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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739598/sequence-based-mapping-and-genome-editing-reveal-mutations-in-stickleback-hps5-cause-oculocutaneous-albinism-and-the-casper-phenotype
#1
Craig T Miller, James C Hart
Here we present and characterize the spontaneous X-linked recessive mutation casper, which causes oculocutaneous albinism in threespine sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus). In humans, Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome results in pigmentation defects due to disrupted formation of the melanin-containing lysosomal-related organelle (LRO), the melanosome. casper mutants display not only reduced pigmentation of melanosomes in melanophores, but also reductions in the iridescent silver color from iridophores, while the yellow pigmentation from xanthophores appears unaffected...
July 24, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730343/age-at-maturation-has-sex-and-temperature-specific-effects-on-telomere-length-in-a-fish
#2
Kristina Noreikiene, Anna Kuparinen, Juha Merilä
Telomeres are highly conserved nucleoprotein structures which protect genome integrity. The length of telomeres is influenced by both genetic and environmental factors, but relatively little is known about how different hereditary and environmental factors interact in determining telomere length. We manipulated growth rates and timing of maturation by exposing full-sib nine-spined sticklebacks (Pungitius pungitius) to two different temperature treatments and quantified the effects of temperature treatments, sex, timing of maturation, growth rate and family (genetic influences) on telomere length...
July 20, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727201/gene-expression-stasis-and-plasticity-following-migration-into-a-foreign-environment
#3
Brian K Lohman, William E Stutz, Daniel I Bolnick
Selection against migrants is key to maintaining genetic differences between populations linked by dispersal. However, migrants may mitigate fitness costs by proactively choosing among available habitats, or by phenotypic plasticity. We previously reported that a reciprocal transplant of lake and stream stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) found little support for divergent selection. Here, we revisit that experiment to test whether phenotypic plasticity in gene expression may have helped migrants adjust to unfamiliar habitats...
July 20, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724727/a-cross-scale-trophic-cascade-from-large-predatory-fish-to-algae-in-coastal-ecosystems
#4
S Donadi, Å N Austin, U Bergström, B K Eriksson, J P Hansen, P Jacobson, G Sundblad, M van Regteren, J S Eklöf
Trophic cascades occur in many ecosystems, but the factors regulating them are still elusive. We suggest that an overlooked factor is that trophic interactions (TIs) are often scale-dependent and possibly interact across spatial scales. To explore the role of spatial scale for trophic cascades, and particularly the occurrence of cross-scale interactions (CSIs), we collected and analysed food-web data from 139 stations across 32 bays in the Baltic Sea. We found evidence of a four-level trophic cascade linking TIs across two spatial scales: at bay scale, piscivores (perch and pike) controlled mesopredators (three-spined stickleback), which in turn negatively affected epifaunal grazers...
July 26, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717391/transcriptional-mechanisms-underlying-life-history-responses-to-climate-change-in-the-three-spined-stickleback
#5
Sin-Yeon Kim, Maria M Costa, Anna Esteve-Codina, Alberto Velando
Phenotypic plasticity, the ability of an organism to express different phenotypes depending on the environment, provides an important mechanism by which an animal population can persist under rapid climate change. We experimentally tested both life-history and transcriptional responses of an ecological model species, the three-spined stickleback, to warm acclimation at the southern edge of its European range. We explored cross-environment genetic correlations of key life-history traits in male sticklebacks exposed to long-term temperature changes to examine whether the plasticity pattern was variable among genotypes by using a character-state approach...
August 2017: Evolutionary Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704398/temporal-dynamics-of-neurogenomic-plasticity-in-response-to-social-interactions-in-male-threespined-sticklebacks
#6
Syed Abbas Bukhari, Michael C Saul, Christopher H Seward, Huimin Zhang, Miles Bensky, Noelle James, Sihai Dave Zhao, Sriram Chandrasekaran, Lisa Stubbs, Alison M Bell
Animals exhibit dramatic immediate behavioral plasticity in response to social interactions, and brief social interactions can shape the future social landscape. However, the molecular mechanisms contributing to behavioral plasticity are unclear. Here, we show that the genome dynamically responds to social interactions with multiple waves of transcription associated with distinct molecular functions in the brain of male threespined sticklebacks, a species famous for its behavioral repertoire and evolution. Some biological functions (e...
July 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667780/gene-flow-and-selection-interact-to-promote-adaptive-divergence-in-regions-of-low-recombination
#7
Kieran Samuk, Greg L Owens, Kira E Delmore, Sara Miller, Diana J Rennison, Dolph Schluter
Adaptation to new environments often occurs in the face of gene flow. Under these conditions,gene flow and recombination can impede adaptation by breaking down linkage disequilibrium between locally adapted alleles. Theory predicts that this decay can be halted or slowed if adaptive alleles are tightly linked in regions of low recombination, potentially favoring divergence and adaptive evolution in these regions over others. Here, we compiled a global genomic dataset of over 1300 individual threespine stickleback from 52 populations and compared the tendency for adaptive alleles to occur in regions of low recombination between populations that diverged with or without gene flow...
