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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914061/probing-oligomerized-conformations-of-defensin-in-the-membrane
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Wenxun Gan, Dina Schneidman, Ning Zhang, Buyong Ma, Ruth Nussinov
Computational prediction and design of membrane protein-protein interactions facilitate biomedical engineering and biotechnological applications. Due to their antimicrobial activity, human defensins play an important role in the innate immune system. Human defensins are attractive pharmaceutical targets due to their small size, broad activity spectrum, reduced immunogenicity, and resistance to proteolysis. Protein engineering based modification of defensins can improve their pharmaceutical properties. Here we present an approach to computationally probe defensins' oligomerization states in the membrane...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905879/transcriptome-profiling-in-the-damselfly-ischnura-elegans-identifies-genes-with-sex-biased-expression
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Pallavi Chauhan, Maren Wellenreuther, Bengt Hansson
BACKGROUND: Sexual dimorphism occurs widely across the animal kingdom and has profound effects on evolutionary trajectories. Here, we investigate sex-specific gene expression in Ischnura elegans (Odonata: dragonflies and damselflies), a species with pronounced sexual differences including a female-limited colour polymorphism with two female-like gynochrome morphs and one male-mimicking, androchrome morph. Whole-organism transcriptome profiling and sex-biased gene expression analysis was conducted on adults of both sexes (pooling all females as well as separating the three morphs) to gain insights into genes and pathways potentially associated with sexual development and sexual conflict...
December 1, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897110/identification-of-tyrosine-kinase-src-responsible-for-antimicrobial-peptides-production-in-bombyx-mori
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Xianyang Li, Xiaoting Hua, Liang Song, Qingyou Xia, Fei Wang
Src is a non-receptor protein tyrosine kinase ubiquitously expressed in animals. It is involved in various cellular processes, including the innate immune response in mammals. However, less is known about the function of insect Src. Here we presented a homologue of Src in silkworm (Bombyx mori), named as BmSrc by phylogenetic analysis, homologous comparison and domain prediction. BmSrc contains the conserved phosphorylation residues and possesses tyrosine kinase activity. The expression pattern of BmSrc mRNA was specific in stages and tissues...
November 29, 2016: Protein and Peptide Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889557/identification-of-a-hemolin-protein-from-actias-selene-mediates-immune-response-to-pathogens
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Cen Qian, Fang Wang, Baojian Zhu, Lei Wang, Guoqing Wei, Yu Sun, Sheng Li, Chaoliang Liu
Hemolins play an important role in development and innate immunity in insects. In this study, a hemolin cDNA of 1412bp in Actias selene (As-HEM) was isolated and its open reading frames (ORFs) were 420 amino acid residues. Sequence analysis indicated As-HEM was homologous to those hemolins from other insects species. The recombinant protein of As-HEM was expressed in Escherichia coli, and anti-As-HEM antibodies were prepared. Real-time quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR) and western blot results revealed that mRNA and protein levels of As-HEM were mostly detected in hemocytes and hemolymph...
