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Components of hybrid fitness

In this chapter I will review data from studies of microorganisms (including bacteria and viruses), plants, and animals that help to illustrate that hybrid genotypes (produced by lateral gene transfer, viral recombination, or sexual reproduction) demonstrate a range of fitnesses depending on environmental setting. First, I must emphasize that genotype X environment interactions are not the only mechanism affecting hybrid fitness some hybrids are maladapted regardless of environment (e.g. Haldane's Rule or Law Haldane 1922, 1990 Tegelstrom and Gelter 1990 Zeng and Singh 1993 Palopoli and Wu 1994 Naisbit et al. 2002 Tao and Hartl 2003). For clear examples of such hybrid genotypes, I direct the reader to the previous chapter. However, notwithstanding the world-view of some authors (e.g. see Coyne and Orr 2004), hybrid genotypes are not different from other novel genotypes the fact that individuals from divergent lineages produce them is irrelevant in terms of their potential for...

The Structure of the Fitness Function

To understand how a fitness function guides an evolutionary algorithm into a target, consider again Dawkins's METHINKS IT IS LIKE A WEASEL example. Recall that the phase space in this example comprised all sequences of capital Roman letters and spaces 28 characters in length and that the target was the sentence METHINKS IT IS LIKE A WEASEL. In this example the essential feature of the fitness function was that it assigned higher fitness to sequences having more characters in common with the target sequence. There are many ways to represent such a fitness function mathematically, but perhaps the simplest is simply to count the number of characters identical with the target sequence. Such a fitness function ranges between 0 and 28, assigning 0 to sequences with no coinciding characters and 28 solely to the target sequence. Even so, closer inspection reveals that specified complexity, far from being generated, has merely been smuggled in. Indeed, it is utterly misleading to say that...

Hybrid fitness

Here, we demonstrate that regions of the Louisiana iris genome are likely to introgress across species boundaries, and that introgression results from fitness advantages (i.e. increased survivorship in highly-selective, flooded conditions) transferred concurrently with those chromosomal regions.

Have We Made Progress

Nutritionists are now assessing our progress in meeting the goals of Healthy People 2010. These efforts will include evaluating healthful behaviors in the areas of fitness and nutrition, ensuring a safe food supply, and reducing and preventing diseases such as osteoporosis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Of course, national goals are met one person at a time. Fortunately, there is a road map for achieving fitness and health. Scientists and nutrition experts have mapped out a sound plan for healthful eating and exercise based on the most current findings about nutrition.

Repertoire Selections by the preB Cell Receptor

In this view of B cell development, the preBcR does not use the complementarity-determining regions (CDRs) of the Vh domain of its H chain to bind ligands that could induce proliferation. Therefore, the newly generated VH domain repertoire is not screened for antigen, i.e., autoantigen binding, but merely for fitness to pair, eventually with conventional L chains. In this way, unfit H chains that may have other unwanted properties, such as the formation of self-aggregating immune complexes that might bear the danger of glomerulonephritis and vasculitis, are excluded (Melchers 2005).

HIV1 Diversity Influences Its Population Genetics

By rapid viral and infected cell turnover, pressure to avoid immune recognition and elimination, all coupled with fitness maximization. The population of closely related but distinct viruses generated by replication is referred to as a quasispecies. For HIV, this term refers to the dynamic group ofviral genotypes found in an infected individual at a given sampling. It is the creation of this swarm of subtly different progeny viruses and the resultant selection ofthose progeny that drives HIV natural selection and antigenic variation.

Translocation might Function as a Homeostatic Mechanism in Fungi Adapted to Utilize Spatially and Temporally Separate

A conceptual model of nitrogen dynamics in such environments (Lindahl et al. , 2002) places fungal mycelium as a central controlling network for all the major mineral nutrient fluxes between soil, ectomycorrhizal and saprotrophic mycelial networks. The conducting activity of such mycelial networks is critical to exploiting their heterogeneous environment, in which, in the authors' words, 'carbon and nitrogen resources are spatially uncoupled'. The implication is that fungi in these habitats are adapted to gather carbon and energy from one part of their mycelial networks and nitrogen from another. By translocation within the network, a mycelium is enabled to reconcile these two essential resources for biosynthesis. Fungal nitrogen translocation can have a rate-determining effect on ecosystem carbon flux. Nitrogen import through mycelium to N-poor lignocellulose carbon resources results in faster decomposition rates (Beare et al., 1992 Frey et al., 2000). This occurs as a side-effect of...

Importance of Sexual Reproduction

This, though, is a 'group selectionist' interpretation. It argues that variation generated in an individual meiosis benefits the group or population to which the individual belongs. Yet current theory prefers to emphasise that selection acts on individuals (Carlile, 1987 Dawkins, 1989). A feature that is advantageous in selection must be so because of benefit to the individual itself or its immediate progeny. As noted above, an alternative interpretation of the selective value of a sexual cycle suggests that repair of damaged DNA is the crucial advantage of meiosis (Bernstein et al., 1985). It is argued that bringing together genomes from two different individuals enables DNA damage in one parental chromosome, caused by mutation or faulty replication, to be repaired by comparison and recombination with the normal chromosome provided by the other parent. Genetic fitness would be increased but only when out-crossing ensures heterozygosis. Even an incomplete sexual cycle might be of...

Outcrossing and Non Outcrossing Species

This was first described by Buller (1931) for Coprinus sterquilinus colonizing dung balls (Rayner and Todd, 1979). The idea of the individualistic mycelium, where each genotype builds its reproductive output and fitness by monopolizing resources for its mycelium seemed to be in contrast with the unit mycelium idea, until it was realized that C. sterquilinus is a homothallic species (Rayner, 1991b). Thus all spores in the dung ball had the same genotype, hence the cooperation between mycelia originating from different spores can be regarded as fusing of ramets of the same genet.

Population Age and Size

Species with unit-restricted mycelia can form populations of genets inside resources. One early study of this was of Fomitopsis cajanderi infecting ice broken tops of Douglas fir. Close to the entry point several genets were present in the same cross-section of the tree while further away from the broken top one of the competing genotypes dominated (Adams and Roth, 1969). In a field experimental study on felled beech (Fagus sylvatica) logs, Coates and Rayner (1985) showed that in dense competing populations none of the genets may obtain large enough resource pools to support fruiting (see also Chapter 5). This illustrates that interspecific competition can reduce the fitness of all genotypes in an overcrowded population.

Snp Analysis In Coding And Noncoding Dna Regions

Of genes, such as in promoter sequences, may influence the susceptibility of individuals to particular disorders. The majority of SNPs are considered to have no known effect on the fitness of the organism however, those SNP loci that affect the fitness of the organism have been the focus of interest to the medical community. The field of medical genetics has recently started to develop a number of diagnostic tests based upon single base-pair mutations in the human genome. A number of genetic diseases are the result of such single base-pair mutations, such as cystic fibrosis and beta thalassaemia. 14,15 In parallel to the investment made in STRs by the forensic community, genetic diagnostics has focused on many such single point mutations. When the mutation becomes a common type, with the rarer allele at more than 1 of the frequency of the common allele, such loci are termed SNPs. 16

Phases of Transmission

Cent studies of the molecular genetics of multiple viral isolations made over time and space show patterns of change indicating mutation or extinction, followed by the introduction and persistence of new genotypes. Often, rather small changes in the viral genome can result in marked changes in virulence that affect fitness and therefore amplification. The changes enhancing virulence may be associated with increased host and geographical range. WNV is an example of a virus that has changed genetically, extended its distribution markedly, and has caused serious epidemics throughout northern latitudes in Europe and North America.

Enrichment and Research

M., and B. G. Galef, Jr., Effects of Rearing Environment on Adrenal Weights, Sexual Development, and Behavior in Gerbils An Examination of Richter's Domestication Hypothesis, Journal of Comparative and Physiological Psychology 94 (1980) 857-863 Dawkins, M. S., Do Hens Suffer in Battery Cages Environmental Preferences and Welfare, Animal Behaviour 25 (1977) 10341046 Dawkins, M. S., From an Animal's Point of View Motivation, Fitness, and Animal Welfare, Behavioral and Brain Sciences 13 (1990) 1-61 Galef, B. G., Jr., and

Direct Effects Of Invertebrates On Fungi Mycophagy

The morphology of fruit bodies can be altered as a result of the presence of invertebrates some Diptera cause galls, enclosing larvae, in long-lived fruit bodies (e.g. Peniophora cinerea, P. limitata and Ganoderma applanatum) and even occasionally in fleshy agarics (e.g. Panaeolina foenisecii and Panaeolus acuminatus (Hanski, 1989 Spooner, 2003)). Moreover, the reproductive fitness of the fungus can be affected by mycophagy in fruit bodies. Both field surveys and experimental studies indicated that ciid beetles significantly decreased the area of functional hymenium of Trametes versicolor Octotemnus glabriculus and Cis boleti caused reductions of 58 and 30 , respectively, in experiments (Guevara et al., 2000a, 2000b, 2000c). Production of inhibitory chemicals (Feofilova, 2001), physical structure and phenology (Chapter 5) of fruit bodies are likely to have evolved, at least partly in response to mycophagy.

