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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812532/spontaneous-experimentally-induced-and-transmissible-aa-amyloidosis-in-japanese-quail-coturnix-japonica
#1
Yumi Nakayama, Junichi Kamiie, Gen Watanabe, Kazuhiko Suzuki, Tomoaki Murakami
The authors describe a spontaneous case of amyloid A (AA) amyloidosis in an adult female Japanese quail ( Coturnix japonica). The bird developed AA amyloidosis secondary to chronic peritonitis caused by a Gram-negative bacillus infection. Mild amyloid deposition was also identified in the intestinal tract of apparently healthy adult individuals, suggesting that quail may develop intestinal amyloidosis with age. Based on these observations, it was hypothesized that quail can develop AA amyloidosis following inflammatory stimulation with lipopolysaccharide (LPS)...
January 1, 2017: Veterinary Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809021/genetic-manipulation-of-the-avian-urogenital-system-using-in-ovo-electroporation
#2
Claire E Hirst, Olivier Serralbo, Katie L Ayers, Kelly N Roeszler, Craig A Smith
One of the advantages of the avian embryo as an experimental model is its in ovo development and hence accessibility for genetic manipulation. Electroporation has been used extensively in the past to study gene function in chicken and quail embryos . Readily accessible tissues such as the neural tube, somites, and limb bud, in particular, have been targeted. However, more inaccessible tissues, such as the embryonic urogenital system , have proven more challenging to study. Here, we describe the use of in ovo electroporation of TOL2 vectors or RCASBP avian viral vectors for the rapid functional analysis of genes involved in avian sex determination and urogenital development ...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809018/fluorescent-quail-a-transgenic-model-system-for-the-dynamic-study-of-avian-development
#3
David Huss, Rusty Lansford
Real-time four-dimensional (4D, xyzt) imaging of cultured avian embryos is an ideal method for investigating the complex movements of cells and tissues during early morphogenesis. While methods that transiently label cells, such as electroporation, are highly useful for dynamic imaging, they can also be limiting due to the number and type of cells that can be effectively targeted. In contrast, the heritable, stable, and long-term expression of a fluorescent protein driven by the exogenous promoter of a transgene overcomes these challenges...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808318/stress-induced-polarization-of-immune-neuroendocrine-phenotypes-in-gallus-gallus
#4
F Nicolas Nazar, Inma Estevez, Silvia G Correa, Raul H Marin
Immune-neuroendocrine phenotypes (INPs) stand for population subgroups differing in immune-neuroendocrine interactions. While mammalian INPs have been characterized thoroughly in rats and humans, avian INPs were only recently described in Coturnix coturnix (quail). To assess the scope of this biological phenomenon, herein we characterized INPs in Gallus gallus (a domestic hen strain submitted to a very long history of strong selective breeding pressure) and evaluated whether a social chronic stress challenge modulates the individuals' interplay affecting the INP subsets and distribution...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807901/differing-contributions-of-the-first-and-second-pharyngeal-arches-to-tympanic-membrane-formation-in-the-mouse-and-chick
#5
Toshiko Furutera, Masaki Takechi, Taro Kitazawa, Junko Takei, Takahiko Yamada, Tri Vu Hoang, Filippo M Rijli, Hiroki Kurihara, Shigeru Kuratani, Sachiko Iseki
We have proposed that independent origins of the tympanic membrane (TM), consisting of the external auditory meatus (EAM) and first pharyngeal pouch, are linked with distinctive middle ear structures in terms of dorsal-ventral patterning of the pharyngeal arches during amniote evolution. However, previous studies have suggested that the first pharyngeal arch (PA1) is crucial for TM formation in both the mouse and chick. In this study, we compare TM formation along the anterior-posterior axis in these animals using Hoxa2 expression as a marker of the second pharyngeal arch (PA2)...
