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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929016/age-growth-mortality-and-reproductive-seasonality-of-jolthead-porgy-calamus-bajonado-from-florida-waters
#1
Michael L Burton, Jennifer C Potts, Jordan Page, Ariel Poholek
Ages of jolthead porgy (Calamus bajonado Schneider 1801) (n = 635) from Florida commercial and recreational fisheries from 2008-2016 were determined using sectioned sagittal otoliths. We determined, using edge-type analysis, that opaque zones were annular, forming March-June (peaking in April). Jolthead porgy ranged from 1-13 years, and the largest fish measured 680 mm TL (total length, mm). Body size relationships for jolthead porgy were TL = 1.09FL + 20.44 (n = 622, r(2) = 0.99), FL = 0.90 TL -14...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919878/postural-control-in-bilateral-vestibular-failure-its-relation-to-visual-proprioceptive-vestibular-and-cognitive-input
#2
Andreas Sprenger, Jann F Wojak, Nico M Jandl, Christoph Helmchen
Patients with bilateral vestibular failure (BVF) suffer from postural and gait unsteadiness with an increased risk of falls. The aim of this study was to elucidate the differential role of otolith, semicircular canal (SSC), visual, proprioceptive, and cognitive influences on the postural stability of BVF patients. Center-of-pressure displacements were recorded by posturography under six conditions: target visibility; tonic head positions in the pitch plane; horizontal head shaking; sensory deprivation; dual task; and tandem stance...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913910/rapid-and-high-resolution-stable-isotopic-measurement-of-biogenic-accretionary-carbonate-using-an-online-co2-laser-ablation-system-standardization-of-the-analytical-protocol
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Arpita Sreemany, Melinda Kumar Bera, Anindya Sarkar
RATIONALE: The elaborate sampling and analytical protocol associated with the conventional dual-inlet isotope ratio mass spectrometry has long hindered high-resolution climate studies from biogenic accretionary carbonates. Laser-based on-line systems, in comparison, produce rapid data, but suffer from unresolvable matrix effects. It is, therefore, necessary to resolve these matrix effects to take advantage of the automated laser-based method. METHODS: Two marine bivalve shells (one aragonite and one calcite) and one fish otolith (aragonite) were first analysed using a CO2 laser ablation system attached to a continuous flow isotope ratio mass spectrometer under different experimental conditions (different laser power, sample untreated vs vacuum roasted)...
September 14, 2017: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901805/fusiform-vateritic-inclusions-observed-in-european-eel-anguilla-anguilla-l-sagittae
#4
Zoltán Kern, Miklós Kázmér, Tamás Müller, András Specziár, Alexandra Németh, Tamás Váczi
Microscopic inclusions have been observed in 7 out of 106 European eel (Anguilla anguilla L.) sagittae using polarizing microscope and scanning electron microscope meanwhile the annual increments were studied to characterize the age structure of the population living in Lake Balaton. The presence of vaterite, a rare calcium carbonate polymorph was observed in these inclusions using Raman spectroscopy. Vateritic sagittae in wild fish are usually considered as symptom of physiological stress. The observed fusiform inclusions represent a new morphological type of vaterite inclusions in eel otolith...
September 2017: Acta Biologica Hungarica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893401/presence-of-trace-elements-in-the-silverside-odontesthes-argentinensis
#5
Gustavo A Thompson, Alejandra V Volpedo
The silverside Odontesthes argentinensis is an economically significant resource for commercial fisheries in South America. We evaluated the presence of trace elements in the stomach content and fish tissues (muscle and otoliths) of O. argentinensis. In addition, we assessed the presence of trace elements in its prey (zooplankton) and in seawater in a coastal temperate area. The most abundant trace elements found in the water, zooplankton, stomach content, and fish tissues (muscle and otoliths) constituted of Ba, Mn, Sr and Zn, while Cd, Cu and Pb were observed in lower concentrations...
