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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814652/evolution-of-plasticity-and-adaptive-responses-to-climate-change-along-climate-gradients
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Joel G Kingsolver, Lauren B Buckley
The relative contributions of phenotypic plasticity and adaptive evolution to the responses of species to recent and future climate change are poorly understood. We combine recent (1960-2010) climate and phenotypic data with microclimate, heat balance, demographic and evolutionary models to address this issue for a montane butterfly, Colias eriphyle, along an elevational gradient. Our focal phenotype, wing solar absorptivity, responds plastically to developmental (pupal) temperatures and plays a central role in thermoregulatory adaptation in adults...
August 16, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814475/developmental-pathway-genes-and-neural-plasticity-underlying-emotional-learning-and-stress-related-disorders
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Marissa E Maheu, Kerry J Ressler
The manipulation of neural plasticity as a means of intervening in the onset and progression of stress-related disorders retains its appeal for many researchers, despite our limited success in translating such interventions from the laboratory to the clinic. Given the challenges of identifying individual genetic variants that confer increased risk for illnesses like depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, some have turned their attention instead to focusing on so-called "master regulators" of plasticity that may provide a means of controlling these potentially impaired processes in psychiatric illnesses...
September 2017: Learning & Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814335/comparative-transcriptome-analysis-of-second-and-third-generation-merozoites-of-eimeria-necatrix
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Shijie Su, Zhaofeng Hou, Dandan Liu, Chuanli Jia, Lele Wang, Jinjun Xu, Jianping Tao
BACKGROUND: Eimeria is a common genus of apicomplexan parasites that infect diverse vertebrates, most notably poultry, causing serious disease and economic losses. Eimeria species have complex life-cycles consisting of three developmental stages. However, the molecular basis of the Eimeria reproductive mode switch remains an enigma. METHODS: Total RNA extracted from second- (MZ-2) and third-generation merozoites (MZ-3) of Eimeria necatrix was subjected to transcriptome analysis using RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) followed by qRT-PCR validation...
August 16, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810163/decoding-the-architecture-and-origins-of-mechanisms-for-developmental-polyphenism
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REVIEW
Joana Projecto-Garcia, Joseph F Biddle, Erik J Ragsdale
Developmental polyphenism affords a single genotype multiple solutions to match an organism to its environment. Because polyphenism is the extreme example of how development deviates from a linear genetic blueprint, it demands a genetic explanation for how environmental cues shunt development to hypothetically alternative modules. We highlight several recent advances that have begun to illuminate genetic mechanisms for polyphenism and how this recurring developmental novelty may arise. An emerging genetic knowledge of polyphenism is providing precise targets for testing hypotheses of how switch mechanisms are built-out of olfactory, nutrient-sensing, hormone-reception, and developmental and genetic buffering systems-to accommodate plasticity...
August 12, 2017: Current Opinion in Genetics & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809400/prenatal-one-carbon-metabolism-dysregulation-programs-schizophrenia-like-deficits
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A Alachkar, L Wang, R Yoshimura, A R Hamzeh, Z Wang, N Sanathara, S M Lee, X Xu, G W Abbott, O Civelli
The methionine-folate cycle-dependent one-carbon metabolism is implicated in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia. Since schizophrenia is a developmental disorder, we examined the effects that perturbation of the one-carbon metabolism during gestation has on mice progeny. Pregnant mice were administered methionine equivalent to double their daily intake during the last week of gestation. Their progeny (MET mice) exhibited schizophrenia-like social deficits, cognitive impairments and elevated stereotypy, decreased neurogenesis and synaptic plasticity, and abnormally reduced local excitatory synaptic connections in CA1 neurons...
August 15, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805814/cerebellar-granule-cell-replenishment-postinjury-by-adaptive-reprogramming-of-nestin-progenitors
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Alexandre Wojcinski, Andrew K Lawton, N Sumru Bayin, Zhimin Lao, Daniel N Stephen, Alexandra L Joyner
Regeneration of several organs involves adaptive reprogramming of progenitors, but the intrinsic capacity of the developing brain to replenish lost cells remains largely unknown. Here we found that the developing cerebellum has unappreciated progenitor plasticity, since it undergoes near full growth and functional recovery following acute depletion of granule cells, the most plentiful neuron population in the brain. We demonstrate that following postnatal ablation of granule cell progenitors, Nestin-expressing progenitors, specified during mid-embryogenesis to produce astroglia and interneurons, switch their fate and generate granule neurons in mice...
August 14, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805632/juvenile-hormone-and-hemimetabolan-eusociality-a-comparison-of-cockroaches-with-termites
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Judith Korb, Xavier Belles
Termites are social Dictyoptera that evolved eusociality independently from social Hymenoptera. They are characterized by unique developmental plasticity that is the basis of caste differentiation and social organization. As developmental plasticity is a result of endocrine regulation, in order to understand the evolution of termite sociality it is helpful to compare the endocrine underpinning of development between termites and cockroaches. Nijhout and Wheeler (1982) proposed that varying JH titers determine caste differentiation in termites...
