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Daniel G Mulcahy, Kenneth S Macdonald, Seán G Brady, Christopher Meyer, Katharine B Barker, Jonathan Coddington
Advances in biodiversity genomic sequencing will increasingly depend on the availability of DNA samples-and their quantifiable metadata-preserved in large institutional biorepositories that are discoverable to the scientific community. Improvements in sequencing technology constantly provide longer reads, such that longer fragment length, higher molecular weight, and overall "genome-quality" DNA (gDNA) will be desirable. Ideally, biorepositories should publish numerical scale measurements of DNA quality useful to the user community...
2016: PeerJ
Leah Marie Sloan, Sarah Mincks Hardy
Rhizocephalan barnacles in the genus Briarosaccus parasitize and castrate king crab hosts, thereby preventing host reproduction and potentially altering host abundance. To better understand how environmental factors in Alaska may influence Briarosaccus prevalence, we studied the effects of temperature and salinity on the larvae of Briarosaccus regalis (previously B. callosus). Nauplius larvae were reared at 7 temperatures (2 to 16 C) and 8 salinities (19 to 40) to determine larval survival and development rates...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Parasitology
Carola Becker, Gerhard Scholtz
Female reproductive systems are important characters for understanding the evolution of Brachyura and resolving its phylogenetic relationships. We herein investigate a podotreme brachyuran reproductive system comprehensively for the first time studying spermathecae and gonopores of Homoloidea with histological methods, micro-computer tomography and scanning electron microscopy. Our results show that spermathecal apertures are species-specific and their shape corresponds closely to that of male copulatory organs...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Morphology
Zhong-Guo Shan, Ke-Xin Zhu, Fang-Yi Chen, Jie Liu, Bei Chen, Kun Qiao, Hui Peng, Ke-Jian Wang
A new gene homologous to the reported antimicrobial peptide (AMP) hyastatin from Hyas araneus was screened in the SSH library constructed from the hemocytes of Scylla paramamosain, and named SpHyastatin. In vivo study showed that SpHyastatin was predominantly expressed in hemocytes of S. paramamosain. With the challenge of either Vibrio parahaemolyticus or lipopolysaccharide (LPS), SpHyastatin showed a positive response, meaning that it was probably involved in the immune reaction against bacterial infection in vivo...
October 14, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Bo Young Chung, Yong Se Cho, Hye One Kim, Chun Wook Park
BACKGROUND: The etiology of chronic urticaria (CU) remains unknown in most patients. Possible causes in some cases include food, but the role of allergy to food antigens in patients with CU remains controversial. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the association between food allergy and CU. METHODS: Korean patients with CU were assessed for a previous history of food allergy that caused symptoms of CU. Blood samples were taken from 350 patients to measure food allergen-specific IgE...
October 2016: Annals of Dermatology
Timothy O'Leary, Eve Marder
Many species of cold-blooded animals experience substantial and rapid fluctuations in body temperature. Because biological processes are differentially temperature dependent, it is difficult to understand how physiological processes in such animals can be temperature robust [1-8]. Experiments have shown that core neural circuits, such as the pyloric circuit of the crab stomatogastric ganglion (STG), exhibit robust neural activity in spite of large (20°C) temperature fluctuations [3, 5, 7, 8]. This robustness is surprising because (1) each neuron has many different kinds of ion channels with different temperature dependencies (Q10s) that interact in a highly nonlinear way to produce firing patterns and (2) across animals there is substantial variability in conductance densities that nonetheless produce almost identical firing properties...
October 1, 2016: Current Biology: CB
Olena Kudlai, Thomas H Cribb, Scott C Cutmore
A new species of microphallid, Longiductotrema tethepae n. sp., is reported from a muraenid eel Gymnothorax pseudothyrsoideus (Bleeker) on the northern Great Barrier Reef. The new species is described based on adults from Gy. pseudothyrsoideus and metacercariae from a grapsid crab, Grapsus albolineatus Latreille in Milbert, collected from off Lizard Island, Queensland, Australia. The new species is assigned to Longiductotrema Deblock & Heard, 1969 based on morphological characters (presence of a cirrus-sac; a long metraterm, intensively ensheathed by gland-cells; an entirely postcaecal uterus; vitellarium composed of two lateral clusters each of about ten follicles, situated in the testicular and post-testicular areas)...
