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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647808/characterization-of-arabidopsis-thaliana-regrowth-patterns-suggests-a-trade-off-between-undamaged-fitness-and-damage-tolerance
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Daniel R Scholes, Erika N Rasnick, Ken N Paige
Herbivory is a fundamental type of plant-animal interaction that presents substantial selection pressure on plants to replace lost tissues and to prevent subsequent losses in fitness. Apical herbivory, which entails removal or damage to the apical meristem, causes a change in plant architecture by disrupting the balance of hormones produced in part by the apical meristem. Therefore, for an annual semelparous plant, the ability to preserve reproductive success following damage (i.e., to tolerate damage) is largely dependent on the plant's pre-damage investment into fitness and its regrowth pattern following damage...
June 24, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638003/molecular-and-cellular-events-during-blastocyst-implantation-in-the-receptive-uterus-clues-from-mouse-models
#2
Hiromichi Matsumoto
The success of implantation is an interactive process between the blastocyst and the uterus. Synchronized development of embryos with uterine differentiation to a receptive state is necessary to complete pregnancy. The period of uterine receptivity for implantation is limited and referred to as the "implantation window", which is regulated by ovarian steroid hormones. Implantation process is complicated due to the many signaling molecules in the hierarchical mechanisms with the embryo-uterine dialogue. The mouse is widely used in animal research, and is uniquely suited for reproductive studies, i...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637327/effect-of-simvastatin-on-baboon-endometriosis
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Hugh S Taylor, Myles Alderman, Thomas M D'Hooghe, Asgerally T Fazleabas, Duleba J Antoni
Endometriosis, a common disorder affecting women of reproductive age is characterized by ectopic growth of the endometrial tissues, altered steroid hormone response and inflammation. Previous studies revealed that statins, selective inhibitors of the key step of mevalonate pathway, inhibit growth of endometrial stromal cells in vitro and reduce endometriotic lesions in murine models of endometriosis. This study evaluated the effects of simvastatin on the development of endometriosis in a baboon model of this disease...
June 16, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633351/data-compression-can-discriminate-broilers-by-selection-line-detect-haplotypes-and-estimate-genetic-potential-for-complex-phenotypes
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N J Hudson, R J Hawken, R Okimoto, R L Sapp, A Reverter
Accurately establishing the relationships among individuals lays the foundation for genetic analyses such as genome-wide association studies and identification of selection signatures. Of particular interest to the poultry industry are estimates of genetic merit based on molecular data. These estimates can be commercially exploited in marker-assisted breeding programs to accelerate genetic improvement. Here, we test the utility of a new method we have recently developed to estimate animal relatedness and applied it to genetic parameter estimation in commercial broilers...
June 15, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625113/men-with-a-terminal-illness-relax-their-criteria-for-facial-attractiveness
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Dariusz P Danel, Agnieszka E Siennicka, Pawel Fedurek, Tomasz Frackowiak, Piotr Sorokowski, Ewa A Jankowska, Boguslaw Pawlowski
According to the life history paradigm, in life-threatening conditions, sexual selection criteria are relaxed in order to increase the probability of a last resort reproduction, ultimately contributing to reproductive success. This should be reflected in loosened mating preferences - a process observed in nonhuman animals. Studies investigating this aspect in humans, however, are scarce. This study explored the aesthetic preferences towards facial and nonfacial stimuli in terminally ill patients with heart failure (HF) and their healthy, same-sex peers...
July 2017: American Journal of Men's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622856/survey-for-selected-pathogens-in-wild-pigs-sus-scrofa-from-guam-marianna-islands-usa
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Christopher A Cleveland, Anthony DeNicola, J P Dubey, Dolores E Hill, Roy D Berghaus, Michael J Yabsley
Pigs (Sus scrofa) were introduced to Guam in the 1600's and are now present in high densities throughout the island. Wild pigs are reservoirs for pathogens of concern to domestic animals and humans. Exposure to porcine parvovirus, transmissible gastroenteritis, and Leptospira interrogans has been documented in domestic swine but data from wild pigs are lacking. The close proximity of humans, domestic animals, and wild pigs, combined with the liberal hunting of wild pigs, results in frequent opportunities for pathogen transmission...
June 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613158/sexual-selection-gradients-change-over-time-in-a-simultaneous-hermaphrodite
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Jeroen Na Hoffer, Janine Mariën, Jacintha Ellers, Joris M Koene
Sexual selection is generally predicted to act more strongly on males than on females. The Darwin-Bateman paradigm predicts that this should also hold for hermaphrodites. However, measuring this strength of selection is less straightforward when both sexual functions are performed throughout the organism's lifetime. Besides, quantifications of sexual selection are usually done during a short time window, while many animals store sperm and are long-lived. To explore whether the chosen timeframe affects estimated measures of sexual selection, we recorded mating success and reproductive success over time, using a simultaneous hermaphrodite...
