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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548561/effect-of-honey-and-royal-jelly-against-cisplatin-induced-nephrotoxicity-in-patients-with-cancer
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Hasnaa Osama, Aya Abdullah, Bassma Gamal, Dina Emad, Doha Sayed, Eman Hussein, Eman Mahfouz, Joy Tharwat, Sally Sayed, Shrouk Medhat, Treza Bahaa, Mohamed E A Abdelrahim
OBJECTIVES: Cisplatin constitutes one of the most potent antineoplastic drugs; however, nephrotoxicity limited its eligibility for optimal clinical use. This study was designed to evaluate the role of honey and royal jelly with antioxidant properties in the protection of cisplatin-induced acute kidney injury in patients with cancer. METHODS: Patients with cancer assigned for cisplatin chemotherapy were randomly divided into bee honey and royal jelly groups pretreated before the initiation and during cisplatin chemotherapeutic regimen and control group on cisplatin only...
May 26, 2017: Journal of the American College of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547940/cytotoxic-activity-of-propolis-extracts-from-the-stingless-bee-trigona-sirindhornae-against-primary-and-metastatic-head-and-neck-cancer-cell-lines
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Kusumawadee Utispan, Bordin Chitkul, Sittichai Koontongkaew
Background: Propolis, a resinous substance produced by the honeybee, has a wide spectrum of potent biological activities. However, anti-cancer activity of propolis obtained from Trigona sirindhornae, a new species of stingless bee, has not yet been reported. This study concerned cytotoxicity of propolis extracts from T. sirindhornae against two head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) cell lines. Materials and Methods: A dichloromethane extract of propolis (DMEP) was prepared generating 3 fractions: DMEP-A, DMEP-B, and DMEP-C...
April 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546807/isolation-of-biologically-active-peptides-from-the-venom-of-japanese-carpenter-bee-xylocopa-appendiculata
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Hiroko Kawakami, Shin G Goto, Kazuya Murata, Hideaki Matsuda, Yasushi Shigeri, Tomohiro Imura, Hidetoshi Inagaki, Tetsuro Shinada
BACKGROUND: Mass spectrometry-guided venom peptide profiling is a powerful tool to explore novel substances from venomous animals in a highly sensitive manner. In this study, this peptide profiling approach is successfully applied to explore the venom peptides of a Japanese solitary carpenter bee, Xylocopa appendiculata (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Apidae: Anthophila: Xylocopinae: Xylocopini). Although interesting biological effects of the crude venom of carpenter bees have been reported, the structure and biological function of the venom peptides have not been elucidated yet...
2017: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544664/to-reproduce-or-work-insect-castes-emerge-from-socially-induced-changes-in-nutrition-related-genes
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Amy L Toth
In social species, there is a fundamental trade-off between 'me' and 'we'; that is, should I reproduce, or should I work to help others to reproduce? In this issue of Molecular Ecology, Okada et al. () delve into the evolution and genetic mechanisms of this core question, focusing on social caste formation in insects. The authors take advantage of a unique ant in the genus Diacamma, which has secondarily lost the classic, highly different queens and workers found in many other ants, bees and wasps. Instead, Diacamma ant castes are decided via aggressive dominance interactions among adult females, similar to dominance hierarchies seen in primitively social insects and many social vertebrates...
June 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542566/proteomic-analysis-in-the-dufour-s-gland-of-africanized-apis-mellifera-workers-hymenoptera-apidae
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Aparecida das Dores Teixeira, Patricia D Games, Benjamin B Katz, John M Tomich, José C Zanuncio, José Eduardo Serrão
The colony of eusocial bee Apis mellifera has a reproductive queen and sterile workers performing tasks such as brood care and foraging. Chemical communication plays a crucial role in the maintenance of sociability in bees with many compounds released by the exocrine glands. The Dufour's gland is a non-paired gland associated with the sting apparatus with important functions in the communication between members of the colony, releasing volatile chemicals that influence workers roles and tasks. However, the protein content in this gland is not well studied...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542480/correction-bee-inspired-novel-optimization-algorithm-and-mathematical-model-for-effective-and-efficient-route-planning-in-railway-system
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2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542163/two-extended-haplotype-blocks-are-associated-with-adaptation-to-high-altitude-habitats-in-east-african-honey-bees
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Andreas Wallberg, Caspar Schöning, Matthew T Webster, Martin Hasselmann
Understanding the genetic basis of adaption is a central task in biology. Populations of the honey bee Apis mellifera that inhabit the mountain forests of East Africa differ in behavior and morphology from those inhabiting the surrounding lowland savannahs, which likely reflects adaptation to these habitats. We performed whole genome sequencing on 39 samples of highland and lowland bees from two pairs of populations to determine their evolutionary affinities and identify the genetic basis of these putative adaptations...
