimental animals using alloxan-induced diabetic rabbits as model. The rabbits were fasted overnight before they were given a single intraperitoneal injection of aqueous alloxan monohydrate (Sigma, USA at a dose of 300 mg/kg body weight to make them diabetic. The experimental rabbits (chinchilla were grouped into six and extracts administered orally, once daily for five weeks. Groups 1 and 2 (non-diabetic received only distilled water and coconut water respectively, group 3 (diabetic received 200 mg/kg body weight aqueous extract of T. bangwensis leaf, group 4 received 400 mg/kg body weight of coconut water extract of P. nitida seed, groups 5 and 6 (diabetic received only distilled water and coconut water respectively. The results revealed that the extracts independently lowered significantly (pandlt;0.05 the blood glucose and protein levels of the diabetic rabbits. Both extracts significantly (pandlt;0.05 increased the tissue protein. Overall, aqueous extract of T. bangwensis leaf and coconut water extract of P. nitida seed independently possesses insulin-like properties as demonstrated by their antidiabetic actions, hence, may be good herbal extracts in the management of diabetes.

  10. Nonencapsulated Streptococcus pneumoniae causes otitis media during single-species infection and during polymicrobial infection with nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae.

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    Murrah, Kyle A; Pang, Bing; Richardson, Stephen; Perez, Antonia; Reimche, Jennifer; King, Lauren; Wren, John; Swords, W Edward

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    Streptococcus pneumoniae strains lacking capsular polysaccharide have been increasingly reported in carriage and disease contexts. Since most cases of otitis media involve more than one bacterial species, we aimed to determine the capacity of a nonencapsulated S. pneumoniae clinical isolate to induce disease in the context of a single-species infection and as a polymicrobial infection with nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae. Using the chinchilla model of otitis media, we found that nonencapsulated S. pneumoniae colonizes the nasopharynx following intranasal inoculation, but does not readily ascend into the middle ear. However, when we inoculated nonencapsulated S. pneumoniae directly into the middle ear, the bacteria persisted for two weeks post-inoculation and induced symptoms consistent with chronic otitis media. During coinfection with nontypeable H. influenzae, both species persisted for one week and induced polymicrobial otitis media. We also observed that nontypeable H. influenzae conferred passive protection from killing by amoxicillin upon S. pneumoniae from within polymicrobial biofilms in vitro. Therefore, based on these results, we conclude that nonencapsulated pneumococci are a potential causative agent of chronic/recurrent otitis media, and can also cause mutualistic infection with other opportunists, which could complicate treatment outcomes. PMID:26014114

  11. Research on the productive performance of hybrid offspring of rabbits reared in household system (I

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    Marian Bura

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available In the experiment consisted in using 5 females hybrid which have been mated with 3 male pure-bred. Each couple was monitored for pup and mother body weight and also the consumption of succulent feed, bulky and concentrated. Both parents and offspring were kept in cages made of wood and wire mesh. Under the cages there was a tray of galvanized steel sheet for collecting manure. During the experiment, female New Zealand and the Californian Red hybrid have given birth 4 times, producing 43 cubs (pups 10.75/birth and 31 pups (pups 7.75/birth. The other 3 females gave birth only once a year. All pups survived until weaning (30 days. Weaned pups from female New Zealand Red hybrid at time of weaning had a mean body mass of between 341.20 to 602.20 g/pups, and those from female Californian hybrid were between 374.00 to 803.33 g/pup. At weaning, pups from female Chinchilla Mare hybrid weighed on average 546.75 g/pup, the ones from the French hybrid female Great Silver weighed 433.00 g/pup, and those from the New Zealand Red primiparous female hybrid weighed784.00 g/weaned puppies. Between the 11th and the 30th day of lactation, most females have lost body weight, the highest being 489.00 g/lactating female.

  12. Filtration surgery of congenital glaucoma in children — visсosinusotrabeculotomy

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    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Purpose. To study in experiment the features of regeneration of outflow tracts of aqueous humor after antiglaucomatous operation using the viscoelastic and the effectiveness of the developed viscosinusotrabeculotomy in the congenital glaucoma surgical treatment in children. Material and methods. The experimental research has been carried out in 15 rabbits (28 eyes of Chinchilla breed. The obtained results provided the basis for development of an original method of congenital glaucoma surgical treatment — (kozyrkovaya shield viscosinusotrabeculotomy. During the experiment 60 eyes of 38 children (mostly children of age up to 24 months (32 children have been operated. Results. A month later after the surgical intervention in experimental eyes where viscoelastic containing hyaluronic acid has been used, we found a distinct filtering channel connecting subconjunctival space with an area of ciliary body. During the surgical treatment according to the developed technology using viscoelastic, in all cases we have managed to form additional outflow pathways of aqueous humor including shaping of filtering bleb in all the eyes in the postoperative period. Conclusion. The conducted experimental research has shown that the Viscoat viscoelastic was discovered in the area of formed outflow pathways on the third day after the operation — in the period of the most active phase of aseptic inflammation, making possible to save the space and preventing inflammation — a factor stimulating the scar formation process. The developed method — (kozyrkovaya shied viscosinusotrabeculotomy with dispersive viscoelastic usage is a method that increases the effectiveness of congenital glaucoma surgical treatment.