November 24, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866813/rhodnius-prolixus-from-physiology-by-wigglesworth-to-recent-studies-of-immune-system-modulation-by-trypanosoma-cruzi-and-trypanosoma-rangeli
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REVIEW
P Azambuja, E S Garcia, P J Waniek, C S Vieira, M B Figueiredo, M S Gonzalez, C B Mello, D P Castro, N A Ratcliffe
This review is dedicated to the memory of Professor Sir Vincent B. Wigglesworth (VW) in recognition of his many pioneering contributions to insect physiology which, even today, form the basis of modern-day research in this field. Insects not only make vital contributions to our everyday lives by their roles in pollination, balancing eco-systems and provision of honey and silk products, but they are also outstanding models for studying the pathogenicity of microorganisms and the functioning of innate immunity in humans...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27824940/invertebrate-iridescent-virus-6-a-dna-virus-stimulates-a-mammalian-innate-immune-response-through-rig-i-like-receptors
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Laura R H Ahlers, Reginaldo G Bastos, Aoi Hiroyasu, Alan G Goodman
Insects are not only major vectors of mammalian viruses, but are also host to insect-restricted viruses that can potentially be transmitted to mammals. While mammalian innate immune responses to arboviruses are well studied, less is known about how mammalian cells respond to viruses that are restricted to infect only invertebrates. Here we demonstrate that IIV-6, a DNA virus of the family Iridoviridae, is able to induce a type I interferon-dependent antiviral immune response in mammalian cells. Although IIV-6 is a DNA virus, we demonstrate that the immune response activated during IIV-6 infection is mediated by the RIG-I-like receptor (RLR) pathway, and not the canonical DNA sensing pathway via cGAS/STING...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822479/triflumuron-effects-on-the-physiology-and-reproduction-of-rhodnius-prolixus-adult-females
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Bianca Santos Henriques, Fernando Ariel Genta, Cícero Brasileiro Mello, Lucas Rangel Silva, Thaís Franco Codogno, Alyne F R Oliveira, Lourena Pinheiro Marinho, Denise Valle, José Bento Pereira Lima, Denise Feder, Marcelo Salabert Gonzalez, Patricia Azambuja
We evaluated the efficacy of the growth regulator triflumuron (TFM) in inducing mortality and disrupting both oviposition and egg hatching in Rhodnius prolixus adult females. TFM was administered via feeding, topically or by continuous contact with impregnated surfaces. Feeding resulted in mild biological effects compared with topical and impregnated surfaces. One day after treatment, the highest mortality levels were observed with topical surface and 30 days later both topical and impregnated surfaces induced higher mortalities than feeding...
2016: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27811341/the-insect-derived-antimicrobial-peptide-metchnikowin-targets-fusarium-graminearum-%C3%AE-1-3-glucanosyltransferase-gel1-which-is-required-for-the-maintenance-of-cell-wall-integrity
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Mohammad-Reza Bolouri Moghaddam, Andreas Vilcinskas, Mohammad Rahnamaeian
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are essential components of the insect innate immune system. Their diversity provides protection against a broad spectrum of microbes and they have several distinct modes of action. Insect-derived AMPs are currently being developed for both medical and agricultural applications, and their expression in transgenic crops confers resistance against numerous plant pathogens. The antifungal peptide metchnikowin (Mtk), which was originally discovered in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, is of particular interest because it has potent activity against economically important phytopathogenic fungi of the phylum Ascomycota, such as Fusarium graminearum, but it does not harm beneficial fungi such as the mycorrhizal basidiomycete Piriformospora indica...
November 3, 2016: Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27805764/cdna-microarray-assays-to-evaluate-immune-responses-following-intracranial-injection-of-baculoviral-vectors-in-nonhuman-primates
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Ghayathri Balasundaram, Timothy Weixin Kwang, Shu Wang
Recombinant insect baculoviral vectors efficiently transduce several types of cells in the brain and can possibly be used for gene therapy for brain disorders. However, together with contaminating insect cell proteins, they trigger immune responses that might damage host brain cells. To substantially reduce unwanted immune responses due to the insect cell impurities, we purified and concentrated baculoviral vectors by combining an ion-exchange membrane chromatography method with high-speed centrifugation and demonstrated reduced immune responses of the vector preparations in the mouse brain...
November 2, 2016: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27791461/looking-bak-again-is-an-old-acquaintance-of-innate-immunity-involved-in-the-detection-of-herbivores
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Dominik Klauser, Pascale Flury, Thomas Boller, Sebastian Merker
The membrane-based receptor-like kinase BAK1 has been reported to interact with a number of other membrane-based receptors to contribute to a variety of signaling responses to exogenous and endogenous cues. These include brassinosteroid hormones as well as conserved microbe-derived and endogenous patterns. More recently, several lines of evidence have been reported to expand this concept also to the detection and deterrence of insect herbivores. We hereby present results that further support this hypothesis as they show that in Arabidopsis thaliana, herbivore oral secretions trigger two hallmark responses of plant innate immunity and that these responses are significantly reduced in plants that lack functional BAK1 receptors...
