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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734268/dna-barcoding-allows-identification-of-european-fanniidae-diptera-of-forensic-interest
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Andrzej Grzywacz, Dominika Wyborska, Marcin Piwczyński
In forensic entomology practice, species identification is a prerequisite for any further analysis of collected material. Although morphology-based taxonomy may be hindered by a range of factors, these are not obstacles for a molecular identification approach, so-called DNA barcoding. The Fanniidae are a dipteran family that is attracted to and breeds in decomposing animal carrion and dead human bodies. However, morphological identification of fanniids, both at adult and immature stages, is considered to be difficult, particularly for non-experts...
June 29, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732048/wolbachia-and-dengue-virus-infection-in-the-mosquito-aedes-fluviatilis-diptera-culicidae
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Jéssica Barreto Lopes Silva, Debora Magalhães Alves, Vanessa Bottino-Rojas, Thiago Nunes Pereira, Marcos Henrique Ferreira Sorgine, Eric Pearce Caragata, Luciano Andrade Moreira
Dengue represents a serious threat to human health, with billions of people living at risk of the disease. Wolbachia pipientis is a bacterial endosymbiont common to many insect species. Wolbachia transinfections in mosquito disease vectors have great value for disease control given the bacterium's ability to spread into wild mosquito populations, and to interfere with infections of pathogens, such as dengue virus. Aedes fluviatilis is a mosquito with a widespread distribution in Latin America, but its status as a dengue vector has not been clarified...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724736/phenotypic-shift-in-wolbachia-virulence-towards-its-native-host-across-serial-horizontal-passages
#3
Winka Le Clec'h, Jessica Dittmer, Maryline Raimond, Didier Bouchon, Mathieu Sicard
Vertical transmission mode is predicted to decrease the virulence of symbionts. However, Wolbachia, a widespread vertically transmitted endosymbiont, exhibits both negative and beneficial effects on arthropod fitness. This 'Jekyll and Hyde' behaviour, as well as its ability to live transiently outside host cells and to establish new infections via horizontal transmission, may reflect the capacity of Wolbachia to exhibit various phenotypes depending on the prevailing environmental constraints. To study the ability of Wolbachia to readily cope with new constraints, we forced this endosymbiont to spread only via horizontal transmission...
July 26, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702705/wolbachia-in-the-genus-bicyclus-a-forgotten-player
#4
Anne Duplouy, Oskar Brattström
Bicyclus butterflies are key species for studies of wing pattern development, phenotypic plasticity, speciation and the genetics of Lepidoptera. One of the key endosymbionts in butterflies, the alpha-Proteobacterium Wolbachia pipientis, is affecting many of these biological processes; however, Bicyclus butterflies have not been investigated systematically as hosts to Wolbachia. In this study, we screen for Wolbachia infection in several Bicyclus species from natural populations across Africa as well as two laboratory populations...
July 12, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690147/novel-anaplasma-and-ehrlichia-organisms-infecting-the-wildlife-of-two-regions-of-the-brazilian-amazon
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Herbert S Soares, Arlei Marcili, Amália R M Barbieri, Antonio H H Minervino, Antonio F Malheiros, Solange M Gennari, Marcelo B Labruna
During 2009-2012, wild animals were sampled in the Amazon biome of Brazil. Animal tissues and blood were tested by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays targeting DNA of the bacterial family Anaplasmataceae (genera Anaplasma, Ehrlichia, Wolbachia) and the genus Borrelia. Overall, 181 wild animals comprising 36 different species (2 reptiles, 5 birds, and 29 mammals) were sampled. All birds and reptiles were negative by all PCR assays, as well as all mammals for the Borrelia PCR assay. Anaplasmataceae agents were searched by PCR assays targeting two different genes, the ribosomal 16S rRNA gene and the protein-coding dsb gene...
July 6, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680117/challenging-the-wigglesworthia-sodalis-wolbachia-symbiosis-dogma-in-tsetse-flies-spiroplasma-is-present-in-both-laboratory-and-natural-populations
#6
V Doudoumis, F Blow, A Saridaki, A Augustinos, N A Dyer, I Goodhead, P Solano, J-B Rayaisse, P Takac, S Mekonnen, A G Parker, A M M Abd-Alla, A Darby, K Bourtzis, G Tsiamis
Profiling of wild and laboratory tsetse populations using 16S rRNA gene amplicon sequencing allowed us to examine whether the "Wigglesworthia-Sodalis-Wolbachia dogma" operates across species and populations. The most abundant taxa, in wild and laboratory populations, were Wigglesworthia (the primary endosymbiont), Sodalis and Wolbachia as previously characterized. The species richness of the microbiota was greater in wild than laboratory populations. Spiroplasma was identified as a new symbiont exclusively in Glossina fuscipes fuscipes and G...
