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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339342/transgenerational-impairments-of-reproduction-and-development-of-the-marine-invertebrate-crepidula-onyx-resulted-from-long-term-dietary-exposure-of-2-2-4-4-tetrabromodiphenyl-ether-bde-47
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Beverly H K Po, Jill M Y Chiu
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers have become ubiquitous in the environment and elevated concentrations have often been found in marine organisms. Using the gastropod Crepidula onyx as a study model, this multigenerational study sets out to test the hypotheses that 1) parental dietary exposure to environmentally realistic levels of 2,2',4,4'-tetrabrominated diphenyl ether (BDE-47) would lead to transgenerational impairments on fitness traits of marine invertebrates, and 2) the organisms might develop adaptation/acclimation after exposure for one or more generations...
January 12, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339143/gene-silencing-reveals-multiple-functions-of-na-k-atpase-in-the-salmon-louse-lepeophtheirus-salmonis
#2
Anna Z Komisarczuk, Heidi Kongshaug, Frank Nilsen
Na+/K+-ATPase has a key function in a variety of physiological processes including membrane excitability, osmoregulation, regulation of cell volume, and transport of nutrients. While knowledge about Na+/K+-ATPase function in osmoregulation in crustaceans is extensive, the role of this enzyme in other physiological and developmental processes is scarce. Here, we report characterization, transcriptional distribution and likely functions of the newly identified L. salmonis Na+/K+-ATPase (LsalNa+/K+-ATPase) α subunit in various developmental stages...
January 12, 2018: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29302752/the-role-of-the-circadian-clock-system-in-physiology
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Violetta Pilorz, Charlotte Helfrich-Förster, Henrik Oster
Life on earth is shaped by the 24-h rotation of our planet around its axes. To adapt behavior and physiology to the concurring profound but highly predictable changes, endogenous circadian clocks have evolved that drive 24-h rhythms in invertebrate and vertebrate species. At the molecular level, circadian clocks comprised a set of clock genes organized in a system of interlocked transcriptional-translational feedback loops. A ubiquitous network of cellular central and peripheral tissue clocks coordinates physiological functions along the day through activation of tissue-specific transcriptional programs...
January 4, 2018: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29297293/various-wolbachia-genotypes-differently-influence-host-drosophila-dopamine-metabolism-and-survival-under-heat-stress-conditions
#4
Nataly Е Gruntenko, Yury Yu Ilinsky, Natalya V Adonyeva, Elena V Burdina, Roman A Bykov, Petr N Menshanov, Inga Yu Rauschenbach
BACKGROUND: One of the most widespread prokaryotic symbionts of invertebrates is the intracellular bacteria of Wolbachia genus which can be found in about 50% of insect species. Wolbachia causes both parasitic and mutualistic effects on its host that include manipulating the host reproductive systems in order to increase their transmission through the female germline, and increasing the host fitness. One of the mechanisms, promoting adaptation in biological organisms, is a non-specific neuroendocrine stress reaction...
December 28, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29273984/comparative-toxicity-of-azo-dyes-to-two-infaunal-organisms-hexagenia-spp-and-tubifex-tubifex-in-spiked-sediment-exposures
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Danielle Milani, Adrienne J Bartlett, Shane R de Solla, Joanne L Parrott, Kyna D Intini, David Legault, Jennifer Unsworth, Vimal K Balakrishnan
Azo dyes are synthetic compounds used as industrial colorants, and some are predicted to be inherently toxic, bioaccumulative, and/or persistent based upon their chemical composition. This study addresses data gaps in current research which include the need to evaluate the toxicity of hydrophobic azo dyes to benthic invertebrates. The toxicity of a solvent dye, Sudan Red G (SRG), and two disperse dyes, Disperse Yellow 7 (DY7) and Disperse Orange 13 (DO13), to Hexagenia spp. and Tubifex tubifex was assessed in spiked-sediment exposures...
