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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548249/m%C3%A3-ller-glial-cell-reactivation-in-xenopus-models-of-retinal-degeneration
#1
Rahul Langhe, Albert Chesneau, Gabriele Colozza, Magdalena Hidalgo, Divya Ail, Morgane Locker, Muriel Perron
A striking aspect of tissue regeneration is its uneven distribution among different animal classes, both in terms of modalities and efficiency. The retina does not escape the rule, exhibiting extraordinary self-repair properties in anamniote species but extremely limited ones in mammals. Among cellular sources prone to contribute to retinal regeneration are Müller glial cells, which in teleosts have been known for a decade to re-acquire a stem/progenitor state and regenerate retinal neurons following injury...
May 26, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539392/sodium-pump-regulation-of-locomotor-control-circuits
#2
Laurence David Picton, HongYan Zhang, Keith Thomas Sillar
Sodium pumps are ubiquitously expressed membrane proteins that extrude three N(a+) ions in exchange for two K(+) ions using ATP as an energy source. Recent studies have illuminated additional, dynamic roles for sodium pumps in regulating the excitability of neuronal networks in an activity-dependent fashion. Here we review their role in a novel form of short-term memory within rhythmic locomotor networks. The data we review derives mainly from recent studies on Xenopus tadpoles and neonatal mice. The role and underlying mechanisms of pump action broadly match previously published data from an invertebrate, the Drosophila larva...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533765/leptin-induces-mitosis-and-activates-the-canonical-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-pathway-in-neurogenic-regions-of-xenopus-tadpole-brain
#3
Melissa Cui Bender, Christopher J Sifuentes, Robert J Denver
In addition to its well-known role as an adipostat in adult mammals, leptin has diverse physiological and developmental actions in vertebrates. Leptin has been shown to promote development of hypothalamic circuits and to induce mitosis in different brain areas of mammals. We investigated the ontogeny of leptin mRNA, leptin actions on cell proliferation in the brain, and gene expression in the preoptic area/hypothalamus of tadpoles of Xenopus laevis. The level of leptin mRNA was low in premetamorphic tadpoles, but increased strongly at the beginning of metamorphosis and peaked at metamorphic climax...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531839/genotoxic-and-mutagenic-effects-of-atrazine-atanor-50-sc-on-dendropsophus-minutus-peters-1872-anura-hylidae-developmental-larval-stages
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Macks Wendhell Gonçalves, Calebe Bertolino Marins de Campos, Vinícius Guerra Batista, Aparecido Divino da Cruz, Paulo de Marco Junior, Rogério Pereira Bastos, Daniela de Melo E Silva
The potential mutagenic and genotoxic effects of the herbicide atrazine were investigated in different developmental stages of Dendropsophus minutus tadpoles. These animals were exposed to 4 nominal concentrations of atrazine (2.25, 4.5, 9, and 18 mg/L) and 40 mg/L of Cyclophosphamide as a positive control, for 96 h. Negative controls were also added to the experiment. The tadpoles were divided into three groups according to Gosner's developmental stages, namely GS 25-33 as premetamorphic, GS 36-39 as prometamorphic, and GS 42-43 as metamorphic climax...
May 16, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512324/global-gene-expression-analysis-provides-insight-into-local-adaptation-to-geothermal-streams-in-tadpoles-of-the-andean-toad-rhinella-spinulosa
#5
Luis Pastenes, Camilo Valdivieso, Alex Di Genova, Dante Travisany, Andrew Hart, Martín Montecino, Ariel Orellana, Mauricio Gonzalez, Rodrigo A Gutiérrez, Miguel L Allende, Alejandro Maass, Marco A Méndez
The anuran Rhinella spinulosa is distributed along the Andes Range at altitudes that undergo wide daily and seasonal variation in temperature. One of the populations inhabits geothermal streams, a stable environment that influences life history traits such as the timing of metamorphosis. To investigate whether this population has undergone local adaptation to this unique habitat, we carried out transcriptome analyses in animals from two localities in two developmental stages (prometamorphic and metamorphic) and exposed them to two temperatures (20 and 25 °C)...
