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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636434/selective-breeding-and-short-term-access-to-a-running-wheel-alter-stride-characteristics-in-house-mice
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Gerald C Claghorn, Zoe Thompson, Jarren C Kay, Genesis Ordonez, Thomas G Hampton, Theodore Garland
Postural and kinematic aspects of running may have evolved to support high runner (HR) mice to run approximately threefold farther than control mice. Mice from four replicate HR lines selectively bred for high levels of voluntary wheel running show many differences in locomotor behavior and morphology as compared with four nonselected control (C) lines. We hypothesized that HR mice would show stride alterations that have coadapted with locomotor behavior, morphology, and physiology. More specifically, we predicted that HR mice would have stride characteristics that differed from those of C mice in ways that parallel some of the adaptations seen in highly cursorial animals...
September 2017: Physiological and Biochemical Zoology: PBZ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636411/asthma-and-influenza-vaccination-in-elderly-hospitalized-patients-matched-case-control-study-in-spain
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María Morales Suárez-Varela, Agustin Llopis, Estrella Fernandez-Fabrellas, Francisco Sanz, M Jose Perez-Lozano, Vicente Martin, Jenaro Astray, Jesús Castilla, Mikel Egurrola, Luis Force, Diana Toledo, Àngela Domínguez
OBJECTIVES: Influenza infection is an exacerbating factor for asthma, and its prevention is critical in managing asthmatic patients. We investigated the effect of influenza vaccination on asthmatic and non-asthmatic patients hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed influenza in Spain. METHODS: We made a matched case-control study to assess the frequency of hospitalization for influenza in people aged ≥65 years. Hospitalized patients with unplanned hospital admissions were recruited from 20 hospitals representing seven Spanish regions...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634289/sex-specific-early-survival-drives-adult-sex-ratio-bias-in-snowy-plovers-and-impacts-mating-system-and-population-growth
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Luke J Eberhart-Phillips, Clemens Küpper, Tom E X Miller, Medardo Cruz-López, Kathryn H Maher, Natalie Dos Remedios, Martin A Stoffel, Joseph I Hoffman, Oliver Krüger, Tamás Székely
Adult sex ratio (ASR) is a central concept in population biology and a key factor in sexual selection, but why do most demographic models ignore sex biases? Vital rates often vary between the sexes and across life history, but their relative contributions to ASR variation remain poorly understood-an essential step to evaluate sex ratio theories in the wild and inform conservation. Here, we combine structured two-sex population models with individual-based mark-recapture data from an intensively monitored polygamous population of snowy plovers...
June 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632548/are-modic-changes-able-to-help-us-in-our-clinical-practice-a-study-of-the-modic-changes-in-young-adults-during-working-age
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José V Martínez-Quiñones, José Aso-Escario, Laura González-García, Fabián Consolini, Ricardo Arregui-Calvo
STUDY DESIGN: Modic changes [vertebral endplate spinal changes (VESC)] have been related to degenerative disk disease, and in past decades it was thought that their presence justified the surgical treatment, in particular spinal fusion. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study is to investigate its prevalence and features in a population of young workers suffering from low back pain, and explore the eventual relationship with the treatment applied in each case. BACKGROUND DATA: We conducted a retrospectively review of 450 magnetic resonance images from our hospital, in patients with low back pain or sciatica and age below 40...
July 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630332/evolutionary-strata-on-young-mating-type-chromosomes-despite-the-lack-of-sexual-antagonism
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Sara Branco, Hélène Badouin, Ricardo C Rodríguez de la Vega, Jérôme Gouzy, Fantin Carpentier, Gabriela Aguileta, Sophie Siguenza, Jean-Tristan Brandenburg, Marco A Coelho, Michael E Hood, Tatiana Giraud
Sex chromosomes can display successive steps of recombination suppression known as "evolutionary strata," which are thought to result from the successive linkage of sexually antagonistic genes to sex-determining genes. However, there is little evidence to support this explanation. Here we investigate whether evolutionary strata can evolve without sexual antagonism using fungi that display suppressed recombination extending beyond loci determining mating compatibility despite lack of male/female roles associated with their mating types...
