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Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803989/mdr65-decreases-toxicity-of-multiple-insecticides-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#1
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
#2
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 2, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780069/serine-protease-related-proteins-in-the-malaria-mosquito-anopheles-gambiae
#3
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...
August 2, 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
#4
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/28739494/amblyomma-maculatum-secis-binding-protein-2-and-putative-selenoprotein-p-are-indispensable-for-pathogen-replication-and-tick-fecundity
#5
Khemraj Budachetri, Gary Crispell, Shahid Karim
Selenium, a vital trace element, is incorporated into selenoproteins to produce selenocysteine. Our previous studies have revealed an adaptive co-evolutionary process that has enabled the spotted fever-causing tick-borne pathogen Rickettsia parkeri to survive by manipulating an antioxidant defense system associated with selenium, which includes a full set of selenoproteins and other antioxidants in ticks. Here, we conducted a systemic investigation of SECIS binding protein 2 (SBP2) and putative selenoprotein P (SELENOP) by transcript silencing in adult female Gulf-coast ticks (Amblyomma maculatum)...
July 21, 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
#6
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
#7
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
#8
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/28577927/deletion-of-the-bombyx-mori-odorant-receptor-co-receptor-bmorco-impairs-olfactory-sensitivity-in-silkworms
#9
Qun Liu, Wei Liu, Baosheng Zeng, Guirong Wang, Dejun Hao, Yongping Huang
Olfaction plays an essential role in many important insect behaviors such as feeding and reproduction. To detect olfactory stimuli, an odorant receptor co-receptor (Orco) is required. In this study, we deleted the Orco gene in the Lepidopteran model insect, Bombyx mori, using a binary transgene-based clustered regulatory interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/Cas9 system. We initially generated somatic mutations in two targeted sites, from which we obtained homozygous mutants with deletion of a 866 base pair sequence...
May 31, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576656/a-double-stranded-rna-degrading-enzyme-reduces-the-efficiency-of-oral-rna-interference-in-migratory-locust
#10
Huifang Song, Jianqin Zhang, Daqi Li, Anastasia M W Cooper, Kristopher Silver, Tao Li, Xiaojian Liu, Enbo Ma, Kun Yan Zhu, Jianzhen Zhang
Application of RNA interference (RNAi) for insect pest management is limited by variable efficiency of RNAi in different insect species. In Locusta migratoria, RNAi is highly efficient through injection of dsRNA, but oral delivery of dsRNA is much less effective. Efforts to understand this phenomenon have shown that dsRNA is more rapidly degraded in midgut fluid than in hemolymph due to nuclease enzyme activity. In the present study, we identified and characterized two full-length cDNAs of double-stranded RNA degrading enzymes (dsRNase) from midgut of L...
May 31, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572000/c-type-lectin-interacting-with-%C3%AE-integrin-enhances-hemocytic-encapsulation-in-the-cotton-bollworm-helicoverpa-armigera
#11
Pan Wang, Xiao-Rong Zhuo, Lin Tang, Xu-Sheng Liu, Yu-Feng Wang, Guo-Xiu Wang, Xiao-Qiang Yu, Jia-Lin Wang
The encapsulation reaction in invertebrates is analogous to granuloma formation in vertebrates, and this reaction is severely compromised when ecdysone signaling is blocked. However, the molecular mechanism underlying the encapsulation reaction and its regulation by ecdysone remains obscure. In our previous study, we found that the C-type lectin HaCTL3, from the cotton bollworm Helicoverpa armigera, is involved in anti-bacterial immune response, acting as a pattern recognition receptor (PRR). In the current study, we demonstrate that HaCTL3 is involved in defense against parasites and directly binds to the surface of nematodes...
May 29, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720534/tgf-%C3%AE-signaling-regulates-p-akt-levels-via-pp2a-during-diapause-entry-in-the-cotton-bollworm-helicoverpa-armigera
#12
Hai-Yin Li, Tao Wang, Yong-Pan Yang, Shao-Lei Geng, Wei-Hua Xu
Akt, which is a key kinase in the insulin signaling pathway, plays important roles in glucose metabolism, cell proliferation, transcription and cell migration. Our previous studies indicated that low insulin levels and high p-Akt levels are present in diapause-destined individuals. Here, we show that PI3K, which is upstream of Akt, is low in diapause-destined pupal brains but high in p-Akt levels, implying that p-Akt is modified by factors other than the insulin signaling pathway. Protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A), which is a key regulator in the TGF-β signaling pathway, can directly bind to and dephosphorylate Akt...
August 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705634/crispr-cas9-mediated-genome-editing-of-helicoverpa-armigera-with-mutations-of-an-abc-transporter-gene-haabca2-confers-resistance-to-bacillus-thuringiensis-cry2a-toxins
#13
Jing Wang, Huidong Wang, Shaoyan Liu, Laipan Liu, Wee Tek Tay, Thomas K Walsh, Yihua Yang, Yidong Wu
High levels of resistance to Bt toxin Cry2Ab have been identified to be genetically linked with loss of function mutations of an ABC transporter gene (ABCA2) in two lepidopteran insects, Helicoverpa armigera and Helicoverpa punctigera. To further confirm the causal relationship between the ABCA2 gene (HaABCA2) and Cry2Ab resistance in H. armigera, two HaABCA2 knockout strains were created from the susceptible SCD strain with the CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing system. One strain (SCD-A2KO1) is homozygous for a 2-bp deletion in exon 2 of HaABCA2 created by non-homologous end joining (NHEJ)...
