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Data from: The fitness landscape of the codon space across environments

Inês Fragata, Sebastian Matuszweski, Mark A. Schmitz, Thomas Bataillon, Jeffrey D. Jensen & Claudia Bank
Fitness landscapes map the relationship between genotypes and fitness. However, most fitness landscape studies ignore the genetic architecture imposed by the codon table and thereby neglect the potential role of synonymous mutations. To quantify the fitness effects of synonymous mutations and their potential impact on adaptation on a fitness landscape, we use a new software based on Bayesian Monte Carlo Markov Chain methods and re-estimate selection coefficients of all possible codon mutations across 9 amino-acid...

Data from: The effects of aging on neuropil structure in mouse somatosensory cortex—A 3D electron microscopy analysis of layer 1

Corrado Cali, Marta Wawrzyniak, Carlos Becker, Bohumil Maco, Marco Cantoni, Anne Jorstad, Biagio Nigro, Federico Grillo, Vincenzo De Paola, Pascal Fua & Graham William Knott
This study has used dense reconstructions from serial EM images to compare the neuropil ultrastructure and connectivity of aged and adult mice. The analysis used models of axons, dendrites, and their synaptic connections, reconstructed from volumes of neuropil imaged in layer 1 of the somatosensory cortex. This shows the changes to neuropil structure that accompany a general loss of synapses in a well-defined brain region. The loss of excitatory synapses was balanced by an increase...

Data from: A novel biomechanical approach for animal behaviour recognition using accelerometers

Pritish Chakravarty, Gabriele Cozzi, Arpat Ozgul & Kamiar Aminian
Data from animal‐borne inertial sensors are widely used to investigate several aspects of an animal's life, such as energy expenditure, daily activity patterns and behaviour. Accelerometer data used in conjunction with machine learning algorithms have been the tool of choice for characterising animal behaviour. Although machine learning models perform reasonably well, they may not rely on meaningful features, nor lend themselves to physical interpretation of the classification rules. This lack of interpretability and control over...

Data from: Sampling strategy optimization to increase statistical power in landscape genomics: a simulation-based approach

Oliver Selmoni, Elia Vajana, Annie Guillaume, Estelle Rochat & Stéphane Joost
An increasing number of studies are using landscape genomics to investigate local adaptation in wild and domestic populations. The implementation of this approach requires the sampling phase to consider the complexity of environmental settings and the burden of logistic constraints. These important aspects are often underestimated in the literature dedicated to sampling strategies. In this study, we computed simulated genomic datasets to run against actual environmental data in order to trial landscape genomics experiments under...

Data from: Organic functional group and organic matter concentrations from FT-IR measurements of particulate matter samples in the Southeastern Aerosol Research and Characterization (SEARCH) network from 2009-2016

Ann M. Dillner, Alexandra J. Boris, Satoshi Takahama, Andrew T. Weakley, Bruno Debus, Carley D. Frederickson, Martin Esparza-Sanchez, Charlotte Burke, Matteo Reggente, Stephanie L. Shaw & Eric S. Edgerton
This dataset contains organic functional group, organic matter (OM), organic carbon (OC) concentration measurements at five sites in the SEARCH network from 2009-2016. Spectra from each sample are included, in the format used in these papers. The sampling sites are urban Birmingham (BHM) and rural Centreville (CTR) in Alabama, urban Jefferson Street, Atlanta (JST) and rural Yorkville (YRK) in Georgia, and rural Outlying Landing Field (OLF) near Pensacola in Florida as well as a co-located...

Data from: One-shot learning and behavioral eligibility traces in sequential decision making

Marco P. Lehmann, He A. Xu, Vasiliki Liakoni, Michael H. Herzog, Wulfram Gerstner & Kerstin Preuschoff
In many daily tasks we make multiple decisions before reaching a goal. In order to learn such sequences of decisions, a mechanism to link earlier actions to later reward is necessary. Reinforcement learning theory suggests two classes of algorithms solving this credit assignment problem: In classic temporal-difference learning, earlier actions receive reward information only after multiple repetitions of the task, whereas models with eligibility traces reinforce entire sequences of actions from a single experience (one-shot)....

