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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503490/the-distinct-transcriptional-response-of-the-midgut-of-amblyomma-sculptum-and-amblyomma-aureolatum-ticks-to-rickettsia-rickettsii-correlates-to-their-differences-in-susceptibility-to-infection
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Larissa A Martins, Maria F B de Melo Galletti, José M Ribeiro, André Fujita, Francisco B Costa, Marcelo B Labruna, Sirlei Daffre, Andréa C Fogaça
Rickettsia rickettsii is a tick-borne obligate intracellular bacterium that causes Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF). In Brazil, two species of ticks in the genus Amblyomma, A. sculptum and A. aureolatum, are incriminated as vectors of this bacterium. Importantly, these two species present remarkable differences in susceptibility to R. rickettsii infection, where A. aureolatum is more susceptible than A. sculptum. In the current study, A. aureolatum and A. sculptum ticks were fed on suitable hosts previously inoculated with R...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503372/endosymbiont-interference-and-microbial-diversity-of-the-pacific-coast-tick-dermacentor-occidentalis-in-san-diego-county-california
#2
Nikos Gurfield, Saran Grewal, Lynnie S Cua, Pedro J Torres, Scott T Kelley
The Pacific coast tick, Dermacentor occidentalis Marx, is found throughout California and can harbor agents that cause human diseases such as anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, tularemia, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and rickettsiosis 364D. Previous studies have demonstrated that nonpathogenic endosymbiotic bacteria can interfere with Rickettsia co-infections in other tick species. We hypothesized that within D. occidentalis ticks, interference may exist between different nonpathogenic endosymbiotic or nonendosymbiotic bacteria and Spotted Fever group Rickettsia (SFGR)...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480038/comparative-swimming-and-station-holding-ability-of-the-threatened-rocky-mountain-sculpin-cottus-sp-from-four-hydrologically-distinct-rivers
#3
Marie F Veillard, Jonathan L W Ruppert, Keith Tierney, Douglas A Watkinson, Mark Poesch
Hydrologic alterations, such as dams, culverts or diversions, can introduce new selection pressures on freshwater fishes, where they are required to adapt to novel environmental conditions. Our study investigated how species adapt to natural and altered stream flow, where we use the threatened Rocky Mountain Sculpin (Cottus sp.) as a model organism. We compared the swimming and station-holding performance of Rocky Mountain Sculpin from four different hydrologic regimes in Alberta and British Columbia, including the North Milk River, a system that experiences increased flows from a large-scale diversion...
2017: Conservation Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441217/an-unusual-case-of-sepsis-and-petechial-rash
#4
Christina Gardner
This article describes a man who presented to the ED in acute distress with signs and symptoms of sepsis, pneumonia, and a new petechial rash on his chest. He was eventually diagnosed with Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Aggressive treatment of sepsis and timely administration of empiric antibiotics were lifesaving in this situation.
May 2017: JAAPA: Official Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439469/migratory-orientation-in-a-narrow-avian-hybrid-zone
#5
David P L Toews, Kira E Delmore, Matthew M Osmond, Philip D Taylor, Darren E Irwin
BACKGROUND: Zones of contact between closely related taxa with divergent migratory routes, termed migratory divides, have been suggested as areas where hybrid offspring may have intermediate and inferior migratory routes, resulting in low fitness of hybrids and thereby promoting speciation. In the Rocky Mountains of Canada there is a narrow hybrid zone between Audubon's and myrtle warblers that is likely maintained by selection against hybrids. Band recoveries and isotopic studies indicate that this hybrid zone broadly corresponds to the location of a possible migratory divide, with Audubon's warblers migrating south-southwest and myrtle warblers migrating southeast...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433728/vector-competence-of-amblyomma-americanum-acari-ixodidae-for-rickettsia-rickettsii
#6
Michael L Levin, Galina E Zemtsova, Lindsay F Killmaster, Alyssa Snellgrove, Lauren B M Schumacher
Rickettsia rickettsii - the etiologic agent of Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) - is widely spread across the Americas. In the US, Dermacentor spp. ticks are identified as primary vectors of R. rickettsii and Rhipicephalus sanguineus s.l. has been implicated in transmission of this pathogen in several locations in the Southwest. Conversely, ticks of the genus Amblyomma are recognized vectors of RMSF in Central and South America, but not in the US. A. americanum is one of the most aggressive human-biting ticks in the US, whose geographical range overlaps with that of reported RMSF cases...