August 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705633/transcriptome-analysis-of-helicoverpa-armigera-male-hairpencils-alcohol-biosynthesis-and-requirement-for-mating-success
#14
Mengfang Du, Wenhui Zhao, Russell Jurenka, Xiaoguang Liu, Xinming Yin, Qisheng Song, Shiheng An
Many female animals use different strategies to assess male quality to increase their own reproductive fitness. In moths, females usually use chemical signals (sex pheromones) to attract males from a distance. Once males approach a female, they release close range pheromones from hairpencils to facilitate female acceptance. However, detailed mechanisms involved in male sex pheromone biosynthesis and its action in promoting female acceptance have not yet been fully characterized. This study screened a series of candidate genes via a transcriptome analysis of the male hairpencil of Helicoverpa armigera...
August 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676356/bmchsa-2b-a-lepidoptera-specific-alternative-splicing-variant-of-epidermal-chitin-synthase-is-required-for-pupal-wing-development-in-bombyx-mori
#15
Guanfeng Xu, Jie Zhang, Hao Lyu, Jia Liu, Yang Ding, Qili Feng, Qisheng Song, Sichun Zheng
Insect chitin synthase A (CHSA) is an epidermis-specific enzyme that plays an essential role in insect development. In this study, the function and regulation of CHSA-2b, an alternative splicing variant of Bombxy mori CHSA that is discovered only in Lepidopteran insects, were investigated. Analysis of mRNA level showed that BmCHSA-2b was responsive to 20-hydroxyecdysone (20E) in pupal wing unlike BmCHSA-2a, which shares almost the identical sequence as BmCHSA-2b except the first 31 amino acids, suggesting that the expression of these two alternative splicing variants is driven by different promoters of CHSA gene...
August 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676355/nanos-driven-expression-of-piggybac-transposase-induces-mobilization-of-a-synthetic-autonomous-transposon-in-the-malaria-vector-mosquito-anopheles-stephensi
#16
Vanessa M Macias, Alyssa J Jimenez, Bianca Burini-Kojin, David Pledger, Nijole Jasinskiene, Celine Hien Phong, Karen Chu, Aniko Fazekas, Kelcie Martin, Osvaldo Marinotti, Anthony A James
Transposons are a class of selfish DNA elements that can mobilize within a genome. If mobilization is accompanied by an increase in copy number (replicative transposition), the transposon may sweep through a population until it is fixed in all of its interbreeding members. This introgression has been proposed as the basis for drive systems to move genes with desirable phenotypes into target species. One such application would be to use them to move a gene conferring resistance to malaria parasites throughout a population of vector mosquitos...
August 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676354/cry46ab-from-bacillus-thuringiensis-tk-e6-is-a-new-mosquitocidal-toxin-with-aerolysin-type-architecture
#17
Tohru Hayakawa, Akira Sakakibara, Sho Ueda, Yoshinao Azuma, Toru Ide, So Takebe
Cry46Ab is a Cry toxin derived from Bacillus thuringiensis TK-E6. Cry46Ab is not significantly homologous to other mosquitocidal Cry or Cyt toxins and is classified as an aerolysin-type pore-forming toxin based on structural similarity. In this study, the potency of Cry46Ab was assessed for its potential application to mosquito control. A synthetic Cry46Ab gene, cry46Ab-S1, was designed to produce recombinant Cry46Ab as a glutathione-S-transferase fusion in Escherichia coli. Recombinant Cry46Ab showed apparent toxicity to Culex pipiens larvae, with a 50% lethal dose of 1...
August 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669775/investigation-of-the-contribution-of-ryr-target-site-mutations-in-diamide-resistance-by-crispr-cas9-genome-modification-in-drosophila
#18
Vassilis Douris, Kyriaki-Maria Papapostolou, Aris Ilias, Emmanuel Roditakis, Styliani Kounadi, Maria Riga, Ralf Nauen, John Vontas
Diamide insecticides are used widely against lepidopteran pests, acting as potent activators of insect Ryanodine Receptors (RyRs) and thus inducing muscle contraction and eventually death. However, resistant phenotypes have recently evolved in the field, associated with the emergence of target site resistance mutations (G4946E/V and I4790M). We investigated the frequency of the mutations found in a resistant population of Tuta absoluta from Greece (G4946V ~79% and I4790M ~21%) and the associated diamide resistance profile: there are very high levels of resistance against chlorantraniliprole (9329-fold) and flubendiamide (4969-fold), but moderate levels against cyantraniliprole (191-fold)...
August 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668511/voltage-sensitive-potassium-channels-expressed-after-20-hydroxyecdysone-treatment-of-a-mosquito-cell-line
#19
Lacey J Jenson, Baonan Sun, Jeffrey R Bloomquist
The goal of this research was to express receptors and ion channels in hormone-treated insect cell lines. Treatment of Anopheles gambiae Sua1B cells with 20-hydroxyecdysone showed an inhibition of cell growth over a time course of three days, with no change in cellular morphology. The effect of 20-hydroxyecdysone was enhanced in the presence of the potassium channel blocker 4-aminopyridine, but not tetraethylammonium. Concentration-response curves of 4-aminopyridine in the presence of 42 μM (1 mg/ml) 20-hydroxyecdysone showed similar IC50 values (6-10 μM) across 3 day exposures...
August 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663125/characterization-of-three-serotonin-receptors-from-the-small-white-butterfly-pieris-rapae
#20
Yi-Xiang Qi, Miao Jin, Xu-Yang Ni, Gong-Yin Ye, Youngseok Lee, Jia Huang
Serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT) plays a key role in modulating diverse physiological processes and behaviors in both protostomes and deuterostomes. These functions are mediated through the binding of serotonin to its receptors, which are recognized as potential insecticide targets. We investigated the sequence, pharmacology and tissue distribution of three 5-HT receptors (Piera5-HT1A, Piera5-HT1B, Piera5-HT7) from the small white butterfly Pieris rapae, an important pest of cultivated cabbages and other mustard family crops...
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