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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899945/bindings-of-no-co-and-o2-to-multi-functional-globin-type-dehaloperoxidase-follow-the-sliding-scale-rule
#1
Gang Wu, Jing Zhao, Stefan Franzen, Ah-Lim Tsai
Dehaloperoxidase-hemoglobin (DHP), a multifunctional globin protein, functions not only as an oxygen carrier as typical globins such as myoglobin, but also as a peroxidase, a mono- and di-oxygenase, peroxygenase, and an oxidase. Kinetics of DHP binding to NO, CO, and O2 were characterized for wild type DHP A and B and the H55D and H55V DHP A mutants. All three gaseous ligands bind to DHP significantly more weakly than sperm whale myoglobin (SWMb). Both CO and NO bind to DHP in a one-step process to form a stable six-coordinate complex...
September 12, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877500/sw-apomb-amyloid-aggregation-under-nondenaturing-conditions-the-role-of-native-structure-stability
#2
Natalya S Katina, Vitalii A Balobanov, Nelly B Ilyina, Victor D Vasiliev, Victor V Marchenkov, Anatoly S Glukhov, Alexey D Nikulin, Valentina E Bychkova
Investigation of the molecular mechanisms underlying amyloid-related human diseases attracts close attention. These diseases, the number of which currently is above 40, are characterized by formation of peptide or protein aggregates containing a cross-β structure. Most of the amyloidogenesis mechanisms described so far are based on experimental studies of aggregation of short peptides, intrinsically disordered proteins, or proteins under denaturing conditions, and studies of amyloid aggregate formations by structured globular proteins under conditions close to physiological ones are still in the initial stage...
September 5, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28863586/the-energy-based-characteristics-of-sperm-whale-clicks-using-the-hilbert-huang-transform-analysis-method
#3
Chin-Feng Lin, Yao-Ching Chung, Jin-De Zhu, Shun-Hsyung Chang, Chan-Chuan Wen, Ivan A Parinov, S N Shevtsov
In this paper, a unique analysis method for sperm whale clicks based on Hilbert-Huang transform (HHT) is proposed. Four sperm whale click samples with durations of 10 ms (defined as click I), and four sperm whale click samples with durations of 5 ms (defined as click II) were illustrated. These click samples were recorded in the Mediterranean Sea by Centro Interdisciplinare di Bioacusticae Ricerche Ambientali, Università degli Studi di Pavia. The empirical mode decomposition method was used to decompose click I samples into seven intrinsic mode functions (IMFs) and one residue function (RF), and click II samples were decomposed into six IMFs and one RF...
August 2017: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799088/metazoan-parasites-from-odontocetes-off-new-zealand-new-records
#4
Kristina Lehnert, Haseeb Randhawa, Robert Poulin
Information about the parasite fauna of spectacled porpoises and cetaceans from New Zealand waters in general is scarce. This study takes advantage of material archived in collections of the Otago Museum in Dunedin and Massey University in Auckland, sampled from cetacean species found stranded along the New Zealand coastline between 2007 and 2014. Parasites from seven species of cetaceans (spectacled porpoise, Phocoena dioptrica (n = 2 individuals examined); pygmy sperm whale (n = 1); long-finned pilot whale, Globicephala melas (n = 1); Risso's dolphin, Grampus griseus (n = 1); short-beaked common dolphin, Delphinus delphis (n = 7); striped dolphin, Stenella coeruleoalba (n = 3) and dusky dolphin, Lagenorhynchus obscurus (n = 2)) from the respiratory and gastro-intestinal tract, cranial sinus, liver, urogenital and mammary tract, fascia and blubber were investigated...
August 10, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791156/mismatch-between-the-eye-and-the-optic-lobe-in-the-giant-squid
#5
Yung-Chieh Liu, Tsung-Han Liu, Chun-Chieh Yu, Chia-Hao Su, Chuan-Chin Chiao
Giant squids (Architeuthis) are a legendary species among the cephalopods. They live in the deep sea and are well known for their enormous body and giant eyes. It has been suggested that their giant eyes are not adapted for the detection of either mates or prey at distance, but rather are best suited for monitoring very large predators, such as sperm whales, at distances exceeding 120 m and at a depth below 600 m (Nilsson et al. 2012 Curr. Biol.22, 683-688. (doi:10.1016/j.cub.2012.02.031)). However, it is not clear how the brain of giant squids processes visual information...