July 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667411/symbiotic-microorganisms-in-puto-superbus-leonardi-1907-insecta-hemiptera-coccomorpha-putoidae
#7
Teresa Szklarzewicz, Małgorzata Kalandyk-Kołodziejczyk, Katarzyna Michalik, Władysława Jankowska, Anna Michalik
The scale insect Puto superbus (Putoidae) lives in mutualistic symbiotic association with bacteria. Molecular phylogenetic analyses have revealed that symbionts of P. superbus belong to the gammaproteobacterial genus Sodalis. In the adult females, symbionts occur both in the bacteriocytes constituting compact bacteriomes and in individual bacteriocytes, which are dispersed among ovarioles. The bacteriocytes also house a few small, rod-shaped Wolbachia bacteria in addition to the numerous large, elongated Sodalis-allied bacteria...
June 30, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667019/retrotransposons-are-the-major-contributors-to-the-expansion-of-the-drosophila-ananassae-muller-f-element
#8
Wilson Leung, Christopher D Shaffer, Elizabeth J Chen, Thomas J Quisenberry, Kevin Ko, John M Braverman, Thomas C Giarla, Nathan T Mortimer, Laura K Reed, Sheryl T Smith, Srebrenka Robic, Shannon R McCartha, Danielle R Perry, Lindsay M Prescod, Zenyth A Sheppard, Ken J Saville, Allison McClish, Emily A Morlock, Victoria R Sochor, Brittney Stanton, Isaac C Veysey-White, Dennis Revie, Luis A Jimenez, Jennifer J Palomino, Melissa D Patao, Shane M Patao, Edward T Himelblau, Jaclyn D Campbell, Alexandra L Hertz, Maddison F McEvilly, Allison R Wagner, James Youngblom, Baljit Bedi, Jeffery Bettincourt, Erin Duso, Maiye Her, William Hilton, Samantha House, Masud Karimi, Kevin Kumimoto, Rebekah Lee, Darryl Lopez, George Odisho, Ricky Prasad, Holly Lyn Robbins, Tanveer Sandhu, Tracy Selfridge, Kara Tsukashima, Hani Yosif, Nighat P Kokan, Latia Britt, Alycia Zoellner, Eric P Spana, Ben T Chlebina, Insun Chong, Harrison Friedman, Danny A Mammo, Chun L Ng, Vinayak S Nikam, Nicholas U Schwartz, Thomas Q Xu, Martin G Burg, Spencer M Batten, Lindsay M Corbeill, Erica Enoch, Jesse J Ensign, Mary E Franks, Breanna Haiker, Judith A Ingles, Lyndsay D Kirkland, Joshua M Lorenz-Guertin, Jordan Matthews, Cody M Mittig, Nicholaus Monsma, Katherine J Olson, Guillermo Perez-Aragon, Alen Ramic, Jordan R Ramirez, Christopher Scheiber, Patrick A Schneider, Devon E Schultz, Matthew Simon, Eric Spencer, Adam C Wernette, Maxine E Wykle, Elizabeth Zavala-Arellano, Mitchell J McDonald, Kristine Ostby, Peter Wendland, Justin R DiAngelo, Alexis M Ceasrine, Amanda H Cox, James E B Docherty, Robert M Gingras, Stephanie M Grieb, Michael J Pavia, Casey L Personius, Grzegorz L Polak, Dale L Beach, Heaven L Cerritos, Edward A Horansky, Karim A Sharif, Ryan Moran, Susan Parrish, Kirsten Bickford, Jennifer Bland, Juliana Broussard, Kerry Campbell, Katelynn E Deibel, Richard Forka, Monika C Lemke, Marlee B Nelson, Catherine O'Keeffe, S Mariel Ramey, Luke Schmidt, Paola Villegas, Christopher J Jones, Stephanie L Christ, Sami Mamari, Adam S Rinaldi, Ghazal Stity, Amy T Hark, Mark Scheuerman, Cathy Silver Key, Briana D McRae, Adam S Haberman, Sam Asinof, Harriette Carrington, Kelly Drumm, Terrance Embry, Richard McGuire, Drew Miller-Foreman, Stella Rosen, Nadia Safa, Darrin Schultz, Matt Segal, Yakov Shevin, Petros Svoronos, Tam Vuong, Gary Skuse, Don W Paetkau, Rachael K Bridgman, Charlotte M Brown, Alicia R Carroll, Francesca M Gifford, Julie Beth Gillespie, Susan E Herman, Krystal L Holtcamp, Misha A Host, Gabrielle Hussey, Danielle M Kramer, Joan Q Lawrence, Madeline M Martin, Ellen N Niemiec, Ashleigh P O'Reilly, Olivia A Pahl, Guadalupe Quintana, Elizabeth A S Rettie, Torie L Richardson, Arianne E Rodriguez, Mona O Rodriguez, Laura Schiraldi, Joanna J Smith, Kelsey F Sugrue, Lindsey J Suriano, Kaitlyn E Takach, Arielle M Vasquez, Ximena Velez, Elizabeth J Villafuerte, Laura T Vives, Victoria R Zellmer, Jeanette Hauke, Charles R Hauser, Karolyn Barker, Laurie Cannon, Perouza