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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635966/testing-models-of-refugial-isolation-colonization-and-population-connectivity-in-two-species-of-montane-salamanders
#1
S M Rovito, S D Schoville
Pleistocene glaciations have profoundly affected patterns of genetic diversity within many species. Temperate alpine organisms likely experienced dramatic range shifts, given that much of their habitat was glaciated during this time. While the effects of glaciations are relatively well understood, the spatial locations of refugia and processes that gave rise to current patterns of diversity are less well known. We use a microsatellite data set to test hypotheses of population connectivity and refugial isolation in the web-toed salamanders (Hydromantes) of the Sierra Nevada...
June 21, 2017: Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630337/stem-caecilian-from-the-triassic-of-colorado-sheds-light-on-the-origins-of-lissamphibia
#2
Jason D Pardo, Bryan J Small, Adam K Huttenlocker
The origin of the limbless caecilians remains a lasting question in vertebrate evolution. Molecular phylogenies and morphology support that caecilians are the sister taxon of batrachians (frogs and salamanders), from which they diverged no later than the early Permian. Although recent efforts have discovered new, early members of the batrachian lineage, the record of pre-Cretaceous caecilians is limited to a single species, Eocaecilia micropodia The position of Eocaecilia within tetrapod phylogeny is controversial, as it already acquired the specialized morphology that characterizes modern caecilians by the Jurassic...
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
#3
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/28617631/sixty-five-million-years-of-change-in-temperature-and-topography-explain-evolutionary-history-in-eastern-north-american-plethodontid-salamanders
#4
Richard Barnes, Adam Thomas Clark
For many taxa and systems, species richness peaks at midelevations. One potential explanation for this pattern is that large-scale changes in climate and geography have, over evolutionary time, selected for traits that are favored under conditions found in contemporary midelevation regions. To test this hypothesis, we use records of historical temperature and topographic changes over the past 65 Myr to construct a general simulation model of plethodontid salamander evolution in eastern North America. We then explore possible mechanisms constraining species to midelevation bands by using the model to predict plethodontid evolutionary history and contemporary geographic distributions...
July 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616069/population-genetic-and-field-ecological-analyses-return-similar-estimates-of-dispersal-over-space-and-time-in-an-endangered-amphibian
#5
Ian J Wang, H Bradley Shaffer
The explosive growth of empirical population genetics has seen a proliferation of analytical methods leading to a steady increase in our ability to accurately measure key population parameters, including genetic isolation, effective population size, and gene flow, in natural systems. Assuming they yield similar results, population genetic methods offer an attractive complement to, or replacement of, traditional field-ecological studies. However, empirical assessments of the concordance between direct field-ecological and indirect population genetic studies of the same populations are uncommon in the literature...
July 2017: Evolutionary Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610313/a-case-of-appalachian-endemism-revision-of-the-cambarus-robustus-complex-decapoda-cambaridae-in-the-kentucky-and-licking-river-basins-of-kentucky-usa-with-the-description-of-three-new-species
#6
Zachary J Loughman, Sujan M Henkanaththegedara, James W Fetzner, Roger F Thoma
The amazing levels of freshwater biodiversity found in the Appalachian Mountains of the eastern United States are among the highest recorded globally. Localized endemics make up much of this diversity, with numerous fish, freshwater mussels, salamanders and crayfish often being restricted to a single watershed, and in some instances, subwatersheds. Much of this diversity is the product of the processes of vicariance and historical stream drainage patterns. Herein, we describe three new crayfish species, all previously members of the Cambarus robustus complex, which occur in the Appalachian portion of the Kentucky and Licking river basins in Kentucky, USA...
May 24, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609856/a-new-species-of-dusky-salamander-amphibia-plethodontidae-desmognathus-from-the-eastern-gulf-coastal-plain-of-the-united-states-and-a-redescription-of%C3%A2-d-auriculatus
#7
D Bruce Means, Jennifer Y Lamb, Joseph Bernardo
The Coastal Plain of the southeastern U. S. is one of the planet's top biodiversity hotspots and yet many taxa have not been adequately studied. The plethodontid salamander, Desmognathus auriculatus, was originally thought to occur from east Texas to Virginia, a range spanning dozens of interfluves and large river systems. Beamer and Lamb (2008) found five independent mitochondrial lineages of what has been called D. auriculatus in the Atlantic Coastal Plain, but did not examine the extensive distribution of D...
