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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821041/regulation-of-structure-rheological-and-surface-properties-of-chitin-nanocrystal-dispersions
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M A Torlopov, I S Martakov, V I Mikhaylov, N V Tsvetkov, P V Krivoshapkin
The hydrosols of chitin nanocrystals (ChN) are promising as modifiers of properties, drug delivery systems, and media. The purpose of this work is to clarify the mechanisms for regulating processes of stability and structure formation occurring in the ChN hydrosols under the influence of varying ionic strength. ChN were isolated from the crab shell; ChN hydrosols are obtained with different concentrations of the dispersed phase. The structure and morphology of the particles was studied by atomic force microscopy and X-ray diffraction...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815904/comparative-in-vitro-study-on-cytotoxicity-of-recombinant-%C3%AE-hairpin-peptides
#2
Denis V Kuzmin, Anna A Emelianova, Mariana B Kalashnikova, Pavel V Panteleev, Sergey V Balandin, Ekaterina O Serebrovskaya, Oksana Yu Belogurova-Ovchinnikova, Tatiana V Ovchinnikova
Natural antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are important components of the innate immune system with a wide spectrum of biological activity. In this study, we investigated the cytotoxic effect of three recombinant β-hairpin cationic AMPs: arenicin-1 from the polychaeta Arenicola marina, tachyplesin I from the horseshoe crab Tachypleus tridentatus, and gomesin from the spider Acanthoscurria gomesiana. All the three β-hairpin AMPs were overexpressed in E. coli. Different cell lines were incubated with various concentrations of the investigated AMPs in order to evaluate their cytotoxic activity...
August 16, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814634/state-dependent-sensorimotor-gating-in-a-rhythmic-motor-system
#3
Rachel S White, Robert M Spencer, Michael P Nusbaum, Dawn M Blitz
Sensory feedback influences motor circuits and/or their projection neuron inputs to adjust ongoing motor activity, but its efficacy varies. Currently, less is known about regulation of sensory feedback onto projection neurons that control downstream motor circuits than about sensory regulation of the motor circuit neurons themselves. Here, we tested whether sensory feedback onto projection neurons is sensitive only to activation of a motor system, or also to the modulatory state underlying that activation, using the crab Cancer borealis stomatogastric nervous system...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803360/contrasting-complexity-of-adjacent-habitats-influences-the-strength-of-cascading-predatory-effects
#4
James E Byers, Zachary C Holmes, Jennafer C Malek
Although cascading effects of top predators can help structure communities, their influence may vary across habitats that differentially protect prey. Therefore, to understand how and to what degree habitat complexity can affect trophic interactions in adjacent habitats, we used a combination of a broad regional-scale survey, manipulative field trials, and an outdoor mesocosm experiment to quantify predator-prey interaction strengths across four trophic levels. Within estuaries of the southeastern USA, bonnethead sharks (Sphyrna tiburo) hunt blue crabs on mudflats and adjacent oyster reefs, two habitats with vastly different aboveground structure...
August 12, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801606/linkage-mapping-aided-by-de-novo-genome-and-transcriptome-assembly-in-portunus-trituberculatus-applications-in-growth-related-qtl-and-gene-identification
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Jianjian Lv, Baoquan Gao, Ping Liu, Jian Li, Xianliang Meng
A high-resolution genetic linkage map is an essential tool for decoding genetics and genomics in non-model organisms. In this study, a linkage map was constructed for the swimming crab (Portunus trituberculatus) with 10,963 markers; as far as we know, this number of markers has never been achieved in any other crustacean. The linkage map covered 98.85% of the whole genome with a mean marker interval of 0.51 cM. The de novo assembly based on genome and transcriptome sequencing data enabled 2,378 explicit annotated markers to be anchored to the map...
August 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799218/synergy-and-mechanism-of-action-of-%C3%AE-mangostin-and-ceftazidime-against-ceftazidime-resistant-acinetobacter-baumannii
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T Pimchan, D Maensiri, G Eumkeb
To address the resistance of Acinetobacter baumannii to β-lactam antibiotics, combination therapy between different antibiotic classes is increasingly used. The antibacterial activity of α-mangostin (AMT) alone or in combination with ceftazidime (CTZ) was investigated against ceftazidime-resistant A. baumannii DMST 45378 (CRAB). Initial screening showed that A. baumannii strains possessed AmpC β-lactamase (AmpC), Extended-Spectrum Beta-Lactamase (ESBL) and metallo-β-lactamases (MBL). Minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of >800 μg ml(-1) against individual antibiotics...
August 11, 2017: Letters in Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798398/shedding-new-light-on-the-crab-with-polarized-x-rays
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M Chauvin, H-G Florén, M Friis, M Jackson, T Kamae, J Kataoka, T Kawano, M Kiss, V Mikhalev, T Mizuno, N Ohashi, T Stana, H Tajima, H Takahashi, N Uchida, M Pearce
Strong magnetic fields, synchrotron emission, and Compton scattering are omnipresent in compact celestial X-ray sources. Emissions in the X-ray energy band are consequently expected to be linearly polarized. X-ray polarimetry provides a unique diagnostic to study the location and fundamental mechanisms behind emission processes. The polarization of emissions from a bright celestial X-ray source, the Crab, is reported here for the first time in the hard X-ray band (~20-160 keV). The Crab is a complex system consisting of a central pulsar, a diffuse pulsar wind nebula, as well as structures in the inner nebula including a jet and torus...