July 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28775301/high-diversity-and-unique-composition-of-gut-microbiomes-in-pygmy-kogia-breviceps-and-dwarf-k-sima-sperm-whales
#6
Patrick M Erwin, Ryan G Rhodes, Kevin B Kiser, Tiffany F Keenan-Bateman, William A McLellan, D Ann Pabst
Mammals host diverse bacterial and archaeal symbiont communities (i.e. microbiomes) that play important roles in digestive and immune system functioning, yet cetacean microbiomes remain largely unexplored, in part due to sample collection difficulties. Here, fecal samples from stranded pygmy (Kogia breviceps) and dwarf (K. sima) sperm whales were used to characterize the gut microbiomes of two closely-related species with similar diets. 16S rRNA gene sequencing revealed diverse microbial communities in kogiid whales dominated by Firmicutes and Bacteroidetes...
August 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758387/characterization-of-heme-orientational-disorder-in-a-myoglobin-reconstituted-with-a-trifluoromethyl-group-substituted-heme-cofactor
#7
Yuki Kanai, Ayaka Harada, Tomokazu Shibata, Ryu Nishimura, Kosuke Namiki, Miho Watanabe, Shunpei Nakamura, Fumiaki Yumoto, Toshiya Senda, Akihiro Suzuki, Saburo Neya, Yasuhiko Yamamoto
The orientation of a CF3-substituted heme in sperm whale myoglobin and L29F, H64L, L29F/H64Q, and H64Q variant proteins has been investigated using (19)F NMR spectroscopy to elucidate structural factors responsible for the thermodynamic stability of the heme orientational disorder, i.e., the presence of two heme orientations differing by a 180° rotation about the 5-15 meso axis, with respect to the protein moiety. Crystal structure of the met-aquo form of the wild-type myoglobin reconstituted with 13,17-bis(2-carboxylatoethyl)-3,8-diethyl-2,12,18-trimethyl-7-trifluoromethylporphyrinatoiron(III), determined at resolution of 1...
August 29, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739936/gene-culture-coevolution-in-whales-and-dolphins
#8
Hal Whitehead
Whales and dolphins (Cetacea) have excellent social learning skills as well as a long and strong mother-calf bond. These features produce stable cultures, and, in some species, sympatric groups with different cultures. There is evidence and speculation that this cultural transmission of behavior has affected gene distributions. Culture seems to have driven killer whales into distinct ecotypes, which may be incipient species or subspecies. There are ecotype-specific signals of selection in functional genes that correspond to cultural foraging behavior and habitat use by the different ecotypes...
July 24, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679256/application-of-dual-frequency-identification-sonar-for-the-study-of-deep-diving-odontocetes-prey-fields
#9
Giacomo Giorli, Whitlow W L Au
A dual frequency identification sonar was used to estimate density and size of potential deep diving odontocetes' prey in deep sea scattering layers in Hawaii. Size distributions data showed a bimodal pattern, with a population of data above the 50 cm of length, possibly big squids, and a population of data below 50 cm, mainly micronekton. The number of animals bigger than 50 cm was correlated with the length of the peak of the frequency distribution. Data suggest that big predators, like squids that constitute prey for beaked, pilot, and sperm whales, are more likely to be found where they have better chance to find micronectonic prey...
June 2017: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654758/looking-into-a-whale-s-heart-investigating-a-genetic-basis-for-cardiomyopathy-in-a-non-model-species
#10
Amélia Viricel, Patricia E Rosel
Understanding the pathogenesis of complex diseases can benefit from multi-species comparative studies. Yet these studies rarely include natural populations of non-model species. Here, we focused on the cause of a heart muscle disease, cardiomyopathy (CM), affecting multiple mammalian species including humans, cats, dogs, and certain species of whales. Mutations in genes coding for sarcomeric proteins have been identified as a leading cause for CM in humans, and some were also revealed to be responsible for CM in cats...
June 27, 2017: Genome Génome / Conseil National de Recherches Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606113/magnetic-resonance-imaging-and-computed-tomography-as-tools-for-the-investigation-of-sperm-whale-physeter-macrocephalus-teeth-and-eye
#11
Aage Kristian Olsen Alstrup, Ole Lajord Munk, Trine Hammer Jensen, Lasse Fast Jensen, Abdi Hedayat, Brian Hansen
BACKGROUND: Scanning techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) are useful tools in veterinary and human medicine. Here we demonstrate the usefulness of these techniques in the study of the anatomy of wild marine mammals as part of a necropsy. MRI and CT scans of sperm whale teeth (n = 4) were performed. The methods were compared and further compared to current standard methods for evaluation of tooth layering. For MRI a zero echo time sequence was used, as previously done for imaging of intact human teeth...
