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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155284/the-dynamic-evolution-of-drosophila-innubila-nudivirus
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Tom Hill, Robert L Unckless
Viruses coevolve with their hosts to overcome host resistance and gain the upper hand in the evolutionary arms race. Drosophila innubila nudivirus (DiNV) is a double stranded DNA virus, closely related to Oryctes rhinoceros nudivirus (OrNV) and Kallithea virus. DiNV is the first DNA virus found to naturally infect Drosophila and therefore has the potential to be developed as a model for DNA virus immune defense and host/virus coevolution within its well-studied host system. Here we sequence and annotate the genome of DiNV and identify signatures of adaptation, revealing clues for genes involved in host-parasite coevolution...
November 16, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124354/parathyroid-thyroid-and-recurrent-laryngeal-nerve-anatomy-in-an-indian-rhinoceros-rhinoceros-unicornis
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R Udelsman, S B Citino, M Prasad, P I Donovan, D V Fredholm
INTRODUCTION: The parathyroid gland was first identified in the Indian rhinoceros in 1849 by Sir Richard Owen. We performed a necropsy in an Indian rhinoceros, recapitulating Owen's dissection and display what appear to be the initial identification of the recurrent laryngeal nerve in situ and the anatomy and histology of the largest rhinoceros parathyroid glands yet identified. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patrick T. Rhino, a 41-year-old Indian rhinoceros was born in 1974...
November 9, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29066748/complex-furrows-in-a-2d-epithelial-sheet-code-the-3d-structure-of-a-beetle-horn
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Keisuke Matsuda, Hiroki Gotoh, Yuki Tajika, Takamichi Sushida, Hitoshi Aonuma, Teruyuki Niimi, Masakazu Akiyama, Yasuhiro Inoue, Shigeru Kondo
The external organs of holometabolous insects are generated through two consecutive processes: the development of imaginal primordia and their subsequent transformation into the adult structures. During the latter process, many different phenomena at the cellular level (e.g. cell shape changes, cell migration, folding and unfolding of epithelial sheets) contribute to the drastic changes observed in size and shape. Because of this complexity, the logic behind the formation of the 3D structure of adult external organs remains largely unknown...
October 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29055136/the-rhinoceros-among-serpents-comparative-anatomy-and-experimental-biophysics-of-calabar-burrowing-python-calabaria-reinhardtii-skin
#4
Dawei Han, Bruce A Young
The Calabar burrowing python (Calabaria reinhardtii) has a unique combination of marked thickness of the integumentary layers, a highly organized lamellate arrangement of the dermal collagen bundles, and a reduction in the size of the interscale hinge region of the integument. Biomechanical testing demonstrates that the skin of C. reinhardtii is more resistant to penetration than the skin of other snakes. The laminar arrangement of the collagen bundles provides for penetrative resistance, even while maintaining the flexibility characteristic of snake skin...
October 21, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29043866/three-dimensional-finite-element-analysis-of-glass-fiber-and-cast-metal-posts-with-different-alloys-for-reconstruction-of-teeth-without-ferrule
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Fellippo Ramos Verri, Marlice Hayumi Theles Okumura, Cleidiel Aparecido Araujo Lemos, Daniel Augusto de Faria Almeida, Victor Eduardo de Souza Batista, Ronaldo Silva Cruz, Hiskell Francine Fernandes Oliveira, Eduardo Piza Pellizzer
The aim of this study was to evaluate different materials for restoration of teeth without ferrule by three-dimensional (3D) finite element analysis (FEA). Five models simulating the maxillary central incisor and surrounding bone were simulated according to the type of post: glass fibre post (GFP) or cast metal post (CMP) with different alloys such as gold (Au), silver-palladium (AgPd), copper-aluminum (CuAl) and nickel-chromium (NiCr). Models were designed using Invesalius and Rhinoceros. FEAs were made using FEMAP and NeiNastran, with an applied axial force of 100 N and oblique occlusal load at 45°...