August 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797479/paralysis-and-heart-failure-precede-ion-balance-disruption-in-heat-stressed-european-green-crabs
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Lisa B Jørgensen, Johannes Overgaard, Heath A MacMillan
Acute exposure of ectotherms to critically high temperatures causes injury and death, and this mortality has been associated with a number of physiological perturbations including impaired oxygen transport, loss of ion and water homeostasis, and neuronal failure. It is difficult to discern which of these factors, if any, is the proximate cause of heat injury because, for example, loss of ion homeostasis can impair neuromuscular function (including cardiac function), and conversely impaired oxygen transport reduces ATP supply and can thus reduce ion transport capacity...
August 2017: Journal of Thermal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794227/the-metabolic-cost-of-carrying-a-sexually-selected-trait-in-the-male-fiddler-crab-uca-pugilator
#9
Alexa Tullis, Corinne H T Straube
Models proposed to explain sexually selected structures assume that these traits are costly. However, studies investigating the impact of such structures on locomotory costs have produced inconsistent results. Male fiddler crabs possess a large sexually selected claw and are ideal for assessing the impact of a sexually selected trait on the cost of locomotion. Here, we measure the energy expenditure of clawed, declawed, and artificially loaded crabs during sustained exercise by measuring oxygen consumption and blood lactate levels...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792490/ancestral-whole-genome-duplication-in-the-marine-chelicerate-horseshoe-crabs
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N J Kenny, K W Chan, W Nong, Z Qu, I Maeso, H Y Yip, T F Chan, H S Kwan, P W H Holland, K H Chu, J H L Hui
This corrects the article DOI: 10.1038/hdy.2015.89.
August 9, 2017: Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792419/interaction-of-heat-shock-protein-60-hsp60-with-microrna-in-chinese-mitten-crab-during-spiroplasma-eriocheiris-infection
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Ming-Xiao Ning, Yun-Ji Xiu, Jing-Xiu Bi, Yu-Han Liu, Li-Bo Hou, Zheng-Feng Ding, Wei Gu, Wen Wang, Qing-Guo Meng
Heat shock protein 60 from the Chinese mitten crab Eriocheir sinensis (EsHSP60) was previously identified in relation to Spiroplasma eriocheiris infection by isobaric tags for relative and absolute quantitation labelling followed by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. In the present study, to validate the immune function of this protein, the cDNA of the EsHSP60 gene was cloned. Various crab tissues were assessed using real-time PCR, which showed that EsHSP60 transcription occurred in all tissues examined...
August 9, 2017: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783906/three-classes-of-steroids-in-typical-freshwater-aquaculture-farms-comparison-to-marine-aquaculture-farms
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Shan Liu, Hui Chen, Xiang-Rong Xu, Qin-Wei Hao, Jian-Liang Zhao, Guang-Guo Ying
This study provides a comprehensive analysis of the occurrence of androgens, glucocorticoids and progestogens in typical freshwater aquaculture farms in comparison with marine aquaculture farms. The results showed that more steroids were detected in the marine aquaculture farms. For all aquatic products, the total concentrations of steroids in fish muscle were 22-2000ng/g, which were much higher than those detected in crabs, shrimps or mollusks (0.5-8.1ng/g). Based on the hazard index of the selected steroids, most water samples were in the low or medium risks...
July 31, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783427/molecular-epidemiology-of-carbapenem-resistant-acinetobacter-baumannii-in-a-tertiary-care-hospital-in-egypt-clonal-spread-of-blaoxa-23
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Afaf Mohamed Samy El Bannah, Nada Nabil Nawar, Reem Mostafa Mohamed Hassan, Sherifa Tarek Bassiouni Salem
Of great concern is the increased frequency of carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (CRAB) causing healthcare-associated infections. Different classes of β-lactamases are involved in this resistance through hydrolyzing carbapenems. Multilocus sequence typing (MLST) has been applied successfully for characterizing different varieties of bacterial pathogens epidemiologically. In the present study, we aimed to type and characterize the resistance profile of clinical isolates of CRAB causing healthcare-associated infections in patients admitted to Kasr Al-Aini hospital, using MLST, and compare with sequence types (STs) from other countries...
August 7, 2017: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781190/impingement-of-marine-organisms-in-a-tropical-atomic-power-plant-cooling-water-system
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S Barath Kumar, A K Mohanty, N P I Das, K K Satpathy, S K Sarkar
A one-year impingement monitoring was conducted at Madras Atomic Power Station (MAPS), Kalpakkam, southeastern coast of India and identified a total of 67 species of marine organisms in the cooling water system. Estimates of total annual impingement contributed about 1.47×10(6) individuals and 142.5t of biomass. Jellyfish contributed about 6.8×10(5) individuals and 135.6t of biomass. Crabs, shrimps and fish were the most vulnerable organisms contributing about 4.29×10(5) individuals, 1.39×10(5) individuals and 2...
