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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934299/a-novel-copro-diagnostic-molecular-method-for-qualitative-detection-and-identification-of-parasitic-nematodes-in-amphibians-and-reptiles
#1
Lucas G Huggins, Christopher J Michaels, Sheena M Cruickshank, Richard F Preziosi, Kathryn J Else
Anthropogenic disturbance via resource acquisition, habitat fragmentation and climate change, amongst other factors, has led to catastrophic global biodiversity losses and species extinctions at an accelerating rate. Amphibians are currently one of the worst affected classes with at least a third of species categorised as being threatened with extinction. At the same time, they are also critically important for many habitats and provide man with a powerful proxy for ecosystem health by acting as a bioindicator group...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932481/the-7-aza-norbornane-nucleus-of-epibatidine-7-aza-bicyclo-2-2-1-heptan-7-ium-chloride
#2
Sergey N Britvin, Andrey M Rumyantsev
7-Aza-bicyclo-[2.2.1]heptane (7-aza-norbornane) is a bridged heterocyclic nucleus found in epibatidine, the alkaloid isolated from the skin of the tropical poison frog Epipedobates tricolor. Since epibatidine is known as one of the most potent acetyl-choline nicotinic receptor agonists, a plethora of literature has been devoted to this alkaloid. However, there are no structural data on the unsubstituted 7-aza-norbornane, the parent bicyclic ring of epibatidine and its derivatives. We herein present the structural characterization of the 7-aza-bicyclo-[2...
September 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica. Section E, Crystallographic Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931936/bite-force-in-the-horned-frog-ceratophrys-cranwelli-with-implications-for-extinct-giant-frogs
#3
A Kristopher Lappin, Sean C Wilcox, David J Moriarty, Stephanie A R Stoeppler, Susan E Evans, Marc E H Jones
Of the nearly 6,800 extant frog species, most have weak jaws that play only a minor role in prey capture. South American horned frogs (Ceratophrys) are a notable exception. Aggressive and able to consume vertebrates their own size, these "hopping heads" use a vice-like grip of their jaws to restrain and immobilize prey. Using a longitudinal experimental design, we quantified the ontogenetic profile of bite-force performance in post-metamorphic Ceratophrys cranwelli. Regression slopes indicate positive allometric scaling of bite force with reference to head and body size, results that concur with scaling patterns across a diversity of taxa, including fish and amniotes (lizards, tuatara, turtles, crocodylians, rodents)...
September 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931029/screening-of-a-long-term-sample-set-reveals-two-ranavirus-lineages-in-british-herpetofauna
#4
Stephen J Price, Alexandra Wadia, Owen N Wright, William T M Leung, Andrew A Cunningham, Becki Lawson
Reports of severe disease outbreaks in amphibian communities in mainland Europe due to strains of the common midwife toad virus (CMTV)-like clade of Ranavirus are increasing and have created concern due to their considerable population impacts. In Great Britain, viruses in another clade of Ranavirus-frog virus 3 (FV3)-like-have caused marked declines of common frog (Rana temporaria) populations following likely recent virus introductions. The British public has been reporting mortality incidents to a citizen science project since 1992, with carcasses submitted for post-mortem examination, resulting in a long-term tissue archive spanning 25 years...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930614/inter-species-functional-interactome-of-nuclear-steroid-receptors-r1
#5
Styliani A Geronikolou, Athanasia Pavlopoulou, Christina Kanaka-Gantenbein, George Chrousos
Steroids exert their actions by binding to the glucocorticoid, mineralocorticoid, androgen, estrogen and progesterone classes of receptors. Despite an exponential increase in our knowledge of steroid receptors, their interactions with other molecules, subcellular location and functions still need further elucidation. To unravel the mechanism(s) of action of the steroid hormones, as well as the function of their cognate nuclear receptors, an interaction network was created (henceforth referred to as "R1 Interactome")- illustrating that robust interactions have been preserved in rodents, frog, zebra fish and drosophila...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Elite Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927532/beyond-mouse-cancer-models-three-dimensional-human-relevant-in-vitro-and-non-mammalian-in-vivo-models-for-photodynamic-therapy
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REVIEW
Malgorzata Kucinska, Marek Murias, Patrycja Nowak-Sliwinska
The proper design of experiments is a critical step for each study in order to obtain reproducible and reliable data. Taking into account constant competitiveness in the quickly developing biomedical sciences and the availability of sophisticated techniques, the choice and establishment of an experimental model system are essential for a successful research project. Currently, various sophisticated in vitro and in vivo models are being designed and developed in order to replace the use of mammalian models to investigate the mechanisms of action, activity and properties of novel compounds or treatment modalities...
