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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913601/calorespirometry-reveals-that-goldfish-prioritize-aerobic-metabolism-over-metabolic-rate-depression-in-all-but-near-anoxic-environments
#1
Matthew D Regan, Ivan Gill, Jeffrey G Richards
Metabolic rate depression (MRD) has long been proposed as the key metabolic strategy of hypoxic survival, but surprisingly the effects of changes in hypoxic O2 tensions (PwO2) on MRD are largely unexplored. We simultaneously measured the O2 consumption rate (ṀO2) and metabolic heat of goldfish using calorespirometry to test the hypothesis that MRD is employed at hypoxic PwO2s and initiated just below Pcrit, the PwO2 below which ṀO2 is forced to progressively decline as the fish oxyconforms to decreasing PwO2 Specifically, we used closed-chamber and flow-through calorespirometry together with terminal sampling experiments to examine the effects of PwO2 and time on ṀO2, metabolic heat and anaerobic metabolism (lactate and ethanol production)...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913600/the-evolution-of-jaw-protrusion-mechanics-has-been-tightly-coupled-to-bentho-pelagic-divergence-in-damselfishes-pomacentridae
#2
W James Cooper, Casey B Carter, Andrew J Conith, Aaron N Rice, Mark W Westneat
Most species-rich lineages of aquatic organisms have undergone divergence between forms that feed from the substrate (benthic feeding) and forms that feed from the water column (pelagic feeding). Changes in trophic niche are frequently accompanied by changes in skull mechanics, and multiple fish lineages have evolved highly specialized biomechanical configurations that allow them to protrude their upper jaws toward the prey during feeding. Damselfishes (family Pomacentridae) are an example of a species-rich lineage with multiple trophic morphologies and feeding ecologies...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913599/the-effect-of-food-quality-during-growth-on-spatial-memory-consolidation-in-adult-pigeons
#3
M F Scriba, J Gasparini, L Jacquin, C Mettke-Hofmann, N C Rattenborg, A Roulin
Poor environmental conditions experienced during early development can have negative long-term consequences on fitness. Animals can compensate negative developmental effects through phenotypic plasticity by diverting resources from non-vital to vital traits such as spatial memory to enhance foraging efficiency. We tested in young feral pigeons (Columba livia) how diets of different nutritional value during development affect the capacity to retrieve food hidden in a spatially complex environment, a process we refer to as "spatial memory"...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908977/physostomous-channel-catfish-ictalurus-punctatus-modify-swimming-mode-and-buoyancy-based-on-flow-conditions
#4
Makoto A Yoshida, Daisuke Yamamoto, Katsufumi Sato
The employment of gliding in aquatic animals as a means of conserving energy has been theoretically predicted and discussed for decades. Several studies have shown that some species glide, whereas others do not. Freshwater fish species that widely inhabit both lentic and lotic environments are thought to be able to adapt to fluctuating flow conditions in terms of locomotion. In adapting to the different functional demands of lentic and lotic environments on fish energetics, physostomous (open swim bladder) fish may optimise their locomotion and activity by controlling their net buoyancy; few buoyancy studies have however been conducted on physostomous fish in the wild...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903702/cold-acclimation-improves-chill-tolerance-in-the-migratory-locust-through-preservation-of-ion-balance-and-membrane-potential
#5
Mads Kuhlmann Andersen, Rasmus Folkersen, Heath A MacMillan, Johannes Overgaard
Most insects have the ability to alter their cold tolerance in response to temporal temperature fluctuations, and recent studies have shown that insect cold tolerance is closely tied to the ability to maintain transmembrane ion-gradients that are important for the maintenance of cell membrane potential (Vm). Accordingly, several studies have suggested a link between preservation of Vm and cellular survival after cold stress, but none have measured Vm in this context. We tested this hypothesis by acclimating locusts (Locusta migratoria) to high (31°C) and low temperature (11°C) for four days before exposing them to cold stress (0°C) for up to 48 hours and subsequently measuring ion balance, cell survival, muscle Vm, and whole animal performance...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903701/can-multi-generational-exposure-to-ocean-warming-and-acidification-lead-to-the-adaptation-of-life-history-and-physiology-in-a-marine-metazoan
