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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636646/variation-in-hunting-behaviour-in-neighbouring-chimpanzee-communities-in-the-budongo-forest-uganda
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Catherine Hobaiter, Liran Samuni, Caroline Mullins, Walter John Akankwasa, Klaus Zuberbühler
Hunting and sharing of meat is seen across all chimpanzee sites, with variation in prey preferences, hunting techniques, frequencies, and success rates. Here, we compared hunting and meat-eating behaviour in two adjacent chimpanzee communities (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) of Budongo Forest, Uganda: the Waibira and Sonso communities. We observed consistent between-group differences in prey-species preferences and in post-hunting behaviour. Sonso chimpanzees show a strong prey preference for Guereza colobus monkeys (Colobus guereza occidentalis; 74...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635509/induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-dopaminergic-neurons-from-adult-common-marmoset-fibroblasts
#2
Scott C Vermilyea, Scott Guthrie, Michael Meyer, Kim Smuga-Otto, Katarina Braun, Sara Howden, James A Thomson, Su-Chun Zhang, Marina Emborg, Dr Thaddeus G Golos
The common marmoset monkey (Callithrix jacchus; Cj) is an advantageous nonhuman primate species for modeling age-related disorders, including Parkinson's disease, due to their shorter lifespan compared to macaques. Cj-derived induced pluripotent stem cells (Cj-iPSCs) from somatic cells are needed for in vitro disease modeling and testing regenerative medicine approaches. Here we report the development of a novel Cj-iPSC line derived from adult marmoset fibroblasts. The Cj-iPSCs showed potent pluripotency properties including development of mesodermal lineages in tumors after injection to immunocompromised mice, as well as ectoderm and endoderm lineages after in vitro differentiation regimens, demonstrating differentiated derivatives of all three embryonic layers...
June 21, 2017: Stem Cells and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634675/wild-capuchin-monkeys-anticipate-the-amount-of-ripe-fruit-in-natural-trees
#3
María Paula Tujague, Charles H Janson
Tropical forests have a high diversity of tree species which have very low densities and vary across time in their seasons of peak fruiting and maturation rates. As evidence of the ability of primates to track or anticipate changes in fruit production at individual trees, researchers have used the increased speed of primate groups toward more rewarding food patches. We analyzed the speed of approach to natural trees of wild capuchin monkeys under the effect of scramble competition, after excluding any plausible visual, olfactory and auditory cues...
June 20, 2017: Animal Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634668/black-and-white-snub-nosed-monkey-rhinopithecus-bieti-feeding-behavior-in-a-degraded-forest-fragment-clues-to-a-stressed-population
#4
Zhi-Pang Huang, Matthew B Scott, Yan-Peng Li, Guo-Peng Ren, Zuo-Fu Xiang, Liang-Wei Cui, Wen Xiao
Rapid global deforestation has forced many of the world's primates to live in fragmented habitats, making the understanding of their behavioral responses to degraded and fragmented habitats a key challenge for their future protection and management. The black-and-white snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti) is an endangered species endemic to southwest China. The forest habitat ranges from near-continuous to fragmented. In this study, we investigated the activity budget and diet of a R. bieti population that live in an isolated and degraded habitat patch at Mt...
June 20, 2017: Primates; Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634306/representations-of-time-varying-cochlear-implant-stimulation-in-auditory-cortex-of-awake-marmosets-callithrix-jacchus
#5
Luke A Johnson, Charles C Della Santina, Xiaoqin Wang
Electrical stimulation of the auditory periphery organ by cochlear implant (CI) generates highly synchronized inputs to the auditory system. It has long been thought such inputs would lead to highly synchronized neural firing along the ascending auditory pathway. However, neurophysiological studies with hearing animals have shown that the central auditory system progressively converts temporal representations of time-varying sounds to firing rate-based representations. It is not clear whether this coding principle also applies to highly synchronized CI inputs...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633015/haploidy-in-humans-an-evolutionary-and-developmental-perspective
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Ido Sagi, Nissim Benvenisty
Although haploidy has not been observed in vertebrates, its natural occurrence in various eukaryotic species that had diverged from diploid ancestors suggests that there is an innate capacity for an organism to regain haploidy and that haploidy may confer evolutionary benefits. Haploid embryonic stem cells have been experimentally generated from mouse, rat, monkey, and humans. Haploidy results in major differences in cell size and gene expression levels while also affecting parental imprinting, X chromosome inactivation, and mitochondrial metabolism genes...
