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Siân Culley, David Albrecht, Caron Jacobs, Pedro Matos Pereira, Christophe Leterrier, Jason Mercer, Ricardo Henriques
Super-resolution microscopy depends on steps that can contribute to the formation of image artifacts, leading to misinterpretation of biological information. We present NanoJ-SQUIRREL, an ImageJ-based analytical approach that provides quantitative assessment of super-resolution image quality. By comparing diffraction-limited images and super-resolution equivalents of the same acquisition volume, this approach generates a quantitative map of super-resolution defects and can guide researchers in optimizing imaging parameters...
February 19, 2018: Nature Methods
Mary K L Baldwin, Nicole A Young, Denis Matrov, Jon H Kaas
The superior colliculus is an important midbrain structure involved with integrating information from varying sensory modalities and sending motor signals to produce orienting movements toward environmental stimuli. Because of this role, the superior colliculus receives a multitude of sensory inputs from a wide variety of subcortical and cortical structures. Proportionately, the superior colliculus of gray squirrels is among the largest in size of all studied mammals, suggesting the importance of this structure in the behavioral characteristics of gray squirrels...
February 16, 2018: European Journal of Neuroscience
Jasmine N Baker, Jerilyn A Walker, Michael W Denham, Charles D Loupe, Mark A Batzer
Background: The evolution of Alu elements has been ongoing in primate lineages and Alu insertion polymorphisms are widely used in phylogenetic and population genetics studies. Alu subfamilies in the squirrel monkey ( Saimiri ), a New World Monkey (NWM), were recently reported. Squirrel monkeys are commonly used in biomedical research and often require species identification. The purpose of this study was two-fold: 1) Perform locus-specific PCR analyses on recently integrated Alu insertions in Saimiri to determine their amplification dynamics, and 2) Identify a subset of Alu insertion polymorphisms with species informative allele frequency distributions between the Saimiri sciureus and Saimiri boliviensis groups...
2018: Mobile DNA
Farnoush Tahmasebi, Fred J Longstaffe, Grant Zazula
A magnificent repository of Late Pleistocene terrestrial megafauna fossils is contained in ice-rich loess deposits of Alaska and Yukon, collectively eastern Beringia. The stable carbon (δ13C) and nitrogen (δ15N) isotope compositions of bone collagen from these fossils are routinely used to determine paleodiet and reconstruct the paleoecosystem. This approach requires consideration of changes in C- and N-isotope dynamics over time and their effects on the terrestrial vegetation isotopic baseline. To test for such changes between the Late Pleistocene and modern time, we compared δ13C and δ15N for vegetation and bone collagen and structural carbonate of some modern, Yukon, arctic ground squirrels with vegetation and bones from Late Pleistocene fossil arctic ground squirrel nests preserved in Yukon loess deposits...
2018: PloS One
Yang-Ja Lee, Joshua D Bernstock, Dace Klimanis, John M Hallenbeck
Hibernating 13-lined ground squirrels ( Ictidomys tridecemlineatus ; TLGS) rank among the most brain hypoperfusion-tolerant mammals known. Herein we provide some evidence of cycling between an epithelial phenotype and a hybrid epithelial/mesenchymal (E/M) phenotype (partial EMT) within the brains of TLGS during each bout of hibernation torpor. During hibernation torpor, expression of the epithelial marker E-cadherin (E-CDH) was reduced, while expression of the well-known mesenchymal markers vimentin and Sox2 were increased...
2018: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
Ehsan Vaghefi, Kevin Kauv, Wilson Pan, David Squirrell
Purpose: Here, we have tried to quantify the chorioretinal blood perfusion in patients who are clinically identified to be suffering from retinal ischemia using arterial spin labelling (ASL) MRI. Method: Four participants, diagnosed with retinal ischemia based on their structural OCT and angiography test, were then scanned using anatomical MRI as well as ASL. We optimized MR parameters to maximize resolution and target fixation, blinking, and breathing ques to minimize motion artifacts...
September 2017: Case Reports in Ophthalmology
Madeline S Tiee, Ryan J Harrigan, Henri A Thomassen, Thomas B Smith
Infectious diseases that originate from multiple wildlife hosts can be complex and problematic to manage. A full understanding is further limited by large temporal and spatial gaps in sampling. However, these limitations can be overcome, in part, by using historical samples, such as those derived from museum collections. Here, we screened over 1000 museum specimens collected over the past 120 years to examine the historical distribution and prevalence of monkeypox virus (MPXV) in five species of African rope squirrel ( Funisciurus sp...