October 18, 2017: Journal of Medical Engineering & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035720/an-internationally-standardized-species-identification-test-for-use-on-suspected-seized-rhinoceros-horn-in-the-illegal-wildlife-trade
#6
Kyle M Ewart, Greta J Frankham, Ross McEwing, Lucy M I Webster, Sherryn A Ciavaglia, Adrian M T Linacre, Dang Tat The, Kanitia Ovouthan, Rebecca N Johnson
Rhinoceros (rhino) numbers have dwindled substantially over the past century. As a result, three of the five species are now considered to be critically endangered, one species is vulnerable and one species is near-threatened. Poaching has increased dramatically over the past decade due to a growing demand for rhino horn products, primarily in Asia. Improved wildlife forensic techniques, such as validated tests for species identification of seized horns, are critical to aid current enforcement and prosecution efforts and provide a deterrent to future rhino horn trafficking...
October 7, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033190/3d-modelling-of-radical-prostatectomy-specimens-developing-a-method-to-quantify-tumor-morphometry-for-prostate-cancer-risk-prediction
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Marcus C Hovens, Kevin Lo, Michael Kerger, John Pedersen, Timothy Nottle, Natalie Kurganovs, Andrew Ryan, Justin S Peters, Daniel Moon, Anthony J Costello, Niall M Corcoran, Matthew K H Hong
Prostate cancer displays a wide spectrum of clinical behaviour from biological indolence to rapidly lethal disease, but we remain unable to accurately predict an individual tumor's future clinical course at an early curable stage. Beyond basic dimensions and volume calculations, tumor morphometry is an area that has received little attention, as it requires the analysis of the prostate gland and tumor foci in three-dimensions. Previous efforts to generate three-dimensional prostate models have required specialised graphics units and focused on the spatial distribution of tumors for optimisation of biopsy strategies rather than to generate novel morphometric variables such as tumor surface area...
September 27, 2017: Pathology, Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023063/effectiveness-of-metarhizium-anisopliae-and-entomopathogenic-nematodes-to-control-oryctes-rhinoceros-larvae-in-the-rainy-season
#8
Dyah Rini Indriyanti, Priyantini Widiyaningrum, Haryuni, Muji Slamet, Yoris Adi Maretta
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Metarhizium anisopliae (MET) and entomopathogenic nematodes (EPN) are microorganisms that attack the larvae of Oryctes rhinoceros. The effects of MET, EPN and the combination of both on the O. rhinoceros larvae were studied during the rainy season in Jepara Indonesia. This study aimed to determine the effectiveness of Metarhizium anisopliae and entomopathogenic nematodes to control Oryctes rhinoceros larvae in the rainy season. MATERIALS AND METHODS: There were four level doses of MET, four level doses of EPN and four mixture of MET and EPN...
2017: Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences: PJBS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28985326/the-effects-of-captivity-on-the-mammalian-gut-microbiome
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Valerie J McKenzie, Se Jin Song, Frédéric Delsuc, Tiffany L Prest, Angela M Oliverio, Timothy M Korpita, Alexandra Alexiev, Katherine R Amato, Jessica L Metcalf, Martin Kowalewski, Nico L Avenant, Andres Link, Anthony Di Fiore, Andaine Seguin-Orlando, Claudia Feh, Ludovic Orlando, Joseph R Mendelson, Jon Sanders, Rob Knight
Recent studies increasingly note the effect of captivity or the built environment on the microbiome of humans and other animals. As symbiotic microbes are essential to many aspects of biology (e.g., digestive and immune functions), it is important to understand how lifestyle differences can impact the microbiome, and, consequently, the health of hosts. Animals living in captivity experience a range of changes that may influence the gut bacteria, such as diet changes, treatments, and reduced contact with other individuals, species and variable environmental substrates that act as sources of bacterial diversity...
August 7, 2017: Integrative and Comparative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28948643/a-potential-link-between-lateral-semicircular-canal-orientation-head-posture-and-dietary-habits-in-extant-rhinos-perissodactyla-rhinocerotidae
#10
Rico Schellhorn
Extant rhinoceroses share the characteristic nasal horn, although the number and size of horns varies among the five species. Although all species are herbivores, their dietary preferences, occipital shapes, and common head postures vary. Traditionally, to predict the "usual" head posture (the most used head posture of animals during normal unstressed activities, i.e., standing) of rhinos, the occipital shape was used. While a backward inclined occiput implies a downward hanging head (often found in grazers), a forward inclined occiput is related to the horizontal head posture in browsing rhinos...
