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H Liu, Y Xiu, Y Xu, M Tang, S Li, W Gu, Q Meng, W Wang
Spiroplasma eriocheiris is an emerging pathogen in freshwater crustaceans. In recent years, Eriocheir sinensis, Procambarus clarkii, Litopenaeus vannamei, Macrobrachium rosenbergii and Macrobrachium nipponense had been infected by this pathogen in China. An immunochromatographic strip test using gold nanoparticles was developed for rapidly detecting this pathogen. The strip test based on the principle of sandwich immunoassay by the specific combination between the pathogen and polyclonal antibody on a nitrocellulose membrane...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Fish Diseases
Luz Veronica Monroy-Velázquez, Rosa Elisa Rodríguez-Martínez, Fernando Alvarez
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Cryptic peracarids are an important component of the coral reef fauna in terms of diversity and abundance, yet they have been poorly studied. The aim of this study was to evaluate the taxonomic richness and abundance of cryptic peracarids in coral rubble in the Puerto Morelos Reef National Park, Mexico (PMRNP), and their relationship with depth. METHODS: Three reef sites were selected: (1) Bonanza, (2) Bocana, and (3) Jardines. At each site six kilograms of coral rubble were collected over four sampling periods at three depths: 3 m (back-reef), 6-8 m (fore-reef), and 10-12 m (fore-reef)...
2017: PeerJ
Florence Maunoury-Danger, Vincent Felten, Clément Bojic, Fabrice Fraysse, Mar Cosin Ponce, Odile Dedourge-Geffard, Alain Geffard, François Guérold, Michael Danger
Industrialization has left large surfaces of contaminated soils, which may act as a source of pollution for contiguous ecosystems, either terrestrial or aquatic. When polluted sites are recolonized by plants, dispersion of leaf litter might represent a non-negligible source of contaminants, especially metals. To evaluate the risks associated to contaminated leaf litter dispersion in aquatic ecosystems, we first measured the dynamics of metal loss from leaf litter during a 48-h experimental leaching. We used aspen (Populus tremula L...
June 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Marc Rollin, Romain Coulaud, Michael Danger, Bénédicte Sohm, Justine Flayac, Alexandre Bec, Arnaud Chaumot, Olivier Geffard, Vincent Felten
Gammarus fossarum is an often-abundant crustacean detritivore that contributes importantly to leaf litter breakdown in oligotrophic, mainly heterotrophic, headwater streams. This species requires large amounts of Ca to moult, thus allowing growth and reproduction. Because resource quality is tightly coupled to the organism's growth and physiological status, we hypothesised that low Ca concentration [Ca] and low food resource quality (low phosphorus [P] and/or reduced highly unsaturated fatty acid [HUFA] contents) would interactively impair molecular responses (gene expression) and reproduction of G...
June 17, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
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
Cecilie S Svanevik, Bjørn T Lunestad
This paper describes a cultivation method to increase the recovery of bacteria from the marine muscle-invading parasitic nematode larvae of Anisakis spp. These larvae hold a high and complex population of accumulated bacteria, originating from seawater, crustaceans, fish, and marine mammals, all involved in the lifecycle of Anisakis. Two in-house agars based on fish juice prepared by either mechanical or enzymatic degradation of the fish tissue, were made. The Anisakis larvae were homogenised prior to cultivation on the in-house fish juice agars and the bacterial numbers and diversity were compared to those obtained applying the commercially available Marine Agar and Iron Agar Lyngby...
June 16, 2017: Current Microbiology
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
Sandrine Parrot, Mónica Pavón Vergés, Marie-Jeanne Perrot-Minnot, Luc Denoroy
Histamine has been shown to modulate visual system and photic behavior in arthropods. However, few methods are available for the direct quantification of histamine and its precursor and metabolites in arthropod brain. In this work, a method for the separation of histamine, its precursor histidine and its metabolite N-methyl-histamine from brain extracts of a freshwater crustacean has been developed using capillary electrophoresis with laser-induced fluorescence detection. Molecules were tagged on their primary amine function with naphthalene-2,3-dicarboxaldehyde, but derivatized histamine and N-methyl-histamine exhibited poor stability in contrast to derivatized histidine...