August 3, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769685/differentiation-of-three-common-deep-water-hermit-crabs-crustacea-decapoda-anomura-parapaguridae-from-the-south-african-demersal-abundance-surveys-including-the-description-of-a-new-species-of-paragiopagurus-lemaitre-1996
#15
Jannes Landschoff, Rafael Lemaitre
Deep-water hermit crabs of the family Parapaguridae can be abundant (up to 20 kg or 1000 hermit crab individuals per haul) in the trawl bycatch collected during South African demersal abundance research surveys. Until recently, only two parapagurid species had been recognized in the bycatch; Parapagurus bouvieri Stebbing, 1910, and Sympagurus dimorphus (Studer, 1883). Detailed examination of numerous samples of parapagurid specimens from research surveys revealed the existence of a third, undescribed species previously confounded with S...
2017: ZooKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769609/a-new-species-of-micro-mangrove-crab-of-the-genus-haberma-ng-schubart-2002-crustacea-brachyura-sesarmidae-from-hong-kong
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Stefano Cannicci, Peter L K Ng
The sesarmid genus Haberma Ng & Schubart, 2002, currently contains two species of small mangrove crabs with the first two pairs of the male ambulatory legs possessing characteristic subchelate dactyli and propodi. A new species, H. tingkok, is here described from Hong Kong. It can be separated from H. nanum Ng & Schubart, 2002 (from Singapore), and H. kamora Rahayu & Ng, 2005 (from Indonesian Papua) by its carapace shape, proportions of the ambulatory legs, and structures of the male pleon and male first gonopod...
2017: ZooKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765773/astaxanthin-induces-migration-in-human-skin-keratinocytes-via-rac1-activation-and-rhoa-inhibition
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Dakanda Ritto, Supita Tanasawet, Sawana Singkhorn, Wanwimol Klaypradit, Pilaiwanwadee Hutamekalin, Varomyalin Tipmanee, Wanida Sukketsiri
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Re-epithelialization has an important role in skin wound healing. Astaxanthin (ASX), a carotenoid found in crustaceans including shrimp, crab, and salmon, has been widely used for skin protection. Therefore, we investigated the effects of ASX on proliferation and migration of human skin keratinocyte cells and explored the mechanism associated with that migration. MATERIAL/METHOD: HaCaT keratinocyte cells were exposed to 0.25-1 µg/mL of ASX...
August 2017: Nutrition Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763937/lethal-and-sub-lethal-effects-of-commonly-used-anti-sea-lice-formulations-on-non-target-crab-metacarcinus-edwardsii-larvae
#18
Paulina Gebauer, Kurt Paschke, Claudia Vera, Jorge E Toro, Miguel Pardo, Mauricio Urbina
The pesticides used by the salmon industry to treat sea lice, are applied in situ via a bath solution and are subsequently discharged into the surrounding medium. The effects of cypermethrin, deltamethrin, azamethiphos and hydrogen peroxide were assessed on the performance of Metacarcinus edwardsii larvae, an important crab for Chilean fishery. All larvae were dead or dying after 30 min of exposure to cypermethrin and after 40 min to deltamethrin at concentrations 100 and 20 times lower (0.15 and 0.1 μg L(-1), respectively) than the concentrations and exposure times recommended by the manufacturers (CRM) to treat sea lice...
October 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763106/identification-of-proteome-antigen-protein-and-antigen-membrane-protein-from-spiroplasma-eriocheiris
#19
Yuhan Liu, Yinbin Xu, Shuang Li, Xuechuan Xu, Qi Gao, Meijun Yuan, Wei Gu, Wen Wang, Qingguo Meng
Spiroplasma eriocheiris, which causes tremor disease of Chinese mitten crab Eriocheir sinensis, has led to catastrophic economic loses in aquaculture. Immunoproteomics, a new scientific technique combining proteomics and immunological analytical methods, provided the direction of our research on S. eriocheiris. The aim of our study was to identify the proteome, antigen proteins and antigen membrane proteins of S. eriocheiris. A total of 780 S. eriocheiris proteins were identified by LC-MS/MS technique. Based on immunoproteomics, 51 proteins and 7 proteins in S...
August 1, 2017: Letters in Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763037/isolation-and-tissue-distribution-of-an-insulin-like-androgenic-gland-hormone-iag-of-the-male-red-deep-sea-crab-chaceon-quinquedens
#20
Amanda Lawrence, Shadaesha Green, Jum Sook Chung
The insulin-like androgenic gland hormone (IAG) found in decapod crustaceans is known to regulate sexual development in males. IAG is produced in the male-specific endocrine tissue, the androgenic gland (AG); however, IAG expression has been also observed in other tissues of decapod crustacean species including Callinectes sapidus and Scylla paramamosain. This study aimed to isolate the full-length cDNA sequence of IAG from the AG of male red deep-sea crabs, Chaceon quinquedens (ChqIAG), and to examine its tissue distribution...
August 1, 2017: Marine Drugs
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