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Bombyx mori

Saket Kumar Singh, Bibhas Kumar Bhunia, Nandana Bhardwaj, Sween Gilotra, Biman B Mandal
Tunable repeated drug administration is often inevitable in number of pathological cases. Reloadable 3D matrices for sustained drug delivery are predicted as a prospective avenue to realize this objective. This study was directed towards sonication-induced fabrication of novel reloadable Bombyx mori silk fibroin (SF) (4, 6 and 8 wt%) hydrogel, injected within 3D porous (8 wt%) scaffolds. The focus was to develop a dual-barrier reloadable depot system for sustained molecular cargo-release. Both the varying SF concentration (4, 6 and 8 wt%) and the sonication time (30, 45 and 60 s) dictated the extent of cross-linking, β-sheet content and porosity (1-10 µm) influencing the release behavior of model molecules...
October 26, 2016: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Jin Xu, Xia-Fei Wang, Peng Chen, Fang-Tao Liu, Shuai-Chao Zheng, Hui Ye, Ming-He Mo
The vast majority of lepidopterans, about 90%, are moths. Some moths, particularly their caterpillars, are major agricultural and forestry pests in many parts of the world. However, some other members of moths, such as the silkworm Bombyx mori, are famous for their economic value. Fire et al. in 1998 initially found that exogenous double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) can silence the homolog endogenous mRNA in organisms, which is called RNA interference (RNAi). Soon after, the RNAi technique proved to be very promising not only in gene function determination but also in pest control...
October 19, 2016: Genes
Wanhee Suk, JiEun Kim, Do-Yeon Kim, Hyunjung Lim, Ryowon Choue
Recent trial results suggest that the consumption of a low glycemic index (GI) diet is beneficial in the prevention of high blood glucose levels. Identifying active hypoglycemic substances in ordinary foods could be a significant benefit to the management of blood glucose. It has been hypothesized that noodles with Bombyx mori powder are a low GI food. We evaluated GI and changes in postprandial glucose levels following consumption of those noodles and compared them with those following consumption of plain wheat flour noodles (control) and glucose (reference) in healthy subjects...
September 2016: Preventive Nutrition and Food Science
Shi-Hong Gu, Yun-Chih Hsieh, Pei-Ling Lin
Our previous studies showed that adenosine 5'-monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK)/the target of rapamycin (TOR) signaling is involved in prothoracicotropic hormone (PTTH)-stimulated ecdysteroidogenesis in Bombyx mori prothoracic glands (PGs). In the present study, we further investigated the signaling involved in PTTH-stimulated phosphorylation of 4E-BP. We found that 4E-BP phosphorylation stimulated by PTTH was partially reduced in Ca(2+)-free medium, indicating the involvement of Ca(2+). In addition, we found that a potent and specific inhibitor of phospholipase C (PLC), U73122, greatly inhibited 4E-BP phosphorylation...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Insect Physiology
Dimple Chouhan, Bijayshree Chakraborty, Samit K Nandi, Biman B Mandal
Bombyx mori silk fibroin (BMSF) as biopolymer has been extensively explored in wound healing applications. However, limited study is available on the potential of silk fibroin (SF) from non-mulberry (Antheraea assama and Philosamia ricini) silk variety. Herein, we have developed non-mulberry SF (NMSF) based electrospun mats functionalized with epidermal growth factor (EGF) and ciprofloxacin HCl as potential wound dressing. The NMSF based mats exhibited essential properties of wound dressing like biocompatibility, high water retention capacity (440%), water vapour transmission rate (∼2330 gm(-2)day(-1)), high elasticity (∼2...
October 13, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
Weifeng Shen, Wei Han, Yunong Li, Zhiqi Meng, Leiming Cai, Liang Li
Silkworm (Bombyx mori) is a very useful target insect for evaluation of endocrine disruptor chemicals (EDCs) due to mature breeding techniques, complete endocrine system and broad basic knowledge on developmental biology. Comparative metabolomics of silkworms with and without EDC exposure offers another dimension of studying EDCs. In this work, we report a workflow on metabolomic profiling of silkworm hemolymph based on high-performance chemical isotope labeling (CIL) liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (LC-MS) and demonstrate its application in studying the metabolic changes associated with the pesticide dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) exposure in silkworm...