June 19, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630098/comparative-micrornaome-analysis-of-the-testis-and-ovary-of-the-chinese-giant-salamander
#6
Rui Chen, Jian Du, Lin Ma, Li-Qing Wang, Sheng-Song Xie, Chang-Ming Yang, Xian-Yong Lan, Chuan-Ying Pan, Wu-Zi Dong
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are 18-24 nucleotides non-coding RNAs that regulate gene expression by post-transcriptional suppression of mRNA. The Chinese giant salamander (CGS, Andrias davidianus), which is an endangered species, has become one of important models of animal evolution; however, no miRNA studies on this species have been conducted. In this study, two small RNA libraries of CGS ovary and testis were constructed using deep sequencing technology. A bioinformatics pipeline was developed to distinguish miRNA sequences from other classes of small RNAs represented in the sequencing data...
June 19, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629960/molecular-cloning-and-mrna-expression-pattern-of-sox4-in-paramisgurnus-dabryanus
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Xiaohua Xia, Ruyan Wan, Weiran Huo, Linxia Zhang, Xiaopei Xia, Zhongjie Chang
Sox4 belonged to the SoxC subfamily of the Sox family, which play important roles in the development of the vertebrate gonad and nervous system. A Sox4 homologue was cloned from brain of Paramisgurnus dabryanus by using homologous cloning and rapid amplification of cDNA ends (RACE), designated as PdSox4. The full-length cDNA was 2163bp, containing the 759bp 5'-untranslated region, 267bp 3'-untranslated region and encoding a putative protein of 378 amino acids with a characteristic high mobility group box (HMG-box) DNA-binding domain of 79 amino acids with the specific motif (RPMNAFMVW)...
June 16, 2017: Gene Expression Patterns: GEP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626004/sex-chromosome-evolution-heterochiasmy-and-physiological-qtl-in-the-salmonid-brook-charr-salvelinus-fontinalis
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Ben J G Sutherland, Ciro Rico, Céline Audet, Louis Bernatchez
Whole genome duplication can have large impacts on genome evolution, and much remains unknown about these impacts. This includes the mechanisms of coping with a duplicated sex determination system and whether this has an impact on increasing the diversity of sex determination mechanisms. Other impacts include sexual conflict, where alleles having different optimums in each sex can result in sequestration of genes into non-recombining sex chromosomes. Sex chromosome development itself may involve sex-specific recombination rate (i...
June 16, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621451/knockdown-of-a-metathoracic-scent-gland-desaturase-enhances-the-production-of-e-4-oxo-2-hexenal-and-suppresses-female-sexual-attractiveness-in-the-plant-bug-adelphocoris-suturalis
#9
J Luo, Z Li, C Ma, Z Zhang, J J Hull, C Lei, S Jin, L Chen
Insect sex pheromones (SPs) are central to mate-finding behaviour, and play an essential role in the survival and reproduction of organisms. Understanding the roles, biosynthetic pathways and evolution of insect chemical communication systems has been an exciting challenge for biologists. Compared with Lepidoptera, little is known about the mechanisms underlying pheromone biosynthesis in Hemiptera. In this study, we isolated and characterized two new desaturase-like genes, termed Asutdes1 and Asutdes2, from Adelphocoris suturalis, an important agricultural pest in China...
June 16, 2017: Insect Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619849/the-house-fly-y-chromosome-is-young-and-minimally-differentiated-from-its-ancient-x-chromosome-partner
#10
Richard P Meisel, Christopher A Gonzales, Hoang Luu
Canonical ancient sex chromosome pairs consist of a gene rich X (or Z) chromosome and a male- (or female-) limited Y (or W) chromosome that is gene poor. In contrast to highly differentiated sex chromosomes, nascent sex chromosome pairs are homomorphic or very similar in sequence content. Nascent sex chromosomes can arise if an existing sex chromosome fuses to an autosome or an autosome acquires a new sex-determining locus/allele. Sex chromosomes often differ between closely related species and can even be polymorphic within species, suggesting that nascent sex chromosomes arise frequently over the course of evolution...
