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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903629/bristles-reduce-the-force-required-to-fling-wings-apart-in-the-smallest-insects
#1
Shannon K Jones, Young J J Yun, Tyson L Hedrick, Boyce E Griffith, Laura A Miller
The smallest flying insects commonly possess wings with long bristles. Little quantitative information is available on the morphology of these bristles, and their functional importance remains a mystery. In this study, we (1) collected morphological data on the bristles of 23 species of Mymaridae by analyzing high-resolution photographs and (2) used the immersed boundary method to determine via numerical simulation whether bristled wings reduced the force required to fling the wings apart while still maintaining lift...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894418/discovery-of-methylfarnesoate-as-the-annelid-brain-hormone-reveals-an-ancient-role-of-sesquiterpenoids-in-reproduction
#2
Sven Schenk, Christian Krauditsch, Peter Frühauf, Christopher Gerner, Florian Raible
Animals require molecular signals to determine when to divert resources from somatic functions to reproduction. This decision is vital in animals that reproduce in an all-or-nothing mode, such as bristle worms: females committed to reproduction spend roughly half their body mass for yolk and egg production; following mass spawning, the parents die. An enigmatic brain hormone activity suppresses reproduction. We now identify this hormone as the sesquiterpenoid methylfarnesoate. Methylfarnesoate suppresses transcript levels of the yolk precursor Vitellogenin both in cell culture and in vivo, directly inhibiting a central energy-costly step of reproductive maturation...
November 29, 2016: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872578/morphology-and-morphogenesis-of-a-new-oxytrichid-ciliate-notohymena-limus-n-sp-ciliophora-oxytrichidae-from-delhi-india
#3
Ilams Naqvi, Renu Gupta, Seema Makhija, Ravi Toteja, Jeeva S Abraham, S Sripoorna, Hamed A El-Serehy, Fahad A Al-Misned
The morphology and morphogenesis of a new oxytrichid ciliate, Notohymena limus n. sp. were studied in vivo and after protargol impregnation. The new ciliate was isolated from the sewage sludge at Delhi Jal Board Sewage Treatment Plant located at Rithala, Delhi, India, using the non-flooded Petri dish method. N. limus n. sp. is characterized as follows: flexible dorsoventrally flattened ellipsoidal body; Notohymena-pattern undulating membranes; adoral zone of membranelles (AZM) occupied about 39% of the body length, and consists of around 26 membranelles; large and deep buccal cavity; colorless subpellicular granules present in groups and arranged around the bases of dorsal bristles; 4 macronuclear nodules; 2 micronuclei; 18 fronto-ventral-transverse (FVT) cirri in typical Oxytricha-pattern; 6 dorsal rows of bristles; 3 caudal cirri; about 16 right and 15 left marginal cirri; N...
November 2016: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849214/efficacy-of-two-soft-bristle-toothbrushes-in-plaque-removal-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#4
Cassiano Kuchenbecker Rosing, Juliano Cavagni, Eduardo José Gaio, Francisco Wilker Mustafa Gomes Muniz, Harry Juan Rivera Oballe, Nicolle Ranzan, Stephanie Anagnostopoulos Friedrich, Raísa Maldonado Severo, Elizabeth Gittins, Bernal Stewart, Yun Po Zhang
The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy in supragingival plaque removal of two soft-bristle toothbrushes. Seventy volunteers were allocated randomly to the Colgate Slim Soft or Curaprox CS5460 toothbrush grourps. At baseline appointment, volunteers underwent plaque examination using the Rustogi Modification of the Navy Plaque Index. Under supervision, they then brushed their teeth for 1minute with their assigned toothbrushes and the plaque examination was repeated. Volunteers performed daily oral hygiene with their assigned toothbrush and a regular dentifrice provided by the researchers for 7 days...
November 10, 2016: Brazilian Oral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27820687/influence-of-finishing-and-polishing-techniques-and-abrasion-on-transmittance-and-roughness-of-composite-resins
#5
Pma Carneiro, T M Ramos, C S de Azevedo, E de Lima, Shj de Souza, M L Turbino, P F Cesar, A B Matos
The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of finishing and polishing systems and toothbrush abrasion on transmittance (T) and surface roughness (Ra) of three composite resins (Filtek Z350 XT, Tetric N-Ceram, and IPS Empress Direct). Eighteen resin disks (10 mm diameter × 2 mm thick) finished by polyester strips had initial surface smoothness recorded, representing phase 1 (P1). Specimens were divided into three groups (n=6) according to the finishing/polishing instrument used (OneGloss, TopGloss, and Sof-Lex) to compose phase 2 samples (P2)...
