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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898600/rapid-associative-learning-and-stable-long-term-memory-in-the-squid-euprymna-scolopes
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Emily A Zepeda, Robert J Veline, Robyn J Crook
Learning and memory in cephalopod molluscs have received intensive study because of cephalopods' complex behavioral repertoire and relatively accessible nervous systems. While most of this research has been conducted using octopus and cuttlefish species, there has been relatively little work on squid. Euprymna scolopes Berry, 1913, a sepiolid squid, is a promising model for further exploration of cephalopod cognition. These small squid have been studied in detail for their symbiotic relationship with bioluminescent bacteria, and their short generation time and successful captive breeding through multiple generations make them appealing models for neurobiological research...
June 2017: Biological Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889973/origin-of-the-reflectin-gene-and-hierarchical-assembly-of-its-protein
#2
Zhe Guan, Tiantian Cai, Zhongmin Liu, Yunfeng Dou, Xuesong Hu, Peng Zhang, Xin Sun, Hongwei Li, Yao Kuang, Qiran Zhai, Hao Ruan, Xuanxuan Li, Zeyang Li, Qihui Zhu, Jingeng Mai, Qining Wang, Luhua Lai, Jianguo Ji, Haiguang Liu, Bin Xia, Taijiao Jiang, Shu-Jin Luo, Hong-Wei Wang, Can Xie
Cephalopods, the group of animals including octopus, squid, and cuttlefish, have remarkable ability to instantly modulate body coloration and patterns so as to blend into surrounding environments [1, 2] or send warning signals to other animals [3]. Reflectin is expressed exclusively in cephalopods, filling the lamellae of intracellular Bragg reflectors that exhibit dynamic iridescence and structural color change [4]. Here, we trace the possible origin of the reflectin gene back to a transposon from the symbiotic bioluminescent bacterium Vibrio fischeri and report the hierarchical structural architecture of reflectin protein...
August 31, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883798/eye-development-in-sepia-officinalis-embryo-what-the-uncommon-gene-expression-profiles-tell-us-about-eye-evolution
#3
Boudjema Imarazene, Aude Andouche, Yann Bassaglia, Pascal-Jean Lopez, Laure Bonnaud-Ponticelli
In metazoans, there is a remarkable diversity of photosensitive structures; their shapes, physiology, optical properties, and development are different. To approach the evolution of photosensitive structures and visual function, cephalopods are particularly interesting organisms due to their most highly centralized nervous system and their camerular eyes which constitute a convergence with those of vertebrates. The eye morphogenesis in numerous metazoans is controlled mainly by a conserved Retinal Determination Gene Network (RDGN) including pax, six, eya, and dac playing also key developmental roles in non-retinal structures and tissues of vertebrates and Drosophila...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28873395/comparing-demersal-megafaunal-species-diversity-along-the-depth-gradient-within-the-south-aegean-and-cretan-seas-eastern-mediterranean
#4
Panagiota Peristeraki, George Tserpes, Nikolaos Lampadariou, Kostantinos I Stergiou
Knowledge on biodiversity patterns of demersal megafaunal species in the Mediterranean and particularly in its eastern basin is still very scarce. In the present study, fine-scale diversity patterns in relation to depth were analyzed for three major megafaunal groups (fish, cephalopods and crustaceans) in three subareas of the eastern Mediterranean (Crete, Cyclades and Dodecanese islands). The analysis was based on data from the Mediterranean International Trawl Survey conducted during 2005-2014 and the relationship between depth and two different diversity measures (species richness and Shannon-Weaver) was examined using Generalized Additive Modeling (GAM) techniques...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28861006/cephalopods-as-predators-a-short-journey-among-behavioral-flexibilities-adaptions-and-feeding-habits
#5
REVIEW
Roger Villanueva, Valentina Perricone, Graziano Fiorito