Parsamian, Samantha Parsons, Zachariah Wichman, Christopher W Bazinet, Diana E Johnson, Abubakarr Bangura, Jordan A Black, Victoria Chevee, Sarah A Einsteen, Sarah K Hilton, Max Kollmer, Rahul Nadendla, Joyce Stamm, Antoinette E Fafara-Thompson, Amber M Gygi, Emmy E Ogawa, Matt Van Camp, Zuzana Kocsisova, Judith L Leatherman, Cassie M Modahl, Michael R Rubin, Susana S Apiz-Saab, Suzette M Arias-Mejias, Carlos F Carrion-Ortiz, Patricia N Claudio-Vazquez, Debbie M Espada-Green, Marium Feliciano-Camacho, Karina M Gonzalez-Bonilla, Mariela Taboas-Arroyo, Dorianmarie Vargas-Franco, Raquel Montañez-Gonzalez, Joseph Perez-Otero, Myrielis Rivera-Burgos, Francisco J Rivera-Rosario, Heather L Eisler, Jackie Alexander, Samatha K Begley, Deana Gabbard, Robert J Allen, Wint Yan Aung, William D Barshop, Amanda Boozalis, Vanessa P Chu, Jeremy S Davis, Ryan N Duggal, Robert Franklin, Katherine Gavinski, Heran Gebreyesus, Henry Z Gong, Rachel A Greenstein, Averill D Guo, Casey Hanson, Kaitlin E Homa, Simon C Hsu, Yi Huang, Lucy Huo, Sarah Jacobs, Sasha Jia, Kyle L Jung, Sarah Wai-Chee Kong, Matthew R Kroll, Brandon M Lee, Paul F Lee, Kevin M Levine, Amy S Li, Chengyu Liu, Max Mian Liu, Adam P Lousararian, Peter B Lowery, Allyson P Mallya, Joseph E Marcus, Patrick C Ng, Hien P Nguyen, Ruchik Patel, Hashini Precht, Suchita Rastogi, Jonathan M Sarezky, Adam Schefkind, Michael B Schultz, Delia Shen, Tara Skorupa, Nicholas C Spies, Gabriel Stancu, Hiu Man Vivian Tsang, Alice L Turski, Rohit Venkat, Leah E Waldman, Kaidi Wang, Tracy Wang, Jeffrey W Wei, Dennis Y Wu, David D Xiong, Jack Yu, Karen Zhou, Gerard P McNeil, Robert W Fernandez, Patrick Gomez Menzies, Tingting Gu, Jeremy Buhler, Elaine R Mardis, Sarah C R Elgin
The discordance between genome size and the complexity of eukaryotes can partly be attributed to differences in repeat density. The Muller F element (~5.2 Mb) is the smallest chromosome in Drosophila melanogaster, but it is substantially larger (>18.7 Mb) in Drosophila ananassae To identify the major contributors to the expansion of the F element and to assess their impact, we improved the genome sequence and annotated the genes in a 1.4 Mb region of the D. ananassae F element, and a 1.7 Mb region from the D element for comparison...
June 30, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663939/penetrance-of-symbiont-mediated-parthenogenesis-is-driven-by-reproductive-rate-in-a-parasitoid-wasp
#9
Amelia R I Lindsey, Richard Stouthamer
Trichogramma wasps are tiny parasitoids of lepidopteran eggs, used extensively for biological control. They are often infected with the bacterial symbiont Wolbachia, which converts Trichogramma to an asexual mode of reproduction, whereby females develop from unfertilized eggs. However, this Wolbachia-induced parthenogenesis is not always complete, and previous studies have noted that infected females will produce occasional males in the lab. The conditions that reduce penetrance of the parthenogenesis phenotype are not well understood...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659179/coping-with-living-in-the-soil-the-genome-of-the-parthenogenetic-springtail-folsomia-candida
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Anna Faddeeva-Vakhrusheva, Ken Kraaijeveld, Martijn F L Derks, Seyed Yahya Anvar, Valeria Agamennone, Wouter Suring, Andries A Kampfraath, Jacintha Ellers, Giang Le Ngoc, Cornelis A M van Gestel, Janine Mariën, Sandra Smit, Nico M van Straalen, Dick Roelofs
BACKGROUND: Folsomia candida is a model in soil biology, belonging to the family of Isotomidae, subclass Collembola. It reproduces parthenogenetically in the presence of Wolbachia, and exhibits remarkable physiological adaptations to stress. To better understand these features and adaptations to life in the soil, we studied its genome in the context of its parthenogenetic lifestyle. RESULTS: We applied Pacific Bioscience sequencing and assembly to generate a reference genome for F...
