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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906127/malaria-parasite-celtos-targets-the-inner-leaflet-of-cell-membranes-for-pore-dependent-disruption
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John R Jimah, Nichole D Salinas, Monica Sala-Rabanal, Nathaniel G Jones, L David Sibley, Colin G Nichols, Paul H Schlesinger, Niraj H Tolia
Apicomplexan parasites contain a conserved protein CelTOS that, in malaria parasites, is essential for traversal of cells within the mammalian host and arthropod vector. However, the molecular role of CelTOS is unknown because it lacks sequence similarity to proteins of known function. Here, we determined the crystal structure of CelTOS and discovered CelTOS resembles proteins that bind to and disrupt membranes. In contrast to known membrane disruptors, CelTOS has a distinct architecture, specifically binds phosphatidic acid commonly present within the inner leaflet of plasma membranes, and potently disrupts liposomes composed of phosphatidic acid by forming pores...
December 1, 2016: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905469/selection-for-predation-not-female-fecundity-explains-sexual-size-dimorphism-in-the-orchid-mantises
#2
Gavin J Svenson, Sydney K Brannoch, Henrique M Rodrigues, James C O'Hanlon, Frank Wieland
Here we reconstruct the evolutionary shift towards floral simulation in orchid mantises and suggest female predatory selection as the likely driving force behind the development of extreme sexual size dimorphism. Through analysis of body size data and phylogenetic modelling of trait evolution, we recovered an ancestral shift towards sexual dimorphisms in both size and appearance in a lineage of flower-associated praying mantises. Sedentary female flower mantises dramatically increased in size prior to a transition from camouflaged, ambush predation to a floral simulation strategy, gaining access to, and visually attracting, a novel resource: large pollinating insects...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902361/qualitative-proteomic-analysis-of-tipula-oleracea-nudivirus-tonv-occlusion-bodies
#3
Anne Bézier, Grégoire Harichaux, Karine Musset, Valérie Labas, Elisabeth A Herniou
Nudiviruses are arthropod-specific large double-stranded circular DNA viruses, related to baculoviruses, which replicate in the nucleus of the cells they infect. Up to date six fully sequenced nudiviral genomes are available in databases and protein profile from nudivirus particles were mainly characterized by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. However, only few direct matches were completed between genomic and proteomic data to the exception of the major occlusion body protein from Penaeus monodon nudivirus (PmNV) and four nucleocapsid proteins from Helicoverpa zea nudivirus 2 (HzNV-2)...
November 16, 2016: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902358/wolbachia-suppresses-cell-fusing-agent-virus-in-mosquito-cells
#4
Guagmei Zhang, Kayvan Etebari, Sassan Asgari
The genus Flavivirus contains a large number of positive sense single-stranded RNA viruses. While some are transmitted by mosquitoes or other arthropods and are pathogenic to humans and animals (e.g. dengue and Zika viruses), some are insect-specific and do not replicate in vertebrate cells. These are known as insect-specific flaviviruses (ISFs). Cell fusing agent virus (CFAV) was the first described ISF, which was detected in an Aedes aegypti cell line, Aag2. Here, we investigated the effect of Wolbachia, a widespread endosymbiont of many insect species, that is known to block replication of several pathogenic flaviviruses, on CFAV...
November 8, 2016: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900646/the-potential-of-omics-technologies-in-lyme-disease-biomarker-discovery-and-early-detection
#5
REVIEW
Alaa Badawi
Lyme borreliosis (LB) is the most prevalent arthropod-borne infectious disease in North America and many countries of the temperate Northern Hemisphere. It is associated with local and systemic manifestations and has persistent post-treatment health complications in some individuals. Innate and acquired immunity-related inflammation is likely to play a critical role in both host defense against Borrelia burgdorferi and disease severity. Large-scale analytical approaches to quantify gene expression (transcriptomics), proteins (proteomics) and metabolites (metabolomics) in LB have recently emerged with a potential to advance the development of disease biomarkers in early, disseminated and posttreatment disease stages...
November 29, 2016: Infectious Diseases and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894019/elucidating-a-chemical-defense-mechanism-of-antarctic-sponges-a-computational-study
#6
Sai Lakshmana Vankayala, Fiona L Kearns, Bill J Baker, Joseph D Larkin, H Lee Woodcock
In 2000, a novel secondary metabolite (erebusinone, Ereb) was isolated from the Antarctic sea sponge, Isodictya erinacea. The bioactivity of Ereb was investigated, and it was found to inhibit molting when fed to the arthropod species Orchomene plebs. Xanthurenic acid (XA) is a known endogenous molt regulator present in arthropods. Experimental studies have confirmed that XA inhibits molting by binding to either (or both) of two P450 enzymes (CYP315a1 or CYP314a1) that are responsible for the final two hydroxylations in the production of the molt-inducing hormone, 20-hydroxyecdysone (20E)...
