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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237826/flaccid-skin-protects-hagfishes-from-shark-bites
#1
Sarah Boggett, Jean-Luc Stiles, Adam P Summers, Douglas S Fudge
Hagfishes defend themselves from fish predators by releasing large volumes of gill-clogging slime when they are attacked. Slime release is not anticipatory, but is only released after an attack has been initiated, raising the question of how hagfishes survive the initial attack, especially from biting predators such as sharks. We tested two hypotheses that could explain how hagfishes avoid damage from shark bites: puncture-resistant skin, and a loose and flaccid body design that makes it difficult for teeth to penetrate body musculature and viscera...
December 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233140/selection-characterization-and-thermal-stabilization-of-llama-single-domain-antibodies-towards-ebola-virus-glycoprotein
#2
Jinny L Liu, Lisa C Shriver-Lake, George P Anderson, Dan Zabetakis, Ellen R Goldman
BACKGROUND: A key advantage of recombinant antibody technology is the ability to optimize and tailor reagents. Single domain antibodies (sdAbs), the recombinantly produced variable domains derived from camelid and shark heavy chain antibodies, provide advantages of stability and solubility and can be further engineered to enhance their properties. In this study, we generated sdAbs specific for Ebola virus envelope glycoprotein (GP) and increased their stability to expand their utility for use in austere locals...
December 12, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232670/some-galeomorph-sharks-express-a-mammalian-microglia-specific-protein-in-radial-ependymoglia-of-the-telencephalon
#3
Skirmantas Janušonis
Ionized calcium-binding adapter molecule 1 (Iba1), also known as allograft inflammatory factor 1 (AIF-1), is a highly conserved cytoplasmic scaffold protein. Studies strongly suggest that Iba1 is associated with immune-like reactions in all Metazoa. In the mammalian brain, it is abundantly expressed in microglial cells and is used as a reliable marker for this cell type. The present study used multiple-label microscopy and Western blotting to examine Iba1 expression in the telencephalon of 2 galeomorph shark species, the swellshark (Cephaloscyllium ventriosum) and the horn shark (Heterodontus francisci), a member of an ancient extant order...
December 13, 2017: Brain, Behavior and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232049/shark-island-pedicle-flap-for-reconstruction-of-the-lateral-nasal-ala-and-perialar-defects
#4
Andreas Volz, Vera Frauenknecht, Peter Häusermann
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 12, 2017: Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft, Journal of the German Society of Dermatology: JDDG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230359/genetic-differentiation-and-phylogeography-of-mediterranean-north-eastern-atlantic-blue-shark-prionace-glauca-l-1758-using-mitochondrial-dna-panmixia-or-complex-stock-structure
#5
Agostino Leone, Ilenia Urso, Dimitrios Damalas, Jann Martinsohn, Antonella Zanzi, Stefano Mariani, Emilio Sperone, Primo Micarelli, Fulvio Garibaldi, Persefoni Megalofonou, Luca Bargelloni, Rafaella Franch, David Macias, Paulo Prodöhl, Séan Fitzpatrick, Marco Stagioni, Fausto Tinti, Alessia Cariani
Background: The blue shark (Prionace glauca, Linnaeus 1758) is one of the most abundant epipelagic shark inhabiting all the oceans except the poles, including the Mediterranean Sea, but its genetic structure has not been confirmed at basin and interoceanic distances. Past tagging programs in the Atlantic Ocean failed to find evidence of migration of blue sharks between the Mediterranean and the adjacent Atlantic, despite the extreme vagility of the species. Although the high rate of by-catch in the Mediterranean basin, to date no genetic study on Mediterranean blue shark was carried out, which constitutes a significant knowledge gap, considering that this population is classified as "Critically Endangered", unlike its open-ocean counterpart...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230354/ecomorphological-inferences-in-early-vertebrates-reconstructing-dunkleosteus-terrelli-arthrodira-placodermi-caudal-fin-from-palaeoecological-data