June 28, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655666/wolbachia-infection-in-aedes-aegypti-mosquitoes-alters-blood-meal-excretion-and-delays-oviposition-without-affecting-trypsin-activity
#11
Sofia Pimenta de Oliveira, Caroline Dantas de Oliveira, Mauricio Roberto Viana Sant'Anna, Heverton Leandro Carneiro Dutra, Eric Pearce Caragata, Luciano Andrade Moreira
Blood feeding in Aedes aegypti is essential for reproduction, but also permits the mosquito to act as a vector for key human pathogens such as the Zika and dengue viruses. Wolbachia pipientis is an endosymbiotic bacterium that can manipulate the biology of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, making them less competent hosts for many pathogens. Yet while Wolbachia affects other aspects of host physiology, it is unclear whether it influences physiological processes associated with blood meal digestion. To that end, we examined the effects of wMel Wolbachia infection in Ae...
June 24, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653334/vector-competence-of-malaysian-aedes-albopictus-with-and-without-wolbachia-to-four-dengue-virus-serotypes
#12
Sylvia Joanne, Indra Vythilingam, Boon-Teong Teoh, Cherng-Shii Leong, Kim-Kee Tan, Meng-Li Wong, Nava Yugavathy, Sazaly AbuBakar
OBJECTIVE: To determine the susceptibility status of Aedes albopictus with and without Wolbachia to the four dengue virus serotypes. METHODS: Two newly colonised colonies of Ae. albopictus from the wild were used for the study. One colony was naturally infected with Wolbachia while in the other Wolbachia was removed by tetracycline treatment. Both colonies were orally infected with dengue virus-infected fresh blood meal. Dengue virus load was measured using quantitative RT-PCR at four time intervals in the salivary glands, midguts and ovaries...
June 27, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645313/molecular-investigation-and-phylogeny-of-anaplasmataceae-species-infecting-domestic-animals-and-ticks-in-corsica-france
#13
Mustapha Dahmani, Bernard Davoust, Djamel Tahir, Didier Raoult, Florence Fenollar, Oleg Mediannikov
BACKGROUNDS: Corsica is a French island situated in the Mediterranean Sea. The island provides suitable natural conditions to study disease ecology, especially tick-borne diseases and emerging diseases in animals and ticks. The family Anaplasmataceae is a member of the order Rickettsiales; it includes the genera Anaplasma, Ehrlichia, Neorickettsia and Wolbachia. Anaplasmosis and ehrlichiosis traditionally refer to diseases caused by obligate intracellular bacteria of the genera Anaplasma and Ehrlichia...
June 23, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642878/the-complexity-of-zoonotic-filariasis-episystem-and-its-consequences-a-multidisciplinary-view
#14
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Fernando Simón, Javier González-Miguel, Alicia Diosdado, Paula Josefina Gómez, Rodrigo Morchón, Vladimir Kartashev
Vector-borne transmitted helminthic zoonosis affects the health and economy of both developing and developed countries. The concept of episystem includes the set of biological, environmental, and epidemiological elements of these diseases in defined geographic and temporal scales. Dirofilariasis caused by different species of the genus Dirofilaria is a disease affecting domestic and wild canines and felines and man, transmitted by different species of culicid mosquitoes. This complexity is increased because Dirofilaria species harbor intracellular symbiont Wolbachia bacteriae, which play a key role in the embryogenesis and development of dirofilariae and in the inflammatory pathology of the disease...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640457/primordial-like-enzymes-from-bacteria-with-reduced-genomes
#15
Matteo P Ferla, Jodi L Brewster, Kelsi R Hall, Gary B Evans, Wayne M Patrick
The first cells probably possessed rudimentary metabolic networks, built using a handful of multifunctional enzymes. The promiscuous activities of modern enzymes are often assumed to be relics of this primordial era; however, by definition these activities are no longer physiological. There are many fewer examples of enzymes using a single active site to catalyze multiple physiologically-relevant reactions. Previously, we characterized the promiscuous alanine racemase (ALR) activity of Escherichia coli cystathionine β-lyase (CBL)...
