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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340150/xylose-absorption-fermentation-and-post-absorptive-metabolism-in-the-pig
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REVIEW
Nichole F Huntley, John F Patience
Xylose, as β-1,4-linked xylan, makes up much of the hemicellulose in cell walls of cereal carbohydrates fed to pigs. As inclusion of fibrous ingredients in swine diets continues to increase, supplementation of carbohydrases, such as xylanase, is of interest. However, much progress is warranted to achieve consistent enzyme efficacy, including an improved understanding of the utilization and energetic contribution of xylanase hydrolysis product (i.e. xylooligosaccharides or monomeric xylose). This review examines reports on xylose absorption and metabolism in the pig and identifies gaps in this knowledge that are essential to understanding the value of carbohydrase hydrolysis products in the nutrition of the pig...
2018: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339183/evolution-of-the-growth-hormone-prolactin-prolactin-2-and-somatolactin-family
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Daniel Ocampo Daza, Dan Larhammar
Growth hormone (GH), prolactin (PRL), prolactin 2 (PRL2) and somatolactin (SL) belong to the same hormone family and have a wide repertoire of effects including development, osmoregulation, metabolism and stimulation of growth. Both the hormone and the receptor family have been proposed to have expanded by gene duplications in early vertebrate evolution. A key question is how hormone-receptor preferences have arisen among the duplicates. The first step to address this is to determine the time window for these duplications...
January 12, 2018: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337984/anteroposterior-axis-patterning-by-early-canonical-wnt-signaling-during-hemichordate-development
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Sébastien Darras, Jens H Fritzenwanker, Kevin R Uhlinger, Ellyn Farrelly, Ariel M Pani, Imogen A Hurley, Rachael P Norris, Michelle Osovitz, Mark Terasaki, Mike Wu, Jochanan Aronowicz, Marc Kirschner, John C Gerhart, Christopher J Lowe
The Wnt family of secreted proteins has been proposed to play a conserved role in early specification of the bilaterian anteroposterior (A/P) axis. This hypothesis is based predominantly on data from vertebrate embryogenesis as well as planarian regeneration and homeostasis, indicating that canonical Wnt (cWnt) signaling endows cells with positional information along the A/P axis. Outside of these phyla, there is strong support for a conserved role of cWnt signaling in the repression of anterior fates, but little comparative support for a conserved role in promotion of posterior fates...
January 16, 2018: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337248/immunohistochemical-characterization-of-epidermal-dendritic-like-cells-in-giant-mudskipper-periophthalmodon-schlosseri
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E R Lauriano, C Faggio, G Capillo, N Spanò, M Kuciel, M Aragona, S Pergolizzi
Giant Mudskipper, Periophthalmodon schlosseri (Pallas, 1770), is euryhaline, amphibious, and air-breathing fish. These fishes live in close association to mangrove forests and often spend over 90% of time out of water, in adjacent mudflats. They have developed morphological and physiological adaptations to satisfy their unique lifestyles. The skin is the primary interface between the body and the environment, and has a central role in host defence. The initiation of immune responses to antigens in the vertebrate skin has often been attributed to epidermal Langerhans'cells (LC) that are dendritic cells (DC), antigen-presenting cells (APC) which reside in the epidermis...
January 11, 2018: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336191/teratogenic-potential-of-nanoencapsulated-vitamin-a-evaluated-on-an-alternative-model-organism-the-tunicate-ciona-intestinalis
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Roberta Pennati, Raoul Manenti, Antonella Stillitano, Gentile Francesco Ficetola, Giorgio Scarì, Silvia Mercurio, Elena Menegola
Nano-encapsulation is a technology used to pack substances in order to enhance their stability and bioavailability, but this packing may interact with living systems, causing unexpected toxicity. Vitamin A (vit A) is a substance that has received attention, because in developed countries, the increasing availability of supplements is leading to its excessive intake. This study aims to compare teratogenic effects caused by exposure to the traditional formulation of vit A versus nano-encapsulated vit A. We used ascidian embryos as an alternative model...
January 16, 2018: International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335496/localization-and-function-of-neurosecretory-protein-gm-a-novel-small-secretory-protein-in-the-chicken-hypothalamus
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Kenshiro Shikano, Yuki Bessho, Masaki Kato, Eiko Iwakoshi-Ukena, Shusuke Taniuchi, Megumi Furumitsu, Tetsuya Tachibana, George E Bentley, Lance J Kriegsfeld, Kazuyoshi Ukena
Recently, we discovered a novel cDNA encoding the precursor of a small secretory protein, neurosecretory protein GL (NPGL), in the hypothalamic infundibulum of chickens. NPGL plays an important role in the regulation of growth and feeding. A database search indicated that the NPGL gene has a paralogous gene: neurosecretory protein GM (NPGM), also in chickens. We identified cDNA encoding the NPGM precursor in chickens. Morphological analysis showed that NPGM-containing cells are specifically localized in the medial mammillary nucleus (MM) and infundibular nucleus (IN) in the hypothalamus...
