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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334717/a-tandemly-arranged-pattern-of-two-5s-rdna-arrays-in-amolops-mantzorum-anura-ranidae
#1
Ting Liu, Menghuan Song, Yun Xia, Xiaomao Zeng
In an attempt to extend the knowledge of the 5S rDNA organization in anurans, the 5S rDNA sequences of Amolops mantzorum were isolated, characterized, and mapped by FISH. Two forms of 5S rDNA, type I (209 bp) and type II (about 870 bp), were found in specimens investigated from various populations. Both of them contained a 118-bp coding sequence, readily differentiated by their non-transcribed spacer (NTS) sizes and compositions. Four probes (the 5S rDNA coding sequences, the type I NTS, the type II NTS, and the entire type II 5S rDNA sequences) were respectively labeled with TAMRA or digoxigenin to hybridize with mitotic chromosomes for samples of all localities...
March 24, 2017: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334672/effects-of-4-mbc-and-triclosan-in-embryos-of-the-frog-pelophylax-perezi
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Diana Martins, Marta S Monteiro, Amadeu M V M Soares, Carla Quintaneiro
The widespread and increasing use of personal care products (PCPs) have led to environmental contamination by substances included in these products. These substances have been detected in aquatic compartments and shown to cause adverse effects on non-target aquatic organisms. In this work toxicity of the antimicrobial triclosan (TCS) and of the UV-filter 3-(4-methylbenzylidene) camphor (4-MBC) was assessed in the embryos of Perez' frog Pelophylax perezi. Lethal and sub-lethal parameters were evaluated in embryos in Gosner stage 8-9 exposed to 0...
March 15, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329176/does-rare-vocabulary-use-distinguish-giftedness-from-typical-development-a-study-of-school-age-african-american-narrators
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Monique T Mills, Jamie Mahurin-Smith, Sara C Steele
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine rare vocabulary produced in the spoken narratives of school-age African American children. Method: Forty-three children from general and gifted classrooms produced 2 narratives: a personal story and a fictional story that was based on the wordless book Frog, Where Are You? (Mayer, 1969). The Wordlist for Expressive Rare Vocabulary Evaluation (Mahurin-Smith, DeThorne, & Petrill, 2015) was used to tally number and type of uncommon words produced in these narratives...
March 22, 2017: American Journal of Speech-language Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326634/influence-of-partial-or-total-replacement-of-glycerol-by-alternative-cryoprotectants-in-ghent-freezing-extender-on-post-thaw-sperm-quality-in-stallions
#4
R A De Oliveira, S Budik, C Aurich
Although glycerol is the cryoprotectant most commonly used in stallions, it has also a considerable toxicity for equine sperm. It was the aim of this study to analyse the quality of frozen-thawed stallion semen after complete or partial replacement of glycerol in the freezing extender by alternative cryoprotectants. We hypothesized that partial or total replacement of glycerol by cryoprotectants occurring in cold-resistant frog, insect or plant species results in similar or better semen quality after freezing-thawing...
March 21, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325111/test-of-mindfulness-based-psychosocial-skills-training-to-%C3%A4-mprove-insight-and-functional-recovery-in-schizophrenia
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Emine Yılmaz, Ayşe Okanlı
This study was conducted with two groups (training and control) using a pretest/posttest design to determine the effect of mindfulness-based psychosocial skills training for improving insight and functional recovery levels in patients with schizophrenia. The study sample included 45 patients with schizophrenia (21 were in the training group/mindfulness-based psychosocial skills training and 24 were in the control group/standard drug medication). The data were collected using a Personal Information Form, Functional Remission of General Schizophrenia (FROGS) scale, and Beck Cognitive Insight Scale (BCIS)...
March 1, 2017: Western Journal of Nursing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324024/thyroid-hormone-receptor-%C3%AE-controls-developmental-timing-and-regulates-the-rate-and-coordination-of-tissue-specific-metamorphosis-in-xenopus-tropicalis
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Luan Wen, Yuki Shibata, Dan Su, Liezhen Fu, Nga Luu, Yun-Bo Shi
Thyroid hormone (T3) receptor (TR) mediates the effects of T3 on organ metabolism and animal development. There are two TR genes, TRα and TRβ, in all vertebrates. During animal development, TRα expression is activated earlier than zygotic T3 synthesis and secretion into the plasma, implicating a developmental role of TRα both in the presence and absence of T3. Using T3-dependend amphibian metamorphosis as a model, we have previously proposed a dual functional model for TRs, in particular TRα, during development...
March 14, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323994/direct-regulation-of-histidine-ammonia-lyase-2-gene-by-thyroid-hormone-in-the-developing-adult-intestinal-stem-cells
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Nga Luu, Liezhen Fu, Kenta Fujimoto, Yun-Bo Shi
Most vertebrate organs utilize adult stem cells to maintain homeostasis and ensure proper repair when damaged. How such organ-specific stem cells are formed during vertebrate development is largely unexplored. We have been using the thyroid hormone (T3)-dependent amphibian metamorphosis to address this issue. Early studies in Xenopus laevis have shown that intestinal remodeling involves complete degeneration of the larval epithelium and de novo formation of adult stem cells through dedifferentiation of some larval epithelial cells...
