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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091884/pre-mining-trace-element-and-radiation-exposure-to-biota-from-a-breccia-pipe-uranium-mine-in-the-grand-canyon-arizona-usa-watershed
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Jo Ellen Hinck, Danielle Cleveland, William G Brumbaugh, Greg Linder, Julia Lankton
The risks to wildlife and humans from uranium (U) mining in the Grand Canyon watershed are largely unknown. In addition to U, other co-occurring ore constituents contribute to risks to biological receptors depending on their toxicological profiles. This study characterizes the pre-mining concentrations of total arsenic (As), cadmium (Cd), copper (Cu), lead (Pb), mercury (Hg), nickel (Ni), selenium (Se), thallium (Tl), U, and zinc (Zn); radiation levels; and histopathology in biota (vegetation, invertebrates, amphibians, birds, and mammals) at the Canyon Mine...
February 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081430/amphibian-xenopus-laevis-tadpoles-and-adult-frogs-mount-distinct-interferon-responses-to-the-frog-virus-3-ranavirus
#2
Emily S Wendel, Amulya Yaparla, Daphne V Koubourli, Leon Grayfer
Infections of amphibians by Frog Virus 3 (FV3) and other ranavirus genus members are significantly contributing to the amphibian declines, yet much remains unknown regarding amphibian antiviral immunity. Notably, amphibians represent an important step in the evolution of antiviral interferon (IFN) cytokines as they are amongst the first vertebrates to possess both type I and type III IFNs. Accordingly, we examined the roles of type I and III IFNs in the skin of FV3-challenged amphibian Xenopus laevis) tadpoles and adult frogs...
January 9, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073389/the-distribution-of-echinostome-parasites-in-ponds-and-implications-for-larval-anuran-survival
#3
John A Marino, Manja P Holland, Earl E Werner
Parasites can influence host population dynamics, community composition and evolution. Prediction of these effects, however, requires an understanding of the influence of ecological context on parasite distributions and the consequences of infection for host fitness. We address these issues with an amphibian - trematode (Digenea: Echinostomatidae) host-parasite system. We initially performed a field survey of trematode infection in first (snail) and second (larval green frog, Rana clamitans) intermediate hosts over 5 years across a landscape of 23 ponds in southeastern Michigan...
January 11, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073381/immediate-and-lag-effects-of-pesticide-exposure-on-parasite-resistance-in-larval-amphibians
#4
Katherine M Pochini, Jason T Hoverman
Across host-parasite systems, there is evidence that pesticide exposure increases parasite loads and mortality following infection. However, whether these effects are driven by reductions in host resistance to infection or slower rates of parasite clearance is often unclear. Using controlled laboratory experiments, we examined the ability of larval northern leopard frogs (Lithobates pipiens) and American toads (Anaxyrus americanus) to resist and clear trematode (Echinoparyphium sp.) infections following exposure to the insecticide carbaryl...
January 11, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060923/comparative-postembryonic-skeletal-ontogeny-in-two-sister-lineages-of-old-world-tree-frogs-rhacophoridae-taruga-polypedates
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Gayani Senevirathne, Ryan Kerney, Madhava Meegaskumbura
Rhacophoridae, a family of morphologically cryptic frogs, with many genetically distinct evolutionary lineages, is understudied with respect to skeletal morphology, life history traits and skeletal ontogeny. Here we analyze two species each from two sister lineages, Taruga and Polypedates, and compare their postembryonic skeletal ontogeny, larval chondrocrania and adult osteology in the context of a well-resolved phylogeny. We further compare these ontogenetic traits with the direct-developing Pseudophilautus silus...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052493/disassembly-of-a-tadpole-community-by-a-multi-host-fungal-pathogen-with-limited-evidence-of-recovery
#6
Graziella V DiRenzo, Christian Che-Castaldo, Amanda Rugenski, Roberto Brenes, Matt R Whiles, Catherine M Pringle, Susan S Kilham, Karen R Lips
Emerging infectious diseases can cause host community disassembly, but the mechanisms driving the order of species declines and extirpations following a disease outbreak are unclear. We documented the community disassembly of a Neotropical tadpole community during a chytridiomycosis outbreak, triggered by the generalist fungal pathogen, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd). Within the first 11 months of Bd arrival, tadpole density and occupancy rapidly declined. Species rarity, in terms of tadpole occupancy and adult relative abundance, did not predict the odds of tadpole occupancy declines...