The diversity of cephalopod species and the differences in morphology and the habitats in which they live, illustrates the ability of this class of molluscs to adapt to all marine environments, demonstrating a wide spectrum of patterns to search, detect, select, capture, handle, and kill prey. Photo-, mechano-, and chemoreceptors provide tools for the acquisition of information about their potential preys. The use of vision to detect prey and high attack speed seem to be a predominant pattern in cephalopod species distributed in the photic zone, whereas in the deep-sea, the development of mechanoreceptor structures and the presence of long and filamentous arms are more abundant...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28860996/prey-capture-ingestion-and-digestion-dynamics-of-octopus-vulgaris-paralarvae-fed-live-zooplankton
#6
Manuel Nande, Pablo Presa, Álvaro Roura, Paul L R Andrews, Montse Pérez
Octopus vulgaris is a species of great interest in research areas such as neurobiology, ethology, and ecology but also a candidate species for aquaculture as a food resource and for alleviating the fishing pressure on its wild populations. This study aimed to characterize the predatory behavior of O. vulgaris paralarvae and to quantify their digestive activity. Those processes were affordable using the video-recording analysis of 3 days post-hatching (dph), mantle-transparent paralarvae feeding on 18 types of live zooplanktonic prey...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28855414/nuclear-and-mitochondrial-rna-editing-systems-have-opposite-effects-on-protein-diversity
#7
Daniel B Sloan
RNA editing can yield protein products that differ from those directly encoded by genomic DNA. This process is pervasive in the mitochondria of many eukaryotes, where it predominantly results in the restoration of ancestral protein sequences. Nuclear mRNAs in metazoans also undergo editing (adenosine-to-inosine or 'A-to-I' substitutions), and most of these edits appear to be nonadaptive 'misfirings' of adenosine deaminases. However, recent analysis of cephalopod transcriptomes found that many editing sites are shared by anciently divergent lineages within this group, suggesting they play some adaptive role...
August 2017: Biology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798695/neural-organization-of-the-optic-lobe-changes-steadily-from-late-embryonic-stage-to-adulthood-in-cuttlefish-sepia-pharaonis
#8
Yung-Chieh Liu, Tsung-Han Liu, Chia-Hao Su, Chuan-Chin Chiao
The optic lobe is the largest structure in the cuttlefish brain. While the general morphology of the optic lobe in adult cuttlefish has been well described, the 3D structure and ontogenetic development of its neural organization have not been characterized. To correlate observed behavioral changes within the brain structure along the development of this animal, optic lobes from the late embryonic stage to adulthood were examined systematically in the present study. The MRI scan revealed that the so called "cell islands" in the medulla of the cephalopod's optic lobe (Young, 1962, 1974) are in fact a contiguous tree-like structure...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791156/mismatch-between-the-eye-and-the-optic-lobe-in-the-giant-squid
#9
Yung-Chieh Liu, Tsung-Han Liu, Chun-Chieh Yu, Chia-Hao Su, Chuan-Chin Chiao
Giant squids (Architeuthis) are a legendary species among the cephalopods. They live in the deep sea and are well known for their enormous body and giant eyes. It has been suggested that their giant eyes are not adapted for the detection of either mates or prey at distance, but rather are best suited for monitoring very large predators, such as sperm whales, at distances exceeding 120 m and at a depth below 600 m (Nilsson et al. 2012 Curr. Biol.22, 683-688. (doi:10.1016/j.cub.2012.02.031)). However, it is not clear how the brain of giant squids processes visual information...
July 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770080/dna-metabarcoding-for-diet-analysis-and-biodiversity-a-case-study-using-the-endangered-australian-sea-lion-neophoca-cinerea
#10
Tina E Berry, Sylvia K Osterrieder, Dáithí C Murray, Megan L Coghlan, Anthony J Richardson, Alicia K Grealy, Michael Stat, Lars Bejder, Michael Bunce
The analysis of apex predator diet has the ability to deliver valuable insights into ecosystem health, and the potential impacts a predator might have on commercially relevant species. The Australian sea lion (Neophoca cinerea) is an endemic apex predator and one of the world's most endangered pinnipeds. Given that prey availability is vital to the survival of top predators, this study set out to understand what dietary information DNA metabarcoding could yield from 36 sea lion scats collected across 1,500 km of its distribution in southwest Western Australia...
