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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340700/finding-their-inner-bird-using-modern-genomics-to-turn-alligator-scales-into-birdlike-feathers
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Joseph Caspermeyer
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January 11, 2018: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321851/specificity-of-herbivore-induced-responses-in-an-invasive-species-alternanthera-philoxeroides-alligator-weed
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Mu Liu, Fang Zhou, Xiaoyun Pan, Zhijie Zhang, Milton B Traw, Bo Li
Herbivory-induced responses in plants can both negatively affect subsequently colonizing herbivores and mitigate the effect of herbivory on the host. However, it is still less known whether plants exhibit specific responses to specialist and generalist herbivores in non-secondary metabolite traits and how specificity to specialists and generalists differs between invasive and native plant populations. We exposed an invasive plant, Alternanthera philoxeroides, to Agasicles hygrophila (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae; specialist), Spodoptera litura (Lepidoptera, Noctuidae; generalist), manual clipping, or application of exogenous jasmonic acid and examined both the specificity of elicitation in traits of fitness (e...
January 2018: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313469/reptiles-and-amphibians-as-potential-reservoir-hosts-of-chikungunya-virus
#3
Angela M Bosco-Lauth, Airn E Hartwig, Richard A Bowen
Chikungunya virus is an emerging arbovirus of significant human-health concern. Little is known about its sylvatic cycle, including whether ectothermic vertebrates are permissive to infection. In this study, individuals from ten species of reptiles and amphibians were inoculated with chikungunya virus and samples of blood were tested to characterize viremia and seroconversion. Viremia was not detected in cane toads, house geckos, or American alligators, but most of the green iguanas, red-eared sliders, ball and Burmese pythons, leopard frogs, Texas toads, and garter snakes developed viremia...
January 8, 2018: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29286421/flexible-measurement-of-bioluminescent-reporters-using-an-automated-longitudinal-luciferase-imaging-gas-and-temperature-optimized-recorder-alligator
#4
Priya Crosby, Nathaniel P Hoyle, John S O'Neill
Luciferase-based reporters of cellular gene expression are in widespread use for both longitudinal and end-point assays of biological activity. In circadian rhythms research, for example, clock gene fusions with firefly luciferase give rise to robust rhythms in cellular bioluminescence that persist over many days. Technical limitations associated with photomultiplier tubes (PMT) or conventional microscopy-based methods for bioluminescence quantification have typically demanded that cells and tissues be maintained under quite non-physiological conditions during recording, with a trade-off between sensitivity and throughput...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29277902/divergent-responsiveness-of-two-isoforms-of-the-estrogen-receptor-to-mixtures-of-contaminants-of-emerging-concern-in-four-vertebrates
#5
Satomi Kohno, Yoshinao Katsu, Nicholas Cipoletti, Lina C Wang, Zachary G Jorgenson, Shinichi Miyagawa, Heiko L Schoenfuss
Contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) are ubiquitous in aquatic environments with well-established endocrine-disrupting effects. A data matrix of 559 water samples was queried to identify two commonly occurring CECs mixtures in Great Lakes tributaries. One mixture consisted of eight agricultural CECs (AG), while another contained 11 urban CECs (UB). The known estrogenic compounds bisphenol A, estrone and nonylphenol were present in both mixtures. According to the EPA Tox21 in ToxCast database, AG and UB mixture at an environmentally relevant concentration were estimated to account for 6...
December 26, 2017: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29208362/feminizing-effects-of-exposure-to-corexit-enhanced-water-accommodated-fraction-of-crude-oil-in-vitro-on-sex-determination-in-alligator-mississippiensis
#6
Cameron E Williams, Nicole A McNabb, Arnold Brunell, Russell H Lowers, Yoshinao Katsu, Demetri D Spyropoulos, Satomi Kohno
Deepwater Horizon spilled over 200 million gallons of oil into the waters of the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. In an effort to contain the spill, chemical dispersants were applied to minimize the amount of oil reaching coastal shorelines. However, the biological impacts of chemically-dispersed oil are not well characterized, and there is a particular lack of knowledge concerning sublethal long-term effects of exposure. This study examined potential estrogenic effects of CWAF, Corexit 9500-enhanced water-accommodated fraction of oil, by examining its effect on estrogen receptors and sex determination in the American alligator, Alligator mississippiensis...
December 2, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29203331/a-crucial-role-of-paralogous-%C3%AE-defensin-genes-in-the-chinese-alligator-innate-immune-system-revealed-by-the-first-determination-of-a-crocodilia-defensin-cluster
#7
Ke-Yi Tang, Xin Wang, Qiu-Hong Wan, Sheng-Guo Fang
The β-defensin, one of the antimicrobial peptides (AMPs), is a significant component of the innate immune with a broad range of antimicrobial activities. Differing from the widely-studied mammals and birds, limited information about β-defensins has been reported in reptiles, especially in crocodilians. As a same ancient species as dinosaurs and the most endangered species of 23 crocodilians, the survival of Chinese alligator (Alligator sinensis) means a powerful immune system and possible involvement of AMPs in its immune resistance...
