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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212874/multilocus-phylogeny-of-alligator-lizards-elgaria-anguidae-testing-mtdna-introgression-as-the-source-of-discordant-molecular-phylogenetic-hypotheses
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Dean H Leavitt, Angela B Marion, Bradford D Hollingsworth, Tod W Reeder
The increased availability of nuclear DNA sequence data has led to a better appreciation of the role and frequency of introgressive hybridization and subsequent mitochondrial capture in misleading phylogenetic hypotheses based on mtDNA sequence data alone. Relationships among members of the alligator lizard genus Elgaria have been addressed with morphology, allozyme and mtDNA sequence data with discordant results. In this study, we use seven nuclear loci (total of 5.9 kb) and ∼3 kb of mtDNA to infer the phylogenetic relationships among Elgaria species and test whether the discordance among previous phylogenetic hypotheses is due to introgression and mtDNA capture...
February 14, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212269/separation-and-characterization-of-angiotensin-i-converting-enzyme-ace-inhibitory-peptides-from-saurida-elongata-proteins-hydrolysate-by-imac-ni-2
#2
Lixia Sun, Shanguang Wu, Liqin Zhou, Feng Wang, Xiongdiao Lan, Jianhua Sun, Zhangfa Tong, Dankui Liao
Lizard fish protein hydrolysates (LFPH) were prepared from Lizard fish (Saurida elongata) proteins possessing powerful angiotensin I converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitory activity and the fraction (LFPH-I) with high ACE inhibitory activity was obtained through ultrafiltration. The active Fraction (F2) was isolated from LFPH-I using immobilized metal affinity chromatography (IMAC-Ni(2+)). Analysis of amino acid levels revealed that F2 eluted from IMAC was enriched in Met, His, Tyr, Pro, Ile, and Leu compared to the crude peptide LFPH-I...
February 15, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198153/chronic-stress-in-lizards-studies-on-the-behavior-and-benzodiazepine-receptors-in-liolaemus-koslowskyi-and-cnemidophorus-tergolaevigatus
#3
Alejandra Soloaga, Mariana Pueta, Félix Benjamín Cruz, Jackelyn Melissa Kembro, Raul Hector Marin
Behavioral and physiological adaptive responses of animals facing chronic exposure to a single stressor may allow them to overcome its negative effects for future exposures to similar stressful situations. At chemical level, the GABAA /benzodiazepine complex is considered one of the main receptor systems involved in the modulation of stress-induced responses. Here, we describe the behavioral responses of two different lizard species, Liolaemus koslowskyi and Cnemidophorus tergolaevigatus exposed to three potential chronic stressful treatments: (a) high temperature, (b) forced swimming, and (c) simulated predator...
December 2016: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part A, Ecological Genetics and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195584/live-birth-in-an-archosauromorph-reptile
#4
Jun Liu, Chris L Organ, Michael J Benton, Matthew C Brandley, Jonathan C Aitchison
Live birth has evolved many times independently in vertebrates, such as mammals and diverse groups of lizards and snakes. However, live birth is unknown in the major clade Archosauromorpha, a group that first evolved some 260 million years ago and is represented today by birds and crocodilians. Here we report the discovery of a pregnant long-necked marine reptile (Dinocephalosaurus) from the Middle Triassic (∼245 million years ago) of southwest China showing live birth in archosauromorphs. Our discovery pushes back evidence of reproductive biology in the clade by roughly 50 million years, and shows that there is no fundamental reason that archosauromorphs could not achieve live birth...