April 12, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419257/rodent-pika-parasite-spillover-in-western-north-america
#7
Patrick Foley, Tara Roth, Janet Foley, Chris Ray
Competition during the Cenozoic expansion of the Rodentia may have contributed to ecological niche reduction of pikas, which are now increasingly under threat as their habitat degrades under global climate change, while some rodents expand their ranges and overlap with pikas. Range overlap carries the possibility of disease spillover. Contemporary North American pikas are cold-adapted and relegated primarily to alpine environments where they subsist on relatively low-quality herbaceous diet. Yet their evolutionary ancestors were distributed geographically even into the subtropics...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411160/life-on-the-rocks-multilocus-phylogeography-of-rock-hyrax-procavia-capensis-from-southern-africa
#8
K Amanda Maswanganye, Michael J Cunningham, Nigel C Bennett, Christian T Chimimba, Paulette Bloomer
Understanding the role of geography and climatic cycles in determining patterns of biodiversity is important in comparative and evolutionary biology and conservation. We studied the phylogeographic pattern and historical demography of a rock-dwelling small mammal species from southern Africa, the rock hyrax Procavia capensis. Using a multilocus coalescent approach, we assessed the influence of strong habitat dependence and fluctuating regional climates on genetic diversity. We sequenced a mitochondrial gene (cytochrome b) and two nuclear introns (AP5, PRKC1) supplemented with microsatellite genotyping, in order to assess evolutionary processes over multiple temporal scales...
April 11, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410009/studies-in-the-antrodia-serialis-group-polyporales-basidiomycota
#9
Viacheslav Spirin, Josef Vlasák, Otto Miettinen
Taxonomy and phylogeny of the Antrodia serialis group are revised with morphological, ecological, and geographic data, partial translation elongation factor 1-α (tef1) gene sequences, and nuc rDNA ITS1-5.8S-ITS2-28S sequences. The group contains 13 species found in boreal and temperate zones of the Northern Hemisphere. The species are limited to certain geographic areas within Eurasia and North America. The traditional morphology-based concept of A. serialis covers at least four closely related species: A...
March 1, 2017: Mycologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405298/seasonal-and-temperature-related-movement-of-colorado-river-cutthroat-trout-in-a-low-elevation-rocky-mountain-stream
#10
Brian W Hodge, Kyle D Battige, Kevin B Rogers
Mobile species will migrate considerable distances to find habitats suitable for meeting life history requirements, and stream-dwelling salmonids are no exception. In April-October 2014, we used radio-telemetry to examine habitat use and movement of 36 Colorado River cutthroat trout Oncorhynchus clarkii pleuriticus (CRCT) in a 14.9-km fragment of Milk Creek, a relatively low-elevation stream in the Rocky Mountains (Colorado). We also used a network of data loggers to track stream temperature across time and space...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388681/mule-deer-spatial-association-patterns-and-potential-implications-for-transmission-of-an-epizootic-disease
#11
María Fernanda Mejía-Salazar, Anne W Goldizen, Clementine S Menz, Ross G Dwyer, Simon P Blomberg, Cheryl L Waldner, Catherine I Cullingham, Trent K Bollinger
Animal social behaviour can have important effects on the long-term dynamics of diseases. In particular, preferential spatial relationships between individuals can lead to differences in the rates of disease spread within a population. We examined the concurrent influence of genetic relatedness, sex, age, home range overlap, time of year, and prion disease status on proximal associations of adult Rocky Mountain mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus hemionus) in a chronic wasting disease endemic area. We also quantified the temporal stability of these associations across different sex, age, and disease status classes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374524/legacy-introductions-and-climatic-variation-explain-spatiotemporal-patterns-of-invasive-hybridization-in-a-native-trout
#12
Clint C Muhlfeld, Ryan P Kovach, Robert Al-Chokhachy, Stephen J Amish, Jeffrey L Kershner, Robb F Leary, Winsor H Lowe, Gordon Luikart, Phil Matson, David A Schmetterling, Bradley B Shepard, Peter A H Westley, Diane Whited, Andrew Whiteley, Fred W Allendorf
Hybridization between invasive and native species, a significant threat to worldwide biodiversity, is predicted to increase due to climate-induced expansions of invasive species. Long-term research and monitoring are crucial for understanding the ecological and evolutionary processes that modulate the effects of invasive species. Using a large, multidecade genetics dataset (N = 582 sites, 12,878 individuals) with high-resolution climate predictions and extensive stocking records, we evaluate the spatiotemporal dynamics of hybridization between native cutthroat trout and invasive rainbow trout, the world's most widely introduced invasive fish, across the Northern Rocky Mountains of the United States...
April 4, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369216/biology-of-scolytus-piceae-coleoptera-curculionidae-scolytinae-in-northern-idaho-and-notes-on-comparative-anatomical-features-of-the-larva
#13
Malcolm M Furniss, Sandra J Kegley
The forests of the northern Rocky Mountains are hosts of nine species of Nearctic conifer-infesting bark beetles of the genus Scolytus Geoffroy. One of these, Scolytus piceae Swaine (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), infests spruces across the continent including Picea engelmannii Parry (Pinaceae) in Idaho. Mature larvae overwintered before transforming to adults, which infested new hosts in early June. Scolytus piceae most commonly infested shaded out lower branches of mature live spruce. In sporadic wind-felled spruce, the beetle infested the terminal portion of branches throughout the crown, whereas another Scolytinae, Polygraphus rufipennis (Kirby), infested the thicker bark basal portion of the same branches...
