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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823016/de-novo-synthesis-of-linoleic-acid-in-multiple-collembola-species
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Miriama Malcicka, Joachim Ruther, Jacintha Ellers
Many ecological interactions in communities take place between consumers and the organisms they feed on. Continuous surplus of specific nutritional compounds in the diet may lead to evolutionary changes in the metabolic capacity of the consumer, leaving the biosynthesis of such compounds prone to genetic decay and render organisms auxotrophic. A nutrient that is essential to many organisms is the unsaturated fatty acid, linoleic acid (LA; 18:2n-6), which is important in the maintenance of cell membrane fluidity and as a precursor for signaling molecules...
August 19, 2017: Journal of Chemical Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822486/adaptation-to-toxic-hosts-as-a-factor-in-the-evolution-of-insecticide-resistance
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REVIEW
Andrei Alyokhin, Yolanda H Chen
Insecticide resistance is a serious economic problem that jeopardizes sustainability of chemical control of herbivorous insects and related arthropods. It can be viewed as a specific case of adaptation to toxic chemicals, which has been driven in large part, but not exclusively, by the necessity for insect pests to tolerate defensive compounds produced by their host plants. Synthetic insecticides may simply change expression of specific sets of detoxification genes that have evolved due to ancestral associations with host plants...
June 2017: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811889/genome-size-in-arthropods-different-roles-of-phylogeny-habitat-and-life-history-in-insects-and-crustaceans
#3
Kristian Alfsnes, Hans Petter Leinaas, Dag Olav Hessen
Despite the major role of genome size for physiology, ecology, and evolution, there is still mixed evidence with regard to proximate and ultimate drivers. The main causes of large genome size are proliferation of noncoding elements and/or duplication events. The relative role and interplay between these proximate causes and the evolutionary patterns shaped by phylogeny, life history traits or environment are largely unknown for the arthropods. Genome size shows a tremendous variability in this group, and it has a major impact on a range of fitness-related parameters such as growth, metabolism, life history traits, and for many species also body size...
August 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808554/arthropod-communities-on-hybrid-and-parental-cottonwoods-are-phylogenetically-structured-by-tree-type-implications-for-conservation-of-biodiversity-in-plant-hybrid-zones
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Karl J Jarvis, Gerard J Allan, Ashley J Craig, Rebecca K Beresic-Perrins, Gina Wimp, Catherine A Gehring, Thomas G Whitham
Although hybridization in plants has been recognized as an important pathway in plant speciation, it may also affect the ecology and evolution of associated communities. Cottonwood species (Populus angustifolia and P. fremontii) and their naturally occurring hybrids are known to support different plant, animal, and microbial communities, but no studies have examined community structure within the context of phylogenetic history. Using a community composed of 199 arthropod species, we tested for differences in arthropod phylogenetic patterns within and among hybrid and parental tree types in a common garden...
August 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805638/nonretroviral-integrated-rna-viruses-in-arthropod-vectors-an-occasional-event-or-something-more
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REVIEW
Ken E Olson, Mariangela Bonizzoni
With few exceptions, all arthropod-borne viruses (arboviruses) are nonretroviral RNA viruses (NRVs). Despite NRVs do not encode reverse transcriptases and integrases, NRVs-DNA fragments are detected in mosquito cells and mosquitoes at early stages of infection as episomal DNA forms. Additionally, next generation sequencing and bioinformatics analyses have convincingly shown NRVs-vDNA integrated in vector genomes. We hypothesize vDNA role may be linked to host immunity and viral persistence. Key questions remain about nonretroviral integrated RNA virus sequences (NIRVS) in mosquitoes such as what is driving vDNA synthesis from NRVs, how does integration occur and what is their biological function...
