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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419105/year-round-breeding-equatorial-larks-from-three-climatically-distinct-populations-do-not-use-rainfall-temperature-or-invertebrate-biomass-to-time-reproduction
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Henry K Ndithia, Kevin D Matson, Maaike A Versteegh, Muchane Muchai, B Irene Tieleman
Timing of reproduction in birds is important for reproductive success and is known to depend on environmental cues such as day length and food availability. However, in equatorial regions, where day length is nearly constant, other factors such as rainfall and temperature are thought to determine timing of reproduction. Rainfall can vary at small spatial and temporal scales, providing a highly fluctuating and unpredictable environmental cue. In this study we investigated the extent to which spatio-temporal variation in environmental conditions can explain the timing of breeding of Red-capped Lark, Calandrella cinerea, a species that is capable of reproducing during every month of the year in our equatorial east African study locations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417180/multiplexed-assay-for-protein-quantitation-in-the-invertebrate-gammarus-fossarum-by-liquid-chromatography-coupled-to-tandem-mass-spectrometry
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Aurore Charnot, Duarte Gouveia, Jean Armengaud, Christine Almunia, Arnaud Chaumot, Jérôme Lemoine, Olivier Geffard, Arnaud Salvador
A highly multiplexed liquid chromatography mass spectrometry-selected reaction monitoring (SRM)-based assay for determination of 40 potential protein biomarkers from Gammarus fossarum, an ecotoxicological relevant species, was described. The assay relies on 71 stable isotope-labeled reported peptide standards for the quantitation of proteins of interest in relation to essential physiological functions such as reproductive cycle, defense mechanism, and enzymes involved in homeostasis process and in energy. A direct linear relationship between the spiked peptide concentration and the area under the peak was clearly demonstrated in biological extracts...
April 17, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410750/assessing-the-impact-of-diclofenac-ibuprofen-and-sildenafil-citrate-viagra-%C3%A2-on-the-fertilisation-biology-of-broadcast-spawning-marine-invertebrates
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Norlaila Binti Mohd Zanuri, Matthew G Bentley, Gary S Caldwell
Exposure to synthetic chemicals is a key environmental challenge faced by aquatic organisms. The time and dose effects of the pharmaceuticals diclofenac, ibuprofen, and sildenafil citrate on sperm motility and successful fertilisation are studied using the echinoderms, Asterias rubens and Psammechinus miliaris, and the polychaete worm Arenicola marina, all important components of the marine benthos. Motility was reduced for all species when exposed to diclofenac concentrations ≥0.1 μg/L. Exposure to ≥1...
April 8, 2017: Marine Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408352/characterization-and-spatiotemporal-expression-of-gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-in-the-pacific-abalone-haliotis-discus-hannai
#4
Tae Ha Kim, Mi Ae Kim, Kyeong Seop Kim, Jae Won Kim, Han Kyu Lim, Jung Sick Lee, Young Chang Sohn
Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) is a key neuropeptide regulating reproduction in humans and other vertebrates. Recently, GnRH-like cDNAs and peptides were reported in marine mollusks, implying that GnRH-mediated reproduction is an ancient neuroendocrine system that arose prior to the divergence of protostomes and deuterostomes. Here, we evaluated the reproductive control system mediated by GnRH in the Pacific abalone Haliotis discus hannai. We cloned a prepro-GnRH cDNA (Hdh-GnRH) from the pleural-pedal ganglion (PPG) in H...
April 11, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404823/noise-affects-resource-assessment-in-an-invertebrate
#5
Erin P Walsh, Gareth Arnott, Hansjoerg P Kunc
Anthropogenic noise is a global pollutant, affecting animals across taxa. However, how noise pollution affects resource acquisition is unknown. Hermit crabs (Pagurus bernhardus) engage in detailed assessment and decision-making when selecting a critical resource, their shell; this is crucial as individuals in poor shells suffer lower reproductive success and higher mortality. We experimentally exposed hermit crabs to anthropogenic noise during shell selection. When exposed to noise, crabs approached the shell faster, spent less time investigating it, and entered it faster...