February 14, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195150/molecular-dietary-analysis-of-two-sympatric-felids-in-the-mountains-of-southwest-china-biodiversity-hotspot-and-conservation-implications
#5
Mengyin Xiong, Dajun Wang, Hongliang Bu, Xinning Shao, Dan Zhang, Sheng Li, Rongjiang Wang, Meng Yao
Dietary information is lacking in most of small to mid-sized carnivores due to their elusive predatory behaviour and versatile feeding habits. The leopard cat (LPC; Prionailurus bengalensis) and the Asiatic golden cat (AGC; Catopuma temminckii) are two important yet increasingly endangered carnivore species in the temperate mountain forest ecosystem in Southwest China, a global biodiversity hotspot and a significant reservoir of China's endemic species. We investigated the vertebrate prey of the two sympatric felids using faecal DNA and a next-generation sequencing (NGS)/metabarcoding approach...
February 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194754/requirement-of-extracellular-ca-2-binding-to-specific-amino-acids-for-heat-evoked-activation-of-trpa1
#6
Erkin Kurganov, Shigeru Saito, Claire T Saito, Makoto Tominaga
Transient receptor potential ankyrin 1 (TRPA1) is a homotetrameric nonselective cation-permeable channel that has six transmembrane domains and cytoplasmic N- and C-termini. The N-terminus is characterized by an unusually large number of ankyrin repeats. Although the 3-dimensional structure of human TRPA1 has been determined, and TRPA1 channels from insects to birds are known to be activated by heat stimulus, the mechanism for temperature-dependent TRPA1 activation is unclear. We previously reported that extracellular Ca(2+) , but not intracellular Ca(2+) , plays an important role in heat-evoked TRPA1 activation in green anole lizards (gaTRPA1)...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187579/a-revised-key-to-the-lizards-of-iran-reptilia-squamata-lacertilia
#7
Reza Nasrabadi, Nasrullah Rastegar-Pouyani, Eskandar Rastegar-Pouyani, Ahmad Gharzi
During recent years several lizard taxa have been added to the faunal list of Iran. Descriptions and new records are scattered in different publications in the herpetological literature. We here present species accounts for 152 species belonging to 43 genera and 10 families up to July 2016. The most diverse family is Lacertidae with 9 genera, 49 species and 2 subspecies, followed by Gekkonidae with 13 genera and 43 species, Agamidae with 5 genera, 18 species and 4 subspecies, Scincidae with 7 genera, 18 species and 2 subspecies, Phyllodactylidae with 1 genus and 10 species, Sphaerodactylidae with 2 genera and 4 species, Varanidae with 1 genus, 3 species and 2 subspecies, Uromastycidae with 2 genera and 3 species, Eublepharidae with 1 genus and 3 species, and Anguidae with 2 genera and 2 species...
February 3, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187160/the-effects-of-dopamine-receptor-1-and-2-agonists-and-antagonists-on-sexual-and-aggressive-behaviors-in-male-green-anoles
#8
Alexandra N Smith, David Kabelik
The propensity to exhibit social behaviors during interactions with same-sex and opposite-sex conspecifics is modulated by various neurotransmitters, including dopamine. Dopamine is a conserved neurotransmitter among vertebrates and dopaminergic receptors are also highly conserved among taxa. Activation of D1 and D2 dopamine receptor subtypes has been shown to modulate social behaviors, especially in mammalian and avian studies. However, the specific behavioral functions of these receptors vary across taxa...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183769/complete-genome-sequence-of-edwardsiella-hoshinae-atcc-35051
#9
Stephen R Reichley, Geoffrey C Waldbieser, Mark L Lawrence, Matt J Griffin
Edwardsiella hoshinae is a Gram-negative facultative anaerobe that has primarily been isolated from avians and reptiles. We report here the complete and annotated genome sequence of an isolate from a monitor lizard (Varanus sp.), which contains a chromosome of 3,811,650 bp and no plasmids.
