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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649358/postglacial-dispersal-patterns-and-mitochondrial-genetic-structure-of-the-pyrenean-desman-galemys-pyrenaicus-in-the-northwestern-region-of-the-iberian-peninsula
#1
Marina Querejeta, Angel Fernández-González, Rafael Romero, Jose Castresana
The genetic structure of small semiaquatic animals may be influenced by dispersal across both rivers and land. The relative importance of these two modes of dispersal may vary across different species and with ecological conditions and evolutionary periods. The Pyrenean desman (Galemys pyrenaicus) is an endemic mammal of the Iberian Peninsula with a strong phylogeographic structure and semiaquatic habits, thus making it an ideal model to study the effects of river and overland dispersal on its genetic structure...
June 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649346/couch-potatoes-do-better-delayed-dispersal-and-territory-size-affect-the-duration-of-territory-occupancy-in-a-monogamous-mammal
#2
Martin Mayer, Andreas Zedrosser, Frank Rosell
In territorial, socially monogamous species, the establishment and defense of a territory are an important strategy to maximize individual fitness, but the factors responsible for the duration of territory occupancy are rarely studied, especially in long-lived mammals. A long-term monitoring program in southeast Norway spanning over 18 years allowed us to follow the individual life histories of Eurasian beavers (Castor fiber) from adolescence in their natal family group to dispersal and territory establishment until the end of territory occupancy...
June 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649336/phylogeography-of-a-widespread-small-carnivore-the-western-spotted-skunk-spilogale-gracilis-reveals-temporally-variable-signatures-of-isolation-across-western-north-america
#3
Adam W Ferguson, Molly M McDonough, Gema I Guerra, Margaret Rheude, Jerry W Dragoo, Loren K Ammerman, Robert C Dowler
We analyzed phylogeographic patterns in the western spotted skunk, Spilogale gracilis Merriam, 1890 (Carnivora: Mephitidae) in relation to historical events associated with Pre-Pleistocene Divergence (PPD) and Quaternary climate change (QCC) using mitochondrial DNA from 97 individuals distributed across Western North America. Divergence times were generated using BEAST to estimate when isolation in putative refugia occurred. Patterns and timing of demographic expansion was performed using Bayesian skyline plot...
June 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642363/nuclear-phosphorylated-dicer-processes-double-stranded-rna-in-response-to-dna-damage
#4
Kaspar Burger, Margarita Schlackow, Martin Potts, Svenja Hester, Shabaz Mohammed, Monika Gullerova
The endoribonuclease Dicer is a key component of the human RNA interference pathway and is known for its role in cytoplasmic microRNA production. Recent findings suggest that noncanonical Dicer generates small noncoding RNA to mediate the DNA damage response (DDR). Here, we show that human Dicer is phosphorylated in the platform-Piwi/Argonaute/Zwille-connector helix cassette (S1016) upon induction of DNA damage. Phosphorylated Dicer (p-Dicer) accumulates in the nucleus and is recruited to DNA double-strand breaks...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640744/ictv-virus-taxonomy-profile-polyomaviridae
#5
Ugo Moens, Sébastien Calvignac-Spencer, Chris Lauber, Torbjörn Ramqvist, Mariet C W Feltkamp, Matthew D Daugherty, Ernst J Verschoor, Bernhard Ehlers, Ictv Report Consortium
The Polyomaviridae is a family of small, non-enveloped viruses with circular dsDNA genomes of approximately 5 kbp. The family includes four genera whose members have restricted host range, infecting mammals and birds. Polyomavirus genomes have also been detected recently in fish. Merkel cell polyomavirus and raccoon polyomavirus are associated with cancer in their host; other members are human and veterinary pathogens. Clinical manifestations are obvious in immunocompromised patients but not in healthy individuals...
