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Physiological and Biochemical Zoology: PBZ

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28880122/expression-of-ampk-sirt1-and-acc-differs-between-winter-and-summer-acclimatized-djungarian-hamsters
#1
Sanni M E Kinnunen, Satu K Mänttäri, Seppo Y O Saarela
The wintering strategy of the Djungarian hamster (Phodopus sungorus) includes a naturally occurring decrease in food intake and body mass. Our aim was to investigate the conceivable role of the metabolic regulators, AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) and sirtuin 1 (SIRT1), in the seasonal adaptation of the Djungarian hamster. In addition, a rate-limiting enzyme in fatty acid synthesis and oxidation, acetyl CoA carboxylase (ACC), was studied. Relative protein expressions and phosphorylated forms (pAMPK and pACC) were determined by Western blot from subcutaneous white adipose tissues (sWAT), abdominal white adipose tissues (aWAT), interscapular brown adipose tissues (iBAT), skeletal muscle, and hypothalamus of winter- and summer-acclimatized hamsters...
November 2017: Physiological and Biochemical Zoology: PBZ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771397/complex-plumage-patterns-can-be-produced-only-with-the-contribution-of-melanins
#2
Ismael Galván, Jorge García-Campa, Juan J Negro
Birds exhibit an extraordinary diversity of plumage pigmentation patterns. It has been overlooked, however, that complex patterns can be produced only with the contribution of melanins because these are the only pigments under direct cellular control. We tested this hypothesis for the first time examining the plumage patterning of all species of extant birds. Thirty-two percent of species show complex plumage patterns, the vast majority (98%) including the contribution of colors produced by melanins. Only 53 species show complex patterns that do not contain melanin-based colors, and these species display unusual colorations and belong to three families where innovative metabolic modifications of conventional carotenoid pigments have been described...
September 2017: Physiological and Biochemical Zoology: PBZ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745930/what-does-the-eggshell-cuticle-do-a-functional-comparison-of-avian-eggshell-cuticles
#3
Liliana D'Alba, Roxana Torres, Geoffrey I N Waterhouse, Chad Eliason, Mark E Hauber, Matthew D Shawkey
The avian eggshell is a highly ordered structure with several layers (mammillae, palisades, and vertical crystal layer) composed of calcium carbonate (∼96%) and minerals within an organic matrix. The cuticle is a noncalcified layer that covers the eggshells of most bird species. Eggshells are multifunctional structures that have evolved in response to diverse embryonic requirements and challenges, including protection from microbial infection, nest flooding, and exposure to solar radiation. However, experimental evidence for these functions across diverse taxa is currently limited...
September 2017: Physiological and Biochemical Zoology: PBZ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708460/tolerance-to-hypercarbia-is-repeatable-and-related-to-a-component-of-the-metabolic-phenotype-in-a-freshwater-fish
#4
Caleb T Hasler, Ian A Bouyoucos, Cory D Suski
Freshwater fish may be exposed to high levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) because of several actions, including anesthesia and high levels of aquatic respiration and potentially as the result of using high-CO2 plumes as a barrier to the movements of invasive fishes. Metabolic phenotype can potentially drive how freshwater fish respond to high CO2. We therefore quantified how tolerance (measured using time to equilibrium loss [ELT]) was driven by metabolic phenotype in a cosmopolitan freshwater fish species, Micropterus salmoides...
September 2017: Physiological and Biochemical Zoology: PBZ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686079/experimental-manipulation-of-corticosterone-does-not-influence-the-clearance-rate-of-plasma-testosterone-in-birds
#5
Pierre Deviche, Stève Desaivre, Mathieu Giraudeau
In vertebrates, exposure to acute stressors stimulates the secretion of adrenal glucocorticoids such as corticosterone, and in some situations this hormone plays an important role in orchestrating the trade-off that exists between reproduction and self-maintenance. Stressful conditions often lead to a decrease in plasma levels of sex steroids such as testosterone in males, and it has been hypothesized that corticosterone contributes to this decrease. Generally supporting this proposition, glucocorticoids can inhibit the reproductive axis activity at multiple levels, including direct effects on testicular endocrine function...
