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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528556/proventriculitis-associated-with-cryptosporidium-baileyi-in-a-snowy-owl-bubo-scandiacus-and-its-epidemiological-investigation
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Shotaro Nakagun, Noriyuki Horiuchi, Miki Sugimoto, Sohei Tomikawa, Kenichi Watanabe, Yoshiyasu Kobayashi
We describe an unusual case of proventriculitis associated with Cryptosporidium baileyi in a 7-wk-old snowy owl (Bubo scandiacus) chick kept at a zoo. Necropsy of this animal revealed diffuse mucosal thickening of the proventriculus. Subsequent histopathological examinations of the proventriculus showed marked ductal epithelial hyperplasia with intestinal metaplasia and severe inflammatory cell infiltration in the lamina propria and submucosa. These lesions were associated with numerous periodic-acid-Schiff-positive cryptosporidia-like protozoan parasites...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523646/phylogenetics-and-ecomorphology-of-emarginate-primary-feathers
#2
Brett Klaassen van Oorschot, Ho Kwan Tang, Bret W Tobalske
Wing tip slots are a distinct morphological trait broadly expressed across the avian clade, but are generally perceived to be unique to soaring raptors. These slots are the result of emarginations on the distal leading and trailing edges of primary feathers, and allow the feathers to behave as individual airfoils. Research suggests these emarginate feathers are an adaptation to increase glide efficiency by mitigating induced drag in a manner similar to aircraft winglets. If so, we might expect birds known for gliding and soaring to exhibit emarginate feather morphology; however, that is not always the case...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521843/high-prevalence-of-trichomonas-gallinae-in-wild-columbids-across-western-and-southern-europe
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Melanie Marx, Gerald Reiner, Hermann Willems, Gregorio Rocha, Klaus Hillerich, Juan F Masello, Sylvia L Mayr, Sarah Moussa, Jenny C Dunn, Rebecca C Thomas, Simon J Goodman, Keith C Hamer, Benjamin Metzger, Jacopo G Cecere, Fernando Spina, Steffen Koschkar, Luciano Calderón, Tanja Romeike, Petra Quillfeldt
BACKGROUND: Avian trichomonosis is known as a widespread disease in columbids and passerines, and recent findings have highlighted the pathogenic character of some lineages found in wild birds. Trichomonosis can affect wild bird populations including endangered species, as has been shown for Mauritian pink pigeons Nesoenas mayeri in Mauritius and suggested for European turtle doves Streptopelia turtur in the UK. However, the disease trichomonosis is caused only by pathogenic lineages of the parasite Trichomonas gallinae...
May 18, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520214/mtorc1-inhibits-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-nfatc1-signaling-and-prevents-osteoclast-precursor-differentiation-in-vitro-and-in-mice
#4
Yue Zhang, Song Xu, Kai Li, Kang Tan, Kangyan Liang, Jian Wang, Junhui Shen, Wenchong Zou, Le Hu, Daozhang Cai, Changhai Ding, Mangmang Li, Guozhi Xiao, Bin Liu, Anling Liu, Xiaochun Bai
The mechanistic target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) is a critical sensor for bone homeostasis and bone formation; however, the role of mTORC1 in osteoclast development and the underlying mechanisms have not yet been fully established. Here, we found that mTORC1 activity declined during osteoclast precursors differentiation in vitro and in vivo. We further targeted deletion of Raptor (mTORC1 key component) or Tsc1 (mTORC1 negative regulator) to constitutively inhibit or activate mTORC1 in osteoclast precursors (monocytes/macrophages), using LyzM-cre mice...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514631/the-hawk-eyed-songbird-retinal-morphology-eye-shape-and-visual-fields-of-an-aerial-insectivore
#5
Luke P Tyrrell, Esteban Fernández-Juricic
Swallows are a unique group of songbirds because they are active-pursuit predators that execute all aspects of hunting prey in flight: search, detection, pursuit, and capture. We show that swallows have evolved a visual system that is unlike that of any other studied songbird. Swallows have a bifoveate retina that provides sharp lateral and frontal vision, an unusually long eye that enhances spatial resolution, a large posterior blind area, and a narrow binocular field. We also show that swallows and diurnal raptors (hawks and falcons) have converged on a similar visual configuration but that, interestingly, predatory songbirds that ambush prey (flycatchers) have not converged on the same suite of traits...