#6
Emma M Gibbin, Leela J Chakravarti, Michael D Jarrold, Felix Christen, Vincent Turpin, Gloria Massamba N'Siala, Pierre U Blier, Piero Calosi
Ocean warming and acidification are concomitant global drivers that are currently threatening the survival of marine organisms. How species will respond to these changes depends on their capacity for plastic and adaptive responses. Little is known about the mechanisms that govern plasticity and adaptability or how global changes will influence these relationships across multiple generations. Here, we exposed the emerging model marine polychaete Ophryotrocha labronica to conditions simulating ocean warming and acidification, in isolation and in combination over five generations to identify: (i) how multiple versus single global change drivers alter both juvenile and adult life-traits; (ii) the mechanistic link between adult physiological and fitness-related life-history traits; (iii) whether observed phenotypic changes observed over multiple generations are of plastic and/or adaptive origin...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903700/dietary-fat-alters-the-response-of-hypothalamic-neuropeptide-y-to-subsequent-energy-intake-in-broiler-chickens
#7
Xiao J Wang, Shao H Xu, Lei Liu, Zhi G Song, Hong C Jiao, Hai Lin
Dietary fat affects appetite and appetite-related peptides in birds and mammals; however, the effect of dietary fat on appetite is still unclear in chickens faced with differential energy statuses. Two experiments were conducted to investigate the effects of dietary fat on feed intake and hypothalamic neuropeptides in chickens subjected to two feeding states or two diets. In Experiment 1, chickens were fed a high-fat diet (HF) or low-fat diet (LF) for 35d, and then subjected to fed (HF-fed, LF-fed) or fasted (HF-fasted, LF-fasted) statuses for 24h...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888201/increasing-trunk-flexion-morphs-human-leg-function-into-that-of-birds-despite-different-leg-morphology
#8
Soran Aminiaghdam, Christian Rode, Roy Müller, Reinhard Blickhan
Pronograde trunk orientation in small birds causes prominent intra-limb asymmetries in the leg function. As yet, it is not clear whether these asymmetries induced by the trunk reflect general constraints on the leg function regardless of the specific leg architecture or size of the species. To address this, we instruct twelve participants to walk at a self-selected velocity with four postures: regular erect, with 30°, 50° and maximal trunk flexion. In addition, we simulate the axial leg force (along the line connecting hip and centre of pressure) using two simple models: spring and damper in series, and parallel spring and damper...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885044/blood-clotting-behavior-is-innately-modulated-in-ursus-americanus-during-early-and-late-denning-relative-to-summer-months
#9
Tinen L Iles, Timothy G Laske, David L Garshelis, Paul A Iaizzo
Remarkably, American black bears (Ursus Americanus) are capable of varying their heart rates to coincide with their breathing, creating pauses of 30 seconds or more, yet they do not appear to suffer from embolic events. We evaluated some features of the clotting cascade of black bears, providing novel insights on the underlying mechanisms they evoke for embolic protection during hibernation.We measured activated clotting times, prothrombin times, and activated partial thromboplastin times during early-denning (December), late-denning (March), and summer (August)...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885043/aedes-aegypti-rhesus-glycoproteins-contribute-to-ammonia-excretion-by-larval-anal-papillae
#10
Andrea C Durant, Helen Chasiotis, Lidiya Misyura, Andrew Donini
