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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29607282/recent-advancement-on-chemical-arsenal-of-bt-toxin-and-its-application-in-pest-management-system-in-agricultural-field
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Pritam Chattopadhyay, Goutam Banerjee
Bacillus thuringiensis ( Bt ) is a Gram-positive, spore-forming, soil bacterium, which is very popular bio-control agent in agricultural and forestry. In general, B. thuringiensis secretes an array of insecticidal proteins including toxins produced during vegetative growth phase (such as secreted insecticidal protein, Sip; vegetative insecticidal proteins, Vip), parasporal crystalline δ-endotoxins produced during vegetative stationary phase (such as cytolytic toxin, Cyt; and crystal toxin, Cry), and β-exotoxins...
April 2018: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29569843/evaluation-of-the-potential-exposure-of-butterflies-to-genetically-modified-maize-pollen-in-protected-areas-in-italy
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Salvatore Arpaia, Ferdinando Baldacchino, Sara Bosi, Giovanni Burgio, Simona Errico, Rosaria Alessandra Magarelli, Antonio Masetti, Salvatore Santorsola
Environmental impacts of genetically modified crops are mandatorily assessed during their pre-market phase. One of the areas of concern is the possible impact on non-target organisms. Crops expressing Cry toxins might affect Lepidoptera larvae living outside cultivated fields, through pollen deposition on wild plants which constitute their food source. While pollen toxicity varies among different events, possible exposure of non-target species depends on the agro-environmental conditions. This study was conducted in two protected areas in Italy, characterized by different climatic conditions, where many Lepidoptera species thrive in proximity to maize cultivations...
March 23, 2018: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29563565/engineering-bacillus-thuringiensis-cyt1aa-toxin-specificity-from-dipteran-to-lepidopteran-toxicity
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Mary-Carmen Torres-Quintero, Isabel Gómez, Sabino Pacheco, Jorge Sánchez, Humberto Flores, Joel Osuna, Gretel Mendoza, Mario Soberón, Alejandra Bravo
The Cyt and Cry toxins are different pore-forming proteins produced by Bacillus thuringiensis bacteria, and used in insect-pests control. Cry-toxins have a complex mechanism involving interaction with several proteins in the insect gut such as aminopeptidase N (APN), alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and cadherin (CAD). It was shown that the loop regions of domain II of Cry toxins participate in receptor binding. Cyt-toxins are dipteran specific and interact with membrane lipids. We show that Cry1Ab domain II loop3 is involved in binding to APN, ALP and CAD receptors since point mutation Cry1Ab-G439D affected binding to these proteins...
March 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29509989/lineage-specific-plasmid-acquisition-and-the-evolution-of-specialized-pathogens-in-bacillus-thuringiensis-and-the-bacillus-cereus-group
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Guillaume Méric, Leonardos Mageiros, Ben Pascoe, Dan J Woodcock, Evangelos Mourkas, Sarah Lamble, Rory Bowden, Keith A Jolley, Ben Raymond, Samuel K Sheppard
Bacterial plasmids can vary from small selfish genetic elements to large autonomous replicons that constitute a significant proportion of total cellular DNA. By conferring novel function to the cell, plasmids may facilitate evolution but their mobility may be opposed by co-evolutionary relationships with chromosomes or encouraged via the infectious sharing of genes encoding public goods. Here, we explore these hypotheses through large-scale examination of the association between plasmids and genomes in the phenotypically diverse Bacillus cereus group...
March 6, 2018: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29502179/nematode-specific-cadherin-cdh-8-acts-as-a-receptor-for-cry5b-toxin-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Donghai Peng, Danfeng Wan, Chunsheng Cheng, Xiaobo Ye, Ming Sun
Parasitic nematodes of animals and plants cause worldwide devastating impacts on people's lives and agricultural crops. The crystal protein Cry5B produced by Bacillus thuringiensis has efficient and specific activity against a wide range of nematodes. However, the action mode of this toxin has not yet been thoroughly determined. Here, a nematode-specific cadherin CDH-8 was demonstrated to be a receptor for Cry5B toxin by using Caenorhabditis elegans as a model, providing evidence that the cadherin mutant worm cdh-8(RB815) possesses significant resistance to Cry5B, and the CDH-8 fragments bind specifically to Cry5B...
