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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105571/metal-stress-in-zooplankton-diapause-production-post-hatching-response
#1
Adriana Aránguiz-Acuña, Pablo Pérez-Portilla
Aquatic organisms commonly respond to harsh conditions by forming diapausing stages, which enable populations to survive adverse periods forming egg banks. Production of diapausing eggs is frequently observed in monogonont rotifers, previously changing from asexual to partial sexual reproduction (mixis). In despite that zooplankton are frequently used in ecotoxicological assessment because of their sensitivity to various toxicants and their important role in the ecosystems, toxicity evaluations often consider the directly exposed population produced by parthenogenetic reproduction, exclusively...
January 19, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071706/fatty-acid-synthase-2-contributes-to-diapause-preparation-in-a-beetle-by-regulating-lipid-accumulation-and-stress-tolerance-genes-expression
#2
Qian-Qian Tan, Wen Liu, Fen Zhu, Chao-Liang Lei, Xiao-Ping Wang
Diapause, also known as dormancy, is a state of arrested development that allows insects to survive unfavorable environmental conditions. Diapause-destined insects store large amounts of fat when preparing for diapause. However, the extent to which these accumulated fat reserves influence diapause remains unclear. To address this question, we investigated the function of fatty acid synthase (FAS), which plays a central role in lipid synthesis, in stress tolerance, the duration of diapause preparation, and whether insects enter diapause or not...
January 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069423/identification-and-characterization-of-pyrokinin-and-capa-peptides-and-corresponding-gpcrs-from-spotted-wing-drosophila-drosophila-suzukii
#3
Man-Yeon Choi, Seung-Joon Ahn, A Young Kim, Youngho Koh
The family of FXPRLamide peptides serves as a major insect hormone. It is characterized by a core active amino acid sequence conserved at the C-terminal ends, and provides various physiological roles across the Insecta. In this study we identified and characterized pyrokinin (PK) and Capa cDNAs encoding two FXPRLamide peptides, pyrokinin and CAPA-DH (diapause hormone), and two corresponding G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) from spotted wing drosophila (SWD), Drosophila suzukii. Expressions of PK and CAPA mRNAs were differentially observed during all life stages except the embryo, and the detection of CAPA transcription was relatively strong compared with the PK gene in SWD...
January 6, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067941/preliminary-considerations-about-the-presence-of-aedes-albopictus-skuse-1897-diptera-culicidae-during-winter-in-the-northwestern-italy
#4
M Dutto, A Mosca
Aedes albopictus, the Asian tiger mosquito, was unintentionally introduced in Italy at the beginning of the 1990s. In few decades it spread almost in the whole Country. In Piedmont, the first report dates back to 1994. Usually, temperate populations are affected by seasonal temperature and photoperiodicity and can overwinter by producing eggs that undergo a winter diapause. In Rome females of the species extended their trophic activity to the coldest months of the year, but there is no notice about a similar behaviour for northern areas of the Country...
January 2017: Annali di Igiene: Medicina Preventiva e di Comunità
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054943/a-nutritional-profile-of-the-trap-nesting-wasp-trypoxylon-lactitarse-hymenoptera-crabronidae-comparison-of-sexes-and-overwintering-and-non-overwintering-generations
#5
Timothy M Judd, Matthew P Fasnacht
The wasp Trypoxylon lactitarse Saussure is a bivoltine trap-nesting species that possesses a non-overwintering generation (G1) and a generation that overwinters as a prepupa (G2). Thus, the nutritional needs of the G1 individuals were predicted to be different than the G2 because the latter generation needs to store energy prior to diapause. Trap-nesting Trypoxylon are also of interest because, unlike most Hymenoptera, the males guard the nest while females forage. Thus, males may lose nutrients as they stay and guard the nest...
