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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819055/temperature-effects-on-the-cardiorespiratory-control-of-american-bullfrog-tadpoles-based-on-a-non-invasive-methodology
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Leonardo S Longhini, Lucas A Zena, Glauber S F da Silva, Kênia C Bícego, Luciane H Gargaglioni
Temperature effects on cardiac autonomic tonus in amphibian larval stages have never been investigated. Therefore, we evaluated the effect of different temperatures (15°C, 25°C, and 30°C) on the cardiorespiratory rates and cardiac autonomic tonus of premetamorphic bullfrog tadpoles, Lithobates catesbeianus To this end, a non-invasive method was developed to permit measurements of electrocardiogram (ECG) and buccal movements (fB ; surface electromyography of the buccal floor). For evaluation of autonomic regulation, intraperitoneal injections of Ringer's solution (control), atropine (cholinergic muscarinic antagonist), and sotalol (β-adrenergic antagonist) were performed...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815589/tight-temporal-coupling-between-synaptic-rewiring-of-olfactory-glomeruli-and-the-emergence-of-odor-guided-behavior-in-xenopus-tadpoles
#2
Beatrice Terni, Paolo Pacciolla, Helena Masanas, Pau Gorostiza, Artur Llobet
Olfactory sensory neurons (OSNs) are chemoreceptors that establish excitatory synapses within glomeruli of the olfactory bulb. OSNs undergo continuous turnover throughout life, causing the constant replacement of their synaptic contacts. Using Xenopus tadpoles as an experimental system to investigate rewiring of glomerular connectivity, we show that novel OSN synapses can transfer information immediately after formation, mediating an olfactory-guided behavior. Tadpoles recover the ability to detect amino acids four days after bilateral olfactory nerve transection...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801886/effects-of-3-nitro-1-2-4-triazol-5-one-on-survival-growth-and-metamorphosis-in-the-northern-leopard-frog-lithobates-pipiens
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David A Pillard, William S Eck, Mark S Johnson, Stephanie Packard
New explosive formulations are being developed to be less sensitive to impact and inadvertent explosion, increasing safety for the warfighter. Since testing and training make environmental releases imminent, the toxicity of 3-nitro-1,2,4-triazol-5-one (NTO), a component of Insensitive Munitions eXplosive (IMX) formulations, was assessed in a one-generation study to the northern leopard frog (Lithobates ( = Rana) pipiens). Because NTO in water creates acidic conditions, acute studies were conducted with non-pH-adjusted NTO, while a long-term (70-d) study was conducted with neutralized NTO...
August 11, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799665/effects-of-chronic-cadmium-exposure-on-metamorphosis-skeletal-development-and-thyroid-endocrine-disruption-in-chinese-toad-bufo-gargarizans-tadpoles
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Nailiang Sun, Hongyuan Wang, Zongqi Ju, Hongfeng Zhao
The study examined the effects of chronic cadmium exposure on metamorphosis, body size, thyroid gland, and skeletal development of Chinese toad (Bufo gargarizans) tadpoles. Tadpoles were exposed to cadmium concentrations at 0, 5, 10, 50,100 and 500 μg/L from Gonser stage 26 to Gosner stage 46 of completion of metamorphosis. Our results showed 100 and 500 μg/L cadmium concentrations increased mortality and decelerated metamorphosis rate. In addition, significant body size reduction at Gosner stage 42 was observed at 100 and 500 μg/L cadmium treatments (p < 0...
August 11, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795134/in-vivo-analysis-of-the-neurovascular-niche-in-the-developing-xenopus-brain
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Melissa Lau, Jianli Li, Hollis T Cline
The neurovascular niche is a specialized microenvironment formed by the interactions between neural progenitor cells (NPCs) and the vasculature. While it is thought to regulate adult neurogenesis by signaling through vascular-derived soluble cues or contacted-mediated cues, less is known about the neurovascular niche during development. In Xenopus laevis tadpole brain, NPCs line the ventricle and extend radial processes tipped with endfeet to the vascularized pial surface. Using in vivo labeling and time-lapse imaging in tadpoles, we find that intracardial injection of fluorescent tracers rapidly labels Sox2/3-expressing NPCs and that vascular-circulating molecules are endocytosed by NPC endfeet...
July 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790317/different-effects-of-accelerated-development-and-enhanced-growth-on-oxidative-stress-and-telomere-shortening-in-amphibian-larvae
#6
Pablo Burraco, Carmen Díaz-Paniagua, Ivan Gomez-Mestre
Organisms react to environmental changes through plastic responses that often involve physiological alterations with the potential to modify life-history traits and fitness. Environmentally induced shifts in growth and development in species with complex life cycles determine the timing of transitions between subsequent life stages, as well as body condition at transformation, which greatly determine survival at later stages. Here we show that spadefoot toad larvae surviving pond drying and predators experienced marked alterations in growth and development, and in their fat reserves, oxidative stress, and relative telomere length...