June 19, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630257/contrasting-effects-of-medial-and-lateral-orbitofrontal-cortex-lesions-on-credit-assignment-and-decision-making-in-humans
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MaryAnn P Noonan, Bolton Chau, Matthew Fs Rushworth, Lesley K Fellows
The orbitofrontal cortex is critical for goal-directed behavior. Recent work in macaques has suggested the lateral orbitofrontal cortex (lOFC) is relatively more concerned with assignment of credit for rewards to particular choices during value-guided learning, while the medial orbitofrontal cortex (often referred to as ventromedial prefrontal cortex in humans; vmPFC/mOFC) is involved in constraining the decision to the relevant options. We examined whether people with damage restricted to sub-regions of prefrontal cortex showed the patterns of impairment observed in prior investigations of the effects of lesions to homologous regions in macaques...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630255/social-context-dependent-activity-in-marmoset-frontal-cortex-populations-during-natural-conversations
#8
Samuel U Nummela, Vladimir Jovanovic, Lisa de la Mothe, Cory T Miller
Communication is an inherently interactive process that weaves together the fabric of both human and nonhuman primate societies. To investigate the properties of the primate brain during active social signaling, we recorded the responses of frontal cortex neurons as freely-moving marmosets engaged in conversational exchanges with a visually occluded Virtual Marmoset (VM). We found that small changes in firing rate (∼1Hz) occurred across a broadly distributed population of frontal cortex neurons when marmosets heard a conspecific vocalization, and that these changes corresponded to subjects' likelihood of producing or withholding a vocal reply...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630216/fractionated-dosing-improves-preclinical-therapeutic-index-of-pyrrolobenzodiazepine-containing-antibody-drug-conjugates
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Mary Jane Hinrichs, Pauline M Ryan, Bo Zheng, Shameen Afif-Rider, Xiang-Qing Yu, Michele Gunsior, Haihong Zhong, Jay Harper, Binyam Bezabeh, Kapil Vashisht, Marlon Rebelatto, Molly Reed, Patricia C Ryan, Shannon Breen, Neki Patel, Cui Chen, Luke A Masterson, Arnaud Tiberghien, Philip W Howard, Nazzareno Dimasi, Rakesh Dixit
                Purpose:  To use preclinical models to identify a dosing schedule that improves tolerability of highly potent pyrrolobenzodiazepine dimers (PBD) antibody drug conjugates (ADCs) without compromising anti-tumor activity.  <p>                Experimental design:   A series of dose-fractionation studies were conducted to investigate the pharmacokinetic drivers of safety and efficacy of PBD ADCs in animal models.  The exposure-activity relationship was investigated in mouse xenograft models of human prostate cancer, breast and gastric cancer by comparing anti-tumor activity after single and fractionated dosing with tumor-targeting ADCs conjugated to SG3249, a potent PBD dimer...
June 19, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629845/role-of-primary-motor-cortex-in-the-control-of-manual-dexterity-assessed-via-sequential-bilateral-lesion-in-the-adult-macaque-monkey-a-case-study
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Julie Savidan, Mélanie Kaeser, Abderraouf Belhaj-Saïf, Eric Schmidlin, Eric M Rouiller
From a case study, we describe the impact of unilateral lesion of the hand area in the primary motor cortex (M1) on manual dexterity and the role of the intact contralesional M1 in long-term functional recovery. An adult macaque monkey performed two manual dexterity tasks: (i) "modified Brinkman board" task, assessed simple precision grip versus complex precision grip, the latter involved a hand postural adjustment; (ii) "modified Klüver board" task, assessed movements ranging from power grip to precision grip, pre-shaping and grasping...
June 16, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629354/acetone-leaf-extracts-of-some-south-african-trees-with-high-activity-against-escherichia-coli-also-have-good-antimycobacterial-activity-and-selectivity-index
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Ishaku L Elisha, Francien S Botha, Balungile Madikizela, Lyndy J McGaw, Jacobus N Eloff
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis is a world-wide problem affecting humans and animals. There is increasing development of resistance of the pathogens to current antimycobacterial agents. Many authors have investigated activities of extracts and isolated compounds from plants. The traditional uses of plants have frequently been the criterion to select plants investigated. In this contribution, we investigate whether plant extracts with very good activity against Escherichia coli may also be active against mycobacteria...
June 19, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629039/time-dependent-subcellular-structure-injuries-induced-by-nano-micron-sized-calcium-oxalate-monohydrate-and-dihydrate-crystals
#12
Xin-Yuan Sun, Kai Yu, Jian-Ming Ouyang
Comparative studies were conducted to investigate the time effect of cell injury induced by nano-sized (50nm) and micron-sized (10μm) calcium oxalate monohydrate (COM) and dihydrate (COD) crystals in African green monkey renal epithelial (Vero) cells. The effects of nano-/micron-sized COM and COD exposure on Vero cells were investigated by detecting the cell viability, cell morphology, LDH release, reactive oxygen species, mitochondrial membrane potential, cell cycle, and cell apoptosis, as well as the intracellular and extracellular crystal distribution...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628658/effects-of-obesogenic-diet-and-estradiol-on-dorsal-raphe-gene-expression-in-old-female-macaques
#13
Cynthia L Bethea, Kevin Mueller, Arubala P Reddy, Steven G Kohama, Henryk F Urbanski
The beneficial effects of bioidentical ovarian steroid hormone therapy (HT) during the perimenopause are gaining recognition. However, the positive effects of estrogen (E) plus or minus progesterone (P) administration to ovariectomized (Ovx) lab animals were recognized in multiple systems for years before clinical trials could adequately duplicate the results. Moreover, very large numbers of women are often needed to find statistically significant results in clinical trials of HT; and there are still opposing results being published, especially in neural and cardiovascular systems...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628005/emergence-of-visually-evoked-reward-expectation-signals-in-dopamine-neurons-via-the-superior-colliculus-in-v1-lesioned-monkeys
#14
Norihiro Takakuwa, Rikako Kato, Peter Redgrave, Tadashi Isa
Responses of midbrain dopamine (DA) neurons reflecting expected reward from sensory cues are critical for reward-based associative learning. However, critical pathways by which reward-related visual information is relayed to DA neurons remain unclear. To address this question, we investigated Pavlovian conditioning in macaque monkeys with unilateral primary visual cortex (V1) lesions (an animal model of 'blindsight'). Anticipatory licking responses to obtain juice drops were elicited in response to visual conditioned stimuli (CS) in the affected visual field...
