marsupialia

Summary

Summary: An infraclass of MAMMALS, also called Metatheria, where the young are born at an early stage of development and continue to develop in a pouch (marsupium). In contrast to Eutheria (placentals), marsupials have an incomplete PLACENTA.

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  1. Luo Z, Yuan C, Meng Q, Ji Q. A Jurassic eutherian mammal and divergence of marsupials and placentals. Nature. 2011;476:442-5 pubmed publisher
    ..This mammal has scansorial forelimb features, and provides the ancestral condition for dental and other anatomical features of eutherians. ..
  2. Beck R. An 'ameridelphian' marsupial from the early Eocene of Australia supports a complex model of Southern Hemisphere marsupial biogeography. Naturwissenschaften. 2012;99:715-29 pubmed publisher
    ..This interpretation is confirmed by phylogenetic analyses that place QM F30060 within (crown-group) Marsupialia, but outside Australidelphia...
  3. Kreiss A, Obendorf D, Hemsley S, Canfield P, Woods G. A histological and immunohistochemical analysis of lymphoid tissues of the Tasmanian devil. Anat Rec (Hoboken). 2009;292:611-20 pubmed publisher
    ..Tissue architecture and distribution of the immune cells were similar to that seen in eutherian mammals and other marsupials, indicating that the Tasmanian devil has all the structural elements necessary for effective adaptive immunity...
  4. Parameswaran N, Thompson R, Sundar N, Pan S, Johnson M, Smith N, et al. Non-archetypal Type II-like and atypical strains of Toxoplasma gondii infecting marsupials of Australia. Int J Parasitol. 2010;40:635-40 pubmed publisher
    ..Two isolates lethal to marsupials, were avirulent to mice. The data support the conclusion that Australia's isolation may have favoured the persistence of non-archetypal ancestral genotypes...
  5. Belov K. The role of the Major Histocompatibility Complex in the spread of contagious cancers. Mamm Genome. 2011;22:83-90 pubmed publisher
    ..Transmissible cancers are rare but they can provide unique insights into the genetics and immunology of tumours and organ transplants...
  6. Beck R, Godthelp H, Weisbecker V, Archer M, Hand S. Australia's oldest marsupial fossils and their biogeographical implications. PLoS ONE. 2008;3:e1858 pubmed publisher
    ..We describe new cranial and post-cranial marsupial fossils from the early Eocene Tingamarra Local Fauna in Australia and refer them to Djarthia murgonensis, which was previously known only from fragmentary dental remains...
  7. Kreiss A, Cheng Y, Kimble F, Wells B, Donovan S, Belov K, et al. Allorecognition in the Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii), an endangered marsupial species with limited genetic diversity. PLoS ONE. 2011;6:e22402 pubmed publisher
    ..We conclude that Tasmanian devils are capable of allogeneic rejection. Consequently, a lack of functional allorecognition mechanisms in the devil population does not explain the transmission of a contagious cancer...
  8. Miller W, Hayes V, Ratan A, Petersen D, Wittekindt N, Miller J, et al. Genetic diversity and population structure of the endangered marsupial Sarcophilus harrisii (Tasmanian devil). Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011;108:12348-53 pubmed publisher
    ..Using a genetically characterized breeding stock based on the genome sequence will enable preservation of the extant genetic diversity in future Tasmanian devil populations...
  9. Murchison E, Tovar C, Hsu A, Bender H, Kheradpour P, Rebbeck C, et al. The Tasmanian devil transcriptome reveals Schwann cell origins of a clonally transmissible cancer. Science. 2010;327:84-7 pubmed publisher
    ..We provide a genomic data set for the Tasmanian devil that is applicable to cancer diagnosis, disease evolution, and conservation biology...

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  1. Lachish S, McCallum H, Mann D, Pukk C, Jones M. Evaluation of selective culling of infected individuals to control tasmanian devil facial tumor disease. Conserv Biol. 2010;24:841-51 pubmed publisher
  2. Siddle H, Marzec J, Cheng Y, Jones M, Belov K. MHC gene copy number variation in Tasmanian devils: implications for the spread of a contagious cancer. Proc Biol Sci. 2010;277:2001-6 pubmed publisher
    ..The implication of these results for management of DFTD and this endangered species are discussed...
