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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742271/genetic-genealogy-approach-reveals-low-rate-of-extrapair-paternity-in-historical-dutch-populations
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Maarten H D Larmuseau, Sofie Claerhout, Leen Gruyters, Kelly Nivelle, Michiel Vandenbosch, Anke Peeters, Pieter van den Berg, Tom Wenseleers, Ronny Decorte
OBJECTIVE: Evolutionary theory has shown that seeking out extrapair paternity (EPP) can be a viable reproductive strategy for both sexes in pair-bonded species, also in humans. As yet, estimates of the contemporary or historical EPP rate in human population are still rare. In the present study, we estimated the historical EPP rate in the Dutch population over the last 400 years and compared the rate with those obtained for other human populations to determine the evolutionary, cultural, and socio-demographic factors that influence human cuckoldry behavior...
July 25, 2017: American Journal of Human Biology: the Official Journal of the Human Biology Council
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742153/reconstructing-the-regulatory-circuit-of-cell-fate-determination-in-yeast-mating-response
#2
Bin Shao, Haiyu Yuan, Rongfei Zhang, Xuan Wang, Shuwen Zhang, Qi Ouyang, Nan Hao, Chunxiong Luo
Massive technological advances enabled high-throughput measurements of proteomic changes in biological processes. However, retrieving biological insights from large-scale protein dynamics data remains a challenging task. Here we used the mating differentiation in yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a model and developed integrated experimental and computational approaches to analyze the proteomic dynamics during the process of cell fate determination. When exposed to a high dose of mating pheromone, the yeast cell undergoes growth arrest and forms a shmoo-like morphology; however, at intermediate doses, chemotropic elongated growth is initialized...
July 24, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739599/evolutionary-dynamics-of-male-reproductive-genes-in-the-drosophila-virilis-subgroup
#3
Yasir H Ahmed-Braimah, Robert L Unckless, Andrew G Clark
Postcopulatory sexual selection (PCSS) is a potent evolutionary force that can drive rapid changes of reproductive genes within species, and thus has the potential to generate reproductive incompatibilities between species. Male seminal fluid proteins (SFPs) are major players in postmating interactions, and are important targets of PCSS in males. The virilis subgroup of Drosophila exhibits strong interspecific gametic incompatibilities, and can serve as a model to study the genetic basis of PCSS and gametic isolation...
July 24, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739429/llex-paraguariensis-decreases-oxidative-stress-in-bone-and-mitigates-the-damage-in-rats-during-perimenopause
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Camila Scacco Pereira, Camila Tami Stringhetta-Garcia, Lilian da Silva Xavier, Keny Gonçalves Tirapeli, Ariana Aparecida Ferreira Pereira, GiselIi Mitsuy Kayahara, José Marcelo Tramarim, Marcelo Macedo Crivelini, Karina Stringhetta Padovani, Andréia Machado Leopoldino, Mário Jefferson Quirino Louzada, Adriane Belló-Klein, Susana Francisca Llesuy, Edilson Ervolino, Rita Cássia Menegati Dornelles, Antonio Hernandes Chaves-Neto, Ana Cláudia de Melo Stevanato Nakamune
During perimenopause, oxidative stress increases, which may result in disruption of bone turnover, and consequently in osteoporosis. The use of antioxidants may be an effective nutritional approach to reducing osteoporosis in this period of life. Mate tea (MT) (Ilex paraguariensis), a typical and inexpensive beverage consumed in the Brazilian south-east, Argentina and Uruguay, increases antioxidant defense. Our hypothesis was that MT would decrease oxidative stress and mitigate bone deterioration. To test this, we analyzed oxidative stress markers of bone turnover, and local and systemic markers of bone metabolism of rats during natural perimenopause...
