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  • 1.
    Lehmann, Philipp
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Zoology. University of Jyväskylä, Finland.
    Kaunisto, Sirpa
    Kostal, Vladimir
    Margus, Aigi
    Zahradnickova, Helena
    Lindström, Leena
    Comparative Ecophysiology of Cold-Tolerance-Related Traits: Assessing Range Expansion Potential for an Invasive Insect at High Latitude2015In: Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, ISSN 1522-2152, E-ISSN 1537-5293, Vol. 88, no 3, p. 254-265Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Survival at high latitude requires the capability to cope with seasonally imposed stress, such as low winter temperatures or large temperature fluctuations. The Colorado potato beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata, is an invasive pest of potato that has rapidly spread from low latitudes to higher latitudes. During the last 30 years, a decrease in range expansion speed is apparent in Europe. We use a comparative approach to assess whether this could be due to an inability of L. decemlineata to cope with the harsher winters encountered at high latitude, when compared to two native northern chrysomelid beetles with similar overwintering ecology. We investigated several cold-tolerance-related physiological traits at different time points during winter. Cold tolerance followed a latitudinal pattern; the northern species were more tolerant to short-term subzero temperatures than the invasive L. decemlineata. The other northern species, the knotgrass leaf beetle, Chrysolina polita, was found to tolerate internal freezing. Interestingly, the pattern for overwinter survival at 5 degrees C was the opposite and higher in L. decemlineata than the northern species and could be related to behavioral differences between species in overwintering location selection and a potential physiological trade-off between tolerance to cold shock and to chronic cold exposure. Furthermore, while the northern species accumulated large amounts of different sugars and polyols with probable cryoprotectant functions, none were detected in L. decemlineata at high concentrations. This lack of cryoprotectant accumulation could explain the difference in cold tolerance between the species and also suggests that a lack of physiological capacity to tolerate low temperatures could slow further latitudinal range expansion of L. decemlineata.

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    Nedergaard, Jan
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Molecular Biosciences, The Wenner-Gren Institute.
    Fischer, Alexander W.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Molecular Biosciences, The Wenner-Gren Institute.
    Cannon, Barbara
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Molecular Biosciences, The Wenner-Gren Institute.
    Leptin as an Antitorpor Hormone: An Explanation for the Increased Metabolic Efficiency and Cold Sensitivity of ob/ob Mice?2023In: Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, ISSN 1522-2152, E-ISSN 1537-5293, Vol. 96, no 1, p. 30-39Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Leptin is recognized as an anorexigenic hormone. In its absence (e.g., in ob/ob mutant mice), mice become obese, primarily as a result of hyperphagia. A recurrent question is whether, additionally, leptin is thermogenic and thus also an antiobesity hormone in this way. We have earlier reviewed available data and have concluded that most articles implying a thermogenic effect of leptin have based this on a misconstrued division by body weight. Here, we have collected evidence that the remaining observations that imply that leptin is a thermogenic hormone are better understood as implying that leptin is an antitorpor hormone. Leptin levels increase in proportion to the body's energy reserves (i.e., stored lipids in the adipose tissue), and leptin thus serves as an indicator of energy availability. In the absence of leptin, ob/ob mice are exceedingly prone to enter daily torpor, since the absence of leptin causes them to perceive a lack of body energy reserves that, in combination with restricted or no food, induces them to enter the torpid state to save energy. This antitorpor effect of leptin probably explains the following earlier observations. First, ob/ob mice have the ability to gain weight even when pair fed with leptin-treated ob/ob mice. This is understood as follows: In the leptin-treated ob/ob mice, food intake is reduced. Untreated pair-fed mice enter daily torpor, and this markedly lowers total daily energy expenditure; the resulting surplus food energy is then accumulated as fat in these mice. However, ob/ob mice fed ad lib. do not enter torpor, so under normal conditions this mechanism does not contribute to the obesity found in the ob/ob mice. Second, neonatal ob/ob mice have the ability to become obese despite eating the same amount as wild-type mice: this is understood as these mice similarly entering daily torpor. Third, ob/ob mice on the C57BL/6J background have a lower metabolic rate: these mice were examined in the absence of food, and torpor was thus probably induced. Fourth, ob/ob mice have apparent high cold sensitivity: these mice experienced cold in the absence of food and would immediately enter deep torpor. It is suggested that this novel explanation of how the antitorpor effects of leptin affect mouse energy metabolism can open new avenues for leptin research.

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