  13. Analysis of reproductive traits of broiler rabbits reared in sub-temperate climate of Kodai hills, Tamil Nadu, India

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    Full Text Available Aim: The present study was carried out at Institute Rabbit Farm of Southern Regional Research Centre, Mannavanur, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India having sub-temperate climate with winter temperature during night hours going below 0°C with an objective of finding the influence of different factors such as breed, year, season and parity on different reproductive traits of broiler rabbits in order to come out with the best strategies for improving the productivity. Materials and Methods: A total of 1793 records (946 White Giant and 847 Soviet Chinchilla for weight at mating (WM, weight at kindling (WK, gestation length (GL, litter size at birth (LSB and litter size at weaning (LSW, litter weight at birth (LWB, and litter weight at weaning (LWW were collected in the period between 2000 and 2009 and the data was analyzed using general linear model option of SAS 9.2. Results: The overall mean GL, WM, WK, LSB, LSW, LWB, and LWW were 31.68±0.04 days, 3.65±0.01 kg, 3.84±0.01 kg, 6.91±0.08, 5.49±0.09, 387.62±4.07 g, and 4.66±0.07 kg, respectively. The breed has significantly influenced GL, WK, LSW, LWB, and LWW. The LSB, LSW, LWB, and LWW were 7.05±0.11, 5.76±0.13, 399.55±5.88 g, and 4.87±0.10 kg, respectively in White Giant and corresponding values for Soviet Chinchilla were 6.78±0.11, 5.22±0.12, 375.91±5.64 g, and 4.46±0.09 kg, respectively. The year of kindling had significantly affected all the reproductive traits under study and is varying over different years. The parity significantly influenced the WM, WK, and LWW. The LWW increased from first (4.16±0.21 kg to second parity (4.86±0.19 kg and remained in the same range from third parity onward. WM was significantly higher in spring season (3.72±0.02 than the animals in rainy (3.59±0.02 and winter season (3.65±0.02. Better reproductive performance in terms of higher LSB, LSW, LWB, and LWW as observed in the present study might be due to conducive environmental conditions prevailing

  14. Incorporación de nuevas tierras durante el período de conformación del agro moderno en la Argentina: el Territorio de Los Andes, primeras décadas del siglo XX

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    Alejandro Benedetti

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    Full Text Available In 1900 Argentinean government gave form to the Territory of Los Andes, the last of the ten that existed in the country, on lands won to Chile after a decade of diplomatic discussions, as a conclusion of the Pacific War. The new territory was a mountainous area, and, to the very moment when it was incorporated its characteristics were almost unknown to the country. Through the different official missions and independent investigations, on the next decade and half there was an empiric known that was giving form to the idea that the new land had its fate in two extractive activities: the miner of borato and the work of vicuña's fibers and chinchilla's skin. But the development of both of them had several obstacles, that were related to the lack of transport, capital and state mechanisms of encouragement, in the context of a country with an eminent agricultural export profile of cattle and cereals. The lack of economic and demographic growth, as well as other reasons, lead to institutional and territorial fragmentation of Los Andes in 1943.En 1900 el gobierno argentino creó el Territorio de Los Andes, el último de los diez que existieron en el país, en terrenos ganados a Chile después de una década de disputas diplomáticas, como un corolario de la Guerra del Pacífico. El nuevo territorio se distribuía en su totalidad en zonas montañosas y hasta el momento de su incorporación existía en el país un casi total desconocimiento sobre sus particularidades. A través de las diferentes misiones oficiales y de investigaciones independientes, en la siguiente década y media se produjo conocimiento empírico que fue abonando a la idea de que el nuevo territorio tenía cifrado su destino en dos actividades extractivas: la minería del borato y el aprovechamiento de fibras de vicuñas y pieles de chinchillas. Pero el desarrollo de ambas actividades se enfrentaba a una serie de obstáculos, que tenían que ver con la falta de medios de transporte

  15. Biología reproductiva de Convolvulus chilensis (Convolvulaceae en una población de Aucó (centro-norte de Chile Reproductive biology of Convolvulus chilensis (Convolvulaceae in a population of Aucó (north-central Chile

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    Full Text Available Convolvulus chilensis es una hierba perenne, única representante endémica de la familia Convolvulaceae en Chile. Se estudió el sistema de reproducción, fenología, morfología y longevidad floral de C. chilensis en una población natural ubicada en la localidad de Aucó, dentro de la Reserva Nacional Las Chinchillas, IV Región, Chile. Se montó un experimento de polinización controlada considerando los tratamientos de polinización natural, polinización cruzada, autopolinización manual, autopolinización automática y apomixis, evaluándose su efecto sobre la formación de frutos y el número de semillas producidas por fruto. Adicionalmente, se compararon los siguientes atributos de la progenie según tipo de polinización (autopolinización o polinización cruzada: peso de semilla, germinación, altura y número de hojas de plántulas de ocho semanas en condiciones de invernadero. Se encontró que C. chilensis es una especie autocompatible, parcialmente autógama (capaz de autopolinizarse sin mediador y parcialmente apomíctica (capaz de producir semillas sin participación de gameto masculino. La longevidad floral fue estimada en 5,25 h. Durante este período, aproximadamente en 1,5 h hay disponibilidad de polen en los estambres. El período de floración se extiende por 22 semanas (agosto a enero. El tratamiento de apomixis presentó el menor porcentaje de formación de frutos y la menor cantidad de semillas por flor en comparación a los tratamientos de polinización natural, cruzada manual, autopolinización automática y autopolinización manual, los cuales no mostraron diferencias entre sí en ambos atributos. El tipo de polinización (autopolinización o polinización cruzada no afecta el desempeño de la progenie en los atributos de semilla y plántula evaluadosThe perennial herb Convolvulus chilensis is the only endemic species of the Convolvulaceae in Chile. The breeding system, phenology, morphology and floral longevity of C

