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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937812/predator-perspective-drives-geographic-variation-in-frequency-dependent-polymorphism
#1
Iris A Holmes, Maggie R Grundler, Alison R Davis Rabosky
Color polymorphism in natural populations can manifest as a striking patchwork of phenotypes in space, with neighboring populations characterized by dramatic differences in morph composition. These geographic mosaics can be challenging to explain in the absence of localized selection because they are unlikely to result from simple isolation-by-distance or clinal variation in selective regimes. To identify processes that can lead to the formation of geographic mosaics, we developed a simulation-based model to explore the influence of predator perspective, selection, migration, and genetic linkage of color loci on allele frequencies in polymorphic populations over space and time...
October 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936710/cloning-expression-purification-and-bioactivity-evaluation-of-a-thrombin-like-enzyme-from-deinagkistrodon-acutus-venom-gland-library
#2
An Li, Chuan Zhang, Jie Wang, Junjie Wang, Hailong Jiang, Jianzhong Li, Xingyuan Ma, Wen Zhang, Yiming Lu
OBJECTIVES: To identify a new member of serine proteases from Deinagkistrodon acutus via phage display technique and appraise its biocatalytic activities. RESULTS: A novel thrombin-like enzyme gene was cloned by screening the phage display library of D. acutus venom gland. The gene has a 783 bp ORF encoding 260 amino acids. A recombinant enzyme expression vector was constructed and the fused protein was expressed in Escherichia coli. The protein was purified showing a single band of approx...
September 21, 2017: Biotechnology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936127/developmental-differences-in-infants-attention-to-social-and-nonsocial-threats
#3
Vanessa LoBue, Kristin A Buss, Bradley C Taber-Thomas, Koraly Pérez-Edgar
Research has demonstrated that humans detect threatening stimuli more rapidly than nonthreatening stimuli. Although the literature presumes that biases for threat should be normative, present early in development, evident across multiple forms of threat, and stable across individuals, developmental work in this area is limited. Here, we examine the developmental differences in infants' (4- to 24-month-olds) attention to social (angry faces) and nonsocial (snakes) threats using a new age-appropriate dot-probe task...
May 2017: Infancy: the Official Journal of the International Society on Infant Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927001/a-review-and-database-of-snake-venom-proteomes
#4
REVIEW
Theo Tasoulis, Geoffrey K Isbister
Advances in the last decade combining transcriptomics with established proteomics methods have made possible rapid identification and quantification of protein families in snake venoms. Although over 100 studies have been published, the value of this information is increased when it is collated, allowing rapid assimilation and evaluation of evolutionary trends, geographical variation, and possible medical implications. This review brings together all compositional studies of snake venom proteomes published in the last decade...
September 18, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922458/developmental-mechanisms-of-longitudinal-stripes-in-the-japanese-four-lined-snake
#5
Arata Murakami, Masami Hasegawa, Takeo Kuriyama
The developmental mechanisms of color patterns formation and its evolution remain unclear in reptilian sauropsids. We, therefore, studied the pigment cell mechanisms of stripe pattern formation during embryonic development of the snake Elaphe quadrivirgata. We identified 10 post-ovipositional embryonic developmental stages based on external morphological characteristics. Examination for the temporal changes in differentiation, distribution, and density of pigment cells during embryonic development revealed that melanophores first appeared in myotome and body cavity but not in skin surface at Stage 5...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921909/first-natural-endocranial-cast-of-a-fossil-snake-cretaceous-of-patagonia-argentina
#6
Laura N Triviño, Adriana M Albino, María T Dozo, Jorge D Williams
In this study, we describe a natural endocranial cast included in a partially preserved medium-sized skull of the Upper Cretaceous South American snake Dinilysia patagonica. The endocast is composed of sedimentary filling of the cranial cavity in which the posterior brain, the vessels, the cranial nerves, and the inner ear surrounded by delicate semicircular canals, are represented. It is simple in form, with little differentiation between the three main areas (Forebrain, Midbrain and Hindbrain), and without flexures...
