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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548230/molecular-basis-of-social-competence-in-medaka-fish
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REVIEW
Teruhiro Okuyama, Saori Yokoi, Hideaki Takeuchi
Oryzias latipes (Medaka) is an established vertebrate model for studying developmental genetics, genomics, and evolutionary biology. The physiology, embryology, and genetics of this species have been extensively investigated for centuries. Medaka fish recently attracted attention in the field of social neuroscience. This review introduces recent advances in medaka behavioral studies, focusing on female mating preferences and male mate-guarding behaviors. The medaka female has the ability to discriminate male individuals and prefers to mate with socially familiar males (female mating preference)...
May 26, 2017: Development, Growth & Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545444/site-specific-his-asp-phosphoproteomic-analysis-of-prokaryotes-reveals-putative-targets-for-drug-resistance
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Shu-Jung Lai, I-Fan Tu, Wan-Ling Wu, Jhih-Tian Yang, Louis Y P Luk, Mei-Chin Lai, Yu-Hsuan Tsai, Shih-Hsiung Wu
BACKGROUND: Phosphorylation of amino acid residues on proteins is an important and common post-translational modification in both eukaryotes and prokaryotes. Most research work has been focused on phosphorylation of serine, threonine or tyrosine residues, whereas phosphorylation of other amino acids are significantly less clear due to the controversy on their stability under standard bioanalytical conditions. RESULTS: Here we applied a shotgun strategy to analyze the histidine and aspartate phosphorylations in different microbes...
May 25, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543965/joint-evolution-of-differential-seed-dispersal-and-self-fertilization
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Ryosuke Iritani, Pierre-Olivier Cheptou
Differential seed dispersal, in which selfed and outcrossed seeds possess different dispersal propensities, represents a potentially important individual-level association. A variety of traits can mediate differential seed dispersal, including inflorescence and seed size variation. However, how natural selection shapes such associations is poorly known. Here, we developed theoretical models for the evolution of mating system and differential seed dispersal in metapopulations, incorporating heterogeneous pollination, dispersal cost, cost of outcrossing, and environment-dependent inbreeding depression...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534610/application-of-the-halogen-bond-in-protein-systems
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Máté Erdélyi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 23, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534168/father-s-obesity-programs-the-adipose-tissue-in-the-offspring-via-the-local-renin-angiotensin-system-and-mapks-pathways-especially-in-adult-male-mice
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Fernanda Ornellas, Isabele Bringhenti, Brenda Akemi N F Mattos, Carlos Alberto Mandarim-de-Lacerda, Marcia Barbosa Aguila
PURPOSE: Studies demonstrated the influence of mother's obesity on offspring. However, the father is also related to programming the future generation. The study aimed to evaluate the effects of father's obesity upon white adipose tissue (WAT) remodeling, resulting in activation of signaling pathways and inflammation in male and female offspring. METHODS: Male C57BL/6 mice received control diet (lean father group; 17% energy from lipids) or high-fat diet (obese father group; 49% energy from lipids) for 8 weeks before mating...
May 22, 2017: European Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533456/colour-vision-and-coevolution-in-avian-brood-parasitism
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REVIEW
Mary Caswell Stoddard, Mark E Hauber
The coevolutionary interactions between avian brood parasites and their hosts provide a powerful system for investigating the diversity of animal coloration. Specifically, reciprocal selection pressure applied by hosts and brood parasites can give rise to novel forms and functions of animal coloration, which largely differ from those that arise when selection is imposed by predators or mates. In the study of animal colours, avian brood parasite-host dynamics therefore invite special consideration. Rapid advances across disciplines have paved the way for an integrative study of colour and vision in brood parasite-host systems...
July 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532837/interleukin-1%C3%AE-system-in-the-oviducts-of-pigs-during-the-oestrous-cycle-and-early-pregnancy
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M Martyniak, A Franczak, G Kotwica
Interleukin-1β (IL-1β) acts throughout the IL-1β system, which contains IL-1β and the IL-1β receptor (IL-1R), accessory protein (IL-1RacP), and receptor antagonist (IL-1Ra). In pigs, the expression of the members of the IL-1β system was documented in uterine tissues during the oestrous cycle and early pregnancy, as well as in embryos harvested during the peri-implantation period. In the oviducts of non-gravid and gravid pigs, the expression of the IL-1β system is unknown. Thus, in this study, the expression of the IL-1β system was examined in porcine oviducts harvested on days 2-3 to 18-20 of the oestrous cycle and on days 2-3 to 15-16 of pregnancy...
