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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636615/family-living-sets-the-stage-for-cooperative-breeding-and-ecological-resilience-in-birds
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Michael Griesser, Szymon M Drobniak, Shinichi Nakagawa, Carlos A Botero
Cooperative breeding is an extreme form of cooperation that evolved in a range of lineages, including arthropods, fish, birds, and mammals. Although cooperative breeding in birds is widespread and well-studied, the conditions that favored its evolution are still unclear. Based on phylogenetic comparative analyses on 3,005 bird species, we demonstrate here that family living acted as an essential stepping stone in the evolution of cooperative breeding in the vast majority of species. First, families formed by prolonging parent-offspring associations beyond nutritional independency, and second, retained offspring began helping at the nest...
June 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636213/distribution-and-hypoxia-regulation-of-haemocyanin-in-springtails-collembola
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S Flachsbarth, M Kruse, T Burmester
Haemocyanin is the copper-containing respiratory protein present in many arthropods. In the hexapods, respiratory proteins had long been considered unnecessary as sufficient O2 was thought to be obtained via the trachea. Nevertheless, many ametabolous and hemimetabolous hexapod species actually possess haemocyanin. Here we investigated the occurrence of haemocyanin in Collembola (springtails). Haemocyanin was found in 22 collembolan species of the suborders Symphypleona, Tomoceroidea and Entomobryomorpha, demonstrating its widespread occurrence...
June 21, 2017: Insect Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630001/host-influence-in-the-genomic-composition-of-flaviviruses-a-multivariate-approach
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Diego Simón, Alvaro Fajardo, Martín Sóñora, Adriana Delfraro, Héctor Musto
Flaviviruses present substantial differences in their host range and transmissibility. We studied the evolution of base composition, dinucleotide biases, codon usage and amino acid frequencies in the genus Flavivirus within a phylogenetic framework by principal components analysis. There is a mutual interplay between the evolutionary history of flaviviruses and their respective vectors and/or hosts. Hosts associated to distinct phylogenetic groups may be driving flaviviruses at different pace and through various sequence landscapes, as can be seen for viruses associated with Aedes or Culex spp...
June 16, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623893/evolutionary-origin-of-type-iv-classical-cadherins-in-arthropods
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Mizuki Sasaki, Yasuko Akiyama-Oda, Hiroki Oda
BACKGROUND: Classical cadherins are a metazoan-specific family of homophilic cell-cell adhesion molecules that regulate morphogenesis. Type I and type IV cadherins in this family function at adherens junctions in the major epithelial tissues of vertebrates and insects, respectively, but they have distinct, relatively simple domain organizations that are thought to have evolved by independent reductive changes from an ancestral type III cadherin, which is larger than derived paralogs and has a complicated domain organization...
June 17, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622978/the-evolution-and-nomenclature-of-gnrh-type-and-corazonin-type-neuropeptide-signaling-systems
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Meet Zandawala, Shi Tian, Maurice R Elphick
Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) was first discovered in mammals on account of its effect in triggering pituitary release of gonadotropins and the importance of this discovery was recognized forty years ago in the award of the 1977 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. Investigation of the evolution of GnRH revealed that GnRH-type signaling systems occur throughout the chordates, including agnathans (e.g. lampreys) and urochordates (e.g. sea squirts). Furthermore, the discovery that adipokinetic hormone (AKH) is the ligand for a GnRH-type receptor in the arthropod Drosophila melanogaster provided evidence of the antiquity of GnRH-type signaling...
June 13, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618174/intraspecific-maternal-competition-induces-summer-diapause-in-insect-parasitoids
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Kevin Tougeron, George Hraoui, Cécile Le Lann, Joan van Baaren, Jacques Brodeur
Organisms often live in unpredictable environments and have to adopt life history strategies that optimize their fitness under these conditions. According to bet-hedging theory, individuals can reduce variation in fitness outcomes by investing in different strategies at the same time. For arthropods, facultative summer diapause enables survival during dry and hot periods of the year, and can be triggered by a decrease in resource abundance. However, the effect of resource depletion on diapause induction has never been disentangled from the effect of the perception of the presence of competitors...