Statement of the Problem

Generating specified complexity via an evolutionary algorithm can be understood as the following optimization problem. We are given a reference class of possible solutions known as the phase space. Possible solutions within the phase space are referred to as points. A univalent measure of optimality known as the fitness function is then defined on the phase space. The fitness function is a nonnegative real-valued function that is optimized by being maximized. The task of an evolutionary algorithm is to locate where the fitness function attains at least a certain level of fitness. The set of possible solutions where the fitness function attains at least that level of fitness will be called the target. Think of it this way. Imagine that the phase space is a vast plane and the fitness function is a vast hollowed-out mountain range over the plane (complete with low-lying foothills and incredibly high peaks). The task of an evolutionary algorithm is by moving around on the plane to get to...

Summary and conclusions

My goal for this chapter was to demonstrate the truism that hybrid genotypes vary in fitness. Often this variation is environment-dependent, but hybrids that have low or high fitness across many habitats (i.e. their fitness appears environment-independent) are also found. I have emphasized two different signatures that can indicate the relative fitness of hybrids. The first involves evidence that there has been a transfer of traits that are adaptive in the hybrids. Such a transfer can be detected by a novel phenotype or by the introgression of markers or traits at a significantly higher than expected frequency in natural or experimental hybrid populations. The second method for estimating hybrid fitness comes from studies of fitness components in experimental or natural environments. These latter studies provide a detailed, composite fitness not available from the more correlative analyses of natural populations. As I stated at the outset, my choice of examples for this chapter was...

Aspidophorus chiloensis See Poachers

Mental errors, *parasites, predator attacks, or diseases (see Morris etal. 2003 Reimchen 1988, 1992,1997 Sasal and Pampoulie 2000), all of which invariably generate asymmetric injuries. Indeed, many animals, including fishes, generate colour patterns ofintricate symmetry, i.e. in which asymmetries are easily detected. Such a *handicap may help females evaluate the true fitness ofmales.

Darwinian Evolution in Nature

Consider carefully what the displacement problem means for Darwinian evolution in nature. Darwinists are unlikely to see the displacement problem as a serious threat to their theory. I've argued evolutionary algorithms like the one in Dawkins's METHINKS-IT-IS-LIKE-A-WEASEL example fail to generate specified complexity because they smuggle it in during construction of the fitness function. Now, if evolutionary algorithms modeled, say, the stitching together of monomers to generate some initial self-replicating polymer, strict Darwinists would admit the relevance of the displacement problem (to paraphrase Theodosius Dobzhansky, to speak of generating an initial replicator via a Darwinian selection mechanism is a contradiction in terms because that very mechanism presupposes replication). Darwinists, however, are principally interested in modeling evolutionary progress once a replicator has come into existence, and here they argue that the displacement problem is irrelevant. The...

Variation and Evolution

In agreement with the high mutation rates of RNA genomes, populations of CMV derived from biologically active cDNA clones were found to be genetically diverse. When the cDNA-derived population was passaged in different hosts, the amount of genetic diversity depended on the host species. Genetic diversity has been shown to be countered by genetic drift associated to population bottlenecks during systemic colonization of the host and, probably also, during host-to-host transmission. Sequence analyses have shown different evolutionary constraints for the different viral proteins, which show different evolutionary dynamics. A second source of genetic variation is the exchange of RNA sequences by recombination or by reassortment of genomic segments. Experimentally, recombination has been shown to occur between the 3' nontranslated region of the genomic RNAs, with recombinants being up to 11 of the population. Recombinants in the 3' nontranslated region may have an increased fitness in some...

Phage Community Ecology

Bacteria may also display reduced versatility because of loss (temporarily or permanently fully or partially) of membrane proteins involved, for example, in nutrient transport, proteins which could otherwise serve as phage receptors. That is, the more proteins (or other molecules) a bacterium displays on its surface, the more phage types that bacterium may be susceptible to. Because many of these mechanisms of phage resistance can result in reduced bacterial fitness, we should expect that the strength of selection for phage resistance should be directly proportional to phage density within a given environment. Phage, in turn, can display adaptations that serve to overcome various bacterium-mediated mechanisms of phage resistance. Bacteria can also evolve to mitigate the costs associated with displaying phage resistance. on to bacteria via subsequent establishment of lysogeny. These genes, along with prophage as a whole, can impact bacterial phenotype including the fitness of lysogens,...

Heterozygote Advantage

Heterozygote advantage is the superior fitness often seen in hybrids, the cross between two dissimilar parents. A heterozygote is an organism with alleles particular forms two different alleles, one donated from each parent. Fitness means the abil-of genes ity to survive and have offspring. Heterozygote advantage also refers more narrowly to superior fitness of an organism that is heterozygous for a particular gene, usually one governing a disease. Inbreeding is the practice of repeatedly crossing a single variety of organism with itself, in order to develop a more uniform variety. During this process, the organism becomes homozygous for many genes, meaning that its two gene copies are identical. This is often accompanied by loss of vigor slower growth, less resistance to disease, and other signs of decreased fitness. This is known as inbreeding depression. Breeding with another variety ( outcrossing ) produces offspring that are heterozygous for many genes, and is often accompanied...

Hypotheses of Heterozygote Advantage

The first hypothesis is known as the favorable dominance hypothesis. It is based on the fact that recessive alleles are very often deleterious in the homozygous condition, often because recessives code for a defective form of the protein. Thus, possessing at least one dominant allele is favored. Under this hypothesis, the two inbred parents are each homozygous recessive for one or more (different) traits, and each has decreased fitness. Hybridization creates heterozygote offspring that have a dominant (functional) allele for each trait, thus increasing their fitness or vigor. In this hypothesis, heterozygotes are superior to the homozygous recessive condition, but not the homozygous dominant condition.

Conservation Genetics Applications

The use of a conservation genetics approach may be an effective way for assessing the status of populations and species in the wild. Populations that decrease in number while becoming increasingly fragmented by loss of habitat in the wild can experience a loss of genetic variation that could have a severe impact on their fitness and survival. Conservation genetics permits scientists to assess the impacts of habitat fragmentation and loss in the wild using both theoretical and empirical methods. Results from these studies allow managers to evaluate the viability of populations and design protected areas for conservation. Determining the extent of genetic variation among captive populations in zoological parks and botanical gardens is also essential, because captive populations must have sufficient genetic variation so that they persist into the future without suffering from reduced fitness due to inbreeding and other effects associated with small populations. In some cases, captive...

Implication of Genetics for Conservation in the Wild

When a bottleneck occurs, there is an increased chance of breeding among close relatives. This is termed inbreeding, and it may result in a reduction in fitness due to the expression of deleterious genes, in a process known as inbreeding depression. Inbreeding and the loss of genetic variation in small populations can lead to a genetically reduced or homogeneous population that is more sensitive to diseases and to the effects of habitat alteration. The interaction between genetic and demographic declines has been termed extinction vortex. We include below several real examples of the use of genetics in conservation biology.

The Newly Discovered HEV Types

Close to but separated as a group from the classical HEV-A cluster as well as from the simian enterovirus isolates tentatively classified in the HEV-A species. Eleven strains, including the French one, were given type number 76 while two, four, and two strains segregated in the clusters labeled EV-89, EV-90, and EV-91, respectively. Sequences of the entire capsid coding region confirmed this clustering and monophyletic origin of each new type as well as that of the new subcluster within HEV-A. The observed monophyletic segregation of the new types from the classical HEV-A serotypes extended to the nonstructural protein coding part of the genomes. Hence, evidence for recombination between these new HEV-A types and the classical ones (or the simian ones) was not obtained. Analysis of larger numbers of independent sequences may be required before final conclusion about the matter but it is possible that this subcluster has diverged from the other HEV-A strains far enough so that...