In larval Aedes aegypti, transcripts of the Rhesus-like glycoproteins AeRh50-1 and AeRh50-2 have been detected in the anal papillae, sites of ammonia (NH3/NH4(+)) excretion; however, these putative ammonia transporters have not been previously localised or functionally characterized. In this study we show that the AeRh50s co-immunolocalise with apical V-type H(+) ATPase as well as with basal Na(+)/K(+) ATPase in the epithelium of anal papillae. The double-stranded RNA mediated knockdown of AeRh50-1 and AeRh50-2 resulted in a significant reduction in AeRh50 protein abundance in the anal papillae and this was coupled to decreased ammonia excretion...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885042/evidence-for-partial-overlap-of-male-olfactory-cues-in-lampreys
#11
Tyler J Buchinger, Ke Li, Mar Huertas, Cindy F Baker, Liang Jia, Michael C Hayes, Weiming Li, Nicholas S Johnson
Animals rely on a mosaic of complex information to find and evaluate mates. Pheromones, often comprised of multiple components, are considered to be particularly important for species-recognition in many species. While the evolution of species-specific pheromone blends is well-described in many insects, very few vertebrate pheromones have been studied in a macro-evolutionary context. Here, we report a phylogenetic comparison of multi-component male odours that guide reproduction in lampreys. Chemical profiling of sexually mature males from eleven species of lamprey, representing six of ten genera and two of three families, indicated the chemical profiles of sexually mature male odours are partially shared among species...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885041/pigeons-use-distinct-stop-phases-to-control-pecking
#12
Leslie M Theunissen, Thomas Reid, Nikolaus F Troje
Pecking at small targets requires accurate spatial coordination of the head. Goodale (1983a) suggested that planning of the peck happens during two distinct stop phases, but although this idea has now been around for a long time, the specific functional roles of these stop phases remain unsolved. Here, we investigated the characteristics of the two stop phases using high-speed motion capture and examined their functions with two experiments. In Experiment 1, we tested the hypothesis that the second stop phase is used to pre-program the final approach to a target and analyzed head movements while pigeons (Columba livia) pecked at targets of different size...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872216/the-effect-of-temperature-adaptation-on-the-ubiquitin-proteasome-pathway-in-notothenioid-fishes
#13
Anne E Todgham, Timothy A Crombie, Gretchen E Hofmann
There is an accumulating body of evidence suggesting that the sub-zero Antarctic marine environment places physiological constraints on protein homeostasis. Levels of ubiquitin (Ub)-conjugated proteins, 20S proteasome activity and mRNA expression of many proteins involved in both the ubiquitin (Ub) tagging of damaged proteins as well as the different complexes of the 26S proteasome were measured to examine whether there is thermal compensation of the Ub-proteasome pathway in Antarctic fishes to better understand the efficiency of the protein degradation machinery in polar species...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872215/intramolecular-interactions-that-control-voltage-sensitivity-in-the-jshak1-potassium-channel-from-polyorchis-penicillatus
#14
Nazlee Sharmin, Warren J Gallin
Voltage-gated potassium ion (Kv) channel proteins respond to changes in membrane potential by changing the probability of K(+) flux through an ion-selective pore. Kv channels from different paralogous and orthologous families have widely varying V50 values. The voltage-sensing transmembrane helices (S4) of different channels contain 4-7 basic residues that are responsible for transducing changes in transmembrane potential into the energy required to shift the equilibrium between the open- and closed-channel conformations...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872214/effects-of-prolonged-anoxia-on-electrical-activity-of-the-heart-in-crucian-carp-carassius-carassius
#15
Elisa Tikkanen, Jaakko Haverinen, Stuart Egginton, Minna Hassinen, Matti Vornanen
The effects of sustained anoxia on cardiac electrical excitability were examined in the anoxia-tolerant Crucian carp (Carassius carassius). The electrocardiogram (ECG) and expression of excitation-contraction coupling genes were studied in fish acclimatised to normoxia in summer (+18°C) or winter (+2°C), and in winter fish after 1, 3 and 6 weeks of anoxia. Anoxia induced a sustained bradycardia from a heart rate of 10.3±0.77 to 4.1±0.29 bpm (P<0.05) after 5 weeks, and heart rate slowly recovered to control levels when oxygen was restored...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856509/juveniles-of-lymnaea-smart-snails-do-not-perseverate-and-have-the-capacity-to-form-ltm