January 2018: Royal Society Open Science
Tanvi P Honap, Luz-Andrea Pfister, Genevieve Housman, Sarah Mills, Ross P Tarara, Koichi Suzuki, Frank P Cuozzo, Michelle L Sauther, Michael S Rosenberg, Anne C Stone
Leprosy is caused by the bacterial pathogens Mycobacterium leprae and Mycobacterium lepromatosis. Apart from humans, animals such as nine-banded armadillos in the Americas and red squirrels in the British Isles are naturally infected with M. leprae. Natural leprosy has also been reported in certain nonhuman primates, but it is not known whether these occurrences are due to incidental infections by human M. leprae strains or by M. leprae strains specific to nonhuman primates. In this study, complete M. leprae genomes from three naturally infected nonhuman primates (a chimpanzee from Sierra Leone, a sooty mangabey from West Africa, and a cynomolgus macaque from The Philippines) were sequenced...
January 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Nobue Kuniyoshi, Yuji Yoshida, Yoshiki Itoh, Shin-Ichi Yokota, Takeshi Kuraishi, Shosaku Hattori, Tomohiro Kondo, Midori Yoshizawa, Chieko Kai, Yasuo Kiso, Ken Takeshi Kusakabe
Owl monkeys are the only one species possessing the nocturnal lifestyles among the simian monkeys. Their eyes and retinas have been interested associating with the nocturnal adaptation. We examined the cellular specificity and electroretinogram (ERG) reactivity in the retina of the owl monkeys by comparison with the squirrel monkeys, taxonomically close-species and expressing diurnal behavior. Owl monkeys did not have clear structure of the foveal pit by the funduscope, whereas the retinal wholemount specimens indicated a small-condensed spot of the ganglion cells...
January 26, 2018: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
Nerissa Emmy Graetz Hoglen, Phillip Larimer, Elizabeth A K Phillips, Brian James Malone, Andrea Rayne Hasenstaub
Both mice and primates are used to model the human auditory system. The primate order possesses unique cortical specializations that govern auditory processing. Given the power of molecular and genetic tools available in the mouse model, it is essential to understand the similarities and differences in auditory cortical processing between mice and primates. To address this issue, we directly compared temporal encoding properties of neurons in the auditory cortex of awake mice and awake squirrel monkeys (SQM)...
January 24, 2018: Journal of Neurophysiology
Nicole Grandi, Marta Cadeddu, Jonas Blomberg, Jens Mayer, Enzo Tramontano
BACKGROUND: The genomes of all vertebrates harbor remnants of ancient retroviral infections, having affected the germ line cells during the last 100 million years. These sequences, named Endogenous Retroviruses (ERVs), have been transmitted to the offspring in a Mendelian way, being relatively stable components of the host genome even long after their exogenous counterparts went extinct. Among human ERVs (HERVs), the HERV-W group is of particular interest for our physiology and pathology...
January 19, 2018: BMC Evolutionary Biology
Danny LeBert, Jayne M Squirrell, Chrissy Freisinger, Julie Rindy, Netta Golenberg, Grace Frecentes, Angela Gibson, Kevin W Eliceiri, Anna Huttenlocher
Tissue injury leads to early wound-associated reactive oxygen species (ROS) production that mediate tissue regeneration. To identify mechanisms that function downstream of redox signals that modulate regeneration, a vimentin reporter of mesenchymal cells was generated by driving GFP from the vimentin promoter in zebrafish. Early redox signaling mediated vimentin reporter activity at the wound margin. Moreover, both ROS and vimentin were necessary for collagen production and reorganization into projections at the leading edge of the wound...
January 16, 2018: ELife
Bryan S McLean, Kristofer M Helgen, H Thomas Goodwin, Joseph A Cook
Our understanding of mechanisms operating over deep timescales to shape phenotypic diversity often hinges on linking variation in one or few trait(s) to specific evolutionary processes. When distinct processes are capable of similar phenotypic signatures, however, identifying these drivers is difficult. We explored ecomorphological evolution across a radiation of ground-dwelling squirrels whose history includes convergence and constraint, two processes that can yield similar signatures of standing phenotypic diversity...