January 3, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043337/identification-and-expression-profiling-of-pheromone-biosynthesis-activating-neuropeptide-in-chlumetia-transversa-walker
#6
Hui Wei, Hong Chang, Lizhen Zheng, Shuo Lin, Yixin Chen, Houjun Tian, Jianwei Zhao, Yong Chen, Hongjiao Cai, Xiaojun Gu, Kadarkarai Murugan
Insect neuropeptides (NPs) in the pyrokinin/pheromone biosynthesis-activating neuropeptide (PBAN) family are actively involved in many essential endocrine functions. These peptides are potential targets in the search for novel insect control agents. This is the first report on the cloning and sequence determination of Chlumetia transversa (Walker) PBAN (Ct-PBAN) using rapid amplification of cDNA ends. The open reading frame of Ct-PBAN was 588bp in length and encoded 195 amino acids, which were assembled into five putative neuropeptides (diapause hormone homolog, α-neuropeptide, β-neuropeptide, PBAN, and γ-neuropeptide)...
January 2017: Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034679/the-diapause-program-impacts-renal-excretion-and-molecular-expression-of-aquaporins-in-the-northern-house-mosquito-culex-pipiens
#7
Liu Yang, David L Denlinger, Peter M Piermarini
Adult females of the mosquito Culex pipiens entering diapause increase sugar water ingestion and reduce evaporative water loss, but how these attributes of the diapause program impact activity of the renal excretory system remains unknown. Here we compared the renal excretory capacity of diapausing and non-diapausing females, as well as the molecular expression of aquaporin (AQP) genes that encode channels involved in transporting water and/or small metabolites. Baseline urine excretion rates in diapausing mosquitoes were higher than in those of their non-diapausing counterparts, possibly a consequence of the intense sugar feeding associated with diapause...
December 27, 2016: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031330/setd4-regulates-cell-quiescence-and-catalyzes-the-trimethylation-of-h4k20-during-diapause-formation-of-artemia
#8
Li Dai, Sen Ye, Hua-Wei Li, Dian-Fu Chen, Hong-Liang Wang, Sheng-Nan Jia, Cheng Lin, Jin-Shu Yang, Fan Yang, Hiromichi Nagasawa, Wei-Jun Yang
As a prominent characteristic of cell life, the regulation of cell quiescence is important for proper development, regeneration, and stress resistance, and may play a role in certain degenerative diseases. However, the mechanism underlying quiescence remains largely unknown. Encysted embryos of Artemia are useful for studying the regulation of this state because they remain quiescent for prolonged periods during diapause, a state of obligate dormancy. In the present study, SET domain-containing protein 4, a histone lysine methyltransferase, was identified and characterized from Artemia and named as Ar-SETD4...
December 28, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028106/imaginal-feeding-for-progression-of-diapause-phenotype-in-the-two-spotted-spider-mite-acari-tetranychidae
#9
Shoko Kawaguchi, Yuki Manabe, Tatsuya Sugawara, Masahiro Osakabe
Adult females of the two-spotted spider mite (Tetranychus urticae Koch) enter diapause under conditions of short-day length and low temperature. A conspicuous body color change, from greenish yellow to bright orange, accompanies diapause induction. This pigmentation is attributed to accumulation of keto-carotenoids produced internally from β-carotene, which is a precursor of vitamin A essential for inducing diapause. The quantity of β-carotene transferred from females to eggs has been considered sufficient to induce diapause...
December 2016: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028081/density-dependent-recruitment-and-diapause-in-the-spring-feeding-generation-of-hemlock-woolly-adelgid-hemiptera-adelgidae-in-western-north-america
#10
Aaron S Weed, Joseph S Elkinton, Nina K Lany
Insect populations are affected by density-dependent and density-independent factors, and knowing how these factors affect long-term population growth is critical to pest management. In this study, we experimentally manipulated densities of the hemlock woolly adelgid on eastern and western hemlock trees in the western USA to evaluate the effects of density and host species on hemlock woolly adelgid crawler colonization. We then followed development of hemlock woolly adelgid on each hemlock species. Settlement of crawlers was strongly density-dependent and consistent between host species...