  16. Bio-Economic Evaluation of the Performance of Rabbits Raised under Two Different Housing Systems

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    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available This study was conducted to evaluate the bio-economic performance of rabbits raised under two different housing systems: conventional hutch with cage system as control (A and the non-conventional floor housing system (B. Thirty six adult rabbits of medium size breed category of both sexes aged 5-6 months comprising Chinchilla (20, New Zealand White (10, Dutch (6 were used in the study which lasted 24 weeks. Fifteen does and 3 bucks were each randomly but equally assigned to both housing systems. Data on individual and group treatments were analysed with a one-way analysis of variance and students' ttest, employed in testing differences between the means. A benefit-cost analysis was used to evaluate the relative cost effectiveness of each housing option. Results obtained showed that rabbits raised on floor performed better (6 kittens < 0.05 biologically than those reared in hutched (3 kittens. For example, significant final weights (1.9 kg and weight gains (0.4 kg were observed in rabbits reared on floor as against those in hutch 1.6 kg and 0.09 kg. From an economic viewpoint, rabbits raised on floor contributed higher positive income (N 58.2 per unit of meat produced than rabbits reared in hutch or cage. Rate of return on investment in the former was estimated at about 50%. The floor housing system which is the cheaper, more productive and cost-effective is therefore recommended for farmers who are lacking the fundamental factors of production namely land and particularly capital as observed in the study location or environment.

  17. Sequence analysis, tissue distribution and molecular physiology of the GnRH preprogonadotrophin in the South American plains vizcacha (Lagostomus maximus).

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    Charif, Santiago Elías; Inserra, Pablo Ignacio Felipe; Di Giorgio, Noelia Paula; Schmidt, Alejandro Raúl; Lux-Lantos, Victoria; Vitullo, Alfredo Daniel; Dorfman, Verónica Berta

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    Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) is the regulator of the hypothalamic-hypophyseal-gonadal (HHG) axis. GnRH and GAP (GnRH-associated protein) are both encoded by a single preprohormone. Different variants of GnRH have been described. In most mammals, GnRH is secreted in a pulsatile manner that stimulates the release of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH). The South-American plains vizcacha, Lagostomus maximus, is a rodent with peculiar reproductive features including natural poly-ovulation up to 800 oocytes per estrous cycle, pre-ovulatory follicle formation throughout pregnancy and an ovulatory process which takes place at mid-gestation and adds a considerable number of secondary corpora lutea. Such features should occur under a special modulation of the HHG axis, guided by GnRH. The aim of this study was to sequence hypothalamic GnRH preprogonadotrophin mRNA in the vizcacha, to compare it with evolutionarily related species and to identify its expression, distribution and pulsatile pattern of secretion. The GnRH1variant was detected and showed the highest homology with that of chinchilla, its closest evolutionarily related species. Two isoforms of transcripts were identified, carrying the same coding sequence, but different 5' untranslated regions. This suggests a sensitive equilibrium between RNA stability and translational efficiency. A predominant hypothalamic localization and a pulsatile secretion pattern of one pulse of GnRH every hour were found. The lower homology found for GAP, also among evolutionarily related species, depicts a potentially different bioactivity. PMID:26704854

  18. The Effects of Age, Breed, Sire, Body Weight and the Ejaculate Characteristics of Rabbit Bucks

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    Full Text Available The aim of this research is to analyse the semen of different breeds of rabbits and to determine the effects of age, breed, sire, generation and body weight on the ejaculate characteristics of rabbit bucks. Twenty rabbit bucks comprising of three breeds (New-Zealand White 8, Chinchilla 6 and Californian White 6 between the ages of 6-9 months were used to investigate the effect of age, breed, sire and generation on body weight and ejaculate characteristics of the bucks. The experiment was carried out at the Animal Science departmental farm, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Parameters considered include semen colour, semen volume, semen ejaculate volume, semen concentration, semen pH, sperm motility, body weight and age. The mean for semen ejaculate volume, semen concentration, pH, sperm motility, body weight and age were 0.5 mL, 325.5x106 sperm cells/mL, 7.5, 86.6, 2.0 and 7.6% months, respectively. Age, breed and sire had (p≤0.05 effect on ejaculate characteristics but breed and sire had higher significant (p<0.01 effect on body weight. However, generation had no significant effect on the body weight and ejaculate characteristics except on semen pH (p<0.05. The ejaculate characteristics of the rabbit bucks were influenced by age, breed and sire. The values obtained were within the normal standards for rabbits-bucks. New Zealand White bucks proved superior in terms of ejaculate characteristics.

  19. Rabbit electroretinograms evoked by 632.8nm laser flash stimuli

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    Yang, Zai-Fu; Chen, Hong-Xia; Wang, Jia-Rui; Guan, Bo-Lin; Yu, Guang-Yuan; Zhang, Xiao-Na; Zhang, Wen-Yuan; Yang, Jing-Geng

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    The flash electroretinography is a standard electrophysiological method and widely employed in basic research and ophthalmology clinics, of which the stimulus is usually white flash from dome stimulator. However, little is known about the electroretinograms (ERGs) evoked by monochromatic laser flash stimuli. The goal of this research effort is to quantify the ERGs of dark-adapted New Zealand rabbits elicited by He-Ne laser flash with wavelength 632.8 nm. The flash field was a Maxwellian viewing disc with angular subtense of 8.5°, 13.3° or 20.2°. The stimulus duration was 12 ms, 22 ms, 70 ms or 220 ms. The laser flash power incident on the cornea varied from 2.2 nW through 22 mW. Under the condition of 20 ms stimulus duration and 20.2° flash field, the ERG of New Zealand rabbit was compared with that of Chinchilla gray rabbit. Results showed that for the ERG b-wave, with the increase of laser energy, the amplitude first increased, then met a trough and finally increased again, the implicit time decreased first and then met a platform. While for the ERG a-wave, the amplitude increased and the implicit time decreased monotonically. Longer stimulus duration led to lower b-wave amplitude under equal flash power level. The flash field size showed limited effect on the ERG, especially on the low energy end. As compared with the pigmented rabbit, the albino rabbit was more sensitive and the threshold energy for b-wave excitation was about 10 times lower.