June 15, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616197/production-of-plumage-ornaments-among-males-and-females-of-two-closely-related-tropical-passerine-bird-species
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Erik D Enbody, Samantha M Lantz, Jordan Karubian
The evolution of elaborate secondary sexual traits (i.e., ornaments) is well-studied in males but less so in females. Similarity in the appearance of ornaments between males and females supports the view that female ornaments arise as a neutral byproduct of selection on male traits due to genetic correlation between sexes, but recent research suggests an adaptive function of female ornaments in at least some contexts. Information on the degree to which production of ornaments differs between the sexes can shed light on these alternative perspectives...
June 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614384/antennal-transcriptome-analysis-of-the-piercing-moth-oraesia-emarginata-lepidoptera-noctuidae
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Bo Feng, Qianshuang Guo, Kaidi Zheng, Yuanxia Qin, Yongjun Du
The piercing fruit moth Oraesia emarginata is an economically significant pest; however, our understanding of its olfactory mechanisms in infestation is limited. The present study conducted antennal transcriptome analysis of olfactory genes using real-time quantitative reverse transcription PCR analysis (RT-qPCR). We identified a total of 104 candidate chemosensory genes from several gene families, including 35 olfactory receptors (ORs), 41 odorant-binding proteins, 20 chemosensory proteins, 6 ionotropic receptors, and 2 sensory neuron membrane proteins...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611437/reproductive-isolation-through-experimental-manipulation-of-sexually-antagonistic-coevolution-in-drosophila-melanogaster
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Zeeshan Ali Syed, Martik Chatterjee, Manas Arun Samant, Nagaraj Guru Prasad
Promiscuity can drive the evolution of sexual conflict before and after mating occurs. Post mating, the male ejaculate can selfishly manipulate female physiology, leading to a chemical arms race between the sexes. Theory suggests that drift and sexually antagonistic coevolution can cause allopatric populations to evolve different chemical interactions between the sexes, thereby leading to postmating reproductive barriers and speciation. There is, however, little empirical evidence supporting this form of speciation...
June 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611256/a-duplicated-truncated-amh-gene-is-involved-in-male-sex-determination-in-an-old-world-silverside
#14
Dilip Kumar Bej, Kaho Miyoshi, Ricardo S Hattori, Carlos A Strüssmann, Yoji Yamamoto
A master sex-determining gene, the Y chromosome-linked anti-Müllerian hormone (amhy), has been described in two New World atheriniform species but little is known on the distribution, evolution, and function(s) of this gene in other Atheriniformes. Interestingly, amhy has been found to coexist with temperature-dependent sex determination (TSD), providing a unique opportunity to explore the interplay between genotypic and environmental sex determination. In this study, the search for an amhy homologue was extended to an Old World atheriniform, the cobaltcap silverside Hypoatherina tsurugae (Atherinidae)...
June 13, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610890/the-algal-revolution
#15
REVIEW
Juliet Brodie, Cheong Xin Chan, Olivier De Clerck, J Mark Cock, Susana M Coelho, Claire Gachon, Arthur R Grossman, Thomas Mock, John A Raven, Alison G Smith, Hwan Su Yoon, Debashish Bhattacharya
Algae are (mostly) photosynthetic eukaryotes that occupy multiple branches of the tree of life, and are vital for planet function and health. In this review, we highlight a transformative period in studies of the evolution and functioning of this extraordinary group of organisms and their potential for novel applications, wrought by high-throughput 'omic' and reverse genetic methods. We cover the origin and diversification of algal groups, explore advances in understanding the link between phenotype and genotype, consider algal sex determination, and review progress in understanding the roots of algal multicellularity...
