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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230097/evidence-for-risk-extrapolation-in-decision-making-by-tadpoles
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Adam L Crane, Maud C O Ferrari
Through time, the activity patterns, morphology, and development of both predators and prey change, which in turn alter the relative vulnerability of prey to their coexisting predators. Recognizing these changes can thus allow prey to make optimal decisions by projecting risk trends into the future. We used tadpoles (Lithobates sylvaticus) to test the hypothesis that tadpoles can extrapolate information about predation risk from past information. We exposed tadpoles to an odour that represented either a temporally consistent risk or an increasing risk...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229543/developmental-trajectories-of-amphibian-microbiota-response-to-bacterial-therapy-depends-on-initial-community-structure
#2
Leyla R Davis, Laurent Bigler, Douglas C Woodhams
Improving host health through microbial manipulation requires untangling factors that shape the microbiome. There is currently little understanding of how initial community structure may drive the microbiota trajectory across host development or influence bacterial therapy. Probiotic baths of surface symbionts, Pseudomonas fluorescens and Flavobacterium johnsoniae were administered to 240 tadpoles of the midwife toad, Alytes obstetricans in semi-natural outdoor mesocosms originating from geographically and genetically distinct populations in Switzerland...
February 22, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216318/circuit-homology-between-decussating-pathways-in-the-ciona-larval-cns-and-the-vertebrate-startle-response-pathway
#3
Kerrianne Ryan, Zhiyuan Lu, Ian A Meinertzhagen
Comparing synaptic circuits and networks between brains of different animal groups helps us derive an understanding of how nervous systems might have evolved. The circuits of the startle response pathway in the brains of tailed vertebrates are known from electrophysiological studies on the giant reticulospinal Mauthner cells (M-cells). To identify morphological counterparts in chordate tunicates, a sister group of vertebrates [1, 2], we have compiled a densely reconstructed connectome (defined in [3]) for the CNS in the tadpole larva of Ciona intestinalis (L...
February 14, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213302/disrupting-effects-of-azocyclotin-to-the-hypothalamo-pituitary-gonadal-axis-and-reproduction-of-xenopus-laevis
#4
Shuying Li, Meng Li, Wenjun Gui, Qiangwei Wang, Guonian Zhu
Over the past few decades, the hazards associated with the extensive use of organictin compounds have become an issue of extreme concern, while at present the effects of these substances on amphibians remain poorly understood. In the present study, we chose azocyclotin, one of common use acaricides in China. We focused on sexual development and steroidogenesis disrupting effects of azocyclotin in the Xenopus laevis. Tadpoles were exposed to azocyclotin (0.05 and 0.5μg/L) for long-term (4 months) study. Results showed that exposure to azocyclotin caused developmental toxicity, including decreased survival, body weight, body length, gonadosomatic index, hepatosomatic index and female phenotype...
February 8, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208115/effects-of-%C3%AE-cypermethrin-enantiomers-on-the-growth-biochemical-parameters-and-bioaccumulation-in-rana-nigromaculata-tadpoles-of-the-anuran-amphibians
#5
Peng Xu, Ledan Huang
Populations of many amphibian species are declining worldwide in part because of pesticide contamination. As a surface water contaminant, α-cypermethrin may have severe ecological impacts on amphibians. Here, we examined the acute toxicity of α-cypermethrin enantiomers to dark-spotted frog Rana nigromaculata tadpoles at 24, 48, 72 and 96h, finding that the tadpoles were indeed sensitive to α-cypermethrin. The (S)-(1R, 3R)-enantiomer was approximately 29 times more toxic than the (R)-(1S, 3S)-enantiomer at 96h...
February 13, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202572/differential-regulation-of-nmda-receptors-by-d-serine-and-glycine-in-mammalian-spinal-locomotor-networks
#6
David Acton, Gareth Brian Miles
Activation of N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) requires the binding of a co-agonist, either D-serine or glycine, in addition to glutamate. Changes in occupancy of the co-agonist binding site are proposed to modulate neural networks including those controlling swimming in frog tadpoles. Here, we characterize regulation of the NMDAR co-agonist binding site in mammalian spinal locomotor networks. Blockade of NMDARs by D(-)-2-amino-5-phosphonopentanoic acid (D-APV) or 5,7-dichlorokynurenic acid reduced the frequency and amplitude of pharmacologically induced locomotor-related activity recorded from the ventral roots of spinal-cord preparations from neonatal mice...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197705/chronic-effects-of-fluoride-exposure-on-growth-metamorphosis-and-skeleton-development-in-bufo-gargarizans-larvae
#7
Lihong Chai, Hongyuan Wang, Hongfeng Zhao, Suiming Dong
Bufo gargarizans tadpoles were chronically exposed to waterborne fluoride at measured concentrations ranging from 0.4 to 61.2 mg F(-)/L for 70 days from Gosner stage 26 to completion of metamorphosis. The chronic exposure caused a concentration-dependent mortality in all tested fluoride concentrations. Total length, snout-to-vent length (SVL), body mass, and developmental stage of tadpoles were significantly inhibited at 42.6 mg F(-)/L. In addition, significant metamorphic delay and increase in size at completion of metamorphosis occurred after exposure to 19...
