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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229028/small-scale-spatial-variation-in-population-and-individual-level-reproductive-parameters-of-the-blue-legged-hermit-crab-clibanarius-tricolor
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J Antonio Baeza, Donald C Behringer
Management of the few regulated ornamental fisheries relies on inadequate information about the life history of the target species. Herein, we investigated the reproductive biology of the most heavily traded marine invertebrate in the western Atlantic; the blue-legged hermit crab Clibanarius tricolor. We report on density, individual-level, and population-level reproductive parameters in 14 populations spanning the Florida Keys. In C. tricolor, abundance, population-level, and individual-level reproductive parameters exhibited substantial small-scale spatial variation in the Florida Keys...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218427/two-vitellogenins-in-the-loliginid-squid-uroteuthis-edulis-identification-and-specific-expression-in-ovarian-follicles
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Hajime Kitano, Naoki Nagano, Keishi Sakaguchi, Michiya Matsuyama
Vitellogenenesis is a physiological process common in oviparous animals. The molecular profile, modifications, and utilization of vitellogenin (VTG), a precursor of yolk protein, have been characterized in various taxa to understand oogenesis within different modes of reproduction. Hormonal regulation of VTGs has been investigated in invertebrates, such as insects and crustaceans; conversely, little is known for cephalopods. In this study, we isolated two VTG genes (ue-VTG1 and ue-VTG2) from the loliginid swordtip squid, Uroteuthis edulis, via a comprehensive survey of a transcriptome database and subsequent cDNA cloning...
February 20, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208067/low-ph-conditions-impair-module-capacity-to-regenerate-in-a-calcified-colonial-invertebrate-the-bryozoan-cryptosula-pallasiana
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Chiara Lombardi, Paul D Taylor, Silvia Cocito, Camilla Bertolini, Piero Calosi
Many aquatic animals grow into colonies of repeated, genetically identical, modules (zooids). Zooid interconnections enable colonies to behave as integrated functional units, while plastic responses to environmental changes may affect individual zooids. Plasticity includes the variable partitioning of resources to sexual reproduction, colony growth and maintenance. Maintenance often involves regeneration, which is also a routine part of the life history in some organisms, such as bryozoans. Here we investigate changes in regenerative capacity in the encrusting bryozoan Cryptosula pallasiana when cultured at different seawater pCO2 levels...
February 7, 2017: Marine Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188827/molecular-cloning-and-characterization-of-an-estrogen-receptor-gene-in-the-marine-polychaete-perinereis-aibuhitensis
#4
Linlan Lv, Xuexing Dong, Fu Lv, Weihong Zhao, Yebin Yu, Wenping Yang
Estrogen receptors (ERs) are the primary mediators of estrogen signaling, and play crucial roles in the reproduction and development of vertebrates. The full-length cDNA of Perinereis aibuhitensis estrogen receptor (paER) was cloned and characterized for the first time. The positions of the cysteine residues and the residues around them, which constitute two zinc finger motifs and a P-box, are conserved in both vertebrates and invertebrates. A phylogenetic analysis revealed that paER is an orthologue of ER in the polychaete Platynereis dumerilii...
February 7, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188662/population-genetics-of-reef-coral-endosymbionts-symbiodinium-dinophyceae
#5
D J Thornhill, E J Howells, D C Wham, T D Steury, S R Santos
Symbiodinium is a diverse genus of unicellular dinoflagellate symbionts associating with various marine protists and invertebrates. Although the broad-scale diversity and phylogenetics of the Symbiodinium complex is well established, there have been surprisingly few data on fine-scale population structure and biogeography of these dinoflagellates. Yet population level processes contribute strongly to the biology of Symbiodinium, including how anthropogenic-driven global climate change impacts these symbionts and their host associations...