July 1, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528905/a-pheromone-antagonist-regulates-optimal-mating-time-in-the-moth-helicoverpa-armigera
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Hetan Chang, Yang Liu, Dong Ai, Xingchuan Jiang, Shuanglin Dong, Guirong Wang
Many insect species use multi-component sex pheromones to discriminate among potential mating partners [1-5]. In moths, pheromone blends tend to be dominated by one or two major components, but behavioral responses are frequently optimized by the inclusion of less abundant minor components [6]. An increasing number of studies have shown that female insects use these chemicals to convey their mating availability to males, who can assess the maturity of females and thus decide when to mate [7, 8]. However, little is known about the biological mechanisms that enable males to assess female reproductive status...
May 17, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515890/sex-dependent-infection-causes-nonadditive-effects-on-kissing-bug-fecundity
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Carezza Botto-Mahan, Verónica Campos, Rodrigo Medel
The influence of parasites on host reproduction has been widely studied in natural and experimental conditions. Most studies, however, have evaluated the parasite impact on female hosts only, neglecting the contribution of males for host reproduction. This omission is unfortunate as sex-dependent infection may have important implications for host-parasite associations. Here, we evaluate for the first time the independent and nonindependent effects of gender infection on host reproductive success using the kissing bug Mepraia spinolai and the protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi as model system...
May 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515879/sexual-signals-reflect-telomere-dynamics-in-a-wild-bird
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Conor Claverie Taff, Corey R Freeman-Gallant
Telomere dynamics in natural populations have been linked to survival, reproduction, and energetic investment. Given their putative role in mediating life-history trade-offs, telomeres are also a likely candidate for maintaining honesty in sexually selected signals; few studies to date, however, have demonstrated a correlation between sexual signals and telomere dynamics. Here, we show that plumage coloration in male common yellowthroats (Geothlypis trichas) is correlated with both relative telomere length and with the rate of telomere loss between years...
May 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512038/involvement-of-the-oxytocin-system-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-in-the-regulation-of-juvenile-social-novelty-seeking-behavior
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Caroline J W Smith, Jazmin N Mogavero, Maxwell T Tulimieri, Alexa H Veenema
Exploration of novel environments, stimuli, and conspecifics is highly adaptive during the juvenile period, as individuals transition from immaturity to adulthood. We recently showed that juvenile rats prefer to interact with a novel individual over a familiar cage mate. However, the neural mechanisms underlying this juvenile social novelty-seeking behavior remain largely unknown. One potential candidate is the oxytocin (OXT) system, given its involvement in various motivated social behaviors. Here, we show that administration of the specific oxytocin receptor antagonist desGly-NH2,d(CH2)5-[Tyr(Me)(2),Thr(4)]OVT reduces social novelty seeking-behavior in juvenile male rats when injected into the nucleus accumbens (10ng/0...
May 20, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510703/long-chain-fatty-acid-triglyceride-tg-metabolism-disorder-impairs-male-fertility-a-study-using-adipose-triglyceride-lipase-deficient-mice
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Hidetake Masaki, Namhyo Kim, Hitomi Nakamura, Keiichi Kumasawa, Eriko Kamata, Ken-Ichi Hirano, Tadashi Kimura
STUDY QUESTION: Does the deletion of adipose triglyceride lipase (Atgl) gene impair male fertility? SUMMARY ANSWER: The deletion of Atgl gene impaired male fertility but the effect was partially reversed by a low long chain triglyceride (TG) diet. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: ATGL specifically hydrolyses long-chain fatty acid triglyceride (TG) to diacylglycerol and a high level of expression of ATGL in testes has been reported. However, the role of ATGL in male fertility is unknown...
May 16, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506206/females-of-a-gift-giving-spider-do-not-trade-sex-for-food-gifts-a-consequence-of-male-deception
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Irene Pandulli-Alonso, Agustín Quaglia, Maria J Albo
BACKGROUND: Polyandry is commonly maintained by direct benefits in gift-giving species, so females may remate as an adaptive foraging strategy. However, the assumption of a direct benefit fades in mating systems where male gift-giving behaviour has evolved from offering nutritive to worthless (non-nutritive) items. In the spider Paratrechalea ornata, 70% of gifts in nature are worthless. We therefore predicted female receptivity to be independent of hunger in this species. We exposed poorly-fed and well-fed females to multiple males offering nutritive gifts and well-fed females to males offering worthless gifts...