December 22, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29238561/precopulatory-but-not-postcopulatory-male-reproductive-traits-diverge-in-response-to-mating-system-manipulation-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#6
Kristina U Wensing, Mareike Koppik, Claudia Fricke
Competition between males creates potential for pre- and postcopulatory sexual selection and conflict. Theory predicts that males facing risk of sperm competition should evolve traits to secure their reproductive success. If those traits are costly to females, the evolution of such traits may also increase conflict between the sexes. Conversely, under the absence of sperm competition, one expectation is for selection on male competitive traits to relax thereby also relaxing sexual conflict. Experimental evolution studies are a powerful tool to test this expectation...
December 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236312/hazard-assessment-of-the-pesticides-kraft%C3%A2-36-ec-and-score%C3%A2-in-a-tropical-natural-soil-using-an-ecotoxicological-test-battery
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Vanessa Bezerra De Menezes Oliveira, Miriam De Oliveira Bianchi, Evaldo Luiz Gaeta Espíndola
Pesticides are widely used in agricultural fields to control plant diseases, weeds and pests, however, the unforeseeable consequences of releasing these compounds into the soil and their effects on terrestrial invertebrates are a matter of grave concern. The aim of this study was to determine the direct impact of two pesticides, KRAFT® 36 EC (an insecticide; a.i abamectin) and SCORE® (a fungicide; a.i. difenoconazole), on non-target terrestrial invertebrates. Ecotoxicological tests were performed to evaluate the chronic and acute toxicity of these compounds to a potworm (Enchytraeus crypticus), a collembolan (Folsomia candida) and a mite (Hypoaspis aculeifer)...
December 13, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233211/toxicity-of-marine-pollutants-on-the-ascidian-oocyte-physiology-an-electrophysiological-approach
#8
Alessandra Gallo
In marine animals with external fertilization, gametes are released into seawater where fertilization and embryo development occur. Consequently, pollutants introduced into the marine environment by human activities may affect gametes and embryos. These xenobiotics can alter cell physiology with consequent reduction of fertilization success. Here the adverse effects on the reproductive processes of the marine invertebrate Ciona intestinalis (ascidian) of different xenobiotics: lead, zinc, an organic tin compound and a phenylurea herbicide were evaluated...
December 13, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209843/monocultural-sowing-in-mesocosms-decreases-the-species-richness-of-weeds-and-invertebrates-and-critically-reduces-the-fitness-of-the-endangered-european-hamster
#9
Mathilde L Tissier, Florian Kletty, Yves Handrich, Caroline Habold
Intensive cereal monoculture is currently the main cause of biodiversity decline in Europe. However, it is difficult to disentangle the effects of intensive monoculture (e.g. pesticide use, mechanical ploughing and reduced protective cover), let alone evaluate how far the reduction of crop diversity affects biodiversity. It remains unclear to which extent the consequent decrease in food resources affects farmland biodiversity, and particularly vertebrate species. We therefore designed this study in mesocosms to investigate the effects of monoculture crops (organic wheat or corn seeds) and mixed crops (a combination of organic wheat, corn, sunflower and alfalfa seeds) on (1) the species richness of weeds and invertebrates and (2) the reproductive success of the European hamster (Cricetus cricetus), a critically endangered umbrella species of European farmlands...
December 5, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29197819/effects-of-the-neonicotinoids-acetamiprid-and-thiacloprid-in-their-commercial-formulations-on-soil-fauna
#10
Mathieu Renaud, Tolutope Akeju, Tiago Natal-da-Luz, Sara Leston, João Rosa, Fernando Ramos, José Paulo Sousa, Henrique M V S Azevedo-Pereira
Neonicotinoids are the most prominent group of insecticides in the world and are commercialized in over 120 countries for the control of agricultural pests mainly due to their broad-spectrum activity and versatility in application. Though non-target soil organisms are likely to be exposed during application, there is paucity of information in scientific literature regarding their sensitivity to neonicotinoids. This study attempts to fill this gap by evaluating, under laboratory conditions, the chronic toxicity of the neonicotinoids thiacloprid and acetamiprid, through their commercial formulations (CF), to the soil invertebrates Folsomia candida, Eisenia andrei and Enchytraeus crypticus...