February 11, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181697/chronic-toxicity-of-azoxystrobin-to-freshwater-amphipods-midges-cladocerans-and-mussels-in-water-only-exposures
#6
James L Kunz, Chris G Ingersoll, Kelly L Smalling, Adria A Elskus, Kathryn M Kuivila
Understanding the effects of fungicides on non-target organisms at realistic concentrations and exposure durations is vital for determining potential impacts on aquatic ecosystems. Environmental concentrations of the fungicide azoxystrobin have been reported up to 4.6µg/L in the United States and 30 µg/L in Europe. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the chronic toxicity of azoxystrobin in water-only exposures with an amphipod (Hyalella azteca; 42-d exposure), a midge (Chironomus dilutus; 50-d exposure), a cladoceran (Ceriodaphnia dubia; 7-d exposure), and a unionid mussel (Lampsilis siliquoidea; 28-d exposure) at environmentally relevant concentrations...
February 9, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173820/therapeutic-arthropods-and-other-largely-terrestrial-folk-medicinally-important-invertebrates-a-comparative-survey-and-review
#7
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V Benno Meyer-Rochow
Traditional healing methods involving hundreds of insect and other invertebrate species are reviewed. Some of the uses are based on the tenet of "similia similibus" (let likes be cured by likes), but not all non-conventional health promoting practices should be dismissed as superstition or wishful thinking, for they have stood the test of time. Two questions are addressed: how can totally different organ systems in a human possibly benefit from extracts, potions, powders, secretions, ashes, etc. of a single species and how can different target organs, e...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168118/the-embryonic-life-history-of-the-tropical-sea-hare-stylocheilus-striatus-gastropoda-opisthobranchia-under-ambient-and-elevated-ocean-temperatures
#8
Rael Horwitz, Matthew D Jackson, Suzanne C Mills
Ocean warming represents a major threat to marine biota worldwide, and forecasting ecological ramifications is a high priority as atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions continue to rise. Fitness of marine species relies critically on early developmental and reproductive stages, but their sensitivity to environmental stressors may be a bottleneck in future warming oceans. The present study focuses on the tropical sea hare, Stylocheilus striatus (Gastropoda: Opisthobranchia), a common species found throughout the Indo-West Pacific and Atlantic Oceans...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161575/in-vivo-testing-of-gold-nanoparticles-using-the-caenorhabditis-elegans-model-organism
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Laura Gonzalez-Moragas, Pascal Berto, Clara Vilches, Romain Quidant, Androniki Kolovou, Rachel Santarella-Mellwig, Yannick Schwab, Stephen Stürzenbaum, Anna Roig, Anna Laromaine
: Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) are present in many man-made products and cosmetics, and are also used by the food and medical industries. Tight regulations regarding the use of mammalian animals for product testing can hamper the study of the specific interactions between engineered nanoparticles and biological systems. Invertebrate models, such as the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans), can offer alternative approaches during the early phases of nanoparticle discovery. Here, we thoroughly evaluated the biodistribution of 11-nm and 150-nm citrate-capped AuNPs in the model organism C...
February 1, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152313/analysis-of-stage-specific-protein-expression-during-babesia-bovis-development-within-female-rhipicephalus-microplus
#10
Wendell C Johnson, Naomi S Taus, Kathryn E Reif, Gamila A R Bohaliga, Lowell S Kappmeyer, Massaro W Ueti
Arthropod-borne protozoan pathogens have a complex life cycle that includes asexual reproduction of haploid stages in mammalian hosts and the development of diploid stages in invertebrate hosts. The ability of pathogens to invade, survive, and replicate within distinct cell types is required to maintain their life cycle. In this study, we describe a comparative proteomic analysis of a cattle pathogen, Babesia bovis, during its development within the mammalian and tick hosts with the goal of identifying cell-surface proteins expressed by B...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28135774/functional-consequences-of-plant-animal-interactions-along-the-mutualism-antagonism-gradient
#11
María C Rodríguez-Rodríguez, Pedro Jordano, Alfredo Valido
Plant-animal interactions are pivotal for ecosystem functioning, and usually form complex networks involving multiple species of mutualists as well as antagonists. The costs and benefits of these interactions show a strong context-dependency directly related to individual variation in partner identity and differential strength. Yet understanding the context-dependency and functional consequences of mutualistic and antagonistic interactions on individuals remains a lasting challenge. We use a network approach to characterize the individual, plant-based pollination interaction networks of the Canarian Isoplexis canariensis (Plantaginaceae) with a mixed assemblage of vertebrate mutualists (birds and lizards) and invertebrate antagonists (florivores, nectar larcenists, and predispersal seed predators)...
