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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921343/complete-genome-sequence-of-streptococcus-troglodytae-tku31-isolated-from-an-oral-cavity-of-chimpanzee-pan-troglodytes
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Masaaki Okamoto, Mariko Naito, Mayu Miyanohara, Susumu Imai, Yoshiaki Nomura, Wataru Saito, Yasuko Momoi, Kazuko Takada, Takako Miyabe-Nishiwaki, Masaki Tomonaga, Nobuhiro Hanada
Streptococcus troglodytae TKU31 was isolated from an oral cavity of chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes), and it is the most closely related species to Streptococcus mutans among the mutans group streptococci. The complete sequence of TKU31 genome consisted of a single circular chromosome that was 2,097,874 base pairs in length, with a G + C content of 37.18%. It possessed a total of 2,082 coding sequences (CDSs), 65 tRNAs and five rRNA operons (15 rRNAs). Two clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPRs), six insertion sequences (IS) and two predicted prophage elements were identified...
December 6, 2016: Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919697/apes-submentalise
#2
Cecilia Heyes
Making subtle and extensive use of eye-tracking technology, Krupenye and colleagues showed that, like human infants, great apes - chimpanzees, bonobos and orangutans - can accurately anticipate the goal-directed behaviour of an agent that holds a false belief. How do they do it, by mentalising or by submentalising?
December 2, 2016: Trends in Cognitive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918977/young-children-but-not-chimpanzees-are-averse-to-disadvantageous-and-advantageous-inequities
#3
Julia Ulber, Katharina Hamann, Michael Tomasello
The age at which young children show an aversion to inequitable resource distributions, especially those favoring themselves, is unclear. It is also unclear whether great apes, as humans' nearest evolutionary relatives, have an aversion to inequitable resource distributions at all. Using a common methodology across species and child ages, the current two studies found that 3- and 4-year-old children (N=64) not only objected when they received less than a collaborative partner but also sacrificed to equalize when they received more...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916968/ion-channel-activity-of-vpu-proteins-is-conserved-throughout-evolution-of-hiv-1-and-siv
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Timo Greiner, Sebastian Bolduan, Brigitte Hertel, Christine Groß, Kay Hamacher, Ulrich Schubert, Anna Moroni, Gerhard Thiel
The human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) protein Vpu is encoded exclusively by HIV-1 and related simian immunodeficiency viruses (SIVs). The transmembrane domain of the protein has dual functions: it counteracts the human restriction factor tetherin and forms a cation channel. Since these two functions are causally unrelated it remains unclear whether the channel activity has any relevance for viral release and replication. Here we examine structure and function correlates of different Vpu homologs from HIV-1 and SIV to understand if ion channel activity is an evolutionary conserved property of Vpu proteins...
December 1, 2016: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910886/sequential-information-in-a-great-ape-utterance
#5
Pawel Fedurek, Klaus Zuberbühler, Christoph D Dahl
Birdsong is a prime example of acoustically sophisticated vocal behaviour, but its complexity has evolved mainly through sexual selection to attract mates and repel sexual rivals. In contrast, non-human primate calls often mediate complex social interactions, but are generally regarded as acoustically simple. Here, we examine arguably the most complex call in great ape vocal communication, the chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) 'pant hoot'. This signal consists of four acoustically distinct phases: introduction, build-up, climax and let-down...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910885/bonobo-personality-traits-are-heritable-and-associated-with-vasopressin-receptor-gene-1a-variation
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Nicky Staes, Alexander Weiss, Philippe Helsen, Marisa Korody, Marcel Eens, Jeroen M G Stevens
Despite being closely related, bonobos and chimpanzees show remarkable behavioral differences, the proximate origins of which remain unknown. This study examined the link between behavioral variation and variation in the vasopressin 1a receptor gene (Avpr1a) in bonobos. Chimpanzees are polymorphic for a ~360 bp deletion (DupB), which includes a microsatellite (RS3) in the 5' promoter region of Avpr1a. In chimpanzees, the DupB deletion has been linked to lower sociability, lower social sensitivity, and higher anxiety...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910805/ebola-virus-vaccines-where-do-we-stand
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REVIEW
Vincent Pavot
The recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa has led to more than 11,000 deaths, with a peak in mortality from August through December of 2014. A meeting convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) in September 2014, concluded that an urgent unmet need exists for efficacy and safety testing of the Ebola virus vaccine candidates and that clinical trials should be expedited. These vaccines could be used both in an outbreak setting and to provide long-term protection in populations at risk of sporadic outbreaks...