August 2017: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805635/mosquito-specific-and-mosquito-borne-viruses-evolution-infection-and-host-defense
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REVIEW
Rebecca Halbach, Sandra Junglen, Ronald P van Rij
Recent virus discovery programs have identified an extensive reservoir of viruses in arthropods. It is thought that arthropod viruses, including mosquito-specific viruses, are ancestral to vertebrate-pathogenic arboviruses. Mosquito-specific viruses are restricted in vertebrate cells at multiple levels, including entry, RNA replication, assembly, and by the inability to replicate at high temperatures. Moreover, it is likely that the vertebrate immune system suppresses replication of these viruses. The evolution from single to dual-host tropism may also require changes in the course of infection in the mosquito host...
August 2017: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772262/evolution-and-emergence-of-pathogenic-viruses-past-present-and-future
#7
Mohammad K Parvez, Shama Parveen
Incidences of emerging/re-emerging deadly viral infections have significantly affected human health despite extraordinary progress in the area of biomedical knowledge. The best examples are the recurring outbreaks of dengue and chikungunya fever in tropical and sub-tropical regions, the recent epidemic of Zika in the Americas and the Caribbean, and the SARS, MERS, and influenza A outbreaks across the globe. The established natural reservoirs of human viruses are mainly farm animals, and, to a lesser extent, wild animals and arthropods...
August 4, 2017: Intervirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770061/chromosomal-distribution-of-interstitial-telomeric-sequences-as-signs-of-evolution-through-chromosome-fusion-in-six-species-of-the-giant-water-bugs-hemiptera-belostoma
#8
Mónica G Chirino, Martina Dalíková, František R Marec, María J Bressa
Tandem arrays of TTAGG repeats show a highly conserved location at the telomeres across the phylogenetic tree of arthropods. In giant water bugs Belostoma, the chromosome number changed during speciation by fragmentation of the single ancestral X chromosome, resulting in a multiple sex chromosome system. Several autosome-autosome fusions and a fusion between the sex chromosome pair and an autosome pair resulted in the reduced number in several species. We mapped the distribution of telomeric sequences and interstitial telomeric sequences (ITSs) in Belostoma candidulum (2n = 12 + XY/XX; male/female), B...
July 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752569/the-first-phlebo-like-virus-infecting-plants-a-case-study-on-the-adaptation-of-negative-stranded-rna-viruses-to-new-hosts
#9
Beatriz Navarro, Maria Minutolo, Angelo De Stradis, Francesco Palmisano, Daniela Alioto, Francesco Di Serio
A novel negative-stranded (ns) RNA virus associated with a severe citrus disease reported more than eighty years ago has been identified. Transmission electron microscopy showed that this novel virus, tentatively named citrus concave gum-associated virus (CCGaV), is flexuous and non-enveloped. Notwithstanding, its two genomic RNAs share structural features with members of the genus Phlebovirus, which are enveloped arthropod-transmitted viruses infecting mammals, and with a group of still unclassified phlebo-like viruses infecting prevalently arthropods...
July 28, 2017: Molecular Plant Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751682/evolution-expression-and-association-of-the-chemosensory-protein-genes-with-the-outbreak-phase-of-the-two-main-pest-locusts
#10
R Martín-Blázquez, B Chen, L Kang, M Bakkali
We analyze the evolutionary relationships and expression patterns of the large set of genes for chemosensory proteins (CSPs) in the two main pest locusts. We used the available transcriptome and genome data to infer the number of genes using BLAST searches and sequence similarity matrices. Maximum likelihood phylogenies revealed the relationships between these CSPs and CSPs from several arthropods. RNAseq and qPCR allowed associating CSPs to locust phases. Crossing the phylogenetic and expression data allowed us to deduce homologies and conservation of the involvement in the phase change...
July 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747471/co-option-of-a-motor-to-sensory-histaminergic-circuit-correlates-with-insect-flight-biomechanics
#11
Phillip D Chapman, Samual P Bradley, Erica J Haught, Kassandra E Riggs, Mouaz M Haffar, Kevin C Daly, Andrew M Dacks
Nervous systems must adapt to shifts in behavioural ecology. One form of adaptation is neural exaptation, in which neural circuits are co-opted to perform additional novel functions. Here, we describe the co-option of a motor-to-somatosensory circuit into an olfactory network. Many moths beat their wings during odour-tracking, whether walking or flying, causing strong oscillations of airflow around the antennae, altering odour plume structure. This self-induced sensory stimulation could impose selective pressures that influence neural circuit evolution, specifically fostering the emergence of corollary discharge circuits...
