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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728128/radionuclide-biokinetics-in-the-russian-sturgeon-and-phylogenetic-consistencies-with-cartilaginous-and-bony-marine-fishes
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Ross A Jeffree, Scott J Markich, Francois Oberhaensli, Jean-Louis Teyssie
The biokinetics of eight radionuclides ((241)Am, (109)Cd, (134)Cs, (75)Se, (54)Mn, (110m)Ag, (65)Zn, (60)Co) absorbed from the aquatic medium by juvenile Russian sturgeon (Acipenser gueldenstaedtii) were experimentally determined in fresh (0.42‰) and brackish (9.0‰) waters, of a similar salinity range to the Caspian Sea, and in conjunction with chemical speciation modelling. Uptake and loss rate constants were determined for each radionuclide for a 14 day exposure at each salinity and during 28 days of exposure to radionuclide-free conditions...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728013/dynamic-and-elastic-shape-transitions-in-curved-escrt-iii-filaments
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REVIEW
Nicolas Chiaruttini, Aurélien Roux
The ESCRT-III complex is an evolutionary ancient and conserved complex that catalyzes fission of lipid membranes from the lumen of the neck in many, if not all processes requiring this specific fission reaction. The ESCRT-III membrane remodeling complex is unique as its molecular and polymeric structures do not intuitively suggests how it could deform and break lipid membranes. Here we review the common structural features of the ESCRT-III subunits, and the shape diversity of the various filamentous forms. We propose a simple geometry and elasticity framework that could help to isolate which features of the ESCRT-III filaments are common to all filamentous forms as well as to explain their diversity...
July 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727934/phylogenomics-reveals-a-complex-evolutionary-history-of-lobed-leaf-white-oaks-in-western-north-america
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John D McVay, Duncan Hauser, Andrew L Hipp, Paul Manos
Quercus (oak) species hybridize in complex patterns that have yet to be fully explored with phylogenomic data. Analyses to date have recovered reasonable divergent patterns, suggesting that the impact of introgression may not always be obvious in inferred oak phylogenies. We explore this phenomenon using RADseq data for 136 samples representing 54 oak species by conducting phylogenetic analyses designed to distinguish signals of lineage diversification and hybridization, focusing on the lobed-leaf species Quercus gambelii, Q...
July 20, 2017: Genome Génome / Conseil National de Recherches Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727933/genotype-specific-acquisition-evolution-and-adaptation-of-characteristic-mutations-in-hepatitis-e-virus
#4
Aqsa Ikram, Mohamad S Hakim, Jian-Hua Zhou, Wenshi Wang, Maikel P Peppelenbosch, Qiuwei Pan
Hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection is a major cause of acute hepatitis but also provokes chronic infection in immunocompromised patients. Although the pathogenesis and treatment outcome involve complex interplay between the virus and host, the nature of adaptive responses of HEV to the host immune system remain obscure at best. In this study, we employed large-scale proteomic bioinformatics to profile characteristic mutations in human HEV isolates associated to ribavirin treatment failure, chronic hepatitis, hepatic failure or altered immunoreactivity...
July 20, 2017: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727827/diversity-and-phylogenetic-relationships-among-bartonella-strains-from-thai-bats
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Clifton D McKee, Michael Y Kosoy, Ying Bai, Lynn M Osikowicz, Richard Franka, Amy T Gilbert, Sumalee Boonmar, Charles E Rupprecht, Leonard F Peruski
Bartonellae are phylogenetically diverse, intracellular bacteria commonly found in mammals. Previous studies have demonstrated that bats have a high prevalence and diversity of Bartonella infections globally. Isolates (n = 42) were obtained from five bat species in four provinces of Thailand and analyzed using sequences of the citrate synthase gene (gltA). Sequences clustered into seven distinct genogroups; four of these genogroups displayed similarity with Bartonella spp. sequences from other bats in Southeast Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727769/small-subunit-ribosomal-metabarcoding-reveals-extraordinary-trypanosomatid-diversity-in-brazilian-bats
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Maria Augusta Dario, Ricardo Moratelli Mendonça da Rocha, Philipp Schwabl, Ana Maria Jansen, Martin S Llewellyn
BACKGROUND: Bats are a highly successful, globally dispersed order of mammals that occupy a wide array of ecological niches. They are also intensely parasitized and implicated in multiple viral, bacterial and parasitic zoonosis. Trypanosomes are thought to be especially abundant and diverse in bats. In this study, we used 18S ribosomal RNA metabarcoding to probe bat trypanosome diversity in unprecedented detail. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Total DNA was extracted from the blood of 90 bat individuals (17 species) captured along Atlantic Forest fragments of Espírito Santo state, southeast Brazil...