  3. Lachish S, McCallum H, Jones M. Demography, disease and the devil: life-history changes in a disease-affected population of Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisii). J Anim Ecol. 2009;78:427-36 pubmed publisher
  4. Jones M, Cockburn A, Hamede R, Hawkins C, Hesterman H, Lachish S, et al. Life-history change in disease-ravaged Tasmanian devil populations. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008;105:10023-7 pubmed publisher
    ..The persistence of both this disease and the associated life-history changes pose questions about longer-term evolutionary responses and conservation prospects for this iconic species...
  5. Hogan L, Lisle A, Johnston S, Robertson H. Non-invasive assessment of stress in captive numbats, Myrmecobius fasciatus (Mammalia: Marsupialia), using faecal cortisol measurement. Gen Comp Endocrinol. 2012;179:376-83 pubmed publisher
    ..Although there were multiple stressors within the captive environment that the numbats reacted to, this did not translate into a welfare issue...
  6. Parra Z, Baker M, Schwarz R, Deakin J, Lindblad Toh K, Miller R. A unique T cell receptor discovered in marsupials. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2007;104:9776-81 pubmed publisher
    ..Its similarity to a TCR isoform in sharks suggests that it, or something similar, may be present in other vertebrate lineages and, therefore, may represent an ancient receptor system...
  7. Pearse A, Swift K, Hodson P, Hua B, McCallum H, Pyecroft S, et al. Evolution in a transmissible cancer: a study of the chromosomal changes in devil facial tumor (DFT) as it spreads through the wild Tasmanian devil population. Cancer Genet. 2012;205:101-12 pubmed publisher
  8. Hamede R, Lachish S, Belov K, Woods G, Kreiss A, Pearse A, et al. Reduced effect of Tasmanian devil facial tumor disease at the disease front. Conserv Biol. 2012;26:124-34 pubmed publisher
    ..Such assisted selection has rarely been attempted for the management of wildlife diseases, but it may be widely applicable...
  9. Bennett C, Goswami A. Statistical support for the hypothesis of developmental constraint in marsupial skull evolution. BMC Biol. 2013;11:52 pubmed publisher
    ..In this study, we investigated whether this heterochronic shift in the timing of cranial ossification constrains cranial disparity in marsupials relative to placentals...
  10. Hamede R, Bashford J, McCallum H, Jones M. Contact networks in a wild Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) population: using social network analysis to reveal seasonal variability in social behaviour and its implications for transmission of devil facial tumour disease. Ecol Lett. 2009;12:1147-57 pubmed publisher
    ..Our results suggest that there is limited potential to control the disease by targeting highly connected age or sex classes...
  11. McCallum H, Jones M, Hawkins C, Hamede R, Lachish S, Sinn D, et al. Transmission dynamics of Tasmanian devil facial tumor disease may lead to disease-induced extinction. Ecology. 2009;90:3379-92 pubmed
  12. Karlen S, Krubitzer L. The functional and anatomical organization of marsupial neocortex: evidence for parallel evolution across mammals. Prog Neurobiol. 2007;82:122-41 pubmed
  13. Koina E, Fong J, Graves J. Marsupial and monotreme genomes. Genome Dyn. 2006;2:111-22 pubmed publisher
    ..Even the first few analyses of marsupial and platypus sequences confirm the value of sequence comparisons for finding new genes and regulatory regions and exploring their function, as well as deducing how they evolved...
  14. Westerman M, Meredith R, Springer M. Cytogenetics meets phylogenetics: a review of karyotype evolution in diprotodontian marsupials. J Hered. 2010;101:690-702 pubmed publisher
  15. Rapkins R, Hore T, Smithwick M, Ager E, Pask A, Renfree M, et al. Recent assembly of an imprinted domain from non-imprinted components. PLoS Genet. 2006;2:e182 pubmed publisher
    ..Thus, the evolution of imprinting in viviparous mammals is ongoing...
  16. Malekian M, Cooper S, Norman J, Christidis L, Carthew S. Molecular systematics and evolutionary origins of the genus Petaurus (Marsupialia: Petauridae) in Australia and New Guinea. Mol Phylogenet Evol. 2010;54:122-35 pubmed publisher
    ..gracilis. The timing of this dispersal event appears to pre-date the Pleistocene, adding to the growing number of studies that suggest faunal connections occurred between Australia and New Guinea in the Late Miocene to Pliocene period...