July 26, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746449/gut-transcriptome-analysis-on-females-of-ornithodoros-mimon-acari-argasidae-and-phylogenetic-inference-of-ticks
#12
Gabriel Alves Landulfo, José Salvatore Leister Patané, Dalton Giovanni Nogueira da Silva, Inácio Loiola Meirelles Junqueira-de-Azevedo, Ronaldo Zucatelli Mendonca, Simone Michaela Simons, Eneas de Carvalho, Darci Moraes Barros-Battesti
Ornithodoros mimon is an argasid tick that parasitizes bats, birds and opossums and is also harmful to humans. Knowledge of the transcripts present in the tick gut helps in understanding the role of vital molecules in the digestion process and parasite-host relationship, while also providing information about the evolution of arthropod hematophagy. Thus, the present study aimed to know and ascertain the main molecules expressed in the gut of argasid after their blood meal, through analysis on the gut transcriptome of engorged females of O...
April 2017: Revista Brasileira de Parasitologia Veterinária, Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746045/applicability-of-biotechnologically-produced-insect-silks
#13
Heike M Herold, Thomas Scheibel
Silks are structural proteins produced by arthropods. Besides the well-known cocoon silk, which is produced by larvae of the silk moth Bombyx mori to undergo metamorphosis inside their silken shelter (and which is also used for textile production by men since millennia), numerous further less known silk-producing animals exist. The ability to produce silk evolved multiple independent times during evolution, and the fact that silk was subject to convergent evolution gave rise to an abundant natural diversity of silk proteins...
July 26, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Naturforschung. C, A Journal of Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731825/convergent-phenotypic-evolution-despite-contrasting-demographic-histories-in-the-fauna-of-white-sands
#14
Erica Bree Rosenblum, Christine E Parent, Eveline T Diepeveen, Clay Noss, Ke Bi
When are evolutionary outcomes predictable? Cases of convergent evolution can shed light on when, why, and how different species exhibit shared evolutionary trajectories. In particular, studying diverse species in a common environment can illuminate how different factors facilitate or constrain adaptive evolution. Here we integrate studies of pattern and process in the fauna at White Sands (New Mexico) to understand the determinants of convergent evolution. Numerous animal species at White Sands exhibit phenotypic convergence in response to a novel-and shared-selective environment: geologically young gypsum dunes...
August 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721523/from-endosymbionts-to-host-communities-factors-determining-the-reproductive-success-of-arthropod-vectors
#15
Irit Messika, Mario Garrido, Hadar Kedem, Victor China, Yoni Gavish, Qunfeng Dong, Clay Fuqua, Keith Clay, Hadas Hawlena
Elucidating the factors determining reproductive success has challenged scientists since Darwin, but the exact pathways that shape the evolution of life history traits by connecting extrinsic (e.g., landscape structure) and intrinsic (e.g., female's age and endosymbionts) factors and reproductive success have rarely been studied. Here we collected female fleas from wild rodents in plots differing in their densities and proportions of the most dominant rodent species. We then combined path analysis and model selection approaches to explore the network of effects, ranging from micro to macroscales, determining the reproductive success of these fleas...
July 18, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713857/a-new-clade-of-insect-specific-flaviviruses-from-australian-anopheles-mosquitoes-displays-species-specific-host-restriction
#16
Agathe M G Colmant, Jody Hobson-Peters, Helle Bielefeldt-Ohmann, Andrew F van den Hurk, Sonja Hall-Mendelin, Weng Kong Chow, Cheryl A Johansen, Jelke Fros, Peter Simmonds, Daniel Watterson, Chris Cazier, Kayvan Etebari, Sassan Asgari, Benjamin L Schulz, Nigel Beebe, Laura J Vet, Thisun B H Piyasena, Hong-Duyen Nguyen, Ross T Barnard, Roy A Hall
Flaviviruses are arthropod-borne viruses found worldwide and are responsible for significant human and veterinary diseases, including dengue, Zika, and West Nile fever. Some flaviviruses are insect specific and replicate only in mosquitoes. We report a genetically divergent group of insect-specific flaviviruses from Anopheles mosquitoes that do not replicate in arthropod cell lines or heterologous Anopheles species, exhibiting unprecedented specialization for their host species. Determination of the complete sequences of the RNA genomes of three of these viruses, Karumba virus (KRBV), Haslams Creek virus, and Mac Peak virus (McPV), that are found in high prevalence in some Anopheles mosquito populations and detection of virus-specific proteins, replicative double-stranded RNA, and small interfering RNA responses in the host mosquito species provided strong evidence of a functional replicating virus in the mosquito midgut...