August 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768472/phenotypic-integration-mediated-by-hormones-associations-among-digit-ratios-body-size-and-testosterone-during-tadpole-development
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Leandro Lofeu, Renata Brandt, Tiana Kohlsdorf
BACKGROUND: Developmental associations often explain phenotypic integration. The intersected hormonal regulation of ontogenetic processes fosters predictions of steroid-mediated phenotypic integration among sexually dimorphic traits, a statement defied by associations between classical dimorphism predictors (e.g. body size) and traits that apparently lack sex-specific functions (e.g. ratios between the lengths of Digits II and IV - 2D:4D). Developmental bases of female-biased 2D:4D have been identified, but these remain unclear for taxa presenting male-biased 2D:4D (e...
August 2, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765211/the-zahn-drawings-new-illustrations-of-xenopus-embryo-and-tadpole-stages-for-studies-of-craniofacial-development
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Natalya Zahn, Michael Levin, Dany Spencer Adams
The embryos and tadpoles of the frog Xenopus are increasingly important subjects for studies of the development of the head and face - studies that are providing novel and crucial insight into the causes and prevention of a suite of devastating birth defects, as well as basic evolutionary and developmental biology. However, many studies are conducted on a range of embryonic stages that are not fully represented in the beloved Xenopus resource, Nieuwkoop and Faber's classic Normal Table of Xenopus laevis (Daudin) The lack of standardized images at these stages acts as a barrier to the efficient and accurate representation and communication of experimental methodology and expression data...
August 1, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763165/a-pesticide-paradox-fungicides-indirectly-increase-fungal-infections
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Jason R Rohr, Jenise Brown, William A Battaglin, Taegan A McMahon, Rick A Relyea
There are many examples where the use of chemicals have had profound unintended consequences, such as fertilizers reducing crop yields (paradox of enrichment) and insecticides increasing insect pests (by reducing natural biocontrol). Recently, the application of agrochemicals, such as agricultural disinfectants and fungicides, has been explored as an approach to curb the pathogenic fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), which is associated with worldwide amphibian declines. However, the long-term, net effects of early-life exposure to these chemicals on amphibian disease risk have not been thoroughly investigated...
August 1, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758360/essential-roles-of-thyroid-hormone-regulated-hyaluronan-cd44-signaling-in-adult-stem-cell-development-during-xenopus-laevis-intestinal-remodeling
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Takashi Hasebe, Kenta Fujimoto, Mitsuko Kajita, Atsuko Ishizuya-Oka
In the amphibian intestine during metamorphosis, thyroid hormone (TH) induces some larval epithelial cells to dedifferentiate into stem cells, which generate the adult epithelium analogous to the mammalian intestinal epithelium. We have previously shown that the canonical Wnt signaling pathway is involved in adult epithelial development in the Xenopus laevis intestine. To understand the function of this pathway more precisely, we here focused on CD44, a major Wnt target, which has been identified as a TH response gene in the X...
July 31, 2017: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752787/the-xenopus-tadpole-an-in-vivo-model-to-screen-drugs-favoring-remyelination
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Abdelkrim Mannioui, Quentin Vauzanges, Jean Baptiste Fini, Esther Henriet, Somya Sekizar, Loris Azoyan, Jean Léon Thomas, David Du Pasquier, Carine Giovannangeli, Barbara Demeneix, Catherine Lubetzki, Bernard Zalc
BACKGROUND: In multiple sclerosis, development of screening tools for remyelination-promoting molecules is timely. OBJECTIVE: A Xenopus transgenic line allowing conditional ablation of myelinating oligodendrocytes has been adapted for in vivo screening of remyelination-favoring molecules. METHODS: In this transgenic, the green fluorescent protein reporter is fused to E. coli nitroreductase and expressed specifically in myelinating oligodendrocytes...
July 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752326/modified-whole-mount-in-situ-hybridisation-and-immunohistochemistry-protocols-without-removal-of-the-vitelline-membrane-in-the-appendicularian-oikopleura-dioica
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Takeshi A Onuma, Masaki Matsuo, Hiroki Nishida
The appendicularian Oikopleura dioica is a planktonic chordate that retains a tadpole shape throughout its life. Its simple and transparent body, invariant cell lineages, fast development and available genome and transcriptome resources make it a promising model organism for research in developmental biology. However, large-scale analysis of gene expression in O. dioica is limited owing to the laborious and time-consuming process of manual removal of the vitelline membrane, because devitellinisation of pre-hatching embryos causes failure of normal development...
July 27, 2017: Development Genes and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743885/genome-wide-identification-of-thyroid-hormone-receptor-targets-in-the-remodeling-intestine-during-xenopus-tropicalis-metamorphosis
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Liezhen Fu, Biswajit Das, Kazuo Matsuura, Kenta Fujimoto, Rachel A Heimeier, Yun-Bo Shi
Thyroid hormone (T3) affects development and metabolism in vertebrates. We have been studying intestinal remodeling during T3-dependent Xenopus metamorphosis as a model for organ maturation and formation of adult organ-specific stem cells during vertebrate postembryonic development, a period characterized by high levels of plasma T3. T3 is believed to affect development by regulating target gene transcription through T3 receptors (TRs). While many T3 response genes have been identified in different animal species, few have been shown to be direct target genes in vivo, especially during development...
