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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150962/genotype-and-diet-affect-resistance-survival-and-fecundity-but-not-fecundity-tolerance
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Megan A M Kutzer, Joachim Kurtz, Sophie A O Armitage
Insects are exposed to a variety of potential pathogens in their environment, many of which can severely impact fitness and health. Consequently, hosts have evolved resistance and tolerance strategies to suppress or cope with infections. Hosts utilising resistance improve fitness by clearing or reducing pathogen loads and hosts utilising tolerance reduce harmful fitness effects per pathogen load. To understand variation in, and selective pressures on resistance and tolerance we asked to what degree they are shaped by host genetic background, whether plasticity in these responses depends upon dietary environment, and whether there are interactions between these two factors...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150638/the-kohlsch%C3%A3-tter-t%C3%A3-nz-syndrome-associated-gene-rogdi-encodes-a-novel-presynaptic-protein
#2
Donatus Riemann, Rebecca Wallrafen, Thomas Dresbach
Mutations in the human homolog of the Drosophila gene Rogdi cause Kohlschütter-Tönz syndrome. This disorder is characterised by amelogenesis imperfecta, as well as severe neurological symptoms including epilepsy and psychomotor delay. However, little is known about the protein encoded by Rogdi, and hence the pathogenic mechanisms underlying Kohlschütter-Tönz syndrome have remained elusive. Using immunofluorescence of rat cultured hippocampal neurons and brain sections we find that Rogdi is enriched at synaptic sites...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150614/spatial-regulation-of-contractility-by-neuralized-and-bearded-during-furrow-invagination-in-drosophila
#3
Gantas Perez-Mockus, Khalil Mazouni, Vanessa Roca, Giulia Corradi, Vito Conte, François Schweisguth
Embryo-scale morphogenesis arises from patterned mechanical forces. During Drosophila gastrulation, actomyosin contractility drives apical constriction in ventral cells, leading to furrow formation and mesoderm invagination. It remains unclear whether and how mechanical properties of the ectoderm influence this process. Here, we show that Neuralized (Neur), an E3 ubiquitin ligase active in the mesoderm, regulates collective apical constriction and furrow formation. Conversely, the Bearded (Brd) proteins antagonize maternal Neur and lower medial-apical contractility in the ectoderm: in Brd-mutant embryos, the ventral furrow invaginates properly but rapidly unfolds as medial MyoII levels increase in the ectoderm...
November 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149607/classifying-drosophila-olfactory-projection-neuron-subtypes-by-single-cell-rna-sequencing
#4
Hongjie Li, Felix Horns, Bing Wu, Qijing Xie, Jiefu Li, Tongchao Li, David J Luginbuhl, Stephen R Quake, Liqun Luo
The definition of neuronal type and how it relates to the transcriptome are open questions. Drosophila olfactory projection neurons (PNs) are among the best-characterized neuronal types: different PN classes target dendrites to distinct olfactory glomeruli, while PNs of the same class exhibit indistinguishable anatomical and physiological properties. Using single-cell RNA sequencing, we comprehensively characterized the transcriptomes of most PN classes and unequivocally mapped transcriptomes to specific olfactory function for six classes...
November 16, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149408/function-of-translationally-controlled-tumor-protein-in-organ-growth-lessons-from-drosophila-studies
#5
Kwang-Wook Choi, Sung-Tae Hong, Thao Phuong Le
Regulation of cell growth and proliferation is crucial for development and function of organs in all animals. Genetic defects in growth control can lead to developmental disorders and cancers. Translationally controlled tumor protein (TCTP) is a family of evolutionarily conserved proteins implicated in cancer. Recent studies have revealed multiple roles of TCTP in diverse cellular events, but TCTP functions in vivo are poorly understood in vertebrate systems. We have used Drosophila melanogaster, the fruit fly, as a model organism for genetic dissection of Tctp function...
