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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232712/bioinformatic-analysis-reveals-new-determinants-of-antigenic-14-3-3-proteins-and-a-novel-antifungal-strategy
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Jenna E McGowan, Jacqueline Kratch, Saurabh Chattopadhyay, Bina Joe, Heather R Conti, Ritu Chakravarti
The ubiquitously expressed 14-3-3 family of proteins is evolutionarily conserved from yeast to mammals. Their involvement in humoral and cellular immune responses is emerging through studies in drosophila and humans. In humans, a select group of 14-3-3 isoforms are antigenic; however the determinants of their antigenicity are not known. Here, we show that although mammalian 14-3-3 proteins are mostly conserved, subtle differences between their isoforms may give rise to their antigenicity. We observed syntenic relations among all the isoforms of 14-3-3 for mammals, but not with that of birds or amphibians...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223902/people-pollution-and-pathogens-global-change-impacts-in-mountain-freshwater-ecosystems
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REVIEW
Dirk S Schmeller, Adeline Loyau, Kunshan Bao, Werner Brack, Antonis Chatzinotas, Francois De Vleeschouwer, Jan Friesen, Laure Gandois, Sophia V Hansson, Marilen Haver, Gaël Le Roux, Ji Shen, Roman Teisserenc, Vance T Vredenburg
Mountain catchments provide for the livelihood of more than half of humankind, and have become a key destination for tourist and recreation activities globally. Mountain ecosystems are generally considered to be less complex and less species diverse due to the harsh environmental conditions. As such, they are also more sensitive to the various impacts of the Anthropocene. For this reason, mountain regions may serve as sentinels of change and provide ideal ecosystems for studying climate and global change impacts on biodiversity...
December 7, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223875/snakes-exhibit-tissue-specific-variation-in-cardiotonic-steroid-sensitivity-of-na-k-atpase
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Shabnam Mohammadi, Georg Petschenka, Susannah S French, Akira Mori, Alan H Savitzky
Toads are among several groups of organisms chemically defended with lethal concentrations of cardiotonic steroids. As a result, most predators that prey on amphibians avoid toads. However, several species of snakes have gained resistance-conferring mutations of Na+/K+-ATPase, the molecular target of cardiotonic steroids, and can feed on toads readily. Despite recent advances in our understanding of this adaptation at the genetic level, we have lacked functional evidence for how mutations of Na+/K+-ATPase account for cardiotonic steroid resistance in snake tissues...
December 6, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222721/are-the-adverse-effects-of-stressors-on-amphibians-mediated-by-their-effects-on-stress-hormones
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Caitlin R Gabor, Sarah A Knutie, Elizabeth A Roznik, Jason R Rohr
Adverse effects of anthropogenic changes on biodiversity might be mediated by their impacts on the stress response of organisms. To test this hypothesis, we crossed exposure to metyrapone, a synthesis inhibitor of the stress hormone corticosterone, with exposure to the herbicide atrazine and the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) to assess whether the effects of these stressors on tadpoles and post-metamorphic frogs were mediated by corticosterone. Metyrapone countered atrazine- and Bd-induced corticosterone elevations...
December 8, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222153/the-future-of-keeping-pet-reptiles-and-amphibians
#5
Chris Draper, Mark Jones
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2017: Veterinary Record
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218845/probiotic-consortia-are-not-uniformly-effective-against-different-amphibian-chytrid-pathogen-isolates
#6
Rachael E Antwis, Xavier A Harrison
Symbiotic bacterial communities can protect their hosts from infection by pathogens. Treatment of wild individuals with protective bacteria (probiotics) isolated from hosts can combat the spread of emerging infectious diseases. However, it is unclear whether candidate probiotic bacteria can offer consistent protection across multiple isolates of globally-distributed pathogens. Here we use the lethal amphibian fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis to investigate whether probiotic richness (number of bacteria) or genetic distance among consortia members influences broad-scale in vitro inhibitory capabilities of probiotics across multiple isolates of the pathogen...
December 8, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218741/a-test-of-the-substitution-habitat-hypothesis-in-amphibians
#7
Alejandro Martínez-Abraín, Pedro Galán
Most examples that support the substitution-habitat hypothesis (human-made habitats act as substitutes of original habitat) deal with birds and mammals. We tested this hypothesis in 14 amphibians by using percentage occupancy as a proxy of habitat quality (i.e., higher occupancy percentages indicate higher quality). We classified water body types as original habitat (no or little human influence) depending on anatomical, behavioral, or physiological adaptations of each amphibian species. Ten species had relatively high probabilities (0...
December 8, 2017: Conservation Biology: the Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218002/xenopus-laevis-as-a-model-organism-for-the-study-of-spinal-cord-formation-development-function-and-regeneration
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REVIEW
Laura N Borodinsky
The spinal cord is the first central nervous system structure to develop during vertebrate embryogenesis, underscoring its importance to the organism. Because of its early formation, accessibility to the developing spinal cord in amniotes is challenging, often invasive and the experimental approaches amenable to model systems like mammals are limited. In contrast, amphibians, in general and the African-clawed frog Xenopus laevis, in particular, offer model systems in which the formation of the spinal cord, the differentiation of spinal neurons and glia and the establishment of spinal neuron and neuromuscular synapses can be easily investigated with minimal perturbations to the whole organism...