November 2016: Operative Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27819207/autecology-feeding-preferences-and-reproductive-biology-of-chorthippus-glyptobothrus-vagans-eversmann-1848-orthoptera-gomphocerinae-in-mediterranean-ecosystems
#6
A M Cárdenas, P Gallardo, L Moyano, J J Presa
Chorthippus vagans is a common species of Gomphocerinae (Orthoptera) on the Iberian Peninsula. It is endangered in Central Europe where information about its ecological requirements is available; however, aspects of its biology are almost unknown in Mediterranean ecosystems, where it is widespread and common. The focus of this study was to determine how C. vagans adjusts its biology to environmental features of this ecosystem and to interpret how it may be affected by the ecological changes related to the re-vegetation programme linked to the construction of the Breña dam (SW Spain)...
November 7, 2016: Bulletin of Entomological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816487/arylalkylamine-n-acetyltransferase-1-gene-tcaanat1-is-required-for-cuticle-morphology-and-pigmentation-of-the-adult-red-flour-beetle-tribolium-castaneum
#7
Mi Young Noh, Bonwoo Koo, Karl J Kramer, Subbaratnam Muthukrishnan, Yasuyuki Arakane
In the insect cuticle tanning pathway (sclerotization and pigmentation), the enzyme arylalkylamine N-acetyltransferase (AANAT) catalyzes the acetylation of dopamine to form N-acetyldopamine (NADA), which is one of the major precursors for quinone-mediated tanning. In this study we characterized and investigated the function of TcAANAT1 in cuticle pigmentation of the red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum. We isolated a full length TcAANAT1 cDNA that encodes a protein of 256 amino acid residues with a predicted GCN5-related acetyltransferase domain containing an acetyl-CoA binding motif...
November 2, 2016: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27807168/a-defensive-kicking-behavior-in-response-to-mechanical-stimuli-mediated-by-drosophila-wing-margin-bristles
#8
Jiefu Li, Wei Zhang, Zhenhao Guo, Sophia Wu, Lily Yeh Jan, Yuh-Nung Jan
: Mechanosensation, one of the fastest sensory modalities, mediates diverse behaviors including those pertinent for survival. It is important to understand how mechanical stimuli trigger defensive behaviors. Here, we report that Drosophila melanogaster adult flies exhibit a kicking response against invading parasitic mites over their wing margin with ultrafast speed and high spatial precision. Mechanical stimuli that mimic the mites' movement evoke a similar kicking behavior. Further, we identified a TRPV channel, Nanchung, and a specific Nanchung-expressing neuron under each recurved bristle that forms an array along the wing margin as being essential sensory components for this behavior...
November 2, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27796575/bristle-splaying-and-its-effect-on-pre-existing-gingival-recession-a-12-month-randomized-controlled-trial
#9
C Graetz, A Plaumann, N Heinevetter, S Sälzer, J Bielfeldt, C E Dörfer
OBJECTIVE: The link between bristle splaying and gingival recession is unclear. METHODS: In a 12-month, parallel group, randomized, controlled clinical trial, 110 systemically healthy participants with pre-existing gingival recessions (pre-GR) were assigned to brush their teeth with either a manual (MT) or a powered toothbrush (PT). Every 3 months, toothbrushes and brush heads were replaced. Wear was measured using the Bristle-Splaying-Index (BSI), matched between groups and correlated to the change of pre-GR...
October 31, 2016: Clinical Oral Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27783364/scanning-electron-microscopy-study-of-the-antennal-sensilla-of-monema-flavescens-walker-lepidoptera-limacodidae
#10
S Yang, H Liu, J T Zhang, J Liu, H Zheng, Y Ren
Monema flavescens Walker (Lepidoptera: Limacodidae) is a serious polyphagous defoliator. Using scanning electron microscopy, the external morphology of the antennal sensilla of this pest was examined for a better understanding of the mechanisms of insect-insect and insect-plant chemical communications. The antennae of M. flavescens were filiform in shape, and 11 morphological types of sensilla were found in both sexes. Six types of likely chemosensory sensilla were identified: uniporous sensilla chaetica, multiporous sensilla trichodea, and four types of multiporous sensilla basiconica...
