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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29055154/gene-expression-changes-in-male-accessory-glands-during-ageing-are-accompanied-by-reproductive-decline-in-drosophila-melanogaster
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Mareike Koppik, Claudia Fricke
Senescence is accompanied by loss of reproductive functions. Here we studied reproductive ageing in Drosophila melanogaster males and asked whether the expected decline in male reproductive success is due to diminished functionality of the male accessory gland. The male accessory gland produces the majority of seminal fluid proteins (SFPs) transferred to the female at mating. SFPs induce female post-mating changes and are key to male reproductive success. We measured age-dependent gene expression changes for five representative SFP genes in males from four different age groups ranging from one to six weeks after eclosion...
October 21, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29055134/geographic-patterns-and-pollination-ecotypes-in-claytonia-virginica
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Alison J Parker, Neal M Williams, James D Thomson
Geographical variation in pollinators visiting a plant can produce plant populations adapted to local pollinator environments. We documented two markedly different pollinator climates for the spring ephemeral wildflower Claytonia virginica: in more northern populations, the pollen-specialist bee Andrena erigeniae dominated, but in more southern populations, A. erigeniae visited rarely and the bee-fly Bombylius major dominated. Plants in the northern populations experience faster pollen depletion than plants in southern populations...
October 21, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29055050/an-evolutionary-framework-outlining-the-integration-of-individual-social-and-spatial-ecology
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Quinn M R Webber, Eric Vander Wal
1.Behaviour is the interface between an organism and its environment, and behavioural plasticity is important for organisms to cope with environmental change. Social behaviour is particularly important because sociality is a dynamic process, where environmental variation influences group dynamics and social plasticity can mediate resource acquisition. Heterogeneity in the ecological environment can therefore influence the social environment. The combination of the ecological and social environments may be interpreted collectively as the 'socioecological' environment', which could explain variation in fitness...
October 21, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054868/conditional-function-of-autoaggregative-protein-cah-and-common-cah-mutations-in-shiga-toxin-producing-escherichia-coli
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Michelle Qiu Carter, Maria T Brandl, Indira T Kudva, Robab Katani, Matthew R Moreau, Vivek Kapur
Cah is a calcium-binding autotransporter protein involved in autoaggregation and biofilm formation. Although cah is widespread in Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC), we detected mutations in cah at a frequency of 31.3% in this pathogen. In STEC O157:H7 super-shedder strain SS17, a large deletion results in a smaller coding sequence, lacking the C-terminal 71 amino acids compared with Cah in STEC O157:H7 strain EDL933. We examined the function of Cah in biofilm formation and host colonization to better understand selective pressures for cah mutations...
October 20, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054332/humanity-in-a-dish-population-genetics-with-ipscs
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REVIEW
Curtis R Warren, Chad A Cowan
Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are powerful tools for investigating the relationship between genotype and phenotype. Recent publications have described iPSC cohort studies of common genetic variants and their effects on gene expression and cellular phenotypes. These in vitro quantitative trait locus (QTL) studies are the first experiments in a new paradigm with great potential: iPSC-based functional population genetic studies. iPSC collections from large cohorts are currently under development to facilitate the next wave of these studies, which have the potential to discover the effects of common genetic variants on cellular phenotypes and to uncover the molecular basis of common genetic diseases...
October 17, 2017: Trends in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053363/toward-a-periodic-table-of-niches-or-exploring-the-lizard-niche-hypervolume
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Eric R Pianka, Laurie J Vitt, Nicolás Pelegrin, Daniel B Fitzgerald, Kirk O Winemiller
Widespread niche convergence suggests that species can be organized according to functional trait combinations to create a framework analogous to a periodic table. We compiled ecological data for lizards to examine patterns of global and regional niche diversification, and we used multivariate statistical approaches to develop the beginnings for a periodic table of niches. Data (50+ variables) for five major niche dimensions (habitat, diet, life history, metabolism, defense) were compiled for 134 species of lizards representing 24 of the 38 extant families...
November 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053190/quantitative-mesophyll-parameters-rather-than-whole-leaf-traits-predict-response-of-c3-steppe-plants-to-aridity
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Larissa A Ivanova, Polina K Yudina, Dina A Ronzhina, Leonid A Ivanov, Norbert Hölzel
We studied the impact of aridity on leaf and mesophyll traits in dominant and very abundant plant species of Eurasian steppe plant communities. We covered a 500-km latitudinal gradient across three vegetation zones in the Volga region of southern European Russia. Whole-leaf traits, volumetric fractions of leaf tissues, quantitative parameters of photosynthetic cells and chloroplasts, and chlorophyll, carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) contents were analyzed and related to plant functional type (PFT), type of mesophyll anatomy, phylogeny and climate aridity...
