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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533452/fluorescence-as-a-means-of-colour-signal-enhancement
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REVIEW
Justin Marshall, Sonke Johnsen
Fluorescence is a physico-chemical energy exchange where shorter-wavelength photons are absorbed by a molecule and are re-emitted as longer-wavelength photons. It has been suggested a means of communication in several taxa including flowers, pitcher plants, corals, algae, worms, squid, spiders, stomatopods, fish, reptiles, parrots and humans. The surface or object that the pigment molecule is part of appears to glow due to its setting rather than an actual production of light, and this may enhance both signals and, in some cases, camouflage...
July 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523489/occurrence-of-ornithonyssus-sylviarum-in-pet-birds-from-the-district-of-set%C3%A3%C2%BAbal-portugal
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Helga Waap, Diana Paulino, Rita Cardoso
Ornithonyssus sylviarum is a blood-feeding ectoparasite of birds and the most serious pest in poultry farms in North America. Although the mites are typically adapted to temperate climates, information on this mite in Europe is sparse, and Dermanyssus gallinae is considered to be the only mite impacting the poultry industry. The present study reports the occurrence of O. sylviarum in pet birds in Portugal. Mites were collected directly from birds and with traps placed in cages and nests at 20 different sampling places belonging to 6 municipalities in the district of Setúbal...
May 18, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523329/respiratory-bronchiolitis-associated-interstitial-lung-disease-an-unexpected-form-of-idiopathic-interstitial-pneumonia-in-a-young-male
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Claudia Lucia Toma, Elena Danteş, Diana Gabriela Leonte, Ariadna Petronela Fildan
Cigarette smoking is the most frequently encountered risk factor for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer. The latest American Thoracic Society÷European Respiratory Society classification of idiopathic interstitial pneumonia includes two entities related to smoking habits: respiratory bronchiolitis-associated interstitial lung disease and desquamative interstitial pneumonia. The new approach to diagnosis is to combine pathological pattern with clinical and radiological data. Lung biopsy is no longer considered the "gold standard" for diagnosis, but as a part of the diagnosis, which shall be set only after the pulmonologist, radiologist and pathologist reviewed all clinical, imaging and pathological aspects...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488446/plasma-protein-hematologic-and-blood-chemistry-changes-in-african-grey-parrots-psittacus-erithacus-experimentally-infected-with-bornavirus
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Charlotte Högemann, Rüdiger Richter, Rüdiger Korbel, Monika Rinder
Bornaviruses are considered to be the causative agent of proventricular dilatation disease (PDD) in psittacine birds. In order to detect hematological and blood chemistry changes during the development of PDD and a possible correlation with clinical symptoms and the virological status, six African grey parrots (Psittacus erithacus) were experimentally infected with parrot bornavirus genotype 4 (PaBV-4) by subcutaneous route. All six parrots developed clinical signs of varying extent and successful infection was confirmed in all the birds by seroconversion or detection of RNA of the PaBV-4 infection strain...
May 10, 2017: Avian Pathology: Journal of the W.V.P.A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482709/isotope-%C3%AE-13-c-%C3%AE-15-n-%C3%AE-2-h-diet-tissue-discrimination-in-african-grey-parrot-psittacus-erithacus-implications-for-forensic-studies
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Craig Symes, Felix Skhosana, Mike Butler, Brett Gardner, Stephan Woodborne
Diet-tissue isotopic relationships established under controlled conditions are informative for determining the dietary sources and geographic provenance of organisms. We analysed δ(13)C, δ(15)N, and non-exchangeable δ(2)H values of captive African grey parrot Psittacus erithacus feathers grown on a fixed mixed-diet and borehole water. Diet-feather Δ(13)C and Δ(15)N discrimination values were +3.8 ± 0.3 ‰ and +6.3 ± 0.7 ‰ respectively; significantly greater than expected. Non-exchangeable δ(2)H feather values (-62...
May 8, 2017: Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462019/the-importance-of-scale-dependent-ravine-characteristics-on-breeding-site-selection-by-the-burrowing-parrot-cyanoliseus-patagonus
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Myriam Ramirez-Herranz, Rodrigo S Rios, Renzo Vargas-Rodriguez, Jose-Enrique Novoa-Jerez, Francisco A Squeo
In birds, the environmental variables and intrinsic characteristics of the nest have important fitness consequences through its influence on the selection of nesting sites. However, the extent to which these variables interact with variables that operate at the landscape scale, and whether there is a hierarchy among the different scales that influences nest-site selection, is unknown. This interaction could be crucial in burrowing birds, which depend heavily on the availability of suitable nesting locations...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455784/clinical-features-of-patients-with-diffuse-alveolar-hemorrhage-due-to-negative-pressure-pulmonary-edema
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Damien Contou, Guillaume Voiriot, Michel Djibré, Vincent Labbé, Muriel Fartoukh, Antoine Parrot
PURPOSE: Diffuse alveolar hemorrhage (DAH) with negative-pressure pulmonary edema (NPPE) is an uncommon yet life-threatening condition. We aimed at describing the circumstances, clinical, radiological, and bronchoscopic features, as well as the outcome of patients with NPPE-related DAH. METHODS: We performed a retrospective, observational cohort study, using data prospectively collected over 35 years in an intensive care unit (ICU). RESULTS: Of the 149 patients admitted for DAH, we identified 18 NPPE episodes in 15 patients, one admitted four times for recurrent NPPE-related DAH...
