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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918578/bringing-together-raptor-collections-in-europe-for-contaminant-research-and-monitoring-in-relation-to-chemicals-regulations
#1
Paola Movalli, René Dekker, Jan Koschorreck, Gabriele Treu
Raptors are good sentinels of environmental contamination and there is good capability for raptor biomonitoring in Europe. Raptor biomonitoring can benefit from natural history museums (NHMs), environmental specimen banks (ESBs) and other collections (e.g. specialist raptor specimen collections). Europe's NHMs, ESBs and other collections hold large numbers of raptor specimens and samples, covering long periods of time. These collections are potentially a valuable resource for contaminant studies over time and space...
September 16, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918280/from-sport-hunting-to-breeding-success-patterns-of-lead-ammunition-ingestion-and-its-effects-on-an-endangered-raptor
#2
José M Gil-Sánchez, Saray Molleda, José A Sánchez-Zapata, Jesús Bautista, Isabel Navas, Raquel Godinho, Antonio J García-Fernández, Marcos Moleón
Lead is highly toxic for wildlife, with pernicious consequences especially in long-lived predators. The causes of lead ammunition ingestion in Bonelli's eagle (Aquila fasciata) and its effects on breeding success were studied in one of the most important populations of this endangered species in Europe. Regurgitated pellets belonging to different pairs from 2004 to 2014 were analyzed, both in the breeding (1363 pellets from 12 territories) and non-breeding (172 pellets from 9 territories) seasons. From these territories, 57 molted feathers to study lead contamination were analyzed, and breeding success was monitored for 41 breeding attempts...
September 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905991/target-of-rapamycin-signaling-orchestrates-growth-defense-trade-offs-in-plants
#3
David De Vleesschauwer, Osvaldo Filipe, Gena Hoffman, Hamed Soren Seifi, Ashley Haeck, Patrick Canlas, Jonas Van Bockhaven, Evelien De Waele, Kristof Demeestere, Pamela Ronald, Monica Hofte
Plant defense to microbial pathogens is often accompanied by significant growth inhibition. How plants merge immune system function with normal growth and development is still poorly understood. Here, we investigated the role of target of rapamycin (TOR), an evolutionary conserved serine/threonine kinase, in the plant defense response. We used rice as a model system and applied a combination of chemical, genetic, genomic and cell-based analyses. We demonstrate that ectopic expression of TOR and Raptor (regulatory-associated protein of mTOR), a protein previously demonstrated to interact with TOR in Arabidopsis, positively regulates growth and development in rice...
September 14, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891073/sexual-dimorphism-in-jaw-muscles-of-the-japanese-sparrowhawk-accipiter-gularis
#4
H Wang, J Yan, Z Zhang
Materials suitable for anatomical research of raptorial birds are rare. Bird-eating raptors show distinct inter-sexual differences in body size and parental roles. The large females catch larger prey and prepare small morsels to feed their young using their hooked beaks. Here, we investigated the architectural properties of different jaw muscles of the Japanese sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis) and examined whether there is sexual dimorphism in their architectural design. The results showed that musculus depressor mandibulae, the opener of the lower jaw, was characterized by relatively long fascicle length, whereas musculus pterygoideus was characterized by its larger mass and physiological cross-sectional area (PCSA) in both sexes...
September 11, 2017: Anatomia, Histologia, Embryologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888905/selective-interference-of-mtorc1-raptor-protects-against-human-disc-cellular-apoptosis-senescence-and-extracellular-matrix-catabolism-with-akt-and-autophagy-induction
#5
M Ito, T Yurube, K Kakutani, K Maeno, T Takada, Y Terashima, Y Kakiuchi, Y Takeoka, S Miyazaki, R Kuroda, K Nishida
OBJECTIVE: The mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) is a serine/threonine kinase that integrates nutrients to execute cell growth and protein synthesis. We hypothesized that mTOR is essential for the intervertebral disc, the largest avascular, low-nutrient organ. Our objective was to elucidate roles of mTOR signaling in human disc cells. DESIGN: The mTOR exists in two complexes: mTORC1 containing regulatory-associated protein of mTOR (RAPTOR) and mTORC2 containing rapamycin-insensitive companion of mTOR (RICTOR)...