2017: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217629/map-like-navigation-from-distances-exceeding-routine-movements-in-the-three-striped-poison-frog-ameerega-trivittata
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Andrius Pašukonis, Matthias-Claudio Loretto, Walter Hödl
Most animals move in dense habitats where distant landmarks are limited, but how they find their way around remains poorly understood. Poison frogs inhabit the rainforest understory where they shuttle tadpoles from small territories to widespread pools. Recent studies revealed their excellent spatial memory and the ability to home back from several hundred meters. It remains unclear if this homing ability is restricted to the areas that had been previously explored or if it allows the frogs to navigate from areas outside their direct experience...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216539/influence-of-extracellular-environment-on-the-motility-and-structural-properties-of-spermatozoa-collected-from-hormonally-stimulated-panamanian-golden-frog-atelopus-zeteki
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Gina Della Togna, Brian Gratwicke, Matthew Evans, Lauren Augustine, Han Chia, Ed Bronikowski, James B Murphy, Pierre Comizzoli
A better understanding of the factors influencing the biology of amphibian spermatozoa after release from the testis is a prerequisite to the development of sperm preservation methods. The objective of the study was to determine the effect of extracellular conditions (exposure to water and different temperatures) over time on the sperm motility and structural properties (including morphology and DNA integrity) collected from hormonally stimulated Atelopus zeteki. Following intraperitoneal injection of gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist (des-Gly10, D-Ala6, Pro-NHEt9 GnRH; 4 μg/g of body weight), human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG, 10 IU/gbw), or Amphiplex™ (0...
November 29, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214665/cephalic-muscle-development-in-the-australian-lungfish-neoceratodus-forsteri
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Janine M Ziermann, Alice M Clement, Rolf Ericsson, Lennart Olsson
Lungfishes are the extant sister group of tetrapods. As such, they are important for the study of evolutionary processes involved in the water to land transition of vertebrates. The evolution of a true neck, that is, the complete separation of the pectoral girdle from the cranium, is one of the most intriguing morphological transitions known among vertebrates. Other salient changes involve new adaptations for terrestrial feeding, which involves both the cranium and its associated musculature. Historically, the cranium has been extensively investigated, but the development of the cranial muscles much less so...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29213103/heterogeneous-responses-of-temperate-zone-amphibian-populations-to-climate-change-complicates-conservation-planning
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E Muths, T Chambert, B R Schmidt, D A W Miller, B R Hossack, P Joly, O Grolet, D M Green, D S Pilliod, M Cheylan, R N Fisher, R M McCaffery, M J Adams, W J Palen, J W Arntzen, J Garwood, G Fellers, J-M Thirion, A Besnard, E H Campbell Grant
The pervasive and unabated nature of global amphibian declines suggests common demographic responses to a given driver, and quantification of major drivers and responses could inform broad-scale conservation actions. We explored the influence of climate on demographic parameters (i.e., changes in the probabilities of survival and recruitment) using 31 datasets from temperate zone amphibian populations (North America and Europe) with more than a decade of observations each. There was evidence for an influence of climate on population demographic rates, but the direction and magnitude of responses to climate drivers was highly variable among taxa and among populations within taxa...
December 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29211619/life-on-the-edge-a-comparative-study-of-ecophysiological-adaptations-of-frogs-to-tropical-semiarid-environments
#13
Catalina Cruz-Piedrahita, Carlos A Navas, Andrew J Crawford
A key goal of ecology and evolution is to understand the relative contributions of environment and history in determining the geographic distribution of organisms. For the Neotropical lowlands, where temperatures are similar across landscapes, we hypothesize that water balance may be a critical but understudied factor in determining the distribution of species. Amphibians are especially sensitive to variation in precipitation due to their permeable skin. Here we focused on lowland frogs of northwestern South America and investigated variation among 17 species in potentially important ecologically relevant performance variables related to water balance, testing for possible adaptations to semiarid conditions within species...
January 2018: Physiological and Biochemical Zoology: PBZ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29208411/distribution-of-nadph-diaphorase-reactivity-in-the-central-nervous-system-of-the-common-toad-bufo-bufo
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Claudia Pinelli, Arun G Jadhao, Anna Scandurra, Biagio D'Aniello
We examined the distribution of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate-diaphorase (NADPH-d)-reactive elements in the central nervous system (CNS) of the common toad, Bufo bufo. The investigation involved adult male and female toads collected during the breeding season. Labeled neurons of different morphological appearances (weakly or darkly stained, unipolar, bipolar, and multipolar) and fibers were observed across all subdivisions of the amphibian brain. Overall, a similar distribution of NADPH-d-labeled neurons was observed in the brain of male and female toads...