July 20, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727724/grandmothering-and-cognitive-resources-are-required-for-the-emergence-of-menopause-and-extensive-post-reproductive-lifespan
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Carla Aimé, Jean-Baptiste André, Michel Raymond
Menopause, the permanent cessation of ovulation, occurs in humans well before the end of the expected lifespan, leading to an extensive post-reproductive period which remains a puzzle for evolutionary biologists. All human populations display this particularity; thus, it is difficult to empirically evaluate the conditions for its emergence. In this study, we used artificial neural networks to model the emergence and evolution of allocation decisions related to reproduction in simulated populations. When allocation decisions were allowed to freely evolve, both menopause and extensive post-reproductive life-span emerged under some ecological conditions...
July 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727278/phylogeny-determines-flower-size-dependent-sex-allocation-at-flowering-in-a-hermaphroditic-family
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A L Teixido, B Guzmán, V G Staggemeier, F Valladares
1.In animal-pollinated hermaphroditic plants, optimal floral allocation determines relative investment into sexes, which is ultimately dependent on flower size. Larger flowers disproportionally increase maleness whereas smaller and less rewarding flowers favor female function. Although floral traits are thought to be strongly conserved, phylogenetic relationships in the interspecific patterns of resource allocation to floral sex remain overlooked. We investigated these patterns in Cistaceae, a hermaphroditic family...
July 20, 2017: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727217/adaptation-strategies-to-climate-change-in-marine-systems
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Dana D Miller, Yoshitaka Ota, U Rashid Sumaila, Andrés M Cisneros-Montemayor, William W L Cheung
The world's oceans are highly impacted by climate change and other human pressures, with significant implications for marine ecosystems and the livelihoods that they support. Adaptation for both natural and human systems is increasingly important as a coping strategy due to the rate and scale of ongoing and potential future change. Here, we conduct a review of literature concerning specific case studies of adaptation in marine systems, and discuss associated characteristics and influencing factors, including drivers, strategy, timeline, costs, and limitations...
July 20, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727145/transcriptional-control-of-photosynthetic-capacity-conservation-and-divergence-from-arabidopsis-to-rice
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REVIEW
Peng Wang, Ross-William Hendron, Steven Kelly
1 I. 1 II. 2 III. 5 IV. 10 12 References 12 SUMMARY: Photosynthesis is one of the most important biological processes on Earth. It provides the consumable energy upon which almost all organisms are dependent, and modulates the composition of the planet's atmosphere. To carry out photosynthesis, plants require a large cohort of genes. These genes encode proteins that capture light energy, store energy in sugars and build the subcellular structures required to facilitate this energy capture. Although the function of many of these genes is known, little is understood about the transcriptional networks that coordinate their expression...
July 20, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726643/reconstructed-ancestral-enzymes-reveal-that-negative-selection-drove-the-evolution-of-substrate-specificity-in-adp-dependent-kinases
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Víctor Castro-Fernandez, Alejandra Herrera-Morande, Ricardo Zamora, Felipe Merino, Felipe Gonzalez-Ordenes, Felipe Padilla-Salinas, Humberto M Pereira, Jose Brandão-Neto, Richard C Garratt, Victoria Guixe
One central goal in molecular evolution is to pinpoint the mechanisms and evolutionary forces that cause an enzyme to change its substrate specificity; however, these processes remain largely unexplored. Using the glycolytic ADP-dependent kinases of archaea, including the orders Thermococcales, Methanosarcinales, and Methanococcales, as a model and employing an approach involving paleoenzymology, evolutionary statistics, and protein structural analysis, we could track changes in substrate specificity during ADP-dependent kinase evolution along with the structural determinants of these changes...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726595/co-circulation-and-co-infections-of-all-dengue-virus-serotypes-in-hyderabad-india-2014
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K Vaddadi, C Gandikota, P K Jain, V S V Prasad, M Venkataramana
The burden of dengue virus infections increased globally during recent years. Though India is considered as dengue hyper-endemic country, limited data are available on disease epidemiology. The present study includes molecular characterization of dengue virus strains occurred in Hyderabad, India, during the year 2014. A total of 120 febrile cases were recruited for this study, which includes only children and 41 were serologically confirmed for dengue positive infections using non-structural (NS1) and/or IgG/IgM ELISA tests...
July 20, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726311/gaba-histamine-and-fmrfamide-immunoreactivity-in-the-visual-vestibular-and-central-nervous-systems-of-hermissenda-crassicornis
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Marissa P Webber, James W S Thomson, Johnny Buckland-Nicks, Roger P Croll, Russell C Wyeth
Hermissenda crassicornis is a model for studying the molecular and cellular basis for classical conditioning, based on its ability to associate light with vestibular stimulation. We used confocal microscopy to map histamine, FMRF-amide, and GABA immunoreactivity in the central nervous system (CNS), eyes, optic ganglia and statocysts of the nudibranchs. For histamine immunoreactivity, we documented both consistently and variably labelled CNS structures across individuals. We also noted minor differences in GABA immunoreactivity in the CNS compared to previous work on Hermissenda...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726130/transmission-network-characteristics-based-on-env-and-gag-sequences-from-msm-during-acute-hiv-1-infection-in-beijing-china
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Zhimin Zhang, Lili Dai, Yan Jiang, Kaidi Feng, Lifeng Liu, Wei Xia, Fengjiao Yu, Jun Yao, Wenge Xing, Lijun Sun, Tong Zhang, Hao Wu, Bin Su, Maofeng Qiu
Molecular epidemiology can be used to identify human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) transmission clusters, usually using pol sequence for analysis. In the present study, we explored appropriate parameters to construct a simple network using HIV env and gag sequences instead of pol sequences for constructing a phylogenetic tree and a genetic transmission subnetwork, which were used to identify individuals with many potential transmission links and to explore the evolutionary dynamics of the virus among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Beijing...