February 14, 2017: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190921/lethal-and-sublethal-effects-of-a-methomyl-based-insecticide-in-hoplobatrachus-rugulosus
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Waret Trachantong, Supap Saenphet, Kanokporn Saenphet, Monruedee Chaiyapo
The aim of this study was to investigate the lethal and sublethal toxicity of a methomyl-based insecticide in Hoplobatrachus rugulosus, as methomyl-based insecticides are applied in massive amounts and agrochemicals have effects on the decline in amphibian populations. To evaluate the toxic effects of methomyl from agricultural application, a methomyl-based insecticide containing 40% methomyl was selected. The median lethal concentration of 96 hours of methomyl exposure was 8.69 ppm for H. rugulosus tadpoles...
January 2017: Journal of Toxicologic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188691/zebrafish-transgenic-constructs-label-specific-neurons-in-xenopus-laevis-spinal-cord-and-identify-frog-v0v-spinal-neurons
#9
José L Juárez-Morales, Reyna I Martinez-De Luna, Michael E Zuber, Alan Roberts, Katharine E Lewis
A correctly functioning spinal cord is crucial for locomotion and communication between body and brain but there are fundamental gaps in our knowledge of how spinal neuronal circuitry is established and functions. To understand the genetic program that regulates specification and functions of this circuitry, we need to connect neuronal molecular phenotypes with physiological analyses. Studies using Xenopus laevis tadpoles have increased our understanding of spinal cord neuronal physiology and function, particularly in locomotor circuitry...
February 11, 2017: Developmental Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187674/a-new-species-of-poison-dart-frog-anura-dendrobatidae-from-manu-province-amazon-region-of-southeastern-peru-with-notes-on-its-natural-history-bioacoustics-phylogenetics-and-recommended-conservation-status
#10
Shirley J Serrano-Rojas, Andrew Whitworth, Jaime Villacampa, Rudolf VON May, Roberto C Gutiérrez, José M Padial, Juan C Chaparro
We describe and name a new species of poison-dart frog from the Amazonian slopes of the Andes in Manu Province, Madre de Dios Department, Peru; specifically within the Amarakaeri Communal Reserve and the buffer zone of Manu National Park. Ameerega shihuemoy sp. nov. is supported by a unique combination of characters: black dorsum with cream to light orange dorsolateral lines, blue belly reticulated with black, and the lack of axillary, thigh and calf flash marks. Within Ameerega, it shares the general appearance of A...
January 16, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179514/historical-amphibian-declines-and-extinctions-in-brazil-linked-to-chytridiomycosis
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Tamilie Carvalho, C Guilherme Becker, Luís Felipe Toledo
The recent increase in emerging fungal diseases is causing unprecedented threats to biodiversity. The origin of spread of the frog-killing fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) is a matter of continued debate. To date, the historical amphibian declines in Brazil could not be attributed to chytridiomycosis; the high diversity of hosts coupled with the presence of several Bd lineages predating the reported declines raised the hypothesis that a hypervirulent Bd genotype spread from Brazil to other continents causing the recent global amphibian crisis...
February 8, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173839/characterisation-of-larval-habitats-species-composition-and-factors-associated-with-the-seasonal-abundance-of-mosquito-fauna-in-gezira-sudan
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Mostafa M Mahgoub, Eliningaya J Kweka, Yousif E Himeidan
BACKGROUND: Larval source management (LSM), which requires an understanding of the ecology and composition of the local mosquito fauna, is an important parameter in successful vector control programmes. The present study was conducted to understand the distribution of larval habitats, species composition and factors associated with the seasonal abundance of mosquito larvae in Gezira irrigation Scheme in Gezira state, central Sudan. METHODS: Cross-sectional larval surveys were carried out in the communities of Barakat (urban) and El-Kareiba (semi-urban), in Wad Madani, Gezira...