October 28, 2016: Plant Signaling & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27775611/critical-analysis-of-the-melanogenic-pathway-in-insects-and-higher-animals
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Manickam Sugumaran, Hanine Barek
Animals synthesize melanin pigments for the coloration of their skin and use it for their protection from harmful solar radiation. Insects use melanins even more ingeniously than mammals and employ them for exoskeletal pigmentation, cuticular hardening, wound healing and innate immune responses. In this review, we discuss the biochemistry of melanogenesis process occurring in higher animals and insects. A special attention is given to number of aspects that are not previously brought to light: (1) the molecular mechanism of dopachrome conversion that leads to the production of two different dihydroxyindoles; (2) the role of catecholamine derivatives other than dopa in melanin production in animals; (3) the critical parts played by various biosynthetic enzymes associated with insect melanogenesis; and (4) the presence of a number of important gaps in both melanogenic and sclerotinogenic pathways...
October 20, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27713019/galleria-mellonella-hemocytes-a-novel-phagocytic-assay-for-leishmania-viannia-braziliensis
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Fernanda Tomiotto-Pellissier, Allan Henrique Depieri Cataneo, Tatiane Marcuso Orsini, Ana Paula Fortes Dos Santos Thomazelli, Gabriela Alcântara Dalevedo, Admilton Gonçalves de Oliveira, Luciano Aparecido Panagio, Idessania Nazareth Costa, Ivete Conchon-Costa, Wander Rogério Pavanelli, Ricardo Sergio Almeida
Galleria mellonella is an excellent invertebrate model for the study of diseases that involve interactions with cells from the innate immune system, since they have an innate immune system capable of recognizing the pathogens. Here we present for the first time, an alternative model for an in vitro phagocytic assay using hemocytes of G. mellonella larvae to study infection by Leishmania (Viannia) braziliensis. We showed that the insect phagocytic cells were able to engulf promastigotes. Furthermore, this infective form differentiated into the amastigote form inside those cells...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27693371/jak-stat-signaling-pathway-mediated-immune-response-in-silkworm-bombyx-mori-challenged-by-beauveria-bassiana
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Tao Geng, Ding-Ding Lv, Yu-Xia Huang, Cheng-Xiang Hou, Guang-Xing Qin, Xi-Jie Guo
Innate immunity was critical in insects defensive system and able to be induced by Janus kinase / signal transducer and activator of transcription cascade transduction (JAK/STAT) signaling pathway. Currently, it had been identified many JAK/STAT signaling pathway-related genes in silkworm, but little function was known on insect innate immunity. To explore the roles of JAK/STAT pathway in antifungal immune response in silkworm (Bombyx mori) against Beauveria bassiana infection, the expression patterns of B...
September 28, 2016: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27678168/a-natural-anopheles-associated-penicillium-chrysogenum-enhances-mosquito-susceptibility-to-plasmodium-infection
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Yesseinia I Angleró-Rodríguez, Benjamin J Blumberg, Yuemei Dong, Simone L Sandiford, Andrew Pike, April M Clayton, George Dimopoulos
Whereas studies have extensively examined the ability of bacteria to influence Plasmodium infection in the mosquito, the tripartite interactions between non-entomopathogenic fungi, mosquitoes, and Plasmodium parasites remain largely uncharacterized. Here we report the isolation of a common mosquito-associated ascomycete fungus, Penicillium chrysogenum, from the midgut of field-caught Anopheles mosquitoes. Although the presence of Pe. chrysogenum in the Anopheles gambiae midgut does not affect mosquito survival, it renders the mosquito significantly more susceptible to Plasmodium infection through a secreted heat-stable factor...
September 28, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27649248/parasitic-nematode-immunomodulatory-strategies-recent-advances-and-perspectives
#15
REVIEW
Dustin Cooper, Ioannis Eleftherianos
More than half of the described species of the phylum Nematoda are considered parasitic, making them one of the most successful groups of parasites. Nematodes are capable of inhabiting a wide variety of niches. A vast array of vertebrate animals, insects, and plants are all identified as potential hosts for nematode parasitization. To invade these hosts successfully, parasitic nematodes must be able to protect themselves from the efficiency and potency of the host immune system. Innate immunity comprises the first wave of the host immune response, and in vertebrate animals it leads to the induction of the adaptive immune response...