March 3, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29495405/cross-resistance-a-consequence-of-bi-partite-host-parasite-coevolution
#6
Tilottama Biswas, Gerrit Joop, Charlotte Rafaluk-Mohr
Host-parasite coevolution can influence interactions of the host and parasite with the wider ecological community. One way that this may manifest is in cross-resistance towards other parasites, which has been observed to occur in some host-parasite evolution experiments. In this paper, we test for cross-resistance towards Bacillus thuringiensis and Pseudomonas entomophila in the red flour beetle Tribolium castaneum , which was previously allowed to coevolve with the generalist entomopathogenic fungus Beauveria bassiana ...
February 26, 2018: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451334/microrna-profiling-between-bacillus-thuringiensis-cry1ab-susceptible-and-resistant-european-corn-borer-ostrinia-nubilalis-h%C3%A3-bner
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T Yu, X Li, B-S Coates, Q Zhang, B-D Siegfried, X Zhou
Transgenic maize hybrids that express insecticidal Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) crystalline (Cry) protein toxins effectively protect against the European corn borer, Ostrinia nubilalis, a devastating maize pest. Field monitoring and laboratory selections have detected varying levels of O. nubilalis resistance to Cry1Ab toxin. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are short noncoding RNAs that are involved in post-transcriptional gene regulation. Their potential roles in the evolution of Bt resistance, however, remain largely unknown...
February 16, 2018: Insect Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29415259/analysis-of-homologs-of-cry-toxin-receptor-related-proteins-in-the-midgut-of-a-non-bt-target-nilaparvata-lugens-st%C3%A3-l-hemiptera-delphacidae
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Ensi Shao, Li Lin, Sijun Liu, Jiao Zhang, Xuelin Chen, Li Sha, Zhipeng Huang, Biwang Huang, Xiong Guan
The brown planthopper (BPH) Nilaparvata lugens is one of the most destructive insect pests in the rice fields of Asia. Like other hemipteran insects, BPH is not susceptible to Cry toxins of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) or transgenic rice carrying Bt cry genes. Lack of Cry receptors in the midgut is one of the main reasons that BPH is not susceptible to the Cry toxins. The main Cry-binding proteins (CBPs) of the susceptible insects are cadherin, aminopeptidase N (APN), and alkaline phosphatase (ALP). In this study, we analyzed and validated de novo assembled transcripts from transcriptome sequencing data of BPH to identify and characterize homologs of cadherin, APN, and ALP...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29382486/characterization-of-cry-toxins-from-autochthonous-bacillus-thuringiensis-isolates-from-mexico
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Raquel Camacho-Millán, Elsa Maribel Aguilar-Medina, Héctor Quezada, Óscar Medina-Contreras, Genaro Patiño-López, Héctor Manuel Cárdenas-Cota, Rosalío Ramos-Payán
BACKGROUND: Chemical pesticides, widely used in agriculture and vector-borne disease control, have shown toxic effects on the environment and the people in contact with them. Bacillus thuringiensis is a widely used bacterium for alternative and safer control of insect pests. Its toxins are specific for insects but innocuous for mammals and may be used as powerful adjuvants when applied with vaccines. The objective of this work was to characterize some autochthonous B. thuringiensis strains, which could be used for the control of a local pest (Diatraea considerata Heinrich) that affects sugar cane crops in Sinaloa, Mexico...