June 22, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636152/dynamics-and-origin-of-cytokinins-involved-in-plant-manipulation-by-a-leaf-mining-insect
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Hui Zhang, Antoine Guiguet, Géraldine Dubreuil, Anna Kisiala, Peter Andreas, R J Neil Emery, Elisabeth Huguet, Mélanie Body, David Giron
Several herbivorous insects and plant-associated microorganisms control the phytohormonal balance, thus enabling them to successfully exploit the plant by inhibiting plant defences and withdrawing plant resources for their own benefit. The leaf-mining moth Phyllonorycter blancardella modifies the cytokinin (CK) profile of mined leaf-tissues, and the insect symbiotic bacteria Wolbachia is involved in the plant manipulation to the benefit of the insect host. To gain a deeper understanding into the possible origin and dynamics of CKs, we conducted an extensive characterization of CKs in larvae and in infected apple leaves...
June 21, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632769/combining-omics-and-microscopy-to-visualize-interactions-between-the-asian-citrus-psyllid-vector-and-the-huanglongbing-pathogen-candidatus-liberibacter-asiaticus-in-the-insect-gut
#17
Angela Kruse, Somayeh Fattah-Hosseini, Surya Saha, Richard Johnson, EricaRose Warwick, Kasie Sturgeon, Lukas Mueller, Michael J MacCoss, Robert G Shatters, Michelle Cilia Heck
Huanglongbing, or citrus greening disease, is an economically devastating bacterial disease of citrus. It is associated with infection by the gram-negative bacterium Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus (CLas). CLas is transmitted by Diaphorina citri, the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP). For insect transmission to occur, CLas must be ingested during feeding on infected phloem sap and cross the gut barrier to gain entry into the insect vector. To investigate the effects of CLas exposure at the gut-pathogen interface, we performed RNAseq and mass spectrometry-based proteomics to analyze the transcriptome and proteome, respectively, of ACP gut tissue...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623959/the-impact-of-wolbachia-infection-on-the-rate-of-vertical-transmission-of-dengue-virus-in-brazilian-aedes-aegypti
#18
Etiene Casagrande Pacidônio, Eric Pearce Caragata, Debora Magalhães Alves, João Trindade Marques, Luciano Andrade Moreira
BACKGROUND: Wolbachia pipientis is a common endosymbiotic bacterium of arthropods that strongly inhibits dengue virus (DENV) infection and transmission in the primary vector, the mosquito Aedes aegypti. For that reason, Wolbachia-infected Ae. aegypti are currently being released into the field as part of a novel strategy to reduce DENV transmission. However, there is evidence that DENV can be transmitted vertically from mother to progeny, and this may help the virus persist in nature in the absence of regular human transmission...
June 17, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618183/effects-of-different-temperature-regimes-on-survival-of-diaphorina-citri-and-its-endosymbiotic-bacterial-communities
#19
Mubasher Hussain, Komivi Senyo Akutse, Keppanan Ravindran, Yongwen Lin, Bamisope Steve Bamisile, Muhammad Qasim, Chandra Kanta Dash, Liande Wang
The Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri, is a major pest of citrus and vector of citrus greening (huanglongbing) in Asian. In our field-collected psyllid samples, we discovered that Fuzhou (China) and Faisalabad (Pakistan), populations harbored an obligate primary endosymbiont Candidatus Carsonella (gen. nov.) with a single species, Candidatus Carsonella ruddii (sp. nov.), and a secondary endosymbiont, Wolbachia surface proteins (WSP) which are intracellular endosymbionts residing in the bacteriomes. Responses of these symbionts to different temperatures were examined and their host survival assessed...
June 15, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617844/wolbachia-elevates-host-methyltransferase-expression-to-block-an-rna-virus-early-during-infection
#20
Tamanash Bhattacharya, Irene L G Newton, Richard W Hardy
Wolbachia pipientis is an intracellular endosymbiont known to confer host resistance against RNA viruses in insects. However, the causal mechanism underlying this antiviral defense remains poorly understood. To this end, we have established a robust arthropod model system to study the tripartite interaction involving Sindbis virus and Wolbachia strain wMel within its native host, Drosophila melanogaster. By leveraging the power of Drosophila genetics and a parallel, highly tractable D. melanogaster derived JW18 cell culture system, we determined that in addition to reducing infectious virus production, Wolbachia negatively influences Sindbis virus particle infectivity...
June 2017: PLoS Pathogens
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