January 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052304/is-tadpole-pupil-in-an-adolescent-girl-caused-by-denervation-hypersensitivity
#7
Jonas Kjeldbjerg Hansen, Hans Ulrik Møller
Tadpole pupil is a rarely encountered phenomenon caused by episodic, segmental iris dilator muscle spasm of short duration (2-15 minutes), occurring in clusters without a known precipitating factor. It has most commonly been described in women aged 28 to 48 years. A few hypotheses on pathogenesis have been discussed but none has been proved. Here, we present an adolescent girl with bilateral tadpole pupil that appeared during physical exercise. This is the first pediatric case of tadpole pupil, not caused by preceding surgery, to be published...
January 4, 2017: Neuropediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033671/visual-experience-dependent-regulation-of-neuronal-structure-and-function-by-histone-deacetylase-1-in-developing-xenopus-tectum-in-vivo
#8
Hangze Ruan, Juanmei Gao, Xianjie Qi, Yi Tao, Xia Guo, Zhaoyi Guo, Lijun Zheng, Yaling Song, Yuan Liao, Wanhua Shen
Histone deacetylase 1 (HDAC1) is thought to play pivotal roles in neurogenesis and neurodegeneration. However, the role of HDAC1 in neuronal growth and structural plasticity in the developing brain in vivo remains unclear. Here, we show that in the optic tectum of Xenopus laevis, HDAC1 knockdown dramatically decreased the frequency of AMPAR-mediated synaptic currents and increased the frequency of GABAAR-mediated currents, whereas HDAC1 overexpression significantly decreased the frequency of GABAAR-mediated synaptic currents...
December 29, 2016: Developmental Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027571/bottom-up-and-trait-mediated-effects-of-resource-quality-on-amphibian-parasitism
#9
Jeffrey P Stephens, Karie A Altman, Keith A Berven, Scott D Tiegs, Thomas R Raffel
Leaf litter subsidies are important resources for aquatic consumers like tadpoles and snails, causing bottom-up effects on wetland ecosystems. Recent studies have shown that variation in litter nutritional quality can be as important as litter quantity in driving these bottom-up effects. Resource subsidies likely also have indirect and trait-mediated effects on predation and parasitism, but these potential effects remain largely unexplored. We generated predictions for differential effects of litter nutrition and secondary polyphenolic compounds on tadpole (Lithobates sylvatica) exposure and susceptibility to Ribeiroia ondatrae, based on ecological stoichiometry and community-ecology theory...
December 27, 2016: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28026008/cyprinid-herpesvirus-3-as-a-potential-biological-control-agent-for-carp-cyprinus-carpio-in-australia-susceptibility-of-non-target-species
#10
K A McColl, A Sunarto, J Slater, K Bell, M Asmus, W Fulton, K Hall, P Brown, D Gilligan, J Hoad, L M Williams, M St J Crane
Carp (Cyprinus carpio L.) is a pest species in Australian waterways, and cyprinid herpesvirus 3 (CyHV-3) is being considered as a potential biological control (biocontrol) agent. An important consideration for any such agent is its target specificity. In this study, the susceptibility to CyHV-3 of a range of non-target species (NTS) was tested. The NTS were as follows: 13 native Australian, and one introduced, fish species; a lamprey species; a crustacean; two native amphibian species (tadpole and mature stages); two native reptilian species; chickens; and laboratory mice...