October 20, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052939/qtl-mapping-and-analysis-of-heritable-variation-in-affiliative-social-behavior-and-related-traits
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Allison T Knoll, Kevin Jiang, Pat Levitt
Humans exhibit broad heterogeneity in affiliative social behavior. Twin and family studies demonstrate that individual differences in core dimensions of social behavior are heritable, yet there are knowledge gaps in understanding the underlying genetic and neurobiological mechanisms. Animal genetic reference panels (GRPs) provide a tractable strategy for examining the behavioral and genetic architecture of complex traits. Here, using males from 50 mouse strains from the BXD GRP, four domains of affiliative social behavior-social approach, social recognition, direct social interaction (partner sniffing), and vocal communication-were examined in two widely used behavioral tasks-the 3-chamber and direct social interaction tasks...
October 20, 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052764/fine-mapping-and-candidate-gene-analysis-of-the-virescent-gene-v-1-in-upland-cotton-gossypium-hirsutum
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Guangzhi Mao, Qiang Ma, Hengling Wei, Junji Su, Hantao Wang, Qifeng Ma, Shuli Fan, Meizhen Song, Xianlong Zhang, Shuxun Yu
The young leaves of virescent mutants are yellowish and gradually turn green as the plants reach maturity. Understanding the genetic basis of virescent mutants can aid research of the regulatory mechanisms underlying chloroplast development and chlorophyll biosynthesis, as well as contribute to the application of virescent traits in crop breeding. In this study, fine mapping was employed, and a recessive gene (v 1) from a virescent mutant of Upland cotton was narrowed to an 84.1-Kb region containing ten candidate genes...
October 20, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051970/construction-of-an-ultra-high-density-consensus-genetic-map-and-enhancement-of-the-physical-map-from-genome-sequencing-in-lupinus-angustifolius
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Gaofeng Zhou, Jianbo Jian, Penghao Wang, Chengdao Li, Ye Tao, Xuan Li, Daniel Renshaw, Jonathan Clements, Mark Sweetingham, Huaan Yang
An ultra-high density genetic map containing 34,574 sequence-defined markers was developed in Lupinus angustifolius. Markers closely linked to nine genes of agronomic traits were identified. A physical map was improved to cover 560.5 Mb genome sequence. Lupin (Lupinus angustifolius L.) is a recently domesticated legume grain crop. In this study, we applied the restriction-site associated DNA sequencing (RADseq) method to genotype an F9 recombinant inbred line population derived from a wild type × domesticated cultivar (W × D) cross...
October 19, 2017: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051595/a-virus-carries-a-gene-encoding-juvenile-hormone-acid-methyltransferase-a-key-regulatory-enzyme-in-insect-metamorphosis
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Jun Takatsuka, Madoka Nakai, Tetsuro Shinoda
Microbial parasitism, infection, and symbiosis in animals often modulate host endocrine systems, resulting in alterations of phenotypic traits of the host that can have profound effects on the ecology and evolution of both the microorganisms and their hosts. Information about the mechanisms and genetic bases of such modulations by animal parasites is available from studies of steroid hormones. However, reports involving other hormones are scarce. We found that an insect virus, a betaentomopoxvirus, encodes a juvenile hormone acid methyltransferase that can synthesize an important insect hormone, the sesquiterpenoid juvenile hormone...
October 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051491/fan1-interaction-with-ubiquitylated-pcna-alleviates-replication-stress-and-preserves-genomic-integrity-independently-of-brca2
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Antonio Porro, Matteo Berti, Julia Pizzolato, Serena Bologna, Svenja Kaden, Anja Saxer, Yue Ma, Kazuo Nagasawa, Alessandro A Sartori, Josef Jiricny
Interstrand cross-link (ICL) hypersensitivity is a characteristic trait of Fanconi anemia (FA). Although FANCD2-associated nuclease 1 (FAN1) contributes to ICL repair, FAN1 mutations predispose to karyomegalic interstitial nephritis (KIN) and cancer rather than to FA. Thus, the biological role of FAN1 remains unclear. Because fork stalling in FAN1-deficient cells causes chromosomal instability, we reasoned that the key function of FAN1 might lie in the processing of halted replication forks. Here, we show that FAN1 contains a previously-uncharacterized PCNA interacting peptide (PIP) motif that, together with its ubiquitin-binding zinc finger (UBZ) domain, helps recruit FAN1 to ubiquitylated PCNA accumulated at stalled forks...
October 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051384/taxon-restricted-genes-at-the-origin-of-a-novel-trait-allowing-access-to-a-new-environment
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M Emília Santos, Augustin Le Bouquin, Antonin J J Crumière, Abderrahman Khila
Taxon-restricted genes make up a considerable proportion of genomes, yet their contribution to phenotypic evolution is poorly understood. We combined gene expression with functional and behavioral assays to study the origin and adaptive value of an evolutionary innovation exclusive to the water strider genus Rhagovelia: the propelling fan. We discovered that two taxon-restricted genes, which we named geisha and mother-of-geisha, specifically control fan development. geisha originated through a duplication event at the base of the Rhagovelia lineage, and both duplicates acquired a novel expression in a specific cell population prefiguring fan development...
