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Kai C Pfannebecker, Matthias Lange, Oliver Rupp, Annette Becker
Evolutionary innovations are important drivers of speciation and some are the defining characters of entire phyla. One such major innovation is the carpel, the unifying character and most complex plant organ, composed of many clearly distinct tissue types to ensure reproductive success. The origin of the carpel is unknown, but many components of the gene regulatory network (GRN) governing carpel development and their genetic interactions are known from the core eudicot Arabidopsis thaliana To unravel the evolution of the carpel GRN and to discriminate between "early" and "late" steps in carpel evolution we calculated thorough phylogeny reconstructions based on sequenced genomes...
January 12, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
Katherine Roehl, Mark Jankowski, Erik Hofmeister
Serological tests play an important role in the detection of wildlife diseases. However, while there are many commercial assays and reagents available for domestic species, there is a need to develop efficient serological assays for wildlife. In recent years, marine mammals have represented a wildlife group with emerging infectious diseases, such as influenza, brucellosis, and leptospirosis. However, with the exception of disease-agent-specific assays or functional assays, few reports describe the use of antibody detection assays in marine mammals...
December 2016: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
J James, S Nutbeam-Tuffs, J Cable, A Mrugała, N Viñuela-Rodriguez, A Petrusek, B Oidtmann
The crayfish plague agent, Aphanomyces astaci, has spread throughout Europe, causing a significant decline in native European crayfish. The introduction and dissemination of this pathogen is attributed to the spread of invasive North American crayfish, which can act as carriers for A. astaci. As native European crayfish often succumb to infection with A. astaci, determining the prevalence of this pathogen in non-native crayfish is vital to prioritize native crayfish populations for managed translocation. In the current study, 23 populations of invasive signal crayfish (Pacifastacus leniusculus) from the UK were tested for A...
January 12, 2017: Parasitology
Susanne Gehringer, Matthias Müller, Johann Maierl
OBJECTIVE: In the context of a larger study on morphological changes of deep sole ulcers, claws with Rusterholz ulcer (RU) were investigated to describe the varied pathological changes of the RU. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Hind limbs of 55 cows displaying external signs of complicated sole ulcers were examined externally and internally. To examine the samples internally, a sagittal section was performed. Furthermore, the material was examined histologically and after bone maceration...
January 10, 2017: Tierärztliche Praxis. Ausgabe G, Grosstiere/Nutztiere
N Hu, X Han, S Huang, H M Grover, X Yu, L N Zhang, I Trase, J X J Zhang, L Zhang, L X Dong, Z Chen
We employed both theoretical and computational models supported by experiments to study the multistable behavior of an edge-effect driven Si/Cr micro-claw. Our study showed that individual micro-claws demonstrate either monostability or bistability as the magnitude of the edge effect is varied.
January 9, 2017: Nanoscale
Yan-Zhi Liu, Kun Yuan, Liu Liu, Zhao Yuan, Yuan-Cheng Zhu
Anion recognitions between common anions and a novel pincer-like receptor (N, N'-bis-(five-fluoro-benzoyl-oxyethyl)-urea, BFUR) were theoretically explored, particularly on geometric features of the BFUR@X (X = F-, Cl-, Br-, I-, CO32-, NO3- and SO42-) systems at a molecular level in this work. Complex structures show that two N-H groups as a claw and two -C6F5 rings on BFUR as a pair of tweezers simultaneously interact with captured anions through cooperative double-dentate hydrogen bond and double-side anion-π interactions...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Ufuk Kuyrukluyıldız, İlke Küpeli, Zehra Bedir, Özgür Özmen, Didem Onk, Bahadır Süleyman, Renad Mammadov, Halis Süleyman
OBJECTIVE: Paclitaxel is used in the treatment of cancer, and it may cause interleukin-1 beta (IL-1β)-related peripheral neuropathic pain. While our primary aim was to investigate the analgesic efficacy of an IL-1β antagonist, a secondary outcome was to assess whether a correlation exists between analgesic effects and antioxidant activity. METHODS: A total of 24 albino Wistar male rats were divided into the following groups: paclitaxel-control, paclitaxel+50 mg kg(-1) anakinra, paclitaxel+100 mg kg(-1) anakinra and healthy group (HG)...