October 26, 2016: Analytica Chimica Acta
Haruhiko Fujiwara, Hideki Nishikawa
In addition to the genome editing technology, novel functional analyses using electroporation are powerful tools to reveal the gene function in the color pattern formation. Using these methods, several genes involved in various larval color pattern formation are clarified in the silkworm Bombyx mori and some Papilio species. Furthermore, the coloration pattern mechanism underlying the longtime mystery of female-limited Batesian mimicry of Papilio polytes has been recently revealed. This review presents the recent progress on the molecular mechanisms and evolutionary process of coloration patterns contributing to various mimicry in Lepidoptera, especially focusing on the gene function in the silkworm and Papilio species...
October 2016: Current Opinion in Insect Science
Han Liu, Bosheng Chen, Sirui Hu, Xili Liang, Xingmeng Lu, Yongqi Shao
The microsporidian Nosema bombycis is an obligate intracellular pathogen of the silkworm Bombyx mori, causing the epidemic disease Pebrine and extensive economic losses in sericulture. Although N. bombycis forms spores with rigid spore walls that protect against various environmental pressures, ingested spores germinate immediately under the extremely alkaline host gut condition (Lepidoptera gut pH > 10.5), which is a key developmental turning point from dormant state to infected state. However, to date this process remains poorly understood due to the complexity of the animal digestive tract and the lack of genetic tools for microsporidia...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Xin Tang, Huawei Liu, Quanmei Chen, Xin Wang, Ying Xiong, Ping Zhao
The solute carrier 6 (SLC6) gene family, initially known as the neurotransmitter transporters, plays vital roles in the regulation of neurotransmitter signaling, nutrient absorption and motor behavior. In this study, a total of 16 candidate genes were identified as SLC6 family gene homologs in the silkworm (Bombyx mori) genome. Spatio-temporal expression patterns of silkworm SLC6 gene transcripts indicated that these genes were highly and specifically expressed in midgut, brain and gonads; moreover, these genes were expressed primarily at the feeding stage or adult stage...
October 3, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Qiang Wang, Xiaoli Ju, Liang Chen, Keping Chen
Caspase-1 is one of the effector caspases in mammals that plays a central role in apoptosis. However, the lepidopteran caspase-1, especially the Bombyx mori caspase-1 (Bm-caspase-1), has not been investigated in detail. In this study, Bm-caspase-1 was identified from an expressed sequence tag database in B. mori by BLAST search. The open reading frame of Bm-caspase-1 contained 879 nucleotides and encoded 293 amino acids with a predicted molecular mass of 33 kDa. Bm-caspase-1 contained two consensus amino acid motifs of caspase cleavage sites, DEGDA and TETDG...
October 4, 2016: Zeitschrift Für Naturforschung. C, A Journal of Biosciences
Anne Bäcker, Olga Erhardt, Lukas Wietbrock, Natalia Schel, Bettina Göppert, Paul Abaffy, Thomas Sollich, Angelica Cecilia, Friederike J Gruhl
In the present work, different biopolymer blend scaffolds based on the silk protein fibroin from Bombyx mori (BM) were prepared via freeze-drying method. The chemical, structural and mechanical properties of the three dimensional (3D) porous silk fibroin (SF) composite scaffolds of gelatin, collagen and chitosan as well as SF from Antheraea pernyi (AP) and the recombinant spider silk protein spidroin (SSP1) have been systematically investigated, followed by cell culture experiments with epithelial prostate cancer cells (LNCaP) up to 14 days...
October 1, 2016: Biopolymers
Juan Guan, Wenshu Zhu, Binghe Liu, Kang Yang, Fritz Vollrath, Jun Xu
: Silkworm cocoon material is a natural composite consisting of silk fibres and sericin glues. Both domestic and wild silkworms produce cocoons but with different functionality - one selected by man for textile manufacture whereas the other selected by Nature to provide damage-tolerant housing. To understand the structure--property relationship of cocoons, we evaluated and compared the microstructure and mechanical properties of two representative cocoon walls. It appears that a "brittle and weak" composite is produced by domestic Bombyx mori (B...
September 30, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
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
Weiping Qi, Xiaoli Ma, Weiyi He, Wei Chen, Mingmin Zou, Geoff M Gurr, Liette Vasseur, Minsheng You
BACKGROUND: ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters are one of the major transmembrane protein families found in all organisms and play important roles in transporting a variety of compounds across intra and extra cellular membranes. In some species, ABC transporters may be involved in the detoxification of substances such as insecticides. The diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella (L.), a destructive pest of cruciferous crops worldwide, is an important species to study as it is resistant to many types of insecticides as well as biological control Bacillus thuringiensis toxins...
