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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733238/circadian-regulation-of-caterpillar-feeding-and-growth
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Agnieszka Suszczynska, Magdalena Maria Kaniewska, Piotr Bebas, Jadwiga Maria Giebultowicz, Joanna Kotwica-Rolinska
Circadian clocks orchestrate many physiological processes in adult organisms. For example, rhythmic feeding behavior is regulated by the central clock in the nervous system in coordination with metabolic rhythms, which in turn depend mostly on peripheral clocks localized in many tissues. Disruption of the circadian clock leads to metabolic dysregulation both in mammals and in the model insect Drosophila melanogaster. Circadian coordination of feeding and metabolism has been studied mainly in adult insects and not in larval stages, which are dramatically different from adults in species with complete full metamorphosis...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733163/rnai-mediated-knockdown-of-spook-reduces-ecdysteroid-titers-and-causes-precocious-metamorphosis-in-the-desert-locust-schistocerca-gregaria
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Ryohei Sugahara, Seiji Tanaka, Takahiro Shiotsuki
The Halloween gene SPOOK (SPO) is involved in the production of the active metabolite of ecdysteroid, 20-hydroxyecdysone (20E), in insects. A previous study showed that RNAi-mediated knockdown of SPO in Schistocerca gregaria last instar nymphs markedly reduced the hemolymph 20E titer, but did not affect metamorphosis. In the present study, the effects of SPO interference on development were re-examined in this locust. Injections of SPO double-stranded RNA (dsSPO) into nymphs at mid and late instars significantly delayed nymphal development and interfered with molting...
July 18, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730682/structure-and-development-of-the-subesophageal-zone-of-the-drosophila-brain-i-segmental-architecture-compartmentalization-and-lineage-anatomy
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Volker Hartenstein, Jaison J Omoto, Kathy T Ngo, Darren Wong, Philipp A Kuert, Heinrich Reichert, Jennifer K Lovick, Amelia Younossi-Hartenstein
The subesophageal zone (SEZ) of the Drosophila brain houses the circuitry underlying feeding behavior and is involved in many other aspects of sensory processing and locomotor control. Formed by the merging of four neuromeres, the internal architecture of the SEZ can be best understood by identifying segmentally reiterated landmarks emerging in the embryo and larva, and following the gradual changes by which these landmarks become integrated into the mature SEZ during metamorphosis. In previous works, the system of longitudinal fibers (connectives) and transverse axons (commissures) has been utilized as a scaffold that provides internal landmarks for the neuromeres of the larval ventral nerve cord...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729642/imaging-of-super-fast-dynamics-and-flow-instabilities-of-superconducting-vortices
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L Embon, Y Anahory, Ž L Jelić, E O Lachman, Y Myasoedov, M E Huber, G P Mikitik, A V Silhanek, M V Milošević, A Gurevich, E Zeldov
Quantized magnetic vortices driven by electric current determine key electromagnetic properties of superconductors. While the dynamic behavior of slow vortices has been thoroughly investigated, the physics of ultrafast vortices under strong currents remains largely unexplored. Here, we use a nanoscale scanning superconducting quantum interference device to image vortices penetrating into a superconducting Pb film at rates of tens of GHz and moving with velocities of up to tens of km/s, which are not only much larger than the speed of sound but also exceed the pair-breaking speed limit of superconducting condensate...
