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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239358/a-background-of-a-volatile-plant-compound-alters-neural-and-behavioral-responses-to-the-sex-pheromone-blend-in-a-moth
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Fabienne Dupuy, Angéla Rouyar, Nina Deisig, Thomas Bourgeois, Denis Limousin, Marie-Anne Wycke, Sylvia Anton, Michel Renou
Recognition of intra-specific olfactory signals within a complex environment of plant-related volatiles is crucial for reproduction in male moths. Sex pheromone information is detected by specific olfactory receptor neurons (Phe-ORNs), highly abundant on the male antenna. The information is then transmitted to the pheromone processing macroglomerular complex (MGC) within the primary olfactory center, the antennal lobe, where it is processed by local interneurons and projection neurons. Ultimately a behavioral response, orientation toward the pheromone source, is elicited...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237997/umtco1-a-hybrid-histidine-kinase-gene-is-essential-for-the-sexual-development-and-virulence-of-ustilago-maydis
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Yeo Hong Yun, Man Hwan Oh, Jun Young Kim, Seong Hwan Kim
Hybrid histidine kinase is a part of two-component system that is required for various stress responses and pathogenesis of pathogenic fungi. The Tco1 gene in human pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans encodes a hybrid histidine kinase and is important for pathogenesis. In the present study, we identified a Tco1 gene homolog, UmTco1, in the corn smut pathogen Ustilago maydis by bioinformatics analysis. To explore the role of UmTco1 in the survival of U. maydis under environmental stresses and its pathogenesis, Δumtco1 mutants were constructed by allelic exchange...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236808/role-of-plant-volatiles-and-hetero-specific-pheromone-components-in-the-wind-tunnel-response-of-male-grapholita-molesta-lepidoptera-tortricidae-to-modified-sex-pheromone-blends
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B Ammagarahalli, L Chianella, P Gomes, C Gemeno
Female Grapholita molesta (Busck) release a pheromone blend composed of two stereoisomeric acetates (Z8-12:Ac and E8-12:Ac), which in a 100:6 ratio stimulate maximum conspecific male approach. Z8-12:OH is described as a third pheromone component that increases responses to the acetate blend. Departures from the optimal pheromone blend ratio, or too high or low pheromone doses of the optimal blend ratio, result in lower male response. In a previous study, we show that plant volatiles synergize male response to a suboptimal-low pheromone concentration...
February 27, 2017: Bulletin of Entomological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223501/biosynthetic-pathway-of-aliphatic-formates-via-a-baeyer-villiger-oxidation-in-mechanism-present-in-astigmatid-mites
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Nobuhiro Shimizu, Daisuke Sakata, Eric A Schmelz, Naoki Mori, Yasumasa Kuwahara
Astigmatid mites depend on bioactive glandular secretions, pheromones, and defensive agents to mediate intra- and interspecies interactions. Aliphatic formates, such as (Z,Z)-8,11-heptadecadienyl formate (8,11-F17) and (Z)-8-heptadecenyl formate (8-F17), are rarely encountered natural products that are abundant in Sancassania sp. Sasagawa (Acari: Acaridae) mite secretions. Linoleic acid and oleic acid are predicted as key intermediates in the synthesis of the closely related aliphatic formates. To gain insight in this biosynthetic pathway, acarid mite feeding experiments were conducted using (13)C-labeled precursors to precisely track incorporation...
February 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215869/a-novel-assembly-pheromone-trap-for-tick-control-in-dog-kennels
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R K Anish, Bhaskaran Ravi Latha, Giriprasath Ramanathan, Uma Tirichurapalli Sivagnanam, C Sreekumar, V Leela
A novel ecofriendly sticky tick trap device for the control of dog tick Rhipicephalus sanguineus using gold nanoparticle assembly pheromone complex as a bait was developed. Assembly pheromones comprising of guanine, xanthine and adenine in the ratio of 25:1:1 was encapsulated in gold nanoparticle. The response of the different stages of unfed R. sanguineus ticks was evaluated using petridish bioassay. Statistical analysis was done using chi-square test. Petridish bioassay with unfed stages of R. sanguineus revealed that 100% of the larvae, nymph and adults were attracted to assembly pheromone nanogold complex within 24h...
February 15, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214601/the-inhibition-of-mating-in-phycomyces-blakesleeanus-by-light-is-dependent-on-the-mada-madb-complex-that-acts-in-a-sex-specific-manner
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Viplendra P S Shakya, Alexander Idnurm
Light is an environmental signal that influences reproduction in the Mucoromycotina fungi, as it does in many other species of fungi. Mating in Phycomyces blakesleeanus is inhibited by light, but the molecular mechanisms for this inhibition are uncharacterized. In this analysis, the role of the light-sensing MadA-MadB complex in mating was tested. The MadA-MadB complex is homologous to the Neurospora crassa White Collar complex. Three genes required for cell type determination in the sex locus or pheromone biosynthesis are transcriptionally-regulated by light and are controlled by MadA and MadB...