September 2017: Physiological and Biochemical Zoology: PBZ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671858/atypical-red-blood-cells-are-prevalent-in-california-sea-lion-pups-born-during-anomalous-sea-surface-temperature-events
#6
Adriana Flores-Morán, Marina Banuet-Martínez, Fernando R Elorriaga-Verplancken, Luis Enrique García-Ortuño, Julieta Sandoval-Sierra, Karina Acevedo-Whitehouse
To date, there is limited knowledge of the effects that abnormal sea surface temperature (SST) can have on the physiology of neonate pinnipeds. However, maternal nutritional deficiencies driven by alimentary restrictions would expectedly impact pinniped development and fitness, as an adequate supply of nutrients is essential for growth and proper functioning of all body systems, including red blood cell synthesis and clearance. Here, we investigated red blood cell morphology of California sea lion (CSL) pups from the San Benito Archipelago born during the 2014 and 2015 anomalously high SST events recorded in the northeastern Pacific Ocean...
September 2017: Physiological and Biochemical Zoology: PBZ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665185/the-interplay-of-energy-balance-and-daily-timing-of-activity-in-a-subterranean-rodent-a-laboratory-and-field-approach
#7
Patricia Tachinardi, Verónica S Valentinuzzi, Gisele A Oda, C Loren Buck
The tuco-tuco (Ctenomys aff. knighti) is among the rodent species known to be nocturnal under standard laboratory conditions and diurnal under natural conditions. The circadian thermoenergetics (CTE) hypothesis postulates that switches in activity timing are a response to energetic challenges; daytime activity reduces thermoregulatory costs by consolidating activity to the warmest part of the day. Studying wild animals under both captive and natural conditions can increase understanding of how temporal activity patterns are shaped by the environment and could serve as a test of the CTE hypothesis...
September 2017: Physiological and Biochemical Zoology: PBZ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665184/spectral-sensitivity-change-may-precede-habitat-shift-in-the-developing-retina-of-the-atlantic-tarpon-megalops-atlanticus
#8
Lorian E Schweikert, Michael S Grace
Fish that undergo ontogenetic migrations between habitats often encounter new light environments that require changes in the spectral sensitivity of the retina. For many fish, sensitivity of the retina changes to match the environmental spectrum, but the timing of retinal change relative to habitat shift remains unknown. Does retinal change in fish precede habitat shift, or is it a response to encountered changes in environmental light? Spectral sensitivity changes were examined over the development of the Atlantic tarpon (Megalops atlanticus) retina relative to ontogenetic shifts in habitat light...
September 2017: Physiological and Biochemical Zoology: PBZ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636434/selective-breeding-and-short-term-access-to-a-running-wheel-alter-stride-characteristics-in-house-mice
#9
Gerald C Claghorn, Zoe Thompson, Jarren C Kay, Genesis Ordonez, Thomas G Hampton, Theodore Garland
Postural and kinematic aspects of running may have evolved to support high runner (HR) mice to run approximately threefold farther than control mice. Mice from four replicate HR lines selectively bred for high levels of voluntary wheel running show many differences in locomotor behavior and morphology as compared with four nonselected control (C) lines. We hypothesized that HR mice would show stride alterations that have coadapted with locomotor behavior, morphology, and physiology. More specifically, we predicted that HR mice would have stride characteristics that differed from those of C mice in ways that parallel some of the adaptations seen in highly cursorial animals...
September 2017: Physiological and Biochemical Zoology: PBZ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636430/when-is-embryonic-arrest-broken-in-turtle-eggs
#10
Sean A Williamson, Roger G Evans, Richard D Reina
Turtle embryos enter a state of arrested development in the oviduct, allowing the mother greater flexibility in her reproductive schedule. Development recommences once eggs transition from the hypoxic oviduct to the normoxic nest. Significant mortality can occur if turtle eggs are moved between 12 h and 20 d after oviposition, and this is linked to the recommencement of embryonic development. To better understand the timing of developmental arrest and to determine how movement-induced mortality might be avoided, we determined the latency (i...