Origins of the Concept

Quasispecies has a physical, a chemical and a biological definition. Physically a quasispecies distribution of genomes can be regarded as a cloud in sequence space. Sequence space refers to all possible sequences that theoretically could be occupied by a genome (Table 2). Viral quasispecies can be viewed as clouds that occupy tiny portions of such theoretical space. Occupation of sequence space by viruses is restricted by multiple genetic and functional constraints. The clouds have, at any given time, a defined population structure dependent on the distance of each point to the consensus sequence (that could be taken as the center of the distribution), and on the relative fitness values of the different mutant components. The distance or number of mutated positions between a given sequence and the best adapted one (the master sequence) is called the Hamming distance. This term is also used to indicate the number of mutations between two sequences.

Environmental Perturbations and Occupation of Sequence Space

Real virus quasispecies, such as those replicating in the course of acute or chronic infections of differentiated organisms, are permanently perturbed by a complicated array of environmental influences. One is compartmentalization of virus replication within infected organisms viruses may replicate in disparate cell types, such as epithelial cells of the upper respiratory tract, lymphocytes or brain cells. Different sites within an infected organism will be subjected to different kinds of selective pressures derived either from variations in the internal environment (immune responses, metabolic or nutritional alterations, temperature, etc.) or from externally applied influences such as the presence of antiviral agents. Competition among components of the mutant spectrum will be established within each infected cell. Virus progeny from different cells may engage in subsequent rounds of competition (for entry into target cells, for effective replication, etc.). Such rating events may...

Implications for endangered taxa

. . . hybridization between rarer and more numerous taxa potentially results in a genetic enrichment of the endangered form. The rare form is aided by such interaction through elevated fitness, the addition of genetic variability that facilitates habitat expansion, and the hybrid population acting as a genetic reservoir for reconstituting the parental genotypes phenotypes.

Approaches For Studying The Community

Many studies of wood-decay fungi have been based on what is fruiting on the surface. The advantage of such observations is that a large number of woody units can be surveyed in a relatively short time. Further, fruiting reflects the reproductive output and thereby represents an important aspect of fitness. However, there are several reasons why studies solely based on fruiting structures will only give a partial view of the composition, activity and importance of the fungal community involved in wood decomposition. One reason is that this gives a heavy bias towards species with large conspicuous fruit bodies, in particular basidiomycetes, predominantly belonging to the polyporacae, agaricales and corticiacae. Organisms such as bacteria, arthropods and fungal species lacking large fruit bodies will remain undetected by this approach. Other drawbacks are associated with the timing of fruiting. Inevitably, there is a lag phase between establishment of a mycelium and formation of a fruit...

History of Virus Evolution

The coherent study of virus evolution awaited the development of sequence technology to measure mutations and genetic variation in viral populations. Concepts of natural selection, fitness, and propagation of favorable variation had long been established in the evolutionary biology literature prior to the growth of virology. Thus, mathematical models, such as Fisher population genetics, concerned with gene frequency in a (sexually exchanging) species population, had been well developed and seemed directly applicable to virus evolution, which resemble that of host genes. Here, viral fitness was typically expressed as relative replication rates (replicative fitness) but sometimes host virulence and disease were also used. However, as presented below, a comprehensive definition of viral fitness remains problematic. The first quantitative measurements of the rate of virus mutation was done in the 1940s with bacterial phage. The mutation rates were expressed as a set of ordinary...

Never Ending Emergence

A remaining concern of virus evolution is to understand the emergence of new viral pathogens. The unpredictable and stochastic nature of such virulent adaptations makes predictions difficult, as the link between virulence and evolution is vague. For example, the genetic changes that made the SARS virus (persisting in bats) into an acute human pathogen are still not predictable. Viral fitness and selection, and how they change from persistent states with acute species jumps, are not yet defined. However, some variables contribute to the likelihood of viral emergence, such as virus ecology. The population density and

Rigidity and Plasticity of the Genome Structure

Considering the inaccuracy of phage RNA replication one might expect an endless scale of phage sequences, all fit to survive. This turns out not to be true. The sequences of Qj3 and MS2 have, despite many years of laboratory cultivation, not or hardly changed. Similarly it has turned out to be quite difficult to find RNA phages in nature whose sequences diverge substantially from the group prototype. For instance, group I representatives like f2, R17, M12, JP501, all isolated independently in different parts of the world, show more than 90 sequence identity. Thus there seem to be very few solutions that are good enough to coexist. It is assumed that the selection pressure, which discards all potential variants (for instance those having synonymous codons), originates from the contribution of the RNA secondary structure (Fig. 2) to phage fitness. Such contributions involve regulatory circuits, RNase resistance, delaying the annealing of positive and negative strands and probably many...

Can Structures Lead To Better Drugs Lessons From Ribosome Research

These linkage between these findings and crystal structures of ribosomes with over two dozen antibiotics targeting the ribosome, most of which of a high therapeutical relevance, illuminated various modes of binding and action of these antibiotics deciphered mechanisms leading to resistance identified the principles allowing for the discrimination between pathogens and eukaryotes despite the high ribosome conservation enlightened the basis for antibiotics synergism, namely the conversion of two weakly acting compounds to a powerful antibiotic agent indicated correlations between antibiotics susceptibility and fitness cost and revealed an novel induced-fit mechanism exploiting ribosomal inherent flexibility for reshape the antibiotic binding pocket by remote interactions.

Pathogenic Microbes and Community Service Through Manipulation of Innate Immunity

Abstract The periodontal pathogen Porphyromonas gingivalis undermines major components of innate immunity, such as complement, Toll-like receptors (TLR), and their crosstalk pathways. At least in principle, these subversive activities could promote the adaptive fitness of the entire periodontal biofilm community. In this regard, the virulence factors responsible for complement and TLR exploitation (gin-gipain enzymes, atypical lipopolysaccharide molecules, and fimbriae) are released as components of readily diffusible membrane vesicles, which can thus become available to other biofilm organisms. This review summarizes important immune subversive tactics of P gingivalis which might enable it to exert a supportive impact on the oral microbial community. Porphyromonas gingivalis is employing an array of virulence factors, such as cysteine proteinases (known as gingipains), lipopolysaccharide (LPS), and fimbriae (Table 1), through which it manipulates innate immunity in an effort to...

Adjusting Categories to the Regional Level

The IUCN criteria are designed to evaluate the risk of extinction at a global level. To adjust to the regional level requires further considerations as the regional status depends on the exchange taking place with populations in other regions. The threat category must be adjusted to a lower category if populations outside the region support the regional population. Mycelia do not migrate between regions, but their spores do, and if the species occur in an adjacent region, it is likely that there will be an influx of viable spores to the region. Such spore influx is likely to enhance the regional survival of small populations, especially for species occurring at the margin of their distribution area or close to an area where the species is more common. In the same way the category may be adjusted to a higher level if the regional population fitness is believed to depend on spore exchange with populations in adjacent regions, when these extra-marginal populations are known to be...

Genetic exchange is pervasive

Studies of natural hybridization in plants and animals indicate that this process cannot be ignored as a type of evolutionary noise. Rather, examples of introgression and reticulate evolution continue to be reported for an increasing number of plant and animal taxa. These reports take on added significance because fitness estimates for some hybrid genotypes are equal to or greater than those of their parents. However, this leads to the following,

Genetic exchange research directions

The genomic and phylogenetic data are mainly limited to describing the pattern of evolutionary diversification, and not necessarily the evolutionary processes that underlie the web of life. In particular, though we now have many good estimates of the fitness of recombinants hybrids under a variety of experimental conditions, we still lack large amounts of similar information from natural settings (but see examples in Chapters 1 and 5). In particular, this leaves us in the uncomfortable position of recognizing numerous cases of, for example, lateral exchange in bacteria that may or may not reflect adaptive gains. The same can be concluded for instances of introgressive hybridization most

Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase Iii Overload Frequency

How and where phase III programmes are delivered will vary, but they are commonly held in a hospital or, more recently, in the community. The common goal is to encourage life-long adherence to improving and maintaining the individual's exercise habits. By individualising exercise prescription and involving the patients in the exercise consultation process (see Chapter 8), they are more likely to enjoy (E) and adhere (A) on a long-term basis. Benefits to health and fitness can only be achieved if exercise levels are maintained. One of the aims of a cardiac rehabilitation programme is to improve cardiovascular fitness and functional capacity. How hard an individual works to achieve this improvement will be dependent on the individual's current exercise ability, motivation and choice of exercise. Current guidelines recommend that the benefits of a cardiac rehabilitation programme will be gained when exercise intensity is low-to-moderate and designed to suit a range of fitness levels...