March 20, 2017: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365226/rocky-mountain-spotted-fever-in-mexico-past-present-and-future
#14
REVIEW
Gerardo Álvarez-Hernández, Jesús Felipe González Roldán, Néstor Saúl Hernández Milan, R Ryan Lash, Casey Barton Behravesh, Christopher D Paddock
Rocky Mountain spotted fever, a tick-borne zoonosis caused by Rickettsia rickettsii, is among the most lethal of all infectious diseases in the Americas. In Mexico, the disease was first described during the early 1940s by scientists who carefully documented specific environmental determinants responsible for devastating outbreaks in several communities in the states of Sinaloa, Sonora, Durango, and Coahuila. These investigators also described the pivotal roles of domesticated dogs and Rhipicephalus sanguineus sensu lato (brown dog ticks) as drivers of epidemic levels of Rocky Mountain spotted fever...
March 29, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362841/alteration-of-the-%C3%AE-1%C3%AE-2-%C3%AE-2%C3%AE-1-subunit-interface-contributes-to-the-increased-hemoglobin-oxygen-affinity-of-high-altitude-deer-mice
#15
Noriko Inoguchi, Nobuhiro Mizuno, Seiki Baba, Takashi Kumasaka, Chandrasekhar Natarajan, Jay F Storz, Hideaki Moriyama
BACKGROUND: Deer mice (Peromyscus maniculatus) that are native to high altitudes in the Rocky Mountains have evolved hemoglobins with an increased oxygen-binding affinity relative to those of lowland conspecifics. To elucidate the molecular mechanisms responsible for the evolved increase in hemoglobin-oxygen affinity, the crystal structure of the highland hemoglobin variant was solved and compared with the previously reported structure for the lowland variant. RESULTS: Highland hemoglobin yielded at least two crystal types, in which the longest axes were 507 and 230 Å...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339591/comparison-of-the-force-levels-among-labial-and-lingual-self-ligating-and-conventional-brackets-in-simulated-misaligned-teeth
#16
Ahmad Alobeid, Tarek El-Bialy, Said Khawatmi, Cornelius Dirk, Andreas Jäger, Christoph Bourauel
Background/objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate force levels exerted by levelling arch wires with labial and lingual conventional and self-ligating brackets. Materials/methods: The tested orthodontic brackets were of the 0.022-in slot size for labial and 0.018-in for lingual brackets and were as follows: 1. Labial brackets: (i) conventional bracket (GAC-Twin, Dentsply), (ii) passive self-ligating (SL) brackets (Damon-Q®, ORMCO; Ortho classic H4™, Orthoclassic; FLI®SL, Rocky Mountain Orthodontics) and (iii) active SL brackets (GAC In-Ovation®C, DENTSPLY and SPEED™, Strite)...
January 25, 2017: European Journal of Orthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328349/a-mortality-event-in-elk-cervus-elaphus-nelsoni-calves-associated-with-malnutrition-pasteurellosis-and-deer-adenovirus-in-colorado-usa
#17
Karen A Fox, Levi Atwater, Laura Hoon-Hanks, Myrna Miller
This report describes clinical, necropsy, and ancillary diagnostic findings for a mortality event in Rocky Mountain elk ( Cervus elaphus nelsoni) calves attributed to malnutrition, pasteurellosis, and an alimentary presentation of adenovirus hemorrhagic disease.
March 22, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289729/invasive-plants-rapidly-reshape-soil-properties-in-a-grassland-ecosystem
#18
Sean M Gibbons, Ylva Lekberg, Daniel L Mummey, Naseer Sangwan, Philip W Ramsey, Jack A Gilbert
Plant invasions often reduce native plant diversity and increase net primary productivity. Invaded soils appear to differ from surrounding soils in ways that impede restoration of diverse native plant communities. We hypothesize that invader-mediated shifts in edaphic properties reproducibly alter soil microbial community structure and function. Here, we take a holistic approach, characterizing plant, prokaryotic, and fungal communities and soil physicochemical properties in field sites, invasion gradients, and experimental plots for three invasive plant species that cooccur in the Rocky Mountain West...
March 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289173/child-neurology-rocky-mountain-spotted-fever-encephalitis
#19
Michael J Bradshaw, Kathryn B Lalor, NgocHanh Vu, Sumit Pruthi, Karen C Bloch
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 14, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257732/bisphenol-a-release-from-orthodontic-adhesives-measured-in%C3%A2-vitro-and-in%C3%A2-vivo-with-gas-chromatography
#20
Marília Rodrigues Moreira, Leonardo Gontijo Matos, Israel Donizeti de Souza, Tamires Amabile Valim Brigante, Maria Eugênia Costa Queiroz, Fábio Lourenço Romano, Paulo Nelson-Filho, Mírian Aiko Nakane Matsumoto
INTRODUCTION: The objectives of this study were to quantify in vitro the Bisphenol A (BPA) release from 5 orthodontic composites and to assess in vivo the BPA level in patients' saliva and urine after bracket bonding with an orthodontic adhesive system. METHODS: For the in-vitro portion of this study, 5 orthodontic composites were evaluated: Eagle Spectrum (American Orthodontics, Sheboygan, Wis), Enlight (Ormco, Orange, Calif), Light Bond (Reliance Orthodontic Products, Itasca, Ill), Mono Lok II (Rocky Mountain Orthodontics, Denver, Colo), and Transbond XT (3M Unitek, Monrovia, Calif)...
March 2017: American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
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