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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919559/adipokinetic-hormone-receptor-gene-identification-and-its-role-in-triacylglycerol-mobilization-and-sexual-behavior-in-the-oriental-fruit-fly-bactrocera-dorsalis
#1
Qiu-Li Hou, Er-Hu Chen, Hong-Bo Jiang, Dan-Dan Wei, Shun-Hua Gui, Jin-Jun Wang, Guy Smagghe
Energy homeostasis requires continuous compensation for fluctuations in energy expenditure and availability of food resources. In insects, energy mobilization is under control of the adipokinetic hormone (AKH) where it is regulating the nutritional status by supporting the mobilization of lipids. In this study, we characterized the gene coding for the AKH receptor (AKHR) and investigated its function in the oriental fruit fly (Bactrocera dorsalis) that is economically one of the most important pest insects of tropical and subtropical fruit...
September 15, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918159/identification-of-circular-rna-in-the-bombyx-mori-silk-gland
#2
Huaiyan Gan, Tieshan Feng, Yuqian Wu, Chun Liu, Qingyou Xia, Tingcai Cheng
Bombyx mori is an economically important holometabolous lepidopteran insect. In B. mori endogenous noncoding RNAs such as microRNAs (miRNAs) and Piwi-interacting RNAs play crucial biological functions in metamorphosis and sex determination. In addition, circular RNAs (circRNAs) have been recently identified as noncoding RNAs in most common model organisms and show potential as gene regulators. However, to date, there have been few studies on the circRNAs present in the B. mori genome conducted to date. Here, we identified 3916 circRNAs by deep circular transcriptome sequencing using the silk gland of B...
September 13, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918158/recombinant-expression-and-characterization-of-lucilia-cuprina-cyp6g3-activity-and-binding-properties-toward-multiple-pesticides
#3
Matthew J Traylor, Jong-Min Baek, Katelyn E Richards, Roberto Fusetto, W Huang, Peter Josh, Zhengzhong Chen, Padma Bollapragada, Richard A J O'Hair, Philip Batterham, Elizabeth M J Gillam
The Australian sheep blowfly, Lucilia cuprina, is a primary cause of sheep flystrike and a major agricultural pest. Cytochrome P450 enzymes have been implicated in the resistance of L. cuprina to several classes of insecticides. In particular, CYP6G3 is a L. cuprina homologue of Drosophila melanogaster CYP6G1, a P450 known to confer multi-pesticide resistance. To investigate the basis of resistance, a bicistronic Escherichia coli expression system was developed to co-express active L. cuprina CYP6G3 and house fly (Musca domestica) P450 reductase...
September 13, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912112/molecular-basis-of-peripheral-olfactory-sensing-during-oviposition-in-the-behavior-of-the-parasitic-wasp-anastatus-japonicus
#4
Yinliang Wang, Qi Chen, Junqi Guo, Jing Li, Jiatong Wang, Ming Wen, Hanbo Zhao, Bingzhong Ren
Anastatus japonicus is a parasitic wasp and natural enemy of the litchi pest Tessaratoma papillosa, and for decades in China, A. japonicus has been mass-reared inside the eggs of Antheraea pernyi to control T. papillosa. A series of experiments was performed to explore the olfactory mechanism underlying the oviposition behavior of A. japonicus. First, a transcriptomic analysis was performed on the antennae of A. japonicus, and the resulting assemblies led to the generation of 70,473 unigenes. Subsequently, 21,368 unigenes were matched to known proteins, and 48 odorant receptors (ORs) (including Orco) and 13 antennal ionotropic receptors (IRs) (including the co-receptors IR8a and IR25a) were identified and predicted to form complete open reading frames (ORFs)...
September 11, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912111/crispr-cas9-mediated-g4946e-substitution-in-the-ryanodine-receptor-of-spodoptera-exigua-confers-high-levels-of-resistance-to-diamide-insecticides
#5
Yayun Zuo, Hui Wang, Yanjun Xu, Jianlei Huang, Shuwen Wu, Yidong Wu, Yihua Yang
Diamide insecticides selectively activate insect ryanodine receptors (RyRs), inducing uncontrolled release of calcium ions, and causing muscle contraction, paralysis and eventually death. The RyR(G4946E) substitution associated with diamide resistance has been identified in three lepidopteran pests, Plutella xylostella, Tuta absoluta and Chilo suppressalis. Recently, the T. absoluta RyR(G4946V) mutation was knocked into the model insect Drosophila melanogaster by CRISPR/Cas9 mediated genome editing and provided in vivo functional confirmation for its role in diamide resistance...
