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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721663/influence-of-direct-or-indirect-contact-for-the-cytotoxicity-and-blood-compatibility-of-spider-silk
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J W Kuhbier, V Coger, J Mueller, C Liebsch, F Schlottmann, V Bucan, P M Vogt, S Strauss
Spider silk became one of the most-researched biomaterials in the last years due to its unique mechanical strength and most favourable chemical composition for tissue engineering purposes. However, standardized analysis of cytocompatibility is missing. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate hemolysis, cytotoxicity of native spider silk as well as influences on the cell culture medium. Changes of cell culture medium composition, osmolarity as well as glucose and lactate content were determined via ELISA measurement...
August 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721519/variations-of-cocoon-external-lipids-during-wolf-spiderlings-development
#2
F Ruhland, S Schulz, Marie Trabalon
This study presents the first characterisation of the silk lipids of the cocoons of a wolf spider (Pardosa saltans). Wolf spiders' maternal behaviour is complex and involves guarding a cocoon for several weeks, and so cocoons must emit cues to ensure their care and the development of juveniles. We investigated cues associated with the cocoon silk. We assessed qualitative changes of the lipid contents and the composition of cocoon silk in relation to the development of P. saltans wolf spider juveniles. Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry of P...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. A, Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719809/assessing-participants-perceptions-on-group-based-principles-for-action-in-community-based-health-enhancing-physical-activity-programmes-the-apef-tool
#3
Marion Herens, Annemarie Wagemakers
In community-based health enhancing physical activity (CBHEPA) programmes, group-based principles for action such as active participation, enjoyment, and fostering group processes are widely advocated. However, not much is known about participants' perceptions of these principles as there are no assessment tools available. Therefore, this article describes the development of the APEF (Active Participation, Enjoyment, and Fostering group processes) tool and reports on its implementation in a Dutch CBHEPA programme...
July 4, 2017: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718973/constructing-a-multidimensional-free-energy-surface-like-a-spider-weaving-a-web
#4
Changjun Chen
Complete free energy surface in the collective variable space provides important information of the reaction mechanisms of the molecules. But, sufficient sampling in the collective variable space is not easy. The space expands quickly with the number of the collective variables. To solve the problem, many methods utilize artificial biasing potentials to flatten out the original free energy surface of the molecule in the simulation. Their performances are sensitive to the definitions of the biasing potentials...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Computational Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718819/akanthopyrones-a-d-%C3%AE-pyrones-bearing-a-4-o-methyl-%C3%AE-d-glucopyranose-moiety-from-the-spider-associated-ascomycete-akanthomyces-novoguineensis
#5
Wilawan Kuephadungphan, Soleiman E Helaly, Charuwan Daengrot, Souwalak Phongpaichit, Janet Jennifer Luangsa-Ard, Vatcharin Rukachaisirikul, Marc Stadler
Hypocrealean fungi have proved to be prolific bioactive metabolite producers; they have caught the attention of mycologists throughout the world. However, only a few studies on the insect and spider parasitic genus Akanthomyces have so far been carried out. In this study, we report the isolation, structural elucidation and biological activities of four unprecedented glycosylated α-pyrone derivatives, akanthopyrones A-D (1-4), from a culture of Akanthomyces novoguineensis collected in Thailand. The chemical structures of the akanthopyrones were determined by extensive 1D- and 2D-NMR, and HRMS spectroscopic analysis...
July 18, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712321/assessing-the-effectiveness-of-mitochondrial-coi-and-16s-rrna-genes-for-dna-barcoding-of-farmland-spiders-in-china
#6
Zheng Liang Wang, Xiao Qing Yang, Tian Zhao Wang, Xiaoping Yu
DNA barcoding has been widely used to identify and discover new species in a wide range of taxa. In order to assess the effectiveness of COI (cytochrome C oxidase subunit I) and 16S (16S ribosomal RNA) in the discrimination of spiders, we have generated 289 barcodes for a total of 56 farmland spider species from 14 different families for the first time in China. Our results reveal that the standard barcoding marker COI can be used to distinguish the farmland spiders both in species and family level by NJ tree-based method, despite the absence of a barcode gap between the intra- and inter-specific genetic divergences...
