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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229527/melanotransferrin-new-homolog-genes-and-their-differential-expression-during-intestinal-regeneration-in-the-sea-cucumber-holothuria-glaberrima
#1
Josué Hernández-Pasos, Griselle Valentín-Tirado, José E García-Arrarás
Melanotransferrin (MTf) is a protein associated with oncogenetic, developmental, and immune processes which function remains unclear. The MTf gene has been reported in numerous vertebrate and invertebrate species, including echinoderms. We now report the finding of four different MTfs in the transcriptome of the sea cucumber Holothuria glaberrima. Sequence studies and phylogenetic analyses were done to ascertain the similarities among the putative proteins and their relationship with other transferrin family members...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part B, Molecular and Developmental Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229461/how-different-is-a-3d-printed-replica-from-a-conspecific-in-the-eyes-of-a-zebrafish
#2
Tommaso Ruberto, Giovanni Polverino, Maurizio Porfiri
Robotics is emerging as a promising tool for aiding research on animal behavior. The possibility of generating customizable, controllable, and standardized robotic stimuli has been demonstrated through a number of behavioral assays, involving vertebrates and invertebrates. However, the specific appraisal of the nature of robotic stimuli is currently lacking. Here, we attempt to evaluate this aspect in zebrafish, through a within-subject design in which experimental subjects are faced with three experimental conditions...
February 22, 2017: Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229194/screening-level-assessment-of-metal-concentrations-in-streambed-sediments-and-floodplain-soils-within-the-grand-lake-watershed-in-northeastern-oklahoma-usa
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Ean M Garvin, Cas F Bridge, Meredith S Garvin
Metal releases have been received by the Grand Lake watershed from the Tri-State Mining District (TSMD) since the mid 1800s. To address data gaps in metal distributions in the Oklahoma portion of the watershed, streambed sediment and floodplain soil was sampled on various streams. The <63-µm fraction was analyzed for Cd, Pb, and Zn concentrations by portable X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy and inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry. Mean metal concentration results at reference transects indicated that background sediment/soil concentrations for Cd, Pb, and Zn within the watershed were 0...
February 22, 2017: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229048/anaplasma-phagocytophilum-infection-subverts-carbohydrate-metabolic-pathways-in-the-tick-vector-ixodes-scapularis
#4
Alejandro Cabezas-Cruz, Pilar Alberdi, James J Valdés, Margarita Villar, José de la Fuente
The obligate intracellular pathogen, Anaplasma phagocytophilum, is the causative agent of human, equine, and canine granulocytic anaplasmosis and tick-borne fever (TBF) in ruminants. A. phagocytophilum has become an emerging tick-borne pathogen in the United States, Europe, Africa, and Asia, with increasing numbers of infected people and animals every year. It has been recognized that intracellular pathogens manipulate host cell metabolic pathways to increase infection and transmission in both vertebrate and invertebrate hosts...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229028/small-scale-spatial-variation-in-population-and-individual-level-reproductive-parameters-of-the-blue-legged-hermit-crab-clibanarius-tricolor
#5
J Antonio Baeza, Donald C Behringer
Management of the few regulated ornamental fisheries relies on inadequate information about the life history of the target species. Herein, we investigated the reproductive biology of the most heavily traded marine invertebrate in the western Atlantic; the blue-legged hermit crab Clibanarius tricolor. We report on density, individual-level, and population-level reproductive parameters in 14 populations spanning the Florida Keys. In C. tricolor, abundance, population-level, and individual-level reproductive parameters exhibited substantial small-scale spatial variation in the Florida Keys...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228521/clustered-brachiopod-hox-genes-are-not-expressed-collinearly-and-are-associated-with-lophotrochozoan-novelties
#6
Sabrina M Schiemann, José M Martín-Durán, Aina Børve, Bruno C Vellutini, Yale J Passamaneck, Andreas Hejnol
Temporal collinearity is often considered the main force preserving Hox gene clusters in animal genomes. Studies that combine genomic and gene expression data are scarce, however, particularly in invertebrates like the Lophotrochozoa. As a result, the temporal collinearity hypothesis is currently built on poorly supported foundations. Here we characterize the complement, cluster, and expression of Hox genes in two brachiopod species, Terebratalia transversa and Novocrania anomalaT. transversa has a split cluster with 10 genes (lab, pb, Hox3, Dfd, Scr, Lox5, Antp, Lox4, Post2, and Post1), whereas N...