June 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505179/food-restriction-increase-the-expression-of-mtorc1-complex-genes-in-the-skeletal-muscle-of-juvenile-pacu-piaractus-mesopotamicus
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Tassiana Gutierrez de Paula, Bruna Tereza Thomazini Zanella, Bruno Evaristo de Almeida Fantinatti, Leonardo Nazário de Moraes, Bruno Oliveira da Silva Duran, Caroline Bredariol de Oliveira, Rondinelle Artur Simões Salomão, Rafaela Nunes da Silva, Carlos Roberto Padovani, Vander Bruno Dos Santos, Edson Assunção Mareco, Robson Francisco Carvalho, Maeli Dal-Pai-Silva
Skeletal muscle is capable of phenotypic adaptation to environmental factors, such as nutrient availability, by altering the balance between muscle catabolism and anabolism that in turn coordinates muscle growth. Small noncoding RNAs, known as microRNAs (miRNAs), repress the expression of target mRNAs, and many studies have demonstrated that miRNAs regulate the mRNAs of catabolic and anabolic genes. We evaluated muscle morphology, gene expression of components involved in catabolism, anabolism and energetic metabolism and miRNAs expression in both the fast and slow muscle of juvenile pacu (Piaractus mesopotamicus) during food restriction and refeeding...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501633/atmospheric-mercury-deposition-to-forests-in-the-eastern-usa
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Martin R Risch, John F DeWild, David A Gay, Leiming Zhang, Elizabeth W Boyer, David P Krabbenhoft
Atmospheric mercury (Hg) deposition to forests is important because half of the land cover in the eastern USA is forest. Mercury was measured in autumn litterfall and weekly precipitation samples at a total of 27 National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP) monitoring sites in deciduous and mixed deciduous-coniferous forests in 16 states in the eastern USA during 2007-2014. These simultaneous, uniform, repeated, annual measurements of forest Hg include the broadest area and longest time frame to date. The autumn litterfall-Hg concentrations and litterfall mass at the study sites each year were combined with annual precipitation-Hg data...
May 11, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490482/conditional-ablation-of-raptor-in-the-male-germ-line-causes-infertility-due-to-meiotic-arrest-and-impaired-inactivation-of-sex-chromosomes
#8
Mengneng Xiong, Zhiping Zhu, Suwen Tian, Ruping Zhu, Shun Bai, Kaiqiang Fu, James G Davis, Zheng Sun, Joseph A Baur, Ke Zheng, Lan Ye
Rapamycin is a clinically important drug that is used in transplantation and cancer therapy but which causes a number of side effects, including male infertility. Its canonical target, mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1), plays a key role in metabolism and binds chromatin; however, its precise role in the male germ line has not been elucidated. Here, we inactivate the core component, Raptor, to show that mTORC1 function is critical for male meiosis and the inactivation of sex chromosomes. Disruption of the Raptor gene impairs chromosomal synapsis and prevents the efficient spreading of silencing factors into the XY chromatin...
May 10, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475806/rapamycin-reduced-pulmonary-vascular-remodelling-by-inhibiting-cell-proliferation-via-akt-mtor-signalling-pathway-down-regulation-in-the-carotid-artery-jugular-vein-shunt-pulmonary-hypertension-rat-model
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Xiaofan Ma, Jianping Yao, Yuan Yue, Shangming Du, Han Qin, Jian Hou, Zhongkai Wu
OBJECTIVES: Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a common complication of congenital heart disease. However, effective treatments for PAH are rare. This study aimed to investigate the inhibitory effects of rapamycin on PAH in the carotid artery-jugular vein (CA-JV) shunt PAH rat model as well as the mechanism underlying these effects. METHODS: Twenty-four Sprague-Dawley rats were randomized into the following 3 groups: a control group, a CA-JV shunt group and a treatment group...
May 4, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473248/endothelial-deletion-of-mtorc1-protects-against-hindlimb-ischemia-in-diabetic-mice-via-activation-of-autophagy-attenuation-of-oxidative-stress-and-alleviation-of-inflammation
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Wensi Fan, Dong Han, Zhongchan Sun, Sai Ma, Lei Gao, Jiangwei Chen, Xiang Li, Xiujuan Li, Miaomiao Fan, Congye Li, Dahai Hu, Yabin Wang, Feng Cao
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) complicated with diabetes mellitus (DM) still remains a thorny issue due to lack of effective strategies. Our previous study has demonstrated that inhibition of mTORC1 protected adipose-derived stromal cells from hindlimb ischemic injury in PAD mice. However, whether inhibition of mTORC1 could protect against PAD in diabetes mellitus and the underlying mechanisms remained elusive. In this study, we employed endothelial-specific raptor (an essential component of the mTORC1 signaling complex) knockout (KO) mice (Tie2-mTORC1(ko)) to investigate whether and how mTORC1 downregulation could alleviate hindlimb ischemic injury in diabetic mice...
