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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915467/the-physics-of-pollinator-attraction
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REVIEW
Edwige Moyroud, Beverley J Glover
Contents 1 I. 1 II. 1 III. 3 IV. 4 V. 4 4 References 5 SUMMARY: This Tansley Insight focuses on recent advances in our understanding of how flowers manipulate physical forces to attract animal pollinators and ensure reproductive success. Research has traditionally explored the role of chemical pigments and volatile organic compounds as cues for pollinators, but recent reports have demonstrated the importance of physical and structural means of pollinator attraction. Here we explore the role of petal microstructure in influencing floral light capture and optics, analysing colour, gloss and polarization effects...
December 4, 2016: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915439/presence-of-ureaplasma-diversum-in-the-genital-tracts-of-female-dairy-cattle-in-mato-grosso-state-brazil
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Jaqueline B Azevedo, Gustavo S Silva, Priscylla S Rocha, Letícia C Pitchenin, Valéria Dutra, Luciano Nakazato, Anderson Castro Soares de Oliveira, Caroline A Pescador
Ureaplasma diversum infection in bovine females may result in various reproductive problems, including granular vulvovaginitis, abortion, weak calves, salpingitis, and spontaneous abortion. The presence of U. diversum in a dairy bovine population from midwestern Brazil has not been established. The aim of this study was to determine whether U. diversum was present in dairy cattle from midwestern Brazil using polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Vulvovaginal mucus was analyzed from 203 cows located in six municipalities in the north region of Mato Grosso State, Brazil...
December 3, 2016: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915366/aging-has-the-opposite-effect-on-camp-and-cgmp-circadian-variations-in-rat-leydig-cells
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Aleksandar Z Baburski, Srdjan J Sokanovic, Silvana A Andric, Tatjana S Kostic
The Leydig cell physiology displays a circadian rhythm driven by a complex interaction of the reproductive axis hormones and circadian system. The final output of this regulatory process is circadian pattern of steroidogenic genes expression and testosterone production. Aging gradually decreases robustness of rhythmic testosterone secretion without change in pattern of LH secretion. Here, we analyzed effect of aging on circadian variation of cAMP and cGMP signaling in Leydig cells. Results showed opposite effect of aging on cAMP and cGMP daily variation...
December 3, 2016: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915330/mechanism-of-sex-determination-in-humans-insights-from-disorders-of-sex-development
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Anu Bashamboo, Ken McElreavey
In this review we will consider the gene mutations responsible for the non-syndromic forms of disorders of sex development (DSD) and how recent genetic findings are providing insights into the mechanism of sex determination. High-throughput sequencing technologies are having a major impact on our understanding of the genetic basis of rare human disorders, including DSD. The study of human DSD is progressively revealing subtle differences in the genetics of the sex-determining system between the mouse and the human...
December 3, 2016: Sexual Development: Genetics, Molecular Biology, Evolution, Endocrinology, Embryology, and Pathology of Sex Determination and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915134/metabolic-and-reproductive-plasticity-of-core-and-marginal-populations-of-the-eurythermic-saline-water-bug-sigara-selecta-hemiptera-corixidae-in-a-climate-change-context
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J A Carbonell, D T Bilton, P Calosi, A Millán, A Stewart, J Velasco
Ongoing climate change is driving dramatic range shifts in diverse taxa worldwide, and species responses to global change are likely to be determined largely by population responses at geographical range margins. Here we investigate the metabolic and reproductive plasticity in response to water temperature and salinity variation of two populations of the eurythermic saline water bug Sigara selecta: one population located close to the northern edge of its distribution, in a relatively cold, thermally stable region (SE England - 'marginal'), and one close to the range centre, in a warmer and more thermally variable Mediterranean climate (SE Spain - 'core')...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915015/who-seeks-teratology-information-service-s-advice-assessing-the-risk-of-selection-bias-in-observational-cohort-studies-on-drug-risks-in-pregnancy
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Evelin Beck, Anna Lechner, Christof Schaefer
All women of reproductive age should have access to Teratology Information Services (TIS). Observational cohort studies based on TIS data are one of the most important sources for risk characterization of drugs during pregnancy. A selection in TIS populations towards higher socioeconomic level would compromise the TIS' goal of health prevention and the quality of research. The aim of this study is to investigate in which respect Berlin TIS enquirers are different from the general female population of reproductive age in Germany...