February 1, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323943/growth-development-and-intestinal-remodeling-occurs-in-the-absence-of-thyroid-hormone-receptor-alpha-in-tadpoles-of-xenopus-tropicalis
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Jinyoung Choi, Atsuko Ishizuya-Oka, Daniel R Buchholz
During development in all vertebrates, thyroid hormone receptors (TRs) are expressed before as well as during and after the peak in plasma thyroid hormone (TH) levels. Previously, we established a role for unliganded TRα in gene repression and developmental timing using tadpoles of TRα knockout (TRαKO) frogs. Here, we examined the role of liganded TRα on growth, development, and intestinal remodeling during natural and TH-induced metamorphosis. Disrupted TRα had little effect on growth during the larval period, but after metamorphosis TRαKO juveniles grew more slowly than wild-type (WT) juveniles...
March 2, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321941/tadpole-begging-reveals-high-quality
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Matthew B Dugas, Stephanie A Strickler, Jennifer L Stynoski
Parents can benefit from allocating limited resources non-randomly among offspring, and offspring solicitation (i.e., begging) is often hypothesized to evolve because it contains information valuable to choosy parents. We tested the predictions of three 'honest begging' hypotheses -Signal of Need, Signal of Quality, and Signal of Hunger - in the tadpoles of a terrestrial frog (Oophaga pumilio). In this frog, mothers provision tadpoles with trophic eggs, and when mothers visit, tadpoles perform a putative begging signal by stiffening their bodies and vibrating rapidly...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321797/self-relevance-effects-and-label-choice-strong-variations-in-label-matching-performance-due-to-non-self-relevant-factors
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Gregory L Wade, Timothy J Vickery
Merely associating one's self with a stimulus may be enough to enhance performance in a label-matching paradigm (Sui, He, & Humphreys, 2012), implying prioritized processing of self-relevant stimuli. For instance, labeling a square as SELF and a circle as OTHER yields speeded performance when verifying square-SELF compared with circle-OTHER label matches. The precise causes of such effects are unclear. We propose that prioritized processing of label-matches can occur for reasons other than self-relevance. Here, we employ the label-matching paradigm to show similar benefits for non-self-relevant labels (SNAKE, FROG, and GREG) over a frequently employed, non-self-relevant control label (OTHER)...
March 20, 2017: Attention, Perception & Psychophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318347/teratogenic-hazard-of-bpei-coated-silver-nanoparticles-to-xenopus-laevis
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Anita Colombo, Melissa Saibene, Elisa Moschini, Patrizia Bonfanti, Maddalena Collini, Kaja Kasemets, Paride Mantecca
Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) are among the most exploited antimicrobial agents and are used in many consumer products. Size and surface reactivity are critical physico-chemical properties responsible for NPs toxicity, and surface coatings, often used to functionalize or stabilize AgNPs, can influence their toxic profile and biocompatibility. In the current study the developmental toxicity of 1) negatively charged citrate-coated AgNPs (Cit-AgNPs), 2) positively charged branched polyethylenimine-coated AgNPs (BPEI-AgNPs), and 3) Ag(+) (from 0...