December 2016: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025841/regulation-of-diapause-in-carnivores
#11
J C Fenelon, P L Lefèvre, A Banerjee, B D Murphy
Embryonic diapause is an evolutionary strategy to ensure that offspring are born when maternal and environmental conditions are optimal for survival. In many species of carnivores, obligate embryonic diapause occurs in every gestation. In mustelids, the regulation of diapause and reactivation is influenced by photoperiod, which then acts to regulate the secretion of pituitary prolactin. Prolactin in turn regulates ovarian steroid function. Reciprocal embryo transplant studies indicate that this state of embryonic arrest is conferred by uterine conditions and is presumed to be due to a lack of specific factors necessary for continued development...
December 27, 2016: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025219/tillage-reduces-survival-of-grape-berry-moth-lepidoptera-tortricidae-via-burial-rather-than-mechanical-injury
#12
Jason M Matlock, Rufus Isaacs, Matthew Grieshop
The grape berry moth, Paralobesia viteana (Clemens), is a key pest of vineyards in eastern North America that overwinters as pupae in leaf litter on the vineyard floor. This presents an opportunity for tillage to disturb and bury the pupae, providing a potential nonchemical approach to control of this pest. Using a Lilleston-style rotary cultivator, we determined the distribution of pupae within the soil profile after single tillage passes, measured the type and severity of damage inflicted on pupae, and investigated how these effects on pupae influenced their survival...
December 26, 2016: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28006820/entomopathogenic-nematodes-combined-with-adjuvants-presents-a-new-potential-biological-control-method-for-managing-the-wheat-stem-sawfly-cephus-cinctus-hymenoptera-cephidae
#13
Scott L Portman, Sindhu M Krishnankutty, Gadi V P Reddy
The wheat stem sawfly, (Cephus cinctus Norton) Hymenoptera: Cephidae, has been a major pest of winter wheat and barley in the northern Great Plains for more than 100 years. The insect's cryptic nature and lack of safe chemical control options make the wheat stem sawfly (WSS) difficult to manage; thus, biological control offers the best hope for sustainable management of WSS. Entomopathogenic nematodes (EPNs) have been used successfully against other above-ground insect pests, and adding adjuvants to sprays containing EPNs has been shown to improve their effectiveness...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28001328/transcriptome-and-proteome-analyses-reveal-complex-mechanisms-of-reproductive-diapause-in-the-two-spotted-spider-mite-tetranychus-urticae
#14
J-Y Zhao, X-T Zhao, J-T Sun, L-F Zou, S-X Yang, X Han, W-C Zhu, Q Yin, X-Y Hong
Although a variety of factors underlying diapause have been identified in arthropods and other organisms, the molecular mechanisms regulating diapause are still largely unknown. Here, to better understand this process, we examined diapause-associated genes in the two-spotted spider mite, Tetranychus urticae, by comparing the transcriptomes and proteomes of early diapausing and reproductive adult females. Amongst genes underlying diapause revealed by the transcriptomic and proteomic data sets, we described the noticeable change in Ca(2+) -associated genes, including 65 Ca(2+) -binding protein genes and 23 Ca(2+) transporter genes, indicating that Ca(2+) signalling has a substantial role in diapause regulation...
December 21, 2016: Insect Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28000948/the-expression-patterns-of-the-clock-genes-period-and-timeless-are-affected-by-photoperiod-in-the-mediterranean-corn-stalk-borer-sesamia-nonagrioides
#15
Dimitrios Kontogiannatos, Theodoros Gkouvitsas, Anna Kourti
To obtain clues to the link between the molecular mechanism of circadian and photoperiod clocks, we cloned two circadian clock genes, period (per) and timeless (tim) from the moth Sesamia nonagrioides, which undergoes facultative diapause controlled by photoperiod. Sequence analysis revealed a high degree of conservation among the compared insects fοr both genes. We also investigated the expression patterns of per and tim in brains of larvae growing under 16L:8D (long days), constant darkness (DD) and 10L:14D (short days) conditions by qPCR assays...
