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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524068/detection-of-magnetic-field-properties-using-distributed-sensing-a-computational-neuroscience-approach
#1
Brian K Taylor, Sönke Johnsen, Kenneth J Lohmann
Diverse taxa use Earth's magnetic field to aid both short- and long-distance navigation. Study of these behaviors has led to a variety of postulated sensory and processing mechanisms that remain unconfirmed. Although several models have been proposed to explain and understand these mechanisms' underpinnings, they have not necessarily connected a putative sensory signal to the nervous system. Using mathematical software simulation, hardware testing and the computational neuroscience tool of dynamic neural fields, the present work implements a previously developed conceptual model for processing magnetite-based magnetosensory data...
May 19, 2017: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501632/high-levels-of-maternally-transferred-mercury-disrupt-magnetic-responses-of-snapping-turtle-hatchlings-chelydra-serpentina
#2
Lukas Landler, Michael S Painter, Brittney Hopkins Coe, Paul W Youmans, William A Hopkins, John B Phillips
The Earth's magnetic field is involved in spatial behaviours ranging from long-distance migration to non-goal directed behaviours, such as spontaneous magnetic alignment (SMA). Mercury is a harmful pollutant most often generated from anthropogenic sources that can bio-accumulate in animal tissue over a lifetime. We compared SMA of hatchling snapping turtles from mothers captured at reference (i.e., low mercury) and mercury contaminated sites. Reference turtles showed radio frequency-dependent SMA along the north-south axis, consistent with previous studies of SMA, while turtles with high levels of maternally inherited mercury failed to show consistent magnetic alignment...
May 11, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446619/candidate-genes-mediating-magnetoreception-in-rainbow-trout-oncorhynchus-mykiss
#3
Robert R Fitak, Benjamin R Wheeler, David A Ernst, Kenneth J Lohmann, Sönke Johnsen
Diverse animals use Earth's magnetic field in orientation and navigation, but little is known about the molecular mechanisms that underlie magnetoreception. Recent studies have focused on two possibilities: (i) magnetite-based receptors; and (ii) biochemical reactions involving radical pairs. We used RNA sequencing to examine gene expression in the brain of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) after exposure to a magnetic pulse known to disrupt magnetic orientation behaviour. We identified 181 differentially expressed genes, including increased expression of six copies of the frim gene, which encodes a subunit of the universal iron-binding and trafficking protein ferritin...
April 2017: Biology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361169/magnetic-activation-in-the-brain-of-the-migratory-northern-wheatear-oenanthe-oenanthe
#4
D Elbers, M Bulte, F Bairlein, H Mouritsen, D Heyers
Behavioural and neurobiological evidence suggests the involvement of the visual and trigeminal sensory systems in avian magnetoreception. The constantly growing array of new genetic approaches becoming available to scientists would bear great potential to contribute to a generally accepted understanding of the mechanisms underlying this ability, but would require to breed migratory birds in captivity. Here we show that the transcontinental night-migratory Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe), which is currently the only migratory songbird successfully being bred in reasonable numbers in captivity, shows magnetic-field-induced neuronal activation in the trigeminal brainstem areas receiving their input through the ophthalmic branch of the trigeminal nerve...
March 30, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. A, Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356366/zebra-finches-have-a-light-dependent-magnetic-compass-similar-to-migratory-birds
#5
Atticus Pinzon-Rodriguez, Rachel Muheim
Birds have a light-dependent magnetic compass that provides information about the spatial alignment of the geomagnetic field. It is proposed to be located in the avian retina and mediated by a light-induced, radical-pair mechanism involving cryptochromes as sensory receptor molecules. To investigate how the behavioural responses of birds under different light spectra match with cryptochromes as the primary magnetoreceptor, we examined the spectral properties of the magnetic compass in zebra finches. We trained birds to relocate a food reward in a spatial orientation task using magnetic compass cues...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343270/magnetic-field-discrimination-learning-and-memory-in-the-yellow-stingray-urobatis-jamaicensis
#6
Kyle C Newton, Stephen M Kajiura
Elasmobranch fishes (sharks, skates, and rays) have been hypothesized to use the geomagnetic field as a cue for orienting and navigating across a wide range of spatial scales. Magnetoreception has been demonstrated in many invertebrate and vertebrate taxa, including elasmobranchs, but this sensory modality and the cognitive abilities of cartilaginous fishes are poorly studied. Wild caught yellow stingrays, Urobatis jamaicensis (N = 8), underwent conditioning to associate a magnetic stimulus with a food reward in order to elicit foraging behaviors...
