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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812560/an-invasive-social-insect-overcomes-genetic-load-at-the-sex-locus
#1
Rosalyn Gloag, Guiling Ding, Joshua R Christie, Gabriele Buchmann, Madeleine Beekman, Benjamin P Oldroyd
Some invasive hymenopteran social insects found new populations with very few reproductive individuals. This is despite the high cost of founder effects for such insects, which generally require heterozygosity at a single locus-the complementary sex determiner, csd-to develop as females. Individuals that are homozygous at csd develop as either infertile or subfertile diploid males or not at all. Furthermore, diploid males replace the female workers that are essential for colony function. Here we document how the Asian honey bee (Apis cerana) overcame the diploid male problem during its invasion of Australia...
November 7, 2016: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809782/dietary-supplementation-of-honey-bee-larvae-with-arginine-and-abscisic-acid-enhances-nitric-oxide-and-granulocyte-immune-responses-after-trauma
#2
Pedro Negri, Leonor Ramirez, Silvina Quintana, Nicolás Szawarski, Matías Maggi, Yves Le Conte, Lorenzo Lamattina, Martin Eguaras
Many biotic and abiotic stressors impact bees' health, acting as immunosupressors and contribute to colony losses. Thus, the importance of studying the immune response of honey bees is central to develop new strategies aiming to enhance bees' fitness to confront the threats affecting them. If a pathogen breaches the physical and chemical barriers, honey bees can protect themselves from infection with cellular and humoral immune responses which represent a second line of defense. Through a series of correlative studies we have previously reported that abscisic acid (ABA) and nitric oxide (NO) share roles in the same immune defenses of Apis mellifera (A...
August 15, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805634/honey-bee-gut-dysbiosis-a-novel-context-of-disease-ecology
#3
REVIEW
Kirk E Anderson, Vincent A Ricigliano
The honey bee microbiota has become a hot-spot of recent research. Highly co-evolved with its host, the hindgut microbiota of a worker honey bee consists of six bacterial species shown to occur reliably in particular proportions. Altered microbiota structure is associated with host deficiencies, and a variety of bacteria found throughout the hive environment can dominate the worker gut suppressing or displacing microbiota function. The synthesis presented here suggests environmental insults alter gut bacterial balance, leading to decreased host function and disease progression...
August 2017: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805554/apitherapeutics-and-phage-loaded-nanofibers-as-wound-dressings-with-enhanced-wound-healing-and-antibacterial-activity
#4
Wessam A Sarhan, Hassan Me Azzazy
AIM: Develop green wound dressings which exhibit enhanced wound-healing ability and potent antibacterial effects. METHODS: Honey, polyvinyl alcohol, chitosan nanofibers were electrospun and loaded with bee venom, propolis and/or bacteriophage against the multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa and examined for their antibacterial, wound-healing ability and cytotoxicity. RESULTS: Among different formulations of nanofibers, honey, polyvinyl alcohol, chitosan-bee venom/bacteriophage exhibited the most potent antibacterial activity against all tested bacterial strains (Gram-positive and -negative strains) and achieved nearly complete killing of multidrug-resistant P...
September 2017: Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803879/pathway-profiles-based-on-gene-set-enrichment-analysis-in-the-honey-bee-apis-mellifera-under-brood-rearing-suppressed-conditions
#5
Kyungmun Kim, Ju Hyeon Kim, Young Ho Kim, Seong-Eui Hong, Si Hyeock Lee
Perturbation of normal behaviors in honey bee colonies by any external factor can immediately reduce the colony's capacity for brood rearing, which can eventually lead to colony collapse. To investigate the effects of brood-rearing suppression on the biology of honey bee workers, gene-set enrichment analysis of the transcriptomes of worker bees with or without suppressed brood rearing was performed. When brood rearing was suppressed, pathways associated with both protein degradation and synthesis were simultaneously over-represented in both nurses and foragers, and their overall pathway representation profiles resembled those of normal foragers and nurses, respectively...