December 27, 2016: Journal of Fish Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27991719/an-experience-on-evaluation-of-amphibian-larvae-abundance-in-beaver-rivers-of-central-russia
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Yury Y Dgebuadze, Ivan V Bashinskiy
There are many locations in Russia where Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber) populations have been restored. As a keystone species, beavers provide wide-ranging direct and indirect impacts on aquatic ecosystems. In particular, beaver-created ponds are sites for spawning and nursery places for tadpoles of the brown frog (genus Rana). Because of such impacts, study techniques for assessing aquatic organisms abundance are being developed. We compared two methods for estimating tadpole abundance: traditional catches by dipnet and electrofishing...
December 19, 2016: Integrative Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27990576/coordinated-shift-of-olfactory-amino-acid-responses-and-v2r-expression-to-an-amphibian-water-nose-during-metamorphosis
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Adnan S Syed, Alfredo Sansone, Thomas Hassenklöver, Ivan Manzini, Sigrun I Korsching
All olfactory receptors identified in teleost fish are expressed in a single sensory surface, whereas mammalian olfactory receptor gene families segregate into different olfactory organs, chief among them the main olfactory epithelium expressing ORs and TAARs, and the vomeronasal organ expressing V1Rs and V2Rs. A transitional stage is embodied by amphibians, with their vomeronasal organ expressing more 'modern', later diverging V2Rs, whereas more 'ancient', earlier diverging V2Rs are expressed in the main olfactory epithelium...
December 18, 2016: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989390/blood-cell-responses-and-metallothionein-in-the-liver-kidney-and-muscles-of-bullfrog-tadpoles-lithobates-catesbeianus-following-exposure-to-different-metals
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C S Carvalho, H S M Utsunomiya, T Pasquoto, R Lima, M J Costa, M N Fernandes
The hematological parameters and metallothionein (MT) levels in the liver, kidney and muscles were measured in bullfrog tadpoles, Lithobates catesbeianus, following exposures to 1 μg L(-1) of zinc (Zn), copper (Cu) and cadmium (Cd) alone or in combination (1:1 and 1:1:1) for 2 and 16 days. Metal accumulation occurred in all organs, with the highest values found in the kidney, followed by the muscles and liver. After exposure to isolated metals, the accumulation was in the following order: Cd > Zn > Cu in the liver and muscles and Cd > Cu > Zn in the kidney...
February 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988452/long-term-effects-of-carbaryl-exposure-on-antiviral-immune-responses-in-xenopus-laevis
#14
Francisco De Jesús Andino, B Paige Lawrence, Jacques Robert
Water pollutants associated with agriculture may contribute to the increased prevalence of infectious diseases caused by ranaviruses. We have established the amphibian Xenopus laevis and the ranavirus Frog Virus 3 (FV3) as a reliable experimental platform for evaluating the effects of common waterborne pollutants, such as the insecticide carbaryl. Following 3 weeks of exposure to 10 ppb carbaryl, X. laevis tadpoles exhibited a marked increase in mortality and accelerated development. Exposure at lower concentrations (0...
March 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986640/microscopic-observations-show-invasion-of-inflammatory-cells-in-the-limb-blastema-and-epidermis-in-pre-metamorphic-frog-tadpoles-which-destroy-the-apical-epidermal-cap-and-impede-regeneration
#15
Lorenzo Alibardi
Some limb regeneration in tadpoles of Rana dalmatina occurs at stages 44-48 when small hind-limbs are present while scarring occurs at stages 51-52 when forelimbs have developed and metamorphosis is approaching. Ultrastructural analysis of cells forming the regenerating blastema detects mesenchymal cells and an Apical Epidermal Cap (AEC) in regenerating limb blastema 5-6 days post-amputation at stages 46-48. In contrast, granulocytes and numerous macrophages and lymphocytes prevail over mesenchymal cells in limb blastema at stages 51-52, which are destined to form scars...