June 22, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636969/human-virus-derived-small-rnas-can-confer-antiviral-immunity-in-mammals
#6
Yang Qiu, Yanpeng Xu, Yao Zhang, Hui Zhou, Yong-Qiang Deng, Xiao-Feng Li, Meng Miao, Qiang Zhang, Bo Zhong, Yuanyang Hu, Fu-Chun Zhang, Ligang Wu, Cheng-Feng Qin, Xi Zhou
RNA interference (RNAi) functions as a potent antiviral immunity in plants and invertebrates; however, whether RNAi plays antiviral roles in mammals remains unclear. Here, using human enterovirus 71 (HEV71) as a model, we showed HEV71 3A protein as an authentic viral suppressor of RNAi during viral infection. When the 3A-mediated RNAi suppression was impaired, the mutant HEV71 readily triggered the production of abundant HEV71-derived small RNAs with canonical siRNA properties in cells and mice. These virus-derived siRNAs were produced from viral dsRNA replicative intermediates in a Dicer-dependent manner and loaded into AGO, and they were fully active in degrading cognate viral RNAs...
June 20, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634106/biology-evolution-and-medical-importance-of-polyomaviruses-an-update
#7
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Ugo Moens, Andi Krumbholz, Bernhard Ehlers, Roland Zell, Reimar Johne, Sébastien Calvignac-Spencer, Chris Lauber
The family Polyomaviridae encompasses non-enveloped viruses with a circular dsDNA genome that is typically approximately 5000bp in length. Originally isolated from mammals, polyomavirus sequences have now been detected in invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles and birds, although it remains to be determined whether all these animals are genuine hosts. The genomes of all polyomaviruses encode at least two regulatory proteins (large and small tumour antigen) and two structural proteins (capsid proteins VP1 and VP2) whose functions have been defined...
June 17, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633959/characterization-of-the-superior-olivary-complex-of-canis-lupus-domesticus
#8
Tatiana Fech, Lilian Calderón-Garcidueñas, Randy J Kulesza
The superior olivary complex (SOC) is a collection of brainstem auditory nuclei which play essential roles in the localization of sound sources, temporal coding of vocalizations and descending modulation of the cochlea. Notwithstanding, the SOC nuclei vary considerably between species in accordance with the auditory needs of the animal. The canine SOC was subjected to anatomical and physiological examination nearly 50 years ago and was then virtually forgotten. Herein, we aimed to characterize the nuclei of the canine SOC using quantitative morphometrics, estimation of neuronal number, histochemistry for perineuronal nets and immunofluorescence for the calcium binding proteins calbindin and calretinin...
June 15, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630260/cholesterol-auxotrophy-and-intolerance-to-ezetimibe-in-mice-with-srebp-2-deficiency-in-the-intestine
#9
Shunxing Rong, Jeffrey McDonald, Luke Engelking
Sterol regulatory element-binding protein-2 (SREBP-2) activates transcription of all genes needed for cholesterol biosynthesis. To study SREBP-2 function in intestine, we generated a mouse model (Vil-BP2(-/-) ) in which Cre recombinase ablates SREBP-2 in intestinal epithelia. Intestines of Vil-BP2(-/-) mice had reduced expression of genes required for sterol synthesis, in vivo sterol synthesis rates, and epithelial cholesterol contents. On a cholesterol-free diet, they displayed chronic enteropathy with histological abnormalities of both villi and crypts, growth restriction, and reduced survival that was prevented by supplementation of cholesterol in the diet...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Lipid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626611/discrimination-factors-of-carbon-and-nitrogen-stable-isotopes-in-meerkat-feces
#10
Shaena Montanari
Stable isotope analysis of feces can provide a non-invasive method for tracking the dietary habits of nearly any mammalian species. While fecal samples are often collected for macroscopic and genetic study, stable isotope analysis can also be applied to expand the knowledge of species-specific dietary ecology. It is somewhat unclear how digestion changes the isotope ratios of animals' diets, so more controlled diet studies are needed. To date, most diet-to-feces controlled stable isotope experiments have been performed on herbivores, so in this study I analyzed the carbon and nitrogen stable isotope ratios in the diet and feces of the meerkat (Suricata suricatta), a small omnivorous mammal...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625986/the-irr-and-rira-proteins-participate-in-a-complex-regulatory-circuit-and-act-in-concert-to-modulate-bacterioferritin-expression-in-ensifer-meliloti-1021
#11
Daniela Costa, Vanesa Amarelle, Claudio Valverde, Mark R O'Brian, Elena Fabiano
In this work we found that the bfr gene of the rhizobial species Ensifer meliloti, encoding a bacterioferritin iron storage protein, is involved in iron homeostasis and oxidative stress response. This gene is located downstream and overlapping the smc03787 ORF. No well predicted RirA or Irr boxes were found in the region immediately upstream the bfr gene although two presumptive RirA boxes and one presumptive Irr box were present in the putative promoter of smc03787 We demonstrate that bfr gene expression is enhanced under iron sufficient condition and that Irr and RirA modulate this expression...