October 28, 2016: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908673/darwin-comes-to-clinic
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Arthur L Beaudet
What might be the benefits of whole-genome rather than whole-exome sequencing (WES) for identifying the genetic causes of human disabilities? A recent paper by Doan et al. focuses attention on mutations in human accelerated regions (HARs), a subset of genomic regulatory elements showing accelerated evolution between chimpanzees and humans.
November 28, 2016: Trends in Genetics: TIG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908639/animal-models-of-respiratory-syncytial-virus-infection
#9
Geraldine Taylor
Human respiratory syncytial virus (hRSV) is a major cause of respiratory disease and hospitalisation of infants, worldwide, and is also responsible for significant morbidity in adults and excess deaths in the elderly. There is no licensed hRSV vaccine or effective therapeutic agent. However, there are a growing number of hRSV vaccine candidates that have been developed targeting different populations at risk of hRSV infection. Animal models of hRSV play an important role in the preclinical testing of hRSV vaccine candidates and although many have shown efficacy in preclinical studies, few have progressed to clinical trials or they have had only limited success...
November 29, 2016: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903877/assessing-the-manipulative-potentials-of-monkeys-apes-and-humans-from-hand-proportions-implications-for-hand-evolution
#10
Ming-Jin Liu, Cai-Hua Xiong, Di Hu
The hand structure possesses a greater potential for performing manipulative skills than is typically observed, whether in humans or non-human anthropoids. However, a precise assessment of the potential manipulative skills of hands has been challenging, which hampers our understanding of the evolution of manipulative abilities in anthropoid hands. Here, we establish a functional model to quantitatively infer the manipulative potentials of anthropoid hands based on hand proportions. Our results reveal a large disparity of manipulative potentials among anthropoid hands...
November 30, 2016: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902687/limb-bone-structural-proportions-and-locomotor-behavior-in-a-l-288-1-lucy
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Christopher B Ruff, M Loring Burgess, Richard A Ketcham, John Kappelman
While there is broad agreement that early hominins practiced some form of terrestrial bipedality, there is also evidence that arboreal behavior remained a part of the locomotor repertoire in some taxa, and that bipedal locomotion may not have been identical to that of modern humans. It has been difficult to evaluate such evidence, however, because of the possibility that early hominins retained primitive traits (such as relatively long upper limbs) of little contemporaneous adaptive significance. Here we examine bone structural properties of the femur and humerus in the Australopithecus afarensis A...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902685/getting-to-the-bottom-of-face-processing-species-specific-inversion-effects-for-faces-and-behinds-in-humans-and-chimpanzees-pan-troglodytes
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Mariska E Kret, Masaki Tomonaga
For social species such as primates, the recognition of conspecifics is crucial for their survival. As demonstrated by the 'face inversion effect', humans are experts in recognizing faces and unlike objects, recognize their identity by processing it configurally. The human face, with its distinct features such as eye-whites, eyebrows, red lips and cheeks signals emotions, intentions, health and sexual attraction and, as we will show here, shares important features with the primate behind. Chimpanzee females show a swelling and reddening of the anogenital region around the time of ovulation...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900783/chimpanzee-seed-dispersal-in-a-montane-forest-fragment-in-rwanda
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Rebecca L Chancellor, Aaron S Rundus, Sylvain Nyandwi
: Primate seed dispersal plays an important role in forest regeneration. It may be particularly important to anthropogenically disturbed habitats such as forest fragments. However, few studies have examined primate seed dispersal in these types of environments. Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) are frugivorous and large-bodied, and are therefore able to disperse both large and small seeds, making them an important seed dispersal species. We examined chimpanzee seed dispersal in Gishwati forest, a 14 km(2) montane rainforest fragment in Rwanda...
November 29, 2016: American Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900343/divergence-and-rewiring-of-regulatory-networks-for-neural-development-between-human-and-other-species
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COMMENT
Ping Wang, Dejian Zhao, Shira Rockowitz, Deyou Zheng
Neural and brain development in human and other mammalian species are largely similar, but distinct features exist at the levels of macrostructure and underlying genetic control. Comparative studies of epigenetic regulation and transcription factor (TF) binding in humans, chimpanzees, rodents, and other species have found large differences in gene regulatory networks. A recent analysis of the cistromes of REST/NRSF, a critical transcriptional regulator for the nervous system, demonstrated that REST binding to syntenic genomic regions (i...
