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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775465/a-nocturnal-rail-with-a-simple-territorial-call-eavesdrops-on-interactions-between-rivals
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Lucyna Ewa Wojas, Paweł Wojciech Podkowa, Tomasz Stanisław Osiejuk
The behaviour of most animals has evolved in a communication network environment, in which signals produced by senders are perceived by many intended and unintended receivers. In this study, we tested whether the corncrake (Crex crex), a nocturnal rail species with innate (non-learned) calls, is able to eavesdrop on the interactions of conspecific males and how this eavesdropping affects subsequent responses by the eavesdropper to territorial intrusion. In the first step, simulated aggressive or neutral interactions between male dyads were presented to a focal male...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774962/maternal-regulation-of-the-infant-s-hpa-axis-stress-response-seymour-gig-levine-s-legacy-to-neuroendocrinology
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Deborah Suchecki
Thirty years ago, Seymour 'Gig' Levine published a serendipitous, yet, seminal finding on the regulatory role of maternal presence on the corticosterone stress response of neonatal rats, during the developmental period know as stress hyporesponsive period. At the same time, his group of students also studied the stress response of infant monkeys to maternal separation, as a means to understand the stressful nature of disruptions of attachment to the primary caregiver. Gig and his group of students and collaborators, mainly in the USA and the Netherlands, investigated how initial social relationships buffer the stress response of non-human primate and rodent infants...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774557/diabetes-induced-microvascular-complications-at-the-level-of-the-spinal-cord-a-contributing-factor-in-diabetic-neuropathic-pain
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N Ved, M E Da Vitoria Lobo, S M Bestall, C L Vidueira, N Beazley-Long, K Ballmer-Hofer, M Hirashima, D O Bates, L F Donaldson, R P Hulse
Abnormalities of neurovascular interactions within the central nervous system of diabetic patients is associated with the onset of many neurological disease states. However, to date, the link between the neurovascular network within the spinal cord and regulation of nociception has not been investigated despite neuropathic pain being common in diabetes. We hypothesised that hyperglycaemia-induced endothelial degeneration in the spinal cord, due to suppression of VEGF-A/VEGFR2 signalling, induces diabetic neuropathic pain...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771983/the-effect-of-exposure-to-low-frequency-electromagnetic-fields-emf-as-an-integral-part-of-the-housing-system-on-anxiety-related-behaviour-cognition-and-welfare-in-two-strains-of-laboratory-mouse
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Oliver Burman, Gerardo Marsella, Angelo Di Clemente, Luigi Cervo
Electromagnetic field (EMF) technology has the potential to improve scientific data capture and welfare assessment by allowing automated data collection from individual cages. However, it is important to determine any impact that a new technology itself may have on animal welfare, and previous studies have found contrasting results of EMF on laboratory rodent anxiety-like behaviour and cognition. We therefore investigated whether there was an effect of low frequency EMF experienced continuously over a six-week period, as an integral part of the animal housing system, on measures of mouse anxiety-related behaviour, cognition and welfare...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770183/colour-for-behavioural-success
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Birgitta Dresp-Langley, Adam Reeves
Colour information not only helps sustain the survival of animal species by guiding sexual selection and foraging behaviour but also is an important factor in the cultural and technological development of our own species. This is illustrated by examples from the visual arts and from state-of-the-art imaging technology, where the strategic use of colour has become a powerful tool for guiding the planning and execution of interventional procedures. The functional role of colour information in terms of its potential benefits to behavioural success across the species is addressed in the introduction here to clarify why colour perception may have evolved to generate behavioural success...
March 2018: I-Perception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766510/ineffectiveness-of-saxagliptin-as-a-neuroprotective-drug-in-6-ohda-lesioned-rats
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Joelle de Melo Turnes, Taysa Bervian Bassani, Leonardo C Souza, Maria A B F Vital
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether the drug saxagliptin, a dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitor which is utilized for the treatment of Diabetes Mellitus, has neuroprotective effects in the animal model of Parkinson's disease (PD) induced by 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) in rats. METHODS: Male Wistar rats (weighing 280-300 g) received a bilateral infusion of 6-OHDA in the substantia nigra. Twenty-four hours later, they were treated with saxagliptin (1 mg/kg, p.o) once daily, for 21 days...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765692/the-cascading-pathogenic-consequences-of-sarcoptes-scabiei-infection-that-manifest-in-host-disease
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Alynn M Martin, Tamieka A Fraser, John A Lesku, Kellie Simpson, Georgia L Roberts, Jillian Garvey, Adam Polkinghorne, Christopher P Burridge, Scott Carver
Sarcoptic mange, caused by the parasitic mite Sarcoptes scabiei , causes a substantive burden of disease to humans, domestic animals and wildlife, globally. There are many effects of S. scabiei infection, culminating in the disease which hosts suffer. However, major knowledge gaps remain on the pathogenic impacts of this infection. Here, we focus on the bare-nosed wombat host ( Vombatus ursinus ) to investigate the effects of mange on: (i) host heat loss and thermoregulation, (ii) field metabolic rates, (iii) foraging and resting behaviour across full circadian cycles, and (iv) fatty acid composition in host adipose, bone marrow, brain and muscle tissues...