July 1, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616179/prediction-of-harmful-variants-on-mitochondrial-genes-test-of-habitat-dependent-and-demographic-effects-in-a-euryhaline-fish
#8
Anti Vasemägi, Janne Sulku, Matthieu Bruneaux, Olaf Thalmann, Hannu Mäkinen, Mikhail Ozerov
Both effective population size and life history may influence the efficacy of purifying selection, but it remains unclear if the environment affects the accumulation of weakly deleterious nonsynonymous polymorphisms. We hypothesize that the reduced energetic cost of osmoregulation in brackish water habitat may cause relaxation of selective constraints at mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) genes. To test this hypothesis, we analyzed 57 complete mitochondrial genomes of Pungitius pungitius collected from brackish and freshwater habitats...
June 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601012/diclofenac-affects-kidney-histology-in-the-three-spined-stickleback-gasterosteus-aculeatus-at-low-%C3%AE-g-l-concentrations
#9
Johanna Näslund, Jerker Fick, Noomi Asker, Elisabet Ekman, D G Joakim Larsson, Leif Norrgren
Diclofenac, a commonly used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, is considered for regulation under the European water framework directive. This is because effects on fish have been reported at concentrations around those regularly found in treated sewage effluents (∼1μg/L). However, a recent publication reports no effects on fish at 320μg/L. In this study, three-spined sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus) were exposed to 0, 4.6, 22, 82 and 271μg/L diclofenac in flow-through systems for 28days using triplicate aquaria per concentration...
May 31, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590028/phenotypic-plasticity-drives-a-depth-gradient-in-male-conspicuousness-in-threespine-stickleback-gasterosteus-aculeatus
#10
Chad D Brock, Molly E Cummings, Daniel I Bolnick
Signal evolution is thought to depend on both a signal's detectability or conspicuousness (signal design) as well as any extractable information it may convey to a potential receiver (signal content). While theoretical and empirical work in sexual selection has largely focused on signal content, there has been a steady accrual of evidence that signal design is also important for trait evolution. Despite this, relatively little attention has been paid to spatial variation in the conspicuousness of a given signal, especially over small spatial scales (relative to an organism's dispersal distance)...
June 7, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588142/recent-evolution-of-extreme-cestode-growth-suppression-by-a-vertebrate-host
#11
Jesse N Weber, Natalie C Steinel, Kum Chuan Shim, Daniel I Bolnick
Parasites can be a major cause of natural selection on hosts, which consequently evolve a variety of strategies to avoid, eliminate, or tolerate infection. When ecologically similar host populations present disparate infection loads, this natural variation can reveal immunological strategies underlying adaptation to infection and population divergence. For instance, the tapeworm Schistocephalus solidus persistently infects 0-80% of threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) in lakes on Vancouver Island...
June 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587593/low-genetic-and-phenotypic-divergence-in-a-contact-zone-between-freshwater-and-marine-sticklebacks-gene-flow-constrains-adaptation
#12
Susanne Holst Pedersen, Anne-Laure Ferchaud, Mia S Bertelsen, Dorte Bekkevold, Michael M Hansen
BACKGROUND: Distinct hybrid zones and phenotypic and genomic divergence is often observed between marine and freshwater threespine sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus). Nevertheless, cases also exist where marine-freshwater divergence is diffuse despite seemingly similar environmental settings. In order to assess what characterizes these highly different outcomes, we focused on the latter kind of system in the Odder River, Denmark. Here, a previous study based on RAD (Restriction site Associated DNA) sequencing found non-significant genome-wide differentiation between marine and freshwater sticklebacks...
June 6, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576775/cold-fusion-massive-karyotype-evolution-in-the-antarctic-bullhead-notothen-notothenia-coriiceps
#13
Angel Amores, Catherine A Wilson, Corey A H Allard, H William Detrich, John H Postlethwait
Half of all vertebrate species share a series of chromosome fusions that preceded the teleost genome duplication (TGD), but we do not understand the causative evolutionary mechanisms. The "Robertsonian-translocation hypothesis" suggests a regular fusion of each ancestral acro- or telocentric chromosome to just one other by centromere fusions, thus halving the karyotype. An alternative "genome-stirring hypothesis" posits haphazard and repeated fusions, inversions, and reciprocal and nonreciprocal translocations...
July 5, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571568/environmental-temperature-variation-influences-fitness-trade-offs-and-tolerance-in-a-fish-tapeworm-association
#14
Frederik Franke, Sophie A O Armitage, Megan A M Kutzer, Joachim Kurtz, Jörn P Scharsack
BACKGROUND: Increasing temperatures are predicted to strongly impact host-parasite interactions, but empirical tests are rare. Host species that are naturally exposed to a broad temperature spectrum offer the possibility to investigate the effects of elevated temperatures on hosts and parasites. Using three-spined sticklebacks, Gasterosteus aculeatus L., and tapeworms, Schistocephalus solidus (Müller, 1776), originating from a cold and a warm water site of a volcanic lake, we subjected sympatric and allopatric host-parasite combinations to cold and warm conditions in a fully crossed design...
