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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109839/ex-utero-culture-of-viviparous-embryos-of-the-lizard-zootoca-vivipara-provides-insights-into-calcium-homeostasis-during-development
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Tom W Ecay, James R Stewart, Greg Wiessner, Benoit Heulin
The chorioallantoic membrane resides adjacent to either the inner surface of the egg shell or uterine epithelium in oviparous and viviparous reptiles, respectively. Chorionic cells face the shell or uterine epithelium and transport calcium to underlying embryonic capillaries. Calcium transport activity of the chorioallantois increases in the final stages of development coincident with rapid embryonic growth and skeletal ossification. We excised embryos from viviparous Zootoca vivipara females at a stage prior to significant calcium accumulation and incubated them ex utero with and without calcium to test the hypothesis that chorioallantois calcium transport activity depends on developmental stage and not calcium availability...
January 18, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101864/filamentous-structure-of-hard-%C3%AE-keratins-in-the-epidermal-appendages-of-birds-and-reptiles
#2
R D Bruce Fraser, David A D Parry
The structures of avian and reptilian epidermal appendages, such as feathers, claws and scales, have been modelled using X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy data, combined with sequence analyses. In most cases, a family of closely related molecules makes up the bulk of the appendage, and each of these molecules contains a central β-rich 34-residue segment, which has been identified as the principal component of the framework of the 3.4 nm diameter filaments. The N- and C-terminal segments form the matrix component of the filament/matrix complex...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099952/zebrin-ii-is-expressed-in-sagittal-stripes-in-the-cerebellum-of-dragon-lizards-ctenophorus-sp
#3
Douglas R Wylie, Daniel Hoops, Joel W Aspden, Andrew N Iwaniuk
Aldolase C, also known as zebrin II (ZII), is a glycolytic enzyme that is expressed in cerebellar Purkinje cells of the vertebrate cerebellum. In both mammals and birds, ZII is expressed heterogeneously, such that there are sagittal stripes of Purkinje cells with high ZII expression (ZII+) alternating with stripes of Purkinje cells with little or no expression (ZII-). In contrast, in snakes and turtles, ZII is not expressed heterogeneously; rather all Purkinje cells are ZII+. Here, we examined the expression of ZII in the cerebellum of lizards to elucidate the evolutionary origins of ZII stripes in Sauropsida...
January 19, 2017: Brain, Behavior and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097049/sharing-refuges-on-arid-islands-ecological-and-social-influence-on-aggregation-behaviour-of-wall-geckos
#4
Raquel Vasconcelos, Sara Rocha, Xavier Santos
BACKGROUND: The extent of social behaviour among reptiles is underappreciated. Two types of aggregations are recognized in lizards: ecological and social, i.e., related to the attraction to a site or to animals of the same species, respectively. As most lizards are territorial, aggregations increase the probability of aggressive interactions among individuals, a density-dependent behaviour. METHODS: After some spurious observations of aggregation behaviour in the endemic Cabo Verde nocturnal gecko Tarentola substituta, we conducted a field-based study in order to thoroughly characterize it...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096859/occurrence-and-intensity-of-anisakid-nematode-larvae-in-some-commercially-important-fish-species-in-persian-gulf
#5
Maryam Dadar, Alireza Alborzi, Rahim Peyghan, Milad Adel
BACKGROUND: Anisakid nematodes are common parasites of fish, mammals, fish-eating birds, and reptiles with a worldwide distribution, causing diseases in human, fish and important economic losses. METHODS: A preliminary epidemiological study was carried out on Anisakid nematodes larvae in some commercially important fish species to evaluate the anisakid nematode larvae from greater lizardfish, (Saurida tumbil), Japanese thread fin bream (Nemipterus japonicus), crocodile longtom (Tylosurus crocodilus crocodiles) and longfin trevally (Carangoides armatus) from the Persian Gulf of Iran...