July 15, 2017: Mitochondrial DNA. Part A. DNA Mapping, Sequencing, and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709396/rapid-diversification-of-homothorax-expression-patterns-after-gene-duplication-in-spiders
#7
Natascha Turetzek, Sara Khadjeh, Christoph Schomburg, Nikola-Michael Prpic
BACKGROUND: Gene duplications provide genetic material for the evolution of new morphological and physiological features. One copy can preserve the original gene functions while the second copy may evolve new functions (neofunctionalisation). Gene duplications may thus provide new genes involved in evolutionary novelties. RESULTS: We have studied the duplicated homeobox gene homothorax (hth) in the spider species Parasteatoda tepidariorum and Pholcus phalangioides and have compared these data with previously published data from additional spider species...
July 14, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707033/impact-of-constant-versus-fluctuating-temperatures-on-the-development-and-life-history-parameters-of-tetranychus-urticae-acari-tetranychidae
#8
M S Y I Bayu, M S Ullah, Y Takano, T Gotoh
The impact of daily temperature fluctuations on arthropod life history parameters is inadequately studied compared with the ample amount of research that has been conducted on the effects of constant temperatures. Fluctuating temperatures are likely to be more realistic, as they are ecologically more similar to what these arthropods experience in nature. Here, we compared the impact of 11 constant temperatures that ranged from 10 to 35 °C with fluctuating temperatures with the same corresponding mean temperature and an amplitude of 10 °C between high (12 h) and low (12 h) temperatures on the development and life history parameters of Tetranychus urticae under continuous light conditions...
July 13, 2017: Experimental & Applied Acarology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705500/development-and-characterization-of-bioactive-edible-films-from-spider-crab-maja-crispata-chitosan-incorporated-with-spirulina-extract
#9
Rafik Balti, Mohamed Ben Mansour, Nadhem Sayari, Lamia Yacoubi, Lotfi Rabaoui, Nicolas Brodu, Anthony Massé
Active food packaging films based on crab chitosan and Spirulina extract (SE) were developed. The effects of the SE incorporation at different levels on physical (color, opacity water vapor and oxygen permeability) and mechanical (tensile strength and elongation at break) properties of chitosan films were investigated. FTIR was carried out to observe the potential modifications of the chitosan films when incorporated with SE. The obtained results suggested that incorporation of SE into chitosan films improved mechanical and barrier properties...
July 10, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704448/rnai-based-reverse-genetics-in-the-chelicerate-model-tetranychus-urticae-a-comparative-analysis-of-five-methods-for-gene-silencing
#10
Takeshi Suzuki, Maria Andreia Nunes, María Urizarna España, Hooman Hosseinzadeh Namin, Pengyu Jin, Nicolas Bensoussan, Vladimir Zhurov, Tawhid Rahman, Rebecca De Clercq, Pierre Hilson, Vojislava Grbic, Miodrag Grbic
RNA interference (RNAi) can be used for the protection against agricultural pests through the silencing of genes required for pest fitness. To assess the potential of RNAi approaches in the two-spotted spider mite, Tetranychus urticae, we compared 5 methods for the delivery of double-stranded RNA (dsRNA). These methods include mite feeding on either (i) leaves floating on a dsRNA solution, (ii) dsRNA-expressing plants, (iii) artificial diet supplemented with dsRNA, or (iv) dsRNA-coated leaves, and (v) mite soaking in a dsRNA solution...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701553/walking-like-an-ant-a-quantitative-and-experimental-approach-to-understanding-locomotor-mimicry-in-the-jumping-spider-myrmarachne-formicaria
#11
Paul S Shamble, Ron R Hoy, Itai Cohen, Tsevi Beatus
Protective mimicry, in which a palatable species avoids predation by being mistaken for an unpalatable model, is a remarkable example of adaptive evolution. These complex interactions between mimics, models and predators can explain similarities between organisms beyond the often-mechanistic constraints typically invoked in studies of convergent evolution. However, quantitative studies of protective mimicry typically focus on static traits (e.g. colour and shape) rather than on dynamic traits like locomotion...
