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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224631/development-and-application-of-monoclonal-antibodies-against-igm-of-black-rockfish-sebastes-schlegeli
#1
W Zhang, X Q Tang, X Z Sheng, J Xing, W B Zhan
Monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) against black rockfish Sebastes schlegeli serum immunoglobulin M (IgM) were developed, which showed a specific reaction with the heavy chain of S. schlegeli IgM in Western blotting and with surface IgM positive (sIgM(+) ) lymphocytes in indirect immunofluorescence. mAb 2A6 was employed to investigate the antibody and sIgM(+) lymphocyte responses of S. schlegeli injected with inactivated Edwardsiella tarda, by ELISA and flow cytometry. Compared with controls, the level of specific antibodies and the percentage of sIgM(+) lymphocytes both increased in the immunized fish and simultaneously reached their peaks at day 35 after immunization...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Fish Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223437/long-term-administration-of-eicosapentaenoic-acid-improves-post-myocardial-infarction-cardiac-remodeling-in-mice-by-regulating-macrophage-polarization
#2
Masayuki Takamura, Keisuke Kurokawa, Hiroshi Ootsuji, Oto Inoue, Hikari Okada, Ayano Nomura, Shuichi Kaneko, Soichiro Usui
BACKGROUND: Consumption of n-3 fatty acids reduces the incidence of cardiovascular mortality in populations that consume diets rich in fish oil. Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) is an n-3 fatty acid known to reduce the frequency of nonfatal coronary events; however, the frequency of mortality after myocardial infarction (MI) is not reduced. The aims of this study were to determine whether long-term administration of EPA regulated cardiac remodeling after MI and to elucidate the underlying therapeutic mechanisms of EPA...
February 21, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220758/a-bio-inspired-electrocommunication-system-for-small-underwater-robots
#3
Wei Wang, Jindong Liu, Guangming Xie, Li Wen, Jianwei Zhang
Weakly electric fishes (Gymnotid and Mormyrid) use an electric field to communicate efficiently (termed electrocommunication) in the turbid waters of confined spaces where other communication modalities fail. Inspired by this biological phenomenon, we design an artificial electrocommunication system for small underwater robots and explore the capabilities of such an underwater robotic communication system. An analytical model for electrocommunication is derived to predict the effect of the key parameters such as electrode distance and emitter current of the system on the communication performance...
February 21, 2017: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214119/persistent-organic-pollutants-in-the-olifants-river-basin-south-africa-bioaccumulation-and-trophic-transfer-through-a-subtropical-aquatic-food-web
#4
Vera Verhaert, Nadine Newmark, Wendy D'Hollander, Adrian Covaci, Wynand Vlok, Victor Wepener, Abraham Addo-Bediako, Antoinette Jooste, Johannes Teuchies, Ronny Blust, Lieven Bervoets
This study investigates the trophic transfer of persistent organic pollutants (POPs: PCBs, PBDEs, OCPs and PFASs) in the subtropical aquatic ecosystem of the Olifants River Basin (South Africa) by means of trophic magnification factors (TMFs). Relative trophic levels were determined by stable isotope analysis. POP levels in surface water, sediment and biota were low. Only ∑DDTs levels in fish muscle (<LOQ-61ng/g ww) were comparable or higher than values from other temperate and tropical regions. Significant positive relationships between relative trophic level and PCB, DDT and HCH concentrations were observed so trophic levels play an important role in the movement of contaminants through the food web...
February 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212806/clonal-evolution-as-detected-by-interphase-fluorescence-in-situ-hybridization-is-associated-with-worse-overall-survival-in-a-population-based-analysis-of-patients-with-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-in-british-columbia-canada
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Steven J Huang, Krystal Bergin, Adam C Smith, Alina S Gerrie, Helene Bruyere, Chinmay B Dalal, Daniele K Sugioka, Monica Hrynchak, Khaled M Ramadan, Aly Karsan, Tanya L Gillan, Cynthia L Toze
This study evaluates prognostic markers as predictors of clonal evolution (CE) and assesses the impact of CE on overall survival (OS) in a population-based cohort of 159 consecutive eligible patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) obtained from the British Columbia Provincial CLL Database. CE was detected by interphase fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) in 34/159 patients (21%) with 65% of CE patients acquiring deletion 17p or 11q. CD38 positive status (≥30%) on flow cytometry predicted 2...
