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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096431/activation-of-respiratory-muscles-does-not-occur-during-cold-submergence-in-bullfrogs-lithobates-catesbeianus
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Joseph M Santin, Lynn K Hartzler
Semiaquatic frogs may not breathe air for several months because they overwinter in ice-covered ponds. In contrast to many vertebrates that experience decreased motor performance after inactivity, respiratory motor function in bullfrogs, Lithobates catesbeianus, remains functional following cold-submergence. Unlike mammalian hibernators with unloaded limb muscles and inactive locomotor systems, respiratory mechanics of frogs counterintuitively allow for ventilatory maneuvers when submerged. Thus we hypothesized that bullfrogs generate respiratory motor patterns during cold-submergence to avoid disuse and preserve motor performance...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094804/six-years-in-the-life-of-a-mother-bear-the-longest-continuous-heart-rate-recordings-from-a-free-ranging-mammal
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Timothy G Laske, Paul A Iaizzo, David L Garshelis
Physiological monitoring of free-ranging wild animals is providing new insights into their adaptations to a changing environment. American black bears (Ursus americanus) are highly adaptable mammals, spending up to half the year hibernating, and the remainder of the year attempting to gain weight on a landscape with foods that vary seasonally and year to year. We recorded heart rate (HR) and corresponding activity of an adult female black bear over the course of six years, using an implanted monitor. Despite yearly differences in food, and an every-other year reproductive cycle, this bear exhibited remarkable consistency in HR and activity...
January 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080983/snake-fungal-disease-an-emerging-threat-to-wild-snakes
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Jeffrey M Lorch, Susan Knowles, Julia S Lankton, Kathy Michell, Jaime L Edwards, Joshua M Kapfer, Richard A Staffen, Erik R Wild, Katie Z Schmidt, Anne E Ballmann, Doug Blodgett, Terence M Farrell, Brad M Glorioso, Lisa A Last, Steven J Price, Krysten L Schuler, Christopher E Smith, James F X Wellehan, David S Blehert
Since 2006, there has been a marked increase in the number of reports of severe and often fatal fungal skin infections in wild snakes in the eastern USA. The emerging condition, referred to as snake fungal disease (SFD), was initially documented in rattlesnakes, where the infections were believed to pose a risk to the viability of affected populations. The disease is caused by Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola, a fungus recently split from a complex of fungi long referred to as the Chrysosporium anamorph of Nannizziopsis vriesii (CANV)...
December 5, 2016: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080982/drivers-of-variation-in-species-impacts-for-a-multi-host-fungal-disease-of-bats
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Kate E Langwig, Winifred F Frick, Joseph R Hoyt, Katy L Parise, Kevin P Drees, Thomas H Kunz, Jeffrey T Foster, A Marm Kilpatrick
Disease can play an important role in structuring species communities because the effects of disease vary among hosts; some species are driven towards extinction, while others suffer relatively little impact. Why disease impacts vary among host species remains poorly understood for most multi-host pathogens, and factors allowing less-susceptible species to persist could be useful in conserving highly affected species. White-nose syndrome (WNS), an emerging fungal disease of bats, has decimated some species while sympatric and closely related species have experienced little effect...
December 5, 2016: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077390/reversible-temperature-dependent-differences-in-brown-adipose-tissue-respiration-during-torpor-in-a-mammalian-hibernator
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Sarah Victoria McFarlane, Katherine E Mathers, James F Staples
While seasonal modifications of brown adipose tissue (BAT) in hibernators are well documented, we know little about functional regulation of BAT in different phases of hibernation. In the 13-lined ground squirrel, liver mitochondrial respiration is suppressed by up to 70% during torpor. This suppression is reversed during arousal an°°d interbout euthermia (IBE), and corresponds with patterns of maximal activities of electron transport system (ETS) enzymes. Uncoupling of BAT mitochondria is controlled by free-fatty acid release stimulated by sympathetic activation of adipocytes, so we hypothesized that further regulation at the level of the ETS would be of little advantage...