February 8, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137240/ascidians-an-emerging-marine-model-for-drug-discovery-and-screening
#13
Rémi Dumollard, Ievgeniia Gazo, Isa D L Gomes, Lydia Besnardeau, Alex McDougall
Ascidians (tunicates; sea squirts) are marine animals which provide a source of diverse, bioactive natural products, and a model for toxicity screenings. Compounds isolated from ascidians comprise an approved anti-tumor drug and many others are potent drug leads. Furthermore, the use of invertebrate embryos for toxicological screening tests or analysis offers the possibility to image a large number of samples for high throughput screens. Ascidians are members of a sister clade to the vertebrates and make a vertebrate-like tadpole larva composed of less than 3000 cells in 18 hours...
January 29, 2017: Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131079/-1-h-nmr-based-metabolomics-reveals-sub-lethal-toxicity-of-a-mixture-of-diabetic-and-lipid-regulating-pharmaceuticals-on-amphibian-larvae
#14
Steven D Melvin, Leesa J Habener, Frederic D L Leusch, Anthony R Carroll
Pharmaceuticals are widely used for the treatment of various physical and psychological ailments. Due to incomplete removal during sewage treatment many pharmaceuticals are frequently detected in aquatic waterways at trace concentrations. The diversity of pharmaceutical contaminants and potential for complex mixtures to occur makes it very difficult to predict the toxicity of these compounds on wildlife, and robust methods are therefore needed to explore sub-lethal effects. Metabolic syndrome is one of the most widespread health concerns currently facing the human population, and various drugs, including anti-diabetic medications and lipid- and cholesterol-lowering fibrates and statins, are widely prescribed as treatment...
March 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120810/pouch-brooding-marsupial-frogs-transfer-nutrients-to-developing-embryos
#15
Robin W Warne, Alessandro Catenazzi
Marsupial frogs have a unique reproductive mode in which females carry eggs enclosed in a sealed dorsal brood pouch. While most anurans are considered to be oviparous with lecithotrophic eggs, the extensively vascularized membrane of the brood pouch in marsupial frogs suggests potential opportunities for nutrient transfer. We tested for matrotrophy in the live-bearing Gastrotheca excubitor (Hemiphractidae), through feeding insects labelled with a (13)C-fatty acid and a (15)N-amino acid to brooding marsupial frogs...
October 2016: Biology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109053/frogs-model-man-in-vivo-thyroid-hormone-signaling-during-development
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Laurent M Sachs, Daniel R Buchholz
Thyroid hormone (TH) signaling comprises TH transport across cell membranes, metabolism by deiodinases, and molecular mechanisms of gene regulation. Proper TH signaling is essential for normal perinatal development, most notably for neurogenesis and fetal growth. Knowledge of perinatal TH endocrinology needs improvement to provide better treatments for premature infants and endocrine diseases during gestation and to counteract effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals. Studies in amphibians have provided major insights to understand in vivo mechanisms of TH signaling...
January 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102835/spinal-cord-regeneration-in-xenopus-laevis
#17
Gabriela Edwards-Faret, Rosana Muñoz, Emilio E Méndez-Olivos, Dasfne Lee-Liu, Victor S Tapia, Juan Larraín
Here we present a protocol for the husbandry of Xenopus laevis tadpoles and froglets, and procedures to study spinal cord regeneration. This includes methods to induce spinal cord injury (SCI); DNA and morpholino electroporation for genetic studies; in vivo imaging for cell analysis; a swimming test to measure functional recovery; and a convenient model for screening for new compounds that promote neural regeneration. These protocols establish X. laevis as a unique model organism for understanding spinal cord regeneration by comparing regenerative and nonregenerative stages...
February 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095645/what-we-can-learn-from-a-tadpole-about-ciliopathies-and-airway-diseases-using-systems-biology-in-xenopus-to-study-cilia-and-mucociliary-epithelia
#18
REVIEW
Peter Walentek, Ian K Quigley
Over the past years, the Xenopus embryo has emerged as an incredibly useful model organism for studying the formation and function of cilia and ciliated epithelia in vivo. This has led to a variety of findings elucidating the molecular mechanisms of ciliated cell specification, basal body biogenesis, cilia assembly, and ciliary motility. These findings also revealed the deep functional conservation of signaling, transcriptional, post-transcriptional, and protein networks employed in the formation and function of vertebrate ciliated cells...
January 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
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
#19
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
#20
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
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