July 2017: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926819/use-of-electro-olfactography-to-measure-olfactory-acuity-in-the-north-american-bullfrog-lithobates-rana-catesbeiana-tadpole
#7
Jody L Heerema, Caren C Helbing, Greg G Pyle
Olfaction is an important sense for aquatic organisms because it provides information about their surroundings, including nearby food, mates, and predators. Electro-olfactography (EOG) is an electrophysiological technique that measures the response of olfactory tissue to olfactory stimuli, and responses are indicative of olfactory acuity. Previous studies have used this technique on a variety of species including frogs, salamanders, daphniids and, most extensively, fish. In the present study, we introduce a novel modified EOG method for use on Lithobates (Rana) catesbeiana tadpoles...
September 16, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925539/expression-and-functional-proteomic-analyses-of-osteocytes-from-xenopus-laevis-tested-under-mechanical-stress-conditions-preliminary-observations-on-an-appropriate-new-animal-model
#8
Jessika Bertacchini, Marta Benincasa, Marta Checchi, Francesco Cavani, Alberto Smargiassi, Marzia Ferretti, Carla Palumbo
Hitherto, the role of the osteocyte as transducer of mechanical stimuli into biological signals is far from settled. In this study, we used an appropriate model represented by the cortex of Xenopus laevis long bone diaphysis lacking (unlike the mammalian one) of vascular structures and containing only osteocytes inside the bone matrix. These structural features allow any change of protein profile that might be observed upon different experimental conditions, such as bone adaptation to stress/mechanical loading, to be ascribed specifically to osteocytes...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925537/continental-extent-patterns-in-amphibian-malformations-linked-to-parasites-chemical-contaminants-and-their-interactions
#9
Sarah E Haas, Mari K Reeves, Alfred E Pinkney, Pieter T J Johnson
Widespread observations of malformed amphibians across North America have generated both concern and controversy. Debates over the causes of such malformations-which can affect >50% of animals in a population-have continued, likely due to involvement of multiple causal factors. Here, we used a 13-year dataset encompassing 53,880 frogs and toads from 422 wetlands and 42 states in the conterminous USA to test hypotheses relating abnormalities and four categories of potential drivers: (1) chemical contaminants, (2) land use practices, (3) parasite infection, and (4) targeted interactions between parasites and pesticides...
September 19, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924497/phylogeographic-investigation-and-ecological-niche-modelling-of-the-endemic-frog-species-nanorana-pleskei-revealed-multiple-refugia-in-the-eastern-tibetan-plateau
#10
Bin Wang, Feng Xie, Jiannan Li, Gang Wang, Cheng Li, Jianping Jiang
The largest plateau Tibetan Plateau supplied an excellent opportunity to investigate the influence of the Pleistocene events on the high-elevation species. To test for the alternative hypotheses of Pleistocene glacial refugia, we used partial sequences of two mitochondrial genes and one nuclear gene to examine the phylogeographic patterns of the endemic frog species Nanorana pleskei across its known range in the eastern Tibetan Plateau, and conducted species distribution modelling (SDM) to explore changes of its distribution range through current and paleo periods...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920794/intraocular-pressure-and-examination-findings-in-three-species-of-central-and-south-american-tree-frogs-cruziohyla-craspedopus-cruziohyla-calcarifer-and-anotheca-spinosa
#11
Andrew C Lewin, Jennifer C Hausmann, Paul E Miller
The purpose of this prospective study was to describe intraocular pressure (IOP) and examination findings in three tree frog species (Cruziohyla craspedopus [fringe leaf frog], Cruziohyla calcarifer [splendid leaf frog], and Anotheca spinosa [spiny-headed or coronated tree frog]). Thirty-one C. craspedopus, four C. calcarifer, and five A. spinosa were weighed, sexed based on phenotype where possible, and examined using slit-lamp biomicroscopy and indirect ophthalmoscopy. IOP was measured using the TonoVet and TonoLab rebound tonometers while the frogs were held two ways (unrestrained, then restrained)...