December 1, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29199107/species-limits-in-the-morelet-s-alligator-lizard-anguidae-gerrhonotinae
#8
Israel Solano-Zavaleta, Adrián Nieto-Montes de Oca
The widely distributed, Central American anguid lizard Mesaspis moreletii is currently recognized as a polytypic species with five subspecies (M. m. fulvus, M. m. moreletii, M. m. rafaeli, M. m. salvadorensis, and M. m. temporalis). We reevaluated the species limits within Mesaspis moreletii using DNA sequences of one mitochondrial and three nuclear genes. The multi-locus data set included samples of all of the subspecies of M. moreletii, the other species of Mesaspis in Central America (M. cuchumatanus and M...
November 30, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29191313/analysis-of-pfaas-in-american-alligators-part-2-potential-dietary-exposure-of-south-carolina-hunters-from-recreationally-harvested-alligator-meat
#9
Jessica J Tipton, Louis J Guillette, Susan Lovelace, Benjamin B Parrott, Thomas R Rainwater, Jessica L Reiner
Exposure to perfluorinated alkyl acids (PFAAs) has been linked to many harmful health effects including reproductive disorders, developmental delays, and altered liver and kidney function. Most human exposure to environmental contaminants, including PFAAs, occurs through consumption of contaminated food or drinking water. This study uses PFAA data from meat samples collected from recreationally harvested American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) in South Carolina to assess potential dietary exposure of hunters and their families to PFAAs...
November 2017: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29191311/analysis-of-pfaas-in-american-alligators-part-1-concentrations-in-alligators-harvested-for-consumption-during-south-carolina-public-hunts
#10
Jessica J Tipton, Louis J Guillette, Susan Lovelace, Benjamin B Parrott, Thomas R Rainwater, Jessica L Reiner
Environmental contamination resulting from the production or release of harmful chemicals can lead to negative consequences for wildlife and human health. Perfluorinated alkyl acids (PFAAs) were historically produced as protective coatings for many household items and currently persist in the environment, wildlife, and humans. PFAAs have been linked to immune suppression, endocrine disruption, and developmental toxicity in wildlife and laboratory studies. This study examines the American alligator, Alligator mississippiensis, as an important indicator of ecosystem contamination and a potential pathway for PFAA exposure in humans...
November 2017: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29177513/multiple-regulatory-modules-are-required-for-scale-to-feather-conversion
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Ping Wu, Jie Yan, Yung-Chih Lai, Chen Siang Ng, Ang Li, Xueyuan Jiang, Ruth Elsey, Randall Widelitz, Ruchi Bajpai, Wen-Hsiung Li, Cheng-Ming Chuong
The origin of feathers is an important question in Evo-Devo studies, with the eventual evolution of vaned feathers which are aerodynamic, allowing feathered dinosaurs and early birds to fly and venture into new ecological niches. Studying how feathers and scales are developmentally specified provides insight into how a new organ may evolve. We identified feather-associated genes using genomic analyses. The candidate genes were tested by expressing them in chicken and alligator scale forming regions. Ectopic expression of these genes induced intermediate morphotypes between scales and feathers which revealed several major morphogenetic events along this path: localized growth zone formation, follicle invagination, epithelial branching, feather keratin differentiation and dermal papilla formation...
November 21, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166267/comparison-of-the-two-types-of-stimulating-electrodes-in-the-study-of-motor-nerve-conduction-in-dogs
#12
T Monowid, A Bocheńska, S Lew, A Pomianowski
In this research two kinds of stimulation electrodes were compared in motor nerve conduction study: needle electrodes used in human medicine and electrodes made of injection needles connected to the stimulator via alligator-type electrodes. A study was conducted in 22 mixed-breed dogs. The resulting values of the potential amplitudes of the stimulus, the parameters of the complex muscle potentials, and the motor nerve conduction velocity were statistically compared. There was no statistical difference between the parameters obtained with the two types of stimulation electrodes...
September 26, 2017: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29103625/multiple-paternity-a-compensation-mechanism-of-the-chinese-alligator-for-inbreeding
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Huan Wang, Peng Yan, Shengzhou Zhang, Long Sun, Min Ren, Hui Xue, Fang Zhang, Rong Wu, Xiaobing Wu
The Chinese alligator Alligator sinensis is a critically endangered species endemic to China. Knowledge about reproductive strategies of a species contributes to their conservation. Little is, however, known about the reproductive strategies and its impact on the population. In the present study, an easy and non-invasive genetic method was used to improve the understanding of mating system of Chinese alligators and its effect on the population genetic diversity by nine polymorphic microsatellite loci. There was a high incidence of multiple paternity among 50 clutches, with a total 60% of the clutches having multiple paternity and up to three males contributing to single clutches...
October 26, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054410/molecular-cloning-and-3d-structure-of-first-cytochrome-p450-from-cyp3a-subfamily-in-saltwater-crocodile-crocodylus-porosus
#14
Rabia Tabassum
Cytochrome P450s (CYPs) play critical role in oxidative metabolism of numerous xenobiotics and endogenous compounds. The first CYP3A subfamily member in saltwater crocodile has been cloned and modelled for three-dimensional (3D) structure. The full-length cDNA was obtained employing reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) strategy and rapid amplification of cDNA ends (RACE). The cDNA sequence of 1659 nucleotides includes 132 nucleotides from 5' untranslated region (UTR), an open reading frame of 1527 nucleotides encoding 509 amino acids designated as CYP3A163...