February 15, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207738/testing-the-limits-of-gradient-sensing
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Vinal Lakhani, Timothy C Elston
The ability to detect a chemical gradient is fundamental to many cellular processes. In multicellular organisms gradient sensing plays an important role in many physiological processes such as wound healing and development. Unicellular organisms use gradient sensing to move (chemotaxis) or grow (chemotropism) towards a favorable environment. Some cells are capable of detecting extremely shallow gradients, even in the presence of significant molecular-level noise. For example, yeast have been reported to detect pheromone gradients as shallow as 0...
February 16, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202653/argentine-ants-linepithema-humile-use-adaptable-transportation-networks-to-track-changes-in-resource-quality
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Tanya Latty, Michael J Holmes, James C Makinson, Madeleine Beekman
Transportation networks play a crucial role in human and animal societies. For a transportation network to be efficient, it must have adequate capacity to meet traffic demand. Network design becomes increasingly difficult in situations where traffic demand can change unexpectedly. In humans, network design is often constrained by path dependency because it is difficult to move a road once it is built. A similar issue theoretically faces pheromone-trail-laying social insects; once a trail has been laid, positive feedback makes re-routing difficult because new trails cannot compete with continually reinforced pre-existing trails...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198464/sublethal-doses-of-imidacloprid-disrupt-sexual-communication-and-host-finding-in-a-parasitoid-wasp
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Lars Tappert, Tamara Pokorny, John Hofferberth, Joachim Ruther
Neonicotinoids are widely used insecticides, but their use is subject of debate because of their detrimental effects on pollinators. Little is known about the effect of neonicotinoids on other beneficial insects such as parasitoid wasps, which serve as natural enemies and are crucial for ecosystem functioning. Here we show that sublethal doses of the neonicotinoid imidacloprid impair sexual communication and host finding in the parasitoid wasp Nasonia vitripennis. Depending on the dose, treated females were less responsive to the male sex pheromone or unable to use it as a cue at all...
February 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196477/screening-and-evaluating-of-long-noncoding-rnas-in-the-puberty-of-goats
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Xiaoxiao Gao, Jing Ye, Chen Yang, Kaifa Zhang, Xiumei Li, Lei Luo, Jianping Ding, Yunsheng Li, Hongguo Cao, Yinghui Ling, Xiaorong Zhang, Ya Liu, Fugui Fang, Yunhai Zhang
BACKGROUND: Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are involved in regulating animal development, however, their function in the onset of puberty in goats remain largely unexplored. To identify the genes controlling the regulation of puberty in goats, we measured lncRNA and mRNA expression levels from the hypothalamus. RESULTS: We applied RNA sequencing analysis to examine the hypothalamus of pubertal (case; n = 3) and prepubertal (control; n = 3) goats. Our results showed 2943 predicted lncRNAs, including 2012 differentially expressed lncRNAs, which corresponded to 5412 target genes...
February 14, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188885/trpm5-expression-in-the-olfactory-epithelium
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Martina Pyrski, Eugenia Eckstein, Andreas Schmid, Bernd Bufe, Jan Weiss, Vladimir Chubanov, Ulrich Boehm, Frank Zufall
The Ca(2+)-activated monovalent cation channel Trpm5 is a key element in chemotransduction of taste receptor cells of the tongue, but the extent to which Trpm5 channels are expressed in olfactory sensory neurons (OSNs) of the main olfactory epithelium (MOE) of adult mice as part of a specific pheromonal detection system is debated. Here, we used a novel Trpm5-IRES-Cre knockin strain to drive Cre recombinase expression, employed previously validated Trpm5 antibodies, performed in situ hybridization experiments to localize Trpm5 RNA, and searched extensively for Trpm5 splice variants in genetically-labeled, Trpm5-expressing MOE cells...
