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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446677/variable-inhibition-of-zika-virus-replication-by-different-wolbachia-strains-in-mosquito-cell-cultures
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Michaela J Schultz, Sharon Isern, Scott F Michael, Ronald B Corley, John Connor, Horacio M Frydman
Mosquito-borne arboviruses are a major source of human disease. One strategy to reduce arbovirus disease is to reduce the mosquito's ability to transmit virus. Mosquito infection with bacterial endosymbiont, Wolbachia pipientis wMel, is a novel strategy to reduce Aedes mosquito competency for flavivirus infection. However, experiments investigating cyclic environmental temperatures have shown a reduction in maternal transmission of wMel potentially weakening the integration of this strain into a mosquito population relative to other Wolbachia strains...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439127/diversity-and-evolution-of-sex-determination-systems-in-terrestrial-isopods
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Thomas Becking, Isabelle Giraud, Maryline Raimond, Bouziane Moumen, Christopher Chandler, Richard Cordaux, Clément Gilbert
Sex determination systems are highly variable in many taxa, sometimes even between closely related species. Yet the number and direction of transitions between these systems have seldom been characterized, and the underlying mechanisms are still poorly understood. Here we generated transcriptomes for 19 species of terrestrial isopod crustaceans, many of which are infected by Wolbachia bacterial endosymbionts. Using 88 single-copy orthologous genes, we reconstructed a fully resolved and dated phylogeny of terrestrial isopods...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435138/proteomic-analysis-of-a-mosquito-host-cell-response-to-persistent-wolbachia-infection
#3
Gerald Baldridge, LeeAnn Higgins, Bruce Witthuhn, Todd Markowski, Abigail Baldridge, Anibal Armien, Ann Fallon
Wolbachia pipientis, an obligate intracellular bacterium associated with arthropods and filarial worms, is a target for filarial disease treatment and provides a gene drive agent for insect vector population suppression/replacement. We compared proteomes of Aedes albopictus mosquito C/wStr1 cells persistently infected with Wolbachia strain wStr, relative to uninfected C7-10 control cells. Among approximately 2,500 proteins, iTRAQ data identified 815 differentially abundant proteins. As functional classes, energy and central intermediary metabolism proteins were elevated in infected cells, while suppressed proteins with roles in host DNA replication, transcription and translation suggested that Wolbachia suppresses pathways that support host cell growth and proliferation...
April 20, 2017: Research in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426794/impact-of-wolbachia-on-oxidative-stress-sensitivity-in-the-parasitic-wasp-asobara-japonica
#4
David Monnin, Natacha Kremer, Emmanuel Desouhant, Fabrice Vavre
The oxidative homeostasis is the balance between reactive oxygen species and antioxidant molecules. In addition to be considered as a key factor underlying life-history traits evolution, the oxidative homeostasis has been shown to be involved in many host-symbiont associations. Previous studies suggest an interaction between the bacterial endosymbiont Wolbachia and the oxidative homeostasis of some insect hosts. This interaction is likely to exert a strong influence on the host evolution, as it has been proposed in the wasp Asobara tabida, whose dependence upon Wolbachia is due to the evolutionary loss of its ability to regulate the oxidative homeostasis in the absence of the symbiont...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421042/mosquito-microbiome-dynamics-a-background-for-prevalence-and-seasonality-of-west-nile-virus
#5
Eva Novakova, Douglas C Woodhams, Sonia M Rodríguez-Ruano, Robert M Brucker, Jonathan W Leff, Amin Maharaj, Amnon Amir, Rob Knight, James Scott
Symbiotic microbial communities augment host phenotype, including defense against pathogen carriage and infection. We sampled the microbial communities in 11 adult mosquito host species from six regions in southern Ontario, Canada over 3 years. Of the factors examined, we found that mosquito species was the largest driver of the microbiota, with remarkable phylosymbiosis between host and microbiota. Seasonal shifts of the microbiome were consistently repeated over the 3-year period, while region had little impact...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420428/significant-heterogeneity-in-wolbachia-copy-number-within-and-between-populations-of-onchocerca-volvulus
#6
Samuel Armoo, Stephen R Doyle, Mike Y Osei-Atweneboana, Warwick N Grant
BACKGROUND: Wolbachia are intracellular bacteria found in arthropods and several filarial nematode species. The filarial Wolbachia have been proposed to be involved in the immunopathology associated with onchocerciasis. Higher Wolbachia-to-nematode ratios have been reported in the savannah-ecotype compared to the forest-ecotype, and have been interpreted as consistent with a correlation between Wolbachia density and disease severity. However, factors such as geographic stratification and ivermectin drug exposure can lead to significant genetic heterogeneity in the nematode host populations, so we investigated whether Wolbachia copy number variation is also associated with these underlying factors...