#16
Tamila Shymansky, Amy Protheroe, Emily Hughes, Cayley Swinton, Erin Swinton, Kai S Lukowiak, Iain Phillips, Ken Lukowiak
Previously, it was concluded that the nervous systems of the juvenile snails were not capable of mediating LTM. However, exposure and training of those juvenile snails in the presence of a predator cue significantly altered their ability to learn and form LTM. In addition, there are some strains of Lymnaea which have been identified as 'smart'. These snails form LTM significantly better than the lab-bred strain. Here we show that juveniles of two smart snail strains are not only capable of associative learning, but also have the capacity to form LTM following a single 0...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852754/ammonia-excretion-in-the-marine-polychaete-eurythoe-complanata-annelida
#17
Daniel Thiel, Maja Hugenschütt, Heiko Meyer, Achim Paululat, Alex R Quijada-Rodriguez, Günter Purschke, Dirk Weihrauch
Ammonia is a toxic waste product from protein metabolism and needs to be either converted into less toxic molecules or, in the case of fish and aquatic invertebrates, excreted directly as is. In contrast to fish, very little is known regarding the ammonia excretion mechanism and the participating excretory organs in marine invertebrates. In the current study ammonia excretion in the marine burrowing polychaete Eurythoe complanata was investigated. As a potential site for excretion the 100-200 micrometer long, 30-50 micrometer wide and up to 25 micrometer thick dentrically branched, well ventilated and vascularized branchiae (gills) were identified...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852753/thermal-sensitivity-and-phenotypic-plasticity-of-cardiac-mitochondrial-metabolism-in-european-perch-perca-fluviatilis
#18
Andreas Ekström, Erik Sandblom, Pierre U Blier, Bernard-Antonin Dupont Cyr, Jeroen Brijs, Nicolas Pichaud
Cellular and mitochondrial metabolic capacity of the heart has been suggested to limit performance of fish at warm temperatures. We investigated this hypothesis by studying the effects of acute temperature increases (16, 23, 30, 32.5 and 36°C) on the thermal sensitivity of 10 key enzymes governing cardiac oxidative and glycolytic metabolism in two populations of European perch (Perca fluviatilis) field-acclimated to 15.5 and 22.5°C, as well as the effects of acclimation on cardiac lipid composition. In both populations of perch, the activity of glycolytic (pyruvate kinase and lactate dehydrogenase) and tricarboxylic acid cycle (pyruvate dehydrogenase and citrate synthase) enzymes increased with acute warming...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852752/temperature-induced-cardiac-remodeling-in-fish
#19
REVIEW
Adam N Keen, Jordan M Klaiman, Holly A Shiels, Todd E Gillis
Thermal acclimation causes the heart of multiple fish species to undergo significant remodeling. This includes changes in electrical activity, energy utilization and structural properties at the gross and molecular level of organization. The purpose of this Review is to summarize the current state of knowledge of temperature-induced structural remodeling in the fish ventricle across multiple levels of biological organization, and to examine how such changes result in the modification of the functional properties of the heart...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852751/correlations-of-metabolic-rate-and-body-acceleration-in-three-species-of-coastal-sharks-under-contrasting-temperature-regimes
#20
Karissa O Lear, Nicholas M Whitney, Lauran R Brewster, Jack J Morris, Robert E Hueter, Adrian C Gleiss
The ability to produce estimates of the metabolic rate of free-ranging animals is fundamental to the study of their ecology. However, measuring the energy expenditure of animals in the field has proven difficult, especially for aquatic taxa. Accelerometry presents a means of translating metabolic rates measured in the laboratory to individuals studied in the field, pending appropriate laboratory calibrations. Such calibrations have only been performed on a few fish species to date, and only one where the effects of temperature were accounted for...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
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