December 2, 2017: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29205924/genomic-epidemiology-of-the-emerging-pathogen-batrachochytrium-dendrobatidis-from-native-and-invasive-amphibian-species-in-chile
#15
A Valenzuela-Sánchez, S J O'Hanlon, M Alvarado-Rybak, D E Uribe-Rivera, A A Cunningham, M C Fisher, C Soto-Azat
Emerging fungal diseases represent a threat to food security, animal and human health worldwide. Amphibian chytridiomycosis, caused by the fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), has been associated with catastrophic and well-documented amphibian population declines and extinctions. For the first time, Bd was cultured from native and non-native wild amphibians in Chile. Phylogenomic analyses revealed that Chilean isolates AVS2, AVS4 and AVS7 group within the global panzootic lineage of Bd (BdGPL) in a single highly supported clade that includes a genotype previously isolated from the United Kingdom...
December 5, 2017: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29205342/phylogenetic-analyses-of-the-hepatic-architecture-in-vertebrates
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Nobuyoshi Shiojiri, Harunobu Kametani, Noriaki Ota, Yusuke Akai, Tomokazu Fukuchi, Tomoka Abo, Sho Tanaka, Junri Sekiguchi, Sachie Matsubara, Hayato Kawakami
The mammalian liver has a structural and functional unit called the liver lobule, in the periphery of which the portal triad consisting of the portal vein, bile duct and hepatic artery is developed. This type of hepatic architecture is detectable in many other vertebrates, including amphibians and birds, whereas intrahepatic bile ducts run independently of portal vein distribution in actinopterygians such as the salmon and tilapia. It remains to be clarified how the hepatic architectures are phylogenetically developed among vertebrates...
December 4, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29205335/melanomacrophage-functions-in-the-liver-of-the-caecilian-siphonops-annulatus
#17
Robson Campos Gutierre, Carlos Jared, Marta Maria Antoniazzi, Antonio Augusto Coppi, Mizue Imoto Egami
Melanomacrophages are phagocytes that synthesize melanin. They are found in the liver and spleen of ectothermic vertebrates, and in the kidney of fish. In agnathan and elasmobranch fish, melanomacrophages are seen as isolated cells, and forming clusters in all the other vertebrates. The natural phagocytic activity of melanomacrophages is poorly characterized, as most of the research works have focused on induced phagocytic activity only. Furthermore, little is known about amphibian melanomacrophages, mainly about those in caecilians - wormlike amphibians in the order of Gymnophiona, which is the least known group of terrestrial vertebrates...
December 4, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202290/insights-about-the-toxic-effects-of-tannery-effluent-on-lithobates-catesbeianus-tadpoles
#18
Diogo Ferreira do Amaral, Mateus Flores Montalvão, Bruna de Oliveira Mendes, Joyce Moreira de Souza, Thales Quintão Chagas, Aline Sueli de Lima Rodrigues, Guilherme Malafaia
Tannery industries are considered highly polluting due to the large production of polluted wastewater [untreated tannery effluent (UTE)]. Although previous studies have already shown the consequences from fish, birds and mammals' exposure to this pollutant, little is known about its toxicological effect on representatives of class amphibian. Thus, we aim at assessing whether short-term UTE exposure, even at low concentrations (0.2% UTE diluted in water), would be able to induce behavioral, morphological and cyto-genotoxic changes in L...
December 1, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29192338/evolutionary-trends-in-animal-ribosomal-dna-loci-introduction-to-a-new-online-database
#19
Jana Sochorová, Sònia Garcia, Francisco Gálvez, Radka Symonová, Aleš Kovařík
Ribosomal DNA (rDNA) loci encoding 5S and 45S (18S-5.8S-28S) rRNAs are important components of eukaryotic chromosomes. Here, we set up the animal rDNA database containing cytogenetic information about these loci in 1343 animal species (264 families) collected from 542 publications. The data are based on in situ hybridisation studies (both radioactive and fluorescent) carried out in major groups of vertebrates (fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals) and invertebrates (mostly insects and mollusks). The database is accessible online at www...
November 30, 2017: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29192210/low-resistance-to-chytridiomycosis-in-direct-developing-amphibians
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Andréa F C Mesquita, Carolina Lambertini, Mariana Lyra, Leo R Malagoli, Timothy Y James, Luís Felipe Toledo, Célio F B Haddad, C Guilherme Becker
Host-generalist pathogens sporadically infect naive hosts, potentially triggering epizootics. The waterborne fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) is linked to declines of hundreds of amphibian species with aquatic larvae. Although several population declines and extinctions attributed to Bd have been reported among cryptic species undergoing direct development away from water, epidemiological studies focused on these terrestrial frogs are lacking. Our field data support that terrestrial direct-developing hosts are less exposed to Bd during their ontogeny than species with aquatic larvae, and thus they might lack adaptive responses against waterborne chytrids...
November 30, 2017: Scientific Reports
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