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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338098/genome-wide-random-regression-analysis-for-parent-of-origin-effects-of-body-composition-allometries-in-mouse
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Jingli Zhao, Shuling Li, Lijuan Wang, Li Jiang, Runqing Yang, Yuehua Cui
Genomic imprinting underlying growth and development traits has been recognized, with a focus on the form of absolute or pure growth. However, little is known about the effect of genomic imprinting on relative growth. In this study, we proposed a random regression model to estimate genome-wide imprinting effects on the relative growth of multiple tissues and organs to body weight in mice. Joint static allometry scaling equation as sub-model is nested within the genetic effects of markers and polygenic effects caused by a pedigree...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331577/conservative-whole-organ-scaling-contrasts-with-highly-labile-suborgan-scaling-differences-among-compound-eyes-of-closely-related-formica-ants
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Craig D Perl, Sergio Rossoni, Jeremy E Niven
Static allometries determine how organ size scales in relation to body mass. The extent to which these allometric relationships are free to evolve, and how they differ among closely related species, has been debated extensively and remains unclear; changes in intercept appear common, but changes in slope are far rarer. Here, we compare the scaling relationships that govern the structure of compound eyes of four closely related ant species from the genus Formica. Comparison among these species revealed changes in intercept but not slope in the allometric scaling relationships governing eye area, facet number, and mean facet diameter...
March 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323340/differential-scaling-patterns-of-vertebrae-and-the-evolution-of-neck-length-in-mammals
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Patrick Arnold, Eli Amson, Martin S Fischer
Almost all mammals have seven vertebrae in their cervical spines. This consistency represents one of the most prominent examples of morphological stasis in vertebrae evolution. Hence, the requirements associated with evolutionary modifications of neck length have to be met with a fixed number of vertebrae. It has not been clear whether body size influences the overall length of the cervical spine and its inner organization (i.e., if the mammalian neck is subject to allometry). Here, we provide the first large scale analysis of the scaling patterns of the cervical spine and its constituting cervical vertebrae...
March 21, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319153/a-general-model-for-metabolic-scaling-in-self-similar-asymmetric-networks
#4
Alexander Byers Brummer, Van M Savage, Brian J Enquist
How a particular attribute of an organism changes or scales with its body size is known as an allometry. Biological allometries, such as metabolic scaling, have been hypothesized to result from selection to maximize how vascular networks fill space yet minimize internal transport distances and resistances. The West, Brown, Enquist (WBE) model argues that these two principles (space-filling and energy minimization) are (i) general principles underlying the evolution of the diversity of biological networks across plants and animals and (ii) can be used to predict how the resulting geometry of biological networks then governs their allometric scaling...
March 20, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276652/worker-brain-development-and-colony-organization-in-ants-does-division-of-labor-influence-neuroplasticity
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J Frances Kamhi, Aynsley Sandridge-Gresko, Christina Walker, Simon K A Robson, James F A Traniello
Brain compartment size allometries may adaptively reflect cognitive needs associated with behavioral development and ecology. Ants provide an informative system to study the relationship of neural architecture and development because worker tasks and sensory inputs may change with age. Additionally, tasks may be divided among morphologically and behaviorally differentiated worker groups (subcastes), reducing repertoire size through specialization and aligning brain structure with task-specific cognitive requirements...
March 9, 2017: Developmental Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241131/ontogenetic-shifts-in-brain-organization-in-the-bluespotted-stingray-neotrygon-kuhlii-chondrichthyes-dasyatidae
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Thomas J Lisney, Kara E Yopak, Victoria Camilieri-Asch, Shaun P Collin
Fishes exhibit lifelong neurogenesis and continual brain growth. One consequence of this continual growth is that the nervous system has the potential to respond with enhanced plasticity to changes in ecological conditions that occur during ontogeny. The life histories of many teleost fishes are composed of a series of distinct stages that are characterized by shifts in diet, habitat, and behavior. In many cases, these shifts correlate with changes in overall brain growth and brain organization, possibly reflecting the relative importance of different senses and locomotor performance imposed by the new ecological niches they encounter throughout life...