April 2017: Biology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402234/apple-snail-perivitellin-precursor-properties-help-explain-predators-feeding-behavior
#6
María Pilar Cadierno, Marcos Sebastián Dreon, Horacio Heras
In contrast with vitellogenin maturation, it is unknown whether gastropod perivitellin precursors are subject to large structural changes. The gastropod reproductive tract includes an accessory organ, the albumen gland (AG), that produces and secretes perivitelline fluid. In the apple snail Pomacea canaliculata, the large, reddish-pink AG provides eggs with perivitellins that are defensive against predators. Although the AG makes a considerable contribution to apple snail biomass, field observations indicate that it is rejected by avian and mammalian predators, although the underlying reason remains unknown...
July 2017: Physiological and Biochemical Zoology: PBZ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401572/morphological-structures-for-potential-sperm-storage-in-poeciliid-fishes-does-superfetation-matter
#7
Claudia Olivera-Tlahuel, Maricela Villagrán-Santa Cruz, Norma A Moreno-Mendoza, J Jaime Zúñiga-Vega
Sperm storage within the female reproductive tract has been reported as a reproductive strategy in several species of vertebrates and invertebrates. However, the morphological structures that allow for sperm to be stored and kept viable for long periods are relatively unknown in osteichthyes. We use histological and stereological tools to identify and quantify sperm storage structures (spermathecae) in 12 species of viviparous Poeciliidae. We found spermathecae in nine species, six of which exhibit superfetation (the ability of females to simultaneously carry within the ovary two or more broods of embryos at different stages of development)...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401394/revisiting-inland-hypoxia-diverse-exceedances-of-dissolved-oxygen-thresholds-for-freshwater-aquatic-life
#8
Gavin N Saari, Zhen Wang, Bryan W Brooks
Water resources in many regions are stressed by impairments resulting from climate change, population growth and urbanization. In the United States (US), water quality criteria (WQC) and standards (WQS) were established to protect surface waters and associated designated uses, including aquatic life. In inland waters of the south central US, for example, depressed dissolved oxygen (DO) consistently results in impaired aquatic systems due to noncompliance with DO WQC and WQS. In the present study, we systematically examined currently available DO threshold data for freshwater fish and invertebrates and performed probabilistic aquatic hazard assessments with low DO toxicity data that were used to derive the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Ambient Water Quality Criteria (AWQC) for DO and newly published information...
April 11, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392374/evaluation-of-the-toxic-effect-of-endocrine-disruptor-bisphenol-a-bpa-in-the-acute-and-chronic-toxicity-tests-with-pomacea-lineata-gastropod
#9
André Lucas Correa de Andrade, Priscila Rafaela Leão Soares, Stephannie Caroline Barros Lucas da Silva, Marília Cordeiro Galvão da Silva, Thamiris Pinheiro Santos, Marilia Ribeiro Sales Cadena, Pierre Castro Soares, Pabyton Gonçalves Cadena
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a plasticizer and a risk when it interacts with organisms, and can cause changes in the development and reproduction of them. This study aimed to evaluate the effects of BPA, by acute and chronic toxicity tests with neonates and adults of Pomacea lineata. Adults and neonates were divided into groups exposed to BPA (1-20mg/L), or 17β-estradiol (1mg/L) and control in the acute and chronic toxicity tests. Behavior, heart rate, reproduction and hemolymph biochemical analysis were measured...
April 6, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Toxicology & Pharmacology: CBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379636/conserved-insulin-signaling-in-the-regulation-of-oocyte-growth-development-and-maturation
#10
REVIEW
Debabrata Das, Swathi Arur
Insulin signaling regulates various aspects of physiology, such as glucose homeostasis and aging, and is a key determinant of female reproduction in metazoans. That insulin signaling is crucial for female reproductive health is clear from clinical data linking hyperinsulinemic and hypoinsulinemic condition with certain types of ovarian dysfunction, such as altered steroidogenesis, polycystic ovary syndrome, and infertility. Thus, understanding the signaling mechanisms that underlie the control of insulin-mediated ovarian development is important for the accurate diagnosis of and intervention for female infertility...