September 6, 2017: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877685/positive-regulation-of-prostate-cancer-cell-growth-by-lipid-droplet-forming-and-processing-enzymes-dgat1-and-abhd5
#6
Ranjana Mitra, Thuc T Le, Priyatham Gorjala, Oscar B Goodman
BACKGROUND: Neoplastic cells proliferate rapidly and obtain requisite building blocks by reprogramming metabolic pathways that favor growth. Previously, we observed that prostate cancer cells uptake and store lipids in the form of lipid droplets, providing building blocks for membrane synthesis, to facilitate proliferation and growth. Mechanisms of lipid uptake, lipid droplet dynamics and their contribution to cancer growth have yet to be defined. This work is focused on elucidating the prostate cancer-specific modifications in lipid storage pathways so that these modified gene products can be identified and therapeutically targeted...
September 6, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28864012/maternal-obesity-and-gestational-weight-gain-are-modestly-associated-with-umbilical-cord-dna-methylation
#7
Keshari M Thakali, Jennifer B Faske, Arjun Ishwar, Maria P Alfaro, Mario A Cleves, Thomas M Badger, Aline Andres, Kartik Shankar
INTRODUCTION: Maternal obesity (OB) and excessive gestational weight gain (GWG) are strong independent contributors that augment obesity risk in offspring. However, direct evidence of epigenetic changes associated with maternal habitus remains sparse. METHODS: We utilized Bisulfite Amplicon Sequencing (BSAS) to conduct targeted DNA methylation association analysis of maternal obesity and excessive GWG with DNA methylation of select metabolism-related and imprinted genes...
September 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28861257/spatial-heterogeneity-and-scale-dependent-habitat-selection-for-two-sympatric-raptors-in-mixed-grass-prairie
#8
Fidelis Akunke Atuo, Timothy John O'Connell
Sympatric predators are predicted to partition resources, especially under conditions of food limitation. Spatial heterogeneity that influences prey availability might play an important role in the scales at which potential competitors select habitat. We assessed potential mechanisms for coexistence by examining the role of heterogeneity in resource partitioning between sympatric raptors overwintering in the southern Great Plains. We conducted surveys for wintering Red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) and Northern Harrier (Circus cyanea) at two state wildlife management areas in Oklahoma, USA...
August 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28860673/sparrowhawk-movement-calling-and-presence-of-dead-conspecifics-differentially-impact-blue-tit-cyanistes-caeruleus-vocal-and-behavioral-mobbing-responses
#9
Nora V Carlson, Helen M Pargeter, Christopher N Templeton
ABSTRACT: Many animals alter their anti-predator behavior in accordance to the threat level of a predator. While much research has examined variation in mobbing responses to different predators, few studies have investigated how anti-predator behavior is affected by changes in a predator's own state or behavior. We examined the effect of sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) behavior on the mobbing response of wild blue tits (Cyanistes caeruleus) using robotic taxidermy sparrowhawks. We manipulated whether the simulated predator moved its head, produced vocalizations, or held a taxidermy blue tit in its talons...
2017: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28845535/regulatory-associated-protein-of-tor-raptor-alters-the-hormonal-and-metabolic-composition-of-arabidopsis-seeds-controlling-seed-morphology-viability-and-germination-potential
#10
Mohamed A Salem, Yan Li, Andrew Wiszniewski, Patrick Giavalisco
Target of rapamycin (TOR) is a positive regulator of growth and development in all eukaryotes, which positively regulates anabolic processes like protein synthesis, while repressing catabolic processes, including autophagy. To better understand TOR function we decided to analyze its role in seed development and germination. We therefore performed a detailed phenotypic analysis using mutants of the REGULATORY-ASSOCIATED PROTEIN OF TOR (RAPTOR1B), a conserved TOR-interactor, acting as a scaffold protein, which recruits substrates for the TOR kinase...
August 28, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28831455/inhibition-of-p70s6k-does-not-mimic-the-enhancement-of-akt-phosphorylation-by-rapamycin
#11
Xuerong Wang, Ping Yue, Hui Tao, Shi-Yong Sun
It has been suggested that the mTOR complex 1 (mTORC1)/p70S6K axis represses upstream PI3K/Akt signaling through phosphorylation of IRS-1 and its subsequent degradation. One potential and current model that explains Akt activation induced by the mTOR inhibitor rapamycin is the relief of mTORC1/p70S6K-mediated feedback inhibition of IRS-1/PI3K/Akt signaling, although this has not been experimentally proven. In this study, we found that chemical inhibition of p70S6K did not increase Akt phosphorylation. Surprisingly, knockdown of p70S6K even substantially inhibited Akt phosphorylation...
