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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076467/the-search-for-novel-insecticide-targets-in-the-post-genomics-era-with-a-specific-focus-on-g-protein-coupled-receptors
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Michelle Ngai, Mary Ann McDowell
Insects are considered pests globally, implicated in the destruction of agricultural fields and transmission of pathogens that cause deadly human diseases, such as dengue, Zika and malaria. The diversity of the insecticide arsenal has remained stagnant for decades, but the recent rise of insecticide resistance fueled the discovery of novel modes of action, and the power of genomics has reinvigorated this search. This review discusses the importance of comparative and functional insect genomics in the identification of potential gene targets for an insecticidal mode of action with low off-target toxicity...
January 1, 2017: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049417/assessing-segmental-versus-non-segmental-features-in-the-ventral-nervous-system-of-onychophorans-velvet-worms
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Christine Martin, Vladimir Gross, Hans-Joachim Pflüger, Paul A Stevenson, Georg Mayer
BACKGROUND: Due to their phylogenetic position as one of the closest arthropod relatives, studies of the organisation of the nervous system in onychophorans play a key role for understanding the evolution of body segmentation in arthropods. Previous studies revealed that, in contrast to the arthropods, segmentally repeated ganglia are not present within the onychophoran ventral nerve cords, suggesting that segmentation is either reduced or might be incomplete in the onychophoran ventral nervous system...
January 3, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045132/a-second-generation-snp-and-ssr-integrated-linkage-map-and-qtl-mapping-for-the-chinese-mitten-crab-eriocheir-sinensis
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Gao-Feng Qiu, Liang-Wei Xiong, Zhi-Ke Han, Zhi-Qiang Liu, Jian-Bin Feng, Xu-Gan Wu, Yin-Long Yan, Hong Shen, Long Huang, Li Chen
The Chinese mitten crab Eriocheir sinensis is the most economically important cultivated crab species in China, and its genome has a high number of chromosomes (2n = 146). To obtain sufficient markers for construction of a dense genetic map for this species, we employed the recently developed specific-locus amplified fragment sequencing (SLAF-seq) method for large-scale SNPs screening and genotyping in a F1 full-sib family of 149 individuals. SLAF-seq generated 127,677 polymorphic SNP markers, of which 20,803 valid markers were assigned into five segregation types and were used together with previous SSR markers for linkage map construction...
January 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028168/acute-exposure-to-worst-case-concentrations-of-amitraz-does-not-affect-honey-bee-learning-short-term-memory-or-hemolymph-octopamine-levels
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Rachel R Rix, G Christopher Cutler
Amitraz, an acaricide used to treat Varroa destructor Anderson & Trueman, is one of the most commonly detected pesticides in honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) hives. Acaricides sometimes negatively impact honey bee cognition, but potential effects of amitraz on honey bee learning have been rarely studied. We topically exposed foragers to 95th percentile field-relevant levels of amitraz and, 24 h later, tested the ability of bees to associate a sucrose reward with a conditioned odor (learning response) using the proboscis extension response (PER)...
December 27, 2016: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018234/deciphering-the-function-of-octopaminergic-signaling-on-wing-polyphenism-of-the-pea-aphid-acyrthosiphon-pisum
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Xing-Xing Wang, Yi Zhang, Zhan-Feng Zhang, Hong-Gang Tian, Tong-Xian Liu
Aphids exhibit wing polyphenism (winged or wingless) for adaption to predictable or temporally heterogeneous environmental changes; however, the underlying mechanism is still unclear. This morphological change could be stimulated by high aphid density, which in turn could affect octopaminergic signaling in aphids. Octopamine is a neurotransmitter synthesized in insects that can modify their physiological metabolism, locomotion, and other behaviors. We designed experiments to determine whether octopamine functions in wing formation of the pea aphid, Acyrthosiphon pisum (Harris)...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011823/predator-stress-induced-immunosuppression-trade-off-immune-redistribution-or-immune-reconfiguration
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Shelley A Adamo, Russell H Easy, Ilya Kovalko, Jenna MacDonald, Ashleigh McKeen, Taylor Swanburg, Kurtis F Turnbull, Catherine Reeve
Although predator exposure increases the risk of wound infections, it typically induces immunosuppression. A number of non-mutually exclusive hypotheses have been put forward to explain this immunosuppression, including: trade-offs between the immune system and other systems required for anti-predator behaviour, redistribution of immune resources towards mechanisms needed to defend against wound infections, and reconfiguration of the immune system to optimize defense under the physiological state of fight-or-flight readiness...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003472/a-decision-underlies-phototaxis-in-an-insect
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E Axel Gorostiza, Julien Colomb, Björn Brembs
Like a moth into the flame-phototaxis is an iconic example for innate preferences. Such preferences probably reflect evolutionary adaptations to predictable situations and have traditionally been conceptualized as hard-wired stimulus-response links. Perhaps for that reason, the century-old discovery of flexibility in Drosophila phototaxis has received little attention. Here, we report that across several different behavioural tests, light/dark preference tested in walking is dependent on various aspects of flight...