April 2016: Iranian Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092623/ultrasonography-a-method-used-for-pregnancy-imaging-of-the-fire-salamander-salamandra-salamandra
#6
A Najbar, Z Kiełbowicz, J Szymczak, M Ogielska
Ultrasound imaging has more frequently been used in veterinary medicine of amphibians and reptiles. In this study, we have verified the usefulness of ultrasound imaging in pregnancy determination of the fire salamander Salamandra salamandra. We have also undertaken to estimate the number of larvae and their developmental stage directly in the oviducts. Three gravid females from Lower Silesia (southern Poland) were examined. Due to the small size of the scanned animals, and the particular arrangement of embryos in the oviducts and ultrasound beams dispersal, the method proved to be inaccurate...
December 1, 2016: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089718/cathelicidin-antimicrobial-peptide-from-alligator-mississippiensis-has-antibacterial-activity-against-multi-drug-resistant-acinetobacter-baumanii-and-klebsiella-pneumoniae
#7
Stephanie M Barksdale, Evelyn J Hrifko, Monique L van Hoek
Alligator mississippiensis (American alligator), a member of order Crocodilia, lives in bacteria-laden environments but is not often known to succumb to bacterial infections. Their serum has been shown to have antibacterial activity beyond that of human serum, and it is believed that this activity is partially due to cationic antimicrobial peptides (CAMPs). CAMPs are produced by many organisms as part of the innate immune system. CAMPs are attractive possible therapies against multi-drug resistant bacteria, such as those found in biofilm-infected war wounds, because they seldom cause genetic resistance in bacteria and are effective against antibiotic resistant bacteria...
January 12, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080919/restrictive-cardiomyopathy-and-secondary-congestive-heart-failure-in-a-mcdowell-s-carpet-python-morelia-spilota-mcdowelli
#8
Lionel Schilliger, Valérie Chetboul, Cécile Damoiseaux, Alexandra Nicolier
Echocardiography is an established and noninvasive diagnostic tool used in herpetologic cardiology. Various cardiac lesions have been previously described in reptiles with the exception of restrictive cardiomyopathy. In this case report, restrictive cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure associated with left atrial and sinus venosus dilation were diagnosed in a 2-yr-old captive lethargic McDowell's carpet python ( Morelia spilota mcdowelli), based on echocardiographic, Doppler, and histopathologic examinations...
December 2016: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077774/tropical-ancient-dna-reveals-relationships-of-the-extinct-bahamian-giant-tortoise-chelonoidis-alburyorum
#9
Christian Kehlmaier, Axel Barlow, Alexander K Hastings, Melita Vamberger, Johanna L A Paijmans, David W Steadman, Nancy A Albury, Richard Franz, Michael Hofreiter, Uwe Fritz
Ancient DNA of extinct species from the Pleistocene and Holocene has provided valuable evolutionary insights. However, these are largely restricted to mammals and high latitudes because DNA preservation in warm climates is typically poor. In the tropics and subtropics, non-avian reptiles constitute a significant part of the fauna and little is known about the genetics of the many extinct reptiles from tropical islands. We have reconstructed the near-complete mitochondrial genome of an extinct giant tortoise from the Bahamas (Chelonoidis alburyorum) using an approximately 1 000-year-old humerus from a water-filled sinkhole (blue hole) on Great Abaco Island...
January 11, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071972/genetic-identification-for-prey-birds-of-the-endangered-peregrine-falcon-falco-peregrinus
#10
Sang-Hyun Han, Hong-Shik Oh
To reveal the dietary ecology of the peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus), we conducted a molecular analysis for mitochondrial genes (COI and CYTB) to identify the prey species collected from a feeding place found on Sasu Island, South Korea. The results from noninvasive genetic analysis showed that the sequences obtained came from nine species of birds (Cuculus canorus, Eurystomus orientalis, Limosa limosa, Microscelis amaurotis, Oriolus chinensis, Phasianus colchicus, Sterna hirundo, Streptopelia orientalis, and Turdus pallidus)...