June 15, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
J Praveenraj, K Saravanan, P Puneeth Kumar, S Ravichandran, Arunjyoti Baruah, S Monalisha Devi, R Kiruba Sankar, S Dam Roy
In the present study, occurrence of branchial parasitic cymothoid, Ryukyua circularis from the marine finfish, Amblygaster sirm is reported for the first time from Andaman Islands. Morphological characterization was carried out which confirmed the parasite as R. circularis. Molecular characterization using 28S rDNA revealed 443 bp sequence which has been submitted to NCBI GenBank under the accession no. KX090447. Ten female and one male parasite (R. circularis) were collected from the branchial cavity of the individual host fishes (A...
June 2017: Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for Parasitology
Marcos Sidney Brito Oliveira, Lincoln Lima Corrêa, Drielly Oliveira Ferreira, Lígia Rigor Neves, Marcos Tavares-Dias
The aim of this study was to investigate parasites crustacean fauna in Arapaima gigas, Cichla monoculus, Cichla ocellaris, Cichla jariina, Satanoperca jurupari, Leporinus friderici, Leporinus fasciatus, Hoplias malabaricus, Phractocephalus hemioliopterus, Serrasalmus altispinis, Pseudoplatystoma tigrinum and Potamotrygon motoro of the State Amapá and Pará, in northern Brazil. A total of 242 parasites, including Argulus elongatus, Argulus multicolor,Argulus juparanaensis, Argulus nattereri, Dolops discoidalis, Dolops longicauda, Braga patagonica, Braga fluviatilis, Livoneca guianensis and undetermined Lernaeidae, were collected from these hosts...
June 2017: Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for Parasitology
A C P Borges, J F G Piassão, M O Paula, S Sepp, C F S Bez, L U Hepp, A T Valduga, A A Mielniczki Pereira, R L Cansian
In general, environmental responses at level of populations or communities are preceded by alterations at lower biological levels which can be efficiently detected by the analysis of biomarkers. We analyzed the oxidative biomarkers TBARS and Catalase in Aegla singularis, a freshwater crustacean highly sensitive to environmental changes. The objective was to address if are differences in these biomarkers related to the gender as well if they are influenced by seasonal or water physicochemical variables. The results showed differences in biomarkers profile related to the gender...
June 12, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Biology, Revista Brasleira de Biologia
Macarena Ros, Mariana B Lacerda, José M Guerra-García
A new species of caprellid, Pseudaeginella arraialensis, is described from Arraial do Cabo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Abundant material was collected in Praia do Forno, associated to hydroids and algae of natural rocky substrata and fouling communities of artificial floating structures. The new species can be distinguished easily from the remaining species in the genus mainly by the pattern of dorsal projections, and by the setose antennae and gnathopod 2 in males. The dietary analysis revealed that the species is omnivorous, with a high contribution of small crustaceans in its diet...
May 1, 2017: Zootaxa
Javiera Oyaneder Terrazas, Héctor R Contreras, Carlos García
The saxitoxin-group (STX-group) corresponds to toxic metabolites produced by cyanobacteria and dinoflagellates of the genera Alexandrium, Gymnodinium, and Pyrodinium. Over the last decade, it has been possible to extrapolate the areas contaminated with the STX-group worldwide, including Chile, a phenomenon that has affected ≈35% of the Southern Pacific coast territory, generating a high economic impact. The objective of this research was to study the toxicity of the STX-group in all aquatic organisms (bivalves, algae, echinoderms, crustaceans, tunicates, cephalopods, gastropods, and fish) present in areas with a variable presence of harmful algal blooms (HABs)...
June 12, 2017: Toxins
Martin Schwentner, David J Combosch, Joey Pakes Nelson, Gonzalo Giribet
Insects, the most diverse group of organisms, are nested within crustaceans, arguably the most abundant group of marine animals. However, to date, no consensus has been reached as to which crustacean taxon is the closest relative of hexapods. A majority of studies have proposed that Branchiopoda (e.g., fairy shrimps) is the sister group of Hexapoda [1-7]. However, these investigations largely excluded two equally important taxa, Remipedia and Cephalocarida. Other studies suggested Remipedia [8-11] or Remipedia + Cephalocarida [12, 13] as potential sister groups of hexapods, but they either did not include Cephalocarida or used only Sanger sequence data and morphology [9, 12]...