February 9, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179410/gliding-lizards-use-the-position-of-the-sun-to-enhance-social-display
#10
Danielle A Klomp, Devi Stuart-Fox, Indraneil Das, Terry J Ord
Effective communication requires animal signals to be readily detected by receivers in the environments in which they are typically given. Certain light conditions enhance the visibility of colour signals and these conditions can vary depending on the orientation of the sun and the position of the signaller. We tested whether Draco sumatranus gliding lizards modified their position relative to the sun to enhance the conspicuousness of their throat-fan (dewlap) during social display to conspecifics. The dewlap was translucent, and we found that lizards were significantly more likely to orient themselves perpendicular to the sun when displaying...
February 2017: Biology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173602/novel-approaches-for-phylogenetic-inference-from-morphological-data-and-total-evidence-dating-in-squamate-reptiles-lizards-snakes-and-amphisbaenians
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R Alexander Pyron
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 1, 2017: Systematic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169180/reproductive-medicine-in-lizards
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REVIEW
Zdenek Knotek, Eva Cermakova, Matteo Oliveri
Common reproductive problems in captive male lizards are hemipenile plugs in hemipenial sac, unilateral prolapse of hemipenis, or bilateral prolapse of hemipene. Although the orchiectomy is performed as a treatment for testicular disease, the effectiveness in reducing aggressive behavior is unclear. Female captive lizards suffer from cloacal prolapse, preovulatory follicular stasis, or dystocia. The veterinarian must differentiate between the disorders because the treatment differs. Mating, physical, or visual contact with the male stimulates ovulation and prevents preovulatory follicular stasis...
February 4, 2017: Veterinary Clinics of North America. Exotic Animal Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168721/yolk-sac-development-in-lizards-lacertilia-scincidae-new-perspectives-on-the-egg-of-amniotes
#13
James R Stewart, Michael B Thompson
Embryos of oviparous reptiles develop on the surface of a large mass of yolk, which they metabolize to become relatively large hatchlings. Access to the yolk is provided by tissues growing outward from the embryo to cover the surface of the yolk. A key feature of yolk sac development is a dedicated blood vascular system to communicate with the embryo. The best known model for yolk sac development and function of oviparous amniotes is based on numerous studies of birds, primarily domestic chickens. In this model, the vascular yolk sac forms the perimeter of the large yolk mass and is lined by a specialized epithelium, which takes up, processes and transports yolk nutrients to the yolk sac blood vessels...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168027/the-interplay-between-natural-and-sexual-selection-in-the-evolution-of-sexual-size-dimorphism-in-sceloporus-lizards-squamata-phrynosomatidae
#14
Víctor H Jiménez-Arcos, Salomón Sanabria-Urbán, Raúl Cueva Del Castillo
Sexual size dimorphism (SSD) evolves because body size is usually related to reproductive success through different pathways in females and males. Female body size is strongly correlated with fecundity, while in males, body size is correlated with mating success. In many lizard species, males are larger than females, whereas in others, females are the larger sex, suggesting that selection on fecundity has been stronger than sexual selection on males. As placental development or egg retention requires more space within the abdominal cavity, it has been suggested that females of viviparous lizards have larger abdomens or body size than their oviparous relatives...
