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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797906/amitraz-and-its-metabolite-modulate-honey-bee-cardiac-function-and-tolerance-to-viral-infection
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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/28736624/lyme-and-dopaminergic-function-hypothesizing-reduced-reward-deficiency-symptomatology-by-regulating-dopamine-transmission
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Kenneth Blum, Edward J Modestino, Marcelo Febo, Bruce Steinberg, Thomas McLaughlin, Lyle Fried, David Baron, David Siwicki, Rajendra D Badgaiyan
The principal vector of Lyme disease in the United States is Ixodes scapularis: black legged or deer ticks. There is increased evidence that those infected may be plagued by anxiety or depression as well. Researchers have identified transcripts coding for two putative cytosolic sulfotransferases in these ticks, which recognized phenolic monoamines as their substrates. It is hypothesized that protracted Lyme disease sequelae may be due to impairment of dopaminergic function of the brain reward circuitry. The subsequent recombinant proteins exhibited sulfotransferase function against two neurotransmitters: dopamine and octopamine...
May 2017: Journal of Systems and Integrative Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715094/drosophila-mutants-lacking-octopamine-exhibit-impairment-in-aversive-olfactory-associative-learning
#3
Konstantin G Iliadi, Natalia Iliadi, Gabrielle L Boulianne
Octopamine is a biogenic amine in invertebrates that is considered a functional homolog of vertebrate norepinephrine, acting as a neurotransmitter, neuromodulator and neurohormone. Octopamine regulates many physiological processes such as metabolism, reproduction and different types of behaviour including learning and memory. Previous studies in insects led to the notion that acquisition of an olfactory memory depends on the octopaminergic system during appetitive (reward-based) learning, but not in the case of aversive (punishment-based) learning...
July 17, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715089/drosophila-mutants-lacking-octopamine-exhibit-impairment-in-aversive-olfactory-associative-learning-commentary-on-iliadi-et%C3%A2-al-2017
#4
Timothy J Mosca
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 17, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710457/methyl-cpg-binding-domain-proteins-inhibit-interspecies-courtship-and-promote-aggression-in-drosophila
#5
Tarun Gupta, Hannah R Morgan, Jonathan C Andrews, Edmond R Brewer, Sarah J Certel
Reproductive isolation and speciation are driven by the convergence of environmental and genetic variation. The integration of these variation sources is thought to occur through epigenetic marks including DNA methylation. Proteins containing a methyl-CpG-binding domain (MBD) bind methylated DNA and interpret epigenetic marks, providing a dynamic yet evolutionarily adapted cellular output. Here, we report the Drosophila MBD-containing proteins, dMBD-R2 and dMBD2/3, contribute to reproductive isolation and survival behavioral strategies...
July 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701930/biogenic-amines-in-insect-antennae
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REVIEW
Marianna I Zhukovskaya, Andrey D Polyanovsky
Insect antenna is a multisensory organ, each modality of which can be modulated by biogenic amines. Octopamine (OA) and its metabolic precursor tyramine (TA) affect activity of antennal olfactory receptor neurons. There is some evidence that dopamine (DA) modulates gustatory neurons. Serotonin can serve as a neurotransmitter in some afferent mechanosensory neurons and both as a neurotransmitter and neurohormone in efferent fibers targeted at the antennal vessel and mechanosensory organs. As a neurohormone, serotonin affects the generation of the transepithelial potential by sensillar accessory cells...
2017: Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698386/antagonistic-serotonergic-and-octopaminergic-neural-circuits-mediate-food-dependent-locomotory-behavior-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#7
Matthew A Churgin, Richard J McCloskey, Emily Peters, Christopher Fang-Yen
Biogenic amines are conserved signaling molecules that link food cues to behavior and metabolism in a wide variety of organisms. In the nematode C. elegans, the biogenic amines serotonin (5-HT) and octopamine regulate a number of food-related behaviors. Using a novel method for long-term quantitative behavioral imaging, we show that 5-HT and octopamine jointly influence locomotor activity and quiescence in feeding and fasting hermaphrodites, and we define the neural circuits through which this modulation occurs...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687927/the-distribution-of-cholinergic-neurons-and-their-co-localization-with-fmrfamide-in-central-and-peripheral-neurons-of-the-spider-cupiennius-salei
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Ruth Fabian-Fine, Carly M Anderson, Molly A Roush, Jessica A G Johnson, Hongxia Liu, Andrew S French, Päivi H Torkkeli
The spider Cupiennius salei is a well-established model for investigating information processing in arthropod sensory systems. Immunohistochemistry has shown that several neurotransmitters exist in the C. salei nervous system, including GABA, glutamate, histamine, octopamine and FMRFamide, while electrophysiology has found functional roles for some of these transmitters. There is also evidence that acetylcholine (ACh) is present in some C. salei neurons but information about the distribution of cholinergic neurons in spider nervous systems is limited...