November 30, 2016: Reproductive Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914977/trematodes-with-a-reproductive-division-of-labor-heterophyids-also-have-a-soldier-caste-and-early-infections-reveal-how-colonies-become-structured
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Ana E Garcia-Vedrenne, Anastasia C E Quintana, Andrea M DeRogatis, Christina M Dover, Maribel Lopez, Armand M Kuris, Ryan F Hechinger
Recent findings have extended the documentation of complex sociality to the Platyhelminthes, describing the existence of a reproductive division of labor involving a soldier caste among the parthenitae of trematode parasites. However, all species examined to date occupy high positions in trematode interspecific dominance hierarchies and belong to two closely related families, the Echinostomatidae and the Philophthalmidae (Superfamily Echinostomatoidea). Further, the two species documented as lacking soldiers also belong to the Echinostomatidae...
November 30, 2016: International Journal for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914954/molecular-cloning-characterization-and-expression-profile-of-kisspeptin1-and-kisspeptin1-receptor-at-brain-pituitary-gonad-bpg-axis-of-golden-mahseer-tor-putitora-hamilton-1822-during-gonadal-development
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Neetu Shahi, Atul Kumar Singh, Monalisa Sahoo, Sumanta Kumar Mallik, Dimpal Thakuria
Complete cDNA sequences of kiss1 (gmkiss1) and its receptor kiss1r (gmkiss1r) were cloned and characterized from brain tissue of adult golden mahseer (Tor putitora). Thereafter, quantification of gmkiss1 and gmkiss1r mRNA expression in brain-pituitary-gonad (BPG) axis of male and female golden mahseer was carried out using quantitative real-time (qRT)-PCR assay during an annual reproductive cycle, at different gonadal development stages. The gmkiss1 cDNA was 508bp, with 330bp open reading frame (ORF), encoding a precursor protein of 109 amino acids, whereas gmkiss1r cDNA was 1383bp with an ORF of 1004bp, which encodes a 334 amino acid protein residue...
November 30, 2016: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914918/epigenetic-game-theory-how-to-compute-the-epigenetic-control-of-maternal-to-zygotic-transition
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REVIEW
Qian Wang, Kirk Gosik, Sujuan Xing, Libo Jiang, Lidan Sun, Vernon M Chinchilli, Rongling Wu
Epigenetic reprogramming is thought to play a critical role in maintaining the normal development of embryos. How the methylation state of paternal and maternal genomes regulates embryogenesis depends on the interaction and coordination of the gametes of two sexes. While there is abundant research in exploring the epigenetic interactions of sperms and oocytes, a knowledge gap exists in the mechanistic quantitation of these interactions and their impact on embryo development. This review aims at formulating a modeling framework to address this gap through the integration and synthesis of evolutionary game theory and the latest discoveries of the epigenetic control of embryo development by next-generation sequencing...
November 9, 2016: Physics of Life Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914857/imidacloprid-induces-various-toxicological-effects-related-to-the-expression-of-3%C3%AE-hsd-nr5a1-and-ogg1-genes-in-mature-and-immature-rats
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Amany Abdel-Rahman Mohamed, Wafaa A M Mohamed, Safaa I Khater
This study aimed to evaluate the adverse effects of the insecticide imidacloprid (IMI) on male spermatogenesis, steroidogenesis, and DNA damage in sexually mature and immature rats. Forty male rats (mature and immature) were equally divided into four groups: two mature and two immature groups. IMI groups of both ages were orally administered IMI in corn oil at a concentration of 1 mg/mL for kg BW/day, whereas their respective controls were orally administered corn oil only (1 mL/kg of body weight) daily for 65 days...