October 25, 2016: Neotropical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27766412/reflectance-based-determination-of-age-and-species-of-blowfly-puparia
#11
Sasha C Voss, Paola Magni, Ian Dadour, Christian Nansen
Forensic entomology is primarily concerned with the estimation of time since death and involves determination of the age of immature insects colonising decomposing remains. Accurate age determination of puparia is usually accomplished by dissection, which means destructive sampling of evidence. As part of improving abilities to correctly identify species and developmental age, it is highly desirable to have available non-destructive methods. In this study, we acquired external hyperspectral imaging (HSI) data (77 spectral bands, 389-892 nm) from the dorsal and ventral sides of individual puparia of two species of blowfly (Diptera: Calliphoridae), Calliphora dubia Macquart 1855 and Chrysomya rufifacies Macquart 1842...
October 21, 2016: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27757550/efficacy-of-various-side-to-side-toothbrushes-and-impact-of-brushing-parameters-on-noncontact-biofilm-removal-in-an-interdental-space-model
#12
Julia C Schmidt, Monika Astasov-Frauenhoffer, Tuomas Waltimo, Roland Weiger, Clemens Walter
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of four different side-to-side toothbrushes and the impact of various brushing parameters on noncontact biofilm removal in an adjustable interdental space model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A three-species biofilm, consisting of Porphyromonas gingivalis, Fusobacterium nucleatum, and Streptococcus sanguinis, was formed in vitro on protein-coated titanium disks using a flow chamber combined with a static biofilm growth model...
October 19, 2016: Clinical Oral Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27713501/in-vivo-analysis-of-internal-ribosome-entry-at-the-hairless-locus-by-genome-engineering-in-drosophila
#13
Thomas K Smylla, Anette Preiss, Dieter Maier
Cell communication in metazoans requires the highly conserved Notch signaling pathway, which is subjected to strict regulation of both activation and silencing. In Drosophila melanogaster, silencing involves the assembly of a repressor complex by Hairless (H) on Notch target gene promoters. We previously found an in-frame internal ribosome entry site in the full length H transcript resulting in two H protein isoforms (H(p120) and H(p150)). Hence, H may repress Notch signalling activity in situations where cap-dependent translation is inhibited...
October 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27707795/a-new-mode-of-mitochondrial-transport-and-polarized-sorting-regulated-by-dynein-milton-and-miro
#14
Anna Melkov, Raju Baskar, Yehonatan Alcalay, Uri Abdu
Intrinsic cell microtubule (MT) polarity, together with molecular motors and adaptor proteins, determines mitochondrial polarized targeting and MT-dependent transport. In polarized cells, such as neurons, mitochondrial mobility and transport require the regulation of kinesin and dynein by two adaptor proteins, Milton and Miro. Recently, we found that dynein heavy chain 64C (Dhc64C) is the primary motor protein for both anterograde and retrograde transport of mitochondria in the Drosophila bristle. In this study, we show that a molecular lesion in the Dhc64C allele that reduced bristle mitochondrial velocity generated a variant that acts as a 'slow' dynein in an MT-gliding assay, indicating that dynein directly regulates mitochondrial transport...
November 15, 2016: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27701503/toothbrushing-procedure-in-schoolchildren-with-no-previous-formal-instruction-variables-associated-to-dental-biofilm-removal
#15
Glenda N Rossi, Ana L Sorazabal, Pablo A Salgado, Aldo F Squassi, Graciela L Klemonskis
The aim of this study was to establish the association between features regarding brushing procedure performed by schoolchildren without previous formal training and the effectiveness of biofilm removal. Out of a population of 8900 6- and 7-year-old schoolchildren in Buenos Aires City, 600 children were selected from schools located in homogeneous risk areas. Informed consent was requested from parents or guardians and formal assent was obtained from children themselves. The final sample consisted of 316 subjects...