March 20, 2017: Nanotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317844/subtle-effects-of-environmental-stress-observed-in-the-early-life-stages-of-the-common-frog-rana-temporaria
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Rebecca Strong, Francis L Martin, Kevin C Jones, Richard F Shore, Crispin J Halsall
Worldwide amphibian populations are declining due to habitat loss, disease and pollution. Vulnerability to environmental contaminants such as pesticides will be dependent on the species, the sensitivity of the ontogenic life stage and hence the timing of exposure and the exposure pathway. Herein we investigated the biochemical tissue 'fingerprint' in spawn and early-stage tadpoles of the Common frog, Rana temporaria, using attenuated total reflection-Fourier-transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy with the objective of observing differences in the biochemical constituents of the respective amphibian tissues due to varying water quality in urban and agricultural ponds...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317105/the-benefits-of-coinfection-trematodes-alter-disease-outcomes-associated-with-virus-infection
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Vanessa P Wuerthner, Jessica Hua, Jason T Hoverman
1.Coinfections are increasingly recognized as important drivers of disease dynamics. Consequently, greater emphasis has been placed on integrating principles from community ecology with disease ecology to understand within-host interactions among parasites. Using larval amphibians and two amphibian parasites (ranaviruses and the trematode Echinoparyphium sp.), we examined the influence of coinfection on disease outcomes. 2.Our first objective was to examine how priority effects (the timing and sequence of parasite exposure) influence infection and disease outcomes in the laboratory...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314749/optical-influence-of-oil-droplets-on-cone-photoreceptor-sensitivity
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David Wilby, Nicholas W Roberts
Oil droplets are spherical organelles found in the cone photoreceptors of vertebrates. They are generally assumed to focus incident light into the outer segment, and thereby improve light catch because of the droplets' spherical lens-like shape. However, using full-wave optical simulations of physiologically realistic cone photoreceptors from birds, frogs and turtles we find that pigmented oil droplets actually drastically reduce the transmission of light into the outer segment integrated across the full visible wavelength range of each species...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314219/supplemental-description-of-nyctotheroides-pyriformis-n-comb-macrocytopharynxa-pyriformis-nie-1932-li-et-al-2002-from-frog-hosts-with-consideration-of-the-validity-of-the-genus-macrocytopharynxa-armophorea-clevelandellida
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Ming Li, Can Li, J Norman Grim, Francisco Ponce-Gordo, Guitang Wang, Hong Zou, Wenxiang Li, Shangong Wu
The morphological revisions of Macrocytopharynxa pyriformis (Nie, 1932) Li et al., 2002; collected from the rectum of Fejervarya limnocharis (=Rana limnocharis), are presented in this paper: (1) two surfaces of the organism are not identical - left side narrower and convex, right broader and flat or slightly concave; (2) infundibulum is large and well-developed with no "fold" or "plicature" present in the middle or posterior portion; (3) micronucleus is tiny and ovoid shaped and always embedded in the middle concavity of macronucleus, which can be well revealed by ammoniacal silver staining...
October 12, 2016: European Journal of Protistology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302669/propulsive-efficiency-of-frog-swimming-with-different-feet-and-swimming-patterns
#16
Fan Jizhuang, Zhang Wei, Yuan Bowen, Liu Gangfeng
Aquatic and terrestrial animals have different swimming performances and mechanical efficiencies based on their different swimming methods. To explore propulsion in swimming frogs, this paper calculated mechanical efficiencies based on data describing aquatic and terrestrial webbed foot shapes and swimming patterns. First, a simplified frog model and dynamic equation were established, and hydrodynamic forces on the foot were computed according to computational fluid dynamic calculations. Then, a two-link mechanism was used to stand in for the diverse and complicated hind legs found in different frog species, in order to simplify the input work calculation...
March 16, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300130/first-fluorescent-frog-found
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Anna Nowogrodzki
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 13, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298518/evidence-for-ancient-origins-of-bowman-birk-inhibitors-from-selaginella-moellendorffii
#18
Amy Midori James, Achala S Jayasena, Jingjing Zhang, Oliver Berkowitz, David Secco, Gavin J Knott, James Whelan, Charles Bond, Joshua S Mylne
Bowman-Birk Inhibitors (BBIs) are a well-known family of plant protease inhibitors first described 70 years ago. BBIs are known only in the legume (Fabaceae) and cereal (Poaceae) families, but peptides that mimic their trypsin inhibitory loops exist in sunflowers and frogs. The disparate biosynthetic origins and distant phylogenetic distribution implies these loops evolved independently, but their structural similarity suggests a common ancestor. Targeted bioinformatic searches for the BBI inhibitory loop discovered highly divergent BBI like sequences in the seedless, vascular spikemoss Selaginella moellendorffii...
March 14, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298331/expression-of-leptin-receptor-in-the-oviduct-of-chinese-brown-frog-rana-dybowskii
#19
Liqin Xi, Yuning Liu, Zeqi Tang, Xia Sheng, Haolin Zhang, Qiang Weng, Meiyu Xu
The oviduct of Chinese brown frog (Rana dybowskii) expands specifically during pre-hibernation instead of in the breeding period. In this study, we investigated the expression of leptin receptor (Ob-Rb) in Rana dybowskii oviduct during the breeding period and pre-hibernation. Histologically, the oviduct of Rana dybowskii consists of glandular cells, tubule lumen and epithelial cells. The oviductal weight and pipe diameter also revealed significant differences, which were higher in pre-hibernation than that of the breeding period...
March 15, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296914/evolutionary-and-natural-history-of-the-turtle-frog-myobatrachus-gouldii-a-bizarre-myobatrachid-frog-in-the-southwestern-australian-biodiversity-hotspot
#20
Samantha Vertucci, Mitzy Pepper, Danielle L Edwards, J Dale Roberts, Nicola Mitchell, J Scott Keogh
Southwest Australia (SWA) is a global biodiversity hotspot and a centre of diversity and endemism for the Australo-Papuan myobatrachid frogs. Myobatrachus gouldii (the turtle frog) has a highly derived morphology associated with its forward burrowing behaviour, largely subterranean habit, and unusual mode of reproduction. Its sister genera Metacrinia and Arenophryne have restricted distributions in Western Australia with significant phylogeographic structure, leading to the recent description of a new species in the latter...
2017: PloS One
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