November 2016: Systematic Parasitology
Frederike Ricarda Boehm, Leonardo Sandrini-Neto, Tom Moens, Paulo da Cunha Lana
Mangrove forests are highly productive and play a major role in global carbon cycling. Their carbon accumulation can be influenced through the consumption of nutrient-poor leaves and propagules by herbivore crabs. Anthropogenic nutrient input from sewage contamination is widespread in these often naturally nutrient-limited ecosystems. We hypothesised that sewage-mediated nutrient input to mangrove stands of Paranaguá Bay (southern Brazil), would alter the nutrient sources available for crabs, e.g. through microphytobenthos increase, and that this would reflect in their feeding behaviour...
September 19, 2016: Marine Environmental Research
L V Kroth, F F Barreiro, D Saitovitch, M A Traesel, D O L d'Avila, C E Poli-de-Figueiredo
BACKGROUND: Solid organ transplant recipients are susceptible to antibiotic-resistant infections and carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (CRAB) has recently been recognized as a serious complication in solid organ recipients. High mortality rates have been described. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 807 transplantations and detected 10 patients who died 24 hours after the diagnosis of septicemia, all with CRAB-positive blood cultures. Recipients were followed up for at least 1 year and were stratified into the following groups: Group 1, patients alive; Group 2, patients that died due to other causes except Acinetobacter infection; and Group 3, patients who died within 24 hours of CRAB diagnosis...
September 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
H Zhang, P Yu, S Zhong, T Ge, S Peng, Z Zhou, X Guo
The Chinese mitten crab Eriocheir sinensis is an economically important aquatic species in China. Many studies on gene structure, breeding, and diseases of the crab have been reported. However, knowledge about the organization of the nerve system of the crab remains largely unknown. To study the ultrastructure of the cerebral ganglia of E. sinensis and to compare the histological findings regarding the nerve systems of crustaceans, the cerebral ganglia were observed by transmission electron microscopy. The results showed that four types of gliocytes, including type I, II, III, and IV gliocytes were located in the cerebral ganglia...
August 10, 2016: European Journal of Histochemistry: EJH
Serkan Tekin, Idil Pazi
Organochlorinated pesticides and Aroclors were measured in the muscle of two edible fish species (gray mullet, sea bream) and blue crab, collected from eastern Mediterranean coast in 2013. The concentration of organochlorinated pesticides (OCPs) and Aroclors in biota samples which were collected at six sites ranged from 1.0-8.6 and 9-47.5 ng g(-1) wet weight, respectively. Total DDT concentrations in seafood samples were compared to tolerance level established by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA); the concentrations were detected below the tolerence level...
October 12, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Xiuning Du, William Peterson, Jennifer Fisher, Matt Hunter, Jay Peterson
In spring/summer 2015, a toxic bloom by the diatom Pseudo-nitzschia (PN) occurred along the west coast of the United States which led to closures of the harvest of razor clams and Dungeness crabs. Twice monthly observations of temperature, salinity, nutrients, chlorophyll and phytoplankton species composition allowed us to track oceanographic conditions preceding and during the development of the bloom. PN cells were first detected during late winter 2015. A PN bloom was initiated following the onset of coastal upwelling in mid-April; subsequent peaks in May and June were sustained by episodic upwelling events and reached magnitudes of 105 cells/L and 106 cells/L, 40% and 90% of the total diatom abundance, respectively...
2016: PloS One
Damianos Chatzievangelou, Carolina Doya, Laurenz Thomsen, Autun Purser, Jacopo Aguzzi
Three benthic megafaunal species (i.e. sablefish Anoplopoma fimbria; pacific hagfish Eptatretus stoutii and a group of juvenile crabs) were tested for diel behavioral patterns at the methane hydrates site of Barkley Canyon (890 m depth), off Vancouver Island (BC, Canada). Fluctuations of animal counts in linear video-transects conducted with the Internet Operated Deep-Sea Crawler "Wally" in June, July and December of 2013, were used as proxy of population activity rhythms. Count time series and environmental parameters were analyzed under the hypothesis that the environmental conditioning of activity rhythms depends on the life habits of particular species (i...
2016: PloS One
Alyssa-Lois M Gehman, Jonathan H Grabowski, A Randall Hughes, David L Kimbro, Michael F Piehler, James E Byers
Not all hosts, communities or environments are equally hospitable for parasites. Direct and indirect interactions between parasites and their predators, competitors and the environment can influence variability in host exposure, susceptibility and subsequent infection, and these influences may vary across spatial scales. To determine the relative influences of abiotic, biotic and host characteristics on probability of infection across both local and estuary scales, we surveyed the oyster reef-dwelling mud crab Eurypanopeus depressus and its parasite Loxothylacus panopaei, an invasive castrating rhizocephalan, in a hierarchical design across >900 km of the southeastern USA...