  17. Vilcins I, Old J, Deane E. Detection of a Hepatozoon and spotted fever group Rickettsia species in the common marsupial tick (Ixodes tasmani) collected from wild Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisii), Tasmania. Vet Parasitol. 2009;162:23-31 pubmed publisher
    ..6% of tick samples, where prevalence of the two genera overlapped. The existence of two previously undetected species of genera known for containing pathogens identifies additional potential risks to the health of the devil population...
  18. Kreiss A, Wells B, Woods G. The humoral immune response of the Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) against horse red blood cells. Vet Immunol Immunopathol. 2009;130:135-7 pubmed publisher
    ..Tasmanian devils tested were capable of mounting a humoral immune response against HRBC and the subcutaneous injection in the presence of the adjuvant Montanide was a safe and effective route...
  19. Meredith R, Westerman M, Springer M. A phylogeny of Diprotodontia (Marsupialia) based on sequences for five nuclear genes. Mol Phylogenet Evol. 2009;51:554-71 pubmed publisher
    ..Within Diprotodontia, the common ancestor of Macropodidae was reconstructed as terrestrial, suggesting that tree kangaroos (Dendrolagus) are secondarily arboreal...
  20. Deakin J, Bender H, Pearse A, Rens W, O Brien P, Ferguson Smith M, et al. Genomic restructuring in the Tasmanian devil facial tumour: chromosome painting and gene mapping provide clues to evolution of a transmissible tumour. PLoS Genet. 2012;8:e1002483 pubmed publisher
    ..Differences between strains are limited, reflecting the unusually stable nature of DFTD. Finally, our detailed maps of both the devil and tumour karyotypes provide a physical framework for future genomic investigations into DFTD...
  21. Weisbecker V, Goswami A. Brain size, life history, and metabolism at the marsupial/placental dichotomy. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2010;107:16216-21 pubmed publisher
    ..Marsupials represent a less constrained condition, demonstrating that hypotheses regarding placental brain size evolution cannot be generalized to all mammals...
  22. Wroe S, Milne N. Convergence and remarkably consistent constraint in the evolution of carnivore skull shape. Evolution. 2007;61:1251-60 pubmed
  23. Siddle H, Sanderson C, Belov K. Characterization of major histocompatibility complex class I and class II genes from the Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii). Immunogenetics. 2007;59:753-60 pubmed publisher
    ..The MHC genes described here are most likely involved in antigen presentation and are an important first step for studying MHC diversity and immune response in the devil...
  24. Murchison E, Schulz Trieglaff O, Ning Z, Alexandrov L, Bauer M, Fu B, et al. Genome sequencing and analysis of the Tasmanian devil and its transmissible cancer. Cell. 2012;148:780-91 pubmed publisher
  25. Siddle H, Kreiss A, Eldridge M, Noonan E, Clarke C, Pyecroft S, et al. Transmission of a fatal clonal tumor by biting occurs due to depleted MHC diversity in a threatened carnivorous marsupial. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2007;104:16221-6 pubmed publisher
    ..The neoplastic clone continues to spread although the population, and, without active disease control by removal of affected animals and the isolation of disease-free animals, the Tasmanian devil faces extinction...
  26. Fisher D, Double M, Blomberg S, Jennions M, Cockburn A. Post-mating sexual selection increases lifetime fitness of polyandrous females in the wild. Nature. 2006;444:89-92 pubmed
    ..The threefold increase in offspring survival is not negated by a decline in maternal lifespan and is too large to be offset by an equivalent decline in the reproductive performance of surviving offspring...
  27. Banks S, Knight E, McBurney L, Blair D, Lindenmayer D. The effects of wildfire on mortality and resources for an arboreal marsupial: resilience to fire events but susceptibility to fire regime change. PLoS ONE. 2011;6:e22952 pubmed publisher
    ..We also investigated the behavioural response of individuals to changed shelter resource availability in the post-fire environment...
  28. Shapiro L, Young J. Kinematics of quadrupedal locomotion in sugar gliders (Petaurus breviceps): effects of age and substrate size. J Exp Biol. 2012;215:480-96 pubmed publisher
  29. Loh R, Bergfeld J, Hayes D, O Hara A, Pyecroft S, Raidal S, et al. The pathology of devil facial tumor disease (DFTD) in Tasmanian Devils (Sarcophilus harrisii). Vet Pathol. 2006;43:890-5 pubmed
    ..There was minimal cytologic differentiation among the tumor cell population under light and electron microscopic examination. The results indicate DFTD to be an undifferentiated soft tissue neoplasm...