August 2017: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28831050/morph-specific-foraging-behavior-by-a-polymorphic-raptor-under-variable-light-conditions
#12
Gareth J Tate, Arjun Amar
Colour polymorphism may be maintained within a population by disruptive-selection. One hypothesis proposes that different morphs are adapted to different ambient light conditions, with lighter morphs having a selective advantage in bright conditions and darker morphs having advantages in darker conditions. The mechanism for this advantage is proposed to be through enhanced crypsis via background-matching. We explore this hypothesis in a polymorphic raptor, the black sparrowhawk Accipiter melanoleucus, which exhibits a discrete dark and white-morph...
August 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821735/current-and-future-suitability-of-wintering-grounds-for-a-long-distance-migratory-raptor
#13
Christina Kassara, Laura Gangoso, Ugo Mellone, Gvido Piasevoli, Thomas G Hadjikyriakou, Nikos Tsiopelas, Sinos Giokas, Pascual López-López, Vicente Urios, Jordi Figuerola, Rafa Silva, Willem Bouten, Alexander N G Kirschel, Munir Z Virani, Wolfgang Fiedler, Peter Berthold, Marion Gschweng
Conservation of migratory species faces the challenge of understanding the ecological requirements of individuals living in two geographically separated regions. In some cases, the entire population of widely distributed species congregates at relatively small wintering areas and hence, these areas become a priority for the species' conservation. Satellite telemetry allows fine tracking of animal movements and distribution in those less known, often remote areas. Through integrating satellite and GPS data from five separated populations comprising most of the breeding range, we created a wide habitat suitability model for the Eleonora's falcon on its wintering grounds in Madagascar...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813526/mtor-has-a-developmental-stage-specific-role-in-mitochondrial-fitness-independent-of-conventional-mtorc1-and-mtorc2-and-the-kinase-activity
#14
Khalid W Kalim, Shuangmin Zhang, Xiaoyi Chen, Yuan Li, Jun-Qi Yang, Yi Zheng, Fukun Guo
The mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR), present in mTOR complex 1 (mTORC1) and mTORC2, is a serine/threonine kinase that integrates nutrients, growth factors, and cellular energy status to control protein synthesis, cell growth, survival and metabolism. However, it remains elusive whether mTOR plays a developmental stage-specific role in tissue development and whether mTOR can function independent of its complexes and kinase activity. In this study, by inducible genetic manipulation approach, we investigated the role of mTOR and its dependence on mTOR complexes and kinase activity in mitochondrial fitness of early, progenitor stage (lineage-negative; Lin-) versus later, lineage-committed stage (lineage-positive; Lin+) of hematopoietic cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811467/the-mtorc1-4e-bp-eif4e-axis-controls-de-novo-bcl6-protein-synthesis-in-t-cells-and-systemic-autoimmunity
#15
Woelsung Yi, Sanjay Gupta, Edd Ricker, Michela Manni, Rolf Jessberger, Yurii Chinenov, Henrik Molina, Alessandra B Pernis
Post-transcriptional modifications can control protein abundance, but the extent to which these alterations contribute to the expression of T helper (TH) lineage-defining factors is unknown. Tight regulation of Bcl6 expression, an essential transcription factor for T follicular helper (TFH) cells, is critical as aberrant TFH cell expansion is associated with autoimmune diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Here we show that lack of the SLE risk variant Def6 results in deregulation of Bcl6 protein synthesis in T cells as a result of enhanced activation of the mTORC1-4E-BP-eIF4E axis, secondary to aberrant assembly of a raptor-p62-TRAF6 complex...