September 16, 2017: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920799/presumptive-pit-viper-envenomation-in-psittacines-in-a-brazilian-zoo
#7
Mathias Dislich, Peter Wohlsein, Anna Sophie Croukamp, Ulrich Neumann
Snake bites represent a serious public health risk in many regions of the globe, especially in tropical areas. Clinical signs and postmortem changes are well described in human and other mammalian species. However, detailed case reports about venomous snake attacks in avian species are limited. This report describes presumptive fatal envenomations in three psittacines caused by pit vipers in a Brazilian zoo. In one case, a Brazilian lancehead (Bothrops moojeni) was captured in the aviary. In all three cases the dermis around the suspected snake bite area exhibited hemorrhages and edema...
September 2017: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920790/pharmacokinetics-efficacy-and-safety-of-voriconazole-and-itraconazole-in-healthy-cottonmouths-agkistrodon-piscivorus-and-massasauga-rattlesnakes-sistrurus-catenatus-with-snake-fungal-disease
#8
Dana M Lindemann, Matthew C Allender, Marta Rzadkowska, Grace Archer, Lauren Kane, Eric Baitchman, Elizabeth A Driskell, Caroline T Chu, Kuldeep Singh, Shih-Hsuan Hsiao, John M Sykes, Sherry Cox
Snake fungal disease (SFD; Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola) is posing a significant threat to several free-ranging populations of pitvipers. Triazole antifungals have been proposed for the treatment of mycoses in reptiles; however, data are lacking about their safety and efficacy in snakes with SFD. Study 1 investigated in vitro susceptibility, and identified that plasma concentrations >250 ng/ml (voriconazole) and >1,000 ng/ml (itraconazole) may be effective in vivo for SFD. In Study 2, the pharmacokinetics after a single subcutaneous voriconazole injection were assessed in apparently healthy free-ranging cottonmouths (Agkistrodon piscivorus)...
September 2017: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918605/food-or-threat-wild-capuchin-monkeys-sapajus-libidinosus-as-both-predators-and-prey-of-snakes
#9
Tiago Falótico, Michele P Verderane, Olívia Mendonça-Furtado, Noemi Spagnoletti, Eduardo B Ottoni, Elisabetta Visalberghi, Patrícia Izar
Snakes present a hazard to primates, both as active predators and by defensive envenomation. This risk might have been a selective pressure on the evolution of primate visual and cognitive systems, leading to several behavioral traits present in human and non-human primates, such as the ability to quickly learn to fear snakes. Primates seldom prey on snakes, and humans are one of the few primate species that do. We report here another case, the wild capuchin monkey (Sapajus libidinosus), which preys on snakes...
September 16, 2017: Primates; Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916286/toxicology-studies-of-primycin-sulphate-using-a-three-dimensional-3d-in-vitro-human-liver-aggregate-model
#10
Ágota Pénzes, Elhusseiny Mohamed Mahmud Abdelwahab, Judit Rapp, Zsanett A Péteri, Judit Bovári-Biri, Csaba Fekete, György Miskei, Krisztián Kvell, Judit E Pongrácz
Primycin-sulphate is a highly effective compound against Gram (G) positive bacteria. It has a potentially synergistic effect with vancomycin and statins which makes primycin-sulphate a potentially very effective preparation. Primycin-sulphate is currently used exclusively in topical preparations. In vitro animal hepatocyte and neuromuscular junction studies (in mice, rats, snakes, frogs) as well as in in vitro human red blood cell experiments were used to test toxicity. During these studies, the use of primycin-sulphate resulted in reduced cellular membrane integrity and modified ion channel activity...