  30. Parameswaran N, O Handley R, Grigg M, Wayne A, Thompson R. Vertical transmission of Toxoplasma gondii in Australian marsupials. Parasitology. 2009;136:939-44 pubmed publisher
    ..Results of the study suggest that vertical transmission of T. gondii can occur in chronically infected Australian marsupials. ..
  31. Loh R, Hayes D, Mahjoor A, O Hara A, Pyecroft S, Raidal S. The immunohistochemical characterization of devil facial tumor disease (DFTD) in the Tasmanian Devil (Sarcophilus harrisii). Vet Pathol. 2006;43:896-903 pubmed
    ..These staining characteristics are consistent with cells of neuroectodermal origin...
  32. Isaac J, Johnson C. Terminal reproductive effort in a marsupial. Biol Lett. 2005;1:271-5 pubmed
    ..Females with high RE in one year were lighter at the beginning of the next breeding season. These results provide the clearest support yet for terminal RE in a mammal...
  33. Baker M, Miller R. Evolution of mammalian CD1: marsupial CD1 is not orthologous to the eutherian isoforms and is a pseudogene in the opossum Monodelphis domestica. Immunology. 2007;121:113-21 pubmed
    ..In contrast, transcription of the M. domestica CD1 was not detected in any tissue and the predicted CD1 gene sequence contains a number of deletions that appear to render the locus a pseudogene...
  34. Hunt D, Chan J, Carvalho L, Hokoc J, Ferguson M, Arrese C, et al. Cone visual pigments in two species of South American marsupials. Gene. 2009;433:50-5 pubmed publisher
    ..The SWS1 gene shows a conserved synteny with flanking genes. The LWS gene is X-linked, as in all therian mammals so far examined, with a locus control region 1.54 kb upstream...
  35. Ladevèze S, Asher R, SAnchez Villagra M. Petrosal anatomy in the fossil mammal Necrolestes: evidence for metatherian affinities and comparisons with the extant marsupial mole. J Anat. 2008;213:686-97 pubmed publisher
    ..A stylomastoid foramen enclosed anterodorsally by both the pars cochlearis and pars canalicularis is present in Dasyuridae, Dromiciops gliroides and Notoryctes...
  36. McCallum H. Tasmanian devil facial tumour disease: lessons for conservation biology. Trends Ecol Evol. 2008;23:631-7 pubmed publisher
  37. Hore T, Rapkins R, Graves J. Construction and evolution of imprinted loci in mammals. Trends Genet. 2007;23:440-8 pubmed
    ..Here, we use comparisons between different mammalian groups to chart the course of evolution of two related epigenetic regulatory systems in mammals: genomic imprinting and X-chromosome inactivation...
  38. Munemasa M, Nikaido M, Nishihara H, Donnellan S, Austin C, Okada N. Newly discovered young CORE-SINEs in marsupial genomes. Gene. 2008;407:176-85 pubmed
    ..The members of Mar3 (Marsupialia 3) SINE are distributed throughout the genomes of all marsupials, whereas the Mac1 (Macropodoidea 1) SINE is ..
  39. Kreiss A, Fox N, Bergfeld J, Quinn S, Pyecroft S, Woods G. Assessment of cellular immune responses of healthy and diseased Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisii). Dev Comp Immunol. 2008;32:544-53 pubmed
    ..As lymphocytes from all TDs appear to require strong stimulation for activation, this threshold may contribute to all devils being susceptible to DFTD...
  40. Weisbecker V, Warton D. Evidence at hand: Diversity, functional implications, and locomotor prediction in intrinsic hand proportions of diprotodontian marsupials. J Morphol. 2006;267:1469-85 pubmed
    ..Our results complement those of studies on placental mammals, suggesting that the demands of arboreality, terrestriality, or frequent digging on intrinsic hand proportions are met with similar anatomical adaptations in marsupials...
  41. Monteiro W, Magalhães L, Oliveira J, Guerra J, Silveira H, Ferreira L, et al. Biological behavior of Trypanosoma cruzi stocks obtained from the State of Amazonas, Western Brazilian Amazon, in mice. Rev Soc Bras Med Trop. 2012;45:209-14 pubmed
    ..The biological diversity of circulating Trypanosoma cruzi stocks in the Amazon region most likely plays an important role in the peculiar clinic-epidemiological features of Chagas disease in this area...
