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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220960/a-comparative-investigation-of-bombyx-mori-silk-fibroin-hydrogels-generated-by-chemical-and-enzymatic-crosslinking
#1
Traian V Chirila, Shuko Suzuki, Chloé Papolla
Fibroin, the major proteinaceous component of the silk fiber produced by larvae of the domesticated silk moth (Bombyx mori), has been widely investigated as a biomaterial for potential applications in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Following sol-gel transition, silk fibroin solutions can generate hydrogels that present certain advantages when employed as biomaterials, especially if they are crosslinked. The subject of this study was the self-crosslinking of silk fibroin through a process induced by the enzyme horseradish peroxidase (HRP) in the presence of hydrogen peroxide, a method only recently proposed and scarcely reported...
February 21, 2017: Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209896/hawkmoths-use-nectar-sugar-to-reduce-oxidative-damage-from-flight
#2
E Levin, G Lopez-Martinez, B Fane, G Davidowitz
Nectar-feeding animals have among the highest recorded metabolic rates. High aerobic performance is linked to oxidative damage in muscles. Antioxidants in nectar are scarce to nonexistent. We propose that nectarivores use nectar sugar to mitigate the oxidative damage caused by the muscular demands of flight. We found that sugar-fed moths had lower oxidative damage to their flight muscle membranes than unfed moths. Using respirometry coupled with δ(13)C analyses, we showed that moths generate antioxidant potential by shunting nectar glucose to the pentose phosphate pathway (PPP), resulting in a reduction in oxidative damage to the flight muscles...
February 17, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209840/genome-sequences-of-three-novel-bunyaviruses-two-novel-rhabdoviruses-and-one-novel-nyamivirus-from-washington-state-moths
#3
Negar Makhsous, Ryan C Shean, David Droppers, Jonathan Guan, Keith R Jerome, Alexander L Greninger
We report draft genome sequences of three novel bunyaviruses, two novel rhabdoviruses, and one novel nyamivirus identified metagenomically from 10 moths in Washington state.
February 16, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208308/ultrasensitive-surface-enhanced-raman-scattering-sensor-of-gaseous-aldehydes-as-biomarkers-of-lung-cancer-on-dendritic-ag-nanocrystals
#4
Zhen Zhang, Wei Yu, Jing Wang, Dan Luo, Xuezhi Qiao, Xiaoyun Qin, Tie Wang
Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) is expected as a technique that even theoretically detected chemicals at the single molecule level by surface plasmon phenomena of noble metal nanostructures. Insensitivity of detecting Raman weak-intensity molecules and low adsorptivity of gaseous molecules on solid substrates are two main factors hindering the application of SERS in gas detectors. In this manuscript, we demonstrated an operational SERS strategy to detect gaseous Raman weak-intensity aldehydes that have been considered as a biomarker of lung cancer for abnormal content was measured in volatile organic compounds (VOCs) of lung cancer patients...
February 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205115/a-fixed-precision-sequential-sampling-plan-for-the-potato-tuberworm-moth-phthorimaea-operculella-zeller-lepidoptera-gelechidae-on-potato-cultivars
#5
M Shahbi, A Rajabpour
Phthorimaea operculella Zeller is an important pest of potato in Iran. Spatial distribution and fixed-precision sequential sampling for population estimation of the pest on two potato cultivars, Arinda(®) and Sante(®), were studied in two separate potato fields during two growing seasons (2013-2014 and 2014-2015). Spatial distribution was investigated by Taylor's power law and Iwao's patchiness. Results showed that the spatial distribution of eggs and larvae was random. In contrast to Iwao's patchiness, Taylor's power law provided a highly significant relationship between variance and mean density...
February 15, 2017: Neotropical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198918/artificial-diet-for-laboratory-rearing-of-condylorrhiza-vestigialis-guen%C3%A3-e-1854-lep-crambidae
#6
Lucas S Campos, Aloisio Coelho, José Roberto P Parra
The Brazilian Poplar Moth, Condylorrhiza vestigialis (Guenée), compromises the wood productivity of poplar trees (Populus sp.), mainly affecting the matchstick industry in southern Brazil. Considering the lack of information on rearing techniques for this insect, the objective of this study was to develop an artificial diet to rear C. vestigialis with biological characteristics similar to the wild insects. A properly diet will enable bio-ecological studies and biological control programs using the baculovirus Condylorrhiza vestigialis multiple nucleopolyhedrovirus (CvMNPV)...
