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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644715/biological-responses-of-the-american-coot-fulica-americana-in-wetlands-with-contrasting-environmental-conditions-basin-of-m%C3%A3-xico
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María Eugenia López-Islas, Itzel Ibarra-Meza, Esperanza Ortiz-Ordóñez, Liliana Favari, J Elías Sedeño-Díaz, Eugenia López-López
Wetland ecosystems are subject to severe impacts (physical and chemical) and to the input of various xenobiotics that provoke toxicological consequences. Waterbirds are potential sentinel species of these environments. To analyze how habitat conditions affect the health of Fulica americana, early-warning biomarkers, histopathology, somatic indices, and water quality were examined in two wetlands of the Basin of Mexico: Xochimilco, an urban wetland highly eutrophic with a mixture of pollutants, and Tecocomulco (the reference site), a rural wetland with hunting migratory birds in winter, and with some agricultural contaminants...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644147/prevalence-of-prenatally-diagnosed-congenital-cystic-adenomatoid-malformation-among-fetuses-in-china
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Dazhi Fan, Qing Xia, Shuzhen Wu, Li Liu, Zhen Yu, Wen Wang, Song Wu, Xiaoling Guo, Zhengping Liu
The prevalence of congenital cystic adenomatoid malformation among fetuses still varies in different studies in China. The present meta-analysis was intended to evaluate the pooled prevalence of fetuses in China. Four English (Pubmed, Elsevier Science Direct, Web of Science and the Cochrane Library) and four Chinese (the Chinese Biological Medical Literature database, the Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure database, VIP database and Wanfang Data) databases were searched from inception to July 2016. Meta-analyses were performed using Stata (version 12...
June 20, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643569/iron-overload-directly-affecting-the-ovaries-in-a-patient-with-diamond-blackfan-anaemia-a-case-report
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Mariano Mascarenhas, Victoria Rawnsley, Adam Balen
Iron is a 'one-way' element and the primary point of regulation of body iron stores is at the level of intestinal iron absorption. Repeated blood transfusions for congenital anaemias bypass this regulatory checkpoint and inevitably lead to iron overload in the long-term. Iron overload causes multi-organ dysfunction of the heart, liver, pancreas and joints. It also causes reproductive toxicity primarily through its damaging effect on the anterior pituitary leading to hypogonadotrophic hypogonadism. Another less understood mechanism of reproductive toxicity is direct gonadal damage of excess free iron...
June 23, 2017: Human Fertility: Journal of the British Fertility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643254/gene-targeting-in-rabbits-single-step-generation-of-knock-out-rabbits-by-microinjection-of-crispr-cas9-plasmids
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Yoshihiro Kawano, Arata Honda
The development of genome editing technology has allowed gene disruptions to be achieved in various animal species and has been beneficial to many mammals. Gene disruption using pluripotent stem cells is difficult to achieve in rabbits, but thanks to advances in genome editing technology, a number of gene disruptions have been conducted. This paper describes a simple and easy method for carrying out gene disruptions in rabbits using CRISPR/Cas9 in which the gene to be disrupted is marked, the presence or absence of off-target candidates is checked, and a plasmid allowing simultaneous expression of Cas9 and sgRNA is constructed...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643249/genome-editing-of-mouse-by-cytoplasmic-injection
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Takuro Horii, Izuho Hatada
CRISPR/Cas enables rapid production of genome-edited animals. The Cas9/gRNA component can be introduced to fertilized eggs in several ways. Here, we provide an instructional guide for the generation of knockout mice by cytoplasmic injection using in vitro transcribed Cas9 and gRNA.
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643143/egg-parasitoid-complex-of-the-corn-leafhopper-dalbulus-maidis-delong-hemiptera-cicadellidae-in-argentina
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E Luft Albarracin, S V Triapitsyn, E G Virla
The corn leafhopper, Dalbulus maidis (DeLong), is the most important leafhopper pest of maize, Zea mays, in the Americas. A survey of the diversity of its egg parasitoids was carried out in northwestern Argentina. During summer from 2004 to 2007, the samples were collected, using sentinel eggs of D. maidis on corn leaves, exposed in 48 cornfields. Sixteen species belonging to four families of Chalcidoidea (Hymenoptera) were identified. Among the parasitoid groups, Trichogrammatidae was the most represented family with eight species, followed by Mymaridae with six species...
June 22, 2017: Neotropical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642972/does-contrast-between-eggshell-ground-and-spot-coloration-affect-egg-rejection
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Miri Dainson, Mark E Hauber, Analía V López, Tomáš Grim, Daniel Hanley
Obligate avian brood parasitic species impose the costs of incubating foreign eggs and raising young upon their unrelated hosts. The most common host defence is the rejection of parasitic eggs from the nest. Both egg colours and spot patterns influence egg rejection decisions in many host species, yet no studies have explicitly examined the role of variation in spot coloration. We studied the American robin Turdus migratorius, a blue-green unspotted egg-laying host of the brown-headed cowbird Molothrus ater, a brood parasite that lays non-mimetic spotted eggs...