  42. Ager E, Suzuki S, Pask A, Shaw G, Ishino F, Renfree M. Insulin is imprinted in the placenta of the marsupial, Macropus eugenii. Dev Biol. 2007;309:317-28 pubmed
    ..The restriction of imprinting to the yolk sac suggests that imprinting of INS evolved in the chorio-vitelline placenta independently of other tissues in the therian ancestor of marsupials and eutherians...
  43. Banks S, Blyton M, Blair D, McBurney L, Lindenmayer D. Adaptive responses and disruptive effects: how major wildfire influences kinship-based social interactions in a forest marsupial. Mol Ecol. 2012;21:673-84 pubmed publisher
    ..We predicted long-term changes in kinship-based cooperative behaviour resulting from the genetic and resource impacts of forecast changes to fire regimes in these forests...
  44. Murchison E. Clonally transmissible cancers in dogs and Tasmanian devils. Oncogene. 2008;27 Suppl 2:S19-30 pubmed publisher
  45. Lachish S, Miller K, Storfer A, Goldizen A, Jones M. Evidence that disease-induced population decline changes genetic structure and alters dispersal patterns in the Tasmanian devil. Heredity (Edinb). 2011;106:172-82 pubmed publisher
    ..Ongoing management of Tasmanian devils must now attempt to maintain genetic variability in this species through actions designed to reverse the detrimental effects of inbreeding and subdivision in disease-affected populations...
  46. Shapiro L, Young J. Is primate-like quadrupedalism necessary for fine-branch locomotion? A test using sugar gliders (Petaurus breviceps). J Hum Evol. 2010;58:309-19 pubmed publisher
    ..We suggest that arboreal mammals of different body sizes may use dissimilar, but apparently equally successful strategies for navigating a "fine branch niche."..
  47. Phillips M, Pratt R. Family-level relationships among the Australasian marsupial "herbivores" (Diprotodontia: Koala, wombats, kangaroos and possums). Mol Phylogenet Evol. 2008;46:594-605 pubmed
    ..The topology resolved reveals ecological niche structuring among diprotodontians that has likely been maintained for more than 40 million years...
  48. Lachish S, Jones M, McCallum H. The impact of disease on the survival and population growth rate of the Tasmanian devil. J Anim Ecol. 2007;76:926-36 pubmed
    ..5. The arrival of DFTD coincided with a marked, ongoing decline in the population growth rate of the previously stable population, which to date has not been offset by population compensatory responses...
  49. Meredith R, Westerman M, Springer M. A timescale and phylogeny for "bandicoots" (Peramelemorphia: Marsupialia) based on sequences for five nuclear genes. Mol Phylogenet Evol. 2008;47:1-20 pubmed publisher
    Relationships among the living and recently extinct genera of bandicoots (Marsupialia: Peramelemorphia) have proven difficult to discern...
  50. O Neill I. Tasmanian devil facial tumor disease: insights into reduced tumor surveillance from an unusual malignancy. Int J Cancer. 2010;127:1637-42 pubmed publisher
    ..The natural history and pathology of DFTD, and the data describing this highly unusual tumor biology are discussed...
  51. Koina E, Chaumeil J, Greaves I, Tremethick D, Graves J. Specific patterns of histone marks accompany X chromosome inactivation in a marsupial. Chromosome Res. 2009;17:115-26 pubmed publisher
    ..A better understanding of the epigenetic mechanisms underlying X inactivation in marsupials will provide important insights into the evolution of this complex process...
  52. Mohammadi A, Delbridge M, Waters P, Graves J. Conservation of a chromosome arm in two distantly related marsupial species. Cytogenet Genome Res. 2009;124:147-50 pubmed publisher
    ..Thus this chromosome arm is genetically, as well as cytologically, conserved over the 55-80 million years that separate kangaroos and the opossum...
  53. Deakin J, Graves J, Rens W. The evolution of marsupial and monotreme chromosomes. Cytogenet Genome Res. 2012;137:113-29 pubmed publisher
  54. Vullo R, Gheerbrant E, de Muizon C, Néraudeau D. The oldest modern therian mammal from Europe and its bearing on stem marsupial paleobiogeography. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009;106:19910-5 pubmed publisher
    ..form identified as a basal taxon of Marsupialiformes, a new clade recognized here to include the crown group Marsupialia and primitive stem lineages more closely related to Marsupialia than to Deltatheroida...