February 9, 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196471/characterization-and-expression-profiling-of-serine-protease-inhibitors-in-the-diamondback-moth-plutella-xylostella-lepidoptera-plutellidae
#7
Hailan Lin, Xijian Lin, Jiwei Zhu, Xiao-Qiang Yu, Xiaofeng Xia, Fengluan Yao, Guang Yang, Minsheng You
BACKGROUND: Serine protease inhibitors (SPIs) have been found in all living organisms and play significant roles in digestion, development and innate immunity. In this study, we present a genome-wide identification and expression profiling of SPI genes in the diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella (L.), a major pest of cruciferous crops with global distribution and broad resistance to different types of insecticides. RESULTS: A total of 61 potential SPI genes were identified in the P...
February 14, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195388/survey-of-conspecific-herbivore-induced-volatiles-from-apple-as-possible-attractants-for-pandemis-pyrusana-lepidoptera-tortricidae
#8
V Giacomuzzi, J Mattheis, E Basoalto, S Angeli, A L Knight
BACKGROUND: Studies were conducted to identify volatiles released by apple foliage untreated or sprayed with a yeast and from untreated and sprayed foliage with actively-feeding larvae of Pandemis pyrusana Kearfott. Field studies then evaluated various combinations of these volatiles when paired with acetic acid as possible adult attractants. RESULTS: The most abundant volatiles released following herbivore-feeding were four green leaf volatiles (GLVs) and acetic acid...
February 13, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194401/clinical-application-of-cone-beam-computed-tomography-of-the-rabbit-head-part-2-dental-disease
#9
G G Riggs, Derek D Cissell, Boaz Arzi, David C Hatcher, Philip H Kass, Amy Zhen, Frank J M Verstraete
Domestic rabbits are increasing in popularity as household pets; therefore, veterinarians need to be familiar with the most common diseases afflicting rabbits including dental disease. Current diagnostic approaches include gross oral examination, endoscopic oral examination, skull radiography, and computed tomography (CT). Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT), a new oral and maxillofacial imaging modality that has the capability to produce high-resolution images, has not yet been described for use in evaluating dental disease in rabbits...
2017: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193810/thresholds-and-noise-limitations-of-colour-vision-in-dim-light
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Almut Kelber, Carola Yovanovich, Peter Olsson
Colour discrimination is based on opponent photoreceptor interactions, and limited by receptor noise. In dim light, photon shot noise impairs colour vision, and in vertebrates, the absolute threshold of colour vision is set by dark noise in cones. Nocturnal insects (e.g. moths and nocturnal bees) and vertebrates lacking rods (geckos) have adaptations to reduce receptor noise and use chromatic vision even in very dim light. In contrast, vertebrates with duplex retinae use colour-blind rod vision when noisy cone signals become unreliable, and their transition from cone- to rod-based vision is marked by the Purkinje shift...
April 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187598/a-new-species-of-i-phanerotoma-i-wesmael-hymenoptera-braconidae-cheloninae-parasitoid-of-the-carob-moth-in-south-africa
#11
Cornelis VAN Achterberg, Sean R Thackeray, Martin P Hill
A new species, Phanerotoma carobivora van Achterberg & Thackeray, sp. nov. is described from South Africa. It is a common endoparasitoid of the carob moth (Ectomyelois ceratoniae Zeller (Pyralidae) on pecan (Carya illinoinensis (Wangenh.) K. Koch) and citrus fruits in South Africa. Mean percentage of parasitism varied 2-30% between host plants and sampled localities.
January 31, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185608/effect-of-heat-waves-on-embryo-mortality-in-the-pine-processionary-moth
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S Rocha, C Kerdelhué, M L Ben Jamaa, S Dhahri, C Burban, M Branco
Extreme climate events such as heat waves are predicted to become more frequent with climate change, representing a challenge for many organisms. The pine processionary moth Thaumetopoea pityocampa is a Mediterranean pine defoliator, which typically lays eggs during the summer. We evaluated the effects of heat waves on egg mortality of three populations with different phenologies: a Portuguese population with a classical life cycle (eggs laid in summer), an allochronic Portuguese population reproducing in spring, and a Tunisian population from the extreme southern limit of T...
February 10, 2017: Bulletin of Entomological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182679/comparative-host-selection-responses-of-specialist-helicoverpa-assulta-and-generalist-helicoverpa-armigera-moths-in-complex-plant-environments
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Wei-Zheng Li, Xiao-Hui Teng, Hong-Fei Zhang, Ting Liu, Qiong Wang, Guohui Yuan, Xian-Ru Guo
We tested the behavioral responses of ovipositing females and natal larvae of two sibling species, a generalist Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner) and a specialist Helicoverpa assulta (Guenée), to odor sources emitted from different combinations of six plant species (tobacco, Nicotiana tabacum; hot pepper, Capsicum annuum; tomato, Solanum esculentum; cotton, Gossypium hirsutum; peanut, Arachis hypogaea; maize, Zea mays). Under the conditions of plant materials versus corresponding controls, both stages of both species could find their corresponding host plants...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181532/a-floral-fragrance-methyl-benzoate-is-an-efficient-green-pesticide
#14
Yan Feng, Aijun Zhang
Over-reliance on synthetic pesticides in insect pest control has caused widespread public and scientific concerns for human health and the environment, especially since many insect pests have already developed resistances to conventional pesticides and Bt products. For this reason, there is a considerable interest in development of alternative control methods for insect pest management. Based on laboratory studies, we report that methyl benzoate (MB), a naturally-occurring compound in many plants, may possess toxicity against various stages of a variety of insect pests, including the brown marmorated stinkbug, Halyomorpha halys, diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella, and tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta, as well as the spotted wing drosophila, Drosophila suzukii...
