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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230714/assessment-of-skeletal-tumour-burden-on-18f-naf-pet-ct-using-a-new-quantitative-method
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Paula Lapa, Margarida Marques, Gracinda Costa, Andrei Iagaru, João Pedroso de Lima
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to test a method of quantifying skeletal tumour burden with F-NaF PET/CT. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the charts of 117 patients who underwent F-NaF PET/CT for the detection of bone metastases, 68 women and 49 men, 16-82 years old (mean±SD: 62.9±10.7 years). Mean standardized uptake values (SUVmean) were measured in five anatomic sites to evaluate normal skeleton activity. The influence of sex and age was investigated...
February 22, 2017: Nuclear Medicine Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229542/condition-dependence-and-sexual-ornamentation-effects-of-immune-challenges-on-a-highly-sexually-dimorphic-grasshopper
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J Pablo Valverde, Hendrik Eggert, Joachim Kurtz, Holger Schielzeth
Sexual ornaments contribute substantially to phenotypic diversity and it is particularly relevant to understand their evolution. Ornaments can assume the function of signals-of-quality that the choosy sex uses to evaluate potential mating partners. Often there are no obvious direct benefits and investment into mate choice is primarily rewarded by beneficial alleles that are inherited to the offspring. Inter-sexual communication via sexual ornaments requires honesty of the sexual signal, yet the question of what maintains honesty remains only partially solved...
February 23, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228515/intrafamily-and-intragenomic-conflicts-in-human-warfare
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Alberto J C Micheletti, Graeme D Ruxton, Andy Gardner
Recent years have seen an explosion of multidisciplinary interest in ancient human warfare. Theory has emphasized a key role for kin-selected cooperation, modulated by sex-specific demography, in explaining intergroup violence. However, conflicts of interest remain a relatively underexplored factor in the evolutionary-ecological study of warfare, with little consideration given to which parties influence the decision to go to war and how their motivations may differ. We develop a mathematical model to investigate the interplay between sex-specific demography and human warfare, showing that: the ecology of warfare drives the evolution of sex-biased dispersal; sex-biased dispersal modulates intrafamily and intragenomic conflicts in relation to warfare; intragenomic conflict drives parent-of-origin-specific patterns of gene expression-i...
February 22, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221830/from-individual-to-group-territoriality-competitive-environments-promote-the-evolution-of-sociality
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Markus Port, Oliver Schülke, Julia Ostner
In many animal species individuals compete for the sole possession of a breeding territory, whereas in other species communal territories are shared among same-sex conspecifics. Under what conditions does natural selection favor the evolution of individual territoriality, and under what conditions does it favor the evolution of sociality? We develop a self-consistent game-theoretic model that allows for feedbacks between evolutionary and population dynamics. In this model, nonresident floaters can chose between three strategies: they can wait for a territory vacancy to arise, they can try to forcefully take over an already-occupied territory, or they can share a territory with an established resident...
March 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221827/hormonally-mediated-increases-in-sex-biased-gene-expression-accompany-the-breakdown-of-between-sex-genetic-correlations-in-a-sexually-dimorphic-lizard
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Robert M Cox, Christian L Cox, Joel W McGlothlin, Daren C Card, Audra L Andrew, Todd A Castoe
The evolution of sexual dimorphism is predicted to occur through reductions in between-sex genetic correlations (rmf) for shared traits, but the physiological and genetic mechanisms that facilitate these reductions remain largely speculative. Here, we use a paternal half-sibling breeding design in captive brown anole lizards (Anolis sagrei) to show that the development of sexual size dimorphism is mirrored by the ontogenetic breakdown of rmf for body size and growth rate. Using transcriptome data from the liver (which integrates growth and metabolism), we show that sex-biased gene expression also increases dramatically between ontogenetic stages bracketing this breakdown of rmf...
