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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534450/population-estimate-and-morphometry-of-ovarian-preantral-follicles-from-three-recently-recognized-squirrel-monkey-species-a-comparative-study
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Gerson P Lopes, Regiane R Santos, Débora V Almeida, Adriel B Brito, Helder L Queiroz, Sheyla F S Domingues
We describe morphological and morphometrical characteristics of preantral ovarian follicles from three recently recognized Saimiri species: S. macrodon, S. cassiquiarensis and S. vanzolinii; the last one a threatened species. Ovaries from four adult monkeys were evaluated: one pair from a pregnant S. macrodon, two ovarian pairs from S. cassiquiarensis females (one of them pregnant), and one left ovary from a senile S. vanzolinii, applying classical histology. Follicular preantral population was quantified and morphology and morphometry of primordial, primary and secondary follicles were evaluated...
May 23, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531217/store-operated-ca2-entry-supports-contractile-function-in-hearts-of-hibernators
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Olga V Nakipova, Alexey S Averin, Edward V Evdokimovskii, Oleg Yu Pimenov, Leonid Kosarski, Dmitriy Ignat'ev, Andrey Anufriev, Yuri M Kokoz, Santiago Reyes, Andre Terzic, Alexey E Alekseev
Hibernators have a distinctive ability to adapt to seasonal changes of body temperature in a range between 37°C and near freezing, exhibiting, among other features, a unique reversibility of cardiac contractility. The adaptation of myocardial contractility in hibernation state relies on alterations of excitation contraction coupling, which becomes less-dependent from extracellular Ca2+ entry and is predominantly controlled by Ca2+ release from sarcoplasmic reticulum, replenished by the Ca2+-ATPase (SERCA)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523853/radiographic-evaluation-of-cardiac-silhouette-using-vertebral-heart-size-method-in-squirrel-monkey-saimiri-sciureus
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L N Coutinho, Mbs Brito, A A Imbeloni, Acc Lacreta, F Rech, M P Souto, Ira Ataíde
BACKGROUND: The Saimiri sciureus represents a valuable resource for biomedical research, due to its large number on primate centers and similarity to human anatomy and physiology. The aim of this study was to apply the method proposed by Buchanan & Bücheler in healthy squirrel monkeys (S. sciureus) and determine by radiographic examination, the average value of the vertebral heart size (VHS) for the specie. METHOD: Laterolateral left (LLL), laterolateral right (LLR), ventrodorsal (VD), and dorsoventral (DV) projections were used for radiographic examinations to evaluate the heart silhouette of S...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Medical Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520757/predicting-above-ground-density-and-distribution-of-small-mammal-prey-species-at-large-spatial-scales
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Lucretia E Olson, John R Squires, Robert J Oakleaf, Zachary P Wallace, Patricia L Kennedy
Grassland and shrub-steppe ecosystems are increasingly threatened by anthropogenic activities. Loss of native habitats may negatively impact important small mammal prey species. Little information, however, is available on the impact of habitat variability on density of small mammal prey species at broad spatial scales. We examined the relationship between small mammal density and remotely-sensed environmental covariates in shrub-steppe and grassland ecosystems in Wyoming, USA. We sampled four sciurid and leporid species groups using line transect methods, and used hierarchical distance-sampling to model density in response to variation in vegetation, climate, topographic, and anthropogenic variables, while accounting for variation in detection probability...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516321/evaluating-local-adaptation-of-a-complex-phenotype-reciprocal-tests-of-pigmy-rattlesnake-venoms-on-treefrog-prey
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Sarah A Smiley-Walters, Terence M Farrell, H Lisle Gibbs
Theory predicts that predator-prey interactions can generate reciprocal selection pressures on species pairs, which can result in local adaptation, yet the presence and pattern of local adaptation is poorly studied in vertebrate predator-prey systems. Here, we used a reciprocal common garden (laboratory) experimental design involving comparisons between local and foreign populations to determine if local adaptation was present between a generalist predator-the pigmy rattlesnake (Sistrurus miliarius)-and a co-occurring prey-the squirrel treefrog (Hyla squirella)...
May 17, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516002/transplantation-of-human-embryonic-stem-cell-derived-retinal-cells-into-the-subretinal-space-of-a-non-human-primate
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Jennifer R Chao, Deepak A Lamba, Todd R Klesert, Anna La Torre, Akina Hoshino, Russell J Taylor, Anu Jayabalu, Abbi L Engel, Thomas H Khuu, Ruikang K Wang, Maureen Neitz, Jay Neitz, Thomas A Reh
PURPOSE: Previous studies have demonstrated the ability of retinal cells derived from human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) to survive, integrate into the host retina, and mediate light responses in murine mouse models. Our aim is to determine whether these cells can also survive and integrate into the retina of a nonhuman primate, Saimiri sciureus, following transplantation into the subretinal space. METHODS: hESCs were differentiated toward retinal neuronal fates using our previously published technique and cultured for 60 to 70 days...
