Mexican tetra

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Alias: blind cave fish, Astyanax mexicanus, Astyanax mexicanus (De Filippi, 1853)

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  1. Hooven T, Yamamoto Y, Jeffery W. Blind cavefish and heat shock protein chaperones: a novel role for hsp90alpha in lens apoptosis. Int J Dev Biol. 2004;48:731-8 pubmed
    ..The model system is Astyanax mexicanus, a teleost species consisting of an eyed surface-dwelling (surface fish) form and numerous blind cave-..
  2. Beale A, Guibal C, Tamai T, Klotz L, Cowen S, Peyric E, et al. Circadian rhythms in Mexican blind cavefish Astyanax mexicanus in the lab and in the field. Nat Commun. 2013;4:2769 pubmed publisher
    ..Here we examine circadian clock function in Mexican blind cavefish Astyanax mexicanus and its surface counterpart...
  3. Hinaux H, Poulain J, Da Silva C, Noirot C, Jeffery W, Casane D, et al. De novo sequencing of Astyanax mexicanus surface fish and Pachón cavefish transcriptomes reveals enrichment of mutations in cavefish putative eye genes. PLoS ONE. 2013;8:e53553 pubmed publisher
    b>Astyanax mexicanus, a teleost species with surface dwelling (surface fish) and cave adapted (cavefish) morphs, is an important model system in evolutionary developmental biology (evodevo)...
  4. Gross J, Borowsky R, Tabin C. A novel role for Mc1r in the parallel evolution of depigmentation in independent populations of the cavefish Astyanax mexicanus. PLoS Genet. 2009;5:e1000326 pubmed publisher
    ..Focusing on the Mexican cave tetra Astyanax mexicanus, we describe, here, an analysis of the brown mutation, which was first described in the literature nearly 40 ..
  5. Pottin K, Hinaux H, Retaux S. Restoring eye size in Astyanax mexicanus blind cavefish embryos through modulation of the Shh and Fgf8 forebrain organising centres. Development. 2011;138:2467-76 pubmed publisher
    The cavefish morph of the Mexican tetra (Astyanax mexicanus) is blind at adult stage, although an eye that includes a retina and a lens develops during embryogenesis. There are, however, two major defects in cavefish eye development...
  6. Protas M, Hersey C, Kochanek D, Zhou Y, Wilkens H, Jeffery W, et al. Genetic analysis of cavefish reveals molecular convergence in the evolution of albinism. Nat Genet. 2006;38:107-11 pubmed
    ..Thus, the two cave populations evolved albinism independently, through similar mutational events...
  7. Sovrano V, Potrich D, Foá A, Bertolucci C. Extra-Visual Systems in the Spatial Reorientation of Cavefish. Sci Rep. 2018;8:17698 pubmed publisher
    ..Here we investigated the presence of these reorientation spatial skills in two species of blind cavefish (Astyanax mexicanus and Phreatichthys andruzzii), in order to understand the possible role of extra-visual senses in similar ..
  8. Yu L, Li C, Chen J. A novel CC chemokine ligand 2 like gene from ayu Plecoglossus altivelis is involved in the innate immune response against to Vibrio anguillarum. Fish Shellfish Immunol. 2019;87:886-896 pubmed publisher
    ..analysis revealed that PaCCL2L grouped with CCL2 homologs, and is most closely related to Mexican tetra (Astyanax mexicanus) and zebrafish (Danio rerio) homologs...
  9. Sumner Rooney L. The Kingdom of the Blind: Disentangling Fundamental Drivers in the Evolution of Eye Loss. Integr Comp Biol. 2018;58:372-385 pubmed publisher
    ..The fine developmental details of model systems such as the Mexican cave tetra Astyanax mexicanus have transformed and enriched the field, but these should be complemented by wider studies to identify truly ..

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  1. Jaggard J, Lloyd E, Lopatto A, Duboué E, Keene A. Automated Measurements of Sleep and Locomotor Activity in Mexican Cavefish. J Vis Exp. 2019;: pubmed publisher
    ..The Mexican cavefish, Astyanax mexicanus (A. mexicanus), is a model for studying trait evolution in response to environmental perturbation. A...