February 28, 2017: Brain, Behavior and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228514/differentiating-causality-and-correlation-in-allometric-scaling-ant-colony-size-drives-metabolic-hypometry
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James S Waters, Alison Ochs, Jennifer H Fewell, Jon F Harrison
Metabolic rates of individual animals and social insect colonies generally scale hypometrically, with mass-specific metabolic rates decreasing with increasing size. Although this allometry has wide ranging effects on social behaviour, ecology and evolution, its causes remain controversial. Because it is difficult to experimentally manipulate body size of organisms, most studies of metabolic scaling depend on correlative data, limiting their ability to determine causation. To overcome this limitation, we experimentally reduced the size of harvester ant colonies (Pogonomyrmex californicus) and quantified the consequent increase in mass-specific metabolic rates...
February 22, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225037/the-scaling-and-allometry-of-organ-size-associated-with-miniaturization-in-insects-a-case-study-for-coleoptera-and-hymenoptera
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Alexey A Polilov, Anastasia A Makarova
The study of the influence of body size on structure in animals, as well as scaling of organs, is one of the key areas of functional and evolutionary morphology of organisms. Most studies in this area treated mammals or birds; comparatively few studies are available on other groups of animals. Insects, because of the huge range of their body sizes and because of their colossal diversity, should be included in the discussion of the problem of scaling and allometry in animals, but to date they remain insufficiently studied...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153981/does-the-membrane-pacemaker-theory-of-metabolism-explain-the-size-dependence-of-metabolic-rate-in-marine-mussels
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Alexey Sukhotin, Natalia Fokina, Tatiana Ruokolainen, Christian Bock, Hans-Otto Pörtner, Gisela Lannig
According to the Membrane Pacemaker Theory of metabolism (MPT) allometric scaling of metabolic rate in animals is determined by the composition of cellular and mitochondrial membranes that changes with body size in a predictable manner. MPT has been elaborated from interspecific comparisons in mammals. It projects that the degree of unsaturation of membrane phospholipids decreases in larger organisms, thereby lowering ion permeability of the membranes and making cellular and thus whole animal metabolism more efficient...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925167/size-matters-for-lice-on-birds-coevolutionary-allometry-of-host-and-parasite-body-size
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Andrea Harnos, Zsolt Lang, Dóra Petrás, Sarah E Bush, Krisztián Szabó, Lajos Rózsa
Body size is one of the most fundamental characteristics of all organisms. It influences physiology, morphology, behavior, and even interspecific interactions such as those between parasites and their hosts. Host body size influences the magnitude and variability of parasite size according to Harrison's rule (HR: positive relationship between host and parasite body sizes) and Poulin's Increasing Variance Hypothesis (PIVH: positive relationship between host body size and the variability of parasite body size)...
December 7, 2016: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27823784/body-size-dependent-cd-accumulation-in-the-zebra-mussel-dreissena-polymorpha-from-different-routes
#11
Wen-Li Tang, Douglas Evans, Lisa Kraemer, Huan Zhong
Understanding body size-dependent metal accumulation in aquatic organisms (i.e., metal allometry) is critical in interpreting biomonitoring data. While growth has received the most attention, little is known about controls of metal exposure routes on metal allometry. Here, size-dependent Cd accumulation in zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) from different routes were investigated by exposing mussels to A.((111)Cd spiked algae+(113)Cd spiked river water) or B.((111)Cd spiked sediments+(113)Cd spiked river water)...
February 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27737577/secular-changes-in-the-postcranial-skeleton-of-american-whites
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Richard L Jantz, Lee Meadows Jantz, Joanne L Devlin
Secular change in height has been extensively investigated, but size and shape of the postcranial skeleton much less so. The availability of large, documented collections of nineteenth- and twentieth-century skeletons makes it possible to examine changes in skeletal structure over the past 150 years. We examined secular changes in long bone lengths and proportions, their allometric relationship to stature, and crosssectional properties of long bone shafts. Bone measurements and stature were organized into 10-year birth cohorts, ranging from 1840 to 1989...
January 2016: Human Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27726136/prenatal-growth-stages-show-the-development-of-the-ruminant-bony-labyrinth-and-petrosal-bone
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Loïc Costeur, Bastien Mennecart, Bert Müller, Georg Schulz
Foetuses are a source of scientific information to understand the development and evolution of anatomical structures. The bony labyrinth, surrounding the organ of balance and hearing, is a phylogenetically and ecologically informative structure for which still little concerning growth and shape variability is known in many groups of vertebrates. Except in humans, it is poorly known in many other placentals and its prenatal growth has almost never been studied. Ruminants are a diversified group of placentals and represent an interesting case study to understand the prenatal growth of the ear region...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27605422/trait-allometries-generate-super-honesty-in-anolis-dewlaps-and-may-underlie-sexual-dimorphism
#14
Maria Petelo, Lindsey Swierk
Whether or not sexually selected traits consistently exhibit positive allometry (i.e. are disproportionately large in larger individuals) is an ongoing debate. Multiple models and exceptions to this rule suggest that the underlying drivers of sexual trait allometry are nuanced. Here, we compare allometries of sexual and non-sexual traits of a species (Anolis aquaticus) within a well-studied lizard genus to test the competing hypotheses that sexual traits are, or are not, defined by positive allometry. We further consider the relationships of trait functions, which are relatively well understood in the genus Anolis, and allometry to identify potential drivers of allometric patterns...
