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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628821/pollutants-and-diet-influence-carotenoid-levels-and-integument-coloration-in-nestlings-of-an-endangered-raptor
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Marie-Sophie García-Heras, Beatriz Arroyo, Robert E Simmons, Pablo R Camarero, Rafael Mateo, Jesús T García, Francois Mougeot
Carotenoid-based traits or ornaments, such as yellow-red integuments (feathers, beaks, legs or eye-rings) displayed by birds, play key roles in social communication by reliably advertising an individual's quality or health. In some species, these traits are displayed not only by adults but also by nestlings, and function in parent-offspring communication or sibling competition by advertising an individual's physical or physiological condition. Pollutants such as organochlorine compounds (OCs) could have disruptive effects on the coloration of these traits, thereby interfering with communication processes...
June 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619291/body-mass-modulates-huddling-dynamics-and-body-temperature-profiles-in-rabbit-pups
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Amando Bautista, José Alfredo Zepeda, Verónica Reyes-Meza, Christophe Féron, Heiko G Rödel, Robyn Hudson
Altricial mammals typically lack the physiological capacity to thermoregulate independently during the early postnatal period, and in litter-bearing species the young benefit strongly from huddling together with their litter siblings. Such litter huddles are highly dynamic systems, often characterized by competition for energetically favorable, central positions. In the present study, carried out in domestic rabbits Oryctolagus cuniculus, we asked whether individual differences in body mass affect changes in body temperature during changes in the position within the huddle...
June 12, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588018/outcome-of-children-with-acute-leukemia-given-hla-haploidentical-hsct-after-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-t-cell-and-b-cell-depletion
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Franco Locatelli, Pietro Merli, Daria Pagliara, Giuseppina Li Pira, Michela Falco, Daniela Pende, Roberto Rondelli, Barbarella Lucarelli, Letizia Pomponia Brescia, Riccardo Masetti, Giuseppe Maria Milano, Valentina Bertaina, Mattia Algeri, Rita Maria Pinto, Luisa Strocchio, Raffaella Meazza, Lavinia Grapulin, Rupert Handgretinger, Alessandro Moretta, Alice Bertaina, Lorenzo Moretta
Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) from an HLA-haploidentical relative (haplo-HSCT) is a suitable option for children with acute leukemia (AL) either relapsed or at high-risk of treatment failure. We developed a novel method of graft manipulation based on negative depletion of αβ T and B cells and conducted a prospective trial evaluating the outcome of children with AL transplanted with this approach (ClinicalTrial.gov identifier: NCT01810120). Eighty AL children, transplanted between September 2011 and September 2014, were enrolled in the trial...
June 6, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576645/effects-of-developmental-conditions-on-glucocorticoid-concentrations-in-adulthood-depend-on-sex-and-foraging-conditions
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Blanca Jimeno, Michael Briga, Simon Verhulst, Michaela Hau
Developmental conditions in early life frequently have long-term consequences on the adult phenotype, but the adult environment can modulate such long-term effects. Glucocorticoid hormones may be instrumental in mediating developmental effects, but the permanency of such endocrine changes is still debated. Here, we manipulated environmental conditions during development (small vs. large brood size, and hence sibling competition) and in adulthood (easy vs. hard foraging conditions) in a full factorial design in zebra finches, and studied effects on baseline (Bas-CORT) and stress-induced (SI-CORT) corticosterone in adulthood...
June 9, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554695/glyphosate-resistance-reduces-kochia-fitness-comparison-of-segregating-resistant-and-susceptible-f2-populations
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Sara L Martin, Leshawn Benedict, Connie A Sauder, Wei Wei, Leandro Oliveira da Costa, Linda M Hall, Hugh J Beckie
Glyphosate is considered the world's most important herbicide, but widespread and continual use has resulted in the evolution of resistance. Kochia scoparia (kochia) has evolved resistance via tandem gene amplification of glyphosate's target, 5-enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate synthase (EPSPS) and resistant populations have been reported from the Canadian Prairies and the Northern Great Plains. Here, we evaluated the fitness costs of EPSPS amplification in kochia by comparing susceptible and resistant full siblings from segregating F2 populations generated from within six populations...
August 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544577/hatching-asynchrony-impacts-cognition-in-male-zebra-finches
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Simone A Campbell, Michelle L Beck, Kendra B Sewall
Conditions experienced early in life can shape brain development and later cognition. Altricial songbirds are particularly vulnerable to early environmental perturbations. Research on "Developmental Stress" in songbirds has addressed how early-life conditions may impair song learning and has been extended to consider other components of adult phenotype. Early-life challenges ranging from ectoparasites to competition with siblings have been shown to compromise song learning and other measures of cognition, as well as behavioral strategy...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part A, Ecological Genetics and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543051/multilevel-and-sex-specific-selection-on-competitive-traits-in-north-american-red-squirrels
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David N Fisher, Stan Boutin, Ben Dantzer, Murray M Humphries, Jeffrey E Lane, Andrew G McAdam
Individuals often interact more closely with some members of the population (e.g. offspring, siblings or group members) than they do with other individuals. This structuring of interactions can lead to multilevel natural selection, where traits expressed at the group-level influence fitness alongside individual-level traits. Such multilevel selection can alter evolutionary trajectories, yet is rarely quantified in the wild, especially for species that do not interact in clearly demarcated groups. We quantified multilevel natural selection on two traits, postnatal growth rate and birth date, in a population of North American red squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)...