July 12, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696408/a-multi-protease-multi-dissociation-bottom-up-to-top-down-proteomic-view-of-the-loxosceles-intermedia-venom
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Dilza Trevisan-Silva, Aline V Bednaski, Juliana S G Fischer, Silvio S Veiga, Nuno Bandeira, Adrian Guthals, Fabricio K Marchini, Felipe V Leprevost, Valmir C Barbosa, Andrea Senff-Ribeiro, Paulo C Carvalho
Venoms are a rich source for the discovery of molecules with biotechnological applications, but their analysis is challenging even for state-of-the-art proteomics. Here we report on a large-scale proteomic assessment of the venom of Loxosceles intermedia, the so-called brown spider. Venom was extracted from 200 spiders and fractioned into two aliquots relative to a 10 kDa cutoff mass. Each of these was further fractioned and digested with trypsin (4 h), trypsin (18 h), pepsin (18 h), and chymotrypsin (18 h), then analyzed by MudPIT on an LTQ-Orbitrap XL ETD mass spectrometer fragmenting precursors by CID, HCD, and ETD...
July 11, 2017: Scientific Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696352/characterization-of-the-fifth-putative-acetylcholinesterase-in-the-wolf-spider-pardosa-pseudoannulata
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Xiangkun Meng, Xixia Xu, Haibo Bao, Jianjun Wang, Zewen Liu
Background: Acetylcholinesterase (AChE) is an important neurotransmitter hydrolase in invertebrate and vertebrate nervous systems. The number of AChEs is various among invertebrate species, with different functions including the 'classical' role in terminating synaptic transmission and other 'non-classical' roles. Methods: Using rapid amplification of cDNA ends (RACE) technology, a new putative AChE-encoding gene was cloned from Pardosa pseudoannulata, an important predatory natural enemy. Sequence analysis and in vitro expression were employed to determine the structural features and biochemical properties of this putative AChE...
July 11, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694238/functionalized-bioengineered-spider-silk-spheres-improve-nuclease-resistance-and-activity-of-oligonucleotide-therapeutics-providing-a-strategy-for-cancer-treatment
#14
Anna Karolina Kozlowska, Anna Florczak, Maciej Smialek, Ewelina Dondajewska, Andrzej Mackiewicz, Marcin Kortylewski, Hanna Dams-Kozlowska
Cell-selective delivery and sensitivity to serum nucleases remain major hurdles to the clinical application of RNA-based oligonucleotide therapeutics, such as siRNA. Spider silk shows great potential as a biomaterial due to its biocompatibility and biodegradability. Self-assembling properties of silk proteins allow for processing into several different morphologies such as fibers, scaffolds, films, hydrogels, capsules and spheres. Moreover, bioengineering of spider silk protein sequences can functionalize silk by adding peptide moieties with specific features including binding or cell recognition domains...