April 2018: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765691/sexual-phenotype-drives-variation-in-endocrine-responses-to-social-challenge-in-a-quasi-clonal-animal
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Cheng-Yu Li, Shu-Ping Huang, Mark Garcia, Adam Fuller, Yuying Hsu, Ryan L Earley
In many species, males tend to behave more aggressively than females and female aggression often occurs during particular life stages such as maternal defence of offspring. Though many studies have revealed differences in aggression between the sexes, few studies have compared the sexes in terms of their neuroendocrine responses to contest experience. We investigated sex differences in the endocrine response to social challenge using mangrove rivulus fish, Kryptolebias marmoratus . In this species, sex is determined environmentally, allowing us to produce males and hermaphrodites with identical genotypes...
April 2018: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765160/author-correction-effects-of-adolescent-alcohol-consumption-on-the-brain-and-behaviour
#9
Linda P Spear
In the initially published version of this article, the following sentence was incorrect: "Studies that have compared equivalent exposures to alcohol in adolescent and adult animals have found that the effects of alcohol exposure during adolescence are generally not evident or are less pronounced than after comparable alcohol exposure in adulthood". The sentence should have read: "Studies that have compared equivalent exposures to alcohol in adolescent and adult animals have found that the effects of alcohol exposure during adulthood are generally not evident or are less pronounced than after comparable alcohol exposure in adolescence"...
May 15, 2018: Nature Reviews. Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765115/collective-gradient-sensing-in-fish-schools
#10
James G Puckett, Aawaz R Pokhrel, Julia A Giannini
Throughout the animal kingdom, animals frequently benefit from living in groups. Models of collective behaviour show that simple local interactions are sufficient to generate group morphologies found in nature (swarms, flocks and mills). However, individuals also interact with the complex noisy environment in which they live. In this work, we experimentally investigate the group performance in navigating a noisy light gradient of two unrelated freshwater species: golden shiners (Notemigonuscrysoleucas) and rummy nose tetra (Hemigrammus bleheri)...
May 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764270/drunk-decisions-alcohol-shifts-choice-from-habitual-towards-goal-directed-control-in-adolescent-intermediate-risk-drinkers
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Elisabeth Obst, Daniel J Schad, Quentin Jm Huys, Miriam Sebold, Stephan Nebe, Christian Sommer, Michael N Smolka, Ulrich S Zimmermann
BACKGROUND: Studies in humans and animals suggest a shift from goal-directed to habitual decision-making in addiction. We therefore tested whether acute alcohol administration reduces goal-directed and promotes habitual decision-making, and whether these effects are moderated by self-reported drinking problems. METHODS: Fifty-three socially drinking males completed the two-step task in a randomised crossover design while receiving an intravenous infusion of ethanol (blood alcohol level=80 mg%), or placebo...
May 1, 2018: Journal of Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763646/genetic-parameter-and-breeding-value-estimation-of-donkeys-problem-focused-coping-styles
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Francisco Javier Navas González, Jordi Jordana Vidal, José Manuel León Jurado, Ander Arando Arbulu, Amy Katherine McLean, Juan Vicente Delgado Bermejo
Donkeys are recognized therapy or leisure-riding animals. Anecdotal evidence has suggested that more reactive donkeys or those more easily engaging flight mechanisms tend to be easier to train compared to those displaying the natural donkey behaviour of fight. This context brings together the need to quantify such traits and to genetically select donkeys displaying a neutral reaction during training, because of its implication with handler/rider safety and trainability. We analysed the scores for coping style traits from 300 Andalusian donkeys from 2013 to 2015...
May 12, 2018: Behavioural Processes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762648/a-new-framework-for-conceptualizing-symptoms-in-frontotemporal-dementia-from-animal-models-to-the-clinic
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Stephanie Wong, Bernard W Balleine, Fiona Kumfor
Behavioural-variant frontotemporal dementia is characterized by a number of ostensibly disparate clinical features, which have largely been considered independently. This Update proposes an integrated conceptual framework for these symptoms, by bringing together findings from animal studies, functional neuroimaging and behavioural neurology. The combined evidence indicates that many of the clinical symptoms--such as altered eating behaviour; overspending and susceptibility to scams; reduced empathy and socially inappropriate behaviour; apathy and stereotyped/ritualistic behaviour--can be conceptualized as a common underlying deficiency in goal-directed behaviour and the concomitant emergence of habits...