January 30, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131078/ultraviolet-b-radiation-induces-impaired-lifecycle-traits-and-modulates-expression-of-cytochrome-p450-cyp-genes-in-the-copepod-tigriopus-japonicus
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Jayesh Puthumana, Min-Chul Lee, Jun Chul Park, Hui-Su Kim, Dae-Sik Hwang, Jeonghoon Han, Jae-Seong Lee
To evaluate the effects of ultraviolet B (UV-B) radiation at the developmental, reproductive, and molecular levels in aquatic invertebrates, we measured UV-B-induced acute toxicity, impairments in developmental and reproductive traits, and UV-B interaction with the entire family of cytochrome P450 (CYP) genes in the intertidal benthic copepod Tigriopus japonicus. We found a significant, dose-dependent reduction (P<0.05) in the survival of T. japonicus that began as a developmental delay and decreased fecundity...
March 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126568/a-risk-based-approach-for-identifying-constituents-of-concern-in-oil-sands-process-affected-water-from-the-athabasca-oil-sands-region
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Andrew D McQueen, Ciera M Kinley, Maas Hendrikse, Daniel P Gaspari, Alyssa J Calomeni, Kyla J Iwinski, James W Castle, Monique C Haakensen, Kerry M Peru, John V Headley, John H Rodgers
Mining leases in the Athabasca Oil Sands (AOS) region produce large volumes of oil sands process-affected water (OSPW) containing constituents that limit beneficial uses and discharge into receiving systems. The aim of this research is to identify constituents of concern (COCs) in OSPW sourced from an active settling basin with the goal of providing a sound rational for developing mitigation strategies for using constructed treatment wetlands for COCs contained in OSPW. COCs were identified through several lines of evidence: 1) chemical and physical characterization of OSPW and comparisons with numeric water quality guidelines and toxicity endpoints, 2) measuring toxicity of OSPW using a taxonomic range of sentinel organisms (i...
January 13, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099777/positive-selection-on-sperm-ion-channels-in-a-brooding-brittle-star-consequence-of-life-history-traits-evolution
#14
A A-T Weber, L Abi-Rached, N Galtier, A Bernard, J I Montoya-Burgos, A Chenuil
Closely related species are key models to investigate mechanisms leading to reproductive isolation and early stages of diversification, also at the genomic level. The brittle star cryptic species complex Ophioderma longicauda encompasses the sympatric broadcast spawning species C3 and the internal brooding species C5. Here we used de novo transcriptome sequencing and assembly in two closely related species displaying contrasting reproductive modes to compare their genetic diversity and to investigate the role of natural selection in reproductive isolation...