  2. Luc H, Sears C, Raczka A, Gross J. Wholemount In Situ Hybridization for Astyanax Embryos. J Vis Exp. 2019;: pubmed publisher
    In recent years, a draft genome for the blind Mexican cavefish (Astyanax mexicanus) has been released, revealing the sequence identities for thousands of genes...
  3. Yoshizawa M, Hixon E, Jeffery W. Neural Crest Transplantation Reveals Key Roles in the Evolution of Cavefish Development. Integr Comp Biol. 2018;58:411-420 pubmed publisher
    Evolutionary changes in Astyanax mexicanus cavefish with respect to conspecific surface fish, including the regression of eyes, loss of pigmentation, and modification of the cranial skeleton, involve derivatives of the neural crest...
  4. Riddle M, Martineau B, Peavey M, Tabin C. Raising the Mexican Tetra Astyanax mexicanus for Analysis of Post-larval Phenotypes and Whole-mount Immunohistochemistry. J Vis Exp. 2018;: pubmed publisher
    River and cave-adapted populations of Astyanax mexicanus show differences in morphology, physiology, and behavior. Research focused on comparing adult forms has revealed the genetic basis of some of these differences...
  5. O Quin K, Doshi P, Lyon A, Hoenemeyer E, Yoshizawa M, Jeffery W. Complex Evolutionary and Genetic Patterns Characterize the Loss of Scleral Ossification in the Blind Cavefish Astyanax mexicanus. PLoS ONE. 2015;10:e0142208 pubmed publisher
    ..We assessed scleral ossification among several groups of the Mexican tetra (Astyanax mexicanus), which exhibit both an eyed and eyeless morph...
  6. Protas M, Jeffery W. Evolution and development in cave animals: from fish to crustaceans. Wiley Interdiscip Rev Dev Biol. 2012;1:823-45 pubmed publisher
    ..used to study the evolution and development (evo-devo) of cave animals are described: the teleost fish Astyanax mexicanus and the isopod crustacean Asellus aquaticus...
  7. Gross J, Wilkens H. Albinism in phylogenetically and geographically distinct populations of Astyanax cavefish arises through the same loss-of-function Oca2 allele. Heredity (Edinb). 2013;111:122-30 pubmed publisher
    The Mexican tetra, Astyanax mexicanus, comprises 29 populations of cave-adapted fish distributed across a vast karst region in northeastern Mexico...
  8. Jackman W, Davies S, Lyons D, Stauder C, Denton Schneider B, Jowdry A, et al. Manipulation of Fgf and Bmp signaling in teleost fishes suggests potential pathways for the evolutionary origin of multicuspid teeth. Evol Dev. 2013;15:107-18 pubmed publisher
    ..conversion of unicuspid pharyngeal teeth into bicuspid teeth by similar manipulations of the Mexican Tetra (Astyanax mexicanus)...
  9. Yoshizawa M, Ashida G, Jeffery W. Parental genetic effects in a cavefish adaptive behavior explain disparity between nuclear and mitochondrial DNA. Evolution. 2012;66:2975-82 pubmed publisher
    ..cave-dwelling cavefish populations with a sighted surface-dwelling population (surface fish) of the teleost Astyanax mexicanus, we report here that convergences in vibration attraction behavior (VAB), the lateral line sensory receptors ..
  10. Gross J. The complex origin of Astyanax cavefish. BMC Evol Biol. 2012;12:105 pubmed publisher
    ..The blind Mexican cavefish, Astyanax mexicanus, represents a particularly strong model for both developmental and genetic analyses as these fish can be ..
  11. Yoshizawa M, Yamamoto Y, O Quin K, Jeffery W. Evolution of an adaptive behavior and its sensory receptors promotes eye regression in blind cavefish. BMC Biol. 2012;10:108 pubmed publisher
    ..different adaptive hypotheses have been proposed to explain eye degeneration based on studies in the teleost Astyanax mexicanus, which consists of blind cave-dwelling (cavefish) and sighted surface-dwelling (surface fish) forms...