September 14, 2016: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27633586/a-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-secreted-protease-modulates-host-intrinsic-immune-responses-but-how
#16
Zhenyu Cheng
Recently, we found that the Pseudomonas aeruginosa type II secreted protease IV functions as a unique Arabidopsis innate immunity elicitor. The protease IV-activated pathway involves G protein signaling and raises the question of how protease elicitation leads to the activation of G protein-mediated signaling, because plants do not appear to have metazoan-like G protein-coupled receptors. Importantly, our data suggest that Arabidopsis has evolved a mechanism to detect the proteolytic activity of a pathogen-encoded protease, supporting the host-pathogen arms race model...
September 16, 2016: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27603121/serpins-in-arthropod-biology
#17
David A Meekins, Michael R Kanost, Kristin Michel
Serpins are the largest known family of serine proteinase inhibitors and perform a variety of physiological functions in arthropods. Herein, we review the field of serpins in arthropod biology, providing an overview of current knowledge and topics of interest. Serpins regulate insect innate immunity via inhibition of serine proteinase cascades that initiate immune responses such as melanization and antimicrobial peptide production. In addition, several serpins with anti-pathogen activity are expressed as acute-phase serpins in insects upon infection...
September 4, 2016: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27586266/fat-body-and-hemocyte-contribution-to-the-antimicrobial-peptide-synthesis-in-calliphora-vicina-r-d-diptera-calliphoridae-larvae
#18
Andrey Yu Yakovlev, Alexander P Nesin, Nina P Simonenko, Natalia A Gordya, Dmitriy V Tulin, Anastasia A Kruglikova, Sergey I Chernysh
Antimicrobial peptides accumulated in the hemolymph in response to infection are a key element of insect innate immunity. The involvement of the fat body and hemocytes in the antimicrobial peptide synthesis is widely acknowledged, although release of the peptides present in the hemolymph from the immune cells was not directly verified so far. Here, we studied the presence of antimicrobial peptides in the culture medium of fat body cells and hemocytes isolated from the blue blowfly Calliphora vicina using complex of liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry, and antimicrobial activity assays...
September 1, 2016: In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology. Animal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27586183/characterization-and-expression-analysis-of-receptor-for-activated-c-kinase-from-silk-producing-insect-antheraea-pernyi
#19
Bao-Jian Zhu, Hao Yu, Sen Tian, Li-Shang Dai, Yu Sun, Chao-Liang Liu
The receptor for activated C kinase (RACK) is an important scaffold protein with regulatory functions in cells. However, its role in the immune response of Antheraea pernyi to pathogen challenge remains unclear. To investigate the biological functions of RACK in the wild silkworm A. pernyi, cloning was performed and the expression patterns of the RACK gene were analyzed. Sequence analysis revealed that the RACK gene was 1120 bp containing a 960-bp open reading frame. The deduced RACK protein sequence reveals the higher identity with its homologs from other insects...
2016: Protein and Peptide Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27573094/rewiring-of-jasmonate-and-phytochrome-b-signalling-uncouples-plant-growth-defense-tradeoffs
#20
Marcelo L Campos, Yuki Yoshida, Ian T Major, Dalton de Oliveira Ferreira, Sarathi M Weraduwage, John E Froehlich, Brendan F Johnson, David M Kramer, Georg Jander, Thomas D Sharkey, Gregg A Howe
Plants resist infection and herbivory with innate immune responses that are often associated with reduced growth. Despite the importance of growth-defense tradeoffs in shaping plant productivity in natural and agricultural ecosystems, the molecular mechanisms that link growth and immunity are poorly understood. Here, we demonstrate that growth-defense tradeoffs mediated by the hormone jasmonate are uncoupled in an Arabidopsis mutant (jazQ phyB) lacking a quintet of Jasmonate ZIM-domain transcriptional repressors and the photoreceptor phyB...
2016: Nature Communications
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