April 5, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371731/proteomic-response-of-macrobrachium-rosenbergii-hepatopancreas-exposed-to-chlordecone-identification-of-endocrine-disruption-biomarkers
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Anne Lafontaine, Dominique Baiwir, Célia Joaquim-Justo, Edwin De Pauw, Soazig Lemoine, Céline Boulangé-Lecomte, Joëlle Forget-Leray, Jean-Pierre Thomé, Eric Gismondi
The present work is the first study investigating the impacts of chlordecone, an organochlorine insecticide, on the proteome of the decapod crustacean Macrobrachium rosenbergii, by gel-free proteomic analysis. The hepatopancreas protein expression variations were analysed in organisms exposed to three environmental relevant concentrations of chlordecone (i.e. 0.2, 2 and 20µg/L). Results revealed that 62 proteins were significantly up- or down-regulated in exposed prawns compared to controls. Most of these proteins are involved in important physiological processes such as ion transport, defense mechanisms and immune system, cytoskeleton dynamics, or protein synthesis and degradation...
March 31, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369153/detailed-analysis-of-the-male-reproductive-system-in-a-potential-bio-indicator-species-the-marine-invertebrate-galeolaria-caespitosa-polychaeta-serpulidae
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Yonggang Lu, Robert John Aitken, Minjie Lin
For the first time, this study has systemically investigated the male reproductive system in a sessile broadcast-spawning marine invertebrate, Galeolaria caespitosa (Polychaeta: Serpulidae), which has significant potential as a bio-indicator species of coastal marine pollution. The abdomen of G. caespitosa was divided by intersegmental septa into over 80 trunk segments. Each segment served as a germinal chamber with a C-shaped gonadal arrangement consisting of several distinct compartments: a seminiferous epithelium (SE) compartment located in the centre of the chamber, with each of its two ends connecting to a nurse cell (NC) compartment and then an efferent duct (ED) compartment...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357612/the-tailored-sperm-cell
#13
Luis Alvarez
Sperm are ubiquitous and yet unique. Genes involved in sexual reproduction are more divergent than most genes expressed in non-reproductive tissues. It has been argued that sperm have been altered during evolution more than any somatic cell. Profound variations are found at the level of morphology, motility, search strategy for the egg, and the underlying signalling mechanisms. Sperm evolutionary adaptation may have arisen from sperm competition (sperm from rival males compete within the female's body to fertilize eggs), cryptic female choice (the female's ability to choose among different stored sperm), social cues tuning sperm quality or from the site of fertilization (internal vs...
March 29, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28355071/ecdysone-receptor-agonism-leading-to-lethal-molting-disruption-in-arthropods-review-and-adverse-outcome-pathway-development
#14
You Song, Daniel L Villeneuve, Kenji Toyota, Taisen Iguchi, Knut Erik Tollefsen
Molting is critical for growth, development, reproduction, and survival in arthropods. Complex neuroendocrine pathways are involved in the regulation of molting and may potentially become targets of environmental endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). Based on several known ED mechanisms, a wide range of pesticides has been developed to combat unwanted organisms in food production activities such as agriculture and aquaculture. Meanwhile, these chemicals may also pose hazards to nontarget species by causing molting defects, and thus potentially affecting the health of the ecosystems...
April 10, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341127/effects-of-coal-contamination-on-early-life-history-processes-of-a-reef-building-coral-acropora-tenuis
#15
Kathryn L E Berry, Mia O Hoogenboom, Diane L Brinkman, Kathryn A Burns, Andrew P Negri
Successful reproduction and larval dispersal are important for the persistence of marine invertebrate populations, and these early life history processes can be sensitive to marine pollution. Coal is emerging as a contaminant of interest due to the proximity of ports and shipping lanes to coral reefs. To assess the potential hazard of this contaminant, gametes, newly developed embryos, larvae and juveniles of the coral Acropora tenuis were exposed to a range of coal leachate, suspended coal, and coal smothering treatments...
