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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437583/natural-selection-on-mhc-ii%C3%AE-in-parapatric-lake-and-stream-stickleback-balancing-divergent-both-or-neither
#1
William E Stutz, Daniel I Bolnick
Major histocompatibility (MHC) genes encode proteins that play a central role in vertebrates' adaptive immunity to parasites. MHC loci are among the most polymorphic in vertebrates' genomes, inspiring many studies to identify evolutionary processes driving MHC polymorphism within populations, and divergence between populations. Leading hypotheses include balancing selection favoring rare alleles within populations, and spatially divergent selection. These hypotheses do not always produce diagnosably distinct predictions, causing many studies of MHC to yield inconsistent or ambiguous results...
April 24, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428852/stoichiometric-traits-of-stickleback-effects-of-genetic-background-rearing-environment-and-ontogeny
#2
Miguel Costa Leal, Rebecca J Best, Dan Durston, Rana W El-Sabaawi, Blake Matthews
Phenotypes can both evolve in response to, and affect, ecosystem change, but few examples of diverging ecosystem-effect traits have been investigated. Bony armor traits of fish are good candidates for this because they evolve rapidly in some freshwater fish populations, and bone is phosphorus rich and likely to affect nutrient recycling in aquatic ecosystems. Here, we explore how ontogeny, rearing environment, and bone allocation among body parts affect the stoichiometric phenotype (i.e., stoichiometric composition of bodies and excretion) of threespine stickleback...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399148/convergent-evolution-of-sws2-opsin-facilitates-adaptive-radiation-of-threespine-stickleback-into-different-light-environments
#3
David A Marques, John S Taylor, Felicity C Jones, Federica Di Palma, David M Kingsley, Thomas E Reimchen
Repeated adaptation to a new environment often leads to convergent phenotypic changes whose underlying genetic mechanisms are rarely known. Here, we study adaptation of color vision in threespine stickleback during the repeated postglacial colonization of clearwater and blackwater lakes in the Haida Gwaii archipelago. We use whole genomes from 16 clearwater and 12 blackwater populations, and a selection experiment, in which stickleback were transplanted from a blackwater lake into an uninhabited clearwater pond and resampled after 19 y to test for selection on cone opsin genes...
April 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393424/a-comparative-analysis-of-experimental-selection-on-the-stickleback-pelvis
#4
Sara E Miller, Mirjam Barrueto, Dolph Schluter
Mechanisms of natural selection can be identified using experimental approaches. However, such experiments often yield non-significant effects and imprecise estimates of selection due to low power and small sample sizes. Combining results from multiple experimental studies might produce an aggregate estimate of selection that is more revealing than individual studies. For example, bony pelvic armor varies conspicuously among stickleback populations, and predation by vertebrate and insect predators has been hypothesized to be the main driver of this variation...
April 9, 2017: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391321/host-genotype-and-microbiota-contribute-asymmetrically-to-transcriptional-variation-in-the-threespine-stickleback-gut
#5
Clayton M Small, Kathryn Milligan-Myhre, Susan Bassham, Karen Guillemin, William A Cresko
Recent studies of interactions between hosts and their resident microbes have revealed important ecological and evolutionary consequences that emerge from these complex interspecies relationships, including diseases that occur when the interactions go awry. Given the preponderance of these interactions, we hypothesized that effects of the microbiota on gene expression in the developing gut-an important aspect of host biology-would be pervasive, and that these effects would be both comparable in magnitude to and contingent on effects of the host genetic background...
March 1, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378278/parasitological-analysis-and-gill-histopathology-of-pearl-dace-semotilus-margarita-and-brook-stickleback-culaea-inconstans-collected-from-the-athabasca-oil-sands-area-canada
#6
J C Raine, M Pietrock, K Willner, K Chung, D Turcotte, J L Parrott
Pearl dace (Semotilus margarita) and brook stickleback (Culaea inconstans) were collected from tributaries of the Athabasca River (Alberta, Canada), upstream (reference site) and downstream of oil sands deposits where fish were expected to be exposed to naturally occurring oil sands constituents. The objective was to determine if fish collected from these sites exhibited differences in the prevalence or intensity of infection by parasites or in gill histology. Dace did not display significant differences in these parameters...