January 10, 2018: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
Carol A Paronis, Girish R Chopda, Kiran Vemuri, Ani S Zakarian, Alexandros Makriyannis, Jack Bergman
AM6538 is a cannabinoid antagonist that binds CB1 receptors expressed in HEK-293 cells in a wash-resistant manner. The effects of AM6538 in live animals has not previously been established. We characterized the antagonist effects of AM6538 in male mice, using a warm-water tail-withdrawal assay, and in male squirrel monkeys trained to discriminate the CB1 agonist AM4054 from vehicle. The cannabinoid agonists WIN 55,212, Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and AM4054 all produced 100% maximum possible antinociceptive effects in mice following vehicle pretreatment...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Zigui Chen, Charles E Wood, Christian R Abee, Robert D Burk
The complete genome sequences of three novel Saimiri sciureus papillomavirus (SscPV) types (SscPV1 to SscPV3) isolated from the cervicovaginal region of squirrel monkeys were characterized. These three PV types share 78.1 to 83.3% nucleotide sequence identities with each other across the complete L1 open reading frame and cluster in the genus Dyoomikronpapillomavirus.
January 4, 2018: Genome Announcements
A A Nikol'skii
Dependence of the sound-signal frequency on the animal body length was studied in 14 ground squirrel species (genus Spermophilus) of Eurasia. Regression analysis of the total sample yielded a low determination coefficient (R2 = 26%), because the total sample proved to be heterogeneous in terms of signal frequency within the dimension classes of animals. When the total sample was divided into two groups according to signal frequency, two statistically significant models (regression equations) were obtained in which signal frequency depended on the body size at high determination coefficients (R2 = 73 and 94% versus 26% for the total sample)...
November 2017: Doklady Biological Sciences: Proceedings of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, Biological Sciences Sections
Vanessa Matos-Cruz, Eve R Schneider, Marco Mastrotto, Dana K Merriman, Sviatoslav N Bagriantsev, Elena O Gracheva
Thirteen-lined ground squirrels and Syrian hamsters are known for their ability to withstand cold during hibernation. We found that hibernators exhibit cold tolerance even in the active state. Imaging and electrophysiology of squirrel somatosensory neurons reveal a decrease in cold sensitivity of TRPM8-expressing cells. Characterization of squirrel and hamster TRPM8 showed that the channels are chemically activated but exhibit poor activation by cold. Cold sensitivity can be re-introduced into squirrel and hamster TRPM8 by transferring the transmembrane domain from the cold sensitive rat ortholog...
December 19, 2017: Cell Reports
Vanessa A D Wilson, Miho Inoue-Murayama, Alexander Weiss
Personality has been studied in all of the great apes, many Old World monkey species, but only a handful of New World monkey species. Because understanding the personalities of New World monkeys is crucial to understanding personality evolution in primates, we used the Hominoid Personality Questionnaire to assess personality in 55 common squirrel monkeys (Saimiri sciureus) and 40 Bolivian squirrel monkeys (Saimiri boliviensis). We found 4 personality components in each species, and labeled them Openness, Neuroticism, Assertiveness, and Agreeableness...
December 14, 2017: Journal of Comparative Psychology
Leslie T Buck, Matthew E Pamenter
The ion channel arrest hypothesis has been the foundation of three decades of research into the underlying mechanisms of hypoxia/anoxia tolerance in several key species, including: painted turtles, goldfish, crucian carp, naked mole rats, and arctic and ground squirrels. The hypothesis originally stated that hypoxia/anoxia tolerant species ought to have fewer ion channels per area membrane and/or mechanisms to regulate the permeability of ions through channels. Today we can add to this and include mechanisms to remove channels from membranes and the expression of low conductance isoforms...
December 6, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Michael J Sheriff, Rudy Boonstra, Rupert Palme, C Loren Buck, Brian M Barnes
The Earth's climate is changing at an unprecedented rate and, as ecologists, we are challenged with the difficult task of predicting how individuals and populations will respond to climate-induced changes to local and global ecosystems. Although we are beginning to understand some of the responses to changing seasonality, the physiological mechanisms that may drive these responses remain unknown. Using long-term data comparing two nearby populations (<20 km apart) of free-living arctic ground squirrels in northern Alaska, we have previously shown that the timing of spring snowmelt greatly influences their phenology of hibernation and reproduction in a population and site-specific manner...
2017: Conservation Physiology
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