#6
Humberto G Ferrón, Carlos Martínez-Pérez, Héctor Botella
Our knowledge about the body morphology of many extinct early vertebrates is very limited, especially in regard to their post-thoracic region. The prompt disarticulation of the dermo-skeletal elements due to taphonomic processes and the lack of a well-ossified endoskeleton in a large number of groups hinder the preservation of complete specimens. Previous reconstructions of most early vertebrates known from partial remains have been wholly based on phylogenetically closely related taxa. However, body design of fishes is determined, to a large extent, by their swimming mode and feeding niche, making it possible to recognise different morphological traits that have evolved several times in non-closely related groups with similar lifestyles...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224405/phylogeography-and-genetic-population-structure-of-the-spadenose-shark-scoliodon-macrorhynchos-from-the-chinese-coast
#7
Xiao Chen, Jun-Jie Wang, Wei-Ming Ai, Hao Chen, Hung-Du Lin
The population structure of Scoliodon macrorhynchos from the Chinese coast was investigated using the mitochondrial control region. All 19 mtDNA haplotypes from 219 sequences were identified. Relatively high average haplotype diversity (0.797) and relatively low average nucleotide diversity (0.0013) were found together with a recent and sudden population expansion. Analysis of the mismatch distributions, neutrality tests and Bayesian skyline plot showed a pattern consistent with a recent population expansion event that may have taken place during the last glacial maximum (LGM)...
December 11, 2017: Mitochondrial DNA. Part A. DNA Mapping, Sequencing, and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222430/fisheries-independent-surveys-identify-critical-habitats-for-young-scalloped-hammerhead-sharks-sphyrna-lewini-in-the-rewa-delta-fiji
#8
Amandine D Marie, Cara Miller, Celso Cawich, Susanna Piovano, Ciro Rico
Sharp declines in numerous shark populations around the world have generated considerable interest in better understanding and characterising their biology, ecology and critical habitats. The scalloped hammerhead shark (SHS, Sphyrna lewini) is subject to a multitude of natural and anthropogenic threats that are often exacerbated within the coastal embayments and estuaries used during SHS early life stages. In this study, we describe the temporal and spatial distribution, age class composition, and reproductive biology of SHS in the Rewa Delta (RD), Fiji...
December 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217471/3d-printing-of-high-drug-loaded-dosage-forms-using-thermoplastic-polyurethanes
#9
G Verstraete, A Samaro, W Grymonpré, V Vanhoorne, B Van Snick, M N Boone, T Hellemans, L Van Hoorebeke, J P Remon, C Vervaet
It was the aim of this study to develop high drug loaded (>30%, w/w), thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU)-based dosage forms via fused deposition modelling (FDM). Model drugs with different particle size and aqueous solubility were pre-processed in combination with diverse TPU grades via hot melt extrusion (HME) into filaments with a diameter of 1.75 ± 0.05 mm. Subsequently, TPU-based filaments which featured acceptable quality attributes (i.e. consistent filament diameter, smooth surface morphology and good mechanical properties) were printed into tablets...
December 4, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214009/the-role-of-hoxa11-and-hoxa13-in-the-evolution-of-novel-fin-morphologies-in-a-representative-batoid-leucoraja-erinacea
#10
Shannon N Barry, Karen D Crow
Background: Batoids exhibit unique body plans with derived fin morphologies, such as the anteriorly expanded pectoral fins that fuse to the head, or distally extended anterior pelvic fin lobes used for a modified swimming technique utilized by skates (Rajidae). The little skate (Leucoraja erinacea), exhibits both of these unique fin morphologies. These fin modifications are not present in a typical shark body plan, and little is known regarding the mechanisms underlying their development...