May 2017: Boletín Médico del Hospital Infantil de México
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29360856/midgut-transcriptomal-response-of-the-rice-leaffolder-cnaphalocrocis-medinalis-guen%C3%A3-e-to-cry1c-toxin
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Yajun Yang, Hongxing Xu, Yanhui Lu, Caiyun Wang, Zhongxian Lu
Cnaphalocrocis medinalis (Guenée) is one of the important insect pests in rice field. Bt agents were recommended in the C. medinalis control and Bt rice is bred as a tactic to control this insect. However, the tolerance or resistance of insect to Bt protein is a main threat to the application of Bt protein. In order to investigate the response of C. medinalis transcriptome in defending a Cry1C toxin, high-through RNA-sequencing was carried in the C. medinalis larvae treated with and without Cry1C toxin. A total of 35,586 high-quality unigenes was annotated in the transcriptome of C...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329399/yield-losses-in-transgenic-cry1ab-and-non-bt-corn-as-assessed-using-a-crop-life-table-approach
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Gerson A Silva, Marcelo C Picanço, Lino R Ferreira, Dalton O Ferreira, Elizeu S Farias, Thadeu C Souza, Nilson Rodrigues-Silva, Eliseu José G Pereira
In this study, we constructed crop life tables for Bacillus thuringiensis Berliner (Bt) Cry1Ab and non-Bt corn hybrids, in which yield-loss factors and abundance of predaceous arthropods were recorded during 2 yr at two locations. Corn kernel/grain was the yield component that had the heaviest losses and that determined the overall yield loss in the corn hybrids across years and locations. Yield losses in both corn hybrids were primarily caused by kernel-destroying insects. Helicoverpa zea (Boddie) and Spodoptera frugiperda (Smith) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) were the key loss factors at one location, while at the other, the key loss factor was the silk fly larvae, Euxesta spp...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305214/expression-of-cry1ac-toxin-binding-region-in-plutella-xyllostella-cadherin-like-receptor-and-studying-their-interaction-mode-by-molecular-docking-and-site-directed-mutagenesis
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Xiaodan Hu, Xiao Zhang, Jianfeng Zhong, Yuan Liu, Cunzheng Zhang, Yajing Xie, Manman Lin, Chongxin Xu, Lina Lu, Qing Zhu, Xianjin Liu
Cadherin-like protein has been identified as the primary Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) Cry toxin receptor in Lepidoptera pests and plays a key role in Cry toxin insecticidal. In this study, we successfully expressed the putative Cry1Ac toxin-binding region (CR7-CR11) of Plutella xylostella cadherin-like in Escherichia coli BL21 (DE3). The expressed CR7-CR11 fragment showed binding ability to Cry1Ac toxin under denaturing (Ligand blot) and non-denaturing (ELISA) conditions. The three-dimensional structure of CR7-CR11 was constructed by homology modeling...
May 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237813/specificity-of-oral-immune-priming-in-the-red-flour-beetle-tribolium-castaneum
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Momir Futo, Marie P Sell, Megan A M Kutzer, Joachim Kurtz
Immune specificity is the degree to which a host's immune system discriminates among various pathogens or antigenic variants. Vertebrate immune memory is highly specific due to antibody responses. On the other hand, some invertebrates show immune priming, i.e. improved survival after secondary exposure to a previously encountered pathogen. Until now, specificity of priming has only been demonstrated via the septic infection route or when live pathogens were used for priming. Therefore, we tested for specificity in the oral priming route in the red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum For priming, we used pathogen-free supernatants derived from three different strains of the entomopathogen, Bacillus thuringiensis , which express different Cry toxin variants known for their toxicity against this beetle...
December 2017: Biology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29215274/cry11aa-interacts-with-the-atp-binding-protein-from-culex-quinquefasciatus-to-improve-the-toxicity
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Lingling Zhang, Guohui Zhao, Xiaohua Hu, Jiannan Liu, Mingwei Li, Khadija Batool, Mingfeng Chen, Junxiang Wang, Jin Xu, Tianpei Huang, Xiaohong Pan, Lei Xu, Xiao-Qiang Yu, Xiong Guan
Cry11Aa displays high toxicity to the larvae of several mosquito species, including Aedes, Culex, and Anopheles. To study its binding characterization against Culex quinquefasciatus, Cry11Aa was purified and western blot results showed that Cry11Aa could bind successfully to the brush border membrane vesicles. To identify Cry11Aa-binding proteins in C. quinquefasciatus, a biotin-based protein pull-down experiment was performed and seven Cry11Aa-binding proteins were isolated from the midgut of C. quinquefasciatus larvae...
December 20, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29189732/identification-and-characterization-of-hyphantria-cunea-aminopeptidase-n-as-a-binding-protein-of-bacillus-thuringiensis-cry1ab35-toxin
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Yakun Zhang, Dan Zhao, Xiaoping Yan, Wei Guo, Yajun Bao, Wei Wang, Xiaoyun Wang
The fall webworm, Hyphantria cunea (Drury) is a major invasive pest in China. Aminopeptidase N (APN) isoforms in lepidopteran larvae midguts are known for their involvement in the mode of action of insecticidal crystal (Cry) proteins from Bacillus thuringiensis . In the present work, we identified a putative Cry1Ab toxin-binding protein, an APN isoform designated HcAPN3, in the midgut of H. cunea by ligand blot and mass spectrometry. HcAPN3 was highly expressed throughout all larval developmental stages and was abundant in the midgut and hindgut tissues...