July 21, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737247/a-single-base-deletion-in-the-slc45a2-gene-in-a-bullmastiff-with-oculocutaneous-albinism
#5
M Caduff, A Bauer, V Jagannathan, T Leeb
Oculocutaneous albinism type 4 (OCA4) in humans and similar phenotypes in many animal species are caused by variants in the SLC45A2 gene, encoding a putative sugar transporter. In dog, two independent SLC45A2 variants are known that cause oculocutaneous albinism in Doberman Pinschers and several small dog breeds respectively. For the present study, we investigated a Bullmastiff with oculocutaneous albinism. The affected dog was highly inbred and resulted from the mating of a sire to its own grandmother. We obtained whole genome sequence data from the affected dog and searched specifically for variants in candidate genes known to cause albinism...
July 24, 2017: Animal Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736963/breeding-experiments-and-genome-wide-association-analysis-elucidate-two-genetically-different-forms-of-non-syndromic-congenital-cleft-lip-and-jaw-in-vorderwald%C3%A2-%C3%A3-%C3%A2-montb%C3%A3-liarde-cattle
#6
S Reinartz, O Distl
Non-syndromic congenital cleft lip and jaw (CLJ) is a condition reported in Vorderwald × Montbéliarde cattle. The objective of the present study was to perform a genome-wide association study (GWAS) for 10 CLJ-affected and 50 unaffected Vorderwald × Montbéliarde cattle using the bovine Illumina high density bead chip to identify loci for this condition. Phenotypic classification of CLJ was based on a detailed recording of orofacial structures using computed tomography. A breeding experiment among CLJ-affected Vorderwald × Montbéliarde cattle and CLJ-affected Vorderwald × Montbéliarde cattle with unaffected Holsteins confirmed recessive inheritance and different loci for bilateral or left-sided versus right-sided CLJ...
July 24, 2017: Animal Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736880/central-nervous-system-infection-due-to-cryptococcus-gattii-sensu-lato-in-india-analysis-of-clinical-features-molecular-profile-and-antifungal-susceptibility
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Shayanki Lahiri Mukhopadhyay, Veenakumari H Bahubali, Netravathi Manjunath, Aarthi Swaminathan, Sayani Maji, Marimuthu Palaniappan, Satishchandra Parthasarathy, Nagarathna Chandrashekar
Cryptococcus gattii species complex has evolved as a pathogen in the last two decades causing infection among both immunocompetent and immunocompromised hosts. We aimed to analyse the clinical features of CNS infection caused by C. gattii sensu lato, molecular and antifungal susceptibility profile of this pathogen. Cases diagnosed to have CNS cryptococcosis were included in the study. Cryptococcus recovered from patient's specimen was identified by standard protocol. Species confirmation, mating type and molecular type determination were performed by PCR based methods...
July 23, 2017: Mycoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736861/azadirachtin-effects-on-mating-success-gametic-abnormalities-and-progeny-survival-in-drosophila-melanogaster-diptera
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Chemseddine M Oulhaci, Béatrice Denis, Samira Kilani-Morakchi, Jean-Christophe Sandoz, Laure Kaiser, Dominique Joly, Nadia Aribi
BACKGROUND: Azadirachtin is a prominent natural pesticide and represents an alternative to conventional insecticides. It has been successfully used against insect pests. However, its effects on reproduction require further analysis. Here we investigated lethal and sublethal effects of azadirachtin, on treated adults in a model insect, Drosophila melanogaster (Meigen). Dose-mortality relationships as well as several parameters of reproduction (mating, spermatogenesis, oogenesis and fertility) were examined...
July 24, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736483/predicting-romantic-interest-at-zero-acquaintance-evidence-of-sex-differences-in-trait-perception-but-not-in-predictors-of-interest
#9
Sally G Olderbak, Frederic Malter, Pedro Sofio Abril Wolf, Daniel N Jones, Aurelio José Figueredo
We evaluated five competing hypotheses about what predicts romantic interest. Through a half-block quasi-experimental design, a large sample of young adults (i.e., responders; n = 335) viewed videos of opposite-sex persons (i.e., targets) talking about themselves and responders rated the targets' traits and their romantic interest in the target. We tested whether similarity, dissimilarity, or overall trait levels on mate value, physical attractiveness, life history strategy, and the Big-Five personality factors predicted romantic interest at zero acquaintance, and whether sex acted as a moderator...