September 26, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28940809/effects-of-age-and-sex-ratios-on-offspring-recruitment-rates-in-translocated-black-rhinoceros
#11
Jay V Gedir, Peter R Law, Pierre du Preez, Wayne L Linklater
Success of animal translocations depends on improving post-release demographic rates toward establishment and subsequent growth of released populations. Short-term metrics for evaluating translocation success and its drivers, like post-release survival and fecundity, are unlikely to represent longer-term outcomes. We used information theory to investigate 25 years of black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) translocations using the offspring recruitment rate (ORR) of translocated females - a metric integrating survival, fecundity and offspring recruitment at sexual maturity - to detect determinants of success...
September 22, 2017: Conservation Biology: the Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935483/force-and-deformation-stresses-in-customized-and-non-customized-plates-during-simulation-of-advancement-genioplasty
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V F Ramos, L A P F Pinto, R T Basting
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the distribution of deformation stresses in customized and non-customized plates during simulated advancement genioplasty, using the finite element method. METHODS: A customized plate (Traumec) was developed with 4.75 mm advancement, in ASTM F67 Grade 2 titanium, with four screws. Non-customized (standard) plates with 6 mm advancement (Stryker with six screws and Osteomed with four screws) were used for comparison...
August 31, 2017: Journal of Cranio-maxillo-facial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920821/serum-ferritin-concentration-is-not-a-reliable-biomarker-of-iron-overload-disorder-progression-or-hemochromatosis-in-the-sumatran-rhinoceros-dicerorhinus-sumatrensis
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Terri L Roth, Paul R Reinhart, Jennifer L Kroll
The aim of this study was to determine if ferritin is a reliable biomarker of iron overload disorder (IOD) progression and hemochromatosis in the Sumatran rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) by developing a species-specific ferritin assay and testing historically banked samples collected from rhinos that did and did not die of hemochromatosis. Ferritin extracted from Sumatran rhino liver tissue was used to generate antibodies for the Enzyme Immunoassay. Historically banked Sumatran rhino serum samples (n = 298) obtained from six rhinos in US zoos (n = 290); five rhinos at the Sumatran Rhino Conservation Centre in Sungai Dusun, Malaysia (n = 5); and two rhinos in Sabah, Malaysia (n = 3) were analyzed for ferritin concentrations...
September 2017: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920785/detomidine-and-butorphanol-for-standing-sedation-in-a-range-of-zoo-kept-ungulate-species
#14
Tim Bouts, Joanne Dodds, Karla Berry, Abdi Arif, Polly Taylor, Andrew Routh, Frank Gasthuys
General anesthesia poses risks for larger zoo species, like cardiorespiratory depression, myopathy, and hyperthermia. In ruminants, ruminal bloat and regurgitation of rumen contents with potential aspiration pneumonia are added risks. Thus, the use of sedation to perform minor procedures is justified in zoo animals. A combination of detomidine and butorphanol has been routinely used in domestic animals. This drug combination, administered by remote intramuscular injection, can also be applied for standing sedation in a range of zoo animals, allowing a number of minor procedures...
September 2017: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912691/the-brain-of-the-black-diceros-bicornis-and-white-ceratotherium-simum-african-rhinoceroses-morphology-and-volumetrics-from-magnetic-resonance-imaging
#15
Adhil Bhagwandin, Mark Haagensen, Paul R Manger
The morphology and volumetrics of the understudied brains of two iconic large terrestrial African mammals: the black (Diceros bicornis) and white (Ceratotherium simum) rhinoceroses are described. The black rhinoceros is typically solitary whereas the white rhinoceros is social, and both are members of the Perissodactyl order. Here, we provide descriptions of the surface of the brain of each rhinoceros. For both species, we use magnetic resonance images (MRI) to develop a description of the internal anatomy of the rhinoceros brain and to calculate the volume of the amygdala, cerebellum, corpus callosum, hippocampus, and ventricular system as well as to determine the gyrencephalic index...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889810/simple-diagnostic-signs-in-those-with-cognitive-impairment-anything-to-improve-detection-of-cognitive-disorders
#16
Michael C Woodward
With now over 50 million people worldwide with dementia (Prince et al., 2013), there are almost certainly well over 100 million people with cognitive concerns and many of these will attend their health professional keen to know what is going on. We need those without intensive training in this field to be more confident and correct in their diagnosis when such a concerned person turns up. Many simple diagnostic tests have been proposed and some assessed - these include the walk and talk (divided attention) test (those who stop when asked a question while walking may be cognitively impaired) (Lamoth et al...