May 23, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515877/sex-specific-repeatabilities-and-effects-of-relatedness-and-mating-status-on-copulation-duration-in-an-acridid-grasshopper
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Michael Haneke-Reinders, Klaus Reinhold, Tim Schmoll
In species with direct sperm transfer, copulation duration is a crucial trait that may affect male and female reproductive success and that may vary with the quality of the mating partner. Furthermore, traits such as copulation duration represent the outcome of behavioral interactions between the sexes, for which it is important-but often difficult-to determine which sex is in phenotypic control. Using a double-mating protocol, we compared copulation durations between (1) virgin and nonvirgin and (2) sibling and nonsibling mating pairs in rufous grasshoppers Gomphocerippus rufus...
May 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370751/effects-of-developmental-conditions-on-growth-stress-and-telomeres-in-black-legged-kittiwake-chicks
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Rebecca C Young, Jorg Welcker, Christopher P Barger, Scott A Hatch, Thomas Merkling, Evgenia V Kitaiskaia, Mark F Haussmann, Alexander S Kitaysky
Early-life conditions can drive ageing patterns and life history strategies throughout the lifespan. Certain social, genetic and nutritional developmental conditions are more likely to produce high-quality offspring: those with good likelihood of recruitment and productivity. Here, we call such conditions "favoured states" and explore their relationship with physiological variables during development in a long-lived seabird, the black-legged kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla). Two favoured states were experimentally generated by manipulation of food availability and brood size, while hatching order and sex were also explored as naturally generating favoured states...
March 30, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331583/surreptitious-sympatry-exploring-the-ecological-and-genetic-separation-of-two-sibling-species
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Line S Cordes, Gregory O'Corry-Crowe, Robert J Small
Climate change is having profound impacts on animal populations, and shifts in geographic range are predicted in response. Shifts that result in range overlap between previously allopatric congeneric species may have consequences for biodiversity through interspecific competition, hybridization, and genetic introgression. Harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) and spotted seals (Phoca largha) are parapatric sibling species and areas of co-occurrence at the edges of their range, such as Bristol Bay, Alaska, offer a unique opportunity to explore ecological separation and discuss potential consequences of increased range overlap resulting from retreating sea ice...
March 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306719/chromosome-19q13-disruption-alters-expressions-of-cyp2a7-mia-and-mia-rab4b-lncrna-and-contributes-to-fap-like-phenotype-in-apc-mutation-negative-familial-colorectal-cancer-patients
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Lai Fun Thean, Yu Hui Wong, Michelle Lo, Carol Loi, Min Hoe Chew, Choong Leong Tang, Peh Yean Cheah
Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) is an autosomal-dominantly inherited form of colorectal cancer (CRC) caused by mutation in the adenomatous polyposis coli (APC) gene. Our ability to exhaustively screen for APC mutations identify microsatellite-stable and APC-mutation negative familial CRC patients, enabling us to search for novel genes. We performed genome-wide scan on two affected siblings of one family and 88 ethnicity- and gender-matched healthy controls to identify deletions shared by the siblings. Combined loss of heterozygosity, copy number and allelic-specific copy number analysis uncovered 5 shared deletions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289230/cross-cousin-marriage-among-the-yanomam%C3%A3-shows-evidence-of-parent-offspring-conflict-and-mate-competition-between-brothers
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Napoleon A Chagnon, Robert F Lynch, Mary K Shenk, Raymond Hames, Mark V Flinn
Marriage in many traditional societies often concerns the institutionalized exchange of reproductive partners among groups of kin. Such exchanges most often involve cross-cousins-marriage with the child of a parent's opposite-sex sibling-but it is unclear who benefits from these exchanges. Here we analyze the fitness consequences of marrying relatives among the Yanomamö from the Amazon. When individuals marry close kin, we find that (i) both husbands and wives have slightly lower fertility; (ii) offspring suffer from inbreeding depression; (iii) parents have more grandchildren; and (iv) siblings, especially brothers, benefit when their opposite-sex siblings marry relatives but not when their same-sex siblings do...
March 28, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221829/the-evolutionary-economics-of-embryonic-sac-fluids-in-squamate-reptiles
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Xavier Bonnet, Guy Naulleau, Richard Shine
The parchment-shelled eggs of squamate reptiles take up substantial water from the nest environment, enabling the conversion of yolk into neonatal tissue and buffering the embryo against the possibility of subsequent dry weather. During development, increasing amounts of water are stored in the embryonic sacs (i.e., membranes around the embryo: amnion, allantois, and chorion). The evolution of viviparity (prolonged uterine retention of developing embryos) means that embryonic-sac fluid storage now imposes a cost (increased maternal burdening), confers less benefit (because the mother buffers fetal water balance), and introduces a potential conflict among uterine siblings (for access to finite water supplies)...