  12. Duboué E, Borowsky R, Keene A. β-adrenergic signaling regulates evolutionarily derived sleep loss in the Mexican cavefish. Brain Behav Evol. 2012;80:233-43 pubmed publisher
    ..The Mexican blind cavefish, Astyanax mexicanus, is a model organism for the study of adaptive morphological and behavioral traits...
  13. Dijkstra J, Yamaguchi T. Ancient features of the MHC class II presentation pathway, and a model for the possible origin of MHC molecules. Immunogenetics. 2019;71:233-249 pubmed publisher
    ..Peculiarly, in CD74a molecules of Ostariophysi, a fish clade including for example Mexican tetra and zebrafish, the CLIP region has duplicated...
  14. Stockdale W, Lemieux M, Killen A, Zhao J, Hu Z, Riepsaame J, et al. Heart Regeneration in the Mexican Cavefish. Cell Rep. 2018;25:1997-2007.e7 pubmed publisher
    Although Astyanax mexicanus surface fish regenerate their hearts after injury, their Pachón cave-dwelling counterparts cannot and, instead, form a permanent fibrotic scar, similar to the human heart...
  15. Ren X, Hamilton N, Muller F, Yamamoto Y. Cellular rearrangement of the prechordal plate contributes to eye degeneration in the cavefish. Dev Biol. 2018;441:221-234 pubmed publisher
    b>Astyanax mexicanus consists of two different populations: a sighted surface-dwelling form (surface fish) and a blind cave-dwelling form (cavefish)...
  16. Torres Paz J, Hyacinthe C, Pierre C, Retaux S. Towards an integrated approach to understand Mexican cavefish evolution. Biol Lett. 2018;14: pubmed publisher
    The Mexican tetra, Astyanax mexicanus, comes in two forms: a classical river-dwelling fish and a blind and depigmented cave-dwelling fish...
  17. Atukorala A, Franz Odendaal T. Genetic linkage between altered tooth and eye development in lens-ablated Astyanax mexicanus. Dev Biol. 2018;441:235-241 pubmed publisher
    The phenotype of lens-ablated Mexican tetra (Astyanax mexicanus) compared to wild-type surface fish has been described and includes, among other effects, eye degeneration, changes in tooth number and cranial bone changes...
  18. Ma L, Strickler A, Parkhurst A, Yoshizawa M, Shi J, Jeffery W. Maternal genetic effects in Astyanax cavefish development. Dev Biol. 2018;441:209-220 pubmed publisher
    ..between the surface dwelling (surface fish, SF) and cave dwelling (cavefish, CF) morphs of the teleost Astyanax mexicanus to investigate the roles of maternal genetic effects in cavefish development...
  19. Xiong S, Krishnan J, Peuß R, Rohner N. Early adipogenesis contributes to excess fat accumulation in cave populations of Astyanax mexicanus. Dev Biol. 2018;441:297-304 pubmed publisher
    Cavefish populations of Astyanax mexicanus have increased body fat compared to surface fish populations of the same species when fed ad libitum in the laboratory...
  20. Bilandzija H, Cetkovic H, Jeffery W. Evolution of albinism in cave planthoppers by a convergent defect in the first step of melanin biosynthesis. Evol Dev. 2012;14:196-203 pubmed publisher
    ..In the cavefish Astyanax mexicanus, a genetic defect has also been described at the first step of melanin synthesis suggesting convergent ..
  21. Frøland Steindal I, Beale A, Yamamoto Y, Whitmore D. Development of the Astyanax mexicanus circadian clock and non-visual light responses. Dev Biol. 2018;441:345-354 pubmed publisher
    ..In this context, Astyanax mexicanus is a very intriguing model system with which to explore non-visual light detection and circadian clock ..
