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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908826/itraq-based-quantitative-proteomic-analysis-of-midgut-in-silkworm-infected-with-bombyx-mori-cytoplasmic-polyhedrosis-virus
#1
Kun Gao, Xiang-Yuan Deng, Meng-Ke Shang, Guang-Xing Qin, Cheng-Xiang Hou, Xi-Jie Guo
: Bombyx mori cytoplasmic polyhedrosis virus (BmCPV) specifically infects the epithelial cells in the midgut of silkworm and causes them to death, which negatively affects the sericulture industry. In order to determine the midgut response at the protein levels to the virus infection, differential proteomes of the silkworm midgut responsive to BmCPV infection were identified with isobaric tags for relative and absolute quantitation (iTRAQ) labeling followed by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903420/microbiology-of-processed-edible-insect-products-results-of-a-preliminary-survey
#2
Nils Th Grabowski, Günter Klein
Little is known of the microbiology of processed insect products. The present survey analysed a total of n=38 samples of deep-fried and spiced (Acheta domesticus, Locusta migratoria, and Omphisa fuscidentalis), cooked in soy sauce ("tsukudani"; Oxya yezoensis, Vespula flaviceps, and Bombyx mori), dried (A. domesticus, L. migatoria, Alphitobius diaperinus, Tenebrio molitor, B. mori, Hermetia illucens, and Musca domestica), powdered (H. illucens, T. molitor) and other (incl. deep-frozen B. mori and honeybee pollen) insect products microbiologically (total bacterial count [TBC], Enterobacteriaceae, staphylococci, bacilli, and yeasts and moulds counts, salmonellae, Listeria monocytogenes, and Escherichia coli)...
November 9, 2016: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897110/identification-of-tyrosine-kinase-src-responsible-for-antimicrobial-peptides-production-in-bombyx-mori
#3
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/27896806/nitric-oxide-synthase-during-early-embryonic-development-in-silkworm-bombyx-mori-gene-expression-enzyme-activity-and-tissue-distribution
#4
Ryo Kitta, Marina Kuwamoto, Yumi Yamahama, Keisuke Mase, Hiroshi Sawada
To elucidate the mechanism for embryonic diapause or the breakdown of diapause in Bombyx mori, we biochemically analyzed nitric oxide synthase (NOS) during the embryogenesis of B. mori. The gene expression and enzyme activity of B. mori NOS (BmNOS) were examined in diapause, non-diapause, and HCl-treated diapause eggs. In the case of HCl-treated diapause eggs, the gene expression and enzyme activity of BmNOS were induced by HCl treatment. However, in the case of diapause and non-diapause eggs during embryogenesis, changes in the BmNOS activity and gene expressions did not coincide except 48-60 h after oviposition in diapause eggs...
November 29, 2016: Development, Growth & Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888075/the-domain-ii-loops-of-bacillus-thuringiensis-cry1aa-form-an-overlapping-interaction-site-for-two-bombyx-mori-larvae-functional-receptors-abc-transporter-c2-and-cadherin-like-receptor
#5
Satomi Adegawa, Yui Nakama, Haruka Endo, Naoki Shinkawa, Shingo Kikuta, Ryoichi Sato
Information about the receptor-interaction region of Cry toxins, insecticidal proteins produced by Bacillus thuringiensis, is needed to elucidate the mode of action of Cry toxins and improve their toxicity through protein engineering. We analyzed the interaction sites on Cry1Aa with ABC transporter C2 (ABCC2), one of the most important Cry1A toxin receptors. A competitive binding assay revealed that the Bombyx mori ABCC2 (BmABCC2) Cry1A binding site was the same as the BtR175 binding site, suggesting that the loop region of Cry1Aa domain II is a binding site...