  20. Noise-induced hearing loss increases the temporal precision of complex envelope coding by auditory-nerve fibers

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    Michael Gregory Heinz

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    Full Text Available While changes in cochlear frequency tuning are thought to play an important role in the perceptual difficulties of people with sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL, the possible role of temporal processing deficits remains less clear. Our knowledge of temporal envelope coding in the impaired cochlea is limited to two studies that examined auditory-nerve fiber responses to narrowband amplitude modulated stimuli. In the present study, we used Wiener-kernel analyses of auditory-nerve fiber responses to broadband Gaussian noise in anesthetized chinchillas to quantify changes in temporal envelope coding with noise-induced SNHL. Temporal modulation transfer functions (TMTFs and temporal windows of sensitivity to acoustic stimulation were computed from 2nd-order Wiener kernels and analyzed to estimate the temporal precision, amplitude, and latency of envelope coding. Noise overexposure was associated with slower (less negative TMTF roll-off with increasing modulation frequency and reduced temporal window duration. The results show that at equal stimulus sensation level, SNHL increases the temporal precision of envelope coding by 20-30%. Furthermore, SNHL increased the amplitude of envelope coding by 50% in fibers with CFs from 1-2 kHz and decreased mean response latency by 0.4 ms. While a previous study of envelope coding demonstrated a similar increase in response amplitude, the present study is the first to show enhanced temporal precision. This new finding may relate to the use of a more complex stimulus with broad frequency bandwidth and a dynamic temporal envelope. Exaggerated neural coding of fast envelope modulations may contribute to perceptual difficulties in people with SNHL by acting as a distraction from more relevant acoustic cues, especially in fluctuating background noise. Finally, the results underscore the value of studying sensory systems with more natural, real-world stimuli.

  1. Studies of Pre-Weaning Physical Measurements in Rabbits in Humid Tropics of Nigeria

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    Chineke, C.A

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    Full Text Available Pre-weaning linear measurements on 280 and 261 kits from 78 and 74 litters at 21 and 28 days of age, collected over 3 years were used in the study. Evaluation criteria include nose to shoulder length(NTS, Shoulder To Tail (STL, trunk length (TLK, heart girth (HGT, height at withers (HTW and length of ear (LTE.The least squares model included main effects of genotype, parity, sex, season, first-order interactions between genotype,sex, parity and season and random error. Genotype, parity, sex and season differences were detected for linear traits considered. Crossbred New Zealand white x Chinchilla (NZW xCHA and New Zealand white. Dutch-belted x New Zealand white. Dutch-belted (NZWDBDxNZWDBD had best performance over the other genotypes. Parity means were significantly (p<0.05 different for all traits except 21-day HGT. Parity 6 was superior in 21-day linear traits and in 28- NTS and STL. Sex mean values for 21-day linear measurements were different (p<0.05 except HGT with females being consistently bigger and longer than males. Sex means were similar at 28 days where females recorded longer STL and HWT and wider HGT than males. The mean values by season differed (p<0.05 in 21-day NTS, STL and TKL and in 28-day measurements except LTE. Dry season measurements were superior at 28 days. The linear body measurements would provide quantitative measures of body size and shape. Assure factors influencing them should be given attention in breeding programmes

  2. Corrective Action Investigation Plan for Corrective Action Unit 34: Area 3 Contaminated Waste Site, Nevada Test Site, Nevada (Rev. 0, March 2001); FINAL

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    This Corrective Action Investigation Plan contains the U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration Nevada Operations Office's approach to collect the data necessary to evaluate corrective action alternatives appropriate for the closure of Corrective Action Unit (CAU) 34 under the Federal Facility Agreement and Consent Order. Corrective Action Unit 34 consists of four Corrective Action Sites (CASs). The CAU is located within the Area 3 Compound at the Nevada Test Site (NTS) in the vicinity of the Mud Plant Facility in Yucca Valley. Historically, CAS 03-09-07, Mud Pit, was used for disposal of excess mud from washing drilling equipment from 1968 to 1974, at which time it began to be used for excess mud disposal (currently inactive); CAS 03-44-01, Chromium Contamination Spill, was used to store additives used in the formulation of drilling mud from the early 1960s to the mid-1990s; CAS 03-47-02, Area 3 Mud Plant Pond, was used as a freshwater storage reservoir for the mud plant as well as supplied water for a number of activities including the mixing of mud, the rinsing and cleaning of tanks, and various washdowns from the 1960s through 1990s; and CAS 03-09-06, Mud Disposal Crater, was created in 1962 by an underground nuclear detonation (i.e., Chinchilla test) and was used to mix and store mud, dispose of receiving waste from the mud plant floor drains and excess drilling mud, and clean/flush mix tanks through the mid-1990s. Based on site history, the scope of this plan is to identify potentially contaminated ground soil at each of the four CASs and determine the quantity, nature, and extent of contaminants of potential concern (COPCs). The investigation will include systematic and biased surface and subsurface soil and mud sampling using hand-auguring and direct-push techniques; visual, video, and/or electromagnetic surveys of pipes; field screening for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and alpha/beta-emitting radionuclides; and laboratory