November 25, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29167982/successional-changes-in-trophic-interactions-support-a-mechanistic-model-of-post-fire-population-dynamics
#11
Annabel L Smith
Models based on functional traits have limited power in predicting how animal populations respond to disturbance because they do not capture the range of demographic and biological factors that drive population dynamics, including variation in trophic interactions. I tested the hypothesis that successional changes in vegetation structure, which affected invertebrate abundance, would influence growth rates and body condition in the early-successional, insectivorous gecko Nephrurus stellatus. I captured geckos at 17 woodland sites spanning a succession gradient from 2 to 48 years post-fire...
November 22, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154116/lanthanum-toxicity-to-five-different-species-of-soil-invertebrates-in-relation-to-availability-in-soil
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Jinxia Li, Rudo A Verweij, Cornelis A M van Gestel
This study determined the toxicity of lanthanum, one of the most commonly used rare earth elements (REEs), to five representative soil invertebrates after 3-4 weeks exposure. Toxicity was related to total, 0.01 M CaCl2-extractable and porewater concentrations in the standard LUFA 2.2 soil, and for earthworms also to body concentrations. La sorption to LUFA 2.2 soil, estimated by relating total soil concentrations to CaCl2-extractable or porewater concentrations seemed to reach saturation at >1000 mg La/kg dry soil...
November 10, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147019/identification-and-characterization-of-serine-protease-inhibitors-in-a-parasitic-wasp-pteromalus-puparum
#13
Lei Yang, Yaotian Mei, Qi Fang, Jiale Wang, Zhichao Yan, Qisheng Song, Zhe Lin, Gongyin Ye
Serine protease inhibitors (SPIs) regulate protease-mediated activities by inactivating their cognate proteinases, and are involved in multiple physiological processes. SPIs have been extensively studied in vertebrates and invertebrates; however, little SPI information is available in parasitoids. Herein, we identified 57 SPI genes in total through the genome of a parasitoid wasp, Pteromalus puparum. Gene structure analyses revealed that these SPIs contain 7 SPI domains. Depending on their mode of action, these SPIs can be categorized into serpins, canonical inhibitors and alpha-2-macroglobulins (A2Ms)...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146203/responses-of-reef-building-corals-to-microplastic-exposure
#14
Jessica Reichert, Johannes Schellenberg, Patrick Schubert, Thomas Wilke
Pollution of marine environments with microplastic particles (i.e. plastic fragments <5 mm) has increased rapidly during the last decades. As these particles are mainly of terrestrial origin, coastal ecosystems such as coral reefs are particularly threatened. Recent studies revealed that microplastic ingestion can have adverse effects on marine invertebrates. However, little is known about its effects on small-polyp stony corals that are the main framework builders in coral reefs. The goal of this study is to characterise how different coral species I) respond to microplastic particles and whether the exposure might II) lead to health effects...
November 13, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144576/molecular-reproduction-development-volume-84-issue-11-november-2017
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Ctenophores, also known as comb jellies, are non-bilaterian invertebrates and nearly all are self-fertile hermaphrodites. Mnemiopsis leidyi is a particularly useful model for the study of cellular, tissue, and organ patterning in ctenophores due to their extreme transparency, as seen in these adults. The locomotory ctene rows, highlighted by iridescence, overlie the germ line, from which gametes and embryos are readily available in large numbers. In this issue, Davidson et al. characterize transcript expression and timing of the maternal-to-zygotic transition and accompanying zygotic genome activation during early embryogenesis in this ctenophore...