December 2016: Turkish Journal of Anaesthesiology and Reanimation
Alexander A Tokmakov, Sho Iguchi, Tetsushi Iwasaki, Yasuo Fukami, Ken-Ichi Sato
Cytoplasmic mRNAs are specifically degraded in somatic cells as a part of early apoptotic response. However, no reports have been presented so far concerning mRNA fate in apoptotic gametes. In the present study, we analyzed the content of various cytoplasmic mRNAs in aging oocytes and eggs of the African clawed frog, Xenopus laevis. To circumvent large gene expression variation among the individual oocytes and eggs, single-cell monitoring of transcript levels has been implemented, using multiple cytoplasmic collections and reverse transcriptase quantitative PCR...
January 3, 2017: RNA Biology
Gemma Palomar, Freed Ahmad, Anti Vasemägi, Chikako Matsuba, Alfredo G Nicieza, José Manuel Cano
By combining 7077 SNPs and 61 microsatellites, we present the first linkage map for some of the early diverged lineages of the common frog, Rana temporaria, and the densest linkage map to date for this species. We found high homology with the published linkage maps of the Eastern and Western lineages but with differences in the order of some markers. Homology was also strong with the genome of the Tibetan frog Nanorana parkeri and we found high synteny with the clawed frog Xenopus tropicalis We confirmed marked heterochiasmy between sexes and detected non-recombining regions in several groups of the male linkage map...
December 30, 2016: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
A Çağlan Karasu Benli, Duygu Şahin, Rabia Sarıkaya, Burcu Koçak Memmi, Aylin Sepici Dinçel
2,4-D is a widely used phenoxy herbicide, potentially toxic to humans and biota. The objective of the present study was to reveal short term sublethal effects of 2,4-D on narrow-clawed freshwater crayfish (Astacus leptodactylus Eschscholtz, 1823), based on histology, total haemocyte counts, selected haemolymph parameters, and oxidative stress parameters. In the laboratory conditions crayfish specimens were exposed to 9 mg L-1 of 2,4-D for one week. Experiments were conducted under semi-static conditions in 20 L-capacity aquaria where 10 freshwater crayfish were stocked per aquarium...
December 1, 2016: Arhiv za Higijenu Rada i Toksikologiju
Siu Him Janus Wong, Kwong Yuen Chiu, Chun Hoi Yan
An osteophyte is a fibrocartilage-capped bony outgrowth that is one of the features of osteoarthritis. This study reviewed the types, risk factors, pathophysiology, clinical presentations, and medical and surgical treatment of osteophytes. Extraspinal osteophytes are classified as marginal, central, periosteal, or capsular, whereas vertebral osteophytes are classified as traction or claw. Risk factors for development of osteophytes include age, body mass index, physical activity, and other genetic and environmental factors...
December 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery
Bret D Wallace, Zachary Berman, Geoffrey A Mueller, Yunfeng Lin, Timothy Chang, Sara N Andres, Jessica L Wojtaszek, Eugene F DeRose, C Denise Appel, Robert E London, Shan Yan, R Scott Williams
The Xenopus laevis APE2 (apurinic/apyrimidinic endonuclease 2) nuclease participates in 3'-5' nucleolytic resection of oxidative DNA damage and activation of the ATR-Chk1 DNA damage response (DDR) pathway via ill-defined mechanisms. Here we report that APE2 resection activity is regulated by DNA interactions in its Zf-GRF domain, a region sharing high homology with DDR proteins Topoisomerase 3α (TOP3α) and NEIL3 (Nei-like DNA glycosylase 3), as well as transcription and RNA regulatory proteins, such as TTF2 (transcription termination factor 2), TFIIS, and RPB9...
December 27, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Amber Young, Rajaie Namas, Carole Dodge, Dinesh Khanna
Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is an autoimmune disease initially recognized by hand involvement due to characteristic Raynaud's phenomenon (RP), puffy hands, skin thickening, and contractures resembling claw deformities. SSc contributes to hand impairment through inflammatory arthritis, joint contractures, tendon friction rubs (TFRs), RP, digital ulcers (DU), puffy hands, skin sclerosis, acro-osteolysis, and calcinosis. These manifestations, which often co-exist, can contribute to difficulty with occupational activities and activities of daily living (ADL), which can result in impaired quality of life...
September 2016: Current Treatment Options in Rheumatology
Chih-Wei Chang, Yu-Ying Yeh, Li-Ching Chang, Mei-Chich Hsu, Yu-Tse Wu
Cat's claw is a large woody vine with hook-like thorns, has been traditionally used to treat inflammatory disorders in the South and Central America. In this study, a rapid, validated high performance liquid chromatographic (HPLC) method using silica monolithic column was developed for the simultaneous determination of oxindole alkaloids, namely rhynchophylline, pteropodine, isomitraphylline, and isopteropodine in Cat's claw. The ionic liquid-based microwave-assisted extraction (ILMAE), considered as an environmental-friendly and powerful tool, was firstly applied in the extraction of oxindole alkaloids...