March 2017: Integrative Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27486229/size-regulation-blossoms-in-kobe
#15
REVIEW
Iswar K Hariharan
Coincident with the blossoming of the sakura was the 14th annual CDB Symposium hosted by the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe, Japan. This year's meeting, 'Size in Development: Growth, Shape and Allometry' focused on the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying differences in size and shape and how they have evolved. On display was the power of using diverse approaches ranging from the study of organoids to whole organisms.
August 1, 2016: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27436558/allometry-and-size-control-what-can-studies-of-body-size-regulation-teach-us-about-the-evolution-of-morphological-scaling-relationships
#16
REVIEW
Christen K Mirth, W Anthony Frankino, Alexander W Shingleton
The relationship between organ and body size, known as morphological allometry, has fascinated biologists for over a century because changes in allometry generate the vast diversity of organism shapes. Nevertheless, progress has been limited in understanding the genetic mechanisms that regulate allometries and how these mechanisms evolve. This is perhaps because allometry is measured at the population level, however adult organ and body size depends on genetic background and the developmental environment of individuals...
February 2016: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27420792/from-evolutionary-allometry-to-sexual-display-a-reply-to-holman-and-bro-j%C3%A3-rgensen
#17
Pasquale Raia, Federico Passaro, Francesco Carotenuto, Shai Meiri, Paolo Piras
Conventional wisdom holds that the complex shapes of deer antlers are produced under the sole influence of sexual selection. We questioned this view by demonstrating that trends for increased body size evolution passively yield more-complex ornaments, even in organisms where no effect of sexual selection is possible, with similar allometric slopes. Recent investigations suggest that sexual selection on antlers of larger deer species is stronger than that in smaller species; hence, the use of conspicuous antlers for display in large male deer is a secondary function driven by especially intense sexual selection on these large-bodied species...
August 2016: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27402911/advanced-maternal-age-causes-adverse-programming-of-mouse-blastocysts-leading-to-altered-growth-and-impaired-cardiometabolic-health-in-post-natal-life
#18
M A Velazquez, C G C Smith, N R Smyth, C Osmond, T P Fleming
STUDY QUESTION: Does advanced maternal age (AMA) in mice affect cardiometabolic health during post-natal life in offspring derived from an assisted reproduction technology (ART) procedure? SUMMARY ANSWER: Offspring derived from blastocysts collected from aged female mice displayed impaired body weight gain, blood pressure, glucose metabolism and organ allometry during post-natal life compared with offspring derived from blastocysts from young females; since all blastocysts were transferred to normalized young mothers, this effect is independent of maternal pregnancy conditions...
September 2016: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27350329/scaling-effect-on-the-mid-diaphysis-properties-of-long-bones-the-case-of-the-cervidae-deer
#19
Eli Amson, Christian Kolb
How skeletal elements scale to size is a fundamental question in biology. While the external shape of long bones was intensively studied, an important component of their organization is also found in their less accessible inner structure. Here, we studied mid-diaphyseal properties of limb long bones, characterizing notably the thickness of their cortices (bone walls), in order to test whether body size directly influences bone inner organization. Previous examinations of scaling in long bones used broad samplings to encompass a wide range of body sizes...
August 2016: Die Naturwissenschaften
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27337566/cryptic-individual-scaling-relationships-and-the-evolution-of-morphological-scaling
#20
Austin P Dreyer, Omid Saleh Ziabari, Eli M Swanson, Akshita Chawla, W Anthony Frankino, Alexander W Shingleton
Morphological scaling relationships between organ and body size-also known as allometries-describe the shape of a species, and the evolution of such scaling relationships is central to the generation of morphological diversity. Despite extensive modeling and empirical tests, however, the modes of selection that generate changes in scaling remain largely unknown. Here, we mathematically model the evolution of the group-level scaling as an emergent property of individual-level variation in the developmental mechanisms that regulate trait and body size...
August 2016: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
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