September 2017: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919963/variability-of-nor-patterns-in-european-water-frogs-of-different-genome-composition-and-ploidy-level
#12
Anna Zaleśna, Maria Florek, Mariusz Rybacki, Maria Ogielska
We studied water frogs from a complex composed of two species: Pelophylax lessonae (Camerano, 1882) (genome LL, 2n = 26) and P. ridibundus (Pallas, 1771) (RR, 2 = 26), and their natural hybrid P. esculentus (Fitzinger, 1843) of various ploidy and genome composition (RL, 2n = 26, and RRL or RLL, 3n = 39). Tetraploids RRLL were found (4n = 52) in juveniles. We applied cytogenetic techniques: AgNO3, chromomycin A3, PI and fluorescent in situ hybridization with a 28S rDNA probe. Results obtained by silver staining corresponded well with those stained with CMA3, PI and FISH...
2017: Comparative Cytogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919133/transfer-parameters-for-icrp-s-reference-animals-and-plants-in-a-terrestrial-mediterranean-ecosystem
#13
J Guillén, N A Beresford, A Baeza, M Izquierdo, M D Wood, A Salas, A Muñoz-Serrano, J M Corrales-Vázquez, J G Muñoz-Muñoz
A system for the radiological protection of the environment (or wildlife) based on Reference Animals and Plants (RAPs) has been suggested by the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP). To assess whole-body activity concentrations for RAPs and the resultant internal dose rates, transfer parameters are required. However, transfer values specifically for the taxonomic families defined for the RAPs are often sparse and furthermore can be extremely site dependent. There is also a considerable geographical bias within available transfer data, with few data for Mediterranean ecosystems...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918517/detecting-cam-type-deformities-on-plain-radiographs-what-is-the-optimal-lateral-view
#14
Christian Hipfl, Markus Titz, Catharina Chiari, Veronika Schöpf, Franz Kainberger, Reinhard Windhager, Stephan Domayer
PURPOSE: Radial magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the most accurate diagnostic tool in assessing cam-type femoroacetabular impingement. Plain radiographs, however, are useful for the initial diagnosis in the daily practice and there is still debate regarding the optimal lateral view. The purpose of this study was to investigate the reliability of detecting cam deformities using the frog-leg view or the 45° Dunn view by comparison with radial MRI. MATERIAL: 66 consecutive hips with plain radiographs (36 with AP and frog-leg views, 30 with AP and 45° Dunn views) and radial MRI were assessed...
September 16, 2017: Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917944/tetrabromoethylcyclohexane-affects-gonadal-differentiation-and-development-in-the-frog-pelophylax-nigromaculatus
#15
Peng-Yan Liu, Tan Meng, Yuan-Yuan Li, Man Cai, Xing-Hong Li, Juan Chen, Zhan-Fen Qin
Tetrabromoethylcyclohexane (TBECH), an additive brominated flame retardant, has been shown to have an androgenic activity in vitro. In the present study, we aimed to investigate the effects of TBECH on gonadal differentiation and development in the frog Pelophylax nigromaculatus, an amphibian species sensitive to androgenic chemicals, and to assess the androgenic activity of TBECH in vivo. P. nigromaculatus tadpoles were exposed to TBECH (1, 10, 100nM) from Gosner stage 24 to complete metamorphosis, and to 5α-dihydrotestosterone (DHT) as a positive control...
September 9, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916286/toxicology-studies-of-primycin-sulphate-using-a-three-dimensional-3d-in-vitro-human-liver-aggregate-model
#16
Ágota Pénzes, Elhusseiny Mohamed Mahmud Abdelwahab, Judit Rapp, Zsanett A Péteri, Judit Bovári-Biri, Csaba Fekete, György Miskei, Krisztián Kvell, Judit E Pongrácz
Primycin-sulphate is a highly effective compound against Gram (G) positive bacteria. It has a potentially synergistic effect with vancomycin and statins which makes primycin-sulphate a potentially very effective preparation. Primycin-sulphate is currently used exclusively in topical preparations such as in in vitro animal hepatocyte and neuromuscular junction studies (in mice, rats, snakes, frogs) as well as in in vitro human red blood cell experiments. During these studies, the use of primycin-sulphate resulted in reduced cellular membrane integrity and modified ion channel activity...