February 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167809/exercise-training-reveals-trade-offs-among-endurance-performance-and-immune-function-but-not-growth-in-juvenile-lizards
#15
Jerry F Husak, Jordan C Roy, Matthew B Lovern
Acquired energetic resources allocated to a particular trait cannot then be re-allocated to a different trait. This often results in a trade-off between survival and reproduction for the adults of many species, but such a trade-off may be manifested differently in juveniles not yet capable of reproduction. Whereas adults may allocate resources to current and/or future reproduction, juveniles can only allocate to future reproduction. Thus, juveniles should allocate resources toward traits that increase survival and their chances of future reproductive success...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164707/discovery-of-novel-antimicrobial-peptides-from-varanus-komodoensis-komodo-dragon-by-large-scale-analyses-and-de-novo-assisted-sequencing-using-electron-transfer-dissociation-mass-spectrometry
#16
Barney M Bishop, Melanie L Juba, Paul S Russo, Megan Devine, Stephanie M Barksdale, Shaylyn Scott, Robert Settlage, Pawel Michalak, Kajal Gupta, Kent Vliet, Joel M Schnur, Monique L van Hoek
Komodo dragons are the largest living lizards and are the apex predators in their environs. They endure numerous strains of pathogenic bacteria in their saliva and recover from wounds inflicted by other dragons, reflecting the inherent robustness of their innate immune defense. We have employed a custom bioprospecting approach combining partial de novo peptide sequencing with transcriptome assembly to identify cationic antimicrobial peptides from Komodo dragon plasma. Through these analyses, we identified 48 novel potential cationic antimicrobial peptides...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161911/cryptic-diversity-and-discordance-in-single-locus-species-delimitation-methods-within-horned-lizards-phrynosomatidae-phrynosoma
#17
Christopher Blair, Robert W Bryson
Biodiversity reduction and loss continues to progress at an alarming rate, and thus there is widespread interest in utilizing rapid and efficient methods for quantifying and delimiting taxonomic diversity. Single-locus species-delimitation methods have become popular, in part due to the adoption of the DNA barcoding paradigm. These techniques can be broadly classified into tree-based and distance-based methods depending on whether species are delimited based on a constructed genealogy. Although the relative performance of these methods has been tested repeatedly with simulations, additional studies are needed to assess congruence with empirical data...
February 4, 2017: Molecular Ecology Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145573/static-osteogenesis-does-not-precede-dynamic-osteogenesis-in-periosteal-ossification-of-pleurodeles-caudata-amphibia-and-pogona-squamata-lepidosauria
#18
Jorge Cubo, Mylaine Hui, François Clarac, Alexandra Quilhac
Two successive mechanisms have been described in perichondral ossification: (1) in static osteogenesis, mesenchymal cells differentiate into stationary osteoblasts oriented randomly, which differentiate into osteocytes in the same site; (2) in dynamic osteogenesis, mesenchymal cells differentiate into osteoblasts that are all oriented in the same direction and move back as they secrete collagen fibers. This study is aimed at testing the hypothesis that the ontogenetic sequence static then dynamic osteogenesis observed in the chicken and in the rabbit is homologous and was acquired by the last common ancestor of amniotes or at a more inclusive node...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145089/the-relationship-between-diet-and-tooth-complexity-in-living-dentigerous-saurians
#19
Keegan M Melstrom
Living saurian reptiles exhibit a wide range of diets, from carnivores to strict herbivores. Previous research suggests that the tooth shape in some lizard clades correlates with diet, but this has not been tested using quantitative methods. I investigated the relationship between phenotypic tooth complexity and diet in living reptiles by examining the entire dentary tooth row in over 80 specimens comprising all major dentigerous saurian clades. I quantified dental complexity using orientation patch count rotated (OPCR), which discriminates diet in living and extinct mammals, where OPCR-values increase with the proportion of dietary plant matter...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144181/herpetofauna-of-the-northwest-amazon-forest-in-the-state-of-maranh%C3%A3-o-brazil-with-remarks-on-the-gurupi-biological-reserve
#20
Marco Antonio de Freitas, Ruhan Saldanha Vieira, Omar Machado Entiauspe-Neto, Samantha Oliveira E Sousa, Tayse Farias, Alanna Grazieli Sousa, Geraldo Jorge Barbosa de Moura
Understanding the biodiversity of an area is the first step for establishing effective interventions for conservation, especially when it comes to herpetofauna, since 4.1% and 9.2%, respectively, of Brazilian amphibians and reptiles are endangered. The aim of this study is to identify the composition of the herpetofauna occurring in the Northwest Amazonian state of Maranhão, with a focus on the Gurupi Biological Reserve and surrounding areas. Samples were collected between May 2012 and October 2013 (18 months), through pitfall traps, time constrained active search, and opportunistic encounters, and these records were supplemented by specimens collected by third parties and by bibliographic records...
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