  3. Cardiovascular program to improve physical fitness in those over 60 years old – pilot study

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    Full Text Available Alfonso Castillo-Rodríguez,1 José Luis Chinchilla-Minguet2 1Faculty of Sport, University of Pablo de Olavide, Seville, 2Department of Didactics of Musical, Plastic, and Corporal Expression, University of Malaga, Malaga, Spain Background: In Spain, more than 50% of 60-year-olds are obese. Obesity is a disease with serious cardiovascular risks. The mortality rate for cardiovascular disease in Spain is 31.1%.Objectives: To improve aerobic fitness, strength, flexibility and balance, and body composition (BC in persons over 60 years old.Materials and methods: A clinical intervention study of 24 participants was carried out over a period of 3 months. Aerobic fitness was assessed using the Rockport 1-Mile Walk Test. Upper-body strength was evaluated with an ad hoc test. Flexibility and balance were evaluated using the Sit and Reach Test and the Stork Balance Stand Test, respectively. Anthropometric measurements were taken by bioelectrical impedance.Results: After 3 months of training, aerobic fitness was improved, as demonstrated by improved test times (pretest 13.04 minutes, posttest 12.13 minutes; P<0.05. Body composition was also improved, but the results were not statistically significant (fat mass pretest 31.58%±5.65%, posttest 30.65%±6.31%; skeletal muscle mass pretest 43.99±9.53 kg, posttest 46.63±10.90 kg.Conclusion: Our data show that in subjects over 60 years old, aerobic fitness was improved due to program intervention. However, these results should be treated with caution, because of the limited sample size and the brief time period of this pilot study. A more rigorous study would include a sample of at least 100 participants. Keywords: Rockport 1-Mile Walk Test, IPAQ, Sit and Reach Test, Stork Balance Stand Test, bioelectrical impedance and strength

  4. Development and experimental basis of local subretinal technique of xenogenic’s injection stem cells labelled by magnetic perticles

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    Yu. A. Belyy

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: is to develop a technique for local subretinal injection of xenogeneic stem cells labeled with magnetic particles and to prove experimentally its effectiveness.Material and methods: We used a line of stem cells HEK-293 GFP,labeled with magnetic particles. The study was made on 84 eyes of 42 chinchilla rabbits 6 months of age, the weight were from 2.5 to 3.5 kg. All right eyes were experimental (42 eyes and all left eyes (42 eyes were the control group. In the experimental group we used original complex of polymer elastic magnetic implant (PEMI with laser probe and fixed it to the sclera, then we made a median vitrectomy and injected HEK-293 GFP under the retina using a specially designed dispenser. In the control group PEMI was not fixed. We examined animals using biomicroscopy, ophthalmoscopy, ultrasound scanning, optical coherence tomography  OCT, computer tomography (CT, morphological study (cryohistological sections in 1, 3, 5, 7, 14 day and 1 month after surgery.Results: According the results of biomicroscopy in observation periods up to 3 days the vascular injection was visualized in the area operation. According the results of ophthalmoscopy and ultrasound scanning in 1 day the local retinal detachment was visualized in the area of local injection of the stem cells, which was not visualized in terms of further observations. CT helped us to confirm the local place of PEMI fixation. The morphological study results showed that cells were located in the subretinal space up to 14 days in the experimental group, and only up 3 days in the control group.Conclusion: The suggested surgical technique enables to control the injection of cells into the subretinal space, reduces the risk of tissue damage and exit cells in the vitreous space. The suggested methodology allows the fixing of the cellular material in the local place of the injection and enables to predict cells`s movement.

  5. Concentration of the combined drag with antimicrobic and antiinflammatory action in rabbits eye anterior chamber at local introduction

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    I. N. Okolov

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Aim was to research objective consisted in an assessment of penetration of an antibacterial preparation of ciprofloxacin and a corticosteroid preparation of dexamethasone as a part of Kombinil-Duo’s combined medicinal form in moisture of the forward camera of an eye in experiment, and also in detection of the minimum overwhelmingconcentration (MOC of ciprofloxacin in VPKG for the most frequent causative agents of eye infections.Material and methods. In experiment on seven adult individuals of rabbits of breed the Chinchilla (fourteen eyes eye drops Kombinil — Duo, containing in quality of the main substance ciprofloxacin (3 mg / ml and dexamethasone(1 mg / ml are tested. Determination of concentration of the main substances of studied preparations in moisture of the eye camera carried out a method of a highly effective liquid chromatography (VEZhH in combination with mass and spectrometer detecting (MS on the liquid Shimadzu LC-20AB chromatograph with the mass and selectivedetector Shimadzu LCMS-2010EV (ESI.Results and conclusion. The maximum concentration of ciprofloxacin in moisture of the forward camera of rabbits eye made 0,25 mkg / ml, and minimum — 0,06 mkg / ml, average concentration — 0,13±0,06 mkg / ml. The anti-inflammatory component presented by dexamethasone in a studied eye form, is defined in the range from 0,14 to 0,63 mkg / ml. Average concentration of dexamethasone equaled 0,24±0,12 mkg / ml. The obtained data testify that average concentration of ciprofloxacin in VPKG exceeds average MPK90 for strains the grampolozhitelnykhof bacteria which are potential activators of postoperative infectious complications: metitsillinchuvstvitelny golden стафилококки (MPK90‑0,06 mkg / ml and ftorkhinolonchuvstvitelny koagulazonegativny стафилококки (mkg / ml MPK90–0,05. The revealed concentration are sufficient for minimization of risk of development of postoperativeinfectious complications. In

  6. Histomorphologic Characteristics of Newly Formed Cavity of a Hip Joint in Dislocation in Experiment

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    Ezhov I.Y.

