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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108117/a-single-intervention-for-cockroach-control-reduces-cockroach-exposure-and-asthma-morbidity-in-children
#1
Felicia A Rabito, John C Carlson, Hua He, Derek Werthmann, Coby Schal
BACKGROUND: Exposure to cockroaches is an important asthma trigger, particularly for children with asthma living in inner cities. Integrated pest management is the recommended approach to cockroach abatement; however, it is costly and difficult to implement. The impact of reducing cockroach exposure on asthma outcomes is not known. OBJECTIVE: We sought to test the use of a single intervention, insecticidal bait, to reduce cockroach exposure in the home of children with asthma in New Orleans and to examine the impact of cockroach reduction on asthma outcomes...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106812/are-cockroaches-an-important-source-of-indoor-endotoxins
#2
Ka Man Lai
Endotoxins are common indoor biocontaminants. Their levels have been shown to link to many sources and factors. One of them is cockroach infestation but the role of cockroaches and contamination mechanisms are unclear. We hypothesized that not only is cockroach infestation a sign of poor hygiene, but it also contributes to indoor endotoxins via fecal contamination. In this study, different cockroach species were caught in homes. The endotoxin and allergen levels and their ratios in cockroach feces were determined...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102007/effects-of-diet-restriction-and-diet-complexity-on-life-history-strategies-in-side-blotched-lizards-uta-stansburiana
#3
Heather M Skinner, Andrew M Durso, Lorin A Neuman-Lee, Susan L Durham, Sarah D Mueller, Susannah S French
Organisms must balance energy invested into self-maintenance, reproduction, and somatic growth over their lifetime. In this study, the effects of diet restriction and diet complexity on side-blotched lizards (Uta stansburiana) were analyzed. Thirty male lizards, housed in the laboratory, were fed either an ad libitum or a restricted diet for 18 days (phase 1). Individuals from both treatments were then assigned to a diet of the same quantity of food that was either simple (only crickets) or complex (crickets, cockroaches, waxworms, and mealworms) for 35 days (phase 2)...
November 2016: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part A, Ecological Genetics and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101292/is-allergic-sensitization-relevant-in-severe-asthma-which-allergens-may-be-culprit
#4
REVIEW
Carlo Lombardi, Eleonora Savi, Erminia Ridolo, Giovanni Passalacqua, Giorgio Walter Canonica
Severe asthma is a major health concern. The allergic (IgE-mediated) form of asthma is well known from a pathogenic viewpoint. We searched the available literature to identify which allergens are most frequently associated with severe, refractory or life threatening asthma. According to the results, molds, pet dander, cockroach and ragweed were more frequently responsible for severe asthma. Thunderstorm asthma, in addition, represents a special association between allergic sensitization and an external climatic factor...
2017: World Allergy Organization Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089873/patterns-of-immune-development-in-urban-preschoolers-with-recurrent-wheeze-and-or-atopy
#5
James E Gern, Agustin Calatroni, Katy F Jaffee, Henry Lynn, Amy Dresen, William W Cruikshank, Howard M Lederman, Hugh A Sampson, Wayne Shreffler, Leonard B Bacharier, Peter J Gergen, Diane R Gold, Meyer Kattan, George T O'Connor, Megan T Sandel, Robert A Wood, Gordon R Bloomberg
BACKGROUND: Disadvantaged urban children have high rates of allergic diseases and wheezing, which are diseases associated with Type 2-biased immunity. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether environmental exposures in early life influence cytokine responses which affect the development of recurrent wheezing illnesses and allergic sensitization. METHODS: A birth cohort of 560 urban families was recruited from neighborhoods with high rates of poverty, and 467 (83%) children were followed until 3 years of age...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089848/sparc-preserves-follicular-epithelium-integrity-in-insect-ovaries
#6
Paula Irles, Saray Ramos, Maria-Dolors Piulachs
The importance of juvenile hormone regulating insect oogenesis suggests looking for genes whose expression is regulated by this hormone. SPARC is a calcium-binding glycoprotein that forms part of the extracellular membranes, which in vertebrates participates in bones mineralization or regulating cell proliferation in some cancer types. This large number of functions described for SPARC in different species might be related to the significant differences in its structure observed when comparing different species-groups...