July 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769814/the-digestive-tract-of-cephalopods-a-neglected-topic-of-relevance-to-animal-welfare-in-the-laboratory-and-aquaculture
#11
REVIEW
António V Sykes, Eduardo Almansa, Gavan M Cooke, Giovanna Ponte, Paul L R Andrews
Maintenance of health and welfare of a cephalopod is essential whether it is in a research, aquaculture or public display. The inclusion of cephalopods in the European Union legislation (Directive 2010/63/EU) regulating the use of animals for scientific purposes has prompted detailed consideration and review of all aspects of the care and welfare of cephalopods in the laboratory but the information generated will be of utility in other settings. We overview a wide range of topics of relevance to cephalopod digestive tract physiology and their relationship to the health and welfare of these animals...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753409/pcr-cycles-above-routine-numbers-do-not-compromise-high-throughput-dna-barcoding-results
#12
J Vierna, J Doña, A Vizcaíno, D Serrano, R Jovani
High-throughput DNA barcoding has become essential in ecology and evolution, but some technical questions still remain. Increasing the number of PCR cycles above the routine 20-30 cycles is a common practice when working with old-type specimens, which provide little amounts of DNA, or when facing annealing issues with the primers. However, increasing the number of cycles can raise the number of artificial mutations due to polymerase errors. In this work, we sequenced 20 COI libraries in the Illumina MiSeq platform...
July 28, 2017: Genome Génome / Conseil National de Recherches Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725198/3d-reconstruction-of-the-digestive-system-in-octopus-vulgaris-cuvier-1797-embryos-and-paralarvae-during-the-first-month-of-life
#13
Raquel Fernández-Gago, Martin Heß, Heidemarie Gensler, Francisco Rocha
Octopus vulgaris aquaculture is limited due to poor biological knowledge of the paralarval stages (e.g., digestive system functionality), their nutritional requirements (e.g., adequate live diet) and standardization of rearing techniques. These factors are important in explaining the high mortality rate observed in this developmental stage under culture conditions. For a better understanding of nutrition biology of this species, we investigated the 3D microanatomy of the digestive tract of the embryo and paralarvae during the first month of life...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710480/brain-regionalization-genes-are-co-opted-into-shell-field-patterning-in-mollusca
#14
Tim Wollesen, Maik Scherholz, Sonia Victoria Rodríguez Monje, Emanuel Redl, Christiane Todt, Andreas Wanninger
The 'brain regionalization genes' Six3/6, Otx, Pax2/5/8, Gbx, and Hox1 are expressed in a similar fashion in the deuterostome, ecdysozoan, and the cephalopod brain, questioning whether this holds also true for the remaining Mollusca. We investigated developmental Gbx-expression in representatives of both molluscan sister groups, the Aculifera and Conchifera. Gbx is expressed in the posterior central nervous system of an aculiferan polyplacophoran and solenogaster but not in a conchiferan bivalve suggesting that Gbx, together with Six3/6, Otx, Pax2/5/8, and Hox1, is involved in central nervous system regionalization as reported for other bilaterians...