Hawaiian silversword complex

Data for the Hawaiian silversword alliance also allow inferences germane to the current discussion of hybrid fitness. First, a study by Robichaux (1984) found that Dubatia ciliolata and Dubatia scabra differed significantly in the water potentials of their tissues. The natural hybrid formed by these species demonstrates intermediacy for the same characteristics. This would suggest that the hybrid might have lower fitness relative to its parents in the respective parental habitats. However, the hybrid grows in the same habitat site as D. scabra (younger lava flow Robichaux 1984). This suggests that the natural hybrid genotypes are less fit and thus excluded from the D. ciliolata ecological setting, but do not suffer from lower fitness in the D. scabra habitat. A second series of studies also suggests that hybridization has contributed to adaptive diversification, and indeed the adaptive radiation in the Hawaiian silversword alliance. Specifically, Barrier et al. (2001) and Lawton-Rauh...

Division Of Labor Among Workers

In most insect societies there also is a division of labor among the workers for tasks related to colony growth and maintenance. The evolution of a highly structured worker force is generally seen as an evolutionary consequence of the developmental divergence between queens and workers. Once workers were limited to serving largely as helpers, their characteristics could be shaped further by natural selection acting at the level of the colony to increase colony fitness. This perspective is consistent with the observation that the most intricate systems of division of labor among workers are found in species with the strongest division of labor for reproduction.

Defining the Correlates of Protection

CTLs probably have the central role in controlling viremia in acute and chronic infection and have been most frequently correlated with natural immunity among ES individuals and LTNPs. The case for nAbs is weaker as their role in controlling established virus infection in vivo is not clearly defined. The rapid diversification of Env is known to be driven by nAb responses with CTLs making little contribution. NAbs exert 'soft' selection, with the rate of mounting an autologous nAb response strongly correlated with the rate of phenotypic escape. Multiple mechanisms allow the virus to rapidly escape at minimal fitness cost, meaning that the nAb response is rarely active against contemporaneous isolates. Nevertheless, the presence of nAbs in some ES and LTNP cohorts and the ability of NmAb infusions to provide sterilizing immunity in macaque challenge models supports them as a correlate of protective immunity. In addition, studies in which acutely or chronically infected individuals were...

Pre Darwin Darwin the Modern Synthesis and genetic exchange development of a paradigm

Linnaeus believed in a Special Creation model for the origin of species. Surprisingly, he also held that species could arise through hybridization (i.e. hybrid speciation) between previously created forms. In this regard, he wrote in his Disquisitio de Sexu Plantarum (1760 as cited by Grant 1981, p. 245), 'It is impossible to doubt that there are new species produced by hybrid generation.' Just over 100 years later, the German botanist Joseph Kolreuter studied the consequences of experimental hybridization in plants. Kolreuter (as referenced by Darwin 1859, pp. 246-247) found that hybrids from het-erospecific crosses were often sterile, a result that cast doubt on the possibility of hybrid species formation. As with Kolreuter, Darwin seemed most impressed by the fact that heterospecific crosses were difficult to form and that the offspring from such crosses (i.e. 'mongrels') were generally highly infertile. Such observations led Darwin to conclude that the...

Variability in estimated METs

For box-stepping exercise performed in healthy young individuals, the variability (based on the 95 limits of agreement) in the estimated versus actual MET (VO2) values was found to be up to 1.3 METs ( (Buckley, et al., 2004). This work on box stepping is presently being replicated by Buckley with older individuals and cardiovascular patients as participants. It is anticipated that such variability would not be less than that found in the younger, healthier and more active individuals reported above. Another step test being suggested for rehabilitation settings is the Chester step test (CST) (Sykes, 1995). The CST is a sub-max, multi-stage test lasting for 10 minutes with a choice of four step heights. It has been shown to be valid in the estimation of aerobic capacity in a non-clinical sample with a range of fitness levels (Sykes and Roberts, 2004). This novel test would appear to be promising in the CR setting. The estimated MET values for step heights and stepping...

Carcharias megalodon See Megatooth shark

As it turns out, maintaining functional eyes in an environment where vision provides no selective advantage is injurious, because this costs metabolic energy, which may better be used elsewhere (see Oxygen), e.g. for olfactory and tactile receptors and the associated parts of the *brain (Poulsen 1963). Thus, it is not simple disuse that causes the eye of successive generations of cavefish to atrophy, but competitions with variants whose fitness is high because of their atrophied eyes. This is also the reason why the degeneration of the eyes, well studied in Astyanax mexicanus, a *characin, follows highly predictable steps (G nermont et al. 1996), and stops when it starts compromising other, ontogenetically related, and still useful organ systems.

Subversion of Innate Immunity by Periodontopathy Bacteria via Exploitation of Complement Receptor3

Lps Porphyromonas Gingivalis Kda

The capacity of certain pathogens to exploit innate immune receptors enables them to undermine immune clearance and persist in their host, often causing disease. Here we review subversive interactions of Porphyromonas gingivalis, a major periodontal pathogen, with the complement receptor-3 (CR3 CD11b CD18) in monocytes macrophages. Through its cell surface fimbriae, P. gingivalis stimulates Toll-like receptor-2 (TLR2) inside-out signaling which induces the high-affinity conformation of CR3. Although this activates CR3-dependent monocyte adhesion and transendothelial migration, P. gingivalis has co-opted this TLR2 proadhesive pathway for CR3 binding and intracellular entry. In CR3-deficient macrophages, the internalization of P. gingivalis is reduced twofold but its ability to survive intracellularly is reduced 1,000-fold, indicating that CR3 is exploited by the pathogen as a relatively safe portal of entry. The interaction of P. gingivalis fimbriae with CR3 additionally...

The physiological rationale for using heart rate

The HRmax has for many years provided a practical substitute marker of the percentage of maximal aerobic power ( VO2max). This is based on the assumption that HRmax and VO2max coincide (Astrand and Rhyming, 1954 Astrand and Christensen, 1964). For an individual, heart rate for a given VO2max does not change, regardless of training status, fitness level or age (Skinner, et al., 2003). The use of HRmax allows for the relative comparison of exercise intensity of people of differing ages. Correspondingly, the use of VO2max allows for the relative comparison of individuals of different levels of maximal aerobic power (aerobic fitness). In recognising the heterogeneity of cardiac populations, relative to both age and fitness (Lavie and Milani, 2000), the use of these two relative measures ( HRmax and VO2max) allows for the same exercise prescription principles to be applied to all patients.

Subjectivity Of Animals

S., From an Animal's Point of View Motivation, Fitness, and Animal Welfare, Behavioral and Brain Sciences 13 (1990) 1-61 Duncan, I.J. H., and J. C. Petherick, The Implications of Cognitive Processes for Animal Welfare, Journal of Animal Science 69 (1991) 5017-5022 Hearne, V., Adam's Task Calling Animals by Name (London Heinemann, 1986) Nagel, T., What Is It Like to Be a Bat Psychological Review 83 (1974) 435-451 Wemelsfelder, F., The Scientific Validity of Subjective Concepts in Models of Animal Welfare, Applied Animal Behaviour Science 53 (1-2) (1997) 75-88.

Resistance to Extinction Despite Accumulation of Mutations Observations and Modeling

Despite a nearly linear accumulation of mutations in FMDV clones subjected to plaque-to-plaque transfers, the virus showed a remarkable resistance to extinction. An FMDV population (obtained either from a plaque or from an infection in liquid culture medium) is considered extinct when, upon at least three blind passages in cell culture under optimal infection conditions, no infectivity and no FMDV-specific RT-PCR-ampli-fiable material can be recovered. The amount of infectious virus found in individual plaques developed during a given time period in the same environmental conditions was taken as an approximate measure of relative fitness (Escarmis et al. 2002). Fitness decrease upon serial plaque-to-plaque transfers of several FMDV clones was biphasic. An initial phase of exponential decrease was followed by a second phase in which fitness values displayed large fluctuations around an average constant value the amplitude of the fluctuations tended to be larger the lower the fitness...

Conclusion About Virous Infection

Different factors that favor the emergence of gemini-viruses under very different conditions and environments. In the case of TYLCV, it is a relatively simple case with a single monopartite geminivirus that is transported, through human-based international trade, to various places in the world, and where this very effective virus overcomes existing local viruses and prevails. Although we do not know the molecular and biological basis for the prevalence of TYLCV, it is clear that this virus has a better fitness in tomato and other hosts, compared to local geminiviruses, whether they be bipartite New World geminiviruses or monopartite Old World geminiviruses.