November 30, 2016: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914853/monitoring-the-fitness-of-antiviral-resistant-influenza-strains-during-an-epidemic-a-mathematical-modelling-study
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Kathy Leung, Marc Lipsitch, Kwok Yung Yuen, Joseph T Wu
BACKGROUND: Antivirals (eg, oseltamivir) are important for mitigating influenza epidemics. In 2007, an oseltamivir-resistant influenza seasonal A H1N1 strain emerged and spread to global fixation within 1 year. This event showed that antiviral-resistant (AVR) strains can be intrinsically more transmissible than their contemporaneous antiviral-sensitive (AVS) counterpart. Surveillance of AVR fitness is therefore essential. Our objective was to develop a simple method for estimating AVR fitness from surveillance data...
November 30, 2016: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914708/generation-and-phenotypic-analysis-of-mice-lacking-all-urea-transporters
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Tao Jiang, Yingjie Li, Anita T Layton, Weiling Wang, Yi Sun, Min Li, Hong Zhou, Baoxue Yang
Urea transporters (UT) are a family of transmembrane urea-selective channel proteins expressed in multiple tissues and play an important role in the urine concentrating mechanism of the mammalian kidney. UT inhibitors have diuretic activity and could be developed as novel diuretics. To determine if functional deficiency of all UTs in all tissues causes physiological abnormality, we established a novel mouse model in which all UTs were knocked out by deleting an 87 kb of DNA fragment containing most parts of Slc14a1 and Slc14a2 genes...
November 30, 2016: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914537/the-fenpropathrin-resistant-tetranychus-cinnabarinus-showed-increased-fecundity-with-high-content-of-vitellogenin-and-vitellogenin-receptor
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Xing Liu, Guangmao Shen, Haoran Xu, Lin He
Carmine spider mite, Tetranychus cinnabarinus (Boisduval), an agricultural pest of economically important crops, has developed resistance to a group of pesticides. We have selected a fenpropathrin-resistant strain (FeR) of T. cinnabarinus from the isogenous and susceptible strain (SS), and found that the FeR not only showed resistance but its fecundity also increased. According to the numbers of eggs laid per day of both strains, the FeR was more fertile than SS throughout the life span. To investigate the underlying reason, the protein contents of vitellogenin (vg) and vitellogenin receptor (vgr) were detected, and the results showed both of them were significantly higher in FeR than in SS...
November 2016: Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914435/analysis-and-control-of-multi-zone-sound-field-reproduction-using-modal-domain-approach
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Wen Zhang, Thushara D Abhayapala, Terence Betlehem, Filippo Maria Fazi
Multi-zone sound control aims to reproduce multiple sound fields independently and simultaneously over different spatial regions within the same space. This paper investigates the multi-zone sound control problem formulated in the modal domain using the Lagrange cost function and provides a modal-domain analysis of the problem. The Lagrange cost function is formulated to represent a quadratic objective of reproducing a desired sound field within the bright zone and with constraints on sound energy in the dark zone and global region...
September 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914395/active-control-of-scattered-acoustic-fields-cancellation-reproduction-and-cloaking
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Jordan Cheer
The active control of sound fields has been widely applied in both active noise control and sound field reproduction, however, relatively few studies have focused on active acoustic cloaking. In order to build upon the knowledge and understanding in the areas of active noise control and sound field reproduction, this paper investigates the corresponding physical limitations and compares them to the active cloaking problem when the three strategies are employed in the presence of an acoustic scatterer. The three sound field control strategies have been formulated within a consistent framework, and this has enabled insight into the physical control mechanisms...