August 2017: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804140/vertebrate-sex-determination-evolutionary-plasticity-of-a-fundamental-switch
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REVIEW
Blanche Capel
The discovery of the Sry gene in 1990 triggered a revolution in our understanding of sex determination. More recently, advances in non-model organisms have been fuelled by the rapid evolution of affordable genome and transcriptome technologies. This Review considers the unusual plasticity in the bipotential system of sex determination and some of the diverse mechanisms that have evolved to control this critical developmental decision, including strong genetic pathways, environmental influences and epigenetic regulation...
August 14, 2017: Nature Reviews. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803863/epidermal-e-cadherin-dependent-%C3%AE-catenin-pathway-is-phytochemical-inducible-and-accelerates-anagen-hair-cycling
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Noha S Ahmed, Subhadip Ghatak, Mohamed S El Masry, Surya C Gnyawali, Sashwati Roy, Mohamed Amer, Helen Everts, Chandan K Sen, Savita Khanna
Unlike the epidermis, which regenerates continually, hair follicles anchored in the subcutis periodically regenerate by spontaneous repetitive cycles of growth (anagen), degeneration (catagen), and rest (telogen). The loss of hair follicles in response to injuries or pathologies such as alopecia endangers certain inherent functions of the skin. Thus, it is of interest to understand mechanisms underlying follicular regeneration in adults. In this work, a phytochemical rich in the natural vitamin E tocotrienol (TRF) served as a productive tool to unveil a novel epidermal pathway of hair follicular regeneration...
July 20, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801590/snap-25-phosphorylation-at-ser187-regulates-synaptic-facilitation-and-short-term-plasticity-in-an-age-dependent-manner
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Norikazu Katayama, Saori Yamamori, Masahiro Fukaya, Shizuka Kobayashi, Masahiko Watanabe, Masami Takahashi, Toshiya Manabe
Neurotransmitter release is mediated by the SNARE complex, but the role of its phosphorylation has scarcely been elucidated. Although PKC activators are known to facilitate synaptic transmission, there has been a heated debate on whether PKC mediates facilitation of neurotransmitter release through phosphorylation. One of the SNARE proteins, SNAP-25, is phosphorylated at the residue serine-187 by PKC, but its physiological significance has been unclear. To examine these issues, we analyzed mutant mice lacking the phosphorylation of SNAP-25 serine-187 and found that they exhibited reduced release probability and enhanced presynaptic short-term plasticity, suggesting that not only the release process, but also the dynamics of synaptic vesicles was regulated by the phosphorylation...
August 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797609/conservation-evo-devo-preserving-biodiversity-by-understanding-its-origins
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Calum S Campbell, Colin E Adams, Colin W Bean, Kevin J Parsons
Unprecedented rates of species extinction increase the urgency for effective conservation biology management practices. Thus, any improvements in practice are vital and we suggest that conservation can be enhanced through recent advances in evolutionary biology, specifically advances put forward by evolutionary developmental biology (i.e., evo-devo). There are strong overlapping conceptual links between conservation and evo-devo whereby both fields focus on evolutionary potential. In particular, benefits to conservation can be derived from some of the main areas of evo-devo research, namely phenotypic plasticity, modularity and integration, and mechanistic investigations of the precise developmental and genetic processes that determine phenotypes...
August 7, 2017: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796629/hepatic-lipid-accumulation-and-nrf2-expression-following-perinatal-and-peripubertal-exposure-to-bisphenol-a-in-a-mouse-model-of-nonalcoholic-liver-disease
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Prajakta C Shimpi, Vijay R More, Maneesha Paranjpe, Ajay C Donepudi, Jaclyn M Goodrich, Dana C Dolinoy, Beverly Rubin, Angela L Slitt
BACKGROUND: Exposure to chemicals during critical windows of development may re-program liver for increased risk of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Bisphenol A (BPA), a plastics component, has been described to impart adverse effects during gestational and lactational exposure. Our work has pointed to nuclear factor E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) being a modulator of hepatic lipid accumulation in models of NAFLD. OBJECTIVES: To determine if chemical exposure can prime liver for steatosis via modulation of NRF2 and epigenetic mechanisms...
August 4, 2017: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794223/novel-host-plant-leads-to-the-loss-of-sexual-dimorphism-in-a-sexually-selected-male-weapon
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Pablo E Allen, Christine W Miller
In this time of massive global change, species are now frequently interacting with novel players. Greater insight into the impact of these novel interactions on traits linked to fitness is essential, because effects on these traits can hinder population existence or promote rapid adaptation. Sexually selected weapons and ornaments frequently influence fitness and often have heightened condition-dependence in response to nutrition. Condition-dependence in response to different ecological conditions, a form of developmental plasticity, may be responsible for much of the intraspecific variation in sexually selected ornaments and weapons in wild populations...