  22. Tang J, Guo Y, Stockdale W, Rana K, Killen A, Mommersteeg M, et al. The developmental origin of heart size and shape differences in Astyanax mexicanus populations. Dev Biol. 2018;441:272-284 pubmed publisher
    ..We have for the first time analysed the hearts of Astyanax mexicanus and identified several differences in heart morphology between the surface (epigean morph) and cave-dwelling ..
  23. Blin M, Tine E, Meister L, Elipot Y, Bibliowicz J, Espinasa L, et al. Developmental evolution and developmental plasticity of the olfactory epithelium and olfactory skills in Mexican cavefish. Dev Biol. 2018;441:242-251 pubmed publisher
    The fish Astyanax mexicanus comes in two forms: the normal surface-dwelling (SF) and the blind depigmented cave-adapted (CF) morphs...
  24. Tabin J, Aspiras A, Martineau B, Riddle M, Kowalko J, Borowsky R, et al. Temperature preference of cave and surface populations of Astyanax mexicanus. Dev Biol. 2018;441:338-344 pubmed publisher
    ..Here, we focus on cave and surface populations of Astyanax mexicanus, the Mexican tetra, and examine temperature preference and strength of temperature preference (reflected in ..
  25. Carlson B, Onusko S, Gross J. A high-density linkage map for Astyanax mexicanus using genotyping-by-sequencing technology. G3 (Bethesda). 2014;5:241-51 pubmed publisher
    The Mexican tetra, Astyanax mexicanus, is a unique model system consisting of cave-adapted and surface-dwelling morphotypes that diverged >1 million years (My) ago...
  26. Dias K, Müller M, DE Almeida A, da Silva R, De Azevedo R, Pérez Ponce de León G, et al. A new species of Wallinia Pearse, 1920 (Digenea: Allocreadiidae) collected from Astyanax fasciatus (Cuvier, 1819) and A. lacustris Lucena and Soares, 2016 (Characiformes: Characidae) in Brazil based on morphology and DNA sequences. Parasitol Res. 2018;117:2847-2854 pubmed publisher
    ..gene which showed that the new species is the sister taxon to Wallinia mexicana Pérez-Ponce de León, Razo-Mendivil, Mendoza-Garfía, Rubio-Godoy and Choudhury, 2015, a species infecting Astyanax mexicanus (De Filippi, 1853) in Mexico.
  27. Riddle M, Boesmans W, Caballero O, Kazwiny Y, Tabin C. Morphogenesis and motility of the Astyanax mexicanus gastrointestinal tract. Dev Biol. 2018;441:285-296 pubmed publisher
    ..Here we show that the GI tract of the Mexican tetra, Astyanax mexicanus, has distinct regions, exhibiting differences in morphology, motility, and absorption. We found that A...
  28. Olmedo M, O Neill J, Edgar R, Valekunja U, Reddy A, Merrow M. Circadian regulation of olfaction and an evolutionarily conserved, nontranscriptional marker in Caenorhabditis elegans. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012;109:20479-84 pubmed publisher
    ..contradict this notion, showing various behavioral and molecular rhythms in Caenorhabditis elegans and in blind cave fish. Based on the ecology of nematodes, we applied low-amplitude temperature cycles to synchronize populations of ..
  29. McGaugh S, Gross J, Aken B, Blin M, Borowsky R, Chalopin D, et al. The cavefish genome reveals candidate genes for eye loss. Nat Commun. 2014;5:5307 pubmed publisher
    ..Cavefish populations, Astyanax mexicanus (Teleostei: Characiphysi), exhibit repeated, independent evolution for a variety of traits including eye ..
  30. Yoshizawa M, Settle A, Hermosura M, Tuttle L, Cetraro N, Passow C, et al. The evolution of a series of behavioral traits is associated with autism-risk genes in cavefish. BMC Evol Biol. 2018;18:89 pubmed publisher
    ..Such a behavioral shift is seen in the cave-dwelling Mexican tetra, Astyanax mexicanus. Relative to surface-dwelling conspecifics, cavefish do not school (asocial), are hyperactive and sleepless, ..