May 11, 2018: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761064/development-of-a-site-fidelity-index-based-on-population-capture-recapture-data
#14
Ayelen Tschopp, Mariano A Ferrari, Enrique A Crespo, Mariano A Coscarella
Background: Site fidelity is considered as an animal's tendency to return to a previously occupied place; this is a component of animal behaviour that allows us to understand movement patterns and aspects related to the animal's life history. Although there are many site fidelity metrics, the lack of standardisation presents a considerable challenge in terms of comparability among studies. Methods: This investigation focused on the theoretical development of a standardised composite site fidelity index and its statistical distribution in order to obtain reliable population-level site fidelity comparisons...
2018: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761044/the-brown-anole-dewlap-revisited-do-predation-pressure-sexual-selection-and-species-recognition-shape-among-population-signal-diversity
#15
Simon Baeckens, Tess Driessens, Raoul Van Damme
Animal signalling structures are amongst the most variable characteristics, as they are subjected to a diversity of selection pressures. A well-known example of a diverse signalling system in the animal kingdom is the dewlap of Anolis lizards. Dewlap characteristics can vary remarkably among and within species, and also between sexes. Although a considerable amount of studies have attempted to disentangle the functional significance of the staggering dewlap diversity in Anolis , the underlying evolutionary processes remain elusive...
2018: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29759134/behavioural-alterations-and-morphological-changes-are-attenuated-by-the-lack-of-trpa1-receptors-in-the-cuprizone-induced-demyelination-model-in-mice
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Kata Bölcskei, Gábor Kriszta, Éva Sághy, Maja Payrits, Éva Sipos, Anett Vranesics, Zoltán Berente, Hajnalka Ábrahám, Péter Ács, Sámuel Komoly, Erika Pintér
We have recently reported that the Transient Receptor Potential Ankyrin 1 (TRPA1) receptor deficiency significantly attenuated cuprizone-induced demyelination by reducing the apoptosis of mature oligodendrocytes. The aim of the present study was to gather additional data on the role of TRPA1 by investigating the time course of behavioural alterations and morphological changes in cuprizone-treated TRPA1 receptor gene-deficient mice. Demyelination was induced by feeding male wild-type (WT) and TRPA1 gene-deleted (TRPA1 KO) mice with 0...
July 15, 2018: Journal of Neuroimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29758056/assessment-of-the-behaviour-and-survival-of-nematodes-under-low-oxygen-concentrations
#17
Hiromi Kitazume, Mehmet Dayi, Ryusei Tanaka, Taisei Kikuchi
Oxygen is required for the completion of almost all known metazoan lifecycles, but many metazoans harbour abilities to withstand varying degrees and periods of hypoxia. Caenorhabditis elegans, one of the most popular model organism is extensively used as a model for the study of hypoxia and anoxia biology and it has been found that this nematode is capable of tolerance to varying degrees of hypoxia. Considering the extremely high diversity of nematodes, the effects of low oxygen concentration and mechanisms of adaptation to oxygen depletion differ among species...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757955/enrichment-in-the-sucker-and-weaner-phase-altered-the-performance-of-pigs-in-three-behavioural-tests
#18
Cameron Ralph, Michelle Hebart, Greg M Cronin
We tested the hypothesis that provision of enrichment in the form of enrichment blocks during the sucker and weaner phases would affect the behaviour of pigs. We measured the performance of pigs in an open field/novel object test, a maze test, an executive function test and the cortisol response of the pigs after exposure to an open field test. The provision of enrichment blocks altered the behaviour of the pigs in all three tests and these changes suggest an increased willingness to explore and possibly an increased ability to learn...
May 14, 2018: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757463/depression-related-behavioural-and-neuroendocrine-changes-in-the-spontaneously-diabetic-torii-sdt-fatty-rat-an-animal-model-of-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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Katsuya Sakimura, Tatsuya Maekawa, Kazuo Sasagawa, Yukihito Ishii, Shin-Ichi Kume, Takeshi Ohta
Depression is one of the most common psychiatric diseases and is commonly comorbid with type 1 or 2 diabetes mellitus (DM). However, the pathophysiology underlying the depressive state in DM remains poorly understood. Animal models are useful tools to investigate the association between depression and DM. In the present study we investigated whether the Spontaneously Diabetic Torii (SDT) fatty rat, a novel animal model of type 2 DM, shows depression-related features. We assessed depression-like behaviour, hyperactivation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, and neurotransmitter levels in the brain...
May 14, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29752882/experience-during-development-triggers-between-individual-variation-in-behavioural-plasticity
#20
Tamás János Urszán, László Zsolt Garamszegi, Gergely Nagy, Attila Hettyey, János Török, Gábor Herczeg
1.Behavioural consistency within and across behaviours (animal personality and behavioural syndrome, respectively) have been vigorously studied in the last decade, leading to the emergence of 'animal personality' research. It has been proposed recently that not only mean behaviour (behavioural type), but the environmentally induced behavioural change (behavioural plasticity) might also differ between individuals within populations. 2.While case studies presenting between-individual variation in behavioural plasticity have started to accumulate, the mechanisms behind its emergence are virtually unknown...
May 12, 2018: Journal of Animal Ecology
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