September 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914213/parental-support-for-human-papilloma-virus-vaccination-by-adolescents-in-ibadan-north-local-government-area-ibadan-nigeria
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Magbagbeola David Dairo, Moradeke Omoyemi Adeleke, Adetokunbo Taophic Salawu, Ayobami David Adewole
BACKGROUND: Despite changing sexual norms and mores generally perceived to be permissive of sexual expression, parents continue to serve as gateways to uptake of reproductive health services and commodities in our cultural settings. However, their support for adolescent uptake of human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine are not well explored and documented. This study aims to assess parental knowledge and awareness of HPV infection and cervical cancer and their support for HPV vaccination for their adolescent children...
December 3, 2016: International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913974/incorporation-of-estradiol-benzoate-to-cidr-protocol-improves-the-reproductive-responses-in-crossbred-dairy-heifers
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Muhammad Usman Mehmood, Ahmad Qamar, Abdul Sattar, Liaquat Ahmad, Nasim Ahmad
The present study was designed to determine the effect of estradiol benzoate (EB) on reproductive response following a controlled internal drug release (CIDR) protocol in crossbred (Sahiwal × Friesian) dairy heifers. In the first trial, a total of 100 crossbred dairy heifers were treated with CIDR protocol for 7 days and injected with the PGF2α on day 6. After 24 h of CIDR removal, one group (EB = 50) was injected with estradiol benzoate whereas the other (control = 50) remained untreated. Estrus intensity and response were recorded visually and ovulation rate was recorded by ultrasonography...
December 2, 2016: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913787/safety-assessment-of-polyquaternium-22-and-polyquarternium-39-as-used-in-cosmetics
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Wilbur Johnson, Bart Heldreth, Wilma F Bergfeld, Donald V Belsito, Ronald A Hill, Curtis D Klaassen, Daniel C Liebler, James G Marks, Ronald C Shank, Thomas J Slaga, Paul W Snyder, F Alan Andersen
Polyquaternium-22 and polyquaternium-39 are polymers that function as antistatic agents, film formers, and hair fixatives in cosmetic products. These ingredients are being used at concentrations up to 2% (polyquaternium-22, in a rinse-off product) and up to 3% (polyquaternium-39, in rinse-off and leave-on products). The unreacted monomer content of these ingredients was considered low and of no toxicological concern. Limited data showed no skin irritation/sensitization. Although these ingredients were nongenotoxic in bacterial assays, mammalian genotoxicity, carcinogenicity, and reproductive and developmental toxicity data were not available...
November 2016: International Journal of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913739/structure-activity-relation-of-amor-sugar-molecule-that-activates-pollen-tubes-for-ovular-guidance
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Jiao Jiao, Akane G Mizukami, Subramanian Sankaranarayanan, Junichiro Yamguchi, Kenichiro Itami, Tetsuya Higashiyama
Successful fertilization in flowering plants depends on the precise directional growth control of pollen tube through the female pistil tissue, towards the female gametophyte contained in the ovule for delivery of non-motile sperm cells. Cysteine-rich peptides LUREs secreted from the synergid cells on either side of the egg cell act as ovular attractants of pollen tubes. Competency control by the pistil is crucial for the response of pollen tubes to these ovular attractants. We recently reported that ovular 4-O-methyl-glucuronosyl arabinogalactan AMOR induces competency of the pollen tube to respond to ovular attractant LURE peptides in Torenia fournieri...
December 2, 2016: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913636/the-effect-of-temperature-on-drosophila-hybrid-fitness
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Charles J J Miller, Daniel R Matute
Mechanisms of reproductive isolation inhibit gene flow between species and can be broadly sorted into two categories: prezygotic and postzygotic. While comparative studies suggest that prezygotic barriers tend to evolve first, postzygotic barriers are crucial for maintaining species boundaries and impeding gene flow that might otherwise cause incipient species to merge. Most, but not all, postzygotic barriers result from genetic incompatibilities between two or more loci from different species, and occur due to divergent evolution in allopatry...
December 2, 2016: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
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