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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917651/bacteriophages-as-an-alternative-to-conventional-antibiotic-use-for-the-prevention-or-treatment-of-paenibacillus-larvae-in-honeybee-hives
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T Scott Brady, Bryan D Merrill, Jared A Hilton, Ashley M Payne, Michael B Stephenson, Sandra Hope
American Foulbrood (AFB) is an infectious disease caused by the bacteria, Paenibacillus larvae. P. larvae phages were isolated and tested to determine each phages' host range amongst 59 field isolate strains of P. larvae. Three phages were selected to create a phage cocktail for the treatment of AFB infections according to the combined phages' ability to lyse all tested strains of bacteria. Studies were performed to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of the phage cocktail treatment as a replacement for traditional antibiotics for the prevention of AFB and the treatment of active infections...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916947/honey-bees-possess-a-polarity-sensitive-magnetoreceptor
#2
Veronika Lambinet, Michael E Hayden, Chloe Reid, Gerhard Gries
Honey bees, Apis mellifera, exploit the geomagnetic field for orientation during foraging and for alignment of their combs within hives. We tested the hypothesis that honey bees sense the polarity of magnetic fields. We created an engineered magnetic anomaly in which the magnetic field generally either converged toward a sugar reward in a watch glass, or away from it. After bees in behavioral field studies had learned to associate this anomaly with a sugar water reward, we subjected them to two experiments performed in random order...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. A, Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916631/experience-during-early-adulthood-shapes-the-learning-capacities-and-the-number-of-synaptic-boutons-in-the-mushroom-bodies-of-honey-bees-apis-mellifera
#3
Amélie Cabirol, Rufus Brooks, Claudia Groh, Andrew B Barron, Jean-Marc Devaud
The honey bee mushroom bodies (MBs) are brain centers required for specific learning tasks. Here, we show that environmental conditions experienced as young adults affect the maturation of MB neuropil and performance in a MB-dependent learning task. Specifically, olfactory reversal learning was selectively impaired following early exposure to an impoverished environment lacking some of the sensory and social interactions present in the hive. In parallel, the overall number of synaptic boutons increased within the MB olfactory neuropil, whose volume remained unaffected...
October 2017: Learning & Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28865429/a-new-and-updated-resource-for-codon-usage-tables
#4
John Athey, Aikaterini Alexaki, Ekaterina Osipova, Alexandre Rostovtsev, Luis V Santana-Quintero, Upendra Katneni, Vahan Simonyan, Chava Kimchi-Sarfaty
BACKGROUND: Due to the degeneracy of the genetic code, most amino acids can be encoded by multiple synonymous codons. Synonymous codons naturally occur with different frequencies in different organisms. The choice of codons may affect protein expression, structure, and function. Recombinant gene technologies commonly take advantage of the former effect by implementing a technique termed codon optimization, in which codons are replaced with synonymous ones in order to increase protein expression...
September 2, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28828265/planting-of-neonicotinoid-coated-corn-raises-honey-bee-mortality-and-sets-back-colony-development
#5
Olivier Samson-Robert, Geneviève Labrie, Madeleine Chagnon, Valérie Fournier
Worldwide occurrences of honey bee colony losses have raised concerns about bee health and the sustainability of pollination-dependent crops. While multiple causal factors have been identified, seed coating with insecticides of the neonicotinoid family has been the focus of much discussion and research. Nonetheless, few studies have investigated the impacts of these insecticides under field conditions or in commercial beekeeping operations. Given that corn-seed coating constitutes the largest single use of neonicotinoid, our study compared honey bee mortality from commercial apiaries located in two different agricultural settings, i...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823132/a-short-term-supranutritional-vitamin-e-supplementation-alleviated-respiratory-alkalosis-but-did-not-reduce-oxidative-stress-in-heat-stressed-pigs
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Fan Liu, Pietro Celi, Surinder Singh Chauhan, Jeremy James Cottrell, Brian Joseph Leury, Frank Rowland Dunshea
Objective: Heat stress (HS) triggers oxidative stress and respiratory alkalosis in pigs. The objective of this experiment was to study whether a short-term supranutritional amount of dietary vitamin E (VE) can mitigate oxidative stress and respiratory alkalosis in heat-stressed pigs. Methods: A total of 24 pigs were given either a control diet (17 IU/kg VE) or a high VE (200 IU/kg VE; HiVE) diet for 14 d, then exposed to thermoneutral (TN; 20°C, 45% humidity) or HS (35°C, 35-45% humidity, 8 h daily) conditions for 7 d...
August 16, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821428/honeybee-workers-with-higher-reproductive-potential-live-longer-lives
#7
Karolina Kuszewska, Krzysztof Miler, Wiktoria Rojek, Michal Woyciechowski
Social insects, especially honeybees, have received much attention in comparative gerontology because of their peculiar and flexible ageing patterns that differ across genetically similar individuals. The longevity of honeybee individuals varies and depends on patterns of gene expression during development; females developing into reproductive individuals (queens) live longer than facultatively sterile workers. Here, we show that rebel workers, which develop under queenless conditions after swarming and have high reproductive potential, live approximately 4days longer in hives and approximately 3days longer in cages than individuals that develop in queenright colonies and have lower reproductive potential; this difference in longevity occurs in both free-flying and caged workers...
