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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228923/rodent-species-distribution-and-hantavirus-seroprevalence-in-residential-and-forested-areas-of-sarawak-malaysia
#1
Nur Elfieyra Syazana Hamdan, Yee Ling Ng, Wei Bin Lee, Cheng Siang Tan, Faisal Ali Anwarali Khan, Yee Ling Chong
Rodents belong to the order Rodentia, which consists of three families in Borneo (i.e., Muridae, Sciuridae and Hystricidae). These include rats, mice, squirrels, and porcupines. They are widespread throughout the world and considered pests that harm humans and livestock. Some rodent species are natural reservoirs of hantaviruses (Family: Bunyaviridae) that can cause zoonotic diseases in humans. Although hantavirus seropositive human sera were reported in Peninsular Malaysia in the early 1980s, information on their infection in rodent species in Malaysia is still lacking...
January 2017: Tropical Life Sciences Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222226/arctic-ground-squirrel-hippocampus-tolerates-oxygen-glucose-deprivation-independent-of-hibernation-season-even-when-not-hibernating-and-after-atp-depletion-acidosis-and-glutamate-efflux
#2
Saurav Bhowmick, Jeanette T Moore, Daniel L Kirschner, Kelly L Drew
Cerebral ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) triggers a cascade of uncontrolled cellular processes that perturb cell homeostasis. The arctic ground squirrel (AGS), a seasonal hibernator resists brain damage following cerebral I/R caused by cardiac arrest and resuscitation. However, it remains unclear if tolerance to I/R injury in AGS depends on the hibernation season. Moreover, it is also not clear if events such as depletion of ATP, acidosis and glutamate efflux that are associated with anoxic depolarization are attenuated in AGS...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221674/effects-of-visitor-numbers-on-captive-european-red-squirrels-sciurus-vulgaris-and-impacts-on-visitor-experience
#3
Eleanor E Woolway, Anne E Goodenough
Visitors to zoological collections can have substantial effects on captive animals that vary according to species, enclosure design, visitor proximity, and husbandry methods. One particularly intense form of visitor interaction occurs in immersive exhibits such as walk-through enclosures. Such enclosures are increasingly common but effects on animal behavior are currently understudied. Here, the behavior of captive European red squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris) is studied in relation to visitor numbers in a walk-through enclosure...
February 21, 2017: Zoo Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221112/variegated-squirrel-bornavirus-1-in-squirrels-germany-and-the-netherlands
#4
Kore Schlottau, Maria Jenckel, Judith van den Brand, Christine Fast, Christiane Herden, Dirk Höper, Timo Homeier-Bachmann, Jens Thielebein, Niels Mensing, Bert Diender, Donata Hoffmann, Rainer G Ulrich, Thomas C Mettenleiter, Marion Koopmans, Dennis Tappe, Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit, Chantal B E M Reusken, Martin Beer, Bernd Hoffmann
We screened squirrels in Germany and the Netherlands for the novel zoonotic variegated squirrel bornavirus 1 (VSBV-1). The detection of VSBV-1 in 11 squirrels indicates a considerable risk for transmission to humans handling those animals. Therefore, squirrels in contact with humans should routinely be tested for VSBV-1.
March 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219730/one-plus-one-binary-alarm-calls-retain-individual-signature-for-longer-periods-than-single-note-alarms-in-the-european-ground-squirrel-spermophilus-citellus
#5
Irena Schneiderová, Elena V Volodina, Vera A Matrosova, Ilya A Volodin
Ground squirrels emit species-specific alarm calls that, among other characteristics, differ by the number of elements. Unlike some species that produce single-element calls, e.g., the Speckled ground squirrel (Spermophilus suslicus), individual European ground squirrels (S. citellus) frequently emit binary-element calls in addition to single-element calls. We tested the hypothesis that the time stability of individuality encoded in alarm calls might be better retained by complicating their acoustic structure by adding extra elements...