June 10, 2017: Trends in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609446/are-sex-ratio-distorting-endosymbionts-responsible-for-mating-system-variation-among-dance-flies-diptera-empidinae
#16
Rosalind L Murray, Elizabeth J Herridge, Rob W Ness, Luc F Bussière
Maternally inherited bacterial endosymbionts are common in many arthropod species. Some endosymbionts cause female-biased sex ratio distortion in their hosts that can result in profound changes to a host's mating behaviour and reproductive biology. Dance flies (Diptera: Empidinae) are well known for their unusual reproductive biology, including species with female-specific ornamentation and female-biased lek-like swarming behaviour. The cause of the repeated evolution of female ornaments in these flies remains unknown, but is probably associated with female-biased sex ratios in individual species...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607369/social-odours-covary-with-bacterial-community-in-the-anal-secretions-of-wild-meerkats
#17
Sarah Leclaire, Staffan Jacob, Lydia K Greene, George R Dubay, Christine M Drea
The fermentation hypothesis for animal signalling posits that bacteria dwelling in an animal's scent glands metabolize the glands' primary products into odorous compounds used by the host to communicate with conspecifics. There is, however, little evidence of the predicted covariation between an animal's olfactory cues and its glandular bacterial communities. Using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, we first identified the volatile compounds present in 'pure' versus 'mixed' anal-gland secretions ('paste') of adult meerkats (Suricata suricatta) living in the wild...
June 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606800/physical-exercise-positively-influences-breast-cancer-evolution
#18
REVIEW
Kalliopi Adraskela, Eleftheria Veisaki, Michael Koutsilieris, Anastassios Philippou
Breast cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed types of cancer in women. Its pathogenesis involves genetic, hormonal, and environmental factors. A large body of evidence indicates that physical activity has positive effects on every aspect of breast cancer evolution, including prevention, medical treatment, and aftercare clinical settings. Thus, different types of exercise can influence the prevention and progression of the disease through several common mechanisms, such as reduction of insulin resistance and improvement of immunity and cardiovascular function...
May 19, 2017: Clinical Breast Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606163/tobacco-smoking-trends-in-samoa-over-four-decades-can-continued-globalization-rectify-that-which-it-has-wrought
#19
Christine Linhart, Take Naseri, Sophia Lin, Richard Taylor, Stephen Morrell, Stephen T McGarvey, Dianna J Magliano, Paul Zimmet
BACKGROUND: The island country of Samoa (population 188,000 in 2011) forms part of Polynesia in the South Pacific. Over the past several decades Samoa has experienced exceptional modernization and globalization of many sectors of society, with noncommunicable diseases (NCD) now the leading cause of morbidity and mortality. The evolution of risk factor prevalence underpinning the increase in NCDs, however, has not been well described, including tobacco smoking which is related to cardiovascular disease, lung cancer, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease...
June 12, 2017: Globalization and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604782/viral-genetic-variation-accounts-for-a-third-of-variability-in-hiv-1-set-point-viral-load-in-europe
#20
François Blanquart, Chris Wymant, Marion Cornelissen, Astrid Gall, Margreet Bakker, Daniela Bezemer, Matthew Hall, Mariska Hillebregt, Swee Hoe Ong, Jan Albert, Norbert Bannert, Jacques Fellay, Katrien Fransen, Annabelle J Gourlay, M Kate Grabowski, Barbara Gunsenheimer-Bartmeyer, Huldrych F Günthard, Pia Kivelä, Roger Kouyos, Oliver Laeyendecker, Kirsi Liitsola, Laurence Meyer, Kholoud Porter, Matti Ristola, Ard van Sighem, Guido Vanham, Ben Berkhout, Paul Kellam, Peter Reiss, Christophe Fraser
HIV-1 set-point viral load-the approximately stable value of viraemia in the first years of chronic infection-is a strong predictor of clinical outcome and is highly variable across infected individuals. To better understand HIV-1 pathogenesis and the evolution of the viral population, we must quantify the heritability of set-point viral load, which is the fraction of variation in this phenotype attributable to viral genetic variation. However, current estimates of heritability vary widely, from 6% to 59%. Here we used a dataset of 2,028 seroconverters infected between 1985 and 2013 from 5 European countries (Belgium, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom) and estimated the heritability of set-point viral load at 31% (CI 15%-43%)...
June 2017: PLoS Biology
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