September 13, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914463/burrowing-with-a-kinetic-snout-in-a-snake-elapidae-aspidelaps-scutatus
#11
Alexandra Deufel
Of the few elongate, fossorial vertebrates that have been examined for their burrowing mechanics, all were found to use an akinetic, reinforced skull to push into the soil, powered mostly by trunk muscles. Reinforced skulls were considered essential for head-first burrowing. In contrast, I found that the skull of the fossorial shield-nosed cobra (Aspidelaps scutatus) is not reinforced and retains the kinetic potential typical of many non-fossorial snakes. Aspidelaps scutatus burrows using a greatly enlarged rostral scale that is attached to a kinetic snout that is independently mobile with respect to the rest of the skull...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913414/diversity-of-aerobic-bacteria-isolated-from-oral-and-cloacal-cavities-from-free-living-snakes-species-in-costa-rica-rainforest
#12
Allan Artavia-León, Ariel Romero-Guerrero, Carolina Sancho-Blanco, Norman Rojas, Rodolfo Umaña-Castro
Costa Rica has a significant number of snakebites per year and bacterial infections are often complications in these animal bites. Hereby, this study aims to identify, characterize, and report the diversity of the bacterial community in the oral and cloacal cavities of venomous and nonvenomous snakes found in wildlife in Costa Rica. The snakes where captured by casual encounter search between August and November of 2014 in the Quebrada González sector, in Braulio Carrillo National Park. A total of 120 swabs, oral and cloacal, were taken from 16 individuals of the Viperidae and Colubridae families...
2017: International Scholarly Research Notices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911659/the-detoxifying-effects-of-structural-elements-of%C3%A2-persimmon-tannin-on-chinese-cobra-phospholipase-a2-correlated-with-their-structural-disturbing-effects-well
#13
Ying Zhang, Chun-Mei Li
The effects of persimmon tannin (PT) characteristic structural elements on Naja atra phospholipase A2 (PLA2)-induced lethality, myotoxicity, and hemolysis in mice models were determined. In addition, methods including surface plasmon resonance, dynamic light scattering, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy were explored to uncover the possible detoxifying mechanisms of PT on snake venom PLA2. Our results revealed that PT characteristic elements (EGCG, ECG, A-type EGCG dimer, and A-type ECG dimer) could neutralize the lethality, myotoxicity, and hemolysis of PLA2...
July 2017: Journal of Food and Drug Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906474/non-clinical-studies-for-evaluation-of-8-c-rhamnosyl-apigenin-purified-from-peperomia-obtusifolia-against-acute-edema
#14
Cinthia I Tamayose, Paulete Romoff, Daniela O Toyama, Henrique H Gaeta, Caroline R C Costa, Mariana N Belchor, Bruna D Ortolan, Leosvaldo S M Velozo, Maria A C Kaplan, Marcelo J P Ferreira, Marcos H Toyama
Compound 8-C-rhamnosyl apigenin (8CR) induced a moderate reduction in the enzymatic activity of secretory phospholipase A2 (sPLA2) from Crotalus durissus terrificus and cytosolic phospholipase A2 (cPLA2), but the compound also significantly inhibited the enzymatic activity of the enzyme cyclooxygenase. In vitro assays showed that the compound induced a slight change in the secondary structure of sPLA2 from Crotalus durissus terrificus snake venom. In vivo assays were divided into two steps. In the first step, the 8CR compound was administered by intraperitoneal injections 30 min prior to administration of sPLA2...
September 14, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906404/ticagrelor-induced-life-threatening-bleeding-via-the-cyclosporine-mediated-drug-interaction-a-case-report
#15
Chi Zhang, Long Shen, Min Cui, Xiaoyan Liu, Zhichun Gu
RATIONALE: Ticagrelor has become one of the first-line antiplatelet agents in acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients recommend by the guideline due to its more potent and predictable antiplatelet effect. However, bleeding is still a severe drug adverse reaction of ticagrelor therapy. We report a first case on ticagrelor-induced life-threatening bleeding via the cyclosporine-mediated drug interaction. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 58-year-old Chinese male who received cyclosporine 200 mg daily 5 years after renal transplantation...