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the investigation was to study in experiment the head of femur dislocation, which is a variety of transchondral damages, and the process of chondro- and osteogenesis in articular surface formation to create optimal conditions for their reparation and new formation. Materials and Methods. The experiment was carried out on 20 reproductive chinchilla rabbits. The head of femur was dislocated in experiment after joint capsule transaction, and exposed to dosing impact and force effect in the area of its upper pole. A blow was stricken by the device looking like an impact machine. The blow energy was regulated by changing load weight and the pendulum height. The animals were removed from the experiment 3, 7, 14, 30 days and 3 months after the injury. Results. For the initial few days in the dislocation area there were found fibrin effusions, hemorrhage, periosteal edema, and granulation tissue. In 2 weeks in fibrous tissue there were determined focal clusters of chondroblasts. By the end of the first month, near the head of femur, connective tissue was underlaid by newly formed fibrous cartilage with the areas of young hyaline cartilage forming a free margin. In 3 months a submarginal zone was formed of hyaline cartilage with ordered cytoarchitectonics of chondrocytes. Different-sized margins of the newly formed hyaline cartilage with the foci of complete osteogenesis in the wall of forming cavity (in the form of osseous tissue of sponge structure with the blood-forming bone marrow in interjoist were observed in close connection with periosteum of acetabular roof. Conclusion. A joint cavity forms on the basis of the mechanisms of pluripotent development of cambial cell elements towards chondro- and osteogenesis. Its successful formation can be accompanied by the mass of well blood-supplied muscles surrounding the dislocated head, periosteum of acetabular roof, as well as the capability of active movements the head of femur dislocated into

  7. - Un modelo descriptivo del sistema reproductor hembra del coipo (Myocastor coypus I: el ovario (A descriptive model of the female reproductive system of coypu (Myocastor coypus I: the ovary

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    Felipe, A. E.

    2005-12-01

    conformada por tejido conectivo en disposición plexiforme, en el cual las fibras se orientaron en todas direcciones. Se observaron también fibras elásticas y argentófilas. En los ejemplares estudiados fue posible identificar todos los tipos foliculares y determinar la presencia de distintos grados de atresia correspondientes a folículos en diferentes etapas de desarrollo. Los folículos en crecimiento (secundarios atrésicos se caracterizaron por el engrosamiento de la zona pelúcida, la vacuolización citoplasmática de células foliculares, picnosis, vacuolización de la teca interna y tejido conectivo de sustitución. Con respecto a las estructuras consideradas como cuerpos lúteos, pudieron establecerse y caracterizarse tres grados de desarrollo de los mismos (inicial, medio y maduro así como determinarse diferentes estadíos de regresión o atresia. Todos los ovarios del coipo contuvieron cuerpos lúteos accesorios. Los mismos se diferenciaron de los verdaderos por su menor tamaño y la persistencia de un remanente ovocitario con una zona pelúcida degenerada. El diámetro medio de estas estructuras fue de 273.44 ± 78.22 mm. Las observaciones presentadas en este trabajo indican que el ovario de coipos sexualmente maduros es semejante al de otros mamíferos como la chinchilla (Chinchilla laniger, el cobayo (Cavia sp., la casiragua (Proechimys guairae, el carpincho (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, la mara (Dolichotis patagonum, el aguti (Dasyprocta aguti, el puercoespín africano austral (Hystrix africaeaustralis y el puercoespín africano común (Atherurus africanus. In the present investigation mature females of coypu (Myocastor coypus were used to determine the anatomic and histomorphologic features of the ovaries. As in all mammals, the ovary was suspended from the dorsal wall of the peritoneal cavity by the mesovarium. In the studied animals, the mesovarium did not form a bursa. The ovary of the coypu is similar to the ovary of other adult hystricomorph rodents: it

  8. 纤维蛋白凝胶复合骨形态发生蛋白和庆大霉素缓释药物对感染性骨缺损的修复%Fibrin glue/bone morphogenetic protein complex plus slow-release gentamicin for repairing infected bone defects in rabbits

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    高秋明; 刘兴炎; 董晓萍; 葛宝丰; 白孟海; 陈克明

    2005-01-01

    背景:慢性骨髓炎临床处理较为棘手,手术常需分期进行,目前尚无好的方法予以一期修复.目的:探讨将纤维蛋白凝胶(FG)作为骨形态发生蛋白(BMP)及庆大霉素的共同载体,一期修复感染性骨缺损的可行性.设计:完全随机对照实验研究.单位:解放军兰州军区兰州总医院全军创伤骨科中心.材料:实验在兰州军区兰州总医院骨科研究所完成.对象为体质量1.9~2.4kg的48只成年健康青紫兰兔,雌雄不限,购自甘肃省兰州市生物制品研究所.干预:48只青紫兰兔,制作慢性骨髓炎模型,清创后造成胫骨近侧干骺端内侧1.5 cm长半环形骨缺损,采用3种方法进行处理:A组,植入FG,BMP和庆大霉素复合物;B组,植入FG/BMP复合物,C组,作为空白对照.主要观察指标:术后观察动物一般情况,做骨培养及细菌计数,X射线拍片及组织学检查.结果:A组感染控制及骨修复均良好,感染控制率、再生骨量明显优于B组.B,C两组在感染控制率上无显著差异.C组动物骨修复差.结论:FG,BMP及庆大霉素复合物具有促进成骨及抗感染的双重作用,可用于感染性骨缺损及污染严重的开放性损伤造成的骨缺损的修复.%BACKGROUND: Chronic osteomyelitis is difficult to manage clinically, and two or more operations were commonly needed. No satisfactory method for one-stage repair has been currently available.OBJECTIVE: To examine the possibility of using fibrin glue(FG) as the common carrier for both bone morphogenetic protein(BMP) and gentamicin for one-stage repair of infected bone defects.DESIGN: A completely randomized controlled experiment.SETTING: Center of Orthopaedic Surgery, Lanzhou General Hospital of Lanzhou Area Command of of Chinese PLA.MATERIALS: The experiment was conducted using 48 healthy adult Chinchilla rabbits of either sex on normal diet with body mass of 1.9 to 2.4 kg,provided by the Institute of Biological Products, Lanzhou, Gansu Province

  9. The effects of varied antigen retrieval methods on immunohistochemistry of functional proteins in retinal paraffin section%不同抗原修复法对视网膜石蜡切片相关功能蛋白表达检测的影响

