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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214357/nesting-habits-influence-population-genetic-structure-of-a-bee-living-in-anthropogenic-disturbance
#1
J L Vickruck, M H Richards
While most organisms are negatively affected by anthropogenic disturbance, a few species thrive in landscapes altered by humans. Typically, native bees are negatively impacted by anthropogenic environmental change, including habitat alteration and climate change. Here we investigate the population structure of the eastern carpenter bee Xylocopa virginica, a generalist pollinator with a broad geographic range spanning eastern North America. Eastern carpenter bees now nest almost exclusively in human made wooden structures, linking their geographic distribution and population structure to human activities and disturbance...
February 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213397/regional-differences-in-the-preferred-e-vector-orientation-of-honeybee-ocellar-photoreceptors
#2
Yuri Ogawa, Willi Ribi, Jochen Zeil, Jan M Hemmi
In addition to compound eyes, honeybees (Apis mellifera) possess three single lens eyes called ocelli located on the top of the head. Ocelli are involved in head-attitude control and in some insects have been shown to provide celestial compass information. Anatomical and early electrophysiological studies have suggested that UV and blue-green photoreceptors in ocelli are polarization sensitive. However, their retinal distribution and receptor characteristics have not been documented. Here, we used intracellular electrophysiology to determine the relationship between the spectral and polarization sensitivity of photoreceptors and their position within the visual field of the ocelli...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210630/scientific-evidence-of-rice-by-products-for-cancer-prevention-chemopreventive-properties-of-waste-products-from-rice-milling-on-carcinogenesis-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#3
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Bee Ling Tan, Mohd Esa Norhaizan
Cancer is a significant global health concern affecting men and women worldwide. Although current chemopreventive drugs could inhibit the growth of cancer cells, they exert many adverse side effects. Dietary factor plays a crucial role in the management of cancers and has drawn the attention of researchers to be used as an option to combat this disease. Both in vitro and in vivo studies showed that rice and its by-products display encouraging results in the prevention of this disease. The mechanism of anticancer effect is suggested partly through potentiation of bioactive compounds like vitamin E, phytic acid, γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA), γ-oryzanol, and phenolics...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208761/cold-ambient-temperature-promotes-nosema-spp-intensity-in-honey-bees-apis-mellifera
#4
Gina Retschnig, Geoffrey R Williams, Annette Schneeberger, Peter Neumann
Interactions between parasites and environmental factors have been implicated in the loss of managed Western honey bee (=HB, Apis mellifera) colonies. Although laboratory data suggest that cold temperature may limit the spread of Nosema ceranae, an invasive species and now ubiquitous endoparasite of Western HBs, the impact of weather conditions on the distribution of this microsporidian in the field is poorly understood. Here, we conducted a survey for Nosema spp. using 18 Swiss apiaries (four colonies per apiary) over a period of up to 18 months...
February 9, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207876/circulating-c1q-complement-tnf-related-protein-ctrp-1-ctrp9-ctrp12-and-ctrp13-concentrations-in-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-in-vivo-regulation-by-glucose
#5
Bo Bai, Bo Ban, Zunjing Liu, Man Man Zhang, Bee Kang Tan, Jing Chen
OBJECTIVES: The C1q complement/TNF-related protein (CTRP) superfamily, which includes the adipokine adiponectin, has been shown in animal models to have positive metabolic and cardiovascular effects. We sought to investigate circulating CTRP1, CTRP9, CTRP12 and CTRP13 concentrations in persons with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), with age and BMI matched controls, and to examine the effects of a 2 hour 75g oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) on serum CTRP1, CTRP9, CTRP12 and CTRP13 levels in persons with T2DM...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207237/simultaneous-determination-of-absolute-configuration-and-quantity-of-lipopeptides-using-chiral-liquid-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-and-diastereomeric-internal-standards
#6
Reza Nemati, Christopher Dietz, Emily Anstadt, Robert Clark, Michael B Smith, Frank Nichols, Xudong Yao
Lipopeptides promote innate immune response and are related to disease pathology. To investigate the newly-emerging roles of lipopeptides, accurate measurements of stereoisomers with multiple chiral centers are essential yet challenging. This work uses (3R)- and (3S)-(15-methyl-3-((13-methyltetradecanoyl)oxy)hexadecanoyl)glycyl-L-serine, abbreviated as L-serine-(R+S)-Lipid 654, to develop a method that combines chiral liquid chromatography, a diastereomeric mixture of isotopically-labeled internal standards and multiple reaction monitoring mass spectrometry...