2017: Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149207/evolution-of-the-metabolome-in-response-to-selection-for-increased-immunity-in-populations-of-drosophila-melanogaster
#6
Navdeep Gogna, Rakesh Sharma, Vanika Gupta, Kavita Dorai, N G Prasad
We used NMR-based metabolomics to test two hypotheses-(i) there will be evolved differences in the metabolome of selected and control populations even under un-infected conditions and (ii) post infection, the metabolomes of the selected and control populations will respond differently. We selected replicate populations of Drosophila melanogaster for increased survivorship (I) against a gram-negative pathogen. We subjected the selected (I) and their control populations (S) to three different treatments: (1) infected with heat-killed bacteria (i), (2) sham infected (s), and (3) untreated (u)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149190/improved-capture-of-drosophila-suzukii-by-a-trap-baited-with-two-attractants-in-the-same-device
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Rodrigo Lasa, Eduardo Tadeo, Ricardo A Toledo-Hérnandez, Lino Carmona, Itzel Lima, Trevor Williams
The improvement of trap-lure combinations is an important part of integrated pest management programs that involve monitoring pests for timely insecticide applications, or for their use in control strategies such as mass trapping or bait stations. In this study improvements in the capture of Drosophila suzukii were not observed following the inclusion of different color stimuli with respect to a red-black stripe cup trap. This red-black stripe trap with a hemispherical dome-shaped lid had a significantly improved physical retention of flies compared to traps fitted with a flat lid...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148971/convergence-of-topological-domain-boundaries-insulators-and-polytene-interbands-revealed-by-high-resolution-mapping-of-chromatin-contacts-in-the-early-drosophila-melanogaster-embryo
#8
Michael R Stadler, Jenna E Haines, Michael Eisen
High-throughput assays of three-dimensional interactions of chromosomes have shed considerable light on the structure of animal chromatin. Despite this progress, the precise physical nature of observed structures and the forces that govern their establishment remain poorly understood. Here we present high resolution Hi-C data from early Drosophila embryos. We demonstrate that boundaries between topological domains of various sizes map to DNA elements that resemble classical insulator elements: short genomic regions sensitive to DNase digestion that are strongly bound by known insulator proteins and are frequently located between divergent promoters...
November 17, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146998/regulation-of-gene-expression-and-rna-editing-in-drosophila-adapting-to-divergent-microclimates
#9
Arielle L Yablonovitch, Jeremy Fu, Kexin Li, Simpla Mahato, Lin Kang, Eugenia Rashkovetsky, Abraham B Korol, Hua Tang, Pawel Michalak, Andrew C Zelhof, Eviatar Nevo, Jin Billy Li
Determining the mechanisms by which a species adapts to its environment is a key endeavor in the study of evolution. In particular, relatively little is known about how transcriptional processes are fine-tuned to adjust to different environmental conditions. Here we study Drosophila melanogaster from 'Evolution Canyon' in Israel, which consists of two opposing slopes with divergent microclimates. We identify several hundred differentially expressed genes and dozens of differentially edited sites between flies from each slope, correlate these changes with genetic differences, and use CRISPR mutagenesis to validate that an intronic SNP in prominin regulates its editing levels...
November 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146985/drosophila-muscles-regulate-the-immune-response-against-wasp-infection-via-carbohydrate-metabolism
#10
Hairu Yang, Dan Hultmark
We recently found that JAK/STAT signaling in skeletal muscles is important for the immune response of Drosophila larvae against wasp infection, but it was not clear how muscles could affect the immune response. Here we show that insulin signaling is required in muscles, but not in fat body or hemocytes, during larval development for an efficient encapsulation response and for the formation of lamellocytes. This effect requires TOR signaling. We show that muscle tissue affects the immune response by acting as a master regulator of carbohydrate metabolism in the infected animal, via JAK/STAT and insulin signaling in the muscles, and that there is indirect positive feedback between JAK/STAT and insulin signaling in the muscles...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146844/complete-genome-sequence-of-acetobacter-tropicalis-oregon-r-modencode-strain-bdgp1-an-acetic-acid-bacterium-found-in-the-drosophila-melanogaster-gut
#11
Kenneth H Wan, Charles Yu, Soo Park, Ann S Hammonds, Benjamin W Booth, Susan E Celniker
Acetobacter tropicalis Oregon-R-modENCODE strain BDGP1 was isolated from Drosophila melanogaster for functional host-microbe interaction studies. The complete genome comprises a single chromosomal circle of 3,988,649 bp with a G+C content of 56% and a conjugative plasmid of 151,013 bp.
November 16, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146771/odor-source-localization-in-complex-visual-environments-by-fruit-flies
#12
Nitesh Saxena, Dinesh Natesan, Sanjay P Sane
Flying insects routinely forage in complex and cluttered sensory environments. Their search for a food or a pheromone source typically begins with a whiff of odor, which triggers a flight response, eventually bringing the insect near the odor source. However, pinpointing the precise location of an odor source requires use of both visual and olfactory modalities, aided by odor plumes. Here, we investigated odor-tracking behavior in fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) presented with low- or high-contrast visual landmarks, either paired with or separate from an attractive odor cue...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146454/beyond-immunity-the-imd-pathway-as-a-coordinator-of-host-defense-organismal-physiology-and-behavior
#13
Zongzhao Zhai, Xiaoshan Huang, Yulong Yin
The humoral arm of host defense in Drosophila relies on two evolutionarily conserved NFκB signaling cascades, the Toll and the immune deficiency (Imd) pathways. The Imd signaling pathway senses and neutralizes Gram-negative bacteria. Its activity is tightly adjusted, allowing the host to simultaneously prevent infection by pathogenic bacteria and tolerate beneficial gut microbiota. Over-activation of Imd signaling is detrimental at least in part by causing gut dysbiosis that further exacerbates intestinal pathologies...