August 14, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803586/genetic-evaluation-and-selection-response-for-growth-in-meat-type-quail-through-random-regression-models-using-b-spline-functions-and-legendre-polynomials
#6
L F M Mota, P G M A Martins, T O Littiere, L R A Abreu, M A Silva, C M Bonafé
The objective was to estimate (co)variance functions using random regression models (RRM) with Legendre polynomials, B-spline function and multi-trait models aimed at evaluating genetic parameters of growth traits in meat-type quail. A database containing the complete pedigree information of 7000 meat-type quail was utilized. The models included the fixed effects of contemporary group and generation. Direct additive genetic and permanent environmental effects, considered as random, were modeled using B-spline functions considering quadratic and cubic polynomials for each individual segment, and Legendre polynomials for age...
August 14, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795263/dynamic-distribution-and-tissue-tropism-of-avian-encephalomyelitis-virus-isolate-xy-q-1410-in-experimentally-infected-korean-quail
#7
Lili Fan, Zhijun Li, Jiali Huang, Zengqi Yang, Sa Xiao, Xinglong Wang, Ruyi Dang, Shuxia Zhang
Avian encephalomyelitis (AE) is an important infectious poultry disease worldwide that is caused by avian encephalomyelitis virus (AEV). However, to date, the dynamic distribution of AEV in quails has not been well described. Quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) and immunohistochemistry (IHC) assays were used to investigate the dynamic distribution and tissue tropism of AEV in experimentally infected Korean quail. AEV was detected in the cerebrum, cerebellum, proventriculus, intestine, liver, pancreas, spleen, bursa, lung and kidney as early as 3 days post-infection (dpi)...
August 9, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794224/increased-prenatal-maternal-investment-reduces-inbreeding-depression-in-offspring
#8
Kate E Ihle, Pascale Hutter, Barbara Tschirren
Inbreeding depression refers to the reduction of fitness that results from matings between relatives. Evidence for reduced fitness in inbred individuals is widespread, but the strength of inbreeding depression varies widely both within and among taxa. Environmental conditions can mediate this variation in the strength of inbreeding depression, with environmental stress exacerbating the negative consequences of inbreeding. Parents can modify the environment experienced by offspring, and have thus the potential to mitigate the negative consequences of inbreeding...
August 16, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794040/pathobiology-of-clade-2-3-4-4-h5nx-high-pathogenicity-avian-influenza-virus-infections-in-minor-gallinaceous-poultry-supports-early-backyard-flock-introductions-in-western-u-s-2014-2015
#9
Kateri Bertran, Dong-Hun Lee, Mary J Pantin-Jackwood, Erica Spackman, Charles Balzli, David L Suarez, David E Swayne
In 2014-2015, the U.S. experienced an unprecedented outbreak of Eurasian clade 2.3.4.4 H5 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus. Initial cases affected mainly wild birds and mixed backyard poultry species, while later outbreaks affected mostly commercial chickens and turkeys. The pathogenesis, transmission, and intra-host evolutionary dynamics of initial Eurasian H5N8 and reassortant H5N2 clade 2.3.4.4 HPAI viruses in the U.S. were investigated in minor gallinaceous poultry species (i.e. species for which the U...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782535/alpha-melanocyte-stimulating-hormone-induced-anorexia-in-japanese-quail-coturnix-japonica-likely-involves-the-ventromedial-hypothalamus-and-paraventricular-nucleus-of-the-hypothalamus
#10
Taylor Lear, Lingbin Liu, Madison O'Donnell, Betty R McConn, D Michael Denbow, Mark A Cline, Elizabeth R Gilbert
Alpha-melanocyte stimulating hormone (α-MSH) reduces food intake in birds and mammals. The objective of this experiment was to determine effects of α-MSH on food and water intake, and hypothalamic c-Fos immunoreactivity and appetite-associated factor mRNA in Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica), a species that has not undergone the same artificial selection for growth-related traits as the chicken. At 7days post-hatch, 3-h-fasted quail were intracerebroventricularly (ICV) injected into the lateral ventricle with 0 (vehicle), 0...
