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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506794/life-shortening-wolbachia-infection-reduces-population-growth-of-aedes-aegypti
#1
Eunho Suh, David R Mercer, Stephen L Dobson
Wolbachia bacteria are being introduced into natural populations of vector mosquitoes, with the goal of reducing the transmission of human diseases such as zika and dengue fever. The successful establishment of Wolbachia infection is largely dependent on the effects of Wolbachia infection to host fitness, but the effects of Wolbachia infection on the individual life history traits of immature mosquitoes can vary. Here, the effects of life-shortening Wolbachia (wMelPop) on population growth of infected individuals were evaluated by measuring larval survival, developmental time and adult size of Aedes aegypti in intra- (infected or uninfected only) and inter-group (mixed with infected and uninfected) larval competition assays...
May 12, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505369/identification-of-an-early-male-killing-agent-in-the-oriental-tea-tortrix-homona-magnanima
#2
Yusuke Tsugeno, Hironori Koyama, Takumi Takamatsu, Madoka Nakai, Yasuhisa Kunimi, Maki N Inoue
Arthropods are frequently infected with inherited symbionts, which sometimes confer fitness benefits on female hosts or manipulate host reproduction. Early male killing, in which infected males die during embryogenesis, is induced by some bacteria, such as Wolbachia and Spiroplasma. A female-biased sex ratio has been found in Homona magnanima, collected from a tea plantation in Japan. Here, we examined the male-killing trait in H. magnanima and identified the agent that induces early male killing. The sex-ratio distortion (SR) strain produced only females and no males, and its egg hatch rate was significantly lower than that of the normal (N) strain...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505238/analysis-of-species-subgroups-and-endosymbionts-of-bemisia-tabaci-hemiptera-aleyrodidae-from-southwestern-cotton-fields-in-turkey
#3
Kamil Karut, M Mete Karaca, Ismail Döker, Cengiz Kazak
Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius) (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) is one of the most important insect pests worldwide including Turkey. Although there are substantial data regarding species composition of Turkish B. tabaci populations, the situation is still not clear and further investigations are needed. Therefore, in this study, species and subgroups of B. tabaci collected from cotton fields in southwestern part of Turkey (Antalya, Aydın, Denizli, and Muğla) were determined using microsatellite analysis, AluI-based mtCOI polymerase chain reaction-random length polymorphism, and sequencing...
May 12, 2017: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490339/distribution-and-phylogeny-of-wolbachia-strains-in-wild-mosquito-populations-in-sri-lanka
#4
N W Nalaka P Nugapola, W A Priyanka P De Silva, S H P Parakrama Karunaratne
BACKGROUND: Wolbachia are a group of maternally inherited intracellular bacteria known to be widespread among arthropods. Infections with Wolbachia cause declines of host populations, and also induce host resistance to a wide range of pathogens. Over the past few decades, researchers were curious to use Wolbachia as a biological tool to control mosquito vectors. During the present study, assessment of the prevalence of Wolbachia infections among wild mosquito populations in Sri Lanka where mosquito-borne diseases are a major health concern, was carried out for the first time...
May 10, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486424/demographic-variation-of-wolbachia-infection-in-the-endangered-mitchell-s-satyr-butterfly
#5
Jennifer Fenner, Jennifer Seltzer, Scott Peyton, Heather Sullivan, Peter Tolson, Ryan P Walsh, JoVonn Hill, Brian A Counterman
The Mitchell's satyr, Neonympha mitchellii, is an endangered species that is limited to highly isolated habitats in the northern and southern United States. Conservation strategies for isolated endangered species often implement captive breeding and translocation programs for repopulation. However, these programs risk increasing the spread of harmful pathogens, such as the bacterial endosymbiont Wolbachia. Wolbachia can manipulate the host's reproduction leading to incompatibilities between infected and uninfected hosts...
May 9, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28477267/chromosomal-localization-of-wolbachia-inserts-in-the-genomes-of-two-subspecies-of-chorthippus-parallelus-forming-a-pyrenean-hybrid-zone
#6
Raquel Toribio-Fernández, José L Bella, Paloma Martínez-Rodríguez, Lisa J Funkhouser-Jones, Seth R Bordenstein, Miguel Pita
Wolbachia are endosymbiotic bacteria of arthropods and nematodes that can manipulate the reproduction of various host organisms to facilitate their own maternal transmission. Moreover, Wolbachia's presence in host germ cells may contribute to the many cases of lateral gene transfer from Wolbachia to host genomes that have been described. A previous study in Chorthippus parallelus, a well-known orthopteroid forming a hybrid zone in the Pyrenees, identified Wolbachia sequences from two major supergroups in the genomes of infected and uninfected Chorthippus parallelus parallelus (Cpp) and Chorthippus parallelus erythropus (Cpe) subspecies...
May 5, 2017: Chromosome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471518/bacterial-microbiota-in-small-brown-planthopper-populations-with-different-rice-viruses
#7
Shuo Li, Changwei Zhou, Guangyi Chen, Yijun Zhou
The small brown planthopper (SBPH) is an important virus vector, transmitting Rice stripe virus (RSV), and Rice black-streaked dwarf virus (RBSDV). Insect symbionts play an essential role in the insect fitness, however, it is still unclear about their contributions to viral transmission by SBPH. Here, we investigated endosymbiont communities in non-viruliferous, RSV-infected, and RBSDV-infected SBPH populations using Illumina 16S rRNA gene MiSeq sequencing. In total, 281,803 effective sequences of the 16S rRNA gene were generated from different samples...
May 4, 2017: Journal of Basic Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464440/symbiont-strain-is-the-main-determinant-of-variation-in-wolbachia-mediated-protection-against-viruses-across-drosophila-species
#8
Julien Martinez, Ignacio Tolosana, Suzan Ok, Sophie Smith, Kiana Snoeck, Jonathan P Day, Frank Jiggins
Wolbachia is a common heritable bacterial symbiont in insects. Its evolutionary success lies in the diverse phenotypic effects it has on its hosts coupled to its propensity to move between host species over evolutionary timescales. In a survey of natural host-symbiont associations in a range of Drosophila species, we found that 10 of 16 Wolbachia strains protected their hosts against viral infection. By moving Wolbachia strains between host species, we found that the symbiont genome had a much greater influence on the level of antiviral protection than the host genome...
May 2, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446677/variable-inhibition-of-zika-virus-replication-by-different-wolbachia-strains-in-mosquito-cell-cultures
#9
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
#10
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
#11
Gerald Baldridge, Lee Ann 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 2500 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 21, 2017: Research in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426794/impact-of-wolbachia-on-oxidative-stress-sensitivity-in-the-parasitic-wasp-asobara-japonica
#12
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
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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
#14
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
#15
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
#16
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 12, 2017: Theoretical Population Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405268/revisiting-the-phylogeny-of-wolbachia-in-collembola
#17
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
#18
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
#19
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
#20
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
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