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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719023/identification-of-odorant-binding-and-chemosensory-protein-genes-and-the-ligand-affinity-of-two-of-the-encoded-proteins-suggest-a-complex-olfactory-perception-system-in-periplaneta-americana
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P He, Z-Q Li, Y-F Zhang, L Chen, J Wang, L Xu, Y-N Zhang, M He
The American cockroach (Periplaneta americana) is an urban pest with a precise chemosensory system that helps it achieve complex physiological behaviours, including locating food and mating. However, its chemosensory mechanisms have not been well studied. Here, we identified 71 putative odorant carrier protein genes in P. americana, including 57 new odorant-binding proteins (OBPs) and 11 chemosensory proteins (CSPs). To identify their physiological functions, we investigated their tissue expression patterns in antennae, mouthparts, legs, and the remainder of the body of both sexes, and determined that most of these genes were expressed in chemosensory organs...
July 18, 2017: Insect Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716358/the-ability-of-lizards-to-identify-an-artificial-batesian-mimic
#2
Josef Beneš, Petr Veselý
Birds are usually considered the main predators shaping the evolution of aposematic signals and mimicry. Nevertheless, some lizards also represent predominately visually oriented predators, so they may also play an important role in the evolution of aposematism. Despite this fact, experimental evidence regarding the responses of lizards to aposematic prey is very poor compared to such evidence in birds. Lizards possess very similar sensory and cognitive abilities to those of birds and their response to aposematic prey may thus be affected by very similar processes...
June 3, 2017: Zoology: Analysis of Complex Systems, ZACS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710552/the-african-froghopper-ptyelus-flavescens-suborder-cicadomorpha-contains-two-novel-and-one-known-peptides-of-the-adipokinetic-hormone%C3%A2-akh-family-structure-function-and-comparison-with-aphid-akh-suborder-sternorrhyncha
#3
Gerd Gäde, Petr Šimek, Heather G Marco
The rationale of "green pesticides" in food security is to use information about endogenous hormones of pest insects to make peptide mimetics that will act against the pest insects to alter their behaviour or physiology, while taking care not to harm beneficial insects or other organisms in the food chain. Such "green" insecticides are designed thus, on the basis of neuropeptide ligand-receptor interaction and it is of paramount interest to have finally a mimetic at hand that is harmful only to pest insects...
July 14, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707769/embryonic-development-of-eucorydia-yasumatsui-asahina-with-special-reference-to-external-morphology-insecta-blattodea-corydiidae
#4
Mari Fujita, Ryuichiro Machida
As the first step in the comparative embryological study of Blattodea, with the aim of reconstructing the groundplan and phylogeny of Dictyoptera and Polyneoptera, the embryonic development of a corydiid was examined and described in detail using Eucorydia yasumatsui. Ten to fifteen micropyles are localized on the ventral side of the egg, and aggregated symbiont bacterial "mycetomes" are found in the egg. The embryo is formed by the fusion of paired blastodermal regions, with higher cellular density on the ventral side of the egg...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677262/high-resolution-phylogenetic-analysis-of-endomicrobia-reveals-multiple-acquisitions-of-endosymbiotic-lineages-by-termite-gut-flagellates
#5
Aram Mikaelyan, Claire L Thompson, Katja Meuser, Hao Zheng, Pinki Rani, Rudy Plarre, Andreas Brune
Bacteria of the class Endomicrobia form a deep-branching clade in the Elusimicrobia phylum. They are found almost exclusively in the intestinal tract of animals and are particularly abundant in many termites, where they reside as intracellular symbionts in the cellulolytic gut flagellates. Although small populations of putatively free-living lineages have been detected in faunated and flagellate-free hosts, the evolutionary origin of the endosymbionts is obscured by the limited amount of phylogenetic information provided by the 16S rRNA gene fragment amplified with Endomicrobia-specific primers...
July 5, 2017: Environmental Microbiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676207/effects-of-allergen-sensitization-on-response-to-therapy-in-children-with-eosinophilic-esophagitis
#6
Robert D Pesek, Mallikarjuna Rettiganti, Erin O'Brien, Sarah Beckwith, Caroline Daniel, Chunqiao Luo, Amy M Scurlock, Peggy Chandler, Rebecca A Levy, Tamara T Perry, Joshua L Kennedy, Sheva Chervinskiy, Maryelle Vonlanthen, Helen Casteel, Stephen C Fiedorek, Troy Gibbons, Stacie M Jones
BACKGROUND: In children with eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) foods are the most common disease triggers, but environmental allergens are also suspected culprits. OBJECTIVE: To determine the effects of environmental allergen sensitization on response to treatment in children with EoE in the southeastern United States. METHODS: Patients 2 to 18 years old who were referred to the Arkansas Children's Hospital Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorders Clinic from January 2012 to January 2016 were enrolled in a prospective, longitudinal cohort study with collection of demographics, clinical symptoms, medical history, allergy sensitization profiles, and response to treatment over time...
July 1, 2017: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668247/grasshopper-anaphylaxis-in-patients-allergic-to-dust-mite-cockroach-and-crustaceans-is-tropomyosin-the-cause
#7
William N Sokol, Sabina Wünschmann, Sayeh Agah
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 2017: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668242/cockroach-allergen-exposure-and-plasma-cytokines-among-children-in-a-tropical-environment
#8
Brock H Medsker, Erick Forno, Yueh-Ying Han, Edna Acosta-Pérez, Angel Colón-Semidey, Maria Alvarez, John F Alcorn, Glorisa J Canino, Juan C Celedón
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the effects of socioeconomic status or cockroach allergen on immune responses in school-age children, particularly in tropical environments. OBJECTIVE: To examine whether cockroach allergen and/or socioeconomic status is associated with plasma cytokine levels in Puerto Rican children. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study of 532 children (6-14 years old) with (n = 272) and without (n = 260) asthma in San Juan (Puerto Rico)...
July 2017: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666483/ethnozoological-study-of-animals-based-medicine-used-by-traditional-healers-and-indigenous-inhabitants-in-the-adjoining-areas-of-gibbon-wildlife-sanctuary-assam-india
#9
Manash Pratim Borah, Surya Bali Prasad
BACKGROUND: India has an immense faunal, floral, as well as cultural diversity with many ethnic communities who are primarily dependent on the traditional medicinal system for their primary health care. Documentation and evaluation of this indigenous remedial knowledge may be helpful to establish new drugs for human health. The present study is intended to look into different zootherapeutic medicinal uses in the traditional health care system among the native inhabitants adjacent to the Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary, Assam, India...
June 30, 2017: Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634362/reconstructing-the-phylogeny-of-blattodea-robust-support-for-interfamilial-relationships-and-major-clades
#10
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
#11
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
#12
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
#13
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
#14
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
#15
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
#16
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
#17
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
#18
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
#19
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
#20
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
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