April 4, 2017: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373599/kidney-morphology-and-candidate-gene-expression-shows-plasticity-in-sticklebacks-adapted-to-divergent-osmotic-environments
#7
M Mehedi Hasan, Jacquelin DeFaveri, Satu Kuure, Surjya N Dash, Sanna Lehtonen, Juha Merilä, R J Scott McCairns
Novel physiological challenges in different environments can promote the evolution of divergent phenotypes, either through plastic or genetic changes. Environmental salinity serves as a key barrier to the distribution of nearly all aquatic organisms, and species diversification is likely to be enabled by adaptation to alternative osmotic environments. The threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) is a euryhaline species with populations found both in marine and freshwater environments. It has evolved both highly plastic and locally adapted phenotypes due to salinity-derived selection, but the physiological and genetic basis of adaptation to salinity is not fully understood...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350497/clines-arc-through-multivariate-morphospace
#8
Brian K Lohman, Daniel Berner, Daniel I Bolnick
Evolutionary biologists typically represent clines as spatial gradients in a univariate character (or a principal-component axis) whose mean changes as a function of location along a transect spanning an environmental gradient or ecotone. This univariate approach may obscure the multivariate nature of phenotypic evolution across a landscape. Clines might instead be plotted as a series of vectors in multidimensional morphospace, connecting sequential geographic sites. We present a model showing that clines may trace nonlinear paths that arc through morphospace rather than elongating along a single major trajectory...
April 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331580/environmental-enrichment-sexual-dimorphism-and-brain-size-in-sticklebacks
#9
Elisavet A Toli, Kristina Noreikiene, Jacquelin DeFaveri, Juha Merilä
Evidence for phenotypic plasticity in brain size and the size of different brain parts is widespread, but experimental investigations into this effect remain scarce and are usually conducted using individuals from a single population. As the costs and benefits of plasticity may differ among populations, the extent of brain plasticity may also differ from one population to another. In a common garden experiment conducted with three-spined sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus) originating from four different populations, we investigated whether environmental enrichment (aquaria provided with structural complexity) caused an increase in the brain size or size of different brain parts compared to controls (bare aquaria)...
March 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322743/an-experimental-approach-to-the-immuno-modulatory-basis-of-host-parasite-local-adaptation-in-tapeworm-infected-sticklebacks
#10
Madeleine Hamley, Frederik Franke, Joachim Kurtz, Jörn Peter Scharsack
The evolutionary arms race of hosts and parasites often results in adaptations, which may differ between populations. Investigation of such local adaptation becomes increasingly important to understand dynamics of host-parasite interactions and co-evolution. To this end we performed an infection experiment involving pairs of three-spined sticklebacks and their tapeworm parasite Schistocephalus solidus from three geographically separated origins (Germany, Spain and Iceland) in a fully-crossed design for sympatric and allopatric host/parasite combinations...
March 18, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320947/experimental-evidence-that-parasites-drive-eco-evolutionary-feedbacks
#11
Franziska S Brunner, Jaime M Anaya-Rojas, Blake Matthews, Christophe Eizaguirre
Host resistance to parasites is a rapidly evolving trait that can influence how hosts modify ecosystems. Eco-evolutionary feedbacks may develop if the ecosystem effects of host resistance influence selection on subsequent host generations. In a mesocosm experiment, using a recently diverged (<100 generations) pair of lake and stream three-spined sticklebacks, we tested how experimental exposure to a common fish parasite (Gyrodactylus spp.) affects interactions between hosts and their ecosystems in two environmental conditions (low and high nutrients)...
April 4, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318786/modulation-of-the-stress-response-in-wild-fish-is-associated-with-variation-in-dissolved-nitrate-and-nitrite
#12
Tom G Pottinger
Disruption of non-reproductive endocrine systems in wildlife by chemicals has received little attention but represents a potentially significant problem. Nitrate is a major anthropogenic contaminant in the freshwater aquatic environment and has been identified as a potential disrupter of endocrine function in aquatic animals. This study was conducted to investigate the relationship between the function of the neuroendocrine stress axis in fish and inorganic N loading along reaches of rivers receiving cumulative point source and diffuse chemical inputs...
March 15, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315773/the-time-enzyme-in-melatonin-biosynthesis-in-fish-day-night-expressions-of-three-aralkylamine-n-acetyltransferase-genes-in-three-spined-stickleback
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Ewa Kulczykowska, Agnieszka Kleszczyńska, Magdalena Gozdowska, Ewa Sokołowska
In vertebrates, aralkylamine N-acetyltransferase (AANAT; EC 2.3.1.87) is a time-keeping enzyme in melatonin (Mel) biosynthesis. Uniquely in fish, there are several AANAT isozymes belonging to two AANAT subfamilies, AANAT1 and AANAT2, which are encoded by distinct genes. The different substrate preferences, kinetics and spatial expression patterns of isozymes indicate that they may have different functions. In the three-spined stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus), there are three genes encoding three AANAT isozymes...