November 23, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883064/the-microrna-toolkit-of-insects
#6
Guillem Ylla, Bastian Fromm, Maria-Dolors Piulachs, Xavier Belles
Is there a correlation between miRNA diversity and levels of organismic complexity? Exhibiting extraordinary levels of morphological and developmental complexity, insects are the most diverse animal class on earth. Their evolutionary success was in particular shaped by the innovation of holometabolan metamorphosis in endopterygotes. Previously, miRNA evolution had been linked to morphological complexity, but astonishing variation in the currently available miRNA complements of insects made this link unclear...
November 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878977/silk-fibroin-scaffolds-with-muscle-like-elasticity-support-in-vitro-differentiation-of-human-skeletal-muscle-cells
#7
Vishal Chaturvedi, Deboki Naskar, Beverley F Kinnear, Elizabeth Grenik, Danielle E Dye, Miranda D Grounds, Subhas C Kundu, Deirdre R Coombe
Human adult skeletal muscle has a limited ability to regenerate after injury and therapeutic options for volumetric muscle loss are few. Technologies to enhance regeneration of tissues generally rely upon bioscaffolds to mimic aspects of the tissue extracellular matrix (ECM). In the present study, silk fibroins from four Lepidoptera (silkworm) species engineered into three-dimensional scaffolds were examined for their ability to support the differentiation of primary human skeletal muscle myoblasts. Human skeletal muscle myoblasts (HSMMs) adhered, spread and deposited extensive ECM on all the scaffolds, but immunofluorescence and quantitative polymerase chain reaction analysis of gene expression revealed that myotube formation occurred differently on the various scaffolds...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869544/cloning-and-expression-analysis-of-a-novel-tissue-specific-dopa-decarboxylase-mrna-splicing-variant-in-bombyx-mori
#8
Dai Tsukioka, Susumu Izumi, Takeshi Adachi
Dopa decarboxylase (DDC) protein is involved in the synthesis of dopamine and serotonin. Here, we show that in the silkworm Bombyx mori, a novel DDC splicing variant is selectively expressed in the brain and subesophageal ganglia. In Drosophila melanogaster, a neuron-specific isoform of DDC is known to be alternatively spliced in a similar manner.
November 21, 2016: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867075/sexually-dimorphic-traits-in-the-silkworm-bombyx-mori-are-regulated-by-doublesex
#9
Jun Xu, Shuai Zhan, Shuqing Chen, Baosheng Zeng, Zhiqian Li, Anthony A James, Anjiang Tan, Yongping Huang
The DM domain genes, doublesex (dsx) in insects, or their structural homologs, male abnormal 3 (mab-3) in nematodes and Dmrt1 (doublesex and mab-3-related transcription factor 1) in mammals, are downstream regulators of the sex determination pathway that control sexually dimorphic development. Despite the functional importance of dsx and its potential applications in sterile insect technologies (SITs), the mechanisms by which it controls sexually dimorphic traits and the subsequent developmental gene networks in insects are poorly understood...
November 17, 2016: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862548/molecular-characterizations-of-natalisin-and-its-roles-in-modulating-mating-in-the-oriental-fruit-fly-bactrocera-dorsalis-hendel
#10
S-H Gui, H-B Jiang, X-Q Liu, L Xu, J-J Wang
Initially, natalisin (NTL) was identified from three holometabolous insect species, Drosophila melanogaster, Tribolium castaneum and Bombyx mori, and was documented to regulate reproductive behaviours in D. melanogaster and T. castaneum. In this study, we report the sequences of the NTL precursor and its receptor (NTLR) from an important agricultural pest, Bactrocera dorsalis (Hendel). NTLR is a typical G-protein coupled receptor and phylogenetic analysis showed that B. dorsalis NTLR was closely related to insect natalisin receptors from other species...