April 2016: Acta Odontológica Latinoamericana: AOL
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27696563/antennal-and-mouthpart-sensilla-of-acanthoscelides-obtectus-say-coleoptera-bruchidae
#16
Aleksandra Urbanek, Dorota Łuszczek, Małgorzata Kapusta
Acanthoscelides obtectus, a serious pest with a worldwide distribution, damages stored seeds of Phaseolus sp. To acquire a better understanding of the sensory orientation of bean weevils, their antennal and palpal sensilla were investigated. The antennae and palps possess several types of sensory hairs: blunt-tipped sensilla chaetica and trichoidea and also sharp-tipped sensilla trichoidea, these last being the most numerous. Sensilla basiconica are present only on the flagellomeres, but Böhm bristles occur on the basal sclerite and scape of the antennae...
December 2016: Microscopy Research and Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27678164/catching-prey-with-the-antennae-the-larval-head-of-corethrella-appendiculata-diptera-corethrellidae
#17
Maria Förster, Rolf G Beutel, Katharina Schneeberg
The larval cephalic morphology of Corethrella appendiculata Grabham, 1906 is described and documented in detail. The observed features are compared to conditions found in Chaoboridae, Culicidae, and other culicomorph families. The function of antennae, mouthparts and associated muscles is interpreted based on the morphological results. The prey catching mechanism is compared to what occurs in other predaceous larvae of Culicomorpha. The cephalic larval morphology is discussed with respect to homology and possible phylogenetic implications...
November 2016: Arthropod Structure & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27677810/gingival-margin-stability-after-mucogingival-plastic-surgery-the-effect-of-manual-versus-powered-toothbrushing-a-randomized-clinical-trial
#18
Raffaele Acunzo, Enrico Limiroli, Giorgio Pagni, Adele Dudaite, Dario Consonni, Giulio Rasperini
BACKGROUND: Oscillating-rotating power toothbrushes have been proven to be clinically efficacious. To the best of the authors' knowledge, a clinical evaluation of the safety of these toothbrushes after surgical root coverage procedures has not been published. The aim of this study is to evaluate the gingival margin (GM) stability with the use of an oscillating-rotating toothbrush compared with a manual toothbrush. METHODS: Sixty healthy individuals with at least one Miller Class I or II gingival recession underwent a surgical root coverage procedure...
October 2016: Journal of Periodontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27645294/antennal-sensilla-and-their-nerve-innervation-in-first-instar-nymphs-of-porphyrophora-sophorae-arch-hemiptera-coccomorpha-margarodidae
#19
Xu Wang, Yingping Xie, Yanfeng Zhang, Weimin Liu
Porphyrophora (Hemiptera: Coccomorpha: Margarodidae) is a genus of soil-inhabiting scale insects. The antennal sensilla and their innervation in the first-instar nymphs of Porphyrophora sophorae were studied using light microscopy and scanning and transmission electron microscopy to understand the function of these sensilla and determine the sensillar innervation feature on these small antennae. The results show that the six-segmented antennae of these nymphs have 20-23 sensilla which can be morphologically classified into seven types, for example, one Böhm's bristle (Bb), one campaniform sensillum (Ca), one Johnston's organ (Jo), 13-16 aporous sensilla trichodea (St), two coeloconic sensilla (Co), one straight multiporous peg (Mp1), and one curvy multiporous peg (Mp2)...
December 2016: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27629391/a-sem-study-of-the-antenna-and-mouthparts-of-omosita-colon-linnaeus-coleoptera-nitidulidae
#20
Yan-Kun Cao, Min Huang
There are direct relationships between the behavioral mechanisms and sensilla. To obtain a better understanding of the behavioral mechanisms in Omosita colon (Linnaeus) (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae), we investigated the types, quantities, and distribution of sensilla on the antenna and mouthparts of O. colon by scanning electron microscopy. The clavate antenna comprised the scape, pedicel, and nine segment flagellomeres and had six types of sensilla, including two subtypes of sensilla chaetica (SC), three subtypes of sensilla basiconica (SB) and sensilla trichodea (ST), and one type of sensilla cavity, sensilla styloconica, and Böhm bristles (BB)...
December 2016: Microscopy Research and Technique
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