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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29734021/a-novel-peptidoglycan-recognition-protein-involved-in-the-prophenoloxidase-activation-system-and-antimicrobial-peptide-production-in-antheraea-pernyi
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Siqi Zhao, Xialu Wang, Siyu Cai, Siqiang Zhang, Hao Luo, Chunfu Wu, Rong Zhang, Jinghai Zhang
Pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) are employed in insects to defend against infectious pathogens by triggering various immune responses. Peptidoglycan recognition proteins (PGRPs), a vital family of PRRs, are widely distributed and highly conserved from vertebrates to invertebrates. To date, five PGRP genes have been identified in Antheraea pernyi, but their biochemical roles still remain unknown. In this study, we focused on the immune functions of PGRP-SA in A. pernyi (ApPGRP-SA), which was confirmed to be immune-related according to its significantly up-regulated expression level post microbial injection...
April 11, 2018: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29715482/pgrp-lb-homolog-acts-as-a-negative-modulator-of-immunity-in-maintaining-the-gut-microbe-symbiosis-of-red-palm-weevil-rhynchophorus-ferrugineus-olivier
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Bishnu Dawadi, Xinghong Wang, Rong Xiao, Abrar Muhammad, Youming Hou, Zhanghong Shi
Many notorious insect pests live in the symbiotic associations with gut microbiota. However, the mechanisms underlying how they host their gut microbiota are unknown. Most gut bacteria can release peptidoglycan (PGN) which is an important antigen to activate the immune response. Therefore, how to keep the appropriate gut immune intensity to host commensals while to efficiently remove enteropathogens is vital for insect health. This study is aimed at elucidating the roles of an amidase PGRP, Rf PGRP-LB, in maintaining the gut-microbe symbiosis of Red palm weevil (RPW), Rhynchophorus ferrugineus Olivier...
April 28, 2018: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29691888/pharmacological-characterization-of-a-%C3%AE-adrenergic-like-octopamine-receptor-in-plutella-xylostella
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Qing-Ting Huang, Hai-Hao Ma, Xi-Le Deng, Hang Zhu, Jia Liu, Yong Zhou, Xiao-Mao Zhou
The β-adrenergic-like octopamine receptor (OA2B2) belongs to the class of G-protein coupled receptors. It regulates important physiological functions in insects, thus is potentially a good target for insecticides. In this study, the putative open reading frame sequence of the Pxoa2b2 gene in Plutella xylostella was cloned. Orthologous sequence alignment, phylogenetic tree analysis, and protein sequence analysis all showed that the cloned receptor belongs to the OA2B2 protein family. PxOA2B2 was transiently expressed in HEK-293 cells...
April 25, 2018: Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29686508/first-report-of-detection-of-the-putative-receptor-of-bacillus-thuringiensis-toxin-vip3aa-from-black-cutworm-agrotis-ipsilon
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Gamal H Osman, Waleed J Altaf, Ibrahim A S Saleh, Raya Soltane, Hussein H Abulreesh, Ibrahim A Arif, Ahmed M Ramadan, Yehia A Osman
Black cutworm (BCW) Agrotis ipsilon , an economically important lepidopteran insect, has attracted a great attention. Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) is spore forming soil bacteria and is an excellent environment-friendly approach for the control of phytophagous and disease-transmitting insects. In fact, bio-pesticide formulations and insect resistant transgenic plants based on the bacterium Bt delta-endotoxin have attracted worldwide attention as a safer alternative to harmful chemical pesticides. The major objective of the current study was to understand the mechanism of interaction of Bt toxin with its receptor molecule(s)...
March 2018: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29649335/molecular-characterization-of-the-lipophorin-receptor-in-the-crustacean-ectoparasite-lepeophtheirus-salmonis
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Muhammad Tanveer Khan, Sussie Dalvin, Qaiser Waheed, Frank Nilsen, Rune Male
The Salmon louse (Lepeophtheirus salmonis) is a marine ectoparasite of salmonid fish in the Northern Hemisphere and considered as a major challenge in aquaculture and a threat to wild populations of salmonids. Adult female lice produce a large number of lipid-rich eggs, however, the mechanism of maternal lipid transport into developing eggs during salmon louse reproduction has not been described. In the present study, a full-length L. salmonis lipophorin receptor (LsLpR) consisting of 16 exons was obtained by RACE and RT-PCR...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29615567/the-roles-of-the-wnt-antagonists-axin-and-lrp4-during-embryogenesis-of-the-red-flour-beetle-tribolium-castaneum
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Romy Prühs, Anke Beermann, Reinhard Schröder
In both vertebrates and invertebrates, the Wnt-signaling pathway is essential for numerous processes in embryogenesis and during adult life. Wnt activity is fine-tuned at various levels by the interplay of a number of Wnt-agonists (Wnt ligands, Frizzled-receptors, Lrp5/6 coreceptors) and Wnt-antagonists (among them Axin, Secreted frizzled and Lrp4) to define anterior-posterior polarity of the early embryo and specify cell fate in organogenesis. So far, the functional analysis of Wnt-pathway components in insects has concentrated on the roles of Wnt-agonists and on the Wnt-antagonist Axin...