September 11, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875067/high-incidence-of-cervical-ribs-indicates-vulnerable-condition-in-late-pleistocene-woolly-rhinoceroses
#17
Alexandra A E van der Geer, Frietson Galis
Mammals as a rule have seven cervical vertebrae, a number that remains remarkably constant. Changes of this number are associated with major congenital abnormalities (pleiotropic effects) that are, at least in humans, strongly selected against. Recently, it was found that Late Pleistocene mammoths (Mammuthus primigenius) from the North Sea have an unusually high incidence of abnormal cervical vertebral numbers, approximately ten times higher than that of extant elephants. Abnormal numbers were due to the presence of large cervical ribs on the seventh vertebra, indicating a homeotic change from a cervical rib-less vertebra into a thoracic rib-bearing vertebra...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820298/surveillance-for-hemorrhagic-septicemia-in-buffalo-bubalus-bubalis-as-an-aid-to-range-expansion-of-the-javan-rhinoceros-rhinoceros-sondaicus-in-ujung-kulon-national-park-indonesia
#18
Kurnia Oktavia Khairani, Daryl Nydam, M Julia Felippe, Pat McDonough, Jason Barry, Rois Mahmud, M Haryono, Robin W Radcliffe
The Javan rhinoceros (Rhinoceros sondaicus) of Ujung Kulon National Park (UKNP) is the crown jewel of Indonesia's rich natural history. The park lies on a peninsula surrounded by coastline and agriculture-dominated landscapes. The invasion of water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) into the park carries a substantial health risk to the Javan rhinoceros and threatens plans to establish a new population outside of its only current range in UKNP. Hemorrhagic septicemia (HS), known locally as septicemia epizootica and caused by Pasteurella multocida B:2, could thwart Indonesia's efforts to expand the range of the Javan rhinoceros...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814978/evolutionary-history-of-the-mariner-element-galluhop-in-avian-genomes
#19
Natasha Avila Bertocchi, Fabiano Pimentel Torres, Analía Del Valle Garnero, Ricardo José Gunski, Gabriel Luz Wallau
BACKGROUND: Transposable elements (TEs) are highly abundant genomic parasites in eukaryote genomes. Although several genomes have been screened for TEs, so far very limited information is available regarding avian TEs and their evolutionary histories. Taking advantage of the rich genomic data available for birds, we characterized the evolutionary history of the galluhop element, originally described in Gallus gallus, through the use of several bioinformatic analyses. RESULTS: galluhop homologous sequences were found in 6 of 72 genomes analyzed: 5 species of Galliformes (Gallus gallus, Meleagris gallopavo, Coturnix japonica, Colinus virginianus, Lyrurus tetrix) and one Buceritiformes (Buceros rhinoceros)...
2017: Mobile DNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812656/experimental-evidence-for-homeostatic-sex-allocation-after-sex-biased-reintroductions
#20
Wayne Leslie Linklater, Peter Roy Law, Jay Vinson Gedir, Pierre du Preez
First principles predict negative frequency-dependent sex allocation, but it is unproven in field studies and seldom considered, despite far-reaching consequences for theory and practice in population genetics and dynamics as well as animal ecology and behaviour. Twenty-four years of rhinoceros calving after 45 reintroductions across southern Africa provide the first in situ experimental evidence that unbalanced operational sex ratios predicted offspring sex and offspring sex ratios. Our understanding of population dynamics, especially reintroduction and invasion biology, will be significantly impacted by these findings...
March 6, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
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