February 17, 2017: Behavioural Processes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216225/molecular-characterization-of-myoglobin-from-sciurus-vulgaris-meridionalis-primary-structure-kinetics-and-spectroscopic-studies
#6
Antonella M A Di Giuseppe, Luigi Russo, Rosita Russo, Sara Ragucci, J Valentina Caso, Carla Isernia, Angela Chambery, Antimo Di Maro
Myoglobins (Mbs) are heme-proteins involved in dioxygen storage necessary for metabolic respiration. Mbs are intensely investigated as archetype to investigate structure/function relationship in globular proteins. In this work, the myoglobin from S. vulgaris meridionalis has been for the first time isolated and purified with a high yield and homogeneity. The primary structure characterization has been performed by applying a strategy based on high resolution tandem mass spectrometry. Proximal (position 93, α-helix F8) and distal histidinyl residues (position 64, α-helix E7) as well as most of the amino acid residues (i...
February 16, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205612/dna-analysis-of-a-30-000-year-old-urocitellus-glacialis-from-northeastern-siberia-reveals-phylogenetic-relationships-between-ancient-and-present-day-arctic-ground-squirrels
#7
Marina Faerman, Gila Kahila Bar-Gal, Elisabetta Boaretto, Gennady G Boeskorov, Nikolai E Dokuchaev, Oleg A Ermakov, Fedor N Golenishchev, Stanislav V Gubin, Eugenia Mintz, Evgeniy Simonov, Vadim L Surin, Sergei V Titov, Oksana G Zanina, Nikolai A Formozov
In contrast to the abundant fossil record of arctic ground squirrels, Urocitellus parryii, from eastern Beringia, only a limited number of fossils is known from its western part. In 1946, unnamed GULAG prisoners discovered a nest with three mummified carcasses of arctic ground squirrels in the permafrost sediments of the El'ga river, Yakutia, Russia, that were later attributed to a new species, Citellus (Urocitellus) glacialis Vinogr. To verify this assignment and to explore phylogenetic relationships between ancient and present-day arctic ground squirrels, we performed (14)C dating and ancient DNA analyses of one of the El'ga mummies and four contemporaneous fossils from Duvanny Yar, northeastern Yakutia...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190821/outbreak-of-pasteurellosis-in-captive-bolivian-squirrel-monkeys-saimiri-boliviensis
#8
Mizuki Yoshino, Jun Sasaki, Konomi Kuramochi, Mitsutaka Ikezawa, Natsuko Mukaizawa, Masanobu Goryo
In September 2012, five Bolivian squirrel monkeys housed in a zoological park died within sequential several days without obvious clinical signs. In a necrospy, one monkey presented swelling of the kidney with multifocal white nodules in the parenchyma, and other two had pulmonary congestion. Histopathologically, multifocal bacterial colonies of gram-negative coccobacillus were found in the sinusoid of the liver in all monkeys examined (Nos.1-4). Additionally, purulent pyelonephritis, pneumonia and disseminated small bacterial colonies in blood vessels were observed...
February 11, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165629/renal-biochemistry-variables-and-ultrasonographic-imaging-in-healthy-squirrel-monkeys-saimiri-collinsi
#9
Fernanda Luiza de Miranda Lins E Lins, Pedro Mayor, Ednaldo Silva Filho, Aline Amaral Imbeloni, Wellington Bandeira da Silva, Maria Vivina Barros Monteiro, Diana Célia Sousa Nunes-Pinheiro, Frederico Ozanan Barros Monteiro
BACKGROUND: The combined use of renal biochemistry and ultrasonographic imaging may improve the correct management of renal disease. Although renal disease is frequently observed in nonhuman primates, renal function markers have not yet been studied in Squirrel monkeys (Saimiri collinsi). OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to establish normal renal biochemistry variables and ultrasonographic features in Squirrel monkeys. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Renal biochemistry variables and ultrasonographic images were documented in 29 healthy Squirrel monkeys (15 males and 14 females)...
February 6, 2017: Veterinary Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160144/sequence-of-the-ateline-alphaherpesvirus-1-hva1-genome
#10
R Eberle, Darla H Black
Here, we report the genome sequence of a spider monkey alphaherpesvirus (ateline alphaherpesvirus 1, HVA1) and compare it with that of other primate alphaherpesviruses. The HVA1 genome is 147,346 bp long and contains 67 predicted ORFs. The genetic layout of the HVA1 genome is similar to that of the squirrel monkey alphaherpesvirus (saimirine alphaherpesvirus 1, HVS1) in that it lacks inverted repeat regions flanking the unique long region and homologues of the UL43, UL49.5, US8.5 and US10-12 genes. Unlike HVS1, HVA1 also lacks a homologue of the RL1 (γ34...