2017: EvoDevo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209245/identification-and-description-of-novel-mood-profile-clusters
#11
Renée L Parsons-Smith, Peter C Terry, M Anthony Machin
Mood profiling has been a popular assessment strategy since the 1970s, although little evidence exists of distinct mood profiles beyond the realm of sport and exercise. In the present study, we investigated clusters of mood profiles derived from the six subscales of the Brunel Mood Scale using the In The Mood website. Mood responses in three samples (n = 2,364, n = 2,303, n = 1,865) were analyzed using agglomerative, hierarchical cluster analysis, which distinguished six distinct and theoretically meaningful profiles...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29203793/environmental-dna-reveals-tropical-shark-diversity-in-contrasting-levels-of-anthropogenic-impact
#12
Judith Bakker, Owen S Wangensteen, Demian D Chapman, Germain Boussarie, Dayne Buddo, Tristan L Guttridge, Heidi Hertler, David Mouillot, Laurent Vigliola, Stefano Mariani
Sharks are charismatic predators that play a key role in most marine food webs. Their demonstrated vulnerability to exploitation has recently turned them into flagship species in ocean conservation. Yet, the assessment and monitoring of the distribution and abundance of such mobile species in marine environments remain challenging, often invasive and resource-intensive. Here we pilot a novel, rapid and non-invasive environmental DNA (eDNA) metabarcoding approach specifically targeted to infer shark presence, diversity and eDNA read abundance in tropical habitats...
December 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29193090/physiological-stress-responses-to-natural-variation-in-predation-risk-evidence-from-white-sharks-and-seals
#13
Neil Hammerschlag, Michael Meÿer, Simon Mduduzi Seakamela, Steve Kirkman, Chris Fallows, Scott Creel
Predators can impact ecosystems through consumptive or risk effects on prey. Physiologically, risk effects can be mediated by energetic mechanisms or stress responses. The predation-stress hypothesis predicts that risk induces stress in prey, which can affect survival and reproduction. However, empirical support for this hypothesis is both mixed and limited, and the conditions that cause predation risk to induce stress responses in some cases, but not others, remain unclear. Unusually clear-cut variation in exposure of Cape fur seals (Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus) to predation risk from white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) in the waters of Southwestern Africa provides an opportunity to test the predation-stress hypothesis in the wild...
December 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29182683/principal-component-and-discriminant-analyses-as-powerful-tools-to-support-taxonomic-identification-and-their-use-for-functional-and-phylogenetic-signal-detection-of-isolated-fossil-shark-teeth
#14
Giuseppe Marramà, Jürgen Kriwet
Identifying isolated teeth of fossil selachians only based on qualitative characters is sometimes hindered by similarity in their morphology, resulting often in heated taxonomic debates. On the other hand, the use of quantitative characters (i.e. measurements) has been often neglected or underestimated in characterization and identification of fossil teeth of selachians. Here we show that, employing a robust methodological protocol based on principal component and discriminant analyses on a sample of 175 isolated fossil teeth of lamniform sharks, the traditional morphometrics can be useful to support and complement the classic taxonomic identification made on qualitative features...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29172967/a-comprehensive-analysis-of-italian-web-pages-mentioning-squalene-based-influenza-vaccine-adjuvants-reveals-a-high-prevalence-of-misinformation
#15
Donatella Panatto, Daniela Amicizia, Lucia Arata, Piero Luigi Lai, Roberto Gasparini
Squalene-based adjuvants have been included in influenza vaccines since 1997. Despite several advantages of adjuvanted seasonal and pandemic influenza vaccines, laypeople's perception of such formulations may be hesitant or even negative under certain circumstances. Moreover, in Italian, the term "squalene" has the same root as such common words as "shark" (squalo), "squalid" and "squalidness" that tend to have negative connotations. This study aimed to quantitatively and qualitatively analyze a representative sample of Italian web pages mentioning squalene-based adjuvants used in influenza vaccines...