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    李颖; 胡运韬; 马汀; 马志中

    2010-01-01

    Background Antigen retrieval method is the key of improving the successful rate of immunohistochemical assay in paraffin sections.To study an available method of antigen retrieval is a goal to achieve both good immunochemistry result and preserving retinal proteins.ObjectiveThe aim of present study is to investigate tyrosin digestion,high-temperature heat pressure,water bath heating and microwave repair in antigen retrieval for retinal tissues.MethodsRetinal tissue was isolated and obtained from clean Chinchilla rabbits.Four hundreds retinal paraffin sections were prepared.Four kinds of antigen retrieval methods for retinal tissue including tyrosin digestion,high-temperature heat pressure,water bath heating and microwave repair were used respectively.The depigmentated retinal paraffin section without antigen retrieval was used as control.The positive rates of expression of CRALBP,Rhodopsin and opsin proteins were evaluated and compared among four kinds of antigen retrieval methods by immunochemistry.ResultsCRALBP,Rhodopsin and opsin protein was positively expressed in cytoplasm of retinal pigment epithelial cells and the outer segment of photoreceptor respectively.No significant difference was found in the positive expression rates of these three proteins among four kinds of antigen retrieval methods (P>0.05),but the differences in tissue integrity and background staining were statistically significant (P<0.01).The structural damage of retina included loss and pucker of scalera,crack of nucleus and abnormal background stain in high-temperature heat pressure method,water bath heating method and microwave retrieval method.However,stable CRALBP,Rhodopsin and opsin protein expression and strain effectiveness,clear background without unspecific staining and integrated tissue were seen in tyrosin digestion method.ConclusionDuring the clinical pathology analysis of retinal tissue,the application of tyrosin digestion in antigen retrieval could obtain a better

  10. Estimation of General Toxicity and Immunological Safety of a Novel Therapeutic Vaccine Against Human Papillomavirus-Assosiated Diseases

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    A.E. Kukharenko

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the investigation was to study in experiment total toxicity and immunological safety of a novel domestic therapeutic vaccine against recurrent respiratory papillomatosis and anogenital condylomatosis, the vaccine injected intramuscularly. Materials and Methods. We studied acute toxicity of the vaccine by the following parameters: clinical presentation of intoxication, median lethal dose size, the change of body weight of the surviving animals; chronic toxicity — by dynamics of general condition of the animals, body weight, hematological and biochemical indices of peripheral blood, functional status of central nervous system, cardiovascular system, kidneys, as well as pathomorphological changes of viscera. Allergenicity was studied by systemic and active cutaneous anaphylactic tests. We assessed immunotoxicity by direct a hemagglutination assay and a delayed-type hypersensitivity test, as well as by neutrophilic activity using luminal-dependent chemiluminescence. Proliferative activity of В- and Т-lymphocytes to lipopolysaccharides and concanavalin А (ConА was estimated in a direct immunofluorescence test using immunocytochemical assay with anti-Ki-67 monoclonal antibodies. Results. Mean lethal doses (LD50 were not reached in white outbread rats injected intramuscularly by the tested vaccine at a maximum possible single dose (25 ml/kg. Multi-dose administration to white outbread rats and chinchilla rabbits at doses of 0.043; 0.43; 0.86 ml/kg and 0.023; 0.23; 0.4 ml/kg respectively, did not cause significant damage of functional status of basal organs and systems of experimental animals. The findings of systemic anaphylaxis and active cutaneous anaphylactic response to the vaccine in albino guinea pigs at the doses of 0.033 and 0.33 ml/kg intramuscularly indicated the vaccine to exhibit no allergenic properties. Intramuscular vaccine injected to first filial hybrid mice (СВА×С57BL/6F1 at the doses of 0.084; 2.5 and 25 ml

  11. Experimental pleural empyema model in rabbits: Why, how and what are the next steps

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    Cvijanović Vlado

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Bacgraund/Aim. The use of new therapeutic methods to prevent development of fibrothorax as the final complication of the human pleural infections requires research with experimental animals. The aim of this study was to standardize the procedures for the establishment of our own experimental model of empyema in rabbits, since it should be able to offer similar conditions found in human pleural infections. Methods. This experiment included 15 chinchilla rabbits, weighing from 2.3 to 2.8 kg. There were 12 rabbits in the experimental group, while 3 rabbits formed the control group. On the first day, we administered 0.4-0.5 mL of turpentine in the right pleural space of the rabbits from the experimental group in order to provoke sterile exudative pleurisy. After 24 h we injected 1 mL of Staphylococcus aureus and 1 mL of Escherichia coli bacteria in the same concentration of 4.5 x 108 bacteria/mL. Thoracocentesis for the pleural fluid analysis was performed 24, 48, 72, and 96 h after bacteria instillation. In these pleural samples we estimated the number of leucocytes and the values of lactate dehydrogenase (LDH, glucose and pH in pleural fluid, as well as the presence of bacteria. We did not protect the animals with antibiotics, and on the day 7 of the experiment they were sacrificed with the lethal dose of barbiturate (iv. The lung from the empyemic side of all experimental animals and the lung of one control animal were histopathologically examined. Results. A total of 4 animals had a small amount of clear pleural fluids or there was no fluid obtained with thoracocentesis 24 and 48 h after the bacteria instillation. after the bacteria instillation. In the remaining 8 rabbits 24 h after bacteria administration the mean values (± SD of the parameters monitored were as follows: Le 34.75 ± 6.13 x 109/L, LDH 17,000 ± 4,69 U/L, glucose 1.23 ± 0.45 mmol/L, and pH 6.975 ± 0.15. The obtained values met the criteria for the evaluation of effusion as

  12. Comparison of magnetic field observations of an average magnetic cloud with a simple force free model: the importance of field compression and expansion

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    R. P. Lepping

    2008-01-01

    compared to compression. It is expected that this compression is manifested as significant distortion to the MC's cross-section from the ideal circle, first suggested by Crooker et al. (1990, into a more elliptical/oval shape, as some global MC studies seem to confirm (e.g., Riley and Crooker, 2004 and apparently also as confirmed for local studies of MCs (e.g., Hidalgo et al., 2002; Nieves-Chinchilla et al., 2005.