February 7, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188480/sexual-reproduction-and-sex-determination-in-green-algae
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Hiroyuki Sekimoto
The sexual reproductive processes of some representative freshwater green algae are reviewed. Chlamydomonas reinhardtii is a unicellular volvocine alga having two mating types: mating type plus (mt(+)) and mating type minus (mt(-)), which are controlled by a single, complex mating-type locus. Sexual adhesion between the gametes is mediated by sex-specific agglutinin molecules on their flagellar membranes. Cell fusion is initiated by an adhesive interaction between the mt(+) and mt(-) mating structures, followed by localized membrane fusion...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183864/odorant-organization-in-the-olfactory-bulb-of-the-sea-lamprey
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Warren W Green, Karl Boyes, Charrie McFadden, Gheylen Daghfous, François Auclair, Huiming Zhang, Weiming Li, Réjean Dubuc, Barbara S Zielinski
Olfactory sensory neurons innervate the olfactory bulb, where responses to different odorants generate a chemotopic map of increased neural activity within different bulbar regions. In this study, insight into the basal pattern of neural organization of the vertebrate olfactory bulb was gained by investigating the lamprey. Retrograde labeling established that lateral and dorsal bulbar territories receive the axons of sensory neurons broadly distributed in the main olfactory epithelium and that the medial region receives sensory neuron input only from neurons projecting from the accessory olfactory organ...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182547/solving-np-hard-problems-with-physarum-based-ant-colony-system
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Yuxin Liu, Chao Gao, Zili Zhang, Yuxiao Lu, Shi Chen, Mingxin Liang, Li Tao
NP-hard problems exist in many real world applications. Ant colony optimization (ACO) algorithms can provide approximate solutions for those NP-hard problems, but the performance of ACO algorithms is significantly reduced due to premature convergence and weak robustness, etc. With these observations in mind, this paper proposes a Physarum-based pheromone matrix optimization strategy in ant colony system (ACS) for solving NP-hard problems such as traveling salesman problem (TSP) and 0/1 knapsack problem (0/1 KP)...
January 2017: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178286/sexual-communication-in-castniid-moths-males-mark-their-territories-and-appear-to-bear-all-chemical-burden
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Carmen Quero, Victor Sarto I Monteys, Gloria Rosell, Marc Puigmartí, Angel Guerrero
Castniid moths (Lepidoptera: Castniidae) display a butterfly-like reproductive behavior, i.e., they use visual stimuli for mate location and females have apparently lost their pheromone glands in an evolutionary context. In this paper we report for the first time the identification of three new compounds, namely n-octadecyl acetate, (Z)-9-octadecenyl acetate and (E,Z)-2,13-octadecadienyl acetate, in males of the Castniid Palm Borer, Paysandisia archon, which could be involved in its short-range courtship behavior, and also shed light on recent controversies on the sexual behavior of the species...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178203/male-psyllids-differentially-learn-in-the-context-of-copulation
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Dara G Stockton, Xavier Martini, Lukasz L Stelinski
In the Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri Kuwayama, stimulatory cuticular hydrocarbons act as sex pheromone attractants. Male psyllids locate aggregations of females using those olfactory cues, as well as vibrational communication on the plant surface. Although previous research has indicated that learning plays a role in modulating female reproductive behaviors in psyllids, it is unknown whether males similarly use learning to increase the likelihood of copulatory success. We used an olfactometer-based bio-assay to study the effects of experience on male response to female odor...
February 7, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177500/combination-phenyl-propionate-pheromone-traps-for-monitoring-navel-orangeworm-lepidoptera-pyralidae-in-almonds-in-the-vicinity-of-mating-disruption
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Charles S Burks
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 8, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173762/binding-affinity-of-five-pbps-to-ostrinia-sex-pheromones
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Tiantao Zhang, Yaqi Sun, Kevin W Wanner, Brad S Coates, Kanglai He, Zhenying Wang
BACKGROUND: Pheromone binding proteins (PBPs) of male Lepidoptera function in chemical communication, mate attraction and recognition. Directional selection was previously predicted between PBP3 orthologs of Ostrinia furnacalis and Ostrinia nubilalis were interpreted as being involved in sexual isolation. RESULTS: In vitro assays show that recombinant male OfurPBP3 bound O. furnacalis sex pheromones, Z-12-tetradecenyl acetate (Z12-14:OAc) and E-12-tetradecenyl acetate (E12-14:OAc), as well as to ECB pheromones Z11- and E11-14:OAc...
February 7, 2017: BMC Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169400/effects-of-two-conventional-insecticides-on-male-specific-sex-pheromone-discrimination-and-mate-choice-in-trichogramma-chilonis-hymenoptera-trichogrammatidae
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Desen Wang, Lihua Lü, Yurong He
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 7, 2017: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167332/chemoreception-to-aggregation-pheromones-in-the-common-bed-bug-cimex-lectularius
#20
Feng Liu, Caixing Xiong, Nannan Liu
The common bed bug, Cimex lectularius, is an obligate blood-feeding insect that is resurgent worldwide, posing a threat to human beings through its biting nuisance and disease transmission. Bed bug aggregation pheromone is considered a very promising attractant for use in the monitoring and management of bed bugs, but as yet little is known regarding the sensory physiology of bed bugs related to this pheromone. This study examined how the individual components of aggregation pheromone are perceived by the olfactory receptor neurons (ORNs) housed in different types of olfactory sensilla in bed bugs and the molecular basis for the ORNs' responses to the aggregation pheromone...
February 3, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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