May 1, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451434/a-few-long-versus-many-short-foraging-trips-different-foraging-strategies-of-lesser-kestrel-sexes-during-breeding
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Jesús Hernández-Pliego, Carlos Rodríguez, Javier Bustamante
BACKGROUND: In species with biparental care both members of the breeding pair cooperate to raise the offspring either by assisting each other in every reproductive task or by specializing in different ones. The latter case is known as reproductive role specialization. Raptors are considered one of the most role-specialized groups, but little is known about parental behavior away from the nest. Until the advent of biologgers, avian role specialization was traditionally studied with direct observations at the nest because of the difficulties of following and recording the behavior of free-ranging individuals...
2017: Movement Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408662/the-gdnf-responsive-phosphoprotein-landscape-identifies-raptor-phosphorylation-required-for-spermatogonial-progenitor-cell-proliferation
#12
Min Wang, Yueshuai Guo, Mei Wang, Tao Zhou, Yuanyuan Xue, Guihua Du, Xiang Wei, Jing Wang, Lin Qi, Hao Zhang, Lufan Li, Lan Ye, Xuejiang Guo, Xin Wu
Cytokine-dependent renewal of stem cells is a fundamental requisite for tissue homeostasis and regeneration. Spermatogonial progenitor cells (SPCs) including stem cells support life-long spermatogenesis and male fertility, but pivotal phosphorylation events that regulate fate decisions in SPCs remain unresolved. Here, we described a quantitative mass-spectrometry-based proteomic and phosphoproteomic analyses of SPCs following sustained stimulation with glial cell-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF), an extrinsic factor supporting SPC proliferation...
April 13, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393353/individual-heterogeneity-determines-sex-differences-in-mortality-in-a-monogamous-bird-with-reversed-sexual-dimorphism
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Fernando Colchero, Alix Eva Aliaga, Owen Jones, Dalia Amor Conde
1.Sex differences in mortality are pervasive in vertebrates, and usually result in shorter life spans in the larger sex, although the underlying mechanisms are still unclear. On the other hand, differences in frailty among individuals (i.e. individual heterogeneity), can play a major role in shaping demographic trajectories in wild populations. The link between these two processes has seldom been explored. 2.We used Bayesian survival trajectory analysis to study age-specific mortality trajectories in the Eurasian sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus), a monogamous raptor with reversed sexual size dimorphism...
April 9, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370287/a-functional-mtorc1-signaling-is-indispensable-for-c-myc-driven-hepatocarcinogenesis
#14
Pin Liu, Mengmeng Ge, Junjie Hu, Xiaolei Li, Li Che, Kun Sun, Lili Cheng, Yuedong Huang, Maria G Pilo, Antonio Cigliano, Giovanni M Pes, Rosa M Pascale, Stefania Brozzetti, Gianpaolo Vidili, Alberto Porcu, Antonio Cossu, Giuseppe Palmieri, Maria C Sini, Silvia Ribback, Frank Dombrowski, Junyan Tao, Diego F Calvisi, Ligong Chen, Xin Chen
Amplification and/or activation of the c-Myc protooncogene is one of the leading genetic events along hepatocarcinogenesis. The oncogenic potential of c-Myc has been proven experimentally by the finding that its overexpression in the mouse liver triggers tumor formation. However, the molecular mechanism whereby c-Myc exerts its oncogenic activity in the liver remains poorly understood. Here, we demonstrate that the mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) cascade is activated and necessary for c-Myc dependent hepatocarcinogenesis...
March 30, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358612/management-and-case-outcome-of-gastric-impaction-in-four-raptors-a-case-series
#15
Jeffrey R Applegate, Arnaud Van Wettere, Emily F Christiansen, Laurel A Degernes
Four captive raptors, an American kestrel ( Falco sparverius ), peregrine falcon ( Falco peregrinus ), golden eagle ( Aquila chrysaetos ), and barn owl ( Tyto alba ), were diagnosed with ventricular and/or proventricular foreign material impactions consisting of artificial turf substrate, paper and plastic substrate, grass, and newspaper. Partial or total anorexia was reported in all birds and decreased casting in 2 birds. Survey radiographs confirmed presence of gastric enlargement in all 4 birds. The kestrel and eagle were treated unsuccessfully with gastroscopy and gastric lavage, respectively, followed by surgical intervention to remove the ventricular impactions...