June 12, 2017: Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601072/intermediate-states-of-apomyoglobin-are-they-parts-of-the-same-area-of-conformations-diagram
#12
V A Balobanov, N S Katina, A V Finkelstein, V E Bychkova
Several research teams have reported detection and characterization of various apomyoglobin intermediate states different in their accumulation mode, thus putting a natural question as to proportions of these intermediates. The current report presents spectral properties of sperm whale apomyoglobin studied over a wide range of conditions with the use of circular dichroism and fluorescence techniques. Based on the experimental data, a diagram of apomyoglobin conformational states has been constructed. It shows that though induced by various denaturants, all the observed intermediates belong to one and the same area in the diagram...
May 2017: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574374/nitrophorins-and-nitrobindins-structure-and-function
#13
REVIEW
Giovanna De Simone, Paolo Ascenzi, Alessandra di Masi, Fabio Polticelli
Classical all α-helical globins are present in all living organisms and are ordered in three lineages: (i) flavohemoglobins and single domain globins, (ii) protoglobins and globin coupled sensors and (iii) truncated hemoglobins, displaying the 3/3 or the 2/2 all α-helical fold. However, over the last two decades, all β-barrel and mixed α-helical-β-barrel heme-proteins displaying heme-based functional properties (e.g. ligand binding, transport and sensing) closely similar to those of all α-helical globins have been reported...
May 24, 2017: Biomolecular Concepts
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500397/analysis-of-lethal-and-sublethal-impacts-of-environmental-disasters-on-sperm-whales-using-stochastic-modeling
#14
Azmy S Ackleh, Ross A Chiquet, Baoling Ma, Tingting Tang, Hal Caswell, Amy Veprauskas, Natalia Sidorovskaia
Mathematical models are essential for combining data from multiple sources to quantify population endpoints. This is especially true for species, such as marine mammals, for which data on vital rates are difficult to obtain. Since the effects of an environmental disaster are not fixed, we develop time-varying (nonautonomous) matrix population models that account for the eventual recovery of the environment to the pre-disaster state. We use these models to investigate how lethal and sublethal impacts (in the form of reductions in the survival and fecundity, respectively) affect the population's recovery process...
August 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487524/vertebral-bone-microarchitecture-and-osteocyte-characteristics-of-three-toothed-whale-species-with-varying-diving-behaviour
#15
Tim Rolvien, Michael Hahn, Ursula Siebert, Klaus Püschel, Hans-Joachim Wilke, Björn Busse, Michael Amling, Ralf Oheim
Although vertebral bone microarchitecture has been studied in various tetrapods, limited quantitative data are available on the structural and compositional changes of vertebrae in marine mammals. Whales exhibit exceptional swimming and diving behaviour, and they may not be immune to diving-associated bone pathologies. Lumbar vertebral bodies were analysed in three toothed whale species: the sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus), orca (Orcinus orca) and harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena). The bone volume fraction (BV/TV) did not scale with body size, although the trabeculae were thicker, fewer in number and further apart in larger whale species than in the other two species...
May 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440286/size-and-shape-variations-of-the-bony-components-of-sperm-whale-cochleae
#16
Joseph G Schnitzler, Bruno Frédérich, Sven Früchtnicht, Tobias Schaffeld, Johannes Baltzer, Andreas Ruser, Ursula Siebert
Several mass strandings of sperm whales occurred in the North Sea during January and February 2016. Twelve animals were necropsied and sampled around 48 h after their discovery on German coasts of Schleswig Holstein. The present study aims to explore the morphological variation of the primary sensory organ of sperm whales, the left and right auditory system, using high-resolution computerised tomography imaging. We performed a quantitative analysis of size and shape of cochleae using landmark-based geometric morphometrics to reveal inter-individual anatomical variations...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437554/molecular-identification-of-cetaceans-from-the-west-atlantic-using-the-e3-i5-region-of-coi
#17
L H O Falcão, A S Campos, J E P Freitas, M A A Furtado-Neto, V V Faria
Molecular identification is very useful in cases where morphology-based species identification is not possible. Examples for its application in cetaceans include the identification of carcasses of stranded animals in advanced state of decomposition and body parts that are illegally traded. One DNA region that is often used for molecular identification is the Folmer region of the mitochondrial gene cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI) (locus 48 to 705 bp). This locus has been used for the identification of several animal species, including whales and dolphins...