January 2017: Cancer Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211194/a-field-reciprocal-transplant-experiment-reveals-asymmetric-costs-of-migration-between-lake-and-river-ecotypes-of-three-spined-sticklebacks-gasterosteus-aculeatus
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Joshka Kaufmann, Tobias L Lenz, Martin Kalbe, Manfred Milinski, Christophe Eizaguirre
Theory of local adaptation predicts that non-adapted migrants will suffer increased costs compared to local residents. Ultimately this process can result in the reduction of gene flow and culminate in speciation. Here, we experimentally investigated the relative fitness of migrants in foreign habitats, focusing on diverging lake and river ecotypes of three-spined sticklebacks. A reciprocal transplant experiment performed in the field revealed asymmetric costs of migration: while mortality of river fish was increased under lake conditions, lake migrants suffered from reduced growth relative to river residents...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209527/exploring-deformable-particles-in-vascular-targeted-drug-delivery-softer-is-only-sometimes-better
#7
Margaret B Fish, Catherine A Fromen, Genesis Lopez-Cazares, Alexander W Golinski, Timothy F Scott, Reheman Adili, Michael Holinstat, Omolola Eniola-Adefeso
The ability of vascular-targeted drug carriers (VTCs) to localize and bind to a targeted, diseased endothelium determines their overall clinical utility. Here, we investigate how particle modulus and size determine adhesion of VTCs to the vascular wall under physiological blood flow conditions. In general, deformable microparticles (MPs) outperformed nanoparticles (NPs) in all experimental conditions tested. Our results indicate that MP modulus enhances particle adhesion in a shear-dependent manner. In low shear human blood flow profiles in vitro, low modulus particles showed favorable adhesion, while at high shear, rigid particles showed superior adhesion...
February 4, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202648/living-in-flowing-water-increases-resistance-to-ultraviolet-b-radiation
#8
Ensiyeh Ghanizadeh-Kazerouni, Craig E Franklin, Frank Seebacher
Ultraviolet B radiation (UV-B) is an important environmental driver that can affect locomotor performance negatively by inducing production of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Prolonged regular exercise increases antioxidant activities, which may alleviate the negative effects of UV-B-induced ROS. Animals naturally performing exercise, such as humans performing regular exercise or fish living in flowing water, may therefore be more resilient to the negative effects of UV-B. We tested this hypothesis in a fully factorial experiment, where we exposed mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki) to UV-B and control (no UV-B) conditions in flowing and still water...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202469/establishment-and-maintenance-of-sexual-preferences-that-cause-a-reproductive-isolation-between-medaka-strains-in-close-association
#9
Mayuka Ikawa, Emi Ohya, Hiroka Shimada, Makiko Kamijo, Shoji Fukamachi
Animals choose reproductive partners based on their sexual preferences which are established at a certain time point before, during, or after sexual maturation. The preferences are often divergent within a species, which suppresses gene flow between populations and may promote speciation. There are two strains of medaka (Oryzias latipes) that differ by a single transgene and mate assortatively depending on skin color. Here, we demonstrate that symmetrically biased (mutually exclusive) sexual preferences are (1) gradually established during growth depending on skin color and the color of surrounding fish, (2) strong enough to minimize gene flow between the strains at a population level, and (3) inflexibly retained after sexual maturation, even after weeks of daily mating with partners of the other strain...
February 15, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202061/in-vitro-generation-of-sertoli-like-and-haploid-spermatid-like-cells-from-human-umbilical-cord-perivascular-cells
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Ekaterina Shlush, Leila Maghen, Sonja Swanson, Shlomit Kenigsberg, Sergey Moskovtsev, Tanya Barretto, Andrée Gauthier-Fisher, Clifford L Librach
BACKGROUND: First trimester (FTM) and term human umbilical cord-derived perivascular cells (HUCPVCs), which are rich sources of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), can give rise to Sertoli cell (SC)-like as well as haploid germ cell (GC)-like cells in vitro using culture conditions that recapitulate the testicular niche. Gamete-like cells have been produced ex vivo using pluripotent stem cells as well as MSCs. However, the production of functional gametes from human stem cells has yet to be achieved...