February 16, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207182/immune-system-stimulation-by-the-gut-symbiont-frischella-perrara-in-the-honey-bee-apis-mellifera
#7
Olivier Emery, Konstantin Schmidt, Philipp Engel
Gut bacteria engage in various symbiotic interactions with their host and impact gut immunity and homeostasis in different ways. In honey bees, the gut microbiota is composed of a relatively simple, but highly specialized bacterial community. One of its members, the gammaproteobacterium Frischella perrara induces the so-called scab phenotype, a dark-colored band that develops on the epithelial surface of the pylorus. To understand the underlying host response, we analyzed transcriptome changes in the gut in response to bacterial colonization...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205632/using-dna-metabarcoding-to-investigate-honey-bee-foraging-reveals-limited-flower-use-despite-high-floral-availability
#8
Natasha de Vere, Laura E Jones, Tegan Gilmore, Jake Moscrop, Abigail Lowe, Dan Smith, Matthew J Hegarty, Simon Creer, Col R Ford
Understanding which flowers honey bees (Apis mellifera) use for forage can help us to provide suitable plants for healthy honey bee colonies. Accordingly, honey DNA metabarcoding provides a valuable tool for investigating pollen and nectar collection. We investigated early season (April and May) floral choice by honey bees provided with a very high diversity of flowering plants within the National Botanic Garden of Wales. There was a close correspondence between the phenology of flowering and the detection of plants within the honey...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204822/melittin-inhibits-osteoclast-formation-through-the-downregulation-of-the-rankl-rank-signaling-pathway-and-the-inhibition-of-interleukin-1%C3%AE-in-murine-macrophages
#9
Jung-Yoon Choe, Seong-Kyu Kim
Melittin is a major toxic component of bee venom (Apis mellifera). It is not known whether melittin is involved in bone metabolism and osteoclastogenesis. The aim of this study was to determine the role of melittin in the regulation of osteoclastogenesis. In vitro osteoclastogenesis assays were performed using mouse RAW 264.7 cells and bone marrow-derived macrophages (BMMs) treated with receptor activator of nuclear factor-κB ligand (RANKL) and macrophage colony-stimulating factor (M-CSF). Morphologic and functional analyses for osteoclast-like multinucleated cells (MNCs) were performed by tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP) staining, F-actin staining and pit formation methods...
February 3, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204532/characterization-of-the-single-subunit-oligosaccharyltransferase-stt3a-from-trypanosoma-brucei-using-synthetic-peptides-andlipid-linked-oligosaccharide-analogs
#10
Ana S Ramírez, Jérémy Boilevin, Rasomoy Biswas, Bee Ha Gan, Daniel Janser, Markus Aebi, Tamis Darbre, Jean-Louis Reymond, Kaspar P Locher
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 15, 2017: Glycobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204486/migratory-bee-hive-transportation-contributes-insignificantly-to-transgenic-pollen-movement-between-spatially-isolated-alfalfa-seed-fields
#11
Natalie K Boyle, Sandya R Kesoju, Stephanie L Greene, Ruth C Martin, Douglas B Walsh
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 1, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202955/microbiology-gut-bacteria-boost-bee-immunity
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No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 15, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199524/impact-of-outpatient-neuraminidase-inhibitor-treatment-in-patients-infected-with-influenza-a-h1n1-pdm09-at-high-risk-of-hospitalization-an-individual-participant-data-ipd-meta-analysis
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Sudhir Venkatesan, Puja R Myles, Jo Leonardi-Bee, Stella G Muthuri, Malak Al Masri, Nick Andrews, Carlos Bantar, Gal Dubnov-Raz, Patrick Gérardin, Evelyn Sc Koay, Tze Ping Loh, Ziad Memish, Elizabeth Miller, Maria E Oliva, Barbara A Rath, Brunhilde Schweiger, Julian W Tang, Dat Tran, Tjasa Vidmar, Pauline A Waight, Jonathan S Nguyen-Van-Tam
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 12, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193870/disruption-of-quercetin-metabolism-by-fungicide-affects-energy-production-in-honey-bees-apis-mellifera
#14
Wenfu Mao, Mary A Schuler, May R Berenbaum
Cytochrome P450 monooxygenases (P450) in the honey bee, Apis mellifera, detoxify phytochemicals in honey and pollen. The flavonol quercetin is found ubiquitously and abundantly in pollen and frequently at lower concentrations in honey. Worker jelly consumed during the first 3 d of larval development typically contains flavonols at very low levels, however. RNA-Seq analysis of gene expression in neonates reared for three days on diets with and without quercetin revealed that, in addition to up-regulating multiple detoxifying P450 genes, quercetin is a negative transcriptional regulator of mitochondrion-related nuclear genes and genes encoding subunits of complexes I, III, IV, and V in the oxidative phosphorylation pathway...
