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dc.contributor.author Olsson, Mats Michael
dc.contributor.author Tobler, Michael
dc.contributor.author Healey, Mo
dc.contributor.author Perrin, Cecile
dc.contributor.author Wilson, Mark
dc.coverage.spatial Australia
dc.coverage.temporal early 2000s
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-21T17:49:57Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-21T17:49:57Z
dc.date.issued 2012-03-13
dc.identifier doi:10.5061/dryad.bb5dr437
dc.identifier.citation Olsson MM, Tobler M, Healey M, Perrin C, Wilson M (2012) A significant component of ageing (DNA damage) is reflected in fading breeding colors: an experimental test using innate antioxidant mimetics in painted dragon lizards. Evolution 66(8): 2475-2483.
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10255/dryad.37946
dc.description A decade ahead of their time, von Schantz and coworkers united sexual selection and free radical biology by identifying causal links between deep-rooted physiological processes that dictate resistance to toxic waste from oxidative metabolism (reactive oxygen species), and phenotypic traits, such as ornaments. Ten years later, these ideas have still only been tested with indirect estimates of free radical levels (oxidative stress) subsequent to the action of innate and dietary antioxidants. Here we measure net superoxide (a selection pressure for antioxidant production) and experimentally manipulate superoxide antioxidation using a synthetic mimetic of superoxide dismutase, Eukarion 134 (EUK). We then measure the toxic effect of superoxide in terms of DNA erosion and concomitant loss of male breeding coloration in the lizard, Ctenophorus pictus. Control males suffered more DNA damage than EUK-males. Spectroradiometry showed that male coloration is lost in relation to superoxide and covaries with DNA erosion; in control males these variables explained 72 % of color loss, whereas in EUK males, the fading of coloration was unaffected by superoxide and unrelated to DNA damage. Thus, EUK’s powerful antioxidation removes the erosion effect of superoxide on coloration and experimentally verifies the prediction that colors reflect innate capacity for antioxidation.
dc.relation.haspart doi:10.5061/dryad.bb5dr437/1
dc.relation.isreferencedby doi:10.1111/j.1558-5646.2012.01617.x
dc.relation.isreferencedby PMID:22834746
dc.subject Adaptation
dc.subject Behavior
dc.subject Signaling/Courtship
dc.title Data from: A significant component of ageing (DNA damage) is reflected in fading breeding colors: an experimental test using innate antioxidant mimetics in painted dragon lizards
dc.type Article *
dwc.ScientificName Ctenophorus pictus
dc.contributor.correspondingAuthor Olsson, Mats Michael
prism.publicationName Evolution

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