Preference And Motivation Testing

S., Animal Suffering (London Chapman and Hall, 1980) Dawkins, M. S., From an Animal's Point of View Motivation, Fitness, and Animal Welfare, Behavioral and Brain Sciences 13 (1990) 1-61 Duncan, I.J. H., The Interpretation of Preference Tests in Animal Behavior, Applied Animal Ethology 4 (1978) 197-200 Duncan, I.J. H., Measuring Preferences and the Strength of Preferences, Poultry Science 71 (1992) 658-663 Fraser, D., Preference and Motivational Testing to Improve Animal Well-being, Lab Animal 25 (1996) 27-31.

Potential Adverse Effects

The transgenic plant itself may become an environmental hazard if the traits it receives improve its fitness and ecological performance. Although many crop plants may pose little hazard, insofar as they are unable to survive without human assistance, most crops have weedy and or wild populations in some part of their global distribution. In these areas, transgenes that improve fitness could increase weediness of the crop. In addition, because transformation includes forage grasses, poplars, alfalfa, sunflowers, wild rice, and many horticultural species, the risk of invasiveness may increase.

Types Of Industrial Melanism

One important advance during this period was the calculation by Haldane in 1924 that carbonaria would have to have been one and a half times as fit as typica to account for the rapidity of the rise in carbonaria frequency in Manchester. This fitness difference was much higher than most evolutionary biologists of the time thought feasible. differential predation hypothesis. Both experiments showed that the typica form of the moth had lower fitness than carbonaria in the polluted woodland, but a higher fitness in the nonpolluted wood. It was the fact that Kettlewell obtained reciprocal results in the two environments that made his conclusions so convincing. Kettlewell also mapped the frequency of carbonaria against sulfur dioxide and soot fallout, finding a significant correlation between the frequency of carbonaria and both pollutants, that with sulfur dioxide being strongest. This correlation between high melanic frequencies and high levels of pollutants has been reinforced by the...

Genetic Approaches For Management Of Insect Pest Populations

The sterile insect technique (SIT) relies on release of large numbers of sterile male insects that mate with wild females, thereby reducing reproductive potential or, if sufficient numbers of males are released over time, resulting in eradication of the pest population in a given area. Successful SIT programs have been conducted against the screwworm, Cochliomyia hominivorax, the Mediterranean fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata, and the tsetse fly, Glossina spp. One of the problems associated with SIT is that laboratory rearing and sterilization of males results in reduced fitness of the insects.

Factors Affecting The Evolution Of Resistance

Fitness of Resistant Individuals In the absence of insecticidal selection pressure, resistance genes can impose fitness costs on their carriers. Sometimes these costs are quite subtle and difficult to determine. In M. persicae, resistant individuals are less inclined to move from senescing to younger leaves and are therefore more vulnerable to isolation and starvation after leaf abscission. These costs appear to contribute to a decline in the frequency of resistant insects between cropping seasons.

How To Measure Insects

Body length (measured from tip of head to tip of abdomen) is probably the most often used measure of size and the easiest to comprehend. Weight (or biomass) is a measure of size that interests many ecologists because it often correlates well with fecundity. Fecundity, in turn, is often a major fitness component and may be a key feature in population dynamics. For practical reasons, traits that are correlated with weight are used instead, such as hind tibia length, front wing length, elytra length, head capsule width, or body volume. The ratios between these and other morphological traits are often used in taxonomic descriptions of insect species. These ratios give descriptions of shape. The main objective in describing size is to identify traits that are easy to measure (e.g., does not have a curved shape) and are stable on prepared specimens.

Malekilling Bacteria And Ladybug Sex Ratios

The population sex ratio of the majority of sexually reproducing organisms is close to 1 1 selection will normally promote the production of the rarer sex, so that the stable strategy is for sex ratio equality. Female-biased sex ratios were first recorded in the ladybug A. bipunctata from Russia in the 1940s. Some females were found to produce only female offspring. The trait was inherited maternally. Subsequent research has shown that male embryos die while in the egg as a result of the action of bacteria such as Wolbachia. These male-killing bacteria live in the cytoplasm of cells and are transmitted from infected mothers to their eggs. Although the bacteria in male eggs die when they kill their host, they benefit clonally identical copies of themselves in their host's siblings, which consume the dead male eggs. The additional resources gained by these neonate female larvae increase their fitness and hence that of the bacteria that they carry.

Industrial Melanism And Crypsis

Up until the mid-20th century this remained a verbal, albeit persuasive, reasoning for the evolution of melanism as an adaptive response to a changed environment. It was only then that some classic early experiments in evolutionary biology began to add scientific rigor to this explanation. Several researchers performed a series of experiments that showed beyond doubt that, whereas the survival of the pale typical form was higher in rural, unpolluted regions of Great Britain than that of the carbonaria form, this relationship is reversed in the polluted industrial environments. Although there have been discussions about the precise details of some of these types of experiments, the fundamental finding of a switch in survival and relative fitnesses (reproductive success) of the pale and dark phenotypes across the extreme environments, principally the result of corresponding changes in crypsis, has been corroborated. Other differences in fitness among the phenotypes that are not directly...

Evolution Of Mutualism

For each mutualist, the interaction has both a benefit and a cost. Legumes, for example, obtain nitrogen from rhizobia, but expend energy and materials on the symbionts. Excessive growth of the rhizobia would reduce the plant's growth to the point of diminishing its fitness. Likewise, excessive proliferation of mitochondria or plastids, which originated as symbiotic bacteria, would reduce the fitness of the eukaryotic cell or organism that carries them. Thus, selection will always favor protective mechanisms to prevent overexploitation by an organism's mutualist. Whether selection on a mutualist favors restraint depends on how much an individual's fitness depends on the fitness of its individual host. When a mutualist can readily move from one host to another, as pollinating insects can from plant to plant, it does not suffer from the reproductive failure of any one host, and selfishness or overexploitation may be favored. For example, many pollinating insects cheat. The larvae of...

Accumulation of Deleterious Mutations Rate Mode Mechanisms

Several concepts of population genetics have been very useful for the understanding of quasispecies dynamics. One of these is the accumulation of deleterious mutations in asexual populations of organisms when no compensatory mechanisms such as recombination intervene, a process termed Muller's ratchet (Muller 1964 Maynard-Smith 1976). The operation of Muller's ratchet was first documented with an RNA virus by Lin Chao (Chao 1990) working with phage f6. These results were then extended to VSV (Duarte et al. 1992), FMDV (Escarmis et al. 1996) and HIV-1 (Yuste et al. 1999). Experimentally, an increase in deleterious mutations and fitness loss can be demonstrated upon serial plaque-to-plaque transfers of virus, in which virus replication is limited to the development of a plaque on the cell monolayer (Fig. 1). Fitness loss associated with accumulation of deleterious mutations is in contrast with fitness gain upon large population passages of virus (Novella et al. 1995) (Fig. 2). In the...

Coevolution Of Competing Species

Quantitative genetic models of the evolution of competitors assume that in each of two or more species, a heritable, continuously varying trait, such as an animal's body size or mouth size, determines the mean and variance of resources (e.g., size of prey) consumed. Because competition for limiting resources decreases an individual's fitness, genotypes of species 1 that use a resource different from that used by species 2 are likely to increase in frequency, so that the mean phenotype (and resource use) shifts away from that of the other species. At evolutionary equilibrium, the species will still overlap in resource use to a greater or lesser extent, depending on the abundance of different resources, but the variance in each (the breadth of resources used) is likely to be lower than in a solitary species. Three or more species may evolve differences from each other in phenotype (e.g., size) and resource use. Such coevolutionary changes should promote coexistence. However, if...

Batrachus porosissimus See Toadfishes

Competitors and potential predators did not lead to injuries (Reimchen 1988,1992 Barlow 2000, p. 131) - all indicative of good genes. Thus, in animals, symmetrical bodies correlate with increased fitness. In humans, facial symmetry is a necessary (though not a sufficient) condition for the perception of beauty (Edcoff 1999).

Clinical Description Dm1

Ninety percent of DM1 patients present at adulthood with delayed muscle maturation, distal muscle weakness, wasting, myotonia, cataracts, cardiac abnormalities, smooth muscle dysfunction, insulin resistance, daytime sleepiness, testicular atrophy (low reproductive fitness), ''difficult'' personality, neuropsychiatric disturbances, and frontal balding. 1 Ten percent of the patients present at infancy with hypotonia (floppy infant), oromotor dysfunction, tent-shaped mouth, feeding and respiratory insufficiency (diaphragmatic hypoplasia), arthrogryposis, and mental retardation in those who survive until adulthood (congenital DM). 1 All manifestations show a progressive course. Usually, creatine kinase is elevated. Muscle biopsy shows type 1 predominance, centrally located nuclei, severe fiber atrophy with nuclear clumps, hypertrophic and angulated fibers, and occasionally, necrotic fibers, fibrosis, or fat deposits. Cardiac involvement comprises conduction defects (mostly HV...