May 10, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603482/dopamine-and-the-brainstem-locomotor-networks-from-lamprey-to-human
#8
REVIEW
Dimitri Ryczko, Réjean Dubuc
In vertebrates, dopamine neurons are classically known to modulate locomotion via their ascending projections to the basal ganglia that project to brainstem locomotor networks. An increased dopaminergic tone is associated with increase in locomotor activity. In pathological conditions where dopamine cells are lost, such as in Parkinson's disease, locomotor deficits are traditionally associated with the reduced ascending dopaminergic input to the basal ganglia. However, a descending dopaminergic pathway originating from the substantia nigra pars compacta was recently discovered...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551363/salamanders-on-the-bench-a-biocompatibility-study-of-salamander-skin-secretions-in-cell-cultures
#9
Janek von Byern, Dietrich Mebs, Egon Heiss, Ursula Dicke, Oliver Wetjen, Kristin Bakkegard, Ingo Grunwald, Susanne Wolbank, Severin Mühleder, Alfred Gugerell, Heidemarie Fuchs, Sylvia Nürnberger
Salamanders have evolved a wide variety of antipredator mechanisms and behavior patterns, including toxins and noxious or adhesive skin secretions. The high bonding strength of the natural bioadhesives makes these substances interesting for biomimetic research and applications in industrial and medical sectors. Secretions of toxic species may help to understand the direct effect of harmful substances on the cellular level. In the present study, the biocompatibility of adhesive secretions from four salamander species (Plethodon shermani, Plethodon glutinosus, Ambystoma maculatum, Ambystoma opacum) were analyzed using the MTT assay in cell culture and evaluated against toxic secretions of Pleurodeles waltl, Triturus carnifex, Pseudotriton ruber, Tylototriton verrucosus, and Salamandra salamandra...
May 25, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543305/effects-of-nitrogenous-wastes-on-survival-of-the-barton-springs-salamander-eurycea-sosorum
#10
Justin C Crow, Kenneth G Ostrand, Michael R J Forstner, Matthew Catalano, Joseph R Tomasso
The objective of our study was to determine the acute toxicity of 3 common aquatic nitrogenous toxicants to the federally endangered Barton Springs salamander (Eurycea sosorum). Based on our findings, the 96-hour median-lethal concentration (96-h LC50) for un-ionized ammonia-N, nitrite-N, and nitrate-N to E. sosorum are 2.0 ± 0.32 mg/L, 31.7 ± 4.02 mg/L, and 968.5 ± 150.6 mg/L, respectively. These results establish a benchmark for the tolerance of plethodontid salamanders to these toxicants and indicate that current water quality criteria are adequate for their protection...
May 23, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531969/biogeographical-factors-affecting-the-distribution-of-stream-salamanders-on-the-cumberland-plateau-usa
#11
P R Gould, K K Cecala, S S Drukker, B A McKenzie, C Van de Ven
Geophysical and climate conditions play an important role in the distribution of organisms at both fine and broad scales. Headwater streams integrate changes at broad geographical scales and serve as important regions of nutrient processing and support high biodiversity. Stream salamanders are important members of headwater aquatic communities as both predators and prey. Combined with their biphasic life histories and physiological requirements, stream amphibians may serve as indicators for headwater stream conditions...
December 1, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520733/environmental-dna-method-for-estimating-salamander-distribution-in-headwater-streams-and-a-comparison-of-water-sampling-methods
#12
Izumi Katano, Ken Harada, Hideyuki Doi, Rio Souma, Toshifumi Minamoto
Environmental DNA (eDNA) has recently been used for detecting the distribution of macroorganisms in various aquatic habitats. In this study, we applied an eDNA method to estimate the distribution of the Japanese clawed salamander, Onychodactylus japonicus, in headwater streams. Additionally, we compared the detection of eDNA and hand-capturing methods used for determining the distribution of O. japonicus. For eDNA detection, we designed a qPCR primer/probe set for O. japonicus using the 12S rRNA region. We detected the eDNA of O...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515895/disruptive-natural-selection-predicts-divergence-between-the-sexes-during-adaptive-radiation
#13
Stephen P De Lisle, Locke Rowe
Evolution of sexual dimorphism in ecologically relevant traits, for example, via resource competition between the sexes, is traditionally envisioned to stall the progress of adaptive radiation. An alternative view is that evolution of ecological sexual dimorphism could in fact play an important positive role by facilitating sex-specific adaptation. How competition-driven disruptive selection, ecological sexual dimorphism, and speciation interact during real adaptive radiations is thus a critical and open empirical question...
May 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502615/reduce-reuse-recycle-developmental-signals-in-spinal-cord-regeneration
#14
REVIEW
Marcos Julian Cardozo, Karolina S Mysiak, Thomas Becker, Catherina G Becker
Anamniotes, fishes and amphibians, have the capacity to regenerate spinal cord tissue after injury, generating new neurons that mature and integrate into the spinal circuitry. Elucidating the molecular signals that promote this regeneration is a fundamental question in regeneration research. Model systems, such as salamanders and larval and adult zebrafish are used to analyse successful regeneration. This shows that many developmental signals, such as Notch, Hedgehog (Hh), Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP), Wnt, Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF), Retinoic Acid (RA) and neurotransmitters are redeployed during regeneration and activate resident spinal progenitor cells...