May 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540533/responses-of-euglossine-bees-hymenoptera-apidae-euglossina-to-an-edge-forest-gradient-in-a-large-tabuleiro-forest-remnant-in-eastern-brazil
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J A Coswosk, R A Ferreira, E D G Soares, L R R Faria
Euglossine fauna of a large remnant of Brazilian Atlantic forest in eastern Brazil (Reserva Natural Vale) was assessed along an edge-forest gradient towards the interior of the fragment. To test the hypotheses that the structure of assemblages of orchid bees varies along this gradient, the following predictions were evaluated: (i) species richness is positively related to distance from the forest edge, (ii) species diversity is positively related to distance from the edge, (iii) the relative abundance of species associated with forest edge and/or open areas is inversely related to the distance from edge, and (iv) relative abundance of forest-related species is positively related to distance from the edge...
May 24, 2017: Neotropical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539687/phylogenetic-analysis-of-monascus-and-new-species-from-honey-pollen-and-nests-of-stingless-bees
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R N Barbosa, S L Leong, O Vinnere-Pettersson, A J Chen, C M Souza-Motta, J C Frisvad, R A Samson, N T Oliveira, J Houbraken
The genus Monascus was described by van Tieghem (1884) to accommodate M. ruber and M. mucoroides, two species with non-ostiolate ascomata. Species delimitation in the genus is still mainly based on phenotypic characters, and taxonomic studies that include sequence data are limited. The genus is of economic importance. Species are used in fermented Asian foods as food colourants (e.g. 'red rice' (ang-kak, angka)) and found as spoilage organisms, and recently Monascus was found to be essential in the lifecycle of stingless bees...
March 2017: Studies in Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539589/uneven-distribution-of-complementary-sex-determiner-csd-alleles-in-apis-mellifera-population
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Joanna Zareba, Pawel Blazej, Agnieszka Laszkiewicz, Lukasz Sniezewski, Michal Majkowski, Sylwia Janik, Malgorzata Cebrat
The complementary sex determiner (csd) gene determines the sex of the western honey bee (Apis mellifera L.). Bees that are heterozygous at the csd locus develop into females; whereas hemizygous bees develop into males. The co-occurrence of two identical csd alleles in a single diploid genome leads to the genetic death of the bee. Thus, the maintenance of csd diversity in the population is favoured. The number and distribution of csd alleles is particularly interesting in light of the recent decline in the honey bee population...
May 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537612/proline-rich-antimicrobial-peptides-targeting-protein-synthesis
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Michael Graf, Mario Mardirossian, Fabian Nguyen, A Carolin Seefeldt, Gilles Guichard, Marco Scocchi, C Axel Innis, Daniel N Wilson
Covering: up to 2017The innate immune system employs a broad array of antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) to attack invading microorganisms. While most AMPs act by permeabilizing the bacterial membrane, specific subclasses of AMPs have been identified that pass through membranes and inhibit bacterial growth by targeting fundamental intracellular processes. One such subclass is the proline-rich antimicrobial peptides (PrAMPs) that bind to the ribosome and interfere with the process of protein synthesis. A diverse range of PrAMPs have been identified in insects, such as bees, wasps and beetles, and crustaceans, such as crabs, as well as in mammals, such as cows, sheep, goats and pigs...
May 24, 2017: Natural Product Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537320/understanding-the-adsorptive-interactions-of-arsenate-iron-nanoparticles-with-curved-fullerene-like-sheets-in-activated-carbon-using-a-quantum-mechanics-molecular-mechanics-computational-approach
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Nguyen Ngoc Ha, Le Minh Cam, Nguyen Thi Thu Ha, Bee-Min Goh, Martin Saunders, Zhong-Tao Jiang, Mohammednoor Altarawneh, Bogdan Z Dlugogorski, Mohanad El-Harbawi, Chun-Yang Yin
The prevalence of global arsenic groundwater contamination has driven widespread research on developing effective treatment systems including adsorption using various sorbents. The uptake of arsenic-based contaminants onto established sorbents such as activated carbon (AC) can be effectively enhanced via immobilization/impregnation of iron-based elements on the porous AC surface. Recent suggestions that AC pores structurally consist of an eclectic mix of curved fullerene-like sheets may affect the arsenic adsorption dynamics within the AC pores and is further complicated by the presence of nano-sized iron-based elements...