January 12, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087896/eag-channels-expressed-in-microvillar-photoreceptors-are-unsuited-to-diurnal-vision
#7
Esa-Ville Immonen, Andrew S French, Päivi H Torkkeli, Hongxia Liu, Mikko Vähäsöyrinki, Roman V Frolov
The principles underlying evolutionary selection of ion channels for expression in sensory neurons are unclear. Among species possessing microvillar photoreceptors the major ionic conductances have only been identified in Drosophila melanogaster. In Drosophila depolarization is provided by light-activated TRP channels with a minor contribution from TRPL channels, while repolarization is mediated by sustained voltage-gated K(+) (Kv) channels of the Shab family. Bright light stimulates Shab channels, further restricting depolarization and improving membrane bandwidth...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081263/molecular-and-functional-characterization-of-three-odorant-binding-protein-from-periplaneta-americana
#8
Zhao-Qun Li, Peng He, Ya-Nan Zhang, Shuang-Lin Dong
The American cockroach, Periplaneta americana, is a vector of many pathogenic organisms associated with human diseases. Olfaction plays a crucial role in guiding cockroach behaviors and contributes to their ability to transmit pathogens. Odorant binding proteins (OBPs), abundant in the insect olfactory sensilla, are important for insect olfaction. In this study, three OBP genes, PameOBP1, 2 and 3, were cloned from P. americana. Sequence alignment and phylogenetic analysis revealed that PameOBP1, 2 and 3 belong to the Minus-C OBP, Classic OBP, and Plus-C OBP subfamilies, respectively...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063042/murine-models-of-allergic-asthma
#9
Eline Haspeslagh, Nincy Debeuf, Hamida Hammad, Bart N Lambrecht
Allergic asthma is a heterogeneous inflammatory lung disease affecting millions of people worldwide and with a steadily increasing incidence. Mouse models have been of utmost importance in uncovering key inflammatory cell types, cytokines, and pathways in the development and maintenance of allergic asthma. Historically, the mainstay in experimental asthma research was sensitizing rodents to the model protein antigen ovalbumin (OVA) with the pro-Th2 adjuvant aluminum hydroxide, followed by repetitive OVA exposures to the airways to initiate a Th2-skewed adaptive immune response leading to eosinophilic airway inflammation and airway hyperreactivity (AHR)...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046038/species-delimitation-and-phylogenetic-relationships-in-ectobiid-cockroaches-dictyoptera-blattodea-from-china
#10
Yanli Che, Shunhua Gui, Nathan Lo, Andrew Ritchie, Zongqing Wang
We collected Ectobiidae cockroach specimens from 44 locations in the south of the Yangtze valley. We obtained 297 COI sequences specimens and carried out phylogenetic and divergence dating analyses, as well as species delimitation analysis using a General Mixed Yule Coalescent (GMYC) framework. The intraspecific and interspecific sequence divergence in Ectobiidae cockroaches ranged from 0.0 to 7.0% and 4.6 to 30.8%, respectively. GMYC analysis resulted in 53 (confidence interval: 37-65) entities (likelihood ratio = 103...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045911/do-quiescence-and-wasp-venom-induced-lethargy-share-common-neuronal-mechanisms-in-cockroaches
#11
Stav Emanuel, Frederic Libersat
The escape behavior of a cockroach may not occur when it is either in a quiescent state or after being stung by the jewel wasp (Ampulex compressa). In the present paper, we show that quiescence is an innate lethargic state during which the cockroach is less responsive to external stimuli. The neuronal mechanism of such a state is poorly understood. In contrast to quiescence, the venom-induced lethargic state is not an innate state in cockroaches. The Jewel Wasp disables the escape behavior of cockroaches by injecting its venom directly in the head ganglia, inside a neuropile called the central complex a 'higher center' known to regulate motor behaviors...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032105/evaluation-of-some-plant-essential-oils-against-the-brown-banded-cockroach-supella-longipalpa-blattaria-ectobiidae-a-mechanical-vector-of-human-pathogens
#12
Mona Sharififard, Farhad Safdari, Amir Siahpoush, Hamid Kassiri
BACKGROUND: Essential oils, as secondary plant compounds, present a safer alternative to conventional insecticides in insect control programs. So five essential oils including eucalyptus, mint, yarrow, oregano and rosemary oils were evaluated against the brown-banded cockroach Supella longipalpa. METHODS: Evaluation was done against the 3(rd) and 4(th) instar nymphs using three bioassay methods; continuous contact toxicity, fumigant toxicity and repellent activity...