July 7, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663279/comparative-exploration-of-the-structure-activity-space-of-cloned-%C3%AE-like-octopamine-receptors-from-a-marine-and-a-terrestrial-arthropod
#9
Dhwanil A Dalwadi, John A Schetz
The α-like octopamine receptors are believed to be the evolutionary precursor to the vertebrate α2-adrenergic receptors (α2-ARs) based upon sequence similarity and the ability to interact with norepinephrine and a number of compounds that bind with high affinity to α2-ARs. Barnacles and fruit flies are two prominent model marine and terrestrial representatives of the Arthropoda phylum, and while α-like OctRs have been cloned from Balanus improvisus (BiOctR) and Drosophila melanogaster (DmOctR), little is known about the structure-activity space for these important species...
June 29, 2017: Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629966/pharmacological-characterisation-and-functional-roles-for-egg-laying-of-a-%C3%AE-adrenergic-like-octopamine-receptor-in-the-brown-planthopper-nilaparvata-lugens
#10
Shun-Fan Wu, Xiao-Min Jv, Jian Li, Guang-Jian Xu, Xiao-Yi Cai, Cong-Fen Gao
Octopamine, the invertebrate counterpart of adrenaline and noradrenaline, controls and modulates many physiological and behavioral processes in protostomes. It mediates its effects by binding to specific receptors belonging to the superfamily of G-protein coupled receptors. We report the cloning of a cDNA from the brown planthopper (Nloa2b2) sharing high similarity with members of the OA2B2 receptor class. Activation of NlOA2B2 by octopamine increased the production of cAMP in a dose-dependent manner (EC50 = 114 nM)...
August 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600320/limited-distal-organelles-and-synaptic-function-in-extensive-monoaminergic-innervation
#11
Juan Tao, Dinara Bulgari, David L Deitcher, Edwin S Levitan
Organelles such as neuropeptide-containing dense-core vesicles (DCVs) and mitochondria travel down axons to supply synaptic boutons. DCV distribution among en passant boutons in small axonal arbors is mediated by circulation with bidirectional capture. However, it is not known how organelles are distributed in extensive arbors associated with volume transmission and neuromodulation by monoamines and neuropeptides and mammalian dopamine neuron vulnerability. Therefore, we studied presynaptic organelle distribution in Drosophila octopamine neurons that innervate ∼20 muscles with ∼1500 boutons...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597098/maximized-complexity-in-miniaturized-brains-morphology-and-distribution-of-octopaminergic-dopaminergic-and-serotonergic-neurons-in-the-parasitic-wasp-trichogramma-evanescens
#12
Emma van der Woude, Hans M Smid
The parasitic wasp, Trichogramma evanescens, is an extremely small insect, with a body length as small as 0.3 mm. To facilitate this miniaturization, their brains may have evolved to contain smaller neural components and/or reduced neural complexity than larger insects. Here, we study whether the size and number of neurons are reduced in the miniaturized brain of T. evanescens, focusing on neurons that express serotonin (5HT), octopamine (OA) and dopamine (DA). We provide the first description of the distribution, projection patterns and number of 5HT-, OA- and DA-like immunoreactive cell bodies in T...
June 9, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579948/modulation-of-low-voltage-activated-inward-current-permeable-to-sodium-and-calcium-by-darpp-32-drives-spontaneous-firing-of-insect-octopaminergic-neurosecretory-cells
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Bruno Lapied, Antoine Defaix, Maria Stankiewicz, Eléonore Moreau, Valérie Raymond
Identification of the different intracellular pathways that control phosphorylation/dephosphorylation process of ionic channels represents an exciting alternative approach for studying the ionic mechanisms underlying neuronal pacemaker activity. In the central nervous system of the cockroach Periplaneta americana, octopaminergic neurons, called dorsal unpaired median (DUM; DUM neurons), generate spontaneous repetitive action potentials. Short-term cultured adult DUM neurons isolated from the terminal abdominal ganglion (TAG) of the nerve cord were used to study the regulation of a tetrodotoxin-sensitive low-voltage-activated (LVA) channel permeable to sodium and calcium (Na/Ca), under whole cell voltage- and current-clamp conditions...