October 15, 2017: Journal of Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29563565/engineering-bacillus-thuringiensis-cyt1aa-toxin-specificity-from-dipteran-to-lepidopteran-toxicity
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Mary-Carmen Torres-Quintero, Isabel Gómez, Sabino Pacheco, Jorge Sánchez, Humberto Flores, Joel Osuna, Gretel Mendoza, Mario Soberón, Alejandra Bravo
The Cyt and Cry toxins are different pore-forming proteins produced by Bacillus thuringiensis bacteria, and used in insect-pests control. Cry-toxins have a complex mechanism involving interaction with several proteins in the insect gut such as aminopeptidase N (APN), alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and cadherin (CAD). It was shown that the loop regions of domain II of Cry toxins participate in receptor binding. Cyt-toxins are dipteran specific and interact with membrane lipids. We show that Cry1Ab domain II loop3 is involved in binding to APN, ALP and CAD receptors since point mutation Cry1Ab-G439D affected binding to these proteins...
March 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29551387/investigation-and-molecular-docking-studies-of-bassianolide-from-lecanicillium-lecanii-against-plutella-xylostella-lepidoptera-plutellidae
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Keppanan Ravindran, Sivaperumal Sivaramakrishnan, Mubasher Hussain, Chandra Kanta Dash, Bamisope Steve Bamisile, Muhammad Qasim, Wang Liande
Entomopathogenic fungi are rich sources of bioactive secondary metabolites that possess insecticidal properties. The present study reported a novel approach for the identification of insecticidal compounds produced by Lecanicillium lecanii 09 and to assess their toxicity against the diamondback moth Plutella xylostella L. The cyclic peptides groups of toxic substances were separated from L. lecanii 09 through submerged liquid state fermentation. The most abundant toxic metabolite, Bassianolide was purified by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and its molecular weight and purity were determined by Liquid chromatography - mass spectroscopy (LC-MS), Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), and H1 nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) respectively...
March 15, 2018: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Toxicology & Pharmacology: CBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29482729/ovicidal-and-larvicidal-activity-and-possible-mode-of-action-of-phenylpropanoids-and-ketone-identified-in-syzygium-aromaticum-bud-against-bradysia-procera
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Tae-Kyun Hong, Haribalan Perumalsamy, Kyoung-Hwa Jang, Eun-Shik Na, Young-Joon Ahn
Bradysia procera is a serious insect pest of Panax ginseng plants. This study was conducted to determine the toxicity and mechanism of action of three phenylpropanoids, three terpenoids, and a ketone from Syzygium aromaticum bud methanol extract and hydrodistillate against third-instar larvae and eggs of B. procera. In a filter-paper mortality bioassay, methyl salicylate (LC50 , 5.26μg/cm2 ) was the most toxic compound, followed by 2-nonanone, eugenol, and eugenyl acetate (8.77-15.40μg/cm2 ). These compounds were significantly less toxic than either thiamethoxam, clothianidin, or cypermethrin...
