Table of Contents
- A radical shift in perspective: mitochondria as regulators of reactive oxygen species
Summary: Mitochondria are often considered to be a source of harmful reactive oxygen species. Here, we explain how they may behave as regulators of hydrogen peroxide, an important ROS in cellular function.
- Activation of respiratory muscles does not occur during cold-submergence in bullfrogs, Lithobates catesbeianus
Summary: Persistent neuromotor activity of respiratory muscles in bullfrogs during aquatic overwintering is unlikely to underlie normal respiratory motor function after months without lung breathing, despite having respiratory mechanics that operate underwater.
- Central metabolic sensing remotely controls nutrient-sensitive endocrine response in Drosophila via Sir2/Sirt1–upd2–IIS axis
Summary: A genetic circuit involving the metabolic sensor Sir2/Sirt1 and the cytokine upd2 distantly controls secretion of the endocrine factor dILP5 from insulinogenic cells to maintain glucose homeostasis and intestinal insulin signaling in Drosophila.
- Tenacious D: Symbiodinium in clade D remain in reef corals at both high and low temperature extremes despite impairment
Summary: Algal symbionts in Symbiodinium clade D may reduce cnidarian bleaching susceptibility not by resisting temperature stress, but by resisting expulsion.
METHODS & TECHNIQUES
- Establishing and maintaining primary cell cultures derived from the ctenophore Mnemiopsis leidyi
Summary: A primary cell culture technique that facilitates the cellular analysis of ctenophore development, physiology and organogenesis.
- Zebra finches have a light-dependent magnetic compass similar to migratory birds
Highlighted Article: The magnetic compass of zebra finches depends on the wavelength and intensity of light, as for the magnetic compass of migratory birds, suggesting common properties for all birds.
- Testing hypotheses about individual variation in plasma corticosterone in free-living salamanders
Summary: Measures of immune function (blood lymphocytes) but not body condition or reproductive investment are associated with individual variation in glucocorticoid hormones in free-living salamanders.
- A statistical approach to understanding reproductive isolation in two sympatric species of tree crickets
Summary: Multivariate female response space in a tree cricket elucidated through statistical modelling explains reproductive isolation with respect to a sympatric heterospecific.
- Muscles innervated by a single motor neuron exhibit divergent synaptic properties on multiple time scales
Summary: Distinct properties of synapses between the same motor neuron and multiple target muscles result in divergent responses to bursting activity across a physiological activity range.
- Retinal temporal resolution and contrast sensitivity in the parasitic lamprey Mordacia mordax and its non-parasitic derivative Mordacia praecox
Summary: Selective pressures favour low temporal resolution and high contrast sensitivity in the visual systems of Mordacia mordax and Mordacia praecox to enhance visual function in their light-limited environments.
- Frequency channel-dependent selectivity for temporal call characteristics in gray treefrogs, Hyla versicolor
Summary: Nervous systems process and integrate information from multiple components of complex signals. Frogs process acoustic signals in two different frequency channels, which vary in their temporal sensitivity.
- Ultraviolet and yellow reflectance but not fluorescence is important for visual discrimination of conspecifics by Heliconius erato
Highlighted Article: Heliconius butterflies use a co-opted yellow pigment for conspecific communication, which predators find similarly aposematic compared with the ancestral yellow pigments used by non-Heliconius mimics.
- Aquatic insects in a multistress environment: cross-tolerance to salinity and desiccation
Summary: Exposure to stressful salinity improves desiccation resistance under subsequent desiccation stress in aquatic beetles, but the inverse stress sequence has negative effects on water and ionic balance, decreasing performance.
- Developmental differences in dynamic muscle–tendon behaviour: implications for movement efficiency
Summary: Differences in dynamic muscle–tendon interaction between children and adults may play a role in movement efficiency alongside neuromuscular and physiological differences.
- Ghrelin induces clock gene expression in the liver of goldfish in vitro via protein kinase C and protein kinase A pathways
Summary: The changes in clock gene expression induced by ghrelin in the goldfish liver suggest a novel role for this peptide in the entrainment of the circadian system.
- Morphological asymmetry and habitat quality: using fleas and their rodent hosts as a novel experimental system
Summary: Host species identity significantly impacts leg segment asymmetry in a host-specialist flea, but not a host-opportunistic flea; thus, generalist fleas may better compensate for developmental instability when exploiting novel hosts.
- Humidity-mediated changes in an orb spider's glycoprotein adhesive impact prey retention time
Highlighted Article: Changes in orb spider adhesive thread performance with humidity translate into differences in prey retention times, allowing natural selection to tune a species' web to the humidity of its habitat.
- Grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) locomotion: forelimb joint mechanics across speed in the sagittal and frontal planes
Summary: Joint dynamics of grizzly bears in the sagittal plane are similar to those of other species, and they produce little net work in the frontal plane despite relatively high forces.
- Behavioral and physiological traits of migrant and resident white-crowned sparrows: a common garden approach
Summary: Under common garden conditions, comparison of migratory and resident white-crowned sparrows identifies distinctions in their respective responses to environmental cues, primarily photoperiod, leading to diverse life histories.
- Avian torpor or alternative thermoregulatory strategies for overwintering?
Highlighted Article: Low BMR, communal roosting and insulation of the roost nest enable white-browed babblers to survive winter without resorting to torpor, suggesting heterothermia is not a common thermoregulatory strategy for passerine birds.
- Odorant organization in the olfactory bulb of the sea lamprey
Summary: The lateral, dorsal and medial regions of the lamprey olfactory bulb differ based on sensory input and neural responses to amino acid, bile acid and pheromone odorants.
- The independence of eye movements in a stomatopod crustacean is task dependent
Summary: The level of independence between the eyes of mantis shrimps (stomatopods) is task dependent, suggesting variability in neural processing of visual information.