Exploring activity options

The next part of the consultation involves a discussion with the individual on activities they could do to remain active. The individual's home and work environment should be reviewed in order to see where they could incorporate activity into their daily routine. It may be helpful to have information on physical activity opportunities in the local areas that are suitable for CR patients. For example, the times and locations of indoor shopping centres for indoor walking, or of phase IV community exercise programmes and the times of adult-only swim sessions. Previous discussions on likes and dislikes of activity, current activity status and barriers to physical activity should also be considered. The recommended amounts of physical activity and exercise required to improve and maintain health and fitness, and ways to achieve these recommendations, should also be discussed. As discussed in Chapter 4 the combination of stage one (accumulated activity) and stage two (structured exercise)...

Exercise prescription in phase IV

Phase IV exercise should see a maintenance of individualised exercise using the same FITT principles as in previous phases. Participants graduating to phase IV after phase III should be more independent exercisers and more responsible for self-monitoring. During an exercise consultation, the phase IV participant may wish to try different activities, for example dancing, hill walking, etc. The exercise consultant should help participants select activity and exercise that will help maintain their health, interest and fitness.

Accumulated Activity And Structured Exercise

Physical activity is described as bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that requires energy expenditure and produces progressive healthy benefits, for example walking, housework, etc. (SIGN, 2002 ACSM 1998). Exercise is a type of physical activity that is planned, structured and repetitive, involving bodily movement performed to improve or maintain one or more components of physical fitness (Leon, NIH Consensus Statement, 1997). In 1997 the Health Education Board for Scotland (HEBS) devised a two-stage approach to encouraging the Scottish population to become more active. Many other national guidelines have adopted a similar approach.

Behaviour interventions in CR

Exercise consultation was developed in the UK setting. In the US, a similar procedure is termed physical activity counselling. A recent systematic review concluded that physical activity counselling was effective in increasing physical activity and fitness in the general population (Kahn, et al., 2002). Physical activity counselling is also based on the Transtheoretical Model and uses behaviour change strategies similar to those employed in the exercise consultation process. In addition, American CR guidelines recommend that physical activity counselling should be a core component of CR programmes to promote an active lifestyle for patients with CHD (Balady, et al., 2000).

Integrating The Use Of Heart Rate Rpe Mets And Observation

Finally, it is important that patients learn to self-monitor changes by reporting and or associating their improved levels of fitness relative to changes they experience in activities of daily living (away from the structured class). When patients are able to recognise their changes and benefits, they are better able to judge their own level of functional health or change of symptoms that could occur in the future.

Selecting the Best Target Antigens

The obvious advantage of CTL-based vaccines over those that aim to induce nAbs is that all HIV-1 proteins are targets for cellular immunity and some of these are considerably less tolerant of mutation than Env. CTLs escape mutations with a high cost to viral fitness and revert after transmission to a new host where the epitope is not targeted. Conversely, CTL epitopes restricted by common HLA class I alleles that are not critical to viral fitness will drive the accumulation of escape mutants in a population, since the chance of mutant virus being transmitted to individuals with the same restricting HLA

Inducing Cell Mediated Immunity by Vaccination

In macaque models, vaccination with DNA plasmids or recombinant viruses bearing SIV SHIV antigenic inserts leads to significant attenuation of viremia after subsequent infection with the highly pathogenic X4-tropic hybrid isolate SHIV89.6P. Although they do not afford sterilizing immunity under any regimen tested thus far, such vaccines enable long-term suppression of viremia and prevent disease progression. Nonetheless, eventual escape of the challenge virus from CTL control after acquisition of single amino acid mutations in critical immunodominant epitopes is sometimes observed. This results in rapid rebound of viremia and normal disease progression, and underlies the necessity of targeting the most conserved epitopes critical for viral fitness, as well as targeting multiple epitopes if 'breakthrough' replication is to be avoided. A critical caveat of the work in macaques with the frequently used SHIV-89.6P is that this virus appears to be unusually sensitive to vaccine-induced...

Interventions For Eating Disorders

A school psychologist can help protect students by providing information to parents, educators, and students about the signs and symptoms of eating disorders addressing self-esteem through positive body image addressing sociocultural factors such as media and propaganda awareness and focusing on nutrition and healthy living. School psychologists can also be instrumental in developing prevention programs in schools that encourage good nutrition and physical fitness, reinforce healthy habits, and empower students to combat the occurrence of eating disorders. School psychologists should be equipped with a list of agencies within the community to consult if students are

Progression of exercise intensity and heart rate

Exercise leaders should be aware that target heart rates can be adjusted in the future. The heart rate intensity can be used to increase the training effect. For some patients the duration may be used as the variable. It is not incorrect to assume that the progression of intensity will automatically occur if the patient exercises to the same given heart rate the work rate for a given heart rate will increase as fitness improves. However, this assumption only reflects

SIV Infections as Animal Models of AIDS

HIV transmission by sexual, intravenous, and perinatal routes is often associated with the acquisition of a limited distribution of genetic variant. In many instances, the transmitted variant represents a minor variant in the donor's virus population. Given the extent of genetic diversity between HIV isolates, these findings have been interpreted to suggest that HIV transmission may involve selective entry or selective amplification of specific viral variants. However, the inherent limitations of all studies using human samples include small sample sizes and uncertainty as to the genetic identity and the extent of genetic diversity of the virus population in the donor at the time of transmission. Thus, the mechanisms that underlie the sexual transmission of HIV variants are unclear, and are difficult to assess because of the difficulties in establishing the precise time of infection. The SIV macaque model for HIV transmission is particularly valuable for evaluating the role of viral...

Overload Exercise Prescription Principles

If correct exercise prescription is carried out, improvements can be made not only to cardio-respiratory fitness but also to general health, disease prevention and psychosocial well being (Buckley, et al, 1999 SIGN, 2002).To achieve these improvements any exercise programme must work the body systems harder than they are normally accustomed to work. This process is known as overload and can be applied to any aspect of exercise, including cardiovascular fitness, strength and flexibility training (ACSM, 2001). The body responds to the exercise stimulus by adapting to the increased exercise load. For example, individuals who are sedentary can overload their systems by walking at a faster pace than normal. Individuals who have been more active for a period of time will require their activity overload to be set at a higher intensity and or to work for longer periods.

Introduction Concepts in RNA Virus Evolution

Are ranked according to relative fitness (a measure of relative replication capacity in a given environment), and most of them, when they replicate, display lower fitness than the average for the population from which they were isolated (Domingo et al. 1978 Duarte et al. 1994). Fitness, moreover, is unavoidably a property of ensembles of individuals because even virus from a single plaque is a mutant distribution (Escarmis et al. 1996, 2002). Subpopulations of viral genomes provide a reservoir of genomes ready to become the dominant subset in the face of an environmental challenge (e.g., an immune response, the presence of an inhibitor that targets the dominant genome class or an encounter with a new host cell type, among others). The generation of quasispecies swarms is the first stage in the process of genetic diversification of viruses which occurs within infected hosts. Diversification is more clearly manifested upon host-to-host transmission when one or a few founder viruses from...

PCNAUbIndependent GC Transversions During SHM

In summary, monoubiquitylation of PCNAK164 and activation of the TLS polymerase has a dual-mutagenic and anti-mutagenic physiological purpose. During SHM, Poln is recruited by PCNA-Ub to generate almost all A T mutations. During replication across UV-induced lesions, Poln is recruited to correctly insert AA opposite a cis-syn TT-CPD to increase the fitness of both yeast and higher eukaryotes in response to genotoxic stress. Given the defined mutation signatures of individual TLS polymerases, the analysis of SHM provides an effective read-out system for the activity of diverse TLS polymerases and their regulation in mammals. While ubiquitylation of PCNA serves to generate A T mutations downstream of MutSa, G C transversions may depend on 9-1-1.

Effect Of Exercise Consultation To Increase And Maintain Physical Activity

Several randomised controlled trials have found the exercise consultation to be effective in promoting and maintaining physical activity in non-clinical and clinical populations (Loughlan and Mutrie, 1997 Lowther, et al., 2002 Hughes, et al., 2002, 2003, Kirk, et al, 2004a, 2004b). Lowther, et al. (2002) compared the effect of fitness assessment, exercise consultation and standard exercise information on physical activity levels in a group of sedentary healthy individuals. Lowther, et al. (2002) found that participants who had received an exercise consultation were significantly more active at 12 months. A recent study of sedentary people with type II diabetes found that the exercise consultation was more effective than standard exercise information in promoting and maintaining physical activity for 12 months (Kirk, et al., 2004b).