September 2017: Physiological and Biochemical Zoology: PBZ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641050/thrifty-females-frisky-males-winter-energetics-of-hibernating-bats-from-a-cold-climate
#11
Zenon J Czenze, Kristin A Jonasson, Craig K R Willis
Mammalian hibernation consists of energy-saving torpor bouts (periods of controlled reduction in body temperature [Tb]) interspersed with brief arousals to normothermic Tb. Frequency and duration of torpor bouts and arousals can affect winter survival and are thought to be influenced by an optimization balancing the energetic benefits of prolonged torpor against the physiological and ecological costs (e.g., accumulation of metabolic wastes). Female little brown bats (Myotis lucifugus) spend their fat reserves more slowly than males during winter, presumably so they can emerge from hibernation in good condition to initiate pregnancy...
July 2017: Physiological and Biochemical Zoology: PBZ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548900/corticosterone-response-as-an-age-specific-mediator-of-nestling-body-mass-in-a-wild-passerine
#12
Vallo Tilgar, Marianne Lind, Jaanis Lodjak, Kadri Moks
The environment can affect individual performance directly via resource availability or indirectly through resource allocation among competing fitness components, such as body growth and maintenance activities related to short-term survival. Corticosterone (CORT), the main glucocorticoid in birds, may be an important mediator of energy allocation to different organismal functions, but its effect on the plasticity of fitness-related traits has rarely been investigated at different ontogenetic stages. Here, we evaluated the role of baseline and stress-induced CORT on nestling development of wild great tits (Parus major) under different growth conditions and at different developmental stages...
July 2017: Physiological and Biochemical Zoology: PBZ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459654/developmental-hypoxia-has-negligible-effects-on-long-term-hypoxia-tolerance-and-aerobic-metabolism-of-atlantic-salmon-salmo-salar
#13
Andrew T Wood, Timothy D Clark, Sarah J Andrewartha, Nicholas G Elliott, Peter B Frappell
Exposure to developmental hypoxia can have long-term impacts on the physiological performance of fish because of irreversible plasticity. Wild and captive-reared Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) can be exposed to hypoxic conditions during development and continue to experience fluctuating oxygen levels as juveniles and adults. Here, we examine whether developmental hypoxia impacts subsequent hypoxia tolerance and aerobic performance of Atlantic salmon. Individuals at 8°C were exposed to 50% (hypoxia) or 100% (normoxia) dissolved oxygen (DO) saturation (as percent of air saturation) from fertilization for ∼100 d (800 degree days) and then raised in normoxic conditions for a further 15 mo...
July 2017: Physiological and Biochemical Zoology: PBZ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437174/more-than-fever-thermoregulatory-responses-to-immunological-stimulation-and-consequences-of-thermoregulatory-strategy-on-innate-immunity-in-gopher-tortoises-gopherus-polyphemus
#14
Jeffrey M Goessling, Craig Guyer, Mary T Mendonça
Organisms possess a range of thermoregulatory strategies that may vary in response to sickness, thereby driving important life-history consequences. Because the immune system is vital to maintaining organism function, understanding the suite of immune responses to infection indicates basic costs and benefits of physiological strategies. Here, we assessed consequences of thermoregulation and seasonality on immune function in both immunologically stimulated and nonstimulated gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus)...
July 2017: Physiological and Biochemical Zoology: PBZ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418272/incubation-temperature-alters-temperature-dependent-oxygen-consumption-in-northern-bobwhite-quail-hatchlings-colinus-virginianus
#15
Christopher Marks, Natalie E Nickles, Tom Wise, Spiro Mavroidis
This study investigated the effect of mismatching incubation and posthatch temperatures in northern bobwhite quail hatchlings. Quail embryos were incubated at 35.5° or 37.5°C. Metabolic rates were then measured in hatchlings acclimated to either the same or the opposite temperature treatment. While hatchlings expressed higher oxygen consumption when posthatch temperature did not match incubation temperature, the effect of mismatching temperatures was significant only when posthatch temperature was higher than incubation temperature...