August 15, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816251/first-date-with-the-hive
#8
Gretchen Tessmer
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 16, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805735/dietary-propolis-ameliorates-dextran-sulfate-sodium-induced-colitis-and-modulates-the-gut-microbiota-in-rats-fed-a-western-diet
#9
Kai Wang, Xiaolu Jin, Mengmeng You, Wenli Tian, Richard K Le Leu, David L Topping, Michael A Conlon, Liming Wu, Fuliang Hu
Propolis is an important hive product and considered beneficial to health. However, evidence of its potential for improving gut health is still lacking. Here we use rats to examine whether dietary supplementation with propolis could be used as a therapy for ulcerative colitis. Rats were fed with a Western style diet alone (controls) or supplemented with different amounts of Chinese propolis (0.1%, 0.2%, and 0.3%) to examine effects on acute colitis induced by 3% dextran sulphate sodium (DSS) in drinking water...
August 14, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805634/honey-bee-gut-dysbiosis-a-novel-context-of-disease-ecology
#10
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/28803879/pathway-profiles-based-on-gene-set-enrichment-analysis-in-the-honey-bee-apis-mellifera-under-brood-rearing-suppressed-conditions
#11
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/28803183/chronic-urticaria-patient-perspective-cupp-the-first-validated-tool-for-assessing-quality-of-life-in-clinical-practice
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Ilaria Baiardini, Fulvio Braido, Giorgia Molinengo, Marco Caminati, MariaTeresa Costantino, Antonio Cristaudo, Mariangiola Crivellaro, Silvia Mariel Ferrucci, Rosella Gallo, Veronica Giorgis, Agostina Legori, Barbara Loera, Irene Martignago, Angelo Valerio Marzano, Aldo Morrone, Roberta Parente, Aurora Parodi, Anna Parolo, Silvia Peveri, Paolo Pigatto, Anna Radice, Erminia Ridolo, Giovanni Rolla, Chiara Roncallo, Oliviero Rossi, Eleonora Savi, Gianenrico Senna, Massimo Triggiani, Giorgio Walter Canonica
BACKGROUND: There is a need for validated tools to assess health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in routine clinical practice. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to validate the Chronic Urticaria Patient Perspective (CUPP) for assessment of patients with chronic urticaria (CU) in clinical practice. METHODS: A provisional CUPP was developed from candidate items identified by following an iterative process in a retrospective analysis of 249 Chronic Urticaria Quality of Life Questionnaire questionnaires...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797906/amitraz-and-its-metabolite-modulate-honey-bee-cardiac-function-and-tolerance-to-viral-infection
#13
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
#14
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
#15
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/28783129/effects-of-oxalic-acid-on-apis-mellifera-hymenoptera-apidae
#16
Eva Rademacher, Marika Harz, Saskia Schneider
Abstract: Oxalic acid dihydrate is used to treat varroosis of Apis mellifera. This study investigates lethal and sublethal effects of oxalic acid dihydrate on individually treated honeybees kept in cages under laboratory conditions as well as the distribution in the colony. After oral application, bee mortality occurred at relatively low concentrations (No Observed Adverse Effect Level (NOAEL) 50 µg/bee; Lowest Observed Adverse Effect Level (LOAEL) 75 µg/bee) compared to the dermal treatment (NOAEL 212.5 µg/bee; LOAEL 250 µg/bee)...
August 7, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757385/trueness-and-precision-of-the-real-time-rt-pcr-method-for-quantifying-the-chronic-bee-paralysis-virus-genome-in-bee-homogenates-evaluated-by-a-comparative-inter-laboratory-study
#17
Frank Schurr, Nicolas Cougoule, Marie-Pierre Rivière, Magali Ribière-Chabert, Hamid Achour, Dán Ádám, Carlos Castillo, Dirk C de Graaf, Eva Forsgren, Anna Granato, Sirpa Heinikainen, Júlia Jurovčíková, Per Kryger, Christine Manson, Marie-Françoise Ménard, Stéphane Perennes, Marc O Schäfer, Elena San Miguel Ibañez, João Silva, Ivana Tlak Gajger, Victoria Tomkies, Ivan Toplak, Alain Viry, Dagmara Zdańska, Eric Dubois
The Chronic bee paralysis virus (CBPV) is the aetiological agent of chronic bee paralysis, a contagious disease associated with nervous disorders in adult honeybees leading to massive mortalities in front of the hives. Some of the clinical signs frequently reported, such as trembling, may be confused with intoxication syndromes. Therefore, laboratory diagnosis using real-time PCR to quantify CBPV loads is used to confirm disease. Clinical signs of chronic paralysis are usually associated with viral loads higher than 10(8) copies of CBPV genome copies per bee (8 log10 CBPV/bee)...
October 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754324/histopathological-and-clinical-evaluation-of-chronic-spontaneous-urticaria-patients-with-neutrophilic-and-non-neutrophilic-cutaneous-infiltrate
#18
Cíntia Freitas Martins, Karina Lopes Morais, Pamela Figueroa, Natasha Favoretto Dias, Neusa Sakai Valente, Celina Wakisaba Maruta, Paulo Ricardo Criado
BACKGROUND: Chronic urticaria has an expressive prevalence in general population, especially in adults, and is defined by the presence of intermittent hives for six weeks or longer. Our study aims to characterize the histological patterns of chronic spontaneous urticaria, based on the inflammatory cell infiltrate, and correlate them to laboratory exams. METHODS: It was performed a retrospective analysis of laboratory, histopathology and direct immunofluorescence data of 93 patients with chronic urticaria...
July 25, 2017: Allergology International: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Allergology
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
#19
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 2017: Experimental & Applied Acarology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746045/applicability-of-biotechnologically-produced-insect-silks
#20
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...
September 26, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Naturforschung. C, A Journal of Biosciences
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