January 11, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077389/enhanced-oxidative-capacity-of-ground-squirrel-brain-mitochondria-during-hibernation
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Mallory A Ballinger, Christine Schwartz, Matthew T Andrews
During hibernation, thirteen-lined ground squirrels (Ictidomys tridecemlineatus) regularly cycle between bouts of torpor and interbout arousal (IBA).  Most of the brain is electrically quiescent during torpor, but regains activity quickly upon arousal to IBA resulting in extreme oscillations in energy demand during hibernation.  We predicted increased functional capacity of brain mitochondria during hibernation compared to spring to accommodate the variable energy demands of hibernation.  To address this hypothesis, we examined mitochondrial bioenergetics in the ground squirrel brain across three time points: spring (SP), torpor (TOR), and IBA...
January 11, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074838/the-effect-of-brumation-on-memory-retention
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Anna Wilkinson, Anne Hloch, Julia Mueller-Paul, Ludwig Huber
Long-term torpor is an adaptive strategy that allows animals to survive harsh winter conditions. However, the impact that prolonged torpor has on cognitive function is poorly understood. Hibernation causes reduced synaptic activity and experiments with mammals reveal that this can have adverse effects on memories formed prior to hibernation. The impact of brumation, the winter dormancy that is observed in ectotherms, on memory remains unknown. The aim of this study was to examine whether an amphibian, the fire salamander (Salamandra salamandra), was able to retain learned spatial information after a period of brumation...
January 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063833/the-hibernating-mobile-phone-dead-storage-as-a-barrier-to-efficient-electronic-waste-recovery
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Garrath T Wilson, Grace Smalley, James R Suckling, Debra Lilley, Jacquetta Lee, Richard Mawle
Hibernation, the dead storage period when a mobile phone is still retained by the user at its end-of-life, is both a common and a significant barrier to the effective flow of time-sensitive stock value within a circular economic model. In this paper we present the findings of a survey of 181 mobile phone owners, aged between 18-25years old, living and studying in the UK, which explored mobile phone ownership, reasons for hibernation, and replacement motives. This paper also outlines and implements a novel mechanism for quantifying the mean hibernation period based on the survey findings...
January 4, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054182/takotsubo-cardiomyopathy-fdg-myocardial-uptake-pattern-in-fasting-patients-comparison-of-pet-ct-spect-and-echo-results
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Malgorzata Kobylecka, Monika Budnik, Janusz Kochanowski, Radoslaw Piatkowski, Marek Chojnowski, Katarzyna Fronczewska-Wieniawska, Tomasz Mazurek, Joanna Maczewska, Michał Peller, Grzegorz Opolski, Leszek Krolicki
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to assess the accumulation pattern of 18F-FDG in fasting patients with takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TTC) and to correlate the results with perfusion scintigraphy and echocardiography. METHODS: 18 consecutive patients with TTC were identified by clinical symptoms, cardiac catheterization, and echocardiography. Coronary angiography (CA) and transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) were performed on the day of the onset of symptoms. An assessment of myocardial perfusion (99mTc-MIBI) and glucose metabolism (18F-FDG) was performed within 18 days...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043034/oxidative-stress-biomarkers-cholinesterase-activity-and-biotransformation-enzymes-in-the-liver-of-dice-snake-natrix-tessellata-laurenti-during-pre-hibernation-and-post-hibernation-a-possible-correlation-with-heavy-metals-in-the-environment
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Jelena Gavrić, Marko Anđelković, Ljiljana Tomović, Marko Prokić, Svetlana Despotović, Branka Gavrilović, Tijana Radovanović, Slavica Borković-Mitić, Slađan Pavlović, Zorica Saičić
We investigated in the liver of dice snakes during pre- and post-hibernation changes in the following antioxidant parameters: total, manganese and copper zinc containing superoxide dismutases (Tot SOD, MnSOD, CuZn SOD, respectively), catalase (CAT), glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px), glutathione reductase (GR) and the concentrations of total glutathione (GSH) and sulfhydryl groups (-SH). In addition, we examined the expression of phase I biotransformation enzyme cytochrome P4501A (CYP1A) and the activity of phase II biotransformation enzyme glutathioneS-transferase (GST), the level of lipid peroxidation (by measuring the thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances (TBARS)), cholinesterase activity (ChE) and metallothionein expression (MT)...