November 10, 2016: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892855/application-of-ethnobotanical-repellents-and-acaricides-in-prevention-control-and-management-of-livestock-ticks-a-review
#7
REVIEW
Roman Pavela, Angelo Canale, Heinz Mehlhorn, Giovanni Benelli
Ticks transmit at least the same number or even more pathogens than any other group of blood-feeding arthropods worldwide affecting humans and animals. The eco-friendly control and management of tick vectors in a constantly changing environment is a crucial challenge. Besides the development of vaccines against ticks, IPM practices aimed at reducing tick interactions with livestock, emerging pheromone-based control tools, and few biological control agents, the extensive employment of acaricides and tick repellents still remain the most effective and ready-to-use strategies...
September 9, 2016: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890717/ecdysone-receptor-ecr-and-ultraspiracle-usp-genes-from-the-cyclopoid-copepod-paracyclopina-nana-identification-and-expression-in-response-to-water-accommodated-fractions-wafs
#8
Jayesh Puthumana, Min-Chul Lee, Jeonghoon Han, Hui-Su Kim, Dae-Sik Hwang, Jae-Seong Lee
Ecdysteroid hormones are pivotal in the development, growth, and molting of arthropods, and the hormone pathway is triggered by binding ecdysteroid to a heterodimer of the two nuclear receptors; ecdysone receptors (EcR) and ultraspiracle (USP). We have characterized EcR and USP genes, and their 5'-untranslated region (5'-UTR) from the copepod Paracyclopina nana, and studied mRNA transcription levels in post-embryonic stages and in response to water accommodated fractions (WAFs) of crude oil. The open reading frames (ORF) of EcR and USP were 1470 and 1287bp that encoded 490 and 429 amino acids with molecular weight of 121...
November 23, 2016: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Toxicology & Pharmacology: CBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888167/delta-notch-signalling-in-segmentation
#9
Bo-Kai Liao, Andrew C Oates
Modular body organization is found widely across multicellular organisms, and some of them form repetitive modular structures via the process of segmentation. It's vastly interesting to understand how these regularly repeated structures are robustly generated from the underlying noise in biomolecular interactions. Recent studies from arthropods reveal similarities in segmentation mechanisms with vertebrates, and raise the possibility that the three phylogenetic clades, annelids, arthropods and chordates, might share homology in this process from a bilaterian ancestor...
November 22, 2016: Arthropod Structure & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882277/effect-of-silver-nanoparticles-on-the-standard-soil-arthropod-folsomia-candida-collembola-and-the-eukaryote-model-organism-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
#10
Panwad Sillapawattana, Martin C H Gruhlke, Andreas Schäffer
BACKGROUND: Because of their antimicrobial properties, silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) have been widely used and have come into contact with the environment. In the present work, an effect of AgNPs on a standard soil organism, Folsomia candida, was studied (in comparison to silver nitrate) focusing on molecular and cellular alterations as ecotoxicological endpoints. RESULTS: At the molecular level, an up-regulation of metallothionein-containing protein (MTC) mRNA in AgNP-treated groups indicated toxic heavy metal stress effects caused by the release of silver ions from AgNPs, which is similar to animal groups treated with silver nitrate...
2016: Environmental Sciences Europe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881748/rates-of-change-in-climatic-niches-in-plant-and-animal-populations-are-much-slower-than-projected-climate-change
#11
Tereza Jezkova, John J Wiens
Climate change may soon threaten much of global biodiversity. A critical question is: can species undergo niche shifts of sufficient speed and magnitude to persist within their current geographic ranges? Here, we analyse niche shifts among populations within 56 plant and animal species using time-calibrated trees from phylogeographic studies. Across 266 phylogeographic groups analysed, rates of niche change were much slower than rates of projected climate change (mean difference > 200 000-fold for temperature variables)...
November 30, 2016: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881649/the-many-faces-of-the-flavivirus-ns5-protein-in-antagonism-of-type-i-interferon-signaling
#12
Sonja M Best
The vector-borne flaviviruses cause severe disease in humans on every inhabited continent on earth. Their transmission by arthropods, particularly mosquitoes, facilitates large emergence events such as witnessed with Zika virus (ZIKV) or West Nile virus in the Americas. Every vector-borne flavivirus examined thus far that causes disease in humans, from dengue virus to ZIKV, antagonizes the host type I interferon (IFN-I) response by preventing JAK-STAT signaling, suggesting that suppression of this pathway is an important determinant of infection...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880775/how-many-kinds-of-birds-are-there-and-why-does-it-matter
#13
George F Barrowclough, Joel Cracraft, John Klicka, Robert M Zink
Estimates of global species diversity have varied widely, primarily based on variation in the numbers derived from different inventory methods of arthropods and other small invertebrates. Within vertebrates, current diversity metrics for fishes, amphibians, and reptiles are known to be poor estimators, whereas those for birds and mammals are often assumed to be relatively well established. We show that avian evolutionary diversity is significantly underestimated due to a taxonomic tradition not found in most other taxonomic groups...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876980/prevalence-of-external-parasites-of-pigeon-in-zabol-southeast-of-iran
#14
M Jahantigh, R Esmailzade Dizaji, Y Teymoori
External parasites or ectoparasites, are arthropods that live on or in the skin or feathers, using the host as both shelter and food source. Ectoparasites can have significant impacts on animal health and productivity. The aim of this research was to estimate the prevalence and ectoparasites diversity in pigeons of Zabol, southeast of Iran. A total of 264 pigeons were selected randomly (175 males and 89 females) to evaluate the presence of different ectoparasites. Ectoparasites were collected from different parts of the body and from walls and seams of cubbyholes, using hand lens, forceps, and flashlights to increasing the see sight...