December 2016: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27992549/molecular-characterization-and-functional-analysis-of-a-putative-octopamine-tyramine-receptor-during-the-developmental-stages-of-the-pacific-oyster-crassostrea-gigas
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Peng Ji, Fei Xu, Baoyu Huang, Yingxiang Li, Li Li, Guofan Zhang
Octopamine (OA) and its precursor, tyramine (TA), participate in invertebrate development such as growth, maturation, and reproduction by activating their corresponding G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). Although OA was first discovered in mollusks (octopus), subsequent studies on OA, TA and related receptors have primarily been conducted in Ecdysozoa, especially in insects. Accordingly, only limited reports on OA/TA receptors in mollusks are available and their physiological roles remain unclear. Here, a full-length cDNA encoding a putative 524 amino acid OA/TA receptor (CgGPR1) was isolated from the Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939988/amtar2-functional-characterization-of-a-honeybee-tyramine-receptor-stimulating-adenylyl-cyclase-activity
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Tina Reim, Sabine Balfanz, Arnd Baumann, Wolfgang Blenau, Markus Thamm, Ricarda Scheiner
The biogenic monoamines norepinephrine and epinephrine regulate important physiological functions in vertebrates. Insects such as honeybees do not synthesize these neuroactive substances. Instead, they employ octopamine and tyramine for comparable physiological functions. These biogenic amines activate specific guanine nucleotide-binding (G) protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). Based on pharmacological data obtained on heterologously expressed receptors, α- and β-adrenergic-like octopamine receptors are better activated by octopamine than by tyramine...
January 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27846261/neuromodulation-of-nestmate-recognition-decisions-by-pavement-ants
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Andrew N Bubak, Jazmine D W Yaeger, Kenneth J Renner, John G Swallow, Michael J Greene
Ant colonies are distributed systems that are regulated in a non-hierarchical manner. Without a central authority, individuals inform their decisions by comparing information in local cues to a set of inherent behavioral rules. Individual behavioral decisions collectively change colony behavior and lead to self-organization capable of solving complex problems such as the decision to engage in aggressive societal conflicts with neighbors. Despite the relevance to colony fitness, the mechanisms that drive individual decisions leading to cooperative behavior are not well understood...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27828941/neuromodulators-signal-through-astrocytes-to-alter-neural-circuit-activity-and-behaviour
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Zhiguo Ma, Tobias Stork, Dwight E Bergles, Marc R Freeman
Astrocytes associate with synapses throughout the brain and express receptors for neurotransmitters that can increase intracellular calcium (Ca(2+)). Astrocytic Ca(2+) signalling has been proposed to modulate neural circuit activity, but the pathways that regulate these events are poorly defined and in vivo evidence linking changes in astrocyte Ca(2+) levels to alterations in neurotransmission or behaviour is limited. Here we show that Drosophila astrocytes exhibit activity-regulated Ca(2+) signalling in vivo...
November 17, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816487/arylalkylamine-n-acetyltransferase-1-gene-tcaanat1-is-required-for-cuticle-morphology-and-pigmentation-of-the-adult-red-flour-beetle-tribolium-castaneum
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Mi Young Noh, Bonwoo Koo, Karl J Kramer, Subbaratnam Muthukrishnan, Yasuyuki Arakane
In the insect cuticle tanning pathway (sclerotization and pigmentation), the enzyme arylalkylamine N-acetyltransferase (AANAT) catalyzes the acetylation of dopamine to form N-acetyldopamine (NADA), which is one of the major precursors for quinone-mediated tanning. In this study we characterized and investigated the function of TcAANAT1 in cuticle pigmentation of the red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum. We isolated a full length TcAANAT1 cDNA that encodes a protein of 256 amino acid residues with a predicted GCN5-related acetyltransferase domain containing an acetyl-CoA binding motif...
November 2, 2016: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27783939/camp-signals-in-drosophila-motor-neurons-are-confined-to-single-synaptic-boutons
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Isabella Maiellaro, Martin J Lohse, Robert J Kittel, Davide Calebiro
The second messenger cyclic AMP (cAMP) plays an important role in synaptic plasticity. Although there is evidence for local control of synaptic transmission and plasticity, it is less clear whether a similar spatial confinement of cAMP signaling exists. Here, we suggest a possible biophysical basis for the site-specific regulation of synaptic plasticity by cAMP, a highly diffusible small molecule that transforms the physiology of synapses in a local and specific manner. By exploiting the octopaminergic system of Drosophila, which mediates structural synaptic plasticity via a cAMP-dependent pathway, we demonstrate the existence of local cAMP signaling compartments of micrometer dimensions within single motor neurons...
October 25, 2016: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27770569/internal-states-drive-nutrient-homeostasis-by-modulating-exploration-exploitation-trade-off
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Verónica María Corrales-Carvajal, Aldo A Faisal, Carlos Ribeiro
Internal states can profoundly alter the behavior of animals. A quantitative understanding of the behavioral changes upon metabolic challenges is key to a mechanistic dissection of how animals maintain nutritional homeostasis. We used an automated video tracking setup to characterize how amino acid and reproductive states interact to shape exploitation and exploration decisions taken by adult Drosophila melanogaster. We find that these two states have specific effects on the decisions to stop at and leave proteinaceous food patches...