  31. Bilandzija H, Abraham L, Ma L, Renner K, Jeffery W. Behavioural changes controlled by catecholaminergic systems explain recurrent loss of pigmentation in cavefish. Proc Biol Sci. 2018;285: pubmed publisher
    Multiple cave populations of the teleost Astyanax mexicanus have repeatedly reduced or lost eye and body pigmentation during adaptation to dark caves...
  32. Lloyd E, Olive C, Stahl B, Jaggard J, Amaral P, Duboué E, et al. Evolutionary shift towards lateral line dependent prey capture behavior in the blind Mexican cavefish. Dev Biol. 2018;441:328-337 pubmed publisher
    ..The Mexican cavefish, Astyanax mexicanus, have developed robust changes in sensory-dependent behaviors, but the impact on prey detection and feeding ..
  33. Gore A, Tomins K, Iben J, Ma L, Castranova D, Davis A, et al. An epigenetic mechanism for cavefish eye degeneration. Nat Ecol Evol. 2018;2:1155-1160 pubmed publisher
    ..genes associated with the loss-of-eyes phenotype in the Pachón blind cave morph of the Mexican tetra Astyanax mexicanus, no inactivating mutations have been found in any of these genes...
  34. Atukorala A, Franz Odendaal T. Spatial and temporal events in tooth development of Astyanax mexicanus. Mech Dev. 2014;134:42-54 pubmed publisher
    The Mexican tetra (Astyanax mexicanus), a freshwater teleost fish, is an excellent vertebrate model organism to study tooth development, specifically the spatiotemporal events related to the development of the oral and pharyngeal ..
  35. Espinasa L, Robinson J, Espinasa M. Mc1r gene in Astroblepus pholeter and Astyanax mexicanus: Convergent regressive evolution of pigmentation across cavefish species. Dev Biol. 2018;441:305-310 pubmed publisher
    ..genetic basis for a depigmented phenotype in multiple independent populations of the Blind Mexican Tetra, Astyanax mexicanus; the reduction in melanin content (brown; Mc1r). At least seven wild populations express the brown phenotype...
  36. Fernandes V, Macaspac C, Lu L, Yoshizawa M. Evolution of the developmental plasticity and a coupling between left mechanosensory neuromasts and an adaptive foraging behavior. Dev Biol. 2018;441:262-271 pubmed publisher
    ..Here, in the Mexican tetra, Astyanax mexicanus, we investigate the laterality in the relationship between an evolved adaptive behavior, vibration ..
  37. Moran D, Softley R, Warrant E. Eyeless Mexican cavefish save energy by eliminating the circadian rhythm in metabolism. PLoS ONE. 2014;9:e107877 pubmed publisher
    The eyed surface form and eyeless cave form of the Mexican tetra Astyanax mexicanus experience stark differences in the daily periodicities of light, food and predation, factors which are likely to have a profound influence on metabolism...
  38. Stahl B, Gross J. Alterations in Mc1r gene expression are associated with regressive pigmentation in Astyanax cavefish. Dev Genes Evol. 2015;225:367-75 pubmed publisher
    ..whether regulatory mutations in Mc1r may also contribute to pigmentation loss in the blind Mexican cavefish, Astyanax mexicanus. This species comprises multiple independent cave populations that have evolved reduced (or absent) melanic ..
  39. Gross J, Stahl B, Powers A, Carlson B. Natural bone fragmentation in the blind cave-dwelling fish, Astyanax mexicanus: candidate gene identification through integrative comparative genomics. Evol Dev. 2016;18:7-18 pubmed publisher
  40. Wang Y, Yang L, Zhou K, Zhang Y, Song Z, He S. Evidence for Adaptation to the Tibetan Plateau Inferred from Tibetan Loach Transcriptomes. Genome Biol Evol. 2015;7:2970-82 pubmed publisher
    ..An analysis of 2,269 orthologous genes among cave fish (Astyanax mexicanus), zebrafish (Danio rerio), large-scale loach (Paramisgurnus dabryanus), and Triplophysa fishes revealed that ..
