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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634362/reconstructing-the-phylogeny-of-blattodea-robust-support-for-interfamilial-relationships-and-major-clades
#1
Zongqing Wang, Yan Shi, Zhiwei Qiu, Yanli Che, Nathan Lo
Cockroaches are among the most recognizable of all insects. In addition to their role as pests, they play a key ecological role as decomposers. Despite numerous studies of cockroach phylogeny in recent decades, relationships among most major lineages are yet to be resolved. Here we examine phylogenetic relationships among cockroaches based on five genes (mitochondrial 12S rRNA, 16S rRNA, COII; nuclear 28S rRNA and histone H3), and infer divergence times on the basis of 8 fossils. We included in our analyses sequences from 52 new species collected in China, representing 7 families...
June 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629744/mannose-receptor-modulates-macrophage-polarization-and-allergic-inflammation-through-mir-511-3p
#2
Yufeng Zhou, Danh C Do, Faoud T Ishmael, Mario Leonardo Squadrito, Ho Man Tang, Ho Lam Tang, Man-Hsun Hsu, Lipeng Qiu, Changjun Li, Yongqing Zhang, Kevin G Becker, Mei Wan, Shau-Ku Huang, Peisong Gao
BACKGROUND: Mannose receptor (MRC1/CD206) has been suggested to mediate allergic sensitization and asthma to multiple glyco-allergens, including cockroach allergens. OBJECTIVE: Determine the existence of a protective mechanism through which MRC1 limits allergic inflammation through its intronic miR-511-3p. METHODS: We examined the MRC1-mediated cockroach allergen uptake by lung macrophages and lung inflammation using C57BL/6 wild-type (WT) and Mrc1(-/-) mice...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621730/hydronopylformamides-modification-of-the-naturally-occurring-compound-%C3%AE-pinene-to-produce-insect-repellent-candidates-against-blattella-germanica
#3
Shengliang Liao, Yan Liu, Hongyan Si, Zhuanquan Xiao, Guorong Fan, Shangxing Chen, Peng Wang, Zongde Wang
The development of a novel repellent plays an important role in the integrated control of Blattella germanica. A series of novel hydronopylformamides derivatives were synthesized from a naturally occurring compound (-)-β-pinene. The structures of these hydronopylformamides derivatives were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (¹H-NMR and (13)C-NMR), and electron impact mass spectrometry (EI-MS). Repellency of these hydronopylformamides derivatives against Blattella germanica was evaluated by the using petri dish arena method...
June 16, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610682/menopausal-hormone-therapy-may-increase-non-allergic-rhinitis-among-postmenopausal-women-results-from-the-korea-national-health-and-nutrition-examination-survey-2010-2012
#4
Ji Ho Choi, Se Hwan Hwang, Jeffrey D Suh, Jin Kook Kim, Seok-Chan Hong, Young Chang Lim, Soo-Nyung Kim, Jae Hoon Cho
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the association between menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) and chronic rhinitis. METHODS: The data used in this study were derived from the Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The analysis included 2967 postmenopausal women under 70 years of age, and there were no missing data. Questionnaire responses regarding MHT, current life habits, reproductive history, and rhinitis were reviewed. The levels of total immunoglobulin E (IgE) and specific IgE for Dermatophagoides farinae, cockroaches, and dogs were measured, using approximately 10% of all samples...
August 2017: Maturitas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610024/speciation-in-fractured-rock-landforms-towards-understanding-the-diversity-of-subterranean-cockroaches-dictyoptera-nocticolidae-i-nocticola-i-in-western-australia
#5
Andrew J Trotter, Jane M McRAE, Dean C Main, Terrie L Finston
Three new species of subterranean cockroach of the genus Nocticola from the Pilbara region of Western Australia are described on morphological characters of males. Nocticola quartermainei n. sp., Nocticola cockingi n. sp. and Nocticola currani n. sp. occur in fractured rock landforms and have varying degrees of troglomorphies. Sequence divergence of mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COXI) clearly demonstrated populations are reproductively isolated over very short distances for the highly troglomorphic Nocticola cockingi n...