December 30, 2016: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043008/description-of-phytomonas-oxycareni-n-sp-from-the-salivary-glands-of-oxycarenus-lavaterae
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Emily A Seward, Jan Votýpka, Petr Kment, Julius Lukeš, Steven Kelly
Phytomonas spp. (phytomonads) are a diverse and globally distributed group of unicellular eukaryotes that parasitize a wide range of plants and are transmitted by insect hosts. Here we report the discovery and characterisation of a new species of Phytomonas, named Phytomonas oxycareni n. sp., which was obtained from the salivary glands of the invasive species of true bug Oxycarenus lavaterae (Heteroptera). The new Phytomonas species exhibits a long slender promastigote morphology and can be found both within the lumen of the insect host's salivary glands as well as within the cells of the salivary gland itself...
November 30, 2016: Protist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029293/pharmacokinetics-of-terbinafine-in-little-brown-myotis-myotis-lucifugus-infected-with-pseudogymnoascus-destructans
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Michael H Court, Alison H Robbins, Anne M Whitford, Erika V Beck, Flo S Tseng, DeeAnn M Reeder
OBJECTIVE To determine the pharmacokinetics of terbinafine in little brown myotis (Myotis lucifugus) infected with Pseudogymnoascus destructans. ANIMALS 123 bats from a P destructans-infected hibernation site in Virginia. PROCEDURES 3 bats were euthanized and necropsied to confirm the presence of P destructans within the population. The remaining 120 bats were systematically assigned to 6 groups (20 bats/group). Bats in each of 3 groups received 6, 20, or 60 mg of terbinafine/kg, SC, once daily for 10 days...
January 2017: American Journal of Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028486/effects-of-wind-energy-generation-and-white-nose-syndrome-on-the-viability-of-the-indiana-bat
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Richard A Erickson, Wayne E Thogmartin, Jay E Diffendorfer, Robin E Russell, Jennifer A Szymanski
Wind energy generation holds the potential to adversely affect wildlife populations. Species-wide effects are difficult to study and few, if any, studies examine effects of wind energy generation on any species across its entire range. One species that may be affected by wind energy generation is the endangered Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis), which is found in the eastern and midwestern United States. In addition to mortality from wind energy generation, the species also faces range-wide threats from the emerging infectious fungal disease, white-nose syndrome (WNS)...
2016: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027946/how-serpins-transport-hormones-and-regulate-their-release
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REVIEW
Robin W Carrell, Randy J Read
The adaptation of the serpin framework and its mechanism to perform diverse functions is epitomised in the hormone carriers of the blood. Thyroxine and the corticosteroids are transported bound in a 1:1 ratio on almost identical sites in the two homologous binding-globulins, TBG and CBG. Recent structural findings show an equilibrated, rather than on-and-off, release of the hormones from the carriers, reflecting small reversible movements of the hinge region of the reactive loop that modify the conformational flexibility of the underlying hormone-binding site...
December 24, 2016: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28010809/deeply-torpid-bats-can-change-position-without-elevation-of-body-temperature
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Tomáš Bartonička, Hana Bandouchova, Hana Berková, Ján Blažek, Radek Lučan, Ivan Horáček, Natália Martínková, Jiri Pikula, Zdeněk Řehák, Jan Zukal
Because body temperature is tightly coupled to physiological function, hibernating animals entering deep torpor are typically immobile. We analysed thermal behaviour and locomotory activity of hibernating greater mouse-eared bats Myotis myotis and found two types of movement behaviour related to body temperature, i.e. movement at high fur temperature and at low fur temperatures (Tflow; <5°C). First Tflow movements appeared at the beginning of March and often occurred during long torpor bouts. In most cases, Tflow events represented slow displacements between clusters of bats...