June 15, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617636/a-sea-scorpion-s-strike-new-evidence-of-extreme-lateral-flexibility-in-the-opisthosoma-of-eurypterids
#7
W Scott Persons, John Acorn
Among the largest and most abundant aquatic predators during much of the early evolution of vertebrates, eurypterids have long been an iconic and intensely studied group of Paleozoic arthropods. We report a new specimen of the eurypterid Slimonia acuminata, which includes a fully articulated series of tail (postabdominal and telsonal) segments preserved in a tight lateral curve. Such a high degree of apparent lateral tail flexibility has not been previously recognized in eurypterids. From the perspective of hydrodynamics, the dorsoventrally flattened body plan of eurypterids would have limited the effectiveness of lateral tail motion as a means of propulsion...
July 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611731/the-genomic-architecture-of-novel-simulium-damnosum-wolbachia-prophage-sequence-elements-and-implications-for-onchocerciasis-epidemiology
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James L Crainey, Jacob Hurst, Poppy H L Lamberton, Robert A Cheke, Claire E Griffin, Michael D Wilson, Cláudia P Mendes de Araújo, María-Gloria Basáñez, Rory J Post
Research interest in Wolbachia is growing as new discoveries and technical advancements reveal the public health importance of both naturally occurring and artificial infections. Improved understanding of the Wolbachia bacteriophages (WOs) WOcauB2 and WOcauB3 [belonging to a sub-group of four WOs encoding serine recombinases group 1 (sr1WOs)], has enhanced the prospect of novel tools for the genetic manipulation of Wolbachia. The basic biology of sr1WOs, including host range and mode of genomic integration is, however, still poorly understood...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609446/are-sex-ratio-distorting-endosymbionts-responsible-for-mating-system-variation-among-dance-flies-diptera-empidinae
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Rosalind L Murray, Elizabeth J Herridge, Rob W Ness, Luc F Bussière
Maternally inherited bacterial endosymbionts are common in many arthropod species. Some endosymbionts cause female-biased sex ratio distortion in their hosts that can result in profound changes to a host's mating behaviour and reproductive biology. Dance flies (Diptera: Empidinae) are well known for their unusual reproductive biology, including species with female-specific ornamentation and female-biased lek-like swarming behaviour. The cause of the repeated evolution of female ornaments in these flies remains unknown, but is probably associated with female-biased sex ratios in individual species...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600600/the-nervous-and-visual-systems-of-onychophorans-and-tardigrades-learning-about-arthropod-evolution-from-their-closest-relatives
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Christine Martin, Vladimir Gross, Lars Hering, Benjamin Tepper, Henry Jahn, Ivo de Sena Oliveira, Paul Anthony Stevenson, Georg Mayer
Understanding the origin and evolution of arthropods requires examining their closest outgroups, the tardigrades (water bears) and onychophorans (velvet worms). Despite the rise of molecular techniques, the phylogenetic positions of tardigrades and onychophorans in the panarthropod tree (onychophorans + tardigrades + arthropods) remain unresolved. Hence, these methods alone are currently insufficient for clarifying the panarthropod topology. Therefore, the evolution of different morphological traits, such as one of the most intriguing features of panarthropods-their nervous system-becomes essential for shedding light on the origin and evolution of arthropods and their relatives within the Panarthropoda...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. A, Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582534/development-trait-evolution-and-the-evolution-of-development-in-trilobites
#11
Melanie J Hopkins
Trilobites offer one of the best fossil records of any arthropod group. This is due to a number of factors, most notably the combination of (1) having inhabited areas where organisms are more likely to be buried and ultimately fossilized; and (2) having had a highly biomineralized exoskeleton more likely to survive the stresses of fossilization. This biomineralized exoskeleton was also morphologically complex, bearing traits that had ecological significance, and was present throughout postembryonic development, from larval to adult stages...