January 15, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337632/comparative-toxicity-of-imidacloprid-and-thiacloprid-to-different-species-of-soil-invertebrates
#16
Cláudia de Lima E Silva, Nicola Brennan, Jitske M Brouwer, Daniël Commandeur, Rudo A Verweij, Cornelis A M van Gestel
Neonicotinoid insecticides have come under increasing scrutiny for their impact on non-target organisms, especially pollinators. The current scientific literature is mainly focused on the impact of these insecticides on pollinators and some aquatic insects, leaving a knowledge gap concerning soil invertebrates. This study aimed at filling this gap, by determining the toxicity of imidacloprid and thiacloprid to five species of soil invertebrates: earthworms (Eisenia andrei), enchytraeids (Enchytraeus crypticus), Collembola (Folsomia candida), oribatid mites (Oppia nitens) and isopods (Porcellio scaber)...
March 23, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325592/intersexuality-in-aquatic-invertebrates-prevalence-and-causes
#17
REVIEW
Tiago F Grilo, Rui Rosa
This review is the first assembling information on intersexuality in aquatic invertebrates, from freshwater to estuarine and marine environments. Intersex is a condition whereby an individual of a gonochorist (separate sexes) species has oocytes or distinct stages of spermatogonia, at varying degrees of development, within the normal gonad of the opposite gender (i.e. spermatocytes in the ovary or oocytes in the testis), often involving alterations in the gonadal structure, reproductive tract or external genitalia...
March 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300613/identification-and-characterization-of-a-masculinizer-masc-gene-involved-in-sex-differentiation-in-artemia
#18
Dong-Rui Li, Hui-Li Ye, Jin-Shu Yang, Fan Yang, Mo-Ran Wang, Stephanie De Vos, Marnik Vuylsteke, Patrick Sorgeloos, Gilbert Van Stappen, Peter Bossier, Wei-Jun Yang
The sex of relatively primitive animals such as invertebrates is mostly determined by environmental factors and chromosome ploidy. Heteromorphic chromosomes may also play an important role, as in the ZW system in lepidopterans. However, the mechanisms of these various sex determination systems are still largely undefined. In the present study, a Masculinizer gene (Ar-Masc) was identified in the crustacean Artemia franciscana Kellogg 1906. Sequence analysis revealed that the 1140-bp full-length open reading frame of Ar-Masc encodes a 380-aa protein containing two CCCH-type zinc finger domains having a high degree of shared identities with the MASC protein characterized in the silkworm Bombyx mori, which has been determined to participate in the production of male-specific splice variants...
May 30, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287188/quality-of-seminal-fluids-varies-with-type-of-stimulus-at-ejaculation
#19
E Jeannerat, F Janett, H Sieme, C Wedekind, D Burger
The theory of ejaculate economics was mainly built around different sperm competition scenarios but also predicts that investments into ejaculates depend on female fecundity. Previous tests of this prediction focused on invertebrates and lower vertebrate, and on species with high female reproductive potential. It remains unclear whether the prediction also holds for polygynous mammals with low female reproductive potential (due to low litter size and long inter-birth intervals). We used horses (Equus caballus) to experimentally test whether semen characteristics are adjusted to the oestrous cycle of the mare a stallion is exposed to during few moments before ejaculation...
March 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284153/survival-reproduction-growth-and-parasite-resistance-of-aquatic-organisms-exposed-on-site-to-wastewater-treated-by-advanced-treatment-processes
#20
Lisa Schlüter-Vorberg, Gregor Knopp, Peter Cornel, Thomas Ternes, Anja Coors
Advanced wastewater treatment technologies are generally known to be an effective tool for reducing micropollutant discharge into the aquatic environment. Nevertheless, some processes such as ozonation result in stable transformation products with often unknown toxicity. In the present study, whole effluents originating from nine different steps of advanced treatment combinations were compared for their aquatic toxicity. Assessed endpoints were survival, growth and reproduction of Lumbriculus variegatus, Daphnia magna and Lemna minor chronically exposed in on-site flow-through tests based on standard guidelines...
March 2, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
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