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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330926/a-new-crustacean-from-the-herefordshire-silurian-lagerst%C3%A3-tte-uk-and-its-significance-in-malacostracan-evolution
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David J Siveter, Derek E G Briggs, Derek J Siveter, Mark D Sutton, David Legg
Cascolus ravitis gen. et sp. nov. is a three-dimensionally preserved fossil crustacean with soft parts from the Herefordshire (Silurian) Lagerstätte, UK. It is characterized by a head with a head shield and five limb pairs, and a thorax (pereon) with nine appendage-bearing segments followed by an apodous abdomen (pleon). All the appendages except the first are biramous and have a gnathobase. The post-mandibular appendages are similar one to another, and bear petal-shaped epipods that probably functioned as a part of the respiratory-circulatory system...
March 29, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327996/genome-sequencing-of-the-sweetpotato-whitefly-bemsia-tabaci-med-q
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Wen Xie, Chunhai Chen, Zezhong Yang, Litao Guo, Xin Yang, Dan Wang, Ming Chen, Jinqun Huang, Yanan Wen, Yang Zeng, Yating Liu, Jixing Xia, Lixia Tian, Hongying Cui, Qingjun Wu, Shaoli Wang, Baoyun Xu, Xianchun Li, Xinqiu Tan, Murad Ghanim, Baoli Qiu, Huipeng Pan, Dong Chu, Helene Delatte, M N Maruthi, Feng Ge, Xueping Zhou, Xiaowei Wang, Fanghao Wan, Yuzhou Du, Chen Luo, Fengming Yan, Evan L Preisser, Xiaoguo Jiao, Brad S Coates, Jinyang Zhao, Qiang Gao, Jinquan Xia, Ye Yin, Yong Liu, Judith K Brown, Xuguo Joe Zhou, Youjun Zhang
Background: The sweetpotato whitefly Bemisia tabaci is a highly destructive agricultural and ornamental crop pest. It damages host plants through both phloem feeding and vectoring plant pathogens. Introductions of B. tabaci are difficult to quarantine and eradicate because of its high reproductive rates, broad host plant range, and insecticide resistance. Findings: A total of 791 Gb of raw DNA sequence from whole genome shotgun sequencing, and 13 BAC pooling libraries were generated by Illumina sequencing using different combinations of mate-pair and pair-end libraries...
March 15, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302529/gene-expression-modulation-of-abc-transporter-genes-in-response-to-permethrin-in-adults-of-the-mosquito-malaria-vector-anopheles-stephensi
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Valentina Mastrantonio, Marco Ferrari, Sara Epis, Agata Negri, Giulia Scuccimarra, Matteo Montagna, Guido Favia, Daniele Porretta, Sandra Urbanelli, Claudio Bandi
Living organisms have evolved an array of genes coding for detoxifying enzymes and efflux protein pumps, to cope with endogenous and xenobiotic toxic compounds. The study of the genes activated during toxic exposure is relevant to the area of arthropod vector control, since these genes are one of the targets upon which natural selection acts for the evolution of insecticide resistance. ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters participate to insecticide detoxification acting as efflux pumps, that reduce the intracellular concentration of toxic compounds, or of their metabolic derivatives...
March 13, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289253/what-is-a-vector
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Anthony James Wilson, Eric René Morgan, Mark Booth, Rachel Norman, Sarah Elizabeth Perkins, Heidi Christine Hauffe, Nicole Mideo, Janis Antonovics, Hamish McCallum, Andy Fenton
Many important and rapidly emerging pathogens of humans, livestock and wildlife are 'vector-borne'. However, the term 'vector' has been applied to diverse agents in a broad range of epidemiological systems. In this perspective, we briefly review some common definitions, identify the strengths and weaknesses of each and consider the functional differences between vectors and other hosts from a range of ecological, evolutionary and public health perspectives. We then consider how the use of designations can afford insights into our understanding of epidemiological and evolutionary processes that are not otherwise apparent...
May 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286876/diversity-as-opportunity-insights-from-600-million-years-of-ahr-evolution
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Mark E Hahn, Sibel I Karchner, Rebeka R Merson
The aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) was for many years of interest only to pharmacologists and toxicologists. However, this protein has fundamental roles in biology that are being revealed through studies in diverse animal species. The AHR is an ancient protein. AHR homologs exist in most major groups of modern bilaterian animals, including deuterostomes (chordates, hemichordates, echinoderms) and the two major clades of protostome invertebrates [ecdysozoans (e.g. arthropods and nematodes) and lophotrochozoans (e...
