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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635968/sex-biased-dispersal-creates-spatial-genetic-structure-in-a-parthenogenetic-ant-with-a-dependent-lineage-reproductive-system
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A Kuhn, D Bauman, H Darras, S Aron
Reproduction and dispersal are key aspects of species life history that influence spatial genetic structure in populations. Several ant species in the genus Cataglyphis have evolved a unique breeding system in which new reproductives (that is, queens and males) are produced asexually by parthenogenesis; in contrast, non-reproductives (that is, workers) are produced via sexual reproduction by mates from distinct genetic lineages. We investigated how these two coexisting reproductive methods affect population-level spatial genetic structure using the ant Cataglyphis mauritanica as a model...
June 21, 2017: Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634289/sex-specific-early-survival-drives-adult-sex-ratio-bias-in-snowy-plovers-and-impacts-mating-system-and-population-growth
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Luke J Eberhart-Phillips, Clemens Küpper, Tom E X Miller, Medardo Cruz-López, Kathryn H Maher, Natalie Dos Remedios, Martin A Stoffel, Joseph I Hoffman, Oliver Krüger, Tamás Székely
Adult sex ratio (ASR) is a central concept in population biology and a key factor in sexual selection, but why do most demographic models ignore sex biases? Vital rates often vary between the sexes and across life history, but their relative contributions to ASR variation remain poorly understood-an essential step to evaluate sex ratio theories in the wild and inform conservation. Here, we combine structured two-sex population models with individual-based mark-recapture data from an intensively monitored polygamous population of snowy plovers...
June 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633980/the-genes-that-make-a-good-parent
#3
Reinmar Hager
What is the genetic basis of differences in parental care between promiscuous and monogamous mammal species? A team led by Hopi Hoekstra studied an intercross between deer mice and old-field mice that differ in their mating systems and parental behaviours. The authors discovered 12 genomic regions contributing to those differences and identified vasopressin as a regulator of nestbuilding behaviour.
June 17, 2017: Trends in Genetics: TIG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632944/deconstructing-the-landscape-of-fear-in-stable-multi-species-societies
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A E Martínez, E Parra, L F Collado, V T Vredenburg
Animal distributions are influenced by variation in predation risk in space, which has been described as the "landscape of fear." Many studies suggest animals also reduce predation risk by eavesdropping on heterospecific alarm calls, allowing them to occupy otherwise risky habitats. One unexplored area of study is understanding how different species' alarms vary in quality, and how this variation is distributed in the landscape. We tested this phenomenon in a unique system of avian mixed species flocks in Amazonian rainforests: flock mates (eavesdropping species) strongly associate with alarm-calling antshrikes (genus Thamnomanes), which act as sentinel species...
June 20, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631993/ovarian-ecdysteroid-biosynthesis-and-female-germline-stem-cells
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Tomotsune Ameku, Yuto Yoshinari, Ruriko Fukuda, Ryusuke Niwa
The germline stem cells (GSCs) are critical for gametogenesis throughout the adult life. Stem cell identity is maintained by local signals from a specialized microenvironment called the niche. However, it is unclear how systemic signals regulate stem cell activity in response to environmental cues. In our previous article, we reported that mating stimulates GSC proliferation in female Drosophila. The mating-induced GSC proliferation is mediated by ovarian ecdysteroids, whose biosynthesis is positively controlled by Sex peptide signaling...
February 8, 2017: Fly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630112/rapid-evolution-of-ovarian-biased-genes-in-the-yellow-fever-mosquito-aedes-aegypti
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Carrie A Whittle, Cassandra G Extavour
Males and females exhibit highly dimorphic phenotypes, particularly in their gonads, which is believed to be driven largely by differential gene expression. Typically, the protein sequences of genes upregulated in males, or male-biased genes, evolve rapidly as compared to female-biased and unbiased genes. To date, the specific study of gonad-biased genes remains uncommon in metazoans. Here, we identified and studied a total of 2,927, 2,013 and 4,449 coding-sequences (CDS) with ovary-biased, testis-biased and unbiased expression respectively in the yellow-fever mosquito Aedes aegypti The results showed that ovary-biased and unbiased CDS had higher nonsynonymous to synonymous substitution rates (dN/dS) and lower optimal codon usage (those codons that promote efficient translation) than testis-biased genes...
June 19, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628264/controlling-lactation-oestrus-the-final-frontier-for-breeding-herd-management
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William H E J van Wettere, Alice C Weaver, Emma C Greenwood, Robyn Terry, Paul E Hughes, Karen L Kind
Lactation anoestrus limits the flexibility of modern pig production systems such that any increase in lactation length reduces farrowing frequency, and thus profit. This review focuses on post-partum development of the sow's reproductive system, the physiology of lactation anoestrus and how it can be overcome, as well as the fertility of sows mated while lactating. The propensity for sows to ovulate spontaneously while lactating is high (24-31%), and a high proportion of sows will ovulate rapidly and synchronously in response to combinations of altered suckling (split weaning, interrupted suckling), daily boar contact, exogenous gonadotrophins, and group housing...