October 8, 2016: Oecologia
Taku Fujiya, Masahiro Iwabuchi, Mikako Sugimura, Katsuaki Ukai, Keiichi Tadokoro
Pneumatosis cystoides intestinalis (PCI) is an uncommon disease that generally lacks symptoms and is rarely associated with intussusception. A 29-year-old man visited our hospital for right upper abdominal pain. Computed tomography (CT) scan revealed multiple air-filled cysts along the intestinal wall and a pseudokidney sign in the transverse colon. A gastrographin enema examination showed a so-called crab finger appearance and multiple elevated translucency in the transverse colon. From these findings, the diagnosis of intussusception associated with PCI was made...
May 2016: Case Reports in Gastroenterology
Tian Tao, Xi Xie, Mingxin Liu, Qinghua Jiang, Dongfa Zhu
The sesquiterpenoid methyl farnesoate (MF) is the unepoxidized form of insect juvenile hormone (JH) III, and is considered an equivalent of JH in crustaceans. Degradation of MF is similar to that of JH which occurs through ester hydrolysis by specific carboxylesterases (CXEs). In this study, the full-length cDNAs of two JH esterase-like CXEs were cloned from the swimming crab, Portunus trituberculatus. The predicted amino acid sequences of the two PtCXEs contain the conserved motifs including catalytic triad and oxyanion hole, which are the hallmark of the CXE family proteins...
October 5, 2016: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Dagmara Wójcik-Fudalewska, Monika Normant-Saremba, Pedro Anastácio
The Chinese mitten crab is known as a pest causing damage to fishing gears and fish. On the other hand, this highly invasive species is considered a delicacy by Asian migrants and therefore commercially fished and sold in many countries. The ingestion of plastic by the Chinese mitten crab Eriocheir sinensis from the Baltic coastal waters (Poland) and the Tagus Estuary (Portugal) was studied based on stomach content analysis. As many as 13% of the 302 analysed males and females (38.07-89.07mm carapace width) from both regions, contained microplastic in the form of strands and balls...
October 4, 2016: Marine Pollution Bulletin
C K Li, P Tzeferacos, D Lamb, G Gregori, P A Norreys, M J Rosenberg, R K Follett, D H Froula, M Koenig, F H Seguin, J A Frenje, H G Rinderknecht, H Sio, A B Zylstra, R D Petrasso, P A Amendt, H S Park, B A Remington, D D Ryutov, S C Wilks, R Betti, A Frank, S X Hu, T C Sangster, P Hartigan, R P Drake, C C Kuranz, S V Lebedev, N C Woolsey
The remarkable discovery by the Chandra X-ray observatory that the Crab nebula's jet periodically changes direction provides a challenge to our understanding of astrophysical jet dynamics. It has been suggested that this phenomenon may be the consequence of magnetic fields and magnetohydrodynamic instabilities, but experimental demonstration in a controlled laboratory environment has remained elusive. Here we report experiments that use high-power lasers to create a plasma jet that can be directly compared with the Crab jet through well-defined physical scaling laws...
October 7, 2016: Nature Communications
Mingxin Liu, Xi Xie, Tian Tao, Qinghua Jiang, Juan Shao, Dongfa Zhu
Methoprene-tolerant (Met) belongs to the basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH)-Per-Arnt-Sim (PAS) family of nuclear transcriptional regulators, and is the leading candidate receptor for the insect Juvenile hormone (JH) and the crustacean methyl farnesoate (MF). In the present study, a full-length cDNA of Met was cloned from the swimming crab, Portunus trituberculatus (PtMet). The PtMet amino acid sequence was found to contain domains characteristic of the bHLH-PAS family proteins and to have several conserved amino acid residues specifically responsible for JH or MF binding...
September 29, 2016: Animal Reproduction Science
P Li, X F Jiang, W B Guo, J Yan, K Y Zhou
Two heat-shock protein (HSP) 70 family transcripts, heat-shock protein 70 cognate 5 and heat-shock protein 70 cognate 3 (designated as EsHSC70-5 and EsHSC70-3, respectively), were isolated from the Chinese mitten crab Eriocheir sinensis and their expression profiles were evaluated for their responsiveness to larval development and immune challenge in adult crabs. The HSPs exhibited 45-89% identity with other heat-shock proteins, and they shared similar structural features. EsHSC70 mRNA expression was detected not only during infection but also during the developmental larval stages...
September 16, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
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