January 2017: European Journal of Personality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735853/a-comparative-study-of-genome-organization-and-epigenetic-mechanisms-in-model-ciliates-with-an-emphasis-on-tetrahymena-paramecium-and-oxytricha
#10
REVIEW
Yurui Wang, Yuanyuan Wang, Yalan Sheng, Jie Huang, Xiao Chen, Khaled A S Al-Rasheid, Shan Gao
As a group of unicellular eukaryotes, ciliates offer a unique system to explore epigenetic regulation, mostly due to their nuclear dualism. Ciliates launched a successful radiation after their early evolutionary branching, therefore harboring an unexpectedly rich pool of diverse biological functions and mechanisms. In this review, we compare distinct features of different ciliates in mating type determination, genome organization, DNA methylation, and removal of internal eliminated sequences (IES), with emphasis on Tetrahymena, Paramecium and Oxytricha...
July 1, 2017: European Journal of Protistology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735517/metallothionein-expression-and-synthesis-in-the-testis-of-the-lizard-podarcis-sicula-under-natural-conditions-and-following-estrogenic-exposure
#11
Mariailaria Verderame, Ermelinda Limatola, Rosaria Scudiero
Metallothionein (MT) is the main protein involved in the homeostasis of metallic micronutrients and in cellular defence against heavy metals and reactive oxygen species. Found in almost all vertebrate tissues, MT presence and localization in the testis has been controversial. In the present study, by using in situ hybridization and immunohistochemical analysis we assessed the localization of both MT transcript and protein in Podarcis sicula testes during two different phases of the reproductive cycle: the autumnal resumption and the spring-early summer mating period...
May 3, 2017: European Journal of Histochemistry: EJH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735146/influence-of-electromagnetic-pulse-on-the-offspring-sex-ratio-of-male-balb-c-mice
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Jin-Hui Li, Da-Peng Jiang, Ya-Feng Wang, Jia-Jia Yan, Qi-Yan Guo, Xia Miao, Hai-Yang Lang, Sheng-Long Xu, Jun-Ye Liu, Guo-Zhen Guo
Public concern is growing about the exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) and its effect on male reproductive health. Detrimental effect of EMF exposure on sex hormones, reproductive performance and sex-ratio was reported. The present study was designed to clarify whether paternal exposure to electromagnetic pulse (EMP) affects offspring sex ratio in mice. 50 male BALB/c mice aged 5-6 weeks were exposed to EMP daily for 2 weeks before mated with non-exposed females at 0d, 7d, 14d, 21d and 28d after exposure...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734725/estrogen-receptor-alpha-is-required-in-gabaergic-but-not-glutamatergic-neurons-to-masculinize-behavior
#13
Melody V Wu, Jessica Tollkuhn
Masculinization of the altricial rodent brain is driven by estrogen signaling during a perinatal critical period. Genetic deletion of estrogen receptor alpha (Esr1/ERα) results in altered hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis signaling and a dramatic reduction of male sexual and territorial behaviors. However, the role of ERα in masculinizing distinct classes of neurons remains unexplored. We deleted ERα in excitatory or inhibitory neurons using either a Vglut2 or Vgat driver and assessed male behaviors...
July 20, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734064/extensive-seed-and-pollen-dispersal-and-assortative-mating-in-the-rain-forest-tree-entandrophragma-cylindricum-meliaceae-inferred-from-indirect-and-direct-analyses
#14
F K Monthe, O J Hardy, J L Doucet, J Loo, J Duminil
Pollen and seed dispersal are key processes affecting the demographic and evolutionary dynamics of plant species, and are also important considerations for the sustainable management of timber trees. Through direct and indirect genetic analyses we studied the mating system and the extent of pollen and seed dispersal in an economically-important timber species, Entandrophragma cylindricum (Meliaceae). We genotyped adult trees, seeds and saplings from a 400-ha study plot in a natural forest from East Cameroon using eight nuclear microsatellite markers...