May 24, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536987/sexual-deception-in-the-eucera-pollinated-ophrys-leochroma-a-chemical-intermediate-between-wasp-and-andrena-pollinated-species
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Monica Cuervo, Demetra Rakosy, Carlos Martel, Stefan Schulz, Manfred Ayasse
Ophrys flowers mimic sex pheromones of attractive females of their pollinators and attract males, which attempt to copulate with the flower and thereby pollinate it. Virgin females and orchid flowers are known to use the same chemical compounds in order to attract males. The composition of the sex pheromone and its floral analogue, however, vary between pollinator genera. Wasp-pollinated Ophrys species attract their pollinators by using polar hydroxy acids, whereas Andrena-pollinated species use a mixture of non-polar hydrocarbons...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Chemical Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536009/melittin-a-major-peptide-component-of-bee-venom-and-its-conjugates-in-cancer-therapy
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Islam Rady, Imtiaz A Siddiqui, Mohamad Rady, Hasan Mukhtar
Melittin (MEL), a major peptide component of bee venom, is an attractive candidate for cancer therapy. This agent has shown a variety of anti-cancer effects in preclinical cell culture and animal model systems. Despite a convincing efficacy data against variety of cancers, its applicability to humans has met with challenges due to several issues including its non-specific cytotoxicity, degradation and hemolytic activity. Several optimization approaches including utilization of nanoparticle based delivery of MEL have been utilized to circumvent the issues...
May 20, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535305/preservation-of-domesticated-honey-bee-hymenoptera-apidae-drone-semen
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M Paillard, A Rousseau, P Giovenazzo, J L Bailey
Preservation of honey bee (Apis mellifera L., Hymenoptera: Apidae) sperm, coupled with instrumental insemination, is an effective strategy to protect the species and their genetic diversity. Our overall objective is to develop a method of drone semen preservation; therefore, two experiments were conducted. Hypothesis 1 was that cryopreservation (-196 °C) of drone semen is more effective for long-term storage than at 16 °C. Our results show that after 1 yr of storage, frozen sperm viability was higher than at 16 °C, showing that cryopreservation is necessary to conserve semen...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534835/emulsion-based-intradermal-delivery-of-melittin-in-rats
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Sang Mi Han, Se Gun Kim, Sok Cheon Pak
Bee venom (BV) has long been used as a traditional medicine. The aim of the present study was to formulate a BV emulsion with good rheological properties for dermal application and investigate the effect of formulation on the permeation of melittin through dermatomed rat skin. A formulated emulsion containing 1% (w/v) BV was prepared. The emulsion was compared with distilled water (DW) and 25% (w/v) N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) in DW. Permeation of melittin from aqueous solution through the dermatomed murine skin was evaluated using the Franz diffusion cells...
May 19, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534786/evolutionary-computing-enriched-computer-aided-diagnosis-system-for-diabetic-retinopathy-a-survey
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Romany Mansour
The alterations caused due to diabetes mellitus results into significant micro-vasculature that eventually causes diabetic retinopathy (DR) that keeps on increasing as per time and eventually causes complete vision loss. Identifying subtle variations in morphological changes in retinal blood vessels, optic disk, exudates, micro-aneurysms, hemorrhage etc is complicate and requires robust computer aided diagnosis (CAD) system so as to enable earlier and efficient DR diagnosis practices. In majority of the existing CAD systems, the need of functional enhancement has been realized time by time to ensure accurate and time efficient DR...
May 17, 2017: IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533385/solitary-bees-reduce-investment-in-communication-compared-with-their-social-relatives
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Bernadette Wittwer, Abraham Hefetz, Tovit Simon, Li E K Murphy, Mark A Elgar, Naomi E Pierce, Sarah D Kocher
Social animals must communicate to define group membership and coordinate social organization. For social insects, communication is predominantly mediated through chemical signals, and as social complexity increases, so does the requirement for a greater diversity of signals. This relationship is particularly true for advanced eusocial insects, including ants, bees, and wasps, whose chemical communication systems have been well-characterized. However, we know surprisingly little about how these communication systems evolve during the transition between solitary and group living...
May 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533203/floral-traits-influencing-plant-attractiveness-to-three-bee-species-consequences-for-plant-reproductive-success
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Austin A Bauer, Murray K Clayton, Johanne Brunet
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: The ability to attract pollinators is crucial to plants that rely on insects for pollination. We contrasted the roles of floral display size and flower color in attracting three bee species and determined the relationships between plant attractiveness (number of pollinator visits) and seed set for each bee species. METHODS: We recorded pollinator visits to plants, measured plant traits, and quantified plant reproductive success. A zero-inflated Poisson regression model indicated plant traits associated with pollinator attraction...
May 21, 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532421/glutamate-excitotoxicity-induced-by-orally-administered-propionic-acid-a-short-chain-fatty-acid-can-be-ameliorated-by-bee-pollen
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Afaf El-Ansary, Huda S Al-Salem, Alqahtani Asma, Abeer Al-Dbass
BACKGROUND: Rodent models may guide investigations towards identifying either environmental neuro-toxicants or drugs with neuro-therapeutic effects. This work aims to study the therapeutic effects of bee pollen on brain glutamate excitotoxicity and the impaired glutamine-glutamate- gamma amino butyric acid (GABA) circuit induced by propionic acid (PPA), a short chain fatty acid, in rat pups. METHODS: Twenty-four young male Western Albino rats 3-4 weeks of age, and 45-60 g body weight were enrolled in the present study...
May 22, 2017: Lipids in Health and Disease
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