November 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136399/proteinaceous-sperm-motility-inhibitory-factor-from-the-female-indian-garden-lizard-calotes-versicolor
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Goutham Shankar, Shubhashree Uppangala, Satish K Adiga, Belinda Willard, Bhadravathi K C Sagar, Ruth S K Titus, Gopal K Marathe
Female sperm storage is an intriguing adaptation exhibited by a wide array of both vertebrates and invertebrates. The mechanisms underlying female sperm storage have remained elusive. Using the Indian garden lizard Calotes versicolor as a model organism, we investigated the role of low and high molecular weight factors in this phenomenon. Previously, we demonstrated three distinct phases of the reproductive cycle in this animal with live, motile spermatozoa recovered from the uterovaginal region during the reproductive phase...
November 15, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134627/the-evolution-of-genital-shape-variation-in-female-cetaceans
#17
Dara N Orbach, Brandon Hedrick, Bernd Würsig, Sarah L Mesnick, Patricia Lr Brennan
Male genital diversification is likely the result of sexual selection. Female genital diversification may also result from sexual selection, although it is less well studied and understood. Female genitalia are complex among whales, dolphins, and porpoises, especially compared to other vertebrates. The evolutionary factors affecting the diversity of vaginal complexity could include ontogeny, allometry, phylogeny, sexual selection, and natural selection. We quantified shape variation in female genitalia using 2-D geometric morphometric analysis, and validated the application of this method to study soft tissues...
November 14, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124633/an-update-of-the-worldwide-integrated-assessment-wia-on-systemic-insecticides-part-2-impacts-on-organisms-and-ecosystems
#18
Lennard Pisa, Dave Goulson, En-Cheng Yang, David Gibbons, Francisco Sánchez-Bayo, Edward Mitchell, Alexandre Aebi, Jeroen van der Sluijs, Chris J K MacQuarrie, Chiara Giorio, Elizabeth Yim Long, Melanie McField, Maarten Bijleveld van Lexmond, Jean-Marc Bonmatin
New information on the lethal and sublethal effects of neonicotinoids and fipronil on organisms is presented in this review, complementing the previous Worldwide Integrated Assessment (WIA) in 2015. The high toxicity of these systemic insecticides to invertebrates has been confirmed and expanded to include more species and compounds. Most of the recent research has focused on bees and the sublethal and ecological impacts these insecticides have on pollinators. Toxic effects on other invertebrate taxa also covered predatory and parasitoid natural enemies and aquatic arthropods...
November 9, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120696/assessment-of-long-term-ecotoxicity-of-urban-stormwaters-using-a-multigenerational-bioassay-on-ceriodaphnia-dubia-a-preliminary-study
#19
Antoine Gosset, Adriana Wigh, Sylvie Bony, Alain Devaux, Rémy Bayard, Claude Durrieu, Melissa Brocart, Marine Applagnat, Christine Bazin
Standardized ecotoxicity bioassays show some limits to assess properly long-term residual toxicity of complex mixture of pollutants often present at low concentration, such as stormwaters. Among invertebrate organisms used for ecotoxicity testing, the microcrustacean Ceriodaphnia dubia (C. dubia) is considered as one of the most sensitive, especially regarding reproduction impairment as a toxicity endpoint. Consequently, this work explores the interest to perform a multigenerational assay based on the study of the reproduction of C...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119384/tributyltin-advancing-the-science-on-assessing-endocrine-disruption-with-an-unconventional-endocrine-disrupting-compound
#20
Laurent Lagadic, Ioanna Katsiadaki, Ron Biever, Patrick D Guiney, Natalie Karouna-Renier, Tamar Schwarz, James P Meador
Tributyltin (TBT) has been recognized as an endocrine disrupting chemical (EDC) for several decades. However, only in the last decade, was its primary endocrine mechanism of action (MeOA) elucidated-interactions with the nuclear retinoid-X receptor (RXR), peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPARγ), and their heterodimers. This molecular initiating event (MIE) alters a range of reproductive, developmental, and metabolic pathways at the organism level. It is noteworthy that a variety of MeOAs have been proposed over the years for the observed endocrine-type effects of TBT; however, convincing data for the MIE was provided only recently and now several researchers have confirmed and refined the information on this MeOA...
November 9, 2017: Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
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