July 19, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725416/contrasting-patterns-of-selection-between-mhc-i-and-ii-across-populations-of-humboldt-and-magellanic-penguins
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Nicole Sallaberry-Pincheira, Daniel González-Acuña, Pamela Padilla, Gisele P M Dantas, Guillermo Luna-Jorquera, Esteban Frere, Armando Valdés-Velásquez, Juliana A Vianna
The evolutionary and adaptive potential of populations or species facing an emerging infectious disease depends on their genetic diversity in genes, such as the major histocompatibility complex (MHC). In birds, MHC class I deals predominantly with intracellular infections (e.g., viruses) and MHC class II with extracellular infections (e.g., bacteria). Therefore, patterns of MHC I and II diversity may differ between species and across populations of species depending on the relative effect of local and global environmental selective pressures, genetic drift, and gene flow...
October 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725388/swimming-with-the-giant-coexistence-patterns-of-a-new-redfin-minnow-pseudobarbus-skeltoni-from-a-global-biodiversity-hot-spot
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Wilbert T Kadye, Albert Chakona, Martine S Jordaan
Ecological niche theory predicts that coexistence is facilitated by resource partitioning mechanisms that are influenced by abiotic and biotic interactions. Alternative hypotheses suggest that under certain conditions, species may become phenotypically similar and functionally equivalent, which invokes the possibility of other mechanisms, such as habitat filtering processes. To test these hypotheses, we examined the coexistence of the giant redfin Pseudobarbus skeltoni, a newly described freshwater fish, together with its congener Pseudobabus burchelli and an anabantid Sandelia capensis by assessing their scenopoetic and bionomic patterns...
October 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725368/prospects-of-herbivore-egg-killing-plant-defenses-for-sustainable-crop-protection
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REVIEW
Nina E Fatouros, Antonino Cusumano, Etienne G J Danchin, Stefano Colazza
Due to a growing demand of food production worldwide, new strategies are suggested to allow for sustainable production of food with minimal effects on natural resources. A promising alternative to the application of chemical pesticides is the implementation of crops resistant to insect pests. Plants produce compounds that are harmful to a wide range of attackers, including insect pests; thus, exploitation of their natural defense system can be the key for the development of pest-resistant crops. Interestingly, some plants possess a unique first line of defense that eliminates the enemy before it becomes destructive: egg-killing...
October 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725367/the-effect-of-seed-traits-on-geographic-variation-in-body-size-and-sexual-size-dimorphism-of-the-seed-feeding-beetle-acanthoscelides-macrophthalmus
#18
Eloísa B Haga, Marcelo N Rossi
Explaining large-scale patterns of variation in body size has been considered a central question in ecology and evolutionary biology because several life-history traits are directly linked to body size. For ectothermic organisms, little is known about what processes influence geographic variation in body size. Changes in body size and sexual size dimorphism (SSD) have been associated with environmental variables, particularly for Bruchinae insects, which feed exclusively on seeds during the larval stage. However, the effect of important seed traits on body size variation has rarely been investigated, and whether SSD varies substantially among populations within bruchine species is poorly known...
October 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725359/major-benefits-of-guarding-behavior-in-subsocial-bees-implications-for-social-evolution
#19
Michael Mikát, Kateřina Černá, Jakub Straka
Parental care is a behavior that increases the growth and survival of offspring, often at a cost to the parents' own survival and/or future reproduction. In this study, we focused on nest guarding, which is one of the most important types of extended parental care; we studied this behavior in two solitary bee species of the genus Ceratina with social ancestors. We performed the experiment of removing the laying female, who usually guards the nest after completing its provisioning, to test the effects of nest guarding on the offspring survival and nest fate...
October 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725093/western-classical-music-development-a-statistical-analysis-of-composers-similarity-differentiation-and-evolution
#20
Patrick Georges
This paper proposes a statistical analysis that captures similarities and differences between classical music composers with the eventual aim to understand why particular composers 'sound' different even if their 'lineages' (influences network) are similar or why they 'sound' alike if their 'lineages' are different. In order to do this we use statistical methods and measures of association or similarity (based on presence/absence of traits such as specific 'ecological' characteristics and personal musical influences) that have been developed in biosystematics, scientometrics, and bibliographic coupling...
2017: Scientometrics
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