2016: Neurogenesis (Austin, Tex.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894597/unexpected-cardiac-death-during-anaesthesia-of-a-young-rabbit-associated-with-fibro-fatty-replacement-of-the-right-ventricular-myocardium
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M Romanucci, S V P Defourny, M Massimini, V Valerii, A Arbuatti, V Giordano, L Bongiovanni, C Perrone, L Della Salda
A 6-month-old female pet rabbit was presented for routine ovariectomy. The pre-anaesthetic evaluation was unremarkable and no anaesthetic complications occurred during the procedure. However, at the end of the surgery, the rabbit suddenly showed acute bradycardia and cardiac death. Necropsy examination revealed marked dilation of the right ventricle, associated with diffuse thinning of the right ventricular free wall. Gross and histopathological findings were suggestive of a congenital dilated cardiomyopathy characterized by fibro-fatty replacement of the right ventricular myocardium...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Comparative Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889921/chimpanzee-uses-manipulative-gaze-cues-to-conceal-and-reveal-information-to-foraging-competitor
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Katie Hall, Mike W Oram, Matthew W Campbell, Timothy M Eppley, Richard W Byrne, Frans B M de Waal
: Tactical deception has been widely reported in primates on a functional basis, but details of behavioral mechanisms are usually unspecified. We tested a pair of chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) in the informed forager paradigm, in which the subordinate saw the location of hidden food and the dominant did not. We employed cross-correlations to examine temporal contingencies between chimpanzees' behavior: specifically how the direction of the subordinate's gaze and movement functioned to manipulate the dominant's searching behavior through two tactics, withholding, and misleading information...
November 27, 2016: American Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887738/mother-infant-interactions-in-captive-and-wild-chimpanzees
#17
Misato Hayashi, Tetsuro Matsuzawa
We review studies on mother-infant interactions in chimpanzees, our closest living relatives, in captive and wild environments. Infant cognitive development is formed through mother-infant interactions during the long dependent period, which is approximately 5 years. Patterns of interaction between mothers and infants are different from those observed in adult chimpanzees. Mother-infant interactions are relatively altruistic, although solicitation by infants is almost always required. Active teaching has rarely been reported in chimpanzees; instead, infants socially learn new skills through long-term observation...
November 22, 2016: Infant Behavior & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881763/the-effects-of-tradition-on-problem-solving-by-two-wild-populations-of-bearded-capuchin-monkeys-in-a-probing-task
#18
Raphael Moura Cardoso, Eduardo B Ottoni
The effects of culture on individual cognition have become a core issue among cultural primatologists. Field studies with wild populations provide evidence on the role of social cues in the ontogeny of tool use in non-human primates, and on the transmission of such behaviours over generations through socially biased learning. Recent experimental studies have shown that cultural knowledge may influence problem solving in wild populations of chimpanzees. Here, we present the results from a field experiment comparing the performance of bearded capuchin monkeys (Sapajus libidinosus) from two wild savannah populations with distinct toolkits in a probing task...
November 2016: Biology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872723/a-human-reproductive-approach-to-the-study-of-infertility-in-chimpanzees-an-experience-at-leon-s-zoological-park-mexico
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Raul Eduardo Piña-Aguilar, Janet López-Saucedo, Lilia Ivone Ruiz-Galaz, José de Jesús Barroso-Padilla, Mayra Celina Gallegos-Rivas, Claudia González-Ortega, Antonio Martin Gutiérrez-Gutiérrez
Great apes are mammals close to humans in their genetic, behavioral, social and evolutionary characteristics and new genomic information is revolutionizing our understanding of evolution in primates. However, all these species are endangered. While there are many global programs to protect these species, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) projects that in a near future the wild populations will decrease significantly. Nowadays, the relevance of captive populations of great apes is becoming critical for research and understanding of pathophysiology of diseases...
2016: Veterinary Research Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870877/nut-cracking-tools-used-by-captive-chimpanzees-pan-troglodytes-and-their-comparison-with-early-stone-age-percussive-artefacts-from-olduvai-gorge
#20
Adrián Arroyo, Satoshi Hirata, Tetsuro Matsuzawa, Ignacio de la Torre
We present the results of a series of experiments at the Kumamoto Sanctuary in Japan, in which captive chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) performed several nut cracking sessions using raw materials from Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. We examined captive chimpanzee pounding tools using a combination of technological analysis, use-wear distribution, and micro-wear analysis. Our results show specific patterns of use-wear distribution across the active surfaces of pounding tools, which reveal some similarities with traces on archaeological percussive objects from the Early Stone Age, and are consistent with traces on other experimental pounding tools used by modern humans...
2016: PloS One
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