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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544760/a-novel-pattern-of-yolk-processing-in-developing-snake-eggs-colubridae-lampropeltini-and-its-functional-and-evolutionary-implications
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Kathryn G Powers, Daniel G Blackburn
Early amniotic vertebrates evolved large-yolked eggs that permitted production of well-developed, terrestrial hatchlings. This reproductive pattern required new mechanisms for cellularizing the yolk and mobilizing it for embryonic use. In birds, cells that line the yolk sac cavity phagocytose and digest the yolk material, a pattern that is commonly assumed to be universal among oviparous amniotes. However, recent evidence challenges the assumption that all squamate reptiles conform to the avian developmental pattern...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part B, Molecular and Developmental Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543388/environmental-constraints-on-the-compositional-and-phylogenetic-beta-diversity-of-tropical-forest-snake-assemblages
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Mario R Moura, Henrique C Costa, Antônio J S Argôlo, Walter Jetz
The ongoing biodiversity crisis increases the importance and urgency of studies addressing the role of environmental variation on the composition and evolutionary history of species assemblages, but especially the tropics and ectotherms remain understudied. In regions with rainy summers, coexistence of ectothermic species may be determined by the partitioning of the climatic niche, since ectotherms can rely on water availability and thermoregulatory behaviour to buffer constraints along their climatic niche...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542227/health-beliefs-of-school-age-rural-children-in-podoconiosis-affected-families-a-qualitative-study-in-southern-ethiopia
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Abebayehu Tora, Getnet Tadele, Abraham Aseffa, Colleen M McBride, Gail Davey
BACKGROUND: Several studies have suggested investigation of health beliefs in children to be an important pre-condition for primary prevention of disease. However, little effort has been made to understand these in the context of podoconiosis. This study therefore aimed to explore the health beliefs of school-age rural children in podoconiosis-affected families. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: A cross sectional qualitative study was conducted in March 2016 in Wolaita Zone, Southern Ethiopia...
May 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540846/role-of-thromboelastography-in-the-management-of-snake-bite-a-case-report-from-india
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Ipsita Nag, Suvro Sankha Datta, Dibyendu De, Partha Pal, Shantanu K Das
In the absence of a specific laboratory test of envenomation, there is a need for an alternative mechanism for the early recognition of envenomation following hematotoxic snake-bite in tropical countries. Abnormalities of clotting are commonly associated with hematotoxic snake bite either due to systemic envenomation or due to the release of an inappropriate tourniquet applied as 'first-aid' often by the rural people before presentation to the hospital. Thromboelastography (TEG) has been used to monitor the coagulation abnormalities in various clinical scenarios...
April 2017: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540206/acute-kidney-injury-from-different-poisonous-substances
#5
Rubina Naqvi
AIM: To report our experience of acute kidney injury (AKI) developed after exposure to poisonous substance. METHODS: Retrospective study where data was collected from case records of patients coming to this institute during January 1990 to May 2016. This institution is a tertiary care center for renal care in the metropolitan city of Karachi, Pakistan. History of ingested substance, symptoms on presentation, basic laboratory tests on arrival, mode of treatment and outcome were recorded from all patients and are presented here...
May 6, 2017: World Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540205/clinicopathological-spectrum-of-snake-bite-induced-acute-kidney-injury-from-india
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Sanjay Vikrant, Ajay Jaryal, Anupam Parashar
AIM: To study the clinico-pathological spectrum of snake bite-induced acute kidney injury (AKI). METHODS: A retrospective study of patients admitted at Indira Gandhi Medical College Hospital, Shimla with snake bite-induced AKI from July 2003 to June 2016. Medical records were evaluated for patient's information on demographic, clinical characteristics, complications and outcome. Outcomes of duration of hospital stay, requirement for intensive care unit support, treatment with dialysis, survival and mortality were analyzed...
May 6, 2017: World Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536678/the-role-and-mechanism-of-erythrocyte-invasion-by-francisella-tularensis
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Deanna M Schmitt, Rebecca Barnes, Taylor Rogerson, Ashley Haught, Leanne K Mazzella, Matthew Ford, Tricia Gilson, James W-M Birch, Anders Sjöstedt, Douglas S Reed, Jonathan M Franks, Donna B Stolz, James Denvir, Jun Fan, Swanthana Rekulapally, Donald A Primerano, Joseph Horzempa
Francisella tularensis is an extremely virulent bacterium that can be transmitted naturally by blood sucking arthropods. During mammalian infection, F. tularensis infects numerous types of host cells, including erythrocytes. As erythrocytes do not undergo phagocytosis or endocytosis, it remains unknown how F. tularensis invades these cells. Furthermore, the consequence of inhabiting the intracellular space of red blood cells (RBCs) has not been determined. Here, we provide evidence indicating that residing within an erythrocyte enhances the ability of F...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534833/coagulating-colubrids-evolutionary-pathophysiological-and-biodiscovery-implications-of-venom-variations-between-boomslang-dispholidus-typus-and-twig-snake-thelotornis-mossambicanus
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Jordan Debono, James Dobson, Nicholas R Casewell, Anthony Romilio, Bin Li, Nyoman Kurniawan, Karine Mardon, Vera Weisbecker, Amanda Nouwens, Hang Fai Kwok, Bryan G Fry
Venoms can deleteriously affect any physiological system reachable by the bloodstream, including directly interfering with the coagulation cascade. Such coagulopathic toxins may be anticoagulants or procoagulants. Snake venoms are unique in their use of procoagulant toxins for predatory purposes. The boomslang (Dispholidus typus) and the twig snakes (Thelotornis species) are iconic African snakes belonging to the family Colubridae. Both species produce strikingly similar lethal procoagulant pathologies. Despite these similarities, antivenom is only produced for treating bites by D...