May 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507815/a-new-molecular-diagnostic-tool-for-surveying-and-monitoring-triops-cancriformis-populations
#6
Graham S Sellers, Larry R Griffin, Bernd Hänfling, Africa Gómez
The tadpole shrimp, Triops cancriformis, is a freshwater crustacean listed as endangered in the UK and Europe living in ephemeral pools. Populations are threatened by habitat destruction due to land development for agriculture and increased urbanisation. Despite this, there is a lack of efficient methods for discovering and monitoring populations. Established macroinvertebrate monitoring methods, such as net sampling, are unsuitable given the organism's life history, that include long lived diapausing eggs, benthic habits and ephemerally active populations...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504881/compartmentalization-technologies-via-self-assembly-and-cross-linking-of-amphiphilic-random-block-copolymers-in-water
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Mayuko Matsumoto, Takaya Terashima, Kazuma Matsumoto, Mikihito Takenaka, Mitsuo Sawamoto
Orthogonal self-assembly and intramolecular cross-linking of amphiphilic random block copolymers in water afforded an approach to tailor-make well-defined compartments and domains in single polymer chains and nanoaggregates. For a double compartment single-chain polymer, an amphiphilic random block copolymer bearing hydrophilic poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) and hydrophobic dodecyl, benzyl, and olefin pendants was synthesized by living radical polymerization (LRP) and postfunctionalization; the dodecyl and benzyl units were incorporated into the different block segments, whereas PEG pendants were statistically attached along a chain...
May 19, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504275/transcriptomic-and-macroevolutionary-evidence-for-phenotypic-uncoupling-between-frog-life-history-phases
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Katharina C Wollenberg Valero, Joan Garcia-Porta, Ariel Rodríguez, Mónica Arias, Abhijeet Shah, Roger Daniel Randrianiaina, Jason L Brown, Frank Glaw, Felix Amat, Sven Künzel, Dirk Metzler, Raphael D Isokpehi, Miguel Vences
Anuran amphibians undergo major morphological transitions during development, but the contribution of their markedly different life-history phases to macroevolution has rarely been analysed. Here we generate testable predictions for coupling versus uncoupling of phenotypic evolution of tadpole and adult life-history phases, and for the underlying expression of genes related to morphological feature formation. We test these predictions by combining evidence from gene expression in two distantly related frogs, Xenopus laevis and Mantidactylus betsileanus, with patterns of morphological evolution in the entire radiation of Madagascan mantellid frogs...
May 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500970/histopathological-changes-and-lipid-metabolism-in-the-liver-of-bufo-gargarizans-tadpoles-exposed-to-triclosan
#9
Lihong Chai, Aixia Chen, Pingping Luo, Hongfeng Zhao, Hongyuan Wang
In the current study, the adverse effects of TCS on liver health of B. gargarizans tadpoles were assessed. B. gargarizans larvae were exposed to TCS at 0, 10, 30, 60, and 150 μg L(-1) from Gosner stage 3 until metamorphic climax. The hepatosomatic index (HSI), hepatic histological and ultrastructural features, and transcript levels of genes associated with detoxification and oxidative stress as well as lipid metabolism in the livers were determined. Exposure to 150 μg L(-1) TCS resulted in increased HSI of tadpoles at metamorphic climax...
May 7, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499702/prespermatogenesis-and-early-spermatogenesis-in-frogs
#10
Katarzyna Haczkiewicz, Beata Rozenblut-Kościsty, Maria Ogielska
Spermatogenesis in frogs was for the first time divided into two phases: prespermatogenesis, when gonocytes proliferate in developing tadpole testes, and active spermatogenesis when spermatogonial stem cells (i.e. descendants of gonocytes), either self-renew or enter into meiotic cycles within cysts formed by Sertoli cells. We argue that amphibian larval gonocytes are homologues to mammalian gonocytes, whereas spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs) in adult frogs are homologous to mammalian single spermatogonia (As)...
March 12, 2017: Zoology: Analysis of Complex Systems, ZACS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498523/effects-of-chemical-management-for-invasive-plants-on-the-performance-of-lithobates-pipiens-tadpoles
#11
Amanda N Curtis, M Gabriela Bidart
Invasive plants impact amphibians by altering habitat, species interactions, and by releasing potentially toxic secondary chemicals. Despite being costly and having the potential for impacts to non-target wildlife, chemical management is commonly used to control invasive plants. Prior research has indicated that individual effects of invasive plants or herbicides can be harmful to aquatic organisms; however, information is lacking on the combined effect of these factors on amphibians. A laboratory experiment was performed to assess the impact of leachates of the invasive plants Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum) and European buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica), the herbicide Renovate® 3 (triclopyr), and combined effects of each plant leachate and the herbicide on the growth, morphology and survival of northern leopard frog (Lithobates pipiens) tadpoles...