September 9, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893140/the-finding-of-pacific-transvenid-acanthocephalans-in-the-arabian-gulf-with-the-description-of-paratrajectura-longcementglandatus-n-gen-n-sp-from-perciform-fishes-and-emendation-of-transvenidae
#6
Omar M Amin, Richard A Heckmann, Atheer H Ali
The acanthocephalan Paratrajectura longcementglandatus n. gen., n. sp. (Transvenidae) is described from specimens of 2 perciform fish species, Nemipterus japonicus Bloch (Nemipteridae) and Otolithes ruber Bloch and Schneider collected in the marine territorial waters of Iraq and Iran in the Arabian Gulf. Metal analysis of hook tip, middle and base is also described using X-ray microanalysis EDAX. The new genus is distinguished from the closely related genus Trajectura Pichelin and Cribb, 2001 described from wrasses (Labridae) (Perciformes) in the Pacific off Australia and Japan by having a proboscis with apical epidermal cone, long rhadinorhynchid-like tubular cement glands, relatively short and lobulated lemnisci, all proboscis hooks with prominent roots, females with subterminal gonopore and a rounded projection on the antero-dorsal end of the trunk, and males with elongate pre-equatorial testes reaching proboscis receptacle...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28880928/pseudempleurosoma-haywardi-sp-nov-monogenea-ancyrocephalidae-sensu-lato-bychowsky-nagibina-1968-an-endoparasite-of-croakers-teleostei-sciaenidae-from-indonesia
#7
Stefan Theisen, Harry W Palm, Sarah H Al-Jufaili, Sonja Kleinertz
An endoparasitic monogenean was identified for the first time from Indonesia. The oesophagus and anterior stomach of the croakers Nibea soldado (Lacépède) and Otolithes ruber (Bloch & Schneider) (n = 35 each) sampled from the South Java coast in May 2011 and Johnius amblycephalus (Bleeker) (n = 2) (all Sciaenidae) from Kedonganan fish market, South Bali coast, in November 2016, were infected with Pseudempleurosoma haywardi sp. nov. Prevalences in the first two croakers were 63% and 46%, respectively, and the two J...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28868046/a-novel-saccadic-strategy-revealed-by-suppression-head-impulse-testing-of-patients-with-bilateral-vestibular-loss
#8
Catherine de Waele, Qiwen Shen, Christophe Magnani, Ian S Curthoys
OBJECTIVE: We examined the eye movement response patterns of a group of patients with bilateral vestibular loss (BVL) during suppression head impulse testing. Some showed a new saccadic strategy that may have potential for explaining how patients use saccades to recover from vestibular loss. METHODS: Eight patients with severe BVL [vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR) gains less than 0.35 and absent otolithic function] were tested. All patients were given the Dizziness Handicap Inventory and questioned about oscillopsia during abrupt head movements...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28866388/structural-properties-of-the-intrinsically-disordered-multiple-calcium-ion-binding-otolith-matrix-macromolecule-64-omm-64
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Monika Poznar, Rafał Hołubowicz, Magdalena Wojtas, Jacek Gapiński, Ewa Banachowicz, Adam Patkowski, Andrzej Ożyhar, Piotr Dobryszycki
Fish otoliths are calcium carbonate biominerals that are involved in hearing and balance sensing. An organic matrix plays a crucial role in their formation. Otolith matrix macromolecule-64 (OMM-64) is a highly acidic, calcium-binding protein (CBP) found in rainbow trout otoliths. It is a component of high-molecular-weight aggregates, which influence the size, shape and polymorph of calcium carbonate in vitro. In this study, a protocol for the efficient expression and purification of OMM-64 was developed. For the first time, the complete structural characteristics of OMM-64 were described...
September 1, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28861030/coding-of-velocity-storage-in-the-vestibular-nuclei
#10
Sergei B Yakushin, Theodore Raphan, Bernard Cohen
Semicircular canal afferents sense angular acceleration and output angular velocity with a short time constant of ≈4.5 s. This output is prolonged by a central integrative network, velocity storage that lengthens the time constants of eye velocity. This mechanism utilizes canal, otolith, and visual (optokinetic) information to align the axis of eye velocity toward the spatial vertical when head orientation is off-vertical axis. Previous studies indicated that vestibular-only (VO) and vestibular-pause-saccade (VPS) neurons located in the medial and superior vestibular nucleus could code all aspects of velocity storage...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28834538/claudin7b-is-required-for-the-formation-and-function-of-inner-ear-in-zebrafish
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Xiaohui Li, Guili Song, Yasong Zhao, Feng Zhao, Chunyan Liu, Dong Liu, Qing Li, Zongbin Cui
Zebrafish has become an excellent model for studying the development and function of inner ear. We report here a zebrafish line in which claudin 7b (cldn7b) locus is interrupted by a Tol2 transposon at its first intron. The homozygous mutants have enlarged otocysts, smaller or no otoliths, slowly formed semicircular canals, and insensitiveness to sound stimulation. These abnormal phenotypes and hearing loss of inner ear could be mostly rescued by injection of cldn7b-mRNA into one-cell stage homozygous mutant embryos...
August 23, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816696/subjective-visual-vertical-and-horizontal-in-vestibular-migraine
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Gaurav Ashish, Ann Mary Augustine, Amit Kumar Tyagi, Anjali Lepcha, Achamma Balraj
OBJECTIVE: To assess the functional status of the otolithic pathway in vestibular migraine by comparing the results of static and dynamic subjective visual vertical and horizontal [subjective visual vertical (SVV) and subjective visual horizontal (SVH)] testing in patients with vestibular migraine with that of normal individuals. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This hospital-based prospective study was conducted in 82 normal adults and 66 adults with vestibular migraine...
August 2017: Journal of International Advanced Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816686/vestibular-response-to-electrical-stimulation-of-the-otolith-organs-implications-in-the-development-of-a-vestibular-implant-for-the-improvement-of-the-sensation-of-gravitoinertial-accelerations
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Angel Ramos de Miguel, Juan Carlos Falcon Gonzalez, Angel Ramos Macias
OBJECTIVE: Electrical stimulation of the utricular and saccular portions of the vestibular nerve improves stability in patients suffering from vestibular dysfunction. The main objective of this study was to evaluate a new technique, vestibular response telemetry (VRT), for measuring the electrically evoked vestibular compound action potential (saccular and utricular) after stimulating the otolith organ (saccular and utricular) in adults. This study used evidence that the otolith organ can be electrically stimulated in order to develop a new vestibular implant design to improve the sensation of gravitoinertial acceleration...