June 16, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625796/the-characterization-of-rheb-gene-and-its-responses-to-hypoxia-and-thermal-stresses-in-the-small-abalone-haliotis-diversicolor
#12
Lianghua He, Xin Zhang, Ying Huang, Huiping Yang, Yilei Wang, Ziping Zhang
RHEB (Ras Homolog Enriched in Brain) is a GTP-binding protein that is ubiquitously expressed in humans and other mammals. The protein is largely involved in the mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) pathway, and regulates the cell cycle progression and growth. The goal of this study was to characterize the RHEB gene in the small abalone Haliotis diversicolor, and identify the responses of RHEB gene to stresses of hypoxia or/and thermal. The objectives were to: 1) clone the full-length cDNA RHEB gene in the H...
June 15, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624470/molecular-cloning-and-expression-analysis-of-ccl25-and-its-receptor-ccr9s-from-epinephelus-coioides-post-cryptocaryon-irritans-infection
#13
Man Yang, Ling Zhou, Hai-Qing Wang, Xiao-Chun Luo, Xue-Ming Dan, Yan-Wei Li
Among other functions, CCL25/CCR9 has an important role in regulating the trafficking of developing T cells in the thymus, and in homing memory T cells to the small intestine. The function of this chemokine-receptor complex is not well studied in fish. We identified a CCL25-like (EcCCL25, 108 aa) and two CCR9-like sequences (EcCCR9aa 373 aa; and EcCCR9b, 375 aa) from a transcriptome database of orange-spotted grouper (Epinephelus coioides). EcCCL25, EcCCR9a, and EcCCR9b shared conserved structural features with homologs from mammals and from other fish, and a consistent relationship with phylogenetic trees and sequence identities...
June 15, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622930/the-palaeoenvironment-of-the-middle-miocene-pliopithecid-locality-in-damiao-inner-mongolia-china
#14
Leena Sukselainen, Anu Kaakinen, Jussi T Eronen, Benjamin H Passey, Terry Harrison, Zhaoqun Zhang, Mikael Fortelius
Damiao, Inner Mongolia, has three main fossil horizons representing the early, middle, and late Miocene. The middle Miocene locality DM01 is the only primate locality from the region and also represents the latest occurrence of pliopithecoids in northern China. The presence of pliopithecoid primates in central Asia after the middle Miocene climatic optimum seems to contradict the general trend of strengthening climatic zonality and increasing aridity. To investigate this enigma, we employ faunal similarity, ecometrics, and stable isotope analysis...