March 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220980/the-fire-ant-social-chromosome-supergene-variant-sb-shows-low-diversity-but-high-divergence-from-sb
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Rodrigo Pracana, Anurag Priyam, Ilya Levantis, Richard A Nichols, Yannick Wurm
Variation in social behavior is common yet little is known about the genetic architectures underpinning its evolution. A rare exception is in the fire ant Solenopsis invicta: Alternative variants of a supergene region determine whether a colony will have exactly one or up to dozens of queens. The two variants of this region are carried by a pair of "social chromosomes", SB and Sb, which resemble a pair of sex chromosomes. Recombination is suppressed between the two chromosomes in the supergene region. While the X-like SB can recombine with itself in SB/SB queens, recombination is effectively absent in the Y-like Sb because Sb/Sb queens die before reproducing...
February 21, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220606/lamarck-rises-from-his-grave-parental-environment-induced-epigenetic-inheritance-in-model-organisms-and-humans
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Yan Wang, Huijie Liu, Zhongsheng Sun
Organisms can change their physiological/behavioural traits to adapt and survive in changed environments. However, whether these acquired traits can be inherited across generations through non-genetic alterations has been a topic of debate for over a century. Emerging evidence indicates that both ancestral and parental experiences, including nutrition, environmental toxins, nurturing behaviour, and social stress, can have powerful effects on the physiological, metabolic and cellular functions in an organism...
February 20, 2017: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209133/house-spider-genome-uncovers-evolutionary-shifts-in-the-diversity-and-expression-of-black-widow-venom-proteins-associated-with-extreme-toxicity
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Kerry L Gendreau, Robert A Haney, Evelyn E Schwager, Torsten Wierschin, Mario Stanke, Stephen Richards, Jessica E Garb
BACKGROUND: Black widow spiders are infamous for their neurotoxic venom, which can cause extreme and long-lasting pain. This unusual venom is dominated by latrotoxins and latrodectins, two protein families virtually unknown outside of the black widow genus Latrodectus, that are difficult to study given the paucity of spider genomes. Using tissue-, sex- and stage-specific expression data, we analyzed the recently sequenced genome of the house spider (Parasteatoda tepidariorum), a close relative of black widows, to investigate latrotoxin and latrodectin diversity, expression and evolution...
February 16, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206607/evolution-of-dosage-compensation-in-anolis-carolinensis-a-reptile-with-xx-xy-chromosomal-sex-determination
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Shawn M Rupp, Timothy H Webster, Kimberly C Olney, Elizabeth D Hutchins, Kenro Kusumi, Melissa A Wilson Sayres
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 1, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196534/comparative-genomics-reveals-high-biological-diversity-and-specific-adaptations-in-the-industrially-and-medically-important-fungal-genus-aspergillus
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Ronald P de Vries, Robert Riley, Ad Wiebenga, Guillermo Aguilar-Osorio, Sotiris Amillis, Cristiane Akemi Uchima, Gregor Anderluh, Mojtaba Asadollahi, Marion Askin, Kerrie Barry, Evy Battaglia, Özgür Bayram, Tiziano Benocci, Susanna A Braus-Stromeyer, Camila Caldana, David Cánovas, Gustavo C Cerqueira, Fusheng Chen, Wanping Chen, Cindy Choi, Alicia Clum, Renato Augusto Corrêa Dos Santos, André Ricardo de Lima Damásio, George Diallinas, Tamás Emri, Erzsébet Fekete, Michel Flipphi, Susanne Freyberg, Antonia Gallo, Christos Gournas, Rob Habgood, Matthieu Hainaut, María Laura Harispe, Bernard Henrissat, Kristiina S Hildén, Ryan Hope, Abeer Hossain, Eugenia Karabika, Levente Karaffa, Zsolt Karányi, Nada Kraševec, Alan Kuo, Harald Kusch, Kurt LaButti, Ellen L Lagendijk, Alla Lapidus, Anthony Levasseur, Erika Lindquist, Anna Lipzen, Antonio F Logrieco, Andrew MacCabe, Miia R Mäkelä, Iran Malavazi, Petter Melin, Vera Meyer, Natalia Mielnichuk, Márton Miskei, Ákos P Molnár, Giuseppina Mulé, Chew Yee Ngan, Margarita Orejas, Erzsébet Orosz, Jean Paul Ouedraogo, Karin M Overkamp, Hee-Soo Park, Giancarlo Perrone, Francois Piumi, Peter J Punt, Arthur F J Ram, Ana Ramón, Stefan Rauscher, Eric Record, Diego Mauricio