November 5, 2016: Insect Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855280/transcription-factor-e74a-affects-the-ecdysone-titer-by-regulating-the-expression-of-the-eo-gene-in-the-silkworm-bomby-mori
#11
Wei Sun, Cheng-Fang Wang, Ze Zhang
The formation of ecdysone pulse in insects is synergistically controlled by its biosynthesis and degradation. Previous studies have revealed the feedback regulation of the prothoracic gland (PG) activity to affect the hormone synthesis. However, the molecular regulatory mechanism of the ecdysone degradation is still unclear. In this study, we showed that ecdysone oxidase (EO) gene encoding a hormone metabolism enzyme was also induced by hormone itself in the domestic silkworm, Bombyx mori. Furthermore, luciferase reporter, chromatin immunoprecipitation and electrophoretic mobility shift assays showed that ecdysone inducible transcription factor E74A could bind to the cis-regulatory elements of the EO gene...
November 14, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853884/horizontal-transfer-of-a-novel-helentron-in-insects
#12
Hua-Hao Zhang, Guo-Yin Li, Xiao-Min Xiong, Min-Jin Han, Fang-Yin Dai
Helentrons represent a novel subtype of Helitrons. However, the evolutionary history of Helentrons in organisms is not clearly understood. In this study, we performed structure and autonomous partner analyses, which revealed that bm_455, a TE obtained from the Bombyx mori TE database, BmTEdb, was a member of Helentrons but not a long-terminal repeat (LTR) retrotransposon. Further analyses showed that bm_455 was also present in a wide range of insects including lepidopterans, coleopterans and hymenopterans using a homology-based search strategy...
November 16, 2016: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836665/expression-profiling-of-bombyx-mori-gloverin2-gene-and-its-synergistic-antifungal-effect-with-cecropin-a-against-beauveria-bassiana
#13
Dingding Lü, Tao Geng, Chengxiang Hou, Guangxing Qin, Kun Gao, Xijie Guo
Gloverin2 is a cationic and glycine-rich antimicrobial peptide whose expression can be induced in fat body of silkworm (Bombyx mori) larvae exposed to bacteria. The purpose of this study is to identify the roles of Bombyx mori gloverin2 (Bmgloverin2) during entomopathogenic fungus Beauveria bassiana infection. Fluorescent quantitative real-time PCR analysis indicated that the relative expression level of Bmgloverin2 gene was up-regulated in the silkworm larvae infected by B. bassiana. The cDNA of Bmgloverin2 was cloned from the silkworm by RT-PCR and the DNA segment of the Bmgloverin2 peptide (without signal peptide sequence) was inserted into pCzn1 expression plasmid and expressed in E...
November 9, 2016: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27827797/the-clustered-regularly-interspaced-short-palindromic-repeats-associated-proteins-system-for-the-induction-of-gene-mutations-and-phenotypic-changes-in-bombyx-mori
#14
Jia Song, Jiaqian Che, Zhengying You, Xiaogang Ye, Jisheng Li, Lupeng Ye, Yuyu Zhang, Qiujie Qian, Boxiong Zhong
To probe the general phenomena of gene mutations, Bombyx mori, the lepidopterous model organism, was chosen as the experimental model. To easily detect phenotypic variations, the piggyBac system was utilized to introduce two marker genes into the silkworm, and 23.4% transposition efficiency aided in easily breeding a new strain for the entire experiment. Then, the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats/an associated protein (Cas9) system was utilized. The results showed that the Cas9 system can induce efficient gene mutations and the base changes could be detected since the G0 individuals in B...
November 8, 2016: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27818295/enhanced-osteogenesis-of-%C3%AE-tricalcium-phosphate-reinforced-silk-fibroin-scaffold-for-bone-tissue-biofabrication
#15
Dae Hoon Lee, Nirmalya Tripathy, Jae Hun Shin, Jeong Eun Song, Jae Geun Cha, Kyung Dan Min, Chan Hum Park, Gilson Khang
Scaffolds, used for tissue regeneration are important to preserve their function and morphology during tissue healing. Especially, scaffolds for bone tissue engineering should have high mechanical properties to endure load of bone. Silk fibroin (SF) from Bombyx mori silk cocoon has potency as a type of biomaterials in the tissue engineering. β-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) as a type of bioceramics is also critical as biomaterials for bone regeneration because of its biocompatibility, osteoconductivity, and mechanical strength...
