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#1
Estelle Rousselet, Carlos H De Mello Souza, James F X Wellehan, Ember D Epperson, Michael J Dark, Heather L Wamsley
An 11-year-old intact male Green iguana (Iguana iguana) was referred for treatment of a probable iridophoroma based on previous cytopathology. A periocular mass was present near the right medial canthus. Computed tomography did not show any sign of metastasis. Clinicopathologic abnormalities included lymphopenia and hyperproteinemia. Cytologic and histologic evaluations of the mass were consistent with iridophoroma. Complete surgical excision of the mass was not possible without removal of the orbit due to local tissue involvement...
August 16, 2017: Veterinary Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815567/diversification-rates-are-more-strongly-related-to-microhabitat-than-climate-in-squamate-reptiles-lizards-and-snakes
#2
Melissa Bars-Closel, Tiana Kohlsdorf, Daniel S Moen, John J Wiens
Patterns of species richness among clades can be directly explained by the ages of clades or their rates of diversification. The factors that most strongly influence diversification rates remain highly uncertain, since most studies typically consider only a single predictor variable. Here, we explore the relative impacts of macroclimate (i.e., occurring in tropical vs. temperate regions) and microhabitat use (i.e., terrestrial, fossorial, arboreal, aquatic) on diversification rates of squamate reptile clades (lizards and snakes)...
August 16, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815565/generation-of-animal-form-by-the-chordin-tolloid-bmp-gradient-100%C3%A2-years-after-d-arcy-thompson
#3
Edward M De Robertis, Yuki Moriyama, Gabriele Colozza
The classic book "On Growth and Form" by naturalist D'Arcy Thompson was published 100 years ago. To celebrate this landmark, we present experiments in the Xenopus embryo that provide a framework for understanding how simple, quantitative transformations of a morphogen gradient might have affected evolution and morphological diversity of organisms. D'Arcy Thompson proposed that different morphologies might be generated by modifying physical parameters in an underlying system of Cartesian coordinates that pre-existed in Nature and arose during evolutionary history...
August 16, 2017: Development, Growth & Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813170/survey-of-aquatic-turtles-on-the-savannah-river-site-south-carolina-for-prevalence-of-ranavirus
#4
Megan E Winzeler, David L Haskins, Stacey L Lance, Tracey D Tuberville
Ranaviruses have the ability to infect amphibians, fish, and reptiles, and they have caused multiple amphibian die-off events in the US and Europe. Their prevalence in amphibian populations is much more commonly studied than in chelonian populations. We examined blood samples (n=286) from eight aquatic turtle species collected during 2008-14 on the Savannah River, South Carolina, USA, as part of long-term mark-recapture efforts. Previous studies in the southeastern US found high prevalence of Ranavirus in amphibians, but we did not detect Ranavirus in any of the turtles sampled, suggesting the absence of the virus or its presence at a very low prevalence in aquatic turtles across the Savannah River site during the years tested...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812724/the-genomic-landscape-of-evolutionary-convergence-in-mammals-birds-and-reptiles
#5
Liron Levin, Dan Mishmar
Many lineage-defining (nodal) mutations possess high functionality. However, differentiating adaptive nodal mutations from those that are functionally compensated remains challenging. To address this challenge, we identified functional nodal mutations (fNMs) in ~3,400 nuclear DNA (nDNA) and 4 mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) protein structures from 91 and 1,003 species, respectively, representing the entire mammalian, bird and reptile phylogeny. A screen for candidate compensatory mutations among co-occurring amino acid changes in close structural proximity revealed that such compensated fNMs encompass 37% and 27% of the mtDNA and nDNA datasets, respectively...
February 13, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812679/meckel-s-cartilage-breakdown-offers-clues-to-mammalian-middle-ear-evolution
#6
Neal Anthwal, Daniel J Urban, Zhe-Xi Luo, Karen E Sears, Abigail S Tucker
A key transformation in mammalian ear evolution was incorporation of the primary jaw joint of premammalian synapsids into the definitive mammalian middle ear of living mammals. This evolutionary transition occurred in two steps, starting with a partial or 'transitional' mammalian middle ear in which the ectotympanic and malleus were still connected to the mandible by an ossified Meckel's cartilage (MC), as observed in many Mesozoic mammals. This was followed by MC breakdown, freeing the ectotympanic and the malleus from the mandible and creating the definitive mammalian middle ear...
March 6, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812637/spatial-conservation-prioritization-of-biodiversity-spanning-the-evolutionary-continuum
#7
Silvia B Carvalho, Guillermo Velo-Antón, Pedro Tarroso, Ana Paula Portela, Mafalda Barata, Salvador Carranza, Craig Moritz, Hugh P Possingham
Accounting for evolutionary relationships between and within species is important for biodiversity conservation planning, but is rarely considered in practice. Here we introduce a novel framework to identify priority conservation areas accounting for phylogenetic and intraspecific diversity, integrating concepts from phylogeny, phylogeography, spatial statistics and spatial conservation prioritization. The framework allows planners to incorporate and combine different levels of evolutionary diversity and can be applied to any taxonomic group and to any region in the world...
