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dc.contributor.authorMohamed Mahmoud Massoud, Diaa Fawzi
dc.contributor.authorLao Pérez, Miguel
dc.contributor.authorOrtega Sánchez, Esperanza 
dc.contributor.authorBurgos Poyatos, Miguel 
dc.contributor.authorJiménez Medina, Rafael 
dc.contributor.authorBarrionuevo Jiménez, Francisco Javier 
dc.date.accessioned2021-02-15T11:53:43Z
dc.date.available2021-02-15T11:53:43Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.identifier.citationMassoud, D.; Lao-Pérez, M.; Ortega, E.; Burgos, M.; Jiménez, R.; Barrionuevo, F.J. Divergent Seasonal Reproductive Patterns in Syntopic Populations of Two Murine Species in Southern Spain, Mus spretus and Apodemus sylvaticus. Animals 2021, 11, 243. https:// doi.org/10.3390/ani11020243es_ES
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10481/66570
dc.description.abstractIn temperate zones of the Earth, most species reproduce in seasons providing the most favourable environmental conditions. Producing gametes is expensive in energetical terms, so both males and females either reduce or abolish gametogenesis during the non-breeding period. We thoroughly studied the testes of sexually inactive males of two rodents, the wood mouse, Apodemus sylvaticus, and the Algerian mouse, Mus spretus, in southern Iberian peninsula. These populations are syntopic, that is, animals of the two species share their territories and resources, so one would expect them to show similar or identical seasonal reproduction patterns. Contrarily, we found that both species reproduce during most of the year, but wood mice stop breeding in the summer whereas Algerian mice do it in winter. These divergent seasonal breeding patterns imply that either very subtle animal features and/or environmental cues operate to determine reproduction timing and support the notion that multiple models of circannual reproduction patterns are possible for different populations of the same species, showing that the mechanisms controlling seasonal reproduction are in fact very plastic and fast evolving. Hence, small mammals probably have multiple ways available to get adapted to the unstable environmental conditions derived from the ongoing global climate change.es_ES
dc.description.abstractIn most mammals with seasonal reproduction, males undergo testis regression during the non-breeding period. We performed a morphological, hormonal, functional, and molecular study of the testes of sexually inactive males of two species of murine rodents, the wood mouse, Apodemus sylvaticus, and the Algerian mouse, Mus spretus, in syntopic populations of southern Iberian peninsula. Both species reproduce during most of the year, but wood mice stop breeding in the summer whereas Algerian mice do it in winter. Sexually inactive males of A. sylvaticus show complete testis regression with reduced levels of serum testosterone and abnormal distribution of cell-adhesion molecules. Contrarily, inactive males of M. spretus maintain almost normal spermotogenesis despite a significant reduction of androgenic function. The lack of an evident explanation for the divergent seasonal breeding patterns found in southern populations of A. sylvaticus and M. spretus, compared with northern ones, implies that very subtle species/population-specific features and/or non-conspicuous environmental cues probably operate to determine their seasonal breeding pattern. These results also support the notion that multiple models of circannual testis variation are possible for different populations of the same species, showing that the mechanisms controlling seasonal reproduction are in fact very plastic and fast evolving.es_ES
dc.description.sponsorshipSpanish Secretaría de Estado de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación, grant number CGL-2015-67108-Pes_ES
dc.language.isoenges_ES
dc.publisherMDPIes_ES
dc.rightsAtribución 3.0 España*
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/es/*
dc.subjectSeasonal breedinges_ES
dc.subjectSeasonal testis regressiones_ES
dc.subjectMuridae es_ES
dc.subjectIberian Peninsulaes_ES
dc.subjectApodemus sylvaticuses_ES
dc.subjectWood mousees_ES
dc.subjectMus spretuses_ES
dc.subjectAlgerian mousees_ES
dc.titleDivergent Seasonal Reproductive Patterns in Syntopic Populations of Two Murine Species in Southern Spain, Mus spretus and Apodemus sylvaticuses_ES
dc.typeinfo:eu-repo/semantics/articlees_ES
dc.rights.accessRightsinfo:eu-repo/semantics/openAccesses_ES
dc.identifier.doi10.3390/ani11020243


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