February 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193810/thresholds-and-noise-limitations-of-colour-vision-in-dim-light
#15
REVIEW
Almut Kelber, Carola Yovanovich, Peter Olsson
Colour discrimination is based on opponent photoreceptor interactions, and limited by receptor noise. In dim light, photon shot noise impairs colour vision, and in vertebrates, the absolute threshold of colour vision is set by dark noise in cones. Nocturnal insects (e.g. moths and nocturnal bees) and vertebrates lacking rods (geckos) have adaptations to reduce receptor noise and use chromatic vision even in very dim light. In contrast, vertebrates with duplex retinae use colour-blind rod vision when noisy cone signals become unreliable, and their transition from cone- to rod-based vision is marked by the Purkinje shift...
April 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192487/volatile-organic-compounds-of-thai-honeys-produced-from-several-floral-sources-by-different-honey-bee-species
#16
Praetinee Pattamayutanon, Sergio Angeli, Prodpran Thakeow, John Abraham, Terd Disayathanoowat, Panuwan Chantawannakul
The volatile organic compounds (VOCs) of four monofloral and one multifloral of Thai honeys produced by Apis cerana, Apis dorsata and Apis mellifera were analyzed by headspace solid-phase microextraction (HS-SPME) followed by gas chromatography and mass spectrometry (GC-MS). The floral sources were longan, sunflower, coffee, wild flowers (wild) and lychee. Honey originating from longan had more VOCs than all other floral sources. Sunflower honey had the least numbers of VOCs. cis-Linalool oxide, trans-linalool oxide, ho-trienol, and furan-2,5-dicarbaldehyde were present in all the honeys studied, independent of their floral origin...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192367/the-occurrence-of-enhanced-biological-phosphorus-removal-in-a-200-000-m-3-day-partial-nitration-and-anammox-activated-sludge-process-at-the-changi-water-reclamation-plant-singapore
#17
Yeshi Cao, Bee Hong Kwok, Mark C M van Loosdrecht, Glen T Daigger, Hui Yi Png, Wah Yuen Long, Chua Seng Chye, Yahya A B D Ghani
Mainstream partial nitritation and Anammox (PN/A) has been observed and studied in the step-feed activated sludge process at the Changi water reclamation plant (WRP), which is the largest WRP (800,000 m(3)/d) in Singapore. This paper presents the study results for enhanced biological phosphorus removal (EBPR) co-existing with PN/A in the activated sludge process. Both the in-situ EBPR efficiency and ex-situ activities of phosphorus release and uptake were high. The phosphorus accumulating organisms were dominant, with little presence of glycogen accumulating organisms in the activated sludge...
February 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191986/studies-of-learned-helplessness-in-honey-bees-apis-mellifera-ligustica
#18
Christopher W Dinges, Christopher A Varnon, Lisa D Cota, Stephen Slykerman, Charles I Abramson
The current study reports 2 experiments investigating learned helplessness in the honey bee (Apis mellifera ligustica). In Experiment 1, we used a traditional escape method but found the bees' activity levels too high to observe changes due to treatment conditions. The bees were not able to learn in this traditional escape procedure; thus, such procedures may be inappropriate to study learned helplessness in honey bees. In Experiment 2, we used an alternative punishment, or passive avoidance, method to investigate learned helplessness...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Animal Learning and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187675/taxonomy-and-ecology-of-a-new-species-of-i-corynura-i-hymenoptera-%C3%A2-halictidae-augochlorini-from-chile-and-argentina
#19
Rocío Ana González-Vaquero, Carlo Polidori, José Luis Nieves-Aldrey
We describe a new species of Corynura Spinola, a socially polymorphic genus within the bee tribe Augochlorini (Halictidae). We present a detailed description of both sexes of Corynura (Corynura) moscosensis n. sp. González-Vaquero, images of diagnostic morphological structures and antennal sensilla, floral associations, distributional data and notes on its nesting biology. Corynura moscosensis n. sp. is similar in appearance to C. (C.) chloromelas (Alfken), but it can be distinguished by the sculpturing of the mesoscutum and the hair types on the propodeum in the female, and by the genitalia and extent of the area exclusively covered by sensilla placoidea on the antennal flagellum of the male...
January 16, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187591/type-revision-of-asiatic-bees-of-the-genus-i-hylaeus-i-f-described-by-ferdinand-morawitz-hymenoptera-apoidea-colletidae
#20
Holger H Dathe, Maxim Yu Proshchalykin
The type specimens of the bee genus Hylaeus Fabricius, 1793 described by Ferdinand Morawitz from Asia and deposited in the Zoological Museum of the Moscow State University and in the Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences St. Petersburg, are critically reviewed. Precise information with illustrations of types for 39 taxa is provided. New synonymy is established for Hylaeus incongruus Förster, 1871 (= H. biareolatus Morawitz, 1876, syn. nov.); H. breviceps Morawitz, 1876 (= H. bivittatus Morawitz, 1876, syn...
January 31, 2017: Zootaxa
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