March 25, 2017: Animal Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330921/linking-magnetite-in-the-abdomen-of-honey-bees-to-a-magnetoreceptive-function
#7
Veronika Lambinet, Michael E Hayden, Katharina Reigl, Surath Gomis, Gerhard Gries
Previous studies of magnetoreception in honey bees, Apis mellifera, focused on the identification of magnetic material, its formation, the location of the receptor and potential underlying sensory mechanisms, but never directly linked magnetic material to a magnetoreceptive function. In our study, we demonstrate that ferromagnetic material consistent with magnetite plays an integral role in the bees' magnetoreceptor. Subjecting lyophilized and pelletized bee tagmata to analyses by a superconducting quantum interference device generated a distinct hysteresis loop for the abdomen but not for the thorax or the head of bees, indicating the presence of ferromagnetic material in the bee abdomen...
March 29, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296939/can-a-hybrid-chemical-ferromagnetic-model-of-the-avian-compass-explain-its-outstanding-sensitivity-to-magnetic-noise
#8
Kirill Kavokin
While many properties of the magnetic compass of migratory birds are satisfactory explained within the chemical model of magnetoreception, its extreme sensitivity to radio-frequency magnetic fields remains a mystery. Apparently, this difficulty could be overcome if the magnetoreceptor model were augmented with a magnetite nanoparticle, which would amplify the magnetic field at the position of the magneto-sensitive cryptochrome molecule. However, comparison of the radio-frequency power used in the experiment with intrinsic magnetization noise of such a particle, estimated from the theory of fluctuations, shows that the required sensitivity cannot be reached with realistic parameters of iron-oxide nanocrystals...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263452/response-to-comments-by-frank-barnes-and-ben-greenebaum-on-a-physical-mechanism-of-magnetoreception-extension-and-analysis
#9
Frank S Prato, Vladimir N Binhi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 6, 2017: Bioelectromagnetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251303/spontaneous-magnetic-alignment-behaviour-in-free-living-lizards
#10
Francisco J Diego-Rasilla, Valentín Pérez-Mellado, Ana Pérez-Cembranos
Several species of vertebrates exhibit spontaneous longitudinal body axis alignment relative to the Earth's magnetic field (i.e., magnetic alignment) while they are performing different behavioural tasks. Since magnetoreception is still not fully understood, studying magnetic alignment provides evidence for magnetoreception and broadens current knowledge of magnetic sense in animals. Furthermore, magnetic alignment widens the roles of magnetic sensitivity in animals and may contribute to shed new light on magnetoreception...
April 2017: Die Naturwissenschaften
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220941/comments-on-vladimir-binhi-and-frank-prato-s-a-physical-mechanism-of-magnetoreception-extension-and-analysis
#11
Frank Barnes, Ben Greenebaum
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 21, 2017: Bioelectromagnetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176875/millitesla-magnetic-field-effects-on-the-photocycle-of-an-animal-cryptochrome
#12
Dean M W Sheppard, Jing Li, Kevin B Henbest, Simon R T Neil, Kiminori Maeda, Jonathan Storey, Erik Schleicher, Till Biskup, Ryan Rodriguez, Stefan Weber, P J Hore, Christiane R Timmel, Stuart R Mackenzie
Drosophila have been used as model organisms to explore both the biophysical mechanisms of animal magnetoreception and the possibility that weak, low-frequency anthropogenic electromagnetic fields may have biological consequences. In both cases, the presumed receptor is cryptochrome, a protein thought to be responsible for magnetic compass sensing in migratory birds and a variety of magnetic behavioural responses in insects. Here, we demonstrate that photo-induced electron transfer reactions in Drosophila melanogaster cryptochrome are indeed influenced by magnetic fields of a few millitesla...
February 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859403/a-physical-mechanism-of-magnetoreception-extension-and-analysis
#13
Vladimir N Binhi, Frank S Prato
Proposed is a general physical mechanism of magnetoreception of weak magnetic fields (MFs). The mechanism is based on classical precessional dynamics of a magnetic moment in a thermally disturbed environment and includes a minimum of necessary parameters-the gyromagnetic ratio, thermal relaxation time, and rate of downstream events generated by changes in the state of the magnetic moment. The mechanism imposes general restrictions on the probability of initial biophysical magnetic transduction event before the involvement of specific biophysical and biochemical mechanisms-i...