May 12, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486144/impacts-of-uvb-radiation-on-food-consumption-of-forest-specialist-tadpoles
#12
James Eduardo Lago Londero, Caroline Peripolli Dos Santos, Ana Lúcia Anversa Segatto, André Passaglia Schuch
Solar ultraviolet radiation B (UVB) is an important environmental stressor for amphibian populations due to its genotoxicity, especially in early developmental stages. Nonetheless, there is an absence of works focused on the UVB effects on tadpoles' food consumption efficiency. In this work, we investigated the effects of the exposure to a low environmental-simulated dose of UVB radiation on food consumption of tadpoles of the forest specialist Hypsiboas curupi [Hylidae, Anura] species. After UVB treatment tadpoles were divided and exposed to a visible light source or kept in the dark, in order to indirectly evaluate the efficiency of DNA repair performed by photolyases and nucleotide excision repair (NER), respectively...
May 6, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475923/evaluation-of-imazethapyr-induced-dna-oxidative-damage-by-alkaline-endo-iii-and-fpg-modified-single-cell-gel-electrophoresis-assay-in-hypsiboas-pulchellus-tadpoles-anura-hylidae
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Juan Manuel Pérez-Iglesias, Celeste Ruiz de Arcaute, Guillermo S Natale, S Soloneski, Marcelo L Larramendy
Imazethapyr (IMZT) is a selective postemergent herbicide with residual action. Available data analyzing its effects in aquatic vertebrates are scarce. In previous studies, we demonstrated that IMZT induces lesions into the DNA of Hypsiboas pulchellus tadpoles using the single-cell gel electrophoresis (SCGE) assay as a biomarker for genotoxicity. Currently, this assay can be modified by including incubation with lesion-specific endonucleases, e.g., endonuclease III (Endo III) and formamidopyrimidine-DNA glycosylase (Fpg), which detect oxidized pyrimidine and purine bases, respectively...
August 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468685/a-neglected-risk-for-sparganosis-eating-live-tadpoles-in-central-china
#14
Jing Cui, Ye Wang, Xi Zhang, Xi-Meng Lin, Hong-Wei Zhang, Zhong-Quan Wang, Jia-Xu Chen
A 29-year-old farmer from central China was sent into the Emergency Department of the Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University. He had a 15-day history of persistent high fever, abdominal distention and pain. The patient was clinically diagnosed as appendicitis and peritonitis, and treated with antibiotics in a local hospital, did not improve. On exploratory laparotomy, the appendicular perforation and peritonitis were seen; appendicectomy were performed, and antibiotics were given. However, high fever and abdominal pain still persisted; intestinal adhesion and obstruction, ascites appeared...
May 4, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465135/in%C3%A2-vivo-demonstration-of-traumatic-rupture-of-the-bridging-veins-in-abusive-head-trauma
#15
Giulio Zuccoli, Abdullah S Khan, Ashok Panigrahy, Mandeep S Tamber
OBJECTIVE: In victims of abusive head trauma, bridging vein thrombosis is a common finding on magnetic resonance imaging. We aimed to evaluate the utility of high-resolution coronal susceptibility-weighted imaging (SWI) in depicting bridging vein thrombosis as well as to verify the morphology of the bridging vein thrombosis on axial SWI. We additionally analyzed the correlations between bridging vein thrombosis or bridging vein deformation and other magnetic resonance imaging findings that often occur in association with abusive head trauma...