February 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228356/viruses-of-invertebrates-related-to-the-food-chain
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EDITORIAL
Monique M van Oers, Kelly S Bateman, Grant D Stentiford
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 19, 2017: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226943/using-liquid-metal-alloy-egain-to-electrochemically-enhance-ss-stimulation-electrodes-for-biobotic-applications
#8
Tahmid Latif, Fengyuan Gong, Michael Dickey, Mihail Sichitiu, Alper Bozkurt, Tahmid Latif, Fengyuan Gong, Michael Dickey, Mihail Sichitiu, Alper Bozkurt, Michael Dickey, Tahmid Latif, Fengyuan Gong, Alper Bozkurt, Mihail Sichitiu
Biobotics is an emerging and useful advent in the field of robotics which harnesses the mechanical power of live invertebrates and benefits from them as "working" animals. Most biobotic applications rely on neural or muscular stimulation through implanted electrodes for achieving direct control of their locomotory behavior. Degradation of stimulation efficiency is often noticed through extended usage, partly owing to incompatibility of implanted electrodes to the application. Our previous achievements in biobotics utilized commercially available stainless steel wires as stimulation electrodes due to its availability and lower cost...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225766/marine-actinobacteria-as-a-source-of-compounds-for-phytopathogen-control-an-integrative-metabolic-profiling-bioactivity-and-taxonomical-approach
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Luz A Betancur, Sandra J Naranjo-Gaybor, Diana M Vinchira-Villarraga, Nubia C Moreno-Sarmiento, Luis A Maldonado, Zulma R Suarez-Moreno, Alejandro Acosta-González, Gillermo F Padilla-Gonzalez, Mónica Puyana, Leonardo Castellanos, Freddy A Ramos
Marine bacteria are considered as promising sources for the discovery of novel biologically active compounds. In this study, samples of sediment, invertebrate and algae were collected from the Providencia and Santa Catalina coral reef (Colombian Caribbean Sea) with the aim of isolating Actinobateria-like strain able to produce antimicrobial and quorum quenching compounds against pathogens. Several approaches were used to select actinobacterial isolates, obtaining 203 strains from all samples. According to their 16S rRNA gene sequencing, a total of 24 strains was classified within Actinobacteria represented by three genera: Streptomyces, Micromonospora, and Gordonia...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223923/embryonic-and-postnatal-expression-of-aryl-hydrocarbon-receptor-mrna-in-mouse-brain
#10
Eiki Kimura, Chiharu Tohyama
Aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR), a member of the basic helix-loop-helix-Per-Arnt-Sim transcription factor family, plays a critical role in the developing nervous system of invertebrates and vertebrates. Dioxin, a ubiquitous environmental pollutant, avidly binds to this receptor, and maternal exposure to dioxin has been shown to impair higher brain functions and dendritic morphogenesis, possibly via an AhR-dependent mechanism. However, there is little information on AhR expression in the developing mammalian brain...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223363/auto-inhibition-of-dishevelled-regulated-by-its-extreme-c-terminus-plays-a-distinct-role-in-wnt-beta-catenin-and-wnt-pcp-signaling-pathways
#11
Jing Qi, Ho-Jin Lee, Audrey Saquet, Xiao-Ning Cheng, Ming Shao, Jie J Zheng, De-Li Shi
Dishevelled (Dvl) is a key intracellular signaling molecule that mediates the activation of divergent Wnt pathways. It contains three highly conserved domains known as DIX, PDZ and DEP, whose functions in beta-catenin-dependent canonical Wnt and beta-catenin-independent non-canonical Wnt signaling have been well characterized. The C-terminal region is also highly conserved from invertebrates to vertebrates. However, its function in regulating the activation of different Wnt signals remains unclear. We previously reported that Dvl conformational change triggered by the highly conserved PDZ-binding C-terminus is important for the pathway specificity...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223252/the-origin-and-evolution-of-basigin-bsg-gene-a-comparative-genomic-and-phylogenetic-analysis
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Xinyan Zhu, Shenglan Wang, Mingjie Shao, Jie Yan, Fei Liu
Basigin (BSG), also known as extracellular matrix metalloproteinase inducer (EMMPRIN) or cluster of differentiation 147 (CD147), plays various fundamental roles in the intercellular recognition involved in immunologic phenomena, differentiation, and development. In this study, we aimed to compare the similarities and differences of BSG among organisms and explore possible evolutionary relationships based on the comparison result. We used the extensive BLAST tool to search the metazoan genomes, N-glycosylation sites, the transmembrane region and other functional sites...
February 18, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223161/molecular-characterization-of-pacific-oyster-crassostrea-gigas-irak4-gene-and-its-role-in-myd88-dependent-pathway
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Xueying Tang, Baoyu Huang, Linlin Zhang, Li Li, Guofan Zhang
Interleukin-1 receptor-associated kinases (IRAKs) play important roles in MyD88-dependent TLR signaling, the crucial innate immune pathway in molluscs. In this study, we examined the full-length IRAK4 genetic sequence in the Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) by molecular cloning. Phylogenetic analysis revealed that CgIRAK4 is most closely related to Mytilus edulis, and forms a clade with other molluscs. CgIRAK4 transcripts are widely expressed in all tissues, with the highest expression observed in the hemocytes and gill...
February 13, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222923/consumption-of-aquaculture-waste-affects-the-fatty-acid-metabolism-of-a-benthic-invertebrate
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Camille A White, Raymond J Bannister, Symon A Dworjanyn, Vivian Husa, Peter D Nichols, Tina Kutti, Tim Dempster
Trophic subsidies can drive widespread ecological change, thus knowledge of how keystone species respond to subsidies is important. Aquaculture of large carnivorous fish generates substantial waste as faeces and lost feed, providing a food source to mobile benthic invertebrates. We used a controlled feeding study combined with a field survey to better understand the interaction between salmon aquaculture and the sea urchin, Echinus acutus, a dominant mobile invertebrate in Norwegian fjords. We tested if diets affected urchin fatty acid composition by feeding them one of three diet treatments ("aquafeed", "composite" and "natural") for 10weeks...