The Flavour and Fragrance Industry Sectors and Materials

Perfume Industry Teechnology

In the following decades, consumer attitudes changed dramatically food and its quality evolved into a symbol of personality, expressed by the slogan 'you are what you eat'. Health, fitness and diet became the precursors of all current trends up to the turn of the century. Today, especially wellness, well-being and a well-balanced lifestyle have to be added. The fortification with vitamins and minerals results in products that implicate pharmacological benefits, a trend which is increasingly called for by consumers.

Error Prone Replication and Quasispecies

In the 1970s, Manfred Eigen and also Peter Shuster developed a fundamental theoretical model of virus evolution. A set of ordinary differential equations was published that described what was called 'quasispecies'. Starting from measurements of phage mutation rates, they considered the consequences of high error rates as expected from RNA replication (an error-prone noncor-recting replication process). The resulting population shared many properties and was called quasispecies, a society (or community) of individuals that are the error products of replication. The name 'quasispecies' thus describes a chemically diverse set of molecules and was not intended to refer to a biological species (i.e., genetic exchanging). However, as discussed above, the fuzzy definition of virus species and quasispecies overlaps somewhat, which has been a source of confusion. Several premises were used to develop this theory (1) the individual products ignore one another and interact only as individuals...


And fitness of a library Crossovers occur in regions of short (0-5 bases) sequence homology Single hybridization event reduces the mismatching sometimes seen in PCR-based methods are to be screened in yeast Only one crossover per hybrid per round (low diversity 84 library, but may iterate or combine with homologous recombination methods to improve crossovers) Limited to two parents of equal length Low-fitness hybrids (two thirds may contain frame-shift) May induce aa deletions or duplications at junctions Same cons as for SHIPREC 85

British Origins

Galton identified those fit folk who should have children and stigmatized those he deemed unfit for parenthood. He also believed then-accepted notions of racial superiority and inferiority, had more to do with class and cultural prejudice than with biological difference. Galton assumed that wealthy people like himself were fit, whereas poor folk were unfit. Northern European white people stood atop the evolutionary scale of fitness, followed by whites from southeast Europe, Asians, Native Americans, Africans, and Australian Aborigines.

North American oaks

These workers detected the introgression of nuclear markers in a majority of individuals from some populations near sympatric regions. However, these authors also found that species-specific nuclear DNA markers and morphological characteristics were significantly correlated, in the same individuals, even in sympatry. Thus introgression could be seen as being of minor importance with regard to the molecular markers and morphological characteristics sampled (Howard et al. 1997). Yet, a separate analysis by these same authors (Williams et al. 2001) detected patterns consistent with increased fitness of certain hybrids in specific habitats. Furthermore, Taken together, the studies from Davis (1892) to those of Whittemore and Schaal (1991), Howard et al. (1997) and Williams et al. (2001) reveal the need for a broad-based approach that takes into consideration all of the available data for robust tests of hypotheses concerning the extent and evolutionary...

Genetic Variation

Genetic variation drives adaptation and evolution. The early eugenicists and modern proponents of ''ethnic purity ignore the fact that heterozygous organisms tend to be more vigorous. Many alleles are responsible for lethality, sterility, or other defects when they are homozygous. Thus, inbreeding in populations with diverse genotypes usually results in a loss of fitness, defined as the probability that an organism will produce offspring. In one species of fruit fly, almost 70 of chromosomes 2 and 3 contain alleles that cause male sterility when homozygous.


The final example of genetic exchange-mediated adaptive trait evolution, reflective of an increase in the fitness of a 'hybrid' microorganism, involves the genus Salmonella. Although some evidence exists suggesting the presence of certain restrictions for the horizontal transfer of some genomic regions among species of Salmonella (e.g. the mutS gene Brown et al. 2003), there are ample data indicating the importance of genetic exchange in the evolution of these bacteria (Liu and Sanderson 1998 Marcus et al. 2000 Porwollik et al. 2002). For each of the examples in this section, the evolution of adaptations has resulted, at least partly, from genetic exchanges. These novel adaptations most likely reflect an increase in fitness of the recombinant hybrid form relative to the ancestral types. Thus the lateral transfer of DNA has allowed these microorganisms to invade novel habitats and demonstrate novel phenotypes. In the next two sections I will illustrate that, like lateral transfer in...


In the genus Ipomopsis, pollinator behavior has played a significant role in the evolution of both floral form and reproductive isolation (Campbell et al. 1991, 1994 Wolf et al. 2001). Furthermore, of significance for the present topic, Campbell et al. (1997, 1998) have argued that I. aggregata X I. tenuituba natural hybrids were (i) the least fit when both of the normal pollen vectors (hawkmoths and hummingbirds) visited the hybrid zones or (ii) intermediate in fitness to the two parents when only hummingbirds were present (the normal situation). The first conclusion (that hybrids were uniformly unfit) was seen to be a result of hawkmoths favoring I. tenuituba, and hummingbirds favoring I. aggregata (Campbell et al. 1997). In contrast, the hypothesis of a fitness gradient of I. aggregata hybrids I. tenuituba was based on these initial findings coupled with data from a second study in which hybrids had the most pollen transferred by hummingbirds. In the second analysis, the quantity...

Louisiana irises

As discussed in Chapter 1, a main focus for my group and associated colleagues has been the estimation of hybrid and parental fitness in various organisms in both experimental and natural habitats (e.g. Shoemaker et al. 1996 Williams et al. 1999 Promislow et al. 2001). In particular, we have drawn attention to the fact that hybrid genotypes can display a range of fitness estimates, sometimes due to environmental setting. The majority of the data used to illustrate this conclusion have come from studies of the Louisiana iris species I. fulva, I. hexagona, and I. brevicaulis. The studies have included experimental manipulations in both greenhouse and natural settings as well as from natural hybrid zones. Each of the studies has supported the hypothesis that hybrids vary in fitness and thus vary in the likelihood of their contributing to long-term evolutionary effects. Though not as extensive as the studies involving Ipomopsis, we have also examined pollinator behavior as a means for...


As with the Louisiana irises, studies of annual sunflowers have provided a wealth of data concerning the evolutionary role of hybridization (e.g. Heiser 1951b, 1958 Rieseberg 1991 Rieseberg et al. 1999 Gross et al. 2004). In particular, recent analyses have resulted in fitness estimates for a variety of experimental hybrids and their parents, in both greenhouse and field environments. These estimates have then been utilized to predict the course of past evolutionary change resulting in adaptive trait introgression and or hybrid speciation. Recently, Kim and Rieseberg (1999, 2001) reevaluated Heiser's hypothesis concerning adaptive trait introgression from H. debilis var. cucumerifolius into H. annuus ssp texanus. A set of quantitative trait locus (QTL) analyses revealed the genetic architecture underlying the species-specific traits found in H. annuus and H. debilis ssp cucumerifolius. In particular, Kim and Rieseberg (1999, 2001) found that some QTLs were associated with regions that...


In addition to the evidence for the evolutionary effects from hybridization, Freeman, Graham, and McArthur and their colleagues have produced a series of studies that address the factor of hybrid fitness in the Artemisia tridentata ssp tridentata X Artemisia tridentata ssp vaseyana hybrid complex. One class of data derives from studies of environment X genotype associations. First, Freeman et al. (1999) demonstrated that hybrid and parental taxa occurred in diagnosably different habitats. Specifically, hybrids and parental subspecies were associated with different plant species complexes and different edaphic zones the latter estimated by such things as substrate, litter composition, etc. (Freeman et al. 1999). Furthermore, the hybrid and parental genotypes possess characteristics indicative of local adaptation to their respective niches Additional inferences concerning hybrid and parental fitness were also possible from direct estimates of fitness for (i) plants from naturally...


In Chapter 4 I argued that the fire-bellied toad species B. bombina and B. variegata represent an excellent example of some of the evolutionary effects of hybridization. Also, as pointed out in the previous chapter, much of the work on this species complex, particularly by Szymura, Barton, and their colleagues, has emphasized the reduced fitness of some hybrid genotypes (e.g. Szymura and Barton 1986, 1991). In particular, the coincident and concordant step-clines for many unlinked markers have been used as evidence for an overwhelming influence of (i) selection against hybrids and (ii) continual immigration into regions of overlap, for the establishment and preservation of the hybrid zones (Barton and Hewitt 1985). Although many analyses of B. bombina and B. variegata have detected step-clines suggestive of tension hybrid zones (i.e. environment-independent hybrid zones, in regard to hybrid fitness), recent studies have found a preponderance of evidence suggesting instead that the...

