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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916680/variation-in-developmental-trajectories-of-physiological-and-somatic-traits-in-a-common-songbird-approaching-fledging
#1
Allison Cornell, Tony D Williams
In avian species, little is known about the development of physiological traits in the days preceding fledging, a critical life history transition marked by a high mortality rate. Developmental trajectory during this period may be flexible based on ecological context or hardwired, with potential costs for variation in growth in the form of oxidative stress. Patterns in development are likely to relate to variation in life history, for which seabirds and aerial insectivores have been well studied, while our focal species is a grassland ground forager, the European starling (Sturnus vulgaris)...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916320/exosomes-carring-gag-env-of-alv-j-possess-negative-effect-on-immunocytes
#2
Guihua Wang, Zhenzhen Wang, Pingping Zhuang, Xiaomin Zhao, Ziqiang Cheng
J subgroup avian leukosis virus (ALV-J) is an exogenous retrovirus of avian. A key feature of ALV-J infection is leading to severe immunosuppressive characteristic of diseases. Viral components of retrovirus were reported closely associated with immunosuppression, and several similarities between exosomes and retrovirus preparations have lead to the hypotheses of retrovirus hijacker exosomes pathway. In this study, we purified exosomes from DF-1 cells infected and uninfected by ALV-J. Electron microscopy and mass spectrometry (MS) analysis showed that ALV-J not only increased the production of exosomes from ALV-J infected DF-1 cells (Exo-J) but also stimulated some proteins expression, especially ALV-J components secreted in exosomes...
September 12, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915920/current-situation-of-h9n2-subtype-avian-influenza-in-china
#3
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Min Gu, Lijun Xu, Xiaoquan Wang, Xiufan Liu
In China, H9N2 subtype avian influenza outbreak is firstly reported in Guangdong province in 1992. Subsequently, the disease spreads into vast majority regions nationwide and has currently become endemic there. Over vicennial genetic evolution, the viral pathogenicity and transmissibility have showed an increasing trend as year goes by, posing serious threat to poultry industry. In addition, H9N2 has demonstrated significance to public health as it could not only directly infect mankind, but also donate partial or even whole cassette of internal genes to generate novel human-lethal reassortants like H5N1, H7N9, H10N8 and H5N6 viruses...
September 15, 2017: Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915671/integration-of-alv-into-ctdspl-and-ctdspl2-genes-in-b-cell-lymphomas-promotes-cell-immortalization-migration-and-survival
#4
Shelby Winans, Alyssa Flynn, Sanandan Malhotra, Vidya Balagopal, Karen L Beemon
Avian leukosis virus induces tumors in chickens by integrating into the genome and altering expression of nearby genes. Thus, ALV can be used as an insertional mutagenesis tool to identify novel genes involved in tumorigenesis. Deep sequencing analysis of viral integration sites has identified CTDSPL and CTDSPL2 as common integration sites in ALV-induced B-cell lymphomas, suggesting a potential role in driving oncogenesis. We show that in tumors with integrations in these genes, the viral promoter is driving the expression of a truncated fusion transcript...
August 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913165/molecular-characterization-of-babesia-peircei-and-babesia-ugwidiensis-provides-insight-into-the-evolution-and-host-specificity-of-avian-piroplasmids
#5
Michael J Yabsley, Ralph E T Vanstreels, Barbara C Shock, Michaelle Purdee, Elizabeth C Horne, Michael A Peirce, Nola J Parsons
There are 16 recognized species of avian-infecting Babesia spp. (Piroplasmida: Babesiidae). While the classification of piroplasmids has been historically based on morphological differences, geographic isolation and presumed host and/or vector specificities, recent studies employing gene sequence analysis have provided insight into their phylogenetic relationships and host distribution and specificity. In this study, we analyzed the sequences of the 18S rRNA gene and ITS-1 and ITS-2 regions of two Babesia species from South African seabirds: Babesia peircei from African penguins (Spheniscus demersus) and Babesia ugwidiensis from Bank and Cape cormorants (Phalacrocorax neglectus and P...