February 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222204/comparative-transcriptome-and-potential-antiviral-signaling-pathways-analysis-of-the-gills-in-the-red-swamp-crayfish-procambarus-clarkii-infected-with-white-spot-syndrome-virus-wssv
#15
Zhi-Qiang Du, Yan-Hui Jin
Red swamp crayfish is an important model organism for research of the invertebrate innate immunity mechanism. Its excellent disease resistance against bacteria, fungi, and viruses is well-known. However, the antiviral mechanisms of crayfish remain unclear. In this study, we obtained high-quality sequence reads from normal and white spot syndrome virus (WSSV)-challenged crayfish gills. For group normal (GN), 39,390,280 high-quality clean reads were randomly assembled to produce 172,591 contigs; whereas, 34,011,488 high-quality clean reads were randomly assembled to produce 182,176 contigs for group WSSV-challenged (GW)...
February 20, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220075/visual-equivalence-and-amodal-completion-in-cuttlefish
#16
I-Rong Lin, Chuan-Chin Chiao
Modern cephalopods are notably the most intelligent invertebrates and this is accompanied by keen vision. Despite extensive studies investigating the visual systems of cephalopods, little is known about their visual perception and object recognition. In the present study, we investigated the visual processing of the cuttlefish Sepia pharaonis, including visual equivalence and amodal completion. Cuttlefish were trained to discriminate images of shrimp and fish using the operant conditioning paradigm. After cuttlefish reached the learning criteria, a series of discrimination tasks were conducted...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219778/identification-and-characterization-of-a-novel-multifunctional-placenta-specific-protein-8-in-dugesia-japonica
#17
Qiuxiang Pang, Lili Gao, Yun Bai, Hongkuan Deng, Yu Han, Wenjing Hu, Yanhui Zhang, Shanhang Yuan, Wenping Sun, Yiqian Lu, Xiufang Zhang, Baohua Liu, Bosheng Zhao
Placenta specific protein 8 (Plac8) has been well studied in vertebrates, yet little is known in invertebrates. In this study, a novel Plac8 from the planarian Dugesia japonica was identified and its functions in immune responses and development were characterized. Our results show that Djplac8 was expressed in the pharynx, epidermis and intestine of intact adult planarian. The expression of DjPlac8 increased significantly upon lipopolysaccharide (LPS) challenge, and inhibited the growth of the Gram-negative bacteria (Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa), suggesting the role of Plac8 in immune response...
February 17, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218427/two-vitellogenins-in-the-loliginid-squid-uroteuthis-edulis-identification-and-specific-expression-in-ovarian-follicles
#18
Hajime Kitano, Naoki Nagano, Keishi Sakaguchi, Michiya Matsuyama
Vitellogenenesis is a physiological process common in oviparous animals. The molecular profile, modifications, and utilization of vitellogenin (VTG), a precursor of yolk protein, have been characterized in various taxa to understand oogenesis within different modes of reproduction. Hormonal regulation of VTGs has been investigated in invertebrates, such as insects and crustaceans; conversely, little is known for cephalopods. In this study, we isolated two VTG genes (ue-VTG1 and ue-VTG2) from the loliginid swordtip squid, Uroteuthis edulis, via a comprehensive survey of a transcriptome database and subsequent cDNA cloning...
February 20, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218274/trapping-of-ivermectin-by-a-pentameric-ligand-gated-ion-channel-upon-open-to-closed-isomerization
#19
Nurit Degani-Katzav, Moshe Klein, Moran Har-Even, Revital Gortler, Ruthi Tobi, Yoav Paas
Ivermectin (IVM) is a broad-spectrum anthelmintic drug used to treat human parasitic diseases like river blindness and lymphatic filariasis. By activating invertebrate pentameric glutamate-gated chloride channels (GluCl receptors; GluClRs), IVM induces sustained chloride influx and long-lasting membrane hyperpolarization that inhibit neural excitation in nematodes. Although IVM activates the C. elegans heteromeric GluClα/β receptor, it cannot activate a homomeric receptor composed of the C. elegans GluClβ subunits...
February 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217773/finding-food-how-marine-invertebrates-use-chemical-cues-to-track-and-select-food
#20
REVIEW
Michiya Kamio, Charles D Derby
Benthic marine invertebrates sense molecules from other organisms and use these molecules to find and evaluate the organisms as sources of food. These processes depend on the detection and discrimination of molecules carried in sea water around and in the mouths of these animals. To understand these processes, researchers have studied how molecules released from food distribute in the sea water as a plume, how animals respond to the plume, the molecular identity of the attractants in the plume, the effect of turbulence on food-searching success, and how animals evaluate the quality of food and make decisions to eat or not...
February 20, 2017: Natural Product Reports
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