December 2016: Journal of Arthropod-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032104/isolation-and-purification-of-an-antibacterial-protein-from-immune-induced-haemolymph-of-american-cockroach-periplaneta-americana
#13
Hamid Reza Basseri, Amir Dadi-Khoeni, Ronak Bakhtiari, Mandan Abolhassani, Reza Hajihosseini-Baghdadabadi
BACKGROUND: Antimicrobial peptides play a role as effectors substances in the immunity of vertebrate and invertebrate hosts. In the current study, antimicrobial peptide was isolated from the haemolymph of the American cockroach, Periplaneta americana. METHODS: Micrococcus luteus as Gram-positive bacteria and Escherichia coli as Gram-negative bacteria were candidate for injection. Induction was done by injecting both bacteria into the abdominal cavity of two groups of cockroaches separately...
December 2016: Journal of Arthropod-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028170/influences-of-temperature-and-ootheca-age-on-the-life-history-of-the-cockroach-ootheca-parasitoid-aprostocetus-hagenowii-hymenoptera-eulophidae
#14
Hui-Siang Tee, Chow-Yang Lee
The influences of ootheca age and temperature on the life history of Aprostocetus hagenowii (Ratzeburg) (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae), a gregarious ootheca parasitoid of the American cockroach Periplaneta americana (L.) (Dictyoptera: Blattidae), were evaluated. Oothecae were incubated at 20, 25, and 30 °C to produce oothecae aged 1-60, 1-40, and 1-30 d old, respectively. Fitness traits (development time, percentage emergence, number of progeny, percentage female progeny, and female body size) of A. hagenowii developing in these different-aged oothecae were determined...
December 27, 2016: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025279/evolution-of-dna-methylation-across-insects
#15
Adam J Bewick, Kevin J Vogel, Allen J Moore, Robert J Schmitz
DNA methylation contributes to gene and transcriptional regulation in eukaryotes, and therefore has been hypothesized to facilitate the evolution of plastic traits such as sociality in insects. However, DNA methylation is sparsely studied in insects. Therefore, we documented patterns of DNA methylation across a wide diversity of insects. We predicted that underlying enzymatic machinery is concordant with patterns of DNA methylation. Finally, given the suggestion that DNA methylation facilitated social evolution in Hymenoptera, we tested the hypothesis that the DNA methylation system will be associated with presence/absence of sociality among other insect orders...
December 25, 2016: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012906/infestation-of-cockroaches-insecta-blattaria-in-the-human-dwelling-environments-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#16
REVIEW
Hassan Nasirian
Periplaneta americana, Blatta orientalis, Blattella germanica and Supella longipalpa are the most common worldwide cockroaches that mentioned in the "22 common pest" or "22 dirty" species named as "group I". They are able to infest any type of buildings. A meta-analysis review was conducted between January 2015 and July 2016 on any literature published about infestation of cockroaches. Scientific reports and papers about infestation of cockroaches and relevant topics were collected from various specific scientific websites such as PubMed, Web of Science, ScienceDirect, Springer, Elsevier, Scopus, and Google Scholar...