Data from: Seascape genomics as a new tool to empower coral reef conservation strategies: an example on north-western Pacific Acropora digitifera

Oliver Selmoni, Estelle Rochat, Gael Lecellier, Véronique Berteaux-Lecellier & Stephane Joost
Coral reefs are suffering a major decline due to the environmental constraints imposed by climate change. Over the last 20 years, three major coral bleaching events occurred in concomitance with anomalous heat waves, provoking a severe loss of coral cover worldwide. The conservation strategies for preserving reefs, as they are implemented now, cannot cope with global climatic shifts. Consequently, researchers are advocating for preservation networks to be set-up to reinforce coral adaptive potential. However, the...

Data from: High rates of carbon and dinitrogen fixation suggest a critical role of benthic pioneer communities in the energy and nutrient dynamics of coral reefs

Florian Roth, Denis Karcher, Nils Rädecker, Sönke Hohn, Susana Carvalho, Timothy Thomson, Franziska Saalmann, Christian R. Voolstra, Benjamin Kürten, Ulrich Struck, Burton Jones & Christian Wild
1. Following coral mortality in tropical reefs, pioneer communities dominated by filamentous and crustose algae efficiently colonize substrates previously occupied by coral tissue. This phenomenon is particularly common after mass coral mortality following prolonged bleaching events associated with marine heatwaves. 2. Pioneer communities play an important role for the biological succession and reorganization of reefs after disturbance. However, their significance for critical ecosystem functions previously mediated by corals, such as the efficient cycling of carbon...

Milk production and environmental conditions of mountain-pastured Braunvieh cows between 2000 and 2015

Solange Duruz & Christine Flury
This dataset is a subset of the dataset used in the associated article, linking environmental data to milk records of mountain-pastured cows between 2000 and 2015. In particular it contains information on the cow and lactation cycle (lactation number, date of calving, date of first record in the alp, average quantity of milk over 3 milk records taken in the alp) and environmental condition (temperature humidity index, cold stress index, averaged over 3 and 30...

Ant behavioral maturation is mediated by a stochastic transition between two fundamental states

Thomas Richardson, Tomas Kay, Raphael Braunschweig, Opaline A. Journeau, Matthias Ruegg, Sean McGregor, Paolo De Los Rios & Laurent Keller
The remarkable ecological success of social insects is often attributed to their advanced division of labour, which is closely associated with temporal polyethism in which workers transition between different tasks as they age. Young nurses are typically found deep within the nest where they tend to the queen and the brood, whereas older foragers are found near the entrance and outside the nest. However, the individual-level maturation dynamics remain poorly understood because following individuals over...

Physically asymmetric division of the C. elegans zygote ensures invariably successful embryogenesis

Radek Jankele, Pierre Gönczy & Rob Jelier
Asymmetric divisions that yield daughter cells of different sizes are frequent during early embryogenesis, but the importance of such a physical difference for successful development remains poorly understood. Here, we investigated this question using the first division of C. elegans embryos, which yields a large AB cell and a small P1 cell. We equalized AB and P1 sizes using acute genetic inactivation or optogenetic manipulation of the spindle positioning protein LIN-5. We uncovered that only...

Photosynthesis from stolen chloroplasts can support sea slug reproductive fitness

Paulo Cartaxana, Felisa Rey, Charlotte LeKieffre, Diana Lopes, Cedric Hubas, Jorge E. Spangenberg, Stéphane Escrig, Bruno Jesus, Gonçalo Calado, Rosário Domingues, Michael Kühl, Ricardo Calado, Anders Meibom & Sónia Cruz
Some sea slugs are able to steal functional chloroplasts (kleptoplasts) from their algal food sources, but the role and relevance of photosynthesis to the animal host remain controversial. While some researchers claim that kleptoplasts are slowly digestible ‘snacks’, others advocate that they enhance the overall fitness of sea slugs much more profoundly. Our analysis show light-dependent incorporation of 13C and 15N in the albumen gland and gonadal follicles of the sea slug Elysia timida, representing...

Quantification of Bone Marrow Compartments in Histological Sections

Josefine Tratwal & Olaia Naveiras
We report the development of a semi-automated image analysis plug-in, MarrowQuant, which employs the open-source software QuPath, to systematically quantify multiple bone components in H&E sections in an unbiased manner. MarrowQuant discerns and quantifies the areas occupied by bone, adipocyte ghosts, hematopoietic cells and the interstitial/microvascular compartment. A separate feature, AdipoQuant, fragments adipocyte ghosts in H&E-stained sections of extramedullary adipose tissue sections to render adipocyte area and size distribution. Quantification of BM hematopoietic cellularity with...