July 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729344/exogenous-stress-hormones-alter-energetic-and-nutrient-costs-of-development-and-metamorphosis
#5
Lucas J Kirschman, Marshall D McCue, Justin G Boyles, Robin W Warne
Variation in environmental conditions during larval life stages can shape development during critical windows and have lasting effects on the adult organism. Changes in larval developmental rates in response to environmental conditions, for example, can trade-off with growth to determine body size and condition at metamorphosis, which can affect adult survival and fecundity. However, it is unclear how use of energy and nutrients shape trade-offs across life stage transitions because no studies have quantified these costs of larval development and metamorphosis...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725944/skin-bacterial-community-reorganization-following-metamorphosis-of-the-fire-bellied-toad-bombina-orientalis
#6
Arnaud Bataille, Larisa Lee-Cruz, Binu Tripathi, Bruce Waldman
In organisms with complex life histories, dramatic changes in microbial community structure may occur with host development and immune system maturation. Amphibian host susceptibility to diseases such as chytridiomycosis may be affected by the reorganization of skin microbial community structure that occurs during metamorphosis. We tracked changes in the bacterial communities inhabiting skin of Korean fire-bellied toads (Bombina orientalis) that we infected as tadpoles with different strains of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), the pathogenic fungus that causes chytridiomycosis...
July 19, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720836/calcifying-algae-maintain-settlement-cues-to-larval-abalone-following-algal-exposure-to-extreme-ocean-acidification
#7
Jennifer K O'Leary, James P Barry, Paul W Gabrielson, Laura Rogers-Bennett, Donald C Potts, Stephen R Palumbi, Fiorenza Micheli
Ocean acidification (OA) increasingly threatens marine systems, and is especially harmful to calcifying organisms. One important question is whether OA will alter species interactions. Crustose coralline algae (CCA) provide space and chemical cues for larval settlement. CCA have shown strongly negative responses to OA in previous studies, including disruption of settlement cues to corals. In California, CCA provide cues for seven species of harvested, threatened, and endangered abalone. We exposed four common CCA genera and a crustose calcifying red algae, Peyssonnelia (collectively CCRA) from California to three pCO2 levels ranging from 419-2,013 µatm for four months...
July 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715618/measurement-of-net-formation-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-by-flow-cytometry
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Sakiko Masuda, Sakika Shimizu, Junji Matsuo, Yuka Nishibata, Yoshihiro Kusunoki, Fumihiko Hattanda, Haruki Shida, Daigo Nakazawa, Utano Tomaru, Tatsuya Atsumi, Akihiro Ishizu
Neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) are extracellular chromatin fibers adorned with antimicrobial proteins, such as myeloperoxidase (MPO), which are extruded from activated neutrophils. NETosis is the metamorphosis of neutrophils with NET formation that follows decondensation of DNA and rupture of the plasma membrane. Although NETs play important roles in innate immunity, excessive formation of NETs can be harmful to the hosts. Until now, various methods for evaluation of NETs have been reported. Although each has a virtue, the gold standard has not been established...
July 17, 2017: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713287/vitamin-a-affects-flatfish-development-in-a-thyroid-hormone-signaling-and-metamorphic-stage-dependent-manner
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Ignacio Fernández, Juan B Ortiz-Delgado, Maria J Darias, Francisco Hontoria, Karl B Andree, Manuel Manchado, Carmen Sarasquete, Enric Gisbert
Vitamin A (VA) and retinoid derivatives are known morphogens controlling vertebrate development. Despite the research effort conducted during the last decade, the precise mechanism of how VA induces post-natal bone changes, and particularly those operating through crosstalk with the thyroid hormones (THs) remain to be fully understood. Since effects and mechanisms seem to be dose and time-dependent, flatfish are an interesting study model as they undergo a characteristic process of metamorphosis driven by THs that can be followed by external appearance...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712189/maternal-mortality-in-pakistan-is-there-any-metamorphosis-towards-betterment
#10
Nusrat Nisar, Razia Mustafa Abbasi, Shehla Raza Chana, Noushaba Rizwan, Razia Badar
BACKGROUND: Every year more than half million mother die due to pregnancy related preventable causes like haemorrhage, hypertensive disorders, sepsis, and obstructed labour and unsafe abortion. Among these deaths 99% occur in developing countries. The study was conducted to assess the maternal death rate and to analyse its trends over a period of 20 years in tertiary care hospital in Sindh Province Pakistan. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of maternal mortality records were carried out for a period of 20 years from 1986-1995 and 2011-2015 at the Department of Obstetrics and gynaecology Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences Hyderabad Sindh Pakistan...