November 30, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29177935/pool-deconvolution-approach-for-high-throughput-gene-mining-from-bacillus-thuringiensis
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Bhupendra S Panwar, Chet Ram, Rakesh K Narula, Sarvjeet Kaur
Novel genes from Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) are required for effective deployment in agriculture, human health, and forestry. In an improvement over conventional PCR-based screening, next generation sequencing (NGS) has been used for identification of new genes of potential interest from Bt strains, but cost becomes a constraint when several isolates are to be sequenced. We demonstrate the potential of a DNA pooling strategy known as pool deconvolution to identify commercially important toxin genes from 36 native Bt isolates...
February 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155358/criticism-of-efsa-s-scientific-opinion-on-combinatorial-effects-of-stacked-gm-plants
#17
Thomas Bøhn
Recent genetically modified plants tend to include both insect resistance and herbicide tolerance traits. Some of these 'stacked' GM plants have multiple Cry-toxins expressed as well as tolerance to several herbicides. This means that non-target organisms in the environment (biodiversity) will be co-exposed to multiple stressors simultaneously. A similar co-exposure may happen to consumers through chemical residues in the food chain. EFSA, the responsible unit for minimizing risk of harm in European food chains, has expressed its scientific interest in combinatorial effects...
January 2018: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150505/cry64ba-and-cry64ca-two-etx-mtx2-bacillus-thuringiensis-insecticidal-proteins-against-hemipteran-pests
#18
Yonglei Liu, Yinglong Wang, Changlong Shu, Kejian Lin, Fuping Song, Alejandra Bravo, Mario Soberón, Jie Zhang
Genetically modified crops that express insecticidal Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) proteins have become a primary approach for control of lepidopteran (moth) and coleopteran (beetle) pests that feed by chewing the plants. However, the sap-sucking insects (Hemiptera) are not particularly susceptible to Bt toxins. In this study, we describe two Cry toxins (Cry64Ba and Cry64Ca) from a Bt 1012 strain showed toxicity against two important rice hemipteran pests, Laodelphax striatellus and Sogatella furcifera Both of these two proteins contain an ETX/MTX2 domain, and share common sequence features with the β-pore forming toxins...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111354/three-gpi-anchored-alkaline-phosphatases-are-involved-in-the-intoxication-of-cry1ca-toxin-to-spodoptera-exigua-larvae
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Xiang-Liang Ren, Hong-Yan Hu, Wei-Li Jiang, Xiao-Yan Ma, Ya-Jie Ma, Guo-Qing Li, Yan Ma
Glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI)-anchored alkaline phosphatase (ALP) isoforms are crucial for the intoxication of crystal proteins (Cry) to several insect species. We cloned five SeALPs from the larval midgut of Spodoptera exigua, a major pest of many crops. All five SeALPs contain a signal peptide at the N-terminus, a phosphatase domain, and a GPI-anchor site at the C-terminus. Additionally, the sequences encode two or three potential N-glycosylation sites. The five SeALPs were highly expressed at the larval stage, especially in the larval gut or Malpighian tubules...
October 27, 2017: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097681/using-phage-display-technology-to-obtain-crybodies-active-against-non-target-insects
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Tania Domínguez-Flores, María Dolores Romero-Bosquet, Diana Marcela Gantiva-Díaz, María José Luque-Navas, Colin Berry, Antonio Osuna, Susana Vílchez
The insecticidal Cry toxins produced by Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) are increasingly important in the biological control of insect pests and vectors of human disease. Markets for Bt products and transgenic plants expressing their toxins are driven by their specificity, safety and the move away from chemical control agents. However, the high specificity of Cry toxins can also prove to be a limitation when there is no known Cry toxin active against a particular target. Novel activities can be discovered by screening natural Bt isolates or through modifications of the Cry proteins...
November 2, 2017: Scientific Reports
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