May 11, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500336/phylogeographical-structure-and-demographic-expansion-in-the-endemic-alpine-stream-salamander-hynobiidae-batrachuperus-of-the-qinling-mountains
#15
Zu-Shi Huang, Feng-Lan Yu, Hui-Sheng Gong, Yan-Ling Song, Zhi-Gao Zeng, Qiong Zhang
The Qinling Mountains of China provide an excellent study area for assessing the effect of Pleistocene climatic oscillations and paleogeological events on intraspecific diversification. To assess genetic diversity of an endemic stream salamander, Batrachuperus tibetanus, for its conservation, a phylogeographical survey was performed based on mitochondrial DNA and morphological data. The mitochondrial data revealed three lineages of B. tibetanus in the Qinling Mountains. A lineage present in the northwestern Qinling Mountains groups with the Tibet lineage of B...
May 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500054/linkage-map-of-lissotriton-newts-provides-insight-into-the-genetic-basis-of-reproductive-isolation
#16
Marta Niedzicka, Katarzyna Dudek, Anna Fijarczyk, Piotr Zieliński, Wiesław Babik
Linkage maps are widely used to investigate structure, function and evolution of genomes. In speciation research, maps facilitate the study of the genetic architecture of reproductive isolation by allowing identification of genomic regions underlying reduced fitness of hybrids. Here we present a linkage map for European newts of the Lissotriton vulgaris species complex, constructed using two families of F2 L. montandoni x L. vulgaris hybrids. The map consists of 1146 protein coding genes on 12 linkage groups, equal to the haploid chromosome number, with a total length of 1484 cM (1...
May 12, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493499/length-mass-allometries-in-amphibians
#17
L Santini, A Benítez-López, G F Ficetola, M A J Huijbregts
Body mass is rarely recorded in amphibians, and other body measurements (e.g. Snout to vent length, SVL) are generally collected instead. However length measurements, when used as proxies of body mass in comparative analyses, are problematic if different taxa and morphotypes are included. We developed allometric relationships to derive body mass from SVL measurements. We fitted Phylogenetic Generalized Least Square models for frogs (Anura) and salamanders (Caudata) and for several families separately. We tested whether allometric relationships differed between species with different habitat preferences and between morphs in salamanders...
May 11, 2017: Integrative Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487741/regeneration-and-regrowth-potentials-of-digit-tips-in-amphibians-and-mammals
#18
REVIEW
Yohan Choi, Fanwei Meng, Charles S Cox, Kevin P Lally, Johnny Huard, Yong Li
Tissue regeneration and repair have received much attention in the medical field over the years. The study of amphibians, such as newts and salamanders, has uncovered many of the processes that occur in these animals during full-limb/digit regeneration, a process that is highly limited in mammals. Understanding these processes in amphibians could shed light on how to develop and improve this process in mammals. Amputation injuries in mammals usually result in the formation of scar tissue with limited regrowth of the limb/digit; however, it has been observed that the very tips of digits (fingers and toes) can partially regrow in humans and mice under certain conditions...
2017: International Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476431/identification-and-characterization-of-known-and-novel-micrornas-in-three-tissues-of-chinese-giant-salamander-base-on-deep-sequencing-approach
#19
Yong Huang, Hong Tao Ren, Jian Li Xiong, Xiao Chan Gao, Xi Hong Sun
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a class of non-coding small RNAs that play important roles in the regulation of gene expression. Although animal miRNAs have been extensively studied in model systems, less is known in other animal with limited genome sequence data, including Chinese giant salamander (Andrias davidianus). The identification of the full repertoire of miRNAs expressed in the liver, spleen and muscle of A. davidianus would significantly increase our understanding for physiological function of A. davidianus, in this ancient and endangered urodele amphibian...
May 2, 2017: Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470466/relative-predation-risk-and-risk-of-desiccation-co-determine-oviposition-preferences-in-cope-s-gray-treefrog-hyla-chrysoscelis
#20
Matthew R Pintar, William J Resetarits
Habitat permanence and threat of predation are primary drivers of community assembly and composition in lentic freshwater systems. Pond-breeding amphibians select oviposition sites to maximize fitness and minimize risks of predation and desiccation of their offspring, typically facing a trade-off between the two as predation risk often increases as desiccation risk decreases. To experimentally determine if Hyla chrysoscelis partition oviposition along gradients of relative desiccation risk and predation risk, we tested oviposition site preference in a natural population of treefrogs colonizing experimental ponds that varied in water depth and contained predatory larvae of two Ambystoma salamander species...
June 2017: Oecologia
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