July 2017: Journal of Human Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621462/evidence-for-convergent-evolution-of-a-neocortex-like-structure-in-a-late-permian-therapsid
#15
Michael Laaß, Anders Kaestner
The special sensory, motor, and cognitive capabilities of mammals mainly depend upon the neocortex, which is the six-layered cover of the mammalian forebrain. The origin of the neocortex is still controversial and the current view is that larger brains with neocortex first evolved in late Triassic Mammaliaformes. Here, we report the earliest evidence of a structure analogous to the mammalian neocortex in a forerunner of mammals, the fossorial anomodont Kawingasaurus fossilis from the late Permian of Tanzania...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620737/analysis-of-bmaa-enantiomers-in-cycads-cyanobacteria-and-mammals-in-vivo-formation-and-toxicity-of-d-bmaa
#16
J S Metcalf, Doug Lobner, Sandra Anne Banack, Gregory A Cox, Peter B Nunn, Peter B Wyatt, Paul Alan Cox
Chronic dietary exposure to the cyanobacterial toxin β-N-methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA) triggers neuropathology in non-human primates, providing support for the theory that BMAA causes a fatal neurodegenerative illness among the indigenous Chamorro people of Guam. However, since there are two stereoisomers of BMAA, it is important to know if both can occur in nature, and if so, what role they might play in disease causation. As a first step, we analysed both BMAA enantiomers in cyanobacteria, cycads, and in mammals orally dosed with L-BMAA, to determine if enantiomeric changes could occur in vivo...
June 15, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612726/-micrornas-new-players-in-the-hypothalamic-control-of-fertility
#17
Andrea Messina, Fanny Langlet, Vincent Prevot
MicroRNAs are small non-coding RNAs that modulate gene expression post-transcriptionally. Discovered more than 15 years ago, their functions start to be unraveled. Increasing evidence points to an important functional role of microRNAs in brain development. In particular, miRNAs have recently been established to play a vital role in the mechanisms underlying the infantile rise in gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) production by neurons in the hypothalamus, a phenomenon necessary for the onset of puberty in mammals...
May 2017: Médecine Sciences: M/S
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610258/an-annotated-catalogue-of-the-gamasid-mites-associated-with-small-mammals-in-asiatic-russia-the-family-haemogamasidae-acari-mesostigmata-gamasina
#18
Maxim V Vinarski, Natalia P Korallo-Vinarskaya
We provide a list of the species of the family Haemogamasidae Oudemans, 1926 living in Asiatic Russia, with data on their synonymy, distribution, and relationships with mammal hosts. In total, 23 species of mites distributed between two genera (Eulaelaps Berlese, 1903, and Haemogamasus Berlese, 1889) are covered.
June 1, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608671/conformational-control-of-udp-galactopyranose-mutase-inhibition
#19
Kittikhun Wangkanont, Valerie J Winton, Katrina T Forest, Laura L Kiessling
UDP-galactopyranose mutase (Glf or UGM) catalyzes the formation of uridine 5'-diphosphate-α-D-galactofuranose (UDP-Galf) from UDP-galactopyranose (UDP-Galp). The enzyme is required for the production of Galf-containing glycans. UGM is absent in mammals, but members of the Corynebacterineae suborder require UGM for cell envelope biosynthesis. The need for UGM in some pathogens has prompted the search for inhibitors that could serve as antibiotic leads. Optimizing inhibitor potency, however, has been challenging...
June 13, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607402/selective-inhibition-of-small-diameter-axons-using-infrared-light
#20
Emilie H Lothet, Kendrick M Shaw, Hui Lu, Junqi Zhuo, Yves T Wang, Shi Gu, Donna B Stolz, E Duco Jansen, Charles C Horn, Hillel J Chiel, Michael W Jenkins
Novel clinical treatments to target peripheral nerves are being developed which primarily use electrical current. Recently, infrared (IR) light was shown to inhibit peripheral nerves with high spatial and temporal specificity. Here, for the first time, we demonstrate that IR can selectively and reversibly inhibit small-diameter axons at lower radiant exposures than large-diameter axons. We provide a mathematical rationale, and then demonstrate it experimentally in individual axons of identified neurons in the marine mollusk Aplysia californica, and in axons within the vagus nerve of a mammal, the musk shrew Suncus murinus...
June 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
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