January 10, 2017: Mitochondrial DNA. Part A. DNA Mapping, Sequencing, and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069591/vasotocin-receptor-blockade-disrupts-maternal-care-of-offspring-in-a-viviparous-snake-sistrurus-miliarius
#11
Craig M Lind, Nikolette K Birky, Anita M Porth, Terence M Farrell
Parental care is a complex social behavior that is widespread among vertebrates. The neuroendocrine regulation of parent-offspring social behavior has been well-described in mammals, and, to a lesser extent, birds and fish. However, little is known regarding the underlying mechanisms that mediate the expression of care behaviors in squamate reptiles. In mammalian model species and humans, posterior pituitary hormones of the oxytocin and vasopressin families mediate parental care behaviors. To test the hypothesis that the regulatory role of posterior pituitary neuropeptides is conserved in a viviparous squamate reptile, we pharmacologically blocked the vasotocin receptor in postparturient pigmy rattlesnakes, Sistrurus miliarius, and monitored the spatial relationship between mothers and offspring relative to controls...
January 9, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060901/molecular-epidemiology-of-blastocystis-sp-in-various-animal-groups-from-two-french-zoos-and-evaluation-of-potential-zoonotic-risk
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Amandine Cian, Dima El Safadi, Marwan Osman, Romain Moriniere, Nausicaa Gantois, Sadia Benamrouz-Vanneste, Pilar Delgado-Viscogliosi, Karine Guyot, Luen-Luen Li, Sébastien Monchy, Christophe Noël, Philippe Poirier, Céline Nourrisson, Ivan Wawrzyniak, Frédéric Delbac, Stéphanie Bosc, Magali Chabé, Thierry Petit, Gabriela Certad, Eric Viscogliosi
Blastocystis sp. is a common intestinal parasite infecting humans and a wide range of animals worldwide. It exhibits an extensive genetic diversity and 17 subtypes (STs) have thus far been identified in mammalian and avian hosts. Since several STs are common to humans and animals, it was proposed that a proportion of human infections may result from zoonotic transmission. However, the contribution of each animal source to human infection remains to be clarified. Therefore, the aim of this study was to expand our knowledge of the epidemiology and host specificity of this parasite by performing the largest epidemiological survey ever conducted in animal groups in terms of numbers of species screened...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057729/lxr%C3%AE-and-lxr%C3%AE-nuclear-receptors-evolved-in-the-common-ancestor-of-gnathostomes
#13
Elza Fonseca, Raquel Ruivo, Mónica Lopes-Marques, Huixian Zhang, Miguel M Santos, Byrappa Venkatesh, L Filipe C Castro
Nuclear receptors (NRs) regulate numerous aspects of the endocrine system. They mediate endogenous and exogenous cues, ensuring a homeostatic control of development and metabolism. Gene duplication, loss and mutation have shaped the repertoire and function of NRs in metazoans. Here we examine the evolution of a pivotal orchestrator of cholesterol metabolism in vertebrates, the liver X receptors (LXRs). Previous studies suggested that LXRα and LXRβ genes emerged in the mammalian ancestor. However, we show through genome analysis and functional assay that bona fide LXRα and LXRβ orthologues are present in reptiles, coelacanth and chondrichthyans but not in cyclostomes...
January 4, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052937/here-and-there-but-not-everywhere-repeated-loss-of-uncoupling-protein-1-in-amniotes
#14
Suzanne McGaugh, Tonia S Schwartz
Endothermy is an evolutionary innovation in eutherian mammals and birds. In eutherian mammals, UCP1 is a key protein in adaptive nonshivering thermogenesis (NST). Although ucp1 arose early in the vertebrate lineage, the loss of ucp1 was previously documented in several reptile species (including birds). Here we determine that ucp1 was lost at the base of the reptile lineage, as we fail to find ucp1 in every major reptile lineage. Furthermore, though UCP1 plays a key role in mammalian NST, we confirm that pig has lost several exons from ucp1 and conclude that pig is not a sole outlier as the only eutherian mammal lineage to do so...
January 2017: Biology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051941/thyroid-hormones-reduce-incubation-period-without-developmental-or-metabolic-costs-in-murray-river-short-necked-turtles-emydura-macquarii
#15
Jessica K McGlashan, Michael B Thompson, James U Van Dyke, Ricky-John Spencer
Metabolic processes are affected by both temperature and thyroid hormones in ectothermic vertebrates. Temperature is the major determinant of incubation length in oviparous vertebrates, but turtles can also alter developmental rate independent of temperature. Temperature gradients within natural nests cause different developmental rates of turtle embryos within nests. Despite temperature-induced reductions in developmental rate, cooler-incubated neonates often hatch synchronously with warmer siblings via metabolic compensation...