January 2017: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704496/latitudinal-cogradient-variation-of-development-time-and-growth-rate-and-a-negative-latitudinal-body-weight-cline-in-a-widely-distributed-cabbage-beetle
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Jianjun Tang, Haimin He, Chao Chen, Shu Fu, Fangsen Xue
The evolutionary and phenotypic responses to environmental gradients are often assumed to be the same, a phenomenon known as "cogradient variation". However, only a few insect species display cogradient variation in physiological traits along a latitudinal gradient. We found evidence for such a response in the examination of the life history traits of the cabbage beetle Colaphellus bowringi from 6 different geographical populations at 16, 19, 22, 24, 26 and 28°C. Our results showed that larval and pupal development times significantly decreased as rearing temperature increased, and that growth rates were positively correlated with temperature...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701020/the-identification-of-araliaceae-species-by-its2-genetic-barcoding-and-pollen-morphology
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Arkadiy Reunov, Galina Reunova, Dmitry Atopkin, Yulia Reunova, Tamara Muzarok, Evgeny Zakharov, Yury Zhuravlev
The genetic barcode ITS2 (ITS: internal transcribed spacer) and pollen morphology were used for the identification of the pharmacologically valuable wild Araliaceae species Panax ginseng, Oplopanax elatus, Aralia elata, Aralia continentalis, Eleutherococcus senticosus, and Eleutherococcus sessiliflorus inhabiting the natural forests of Primorye, Russia. The ITS2 locus successfully identified all six species, which supports the use of ITS2 as a standard barcode for medicinal plants. However, the ITS2 locus was insufficient for intra-specific discrimination in these species, neither within Primorye nor from other world representatives within GenBank...
July 12, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693471/spatial-pattern-analysis-of-nuclear-migration-in-remodelled-muscles-during-drosophila-metamorphosis
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Kuleesha, Lin Feng, Martin Wasser
BACKGROUND: Many human muscle wasting diseases are associated with abnormal nuclear localization. During metamorphosis in Drosophila melanogaster, multi-nucleated larval dorsal abdominal muscles either undergo cell death or are remodeled to temporary adult muscles. Muscle remodeling is associated with anti-polar nuclear migration and atrophy during early pupation followed by polar migration and muscle growth during late pupation. Muscle remodeling is a useful model to study genes involved in myonuclear migration...
July 10, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690797/the-influence-of-breeding-phenology-on-the-genetic-structure-of-four-pond-breeding-salamanders
#14
Jacob J Burkhart, William E Peterman, Emily R Brocato, Kimberly M Romine, M Madeline S Willis, Brittany H Ousterhout, Thomas L Anderson, Dana L Drake, Freya E Rowland, Raymond D Semlitsch, Lori S Eggert
Understanding metapopulation dynamics requires knowledge about local population dynamics and movement in both space and time. Most genetic metapopulation studies use one or two study species across the same landscape to infer population dynamics; however, using multiple co-occurring species allows for testing of hypotheses related to different life history strategies. We used genetic data to study dispersal, as measured by gene flow, in three ambystomatid salamanders (Ambystoma annulatum, A. maculatum, and A...
July 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685977/the-post-therapeutic-effect-of-rapamycin-in-mild-traumatic-brain-injured-rats-ensuing-in-the-upregulation-of-autophagy-and-mitophagy
#15
Changxing Wang, Zhiying Hu, Yang Zou, Mingjun Xiang, Yuting Jiang, Benson O A Botchway, Xue Huo, Xiaoxue Du, Marong Fang
Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), common in juveniles, has been reported to be caused by sports-related concussion. Many young children may suffer from post-concussion syndrome. mTBI, in early stages of life, could play a part in neuron apoptosis and degeneration, cognitive and motor coordination impairment, as well as dementia. Our study was aimed at further investigating the post therapeutic efficacy of rapamycin in the recuperation of mTBI whiles at the same time investigating the metamorphosis in both autophagy and mitophagy in mTBI...
