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Adam M Session, Yoshinobu Uno, Taejoon Kwon, Jarrod A Chapman, Atsushi Toyoda, Shuji Takahashi, Akimasa Fukui, Akira Hikosaka, Atsushi Suzuki, Mariko Kondo, Simon J van Heeringen, Ian Quigley, Sven Heinz, Hajime Ogino, Haruki Ochi, Uffe Hellsten, Jessica B Lyons, Oleg Simakov, Nicholas Putnam, Jonathan Stites, Yoko Kuroki, Toshiaki Tanaka, Tatsuo Michiue, Minoru Watanabe, Ozren Bogdanovic, Ryan Lister, Georgios Georgiou, Sarita S Paranjpe, Ila van Kruijsbergen, Shengquiang Shu, Joseph Carlson, Tsutomu Kinoshita, Yuko Ohta, Shuuji Mawaribuchi, Jerry Jenkins, Jane Grimwood, Jeremy Schmutz, Therese Mitros, Sahar V Mozaffari, Yutaka Suzuki, Yoshikazu Haramoto, Takamasa S Yamamoto, Chiyo Takagi, Rebecca Heald, Kelly Miller, Christian Haudenschild, Jacob Kitzman, Takuya Nakayama, Yumi Izutsu, Jacques Robert, Joshua Fortriede, Kevin Burns, Vaneet Lotay, Kamran Karimi, Yuuri Yasuoka, Darwin S Dichmann, Martin F Flajnik, Douglas W Houston, Jay Shendure, Louis DuPasquier, Peter D Vize, Aaron M Zorn, Michihiko Ito, Edward M Marcotte, John B Wallingford, Yuzuru Ito, Makoto Asashima, Naoto Ueno, Yoichi Matsuda, Gert Jan C Veenstra, Asao Fujiyama, Richard M Harland, Masanori Taira, Daniel S Rokhsar
To explore the origins and consequences of tetraploidy in the African clawed frog, we sequenced the Xenopus laevis genome and compared it to the related diploid X. tropicalis genome. We characterize the allotetraploid origin of X. laevis by partitioning its genome into two homoeologous subgenomes, marked by distinct families of 'fossil' transposable elements. On the basis of the activity of these elements and the age of hundreds of unitary pseudogenes, we estimate that the two diploid progenitor species diverged around 34 million years ago (Ma) and combined to form an allotetraploid around 17-18 Ma...
October 19, 2016: Nature
Camille Lombard-Banek, Sally A Moody, Peter Nemes
Direct measurement of protein expression with single-cell resolution promises to deepen the understanding of the basic molecular processes during normal and impaired development. High-resolution mass spectrometry provides detailed coverage of the proteomic composition of large numbers of cells. Here we discuss recent mass spectrometry developments based on single-cell capillary electrophoresis that extend discovery proteomics to sufficient sensitivity to enable the measurement of proteins in single cells. The single-cell mass spectrometry system is used to detect a large number of proteins in single embryonic cells in the 16-cell embryo of the South African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis) that give rise to distinct tissue types...
2016: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
Ayako Yamaguchi, Jessica Cavin Barnes, Todd Appleby
Central pattern generators (CPG) in the brainstem are considered to underlie vocalizations in many vertebrate species, but the detailed mechanisms underlying how motor rhythms are generated, coordinated, and initiated remain unclear. We addressed these issues using isolated brain preparations of Xenopus laevis from which fictive vocalizations can be elicited. Advertisement calls of male X. laevis that consist of fast and slow trills are generated by vocal CPGs contained in the brainstem. Brainstem central vocal pathways consist of a premotor nucleus (DTAM) and a laryngeal motor nucleus (n...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
Tony Ht Sung, Annie Cw Tam, Jennifer Ls Khoo
Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans (DFSP) is a rare malignant soft-tissue neoplasm which is often misdiagnosed due to its indolent clinical course and non-specific radiological appearances. An observation case series was conducted with retrospective review of clinical and radiological data of DFSP patients presenting to a major tertiary hospital in Hong Kong for radiological assessment between November 2006 and February 2016. Seven patients with confirmed histological diagnosis of DFSP were included. Tumour sizes at presentation ranged from 1 to 5 cm, most commonly (n = 6) occurred over chest wall and abdominal wall...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology
Joseph R Sachleben, Aashish N Adhikari, Grzegorz Gawlak, Robert J Hoey, Gaohua Liu, Andrzej Joachimiak, Gaetano T Montelione, Tobin R Sosnick, Shohei Koide
We determined the NMR structure of a highly aromatic (13%) protein of unknown function, Aq1974 from Aquifex aeolicus. The unusual sequence of this protein has a tryptophan content 5 times the normal (six tryptophan residues of 114 or 5.2% while the average tryptophan content is 1.0%) with the tryptophans occurring in a WXW motif. It has no detectable sequence homology with known protein structures. Although its NMR spectrum suggested that the protein was rich in β-sheet, upon resonance assignment and solution structure determination, the protein was found to be primarily α-helical with a small two-stranded β-sheet with a novel fold that we have termed an Aromatic Claw...