May 19, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530239/thermogenetic-neurostimulation-with-single-cell-resolution
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Yulia G Ermakova, Aleksandr A Lanin, Ilya V Fedotov, Matvey Roshchin, Ilya V Kelmanson, Dmitry Kulik, Yulia A Bogdanova, Arina G Shokhina, Dmitry S Bilan, Dmitry B Staroverov, Pavel M Balaban, Andrei B Fedotov, Dmitry A Sidorov-Biryukov, Evgeny S Nikitin, Aleksei M Zheltikov, Vsevolod V Belousov
Thermogenetics is a promising innovative neurostimulation technique, which enables robust activation of neurons using thermosensitive transient receptor potential (TRP) cation channels. Broader application of this approach in neuroscience is, however, hindered by a limited variety of suitable ion channels, and by low spatial and temporal resolution of neuronal activation when TRP channels are activated by ambient temperature variations or chemical agonists. Here, we demonstrate rapid, robust and reproducible repeated activation of snake TRPA1 channels heterologously expressed in non-neuronal cells, mouse neurons and zebrafish neurons in vivo by infrared (IR) laser radiation...
May 22, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529485/hydrostatin-sn1-a-sea-snake-derived-bioactive-peptide-reduces-inflammation-in-a-mouse-model-of-acute-lung-injury
#10
Guosheng Wu, Junjie Wang, Pengfei Luo, An Li, Song Tian, Hailong Jiang, Yongjun Zheng, Feng Zhu, Yiming Lu, Zhaofan Xia
Snake venom has been used for centuries as a traditional Chinese medicine. Hydrostatin-SN1 (H-SN1), a bioactive peptide extracted from the Hydrophis cyanocinctus venom gland T7 phage display library, was reported to have the ability to reduce inflammation in a dextran sulfate sodium-induced murine colitis model. In this study, we sought to investigate the inhibitory potential of H-SN1 on inflammation in a murine model of lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced acute lung injury (ALI), and elucidate the anti-inflammatory mechanism in LPS-stimulated RAW 264...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529371/siva-the-mad-lord-a-puranic-perspective
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Ottilingam Somasundaram, Tejus Murthy
The eccentricities of Lord Shiva, especially His attire, behavior - particularly the midnight dance at the cremation grounds surrounded by various strange beings, fondness to remain naked, and love for strange pets such as snakes and fawn, have attracted the loving and devout attention from His various adiyargal (devotees). This has resulted in the outpouring of their love for their Lord in the form of Thevaram and Thiruvachakam of Sambandar, Appar, Sundarar, Karaikal Ammaiyar, and Manickavachakar. Along with these writings, the background Puranic myths are mentioned...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528674/sodium-channels-and-venom-peptide-pharmacology
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Mathilde R Israel, Bryan Tay, Jennifer R Deuis, Irina Vetter
Venomous animals including cone snails, spiders, scorpions, anemones, and snakes have evolved a myriad of components in their venoms that target the opening and/or closing of voltage-gated sodium channels to cause devastating effects on the neuromuscular systems of predators and prey. These venom peptides, through design and serendipity, have not only contributed significantly to our understanding of sodium channel pharmacology and structure, but they also represent some of the most phyla- and isoform-selective molecules that are useful as valuable tool compounds and drug leads...
2017: Advances in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528176/production-and-preclinical-assessment-of-camelid-immunoglobulins-against-echis-sochureki-venom-from-desert-of-rajasthan-india
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P D Tanwar, S K Ghorui, S K Kochar, Raghvendar Singh, N V Patil
Snakebite is a significant cause of death and disability in subsistent farming populations of rural India. Antivenom is the most effective treatment of envenoming and is manufactured from IgG of venom-immunised horses. Because of complex fiscal reasons, the production, testing and delivery of antivenoms designed to treat envenoming by the most medically-important snakes in the region has been questioned time to time. In this study, we report successful immunisation of dromedaries (Camelus dromedarius) against the venom of Indian saw-scaled Viper- Echis carinatus sochureki...
