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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230205/parasitised-caterpillars-suffer-reduced-predation-potential-implications-for-intra-guild-predation
#1
Wen-Bin Chen, Liette Vasseur, Min-Sheng You, Jian-Yu Li, Cheng-Xiang Wang, Ruo-Xue Meng, Geoff M Gurr
Intra-guild predation (IGP) is an important phenomenon structuring ecological communities and affects the success of biological control. Here we show that parasitism by the koinobiont wasp Cotesia vestalis is associated with behavioural changes in its larval host (diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella) that reduce risk of IGP. Compared with unparasitised caterpillars, parasitised P. xylostella moved less frequently to new feeding patches on plants and were less likely to fall from the plant. Wolf spiders killed significantly fewer parasitised larvae...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228675/new-species-of-habronattus-and-pellenes-jumping-spiders-araneae-salticidae-harmochirina
#2
Wayne P Maddison
The harmochirine jumping spiders include the New World Habronattus, notable for their complex courtship displays, and Pellenes, found throughout the Old World and North America. Five new species of Habronattus and one new species of Pellenes are here described from North America: Habronattus aestus, sp. n., Habronattus chamelasp. n., Habronattus empyrussp. n., Habronattus luminosussp. n., Habronattus robertisp. n., and Pellenes canadensissp. n. For each of the new species, photographs of living specimens are given, as well as notes on habitat...
2017: ZooKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228539/three-dimensional-printing-spiders-back-and-forth-glue-application-yields-silk-anchorages-with-high-pull-off-resistance-under-varying-loading-situations
#3
Jonas O Wolff, Marie E Herberstein
The anchorage of structures is a crucial element of construction, both for humans and animals. Spiders use adhesive plaques to attach silk threads to substrates. Both biological and artificial adhesive structures usually have an optimal loading angle, and are prone to varying loading situations. Silk anchorages, however, must cope with loading in highly variable directions. Here we show that the detachment forces of thread anchorages of orb-web spiders are highly robust against pulling in different directions...
February 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226209/production-of-high-performance-bioinspired-silk-fibers-by-straining-flow-spinning
#4
Rodrigo Madurga, Alfonso M Ganan-Calvo, Gustavo Ramón Plaza, Gustavo V Guinea, Manuel Elices, José Pérez-Rigueiro
In the last years there has been an increasing interest on bioinspired approaches for different applications, including the spinning of high performance silk fibers. Bioinspired spinning is based on the natural spinning system of spiders and worms and requires combining changes in the chemical environment of the proteins with the application of mechanical stresses. Here we present the novel Straining Flow Spinning (SFS) process and prove its ability to produce high performance fibers under mild, environmentally friendly conditions, from aqueous protein dopes...
February 22, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222862/commercially-important-species-associated-with-horse-mussel-modiolus-modiolus-biogenic-reefs-a-priority-habitat-for-nature-conservation-and-fisheries-benefits
#5
Flora E A Kent, James M Mair, Jason Newton, Charles Lindenbaum, Joanne S Porter, William G Sanderson
Horse mussel reefs (Modiolus modiolus) are biodiversity hotspots afforded protection by Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the NE Atlantic. In this study, horse mussel reefs, cobble habitats and sandy habitats were assessed using underwater visual census and drop-down video techniques in three UK regions. Megafauna were enumerated, differences in community composition and individual species abundances were analysed. Samples of conspicuous megafauna were also collected from horse mussel reefs in Orkney for stable isotope analysis...
February 17, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221826/the-behavioral-type-of-a-top-predator-drives-the-short-term-dynamic-of-intraguild-predation
#6
Radek Michalko, Stano Pekár
Variation in behavior among individual top predators (i.e., the behavioral type) can strongly shape pest suppression in intraguild predation (IGP). However, the effect of a top predator's behavioral type-namely, foraging aggressiveness (number of killed divided by prey time) and prey choosiness (preference degree for certain prey type)-on the dynamic of IGP may interact with the relative abundances of top predator, mesopredator, and pest. We investigated the influence of the top predator's behavioral type on the dynamic of IGP in a three-species system with a top predator spider, a mesopredator spider, and a psyllid pest using a simulation model...
March 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217963/divergent-methylation-pattern-in-adult-stage-between-two-forms-of-tetranychus-urticae-koch-acari-tetranychidae
#7
Si-Xia Yang, Chao Guo, Xiu-Ting Zhao, Jing-Tao Sun, Xiao-Yue Hong
The two-spotted spider mite, Tetranychus urticae Koch has two forms: green form and red form. Understanding the molecular basis of how these two forms established without divergent genetic background is an intriguing area. As a well-known epigenetic process, DNA methylation has particularly important roles in gene regulation and developmental variation across diverse organisms that not alter genetic background. Here, to investigate whether DNA methylation could be associated with different phenotypic consequences in T...