April 20, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405350/quantifying-the-energy-stores-of-capital-breeding-humpback-whales-and-income-breeding-sperm-whales-using-historical-whaling-records
#18
Lyn G Irvine, Michele Thums, Christine E Hanson, Clive R McMahon, Mark A Hindell
Cetacean energy stores are known to vary according to life history, reproductive status and time of year; however, the opportunity to quantify these relationships is rare. Using a unique set of historical whaling records from Western Australia (1952-1963), we investigated energy stores of large cetaceans with differing life histories, and quantified the relationship between total body lipid and length for humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) (n = 905) and sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) (n = 1961)...
March 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401960/sperm-whale-long-range-echolocation-sounds-revealed-by-antares-a-deep-sea-neutrino-telescope
#19
M André, A Caballé, M van der Schaar, A Solsona, L Houégnigan, S Zaugg, A M Sánchez, J V Castell, M Solé, F Vila, D Djokic, S Adrián-Martínez, A Albert, M Anghinolfi, G Anton, M Ardid, J-J Aubert, T Avgitas, B Baret, J Barrios-Martí, S Basa, V Bertin, S Biagi, R Bormuth, M C Bouwhuis, R Bruijn, J Brunner, J Busto, A Capone, L Caramete, J Carr, S Celli, T Chiarusi, M Circella, A Coleiro, R Coniglione, H Costantini, P Coyle, A Creusot, A Deschamps, G De Bonis, C Distefano, I Di Palma, C Donzaud, D Dornic, D Drouhin, T Eberl, I El Bojaddaini, D Elsässer, A Enzenhöfer, K Fehn, I Felis, L A Fusco, S Galatà, P Gay, S Geißelsöder, K Geyer, V Giordano, A Gleixner, H Glotin, R Gracia-Ruiz, K Graf, S Hallmann, H van Haren, A J Heijboer, Y Hello, J J Hernandez-Rey, J Hößl, J Hofestädt, C Hugon, G Illuminati, C W James, M de Jong, M Jongen, M Kadler, O Kalekin, U Katz, D Kießling, A Kouchner, M Kreter, I Kreykenbohm, V Kulikovskiy, C Lachaud, R Lahmann, D Lefèvre, E Leonora, S Loucatos, M Marcelin, A Margiotta, A Marinelli, J A Martínez-Mora, A Mathieu, K Melis, T Michael, P Migliozzi, A Moussa, C Mueller, E Nezri, G E Păvălaş, C Pellegrino, C Perrina, P Piattelli, V Popa, T Pradier, C Racca, G Riccobene, K Roensch, M Saldaña, D F E Samtleben, M Sanguineti, P Sapienza, J Schnabel, F Schüssler, T Seitz, C Sieger, M Spurio, Th Stolarczyk, A Sánchez-Losa, M Taiuti, A Trovato, M Tselengidou, D Turpin, C Tönnis, B Vallage, C Vallée, V Van Elewyck, D Vivolo, S Wagner, J Wilms, J D Zornoza, J Zuñiga
Despite dedicated research has been carried out to adequately map the distribution of the sperm whale in the Mediterranean Sea, unlike other regions of the world, the species population status is still presently uncertain. The analysis of two years of continuous acoustic data provided by the ANTARES neutrino telescope revealed the year-round presence of sperm whales in the Ligurian Sea, probably associated with the availability of cephalopods in the region. The presence of the Ligurian Sea sperm whales was demonstrated through the real-time analysis of audio data streamed from a cabled-to-shore deep-sea observatory that allowed the hourly tracking of their long-range echolocation behaviour on the Internet...
April 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358284/molecular-cloning-of-porcine-sun5-gene-and-association-between-a-snp-with-litter-size-trait
#20
Zhenhua Zhao, Yonggang Liu
SUN domain-containing protein 5 (SUN5) is an important reproduction related gene. In this study, we cloned the full-length coding sequence of porcine SUN5 gene through RT-PCR. Sequence analysis of this gene revealed that the pig SUN5 gene encodes a protein of 383 amino acids that has high homology with the SUN5 protein of eight species: wild Bactrian camel (95%), alpaca (95%), Yangtze River dolphin (94%), sperm whale (94%), sheep (93%), black flying fox (93%), goat (92%), and horse (91%). This gene is structured into 13 exons and 12 introns as revealed by computer-assisted analysis...
March 30, 2017: Animal Biotechnology
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