December 2017: International Journal for Parasitology. Parasites and Wildlife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912500/dynamic-changes-in-the-splenic-transcriptome-of-chickens-during-the-early-infection-and-progress-of-marek-s-disease
#6
Lu Dang, Man Teng, Hua-Wei Li, Hui-Zhen Li, Sheng-Ming Ma, Pu Zhao, Xiu-Jie Li, Rui-Guang Deng, Gai-Ping Zhang, Jun Luo
Gallid alphaherpesvirus 2 (GaHV2) is an oncogenic avian herpesvirus inducing Marek's disease (MD) and rapid-onset T-cell lymphomas. To reveal molecular events in MD pathogenesis and tumorigenesis, the dynamic splenic transcriptome of GaHV2-infected chickens during early infection and pathogenic phases has been determined utilizing RNA-seq. Based on the significant differentially expressed genes (DEGs), analysis of gene ontology, KEGG pathway and protein-protein interaction network has demonstrated that the molecular events happening during GaHV2 infection are highly relevant to the disease course...
September 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911174/sex-reversal-and-comparative-data-undermine-the-w-chromosome-and-support-z-linked-dmrt1-as-the-regulator-of-gonadal-sex-differentiation-in-birds
#7
Claire E Hirst, Andrew T Major, Katie L Ayers, Rosie J Brown, Mylene Mariette, Timothy B Sackton, Craig A Smith
The exact genetic mechanism regulating avian gonadal sex differentiation has not been completely resolved. The most likely scenario involves a dosage mechanism, whereby the Z-linked DMRT1 gene triggers testis development. However, the possibility still exists that the female-specific W chromosome may harbor an ovarian determining factor. In this study, we provide evidence that the universal gene regulating gonadal sex differentiation in birds is Z-linked DMRT1 and not a W-linked (ovarian) factor. Three candidate W-linked ovarian determinants are HINTW, female-expressed transcript 1 (FET1), and female-associated factor (FAF)...
September 1, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911037/a-biologically-conjugated-polysaccharide-vaccine-delivered-by-attenuated-salmonella-typhimurium-provides-protection-against-challenge-of-avian-pathogenic-escherichia-coli-o1-infection
#8
Yue Han, Qing Liu, Jie Yi, Kang Liang, Yunan Wei, Qingke Kong
Avian pathogenic Escherichia coli (APEC) causes avian airsacculitis and colibacillosis, resulting in significant economic loss to the poultry industry. O1, O2 and O78 are the three predominant serotypes. O-antigen of lipopolysaccharide is serotype determinant and highly immunogenic, and O-antigen polysaccharide-based vaccines have great potential for preventing bacterial infections. In this study, we utilized a novel yeast/bacterial shuttle vector pSS26 to clone the 10.8 kb operon synthesizing APEC O1 O-antigen polysaccharide...
November 30, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910542/effect-of-monochromatic-light-on-circadian-rhythmic-expression-of-clock-genes-and-arylalkylamine-n-acetyltransferase-in-chick-retina
#9
Jing Cao, Jiang Bian, Zixu Wang, Yulan Dong, Yaoxing Chen
Birds have more developed visual function. They not only have the ability to detect light and darkness but also have the color vision. Previous study showed that monochromatic light influenced avian physiological processes, which were controlled by clock genes. Therefore, bird's eye is a good model to studying the impact of color of light on circadian rhythms. Avian retina is one of the most important central oscillations. The study was designed to investigate the effect of color of light on the expression of clock genes and arylalkylamine N-acetyltransferase (Aanat) mRNA expression in chick retina...