February 19, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214541/think-twice-it-s-all-right-long-lasting-effects-of-disrupted-reconsolidation-on-brain-and-behavior-in-human-long-term-fear
#8
Johannes Björkstrand, Thomas Agren, Fredrik Åhs, Andreas Frick, Elna-Marie Larsson, Olof Hjorth, Tomas Furmark, Mats Fredrikson
Memories can be modified when recalled. Experimental fear conditioning studies support that amygdala-localized fear memories are attenuated when reconsolidation is disrupted through extinction training immediately following memory activation. Recently, using functional brain imaging in individuals with lifelong spider fears, we demonstrated that fear memory activation followed by repeated exposure to feared cues after 10min, thereby disrupting reconsolidation, attenuated activity in the amygdala during later re-exposure, and also facilitated approach behavior to feared cues...
February 16, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213677/a-new-distribution-range-of-ateles-chamek-humboldt-1812-in-an-ecotone-of-three-biomes-in-the-paraguay-river-basin
#9
Manoel Dos Santos-Filho, Christine Steiner São Bernardo, Henry Willian Van der Laan Barbosa, Almério Câmara Gusmão, Leandro Jerusalinsky, Gustavo Rodrigues Canale
Historical records of Ateles chamek (black-faced black spider monkey) suggest that the species range extends further south of the known species distribution, within an ecotonal region between the Amazonia, Cerrado and Pantanal biomes in Brazil. Ecotones are zones of habitat transition with high species richness that remain undersampled as conservationists often prioritize biodiversity hotspots. Thus, distribution ranges may be inaccurately measured when species occur in ecotonal zones. We report the first precise records of A...
February 17, 2017: Primates; Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210764/review-biosafety-assessment-of-bt-rice-and-other-bt-crops-using-spiders-as-example-for-non-target-arthropods-in-china
#10
REVIEW
Huilin Yang, Yuande Peng, Jianxiang Tian, Juan Wang, Jilin Hu, Qisheng Song, Zhi Wang
Since the birth of transgenic crops expressing Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) toxin for pest control, the public debate regarding ecological and environmental risks as well as benefits of Bt crops has continued unabated. The impact of Bt crops, especially on non-target invertebrates, has received particular attention. In this review, we summarize and analyze evidences for non-target effects of Bt rice on spiders, major predators in rice fields. Bt rice has been genetically modified to express the Bt protein, which has been shown to be transferred and accumulate in spiders as part of their food chain...
February 16, 2017: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209133/house-spider-genome-uncovers-evolutionary-shifts-in-the-diversity-and-expression-of-black-widow-venom-proteins-associated-with-extreme-toxicity
#11
Kerry L Gendreau, Robert A Haney, Evelyn E Schwager, Torsten Wierschin, Mario Stanke, Stephen Richards, Jessica E Garb
BACKGROUND: Black widow spiders are infamous for their neurotoxic venom, which can cause extreme and long-lasting pain. This unusual venom is dominated by latrotoxins and latrodectins, two protein families virtually unknown outside of the black widow genus Latrodectus, that are difficult to study given the paucity of spider genomes. Using tissue-, sex- and stage-specific expression data, we analyzed the recently sequenced genome of the house spider (Parasteatoda tepidariorum), a close relative of black widows, to investigate latrotoxin and latrodectin diversity, expression and evolution...
February 16, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202363/identifying-different-transcribed-proteins-in-the-newly-described-theraphosidae-pamphobeteus-verdolaga
#12
Sebastian Estrada-Gómez, Leidy Johana Vargas-Muñoz, Mónica Saldarriaga-Córdoba, Yeimy Cifuentes, Carlos Perafan
Theraphosidae spider venoms are well known for possess a complex mixture of protein and non-protein compounds in their venom. The objective of this study was to report and identify different proteins translated from the venom gland DNA information of the recently described Theraphosidae spider Pamphobeteus verdolaga. Using a venom gland transcriptomic analysis, we reported a set of the first complete sequences of seven different proteins of the recenlty described Theraphosidae spider P. verdolaga. Protein analysis indicates the presence of different proteins on the venom composition of this new spider, some of them uncommon in the Theraphosidae family...
February 13, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202361/pre-clinical-evaluation-of-voltage-gated-calcium-channel-blockers-derived-from-the-spider-p-%C3%A2-nigriventer-in-glioma-progression
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Natália Fontana Nicoletti, Thaís Cristina Erig, Rafael Fernandes Zanin, Marcelo Ricardo Roxo, Nelson Pires Ferreira, Marcus Vinicius Gomez, Fernanda Bueno Morrone, Maria Martha Campos
This study investigated the effects of P/Q- and N-type voltage-gated calcium channel (VGCC) blockers derived from P. nigriventer in glioma progression, by means of in vitro and in vivo experiments. Glioma cells M059J, U-138MG and U-251MG were used to evaluate the antiproliferative effects of P/Q- and N-type VGCC inhibitors PhTx3-3 and Phα1β from P. nigriventer (0.3-100 pM), in comparison to MVIIC and MVIIA from C. magus (0.3-100 pM), respectively. The toxins were also analyzed in a glioma model induced by implantation of GL261 mouse cells...