April 18, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412513/wolbachia-induced-loss-of-male-fertility-is-likely-related-to-branch-chain-amino-acid-biosynthesis-and-ilve-in-laodelphax-striatellus
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Jia-Fei Ju, Ary A Hoffmann, Yan-Kai Zhang, Xing-Zhi Duan, Yan Guo, Jun-Tao Gong, Wen-Chao Zhu, Xiao-Yue Hong
Wolbachia are endosymbionts that infect many species of arthropods and nematodes. Wolbachia-induced cytoplasmic incompatibility (CI) is the most common phenotype in affected hosts, involving embryonic lethality in crosses between Wolbachia-infected males and uninfected females. The molecular mechanisms underlying this phenomenon are currently unclear. Here we examine the molecular correlates of the Wolbachia infection in Laodelphax striatellus (Fallén), an important rice pest, where embryonic lethality is strong and almost complete...
April 15, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411063/deploying-dengue-suppressing-wolbachia-robust-models-predict-slow-but-effective-spatial-spread-in-aedes-aegypti
#8
Michael Turelli, Nicholas H Barton
A novel strategy for controlling the spread of arboviral diseases such as dengue, Zika and chikungunya is to transform mosquito populations with virus-suppressing Wolbachia. In general, Wolbachia transinfected into mosquitoes induce fitness costs through lower viability or fecundity. These maternally inherited bacteria also produce a frequency-dependent advantage for infected females by inducing cytoplasmic incompatibility (CI), which kills the embryos produced by uninfected females mated to infected males...
April 11, 2017: Theoretical Population Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405268/revisiting-the-phylogeny-of-wolbachia-in-collembola
#9
Yao Ma, Wan-Jun Chen, Zhao-Hui Li, Feng Zhang, Yan Gao, Yun-Xia Luan
The endosymbiont Wolbachia has been detected in a few parthenogenetic collembolans sampled in Europe and America, including three species of Poduromorpha, two species of Entomobryomorpha, and two species of Neelipleona. Based on 16S rRNA and ftsZ gene sequences, most of the Wolbachia infecting parthenogenetic collembolans were characterized as members of supergroup E and showed concordant phylogeny with their hosts. However, the two neelipleonan symbionts form another unique group, indicating that Wolbachia has infected parthenogenetic collembolans multiple times...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405008/targeted-enrichment-and-sequencing-of-recent-endosymbiont-host-lateral-gene-transfers
#10
Julie C Dunning Hotopp, Barton E Slatko, Jeremy M Foster
Lateral gene transfer (LGT) from microbial symbionts to invertebrate animals is described at an increasing rate, particularly between Wolbachia endosymbionts and their diverse invertebrate hosts. We sought to assess the use of a capture system to cost-effectively sequence such LGT from the host genome. The sequencing depth of Illumina paired end data obtained with a Wolbachia capture system correlated well with that for an Illumina paired end data set used to detect LGT in Wolbachia-depleted B. malayi (p-value: <2e-16)...
April 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403439/advances-in-vector-control-science-rear-and-release-strategies-show-promise%C3%A2-but-don-t-forget-the-basics
#11
Scott A Ritchie, Brian J Johnson
Both chikungunya and Zika viruses have recently swept from Africa across the Pacific to the Americas, causing major outbreaks of disease in humans. In the meantime, dengue epidemics continue throughout the tropics. Traditional vector control programs based on strategies from 1950s and 1960s have been relatively ineffective in combating recent epidemics. In response, new methods involving the rearing and releasing of large numbers of mosquitoes to eliminate or modify local Aedes populations are being developed, with several currently conducting field releases in high-risk countries...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403227/wolbachia-density-changes-seasonally-amongst-populations-of-the-pale-grass-blue-butterfly-zizeeria-maha-lepidoptera-lycaenidae
#12
Takuto Sumi, Kazuki Miura, Takahisa Miyatake
Previous studies showed that the survival rate of Wolbachia decreases under high temperature in incubators. It is also known that a high density of Wolbachia in the host body reduces the host emergence rate, while low densities fail to change reproduction rates. However, few studies have examined the density of Wolbachia in hosts in the field. Here, we focus on Wolbachia infection of the pale grass blue butterfly, Zizeeria maha (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae), which is distributed throughout the Japanese islands...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401481/why-is-aedes-aegypti-linnaeus-so-successful-as-a-species
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F D Carvalho, L A Moreira
Diseases transmitted by mosquitoes impose enormous burden towards human morbidity and mortality. Over the last three decades, Brazil has suffered from severe Dengue epidemics. In September 2014, this situation is further complicated by the introduction of two other viruses, Zika and Chikungunya, placing Brazil in a triple epidemic. In this article, we discuss the biology of Aedes aegypti Linnaeus, and the principal initiatives currently used to control mosquito populations and the diseases they transmit. Aedes aegypti has broad global distribution and is involved in the transmission of various arboviral diseases such as Dengue, Zika, and Chikungunya...