September 27, 2016: BMC Genomics
Youshan Li, Huawei Liu, Rui Zhu, Qingyou Xia, Ping Zhao
Previous studies have indicated that most trypsin inhibitor-like cysteine-rich domain (TIL)-type protease inhibitors, which contain a single TIL domain with ten conserved cysteines, inhibit cathepsin, trypsin, chymotrypsin, or elastase. Our recent findings suggest that Cys(2nd) and Cys(6th) were lost from the TIL domain of the fungal-resistance factors in Bombyx mori, BmSPI38 and BmSPI39, which inhibit microbial proteases and the germination of Beauveria bassiana conidia. To reveal the significance of these two missing cysteines in relation to the structure and function of TIL-type protease inhibitors in B...
September 24, 2016: Peptides
Si-Qi Yan, Rui Xing, Yan-Feng Zhou, Kai-Le Li, Yuan-Yuan Su, Jian-Feng Qiu, Yun-Hu Zhang, Ke-Qin Zhang, Yao He, Xiao-Ping Lu, Shi-Qing Xu
Sexual glands are key sites affected by nanotoxicity, but there is no sensitive assay for measuring reproductive toxicity in animals. The aim of this study was to investigate the toxic effects of cadmium telluride quantum dots (CdTe-QDs) on gonads in a model organism, Bombyx mori. After dorsal vein injection of 0.32 nmol of CdTe-QDs per individual, the QDs passed through the outer membranes of gonads via the generation of ROS in the membranes of spermatocysts and ovarioles, as well as internal germ cells, thereby inducing early germ cell death or malformations via complex mechanisms related to apoptosis and autophagy through mitochondrial and lysosomal pathways...
September 27, 2016: Scientific Reports
Qi Qi, Lunguang Yao, Zhisheng Liang, Donghua Yan, Zhuo Li, Yadong Huang, Jingchen Sun
Human type II collagen is a macromolecular protein found throughout the human body. The baculovirus expression vector system is one of the most ideal systems for the routine production and display of recombinant eukaryotic proteins in insect, larvae, and mammalian cells. We use this system to express a full-length gene, human type II collagen cDNA (4257 bp), in cultured Spodoptera frugiperda 9 cells (Sf9), Bombyx mori cells, and silkworm larvae. In this study, the expression of human type II collagen gene in both insect cells and silkworm larvae was purified by nickel column chromatography, leading to 300-kDa bands in SDS-PAGE and western blotting indicative of collagen α-chains organized in a triple-helical structure...
September 26, 2016: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
Yussaira Castillo, Jin Suzuki, Kenta Watanabe, Takashi Shimizu, Masahisa Watarai
Insect infection models have been used increasingly to study various pathogenic agents in evaluations of pathogenicity and drug efficacy. In this study, we demonstrated that larvae of the silkworm Bombyx mori are useful for studying Listeria monocytogenes infections in insects. Infection with the L. monocytogenes wild-type strain induced silkworm death. Infection by a listeriolysin O (LLO) deletion mutant also induced silkworm death, but the bacterial numbers in silkworms were lower than those of the wild-type strain...
2016: PloS One
Rui Yang, Jianjia Zhang, Min Feng, Xiaofeng Wu
Bombyx mori nucleopolyhedrovirus (BmNPV) orf 58a (bm58a) and its homologs are highly conserved in genomes of all sequenced Group I alphabaculoviruses and its function is still unknown. Transcriptional analysis revealed that bm58a is a very late gene initiated from a late transcriptional start motif TAAG. To examine its role in the virus, a bm58a knockout virus(vBmbm-58a-KO-PH-GFP) was generated through homologous recombination in Escherichia coli. Analysis of fluorescence microscopy, titration assays, and electron microscopy examination showed that the deletion of bm58a did not affect viral replication and occlusion bodies formation in vitro, indicating that bm58a is not required for viral propagation...
September 22, 2016: Journal of General Virology
Han Liu, Mingqian Li, Shunfeng Cai, Xinyi He, Yongqi Shao, Xingmeng Lu
Nosema bombycis is an obligate intracellular parasitic fungus that utilizes a distinctive mechanism to infect Bombyx mori Spore germination can be used for host cell invasion; however, the detailed mechanism remains to be elucidated. The ricin-B-lectin (RBL) gene is significantly differentially regulated after N. bombycis spore germination, and NbRBL might play roles in spore germination and infection. In this study, the biological function of NbRBL was examined. Protein sequence analysis showed that NbRBL is a secreted protein that attaches to carbohydrates...
September 20, 2016: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
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