  41. Elder J, Coombs S. The influence of turbulence on the sensory basis of rheotaxis. J Comp Physiol A Neuroethol Sens Neural Behav Physiol. 2015;201:667-80 pubmed publisher
    ..vision and the lateral line play in the rheotactic behavior of a stream-dwelling species (Mexican tetra, Astyanax mexicanus) under both rectilinear and turbulent flow conditions...
  42. Fumey J, Hinaux H, Noirot C, Thermes C, Retaux S, Casane D. Evidence for late Pleistocene origin of Astyanax mexicanus cavefish. BMC Evol Biol. 2018;18:43 pubmed publisher
    Cavefish populations belonging to the Mexican tetra species Astyanax mexicanus are outstanding models to study the tempo and mode of adaptation to a radical environmental change...
  43. Yoshizawa M, Robinson B, Duboué E, Masek P, Jaggard J, O Quin K, et al. Distinct genetic architecture underlies the emergence of sleep loss and prey-seeking behavior in the Mexican cavefish. BMC Biol. 2015;13:15 pubmed publisher
    ..The blind Mexican cavefish, Astyanax mexicanus is a powerful model for elucidating the genetic mechanisms underlying behavioral evolution. A...
  44. Li Y, Lv Y, Bian C, You X, Deng L, Shi Q. A Comparative Genomic Survey Provides Novel Insights into Molecular Evolution of l-Aromatic Amino Acid Decarboxylase in Vertebrates. Molecules. 2018;23: pubmed publisher
    ..that platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), Atlantic cod (Guadus morhua), Mexican tetra (Astyanax mexicanus), and a Sinocyclocheilus cavefish (S...
  45. O Quin K, Yoshizawa M, Doshi P, Jeffery W. Quantitative genetic analysis of retinal degeneration in the blind cavefish Astyanax mexicanus. PLoS ONE. 2013;8:e57281 pubmed publisher
    ..The characin fish Astyanax mexicanus includes both eyed (surface fish) and eyeless (cavefish) morphs that initially develop eyes with normal ..
  46. Aspiras A, Rohner N, Martineau B, Borowsky R, Tabin C. Melanocortin 4 receptor mutations contribute to the adaptation of cavefish to nutrient-poor conditions. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015;112:9668-73 pubmed publisher
    ..we study the metabolic changes that evolved in independently derived populations of the Mexican cavefish, Astyanax mexicanus. A hallmark of cave environments is scarcity of food...
  47. Ma L, Jeffery W, Essner J, Kowalko J. Genome editing using TALENs in blind Mexican Cavefish, Astyanax mexicanus. PLoS ONE. 2015;10:e0119370 pubmed publisher
    b>Astyanax mexicanus, a teleost fish that exists in a river-dwelling surface form and multiple cave-dwelling forms, is an excellent system for studying the genetic basis of evolution...
  48. Maugars G, Dufour S. Demonstration of the Coexistence of Duplicated LH Receptors in Teleosts, and Their Origin in Ancestral Actinopterygians. PLoS ONE. 2015;10:e0135184 pubmed publisher
    ..g. Mexican tetra, platyfish, or tilapia...
  49. Chen P, Tang Q, Wang C. Characterizing and evaluating the expression of the type IIb sodium-dependent phosphate cotransporter (slc34a2) gene and its potential influence on phosphorus utilization efficiency in yellow catfish (Pelteobagrus fulvidraco). Fish Physiol Biochem. 2016;42:51-64 pubmed publisher
    ..The deduced amino acid sequence showed 79.0 and 70.9% sequence identity to Astyanax mexicanus and Pundamilia nyererei, respectively...
  50. Yoshizawa M. Behaviors of cavefish offer insight into developmental evolution. Mol Reprod Dev. 2015;82:268-80 pubmed publisher
    ..Specifically, we focus on recent findings about the blind Mexican cavefish, Astyanax mexicanus, for which clear relationships exist between its physical traits and ecosystem...