July 7, 2017: Cell Biology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683754/physiological-mechanisms-of-adaptive-developmental-plasticity-in-rana-temporaria-island-populations
#16
Pablo Burraco, Ana Elisa Valdés, Frank Johansson, Ivan Gomez-Mestre
BACKGROUND: Adaptive plasticity is essential for many species to cope with environmental heterogeneity. In particular, developmental plasticity allows organisms with complex life cycles to adaptively adjust the timing of ontogenetic switch points. Size at and time to metamorphosis are reliable fitness indicators in organisms with complex cycles. The physiological machinery of developmental plasticity commonly involves the activation of alternative neuroendocrine pathways, causing metabolic alterations...
July 7, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680801/detoxification-of-parthenium-parthenium-hysterophorus-and-its-metamorphosis-into-an-organic-fertilizer-and-biopesticide
#17
Naseer Hussain, Tasneem Abbasi, Shahid Abbas Abbasi
BACKGROUND: Vermicompost of the toxic and allelopathic weed parthenium (Parthenium hysterophorus) was explored for its possible use as an organic fertilizer. Replicated plant growth trials were conducted using four levels of parthenium vermicompost (0, 2.5, 3.75, and 5 t/ha) to assess their effects on the germination, growth, and fruition of a typical food plant ladies finger (Abelmoschus esculentus). Additionally the role of vermicompost in reducing plant pests and disease was evaluated...
2017: Bioresources and Bioprocessing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679726/chronic-exposure-to-a-glyphosate-based-herbicide-makes-toad-larvae-more-toxic
#18
Veronika Bókony, Zsanett Mikó, Ágnes M Móricz, Dániel Krüzselyi, Attila Hettyey
Chemical pollutants can exert various sublethal effects on wildlife, leading to complex fitness consequences. Many animals use defensive chemicals as protection from predators and diseases, yet the effects of chemical contaminants on this important fitness component are poorly known. Understanding such effects is especially relevant for amphibians, the globally most threatened group of vertebrates, because they are particularly vulnerable to chemical pollution. We conducted two experiments to investigate how exposure to glyphosate-based herbicides, the most widespread agrochemicals worldwide, affects the production of bufadienolides, the main compounds of chemical defence in common toads (Bufo bufo)...
July 12, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679117/juvenile-hormone-regulates-the-differential-expression-of-putative-juvenile-hormone-esterases-via-methoprene-tolerant-in-non-diapause-destined-and-diapause-destined-adult-female-beetle
#19
Li Zhu, Tian-Yan Yin, Dan Sun, Wen Liu, Fen Zhu, Chao-Liang Lei, Xiao-Ping Wang
Juvenile hormone (JH) plays an essential role in regulating molting, metamorphosis, reproduction, and diapause (dormancy), in many insects and crustaceans. JH esterases (JHEs) can control JH titer by regulating JH degradation. Although the biochemistry and structure of JHEs have been well studied, regulation of their expression remains unclear. We identified three putative JHEs (JHE1, JHE2, JHE3) in the cabbage beetle Colaphellus bowringi, and investigated the regulation of their expression by JH signaling in non-diapause-destined (NDD, reproductive) and diapause-destined (DD) female adults...
July 2, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677913/identification-of-the-prothoracicotropic-hormone-ptth-coding-gene-and-localization-of-its-site-of-expression-in-the-pea-aphid-acyrthosiphon-pisum
#20
M Barberà, D Martínez-Torres
Insect hormones control essential aspects of physiology, behaviour and development in insects. The majority of insect hormones are peptide hormones that perform a highly diverse catalogue of functions. Prothoracicotropic hormone (PTTH) is a brain neuropeptide hormone whose main function is to stimulate the secretion of ecdysone (the moulting hormone) by the prothoracic glands in insect larvae thus playing a key role in the control of moulting and metamorphosis. Moreover, both PTTH release or blockade have been reported to act as a switch to terminate or initiate larval and pupal diapauses...
July 5, 2017: Insect Molecular Biology
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