June 5, 2017: Integrative and Comparative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552269/reprint-of-the-non-mammalian-mif-superfamily
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Amanda Sparkes, Patrick De Baetselier, Kim Roelants, Carl De Trez, Stefan Magez, Jo A Van Ginderachter, Geert Raes, Richard Bucala, Benoît Stijlemans
Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) was first described as a cytokine 50 years ago, and emerged in mammals as a pleiotropic protein with pro-inflammatory, chemotactic, and growth-promoting activities. In addition, MIF has gained substantial attention as a pivotal upstream mediator of innate and adaptive immune responses and with pathologic roles in several diseases. Of less importance in mammals is an intrinsic but non-physiologic enzymatic activity that points to MIF's evolution from an ancient defense molecule...
June 2017: Immunobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544438/genome-wide-identification-characterization-and-evolution-of-cuticular-protein-genes-in-the-malaria-vector-anopheles-sinensis-diptera-culicidae
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Bai-Qi Liu, Liang Qiao, Qi-Yi He, Yong Zhou, Shuang Ren, Bin Chen
Thirteen cuticular proteins (CPs) families have been recognized in arthropods. In this study, 250 Anopheles sinensis CP genes were identified and named based on genome and transcriptome sequences. They were classified into 10 families based on motifs and phylogenetic analyses. In 11 other insect species, 9 had CP numbers > 150 while Apis mellifera and Tribolium castaneum had CP numbers less than 52. The CPs of 8 species occupied > 1.4% of the total genomic gene number whereas in 3 species the CPs occupied < 1%...
May 24, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539654/quasispecies-composition-and-evolution-of-a-typical-zika-virus-clinical-isolate-from-suriname
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Sander van Boheemen, Ali Tas, S Yahya Anvar, Rebecca van Grootveld, Irina C Albulescu, Martijn P Bauer, Mariet C Feltkamp, Peter J Bredenbeek, Martijn J van Hemert
The arthropod-borne Zika virus (ZIKV) is currently causing a major international public health threat in the Americas. This study describes the isolation of ZIKV from the plasma of a 29-year-old female traveler that developed typical symptoms, like rash, fever and headache upon return from Suriname. The complete genome sequence including the 5' and 3' untranslated regions was determined and phylogenetic analysis showed the isolate clustering within the Asian lineage, close to other viruses that have recently been isolated in the Americas...
May 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522532/higher-predation-risk-for-insect-prey-at-low-latitudes-and-elevations
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Tomas Roslin, Bess Hardwick, Vojtech Novotny, William K Petry, Nigel R Andrew, Ashley Asmus, Isabel C Barrio, Yves Basset, Andrea Larissa Boesing, Timothy C Bonebrake, Erin K Cameron, Wesley Dáttilo, David A Donoso, Pavel Drozd, Claudia L Gray, David S Hik, Sarah J Hill, Tapani Hopkins, Shuyin Huang, Bonny Koane, Benita Laird-Hopkins, Liisa Laukkanen, Owen T Lewis, Sol Milne, Isaiah Mwesige, Akihiro Nakamura, Colleen S Nell, Elizabeth Nichols, Alena Prokurat, Katerina Sam, Niels M Schmidt, Alison Slade, Victor Slade, Alžběta Suchanková, Tiit Teder, Saskya van Nouhuys, Vigdis Vandvik, Anita Weissflog, Vital Zhukovich, Eleanor M Slade
Biotic interactions underlie ecosystem structure and function, but predicting interaction outcomes is difficult. We tested the hypothesis that biotic interaction strength increases toward the equator, using a global experiment with model caterpillars to measure predation risk. Across an 11,660-kilometer latitudinal gradient spanning six continents, we found increasing predation toward the equator, with a parallel pattern of increasing predation toward lower elevations. Patterns across both latitude and elevation were driven by arthropod predators, with no systematic trend in attack rates by birds or mammals...