April 8, 2017: Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462392/mechanosensory-stimulation-evokes-acute-concussion-like-behavior-by-activating-girks-coupled-to-muscarinic-receptors-in-a-simple-vertebrate
#16
Wen-Chang Li, Xiao-Yue Zhu, Emma Ritson
Most vertebrates show concussion responses when their heads are hit suddenly by heavy objects. Previous studies have focused on the direct physical injuries to the neural tissue caused by the concussive blow. We study a similar behavior in a simple vertebrate, the Xenopus laevis tadpole. We find that concussion-like behavior can be reliably induced by the mechanosensory stimulation of the head skin without direct physical impacts on the brain. Head skin stimulation activates a cholinergic pathway which then opens G protein-coupled inward-rectifying potassium channels (GIRKs) via postsynaptic M2 muscarinic receptors to inhibit brainstem neurons critical for the initiation and maintenance of swimming for up to minutes and can explain many features commonly observed immediately after concussion...
March 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457947/influence-of-temperature-on-the-antioxidant-responses-and-lipid-peroxidation-of-two-species-of-tadpoles-rhinella-schneideri-and-physalaemus-nattereri-exposed-to-the-herbicide-sulfentrazone-boral-500sc%C3%A2
#17
Juliane Silberschmidt Freitas, Fabrício Barreto Teresa, Eduardo Alves de Almeida
Amphibians can experience large temperature fluctuations in their habitats, especially during the larval stage, when tadpoles are restricted to small and ephemeral ponds. Changes in water temperature can alter development, metabolism and behaviour of cold-blooded animals but also the toxicokinetics of chemicals in the environment. In Brazil, pesticides application is intensified during the rainy season, which is the period of reproduction for many amphibian species. We evaluated here the influence of temperature (28, 32, and 36°C) on the toxicity of the herbicide sulfentrazone (Boral®SC) in tadpoles of Physalaemus nattereri and Rhinella schneideri, by analysis of oxidative stress biomarkers...
April 27, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Toxicology & Pharmacology: CBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450182/cervical-papanicolaou-smears-in-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplant-recipients-high-prevalence-of-therapy-related-atypia-during-the-acute-phase
#18
Shan-Chi Yu, Huai-Hsuan Huang, Chi-Cheng Li, Jih-Luh Tang, Yi-Hsuan Lee, Tsui-Lien Mao, Kuan-Ting Kuo, Chien-Ting Lin, Jia-Hau Liu, Bor-Sheng Ko, Ming Yao
Hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) recipients have a higher risk of cervical cancer. Papanicolaou (Pap) smear is the standard tool for screening cervical cancer, but there is limited research about the cervical cytology in HSCT recipients. Here, we retrospectively included adult female patients who underwent allogeneic or autologous HSCT at National Taiwan University Hospital during 2009 to 2015 and reviewed their Pap smears before and after HSCT. There were 248 allogeneic and 131 autologous HSCT recipients in our study...
April 24, 2017: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439453/competition-and-feeding-ecology-in-two-sympatric-xenopus-species-anura-pipidae
#19
Solveig Vogt, F André de Villiers, Flora Ihlow, Dennis Rödder, John Measey
The widespread African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis) occurs in sympatry with the IUCN Endangered Cape platanna (Xenopus gilli) throughout its entire range in the south-western Cape, South Africa. In order to investigate aspects of the interspecific competition between populations of X. laevis and X. gilli, an assessment of their niche differentiation was conducted through a comprehensive study on food composition and trophic niche structure at two study sites: the Cape of Good Hope (CoGH) and Kleinmond. A total of 399 stomach contents of X...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438699/cryptic-diversity-in-amazonian-frogs-integrative-taxonomy-of-the-genus-anomaloglossus-amphibia-anura-aromobatidae-reveals-a-unique-case-of-diversification-within-the-guiana-shield
#20
Jean-Pierre Vacher, Philippe J R Kok, Miguel T Rodrigues, Jucivaldo Dias Lima, Andy Lorenzini, Quentin Martinez, Manon Fallet, Elodie A Courtois, Michel Blanc, Philippe Gaucher, Maël Dewynter, Rawien Jairam, Paul Ouboter, Christophe Thébaud, Antoine Fouquet
Lack of resolution on species boundaries and distribution can hamper inferences in many fields of biology, notably biogeography and conservation biology. This is particularly true in megadiverse and under-surveyed regions such as Amazonia, where species richness remains vastly underestimated. Integrative approaches using a combination of phenotypic and molecular evidence have proved extremely successful in reducing knowledge gaps in species boundaries, especially in animal groups displaying high levels of cryptic diversity like amphibians...
April 21, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
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