  51. Dirscherl H, Yoder J. A nonclassical MHC class I U lineage locus in zebrafish with a null haplotypic variant. Immunogenetics. 2015;67:501-13 pubmed publisher
    ..to the superorder Ostariophysi as similar sequences only could be identified from the blind cavefish (Astyanax mexicanus), fathead minnow (Pimephales promelas), goldfish (Carassius auratus), and grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon ..
  52. Klaassen H, Wang Y, Adamski K, Rohner N, Kowalko J. CRISPR mutagenesis confirms the role of oca2 in melanin pigmentation in Astyanax mexicanus. Dev Biol. 2018;441:313-318 pubmed publisher
    ..b>Astyanax mexicanus exists in two interfertile forms, a surface-dwelling form and multiple independently evolved cave-dwelling ..
  53. Liu D, Lu Y, Yan H, Zakon H. South American Weakly Electric Fish (Gymnotiformes) Are Long-Wavelength-Sensitive Cone Monochromats. Brain Behav Evol. 2016;88:204-212 pubmed publisher
    ..lacking a conserved glycosylation consensus site in the RH2 opsin of gymnotiforms, a catfish and a characin (Astyanax mexicanus)...
  54. Cartwright R, Schwartz R, Merry A, Howell M. The importance of selection in the evolution of blindness in cavefish. BMC Evol Biol. 2017;17:45 pubmed publisher
    ..005 (and maybe as high as 0.5) for blindness to evolve in the model cave-organism, Astyanax mexicanus. Our results indicate that strong selection is required for the evolution of blindness in cave-dwelling ..
  55. Xiao G, Li J, Li X, Wang X, Sun X. Complete mitochondrial genome of the penguin tetra, Thayeria boehlkei. Mitochondrial DNA A DNA Mapp Seq Anal. 2016;27:3165-6 pubmed publisher
    ..Comparing the mitochondrial genome of T. boehlkei with its congener Astyanax mexicanus revealed high-sequence similarity. The mitochondrial genome of T...
  56. Powers A, Davis E, Kaplan S, Gross J. Cranial asymmetry arises later in the life history of the blind Mexican cavefish, Astyanax mexicanus. PLoS ONE. 2017;12:e0177419 pubmed publisher
    As a consequence of adaptation to the cave environment, the blind Mexican cavefish, Astyanax mexicanus, has evolved several cranial aberrations including changes to bone sizes, shapes and presence of numerous lateral asymmetries...
  57. Hinaux H, Recher G, Alié A, Legendre L, Blin M, Retaux S. Lens apoptosis in the Astyanax blind cavefish is not triggered by its small size or defects in morphogenesis. PLoS ONE. 2017;12:e0172302 pubmed publisher
    Blindness is a convergent trait in many cave animals of various phyla. Astyanax mexicanus cavefish is one of the best studied cave animals; however the mechanisms underlying eye degeneration in this species are not yet completely ..
  58. Lyon A, Powers A, Gross J, O Quin K. Two - three loci control scleral ossicle formation via epistasis in the cavefish Astyanax mexicanus. PLoS ONE. 2017;12:e0171061 pubmed publisher
    ..In this study, we examine the inheritance of scleral ossicles in the Mexican tetra, Astyanax mexicanus, which exhibits both a cave morph and a surface fish morph...
  59. Casane D, Retaux S. Evolutionary Genetics of the Cavefish Astyanax mexicanus. Adv Genet. 2016;95:117-59 pubmed publisher
    Blind and depigmented fish belonging to the species Astyanax mexicanus are outstanding models for evolutionary genetics...
  60. Hammer C, Atukorala A, Franz Odendaal T. What shapes the oral jaws? Accommodation of complex dentition correlates with premaxillary but not mandibular shape. Mech Dev. 2016;141:100-108 pubmed publisher
    ..the shape of the occluding upper (premaxilla) and lower (mandible) jaws of the toothed Mexican tetra (Astyanax mexicanus) and the toothless (oral teeth present, pharyngeal teeth absent) zebrafish (Danio rerio) over development...