January 2017: Journal of Thermal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993187/hibernation-for-space-travel-impact-on-radioprotection
#16
REVIEW
Matteo Cerri, Walter Tinganelli, Matteo Negrini, Alexander Helm, Emanuele Scifoni, Francesco Tommasino, Maximiliano Sioli, Antonio Zoccoli, Marco Durante
Hibernation is a state of reduced metabolic activity used by some animals to survive in harsh environmental conditions. The idea of exploiting hibernation for space exploration has been proposed many years ago, but in recent years it is becoming more realistic, thanks to the introduction of specific methods to induce hibernation-like conditions (synthetic torpor) in non-hibernating animals. In addition to the expected advantages in long-term exploratory-class missions in terms of resource consumptions, aging, and psychology, hibernation may provide protection from cosmic radiation damage to the crew...
November 2016: Life Sciences in Space Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27991798/comfortably-numb-and-back-plasma-metabolomics-reveals-biochemical-adaptations-in-the-hibernating-13-lined-ground-squirrel
#17
Angelo D'Alessandro, Travis Nemkov, Lori K Bogren, Sandra L Martin, Kirk C Hansen
Hibernation is an evolutionary adaptation that affords some mammals the ability to exploit the cold to achieve extreme metabolic depression (torpor) while avoiding ischemia/reperfusion or hemorrhagic shock injuries. Hibernators cycle periodically out of torpor, restoring high metabolic activity. If understood at the molecular level, the adaptations underlying torpor-arousal cycles may be leveraged for translational applications in critical fields such as intensive care medicine. Here, we monitored 266 metabolites to investigate the metabolic adaptations to hibernation in plasma from 13-lined ground squirrels (57 animals, 9 time points)...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27990289/physiological-reactions-to-capture-in-hibernating-brown-bears
#18
Alina L Evans, Navinder J Singh, Boris Fuchs, Stéphane Blanc, Andrea Friebe, Timothy G Laske, Ole Frobert, Jon E Swenson, Jon M Arnemo
Human disturbance can affect animal life history and even population dynamics. However, the consequences of these disturbances are difficult to measure. This is especially true for hibernating animals, which are highly vulnerable to disturbance, because hibernation is a process of major physiological changes, involving conservation of energy during a resource-depleted time of year. During the winters of 2011-15, we captured 15 subadult brown bears (Ursus arctos) and recorded their body temperatures (n = 11) and heart rates (n = 10) before, during and after capture using biologgers...
2016: Conservation Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987017/life-in-the-fat-lane-seasonal-regulation-of-insulin-sensitivity-food-intake-and-adipose-biology-in-brown-bears
#19
K S Rigano, J L Gehring, B D Evans Hutzenbiler, A V Chen, O L Nelson, C A Vella, C T Robbins, H T Jansen
Grizzly bears (Ursus arctos horribilis) have evolved remarkable metabolic adaptations including enormous fat accumulation during the active season followed by fasting during hibernation. However, these fluctuations in body mass do not cause the same harmful effects associated with obesity in humans. To better understand these seasonal transitions, we performed insulin and glucose tolerance tests in captive grizzly bears, characterized the annual profiles of circulating adipokines, and tested the anorectic effects of centrally administered leptin at different times of the year...
December 16, 2016: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986541/the-influence-of-androgens-on-hibernation-phenology-of-free-living-male-arctic-ground-squirrels
#20
M M Richter, B M Barnes, K M O'Reilly, A M Fenn, C L Buck
Free-living ground squirrel species are sexually dimorphic in hibernation phenology. The underlying causes of these differences are not yet known. Androgens, testosterone (T) in particular, inhibit hibernation. To determine the influence of endogenous androgens on annual timing of hibernation we first measured circulating levels of T and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), an adrenal androgen implicated in non-mating season aggression in other species, in free-living male arctic ground squirrels (Urocitellus parryii, AGS)...
December 13, 2016: Hormones and Behavior
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