February 13, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199453/not-recluse-a-mnemonic-device-to-avoid-false-diagnoses-of-brown-recluse-spider-bites
#14
William V Stoecker, Richard S Vetter, Jonathan A Dyer
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 15, 2017: JAMA Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196414/polyelectrolyte-fiber-assembly-of-plant-derived-spider-silk-like-proteins
#15
Congyue Annie Peng, Julia A Russo, Todd A Lyda, William Richard Marcotte
Spider dragline silk is a proteinaceous material that combines superior toughness and biocompatibility, a promising bio-material. The distinct protein structure and the fiber formation process contribute to the superior toughness of dragline silk. Previously, we have produced recombinant spider silk-like proteins in transgenic tobacco that are readily purified from plant extracts. The plant-derived spidroin-like proteins consisted of native major ampullate spidroin 1 or spidroin 2 N- and C-termini flanking 8, 16, or 32 copies of their respective consensus block repeats (mini-spidroins)...
February 14, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195308/ca-2-permeable-ampa-receptors-associated-with-epileptogenesis-of-hypothalamic-hamartoma
#16
Hiroki Kitaura, Masaki Sonoda, Sayaka Teramoto, Hiroshi Shirozu, Hiroshi Shimizu, Tadashi Kimura, Hiroshi Masuda, Yosuke Ito, Hitoshi Takahashi, Shin Kwak, Shigeki Kameyama, Akiyoshi Kakita
Hypothalamic hamartoma (HH), composed of neurons and glia without apparent cytologic abnormalities, is a rare developmental malformation in humans. Patients with HH often have characteristic medically refractory gelastic seizures, and intrinsic epileptogenesis within the lesions has been speculated. Herein we provide evidence to suggest that in HH neurons, Ca(2+) permeability through α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid (AMPA) receptors is aberrantly elevated. In needle biopsy specimens of HH tissue, field potential recordings demonstrated spontaneous epileptiform activities similar to those observed in other etiologically distinct epileptogenic tissues...
February 13, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194160/highlights-in-the-knowledge-of-brown-spider-toxins
#17
REVIEW
Daniele Chaves-Moreira, Andrea Senff-Ribeiro, Ana Carolina Martins Wille, Luiza Helena Gremski, Olga Meiri Chaim, Silvio Sanches Veiga
Brown spiders are venomous arthropods that use their venom for predation and defense. In humans, bites of these animals provoke injuries including dermonecrosis with gravitational spread of lesions, hematological abnormalities and impaired renal function. The signs and symptoms observed following a brown spider bite are called loxoscelism. Brown spider venom is a complex mixture of toxins enriched in low molecular mass proteins (4-40 kDa). Characterization of the venom confirmed the presence of three highly expressed protein classes: phospholipases D, metalloproteases (astacins) and insecticidal peptides (knottins)...
2017: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192654/self-assembly-of-recombinant-silk-as-a-strategy-for-chemical-free-formation-of-bioactive-coatings-a-real-time-study
#18
Linnea Nilebäck, Jesper Hedin, Mona Widhe, Lotta S Floderus, Annika Krona, Helena Bysell, My Hedhammar
Functionalization of biomaterials with biologically active peptides can improve their performance after implantation. By genetic fusion to self-assembling proteins, the functional peptides can easily be presented on different physical formats. Herein, a chemical-free coating method based on self-assembly of the recombinant spider silk protein 4RepCT is described and used to prepare functional coatings on various biomaterial surfaces. The silk assembly was studied in real-time, revealing the occurrence of continuous assembly of silk proteins onto surfaces and the formation of nanofibrillar structures...
February 21, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191922/synergistic-integration-of-experimental-and-simulation-approaches-for-the-de-novo-design-of-silk-based-materials
#19
Wenwen Huang, Davoud Ebrahimi, Nina Dinjaski, Anna Tarakanova, Markus J Buehler, Joyce Y Wong, David L Kaplan
Tailored biomaterials with tunable functional properties are crucial for a variety of task-specific applications ranging from healthcare to sustainable, novel bio-nanodevices. To generate polymeric materials with predictive functional outcomes, exploiting designs from nature while morphing them toward non-natural systems offers an important strategy. Silks are Nature's building blocks and are produced by arthropods for a variety of uses that are essential for their survival. Due to the genetic control of encoded protein sequence, mechanical properties, biocompatibility, and biodegradability, silk proteins have been selected as prototype models to emulate for the tunable designs of biomaterial systems...
February 13, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191025/from-egg-to-no-body-an-overview-and-revision-of-developmental-pathways-in-the-ancient-arthropod-lineage-pycnogonida
#20
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
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