May 2017: Translational Vision Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515283/anisomorphic-cortical-reorganization-in-asymmetric-sensorineural-hearing-loss
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Steven W Cheung, Craig Anthony Atencio, Eliott R J Levy, Robert C Froemke, Christoph E Schreiner
Acoustic trauma or inner ear disease may predominantly injure one ear, causing asymmetric sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL). While characteristic frequency (CF) map plasticity of primary auditory cortex (AI) contralateral to the injured ear has been detailed, there is no study that also evaluates ipsilateral AI to compare cortical reorganization across both hemispheres. We assess whether normal isomorphic mirror image relationship between the two hemispheres is maintained or disrupted in mild-to-moderate asymmetric SNHL of adult squirrel monkeys...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502742/seasonal-changes-of-androgen-receptor-estrogen-receptors-and-aromatase-expression-in-the-hippocampus-of-the-wild-male-ground-squirrels-citellus-dauricus-brandt
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Fengwei Zhang, Yu Wang, Wentao Han, Junjie Wang, Haolin Zhang, Xia Sheng, Zhengrong Yuan, Qiang Weng, Yingying Han
The wild ground squirrel is a typical seasonal breeder whose annual life cycle can be roughly divided into the breeding season, the post-breeding season and hibernation. Our previous study has reported the seasonal changes in the expressions of androgen receptor (AR), estrogen receptors α and β (ERα and ERβ), and aromatase cytochrome P450 (P450arom) in the hypothalamus of male wild ground squirrels. To further seek evidence of seasonal expression of steroid hormone receptors and steroid hormone synthases in other brain regions, we investigated the protein and mRNA expressions of AR, ERα, ERβ and P450arom in the hippocampus of the male wild ground squirrels during these different reproductive periods...
May 11, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501920/a-dramatic-blood-plasticity-in-hibernating-and-14-day-hindlimb-unloading-daurian-ground-squirrels-spermophilus-dauricus
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Huan-Xin Hu, Fang-Ying Du, Wei-Wei Fu, Shan-Feng Jiang, Jin Cao, Shen-Hui Xu, Hui-Ping Wang, Hui Chang, Nandu Goswami, Yun-Fang Gao
We compared the effects of hibernation inactivity and 14-day hindlimb unloading in non-hibernating period on biochemical, rheological, and hematological parameters of blood in Daurian ground squirrels (Spermophilus dauricus). Twenty-four squirrels were randomly divided into four groups: control (CON), hibernation (HIB), post-hibernation (POST), and 14-day hindlimb unloading (HU). The results showed that serum enzymes (L-lactate dehydrogenase, alanine aminotransferase, and aspartate aminotransferase) activities decreased in HIB, POST, and HU squirrels compared with CON...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495858/comparative-functional-analysis-of-ribonuclease-1-homologs-molecular-insights-into-evolving-vertebrate-physiology
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Jo E Lomax, Chelcie H Eller, Ronald T Raines
Pancreatic-type ribonucleases (ptRNases) comprise a class of highly conserved secretory endoribonucleases in vertebrates. The prototype of this enzyme family is ribonuclease 1 (RNase 1). Understanding the physiological roles of RNase 1 is becoming increasingly important, as engineered forms of the enzyme progress through clinical trials as chemotherapeutic agents for cancer. Here we present an in-depth biochemical characterization of RNase 1 homologs from a broad range of mammals (human, bat, squirrel, horse, cat, mouse, and cow) and non-mammalian species (chicken, lizard, and frog)...
May 11, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461059/high-resolution-functional-mri-identified-distinct-global-intrinsic-functional-networks-of-nociceptive-posterior-insula-and-s2-regions-in-squirrel-monkey-brain
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Ruiqi Wu, Feng Wang, Pai-Feng Yang, Li Min Chen
Numerous functional imaging and electrophysiological studies in humans and animals indicate that the two contiguous areas of secondary somatosensory cortex (S2) and posterior insula (pIns) are core regions in nociceptive processing and pain perception. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that the S2-pIns connection serves as a hub for connecting distinct sensory and affective nociceptive processing networks in the squirrel monkey brain. At 9.4T, we first mapped the brain regions that respond to nociceptive heat stimuli with high-resolution fMRI, and then used seed-based resting-state fMRI (rsfMRI) analysis to delineate and refine the global intrinsic functional connectivity circuits of the proximal S2 and pIns regions...
April 28, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452286/clock-gene-expression-in-the-suprachiasmatic-nucleus-of-hibernating-arctic-ground-squirrels
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Tomoko Ikeno, Cory T Williams, C Loren Buck, Brian M Barnes, Lily Yan
Most organisms have a circadian system, entrained to daily light-dark cycles, that regulates 24-h rhythms of physiology and behavior. It is unclear, however, how circadian systems function in animals that exhibit seasonal metabolic suppression, particularly when this coincides with the long-term absence of a day-night cycle. The arctic ground squirrel, Urocytellus parryii, is a medium-sized, semi-fossorial rodent that appears above-ground daily during its short active season in spring and summer before re-entering a constantly dark burrow for 6 to 9 months of hibernation...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Biological Rhythms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450747/accessible-areas-in-ecological-niche-comparisons-of-invasive-species-recognized-but-still-overlooked
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Huijie Qiao, Luis E Escobar, A Townsend Peterson
Understanding biological invasions is crucial for their control and prevention. Specially, establishing whether invasive species operate within the constraint of conservative ecological niches, or if niche shifts occur at all commonly as part of the invasion process, is indispensable to identifying and anticipating potential areas of invasion. Ecological niche modeling (ENM) has been used to address such questions, but improvements and debate in study design, model evaluation, and methods are still needed to mature this field...