June 19, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626973/role-of-parasite-transmission-in-promoting-inbreeding-ii-pedigree-reconstruction-reveals-sib-transmission-and-consequent-kin-mating
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Jillian T Detwiler, Charles D Criscione
Even though parasitic flatworms are one of the most species rich groups of hermaphroditic organisms, we know virtually nothing of their mating systems (selfing or kin-mating rates) in nature. Hence, we lack an understanding of the role of inbreeding in parasite evolution. The natural mating systems of parasitic flatworms have remained elusive due to the inherent difficulty in generating progeny-array data in many parasite systems. New developments in pedigree reconstruction allow direct inference of realized selfing rates in nature by simply using a sample of genotyped individuals...
June 19, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626938/role-of-parasite-transmission-in-promoting-inbreeding-i-infection-intensities-drive-individual-parasite-selfing-rates
#9
Jillian T Detwiler, Isabel C Caballero, Charles D Criscione
Among parasitic organisms, inbreeding has been implicated as a potential driver of host-parasite coevolution, drug-resistance evolution, and parasite diversification. Yet, fundamental topics about how parasite life histories impact inbreeding remain to be addressed. In particular, there are no direct selfing-rate estimates for hermaphroditic parasites in nature. Our objectives were to elucidate the mating system of a parasitic flatworm in nature and to understand how aspects of parasite transmission could influence the selfing rates of individual parasites...
June 19, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624928/a-survey-analysis-of-indigenous-goat-production-in-communal-farming-systems-of-botswana
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P I Monau, C Visser, S J Nsoso, E Van Marle-Köster
A total of 153 communal farmers in four agro-ecological regions of Botswana were interviewed using a structured questionnaire. The aims of the survey were to characterise existing communal goat production systems, evaluate the importance of goats to farmers and identify breeding practices and constraints encountered in goat production in Botswana. Data was collected on socio-economic parameters, general and breeding management practices and major constraints limiting goat production in Botswana. All respondents were small-scale communal farmers with 63% respondents practising mixed crop-livestock farming and 37% keeping livestock as their primary activity...
June 17, 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623579/yeast-one-and-two-hybrid-high-throughput-screenings-using-arrayed-libraries
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Rocío Sánchez-Montesino, Luis Oñate-Sánchez
Since their original description more than 25 years ago, the yeast one- and two-hybrid systems (Y1H/Y2H) have been used by many laboratories to detect DNA-protein (Y1H) and protein-protein interactions (Y2H). These systems use yeast cells (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) as a eukaryotic "test tube" and are amenable for most labs in the world. The development of highly efficient cloning methods has fostered the generation of large collections of open reading frames (ORFs) for several organisms that have been used for yeast screenings...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621451/knockdown-of-a-metathoracic-scent-gland-desaturase-enhances-the-production-of-e-4-oxo-2-hexenal-and-suppresses-female-sexual-attractiveness-in-the-plant-bug-adelphocoris-suturalis
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J Luo, Z Li, C Ma, Z Zhang, J J Hull, C Lei, S Jin, L Chen
Insect sex pheromones (SPs) are central to mate-finding behaviour, and play an essential role in the survival and reproduction of organisms. Understanding the roles, biosynthetic pathways and evolution of insect chemical communication systems has been an exciting challenge for biologists. Compared with Lepidoptera, little is known about the mechanisms underlying pheromone biosynthesis in Hemiptera. In this study, we isolated and characterized two new desaturase-like genes, termed Asutdes1 and Asutdes2, from Adelphocoris suturalis, an important agricultural pest in China...
June 16, 2017: Insect Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619267/multiple-paternity-in-the-cultured-yellow-pond-turtles-mauremys-mutica
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Xin-Cheng Zhang, Jian Zhao, Wei Li, Cheng-Qing Wei, Xin-Ping Zhu
As a result of hunting and habitat loss, wild populations of the yellow pond turtle, Mauremys mutica, are decreasing. The International Union for Conservation of Nature considers M. mutica to be an endangered species. All studied freshwater turtles have polyandrous mating with multiple paternity. To survey the mating strategies of M. mutica, 1year's genetic data of parents and all offspring in an artificially captive population were analyzed. Two groups of multiplex PCR containing 16 microsatellite loci were used to analyze the paternity of 302 hatchlings from 132 parents and from 159 clutches...
June 9, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618241/use-of-adjuvant-bisphosphonates-and-other-bone-modifying-agents-in-breast-cancer-a-cancer-care-ontario-and-american-society-of-clinical-oncology-clinical-practice-guideline
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Sukhbinder Dhesy-Thind, Glenn G Fletcher, Phillip S Blanchette, Mark J Clemons, Melissa S Dillmon, Elizabeth S Frank, Sonal Gandhi, Rasna Gupta, Mihaela Mates, Beverly Moy, Ted Vandenberg, Catherine H Van Poznak
Purpose To make recommendations regarding the use of bisphosphonates and other bone-modifying agents as adjuvant therapy for patients with breast cancer. Methods Cancer Care Ontario and ASCO convened a Working Group and Expert Panel to develop evidence-based recommendations informed by a systematic review of the literature. Results Adjuvant bisphosphonates were found to reduce bone recurrence and improve survival in postmenopausal patients with nonmetastatic breast cancer. In this guideline, postmenopausal includes patients with natural menopause or that induced by ovarian suppression or ablation...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617634/dramatic-fighting-by-male-cuttlefish-for-a-female-mate
#15
Justine J Allen, Derya Akkaynak, Alexandra K Schnell, Roger T Hanlon
Male cuttlefish compete for females with a repertoire of visually dramatic behaviors. Laboratory experiments have explored this system in Sepia officinalis, but corroborative field data have eluded collection attempts by many researchers. While scuba diving in Turkey, we fortuitously filmed an intense sequence of consort/intruder behaviors in which the consort lost and then regained his female mate from the intruder. These agonistic bouts escalated in stages, leading to fast dramatic expression of the elaborate intense zebra display and culminating in biting and inking as the intruder male attempted a forced copulation of the female...