July 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687596/expression-and-light-dependent-translocation-of-%C3%AE-arrestin-in-the-visual-system-of-the-terrestrial-slug-limax-valentianus
#15
Ryota Matsuo, Yuka Takatori, Shun Hamada, Mitsumasa Koyanagi, Yuko Matsuo
Vertebrates, cephalopods, and arthropods are equipped with eyes having the highest spatiotemporal resolution among the animal phyla. In parallel, it is only the animals in these three phyla that have visual arrestin specialized for the termination of visual signaling triggered by opsin, in addition to ubiquitously expressed β-arrestin that serves in terminating general G protein-coupled receptor signaling. Indeed, visual arrestin in Drosophila and rodents translocates to the opsin-rich subcellular region in response to light to reduce the overall sensitivity of photoreceptors in an illuminated environment (i...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674501/the-digestive-tract-of-cephalopods-toward-non-invasive-in-vivo-monitoring-of-its-physiology
#16
Giovanna Ponte, Antonio V Sykes, Gavan M Cooke, Eduardo Almansa, Paul L R Andrews
Ensuring the health and welfare of animals in research is paramount, and the normal functioning of the digestive tract is essential for both. Here we critically assess non- or minimally-invasive techniques which may be used to assess a cephalopod's digestive tract functionality to inform health monitoring. We focus on: (i) predatory response as an indication of appetitive drive; (ii) body weight assessment and interpretation of deviations (e.g., digestive gland weight loss is disproportionate to body weight loss in starvation); (iii) oro-anal transit time requiring novel, standardized techniques to facilitate comparative studies of species and diets; (iv) defecation frequency and analysis of fecal color (diet dependent) and composition (parasites, biomarkers, and cytology); (v) digestive tract endoscopy, but passage of the esophagus through the brain is a technical challenge; (vi) high resolution ultrasound that offers the possibility of imaging the morphology of the digestive tract (e...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674500/dynamic-skin-patterns-in-cephalopods
#17
Martin J How, Mark D Norman, Julian Finn, Wen-Sung Chung, N Justin Marshall
Cephalopods are unrivaled in the natural world in their ability to alter their visual appearance. These mollusks have evolved a complex system of dermal units under neural, hormonal, and muscular control to produce an astonishing variety of body patterns. With parallels to the pixels on a television screen, cephalopod chromatophores can be coordinated to produce dramatic, dynamic, and rhythmic displays, defined collectively here as "dynamic patterns." This study examines the nature, context, and potential functions of dynamic patterns across diverse cephalopod taxa...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673241/effects-of-melanin-from-sepiella-maindroni-ink-msmi-on-the-intestinal-microbiome-of-mice
#18
Hui Dong, Weiwei Song, Chunlin Wang, Changkao Mu, Ronghua Li
BACKGROUND: By the search for new natural compounds with beneficial health effects, cephalopod ink has been considered as an attempt to develop new drugs and functional foods, which is an especially active field in Asia, where cephalopods are a major fishery catch, for which ink sacs are a bi-product and where homeopathic medicine has deep roots. There is a demand to evaluate the safety and influence to the organism. The specific composition and relative abundance of the gut microbiota, which is potentially a major modulator of host metabolism, drives the interaction between functional foods and host health...
July 3, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627384/cadherin-genes-and-evolutionary-novelties-in-the-octopus
#19
REVIEW
Z Yan Wang, Clifton W Ragsdale
All animals with large brains must have molecular mechanisms to regulate neuronal process outgrowth and prevent neurite self-entanglement. In vertebrates, two major gene families implicated in these mechanisms are the clustered protocadherins and the atypical cadherins. However, the molecular mechanisms utilized in complex invertebrate brains, such as those of the cephalopods, remain largely unknown. Recently, we identified protocadherins and atypical cadherins in the octopus. The octopus protocadherin expansion shares features with the mammalian clustered protocadherins, including enrichment in neural tissues, clustered head-to-tail orientations in the genome, and a large first exon encoding all cadherin domains...
June 13, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620831/cephalopod-biology-and-care-a-cost-fa1301-cephsinaction-training-school-anaesthesia-and-scientific-procedures
#20
Vanessa M Lopes, Eduardo Sampaio, Katina Roumbedakis, Nobuaki K Tanaka, Lucía Carulla, Guillermo Gambús, Theodosia Woo, Catarina P P Martins, Virginie Penicaud, Colette Gibbings, Jessica Eberle, Perla Tedesco, Isabel Fernández, Tania Rodríguez-González, Pamela Imperadore, Giovanna Ponte, Graziano Fiorito
Cephalopods are the sole invertebrates included in the list of regulated species following the Directive 2010/63/EU. According to the Directive, achieving competence through adequate training is a requisite for people having a role in the different functions (article 23) as such carrying out procedures on animals, designing procedures and projects, taking care of animals, killing animals. Cephalopod Biology and Care Training Program is specifically designed to comply with the requirements of the "working document on the development of a common education and training framework to fulfil the requirements under the Directive 2010/63/EU"...
September 2017: Invertebrate Neuroscience: IN
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