June 19, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627428/occupational-exposure-of-cashew-nut-workers-to-kyasanur-forest-disease-at-goa-india
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D Y Patil, P D Yadav, A M Shete, J Nuchina, R Meti, D Bhattad, S Someshwar, D T Mourya
We report herewith a series of suspected cases of Kyasanur forest disease (KFD) returned to Belgaum, Karnataka state from Goa, India. KFD was confirmed in 13 out of 76 cases either by real time RT-PCR or IgM ELISA. No case fatality was recorded. KFD positivity was also recorded among human and monkeys from Sattari taluk, Goa during the same period. The envelope gene sequence of positive human samples from Belgaum showed highest identity of 99.98 to 99.99% with sequences of KFD virus isolated from human case and monkey from Goa...
June 13, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627394/novel-non-canonical-genetic-rearrangements-termed-complex-structural-variations-in-hbv-genome
#16
Kei Fujiwara, Kayoko Matsunami, Etsuko Iio, Shunsuke Nojiri, Takashi Joh
BACKGROUNDS AND AIMS: Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is an important worldwide public health issue. Further knowledge on the characteristics of HBV will facilitate its eradication. Genome structural variations (SVs) are defined by its canonical form such as duplication, deletion, and insertion. However, recent studies have reported complex SVs that cannot be explained by those canonical SVs. A HBV strain (UK2) with an unusual genome structure rearrangement that was completely different from known mutations or rearrangements was previously reported...
June 13, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626011/effects-of-ventral-striatum-lesions-on-stimulus-versus-action-based-reinforcement-learning
#17
Kathryn M Rothenhoefer, Vincent D Costa, Ramón Bartolo, Raquel Vicario-Feliciano, Elisabeth A Murray, Bruno B Averbeck
Learning the values of actions versus stimuli may depend on separable neural circuits. In the current study, we evaluated ventral striatum (VS) lesioned macaques' performance on a two-arm bandit task that had randomly interleaved blocks of stimulus based and action based reinforcement learning (RL). Compared to controls, monkeys with VS lesions had deficits in learning to select rewarding images but not rewarding actions. We used a RL model to quantify learning and choice consistency and found that, in stimulus based RL, the VS lesion monkeys were more influenced by negative feedback and had lower choice consistency than controls...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625601/role-of-social-interaction-exercise-diet-and-age-on-developing-and-untreated-diabetes-in-cynomolgus-monkeys
#18
Feng Yue, Guodong Zhang, Jorge E Quintero, Don M Gash, Zhiming Zhang
Type 2 diabetes mellitus is the most common form of diabetes that occurs in both human and nonhuman primates. Although spontaneously diabetic nonhuman primates are used extensively in diabetic related research and are a proven valuable tool for the study of the natural history of diabetes, little is known about the key factors that can cause this metabolic disorder and the preventative measures that could be employed to minimize the consequences of diabetes. Using a model of developing and untreated diabetes, this study describes the effects of housing arrangement (socially group- versus individually single-housed), exercise, diet, age, and sex on fasting plasma glucose, key lipids associated with diabetes, and bodyweight in two large cohorts of nonhuman primates...
June 15, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625487/distinct-feedforward-and-feedback-effects-of-microstimulation-in-visual-cortex-reveal-neural-mechanisms-of-texture-segregation
#19
P Christiaan Klink, Bruno Dagnino, Marie-Alice Gariel-Mathis, Pieter R Roelfsema
The visual cortex is hierarchically organized, with low-level areas coding for simple features and higher areas for complex ones. Feedforward and feedback connections propagate information between areas in opposite directions, but their functional roles are only partially understood. We used electrical microstimulation to perturb the propagation of neuronal activity between areas V1 and V4 in monkeys performing a texture-segregation task. In both areas, microstimulation locally caused a brief phase of excitation, followed by inhibition...
June 9, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624821/on-the-social-life-and-motivational-changes-of-aging-monkeys
#20
Julia Fischer
Although nonhuman primates have been used in biomedical research to develop a better understanding of physiological aging processes, their value as models for studying age-related differences in motivation, cognition, and decision-making has only recently been appreciated. This paper reviews the state of the art, with a focus on a recent study on Barbary macaques. A number of studies reported that with increasing age, Old World monkeys spend more time resting, have fewer social partners, and/or spend less time in social interactions, though other studies found no such effects...
June 17, 2017: Gerontology
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