August 10, 2017: Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800885/methyl-farnesoate-epoxidase-mfe-gene-expression-and-juvenile-hormone-titers-in-the-life-cycle-of-a-highly-eusocial-stingless-bee-melipona-scutellaris
#6
Carlos Antônio Mendes Cardoso-Júnior, Renato Pereira Silva, Naiara Araújo Borges, Washington João de Carvalho, S Leal Walter, Zilá Luz Paulino Simões, Marcia Maria Gentile Bitondi, Carlos Ueira Vieira, Ana Maria Bonetti, Klaus Hartfelder
In social insects, juvenile hormone (JH) has acquired novel functions related to caste determination and division of labor among workers, and this is best evidenced in the honey bee. In contrast to honey bees, stingless bees are a much more diverse group of highly eusocial bees, and the genus Melipona has long called special attention due to a proposed genetic mechanism of caste determination. Here, we examined methyl farnesoate epoxidase (mfe) gene expression, encoding an enzyme relevant for the final step in JH biosynthesis, and measured the hemolymph JH titers for all life cycle stages of Melipona scutellaris queens and workers...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797906/amitraz-and-its-metabolite-modulate-honey-bee-cardiac-function-and-tolerance-to-viral-infection
#7
Scott T O'Neal, Carlyle C Brewster, Jeffrey R Bloomquist, Troy D Anderson
The health and survival of managed honey bee (Apis mellifera) colonies are affected by multiple factors, one of the most important being the interaction between viral pathogens and infestations of the ectoparasitic mite Varroa destructor. Currently, the only effective strategy available for mitigating the impact of viral infections is the chemical control of mite populations. Unfortunately, the use of in-hive acaricides comes at a price, as they can produce sublethal effects that are difficult to quantify, but may ultimately be as damaging as the mites they are used to treat...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797675/from-the-hive-honey-a-novel-weapon-against-cancer
#8
REVIEW
Mariateresa Badolato, Gabriele Carullo, Erika Cione, Francesca Aiello, Maria Cristina Caroleo
Nowadays there is a folk medicine branch called apitherapy that aims to treat diseases with bee products, including honey. Honey has long been known for its medicinal and health promoting properties. It encloses numerous types of phytochemicals with high phenolic and flavonoid content, which contribute to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Varieties and variants of polyphenols in honey showed antiproliferative property against several types of cancer. This review focuses on the latest discoveries about the key role of honey in different stages of carcinogenesis, initiation, proliferation and progression, both in vitro and in vivo, as well as on its adjuvant effect in cancer therapy...
August 3, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795524/resin-foraging-dynamics-in-varroa-destructor-infested-hives-a-case-of-medication-of-kin
#9
Michelina Pusceddu, Giannella Piluzza, Panagiotis Theodorou, Franco Buffa, Luca Ruiu, Simonetta Bullitta, Ignazio Floris, Alberto Satta
Social insects have evolved colony behavioral, physiological and organizational adaptations (social immunity) to reduce the risks of parasitization and/or disease transmission. The collection of resin from various plants and its use in the hive as propolis, is a clear example of behavioral defense. For Apis mellifera, an increased propolis content in the hive may correspond to variations in the microbial load of the colony and to a down-regulation of an individual bee's immune response. However, many aspects of such antimicrobial mechanism still need to be clarified...
August 10, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760967/deep-evolutionary-conservation-of-autism-related-genes
#10
Hagai Y Shpigler, Michael C Saul, Frida Corona, Lindsey Block, Amy Cash Ahmed, Sihai D Zhao, Gene E Robinson
E. O. Wilson proposed in Sociobiology that similarities between human and animal societies reflect common mechanistic and evolutionary roots. When introduced in 1975, this controversial hypothesis was beyond science's ability to test. We used genomic analyses to determine whether superficial behavioral similarities in humans and the highly social honey bee reflect common molecular mechanisms. Here, we report that gene expression signatures for individual bees unresponsive to various salient social stimuli are significantly enriched for autism spectrum disorder-related genes...
July 31, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755688/differential-physiological-effects-of-neonicotinoid-insecticides-on-honey-bees-a-comparison-between-apis-mellifera-and-apis-cerana
#11
Zhiguo Li, Meng Li, Jingfang He, Xiaomeng Zhao, Veeranan Chaimanee, Wei-Fone Huang, Hongyi Nie, Yazhou Zhao, Songkun Su
Acute toxicities (LD50s) of imidacloprid and clothianidin to Apis mellifera and A. cerana were investigated. Changing patterns of immune-related gene expressions and the activities of four enzymes between the two bee species were compared and analyzed after exposure to sublethal doses of insecticides. Results indicated that A. cerana was more sensitive to imidacloprid and clothianidin than A. mellifera. The acute oral LD50 values of imidacloprid and clothianidin for A. mellifera were 8.6 and 2.0ng/bee, respectively, whereas the corresponding values for A...
August 2017: Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751766/foragers-of-sympatric-asian-honey-bee-species-intercept-competitor-signals-by-avoiding-benzyl-acetate-from-apis-cerana-alarm-pheromone
#12
Ping Wen, Yanan Cheng, Yufeng Qu, Hongxia Zhang, Jianjun Li, Heather Bell, Ken Tan, James Nieh
While foraging, animals can form inter- and intraspecific social signalling networks to avoid similar predators. We report here that foragers of different native Asian honey bee species can detect and use a specialized alarm pheromone component, benzyl acetate (BA), to avoid danger. We analysed the volatile alarm pheromone produced by attacked workers of the most abundant native Asian honey bee, Apis cerana and tested the responses of other bee species to these alarm signals. As compared to nest guards, A. cerana foragers produced 3...
July 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751408/draft-genome-sequences-of-saccharibacter-sp-strains-3-a-1-and-m18-isolated-from-honey-and-a-honey-bee-apis-mellifera-stomach
#13
Alexandra Veress, Tímea Wilk, János Kiss, Ferenc Olasz, Péter P Papp
The annotated draft genome sequences of two recent Saccharibacter sp. strains isolated from honey and a honey bee stomach in 2014 are reported here. Currently, two Saccharibacter whole-genome sequences are available in databases; thus, the sequences of our new isolates will contribute to a better understanding of Saccharibacter genomes.