April 28, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809033/somitogenesis-and-axial-development-in-reptiles
#8
Cindy Xu, Mariana B Grizante, Kenro Kusumi
Among amniote vertebrates, reptiles display the greatest variation in axial skeleton morphology. Only recently have they been used in gene expression studies of somitogenesis , challenging previous assumptions about the segmentation clock and axial patterning. An increasing number of reptile genomes and transcriptomes are becoming available as next-generation sequencing becomes more affordable. Information regarding gene sequence and structure can be used to design and synthesize labeled riboprobes by in vitro transcription for gene expression analysis by in situ hybridization, thus, enabling the characterization of spatial and temporal expression patterns of genes involved in somitogenesis, a topic of great interest within evolutionary developmental studies of vertebrates...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809028/lifting-the-veil-on-reptile-embryology-the-veiled-chameleon-chamaeleo-calyptratus-as-a-model-system-to-study-reptilian-development
#9
Raul E Diaz, Federica Bertocchini, Paul A Trainor
Living amniotes comprise three major phylogenetic lineages: mammals, birds, and non-avian reptiles. Mouse and avian embryos continue to be the primary species used in experimental settings to further our knowledge and understanding of the genetics and embryology of amniotes. In comparison, non-avian reptiles, which constitute up to 40% of all living amniotes, have played a comparatively minor role. Studies of non-avian reptiles are, however, paramount for providing insights into the evolutionary changes that occurred in the transition from reptilian-like amniote ancestors to derived mammalian and avian species...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809027/in-vitro-and-ex-ovo-culture-of-reptilian-and-avian-neural-progenitor-cells
#10
Wataru Yamashita, Toyo Shimizu, Tadashi Nomura
Reptiles and birds have been highlighted as excellent experimental models for the study of developmental biology; however, due to technical limitations in cellular analysis, dynamics of neural stem/progenitor cells of these animals remain unclear. In this chapter, we introduce the protocols for neurosphere culture and ex ovo embryonic culture of developing reptilian and avian embryos, which are modified from the method originally established for rodent embryos. Applications of these techniques provide powerful strategies for the study of comparative neural development of amniotes...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808564/effects-of-parasitic-infection-and-reproduction-on-corticosterone-plasma-levels-in-gal%C3%A3-pagos-land-iguanas-conolophus-marthae-and-c-subcristatus
#11
Michela Onorati, Giulia Sancesario, Donatella Pastore, Sergio Bernardini, Marilyn Cruz, Jorge E Carrión, Monica Carosi, Leonardo Vignoli, Davide Lauro, Gabriele Gentile
In vertebrates, one main feature of stress response is the release of glucocorticoids (corticosterone in reptiles), steroid hormones whose synthesis is regulated by the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA). In the Galápagos Islands, populations of land iguanas are differentially impacted by a tick-transmitted apicomplexan hemoparasite of genus Hepatozoon, which could cause diseases and ultimately reduce fitness. Using competitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA), we examined baseline plasma corticosterone levels of two syntopic and highly parasitized populations of the land iguana species Conolophus marthae and C...
August 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807615/interfacial-properties-of-avian-stratum-corneum-monolayers-investigated-by-brewster-angle-microscopy-and-vibrational-sum-frequency-generation
#12
Ellen M Adams, Alex M Champagne, Joseph B Williams, Heather C Allen
The outermost layer of skin, the stratum corneum (SC), contains a complex mixture of lipids, which controls the rate of cutaneous water loss (CWL) in reptiles, mammals, and birds. However, the molecular structure of SC lipids and how molecular configurations influence CWL is poorly understood. Here, the organization and structure of SC lipids extracted from birds were investigated by means of Langmuir films. Properties of lipids from the SC of arid and semi-arid adapted larks, known to have a low CWL, were compared with lipids extracted from the SC of mesic lark species with higher CWL to gain insight into how structure impacts CWL...
August 11, 2017: Chemistry and Physics of Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806564/tissue-distribution-and-toxicity-effects-of-myclobutanil-enantiomers-in-lizards-eremias-argus
#13
Li Chen, Ruiting Li, Jinling Diao, Zhongnan Tian, Shanshan Di, Wenjun Zhang, Cheng Cheng, Zhiqiang Zhou
In recent years, serious environmental pollution has caused a decrease in the abundance of many species worldwide. Reptiles are the most diverse group of terrestrial vertebrates. There are large amounts of toxicological data available regarding myclobutanil, but the adverse effects of myclobutanil on lizards has not been widely reported. In this study, treatment groups were orally administered a single-dose of myclobutanil (20mg/kg body weight (bw)). Subsequently, it was found that there were differences in myclobutanil levels between the different tissues and concentrations also changed with degradation time...