Feelings Of Animals

S., From an Animal's Point of View Motivation, Fitness, and Animal Welfare, Behavioral and Brain Sciences 13 (1990) 1-61 Dawkins, M. S., Through Our Eyes Only The Search for Animal Consciousness (San Francisco W. H. Freeman, 1993) Duncan, I.J. H., Animal Rights-Animal Welfare A Scientist's Assessment, Poultry Science 60 (1981) 489-499 Duncan, I.J. H., Animal Welfare Defined in Terms of Feelings, Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section A, Animal Science, Supplement 27 (1996) 29-35 Rushen, J., The Validity of Behavioural Measures of Aversion A Review, Applied Animal Behaviour Science 16 (1986) 309323.


Whatever the mechanism, presence in the germline requires that integration, takes place either in cells of germline tissue or, because the provirus is maintained during cell division, in a cell lineage destined to develop into germline tissue. Once integrated, the selective forces that work on the proviral sequences will depend on a number of factors, including the state of the provirus at the time of integration. For example, did the viral genome suffer attenuating or debilitating mutations during reverse transcription Was it intact and capable of expression at the time of provirus formation. Did integration occur in junk DNA, close to a gene, or in a gene Was the provirus silenced after integration (e.g., by methylation), and in what developmental stages and in which tissues was the provirus expressed. In other words, whether or not a newly formed provirus will persist as an endogenous retrovirus is determined in part by its immediate effect on the survival of the infected cell and...


The fitness of F. albicollis X F. hypoleuca hybrids has been estimated in a number of ways. As mentioned above, F1 hybrids between these species demonstrate Haldane's rule, with the heterogametic sex (i.e. females) being sterile (Tegelstrom and Gelter 1990). This indicates that there is strong selection against the F1 class as a whole, but not against both sexes of F1 hybrids. Another data set that provides evidence for the occurrence of a range of fitnesses in hybrids involves the observation of differential introgression of autosomal compared with sex-chromosome markers (S tre et al. 2003). In this regard, S tre et al. (2003) found that not only did loci on the sex chromosomes contribute to hybrid sterility, but that the sex chromosomes also contained genes that affected traits for species recognition. This then suggested a cause for their dual observations of reinforcement of reproductive isolation for the sex chromosome loci and ' . rather extensive introgression and recombination...


Phenotypic genotypic classes reflected M. candei, M. vitellinus, and natural hybrids, respectively. McDonald et al. (2001) hypothesized that sexual selection-derived introgression (i.e. adaptive trait introgression) would be facilitated by higher levels of aggressiveness by the golden- and lemon-collared males, relative to the white-collared form. This was indeed their finding. First, the golden and lemon phenotypes attacked the taxidermy-mounted specimens presented to them significantly more often than the white-collared birds. Second, the lemon-colored hybrid males demonstrated more vocalizations than either of the parental species (McDonald et al. 2001). In sum, these data argued again for adaptive trait transfer, and reflected elevated hybrid fitness.

Genetic Manipulation

Their fitness for that changed environment, and so they may be 'trained' by the artificially accelerated expansion of pre-existing pathways. The final option is that they may be genetically engineered. Organisms which represent the 'norm', frequently being the most abundant members occurring in nature, are described as 'wild type'. Those with DNA which differs from this, are described as mutant. Alteration can be by the normal processes of evolution which constantly produces mutants, a process which may be accelerated artificially, or by deliberate reconstruction of the genome, often by the introduction of a gene novel to that organism. This latter route is the basis of genetic engineering (GE) which has several advantages over traditional breeding or selection techniques. The process is specific, in that one gene, or a selected group of genes, is transferred and so the mutation is quite precise. There is flexibility in the system in that, depending on the modifications made to the...

Current Aspects

Fish rhabdoviruses are also serving as useful components of model systems to study vertebrate virus disease, epidemiology, and immunology. The availability of a variety of established fish cell lines, the creation of new-generation reagents and tools, and the well-established laboratory challenge models that can use statistically robust numbers of trout, catfish, or zebrafish make these model systems particularly attractive and powerful. Recent work includes the use of DNA vaccines against fish rhabdoviruses in mechanistic studies to determine how DNA vaccines elicit strong innate and adaptive immune responses in vertebrate hosts. Reverse genetics systems for both IHNV and SHRV have been developed and used to investigate the roles of individual viral genes and proteins. These studies have already shown that the G genes of different fish rhabdovirus species can be interchanged, and that the NV gene is not essential for virus replication. In the area of immunology, quantitative realtime...


They have a fitness advantage over the parent species, such as increased aggressiveness or the ability to exploit a new host. . .' (Brasier et al. 1999). The alder trees attacked by this new pathogen were not a human food source however, they were a significant component of an important ecosystem and thus of critical concern for conservation efforts.


Additional increases in work are fueled by anaerobic glycolysis. This will increase lactate production, but it is important to note that lactate levels in the blood are controlled by factors other than simply anaerobic production. The term anaerobic threshold has been used to describe the point at which arterial lactate levels increase, but this may not correlate perfectly with VO2 max, and a better term for this phenomenon is the lactate threshold. VO2 max is essentially the same for exercise of the legs only or both legs and arms, although it is significantly less when exercise is limited to only the arms hence, a bicycle ergometer is a useful way to measure VO2 max in most people. Fitness level and the type of exercise determine how long one can maintain VO2 max. For example, a world-class middle-distance runner might sustain VO2 max during a 4-minute mile, while an elite longdistance runner might sustain just over 80 VO2max during a marathon. Exercise lasting more than 20 minutes...


In a small number of cases, humans do show a heterozygote advantage, in which the fitness of the heterozygote is superior to either homozygote. The best known example is the -hemoglobin locus and its relationship to sickle cell disease. Adult hemoglobin is composed of four polypeptides two a chains and two 3 chains, coded for by different genes. The 3 chain is a sequence of 146 amino acids, with glutamic acid in position 6. This normal hemoglobin is referred to as type A. In sickle cell disease, a mutation causes glutamic acid to be replaced by valine at position 6 and is referred to as hemoglobin S. Individuals who are homozygous for the S allele (SS) have sickle cell disease. Untreated, this condition is lethal, and affected individuals do not survive to be old enough to have offspring.

Resistance Training

Many activities of daily living and occupational tasks require an equal amount, if not more, of upper body strength than aerobic fitness (Lindsay and Gaw, 1997). After a cardiac event people are often afraid to lift or to attempt resistance-based activities. Therefore, including supervised RE within a cardiac rehabilitation programme may help to resolve anxieties by providing advice on technique and prescription.


The ultimate measure of distress* for animals is impairment of biological fitness how many offspring they produce who then go on to reproduce. If an individual is adversely affected by his environment to such an extent that he is less able to pass on his genes to the next generation because he dies or is unable to produce as many offspring, then his fitness is reduced. In many cases it is not easy to be sure that fitness is reduced, but it can be confidently predicted on the basis of previous knowledge. In order to take account of the functioning of coping systems and each of the points made earlier, stress is defined as an environmental effect on an individual that strains his control systems and reduces his fitness or appears likely to do so. A distinction is therefore made between a minor disturbance to an individual's equilibrium that may necessitate the use of energy to correct it and would not be referred to as stress and greater effects that are sufficient to reduce fitness....

Hybrid fertility

One of the most widely estimated components of fitness is fertility. This is especially true for hybrid genotypes. The reason for the frequent use of this factor to estimate hybrid fitness is likely its relative ease of measurement. For plants and animals numerous methodologies have been applied to define the fertility of hybrid genotypes (e.g. Arnold and Jackson 1978). Often such methods allow inferences not only of the relative fitness (in terms of fertility) of hybrids and their parents, but also facilitate hypotheses concerning causality for example, the presence of chromosomal structural heterozygosity leading to unbalanced meiotic products and eventually to nonviable gametes (Heiser 1947). However, genic components, as opposed to structural differences, can also lead to lower fertility in early- and later-generation hybrids. Once again considering Louisiana irises, we have detected male fertilities among experimental I.fulva X I. brevicaulis BC1 hybrids that range from 0 to 100...

Fitting Exercise Into A Busy Schedule

Fitting Exercise Into A Busy Schedule

Fit exercise into your busy schedule? Thats as absurd as saying that there are eight days in a week! First, youve never exercised before or engaged regularly in a sport second, youve never been into the fitness crowd and have had meager time for such pursuits, and third, youre far too busy to even think of exercise.

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