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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542922/study-of-retinal-neurodegeneration-and-maculopathy-in-diabetic-meriones-shawi-a-particular-animal-model-with-human-like-macula
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Imane Hammoum, Maha Benlarbi, Ahmed Dellaa, Klaudia Szabó, Bulcsú Dékány, Dávid Csaba, Zsuzsanna Almási, Rozina I Hajdú, Rached Azaiz, Ridha Charefeddine, Ákos Lukáts, Rafika Benchouacha-Chekir
The purpose of this work was to evaluate a potentially useful animal model, Meriones shawi (M.sh) - developing metabolic X syndrome, diabetes and possessing a visual streak similar to human macula - in the study of diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema (DME). Type 2 diabetes (T2D) was induced by high fat diet administration in M.sh. Body weights, blood glucose levels were monitored throughout the study. Diabetic retinal histopathology was evaluated 3 and 7 months after diabetes induction. Retinal thickness was measured, retinal cell types were labeled by immunohistochemistry and the number of stained elements were quantified...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533464/the-colours-of-humanity-the-evolution-of-pigmentation-in-the-human-lineage
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REVIEW
Nina G Jablonski, George Chaplin
Humans are a colourful species of primate, with human skin, hair and eye coloration having been influenced by a great variety of evolutionary forces throughout prehistory. Functionally naked skin has been the physical interface between the physical environment and the human body for most of the history of the genus Homo, and hence skin coloration has been under intense natural selection. From an original condition of protective, dark, eumelanin-enriched coloration in early tropical-dwelling Homo and Homo sapiens, loss of melanin pigmentation occurred under natural selection as Homo sapiens dispersed into non-tropical latitudes of Africa and Eurasia...
July 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528734/-human-pigmentation-and-evolution
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J Revuz, A Froment
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 18, 2017: Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521937/using-drosophila-pigmentation-traits-to-study-the-mechanisms-of-cis-regulatory-evolution
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REVIEW
Mark Rebeiz, Thomas M Williams
One primary agenda of the developmental evolution field is to elucidate molecular mechanisms governing differences in animal form. While mounting evidence has established an important role for mutations in transcription controlling cis-regulatory elements (CREs), the underlying mechanisms that translate these alterations into differences in gene expression are poorly understood. Emerging studies focused on pigmentation differences among closely related Drosophila species have provided many examples of phenotypically relevant CRE changes, and have begun to illuminate how this process works at the level of regulatory sequence function and transcription factor binding...
February 2017: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520639/wrinkled-vascularized-retinal-pigment-epithelium-detachment-prognosis-after-intravitreal-anti-vegf-therapy
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Delphine Lam, Oudy Semoun, Rocio Blanco-Garavito, Camille Jung, Diem T Nguyen, Eric H Souied, Gerard Mimoun
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) is frequently associated with vascularized pigment epithelial detachment (v-PED). We observed a peculiar characteristic of v-PED characterized by small lacy folds of the retinal pigment epithelium, appearing as a wrinkled PED (w-PED) on spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT). Our purpose was to describe the visual prognosis and number of intravitreal injections in w-PED compared with non-w-PED. METHODS: In this retrospective, case-control series, we reviewed retrospectively medical records of 52 eyes of 51 patients who were consecutively included between November 1 and 30, 2015 with a previous minimum 3-year follow-up...
May 16, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515469/the-topobiology-of-chemical-elements-in-seabird-feathers
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Nicholas R Howell, Jennifer L Lavers, Sayaka Uematsu, David Paterson, Daryl L Howard, Kathryn Spiers, Martin D de Jonge, Tracey Hanley, Richard Garrett, Richard B Banati
The highly organized morphogenesis of bird feathers holds important phylo- and ontogenetic information on the evolution of birds, organogenesis, tissue regeneration, and the health status of individual animals. Altered topobiological patterns are regularly used as retrospective evidence for disturbed developmental trajectories due to the past exposure to environmental stressors. Using the most advanced high-resolution (5-70 µm) X-ray fluorescence microscopy (XFM), we describe in the feathers from three species of Procellariiformes hitherto unknown, depositions of elements (Zn, Ca, Br, Cu, Fe) that are independent of pigmentation or any underlying variation in density or polymer structure...
May 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505307/sexual-dimorphism-and-retinal-mosaic-diversification-following-the-evolution-of-a-violet-receptor-in-butterflies
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Kyle J McCulloch, Furong Yuan, Ying Zhen, Matthew L Aardema, Gilbert Smith, Jorge Llorente-Bousquets, Peter Andolfatto, Adriana D Briscoe
Numerous animal lineages have expanded and diversified the opsin-based photoreceptors in their eyes underlying color vision behavior. However, the selective pressures giving rise to new photoreceptors and their spectral tuning remain mostly obscure. Previously, we identified a violet receptor (UV2) that is the result of a UV opsin gene duplication specific to Heliconius butterflies. At the same time the violet receptor evolved, Heliconius evolved UV-yellow coloration on their wings, due to the pigment 3-hydroxykynurenine (3-OHK) and the nanostructure architecture of the scale cells...