April 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444198/isolation-of-the-lyme-disease-spirochete-borrelia-mayonii-from-naturally-infected-rodents-in-minnesota
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Tammi L Johnson, Christine B Graham, Andrias Hojgaard, Nicole E Breuner, Sarah E Maes, Karen A Boegler, Adam J Replogle, Luke C Kingry, Jeannine M Petersen, Lars Eisen, Rebecca J Eisen
Borrelia mayonii is a newly described member of the Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato complex that is vectored by the black-legged tick (Ixodes scapularis Say) and a cause of Lyme disease in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Vertebrate reservoir hosts involved in the enzootic maintenance of B. mayonii have not yet been identified. Here, we describe the first isolation of B. mayonii from naturally infected white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus Rafinesque) and an American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus Erxleben) from Minnesota, thus implicating these species as potential reservoir hosts for this newly described spirochete...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432249/further-evidence-of-leprosy-in-isle-of-wight-red-squirrels
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April 22, 2017: Veterinary Record
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425496/3-4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine-increases-affiliative-behaviors-in-squirrel-monkeys-in-a-serotonin-2a-receptor-dependent-manner
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Elizabeth G Pitts, Adelaide R Minerva, Erika B Oliver, Jordan N Kohn, Meghan T Logun, Agnieszka Sulima, Kenner C Rice, Leonard L Howell
3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) increases sociality in humans and animals. Release of serotonin (5-HT) is thought to play an important role in the increase in social behaviors, but the mechanisms underlying these effects are poorly understood. Despite the advantages of nonhuman primate models, no studies have examined the mechanisms of the social effects of MDMA in nonhuman primates. The behavior and vocalizations of four group-housed squirrel monkeys were examined following administration of MDMA, its enantiomers, and methamphetamine...
April 20, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421435/seasonal-changes-in-proteolytic-activity-of-calpains-in-striated-muscles-of-long-tailed-ground-squirrel-spermophilus-undulatus
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S S Popova, I M Vikhlyantsev, N M Zakharova, Z A Podlubnaya, E E Fesenko
Seasonal changes in proteolytic activity and content of calpains in striated muscles of the longtailed ground squirrel Spermophilus undulatus were studied by casein zymography and Western blotting analysis. The results testify to hyperactivation of calpain proteases in the skeletal muscles of awakened animals during the "winter" activity. The observed changes are discussed in the context of adaptation of skeletal muscles of long-tailed ground squirrels to hibernation.
January 2017: Doklady. Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418764/disease-surveillance-of-california-ground-squirrels-spermophilus-beecheyi-in-a-drive-through-zoo-in-oregon-usa
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Julia Ter Beest, Andrew Cushing, Modesto McClean, Wendy Hsu, Robert Bildfell
Rodents and other small wild mammals are often considered to be pests and vectors for disease in zoos that house small populations of valuable threatened and endangered animals. In 2005, three nonhuman primates at a drive-through zoo in Oregon, USA, acquired tularemia from an unknown source. Due to an abundance of California ground squirrels ( Spermophilus beecheyi ) on zoo grounds, we instituted serosurveillance of this species from July through September 2008 to determine the prevalence of antibodies against pathogens considered to be potentially transmissible to collection animals...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405284/role-of-breeding-and-natal-movements-in-lifetime-dispersal-of-a-forest-dwelling-rodent
#19
Vesa Selonen, Ralf Wistbacka
The lifetime movements of an individual determine the gene flow and invasion potential of the species. However, sex dependence of dispersal and selective pressures driving dispersal have gained much more attention than dispersal at different life and age stages. Natal dispersal is more common than dispersal between breeding attempts, but breeding dispersal may be promoted by resource availability and competition. Here, we utilize mark-recapture data on the nest-box population of Siberian flying squirrels to analyze lifetime dispersal patterns...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396263/stable-isotope-analysis-of-co2-in-breath-indicates-metabolic-fuel-shifts-in-torpid-arctic-ground-squirrels
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Trixie N Lee, Melanie M Richter, Cory T Williams, Øivind Tøien, Brian M Barnes, Diane M O'Brien, C Loren Buck
Stable carbon isotope ratios (δ(13)C) in breath show promise as an indicator of immediate metabolic fuel utilization in animals because tissue lipids have a lower δ(13)C value than carbohydrates and proteins. Metabolic fuel consumption is often estimated using the respiratory exchange ratio (RER), which has lipid and carbohydrate boundaries, but does not differentiate between protein and mixed fuel catabolism at intermediate values. Because lipids have relatively low δ(13)C values, measurements of stable carbon isotopes in breath may help distinguish between catabolism of protein and mixed fuel that includes lipid...
July 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
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