May 17, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527998/molecular-cloning-and-structural-modelling-of-gamma-phospholipase-a2-inhibitors-from-bothrops-atrox-and-micrurus-lemniscatus-snakes
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Carina G Picelli, Rafael J Borges, Carlos A H Fernandes, Fabio M Matioli, Carla F C Fernandes, Juliana C Sobrinho, Rudson J Holanda, Luiz S Ozaki, Anderson M Kayano, Leonardo A Calderon, Marcos R M Fontes, Rodrigo G Stábeli, Andreimar M Soares
Phospholipases A2 inhibitors (PLIs) produced by venomous and non-venomous snakes play essential role in this resistance. These endogenous inhibitors may be classified by their fold in PLIα, PLIβ and PLIγ. Phospholipases A2 (PLA2s) develop myonecrosis in snake envenomation, a consequence that is not efficiently neutralized by antivenom treatment. This work aimed to identify and characterize two PLIs from Amazonian snake species, Bothrops atrox and Micrurus lemniscatus. Liver tissues RNA of specimens from each species were isolated and amplified by RT-PCR using PCR primers based on known PLIγ gene sequences, followed by cloning and sequencing of amplified fragments...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526989/first-molecular-detection-and-characterization-of-hepatozoon-and-sarcocystis-spp-in-field-mice-and-voles-from-japan
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Mohamed Abdallah Mohamed Moustafa, Michito Shimozuru, Wessam Mohamed, Kyle Rueben Taylor, Ryo Nakao, Mariko Sashika, Toshio Tsubota
Sarcocystis and Hepatozoon species are protozoan parasites that are frequently detected in domestic and wild animals. Rodents are considered common intermediate and paratenic hosts for several Sarcocystis and Hepatozoon species. Here, blood DNA samples from a total of six rodents, including one Myodes rutilus, one Myodes rufocanus, and four Apodemus speciosus, collected from Hokkaido, Japan, were shown by conventional PCR of the 18S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene to contain Sarcocystis and Hepatozoon DNA. Sequencing of the DNA detected one Sarcocystis sp...
May 19, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521280/stimulus-fear-relevance-and-the-speed-magnitude-and-robustness-of-vicariously-learned-fear
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Güler Dunne, Gemma Reynolds, Chris Askew
Superior learning for fear-relevant stimuli is typically indicated in the laboratory by faster acquisition of fear responses, greater learned fear, and enhanced resistance to extinction. Three experiments investigated the speed, magnitude, and robustness of UK children's (6-10 years; N = 290; 122 boys, 168 girls) vicariously learned fear responses for three types of stimuli. In two experiments, children were presented with pictures of novel animals (Australian marsupials) and flowers (fear-irrelevant stimuli) alone (control) or together with faces expressing fear or happiness...
May 6, 2017: Behaviour Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516321/evaluating-local-adaptation-of-a-complex-phenotype-reciprocal-tests-of-pigmy-rattlesnake-venoms-on-treefrog-prey
#17
Sarah A Smiley-Walters, Terence M Farrell, H Lisle Gibbs
Theory predicts that predator-prey interactions can generate reciprocal selection pressures on species pairs, which can result in local adaptation, yet the presence and pattern of local adaptation is poorly studied in vertebrate predator-prey systems. Here, we used a reciprocal common garden (laboratory) experimental design involving comparisons between local and foreign populations to determine if local adaptation was present between a generalist predator-the pigmy rattlesnake (Sistrurus miliarius)-and a co-occurring prey-the squirrel treefrog (Hyla squirella)...
May 17, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515291/differential-disease-susceptibility-in-experimentally-reptarenavirus-infected-boa-constrictors-and-ball-pythons
#18
Mark D Stenglein, David Sanchez-Migallon Guzman, Valentina E Garcia, Marylee L Layton, Laura L Hoon-Hanks, Scott M Boback, M Kevin Keel, Tracy Drazenovich, Michelle G Hawkins, Joseph L DeRisi
Inclusion body disease (IBD) is an infectious disease originally described in captive snakes. It has traditionally been diagnosed by the presence of large eosinophilic cytoplasmic inclusions, and is associated with neurological, gastrointestinal and lymphoproliferative disorders. Previously, we identified and established a culture system for a novel lineage of arenaviruses isolated from boa constrictors diagnosed with IBD. Although ample circumstantial evidence suggested that these viruses, now known as reptarenaviruses, cause IBD, there has been no formal demonstration of disease causality since their discovery...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513267/self-use-of-snake-venom-the-other-side-of-the-coin
#19
Subramanian Senthilkumaran, Nanjundan Karthikeyan, Narendra Nath Jena, Ponniah Thirumalaikolundusubramanian
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January 1, 2017: Medicine, Science, and the Law
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507562/antivenomics-as-a-tool-to-improve-the-neutralizing-capacity-of-the-crotalic-antivenom-a-study-with-crotamine
#20
Ricardo Teixeira-Araújo, Patrícia Castanheira, Leonora Brazil-Más, Francisco Pontes, Moema Leitão de Araújo, Maria Lucia Machado Alves, Russolina Benedeta Zingali, Carlos Correa-Netto
BACKGROUND: Snakebite treatment requires administration of an appropriate antivenom that should contain antibodies capable of neutralizing the venom. To achieve this goal, antivenom production must start from a suitable immunization protocol and proper venom mixtures. In Brazil, antivenom against South American rattlesnake (Crotalus durissus terrificus) bites is produced by public institutions based on the guidelines defined by the regulatory agency of the Brazilian Ministry of Health, ANVISA...
2017: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
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