July 2017: Physiological and Biochemical Zoology: PBZ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414262/mitey-costly-energetic-costs-of-parasite-avoidance-and-infection
#16
Lien T Luong, Collin J Horn, Taylor Brophy
Parasites reduce host fitness via perturbations to host energy allocation, growth, survival, and reproduction. Here, we investigate the independent effects of parasite exposure and infection on host metabolic rate. Our study focuses on Drosophila hydei and a naturally occurring ectoparasitic mite, Macrocheles muscaedomesticae. We use flow-through respirometry to measure the metabolic rate of flies during the period of exposure (preinfection) and during mite attachment. Flies were exposed to mites either indirectly (through a mesh screen) or directly, allowing for physical contact between the fly and the mite...
July 2017: Physiological and Biochemical Zoology: PBZ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402235/intraspecific-variation-in-and-environment-dependent-resource-allocation-to-embryonic-development-time-in-common-terns
#17
Oscar Vedder, Nathalie Kürten, Sandra Bouwhuis
Embryonic development time is thought to impact life histories through trade-offs against life-history traits later in life, yet the inference is based on interspecific comparative analyses only. It is largely unclear whether intraspecific variation in embryonic development time that is not caused by environmental differences occurs, which would be required to detect life-history trade-offs. Here we performed a classical common-garden experiment by incubating fresh eggs of free-living common terns (Sterna hirundo) in a controlled incubation environment at two different temperatures...
July 2017: Physiological and Biochemical Zoology: PBZ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402234/apple-snail-perivitellin-precursor-properties-help-explain-predators-feeding-behavior
#18
María Pilar Cadierno, Marcos Sebastián Dreon, Horacio Heras
In contrast with vitellogenin maturation, it is unknown whether gastropod perivitellin precursors are subject to large structural changes. The gastropod reproductive tract includes an accessory organ, the albumen gland (AG), that produces and secretes perivitelline fluid. In the apple snail Pomacea canaliculata, the large, reddish-pink AG provides eggs with perivitellins that are defensive against predators. Although the AG makes a considerable contribution to apple snail biomass, field observations indicate that it is rejected by avian and mammalian predators, although the underlying reason remains unknown...
July 2017: Physiological and Biochemical Zoology: PBZ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402233/torpor-patterns-in-desert-hedgehogs-paraechinus-aethiopicus-represent-another-new-point-along-a-thermoregulatory-continuum
#19
Justin G Boyles, Nigel C Bennett, Osama B Mohammed, Abdulaziz N Alagaili
Documenting variation in thermoregulatory patterns across phylogenetically and geographically diverse taxa is key to understanding the evolution of endothermy and heterothermy in birds and mammals. We recorded body temperature (Tb) in free-ranging desert hedgehogs (Paraechinus aethiopicus) across three seasons in the deserts of Saudi Arabia. Modal Tb's (35°-36.5°C) were slightly below normal for mammals but still warmer than those of other hedgehogs. The single maximum Tb recorded was 39.2°C, which is cooler than maximum Tb's recorded in most desert mammals...
July 2017: Physiological and Biochemical Zoology: PBZ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398156/a-simulated-heat-wave-has-diverse-effects-on-immune-function-and-oxidative-physiology-in-the-corn-snake-pantherophis-guttatus
#20
Z R Stahlschmidt, S S French, A Ahn, A Webb, M W Butler
Animals will continue to encounter increasingly warm environments, including more frequent and intense heat waves. Yet the physiological consequences of heat waves remain equivocal, potentially because of variation in adaptive plasticity (reversible acclimation) and/or aspects of experimental design. Thus, we measured a suite of physiological variables in the corn snake (Pantherophis guttatus) after exposure to field-parameterized, fluctuating temperature regimes (moderate temperature and heat wave treatments) to address two hypotheses: (1) a heat wave causes physiological stress, and (2) thermal performance of immune function exhibits adaptive plasticity in response to a heat wave...
July 2017: Physiological and Biochemical Zoology: PBZ
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