February 2017: Curr Opin Toxicol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286729/a-novel-cytochrome-p450-cyp3201b1-is-involved-in-r-mandelonitrile-biosynthesis-in-a-cyanogenic-millipede
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Takuya Yamaguchi, Yasumasa Kuwahara, Yasuhisa Asano
Specialized arthropods and more than 2500 plant species biosynthesize hydroxynitriles and release hydrogen cyanide as a defensive mechanism. The millipede Chamberlinius hualienensis accumulates (R)-mandelonitrile as a cyanide precursor. Although biosynthesis of hydroxynitriles in cyanogenic plants and in an insect are extensively studied, (R)-mandelonitrile biosynthesis in cyanogenic millipedes has remained unclear. In this study, we identified the biosynthetic precursors of (R)-mandelonitrile and an enzyme involved in (R)-mandelonitrile biosynthesis...
March 2017: FEBS Open Bio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285995/deep-time-convergence-in-rove-beetle-symbionts-of-army-ants
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Munetoshi Maruyama, Joseph Parker
Recent adaptive radiations provide striking examples of convergence [1-4], but the predictability of evolution over much deeper timescales is controversial, with a scarcity of ancient clades exhibiting repetitive patterns of phenotypic evolution [5, 6]. Army ants are ecologically dominant arthropod predators of the world's tropics, with large nomadic colonies housing diverse communities of socially parasitic myrmecophiles [7]. Remarkable among these are many species of rove beetle (Staphylinidae) that exhibit ant-mimicking "myrmecoid" body forms and are behaviorally accepted into their aggressive hosts' societies: emigrating with colonies and inhabiting temporary nest bivouacs, grooming and feeding with workers, but also consuming the brood [8-11]...
March 20, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277933/role-and-convergent-evolution-of-competing-rna-secondary-structures-in-mutually-exclusive-splicing
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Yuan Yue, Shouqing Hou, Xiu Wang, Leilei Zhan, Guozheng Cao, Guoli Li, Yang Shi, Peng Zhang, Weiling Hong, Hao Lin, Baoping Liu, Feng Shi, Yun Yang, Yongfeng Jin
Exon or cassette duplication is an important means of expanding protein and functional diversity through mutually exclusive splicing. However, the mechanistic basis of this process in non-arthropod species remains poorly understood. Here, we demonstrate that MRP1 genes underwent tandem exon duplication in Nematoda, Platyhelminthes, Annelida, Mollusca, Arthropoda, Echinodermata, and early-diverging Chordata but not in late-diverging vertebrates. Interestingly, these events were of independent origin in different phyla, suggesting convergent evolution of alternative splicing...
February 17, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264033/dengue-virus-genomic-variation-associated-with-mosquito-adaptation-defines-the-pattern-of-viral-non-coding-rnas-and-fitness-in-human-cells
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Claudia V Filomatori, Juan M Carballeda, Sergio M Villordo, Sebastian Aguirre, Horacio M Pallarés, Ana M Maestre, Irma Sánchez-Vargas, Carol D Blair, Cintia Fabri, Maria A Morales, Ana Fernandez-Sesma, Andrea V Gamarnik
The Flavivirus genus includes a large number of medically relevant pathogens that cycle between humans and arthropods. This host alternation imposes a selective pressure on the viral population. Here, we found that dengue virus, the most important viral human pathogen transmitted by insects, evolved a mechanism to differentially regulate the production of viral non-coding RNAs in mosquitos and humans, with a significant impact on viral fitness in each host. Flavivirus infections accumulate non-coding RNAs derived from the viral 3'UTRs (known as sfRNAs), relevant in viral pathogenesis and immune evasion...