April 11, 2017: Neotropical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386769/relative-abundance-and-strain-diversity-in-the-bacterial-endosymbiont-community-of-a-sap-feeding-insect-across-its-native-and-introduced-geographic-range
#14
Caroline Fromont, Markus Riegler, James M Cook
Most insects are associated with bacterial symbionts. The bacterial diversity and community composition within hosts may play an important role in shaping insect population biology, ecology and evolution. We focussed on the bacterial microbiome of the Australian fig homotomid Mycopsylla fici (Hemiptera: Psylloidea), which can cause defoliation of its only host tree, Ficus macrophylla. This sap-feeding insect is native to mainland Australia and Lord Howe Island (LHI) but also occurs where its host has been planted, notably in New Zealand...
April 6, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386418/protein-interaction-networks-at-the-host-microbe-interface-in-diaphorina-citri-the-insect-vector-of-the-citrus-greening-pathogen
#15
J S Ramsey, J D Chavez, R Johnson, S Hosseinzadeh, J E Mahoney, J P Mohr, F Robison, X Zhong, D G Hall, M MacCoss, J Bruce, M Cilia
The Asian citrus psyllid (Diaphorina citri) is the insect vector responsible for the worldwide spread of 'Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus' (CLas), the bacterial pathogen associated with citrus greening disease. Developmental changes in the insect vector impact pathogen transmission, such that D. citri transmission of CLas is more efficient when bacteria are acquired by nymphs when compared with adults. We hypothesize that expression changes in the D. citri immune system and commensal microbiota occur during development and regulate vector competency...
February 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381207/microbial-composition-of-spiny-ants-hymenoptera-formicidae-polyrhachis-across-their-geographic-range
#16
Manuela Oliveira Ramalho, Odair Correa Bueno, Corrie Saux Moreau
BACKGROUND: Symbiotic relationships between insects and bacteria are found across almost all insect orders, including Hymenoptera. However there are still many remaining questions about these associations including what factors drive host-associated bacterial composition. To better understand the evolutionary significance of this association in nature, further studies addressing a diversity of hosts across locations and evolutionary history are necessary. Ants of the genus Polyrhachis (spiny ants) are distributed across the Old World and exhibit generalist diets and habits...
April 5, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358880/defining-brugia-malayi-and-wolbachia-symbiosis-by-stage-specific-dual-rna-seq
#17
Alexandra Grote, Denis Voronin, Tao Ding, Alan Twaddle, Thomas R Unnasch, Sara Lustigman, Elodie Ghedin
BACKGROUND: Filarial nematodes currently infect up to 54 million people worldwide, with millions more at risk for infection, representing the leading cause of disability in the developing world. Brugia malayi is one of the causative agents of lymphatic filariasis and remains the only human filarial parasite that can be maintained in small laboratory animals. Many filarial nematode species, including B. malayi, carry an obligate endosymbiont, the alpha-proteobacteria Wolbachia, which can be eliminated through antibiotic treatment...
March 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357366/inhibition-of-zika-virus-by-wolbachia-in-aedes-aegypti
#18
COMMENT
Eric Pearce Caragata, Heverton Leandro Carneiro Dutra, Luciano Andrade Moreira
Through association with cases of microcephaly in 2015, Zika virus (ZIKV) has transitioned from a relatively unknown mosquito-transmitted pathogen to a global health emergency, emphasizing the need to improve existing mosquito control programs to prevent future disease outbreaks. The response to Zika must involve a paradigm shift from traditional to novel methods of mosquito control, and according to the World Health Organization should incorporate the release of mosquitoes infected with the bacterial endosymbiont Wolbachiapipientis...
June 27, 2016: Microbial Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344097/whence-river-blindness-the-domestication-of-mammals-and-host-parasite-co-evolution-in-the-nematode-genus-onchocerca
#19
Emilie Lefoulon, Alessio Giannelli, Benjamin L Makepeace, Yasen Mutafchiev, Simon Townson, Shigehiko Uni, Guilherme G Verocai, Domenico Otranto, Coralie Martin
The genus Onchocerca includes 34 described species and represents one of the largest genera of the filarial nematodes within the family Onchocercidae. Representative members of this genus are mainly parasites of ungulates, with some exceptions such as Onchocerca lupi and Onchocerca volvulus, infecting carnivores and/or humans. For a long time, the evolutionary relationships amongst onchocercids remained poorly studied, as the systematics of this genus was impaired by the high morphological variability of species included in the taxon...
March 24, 2017: International Journal for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337184/the-maternally-inheritable-wolbachia-walbb-induces-refractoriness-to-plasmodium-berghei-in-anopheles-stephensi
#20
Deepak Joshi, Xiaoling Pan, Michael J McFadden, David Bevins, Xiao Liang, Peng Lu, Suzanne Thiem, Zhiyong Xi
The endosymbiont Wolbachia wAlbB induces refractoriness to Plasmodium falciparum in Anopheles stephensi, the primary mosquito vector of human malaria in the Middle East and South Asia. However, it remains unknown whether such refractoriness can be extended to other malaria species. In particular, it was reported that under very specific conditions, wAlbB can enhance Plasmodium infection in some hosts. Here, we measured the impact of wAlbB on the rodent malaria parasite Plasmodium berghei in A. stephensi by comparing the load of oocysts and sporozoites in midguts and salivary glands, respectively, between wAlbB-infected and -uninfected mosquitoes...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
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