September 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905944/snakebite-envenoming
#16
REVIEW
José María Gutiérrez, Juan J Calvete, Abdulrazaq G Habib, Robert A Harrison, David J Williams, David A Warrell
Snakebite envenoming is a neglected tropical disease that kills >100,000 people and maims >400,000 people every year. Impoverished populations living in the rural tropics are particularly vulnerable; snakebite envenoming perpetuates the cycle of poverty. Snake venoms are complex mixtures of proteins that exert a wide range of toxic actions. The high variability in snake venom composition is responsible for the various clinical manifestations in envenomings, ranging from local tissue damage to potentially life-threatening systemic effects...
September 14, 2017: Nature Reviews. Disease Primers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904556/medicinal-plants-for-the-treatment-of-local-tissue-damage-induced-by-snake-venoms-an-overview-from-traditional-use-to-pharmacological-evidence
#17
REVIEW
Juliana Félix-Silva, Arnóbio Antônio Silva-Junior, Silvana Maria Zucolotto, Matheus de Freitas Fernandes-Pedrosa
Snakebites are a serious problem in public health due to their high morbimortality. Most of snake venoms produce intense local tissue damage, which could lead to temporary or permanent disability in victims. The available specific treatment is the antivenom serum therapy, whose effectiveness is reduced against these effects. Thus, the search for complementary alternatives for snakebite treatment is relevant. There are several reports of the popular use of medicinal plants against snakebites worldwide. In recent years, many studies have been published giving pharmacological evidence of benefits of several vegetal species against local effects induced by a broad range of snake venoms, including inhibitory potential against hyaluronidase, phospholipase, proteolytic, hemorrhagic, myotoxic, and edematogenic activities...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904179/phylogenomic-analyses-of-more-than-4000-nuclear-loci-resolve-the-origin-of-snakes-among-lizard-families
#18
Jeffrey W Streicher, John J Wiens
Squamate reptiles (lizards and snakes) are the most diverse group of terrestrial vertebrates, with more than 10 000 species. Despite considerable effort to resolve relationships among major squamates clades, some branches have remained difficult. Among the most vexing has been the placement of snakes among lizard families, with most studies yielding only weak support for the position of snakes. Furthermore, the placement of iguanian lizards has remained controversial. Here we used targeted sequence capture to obtain data from 4178 nuclear loci from ultraconserved elements from 32 squamate taxa (and five outgroups) including representatives of all major squamate groups...
September 2017: Biology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901292/control-of-gliding-in-a-flying-snake-inspired-n-chain-model
#19
Farid Jafari, Sevak Tahmasian, Shane Ross, Jake Socha
Flying snakes of genus Chrysopelea possess a highly dynamic gliding behavior, which is dominated by an undulation in the form of lateral waves sent posteriorly down the body. The resulting high-amplitude periodic variations in the distribution of mass and aerodynamic forces have been hypothesized to contribute to the stability of the snake's gliding trajectory. However, a previous two-dimensional analysis in the longitudinal plane failed to reveal a significant effect of undulation on the stability in the pitch direction...
September 13, 2017: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901023/mosasaurs-and-snakes-have-a-periodontal-ligament-timing-and-extent-of-calcification-not-tissue-complexity-determines-tooth-attachment-mode-in%C3%A2-reptiles
#20
Aaron R H LeBlanc, Denis O Lamoureux, Michael W Caldwell
Squamates present a unique challenge to our understanding of dental evolution in amniotes because they are the only extant tooth-bearing group for which a ligamentous tooth attachment is considered to be absent. This has led to the assumption that mammals and crocodilians have convergently evolved a ligamentous tooth attachment, composed of root cementum, periodontal ligament, and alveolar bone, whereas squamates are thought to possess a single bone of attachment tissue that fuses teeth to the jaws. The identity and homology of tooth attachment tissues between squamates, crocodilians, and mammals have thus been a focal point of debate for decades...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
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