February 2018: Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454611/taste-receptor-plasticity-in-relation-to-feeding-history-in-two-congeneric-species-of-papilionidae-lepidoptera
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Giorgia Sollai, Maurizio Biolchini, Roberto Crnjar
In the peripheral taste system of insects, the responsiveness of gustatory receptor neurons (GRNs) depends on several factors, such as larval instar, feeding history, physiological state and time of day. To study the role of the feeding history, the spike activity of the maxillary taste chemosensilla in the larvae of two related species of Lepidoptera (Papilio machaon L. and Papilio hospiton Géné) raised on different host plants, was recorded with electrophysiological techniques after stimulation with simple stimuli (sugars, bitters and inorganic salt) and host plant saps, with the aim of cross-comparing their response patterns and evaluating any effects of different feeding histories...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453998/ctl14-a-recognition-receptor-induced-in-late-stage-larvae-modulates-anti-fungal-immunity-in-cotton-bollworm-helicoverpa-armigera
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Yang Cheng, Zhe Lin, Ju-Mei Wang, Long-Sheng Xing, Guang-Hua Xiong, Zhen Zou
C-type lectin (CTL) is usually considered as pattern recognition receptors in insect innate immunity. Here we found that CTL14 of Helicoverpa armigera was only activated in the fifth instar larvae not in the second instar by entomopathogen Beauveria bassiana infection. Recombinant CTL14 protein was found to form aggregates with zymosan and B. bassiana in vitro. Immunoprecipitation studies demonstrated that CTL14 interacted with serine proteinases (SP), serine proteinase inhibitor (serpin), prophenoloxidases (PPO) and vitellogenin (Vg) in the larval hemolymph...
July 2018: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29438567/determination-of-the-baseline-susceptibility-of-european-populations-of-cydia-pomonella-lepidoptera-tortricidae-to-chlorantraniliprole-and-the-role-of-cytochrome-p450-monooxygenases
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Dolors Bosch, Marcela A Rodríguez, Laura Depalo, Jesús Avilla
The codling moth, Cydia pomonella (L.) (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae), is the key pest on pome fruit and walnut orchards worldwide. Its resistance to available insecticides has been widely reported. Chlorantraniliprole is an anthranilic diamide that was introduced in European countries in 2008-2009 and acts by activating the insect's ryanodine receptors. The aims of this study were to determine the baseline susceptibility of European populations of C. pomonella to chlorantraniliprole, to establish the discriminant concentrations (DC) to check the possible development of resistance, and to know the role of cytochrome P450 monooxygenases (P450) in the possible susceptibility decrease of field populations to the insecticide...
April 2, 2018: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29386394/endocrine-regulation-of-airway-clearance-in-drosophila
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Do-Hyoung Kim, Young-Joon Kim, Michael E Adams
Fluid clearance from the respiratory system during developmental transitions is critically important for achieving optimal gas exchange in animals. During insect development from embryo to adult, airway clearance occurs episodically each time the molt is completed by performance of the ecdysis sequence, coordinated by a peptide-signaling cascade initiated by ecdysis-triggering hormone (ETH). We find that the neuropeptide Kinin (also known as Drosokinin or Leukokinin) is required for normal respiratory fluid clearance or "tracheal air-filling" in Drosophila larvae...
February 13, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29302769/imidacloprid-impedes-mitochondrial-function-and-induces-oxidative-stress-in-cotton-bollworm-helicoverpa-armigera-larvae-hubner-noctuidae
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Bharat Nareshkumar, Shaik Mohammad Akbar, Hari Chand Sharma, Senigala K Jayalakshmi, Kuruba Sreeramulu
Neonicotinoids have high agonistic affinity to insect nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChR) and are frequently used as insecticides against most devastating lepidopteran insect pests. Imidacloprid influenced dose-dependent decline in the state III and IV respiration, respiration control index (RCI), and P/O ratios, in vitro and in vivo. The bioassay indicated its LD50 value to be 531.24 μM. The insecticide exhibited a dose-dependent inhibition on F0 F1 -ATPase and complex IV activity. At 600 μM, the insecticide inhibited 83...
February 2018: Journal of Bioenergetics and Biomembranes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29288754/microrna-14-regulates-larval-development-time-in-bombyx-mori
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Zulian Liu, Lin Ling, Jun Xu, Baosheng Zeng, Yongping Huang, Peng Shang, Anjiang Tan
MicroRNAs (miRNA) regulate multiple physiological processes including development and metamorphosis in insects. In the current study, we demonstrate that a conserved invertebrate miRNA-14 (miR-14) plays an important role in ecdysteroid regulated development in the silkworm Bombyx mori, a lepidopteran model insect. Ubiquitous transgenic overexpression of miR-14 using the GAL4/UAS system resulted in delayed silkworm larval development and smaller body size of larva and pupa with decrease in ecdysteriod titers...