February 3, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153414/anthropogenic-noise-alters-dwarf-mongoose-responses-to-heterospecific-alarm-calls
#11
Amy Morris-Drake, Anna M Bracken, Julie M Kern, Andrew N Radford
Anthropogenic noise is an evolutionarily novel and widespread pollutant in both terrestrial and aquatic habitats. Despite increasing evidence that the additional noise generated by human activities can affect vocal communication, the majority of research has focused on the use of conspecific acoustic information, especially sexual signals. Many animals are known to eavesdrop on the alarm calls produced by other species, enhancing their likelihood of avoiding predation, but how this use of heterospecific information is affected by anthropogenic noise has received little empirical attention...
January 30, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150428/individual-differences-in-zoo-housed-squirrel-monkeys-saimiri-sciureus-reactions-to-visitors-research-participation-and-personality-ratings
#12
Zita Polgár, Lara Wood, Marie J Haskell
Understanding individual differences in captive squirrel monkeys is a topic of importance both for improving welfare by catering to individual needs, and for better understanding the results and implications of behavioral research. In this study, 23 squirrel monkeys (Saimiri sciureus), housed in an environment that is both a zoo enclosure and research facility, were assessed for (i) the time they spent by an observation window under three visitor conditions: no visitors, small groups, and large groups; (ii) their likelihood of participating in voluntary research; and (iii) zookeepers, ratings of personality...
February 2, 2017: American Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144740/hibernation-reduces-cellular-damage-caused-by-warm-hepatic-ischemia-reperfusion-in-ground-squirrels
#13
Jessica P Otis, Amanda C Pike, Jose R Torrealba, Hannah V Carey
During the hibernation season, livers from 13-lined ground squirrels (Ictidomys tridecemlineatus) are resistant to damage induced by ex vivo, cold ischemia-warm reperfusion (IR) compared with livers from summer squirrels or rats. Here, we tested the hypothesis that hibernation also reduces damage to ground squirrel livers in an in vivo, warm IR model, which more closely resembles complications associated with traumatic injury or surgical interventions. We also examined whether protection is mediated by two metabolites, inosine and biliverdin, that are elevated in ground squirrel liver during interbout arousals...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139681/attenuating-nicotine-reinforcement-and-relapse-by-enhancing-endogenous-brain-levels-of-kynurenic-acid-in-rats-and-squirrel-monkeys
#14
Maria E Secci, Alessia Auber, Leigh V Panlilio, Godfrey H Redhi, Eric B Thorndike, Charles W Schindler, Robert Schwarcz, Steven R Goldberg, Zuzana Justinova
Currently-available antismoking medications have limited efficacy and often fail to prevent relapse. Thus, there is a pressing need for newer, more effective treatment strategies. Recently, we demonstrated that enhancing endogenous levels of kynurenic acid (KYNA, a neuroinhibitory product of tryptophan metabolism) counteracts the rewarding effects of cannabinoids by acting as a negative allosteric modulator of α7 nicotinic receptors (α7nAChRs). Since the effects of KYNA on cannabinoid reward involve nicotinic receptors, in the present study we used rat and squirrel monkey models of reward and relapse to examine the possibility that enhancing KYNA can counteract the effects of nicotine...
January 31, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139079/current-evidence-on-the-transmissibility-of-chronic-wasting-disease-prions-to-humans-a-systematic-review
#15
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L Waddell, J Greig, M Mascarenhas, A Otten, T Corrin, K Hierlihy
A number of prion diseases affect humans, including Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease; most of these are due to genetic mutations in the affected individual and occur sporadically, but some result from transmission of prion proteins from external sources. Of the known animal prion diseases, only bovine spongiform encephalopathy prions have been shown to be transmissible from animals to humans under non-experimental conditions. Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a prion disease that affects cervids (e.g., deer and elk) in North America and isolated populations in Korea and Europe...