September 14, 2017: Chronobiology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910392/karyotype-analysis-and-sex-determination-in-australian-brush-turkeys-alectura-lathami
#10
Madison T Ortega, Dustin J Foote, Nicholas Nees, Jason C Erdmann, Charles D Bangs, Cheryl S Rosenfeld
Sexual differentiation across taxa may be due to genetic sex determination (GSD) and/or temperature sex determination (TSD). In many mammals, males are heterogametic (XY); whereas females are homogametic (XX). In most birds, the opposite is the case with females being heterogametic (ZW) and males the homogametic sex (ZZ). Many reptile species lack sex chromosomes, and instead, sexual differentiation is influenced by temperature with specific temperatures promoting males or females varying across species possessing this form of sexual differentiation, although TSD has recently been shown to override GSD in Australian central beaded dragons (Pogona vitticeps)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905526/transmission-and-immunopathology-of-the-avian-influenza-virus-a-anhui-1-2013-h7n9-human-isolate-in-three-commonly-commercialized-avian-species
#11
B Vidaña, R Dolz, N Busquets, A Ramis, R Sánchez, R Rivas, R Valle, I Cordón, D Solanes, J Martínez, N Majó
H7N9 virus infection is a global concern, given that it can cause severe infection and mortality in humans. However, the understanding of H7N9 epidemiology, animal reservoir species and zoonotic risk remains limited. This work evaluates the pathogenicity, transmissibility and local innate immune response of three avian species harbouring different respiratory distribution of α2,6 and α2,3 SA receptors. Muscovy ducks, European quails and SPF chickens were intranasally inoculated with 10(5) embryo infectious dose (EID)50 of the human H7N9 (A/Anhui/1/2013) influenza isolate...
September 14, 2017: Zoonoses and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905251/comparing-the-face-inversion-effect-in-crows-and-humans
#12
Katharina F Brecht, Lysann Wagener, Ljerka Ostojić, Nicola S Clayton, Andreas Nieder
Humans show impaired recognition of faces that are presented upside down, a phenomenon termed face inversion effect, which is thought to reflect the special relevance of faces for humans. Here, we investigated whether a phylogenetically distantly related avian species, the carrion crow, with similar socio-cognitive abilities to human and non-human primates, exhibits a face inversion effect. In a delayed matching-to-sample task, two crows had to differentiate profiles of crow faces as well as matched controls, presented both upright and inverted...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. A, Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904381/sexual-size-dimorphism-modulates-the-trade-off-between-exploiting-food-and-wind-resources-in-a-large-avian-scavenger
#13
Pablo A E Alarcón, Juan M Morales, José A Donázar, José A Sánchez-Zapata, Fernando Hiraldo, Sergio A Lambertucci
Animals are expected to synchronize activity routines with the temporal patterns at which resources appear in nature. Accordingly, species that depend on resources showing temporally mismatched patterns should be expected to schedule routines that balance the chances of exploiting each of them. Large avian scavengers depend on carcasses which are more likely available early in the morning, but they also depend on wind resources (i.e. uplifts) to subside flight which are stronger in afternoon hours. To understand how these birds deal with this potential trade-off, we studied the daily routines of GPS-tagged individuals of the world's largest terrestrial soaring scavenger, the Andean condor (Vultur gryphus)...
September 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904135/bird-and-bat-species-global-vulnerability-to-collision-mortality-at-wind-farms-revealed-through-a-trait-based-assessment
#14
Chris B Thaxter, Graeme M Buchanan, Jamie Carr, Stuart H M Butchart, Tim Newbold, Rhys E Green, Joseph A Tobias, Wendy B Foden, Sue O'Brien, James W Pearce-Higgins
Mitigation of anthropogenic climate change involves deployments of renewable energy worldwide, including wind farms, which can pose a significant collision risk to volant animals. Most studies into the collision risk between species and wind turbines, however, have taken place in industrialized countries. Potential effects for many locations and species therefore remain unclear. To redress this gap, we conducted a systematic literature review of recorded collisions between birds and bats and wind turbines within developed countries...
September 13, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903878/thermal-inactivation-of-avian-influenza-virus-in-poultry-litter-as-a-method-to-decontaminate-poultry-houses
#15
Christopher B Stephens, Erica Spackman
Removal of contaminated material from a poultry house during recovery from an avian influenza virus (AIV) outbreak is costly and labor intensive. Because AIV is not environmentally stable, heating poultry houses may provide an alternative disinfection method. The objective was to determine the time necessary to inactivate AIV in poultry litter at temperatures achievable in a poultry house. Low pathogenic (LP) AIV inactivation was evaluated between 10.0°-48.9°C, at ∼5.5°C intervals and highly pathogenic (HP) AIV inactivation was evaluated between 10...