Additional file 1 of Prominent astrocytic alpha-synuclein pathology with unique post-translational modification signatures unveiled across Lewy body disorders

Melek Firat Altay, Alan King Lun Liu, Janice L. Holton, Laura Parkkinen & Hilal A. Lashuel
Additional file 1: Table S1. The primary and secondary antibodies included in this study. AC = autoclave; agg-aSyn = aggregated alpha-synuclein; aSyn = alpha-synuclein; FA = formic acid; GFAP = glial fibrillary acidic protein; Iba1 = ionized calcium binding adaptor protein 1; IF = immunofluorescence; IHC = immunohistochemistry; MBP = myelin basic protein; mc = monoclonal; mus = mouse; na = not applicable; NF = neurofilament; pc = polyclonal; rab = rabbit; SB = slot...

Additional file 6 of The combined impact of persistent infections and human genetic variation on C-reactive protein levels

Flavia Hodel, Olivier Naret, Clara Bonnet, Nicole Brenner, Noemi Bender, Tim Waterboer, Pedro Marques-Vidal, Peter Vollenweider & Jacques Fellay
Additional file 6: Fig. S6. Seroprevalence of tested antigens in the CoLaus|PsyCoLaus. List of the 27 antigens available from the CoLaus|PsyCoLaus study that are shared with the UK Biobank. The percentages indicate the seroprevalence of antibodies against infectious disease antigens tested using Multiplex Serology platform. The grey boxes indicate the pathogen on which the antigen protein is found, and the family to which the pathogen belongs.

Data from: Diffusion tensor imaging in patients with glioblastoma multiforme using the supertoroidal model

Choukri Mekkaoui, Philippe Metellus, William J. Kostis, Roberto Martuzzi, Fabricio R. Pereira, Jean-Paul Beregi, Timothy G. Reese, Todd R. Constable & Marcel P. Jackowski
Purpose: Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) is a powerful imaging technique that has led to improvements in the diagnosis and prognosis of cerebral lesions and neurosurgical guidance for tumor resection. Traditional tensor modeling, however, has difficulties in differentiating tumor-infiltrated regions and peritumoral edema. Here, we describe the supertoroidal model, which incorporates an increase in surface genus and a continuum of toroidal shapes to improve upon the characterization of Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). Materials and Methods: DTI brain...

Data from: Peatland vascular plant functional types affect methane dynamics by altering microbial community structure

Bjorn J. M. Robroek, Vincent E. J. Jassey, Martine A. R. Kox, Roeland L. Berendsen, Robert T. E. Mills, Lauric Cécillon, Jéremy Puissant, Marion Meima–Franke, Peter A. H. M. Bakker, Paul L. E. Bodelier & Marion Meima-Franke
1. Peatlands are natural sources of atmospheric methane (CH4), an important greenhouse gas. It is established that peatland methane dynamics are controlled by both biotic and abiotic conditions, yet the interactive effect of these drivers is less studied and consequently poorly understood. 2. Climate change affects the distribution of vascular plant functional types (PFTs) in peatlands. By removing specific PFTs, we assessed their effects on peat organic matter chemistry, microbial community composition and on potential...

Data from: The telomeric DNA damage response occurs in the absence of chromatin decompaction

Aleksandra Vancevska, Kyle M. Douglass, Verena Pfeiffer, Suliana Manley & Joachim Lingner
Telomeres are specialized nucleoprotein structures that protect chromosome ends from DNA damage response (DDR) and DNA rearrangements. The telomeric shelterin protein TRF2 suppresses the DDR, and this function has been attributed to its abilities to trigger t-loop formation or prevent massive decompaction and loss of density of telomeric chromatin. Here, we applied stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy (STORM) to measure the sizes and shapes of functional human telomeres of different lengths and dysfunctional telomeres that elicit...

Data from: On the (un)predictability of a large intragenic fitness landscape

Claudia Bank, Sebastian Matuszewski, Ryan T. Hietpas & Jeffrey D. Jensen
The study of fitness landscapes, which aims at mapping genotypes to fitness, is receiving ever-increasing attention. Novel experimental approaches combined with next-generation sequencing (NGS) methods enable accurate and extensive studies of the fitness effects of mutations, allowing us to test theoretical predictions and improve our understanding of the shape of the true underlying fitness landscape and its implications for the predictability and repeatability of evolution. Here, we present a uniquely large multiallelic fitness landscape comprising...