December 23, 2016: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
Alexander Tinius, Anthony Patrick Russell
The form of amniote claws has been extensively investigated, often with inferences about ecological association being drawn from studies of their geometry. Various methods have been used to quantify differences in the geometry of claws, but rarely have the underlying assumptions of such methods been addressed. Here, we use one set of bird claws and apply six methods (five that have been previously used, and a new one) that are tasked with comparing their shape. In doing so, we compare the (1) ability of these methods to represent the shape of the claw; (2) validity of the assumptions made about underlying claw geometry; (3) their ability to be applied unambiguously; and (4) their ability to differentiate between predetermined functional clusters...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Morphology
C Selvakumar, T Sivaruban, K A Subramanian, K G Sivaramakrishnan
A new genus and new species of Atalophlebiinae, Klugephlebia kodai Selvakumar, Subramanian & Sivaramakrishnan, are described based on male and female imagos and larvae from Palni hills of the southern Western Ghats of India. The imago of Klugephlebia gen. n. can be differentiated from all other genera of Atalophlebiinae by having the combination of vein MP forked slightly less than half of the distance from base to margin, MP2 attached at base to vein MP1 by a crossvein, a distinctive shape of the hindwing, dissimilar claws on each leg, and distinctive genitalia structures...
December 18, 2016: Zootaxa
Richard J Smith
Explanations of the historical origin of specific individual traits are a key part of the research program in paleontology and evolutionary biology. Why did bipedalism evolve in the human lineage? Why did some dinosaurs and related species have head crests? Why did viviparity evolve in some reptiles? Why did the common ancestor of primates evolve stereoscopic vision, grasping hands and feet, nails instead of claws, and large brains? These are difficult questions. To varying degrees, an explanation must grapple with (1) judgments about changes in fitness that might follow from a change in morphology - without actually observing behavior or measuring reproductive success, (2) the relationship between genes and traits, (3) limitations on doing relevant experiments, (4) the interpretation of causes that are almost certainly contingent, multifactorial, interactive, hierarchical, nonlinear, emergent, and probabilistic rather than deterministic, (5) limited information about variation and ontogeny, (6) a dataset based on the random fortunes of the historical record, including only partial hard-tissue morphology and no soft-tissue morphology, (7) an equally partial and problematic (for example, time-averaged) record of the environment, (8) the compression of all data into a geological time scale that is likely to miss biologically important events or fluctuations, (9) dependence on a process that can only be inferred ("form and even behavior may leave fossil traces, but forces like natural selection do not", (1:130) ) and finally, (10) the assumption of the "adaptationist programme"(2) that the trait in question is in fact an adaptation rather than a consequence of genetic drift, correlated evolution, pleiotropy, exaptation, or other mechanisms...
November 2016: Evolutionary Anthropology
Scott H Freeburg, Eric Engelbrecht, Wade H Powell
Gene duplication confers genetic redundancy that can facilitate subfunctionalization, the partitioning of ancestral functions between paralogs. We capitalize on a recent genome duplication in Xenopus laevis (African clawed frog) to interrogate possible functional differentiation between alloalleles of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR), a ligand-activated transcription factor that mediates toxicity of dioxin-like compounds and plays a role in the physiology and development of the cardiovascular, hepatic, and immune systems in vertebrates...
October 19, 2016: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
Krzysztof Zawierucha, Małgorzata Kolicka, Łukasz Kaczmarek
Tardigrada is phylum of micrometazoans widely distributed throughout the world, because of old descriptions and insufficient morphometric data, many species currently need revision and re-description. Tenuibiotus voronkovi (Tumanov, 2007) is tardigrade previously only recorded from the Svalbard archipelago. This species' original description was based on two individuals with destroyed claws on the fourth pair of legs and a lack of complete morphometric data for buccal tube and claws. In this paper, we present a re-description of T...
November 24, 2016: Zootaxa
Adrian Smolis, Nataliya Kuznetsova
Endonura alticola (Stach, 1951) comb. nov. is redescribed based on the type material and seven new species of the genus Endonura are described from the various parts of the Caucasus. E. paracantabrica sp. nov. can be recognized by the number of chaetae (L+So) on head and a fusion of tubercles Di and De on the first thoracic segment. Specific traits of E. aibgai sp. nov. include small body size, low number of chaetae (L+So) on head, nonogival labrum, dentate claws, and long tibiotarsal chaetae B4 and B5. E. diminutichaeta sp...
November 27, 2016: Zootaxa
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