April 28, 2017: Lung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448239/extranodal-marginal-zone-lymphoma-no-longer-just-a-sidekick
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Manali K Kamdar, Sonali M Smith
The Oncology Grand Rounds series is designed to place original reports published in the Journal into clinical context. A case presentation is followed by a description of diagnostic and management challenges, a review of the relevant literature, and a summary of the authors' suggested management approaches. The goal of this series is to help readers better understand how to apply the results of key studies, including those published in Journal of Clinical Oncology, to patients seen in their own clinical practice...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413724/are-anti-ganglioside-antibodies-associated-with-proventricular-dilatation-disease-in-birds
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Jeann Leal de Araujo, Ian Tizard, Jianhua Guo, J Jill Heatley, Aline Rodrigues Hoffmann, Raquel R Rech
The identification of Parrot bornaviruses (PaBV) in psittacine birds with proventricular dilatation disease (PDD) has not been sufficient to explain the pathogenesis of this fatal disease, since not all infected birds develop clinical signs. Although the most accepted theory indicates that PaBV directly triggers an inflammatory response in this disease, another hypothesis suggests the disease is triggered by autoantibodies targeting neuronal gangliosides, and PDD might therefore resemble Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) in its pathogenesis...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358615/semen-collection-and-spermatozoa-characteristics-in-the-kea-parrot-nestor-notabilis
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Andrea Dogliero, Ada Rota, Renato Lofiego, Mitzy Mauthe von Degerfeld, Giuseppe Quaranta
We describe the seminal characteristics of the kea parrot (Nestor notabilis), an endangered species endemic to the South Island of New Zealand. Semen was collected in the full breeding season from 6 birds in the collection of an amateur aviculturist. The manual massage technique was used. A total of 25 ejaculates was collected and evaluated for volume, degree of contamination, and spermatozoa concentration; motility and kinetic parameters were assessed on diluted samples (modified Tyrode's Albumin Lactate Pyruvate, pH 8...
March 2017: Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358087/animal-behaviour-playful-call-makes-parrots-merry
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March 29, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344897/testing-of-microsatellite-multiplexes-for-individual-identification-of-cape-parrots-poicephalus-robustus-paternity-testing-and-monitoring-trade
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Willem G Coetzer, Colleen T Downs, Mike R Perrin, Sandi Willows-Munro
BACKGROUND: Illegal trade in rare wildlife species is a major threat to many parrot species around the world. Wildlife forensics plays an important role in the preservation of endangered or threatened wildlife species. Identification of illegally harvested or traded animals through DNA techniques is one of the many methods used during forensic investigations. Natural populations of the South African endemic Cape Parrot (Poicephalus robustus) are negatively affected by the removal of eggs and chicks for the pet trade...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338296/photochromism-and-dual-color-fluorescence-in-a-polyoxometalate-benzospiropyran-molecular-switch
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Arnaud Parrot, Aurélie Bernard, Aurélie Jacquart, Stefano Artin Serapian, Carles Bo, Etienne Derat, Olivier Oms, Anne Dolbecq, Anna Proust, Rémi Métivier, Pierre Mialane, Guillaume Izzet
The photophysical properties of a Keggin-type polyoxometalate (POM) covalently bounded to a benzospiropyran (BSPR) unit have been investigated. These studies reveal that both closed and open forms are emissive with distinct spectral features (λem (closed form)=530 nm, λem (open form)=670 nm) and that the fluorescence of the BSPR unit of the hybrid is considerably enhanced compared to BSPR parent compounds. While the fluorescence excitation energy of the BSPR reference compounds (370 nm) is close to the intense absorption responsible of the photochromic character (350 nm), the fluorescence excitation of the hybrid is shifted to lower energy (400 nm), improving the population of the emissive state...
March 24, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322728/phlebotomine-sandflies-of-botswana-a-taxonomic-review-and-a-faunistic-update-with-the-first-record-of-genus-phlebotomus
#14
Andreas Krüger
The first records of phlebotomine sandflies from Botswana have been published only recently, comprising of four species of genus Sergentomyia. This update presents the first record of genus Phlebotomus, namely Ph. (Anaphlebotomus) rodhaini Parrot, which is also the first detection of a putative vector of leishmaniasis in Botswana. In addition, records of the Sergentomyia "bedfordi (Newstead) group" are reviewed, and the molecular taxonomy of all taxa known from Botswana is analysed based on three mitochondrial gene fragments (mtDNA)...