August 2017: Die Naturwissenschaften
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642780/rrp42-a-subunit-of-exosome-plays-an-important-role-in-female-gametophytes-development-and-mesophyll-cell-morphogenesis-in-arabidopsis
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Xiaoyuan Yan, Zongyun Yan, Yuzhen Han
The exosome complex plays a central and essential role in RNA metabolism. However, current research on functions of exosome subunit in plants is limited. Here, we used an egg cell-specific promoter-controlled CRISPR/Cas9 system to knock out RRP42 which encodes a core subunit of the Arabidopsis exosome and presented evidence that RRP42 is essential for the development of female gametophytes. Next, we designed three different amiRNAs targeting RRP42. The rrp42 knock-down mutants mainly displayed variegated and serrated leaves, especially in cauline leaves...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642581/molecular-methods-to-detect-spodoptera-frugiperda-in-ghana-and-implications-for-monitoring-the-spread-of-invasive-species-in-developing-countries
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Matthew J W Cock, Patrick K Beseh, Alan G Buddie, Giovanni Cafá, Jayne Crozier
Spodoptera frugiperda (J. E. Smith) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) is a polyphagous pest indigenous throughout the Americas, which recently appeared in Africa, first reported from São Tomé, Nigeria, Bénin and Togo in 2016, and which we now report from Ghana. This species is recognised to comprise two morphologically identical but genetically distinct strains or species in the Americas, and we found both to be present in Ghana. We discuss possible routes of entry to Africa, of which the likeliest is adults and/or egg masses transported on direct commercial flights between the Americas and West Africa, followed by dispersal by adult flight within Africa...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642479/a-genetically-enhanced-sterile-insect-technique-against-the-fruit-fly-bactrocera-dorsalis-hendel-by-feeding-adult-double-stranded-rnas
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Muhammad Waqar Ali, Wenping Zheng, Summar Sohail, Qingmei Li, Weiwei Zheng, Hongyu Zhang
RNAi based sterile insect technique (SIT) is an authentic insect management approach but requires proper target genes. During this study, spermless males were developed by interfering with germ cell differentiation and azoospermia related genes. Data demonstrates significant reductions in the target genes expressions (boul, zpg, dsx (M) , fzo and gas8) after oral dsRNAs administration. Knock down of target genes significantly affected the reproductive ability of males and reduced egg-hatching as compared to the control group...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642430/avian-egg-shape-form-function-and-evolution
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Mary Caswell Stoddard, Ee Hou Yong, Derya Akkaynak, Catherine Sheard, Joseph A Tobias, L Mahadevan
Avian egg shape is generally explained as an adaptation to life history, yet we currently lack a global synthesis of how egg-shape differences arise and evolve. Here, we apply morphometric, mechanistic, and macroevolutionary analyses to the egg shapes of 1400 bird species. We characterize egg-shape diversity in terms of two biologically relevant variables, asymmetry and ellipticity, allowing us to quantify the observed morphologies in a two-dimensional morphospace. We then propose a simple mechanical model that explains the observed egg-shape diversity based on geometric and material properties of the egg membrane...
June 23, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641395/effect-of-in-ovo-injection-of-corticotropin-releasing-hormone-on-the-timing-of-hatching-in-broiler-chickens
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Yugo Watanabe, Sylvia V H Grommen, Bert De Groef
In chicken embryos, intravenous injection of corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) causes the release of both corticosteroids and thyroid hormones. These hormones initiate and enhance the hatching process, raising the possibility that CRH treatment of the late chicken embryo could accelerate hatching and/or decrease the spread of hatching. We performed a series of exploratory tests to investigate whether in ovo delivery methods of CRH other than intravenous injection that are more practical in a commercial setting, affect hatching time in broilers...
June 21, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641389/acute-tryptophan-depletion-the-first-method-validation-in-an-avian-species-gallus-gallus-domesticus
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Patrick Birkl, Joergen B Kjaer, William Szkotnicki, Paul Forsythe, Alexandra Harlander-Matauschek
Acute tryptophan depletion (ATD) is a valuable non-invasive nutritional tool in human and rodent research to study dysfunctions of the serotonergic system and related behavioral disorders. Serotonergic dysfunction is thought to be involved in the pathology of feather pecking behavior of laying hens, one of the most relevant welfare and production issues in modern intensive egg-production systems. ATD temporarily compromises the influx of tryptophan (TRP) across the blood brain barrier which reduces central availability of TRP, the substrate for serotonin (5-HT) synthesis...
June 21, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640343/the-peculiar-breeding-biology-of-the-amazonian-frog-allobates-subfolionidificans-aromobatidae
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Jesus R D Souza, Igor L Kaefer, Albertina P Lima
Allobates subfolionidificans is a vulnerable and endemic leaf-litter frog from the state of Acre, Brazilian Amazonia. We monitored a population of A. subfolionidificans through regular censuses and mark-recapture of 181 individuals during an entire breeding season to characterize its reproductive behavior. The space use of A. subfolionidificans individuals differed between sexes, with males using smaller and more segregated spaces. Males defended territories and were aggressive against same-sex individuals, which was not the case in females...