May 15, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498992/reproductive-strategy-of-the-polyploid-species-varronia-curassavica-jacq-in-restinga-environment
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Marcia Patricia Hoeltgebaum, Diana Marcela Morales Londoño, Ana Paula Lando, Maurício Sedrez Dos Reis
This study aimed to elucidate the breeding strategies of Varronia curassavica, an important medicinal species associated with Brazilian restinga. This was accomplished by combining phenological and genetic data. Every 2 weeks over a period of 2 years, we measured flowering and fruiting phenology to evaluate the activity and intensity of phenophases (n = 60). We evaluated the mating system, pollen ovule ratio and genotypes from progeny and mother plants using 8 nuclear microsatellite loci. We observed flowering and fruiting of V...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498990/genetic-kinship-analyses-reveal-that-gray-s-beaked-whales-strand-in-unrelated-groups
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Selina Patel, Kirsten F Thompson, Anna W Santure, Rochelle Constantine, Craig D Millar
Some marine mammals are so rarely seen that their life history and social structure remain a mystery. Around New Zealand, Gray's beaked whales (Mesoplodon grayi) are almost never seen alive, yet they are a commonly stranded species. Gray's are unique among the beaked whales in that they frequently strand in groups, providing an opportunity to investigate their social organization. We examined group composition and genetic kinship in 113 Gray's beaked whales with samples collected over a 20-year period. Fifty-six individuals stranded in 19 groups (2 or more individuals), and 57 whales stranded individually...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498971/deletion-of-rhoa-in-progesterone-receptor-expressing-cells-leads-to-luteal-insufficiency-and-infertility-in-female-mice
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Ahmed E El Zowalaty, Rong Li, Yi Zheng, John P Lydon, Francesco J DeMayo, Xiaoqin Ye
RhoA is widely expressed throughout the female reproductive system. To assess its role in progesterone receptor (Pgr) expressing cells, we generated RhoA conditional knockout mice RhoAd/d (RhoAf/f-Pgr-Cre+/-). RhoAd/d females had comparable mating activity, serum LH, prolactin, and estradiol levels and ovulation with control but were infertile with progesterone insufficiency, indicating impaired steroidogenesis in RhoAd/d corpus luteum (CL). RhoA was highly expressed in wild type luteal cells and conditionally deleted in RhoAd/d CL...
May 11, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493873/modeling-of-a-negative-feedback-mechanism-explains-antagonistic-pleiotropy-in-reproduction-in-domesticated-caenorhabditis-elegans-strains
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Edward E Large, Raghavendra Padmanabhan, Kathie L Watkins, Richard F Campbell, Wen Xu, Patrick T McGrath
Most biological traits and common diseases have a strong but complex genetic basis, controlled by large numbers of genetic variants with small contributions to a trait or disease risk. The effect-size of most genetic variants is not absolute and is instead dependent upon multiple factors such as the age and genetic background of an organism. In order to understand the mechanistic basis of these changes, we characterized heritable trait differences between two domesticated strains of C. elegans. We previously identified a major effect locus, caused in part by a mutation in a component of the NURF chromatin remodeling complex, that regulates reproductive output in an age-dependent manner...
May 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493870/functional-male-accessory-glands-and-fertility-in-drosophila-require-novel-ecdysone-receptor
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Vandana Sharma, Anuj K Pandey, Ajay Kumar, Snigdha Misra, Himanshu P K Gupta, Snigdha Gupta, Anshuman Singh, Norene A Buehner, Kristipati Ravi Ram
In many insects, the accessory gland, a secretory tissue of the male reproductive system, is essential for male fertility. Male accessory gland is the major source of proteinaceous secretions, collectively called as seminal proteins (or accessory gland proteins), which upon transfer, manipulate the physiology and behavior of mated females. Insect hormones such as ecdysteroids and juvenoids play a key role in accessory gland development and protein synthesis but little is known about underlying molecular players and their mechanism of action...
May 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489870/new-gssr-and-est-ssr-markers-reveal-high-genetic-diversity-in-the-invasive-plant-ambrosia-artemisiifolia-l-and-can-be-transferred-to-other-invasive-ambrosia-species
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Lucie Meyer, Romain Causse, Fanny Pernin, Romain Scalone, Géraldine Bailly, Bruno Chauvel, Christophe Délye, Valérie Le Corre
Ambrosia artemisiifolia L., (common ragweed), is an annual invasive and highly troublesome plant species originating from North America that has become widespread across Europe. New sets of genomic and expressed sequence tag (EST) based simple sequence repeats (SSRs) markers were developed in this species using three approaches. After validation, 13 genomic SSRs and 13 EST-SSRs were retained and used to characterize the genetic diversity and population genetic structure of Ambrosia artemisiifolia populations from the native (North America) and invasive (Europe) ranges of the species...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484629/multiple-phase-transitions-in-an-agent-based-evolutionary-model-with-neutral-fitness
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Dawn M King, Adam D Scott, Sonya Bahar
Null models are crucial for understanding evolutionary processes such as speciation and adaptive radiation. We analyse an agent-based null model, considering a case without selection-neutral evolution-in which organisms are defined only by phenotype. Universal dynamics has previously been demonstrated in a related model on a neutral fitness landscape, showing that this system belongs to the directed percolation (DP) universality class. The traditional null condition of neutral fitness (where fitness is defined as the number of offspring each organism produces) is extended here to include equal probability of death among organisms...
April 2017: Royal Society Open Science
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