June 19, 2017: Current Biology: CB
Muhammad Tanveer Khan, Sussie Dalvin, Frank Nilsen, Rune Male
The salmon louse Lepeophtheirus salmonis is a challenging ectoparasite for the salmon farming industry and wild salmonids. Salmon lice have a very high reproductive output, that require deposition of large amounts of lipids into growing oocytes as a major energy source, most probably mediated by lipoproteins. Microsomal triglyceride transfer protein (MTP) is essential for the assembly of lipoproteins. Salmon lice have three LsMTP transcript variants encoding two different protein isoforms predicted to contain three β sheets (N, C and A) and a central helical domain, similar to MTP from other species...
June 10, 2017: Journal of Lipid Research
Leocadio Blanco-Bercial, Amy E Maas
The northern krill, Meganyctiphanes norvegica, is an important component of the pelagic food web across the North Atlantic. Widespread from the Mediterranean to the Subarctic Atlantic, populations appear to be strongly adapted to local temperatures, and seem to have very little plasticity. The goal of this study was to create and annotate a de novo transcriptome assembly to allow for comparative and physiological studies and to explore the gene expression response of M. norvegica from the Gulf of Maine to two different temperature conditions...
June 7, 2017: Marine Genomics
Nicholas W Jeffery, Emily A Ellis, Todd H Oakley, T Ryan Gregory
Within animals a positive correlation between genome size and body size has been detected in several taxa but not in others, such that it remains unknown how pervasive this pattern may be. Here we provide another example of a positive relationship in a group of crustaceans whose genome sizes have not previously been investigated. We analyze genome size estimates for 46 species across the two most diverse orders of Class Ostracoda, commonly known as seed shrimps, including 29 new estimates made using Feulgen image analysis densitometry and flow cytometry...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Heredity
H A Vitorino, R Y A Pastrana, E C A Pastrana, P Ortega
Crustaceans are frequently used as bioindicators, and changes in their metabolism at the hepatopancreas (HP) level are often followed in these studies. The HP is the site of digestion, absorption, nutrient storage, and toxic metal detoxification, enabling crabs to survive in metal contaminated regions. Cellular damage and high lipid peroxidation (LPO) levels have been found in crab populations under high cadmium (Cd) concentrations. The aim of this work was to separate and characterize the HP cells of the stone crab Menippe frontalis from the Pacific Ocean, Perú (5° 5' 21″ S-81° 6' 51″ W) and to measure the cellular viability and LPO after exposure to the non-essential metal Cd...
June 7, 2017: In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology. Animal
Bokai Zhu, Qiang Zhang, Yinghong Pan, Emily M Mace, Brian York, Athanasios C Antoulas, Clifford C Dacso, Bert W O'Malley
Besides circadian rhythms, oscillations cycling with a 12 hr period exist. However, the prevalence, origin, regulation, and function of mammalian 12 hr rhythms remain elusive. Utilizing an unbiased mathematical approach identifying all superimposed oscillations, we uncovered prevalent 12 hr gene expression and metabolic rhythms in mouse liver, coupled with a physiological 12 hr unfolded protein response oscillation. The mammalian 12 hr rhythm is cell autonomous, driven by a dedicated 12 hr pacemaker distinct from the circadian clock, and can be entrained in vitro by metabolic and ER stress cues...
June 6, 2017: Cell Metabolism
Claudia Gérard, Maxime Hervé, Mélanie Gay, Odile Bourgau, Eric Feunteun, Anthony Acou, Elodie Réveillac
Metazoan parasites were studied in 96 Alosa alosa and 78 Alosa fallax from North-East Atlantic coastal waters and connected rivers (among them three sympatric sites) in order to increase knowledge on these anadromous endangered fish and measure the parasitic impact on host condition. All shads were infected by one to six metazoan parasite taxa among the 12 identified in the whole sampling, with a mean abundance of parasites higher for A. alosa (167 ± 10) than for A. fallax (112 ± 11). Helminths, mostly trophically transmitted, were the best represented (eight taxa, prevalence up to 99%) in contrast with crustaceans and Petromyzontidae that rarely occurred (four taxa, prevalence <6%)...
June 7, 2017: Parasitology Research
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