April 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640196/vitamin-d%C3%A2-and-25-hydroxyvitamin-d%C3%A2-content-of-retail-white-fish-and-eggs-in-australia
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Eleanor Dunlop, Judy Cunningham, Jill L Sherriff, Robyn M Lucas, Heather Greenfield, Jayashree Arcot, Norbert Strobel, Lucinda J Black
Dietary vitamin D may compensate for inadequate sun exposure; however, there have been few investigations into the vitamin D content of Australian foods. We measured vitamin D₃ and 25-hydroxyvitamin D₃ (25(OH)D₃) in four species of white fish (barramundi, basa, hoki and king dory), and chicken eggs (cage and free-range), purchased from five Australian cities. Samples included local, imported and wild-caught fish, and eggs of varying size from producers with a range of hen stocking densities. Raw and cooked samples were analysed using high performance liquid chromatography with photodiode array...
June 22, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640131/paragonimiasis-in-children-in-southwest-china-a-retrospective-case-reports-review-from-2005-to-2016
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Zongrong Gong, Ruixue Miao, Min Shu, Yu Zhu, Yang Wen, Qin Guo, Qiong Liao, Chaomin Wan
BACKGROUND: Paragonimiasis infection has no specific symptoms or typical radiologic findings, leading to the possibility of misdiagnosis. Thus, the objective of this study was to analyze clinical and radiological features, and treatment outcome of paragonimiasis in children in Southwest China to improve the awareness of this disease. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the records of children diagnosed with paragonimiasis in West China Second University Hospital between 2005 and 2016...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639665/isolation-and-identification-of-l-d-lactate-conjugated-bufadienolides-from-toad-eggs-revealing-lactate-racemization-in-amphibians
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Shiwen Zhou, Qingfei Zheng, Xiuyong Huang, Yong Wang, Sifan Luo, Renwang Jiang, Lei Wang, Wencai Ye, Haiyan Tian
Three pairs of bufadienolide l/d-lactate epimers (1-6) were isolated from the eggs of the toad Bufo bufo gargarizans. The structures were elucidated by using spectroscopic methods, X-ray diffraction analysis and a modified Mosher's method. Compounds 1-6 represent the first occurrence of lactate-conjugated bufadienolides in nature, and illustrate the existence of an enzyme-controlled epimerization from l- to d-lactate in amphibians. The biosynthetic pathways, in which two key enzymes might be involved (i.e., lactate racemase and acyltransferase), were proposed...
June 22, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639397/ovarian-polarity-and-cell-shape-determination-by-btk29a-in-drosophila
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Noriko Hamada-Kawaguchi, Daisuke Yamamoto
Drosophila Btk29A is a Tec family nonreceptor tyrosine kinase, the ortholog of which causes X-linked agammagluburinemia in humans when mutant. In Btk29A(ficP) mutant ovaries, multiple defects are observed: extra polar cells form ectopically; osk mRNA fails to accumulate posteriorly in mature oocytes; the shape and alignment of follicle cells are grossly distorted. All these phenotypes are rescued by selectively overexpressing the type 2 isoform of wild-type Btk29A in follicle cells. Expression of certain proteins enriched in adherens junctions is markedly affected in Btk29A(ficP) mutants; the anterior-posterior gradient normally observed in the expression of DE-Cadherin and Armadillo are lost and Canoe is sequestered from adherens junctions...
June 22, 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639024/nematicidal-potential-of-hydrolates-from-the-semi-industrial-vapor-pressure-extraction-of-spanish-aromatic-plants
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Maria Fe Andrés, Azucena González-Coloma, Ruben Muñoz, Felipe De la Peña, Luis Fernando Julio, Jesus Burillo
The nematicidal activity of hydrolate by-products from the semi industrial vapor-pressure essential oil extraction of selected aromatic plant species (commercial: Lavandula × intermedia Emeric ex Loisel. var. super, Thymus vulgaris L., T. zygis Loefl ex L. and experimentally pre-domesticated: L. luisieri (Rozeira) Rivas-Martínez) was investigated against the root-knot nematode Meloidogyne javanica by in vitro and in vivo bioassays. Liquid-liquid extraction of hydrolates yielded the corresponding aqueous and organic fractions which were biological and chemically studied...
June 22, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638317/emergence-time-and-skin-melanin-spot-patterns-do-not-correlate-with-growth-performance-social-competitive-ability-or-stress-response-in-farmed-rainbow-trout
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Manuel Gesto, Peter V Skov, Alfred Jokumsen
In wild salmonid fish, specific individual behavioral traits have been correlated with the timing of fry emergence from their gravel spawning nests; Early emerging fish display more aggressive behavior and have a higher probability of becoming socially dominant, compared to fish that emerge at a later stage. Apart from aggression and dominance, other behavioral and metabolic traits, such as boldness, metabolic rate, or growth, have also been linked to emergence time. Altogether, the traits of early- and late-emerging fish resemble those of the proactive and reactive stress-coping style, respectively...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
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