July 22, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733816/relative-weighting-of-acoustic-information-during-mating-decisions-in-grasshoppers-indicates-signatures-of-sexual-selection
#15
Jan Clemens, Jennifer Aufderheide, Bernhard Ronacher
The decision with whom to mate is crucial in determining an individual's fitness and is often based on the evaluation of visual or acoustic displays produced during courtship. Accordingly, the algorithms for evaluating such courtship signals are shaped by sexual selection and should reflect the expected benefits and costs of mating: signals bearing heterospecific features should be rapidly rejected, since mating would produce no fertile offspring, while signals resembling conspecific ones should be weighted proportional to mate quality...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. A, Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733416/genetic-interaction-screens-in-schizosaccharomyces-pombe-using-the-pombe-epistasis-mapper-pem-system-and-a-manual-colony-replicator
#16
Isabelle Colson, Edgar Hartsuiker
In laboratories in which a colony-replicating robot is not available, manual replication provides a good, low-cost alternative for genetic interaction screening using the Pombe Epistasis Mapper (PEM) system. The protocol presented here describes the minimum number of steps required to identify genetic interactions. First, a query deletion is introduced to a library of deletion mutants by mating. Through a series of subsequent selection steps, single and double mutants are isolated and analyzed.
July 21, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733412/schizosaccharomyces-japonicus-a-distinct-dimorphic-yeast-among-the-fission-yeasts
#17
Keita Aoki, Kanji Furuya, Hironori Niki
Genomic sequencing data and morphological properties demonstrate evolutionary relationships among groups of the fission yeast, Schizosaccharomyces Phylogenetically, S. japonicus is the furthest removed from other species of fission yeast. The basic characteristics of cell proliferation are shared among all fission yeast, including the process of binary fission during vegetative growth, conjugation and karyogamy with horsetail movement, mating-type switching, and sporulation. However, S. japonicus also exhibits characteristics that are unique to filamentous fungi...
July 21, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733401/mating-spore-dissection-and-selection-of-diploid-cells-in-schizosaccharomyces-japonicus
#18
Kanji Furuya, Hironori Niki
Haploid yeast cells mate to form heterozygotes and subsequently undergo meiosis to form spores. This process can be used to produce gene combinations and variants that are useful for genetic analysis. For example, these spores can be used to generate double mutants or to measure genetic distances in a mutational analysis. Here, we describe mating and spore dissection procedures for Schizosaccharomyces japonicus cells. Although the overall procedures resemble those used in Schizosaccharomyces pombe, some differences exist, including the use of EMM2 medium without nitrogen (EMM-N) for mating and the shorter incubation time of 16-20 h for S...
July 21, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733394/genetic-interaction-mapping-in-schizosaccharomyces-pombe-using-the-pombe-epistasis-mapper-pem-system-and-a-rotor-hda-colony-replicating-robot-in-a-1536-array-format
#19
Assen Roguev, Jiewei Xu, Nevan Krogan
This protocol describes an optimized high-throughput procedure for generating double deletion mutants in Schizosaccharomyces pombe using the colony replicating robot ROTOR HDA and the PEM (pombe epistasis mapper) system. The method is based on generating high-density colony arrays (1536 colonies per agar plate) and passaging them through a series of antidiploid and mating-type selection (ADS-MTS) and double-mutant selection (DMS) steps. Detailed program parameters for each individual replication step are provided...
July 21, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733163/rnai-mediated-knockdown-of-spook-reduces-ecdysteroid-titers-and-causes-precocious-metamorphosis-in-the-desert-locust-schistocerca-gregaria
#20
Ryohei Sugahara, Seiji Tanaka, Takahiro Shiotsuki
The Halloween gene SPOOK (SPO) is involved in the production of the active metabolite of ecdysteroid, 20-hydroxyecdysone (20E), in insects. A previous study showed that RNAi-mediated knockdown of SPO in Schistocerca gregaria last instar nymphs markedly reduced the hemolymph 20E titer, but did not affect metamorphosis. In the present study, the effects of SPO interference on development were re-examined in this locust. Injections of SPO double-stranded RNA (dsSPO) into nymphs at mid and late instars significantly delayed nymphal development and interfered with molting...
July 18, 2017: Developmental Biology
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