November 3, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816572/characterization-of-an-insect-heterodimeric-voltage-gated-sodium-channel-with-unique-alternative-splicing-mode
#16
Xuan-Zhao Jiang, Yu-Xia Pei, Wei Lei, Ke-Yi Wang, Feng Shang, Hong-Bo Jiang, Jin-Jun Wang
Recent discovery of the heterodimeric voltage-gated sodium channels (Nav) in two aphid species, Acyrthosiphon pisum and Myzus persicae, aroused interest in exploring whether this kind of channel is conserved for aphids. Herewith, we aim to provide evidence for the conservation of heterodimeric Navs in aphids and investigate whether they have unique splicing patterns. We found that the only identifiable Nav from Toxoptera citricida consisted of two subunits, forming a heterodimeric Nav, which carried an atypical "DENS" ion selectivity filter and a conventional "MFM" inactivation gate, confirming the heterodimeric Navs' conservation within aphids...
November 2, 2016: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27813251/functional-characterization-of-bacillus-thuringiensis-cry-toxin-receptors-explain-resistance-in-insects
#17
Shiho Tanaka, Haruka Endo, Satomi Adegawa, Shingo Kikuta, Ryoichi Sato
Bacillus thuringiensis produces Cry toxins, which are used as insecticides in sprays or in transgenic crops. However, little is known about the function of Cry toxin receptors and the mechanisms that determine their binding specificity and activity. In this study, the cRNAs of Bombyx mori ABC transporter C2 (BmABCC2), the toxin-binding region of cadherin-like receptor (BtR175-TBR), or aminopeptidase N1 (BmAPN1) were injected to Xenopus oocytes, and the Cry1Aa-dependent cation selective pore-formation activities of these receptors were analyzed using a two-electrode voltage clamp...
November 4, 2016: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27809786/analysis-of-gene-expression-in-the-midgut-of-bombyx-mori-during-the-larval-molting-stage
#18
Bing Yang, Wuren Huang, Jie Zhang, Qiuyun Xu, Shoulin Zhu, Qiaoli Zhang, Brenda T Beerntsen, Hongsheng Song, Erjun Ling
BACKGROUND: Insects can be models for understanding human intestinal infection and pathology. Molting, a special period during which the old insect cuticle is shed and a new one is produced, is crucial for insect development. Holometabolous insects may experience several larva-to-larva moltings to become larger, a pupal molt and adult eclosion to become adults. During the larval molts, they stop feeding and become quiescent. Although the molting larvae become quiescent, it is not known if changes in microbiome, physiology, development and immunity of midguts occur...
November 3, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806111/genome-wide-analysis-of-differentially-expressed-microrna-in-bombyx-mori-infected-with-nucleopolyhedrosis-virus
#19
Ping Wu, Xiaoxu Jiang, Xijie Guo, Long Li, Tao Chen
Bombyx mori nucleopolyhedrosis virus (BmNPV) is a major pathogen that threatens the growth and sustainability of the sericulture industry. Since microRNAs (miRNAs) have been shown to play important roles in host-pathogen interactions, in this study we investigated the effects of BmNPV infection on silkworm microRNAs expression profile. To achieve this, we constructed and deep-sequenced two small RNA libraries generated from BmNPV infected and un-infected larvae. The results revealed that 38 silkworm miRNAs were differentially expressed after BmNPV infection...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27801879/the-rheology-behind-stress-induced-solidification-in-native-silk-feedstocks
#20
Peter R Laity, Chris Holland
The mechanism by which native silk feedstocks are converted to solid fibres in nature has attracted much interest. To address this question, the present work used rheology to investigate the gelation of Bombyx mori native silk feedstock. Exceeding a critical shear stress appeared to be more important than shear rate, during flow-induced initiation. Compositional changes (salts, pH etc.,) were not required, although their possible role in vivo is not excluded. Moreover, after successful initiation, gel strength continued to increase over a considerable time under effectively quiescent conditions, without requiring further application of the initial stimulus...
October 29, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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