February 15, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199040/isotopic-half-life-and-enrichment-factor-in-two-species-of-european-freshwater-fish-larvae-an-experimental-approach
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Adrien Latli, Nicolas Sturaro, Nelson Desjardin, Loïc N Michel, William Otjacques, Gilles Lepoint, Patrick Kestemont
RATIONALE: Stable isotope ratios of carbon and nitrogen are valuable tools for field ecologists to use to analyse animal diets. However, the application of these tools requires knowledge of the tissue enrichment factor (TEF) and half-life (HL). We experimentally compared TEF and HL in 2 freshwater fish larvae. We hypothesised that chub had a better growth/tissue replacement ratio than roach, due to the use of a food closer to their natural diet. METHODS: We determined the isotopic HL, the TEF and the contribution of growth or metabolic tissue replacement to dynamic isotopic incorporation...
February 15, 2017: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198920/exogenous-enzyme-complex-prevents-intestinal-soybean-meal-induced-enteritis-in-mugil-liza-valenciennes-1836-juvenile
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Leonardo R V Ramos, Virgínia F Pedrosa, Agnes Mori, Carlos F F DE Andrade, Luis A Romano, Paulo C Abreu, Marcelo B Tesser
Four soybean meal-based diets containing increasing levels of an enzyme complex (E50, E100, E150 and E200 at 50, 100, 150 and 200 g ton-1, respectively) and one soybean meal-based diet without the enzyme complex (E0) were fed in triplicate to M. liza juveniles in a semi-static flow system with 20 fish per tank for 75 days. There were no differences between the treatments for animal performance parameters, but fish fed the enzyme complex treatment exhibited significantly (P<0.05) higher values of calcium bone retention compared with control fish...
February 9, 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28189115/n-3-polyunsaturated-fatty-acids-alleviate-high-glucose-mediated-dysfunction-of-endothelial-progenitor-cells-and-prevent-ischemic-injuries-both-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Shao-Chih Chiu, Che-Yi Chao, En-Pei Isabel Chiang, Jia-Ning Syu, Raymond L Rodriguez, Feng-Yao Tang
Hyperglycemia is associated with a reduced number of endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) that impairs vascular function. Circulating EPCs play important roles in postnatal neovasculogenesis and the prevention of ischemic injury. Frequent consumption of fish oil (FO) that is abundant with eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)/docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is reportedly associated with an alleviation of diabetic complications and a lowered incidence of cardiovascular disease. The aim of this study was to examine whether N-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids such as EPA and DHA would reverse the high glucose-mediated dysfunction of EPCs in vitro and thereby prevent the ischemic injury that occurs under the hyperglycemic conditions in Type 2 diabetes (T2D) db(-/-) mice...
January 28, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187507/diagnostic-genetic-screening-for-assisted-reproductive-technologies-patients-with-macrozoospermia
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V Carmignac, J-M Dupont, R C Fierro, J Barberet, C Bruno, N Lieury, E Dulioust, J Auger, P Fauque
Macrozoospermia is characterized by a high proportion of abnormal spermatozoa with enlarged heads. So far, it has been associated with mutations only in the Aurora Kinase C gene (AURKC) in some cases. Although many publications have reported failure to conceive in couples with macrozoospermia, a few others have described successful pregnancies, thus raising questions as to whether ICSI and AURKC genetic screening should be recommended in all patients with macrozoospermia. First, we report on two monozygotic twins presenting macrozoospermia for whom the genetic status was explored (Aurora Kinase C sequencing) and whole semen and gradient-selected spermatozoa were analyzed, using Fluorescent In Situ Hybridization (FISH), Electron Microscopy and flow cytometry...
February 10, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177707/dietary-fish-oil-delays-hypoxic-skeletal-muscle-fatigue-and-enhances-caffeine-stimulated-contractile-recovery-in-the-rat-in-vivo-hindlimb
#15
Gregory E Peoples, Peter L McLennan
Oxygen efficiency influences skeletal muscle contractile function during physiological hypoxia. Dietary fish oil, providing docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), reduces the oxygen cost of muscle contraction. This study used autologous perfused rat hindlimb model to examine the effects of a fish oil diet on skeletal muscle fatigue during an acute hypoxic challenge. Male Wistar rats were fed a diet rich in saturated fat (SF), long chain (LC) n-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-6 PUFA), or LC n-3 PUFA DHA from fish oil (FO) (8weeks)...
