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Temperature and telomeres: thermal treatment influences telomere dynamics through a complex interplay of cellular processes in a cold‑climate skink

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Fitzpatrick, LJ and Olsson, M and Parsley, LM and Pauliny, A and Pinfold, TL and Pirtle, T and While, GM and Wapstra, E, Temperature and telomeres: thermal treatment influences telomere dynamics through a complex interplay of cellular processes in a cold‑climate skink, Oecologia, 191, (4) pp. 767-776. ISSN 0029-8549 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2019 Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature

DOI: doi:10.1007/s00442-019-04530-w

Abstract

Telomere dynamics vary fundamentally between endothermic populations and species as a result of differences in life history, yet we know little about these patterns in ectotherms. In ectotherms, the relationships between climate, metabolism and life history suggest that telomere attrition should be higher at relatively high environmental temperatures compared to relatively low environmental temperatures, but these effects may vary between populations due to local adaptation. To address this hypothesis, we sampled reactive oxygen species (ROS) and telomere length of lizards from warm lowland and cool highland populations of a climatically widespread lizard species that we exposed to hot or cold basking treatments. The hot treatment increased relative telomere length compared to the cold treatment independent of climatic origin or ROS levels. Lizards from the cool highland region had lower ROS levels than those from the warm lowland region. Within the highland lizards, ROS increased more in the cold basking treatment than the hot basking treatment. These results are in the opposite direction to those predicted, suggesting that the relationships between temperature, metabolism, ROS and telomere dynamics are not straightforward. Future work incorporating detailed understanding of the thermal reaction norms of these and other linked traits is needed to fully understand these processes.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:climate, ectotherm, reactive oxygen species, reptile, telomere
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Physiology
Research Field:Animal Physiology - Cell
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
UTAS Author:Fitzpatrick, LJ (Ms Luisa Fitzpatrick)
UTAS Author:Parsley, LM (Dr Laura Parsley)
UTAS Author:Pinfold, TL (Dr Terry Pinfold)
UTAS Author:Pirtle, T (Ms Tiana Pirtle)
UTAS Author:While, GM (Dr Geoff While)
UTAS Author:Wapstra, E (Associate Professor Erik Wapstra)
ID Code:135457
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2019-10-22
Last Modified:2019-12-16
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