February 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178286/sexual-communication-in-castniid-moths-males-mark-their-territories-and-appear-to-bear-all-chemical-burden
#15
Carmen Quero, Victor Sarto I Monteys, Gloria Rosell, Marc Puigmartí, Angel Guerrero
Castniid moths (Lepidoptera: Castniidae) display a butterfly-like reproductive behavior, i.e., they use visual stimuli for mate location and females have apparently lost their pheromone glands in an evolutionary context. In this paper we report for the first time the identification of three new compounds, namely n-octadecyl acetate, (Z)-9-octadecenyl acetate and (E,Z)-2,13-octadecadienyl acetate, in males of the Castniid Palm Borer, Paysandisia archon, which could be involved in its short-range courtship behavior, and also shed light on recent controversies on the sexual behavior of the species...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169433/multisensory-integration-in-lepidoptera-insights-into-flower-visitor-interactions
#16
Michiyo Kinoshita, Finlay J Stewart, Hisashi Ômura
As most work on flower foraging focuses on bees, studying Lepidoptera can offer fresh perspectives on how sensory capabilities shape the interaction between flowers and insects. Through a combination of innate preferences and learning, many Lepidoptera persistently visit particular flower species. Butterflies tend to rely on their highly developed sense of colour to locate rewarding flowers, while moths have evolved sophisticated olfactory systems towards the same end. However, these modalities can interact in complex ways; for instance, butterflies' colour preference can shift depending on olfactory context...
February 7, 2017: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159797/homolactic-acid-fermentation-by-the-genetically-engineered-thermophilic-homoacetogen-moorella-thermoacetica-atcc39073
#17
Yuki Iwasaki, Akihisa Kita, Koichiro Yoshida, Takahisa Tajima, Shinichi Yano, Tomohiro Shou, Masahiro Saito, Junichi Kato, Katsuji Murakami, Yutaka Nakashimada
: For the efficient production of target metabolites from carbohydrates, syngas or H2-CO2 by genetically engineered Moorella thermoacetica, the control of acetate production (a main metabolite of M. thermoacetica) is desired. Although propanediol utilization protein (PduL) was predicted to be a phosphotransacetylase (PTA) involved in acetate production in M. thermoacetica, this has not been confirmed. Our findings described herein directly demonstrate that two putative PduL proteins, encoded by Moth_0864 (pduL1) and Moth_1181 (pduL2), respectively, are involved in acetate formation as PTAs...
February 3, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158907/naturally-occurring-biventricular-noncompaction-in-an-adult-domestic-cat
#18
M D Kittleson, P R Fox, C Basso, G Thiene
A definitively diagnosed case of left ventricular noncompaction (LVNC) has not been previously reported in a non-human species. We describe a Maine Coon cross cat with echocardiographically and pathologically documented LVNC. The cat was from a research colony and was heterozygous for the cardiac myosin binding protein C mutation associated with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) in Maine Coon cats (A31P). The cat had had echocardiographic examinations performed every 6 months until 6 years of age at which time the cat died of an unrelated cause...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158529/addition-of-pear-ester-with-sex-pheromone-enhances-disruption-of-mating-by-female-codling-moth-lepidoptera-tortricidae-in-walnut-orchards-treated-with-meso-dispensers
#19
Douglas M Light, Joseph A Grant, Ronald P Haff, Alan L Knight
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 1, 2017: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158242/de-novo-characterization-of-micrornas-in-oriental-fruit-moth-grapholita-molesta-and-selection-of-reference-genes-for-normalization-of-microrna-expression
#20
Xiu Wang, Yisong Li, Jing Zhang, Qingwen Zhang, Xiaoxia Liu, Zhen Li
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a group of endogenous non-coding small RNAs that have critical regulatory functions in almost all known biological processes at the post-transcriptional level in a variety of organisms. The oriental fruit moth Grapholita molesta is one of the most serious pests in orchards worldwide and threatens the production of Rosacea fruits. In this study, a de novo small RNA library constructed from mixed stages of G. molesta was sequenced through Illumina sequencing platform and a total of 536 mature miRNAs consisting of 291 conserved and 245 novel miRNAs were identified...
2017: PloS One
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