September 11, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890398/functional-characterization-of-pol-iii-u6-promoters-for-gene-knockdown-and-knockout-in-plutella-xylostella
#6
Yuping Huang, Yajun Wang, Baosheng Zeng, Zhaoxia Liu, Xuejiao Xu, Qian Meng, Yongping Huang, Guang Yang, Liette Vasseur, Geoff M Gurr, Minsheng You
RNA polymerase type III (Pol-III) promoters such as U6 are commonly used to express small RNAs, including short hairpin RNAs (shRNAs) and single guide RNAs (sgRNAs). Functional U6 promoters are widely used in CRISPR systems, and their characterization can facilitate genome editing of non-model organisms. In the present study, six U6 small nuclear RNA (snRNA) promoters containing two conserved elements of a proximal sequence element (PSEA) and a TATA box, were identified and characterized in the diamondback moth (Plutella xylostella) genome...
September 7, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887014/osiris9a-is-a-major-component-of-silk-fiber-in-lepidopteran-insects
#7
Chun Liu, Wenbo Hu, Tingcai Cheng, Zhangchuan Peng, Kazuei Mita, Qingyou Xia
In a previous high-throughput proteomics study, it was found that the silkworm cocoon contains hundreds of complex proteins, many of which have unknown functions, in addition to fibroins, sericins, and some protease inhibitors. Osiris was one of the proteins with no known function. In this study, we identified the Osiris gene family members and constructed a phylogenetic tree based on the sequences from different species. Our results indicate that the Osiris9 gene subfamily contains six members; it is specifically expressed in lepidopteran insects and has evolved by gene duplication...
September 5, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870445/gene-expression-and-molecular-characterization-of-a-novel-c-type-lectin-encapsulation-promoting-lectin-epl-in-the-rice-armyworm-mythimna-separata
#8
Teruhito Ishihara, Yuki Maruyama, Seiichi Furukawa
Insect cellular immune reactions differ depending on the target species. Phagocytosis is activated to scavenge microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi. On the other hand, larger invaders such as parasitoid wasps are eliminated by activation of encapsulation. In this study, we hypothesized that novel determinants regulate cellular immunities independent of surface molecular pattern recognition involving pattern recognition receptors (PRRs). Immune-related genes differentially expressed depending on the treated material size were screened in larval hemocytes of the rice armyworm, Mythimna separata...
September 1, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28867469/tmsr-c-scavenger-receptor-class-c-plays-a-pivotal-role-in-antifungal-and-antibacterial-immunity-in-the-coleopteran-insect-tenebrio-molitor
#9
Soo Gon Kim, Yong Hun Jo, Jeong Hwan Seong, Ki Beom Park, Mi Young Noh, Jun Ho Cho, Hye Jin Ko, Chang Eun Kim, Hamisi Tindwa, Bharat Bhusan Patnaik, In Seok Bang, Yong Seok Lee, Yeon Soo Han
Scavenger receptors (SRs) constitute a family of membrane-bound receptors that bind to multiple ligands. The SR family of proteins is involved in removing cellular debris, oxidized low-density lipoproteins, and pathogens. Specifically, class C scavenger receptors (SR-C) have also been reported to be involved in phagocytosis of gram-positive and -negative bacteria in Drosophila and viruses in shrimp. However, reports are unavailable regarding the role of SR-C in antifungal immune mechanisms in insects. In this study, a full-length Tenebrio molitor SR-C (TmSR-C) sequence was obtained by 5'- and 3'-Rapid amplification of cDNA ends-polymerase chain reaction (RACE-PCR)...
September 1, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28866054/substitutions-in-the-cardenolide-binding-site-and-interaction-of-subunits-affect-kinetics-besides-cardenolide-sensitivity-of-insect-na-k-atpase
#10
Safaa Dalla, Michael Baum, Susanne Dobler
Substitutions within the cardenolide target site of several insects' Na,K-ATPase α-subunits may confer resistance against toxic cardenolides. However, to which extent these substitutions alter the Na,K-ATPase's kinetic properties and how they interact with different β-subunits is not clear. The cardenolide-adapted milkweed bug Oncopeltus fasciatus possesses three paralogs of the α-subunit (A, B, and C) that differ in number and identity of resistance-conferring substitutions. We introduced these substitutions into the α-subunit of Drosophila melanogaster and combined them with the β-subunits Nrv2...