September 15, 2017: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903753/acquisition-of-resistance-to-avian-leukosis-virus-subgroup-b-through-mutations-on-tvb-cysteine-rich-domains-in-df-1-chicken-fibroblasts
#16
Hong Jo Lee, Kyung Youn Lee, Young Hyun Park, Hee Jung Choi, Yongxiu Yao, Venugopal Nair, Jae Yong Han
Avian leukosis virus (ALV) is a retrovirus that causes tumors in avian species, and its vertical and horizontal transmission in poultry flocks results in enormous economic losses. Despite the discovery of specific host receptors, there have been few reports on the modulation of viral susceptibility via genetic modification. We therefore engineered acquired resistance to ALV subgroup B using CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genome editing technology in DF-1 chicken fibroblasts. Using this method, we efficiently modified the tumor virus locus B (tvb) gene, encoding the TVB receptor, which is essential for ALV subgroup B entry into host cells...
September 13, 2017: Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903072/the-role-of-nuclear-ns1-protein-in-highly-pathogenic-h5n1-influenza-viruses
#17
Bobo Wing-Yee Mok, Honglian Liu, Pin Chen, Siwen Liu, Siu-Ying Lau, Xiaofeng Huang, Yen-Chin Liu, Pui Wang, Kwok-Yung Yuen, Honglin Chen
The non-structural protein (NS1) of influenza A viruses (IAV) performs multiple functions during viral infection. NS1 contains two nuclear localization signals (NLS): NLS1 and NLS2. The NS1 protein is located predominantly in the nucleus during the early stages of infection and subsequently exported to the cytoplasm. A nonsense mutation that results in a large deletion in the carboxy-terminal region of the NS1 protein that contains the NLS2 domain was found in some IAV subtypes, including highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H7N9 and H5N1 viruses...
September 10, 2017: Microbes and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903035/functional-insights-into-anp32a-dependent-influenza-a-virus-polymerase-host-restriction
#18
Patricia Domingues, Benjamin G Hale
Host restriction of influenza A virus limits pandemic emergence. The viral RNA polymerase (vPol) is an essential enzyme that must adapt for avian viruses to replicate in humans. Species differences in host ANP32A dictate adaptation: human ANP32A lacks an uncharacterized 33 amino-acid insertion that is present in avian ANP32A. Here, we uncover important contributions of host SUMOylation to vPol activity, including avANP32A function. We also identify a hydrophobic SUMO interaction motif (SIM)-like sequence unique to avANP32A that critically supports avian-signature vPol...
September 12, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903025/experimental-neospora-caninum-infection-in-chickens-gallus-gallus-domesticus-with-oocysts-and-tachyzoites-of-two-recent-isolates-reveals-resistance-to-infection
#19
Solange Oliveira, Juliana Aizawa, Herbert Sousa Soares, Daniela Pontes Chiebao, Márcio Botelho de Castro, Aline S Hora, Marcos Gomes Lopes, Gereon Schares, Mark C Jenkins, Oliver C H Kwok, Ricardo Augusto Dias, Solange Maria Gennari, Jitender P Dubey, Hilda Fátima Jesus Pena
The importance of birds in the biological cycle of Neospora caninum is not clear. We report unsuccessful Neospora infection in chickens (Gallus gallus domesticus) using two isolates of N. caninum. In experiment #1, 30 White Leghorn chickens were orally inoculated with viable N. caninum oocysts (NC-SP1 isolate, 200 oocysts per bird) via the crop at 21 days of age. Groups of three birds were euthanized at intervals of 7 days (a total of 9 weeks) and one group was challenged with the same oocyst dose at 37 days p...
September 10, 2017: International Journal for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901909/usefulness-of-%C3%A3-la-carte-antigens-for-bird-fancier-s-lung-serodiagnosis-total-dropping-extract-and-or-dropping-s-microflora-antigens
#20
Adeline Rouzet, Gabriel Reboux, Jean-Charles Dalphin, Paul De Vuyst, Audrey Laboissière, Benoit Valot, Laurence Millon, Sandrine Roussel
Bird fancier's lung (BFL) is a pulmonary disease caused by inhalation of avian proteins. The involvement of the microorganisms of droppings has been assumed in the past and this idea still persists today. Our study aimed to compare by immunoprecipitation assay the detection of antibodies against both droppings and microorganisms in the sera of patients (n=15) and asymptomatic exposed controls (n=18). We found that 14/15 BFL patients had negative serological results for isolated microorganisms of the droppings, only one positive against Enterobacter sakasakii...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
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