October 22, 2016: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27759117/octopamine-controls-starvation-resistance-life-span-and-metabolic-traits-in-drosophila
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Yong Li, Julia Hoffmann, Yang Li, Flora Stephano, Iris Bruchhaus, Christine Fink, Thomas Roeder
The monoamines octopamine (OA) and tyramine (TA) modulate numerous behaviours and physiological processes in invertebrates. Nevertheless, it is not clear whether these invertebrate counterparts of norepinephrine are important regulators of metabolic and life history traits. We show that flies (Drosophila melanogaster) lacking OA are more resistant to starvation, while their overall life span is substantially reduced compared with control flies. In addition, these animals have increased body fat deposits, reduced physical activity and a reduced metabolic resting rate...
October 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27754851/the-impact-of-foxo-on-dopamine-and-octopamine-metabolism-in-drosophila-under-normal-and-heat-stress-conditions
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Nataly E Gruntenko, Natalya V Adonyeva, Elena V Burdina, Evgenia K Karpova, Olga V Andreenkova, Daniil V Gladkikh, Yury Y Ilinsky, Inga Yu Rauschenbach
The forkhead boxO transcription factor (FOXO) is a component of the insulin signalling pathway and plays a role in responding to adverse conditions, such as oxidative stress and starvation. In stressful conditions, FOXO moves from the cytosol to the nucleus where it activates gene expression programmes. Here, we show that FOXO in Drosophila melanogaster responds to heat stress as it does to other stressors. The catecholamine signalling pathway is another component of the stress response. In Drosophila, dopamine and octopamine levels rise steeply under heat, nutrition and mechanical stresses, which are followed by a decrease in the activity of synthesis enzymes...
November 15, 2016: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27746212/the-stress-response-and-immune-system-share-borrow-and-reconfigure-their-physiological-network-elements-evidence-from-the-insects
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REVIEW
Shelley A Adamo
The classic biomedical view is that stress hormone effects on the immune system are largely pathological, especially if the stress is chronic. However, more recent interpretations have focused on the potential adaptive function of these effects. This paper examines stress response-immune system interactions from a physiological network perspective, using insects because of their simpler physiology. For example, stress hormones can reduce disease resistance, yet activating an immune response results in the release of stress hormones in both vertebrates and invertebrates...
October 13, 2016: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27720624/starvation-induced-depotentiation-of-bitter-taste-in-drosophila
#18
Emily E LeDue, Kevin Mann, Ellen Koch, Bonnie Chu, Roslyn Dakin, Michael D Gordon
Nutrient deprivation can lead to dramatic changes in feeding behavior, including acceptance of foods that are normally rejected. In flies, this behavioral shift depends in part on reciprocal sensitization and desensitization of sweet and bitter taste, respectively. However, the mechanisms for bitter taste modulation remain unclear. Here, we identify a set of octopaminergic/tyraminergic neurons, named OA-VLs, that directly modulate bitter sensory neuron output in response to starvation. OA-VLs are in close proximity to bitter sensory neuron axon terminals and show reduced tonic firing following starvation...
October 1, 2016: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27717101/calmodulin-as-a-downstream-gene-of-octopamine-oar-%C3%AE-1-signalling-mediates-olfactory-attraction-in-gregarious-locusts
#19
L Xu, L Li, P Yang, Z Ma
The migratory locust (Locusta migratoria) shows aggregative traits in nymph marching bands and swarm formations through mutual olfactory attraction of conspecifics. However, olfactory preference in different nymph stages in gregarious locusts is not sufficiently explored. In this study, we found that the nymph olfactory preference for gregarious volatiles exhibited obvious variations at different developmental stages. The gregarious locusts show attractive response to conspecific volatiles from the third stadium...
October 7, 2016: Insect Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27669213/characterization-of-a-%C3%AE-adrenergic-like-octopamine-receptor-in-the-oriental-fruit-fly-bactrocera-dorsalis-hendel
#20
Hui-Min Li, Hong-Bo Jiang, Shun-Hua Gui, Xiao-Qiang Liu, Hong Liu, Xue-Ping Lu, Guy Smagghe, Jin-Jun Wang
The biogenic amine octopamine plays a critical role in the regulation of many physiological processes in insects. Octopamine transmits its action through a set of specific G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs), namely octopamine receptors. Here, we report on a β-adrenergic-like octopamine receptor gene (BdOctβR1) from the oriental fruit fly, Bactrocera dorsalis (Hendel), a destructive agricultural pest that occurs in North America and the Asia-Pacific region. As indicated by RT-qPCR, BdOctβR1 was highly expressed in the central nervous system (CNS) and Malpighian tubules (MT) in the adult flies, suggesting it may undertake important roles in neural signaling in the CNS as well as physiological functions in the MT of this fly...
September 22, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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