October 17, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29017942/as-cath4-and-5-two-vertebrate-derived-natural-host-defense-peptides-enhance-the-immuno-resistance-efficiency-against-bacterial-infections-in-chinese-mitten-crab-eriocheir-sinensis
#15
Zhilai Guo, Xue Qiao, Ruomei Cheng, Nannan Shi, Aili Wang, Tingting Feng, Yan Chen, Fen Zhang, Haining Yu, Yipeng Wang
Host defense peptides (HDPs), a class of conserved components of animal innate immune system, possess direct antimicrobial activities against invading pathogens and broadly participate in boosting and modulating host immune responses. Cathelicidins is an important family of HDPs that has been identified exclusively in vertebrates. Considering the relatively conserved innate immune system between invertebrates and vertebrates, it is speculated that HDPs from vertebrates may also possess modulating functions on invertebrate innate immune system...
October 7, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28958765/feeding-alters-blood-flow-patterns-in-the-american-alligator-alligator-mississippiensis
#16
Anders Findsen, Dane A Crossley, Tobias Wang
The crocodilian cardiovascular design with a four-chambered heart and a left aorta that emerge from the right ventricle allows blood to be shunted away from the lungs, a right-to-left (R-L) shunt. The adaptive significance of this R-L shunt remains both poorly understood and controversial with particular debate on its putative role during digestion. Here we measure blood flow patterns in the right aorta (RAo), left aorta (LAo) and the coeliac artery (CoA) of undisturbed American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) during fasting and throughout most of the digestive period...
September 27, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28942280/nitrate-induces-a-type-1-diabetic-profile-in-alligator-hatchlings
#17
Thea M Edwards, Heather J Hamlin, Haley Freymiller, Stephen Green, Jenna Thurman, Louis J Guillette
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects 1 in 300 children by age 18. T1D is caused by inflammation-induced loss of insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells, leading to high blood glucose and a host of downstream complications. Although multiple genes are associated with T1D risk, only 5% of genetically susceptible individuals actually develop clinical disease. Moreover, a growing number of T1D cases occur in geographic clusters and among children with low risk genotypes. These observations suggest that environmental factors contribute to T1D etiology...
January 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934323/identification-chromosomal-arrangements-and-expression-analyses-of-the-evolutionarily-conserved-prmt1-gene-in-chicken-in-comparison-with-its-vertebrate-paralogue-prmt8
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Yi-Chun Wang, Chien-Wen Wang, Wen-Chang Lin, Yun-Jung Tsai, Chien-Ping Chang, Yu-Jen Lee, Min-Jon Lin, Chuan Li
Nine protein arginine methyltransferases (PRMTs) are conserved in mammals and fish. Among these, PRMT1 is the major type I PRMT for asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) formation and is the most conserved and widely distributed one. Two chicken prmt1 splicing variants were assembled and confirmed by RT-PCR experiments. However, only two scaffolds containing single separate prmt1 exon with high GC contents are present in the current chicken genome assembly. Besides, prmt1 exons are scattered in separate small scaffolds in most avian species...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917711/crocodiles-and-alligators-antiamoebic-and-antitumor-compounds-of-crocodiles
#19
Ruqaiyyah Siddiqui, Shareni Jeyamogan, Salwa Mansoor Ali, Fatima Abbas, K A Sagathevan, Naveed Ahmed Khan
Crocodiles exist in unsanitary environments, feed on rotten meat, are often exposed to heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, cobalt, chromium, mercury, nickel, lead, selenium, tolerate high levels of radiation, and are amid the very few species to survive the catastrophic Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction event, nonetheless they can live for up to a 100 years. Moreover, as they live in unhygienic conditions, they regularly come across pathogens. Logically, we postulate that crocodiles have established mechanisms to defend themselves from noxious agents as well as protecting themselves from pathogens...
September 13, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905992/the-vertebrate-heart-an-evolutionary-perspective
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REVIEW
Andrea Stephenson, Justin W Adams, Mauro Vaccarezza
Convergence is the tendency of independent species to evolve similarly when subjected to the same environmental conditions. The primitive blueprint for the circulatory system emerged around 700-600 Mya and exhibits diverse physiological adaptations across the radiations of vertebrates (Subphylum Vertebrata, Phylum Chordata). It has evolved from the early chordate circulatory system with a single layered tube in the tunicate (Subphylum Urchordata) or an amphioxus (Subphylum Cephalochordata), to a vertebrate circulatory system with a two-chambered heart made up of one atrium and one ventricle in gnathostome fish (Infraphylum Gnathostomata), to a system with a three-chambered heart made up of two atria which maybe partially divided or completely separated in amphibian tetrapods (Class Amphibia)...
December 2017: Journal of Anatomy
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