July 27, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748595/genes-important-for-survival-or-reproduction-in-varroa-destructor-identified-by-rnai
#14
Zachary Y Huang, Guowu Bian, Zhiyong Xi, Xianbing Xie
The Varroa mite, (Varroa destructor), is the worst threat to honey bee health worldwide. To explore the possibility of using RNAi to control this pest, we determined the effects of knocking down various genes on Varroa mite survival and reproduction. Double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) of six candidate genes (Da, Pros26S, RpL8, RpL11, RpP0 and RpS13) were synthesized and each injected into Varroa mites, then mite survival and reproduction were assessed. Injection of dsRNA for Da (Daughterless) and Pros26S (Proteasome 26S subunit ATPase) caused a significant reduction in mite survival, with 3...
July 27, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748336/continuous-release-of-oregano-oil-effectively-and-safely-controls-varroa-destructor-infestations-in-honey-bee-colonies-in-a-northern-climate
#15
Qodratollah Sabahi, Hanan Gashout, Paul G Kelly, Ernesto Guzman-Novoa
The ectoparasitic mite Varroa destructor is responsible for the death of millions of honey bee (Apis mellifera) colonies worldwide. Testing potential miticide compounds with different delivery methods that effectively control V. destructor and have low toxicity for honey bees is crucial to manage this parasite in hives. We determined the varroacide efficacy of three natural compounds delivered to hives with three application methods over a 4-week period. Oxalic acid in a sucrose solution was applied impregnated in cardboard (T1)...
July 26, 2017: Experimental & Applied Acarology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748329/impact-of-thiamethoxam-on-honey-bee-queen-apis-mellifera-carnica-reproductive-morphology-and-physiology
#16
Ivana Tlak Gajger, Martina Sakač, Aleš Gregorc
High honey bee losses around the world have been linked in part by the regular use of neonicotinoids in agriculture. In light of the current situation, the aim of this study was to investigate the effects of thiamethoxam on the development of the reproductive system and physiology in the honey bee queen. Two experimental groups of honey bee queen larvae were treated with thiamethoxam during artificial rearing, applied via artificial feed in two cycles. In the first rearing cycle, honey bee larvae received a single treatment dose (4...
July 26, 2017: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746045/applicability-of-biotechnologically-produced-insect-silks
#17
Heike M Herold, Thomas Scheibel
Silks are structural proteins produced by arthropods. Besides the well-known cocoon silk, which is produced by larvae of the silk moth Bombyx mori to undergo metamorphosis inside their silken shelter (and which is also used for textile production by men since millennia), numerous further less known silk-producing animals exist. The ability to produce silk evolved multiple independent times during evolution, and the fact that silk was subject to convergent evolution gave rise to an abundant natural diversity of silk proteins...
July 26, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Naturforschung. C, A Journal of Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743868/virus-and-dsrna-triggered-transcriptional-responses-reveal-key-components-of-honey-bee-antiviral-defense
#18
Laura M Brutscher, Katie F Daughenbaugh, Michelle L Flenniken
Recent high annual losses of honey bee colonies are associated with many factors, including RNA virus infections. Honey bee antiviral responses include RNA interference and immune pathway activation, but their relative roles in antiviral defense are not well understood. To better characterize the mechanism(s) of honey bee antiviral defense, bees were infected with a model virus in the presence or absence of dsRNA, a virus associated molecular pattern. Regardless of sequence specificity, dsRNA reduced virus abundance...
July 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743669/relative-abundance-of-deformed-wing-virus-varroa-destructor-virus-1-and-their-recombinants-in-honey-bees-apis-mellifera-assessed-by-kmer-analysis-of-public-rna-seq-data
#19
Robert Scott Cornman
Deformed wing virus (DWV) is a major pathogen of concern to apiculture, and recent reports have indicated the local predominance and potential virulence of recombinants between DWV and a related virus, Varroa destructor virus 1 (VDV). However, little is known about the frequency and titer of VDV and recombinants relative to DWV generally. In this study, I assessed the relative occurrence and titer of DWV and VDV in public RNA-seq accessions of honey bee using a rapid, kmer-based approach. Three recombinant types were detectable graphically and corroborated by de novo assembly...
July 23, 2017: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740466/a-tyrosine-hydroxylase-characterization-of-dopaminergic-neurons-in-the-honey-bee-brain
#20
Stevanus R Tedjakumala, Jacques Rouquette, Marie-Laure Boizeau, Karen A Mesce, Lucie Hotier, Isabelle Massou, Martin Giurfa
Dopamine (DA) plays a fundamental role in insect behavior as it acts both as a general modulator of behavior and as a value system in associative learning where it mediates the reinforcing properties of unconditioned stimuli (US). Here we aimed at characterizing the dopaminergic neurons in the central nervous system of the honey bee, an insect that serves as an established model for the study of learning and memory. We used tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) immunoreactivity (ir) to ensure that the neurons detected synthesize DA endogenously...
2017: Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience
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