2017: Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience
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/28484377/activity-dependent-synaptic-refinement-new-insights-from-drosophila
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REVIEW
Fernando Vonhoff, Haig Keshishian
During development, neurons establish inappropriate connections as they seek out their synaptic partners, resulting in supernumerary synapses that must be pruned away. The removal of miswired synapses usually involves electrical activity, often through a Hebbian spike-timing mechanism. A novel form of activity-dependent refinement is used by Drosophila that may be non-Hebbian, and is critical for generating the precise connectivity observed in that system. In Drosophila, motoneurons use both glutamate and the biogenic amine octopamine for neurotransmission, and the muscle fibers receive multiple synaptic inputs...
2017: Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450080/weak-involvement-of-octopamine-in-aversive-taste-learning-in-a-snail
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Hitoshi Aonuma, Mugiho Kaneda, Dai Hatakeyama, Takayuki Watanabe, Ken Lukowiak, Etsuro Ito
The pond snail Lymnaea stagnalis is capable of learning taste aversion by pairing presentations of a sucrose solution and an electric shock and consolidating it into long-term memory (LTM), which is referred to as conditioned taste aversion (CTA). We asked here if the neurotransmitter octopamine is involved in CTA. We first determined the levels of octopamine and its catabolites in the central nervous system (CNS) of snails with varying degrees of food deprivation, because CTA grades are correlated with degrees of food deprivation...
April 24, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440594/identification-of-a-hypertrehalosemic-factor-in-spodoptera-exigua
#17
Youngjin Park, Yonggyun Kim
Trehalose is a major blood sugar in insects with a range of physiological functions, including an energy source and a cryoprotectant. Hemolymph trehalose concentrations are tightly regulated according to physiological conditions. An insulin-like peptide, SeILP1, downregulates hemolymph trehalose concentrations in Spodoptera exigua. Here, we identified a factor that upregulates hemolymph trehalose concentration in S. exigua. Hemolymph trehalose concentrations were significantly increased after immune challenge or under starvation in a time-dependent manner...
May 2017: Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389217/supplementation-with-a-low-dose-of-octopamine-does-not-influence-endurance-cycling-performance-in-recreationally-active-men
#18
Ross E Beaumont, Philip Cordery, Lewis J James, Phillip Watson
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to examine the influence of octopamine supplementation on endurance performance and exercise metabolism. DESIGN: Double-blind cross-over study. METHODS: Ten healthy, recreationally active men (Mean±SD; age: 24±2 years; body mass: 78.4±8.7kg; VO2peak: 50.5±6.8 mLkg(-1)min(-1)) completed one VO2peak test, one familiarisation trial and two experimental trials. After an overnight fast, participants ingested either a placebo or 150mg of octopamine 60min prior to exercise...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381994/losing-without-fighting-simple-aversive-stimulation-induces-submissiveness-typical-for-social-defeat-via-the-action-of-nitric-oxide-but-only-when-preceded-by-an-aggression-priming-stimulus
#19
Jan Rillich, Paul A Stevenson
Losing a fight (social defeat) induces submissiveness and behavioral depression in many animals, but the mechanisms are unclear. Here we investigate how the social defeat syndrome can be established as a result of experiencing aversive stimuli and the roles of neuromodulators in the process. While biogenic amines and nitric oxide (NO) are associated with reduced aggression in mammals and insects, their specific actions during conflict are unknown. Although the social defeat syndrome normally results from complex interactions, we could induce it in male crickets simply by applying aversive stimuli (AS) in an aggressive context...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28355883/thalassiolin-d-a-new-flavone-o-glucoside-sulphate-from-the-seagrass-thalassia-hemprichii
#20
Usama W Hawas, Lamia T Abou El-Kassem
Thalassiolin D, a new flavone O-glucoside sulphate along with three flavonoids, two steroids, p-hydroxybenzoic acid, 4,4'-dihydroxybenzophenone and nitrogen compound, octopamine were isolated from the seagrass Thalassia hemprichii, collected from the Saudi Red Sea coast. By extensive spectroscopic analysis including 1D and 2D NMR and MS data, the structure of the new compound was elucidated as diosmetin 7-O-β-glucosyl-2″-sulphate. The new compound displayed moderately in vitro antiviral HCV protease activity with IC50 value 16 μM...
March 29, 2017: Natural Product Research
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