November 13, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146144/drosophila-adult-muscle-development-and-regeneration
#14
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Rajesh D Gunage, Nagaraju Dhanyasi, Heinrich Reichert, K VijayRaghavan
Myogenesis is a highly orchestrated, complex developmental process by which cell lineages that are mesodermal in origin generate differentiated multinucleate muscle cells as a final product. Considerable insight into the process of myogenesis has been obtained for the embryonic development of the larval muscles of Drosophila. More recently, the postembryonic development of the muscles of the adult fly has become a focus of experimental investigation of myogenesis since specific flight muscles of the fly manifest remarkable similarities to vertebrate muscles in their development and organization...
November 13, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145044/image-processing-for-precise-three-dimensional-registration-and-stitching-of-thick-high-resolution-laser-scanning-microscopy-image-stacks
#15
Chloé Murtin, Carole Frindel, David Rousseau, Kei Ito
The possible depth of imaging of laser-scanning microscopy is limited not only by the working distances of objective lenses but also by image degradation caused by attenuation and diffraction of light passing through the specimen. To tackle this problem, one can either flip the sample to record images from both sides of the specimen or consecutively cut off shallow parts of the sample after taking serial images of certain thickness. Multiple image substacks acquired in these ways should be combined afterwards to generate a single stack...
November 8, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144896/atg9-antagonizes-tor-signaling-to-regulate-intestinal-cell-growth-and-epithelial-homeostasis-in-drosophila
#16
Jung-Kun Wen, Yi-Ting Wang, Chih-Chiang Chan, Cheng-Wen Hsieh, Hsiao-Man Liao, Chin-Chun Hung, Guang-Chao Chen
Autophagy is essential for maintaining cellular homeostasis and survival under various stress conditions. Autophagy-related gene 9 (Atg9) encodes a multipass transmembrane protein thought to act as a membrane carrier for forming autophagosomes. However, the molecular regulation and physiological importance of Atg9 in animal development remain largely unclear. Here, we generated Atg9 null mutant flies and found that loss of Atg9 led to shortened lifespan, locomotor defects, and increased susceptibility to stress...
November 16, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144575/intimate-intimas-positioning-of-copulatory-organs-in-mating-drosophila
#17
Alexandra L Mattei, Yoshitaka Kamimura, Mariana F Wolfner
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144440/field-monitoring-of-drosophila-suzukii-and-associated-communities-in-south-eastern-france-as-a-pre-requisite-for-classical-biological-control
#18
Laurent Kremmer, Marcel Thaon, Nicolas Borowiec, Jean David, Marylène Poirié, Jean-Luc Gatti, Nicolas Ris
The spotted wing Drosophila, Drosophila suzukii (Ds), became a major economic pest for fruit production since its establishment in Europe and America. Among potential control methods, only classical biological control appears to be a mean of sustainably regulating Ds in both cultivated and natural habitats. In the frame of risk assessment, pre-release surveys were carried out in a restricted but highly heterogeneous area in the south-east of France using traps and deliberate field exposures of Ds and D. melanogaster larvae/pupae...
November 16, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142316/sedentary-behavior-and-altered-metabolic-activity-by-agnps-ingestion-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#19
Akanksha Raj, Prasanna Shah, Namita Agrawal
Among several nanoparticles, silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) are extensively used in a wide variety of consumer products due to its unique antimicrobial property. However, dosage effect of AgNPs on behavior and metabolic activity in an in vivo condition is not well studied. Therefore, to elucidate the impact of AgNPs on behavior and metabolism, systematic and detailed dosages study of AgNPs was performed by rearing Drosophila melanogaster on food without and with AgNPs. We found that dietary intake of AgNPs at early larval stage leads to behavioral abnormalities such as poor crawling and climbing ability of larvae and adults respectively...
November 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142303/fus-toxicity-is-rescued-by-the-modulation-of-lncrna-hsr%C3%AF-expression-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#20
Luca Lo Piccolo, Salinee Jantrapirom, Yoshitaka Nagai, Masamitsu Yamaguchi
FUS is an aggregation-prone hnRNP involved in transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation that aberrantly forms immunoreactive inclusion bodies in a range of neurological diseases classified as FUS-proteinopathies. Although FUS has been extensively examined, the underlying molecular mechanisms of these diseases have not yet been elucidated in detail. We previously reported that RNAi of the lncRNA hsrω altered the expression and sub-cellular localization of Drosophila FUS in the central nervous system of the fly...
November 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
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