September 1, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28867468/lipidation-of-bmatg8-is-required-for-autophagic-degradation-of-p62-bodies-containing-ubiquitinated-proteins-in-the-silkworm-bombyx-mori
#11
Ming-Ming Ji, Jae Man Lee, Hiroaki Mon, Kazuhiro Iiyama, Tsuneyuki Tatsuke, Daisuke Morokuma, Masato Hino, Mami Yamashita, Kazuma Hirata, Takahiro Kusakabe
p62/Sequestosome-1 (p62/SQSTM1, hereafter referred to as p62) is a major adaptor that allows ubiquitinated proteins to be degraded by autophagy, and Atg8 homologs are required for p62-mediated autophagic degradation, but their relationship is still not understood in Lepidopteran insects. Here it is clearly demonstrated that the silkworm homolog of mammalian p62, Bombyx mori p62 (Bmp62), forms p62 bodies depending on its Phox and Bem1p (PB1) and ubiquitin-associated (UBA) domains. These two domains are associated with Bmp62 binding to ubiquitinated proteins to form the p62 bodies, and the UBA domain is essential for the binding, but Bmp62 still self-associates without the PB1 or UBA domain...
September 1, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28838758/active-subsite-properties-subsite-residues-and-targeting-to-lysosomes-or-midgut-lumen-of-cathepsins-l-from-the-beetle-tenebrio-molitor
#12
Ticiane F Damasceno, Renata O Dias, Juliana R de Oliveira, Roberto K Salinas, Maria A Juliano, Clelia Ferreira, Walter R Terra
Cathepsins L are the major digestive peptidases in the beetle Tenebrio molitor. Two digestive cathepsins L (TmCAL2 and TmCAL3) from it had their 3D structures solved. The aim of this paper was to study in details TmCAL3 specificity and properties and relate them to its 3D structure. Recombinant TmCAL3 was assayed with 64 oligopeptides with different amino acid replacements in positions P2, P1, P1' and P2'. Results showed that TmCAL3 S2 specificity differs from the human enzyme and that its specificities also explain why on autoactivation two propeptide residues remain in the enzyme...
August 25, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821399/timed-knickkopf-function-is-essential-for-wing-cuticle-formation-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#13
Kaixia Li, Xubo Zhang, Ying Zuo, Weimin Liu, Jianzhen Zhang, Bernard Moussian
The insect cuticle is an extracellular matrix that consists of the polysaccharide chitin, proteins, lipids and organic molecules that are arranged in distinct horizontal layers. In Drosophila melanogaster, these layers are not formed sequentially, but, at least partially, at the same time. Timing of the underlying molecular mechanisms is conceivably crucial for cuticle formation. To study this issue, we determined the time period during which the function of Knickkopf (Knk), a key factor of chitin organization, is required for wing cuticle differentiation in D...
August 15, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803989/mdr65-decreases-toxicity-of-multiple-insecticides-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#14
Haina Sun, Nicolas Buchon, Jeffrey G Scott
ABC transporters are ubiquitous membrane-bound proteins, present in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes. The major function of eukaryotic ABC transporters is to mediate the efflux of a variety of substrates (including xenobiotics) out of cells. ABC transporters have been widely investigated in humans, particularly for their involvement in multidrug resistance (MDR). Considerably less is known about their roles in transport and/or excretion in insects. ABC transporters are only known to function as exporters in insects...
August 10, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780070/identification-of-cry48aa-cry49aa-toxin-ligands-in-the-midgut-of-culex-quinquefasciatus-larvae
#15
Tatiana Maria Teodoro Rezende, Tatiany Patrícia Romão, Michel Batista, Colin Berry, Michael J Adang, Maria Helena Neves Lobo Silva-Filha
A binary mosquitocidal toxin composed of a three-domain Cry-like toxin (Cry48Aa) and a binary-like toxin (Cry49Aa) was identified in Lysinibacillus sphaericus. Cry48Aa/Cry49Aa has action on Culex quinquefasciatus larvae, in particular, to those that are resistant to the Bin Binary toxin, which is the major insecticidal factor from L. sphaericus-based biolarvicides, indicating that Cry48Aa/Cry49Aa interacts with distinct target sites in the midgut and can overcome Bin toxin resistance. This study aimed to identify Cry48Aa/Cry49Aa ligands in C...