September 12, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912103/membrane-perturbing-activities-and-structural-properties-of-the-frog-skin-derived-peptide-esculentin-1a-1-21-nh2-and-its-diastereomer-esc-1-21-1c-correlation-with-their-antipseudomonal-and-cytotoxic-activity
#17
Maria Rosa Loffredo, Anirban Ghosh, Nicole Harmouche, Bruno Casciaro, Vincenzo Luca, Annalisa Bortolotti, Floriana Cappiello, Lorenzo Stella, Anirban Bhunia, Burkhard Bechinger, Maria Luisa Mangoni
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) represent new alternatives to cope with the increasing number of multi-drug resistant microbial infections. Recently, a derivative of the frog-skin AMP esculentin-1a, Esc(1-21), was found to rapidly kill both the planktonic and biofilm forms of the Gram-negative bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa with a membrane-perturbing activity as a plausible mode of action. Lately, its diastereomer Esc(1-21)-1c containing two d-amino acids i.e. (D)Leu14 and (D)Ser17 revealed to be less cytotoxic, more stable to proteolytic degradation and more efficient in eradicating Pseudomonas biofilm...
September 11, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904296/developmental-changes-in-drug-metabolizing-enzyme-expression-during-metamorphosis-of-xenopus-tropicalis
#18
Junpei Mori, Seigo Sanoh, Keiko Kashiwagi, Hideki Hanada, Mitsuki Shigeta, Ken-Ichi T Suzuki, Takashi Yamamoto, Yaichiro Kotake, Kazumi Sugihara, Shigeyuki Kitamura, Akihiko Kashiwagi, Shigeru Ohta
A large number of chemicals are routinely detected in aquatic environments, and these chemicals may adversely affect aquatic organisms. Accurate risk assessment requires understanding drug-metabolizing systems in aquatic organisms because metabolism of these chemicals is a critical determinant of chemical bioaccumulation and related toxicity. In this study, we evaluated mRNA expression levels of nuclear receptors and drug-metabolizing enzymes as well as cytochrome P450 (CYP) activities in pro-metamorphic tadpoles, froglets, and adult frogs to determine how drug-metabolizing systems are altered at different life stages...
2017: Journal of Toxicological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903830/an-efficient-simple-and-noninvasive-procedure-for-genotyping-aquatic-and-nonaquatic-laboratory-animals
#19
Morihiro Okada, Thomas C Miller, Julia Roediger, Yun-Bo Shi, Joseph Mat Schech
Various animal models are indispensible in biomedical research. Increasing awareness and regulations have prompted the adaptation of more humane approaches in the use of laboratory animals. With the development of easier and faster methodologies to generate genetically altered animals, convenient and humane methods to genotype these animals are important for research involving such animals. Here, we report skin swabbing as a simple and noninvasive method for extracting genomic DNA from mice and frogs for genotyping...
September 1, 2017: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900037/znf143-is-an-important-regulator-of-the-myeloid-transcription-factor-c-ebp%C3%AE
#20
David Gonzalez, Annouck Luyten, Boris Bartholdy, Qiling Zhou, Miroslava Kardosova, Alex Ebralidze, Kenneth D Swanson, Hanna Radomska, Pu Zhang, Susumu S Kobayashi, Robert S Welner, Elena Levantini, Ulrich Steidl, Gilbert Chong, Samuel Collombet, Min Hee Choi, Alan D Friedman, Linda M Scott, Meritxell Alberich-Jorda, Daniel G Tenen
The transcription factor (TF) C/EBPα is essential for myeloid differentiation and is frequently dysregulated in acute myeloid leukemia (AML). While studied extensively, the precise regulation of its gene by upstream factors has remained largely elusive. Here, we investigated its transcriptional activation during myeloid differentiation. We identified an evolutionarily conserved octameric sequence, CCCAGCAG, approximately 100 bases upstream of the CEBPA transcription start site (TSS), and demonstrated through mutational analysis that this sequence is crucial for C/EBPα expression...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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