January 2017: Bioelectromagnetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858334/identification-of-medaka-magnetoreceptor-and-cryptochromes
#14
Yunzhi Wang, Jianbin Chen, Feng Zhu, Yunhan Hong
Magnetoreception is a hallmark ability of animals for orientation and migration via sensing and utilizing geomagnetic fields. Magnetoreceptor (MagR) and cryptochromes (Cry) have recently been identified as the basis for magnetoreception in Drosophila. However, it has remained unknown whether MagR and Cry have conserved roles in diverse animals. Here we report the identification and expression of magr and cry genes in the fish medaka (Oryzias latipes). Cloning and sequencing identified a single magr gene, four cry genes and one cry-like gene in medaka...
March 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27830725/multiscale-description-of-avian-migration-from-chemical-compass-to-behaviour-modeling
#15
J Boiden Pedersen, Claus Nielsen, Ilia A Solov'yov
Despite decades of research the puzzle of the magnetic sense of migratory songbirds has still not been unveiled. Although the problem really needs a multiscale description, most of the individual research efforts were focused on single scale investigations. Here we seek to establish a multiscale link between some of the scales involved, and in particular construct a bridge between electron spin dynamics and migratory bird behaviour. In order to do that, we first consider a model cyclic reaction scheme that could form the basis of the avian magnetic compass...
November 10, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798129/magnetic-fields-modulate-blue-light-dependent-regulation-of-neuronal-firing-by-cryptochrome
#16
Carlo N G Giachello, Nigel S Scrutton, Alex R Jones, Richard A Baines
Many animals are able to sense the Earth's geomagnetic field to enable behaviors such as migration. It is proposed that the magnitude and direction of the geomagnetic field modulates the activity of cryptochrome (CRY) by influencing photochemical radical pair intermediates within the protein. However, this proposal will remain theoretical until a CRY-dependent effect on a receptor neuron is shown to be modified by an external magnetic field (MF). It is established that blue-light (BL) photoactivation of CRY is sufficient to depolarize and activate Drosophila neurons...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27780072/sensory-matched-filters
#17
Eric J Warrant
As animals move through their environments they are subjected to an endless barrage of sensory signals. Of these, some will be of utmost importance, such as the tell-tale aroma of a potential mate, the distinctive appearance of a vital food source or the unmistakable sound of an approaching predator. Others will be less important. Indeed some will not be important at all. There are, for instance, wide realms of the sensory world that remain entirely undetected, simply because an animal lacks the physiological capacity to detect and analyse the signals that characterise this realm...
October 24, 2016: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27614751/identification-of-zebrafish-magnetoreceptor-and-cryptochrome-homologs
#18
Zuoqiong Zhou, Xiyang Peng, Jianbin Chen, Xiushan Wu, Yuequn Wang, Yunhan Hong
Magnetoreception is essential for magnetic orientation in animal migration. The molecular basis for magnetoreception has recently been elucidated in fruitfly as complexes between the magnetic receptor magnetoreceptor (MagR) and its ligand cryptochrome (Cry). MagR and Cry are present in the animal kingdom. However, it is unknown whether they perform a conserved role in diverse animals. Here we report the identification and expression of zebrafish MagR and Cry homologs towards understanding their roles in lower vertebrates...
December 2016: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27524094/magnetotactic-bacteria-and-magnetosomes-scope-and-challenges
#19
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Jobin John Jacob, K Suthindhiran
Geomagnetism aided navigation has been demonstrated by certain organisms which allows them to identify a particular location using magnetic field. This attractive technique to recognize the course was earlier exhibited in numerous animals, for example, birds, insects, reptiles, fishes and mammals. Magnetotactic bacteria (MTB) are one of the best examples for magnetoreception among microorganisms as the magnetic mineral functions as an internal magnet and aid the microbe to move towards the water columns in an oxic-anoxic interface (OAI)...
November 1, 2016: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27463133/extended-electron-transfer-in-animal-cryptochromes-mediated-by-a-tetrad-of-aromatic-amino-acids
#20
Daniel Nohr, Sophie Franz, Ryan Rodriguez, Bernd Paulus, Lars-Oliver Essen, Stefan Weber, Erik Schleicher
The cryptochrome/photolyase protein family possesses a conserved triad of tryptophans that may act as a molecular wire to transport electrons from the protein surface to the FAD cofactor for activation and/or signaling-state formation. Members from the animal (and animal-like) cryptochrome subclade use this process in a light-induced fashion in a number of exciting responses, such as the (re-)setting of circadian rhythms or magnetoreception; however, electron-transfer pathways have not been explored in detail yet...
July 26, 2016: Biophysical Journal
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