January 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331498/identification-of-neural-transcription-factors-required-for-the-differentiation-of-three-neuronal-subtypes-in-the-sea-urchin-embryo
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Leslie A Slota, David R McClay
Correct patterning of the nervous system is essential for an organism's survival and complex behavior. Embryologists have used the sea urchin as a model for decades, but our understanding of sea urchin nervous system patterning is incomplete. Previous histochemical studies identified multiple neurotransmitters in the pluteus larvae of several sea urchin species. However, little is known about how, where and when neural subtypes are differentially specified during development. Here, we examine the molecular mechanisms of neuronal subtype specification in 3 distinct neural subtypes in the Lytechinus variegatus larva...
January 10, 2018: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331337/elastin-in-lung-development-and-disease-pathogenesis
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REVIEW
Robert P Mecham
Elastin is expressed in most tissues that require elastic recoil. The protein first appeared coincident with the closed circulatory system, and was critical for the evolutionary success of the vertebrate lineage. Elastin is expressed by multiple cell types in the lung, including mesothelial cells in the pleura, smooth muscle cells in airways and blood vessels, endothelial cells, and interstitial fibroblasts. This highly crosslinked protein associates with fibrillin-containing microfibrils to form the elastic fiber, which is the physiological structure that functions in the extracellular matrix...
January 10, 2018: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331210/to-roll-the-eyes-and-snap-a-bite-function-development-and-evolution-of-craniofacial-muscles
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REVIEW
Frank R Schubert, Arun J Singh, Oluwatomisin Afoyalan, Chrissa Kioussi, Susanne Dietrich
Craniofacial muscles, muscles that move the eyes, control facial expression and allow food uptake and speech, have long been regarded as a variation on the general body muscle scheme. However, evidence has accumulated that the function of head muscles, their developmental anatomy and the underlying regulatory cascades are distinct. This article reviews the key aspects of craniofacial muscle and muscle stem cell formation and discusses how this differs from the trunk programme of myogenesis; we show novel RNAseq data to support this notion...
January 10, 2018: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329804/a-rapid-and-sensitive-fluorometric-method-for-determination-of-aldehyde-oxidase-activity
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Nancy Apenova, Hui Peng, Markus Hecker, Markus Brinkmann
Previous research has characterized the important role of aldehyde oxidases (AOX) in biotransformation of N-heterocyclic therapeutic drugs and environmental contaminants in mammals. Research pertaining to AOX activity in non-mammalian vertebrates, however, is scarce, despite its biological role as a potentially important metabolic pathway for xenobiotics. One of the limiting factors of research on AOX is that available photometric methods are relatively insensitive, limited in throughput, and prone to cross-reactivity from other enzymes...
January 9, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329193/mustn1-a-developmentally-regulated-pan-musculoskeletal-cell-marker-and-regulatory-gene
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REVIEW
Michael Hadjiargyrou
The Mustn1 gene encodes a small nuclear protein (~9.6 kDa) that does not belong to any known family. Its genomic organization consists of three exons interspersed by two introns and it is highly homologous across vertebrate species. Promoter analyses revealed that its expression is regulated by the AP family of transcription factors, especially c-Fos, Fra-2 and JunD. Mustn1 is predominantly expressed in the major tissues of the musculoskeletal system: bone, cartilage, skeletal muscle and tendon. Its expression has been associated with normal embryonic development, postnatal growth, exercise, and regeneration of bone and skeletal muscle...
January 12, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328787/immune-responses-to-retroviruses
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Asier Saez-Cirion, Nicolas Manel
Retroviruses are genome invaders that have shared a long history of coevolution with vertebrates and their immune system. Found endogenously in genomes as traces of past invasions, retroviruses are also considerable threats to human health when they exist as exogenous viruses such as HIV. The immune response to retroviruses is engaged by germline-encoded sensors of innate immunity that recognize viral components and damage induced by the infection. This response develops with the induction of antiviral effectors and launching of the clonal adaptive immune response, which can contribute to protective immunity...
January 12, 2018: Annual Review of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327963/antemortem-diagnosis-of-coxiellosis-in-a-blue-and-gold-macaw-ara-ararauna
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Alison J Flanders, Justin F Rosenberg, Marjorie Bercier, Mary K Leissinger, Laura J Black, Robson F Giglio, Serena L M Craft, Whitney M Zoll, April L Childress, James F X Wellehan
A 15-year-old female blue and gold macaw ( Ara ararauna) was presented for evaluation after being found laterally recumbent, reluctant to move, and lethargic. Results of a complete blood count showed an increased number of immature heterophils with increased cytoplasmic basophilia and degranulation and the presence of a left shift. Radiographs and a computed tomography scan were performed and revealed a markedly enlarged spleen. An ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspirate of the spleen was submitted for cytologic examination and aerobic bacterial culture...
December 2017: Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325765/a-systematic-investigation-on-the-composition-evolution-and-expression-characteristics-of-chemokine-superfamily-in-grass-carp-ctenopharyngodon-idella
#14
Zhiwei Liao, Quanyuan Wan, Xun Xiao, Jianfei Ji, Jianguo Su
Chemokines are a superfamily of small cytokines and characterized based on their ability to induce directional migration of cells along a concentration gradient by binding to chemokine receptors, which have important roles in immunology and development. Due to the numerous and diverse members, systematic identifications of chemokine superfamily genes are difficult in many species. To that end, a comprehensive analysis of BLAST and scripting language was conducted to systematically identify and characterize chemokine system in grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella)...