March 2017: Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341829/usp9x-deubiquitylating-enzyme-maintains-raptor-protein-levels-mtorc1-signalling-and-proliferation-in-neural-progenitors
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Caitlin R Bridges, Men-Chee Tan, Susitha Premarathne, Devathri Nanayakkara, Bernadette Bellette, Dusan Zencak, Deepti Domingo, Jozef Gecz, Mariyam Murtaza, Lachlan A Jolly, Stephen A Wood
USP9X, is highly expressed in neural progenitors and, essential for neural development in mice. In humans, mutations in USP9X are associated with neurodevelopmental disorders. To understand USP9X's role in neural progenitors, we studied the effects of altering its expression in both the human neural progenitor cell line, ReNcell VM, as well as neural stem and progenitor cells derived from Nestin-cre conditionally deleted Usp9x mice. Decreasing USP9X resulted in ReNcell VM cells arresting in G0 cell cycle phase, with a concomitant decrease in mTORC1 signalling, a major regulator of G0/G1 cell cycle progression...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340888/veterinary-aspects-of-bird-of-prey-reproduction
#17
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Tom A Bailey, Michael Lierz
Captive breeding has contributed to successful restoration of many species of birds of prey. Avicultural techniques pioneered by raptor breeders include double clutching, direct fostering, cross-fostering, hatch and switch, hacking, imprinting male and female falcons for semen collection, and artificial insemination techniques. However, reproductive failure occurs related to management problems, including hygiene measures, food quality issues, breeding flock structure, or individual health issues of breeding birds...
May 2017: Veterinary Clinics of North America. Exotic Animal Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336113/effect-of-branched-chain-amino-acid-ratio-on-the-proliferation-differentiation-and-expression-levels-of-key-regulators-involved-in-protein-metabolism-of-myocytes
#18
Yehui Duan, Liming Zeng, Fengna Li, Wenlong Wang, Yinghui Li, Qiuping Guo, Yujiao Ji, Bi'e Tan, Yulong Yin
OBJECTIVES: Branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), including leucine (Leu), isoleucine (Ile), and valine (Val), are key regulators of protein synthesis in muscle. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of different BCAA ratios (Leu:Ile:Val) on the proliferation, differentiation, and expression levels of the regulators related to protein metabolism of C2 C12 myocytes. METHODS: Studies were conducted in C2C12 myocytes exposed to different BCAA ratios (Leu: Ile: Val = 0, 1:0...
April 2017: Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334166/grk5-regulates-social-behavior-via-suppression-of-mtorc1-signaling-in-medial-prefrontal-cortex
#19
Bing Niu, Peipei Liu, Minjie Shen, Cao Liu, Li Wang, Feifei Wang, Lan Ma
Impairments in social behaviors are features of a number of psychiatric diseases associated with subtle alterations in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) circuitry. G protein-coupled receptor kinase (GRK) 5 is widely expressing in the cortex, however, its role in regulation of the mPFC activity and the development of social behaviors and psychiatric disorders is unclear. Here, we found that GRK5 dificiency in mice caused social behavior impairments. Further morphological, electrophysiological, and biochemical analyses showed abnormal postsynaptic ultrastructure, impaired excitatory synaptic transmission, the increased association of raptor with mTOR, and overactivated mTORC1-S6K signaling in the mPFC of Grk5-/- mice...
February 27, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330814/ala-pdt-suppressing-the-cell-growth-and-reducing-the-lipogenesis-in-human-sz95-sebocytes-by-mtor-signaling-pathway-in-vitro
#20
Jiang Tuo, Qianqian Wang, Ye Liu, Ying Ma, Li Ma, Jiayi Ying, Chengfeng Zhang, Leihong Xiang
BACKGROUND: 5-Aminolevulinic acid mediated -photodynamic therapy (ALA-PDT) is known to be effective in treating acne vulgaris and other sebaceous gland-related diseases. However, thetherapeutic mechanisms of ALA-PDT still remain undetermined. In this study, we aimed to investigate theeffects and mechanisms of ALA-PDTon the cell growth and lipogenesis of human SZ95 sebocytes. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Human SZ95 sebocytes were treated with different concentration of ALA-PDT...
March 19, 2017: Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy
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