March 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261832/comparative-luciferase-assay-for-establishing-reliable-in-vitro-screening-system-of-juvenile-hormone-agonists
#10
Hitoshi Miyakawa, Taisen Iguchi
The cultured cell-based in vitro assay using the stringency of ligand-receptor interactions is typically useful for screening certain hormone agonists from among a very large number of molecules. However, ligands are frequently altered or modified through evolution; indeed, even in the same receptor orthologs, different ligand sensitivity profiles are considered to arise among species and/or taxa. Such ligand transition has been observed in juvenile hormone (JH), one of the most important endocrine factors in arthropods...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257417/phosphotyrosine-phosphatase-r3-receptors-origin-evolution-and-structural-diversification
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Javier U Chicote, Rob DeSalle, Antonio García-España
Subtype R3 phosphotyrosine phosphatase receptors (R3 RPTPs) are single-spanning membrane proteins characterized by a unique modular composition of extracellular fibronectin repeats and a single cytoplasmatic protein tyrosine phosphatase (PTP) domain. Vertebrate R3 RPTPs consist of five members: PTPRB, PTPRJ, PTPRH and PTPRO, which dephosphorylate tyrosine residues, and PTPRQ, which dephosphorylates phophoinositides. R3 RPTPs are considered novel therapeutic targets in several pathologies such as ear diseases, nephrotic syndromes and cancer...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256192/the-insect-pathogens
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Brian Lovett, Raymond J St Leger
Fungi are the most common disease-causing agents of insects; aside from playing a crucial role in natural ecosystems, insect-killing fungi are being used as alternatives to chemical insecticides and as resources for biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. Some common experimentally tractable genera, such as Metarhizium spp., exemplify genetic diversity and dispersal because they contain numerous intraspecific variants with distinct environmental and insect host ranges. The availability of tools for molecular genetics and multiple sequenced genomes has made these fungi ideal experimental models for answering basic questions on the genetic and genomic processes behind adaptive phenotypes...
March 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228511/the-opiliones-tree-of-life-shedding-light-on-harvestmen-relationships-through-transcriptomics
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Rosa Fernández, Prashant P Sharma, Ana Lúcia Tourinho, Gonzalo Giribet
Opiliones are iconic arachnids with a Palaeozoic origin and a diversity that reflects ancient biogeographic patterns dating back at least to the times of Pangea. Owing to interest in harvestman diversity, evolution and biogeography, their relationships have been thoroughly studied using morphology and PCR-based Sanger approaches to infer their systematic relationships. More recently, two studies utilized transcriptomics-based phylogenomics to explore their basal relationships and diversification, but sampling was limiting for understanding deep evolutionary patterns, as they lacked good taxon representation at the family level...
February 22, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219758/resolving-relationships-at-the-animal-fungal-divergence-a-molecular-phylogenetic-study-of-the-protist-trichomycetes-ichthyosporea-eccrinida
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Nicole K Reynolds, Matthew E Smith, Eric D Tretter, Justin Gause, Dustin Heeney, Matías J Cafaro, James F Smith, Stephen J Novak, William A Bourland, Merlin M White
Trichomycetes is a group of microorganisms that was considered a class of fungi comprising four orders of commensal, gut-dwelling endosymbionts obligately associated with arthropods. Since molecular phylogenies revealed two of those orders (Amoebidiales and Eccrinales="protist trichos") to be closely related to members of the protist class Ichthyosporea (=Mesomycetozoea), trichomycetes have been considered an ecological association of both early-diverging fungi and protists. Understanding of the taxonomy, evolution, and diversity of the protist trichos is lacking largely due to the difficulties inherent in species collection that have contributed to undersampling and understudy...
February 20, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193550/genetic-characterization-molecular-epidemiology-and-phylogenetic-relationships-of-insect-specific-viruses-in-the-taxon-negevirus
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Marcio R T Nunes, María Angélica Contreras-Gutierrez, Hilda Guzman, Livia C Martins, Mayla Feitoza Barbirato, Chelsea Savit, Victoria Balta, Sandra Uribe, Rafael Vivero, Juan David Suaza, Hamilton Oliveira, Joaquin P Nunes Neto, Valeria L Carvalho, Sandro Patroca da Silva, Jedson F Cardoso, Rodrigo Santo de Oliveira, Poliana da Silva Lemos, Thomas G Wood, Steven G Widen, Pedro F C Vasconcelos, Durland Fish, Nikos Vasilakis, Robert B Tesh
The recently described taxon Negevirus is comprised of a diverse group of insect-specific viruses isolated from mosquitoes and phlebotomine sandflies. In this study, a comprehensive genetic characterization, molecular, epidemiological and evolutionary analyses were conducted on nearly full-length sequences of 91 new negevirus isolates obtained in Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Panama, USA and Nepal. We demonstrated that these arthropod restricted viruses are clustered in two major phylogenetic groups with origins related to three plant virus genera (Cilevirus, Higrevirus and Blunevirus)...