January 2017: Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993992/genetic-basis-underlying-rapid-evolution-of-an-introduced-insect-ophraella-communa-coleoptera-chrysomelidae-heritability-of-photoperiodic-response
#16
Koichi Tanaka, Kouhei Murata
The introduced beetle Ophraella communa LeSage has adapted to local environments in Japan in a short period by adjusting the photoperiodic response for induction of reproductive diapause. Based on these results, we predicted that the O. communa population has significant genetic variation in this trait on which natural selection should act. To examine the type and amount of genetic variation in photoperiodic response in O. communa, we performed artificial selection on this trait in opposite directions, i.e...
December 19, 2016: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27981494/fall-composition-of-storage-lipids-is-associated-with-the-overwintering-strategy-of-daphnia
#17
Heather L Mariash, Mathieu Cusson, Milla Rautio
Diapause, which occurs through the production of dormant eggs, is a strategy used by some zooplankton to avoid winter months of persistent low temperatures and low food availability. However, reports of active zooplankton under the ice indicate that other strategies also exist. This study was aimed at evaluating whether the composition of storage lipids in the fall differs between diapausing and active overwintering Daphnia. We assessed the quantity of storage lipids and fatty acid (FA) composition of Daphnia species, along with FA content of seston, in six boreal, alpine and subarctic lakes at the onset of winter, and evaluated the association between storage lipids and Daphnia overwintering strategy...
December 15, 2016: Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27980349/modelling-the-dynamics-of-growth-development-and-lipid-storage-in-the-marine-copepod-calanus-finmarchicus
#18
Tjalling Jager, Iurgi Salaberria, Dag Altin, Trond Nordtug, Bjørn Henrik Hansen
Mechanistic models are essential tools for interpreting and predicting the consequences of a changing environment and stressors such as pollution on the life histories of marine organisms. Here, we apply the simple and generic energy-budget model DEBkiss to the life history of the marine copepod Calanus finmarchicus. Model modifications were needed to accommodate the copepod life cycle, which deviates in several respects from most other animals (e.g., a sudden stop of growth after the final moult). We identified an acceleration of growth in the early copepodite stages, which could be linked to an increase in the specific feeding rate of the animals...
2017: Marine Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974500/starvation-induced-stress-response-is-critically-impacted-by-ceramide-levels-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#19
Mingxue Cui, Yi Wang, Jonathon Cavaleri, Taylor Kelson, Yudong Teng, Min Han
Our understanding of the cellular mechanisms by which animals regulate their response to starvation is limited despite the strong relevance of the problem to major human health issues. The L1 diapause of Caenorhabditis elegans, where first-stage larvae arrest in response to a food-less environment, is an excellent system to study this mechanism. We found through genetic manipulation and lipid analysis that ceramide biosynthesis, particularly those with longer fatty acid side chains, critically impacts animal survival during L1 diapause...
December 14, 2016: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27958277/a-genome-wide-screen-of-bacterial-mutants-that-enhance-dauer-formation-in-c-elegans
#20
Amit Khanna, Jitendra Kumar, Misha A Vargas, LaKisha Barrett, Subhash Katewa, Patrick Li, Tom McCloskey, Amit Sharma, Nicole Naudé, Christopher Nelson, Rachel Brem, David W Killilea, Sean D Mooney, Matthew Gill, Pankaj Kapahi
Molecular pathways involved in dauer formation, an alternate larval stage that allows Caenorhabditis elegans to survive adverse environmental conditions during development, also modulate longevity and metabolism. The decision to proceed with reproductive development or undergo diapause depends on food abundance, population density, and temperature. In recent years, the chemical identities of pheromone signals that modulate dauer entry have been characterized. However, signals derived from bacteria, the major source of nutrients for C...
December 13, 2016: Scientific Reports
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