June 2, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570029/plasticity-contributes-to-a-fine-scale-depth-gradient-in-sticklebacks-visual-system
#15
Thor Veen, Chad Brock, Diana Rennison, Daniel Bolnick
The light environment influences an animal's ability to forage, evade predators, and find mates, and consequently is known to drive local adaptation of visual systems. However, the light environment may also vary over fine spatial scales at which genetic adaptation is difficult. For instance, in aquatic systems the available wavelengths of light change over a few meters depth. Do animals plastically adjust their visual system to such small-scale environmental light variation? Here, we show that in threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus), opsin gene expression (an important determinant of colour vision) changes over a 2-meter vertical gradient in nest depth...
June 1, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28562593/frequency-dependence-limits-divergent-evolution-by-favouring-rare-immigrants-over-residents
#16
Daniel I Bolnick, William E Stutz
Two distinct forms of natural selection promote adaptive biological diversity. Divergent selection occurs when different environments favour different phenotypes, leading to increased differences between populations. Negative frequency-dependent selection occurs when rare variants within a population are favoured over common ones, increasing diversity within populations. These two diversifying forces promote genetic variation at different spatial scales, and may act in opposition, but their relative effects remain unclear because they are rarely measured concurrently...
June 8, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545861/characterization-of-autonomous-families-of-tc1-mariner-transposons-in-neoteleost-genomes
#17
Bo Gao, Wei Chen, Dan Shen, Saisai Wang, Cai Chen, Li Zhang, Wei Wang, Xiaoyan Wang, Chengyi Song
We report the comprehensive analysis of Tc1/mariner transposons in six species of neoteleost (cod, tetraodon, fugu, medaka, stickleback, and tilapia) for which draft sequences are available. In total, 33 Tc1/mariner families were identified in these neoteleost genomes, with 3-7 families in each species. Thirty of these are in full length and designed as autonomous families, and were classified into the DD34E (Tc1) and DD×D (pogo) groups. The DD34E (Tc1) group was further classified into five clusters (Passport-like, SB-like, Frog Prince-like, Minos-like, and Bari-like)...
August 2017: Marine Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544317/fish-parasite-dinoflagellates-haidadinium-ichthyophilum-and-piscinoodinium-share-a-recent-common-ancestor
#18
Elisabeth Hehenberger, Erick R James, Javier Del Campo, John A Buckland-Nicks, Thomas E Reimchen, Patrick J Keeling
The dinoflagellate Haidadinium ichthyophilum Buckland-Nicks, Reimchen and Garbary 1997 is an ectoparasite of the spine-deficient, three-spine stickleback Gasterosteus aculeatus L. Reimchen 1984, a fish endemic to Rouge Lake, Haida Gwaii. Haidadinium ichthyophilum proved difficult to assign taxonomically, because its morphology and complex life cycle exhibited defining characteristics of both autotrophic and heterotrophic dinoflagellates, and was tentatively assigned to the Phytodiniales. Here, we characterized a 492bp-fragment of the small subunit ribosomal RNA (SSU rRNA) from preserved H...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534314/rapid-molecular-sexing-of-three-spined-sticklebacks-gasterosteus-aculeatus-l-based-on-large-y-chromosomal-insertions
#19
Theo C M Bakker, Thomas Giger, Joachim G Frommen, Carlo R Largiadèr
There is a need for rapid and reliable molecular sexing of three-spined sticklebacks, Gasterosteus aculeatus, the supermodel species for evolutionary biology. A DNA region at the 5' end of the sex-linked microsatellite Gac4202 was sequenced for the X chromosome of six females and the Y chromosome of five males from three populations. The Y chromosome contained two large insertions, which did not recombine with the phenotype of sex in a cross of 322 individuals. Genetic variation (SNPs and indels) within the insertions was smaller than on flanking DNA sequences...
August 2017: Journal of Applied Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516498/non-parallel-divergence-across-freshwater-and-marine-three-spined-stickleback-gasterosteus-aculeatus-populations
#20
J M Pujolar, A L Ferchaud, D Bekkevold, M M Hansen
This work investigated whether multiple freshwater populations of three-spined stickleback Gasterosteus aculeatus in different freshwater catchments in the Jutland Peninsula, Denmark, derived from the same marine populations show repeated adaptive responses. A total of 327 G. aculeatus collected at 13 sampling locations were screened for genetic variation using a combination of 70 genes putatively under selection and 26 neutral genes along with a marker linked to the ectodysplasin gene (eda), which is strongly correlated with plate armour morphs in the species...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Fish Biology
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