November 27, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29170037/stiff-and-tough-a-comparative-study-on-the-tensile-properties-of-shark-skin
#16
Shelby B Creager, Marianne E Porter
In sharks, the skin is a biological composite with mineralized denticles embedded within a collagenous matrix. Swimming performance is enhanced by the dermal denticles on the skin, which have drag reducing properties produced by regional morphological variations and changes in density along the body. We used mechanical testing to quantify the effect of embedded mineralized denticles on the quasi-static tensile properties of shark skin to failure in four coastal species. We investigated regional differences in denticle density and skin properties by dissecting skin from the underlying fascia and muscle at 10 anatomical landmarks...
October 31, 2017: Zoology: Analysis of Complex Systems, ZACS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158384/trunk-neural-crest-origin-of-dermal-denticles-in-a-cartilaginous-fish
#17
J Andrew Gillis, Els C Alsema, Katharine E Criswell
Cartilaginous fishes (e.g., sharks and skates) possess a postcranial dermal skeleton consisting of tooth-like "denticles" embedded within their skin. As with teeth, the principal skeletal tissue of dermal denticles is dentine. In the head, cranial neural crest cells give rise to the dentine-producing cells (odontoblasts) of teeth. However, trunk neural crest cells are generally regarded as nonskeletogenic, and so the embryonic origin of trunk denticle odontoblasts remains unresolved. Here, we use expression of FoxD3 to pinpoint the specification and emigration of trunk neural crest cells in embryos of a cartilaginous fish, the little skate (Leucoraja erinacea)...
November 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154876/chondroitin-sulfate-from-scophthalmus-maximus-for-treating-osteoarthritis
#18
Zhenkun Ren, Yuanyuan Ji, Yi Wang, Liyuan Dong
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common joint disease characterized by cartilage degradation. Chondroitin sulfate from shark (CS-S) has a good effect on OA in clinical, but due to source limited of CS from shark. Therefore, it is important to find a novel CS source with similar efficacy to CS-S in the treatment of OA. Herein, we reported a therapeutic effect of CS from scophthalmus maximus (CS-SM) for treating OA in rats. The OA model was established. After intervention with CS-SM by intragastric administration. Our results showed that CS-SM could protect articular cartilage in OA, inhibit the degradation of cartilage, decrease the apoptosis of chondrocytes, decline the content of interleukin-1, tumor necrosis factor-α and Prostaglandins E2 in synovial fluid, down-regulate the protein expression of matrix metalloproteinase-1 and up-regulate the protein expression of tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1...
November 14, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149758/oligotrophy-as-a-major-driver-of-mercury-bioaccumulation-in-medium-to-high-trophic-level-consumers-a-marine-ecosystem-comparative-study
#19
Tiphaine Chouvelon, Pierre Cresson, Marc Bouchoucha, Christophe Brach-Papa, Paco Bustamante, Sylvette Crochet, Françoise Marco-Miralles, Bastien Thomas, Joël Knoery
Mercury (Hg) is a global contaminant of environmental concern. Numerous factors influencing its bioaccumulation in marine organisms have already been described at both individual and species levels (e.g., size or age, habitat, trophic level). However, few studies have compared the trophic characteristics of ecosystems to explain underlying mechanisms of differences in Hg bioaccumulation and biomagnification among food webs and systems. The present study aimed at investigating the potential primary role of the trophic status of systems on Hg bioaccumulation and biomagnification in temperate marine food webs, as shown by their medium-to high-trophic level consumers...
November 14, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146986/cascading-predator-effects-in-a-fijian-coral-reef-ecosystem
#20
Douglas B Rasher, Andrew S Hoey, Mark E Hay
Coral reefs are among Earth's best-studied ecosystems, yet the degree to which large predators influence the ecology of coral reefs remains an open and contentious question. Recent studies indicate the consumptive effects of large reef predators are too diffuse to elicit trophic cascades. Here, we provide evidence that such predators can produce non-consumptive (fear) effects that flow through herbivores to shape the distribution of seaweed on a coral reef. This trophic cascade emerged because reef topography, tidal oscillations, and shark hunting behaviour interact to create predictable "hot spots" of fear on the reef where herbivores withhold feeding and seaweeds gain a spatial refuge...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
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