January 2017: Physiological and Biochemical Zoology: PBZ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049837/dinosaur-incubation-periods-directly-determined-from-growth-line-counts-in-embryonic-teeth-show-reptilian-grade-development
#16
Gregory M Erickson, Darla K Zelenitsky, David Ian Kay, Mark A Norell
Birds stand out from other egg-laying amniotes by producing relatively small numbers of large eggs with very short incubation periods (average 11-85 d). This aspect promotes high survivorship by limiting exposure to predation and environmental perturbation, allows for larger more fit young, and facilitates rapid attainment of adult size. Birds are living dinosaurs; their rapid development has been considered to reflect the primitive dinosaurian condition. Here, nonavian dinosaurian incubation periods in both small and large ornithischian taxa are empirically determined through growth-line counts in embryonic teeth...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039834/disruption-of-sex-hormone-levels-and-steroidogenic-related-gene-expression-on-mongolia-racerunner-eremias-argus-after-exposure-to-triadimefon-and-its-enantiomers
#17
Jitong Li, Jing Chang, Wei Li, Baoyuan Guo, Jianzhong Li, Huili Wang
Triadimefon (TF) is a widely used chiral fungicide with one chiral centre and two enantiomers (TF1 and TF2). However, little is reported about the ecological toxicity of reptiles on an enantioselective level. TF is a potential endocrine disruptor that may interfere with sex steroid hormones, such as testosterone (T) and 17beta-estradiol (E2). In our study, the lizards Mongolia Racerunner (Eremias argus) were orally exposed to TF and its enantiomers for 21 days. Plasma sex steroid hormones and steroidogenic-related genes, including 17-beta-hydroxysteroid (hsd17β), cytochrome P450 enzymes (cyp19 and cyp17), and steroid hormone receptors (erα and Ar) were evaluated...
December 22, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031802/integrating-data-deficient-species-in-analyses-of-evolutionary-history-loss
#18
Simon Veron, Caterina Penone, Philippe Clergeau, Gabriel C Costa, Brunno F Oliveira, Vinícius A São-Pedro, Sandrine Pavoine
There is an increasing interest in measuring loss of phylogenetic diversity and evolutionary distinctiveness which together depict the evolutionary history of conservation interest. Those losses are assessed through the evolutionary relationships between species and species threat status or extinction probabilities. Yet, available information is not always sufficient to quantify the threat status of species that are then classified as data deficient. Data-deficient species are a crucial issue as they cause incomplete assessments of the loss of phylogenetic diversity and evolutionary distinctiveness...
December 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025706/does-social-environment-influence-learning-ability-in-a-family-living-lizard
#19
Julia L Riley, Daniel W A Noble, Richard W Byrne, Martin J Whiting
Early developmental environment can have profound effects on individual physiology, behaviour, and learning. In birds and mammals, social isolation during development is known to negatively affect learning ability; yet in other taxa, like reptiles, the effect of social isolation during development on learning ability is unknown. We investigated how social environment affects learning ability in the family-living tree skink (Egernia striolata). We hypothesized that early social environment shapes cognitive development in skinks and predicted that skinks raised in social isolation would have reduced learning ability compared to skinks raised socially...
December 26, 2016: Animal Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025556/detection-of-campylobacter-jejuni-in-lizard-faeces-from-central-australia-using-quantitative-pcr
#20
Harriet Whiley, Ryan McLean, Kirstin Ross
Worldwide, Campylobacter is a significant cause of gastrointestinal illness. It is predominately considered a foodborne pathogen, with human exposure via non-food transmission routes generally overlooked. Current literature has been exploring environmental reservoirs of campylobacteriosis including potential wildlife reservoirs. Given the close proximity between lizards and human habitats in Central Australia, this study examined the presence of Campylobacter jejuni from lizard faeces collected from this region...
December 23, 2016: Pathogens
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