August 4, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771958/divergent-proteome-patterns-of-egg-albumen-from-domestic-chicken-duck-goose-turkey-quail-and-pigeon
#11
Congjiao Sun, Junnian Liu, Wenbo Li, Guiyun Xu, Ning Yang
To uncover a diversity of genetic and biological unknowns, a comprehensive and comparative proteomic analysis was performed on egg albumen of domestic chicken, duck, goose, turkey, quail and pigeon with tandem mass tags (TMTs) quantification technology. In this study, a total of 148, 138, 150, 162, 183 and 179 proteins were identified in egg albumen of the above six species respectively. Venn plots, PCA and cluster analysis all revealed the highest similarity of protein composition between duck and goose (∼75%)...
August 3, 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771019/inhibitory-pavlovian-instrumental-transfer-in-humans
#12
Stephanie L Quail, Vincent Laurent, Bernard W Balleine
Although there has been extensive research in both humans and rodents regarding the influence of excitatory predictions on action selection, the influence of inhibitory reward predictions is less well understood. We used a feature-negative conditioned inhibition procedure to generate Pavlovian excitors and inhibitors, predicting the presence or absence of specific outcomes, and assessed their influence on action selection using a Pavlovian-instrumental transfer test. Inhibitors predicting the absence of a specific outcome reversed the bias in action selection elicited by outcome-specific excitors; whereas excitors promoted responding on the action associated with the same outcome as the cue, inhibitors shifted responding away from such actions and toward other actions...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Animal Learning and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770242/mutation-signature-in-neuraminidase-gene-of-avian-influenza-h9n2-g1-in-egypt
#13
Zienab Mosaad, Abdelsatar Arafa, Hussein A Hussein, Mohamed A Shalaby
The low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) H9N2 subtype has become the most prevalent and widespread in many Asian and Middle Eastern countries. It causes an enzootic situation in commercial poultry and known as a potential facilitator virus that can be transmitted to human from birds. The neuraminidase (NA) gene plays an important role the release and spread of the virus from infected cells and throughout the bird. The complete nucleotide sequences of the NA gene of seven H9N2 viruses collected from apparent healthy chicken and quail flocks in Egypt during 2014-2015, were amplified and sequenced...
June 2017: Virusdisease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765811/molecular-identification-and-characterization-of-partial-cox1-gene-from-caecal-worm-aulonocephalus-pennula-in-northern-bobwhite-colinus-virginianus-from-the-rolling-plains-ecoregion-of-texas
#14
Aravindan Kalyanasundaram, Kendall R Blanchard, Ronald J Kendall
Aulonocephalus pennula is a nematode living in the caeca of the wild Northern bobwhite quail (Colinus virginianus) present throughout the Rolling Plains Ecoregion of Texas. The cytochrome oxidase 1 (COX 1) gene of the mitochondrial genome was used to screen A. pennula in wild quail. Through BLAST analysis, similarity of A. pennula to other nematode parasites was compared at the nucleotide level. Phylogenetic analysis of A. pennula COX1 indicated relationships to Subuluridae, Ascarididae, and Anisakidae. This study on molecular characterization of A...
December 2017: International Journal for Parasitology. Parasites and Wildlife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765073/strain-differences-in-intermale-aggression-and-possible-factors-regulating-increased-aggression-in-japanese-quail
#15
Fumihiko Maekawa, Koki Nagino, Jiaxin Yang, Nang T T Htike, Shinji Tsukahara, Takayoshi Ubuka, Kazuyoshi Tsutsui, Takaharu Kawashima
The National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) of Japan established a strain of Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica) known as NIES-L by rotation breeding in a closed colony for over 35 years; accordingly, the strain has highly inbred-like characteristics. Another strain called NIES-Brn has been maintained by randomized breeding in a closed colony to produce outbred-like characteristics. The current study aimed to characterize intermale aggressive behaviors in both strains and to identify possible factors regulating higher aggression in the hypothalamus, such as sex hormone and neuropeptide expression...