  61. Hernández Mena D, Lynggaard C, Mendoza Garfias B, de León G. A new species of <i>Auriculostoma</i> (Trematoda: Allocreadiidae) from the intestine of <i>Brycon</i> <i>guatemalensis</i> (Characiformes: Bryconidae) from the Usumacinta River Basin, Mexico, based on morphology an. Zootaxa. 2016;4196:zootaxa.4196.2.5 pubmed publisher
    ..Razo-Mendivil, Mendoza-Garfias, Pérez-Ponce de León & Rubio-Godoy, 2014 from the Mexican tetra, Astyanax mexicanus (De Filippi) in Mexico is the sister taxon of A. astyanace plus the new species...
  62. Butler J, Field K, Maruska K. Cobalt Chloride Treatment Used to Ablate the Lateral Line System Also Impairs the Olfactory System in Three Freshwater Fishes. PLoS ONE. 2016;11:e0159521 pubmed publisher
    ..the African cichlid fish Astatotilapia burtoni, goldfish Carassius auratus, and the Mexican blind cavefish Astyanax mexicanus. To examine the impact of CoCl2 on the activity of peripheral receptors, we quantified DASPEI fluorescence ..
  63. Kowalko J, Ma L, Jeffery W. Genome Editing in Astyanax mexicanus Using Transcription Activator-like Effector Nucleases (TALENs). J Vis Exp. 2016;: pubmed publisher
    ..b>Astyanax mexicanus (A. mexicanus) is a species of fish with both surface-dwelling and cave-dwelling forms...
  64. Piscor D, Parise Maltempi P. Microsatellite Organization in the B Chromosome and A Chromosome Complement in Astyanax (Characiformes, Characidae) Species. Cytogenet Genome Res. 2016;148:44-51 pubmed publisher
    ..and (GATA)8 microsatellites were examined in several Astyanax species with different diploid numbers: Astyanax mexicanus (2n = 50 + 1 B chromosome), A. altiparanae (2n = 50), A. marionae (2n = 48), A. fasciatus (2n = 46), and A...
  65. Stahl B, Gross J. A Comparative Transcriptomic Analysis of Development in Two Astyanax Cavefish Populations. J Exp Zool B Mol Dev Evol. 2017;328:515-532 pubmed publisher
    ..The blind Mexican cavefish, Astyanax mexicanus, has evolved a number of severe cave-associated phenotypes including loss of vision and pigmentation, ..
  66. Piscor D, Centofante L, Parise Maltempi P. Highly Similar Morphologies Between Chromosomes Bearing U2 snRNA Gene Clusters in the Group Astyanax Baird and Girard, 1854 (Characiformes, Characidae): An Evolutionary Approach in Species with 2n?=?36, 46, 48, and 50. Zebrafish. 2016;13:565-570 pubmed
    ..All species exhibited U2 snDNA clusters on two chromosome pairs, except Astyanax mexicanus De Filippi, 1853 (one pair)...
  67. Carlson B, Gross J. Characterization and comparison of activity profiles exhibited by the cave and surface morphotypes of the blind Mexican tetra, Astyanax mexicanus. Comp Biochem Physiol C Toxicol Pharmacol. 2018;208:114-129 pubmed publisher
    ..further explore these questions, we have assessed the rhythmicity of locomotion in the blind Mexican tetra, Astyanax mexicanus, under controlled laboratory conditions...
  68. Gross J, Powers A, Davis E, Kaplan S. A pleiotropic interaction between vision loss and hypermelanism in Astyanax mexicanus cave x surface hybrids. BMC Evol Biol. 2016;16:145 pubmed publisher
    ..Quantitative trait locus (QTL) analyses in Astyanax mexicanus Pachón cave x surface hybrids revealed phenotypic effects associated with vision and pigmentation loss...
  69. Krishnan J, Rohner N. Cavefish and the basis for eye loss. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2017;372: pubmed
    ..The blind Mexican cavefish (Astyanax mexicanus) has emerged as a useful model to study cave evolution owing to the availability of genetic and genomic ..
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