October 17, 2016: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
J S Osorio, F Batistel, E F Garrett, M M Elhanafy, M R Tariq, M T Socha, J J Loor
Supplying trace minerals in more bioavailable forms such as amino acid complexes (AAC) could help ameliorate the incidence of hoof disorders in peripartal dairy cows. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of supplementing metal AAC during the peripartal period on expression of 28 genes in corium tissue related to claw composition, oxidative stress, inflammation, chemotaxis, and transcriptional regulation. Forty-four multiparous Holstein cows received a common diet from -30 to 30 d relative to parturition and were assigned to receive an oral bolus containing either inorganic trace minerals (INO) or AAC (i...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Dairy Science
Tainã Rapp Py-Daniel, Anderson Kennedy Soares De-Lima, Fabiano Campos Lima, Aline Pic-Taylor, Osmindo Rodrigues Pires Junior, Antonio Sebben
The mouse, chicken, African clawed frog and zebrafish are considered "model organisms" due to their extensive embryological and genetic characterization. However they are far from representative of known diversity, impairing phylogenetic analyses of developmental patterns. Since squamates have historically received limited attention in developmental studies, we here describe the developmental sequence for Tropidurus torquatus, and provide the first post-ovipositional developmental series for the lizard family Tropiduridae...
October 14, 2016: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
Ling-Ling Chen, Katrina G Claw, Sohini Ramachandran
What can be done to encourage and support women of color in STEM fields? Genome Biology spoke with three women of color who have had success in the area of genomics research.
October 11, 2016: Genome Biology
Sebastian Maciak, Katarzyna Michalak, Shiv D Kale, Pawel Michalak
Nucleolar dominance is a dramatic disruption in the formation of nucleoli and the expression of ribosomal RNA (rRNA) genes, characteristic of some plant and animal hybrids. Here, we report that F1 hybrids produced from reciprocal crosses between 2 sister species of Xenopus clawed frogs, X. muelleri and X. borealis, undergo nucleolar dominance somewhat distinct from a pattern previously reported in hybrids between phylogenetically more distant Xenopus species. Patterns of nucleolar development, 45S rRNA expression, and gene copy inheritance were investigated using a combination of immunostaining, pyrosequencing, droplet digital PCR, flow cytometry, and epigenetic inhibition...
October 12, 2016: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
L V Randall, M J Green, M G G Chagunda, C Mason, L E Green, J N Huxley
The importance of lameness in primiparous dairy heifers is increasingly recognised. Although it is accepted that clinical lameness in any lactation increases the risk of future lameness, the impact of foot lesions during the first lactation on long-term lameness risk is less clear. This retrospective cohort study aimed to investigate the impacts of foot lesions occurring around the time of first calving in heifers on future lameness risk, daily milk yield and survival within a dairy herd. Records were obtained for 158 heifers from one UK dairy herd...
October 1, 2016: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
Courtney Coughenour, Sheila Clark, Ashok Singh, Eudora Claw, James Abelar, Joshua Huebner
INTRODUCTION: In the US people of color are disproportionately affected by pedestrian crashes. The purpose of this study was to examine the potential for racial bias in driver yielding behaviors at midblock crosswalks in low and high income neighborhoods located in the sprawling metropolitan area of Las Vegas, NV. METHODS: Participants (1 white, 1 black female) crossed at a midblock crosswalk on a multilane road in a low income and a high income neighborhood. Trained observers recorded (1) number of cars that passed in the nearest lane before yielding while the pedestrian waited near the crosswalk at the curb (2) number of cars that passed through the crosswalk with the pedestrian in the same half of the roadway...
October 4, 2016: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
Hossein Mohammad Rabie, Parviz Malekifar, Mohammad Ali Javadi, Danial Roshandel, Hamed Esfandiari
PURPOSE: To review our experience with crystalline lens extraction and iris claw Artisan IOL implantation in patients with lens subluxation secondary to Marfan syndrome. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of 12 eyes of 9 patients with lens subluxation due to Marfan syndrome who underwent crystalline lens removal and Artisan IOL (Ophtec, Groningen, Netherlands) implantation. A questionnaire of pre- and post-operative data, including demographics, pre- and postoperative comorbidities and complications was completed...
October 5, 2016: International Ophthalmology
Boonsatien Boonsoong, Michel Sartori
A newly discovered representative of Leptophlebiidae is described and illustrated from Thailand as Sangpradubina thailandica, gen. nov. and sp. nov., based on larvae and reared adults. This new species presents an interesting transitional position, being close to Choroterpes s.l. in the winged stages, but closer to Thraulus s.l. in the nymphal stage.   Nymphs are differentiated from those of all genera of the Thraulus lineage by the combination of gill I consisting of only a single and slender lamella, gills II-VII being fimbriate only in the distal half, each mandible having a tuft of setae only in the middle of the lateral margin, each maxilla having a well-developed anterolateral projection, fore- and middle femora each having a row of long setae on the outer margin, as well as tarsal claws having 4 denticles at the base and 9 in the apical position...