January 8, 2018: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324879/localized-zinc-distribution-in-shark-vertebrae-suggests-differential-deposition-during-ontogeny-and-across-vertebral-structures
#15
Vincent Raoult, Nicholas Howell, David Zahra, Victor M Peddemors, Daryl L Howard, Martin D de Jonge, Benjamin L Buchan, Jane E Williamson
The development of shark vertebrae and the possible drivers of inter- and intra-specific differences in vertebral structure are poorly understood. Shark vertebrae are used to examine life-history traits related to trophic ecology, movement patterns, and the management of fisheries; a better understanding of their development would be beneficial to many fields of research that rely on these calcified structures. This study used Scanning X-ray Fluorescence Microscopy to observe zinc distribution within vertebrae of ten shark species from five different orders...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324806/immunocompetent-host-develops-mild-intestinal-inflammation-in-acute-infection-with-toxoplasma-gondii
#16
Paulo da Silva Watanabe, Aline Rosa Trevizan, Saulo Euclides Silva-Filho, Marcelo Biondaro Góis, João Luiz Garcia, Roberto Kenji Nakamura Cuman, Ana Cristina Breithaupt-Faloppa, Débora de Mello Gonçales Sant Ana, Gessilda de Alcantara Nogueira de Melo
Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) is the causative agent of toxoplasmosis, common zoonosis among vertebrates and high incidence worldwide. During the infection, the parasite needs to transpose the intestinal barrier to spread throughout the body, which may be a trigger for an inflammatory reaction. This work evaluated the inflammatory alterations of early T. gondii infection in peripheral blood cells, in the mesenteric microcirculation, and small intestinal tissue by measurement of MPO (myeloperoxidase) activity and NO (nitric oxide) level in rats...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324752/tet-protein-function-during-drosophila-development
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Fei Wang, Svetlana Minakhina, Hiep Tran, Neha Changela, Joseph Kramer, Ruth Steward
The TET (Ten-eleven translocation) 1, 2 and 3 proteins have been shown to function as DNA hydroxymethylases in vertebrates and their requirements have been documented extensively. Recently, the Tet proteins have been shown to also hydroxylate 5-methylcytosine in RNA. 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmrC) is enriched in messenger RNA but the function of this modification has yet to be elucidated. Because Cytosine methylation in DNA is barely detectable in Drosophila, it serves as an ideal model to study the biological function of 5hmrC...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323886/bisphenol-f-disrupts-thyroid-hormone-signaling-and-postembryonic-development-in-xenopus-laevis
#18
Min Zhu, Xiaoying Chen, Yuanyuan Li, Nuoya Yin, Francesco Faiola, Zhanfen Qin, Wuji Wei
The safety of bisphenol A (BPA) alternatives has attracted much attention due to their wide use. In this study, we investigated the effects of bisphenol F (BPF), an alternative to BPA, on thyroid hormone (TH) signaling and postembryonic development in vertebrates using T3-induced and spontaneous Xenopus metamorphosis as models. We found that in the T3-induced metamorphosis assay, higher concentrations of BPF (100-10000 nM) antagonized T3-induced TH-response gene transcription and morphological changes including intestinal remodeling in a concentration-dependent manner, whereas 10 nM BPF exerted stimulatory effects on T3-induced integral metamorphosis when inhibited T3-induced TH-response gene transcription, demonstrating TH signaling disrupting effects of BPF...
January 11, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323148/reference-gene-identification-and-validation-for-quantitative-real-time-pcr-studies-in-developing-xenopus-laevis
#19
Bilal B Mughal, Michelle Leemans, Petra Spirhanzlova, Barbara Demeneix, Jean-Baptiste Fini
Reference genes are essential for gene expression analysis when using real-time quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR). Xenopus laevis is a popular amphibian model for studying vertebrate embryogenesis and development. Further, X. laevis is ideal for studying thyroid signaling due to its thyroid dependent metamorphosis, a stage comparable to birth in humans. When using PCR based studies, a primary concern is the choice of reference genes. Commonly used references are eef1a1, odc1, rpl8, and actnB, although there is a lack of ad hoc reference genes for X...
January 11, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322965/endovascular-strategies-for-management-of-intradural-vertebral-artery-dissecting-aneurysms
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Swati D Chinchure, Vijay Jaykrishnan, B P Krishna Prasad
OBJECTIVE: Endovascular treatment of vertebral intradural dissecting aneurysms is complex and requires different strategies for each case. The current study aims to classify these aneurysms for an easy selection of optimal strategies for endovascular therapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study is a retrospective evaluation of 10 patients harbouring a vertebral intradural dissecting aneurysm (including 6 female and 4 male patients). The clinical, procedural, and angiographic data were evaluated...
January 2018: Neurology India
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