August 11, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803870/industrial-melanism-in-the-seasnake-emydocephalus-annulatus
#14
Claire Goiran, Paco Bustamante, Richard Shine
Although classically associated with urban environments in invertebrates, melanism in terrestrial snakes is more often linked to occupancy of cool climates [1-3]. Thermal advantages to melanism do not apply in aquatic snakes [4], but although turtle-headed seasnakes (Emydocephalus annulatus) are banded or blotched across a wide geographic range [5], most individuals are melanic in polluted inshore bays of the Pacific island of New Caledonia [4]. Why has melanism evolved in these urban sites? Because trace elements bind to melanin, darker feathers enhance a bird's ability to shed pollutants [6]...
August 8, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803676/ranavirus-phylogenomics-signatures-of-recombination-and-inversions-among-bullfrog-ranaculture-isolates
#15
Sieara C Claytor, Kuttichantran Subramaniam, Nelmarie Landrau-Giovannetti, V Gregory Chinchar, Matthew J Gray, Debra L Miller, Carla Mavian, Marco Salemi, Samantha Wisely, Thomas B Waltzek
Ranaviruses are emerging pathogens of fish, amphibians, and reptiles that threaten aquatic animal industries and wildlife worldwide. Our objective was to genetically characterize ranaviruses isolated during separate bullfrog Lithobates catesbeianus die-offs that occurred eight years apart on the same North American farm. The earlier outbreak was due to a highly pathogenic strain of common midwife toad virus (CMTV) previously known only from Europe and China. The later outbreak was due to a chimeric ranavirus that displayed a novel genome arrangement and a DNA backbone typical for Frog virus 3 (FV3) strains except for interspersed fragments acquired through recombination with the CMTV isolated earlier...
August 10, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792983/fear-no-colors-observer-clothing-color-influences-lizard-escape-behavior
#16
Breanna J Putman, Jonathan P Drury, Daniel T Blumstein, Gregory B Pauly
Animals often view humans as predators, leading to alterations in their behavior. Even nuanced aspects of human activity like clothing color affect animal behavior, but we lack an understanding of when and where such effects will occur. The species confidence hypothesis posits that birds are attracted to colors found on their bodies and repelled by non-body colors. Here, we extend this hypothesis taxonomically and conceptually to test whether this pattern is applicable in a non-avian reptile and to suggest that species should respond less fearfully to their sexually-selected signaling color...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791147/two-types-of-bone-necrosis-in-the-middle-triassic-pistosaurus-longaevus-bones-the-results-of-integrated-studies
#17
Dawid Surmik, Bruce M Rothschild, Mateusz Dulski, Katarzyna Janiszewska
Avascular necrosis, diagnosed on the basis of either a specific pathological modification of the articular surfaces of bone or its radiologic appearance in vertebral centra, has been recognized in many Mesozoic marine reptiles as well as in present-day marine mammals. Its presence in the zoological and paleontologic record is usually associated with decompression syndrome, a disease that affects secondarily aquatic vertebrates that could dive. Bone necrosis can also be caused by infectious processes, but it differs in appearance from decompression syndrome-associated aseptic necrosis...
July 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781039/evidence-based-reptile-housing-and-nutrition
#18
REVIEW
Dennis Oonincx, Jeroen van Leeuwen
The provision of a good light source is important for reptiles. For instance, ultraviolet light is used in social interactions and used for vitamin D synthesis. With respect to housing, most reptilians are best kept pairwise or individually. Environmental enrichment can be effective but depends on the form and the species to which it is applied. Temperature gradients around preferred body temperatures allow accurate thermoregulation, which is essential for reptiles. Natural distributions indicate suitable ambient temperatures, but microclimatic conditions are at least as important...
September 2017: Veterinary Clinics of North America. Exotic Animal Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781037/evidence-based-advances-in-reptile-medicine
#19
REVIEW
Mark A Mitchell, Sean M Perry
Evidence-based medicine allows veterinarians to practice high-quality medicine, because the basis for all decision making is quantitative, objective, and reproducible. Case reports and case series are limited in their scope and application. Cross-sectional studies, likewise, cannot provide answers to specific variable testing with a temporal application. It is essential for the reptile specialty to expand into case-control studies, cohort studies, and experimental/intervention studies. Unfortunately, much of the reptile literature remains limited to descriptive studies...
September 2017: Veterinary Clinics of North America. Exotic Animal Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780941/the-pathophysiology-of-anaphylaxis
#20
REVIEW
Laurent L Reber, Joseph D Hernandez, Stephen J Galli
Anaphylaxis is a severe systemic hypersensitivity reaction that is rapid in onset; characterized by life-threatening airway, breathing, and/or circulatory problems; and usually associated with skin and mucosal changes. Because it can be triggered in some persons by minute amounts of antigen (eg, certain foods or single insect stings), anaphylaxis can be considered the most aberrant example of an imbalance between the cost and benefit of an immune response. This review will describe current understanding of the immunopathogenesis and pathophysiology of anaphylaxis, focusing on the roles of IgE and IgG antibodies, immune effector cells, and mediators thought to contribute to examples of the disorder...
August 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
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