March 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053061/food-availability-affects-adult-survival-trajectories-depending-on-early-developmental-conditions
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Michael Briga, Egbert Koetsier, Jelle J Boonekamp, Blanca Jimeno, Simon Verhulst
Food availability modulates survival in interaction with (for example) competition, disease and predators, but to what extent food availability in natural populations affects survival independent of these factors is not well known. We tested the effect of food availability on lifespan and actuarial senescence in a large population of captive zebra finches by increasing the effort required to obtain food, reflecting natural contrasts in food availability. Food availability may not affect all individuals equally and we therefore created heterogeneity in phenotypic quality by raising birds with different numbers of siblings...
January 11, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912014/why-do-larger-mothers-produce-larger-offspring-a-test-of-classic-theory
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Hayley Cameron, Keyne Monro, Martino Malerba, Stephan Munch, Dustin Marshall
Across a wide range of taxa, larger mothers produce larger offspring. Theory assumes that larger, more fecund mothers create higher local densities of siblings, and so larger mothers produce larger offspring to offset sibling competition. This assumption has been debated for over 30 yr, but direct empirical tests are surprisingly rare. Here, we test two key assumptions of classic theories that predict sibling competition drives maternal-size-offspring-size (MSOS) correlations: (1) independent effects of offspring size and sibling density on offspring performance or (2) as a product of an interaction between these two factors...
December 2016: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904806/dominance-relationships-in-a-family-pack-of-captive-arctic-wolves-canis-lupus-arctos-the-influence-of-competition-for-food-age-and-sex
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Simona Cafazzo, Martina Lazzaroni, Sarah Marshall-Pescini
BACKGROUND: Dominance is one of the most pervasive concepts in the study of wolf social behaviour but recently its validity has been questioned. For some authors, the bonds between members of wolf families are better described as parent-offspring relationships and the concept of dominance should be used just to evaluate the social dynamics of non-familial captive pack members (e.g., Mech & Cluff, 2010). However, there is a dearth of studies investigating dominance relationships and its correlates in wolf family packs...
2016: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902754/how-do-growth-and-sibling-competition-affect-telomere-dynamics-in-the-first-month-of-life-of-long-lived-seabird
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Yuichi Mizutani, Yasuaki Niizuma, Ken Yoda
Telomeres are nucleotide sequences located at the ends of chromosomes that promote genome stability. Changes in telomere length (dynamics) are related to fitness or life expectancy, and telomere dynamics during the development phase are likely to be affected by growth and stress factors. Here, we examined telomere dynamics of black-tailed gull chicks (Larus crassirostris) in nests with and without siblings. We found that the initial telomere lengths of singletons at hatching were longer than those of siblings, indicating that singletons are higher-quality chicks than siblings in terms of telomere length...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852800/kin-selection-and-the-evolution-of-plant-reproductive-traits
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Kamaljit S Bawa
Competition among developing seeds and sibling rivalry within multiovulated ovaries can be deleterious for both the maternal parent and the siblings. Increased genetic relatedness of seeds within the ovary may foster kin selection and reduce the deleterious consequences of sibling competition. The pollen parent may also be selected for siring all progeny within a fruit. I propose a series of hypotheses to explain the evolution of a number of reproductive traits in angiosperms in the context of kin selection and sibling rivalry within the ovaries of angiosperms...
November 16, 2016: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27821738/sibling-conflict-and-dishonest-signaling-in-birds
#19
Shana M Caro, Stuart A West, Ashleigh S Griffin
Offspring survival can often depend on successful communication with parents about their state of need. Theory suggests that offspring will be less likely to honestly signal their need when they experience greater competition from either a greater number of nestmates or less-related nestmates. We found support for this hypothesis with a comparative analysis, examining data from across 60 species of birds. We found that offspring are less honest about their level of need when (i) they face competition from current siblings; (ii) their parents are likely to breed again, and so they are in competition with future siblings; and (iii) parental divorce or death means that they are likely to be less related to future siblings...
November 29, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27793750/being-a-weakling-and-surviving-keep-the-fittest-siblings-close-by-when-eating
#20
Janko Skok
Weaklings serve as a buffer, allowing an increase in the overall prospect of offspring survival. Whereas birds are able to directly determine which offspring to invest in via selective feeding, multiparous mammals have fewer methods of excluding weaklings from milk provision. In pigs the maternal investment strategy is based on the vigorousness of the progeny, whereby weaklings can suffer hunger due to an inability to sufficiently stimulate the mammary gland. However, the vigorous massage might stimulate higher milk production in the surrounding glands and it is possible that a weakling's survivability is conditioned also by suckling at a position adjacent to heaviest littermate...
December 2016: Behavioural Processes
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