September 21, 2016: Zootaxa
Dasfne Lee-Liu, Emilio E Méndez-Olivos, Rosana Muñoz, Juan Larraín
While an injury to the central nervous system (CNS) in humans and mammals is irreversible, amphibians and teleost fish have the capacity to fully regenerate after severe injury to the CNS. Xenopus laevis has a high potential to regenerate the brain and spinal cord during larval stages (47-54), and loses this capacity during metamorphosis. The optic nerve has the capacity to regenerate throughout the frog's lifespan. Here, we review CNS regeneration in frogs, with a focus in X. laevis, but also provide some information about X...
September 29, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
Adam C Pritchard, Alan H Turner, Randall B Irmis, Sterling J Nesbitt, Nathan D Smith
The tetrapod forelimb is one of the most versatile structures in vertebrate evolution, having been co-opted for an enormous array of functions. However, the structural relationships between the bones of the forelimb have remained largely unchanged throughout the 375 million year history of Tetrapoda, with a radius and ulna made up of elongate, paralleling shafts contacting a series of shorter carpal bones. These features are consistent across nearly all known tetrapods, suggesting that the morphospace encompassed by these taxa is limited by some sort of constraint(s)...
September 24, 2016: Current Biology: CB
Katrin Wilhelm, Jürgen Wilhelm, Manfred Fürll
The present study investigated whether changes of energy metabolism post-partum (pp) are associated with claw health. For this purpose, back-fat-thickness (BFT) was measured and blood samples were taken from 146 cows at four examination times. The serum levels of free fatty acids (FFA), ß-hydroxybutyrate (BHB) and glucose were measured. Furthermore, in the first week postpartum (pp) and at 8 weeks pp, a claw trimming was done and the presence and extent of sole haemorrhages (SH) was recorded. Animals with high BFT at calving and therefore high fat mobilisation and whose FFA and BHB levels in the first week pp exceeded the reference values had fewer pathological changes of the claws than thinner animals whose FFA and BHB levels stayed within reference ranges...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Dairy Research
John Measey
African clawed frogs (Xenopus laevis) are often referred to as 'purely aquatic' but there are many publications which suggest extensive overland movements. Previous reviews which considered the topic have not answered the following questions: (1) is there evidence for overland dispersal in native and invasive ranges; (2) what is the range of distances moved overland; (3) when does overland movement occur; and (4) is there evidence of breeding migratory behaviour? A systematic review was chosen to synthesise and critically analyse all literature on the overland movement in Xenopus laevis...
2016: PeerJ
J Burgstaller, J Raith, S Kuchling, V Mandl, A Hund, J Kofler
Claw health and lameness data from five dairies with compost bedded barns (n = 201 data sets) were evaluated and compared with data from five dairy herds housed in freestall cubicle barns (n = 297 data sets). They were matched for having the same cow numbers, flooring type and similar milk yield. The prevalence of lameness, claw lesions and their severity grades were analysed. Two claw health indicators, the cow claw score (CCS) and the farm claw score (FCS), were calculated using a computerised claw trimming database programme; there was no significant difference in overall lameness prevalence in cows from five compost bedded barns (18...
October 2016: Veterinary Journal
D Greber, G Bearth, R Lüchinger, G Schuepbach-Regula, A Steiner
Virulent ovine footrot caused by Dichelobacter nodosus is an endemic disease worldwide. It is associated with severe pain, impaired animal welfare and economic losses. The competitive real-time PCR for the differentiation of virulent aprV2 and benign aprB2 strains of Dichelobacter nodosus provides an objective, rapid and sensitive diagnostic tool for footrot surveillance, especially as it enables early detection of subclinical carriers of virulent strains. The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of complete elimination of Dichelobacter nodosus strains carrying the aprV2 gene from sheep flocks...
October 2016: Veterinary Journal
Claudio Soto-Azat, Alexandra Peñafiel-Ricaurte, Stephen J Price, Nicole Sallaberry-Pincheira, María Pía García, Mario Alvarado-Rybak, Andrew A Cunningham
Amphibians face an extinction crisis with no precedence. Two emerging infectious diseases, ranaviral disease caused by viruses within the genus Ranavirus and chytridiomycosis due to Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), have been linked with amphibian mass mortalities and population declines in many regions of the globe. The African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis) has been indicated as a vector for the spread of these pathogens. Since the 1970s, this species has been invasive in central Chile. We collected X. laevis and dead native amphibians in Chile between 2011 and 2013...
September 28, 2016: EcoHealth
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