January 26, 2017: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170026/high-genetic-diversity-and-connectivity-in-colossoma-macropomum-in-the-amazon-basin-revealed-by-microsatellite-markers
#16
Paola Fazzi-Gomes, Sávio Guerreiro, Glauber David Almeida Palheta, Nuno Filipe Alves Correa de Melo, Sidney Santos, Igor Hamoy
Colossoma macropomum is the second largest scaled fish of the Amazon. It is economically important for commercial fisheries and for aquaculture, but few studies have examined the diversity and genetic structure of natural populations of this species. The aim of this study was to investigate the levels of genetic variability and connectivity that exist between three natural populations of C. macropomum from the Amazon basin. In total, 247 samples were collected from the municipalities of Tefé, Manaus, and Santarém...
February 6, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167252/evolution-of-lymphocytes-immunoglobulin-t-of-the-teleost-sea-bass-dicentrarchus-labrax-quantitation-of-gene-expressing-and-immunoreactive-cells
#17
S Picchietti, N Nuñez-Ortiz, V Stocchi, E Randelli, F Buonocore, L Guerra, G Scapigliati
Immunoglobulin T (IgT) is one of the key effector molecules of jawed vertebrate's adaptive immune system, and in this work we describe the quantitative distribution of IgT-expressing and IgT-producing cells in tissues of the European seabass Dicentrarchus labrax by using mRNA riboprobes and a specific anti-IgT antibody. A polyclonal antiserum (pAb) was prepared by immunizing rabbits with three synthetic peptides deduced from the full length IgT cDNA sequence and located in a surface-exposed CH3 domain of IgT constant region...
February 3, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166982/dietary-polyunsaturated-fatty-acid-supplementation-of-young-post-pubertal-dairy-bulls-alters-the-fatty-acid-composition-of-seminal-plasma-and-spermatozoa-but-has-no-effect-on-semen-volume-or-sperm-quality
#18
C J Byrne, S Fair, A M English, S A Holden, J R Dick, P Lonergan, D A Kenny
The aim of this study was to examine the effects of dietary supplementation with rumen protected n-6 or n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) on the quantity and quality of semen from young post-pubertal dairy bulls. Pubertal Holstein-Friesian (n = 43) and Jersey (n = 7) bulls with a mean ± s.e.m. age and bodyweight of 420.1 ± 5.86 days and 382 ± 8.94 kg, respectively, were blocked on breed, weight, age and semen quality (based on the outcomes of two pre-trial ejaculates) and randomly assigned to one of three treatments: (i) a non-supplemented control (CTL, n = 15), (ii) rumen-protected safflower (SO, n = 15), (iii) rumen-protected n-3 PUFA-enriched fish oil (FO, n = 20)...
March 1, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160340/phylogeography-of-the-sergeants-abudefduf-sexfasciatus-and-a-vaigiensis-reveals-complex-introgression-patterns-between-two-widespread-and-sympatric-indo-west-pacific-reef-fishes
#19
Joris A M Bertrand, Philippe Borsa, Wei-Jen Chen
On evolutionary time scales, sea level oscillations lead to recurrent spatio-temporal variation in species distribution and population connectivity. In this situation, applying classical concepts of biogeography is challenging yet necessary to understand the mechanisms underlying biodiversity in highly diverse marine ecosystems such as coral reefs. We aimed at studying the outcomes of such complex biogeographical dynamics on reproductive isolation by sampling populations across a wide spatial range of a species-rich fish genus: the sergeants (Pomacentridae: Abudefduf)...
February 3, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153482/climbing-upstream-multi-scale-structural-characterization-and-underwater-adhesion-of-the-pulin-river-loach-sinogastromyzon-puliensis
#20
Yung-Chieh Chuang, Haw-Kai Chang, Guan-Lin Liu, Po-Yu Chen
Hillstream fishes live in the current with high flow velocity and strong water impact. To survive in such environments, they evolved various adhesive apparatus and attachment mechanisms. In this study, we investigated the Pulin river loach (Sinogatromyzon puliensis) known for its ability to climb vertically against rapid torrent. The whole body forms a suction system, consisting of lips, overlapped pectoral and fused pelvic fins. The hierarchical structure of lips and fins was characterized by Scanning Electron Microscopy...
January 23, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
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