March 16, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299864/robust-inference-of-genetic-architecture-in-mapping-studies
#14
Jon Slate
The genetic architecture of a trait usually refers to the number and magnitude of loci that explain phenotypic variation. A description of genetic architecture can help us to understand how genetic variation is maintained, how traits have evolved and how phenotypes might respond to selection. However, linkage mapping and association studies can suffer from problems of bias, especially when conducted in natural populations where the opportunity to perform studies with very large sample sizes can be limited. In this issue of Molecular Ecology, Li and colleagues perform an association study of brain traits in ninespine sticklebacks Pungitius pungitius...
March 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261466/the-effect-of-top-predator-presence-and-phenotype-on-aquatic-microbial-communities
#15
Karen E Sullam, Blake Matthews, Thierry Aebischer, Ole Seehausen, Helmut Bürgmann
The presence of predators can impact a variety of organisms within the ecosystem, including microorganisms. Because the effects of fish predators and their phenotypic differences on microbial communities have not received much attention, we tested how the presence/absence, genotype, and plasticity of the predatory three-spine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) influence aquatic microbes in outdoor mesocosms. We reared lake and stream stickleback genotypes on contrasting food resources to adulthood, and then added them to aquatic mesocosm ecosystems to assess their impact on the planktonic bacterial community...
March 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242354/virulence-in-the-three-spined-stickleback-specific-parasite-schistocephalus-solidus-is-inherited-additively
#16
Marc Ritter, Martin Kalbe, Tina Henrich
Parasite virulence is a key trait in host-parasite interactions and plays a crucial role in infection dynamics. Our study system offers the rare opportunity to study the virulence of an individual macroparasite (Schistocephalus solidus) in its vertebrate fish host (Gasterosteus aculeatus). The size of the tapeworm in the fish can be regarded as a good proxy for individual parasite virulence, as parasite size correlates negatively with fitness traits of the stickleback host (i.e. the bigger the parasite, the lower the host's reproductive success) as well as directly with the number of parasite offspring to be expected...
February 24, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229564/diversification-of-hox-gene-clusters-in-osteoglossomorph-fish-in-comparison-to-other-teleosts-and-the-spotted-gar-outgroup
#17
Kyle J Martin, Peter W H Holland
An ancient genome duplication (TGD or 3R) occurred in teleost fish after divergence from the lineage leading to gar. This genome duplication is shared by the three extant teleost lineages: Osteoglossomorpha (bony-tongues), Elopomorpha (eels and tarpons), and Clupeocephala (a large clade including salmon, carp, medaka, zebrafish, cichlids, pufferfish, stickleback, and ∼26,000 other species). After TGD, different clupeocephalan species retained different gene duplicates; this is seen clearly in Hox gene clusters but extends to all genes...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part B, Molecular and Developmental Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216558/application-of-passive-sampling-to-characterise-the-fish-exometabolome
#18
Mark R Viant, Jessica Elphinstone Davis, Cathleen Duffy, Jasper Engel, Craig Stenton, Marion Sebire, Ioanna Katsiadaki
The endogenous metabolites excreted by organisms into their surrounding environment, termed the exometabolome, are important for many processes including chemical communication. In fish biology, such metabolites are also known to be informative markers of physiological status. While metabolomics is increasingly used to investigate the endogenous biochemistry of organisms, no non-targeted studies of the metabolic complexity of fish exometabolomes have been reported to date. In environmental chemistry, Chemcatcher(®) (Portsmouth, UK) passive samplers have been developed to sample for micro-pollutants in water...
February 14, 2017: Metabolites
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214359/gene-expression-plasticity-in-response-to-salinity-acclimation-in-threespine-stickleback-ecotypes-from-different-salinity-habitats
#19
Taylor C Gibbons, David C H Metzger, Timothy M Healy, Patricia M Schulte
Phenotypic plasticity is thought to facilitate the colonization of novel environments and shape the direction of evolution in colonizing populations. However, the relative prevalence of various predicted patterns of changes in phenotypic plasticity following colonization remain unclear. Here we use a whole-transcriptome approach to characterize patterns of gene expression plasticity in the gills of a freshwater-adapted and a saltwater-adapted ecotype of threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) exposed to a range of salinities...
February 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211194/a-field-reciprocal-transplant-experiment-reveals-asymmetric-costs-of-migration-between-lake-and-river-ecotypes-of-three-spined-sticklebacks-gasterosteus-aculeatus
#20
Joshka Kaufmann, Tobias L Lenz, Martin Kalbe, Manfred Milinski, Christophe Eizaguirre
Theory of local adaptation predicts that non-adapted migrants will suffer increased costs compared to local residents. Ultimately this process can result in the reduction of gene flow and culminate in speciation. Here, we experimentally investigated the relative fitness of migrants in foreign habitats, focusing on diverging lake and river ecotypes of three-spined sticklebacks. A reciprocal transplant experiment performed in the field revealed asymmetric costs of migration: while mortality of river fish was increased under lake conditions, lake migrants suffered from reduced growth relative to river residents...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
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