June 14, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608465/effect-of-bisphenol-a-on-reproductive-processes-a-review-of-in-vitro-in-vivo-and-epidemiological-studies
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Agnieszka Tomza-Marciniak, Paulina Stępkowska, Jarosław Kuba, Bogumiła Pilarczyk
As bisphenol A (BPA) is characterized by a pronounced influence on human hormonal regulation, particular attention has been aimed at understanding its role in reproductive processes in males and females, as well as on fetal development. Owing to the increasing number of alarming reports on the negative consequences of the presence of BPA in human surroundings, more and more studies are being undertaken to clarify the negative effects of BPA on human reproductive processes. The aim of this work was to collect and summarize data on the influence of BPA exposure on reproductive health...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606697/whipworm-kinomes-reflect-a-unique-biology-and-adaptation-to-the-host-animal
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Andreas J Stroehlein, Neil D Young, Pasi K Korhonen, Bill C H Chang, Peter Nejsum, Edoardo Pozio, Giuseppe La Rosa, Paul W Sternberg, Robin B Gasser
Roundworms belong to a diverse phylum (Nematoda) which is comprised of many parasitic species including whipworms (genus Trichuris). These worms have adapted to a biological niche within the host and exhibit unique morphological characteristics compared with other nematodes. Although these adaptations are known, the underlying molecular mechanisms remain elusive. The availability of genomes and transcriptomes of some whipworms now enables detailed studies of their molecular biology. Here, we defined and curated the full complement of an important class of enzymes, the protein kinases (kinomes) of two species of Trichuris, using an advanced and integrated bioinformatic pipeline...
June 10, 2017: International Journal for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601151/effect-of-season-and-age-on-scrotal-circumference-testicular-parameters-and-endocrinological-profiles-in-mithun-bulls
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P Perumal, N Savino, C T R Sangma, S Chang, T Z T Sangtam, M H Khan, G Singh, Brijesh Kumar, D Yadav, N Srivastava
Mithun is a domesticated free-range bovine species primarily used as a meat animal and is a pride of North Eastern Hilly regions of India. The present study was conducted to measure the effect of seasons on scrotal & testicular biometrics and endocrinological profiles for different age groups at different seasons in mithun bulls. A total of 30 mithun males were selected from the mithun breeding farm, ICAR-NRC on Mithun, Medziphema, Nagaland, India and were equally distributed into five groups based on their age...
August 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597938/epigenetics-in-natural-animal-populations
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REVIEW
Juntao Hu, Rowan D H Barrett
Rapid climate change produces a range of new selection pressures on natural populations. While populations may respond by shifting their geographical range or the timing of growth or reproduction; these strategies can be interrupted by habitat fragmentation, natural barriers, or an inadequate ability to keep pace with the speed and magnitude of climate change. As a result, many species are vulnerable to decline and extinction (Hoffmann & Sgrò, 2011). This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595837/application-of-caenorhabditis-elegans-nematode-and-danio-rerio-embryo-zebrafish-as-model-systems-to-screen-for-developmental-and-reproductive-toxicity-of-piperazine-compounds
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Peter I Racz, Marjolein Wildwater, Martijn Rooseboom, Engelien Kerkhof, Raymond Pieters, Elena Santidrian Yebra-Pimentel, Ron P Dirks, Herman P Spaink, Chantal Smulders, Graham F Whale
To enable selection of novel chemicals for new processes, there is a recognized need for alternative toxicity screening assays to assess potential risks to man and the environment. For human health hazard assessment these screening assays need to be translational to humans, have high throughput capability, and from an animal welfare perspective be harmonized with the principles of the 3Rs (Reduction, Refinement, Replacement). In the area of toxicology a number of cell culture systems are available but while these have some predictive value, they are not ideally suited for the prediction of developmental and reproductive toxicology (DART)...
June 5, 2017: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589207/prediction-and-in-vitro-verification-of-potential-ctl-epitopes-conserved-among-prrsv-2-strains
#13
Simon Welner, Morten Nielsen, Michael Rasmussen, Søren Buus, Gregers Jungersen, Lars Erik Larsen
Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV) is the causative agent of one of the most important porcine diseases with a high impact on animal health, welfare, and production economy. PRRSV exhibits a multitude of immunoevasive strategies that, in combination with a very high mutation rate, has hampered the development of safe and broadly protective vaccines. Aiming at a vaccine inducing an effective cytotoxic T cell response, a bioinformatics approach was taken to identify conserved PRRSV-derived peptides predicted to react broadly with common swine leukocyte antigen (SLA) class I alleles...
June 7, 2017: Immunogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586424/role-of-er%C3%AE-in-mediating-female-uterine-transcriptional-responses-to-igf1
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Sylvia C Hewitt, Wipawee Winuthayanon, Sydney L Lierz, Katherine J Hamilton, Lauren J Donoghue, J Tyler Ramsey, Sara A Grimm, Yukitomo Arao, Kenneth S Korach
Estrogen (E2) signaling through its nuclear receptor, estrogen receptor α (ERα) increases insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1) in the rodent uterus, which then initiates further signals via the IGF1 receptor (IGF1R). Directly administering IGF1 results in similar biological and transcriptional uterine responses. Our studies using global ERα-null mice demonstrated a loss of uterine biological responses of the uterus to E2 or IGF1 treatment, while maintaining transcriptional responses to IGF1. To address this discrepancy in the need for uterine ERα in mediating the IGF1 transcriptional vs...