January 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095467/phylogenetically-widespread-polyembryony-in-cyclostome-bryozoans-and-the-protracted-asynchronous-release-of-clonal-brood-mates
#15
Helen L Jenkins, Andrea Waeschenbach, Beth Okamura, Roger N Hughes, John D D Bishop
Polyembryony-the production of multiple cloned embryos from a single fertilised egg-is a seemingly paradoxical combination of reproductive modes that nevertheless persists in diverse taxa. We document features of polyembryony in the Cyclostomata (Bryozoa)-an ancient order of modular colonial marine invertebrates-that suggest a substantial reduction in the paradoxical nature of this enigmatic reproductive mode. Firstly, we provide molecular evidence for polyembryony in three exemplar species, supporting the widely cited inference that polyembryony characterises the entire order...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091617/switch-from-sexual-to-parthenogenetic-reproduction-in-a-zebra-shark
#16
Christine L Dudgeon, Laura Coulton, Ren Bone, Jennifer R Ovenden, Severine Thomas
Parthenogenesis is a natural form of asexual reproduction in which embryos develop in the absence of fertilisation. Most commonly found in plants and invertebrate organisms, an increasing number of vertebrate species have recently been reported employing this reproductive strategy. Here we use DNA genotyping to report the first demonstration of an intra-individual switch from sexual to parthenogenetic reproduction in a shark species, the zebra shark Stegostoma fasciatum. A co-housed, sexually produced daughter zebra shark also commenced parthenogenetic reproduction at the onset of maturity without any prior mating...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069465/effect-of-rnai-mediated-knockdown-of-nltor-gene-on-fertility-of-male-nilaparvata-lugens
#17
Ji-Chong Zhuo, Jian Xue, Jia-Bao Lu, Hai-Jian Huang, Hai-Jun Xu, Chuan-Xi Zhang
The target gene of rapamycin (TOR) is conserved from invertebrates to vertebrates, and plays critical roles in cell growth, nutrient sensing, lifespan and reproduction. In this paper, we employed RNA interference (RNAi) to study the function of TOR in male brown planthoppers (BPH), Nilaparvata lugens. Here we discovered that no offspring was produced when wildtype females BPH mated with NlTOR RNAi males. To understand the influence of NlTOR on male BPH infertility, we dissected the reproductive system of a NlTOR RNAi male, and found that the testes were normal and the seminal vesicles were full of sperm, while the accessory gland was poorly developed after knocking down NlTOR expression...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057344/depuration-of-perfluoroalkyl-substances-from-the-edible-tissues-of-wild-caught-invertebrate-species
#18
Matthew D Taylor, Karl C Bowles, Daniel D Johnson, Natalie A Moltschaniwskyj
Detection and quantification of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in aquatic organisms is increasing, particularly for saltwater species. Depuration can remove PFASs from the tissues of some species once they are removed from the contaminant source, but it is not known if this process occurs for saltwater crustaceans. Such information is important for managing human health risks for exploited migratory species following exposure. We present the results of a depuration trial for School Prawn (Metapenaeus macleayi) and Mud Crab (Scylla serrata), two commercially important crustaceans in Australia...
January 2, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052125/biosynthesis-of-polyunsaturated-fatty-acids-in-sea-urchins-molecular-and-functional-characterisation-of-three-fatty-acyl-desaturases-from-paracentrotus-lividus-lamark-1816
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Naoki Kabeya, Alicia Sanz-Jorquera, Stefano Carboni, Andrew Davie, Angela Oboh, Oscar Monroig
Sea urchins are broadly recognised as a delicacy and their quality as food for humans is highly influenced by their diet. Lipids in general and the long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFA) in particular, are essential nutrients that determine not only the nutritional value of sea urchins but also guarantee normal growth and reproduction in captivity. The contribution of endogenous production (biosynthesis) of LC-PUFA in sea urchins remained unknown. Using Paracentrotus lividus as our model species, we aimed to characterise both molecularly and functionally the repertoire of fatty acyl desaturases (Fads), key enzymes in the biosynthesis of LC-PUFA, in sea urchins...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043021/toxic-effects-of-diclofenac-on-life-history-parameters-and-the-expression-of-detoxification-related-genes-in-daphnia-magna
#20
Yang Liu, Lan Wang, Benben Pan, Chao Wang, Shuang Bao, Xiangping Nie
Diclofenac (DCF), as a widely used drug, has been detected in various environmental media such as municipal wastewater effluent. However, there is little information on the effects of DCF on freshwater invertebrates potentially exposing to its residues in surface water. In the present study, we investigated the toxic effects of DCF on the physiological parameters (e.g., survival, growth rate, and reproduction) of a crustacean, Daphnia magna, via a 21-d chronic toxicity test, and we also evaluated the effects of DCF on the expression of the genes related to the detoxification metabolism, growth, development and reproduction (e...
February 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
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