Riaño-Pachón, Vincent Robert, Julian Röhrig, Roberto Ruller, Asaf Salamov, Nadhira S Salih, Rob A Samson, Erzsébet Sándor, Manuel Sanguinetti, Tabea Schütze, Kristina Sepčić, Ekaterina Shelest, Gavin Sherlock, Vicky Sophianopoulou, Fabio M Squina, Hui Sun, Antonia Susca, Richard B Todd, Adrian Tsang, Shiela E Unkles, Nathalie van de Wiele, Diana van Rossen-Uffink, Juliana Velasco de Castro Oliveira, Tammi C Vesth, Jaap Visser, Jae-Hyuk Yu, Miaomiao Zhou, Mikael R Andersen, David B Archer, Scott E Baker, Isabelle Benoit, Axel A Brakhage, Gerhard H Braus, Reinhard Fischer, Jens C Frisvad, Gustavo H Goldman, Jos Houbraken, Berl Oakley, István Pócsi, Claudio Scazzocchio, Bernhard Seiboth, Patricia A vanKuyk, Jennifer Wortman, Paul S Dyer, Igor V Grigoriev
BACKGROUND: The fungal genus Aspergillus is of critical importance to humankind. Species include those with industrial applications, important pathogens of humans, animals and crops, a source of potent carcinogenic contaminants of food, and an important genetic model. The genome sequences of eight aspergilli have already been explored to investigate aspects of fungal biology, raising questions about evolution and specialization within this genus. RESULTS: We have generated genome sequences for ten novel, highly diverse Aspergillus species and compared these in detail to sister and more distant genera...
February 14, 2017: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191860/hypothalamic-damage-in-multiple-sclerosis-correlates-with-disease-activity-disability-depression-and-fatigue
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E Kantorová, H Poláček, M Bittšanský, E Baranovičová, P Hnilicová, D Čierny, Š Sivák, V Nosáľ, K Zeleňák, E Kurča
OBJECTIVES: Disturbances in the hypothalamo-pituitary axis are supposed to modulate activity of multiple sclerosis (MS). We hypothesised that the extent of HYP damage may determine severity of MS and may be associated with the disease evolution. We suggested fatigue and depression may depend on the degree of damage of the area. METHOD: 33 MS patients with relapsing-remitting and secondary progressive disease, and 24 age and sex-related healthy individuals (CON) underwent 1H-MR spectroscopy (1H-MRS) of the hypothalamus...
February 13, 2017: Neurological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188480/sexual-reproduction-and-sex-determination-in-green-algae
#12
Hiroyuki Sekimoto
The sexual reproductive processes of some representative freshwater green algae are reviewed. Chlamydomonas reinhardtii is a unicellular volvocine alga having two mating types: mating type plus (mt(+)) and mating type minus (mt(-)), which are controlled by a single, complex mating-type locus. Sexual adhesion between the gametes is mediated by sex-specific agglutinin molecules on their flagellar membranes. Cell fusion is initiated by an adhesive interaction between the mt(+) and mt(-) mating structures, followed by localized membrane fusion...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187688/identification-of-a-novel-hiv-type-1-recombinant-form-crf01_ae-crf07_bc-in-men-who-have-sex-with-men-in-zhejiang-china
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Yufan Xu, Xiaorong Peng, Tiansheng Xie, Xiangyun Lu, Nanping Wu
The prevalence of HIV-1 is increasing rapidly among the population of men who have sex with men (MSM) in China. Here, we report a novel HIV type 1 recombinant form consisting of CRF01_AE and CRF07_BC detected in a male patient through homosexual behavior. A phylogenic analysis revealed that this unique recombinant form (URF) exhibits a complex genomic structure with three CRF07_BC regions inserted into the CRF01_AE backbone. Recently, several second-generation recombinant forms (e.g., CRF01_AE/CRF07_BC) have been identified among MSM in China...
February 10, 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185084/-schistosomose-urog%C3%A3-nitale-et-cancer
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A Berry, X Iriart, J Fillaux, J-F Magnaval
The existence of a link between urinary schistosomiasis (US) and bladder carcinoma was first suspected by C. Goebel in 1905. In 1911, A.R Ferguson, who was a professor of Pathology and Microbiology at the Faculty of Medicine in Cairo, published a more detailed survey from 40 autopsies, and reported a likely association of bladder carcinoma with granulomas caused by US. Subsequently, published results from several studies reinforced Ferguson's hypothesis. Moreover, in most countries where US was endemic, association of high prevalence of bladder carcinoma with US had been pointed out...