Data from: Seasonal variability of groundwater level effects on the growth of Carex cinerascens in lake wetlands

Wenjuan Feng, Pierre Mariotte, Xu Ligang, Alexandre Buttler, Luca Bragazza, Jiahu Jiang & Mathieu Santonja
Groundwater level is crucial for wetland plant growth and reproduction, but the extent of its effect on plant growth can vary along with changed precipitation and temperature at different seasons. In this context, we investigated the effect of two groundwater levels (10 cm vs. 20 cm depth) on growth and reproductive parameters of Carex cinerascens, a dominant plant species in the Poyang Lake wetland, during three seasons (spring, summer and autumn) and during two consecutive...

Data from: Genome-wide variation in nucleotides and retrotransposons in alpine populations of Arabis alpina (Brassicaceae)

Aude Rogivue, Rimjhim Roy Choudhury, Stefan Zoller, Stéphane Joost, Francois Felber, Michel Kasser, Christian Parisod & Felix Gugerli
Advances in high-throughput sequencing have promoted the collection of reference genomes and genome-wide diversity. However, the assessment of genomic variation among populations has hitherto mainly been surveyed through single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and largely ignored the often major fraction of genomes represented by transposable elements (TEs). Despite accumulating evidence supporting the evolutionary significance of TEs, comprehensive surveys remain scarce. Here, we sequenced the full genomes of 304 individuals of Arabis alpina sampled from four nearby natural...

Data from: Linking a mutation to survival in wild mice

Rowan D. H. Barrett, Stefan Laurent, Ricardo Mallarino, Susanne P. Pfeifer, Charles C. Y. Xu, Matthieu Foll, Kazumasa Wakamatsu, Jonathan S. Duke-Cohan, Jeffrey D. Jensen & Hopi E. Hoekstra
Adaptive evolution in new or changing environments can be difficult to predict because the functional connections between genotype, phenotype, and fitness are complex. Here, we make these explicit connections by combining field and laboratory experiments in wild mice. We first directly estimate natural selection on pigmentation traits and an underlying pigment locus, Agouti, by using experimental enclosures of mice on different soil colors. Next, we show how a mutation in Agouti associated with survival causes...

Data from: Combining landscape genomics and ecological modelling to investigate local adaptation of indigenous Ugandan cattle to East Coast fever

Elia Vajana, Mario Barbato, Licia Colli, Marco Milanesi, Estelle Rochat, Enrico Fabrizi, Christopher Mukasa, Marcello Del Corvo, Charles Masembe, Vincent B. Muwanika, Fredrick Kabi, Tad Stewart Sonstegard, Heather Jay Huson, Riccardo Negrini, NextGen Consortium, Stéphane Joost & Paolo Ajmone-Marsan
East Coast fever (ECF) is a fatal sickness affecting cattle populations of eastern, central, and southern Africa. The disease is transmitted by the tick Rhipicephalus appendiculatus, and caused by the protozoan Theileria parva parva, which invades host lymphocytes and promotes their clonal expansion. Importantly, indigenous cattle show tolerance to infection in ECF-endemically stable areas. Here, the putative genetic bases underlying ECF-tolerance were investigated using molecular data and epidemiological information from 823 indigenous cattle from Uganda....

Phenotypic plasticity versus ecotypic differentiation under recurrent summer drought in two drought-tolerant pine species

Christoph Bachofen, Anouchka Perret-Gentil, Tom Wohlgemuth, Pierre Vollenweider & Barbara Moser
1. Despite worldwide reports of high tree mortality, growing evidence indicates that many tree species are well adapted to survive repeated dry spells. The drought resilience of trees is related to their phenotypic plasticity and ecotypic differentiation. Whether these two mechanisms act at the same organisational level of a tree and involve similar plant traits is still unknown. 2. We assessed phenotypic plasticity and ecotypic differentiation across four populations of Pinus sylvestris and Pinus nigra...

Dataset: A multi-site, year-round turbulence microstructure atlas for the deep perialpine Lake Garda

Sebastiano Piccolroaz, Bieito Fernández Castro, Marco Toffolon & Henk Dijkstra
This repository includes the dataset described in "A multi-site, year-round turbulence microstructure atlas for the deep perialpine Lake Garda", Scientific Reports, 2021, DOI: 10.1038/s41597-021-00965-0 A multi-site, year-round dataset comprising a total of 606 high-resolution turbulence microstructure profiles of shear and temperature gradient in the upper 100 m depth is made available for Lake Garda (Italy). Concurrent meteorological data were measured from the fieldwork boat at the location of the turbulence measurements. During the fieldwork campaign...

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