April 4, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609859/three-new-species-of-cockroach-genus-hemithyrsocera-saussure-1893-blattodea-ectobiidae-blattellinae-with-redescriptions-of-two-known-species-from-china
#6
Zongqing Wang, Yanli Che
This paper deals with five species of the genus Hemithyrsocera Saussure, 1893, of which three new species, H. forcipata, H. spinibarbis and H. longiseta spp. nov., are described and illustrated, H. banvaneuensis (Roth, 1985) is reported for the first time from China, plus one little known species H. simulans (Bey-Bienko, 1969) are redescribed and illustrated. A key to all Chinese species of Hemithyrsocera is provided.
May 10, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606470/mechanistic-evaluation-of-gastroprotective-effects-of-kangfuxin-on-ethanol-induced-gastric-ulcer-in-mice
#7
Yongmei Shen, Jia Sun, Chao Niu, Dongdong Yu, Zhiwei Chen, Weitao Cong, Funeng Geng
This study was designed to evaluate the gastroprotective effect of Kangfuxin (KFX), a Chinese patent medicine constituent isolated from American cockroach, on ethanol-induced gastric ulcer in mice and to elucidate the potential mechanisms of the effect involved. According to the results, mice treated with alcohol appeared obvious gastric mucosal injury, while treatment with Cimetidine (a positive control) and KFX significantly relieved the damage, along with decreased oxidative stress and apoptosis indexes...
June 9, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589965/generalization-of-extinguished-fear-to-untreated-fear-stimuli-after-exposure
#8
Friederike Preusser, Jürgen Margraf, Armin Zlomuzica
Exposure therapy is highly effective in treating excessive fear related to specific objects and/or situations. However, patients with anxiety disorders often display a generalization of fear responses towards conceptually and perceptually related stimuli and situations. It is unclear whether the beneficial effects of exposure on fear reduction towards treated fear stimuli can extend to untreated fear stimuli. Here, we investigated whether basic principles of extinction generalization apply to exposure. Spider-phobic participants were randomly assigned to either two sessions of exposure treatment (n=23) with spiders or no-treatment (n=24)...
June 7, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588744/effect-of-personal-exposure-to-black-carbon-on-changes-in-allergic-asthma-gene-methylation-measured-5%C3%A2-days-later-in-urban-children-importance-of-allergic-sensitization
#9
Kyung Hwa Jung, Stephanie Lovinsky-Desir, Beizhan Yan, David Torrone, Jennifer Lawrence, Jacqueline R Jezioro, Matthew Perzanowski, Frederica P Perera, Steven N Chillrud, Rachel L Miller
BACKGROUND: Asthma gene DNA methylation may underlie the effects of air pollution on airway inflammation. However, the temporality and individual susceptibility to environmental epigenetic regulation of asthma has not been fully elucidated. Our objective was to determine the timeline of black carbon (BC) exposure, measured by personal sampling, on DNA methylation of allergic asthma genes 5 days later to capture usual weather variations and differences related to changes in behavior and activities...
2017: Clinical Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579948/modulation-of-low-voltage-activated-inward-current-permeable-to-sodium-and-calcium-by-darpp-32-drives-spontaneous-firing-of-insect-octopaminergic-neurosecretory-cells
#10
Bruno Lapied, Antoine Defaix, Maria Stankiewicz, Eléonore Moreau, Valérie Raymond
Identification of the different intracellular pathways that control phosphorylation/dephosphorylation process of ionic channels represents an exciting alternative approach for studying the ionic mechanisms underlying neuronal pacemaker activity. In the central nervous system of the cockroach Periplaneta americana, octopaminergic neurons, called dorsal unpaired median (DUM; DUM neurons), generate spontaneous repetitive action potentials. Short-term cultured adult DUM neurons isolated from the terminal abdominal ganglion (TAG) of the nerve cord were used to study the regulation of a tetrodotoxin-sensitive low-voltage-activated (LVA) channel permeable to sodium and calcium (Na/Ca), under whole cell voltage- and current-clamp conditions...