August 3, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751111/gustatory-receptor-22e-is-essential-for-sensing-chloroquine-and-strychnine-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#16
Seeta Poudel, Yunjung Kim, Jun-Seok Gwak, Sangyun Jeong, Youngseok Lee
Chloroquine, an amino quinolone derivative commonly used as an anti-malarial drug, is known to impart an unpleasant taste. Little research has been done to study chloroquine taste in insects, therefore, we examined both the deterrant properties and mechanisms underlying chloroquine perception in fruit flies. We identified the antifeedant effect of chloroquine by screening 21 gustatory receptor (Grs) mutants through behavioral feeding assays and electrophysiology experiments. We discovered that two molecular sensors, GR22e and GR33a, act as chloroquine receptors, and found that chloroquine-mediated activation of GRNs occurs through S-type sensilla...
July 24, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736301/foxa-transcriptional-factor-modulates-insect-susceptibility-to-bacillus-thuringiensis-cry1ac-toxin-by-regulating-the-expression-of-toxin-receptor-abcc2-and-abcc3-genes
#17
Jianghuai Li, Yuemin Ma, Wanli Yuan, Yutao Xiao, Chenxi Liu, Jia Wang, Jianxin Peng, Rong Peng, Mario Soberón, Alejandra Bravo, Yongbo Yang, Kaiyu Liu
Cry toxins produced by Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) are insecticidal proteins widely used in insect control. Recently, it was shown that ATP-binding cassette transporter proteins (ABC) such as ABCC2, ABCC3, ABCG1 and ABCA2 are implicated in the insecticidal action of Cry toxins as putative receptors. However, the transcriptional regulators involved in the expression of ABC transporter genes remain unknown. Sequence analysis of promoter regions of ABCC2 gene from Helicoverpa armigera and ABCC3 gene from Spodoptera litura Sl-HP cultured cells, revealed the potential participation of Forkhead box protein A (FOXA), a transcription factor that regulates the expression of genes through remodeling chromatin...
July 21, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736300/towards-an-understanding-of-the-molecular-basis-of-effective-rnai-against-a-global-insect-pest-the-whitefly-bemisia-tabaci
#18
Yuan Luo, Qingguo Chen, Junbo Luan, Seung Ho Chung, Joyce Van Eck, R Turgeon, Angela E Douglas
In planta RNAi against essential insect genes offers a promising route to control insect crop pests, but is constrained for many insect groups, notably phloem sap-feeding hemipterans, by poor RNAi efficacy. This study conducted on the phloem-feeding whitefly Bemisia tabaci reared on tomato plants investigated the causes of low RNAi efficacy and routes to ameliorate the problem. Experiments using tomato transgenic lines containing ds-GFP (green fluorescent protein) revealed that full-length dsRNA is phloem-mobile, ingested by the insects, and degraded in the insect...
July 21, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732753/gene-expression-changes-in-honey-bees-induced-by-sublethal-imidacloprid-exposure-during-the-larval-stage
#19
Ming-Cheng Wu, Yu-Wen Chang, Kuang-Hui Lu, En-Cheng Yang
Honey bee larvae exposed to sublethal doses of imidacloprid show behavioural abnormalities as adult insects. Previous studies have demonstrated that this phenomenon originates from abnormal neural development in response to imidacloprid exposure. Here, we further investigated the global gene expression changes in the heads of newly emerged adults and observed that 578 genes showed more than 2-fold changes in gene expression after imidacloprid exposure. This information might aid in understanding the effects of pesticides on the health of pollinators...
July 18, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780069/serine-protease-related-proteins-in-the-malaria-mosquito-anopheles-gambiae
#20
Xiaolong Cao, Mansi Gulati, Haobo Jiang
Insect serine proteases (SPs) and serine protease homologs (SPHs) participate in digestion, defense, development, and other physiological processes. In mosquitoes, some clip-domain SPs and SPHs (i.e. CLIPs) have been investigated for possible roles in antiparasitic responses. In a recent test aimed at improving quality of gene models in the Anopheles gambiae genome using RNA-seq data, we observed various discrepancies between gene models in AgamP4.5 and corresponding sequences selected from those modeled by Cufflinks, Trinity and Bridger...
September 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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