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In: Timing & Time Perception

It is becoming more apparent that there are rich contributions to temporal processing across the brain. Temporal dynamics have been found from lower brain structures all the way to cortical regions. Specifically, in vitro cortical preparations have been extremely useful in understanding how local circuits can time. While many of these results depict vastly different processing than a traditional central clock metaphor they still leave questions as to how this information is integrated. We therefore review evidence to place the results pertaining to local circuit timers into the larger context of temporal perception and generalization.

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Dipeptidyl peptidase IV (DPPIV) is a well-characterized protease with broad substrate specificity, functionally-related to the activity of many bioactive peptides. It plays an important role as physiological regulator of a number of peptides that serve as biochemical messengers within the immune system. Plasma DPPIV activity was characterized with respect to temperature, kinetics and concentration dependence in two species of caiman, the broad-snouted caiman (Caiman latirostris) and the black yacare (Caiman yacare). DPPIV activity showed a significant positive correlation from titrations carried out in the presence of different plasma concentrations. DPPIV activity was lower in C. yacare than in C. latirostris at all temperatures tested. C. yacare DPPIV activity showed a significant increase only at higher temperatures whilst C. latirostris plasma demonstrated a strong positive correlation starting at the lowest temperature, probably due to an adaptation for the tolerance of lower temperatures. Exposure of C. latirostris and C. yacare plasma at different time points showed that plasma DPPIV activities were time-dependent, and that the titer-dependent curves were different for the two species. These results revealed that plasma DPPIV activities were different between these two crocodilian species, which could contribute to the differences in susceptibility to infection between them.

In: Animal Biology