December 13, 2016: Annals of Anatomy, Anatomischer Anzeiger: Official Organ of the Anatomische Gesellschaft
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939632/investigation-of-road-salts-and-biotic-stressors-on-freshwater-wetland-communities
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Devin K Jones, Brian M Mattes, William D Hintz, Matthew S Schuler, Aaron B Stoler, Lovisa A Lind, Reilly O Cooper, Rick A Relyea
The application of road deicing salts has led to the salinization of freshwater ecosystems in northern regions worldwide. Increased chloride concentrations in lakes, streams, ponds, and wetlands may negatively affect freshwater biota, potentially threatening ecosystem services. In an effort to reduce the effects of road salt, operators have increased the use of salt alternatives, yet we lack an understanding of how these deicers affect aquatic communities. We examined the direct and indirect effects of the most commonly used road salt (NaCl) and a proprietary salt mixture (NaCl, KCl, MgCl2), at three environmentally relevant concentrations (150, 470, and 780 mg Cl(-)/L) on freshwater wetland communities in combination with one of three biotic stressors (control, predator cues, and competitors)...
February 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932957/emergence-of-selectivity-to-looming-stimuli-in-a-spiking-network-model-of-the-optic-tectum
#17
Eric V Jang, Carolina Ramirez-Vizcarrondo, Carlos D Aizenman, Arseny S Khakhalin
The neural circuits in the optic tectum of Xenopus tadpoles are selectively responsive to looming visual stimuli that resemble objects approaching the animal at a collision trajectory. This selectivity is required for adaptive collision avoidance behavior in this species, but its underlying mechanisms are not known. In particular, it is still unclear how the balance between the recurrent spontaneous network activity and the newly arriving sensory flow is set in this structure, and to what degree this balance is important for collision detection...
2016: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928507/life-history-linked-to-immune-investment-in-developing-amphibians
#18
Douglas C Woodhams, Sara C Bell, Laurent Bigler, Richard M Caprioli, Pierre Chaurand, Brianna A Lam, Laura K Reinert, Urs Stalder, Victoria M Vazquez, Klaus Schliep, Andreas Hertz, Louise A Rollins-Smith
The broad diversity of amphibian developmental strategies has been shaped, in part, by pathogen pressure, yet trade-offs between the rate of larval development and immune investment remain poorly understood. The expression of antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) in skin secretions is a crucial defense against emerging amphibian pathogens and can also indirectly affect host defense by influencing the composition of skin microbiota. We examined the constitutive or induced expression of AMPs in 17 species at multiple life-history stages...
2016: Conservation Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927101/development-of-erythroid-progenitors-under-erythropoietin-stimulation-in-xenopus-laevis-larval-liver
#19
Takehito Okui, Sakiko Hosozawa, Satoka Kohama, Shingo Fujiyama, Shun Maekawa, Hiroshi Muto, Takashi Kato
Erythroid progenitors that respond to erythropoietin (Epo) are present in the liver of adult Xenopus laevis. However, cells responding to Epo in the larval liver and through the metamorphosis period under hepatic remodeling have not been characterized. In this study, tadpoles were staged using the tables of Nieuwkoop and Faber (NF). Liver cells from pre- (NF56) or post- (NF66) metamorphic stage were cultured in the presence of Epo. β2-globin mRNA expression peaked at day 7 after the start of culture. Larval β2-globin was highly expressed in NF56-derived cells, while adult β2-globinwas detected in those of NF66...
December 2016: Zoological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922015/cryoem-structure-of-the-methanospirillum-hungatei-archaellum-reveals-structural-features-distinct-from-the-bacterial-flagellum-and-type-iv-pili
#20
Nicole Poweleit, Peng Ge, Hong H Nguyen, Rachel R Ogorzalek Loo, Robert P Gunsalus, Z Hong Zhou
Archaea use flagella known as archaella-distinct both in protein composition and structure from bacterial flagella-to drive cell motility, but the structural basis of this function is unknown. Here, we report an atomic model of the archaella, based on the cryo electron microscopy (cryoEM) structure of the Methanospirillum hungatei archaellum at 3.4 Å resolution. Each archaellum contains ∼61,500 archaellin subunits organized into a curved helix with a diameter of 10 nm and average length of 10,000 nm...
December 5, 2016: Nature Microbiology
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