February 2018: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218733/a-gene-driven-recovery-mechanism-drosophila-larvae-increase-feeding-activity-for-post-stress-weight-recovery
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Masasuke Ryuda, Miku Tabuchi, Hitoshi Matsumoto, Takashi Matsumura, Masanori Ochiai, Yoichi Hayakawa
Recovery from weight loss after stress is important for all organisms, although the recovery mechanisms are not fully understood. We are working to clarify these mechanisms. Here, we recorded enhanced feeding activity of Drosophila melanogaster larvae from 2 to 4 h after heat stress at 35°C for 1 h. During the post-stress period, expression levels of sweet taste gustatory receptor genes (Grs), Gr5a, Gr43a, Gr64a, and Gr64f, were elevated, whereas bitter taste Grs, Gr66a, and Gr33a, were decreased in expression and expression of a non-typical taste receptor Gr, Gr68a, was unchanged...
March 2018: Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29205800/cucurbitacin-b-acts-a-potential-insect-growth-regulator-by-antagonizing-20-hydroxyecdysone-activity
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Chuanshan Zou, Guifen Liu, Suning Liu, Shumin Liu, Qisheng Song, Jian Wang, Qili Feng, Yunlin Su, Sheng Li
BACKGROUND: 20-Hydroxyecdysone (20E), a crucial insect steroid hormone, can bind to its cognate nuclear receptor composed of ecdysone receptor (EcR) and ultraspiracle (USP) to activate expression of 20E-response genes, enabling subsequent metamorphosis. In this study, we tried to find out which steroid-like compounds can block insect metamorphosis effectively and provide useful information for biopesticide study. For this purpose, we screened 126 steroid-like compounds for possible 20E antagonists using a dual-luciferase reporter assay with Drosophila melanogaster Kc and Bombyx mori Bm12 cells...
December 4, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29198647/isolation-functional-characterization-of-allatotropin-receptor-from-the-cotton-bollworm-helicoverpa-armigera
#18
Fang Zhang, Jun Wang, Kiran Thakur, Fei Hu, Jian-Guo Zhang, Xing-Fu Jiang, Shi-Hen An, Hongbo Jiang, Li Jiang, Zhao-Jun Wei
Insect allatotropin (AT) plays multi-functions including regulation of juvenile hormone synthesis, growth, development and reproduction. In the present study, the full-length cDNA encoding the AT receptor was cloned from the brain of Helicoverpa armigera (Helar-ATR). The ORF of Helar-ATR exhibited the characteristic seven transmembrane domains of the G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) and was close to the ATR of Manduca sexta in the phylogenetic tree. The Helar-ATR expressed in vertebrate cell lines can be activated by Helar-AT and each Helar-ATL in a dose-responsive manner, in the following order: Helar-ATLI>Helar-ATLII>Helar-AT>Helar-ATLIII...
December 2, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164671/characterization-of-two-groups-of-spodoptera-exigua-h%C3%A3-bner-lepidoptera-noctuidae-c-type-lectins-and-insights-into-their-role-in-defense-against-the-densovirus-jcdv
#19
Laila Gasmi, Agata K Jakubowska, Juan Ferré, Mylène Ogliastro, Salvador Herrero
Insect innate immunity relies on numerous soluble and membrane-bound receptors, named pattern recognition proteins (PRPs), which enable the insect to recognize pathogen-associated molecular patterns. C-type lectins are among the best-studied PRPs and constitute the most diverse family of animal lectins. Here we have characterized two groups of Spodoptera exigua C-type lectins that differ in their phylogeny, domain architecture, and expression pattern. One group includes C-type lectins with similar characteristics to other lepidopteran lectins, and a second group includes bracoviral-related lectins (bracovirus-like lectins, Se-BLLs) recently acquired by horizontal gene transfer...
November 22, 2017: Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129205/the-steroid-hormone-20-hydroxyecdysone-upregulates-calcium-release-activated-calcium-channel-modulator-1-expression-to-induce-apoptosis-in-the-midgut-of-helicoverpa-armigera
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Yong-Bo Li, Xu-Yang Pei, Di Wang, Cai-Hua Chen, Mei-Juan Cai, Jin-Xing Wang, Xiao-Fan Zhao
Animal steroid hormones stimulate extracellular Ca(2+) influx into cells; however, the mechanism remains unclear. In this study, we determined that the Ca(2+) influx induced by steroid hormone 20-hydroxyecdysone (20E) is mediated by the calcium release-activated calcium channel modulator 1 (CRACM1/Orai1). The Orai1 mRNA is highly expressed during midgut programmed cell death in the lepidopteran insect Helicoverpa armigera. 20E upregulated the expression of Orai1 in H. armigera larvae and in an epidermal cell line (HaEpi)...
December 2017: Cell Calcium
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