May 19, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521727/comparative-genomic-analysis-of-innate-immunity-reveals-novel-and-conserved-components-in-crustacean-food-crop-species
#16
Alvina G Lai, A Aziz Aboobaker
BACKGROUND: Growing global demands for crustacean food crop species have driven large investments in aquaculture research worldwide. However, large-scale production is susceptible to pathogen-mediated destruction particularly in developing economies. Thus, a thorough understanding of the immune system components of food crop species is imperative for research to combat pathogens. RESULTS: Through a comparative genomics approach utilising extant data from 55 species, we describe the innate immune system of the class Malacostraca, which includes all food crop species...
May 18, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490623/genetics-based-interactions-of-foundation-species-affect-community-diversity-stability-and-network-structure
#17
Arthur R Keith, Joseph K Bailey, Matthew K Lau, Thomas G Whitham
We examined the hypothesis that genetics-based interactions between strongly interacting foundation species, the tree Populus angustifolia and the aphid Pemphigus betae, affect arthropod community diversity, stability and species interaction networks of which little is known. In a 2-year experimental manipulation of the tree and its aphid herbivore four major findings emerged: (i) the interactions of these two species determined the composition of an arthropod community of 139 species; (ii) both tree genotype and aphid presence significantly predicted community diversity; (iii) the presence of aphids on genetically susceptible trees increased the stability of arthropod communities across years; and (iv) the experimental removal of aphids affected community network structure (network degree, modularity and tree genotype contribution to modularity)...
May 17, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465040/investigation-of-endoderm-marker-genes-during-gastrulation-and-gut-development-in-the-velvet-worm-euperipatoides-kanangrensis
#18
Ralf Janssen, Graham E Budd
The ancestral state of animal gastrulation and its bearing for our understanding of bilaterian evolution still is one of the most controversially discussed topics in the field of evolutionary and developmental biology. One hypothesis, the so-called amphistomy scenario, suggests the presence of a slit-like blastopore in the last common ancestor of Bilateria. Onychophoran ontogeny at least superficially appears to support this scenario since a ventral groove clearly forms during gastrulation. The origin and nature of this groove, however, is another matter of ongoing controversy; i...
May 2, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460028/evolutionary-history-of-chemosensory-related-gene-families-across-the-arthropoda
#19
Seong-Il Eyun, Ho Young Soh, Marijan Posavi, James B Munro, Daniel S T Hughes, Shwetha C Murali, Jiaxin Qu, Shannon Dugan, Sandra L Lee, Hsu Chao, Huyen Dinh, Yi Han, HarshaVardhan Doddapaneni, Kim C Worley, Donna M Muzny, Eun-Ok Park, Joana C Silva, Richard A Gibbs, Stephen Richards, Carol Eunmi Lee
Chemosensory-related gene (CRG) families have been studied extensively in insects, but their evolutionary history across the Arthropoda had remained relatively unexplored. Here, we address current hypotheses and prior conclusions on CRG family evolution using a more comprehensive dataset. In particular, odorant receptors (ORs) were hypothesized to have proliferated during terrestrial colonization by insects (hexapods), but their association with other pancrustacean clades and with independent terrestrial colonizations in other arthropod subphyla have been unclear...
April 29, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445464/burgess-shale-fossils-illustrate-the-origin-of-the-mandibulate-body-plan
#20
Cédric Aria, Jean-Bernard Caron
Retracing the evolutionary history of arthropods has been one of the greatest challenges in biology. During the past decade, phylogenetic analyses of morphological and molecular data have coalesced towards the conclusion that Mandibulata, the most diverse and abundant group of animals, is a distinct clade from Chelicerata, in that its members possess post-oral head appendages specialized for food processing, notably the mandible. The origin of the mandibulate body plan, however, which encompasses myriapods, crustaceans and hexapods, has remained poorly documented...
May 4, 2017: Nature
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