February 10, 2017: Bulletin de la Société de Pathologie Exotique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183866/self-fertilization-sex-allocation-and-spermatogenesis-kinetics-in-the-hypodermically-inseminating-flatworm-macrostomum-pusillum
#15
Athina Giannakara, Steven A Ramm
The free-living flatworm genus Macrostomum is an emerging model system for studying the links between sex allocation, sexual selection and mating system evolution, as well as the underlying developmental and physiological mechanisms responsible for wide intra- and inter-specific variability in reproductive phenotypes. Despite compelling comparative morphological evidence of sexual diversity, detailed experimental work on reproductive behaviour and physiology in Macrostomum has so far been largely limited to just two species, M...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181338/partitioning-of-resources-the-evolutionary-genetics-of-sexual-conflict-over-resource-acquisition-and-allocation
#16
Felix Zajitschek, Timothy Connallon
Fitness depends on both the resources that individuals acquire and the allocation of those resources to traits that influence survival and reproduction. Optimal resource allocation differs between females and males as a consequence of their fundamentally different reproductive strategies. However, because most traits have a common genetic basis between the sexes, conflicting selection between the sexes over resource allocation can constrain the evolution of optimal allocation within each sex, and generate trade-offs for fitness between them (i...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181234/the-effect-of-sex-on-the-repeatability-of-evolution-in-different-environments
#17
Josianne Lachapelle, Nick Colegrave
The adaptive function of sex has been extensively studied, while less consideration has been given to the potential downstream consequences of sex on evolution. Here we investigate one such potential consequence, the effect of sex on the repeatability of evolution. By affecting the repeatability of evolution, sex could have important implications for biodiversity, and for our ability to make predictions about the outcome of environmental change. We allowed asexual and sexual populations of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii to evolve in novel environments and monitored both their change in fitness and variance in fitness after evolution...
February 9, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180085/de-novo-transcriptome-assembly-of-heavy-metal-tolerant-silene-dioica
#18
Radim Cegan, Vojtech Hudzieczek, Roman Hobza
Silene dioica is a dioecious plant of the family Caryophyllaceae. In the present study, we used Illumina sequencing technology (MiSeq) to sequence, de novo assembly and annotate the transcriptomes of male and female copper tolerant S. dioica individuals. We sequenced the normalized mRNA of roots, shoots, flower buds and flowers for each sex. Raw reads of the transcriptome assembly project for S. dioica male and female individual have been deposited in NCBI's Sequence Read Archive (SRA) database with the accession number SRP094611...
March 2017: Genomics Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178274/convergent-evolution-of-unique-morphological-adaptations-to-a-subterranean-environment-in-cave-millipedes-diplopoda
#19
Weixin Liu, Sergei Golovatch, Thomas Wesener, Mingyi Tian
Animal life in caves has fascinated researchers and the public alike because of the unusual and sometimes bizarre morphological adaptations observed in numerous troglobitic species. Despite their worldwide diversity, the adaptations of cave millipedes (Diplopoda) to a troglobitic lifestyle have rarely been examined. In this study, morphological characters were analyzed in species belonging to four different orders (Glomerida, Polydesmida, Chordeumatida, and Spirostreptida) and six different families (Glomeridae, Paradoxosomatidae, Polydesmidae, Haplodesmidae, Megalotylidae, and Cambalopsidae) that represent the taxonomic diversity of class Diplopoda...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174018/evolving-plastic-responses-to-external-and-genetic-environments
#20
Max Reuter, M Florencia Camus, Mark S Hill, Filip Ruzicka, Kevin Fowler
Phenotypic plasticity can mitigate adaptive trade-offs in fluctuating environments but how plasticity arises is little known. New research documents this process in a bacterial system. We highlight remarkable parallels to the evolution of sexual dimorphism and argue that their approach can aid our understanding of adaptive conflicts between the sexes.
February 4, 2017: Trends in Genetics: TIG
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