May 15, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500774/the-transcriptional-landscape-of-seasonal-coat-colour-moult-in-the-snowshoe-hare
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Mafalda S Ferreira, Paulo C Alves, Colin M Callahan, João P Marques, L Scott Mills, Jeffrey M Good, José Melo-Ferreira
Seasonal coat colour change is an important adaptation to seasonally changing environments but the evolution of this and other circannual traits remains poorly understood. In this study we use gene expression to understand seasonal coat colour moulting in wild snowshoe hares (Lepus americanus). We used hair colour to follow the progression of the moult, simultaneously sampling skin from three moulting stages in hares collected during the peak of the spring moult from white winter to brown summer pelage. Using RNA-sequencing, we tested if patterns of expression were consistent with predictions based on the established phases of the hair growth cycle...
May 13, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493958/evolutionary-transition-towards-permanent-chloroplasts-division-of-kleptochloroplasts-in-starved-cells-of-two-species-of-dinophysis-dinophyceae
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Pernille Møller Rusterholz, Per Juel Hansen, Niels Daugbjerg
Species within the marine toxic dinoflagellate genus Dinophysis are phagotrophic organisms that exploit chloroplasts (kleptochloroplasts) from other protists to perform photosynthesis. Dinophysis spp. acquire the kleptochloroplasts from the ciliate Mesodinium rubrum, which in turn acquires the chloroplasts from a unique clade of cryptophytes. Dinophysis spp. digest the prey nuclei and all other cell organelles upon ingestion (except the kleptochloroplasts) and they are therefore believed to constantly acquire new chloroplasts as the populations grow...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488810/one-gene-multiple-alleles-insights-into-the-microevolution-of-pigmentation-polymorphisms
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M Emília Santos
Understanding how phenotypic variation is generated and maintained, and the evolutionary forces that shape these processes is the main goal of evolutionary biology. Great progress has been made in uncovering the genetic basis of morphological diversity, yet little is known about both the genetics and developmental basis of discrete polymorphisms segregating in wild populations. Exploring variation in developmental mechanisms at the population level can address the long-standing question of whether the mechanisms of change are the same at the micro- and macroevolutionary scale...
May 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473904/from-chronic-immune-thrombocytopenia-to-severe-aplastic-anemia-recent-insights-into-the-evolution-of-eltrombopag
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REVIEW
Harinder Gill, Raymond S M Wong, Yok-Lam Kwong
Thrombopoietin (TPO) is the most potent cytokine stimulating thrombopoiesis. Therapy with exogenous TPO is limited by the formation of antibodies cross-reacting with endogenous TPO. Mimetics of TPO are compounds with no antigenic similarity to TPO. Eltrombopag is an orally-active nonpeptide small molecule that binds to the transmembrane portion of the TPO receptor MPL. Initial trials of eltrombopag have centered on immune thrombocytopenia (ITP), which is due to both increased destruction and decreased production of platelets...
May 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473720/organ-specific-transcriptome-profiling-of-metabolic-and-pigment-biosynthesis-pathways-in-the-floral-ornamental-progenitor-species-anthurium-amnicola-dressler
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Jon Y Suzuki, Teresita D Amore, Bernarda Calla, Nathan A Palmer, Erin D Scully, Scott E Sattler, Gautam Sarath, Joanne S Lichty, Roxana Y Myers, Lisa M Keith, Tracie K Matsumoto, Scott M Geib
Anthurium amnicola Dressler possesses a number of desirable and novel ornamental traits such as a purple-colored upright spathe, profuse flowering, and floral scent, some of which have been introgressed into modern Anthurium cultivars. As a first step in identifying genes associated with these traits, the transcriptome from root, leaf, spathe, and spadix from an accession of A. amnicola was assembled, resulting in 28,019 putative transcripts representing 19,458 unigenes. Genes involved in pigmentation, including those for the metabolism of chlorophyll and the biosynthesis of carotenoids, phenylpropanoids, and flavonoids were identified...
May 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456420/the-evolution-of-outer-retinal-tubulation-a-neurodegeneration-and-gliosis-prominent-in-macular-diseases
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Rosa Dolz-Marco, Katie M Litts, Anna C S Tan, K Bailey Freund, Christine A Curcio
PURPOSE: To document outer retinal tubulation (ORT) formation in advanced retinal disorders. DESIGN: Retrospective, observational study. PARTICIPANTS: Consecutive cases with retinal diseases showing outer retinal disruption and atrophy of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) associated with ORT on spectral-domain (SD) optical coherence tomography (OCT) at the final available visit. METHODS: Cross-sectional SD OCT scans showing ORT at the last available visit were compared with eye-tracked baseline scans...