2017: Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573241/mechanisms-underlying-action-of-xinmailong-injection-a-traditional-chinese-medicine-in-cardiac-function-improvement
#11
Zhengtao Li, Sujuan Li, Lin Hu, Fang Li, Alex Chun Cheung, Weizai Shao, Yuling Que, George Pek-Heng Leung, Cui Yang
BACKGROUND: As a bioactive composite extracted from American cockroach, Xinmailong injection (XML) is used for the treatment of congestive heart failure (CHF) in China. Clinical data has provided evidence that XML has positive inotropic properties. The objective of this study was to assess the mechanisms involved in the therapeutical effect of XML on CHF. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The effects of XML on the cardiac function in isolated rat heart were measured. A Ca(2+) imaging technology was used in rat cardiomyocytes (H9c2 cells) to reveal the role of XML on Ca(2+) channels...
2017: African Journal of Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicines: AJTCAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567625/biodegradation-of-%C3%AE-endosulfan-via-hydrolysis-pathway-by-stenotrophomonas-maltophilia-og2
#12
Murat Ozdal, Ozlem Gur Ozdal, Omer Faruk Algur, Esabi Basaran Kurbanoglu
Stenotrophomonas maltophilia OG2 was isolated from the intestine of cockroaches that was collected from a cow barn contaminated some pesticides belong to pyrethroid and organochlorine groups. OG2 was able to degrade α-endosulfan in non sulfur medium (NSM) as a sole sulfur source for growth within 10 days of incubation. The effects of some growth parameters on endosulfan biodegradation by OG2 was studied and found that the biodegradation was significantly affected by the endosulfan concentrations, pH and temperature...
June 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559273/first-detection-of-vim-2-metallo-%C3%AE-lactamase-producing-pseudomonas-putida-in-hospital-cockroaches-of-the-blattella-germanica-species-algeria
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Lotfi Loucif, Zineb Cherak, Naima Chamlal, Esma Bendjama, Djamila Gacemi-Kirane, Nadia Grainat, Jean-Marc Rolain
In the last few years, carbapenems resistance has increasingly been reported in Gram-negative bacilli (GNB), particularly via carbapenemase production (1).….
May 30, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557066/purification-and-functional-characterization-of-lectin-with-phenoloxidase-activity-from-the-hemolymph-of-cockroach-periplaneta-americana
#14
Ganesh Arumugam, Bhuvaragavan Sreeramulu, Ramaraj Paulchamy, Sakthivel Thangavel, Janarthanan Sundaram
Lectins also identified as hemagglutinins are multivalent proteins and on account of their fine sugar-binding specificity play an important role in immune system of invertebrates. The present study was carried out on the hemolymph lectin of cockroach, Periplaneta americana with appropriate screening and purification to understand its molecular as well as functional nature. The lectin from the hemolymph was purified using ion-exchange chromatography. The approximate molecular weight of purified lectin was 340 kDa as determined by FPLC analysis...
May 30, 2017: Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556457/the-new-insight-into-foregut-functions-of-xenobiotic-detoxification-in-the-cockroach-periplaneta-americana
#15
Jian-Hua Zhang, Song Zhang, Yuan-Xue Yang, Yi-Xi Zhang, Ze-Wen Liu
The physiological functions of insect foregut, especially in xenobiotic detoxification, are scarcely reported because of the unimportance in appearance and insufficient molecular information. The cockroach Periplaneta americana, an entomological model organism, provides perfect material to study physiological functions of foregut tissue due to its architectural feature. Through Illumina sequencing of foregut tissue from P. americana individuals (control) or insects treated with cycloxaprid, as novel neonicotinoid insecticide, 54 193 166 clean reads were obtained and further assembled into 53 853 unigenes with an average length of 366 bp...