July 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687596/expression-and-light-dependent-translocation-of-%C3%AE-arrestin-in-the-visual-system-of-the-terrestrial-slug-limax-valentianus
#17
Ryota Matsuo, Yuka Takatori, Shun Hamada, Mitsumasa Koyanagi, Yuko Matsuo
Vertebrates, cephalopods, and arthropods are equipped with eyes having the highest spatiotemporal resolution among the animal phyla. In parallel, it is only the animals in these three phyla that have visual arrestin specialized for the termination of visual signaling triggered by opsin, in addition to ubiquitously expressed β-arrestin that serves in terminating general G protein-coupled receptor signaling. Indeed, visual arrestin in Drosophila and rodents translocates to the opsin-rich subcellular region in response to light to reduce the overall sensitivity of photoreceptors in an illuminated environment (i...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683136/generality-of-toxins-in-defensive-symbiosis-ribosome-inactivating-proteins-and-defense-against-parasitic-wasps-in-drosophila
#18
Matthew J Ballinger, Steve J Perlman
While it has become increasingly clear that multicellular organisms often harbor microbial symbionts that protect their hosts against natural enemies, the mechanistic underpinnings underlying most defensive symbioses are largely unknown. Spiroplasma bacteria are widespread associates of terrestrial arthropods, and include strains that protect diverse Drosophila flies against parasitic wasps and nematodes. Recent work implicated a ribosome-inactivating protein (RIP) encoded by Spiroplasma, and related to Shiga-like toxins in enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli, in defense against a virulent parasitic nematode in the woodland fly, Drosophila neotestacea...
July 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671979/evolution-and-multiple-roles-of-the-pancrustacea-specific-transcription-factor-zelda-in-insects
#19
Lupis Ribeiro, Vitória Tobias-Santos, Daniele Santos, Felipe Antunes, Geórgia Feltran, Jackson de Souza Menezes, L Aravind, Thiago M Venancio, Rodrigo Nunes da Fonseca
Gene regulatory networks (GRNs) evolve as a result of the coevolutionary processes acting on transcription factors (TFs) and the cis-regulatory modules they bind. The zinc-finger TF zelda (zld) is essential for the maternal-to-zygotic transition (MZT) in Drosophila melanogaster, where it directly binds over thousand cis-regulatory modules to regulate chromatin accessibility. D. melanogaster displays a long germ type of embryonic development, where all segments are simultaneously generated along the whole egg...
July 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658212/rnase-iii-nucleases-from-diverse-kingdoms-serve-as-antiviral-effectors
#20
Lauren C Aguado, Sonja Schmid, Jared May, Leah R Sabin, Maryline Panis, Daniel Blanco-Melo, Jaehee V Shim, David Sachs, Sara Cherry, Anne E Simon, Jean-Pierre Levraud, Benjamin R tenOever
In contrast to the DNA-based viruses in prokaryotes, the emergence of eukaryotes provided the necessary compartmentalization and membranous environment for RNA viruses to flourish, creating the need for an RNA-targeting antiviral system. Present day eukaryotes employ at least two main defence strategies that emerged as a result of this viral shift, namely antiviral RNA interference and the interferon system. Here we demonstrate that Drosha and related RNase III ribonucleases from all three domains of life also elicit a unique RNA-targeting antiviral activity...
June 28, 2017: Nature
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