December 2016: Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876643/the-emergence-of-arthropod-borne-viral-diseases-a-global-prospective-on-dengue-chikungunya-and-zika-fevers
#15
REVIEW
Sandra V Mayer, Robert B Tesh, Nikos Vasilakis
Arthropod-borne viruses (arboviruses) present a substantial threat to human and animal health worldwide. Arboviruses can cause a variety of clinical presentations that range from mild to life threatening symptoms. Many arboviruses are present in nature through two distinct cycles, the urban and sylvatic cycle that are maintained in complex biological cycles. In this review we briefly discuss the factors driving the emergence of arboviruses, such as the anthropogenic aspects of unrestrained human population growth, economic expansion and globalization...
November 19, 2016: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876081/in-vitro-activity-of-ten-essential-oils-against-sarcoptes-scabiei
#16
Fang Fang, Kerdalidec Candy, Elise Melloul, Charlotte Bernigaud, Ling Chai, Céline Darmon, Rémy Durand, Françoise Botterel, Olivier Chosidow, Arezki Izri, Weiyi Huang, Jacques Guillot
BACKGROUND: The development of alternative approaches in ectoparasite management is currently required. Essential oils have been demonstrated to exhibit fumigant and topical toxicity to a number of arthropods. The aim of the present study was to assess the potential efficacy of ten essential oils against Sarcoptes scabiei. METHODS: The major chemical components of the oils were identified by GC-MS analysis. Contact and fumigation bioassays were performed on Sarcoptes mites collected from experimentally infected pigs...
November 22, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873138/photo-enzymatic-repair-of-uvb-induced-dna-damage-in-the-two-spotted-spider-mite-tetranychus-urticae
#17
Yasumasa Murata, Masahiro Osakabe
Ambient ultraviolet-B (UVB) radiation induces lethal effects in the two-spotted spider mite Tetranychus urticae, whereas photoreactivation by irradiation with ultraviolet-A and visible light (VIS) plays an important role to increase survival of mites irradiated by UVB. The physiological mechanisms and ecological significance of photoreactivation in terrestrial arthropods have not been shown clearly. We verified the biological impact and accumulation of DNA lesions by UVB irradiation and the repair of them by photoreactivation in T...
November 21, 2016: Experimental & Applied Acarology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870914/transgenic-bt-cotton-does-not-disrupt-the-top-down-forces-regulating-the-cotton-aphid-in-central-china
#18
Yong-Sheng Yao, Peng Han, Chang-Ying Niu, Yong-Cheng Dong, Xi-Wu Gao, Jin-Jie Cui, Nicolas Desneux
Top-down force is referred to arthropod pest management delivered by the organisms from higher trophic levels. In the context of prevalent adoption of transgenic Bt crops that produce insecticidal Cry proteins derived from Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), it still remains elusive whether the top-down forces are affected by the insect-resistant traits that introduced into the Bt crops. We explored how Bt cotton affect the strength of top-down forces via arthropod natural enemies in regulating a non-target pest species, the cotton aphid Aphis gossypii Glover, using a comparative approach (i...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870024/macroinvertebrate-community-assembly-on-deep-sea-wood-falls-in-monterey-bay-is-strongly-influenced-by-wood-type
#19
Jenna Judge, James P Barry
Environmental filtering, including the influence of environmental constraints and biological interactions on species' survival, is known to significantly affect patterns of community assembly in terrestrial ecosystems. However, its role in regulating patterns and processes of community assembly in deep-sea environments is poorly studied. Here we investigated the role of wood characteristics in the assembly of deep-sea wood fall communities. Ten different wood species (substrata) that varied in structural complexity were sunk to a depth of 3,100 m near Monterey Bay, CA...
November 2016: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869592/assessing-the-epidemic-potential-of-rna-and-dna-viruses
#20
Mark E J Woolhouse, Liam Brierley, Chris McCaffery, Sam Lycett
Many new and emerging RNA and DNA viruses are zoonotic or have zoonotic origins in an animal reservoir that is usually mammalian and sometimes avian. Not all zoonotic viruses are transmissible (directly or by an arthropod vector) between human hosts. Virus genome sequence data provide the best evidence of transmission. Of human transmissible virus, 37 species have so far been restricted to self-limiting outbreaks. These viruses are priorities for surveillance because relatively minor changes in their epidemiologies can potentially lead to major changes in the threat they pose to public health...
December 2016: Emerging Infectious Diseases
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