January 30, 2017: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130606/touch-screen-assays-of-behavioural-flexibility-and-error-characteristics-in-eastern-grey-squirrels-sciurus-carolinensis
#16
Pizza Ka Yee Chow, Lisa A Leaver, Ming Wang, Stephen E G Lea
Behavioural flexibility allows animals to adjust their behaviours according to changing environmental demands. Such flexibility is frequently assessed by the discrimination-reversal learning task. We examined grey squirrels' behavioural flexibility, using a simultaneous colour discrimination-reversal learning task on a touch screen. Squirrels were trained to select their non-preferred colour in the discrimination phase, and their preferred colour was rewarded in a subsequent reversal phase. We used error rates to divide learning in each phase into three stages (perseveration, chance level and 'learned') and examined response inhibition and head-switching during each stage...
January 27, 2017: Animal Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105384/sample-mmm-manuscript-for-submission-to-aip-advances-transient-line-starting-analysis-of-the-ultra-high-speed-pmsm
#17
Wenjie Cheng, Wei Li, Ling Xiao, Ming Li, Yongsheng Tian, Yanhua Sun, Lie Yu
Aiming at the ultra high speed permanent magnet synchronous motor (PMSM) supported by gas foil bearings (GFBs), this paper calculates the transient line starting of the motor. Firstly, the start effect of the rotor composed of cylindrical PM and stainless steel sleeve is studied. Then, in order to enhance the start torque, copper ring, nickel ring and copper squirrel-cage are introduced in the rotor and their start effect are analysed, respectively. It can be found that the rotor including nickel ring can be accelerated to set speed, but all the other rotors are failed due to the higher PM and braking torques...
May 2017: AIP Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088929/morphologic-analysis-of-sperm-from-two-neotropical-primate-species-comparisons-between-the-squirrel-monkeys-saimiri-collinsi-and-saimiri-vanzolinii
#18
Wlaisa V Sampaio, Karol G Oliveira, Danuza L Leão, Maria C Caldas-Bussiere, Helder L Queiroz, Fernanda P Paim, Regiane R Santos, Sheyla F S Domingues
Sperm morphometry can be applied to identify different animal groups and species and to evaluate sperm quality. Furthermore, knowledge on species-specific differences will help to enhance biological information, as well as to develop efficient reproductive technologies. The aims in the present study were to describe sperm morphometry from the recently characterized species S. collinsi and S. vanzolinii, to verify if the morphometric sperm patterns are similar or different between both species, and to determine if the sperm morphometry is affected by the levels of sperm defects using the S...
January 16, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078786/v1-connections-reveal-a-series-of-elongated-higher-visual-areas-in-the-california-ground-squirrel-otospermophilus-beecheyi
#19
Moritz Negwer, Yong-Jun Liu, Dirk Schubert, David C Lyon
For studies of visual cortex organization, mouse is becoming an increasingly more often used model. In addition to its genetic tractability, the relatively small area of cortical surface devoted to visual processing simplifies efforts in relating the structure of visual cortex to visual function. However, the nature of this compact organization can make some comparisons to the much larger non-human primate visual cortex difficult. The squirrel, as a highly visual rodent offers a useful means for better understanding how mouse and monkey cortical organization compares...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077390/reversible-temperature-dependent-differences-in-brown-adipose-tissue-respiration-during-torpor-in-a-mammalian-hibernator
#20
Sarah Victoria McFarlane, Katherine E Mathers, James F Staples
While seasonal modifications of brown adipose tissue (BAT) in hibernators are well documented, we know little about functional regulation of BAT in different phases of hibernation. In the 13-lined ground squirrel, liver mitochondrial respiration is suppressed by up to 70% during torpor. This suppression is reversed during arousal an°°d interbout euthermia (IBE), and corresponds with patterns of maximal activities of electron transport system (ETS) enzymes. Uncoupling of BAT mitochondria is controlled by free-fatty acid release stimulated by sympathetic activation of adipocytes, so we hypothesized that further regulation at the level of the ETS would be of little advantage...
January 11, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
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