February 10, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191025/from-egg-to-no-body-an-overview-and-revision-of-developmental-pathways-in-the-ancient-arthropod-lineage-pycnogonida
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REVIEW
Georg Brenneis, Ekaterina V Bogomolova, Claudia P Arango, Franz Krapp
BACKGROUND: Arthropod diversity is unparalleled in the animal kingdom. The study of ontogeny is pivotal to understand which developmental processes underlie the incredible morphological disparity of arthropods and thus to eventually unravel evolutionary transformations leading to their success. Work on laboratory model organisms has yielded in-depth data on numerous developmental mechanisms in arthropods. Yet, although the range of studied taxa has increased noticeably since the advent of comparative evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo), several smaller groups remain understudied...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141497/characterization-of-the-bujaru-frijoles-and-tapara-antigenic-complexes-into-the-sandfly-fever-group-and-two-unclassified-phleboviruses-from-brazil
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Pedro F C Vasconcelos, Joaquim Pinto Nunes Neto, William Marciel de Souza, Gustavo Olszanski Acrani, Marilia Farignoli Romeiro, Marcílio Jorge Fumagalli, Carlos Luiz Vieira, Daniele Barbosa de Almeida Medeiros, Juliana Abreu de Lima, Clayton Pereira Silva de Lima, Jedson Ferreira Cardoso, Sueli Guerreiro Rodrigues, Luiz Tadeu de Moraes Figueiredo, Sandro Patroca da Silva, Robert Tesh, Márcio Roberto Teixeira Nunes, Pedro Fernando da Costa Vasconcelos
Phlebovirus genus includes the Sandfly fever viruses and tick-transmitted uukuviruses. Sandfly fever group viruses have been isolated from various vertebrate species and from phlebotomines and occasionally alternative arthropods, e.g. mosquitoes, or ceratopogonids in the genus Culicoides. Uukuniemi serogroup viruses have been isolated from various vertebrate species and from ticks. Despite the public health importance of some viruses of the genus, the genomic diversity of phleboviruses that could be incriminated as causative of human or veterinary diseases remains underestimated...
January 28, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099506/spatial-and-host-related-variation-in-prevalence-and-population-density-of-wheat-curl-mite-aceria-tosichella-cryptic-genotypes-in-agricultural-landscapes
#18
Anna Skoracka, Mariusz Lewandowski, Brian G Rector, Wiktoria Szydło, Lechosław Kuczyński
The wheat curl mite (WCM), Aceria tosichella Keifer, is a major pest of cereals worldwide that also comprises a complex of at least 16 genetic lineages with divergent physiological traits, including host associations and specificity. The goal of this study was to test the extent to which host-plant species and landscape spatial variation influence WCM presence and population density across the entire area of Poland (>311,000 km2). Three important findings arose from the results of the study. (1) The majority of WCM lineages analyzed exhibited variation in patterns of prevalence and/or population density on both spatial and host-associated scales...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058113/transmission-bottlenecks-and-rnai-collectively-influence-tick-borne-flavivirus-evolution
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Nathan D Grubaugh, Claudia Rückert, Philip M Armstrong, Angela Bransfield, John F Anderson, Gregory D Ebel, Doug E Brackney
Arthropod-borne RNA viruses exist within hosts as heterogeneous populations of viral variants and, as a result, possess great genetic plasticity. Understanding the micro-evolutionary forces shaping these viruses can provide insights into how they emerge, adapt, and persist in new and changing ecological niches. While considerable attention has been directed toward studying the population dynamics of mosquito-borne viruses, little is known about tick-borne virus populations. Therefore, using a mouse and Ixodes scapularis tick transmission model, we examined Powassan virus (POWV; Flaviviridae, Flavivirus) populations in and between both the vertebrate host and arthropod vector...
July 2016: Virus Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049417/assessing-segmental-versus-non-segmental-features-in-the-ventral-nervous-system-of-onychophorans-velvet-worms
#20
Christine Martin, Vladimir Gross, Hans-Joachim Pflüger, Paul A Stevenson, Georg Mayer
BACKGROUND: Due to their phylogenetic position as one of the closest arthropod relatives, studies of the organisation of the nervous system in onychophorans play a key role for understanding the evolution of body segmentation in arthropods. Previous studies revealed that, in contrast to the arthropods, segmentally repeated ganglia are not present within the onychophoran ventral nerve cords, suggesting that segmentation is either reduced or might be incomplete in the onychophoran ventral nervous system...
January 3, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
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