July 29, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763502/onset-of-microglial-entry-into-developing-quail-retina-coincides-with-increased-expression-of-active-caspase-3-and-is-mediated-by-extracellular-atp-and-udp
#16
María Martín-Estebané, Julio Navascués, Ana Sierra-Martín, Sandra M Martín-Guerrero, Miguel A Cuadros, María-Carmen Carrasco, José L Marín-Teva
Microglial cell precursors located in the area of the base of the pecten and the optic nerve head (BP/ONH) start to enter the retina of quail embryos at the 7th day of incubation (E7), subsequently colonizing the entire retina by central-to-peripheral tangential migration, as previously shown by our group. The present study demonstrates a precise chronological coincidence of the onset of microglial cell entry into the retina with a striking increase in death of retinal cells, as revealed by their active caspase-3 expression and TUNEL staining, in regions dorsal to the BP/ONH area, suggesting that dying retinal cells would contribute to the microglial cell inflow into the retina...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756664/structural-and-functional-survey-of-environmental-aminoglycoside-acetyltransferases-reveals-functionality-of-resistance-enzymes
#17
Zhiyu Xu, Peter J Stogios, Andrew T Quaile, Kevin J Forsberg, Sanket Patel, Tatiana Skarina, Scott Houliston, Cheryl Arrowsmith, Gautam Dantas, Alexei Savchenko
Aminoglycoside N-acetyltransferases (AACs) confer resistance against the clinical use of aminoglycoside antibiotics. The origin of AACs can be traced to environmental microbial species representing a vast reservoir for new and emerging resistance enzymes, which are currently undercharacterized. Here, we performed detailed structural characterization and functional analyses of four metagenomic AAC (meta-AACs) enzymes recently identified in a survey of agricultural and grassland soil microbiomes ( Forsberg et al...
August 16, 2017: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754274/review-structure-function-and-evolution-of-gnih
#18
REVIEW
Kazuyoshi Tsutsui, Tomohiro Osugi, You Lee Son, Takayoshi Ubuka
Neuropeptides that possess the Arg-Phe-NH2 motif at their C-termini (i.e., RFamide peptides) have been characterized in the nervous system of both invertebrates and vertebrates. In vertebrates, RFamide peptides make a family and consist of the groups of gonadotropin-inhibitory hormone (GnIH), neuropeptide FF (NPFF), prolactin-releasing peptide (PrRP), kisspeptin (kiss1 and kiss2), and pyroglutamylated RFamide peptide/26RFamide peptide (QRFP/26RFa). It now appears that these vertebrate RFamide peptides exert important neuroendocrine, behavioral, sensory, and autonomic functions...
July 25, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747770/the-distribution-characteristics-and-applications-for-maternal-cells-on-chicken-egg-vitelline-membrane
#19
Quanlin Li, Wenbo Li, Xingzheng Li, Lulu Liu, Ying Zhang, Yuying Guo, Xia Chen, Guiyun Xu, Jiangxia Zheng
The major components of vitelline membrane (VM) are ovomucin, VM outer (VMO) I and VMO II. At present, the distribution pattern of maternal cells on the VM has not been described in detail. In this study, the existence and distribution characteristics of maternal cells on VM were observed. There were more than 3.2 × 10(5) somatic cells on VM, which were uneven distributed. The calcein AM/PI staining of the maternal cells on the VM showed that the cells' viability changed with the freshness of the eggs, and that the maternal cells gradually underwent apoptosis and became degraded...
July 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745077/validity-of-a-protocol-to-estimate-patients-pre-morbid-basal-blood-pressure
#20
Rakshit Panwar, Brendan Sullohern, Emily Shiel, Catherine Alexis Brown, Anthony Quail
PURPOSE: The pre-illness basal mean arterial BP (MAP) is an important reference point to gauge the degree of relative hypotension among unwell patients. We aimed to assess mean bias, correlation, and agreement between basal MAP measured during nighttime ambulatory BP monitoring (ABPM) and basal MAP estimated using a standardized protocol. MATERIALS AND METHODS: For a cohort of 137 consecutive patients, aged ≥40 years, who recently underwent ABPM, a blinded investigator estimated basal MAP from up to five most recent clinic BP measurements...
July 26, 2017: Blood Pressure
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