  13. Interventional targeting administration of Ad-p53 combined with ultrasound irradiation in rabbit models of hepatic VX2 tumors%介入导入Ad-p53基因联合超声辐照治疗兔VX2肝癌

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    齐劲松; 杨瑞民; 赵鹏; 张铭秋; 崔红凯

    2013-01-01

    Objective To observe the effect of interventional targeting administration of Ad-p53 combined with ultrasound irradiation in rabbit models of hepatic VX2 tumors, as well as its impact on VEGF and MMP2. Methods Forty-two Chinchilla rabbits were collected and VX2 cancer cells were injected into the left lobe of liver on the observation in rabbits. The growth of cancer was monitored by ultrasound. Thirty rabbit models were successfully made and divided into 3 groups (each n=10) randomly. Fourteen days after transplantation of cancer cells, Ad-p53 was administrated through hepatic artery (in Ad-p53 group) or combined with ultrasound wave irradiation (in Ad-p53 + US group), while the same amount of saline was given for rabbits in control group. Three days later, the tumor size was observed with ultrasound, and then all rabbits were sacrificed, the serum VEGF level was measured by ELISA, the hepatic tissue expression of p53, MMP2 and VEGF were detected respectively by immunohistochemistry, and expression level of wild type p53 was measured using Western blot. Results No difference of tumor size was found between 3 groups before therapy. All tumor sizes increased, but the tumors in Ad-p53 + US group were relatively smaller. The efficiency of Ad-p53 transfection was improved in Ad-p53 group compared with control group, which was the highest in Ad-p53 + US group. Furthermore, the serum VEGF level decreased in Ad-p53 + US group, so did the expression of MMP2 and VEGF in Ad-p53 group and Ad-p53 + US group, more obviously in Ad-p53 + US group. Conclusion Ad-p53 can suppress the growth of hepatic VX2 tumors in rabbit models. The therapeutic efficacy of Ad-p53 can be improved by interventional targeting administration combining with ultrasound irradiation.%目的 探讨介入导向下联合超声辐照对兔VX2肝癌模型Ad-p53转染效率及该基因对VEGF、MMP2的影响.方法 青紫蓝兔42只,直视下手术,将VX2肿瘤细胞种植于肝左叶,以超声检测

  14. Antiradiation UV Vaccine: UV Radiation, Biological effects, lesions and medical management - immune-therapy and immune-protection.

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    Popov, Dmitri; Jones, Jeffrey; Maliev, Slava

    Key Words: Ultraviolet radiation,Standard Erythema Dose(SED), Minimal Erythema Dose(MED), Sun Burns, Solar Dermatitis, Sun Burned Disease, DNA Damage,Cell Damage, Antiradiation UV Vaccine, Immune-Prophylaxis of Sun Burned Diseases, Immune-Prophylaxis of Sun Burns, Immune-Therapy of Sun-Burned Disease and Sun Burns,Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC), Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC), Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis(TEN). Introduction: High doses of UV generated by solar source and artificial sources create an exposure of mammals and other species which can lead to ultraviolet(UV)radiation- associated disease (including erythema, epilation, keratitis, etc.). UV radiation belongs to the non-ionizing part of the electromagnetic spectrum and ranges between 100 nm and 400 nm with 100 nm having been chosen arbitrarily as the boundary between non-ionizing and ionizing radiation, however EMR is a spectrum and UV can produce molecular ionization. UV radiation is conventionally categorized into 3 areas: UV-A (>315-400 nm),UV-B (>280-315 nm)and UV-C (>100-280 nm) [IARC,Working Group Reports,2005] An important consequence of stratospheric ozone depletion is the increased transmission of solar ultraviolet (UV)radiation to the Earth's lower atmosphere and surface. Stratospheric ozone levels have been falling, in certain areas, for the past several decades, so current surface ultraviolet-B (UV-B) radiation levels are thought to be close to their modern day maximum. [S.Madronich et al.1998] Overexposure of ultraviolet radiation a major cause of skin cancer including basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) { collectively referred to as “non-melanoma" skin cancer (NMSC) and melanoma as well, with skin cancers being the most common cancer in North America. [Armstrong et al. 1993, Gallagher et al. 2005] Methods and Experimental Design: Our experiments and testing of a novel UV “Antiradiation Vaccine” have employed a wide variety of laboratory animals which include : Chinchilla

  15. Editorial

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    Carolina Santamaria Ulloa

    2013-07-01

    muestran estudiantes y docentes de un colegio en Costa Rica, y concluyen que tanto estudiantes como docentes tienen nociones limitadas al respecto. Chamizo, por su parte, presenta un estudio exploratorio de las muertes violentas en Costa Rica. El autor concluye que el grupo de 15 a 34 años es el más afectado por las muertes violentas y que las zonas fronterizas y costeras son las que presentan mayor riesgo.Nuestra sección de documentos históricos reproduce un trabajo elaborado hace más de 25 años por Víctor Gómez, catedrático pensionado de la Universidad de Costa Rica. Patricia Delvó hace una semblanza y una breve presentación de este trabajo que analiza la baja en la fecundidad en Costa Rica durante los años sesenta y principios de los setentas.Les invito a leer este nuevo número y aprovecho para expresarles que recibo del ahora director de Población y Salud en Mesoamérica, Ricardo Chinchilla Arley, la función editora de nuestra revista. Asumo con el compromiso de mantener la calidad y rigurosidad científica que a lo largo de 10 años ha forjado el prestigio del que hoy nos enorgullecemos. Gracias a los autores por elegirnos para publicar sus investigaciones y a ustedes, lectores, por mantenernos vigentes.