April 26, 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448039/surgical-ablation-assay-for-studying-eye-regeneration-in-planarians
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Jacob M Morton, Marwa A Saad, Wendy S Beane
In the study of adult stem cells and regenerative mechanisms, planarian flatworms are a staple in vivo model system. This is due in large part to their abundant pluripotent stem cell population and ability to regenerate all cell and tissue types after injuries that would be catastrophic for most animals. Recently, planarians have gained popularity as a model for eye regeneration. Their ability to regenerate the entire eye (comprised of two tissue types: pigment cells and photoreceptors) allows for the dissection of the mechanisms regulating visual system regeneration...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437524/the-evolution-of-the-plateau-an-optical-coherence-tomography-signature-seen-in-geographic-atrophy
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Anna C S Tan, Polina Astroz, Kunal K Dansingani, Jason S Slakter, Lawrence A Yannuzzi, Christine A Curcio, K Bailey Freund
Purpose: Histologic details of progression routes to geographic atrophy (GA) in AMD are becoming available through optical coherence tomography (OCT). We studied the origins and evolution of an OCT signature called plateau in eyes with GA and suggested a histologic correlate. Methods: Serial eye-tracked OCT scans and multimodal imaging were acquired from eight eyes of seven patients with GA and plateau signatures over a mean follow-up of 7.7 years (range, 3.7-11...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431132/revealing-the-biochemical-and-genetic-basis-of-colour-variation-in-a-polymorphic-lizard
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Claire A McLean, Adrian Lutz, Katrina J Rankin, Devi Stuart-Fox, Adnan Moussalli
Determining the mechanistic and genetic basis of animal coloration is essential to understand the costs and constraints on colour production, and the evolution and maintenance of phenotypic variation. However, genes underlying structural colour and widespread pigment classes apart from melanin remain largely uncharacterised, in part due to restricted taxonomic focus. We combined liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry and RNA-seq gene expression analyses to characterise the pigments and genes associated with skin colour in the polymorphic lizard, Ctenophorus decresii...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428036/giantcell-tumor-of-tendon-sheath-open-surgery-or-arthroscopic-synovectomy-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Thibaut Noailles, Kevin Brulefert, Sylvain Briand, Pierre Marie Longis, Kevin Andrieu, Antoine Chalopin, François Gouin
PURPOSE: Giantcell tumor of tendon sheath(GCTTS)formelyknowned as pigmented villonodular synovitis (PVNS) is a benign, locally aggressive, proliferative disorder of the synovium involving a joint, bursa, or tendon sheath. Treatment ofGCTTSinvolves early surgical resection to limit articular destruction and the risk of recurrence. Synovectomy remains the treatment of choice forGCTTSbut without clear consensus to make an open or arthroscopic synovectomy andno certainty on the responsibility of surgery in the evolution towards the degenerative osteoarthritis...
April 17, 2017: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424460/generation-of-heritable-germline-mutations-in-the-jewel-wasp-nasonia-vitripennis-using-crispr-cas9
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Ming Li, Lauren Yun Cook Au, Deema Douglah, Abigail Chong, Bradley J White, Patrick M Ferree, Omar S Akbari
The revolutionary RNA-guided endonuclease CRISPR/Cas9 system has proven to be a powerful tool for gene editing in a plethora of organisms. Here, utilizing this system we developed an efficient protocol for the generation of heritable germline mutations in the parasitoid jewel wasp, Nasonia vitripennis, a rising insect model organism for the study of evolution, development of axis pattern formation, venom production, haplo-diploid sex determination, and host-symbiont interactions. To establish CRISPR-directed gene editing in N...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413232/the-freshwater-red-alga-batrachospermum-turfosum-florideophyceae-can-acclimate-to-a-wide-range-of-light-and-temperature-conditions
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Siegfried Aigner, Andreas Holzinger, Ulf Karsten, Ilse Kranner
Batrachospermum turfosum Bory is one of the generalists among the few red algae that have adapted to freshwater habitats, occurring in a variety of primarily shaded, nutrient-poor micro-habitats with lotic (running) or lentic (standing) waters. Seasonal variations in water level and canopy cover can expose this sessile alga to widely fluctuating temperatures, solar irradiation and nutrient availability. Here we report on the ecophysiology of B. turfosum collected from an ultra-oligotrophic bog pool in the Austrian Alps...
2017: Phycologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401467/response-of-extreme-haloarchaeon-haloarcula-argentinensis-rr10-to-simulated-microgravity-in-clinorotation
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Rebecca Thombre, Vinaya Shinde, Jyotsana Dixit, Sagar Jagtap, Pandit B Vidyasagar
Gravity is the fundamental force that may have operated during the evolution of life on Earth. It is thus important to understand as to what the effects of gravity are on cellular life. The studies related to effect of microgravity on cells may provide greater insights in understanding of how the physical force of gravity shaped life on Earth. The present study focuses on a unique group of organisms called the Haloarchaea, which are known for their extreme resistance to survive in stress-induced environments...
May 2017: 3 Biotech
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