October 20, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050910/default-mode-network-connectivity-of-fear-and-anxiety-related-cue-and-context-conditioning
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Francesca Zidda, Jamila Andoh, Sebastian Pohlack, Tobias Winkelmann, Ramona Dinu-Biringer, Juliana Cavalli, Michaela Ruttorf, Frauke Nees, Herta Flor
Classical fear conditioning is an important mechanism to adequately respond and adapt to environmental threats and has been related to the development of fear and anxiety. Both cue and context conditioning have been studied but little is known about their relation to relevant resting state networks. The default mode network (DMN) has been reported to be involved in affective learning and described as facilitating a state of readiness in responding to environmental changes. We examined resting state brain connectivity patterns of the default mode network (DMN) in 119 healthy volunteers...
October 16, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050504/transgender-research-in-the-21st-century-a-selective-critical-review-from-a-neurocognitive-perspective
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Sven C Mueller, Griet De Cuypere, Guy T'Sjoen
Gender dysphoria describes the psychological distress caused by identifying with the sex opposite to the one assigned at birth. In recent years, much progress has been made in characterizing the needs of transgender persons wishing to transition to their preferred gender, thus helping to optimize care. This critical review of the literature examines their common mental health issues, several individual risk factors for psychiatric comorbidity, and current research on the underlying neurobiology. Prevalence rates of persons identifying as transgender and seeking help with transition have been rising steeply since 2000 across Western countries; the current U...
October 20, 2017: American Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046664/regulation-structured-dynamic-metabolic-model-provides-a-potential-mechanism-for-delayed-enzyme-response-in-denitrification-process
#16
Hyun-Seob Song, Dennis G Thomas, James C Stegen, Minjing Li, Chongxuan Liu, Xuehang Song, Xingyuan Chen, Jim K Fredrickson, John M Zachara, Timothy D Scheibe
In a recent study of denitrification dynamics in hyporheic zone sediments, we observed a significant time lag (up to several days) in enzymatic response to the changes in substrate concentration. To explore an underlying mechanism and understand the interactive dynamics between enzymes and nutrients, we developed a trait-based model that associates a community's traits with functional enzymes, instead of typically used species guilds (or functional guilds). This enzyme-based formulation allows to collectively describe biogeochemical functions of microbial communities without directly parameterizing the dynamics of species guilds, therefore being scalable to complex communities...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046573/sex-specific-evolution-during-the-diversification-of-live-bearing-fishes
#17
Zachary W Culumber, Michael Tobler
Natural selection is often assumed to drive parallel functional diversification of the sexes. But males and females exhibit fundamental differences in their biology, and it remains largely unknown how sex differences affect macroevolutionary patterns. On microevolutionary scales, we understand how natural and sexual selection interact to give rise to sex-specific evolution during phenotypic diversification and speciation. Here we show that ignoring sex-specific patterns of functional trait evolution misrepresents the macroevolutionary adaptive landscape and evolutionary rates for 112 species of live-bearing fishes (Poeciliidae)...
August 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046566/the-pliocene-marine-megafauna-extinction-and-its-impact-on-functional-diversity
#18
Catalina Pimiento, John N Griffin, Christopher F Clements, Daniele Silvestro, Sara Varela, Mark D Uhen, Carlos Jaramillo
The end of the Pliocene marked the beginning of a period of great climatic variability and sea-level oscillations. Here, based on a new analysis of the fossil record, we identify a previously unrecognized extinction event among marine megafauna (mammals, seabirds, turtles and sharks) during this time, with extinction rates three times higher than in the rest of the Cenozoic, and with 36% of Pliocene genera failing to survive into the Pleistocene. To gauge the potential consequences of this event for ecosystem functioning, we evaluate its impacts on functional diversity, focusing on the 86% of the megafauna genera that are associated with coastal habitats...
August 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046377/morphospaces-of-functionally-analogous-traits-show-ecological-separation-between-birds-and-pterosaurs
#19
Nicholas R Chan
Birds originated and radiated in the presence of another group of flying vertebrates, the pterosaurs. Opinion is divided as to whether birds competitively displaced pterosaurs from small-body size niches or whether the two groups coexisted with little competition. Previous studies of Mesozoic birds and pterosaurs compared measurements of homologous limb bones to test these hypotheses. However, these characters probably reflect differing ancestries rather than ecologies. Here, competition and ecological separation were tested for using multivariate analyses of functionally equivalent morphological characters...
October 25, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046014/tomato-cry1a-plays-a-critical-role-in-the-regulation-of-phytohormone-homeostasis-plant-development-and-carotenoid-metabolism-in-fruits
#20
Chao-Chao Liu, Golam Jalal Ahammed, Guo-Ting Wang, Chang-Jie Xu, Kun-Song Chen, Yan-Hong Zhou, Jing-Quan Yu
Blue light photoreceptors, cryptochromes (CRYs), regulate multiple aspects of plant growth and development. However, our knowledge of CRYs is predominantly based on model plant Arabidopsis at early growth stage. In this study, we elucidated functions of CRY1a gene in mature tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) plants by using cry1a mutants and CRY1a overexpressing lines (OE-CRY1a-1 and OE-CRY1a-2). In comparison with wild-type plants, cry1a mutants are relatively tall, accumulate low biomass and bear more fruits, whereas OE-CRY1a plants are short stature, and they not only flower lately but also bear less fruits...
October 18, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
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