August 16, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792657/rapid-adaptation-to-a-novel-light-environment-the-importance-of-ontogeny-and-phenotypic-plasticity-in-shaping-the-visual-system-of-nicaraguan-midas-cichlid-fish-amphilophus-citrinellus-spp
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Andreas Härer, Julián Torres-Dowdall, Axel Meyer
Colonization of novel habitats is typically challenging to organisms. In the initial stage after colonization, approximation to fitness optima in the new environment can occur by selection acting on standing genetic variation, modification of developmental patterns or phenotypic plasticity. Midas cichlids have recently colonized crater Lake Apoyo from great Lake Nicaragua. The photic environment of crater Lake Apoyo is shifted towards shorter wavelengths compared to great Lake Nicaragua and Midas cichlids from both lakes differ in visual sensitivity...
August 9, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790317/different-effects-of-accelerated-development-and-enhanced-growth-on-oxidative-stress-and-telomere-shortening-in-amphibian-larvae
#15
Pablo Burraco, Carmen Díaz-Paniagua, Ivan Gomez-Mestre
Organisms react to environmental changes through plastic responses that often involve physiological alterations with the potential to modify life-history traits and fitness. Environmentally induced shifts in growth and development in species with complex life cycles determine the timing of transitions between subsequent life stages, as well as body condition at transformation, which greatly determine survival at later stages. Here we show that spadefoot toad larvae surviving pond drying and predators experienced marked alterations in growth and development, and in their fat reserves, oxidative stress, and relative telomere length...
August 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777307/epigenomics-of-major-depressive-disorders-and-schizophrenia-early-life-decides
#16
REVIEW
Anke Hoffmann, Vincenza Sportelli, Michael Ziller, Dietmar Spengler
Brain development is guided by the interactions between the genetic blueprint and the environment. Epigenetic mechanisms, especially DNA methylation, can mediate these interactions and may also trigger long-lasting adaptations in developmental programs that increase the risk of major depressive disorders (MDD) and schizophrenia (SCZ). Early life adversity is a major risk factor for MDD/SCZ and can trigger persistent genome-wide changes in DNA methylation at genes important to early, but also to mature, brain function, including neural proliferation, differentiation, and synaptic plasticity, among others...
August 4, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28775277/environmental-influence-on-pristionchus-pacificus-mouth-form-through-different-culture-methods
#17
Michael S Werner, Bogdan Sieriebriennikov, Tobias Loschko, Suryesh Namdeo, Masa Lenuzzi, Mohannad Dardiry, Tess Renahan, Devansh Raj Sharma, Ralf J Sommer
Environmental cues can impact development to elicit distinct phenotypes in the adult. The consequences of phenotypic plasticity can have profound effects on morphology, life cycle, and behavior to increase the fitness of the organism. The molecular mechanisms governing these interactions are beginning to be elucidated in a few cases, such as social insects. Nevertheless, there is a paucity of systems that are amenable to rigorous experimentation, preventing both detailed mechanistic insight and the establishment of a generalizable conceptual framework...
August 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774727/reprogramming-to-developmental-plasticity-in-cancer-stem-cells
#18
REVIEW
Caitlin O'Brien-Ball, Adrian Biddle
During development and throughout adult life, sub-populations of cells exist that exhibit phenotypic plasticity - the ability to differentiate into multiple lineages. This behaviour is important in embryogenesis, is exhibited in a more limited context by adult stem cells, and can be re-activated in cancer cells to drive important processes underlying tumour progression. A well-studied mechanism of phenotypic plasticity is the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT), a process which has been observed in both normal and cancerous cells...
July 31, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774721/ontogenetic-and-functional-modularity-in-the-rodent-mandible
#19
Rachel A Menegaz, Matthew J Ravosa
The material properties of diets consumed by juvenile individuals are known to affect adult morphological outcomes. However, much of the current experimental knowledge regarding dietary effects on masticatory form is derived from studies in which individuals are fed a non-variable diet for the duration of their postweaning growth period. Thus, it remains unclear how intra-individual variation in diet, due to ontogenetic variation in feeding behaviors or seasonal resource fluctuations, affects the resulting adult morphology...
June 8, 2017: Zoology: Analysis of Complex Systems, ZACS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772150/low-dose-developmental-exposure-to-bisphenol-a-induces-sex-specific-effects-in-bone-of-fischer-344-rat-offspring
#20
Thomas Lind, Margareta H Lejonklou, Linda Dunder, Annica Rasmusson, Sune Larsson, Håkan Melhus, P Monica Lind
BACKGROUND: Bisphenol A (BPA) is a component of polycarbonate plastics to which humans are regularly exposed at low levels, and an endocrine disruptor with effects on several hormonal systems. Bone is a sensitive hormone target tissue, and we have recently shown that in utero and lactational exposure to 25µg BPA/kg BW/day alters femoral geometry in rat offspring. OBJECTIVE: To investigate bone effects in rat offspring after developmental exposure to a BPA dose in the range of human daily exposure (0...
July 31, 2017: Environmental Research
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