July 8, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693649/morphological-and-molecular-characterization-of-tarantobelus-arachnicida-gen-n-sp-n-nematoda-rhabditida-brevibuccidae-a-parasitic-nematode-of-tarantulas
#15
J Abolafia, R Peña-Santiago
A new genus and new species, Tarantobelus arachnicida, was found in the oral opening of tarantula spiders bred in captivity in Poland. The new species is characterized by having a small body (0.77-0.95 mm long in females and 0.66-0.84 mm in males), cuticle poorly annulated by transverse incisures, lateral field inconspicuous, lips separated with small cuticular flaps topping each lip, stoma panagrolaimoid with gymnostom well developed with robust and refringent rhabdia, pharynx panagrolaimoid with isthmus slightly longer than the basal bulb, intestine with cardiac (anterior) and rectal (posterior) areas with narrower walls...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Helminthology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693644/gene-cloning-and-difference-analysis-of-vitellogenin-in-neoseiulus-barkeri-hughes
#16
L Ding, F Chen, R Luo, Q Pan, C Wang, S Yu, L Cong, H Liu, H Li, C Ran
Neoseiulus barkeri (HUGHES) is the natural enemy of spider mites, whiteflies and thrips. Screening for chemically-resistant predatory mites is a practical way to balance the contradiction between the pesticide using and biological control. In this study, the number of eggs laid by fenpropathrin-susceptible and resistant strains of N. barkeri was compared. Additionally, we cloned three N. barkeri vitellogenin (Vg) genes and used quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction to quantify Vg expression in susceptible and resistant strains...
July 11, 2017: Bulletin of Entomological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692130/the-index-case-is-not-enough-variation-among-individuals-groups-and-social-networks-modify-bacterial-transmission-dynamics
#17
Carl N Keiser, Noa Pinter-Wollman, Michael J Ziemba, Krishna S Kothamasu, Jonathan N Pruitt
1.The traits of the index case of an infectious disease outbreak, and the circumstances for their etiology, potentially influence the trajectory of transmission dynamics. However, these dynamics likely also depend on the traits of the individuals with whom the index case interacts. 2.We used the social spider Stegodyphus dumicola to test how the traits of the index case, group phenotypic composition, and group size interact to facilitate the transmission of a GFP-labeled cuticular bacterium. We also compared bacterial transmission across experimentally generated "daisy-chain" versus "star" networks of social interactions...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689025/venom-derived-peptide-inhibitors-of-voltage-gated-potassium-channels
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Raymond S Norton, K George Chandy
Voltage-gated potassium channels play a key role in human physiology and pathology. Reflecting their importance, numerous channelopathies have been characterised that arise from mutations in these channels or from autoimmune attack on the channels. Voltage-gated potassium channels are also the target of a broad range of peptide toxins from venomous organisms, including sea anemones, scorpions, spiders, snakes and cone snails; many of these peptides bind to the channels with high potency and selectivity. In this review we describe the various classes of peptide toxins that block these channels and illustrate the broad range of three-dimensional structures that support channel blockade...
July 5, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688803/hyaluronidase-like-enzymes-are-a-frequent-component-of-venoms-from-theraphosid-spiders
#19
Luis Rodríguez-Rios, Luis Fernando Díaz-Peña, Fernando Lazcano-Pérez, Roberto Arreguín-Espinosa, Alejandra Rojas-Molina, Alejandro García-Arredondo
Theraphosid spider venoms are extremely complex mixtures, composed mainly by low molecular compounds, peptides, and enzymes. The large size of these spiders and their ability to breed in captivity permits access to rather large amounts of venom and an easier venom extraction. In the present study, we conducted a comparative investigation about the content of hyaluronidase-like enzymes in the venoms from several theraphosid spiders, with a special focus on the Poecilotheria species, which are considered as underestimated theraphosids of medical importance...
July 5, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687927/the-distribution-of-cholinergic-neurons-and-their-co-localization-with-fmrfamide-in-central-and-peripheral-neurons-of-the-spider-cupiennius-salei
#20
Ruth Fabian-Fine, Carly M Anderson, Molly A Roush, Jessica A G Johnson, Hongxia Liu, Andrew S French, Päivi H Torkkeli
The spider Cupiennius salei is a well-established model for investigating information processing in arthropod sensory systems. Immunohistochemistry has shown that several neurotransmitters exist in the C. salei nervous system, including GABA, glutamate, histamine, octopamine and FMRFamide, while electrophysiology has found functional roles for some of these transmitters. There is also evidence that acetylcholine (ACh) is present in some C. salei neurons but information about the distribution of cholinergic neurons in spider nervous systems is limited...
July 7, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
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