July 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739643/histone-methyltransferase-dot1l-is-a-coactivator-for-thyroid-hormone-receptor-during-xenopus-development
#14
Luan Wen, Liezhen Fu, Yun-Bo Shi
Histone modifications are associated with transcriptional regulation by diverse transcription factors. Genome-wide correlation studies have revealed that histone activation marks and repression marks are associated with activated and repressed gene expression, respectively. Among the histone activation marks is histone H3 K79 methylation, which is carried out by only a single methyltransferase, disruptor of telomeric silencing-1-like (DOT1L). We have been studying thyroid hormone (T3)-dependent amphibian metamorphosis in two highly related species, the pseudo-tetraploid Xenopus laevis and diploid Xenopus tropicalis, as a model for postembryonic development, a period around birth in mammals that is difficult to study...
July 24, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732178/reproductive-plasticity-in-the-nematode-gyrinicola-batrachiensis-does-an-intermediate-reproductive-strategy-exist-in-sexually-reproducing-didelphic-pinworms
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Jasmine N Childress, Sean C Rogers, Matthew G Bolek, Gabriel J Langford
Phenotypic plasticity is a process in which multiple phenotypes arise from one genotype due to environmental selection pressures. Gyrinicola batrachiensis has a heterogeneous reproductive strategy such that females reproduce either via parthogenesis with thick-shelled eggs in a single uterus or sexual reproduction with thick and thin-shelled eggs in separate uterine horns. No evidence exists that strains of G. batrachiensis are able to switch between parthenogenetic and sexual reproduction. Thin-shelled eggs are autoinfective while thick-shelled eggs act as transmission agents once shed into the aquatic environment...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729558/early-life-disruption-of-amphibian-microbiota-decreases-later-life-resistance-to-parasites
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Sarah A Knutie, Christina L Wilkinson, Kevin D Kohl, Jason R Rohr
Changes in the early-life microbiota of hosts might affect infectious disease risk throughout life, if such disruptions during formative times alter immune system development. Here, we test whether an early-life disruption of host-associated microbiota affects later-life resistance to infections by manipulating the microbiota of tadpoles and challenging them with parasitic gut worms as adults. We find that tadpole bacterial diversity is negatively correlated with parasite establishment in adult frogs: adult frogs that had reduced bacterial diversity as tadpoles have three times more worms than adults without their microbiota manipulated as tadpoles...
July 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729557/antifungal-treatment-of-wild-amphibian-populations-caused-a-transient-reduction-in-the-prevalence-of-the-fungal-pathogen-batrachochytrium-dendrobatidis
#17
Corina C Geiger, Cindy Bregnard, Elodie Maluenda, Maarten J Voordouw, Benedikt R Schmidt
Emerging infectious diseases can drive host populations to extinction and are a major driver of biodiversity loss. Controlling diseases and mitigating their impacts is therefore a priority for conservation science and practice. Chytridiomycosis is a devastating disease of amphibians that is caused by the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), and for which there is an urgent need to develop mitigation methods. We treated tadpoles of the common midwife toad (Alytes obstetricans) with antifungal agents using a capture-treat-release approach in the field...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728910/rapid-differentiation-of-bacterial-communities-using-high-resolution-melting-analysis
#18
Steven Everman, Shiao Y Wang
Analysis of microbial communities is of broad interest in biology and high throughput sequencing is now the preferred method. However, some studies may not need the level of detail high throughput sequencing provides and its cost may limit the number of samples that can be sequenced. High resolution melting analysis (HRM) of 16S rRNA gene variable regions has been proposed as an efficient and low cost method to prioritize samples for sequencing but more specific primers are needed and its efficacy needs to be confirmed...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725944/skin-bacterial-community-reorganization-following-metamorphosis-of-the-fire-bellied-toad-bombina-orientalis
#19
Arnaud Bataille, Larisa Lee-Cruz, Binu Tripathi, Bruce Waldman
In organisms with complex life histories, dramatic changes in microbial community structure may occur with host development and immune system maturation. Amphibian host susceptibility to diseases such as chytridiomycosis may be affected by the reorganization of skin microbial community structure that occurs during metamorphosis. We tracked changes in the bacterial communities inhabiting skin of Korean fire-bellied toads (Bombina orientalis) that we infected as tadpoles with different strains of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), the pathogenic fungus that causes chytridiomycosis...
July 19, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725556/de-novo-transcriptome-assembly-for-the-lung-of-the-ornamented-pygmy-frog-microhyla-fissipes
#20
Lusha Liu, Shouhong Wang, Lanying Zhao, Jianping Jiang
Microhyla fissipes, belonging to Neobatrachia, is a new model organism to study developmental biology, adaptive mechanisms from aquatic to terrestrial life, environmental toxicology, and human disease. M. fissipes use of lungs soon after hatching makes it extremely valuable for the study of lung function and development mechanisms. However, our knowledge of genes and pathways associated with lung development in M. fissipes is very limited. In this study, we conducted de novo transcriptome assembly for the lung of M...
September 2017: Genomics Data
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