May 26, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552666/effects-of-force-detecting-sense-organs-on-muscle-synergies-are-correlated-with-their-response-properties
#16
Sasha N Zill, David Neff, Sumaiya Chaudhry, Annelie Exter, Josef Schmitz, Ansgar Büschges
Sense organs that monitor forces in legs can contribute to activation of muscles as synergist groups. Previous studies in cockroaches and stick insects showed that campaniform sensilla, receptors that encode forces via exoskeletal strains, enhance muscle synergies in substrate grip. However synergist activation was mediated by different groups of receptors in cockroaches (trochanteral sensilla) and stick insects (femoral sensilla). The factors underlying the differential effects are unclear as the responses of femoral campaniform sensilla have not previously been characterized...
May 25, 2017: Arthropod Structure & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548451/molecular-and-functional-characterization-of-the-american-cockroach-periplaneta-americana-rab5-the-first-exopterygotan-low-molecular-weight-ovarian-gtpase-during-oogenesis
#17
Mohamed Elmogy, Amr A Mohamed, Muhammad Tufail, Tomohide Uno, Makio Takeda
The small Rab GTPases are key regulators of membrane vesicle trafficking. Ovaries of Periplaneta americana (Linnaeus) (Blattodea: Blattidae) have small molecular weight GTP/ATP-binding proteins during early and late vitellogenic periods of oogenesis. However, the identification and characterization of the detected proteins have not been yet reported. Herein, we cloned a cDNA encoding Rab5 from the American cockroach, P. americana, ovaries (PamRab5). It comprises 796 bp, encoding a protein of 213 amino acid residues with a predicted molecular weight of 23...
May 26, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545131/major-changes-in-microbial-diversity-and-community-composition-across-gut-sections-of-a-juvenile-panchlora-cockroach
#18
Erin A Gontang, Frank O Aylward, Camila Carlos, Tijana Glavina Del Rio, Mansi Chovatia, Alison Fern, Chien-Chi Lo, Stephanie A Malfatti, Susannah G Tringe, Cameron R Currie, Roberto Kolter
Investigations of gut microbiomes have shed light on the diversity and genetic content of these communities, and helped shape our understanding of how host-associated microorganisms influence host physiology, behavior, and health. Despite the importance of gut microbes to metazoans, our understanding of the changes in diversity and composition across the alimentary tract, and the source of the resident community are limited. Here, using community metagenomics and 16S rRNA gene sequencing, we assess microbial community diversity and coding potential in the foregut, midgut, and hindgut of a juvenile Panchlora cockroach, which resides in the refuse piles of the leaf-cutter ant species Atta colombica...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541548/unidirectional-cross-resistance-in-german-cockroach-blattodea-blattellidae-populations-under-exposure-to-insecticidal-baits
#19
Dangsheng Liang, Jade McGill, Jose E Pietri
Insect pests, including the German cockroach, Blattella germanica (L.), are prone to the development of physiological resistance when exposed to a number of insecticide sprays, and cross-resistance is frequently observed. Toxic baits are often used as a primary method of controlling German cockroaches, also resulting in heavy selection pressure from insecticidal baits. In response to this pressure, cockroach populations have developed aversion to specific inert ingredients in bait. Here, we examined the effect of exposure to baits containing fipronil, indoxacarb, or hydramethylnon on the development of physiological resistance to the same and other insecticides in a number of German cockroach strains...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539621/wing-reduction-influences-male-mating-success-but-not-female-fitness-in-cockroaches
#20
Michael Kotyk, Zuzana Varadínová
Although cockroaches (Blattodea s. str.) exhibit high proportion of species with reduced wings, the underlying evolutionary forces remain unclear. Wing reduction in insects is generally considered advantageous for females and a trade-off between investment into the flying apparatus and reproduction is predicted to explain its evolution. However, what if the wing maintenance is an important issue for males' fitness? Males raise wings during the ritualized courtship which is viewed as an unavoidable movement unveiling the tergal glands for female access...
May 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
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