August 2017: Journal of International Advanced Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814635/perception-of-the-dynamic-visual-vertical-during-sinusoidal-linear-motion
#14
Antonella Pomante, Luc P J Selen, W Pieter Medendorp
The vestibular system provides information for spatial orientation. However, this information is ambiguous: because the otoliths sense the gravito-inertial force, they cannot distinguish gravitational and inertial components. As a consequence, prolonged linear acceleration of the head can be interpreted as tilt, referred to as the somatogravic effect. Previous modeling work suggests that the brain disambiguates the otolith signal according to the rules of Bayesian inference, combining noisy canal cues with the a priori assumption that prolonged linear accelerations are unlikely...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798718/vestibular-modulation-of-sympathetic-nerve-activity-to-muscle-and-skin-in-humans
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REVIEW
Elie Hammam, Vaughan G Macefield
We review the existence of vestibulosympathetic reflexes in humans. While several methods to activate the human vestibular apparatus have been used, galvanic vestibular stimulation (GVS) is a means of selectively modulating vestibular afferent activity via electrodes over the mastoid processes, causing robust vestibular illusions of side-to-side movement. Sinusoidal GVS (sGVS) causes partial entrainment of sympathetic outflow to muscle and skin. Modulation of muscle sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA) from vestibular inputs competes with baroreceptor inputs, with stronger temporal coupling to the vestibular stimulus being observed at frequencies remote from the cardiac frequency; "super entrainment" was observed in some individuals...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796086/sensitivity-and-specificity-of-clinical-and-laboratory-otolith-function-tests
#16
Lokesh Kumar, Alok Thakar, Bhaskar Thakur, Kapil Sikka
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate clinic based and laboratory tests of otolith function for their sensitivity and specificity in demarcating unilateral compensated complete vestibular deficit from normal. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective cross-sectional study. SETTING: Tertiary care hospital vestibular physiology laboratory. SUBJECTS: Control group-30 healthy adults, 20-45 years age; Case group-15 subjects post vestibular shwannoma excision or post-labyrinthectomy with compensated unilateral complete audio-vestibular loss...
October 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777976/otoliths-accelerometer-and-seismometer-implications-in-vestibular-evoked-myogenic-potential-vemp
#17
Wally Grant, Ian Curthoys
Vestibular otolithic organs are recognized as transducers of head acceleration and they function as such up to their corner frequency or undamped natural frequency. It is well recognized that these organs respond to frequencies above their corner frequency up to the 2-3 kHz range (Curthoys et al., 2016). A mechanics model for the transduction of these organs is developed that predicts the response below the undamped natural frequency as an accelerometer and above that frequency as a seismometer. The model is converted to a transfer function using hair cell bundle deflection...
July 27, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776676/consistency-of-elemental-and-isotope-ratio-patterns-across-multiple-scales-from-individual-fish
#18
M E Seeley, W K Logan, B D Walther
Assays of elemental and stable-isotope ratios across growth increments of scales have the potential to provide a non-lethal alternative to otolith chemistry for identifying migration and ontogenetic trophic shifts. A central assumption when employing scales as otolith analogues is that any scale from an individual will provide equivalent information about the chemical history of that fish. This assumption was investigated with multiple scales from wild and captive euryhaline Atlantic tarpon Megalops atlanticus from the north-west Gulf of Mexico...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Fish Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763957/preconcentration-and-determination-of-lead-ions-in-fish-and-mollusk-tissues-by-nanocomposite-of-fe3o4-graphene-oxide-polyimide-as-a-solid-phase-extraction-sorbent
#19
Ali Mehdinia, Maryam Ramezani, Ali Jabbari
The separation and pre-concentration of pb(2+) ions from mollusk and fish samples were performed by nanocomposite of magnetic graphene oxide-polyimide, as an efficient solid-phase extraction sorbent. The nanocomposite was characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The parameters affecting the extraction processes including: amount of adsorbent, adsorption and desorption times, type and volume of the eluent solvent and interfering ions of the sample were investigated and optimized...
December 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751305/dlx3b-4b-is-required-for-early-born-but-not-later-forming-sensory-hair-cells-during-zebrafish-inner-ear-development
#20
Simone Schwarzer, Sandra Spieß, Michael Brand, Stefan Hans
Morpholino-mediated knockdown has shown that the homeodomain transcription factors Dlx3b and Dlx4b are essential for proper induction of the otic-epibranchial progenitor domain (OEPD), as well as subsequent formation of sensory hair cells in the developing zebrafish inner ear. However, increasing use of reverse genetic approaches has revealed poor correlation between morpholino-induced and mutant phenotypes. Using CRISPR/Cas9-mediated mutagenesis, we generated a defined deletion eliminating the entire open reading frames of dlx3b and dlx4b (dlx3b/4b) and investigated a potential phenotypic difference between mutants and morpholino-mediated knockdown...
September 15, 2017: Biology Open
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