March 18, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301249/investigation-of-different-infection-routes-of-parrot-bornavirus-in-cockatiels
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Julia Heckmann, Dirk Enderlein, Anne K Piepenbring, Sibylle Herzog, Ursula Heffels-Redmann, Sara Malberg, Christiane Herden, Michael Lierz
The aim of this study was to determine the natural infection route of parrot bornavirus (PaBV), the causative agent of proventricular dilatation disease (PDD) in psittacines. For this purpose, nine cockatiels ( Nymphicus hollandicus ) were inoculated orally, and nine cockatiels were inoculated intranasally, with a PaBV-4 isolate. To compare the results of the trials, the same isolate and the same experimental design were used as in a previous study where infection was successful by intravenous as well as intracerebral inoculation...
March 2017: Avian Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289227/naturally-occurring-fluorescence-in-frogs
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Carlos Taboada, Andrés E Brunetti, Federico N Pedron, Fausto Carnevale Neto, Darío A Estrin, Sara E Bari, Lucía B Chemes, Norberto Peporine Lopes, María G Lagorio, Julián Faivovich
Fluorescence, the absorption of short-wavelength electromagnetic radiation reemitted at longer wavelengths, has been suggested to play several biological roles in metazoans. This phenomenon is uncommon in tetrapods, being restricted mostly to parrots and marine turtles. We report fluorescence in amphibians, in the tree frog Hypsiboas punctatus, showing that fluorescence in living frogs is produced by a combination of lymph and glandular emission, with pigmentary cell filtering in the skin. The chemical origin of fluorescence was traced to a class of fluorescent compounds derived from dihydroisoquinolinone, here named hyloins...
April 4, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286082/behavioural-and-hormonal-effects-of-member-replacement-in-captive-groups-of-blue-fronted-amazon-parrots-amazona-aestiva
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Laerciana Silva de Souza Matos, Rupert Palme, Angélica Silva Vasconcellos
Social species in captivity may face allostatic overload due to artificial grouping and other social constraints. In rescue centres, groups of psittacines are constantly mixed due to the arrival and/or release of individuals; this procedure is potentially harmful to animal welfare. This study aimed at evaluating the possible impacts of mate replacement on the stress levels of captive blue-fronted amazon parrots (Amazona aestiva). During five weeks, we recorded agonistic interactions and dropping-glucocorticoid metabolites (GCM) concentrations of individuals allocated in a group whose members were kept constant and in a group subjected to frequent member replacement...
May 2017: Behavioural Processes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285725/universal-versus-targeted-additional-contact-precautions-for-multidrug-resistant-organism-carriage-for-patients-admitted-to-an-intensive-care-unit
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Michel Djibré, Samuel Fedun, Pierre Le Guen, Sophie Vimont, Mehdi Hafiani, Jean-Pierre Fulgencio, Antoine Parrot, Michel Denis, Muriel Fartoukh
BACKGROUND: Although additional contact precautions (ACPs) are routinely used to reduce cross-transmission of multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs), the relevance of isolation precautions remains debated. We hypothesized that the collection of recognized risk factors for MDRO carriage on intensive care unit (ICU) admission might be helpful to target ACPs without increasing MDRO acquisition during ICU stays, compared with universal ACPs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a sequential single-center observational study performed in consecutive patients admitted to a French medical and surgical ICU...
March 10, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272409/reward-type-and-behavioural-patterns-predict-dogs-success-in-a-delay-of-gratification-paradigm
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Désirée Brucks, Matteo Soliani, Friederike Range, Sarah Marshall-Pescini
Inhibiting an immediate behaviour in favour of an alternative but more advantageous behaviour has been linked to individual success in life, especially in humans. Dogs, which have been living in the human environment for thousands of years, are exposed to daily situations that require inhibition different in context from other non-domesticated species. One task regularly used to study inhibitory control is the delay of gratification task, which requires individuals to choose between an immediate option of lower value and a delayed option of higher value...
March 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256610/the-genome-of-leishmania-adleri-from-a-mammalian-host-highlights-chromosome-fission-in-sauroleishmania
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Simone Coughlan, Peter Mulhair, Mandy Sanders, Gabriele Schonian, James A Cotton, Tim Downing
Control of pathogens arising from humans, livestock and wild animals can be enhanced by genome-based investigation. Phylogenetically classifying and optimal construction of these genomes using short sequence reads are key to this process. We examined the mammal-infecting unicellular parasite Leishmania adleri belonging to the lizard-infecting Sauroleishmania subgenus. L. adleri has been associated with cutaneous disease in humans, but can be asymptomatic in wild animals. We sequenced, assembled and investigated the L...
March 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
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