June 6, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579618/a-preference-to-bond-male-prairie-voles-form-pair-bonds-even-in-the-presence-of-multiple-receptive-females
#15
Tomica D Blocker, Alexander G Ophir
Pair bonds are the cornerstone of a monogamous relationship. When individuals of the same species engage in monogamy and promiscuity (i.e. alternative reproductive tactics) it can be difficult to determine which tactic confers greater fitness, as measures of fitness can be difficult to ascertain. However, in these circumstances, whether animals preferentially establish pair bonds can reveal decisions that presumably reflect the animals' assessment of how to best maximize reproductive success. In nature, the majority of prairie voles, Microtus ochrogaster, establishes pair bonds and engages in social monogamy while a minority of individuals remains single and presumably mates promiscuously...
December 2016: Animal Behaviour
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574654/neuroprotective-effects-respond-to-cerebral-ischemia-without-susceptibility-to-hb-tumorigenesis-in-vhl-heterozygous-knockout-mice
#16
Ying Wang, Jingyun Yang, Guhong Du, Dexuan Ma, Liangfu Zhou
The von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) tumor suppressor gene plays a prominent role in the development of hemangioblastomas (HBs) within specific regions of the human' central nervous system (CNS). Alterations in VHL gene are rarely observed in the more common features of human VHL-related tumors in animal models, and VHL heterozygous knockout (VHL + / -) mice do not develop HBs. We tested whether VHL heterozygous knockout mice exhibited genetic predisposition to the development of HBs and conferred a selective advantage involving growth of blood vessels to its carrier...
June 2, 2017: Molecular Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560047/effects-of-dexamethasone-on-progesterone-and-estrogen-profiles-and-uterine-progesterone-receptor-localization-during-pregnancy-in-sahel-goat-in-semi-arid-region
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Dauda Yahi, Nicholas Adetayo Ojo, Gideon Dauda Mshelia
BACKGROUND: Despite the widespread use of dexamethasone in veterinary and human medicine, it is reported to cause some severe pregnancy related side effects like abortion in some animals. The mechanism of the response is not clear but seems to be related to interspecies and/or breed difference in response which may involve alterations in the concentrations of some reproductive hormones. METHODS: Twenty Sahel goats comprising 18 does and 2 bucks were used for this study...
2017: Journal of Animal Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549462/development-of-a-snp-panel-dedicated-to-parentage-assignment-in-french-sheep-populations
#18
F Tortereau, C R Moreno, G Tosser-Klopp, B Servin, J Raoul
BACKGROUND: The efficiency of breeding programs partly relies on the accuracy of the estimated breeding values which decreases when pedigrees are incomplete. Two reproduction techniques are mainly used by sheep breeders to identify the sires of lambs: animal insemination and natural matings with a single ram per group of ewes. Both methods have major drawbacks, notably time-consuming tasks for breeders, and are thus used at varying levels in breeding programs. As a consequence, the percentage of known sires can be very low in some breeds and results in less accurate estimated breeding values...
May 26, 2017: BMC Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549203/polymorphisms-in-the-melatonin-receptor-gene-promoter-and-their-associations-with-fertility-characteristics-in-buffalo-herd-in-eastern-amazon
#19
E M Barbosa, B B Souza, R C Guimarães, L K N Silva, J S N Azevedo, E C Gonçalves, H F L Ribeiro, S T Rolim Filho, E Silva Filho
Buffalo production is spreading globally because of its economic advantage. Then, it has become necessary to improve the reproductive and productive efficiency of these animals, as well as to look for genetic factors that increase this efficiency. The objectives of this study were to characterize the promoter region of the melatonin 1A receptor gene (MTRN1A), to detect possible SNPs and associate them with fertility characteristics, and identify binding sites of transcription factors involved in the regulation of genetic expression in buffaloes in the Amazon...
May 25, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546868/evaluation-of-porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome-stabilization-protocols-in-23-french-farrow-to-finish-farms-located-in-a-high-density-swine-area
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Pauline Berton, Valérie Normand, Guy-Pierre Martineau, Franck Bouchet, Arnaud Lebret, Agnès Waret-Szkuta
BACKGROUND: Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) is responsible for reproductive disorders in sows and respiratory problems in pigs, and has a major economic impact. Controlling PRRSV is therefore a priority for the swine industry. Stabilization of a herd, defined as the production of PRRSV-negative pigs at weaning from seropositive sows, is a common method of control, and different protocols have been described in the literature to achieve this stabilization. CONTEXT AND PURPOSE: The objective of this study was to evaluate wether the combination of mass vaccination of sows and their piglets with a Genotype I modified live virus (MLV) vaccine, with temporal closure to the introduction of replacement animals and unidirectional pig and human flow can result in the production of PRRSV-negative pigs at weaning...
2017: Porcine Health Management
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