July 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616744/demonstration-that-a-klebsiella-pneumoniae-subsp-pneumoniae-isolated-from-an-insect-nezara-viridula-harbors-a-plasmid-borne-type-iv-secretion-system
#16
Enrique Gino Medrano, Alois A Bell
Previously, we reported the isolation of Klebsiella pneumoniae subspecies pneumoniae strain Kp 5-1 from a southern green stink bug (Nezara viridula) that is a significant pest of numerous economically important crops. We subsequently sequenced the strains whole genome. Here, we report the presence of a functional plasmid-borne type IV secretion (TFSS) system that was identified using genomic mining of the annotated genome. Comparison of the Kp 5-1 resident 186 kb plasmid (pKp 5-1) with nine other Klebsiella with plasmids of comparable size from clinical and environmental strains revealed putative TFSS with identities ranging from 70 to 99%...
June 15, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613158/sexual-selection-gradients-change-over-time-in-a-simultaneous-hermaphrodite
#17
Jeroen Na Hoffer, Janine Mariën, Jacintha Ellers, Joris M Koene
Sexual selection is generally predicted to act more strongly on males than on females. The Darwin-Bateman paradigm predicts that this should also hold for hermaphrodites. However, measuring this strength of selection is less straightforward when both sexual functions are performed throughout the organism's lifetime. Besides, quantifications of sexual selection are usually done during a short time window, while many animals store sperm and are long-lived. To explore whether the chosen timeframe affects estimated measures of sexual selection, we recorded mating success and reproductive success over time, using a simultaneous hermaphrodite...
June 14, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611599/the-melanin-concentrating-hormone-as-an-integrative-peptide-driving-motivated-behaviors
#18
REVIEW
Giovanne B Diniz, Jackson C Bittencourt
The melanin-concentrating hormone (MCH) is an important peptide implicated in the control of motivated behaviors. History, however, made this peptide first known for its participation in the control of skin pigmentation, from which its name derives. In addition to this peripheral role, MCH is strongly implicated in motivated behaviors, such as feeding, drinking, mating and, more recently, maternal behavior. It is suggested that MCH acts as an integrative peptide, converging sensory information and contributing to a general arousal of the organism...
2017: Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611159/population-genomics-and-the-evolution-of-virulence-in-the-fungal-pathogen-cryptococcus-neoformans
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Christopher A Desjardins, Charles Giamberardino, Sean M Sykes, Chen-Hsin Yu, Jennifer L Tenor, Yuan Chen, Timothy Yang, Alexander M Jones, Sheng Sun, Miriam R Haverkamp, Joseph Heitman, Anastasia P Litvintseva, John R Perfect, Christina A Cuomo
Cryptococcus neoformans is an opportunistic fungal pathogen that causes approximately 625,000 deaths per year from nervous system infections. Here, we leveraged a unique, genetically diverse population of C. neoformans from sub-Saharan Africa, commonly isolated from mopane trees, to determine how selective pressures in the environment coincidentally adapted C. neoformans for human virulence. Genome sequencing and phylogenetic analysis of 387 isolates, representing the global VNI and African VNB lineages, highlighted a deep, nonrecombining split in VNB (herein, VNBI and VNBII)...
June 13, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609762/increased-toll-like-receptor-myeloid-differentiation-factor-88-expression-at-the-maternal-fetal-interface-is-associated-with-spontaneous-abortion
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Mengzhou He, Yuan Zhou, Min Jiang, Fanfan Li, Meitao Yang, Yao Fan, Dongrui Deng
AIMS: Toll-like receptors (TLRs) form a group of pattern recognition receptors that play a major role in maintaining innate host immunity. Myeloid differentiation factor 88 (MyD88) is an adaptor molecule that is essential for signaling via the TLR family. To analyze the mechanism of the imbalance in the innate immune system mediated by TLRs-MyD88 in spontaneous abortion, we detected the expression of TLR-2, TLR-4, TLR-7, and MyD88 in placentae and deciduas. METHODS: The expression of TLR-2, TLR-4, TLR-7, and MyD88 in the placentae and deciduas of abortion-prone mice (n = 10) and normal pregnant mice (n = 10) were analyzed by immunochemistry, western blot, and real-time polymerase chain reaction...
June 14, 2017: Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation
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