December 21, 2016: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28010766/heterologous-expression-in-pichia-pastoris-and-characterization-of-a-%C3%AE-glucosidase-from-the-xylophagous-cockroach-panesthia-angustipennis-spadica-displaying-high-specific-activity-for-cellobiose
#17
Yihai Li, Gaku Arakawa, Gaku Tokuda, Hirofumi Watanabe, Manabu Arioka
A β-glucosidase (BG), PaBG1b, from the xylophagous cockroach Panesthia angustipennis spadica was heterologously expressed in the methylotrophic yeast Pichia pastoris, purified, and biochemically characterized. Post-translational modification and N-terminal sequencing analysis demonstrated that the expression product was comprised of two polypeptides with different N-terminal sequences, presumably due to the presence of lysine-arginine (KR) sequence in the putative mature region. Substrate specificity analysis showed that PaBG1b hydrolyzed a broad range of substrates including cellohexaose, with the preference for aryl β-d-fucosyl linkage and laminaribiose...
February 2017: Enzyme and Microbial Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007552/the-potential-subunits-involved-in-two-subtypes-of-%C3%AE-bgt-resistant-nachrs-in-cockroach-dorsal-unpaired-median-dum-neurons
#18
Huahua Sun, Yang Liu, Jian Li, Xinzhu Cang, Haibo Bao, Zewen Liu
The american cockroach (Periplaneta americana) dorsal unpaired median (DUM) neurons provide an native tool to analyze the functional and pharmacological properties of ion channels and membrane receptors, such as nicotine acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs). Here the imidacloprid-activated nAChR subtypes were examined in DUM neurons by the patch-clamp technique and the potential subunits involved in important subtypes were analyzed by combining with RNA interference (RNAi) technique. Imidacloprid exerted agonist activities on one subtype in α-Bgt-sensitive nAChRs and another subtype in α-Bgt-resistant nAChRs, in which the α-Bgt-resistant subtype showed much higher sensitivity to imidacloprid than the α-Bgt-sensitive subtype, with the difference close to 200-fold...
December 20, 2016: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27984001/psoriatic-inflammation-enhances-allergic-airway-inflammation-through-il-23-stat3-signaling-in-a-murine-model
#19
Ahmed Nadeem, Naif O Al-Harbi, Mushtaq A Ansari, Mohammed M Al-Harbi, Ahmed M El-Sherbeeny, Khairy M A Zoheir, Sabry M Attia, Mohamed M Hafez, Othman A Al-Shabanah, Sheikh F Ahmad
Psoriasis is an autoimmune inflammatory skin disease characterized by activated IL-23/STAT3/Th17 axis. Recently psoriatic inflammation has been shown to be associated with asthma. However, no study has previously explored how psoriatic inflammation affects airway inflammation. Therefore, this study investigated the effect of imiquimod (IMQ)-induced psoriatic inflammation on cockroach extract (CE)-induced airway inflammation in murine models. Mice were subjected to topical and intranasal administration of IMQ and CE to develop psoriatic and airway inflammation respectively...
January 15, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27979025/atopy-patch-test-in-children-with-atopic-dermatitis
#20
Nualanong Visitsunthorn, Sunsanee Chatpornvorarux, Punchama Pacharn, Orathai Jirapongsananuruk
BACKGROUND: Atopic dermatitis is frequently associated with food and/or aeroallergen allergy. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate atopy patch tests (APTs) and skin prick tests (SPTs) in children with atopic dermatitis, using allergen extracts from locally lyophilized foods (cow's milk, egg white, egg yolk, wheat, soy, and shrimp), Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus, Dermatophagoides farinae, and American cockroach. METHODS: This study was a prospective, self-controlled study in children with atopic dermatitis...
December 2016: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
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