August 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801921/autophagy-impairment-by-caspase-1-dependent-inflammation-mediates-memory-loss-in-response-to-%C3%AE-amyloid-peptide-accumulation
#16
Lourdes Álvarez-Arellano, Martha Pedraza-Escalona, Tonali Blanco-Ayala, Nohemí Camacho-Concha, Javier Cortés-Mendoza, Leonor Pérez-Martínez, Gustavo Pedraza-Alva
β-Amyloid peptide accumulation in the cortex and in the hippocampus results in neurodegeneration and memory loss. Recently, it became evident that the inflammatory response triggered by β-Amyloid peptides promotes neuronal cell death and degeneration. In addition to inflammation, β-Amyloid peptides also induce alterations in neuronal autophagy, eventually leading to neuronal cell death. Thus, here we evaluated whether the inflammatory response induced by the β-Amyloid peptides impairs memory via disrupting the autophagic flux...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801247/object-categorization-by-wild-ranging-birds-winter-feeder-experiments
#17
Nela Nováková, Petr Veselý, Roman Fuchs
The object categorization is only scarcely studied using untrained wild ranging animals and relevant stimuli. We tested the importance of the spatial position of features salient for categorization of a predator using wild ranging birds (titmice) visiting a winter feeder. As a relevant stimulus we used a dummy of a raptor, the European sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus), placed at the feeding location. This dummy was designed to be dismantled into three parts and rearranged with the head in the correct position, in the middle or at the bottom of the dummy...
October 2017: Behavioural Processes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800537/lead-exposure-in-raptors-from-japan-and-source-identification-using-pb-stable-isotope-ratios
#18
Chihiro Ishii, Shouta M M Nakayama, Yoshinori Ikenaka, Hokuto Nakata, Keisuke Saito, Yukiko Watanabe, Hazuki Mizukawa, Shinsuke Tanabe, Kei Nomiyama, Terutake Hayashi, Mayumi Ishizuka
Lead (Pb) poisoning is widespread among raptors and water birds. In Japan, fragments of Pb ammunition are still found in endangered eagles although more than 10 years have passed since legislation regarding use of Pb ammunition was introduced. This study was performed to investigate Pb exposure in raptors from various locations in Japan. We measured hepatic and renal Pb concentrations and hepatic Pb isotope ratios of Steller's sea eagles (Haliaeetus pelagicus), white-tailed sea eagles (Haliaeetus albicilla), golden eagles (Aquila chrysaetos), and 13 other species (total 177 individuals) that were found dead, as well as blood samples from three eagles found in a weakened state during 1993-2015 from Hokkaido (northern part), Honshu (the main island), and Shikoku (a southern island) of Japan...
November 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783438/sarcocystis-strixi-n-sp-from-a-barred-owl-strix-varia-definitive-host-and-interferon-gamma-gene-knockout-mice-as-experimental-intermediate-host
#19
Shiv Verma, Alexa Rosypal, Jospeph Mowery, David Scott, Camila Cezar, Benjamin M Rosenthal, J P Dubey, David Lindsay
Here we report a new species of Sarcocystis with Barred owls as the natural definitive host and interferon gamma gene knockout (KO) mice as an experimental intermediate host. A Barred owl submitted to the Carolina Raptor Center, Huntersville, North Carolina, was euthanized because of paralysis. Fully sporulated 12.5 x 9.9 m sporocysts were found in intestinal scrapings from the owl. Sporocysts from the Barred owl were orally fed to 4 laboratories reared outbred Swiss Webster (SW) (Mus musculus) and 8 KO mice...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768723/lamtor1-is-critically-required-for-cd4-t-cell-proliferation-and-regulatory-t-cell-suppressive-function
#20
Takashi Hosokawa, Tetsuya Kimura, Shigeyuki Nada, Tatsusada Okuno, Daisuke Ito, Sujin Kang, Satoshi Nojima, Kazuya Yamashita, Takeshi Nakatani, Yoshitomo Hayama, Yasuhiro Kato, Yuhei Kinehara, Masayuki Nishide, Norihisa Mikami, Syohei Koyama, Hyota Takamatsu, Daisuke Okuzaki, Naganari Ohkura, Shimon Sakaguchi, Masato Okada, Atsushi Kumanogoh
Mechanistic target of rapamycin complex (mTORC)1 integrates intracellular sufficiency of nutrients and regulates various cellular functions. Previous studies using mice with conditional knockout of mTORC1 component proteins (i.e., mTOR, Raptor, and Rheb) gave conflicting results on the roles of mTORC1 in CD4(+) T cells. Lamtor1 is the protein that is required for amino acid sensing and activation of mTORC1; however, the roles of Lamtor1 in T cells have not been investigated. In this article, we show that Lamtor1-deficient CD4(+) T cells exhibited marked reductions in proliferation, IL-2 production, mTORC1 activity, and expression of purine- and lipid-synthesis genes...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
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