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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644712/comparative-analysis-of-behavioral-and-transcriptional-variation-underlying-co2-sensory-neuron-function-and-development-in-drosophila
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Jia Wern Pan, Joi McLaughlin, Haining Yang, Charles Leo, Paula Rambarat, Sumie Okuwa, Anaïs Monroy-Eklund, Sabrina Clark, Corbin D Jones, Pelin Cayirlioglu Volkan
Carbon dioxide is an important environmental cue for many insects, regulating many behaviors including some that have direct human impacts. To further improve our understanding of how this system varies among closely related insect species, we examined both the behavioral response to CO2 as well as the transcriptional profile of key developmental regulators of CO2 sensory neurons in the olfactory system across the Drosophila genus. We found that CO2 generally evokes repulsive behavior across most of the Drosophilids we examined, but this behavior has been lost or reduced in several lineages...
June 23, 2017: Fly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644591/a-heart-for-travel-travel-health-considerations-for-patients-with-heart-disease-and-cardiac-devices
#2
G Flaherty, S De Freitas
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in adult international travellers. Patients living with heart disease should receive specific, individualised pre-travel health advice. The purpose of this article is to provide evidence-based advice to physicians who are consulted by travellers with cardiovascular disease. Fitness-to-travel evaluation will often be conducted by the general practitioner but other medical specialists may also be consulted for advice. Patients with chronic medical conditions should purchase travel health insurance...
December 12, 2016: Irish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643846/feeding-behaviour-of-generalist-pests-on-brassica-juncea-implication-for-manipulation-of-glucosinolate-biosynthesis-pathway-for-enhanced-resistance
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Pawan Kumar, Rehna Augustine, Amarjeet Kumar Singh, Naveen C Bisht
Differential accumulation of plant defense metabolites has been suggested to have important ecological consequence in the context of plant-insect interactions. Feeding of generalist pests on Brassica juncea showed a distinct pattern with selective exclusion of leaf margins which are high in glucosinolates. Molecular basis of this differential accumulation of glucosinolates could be explained based on differential expression profile of BjuMYB28 homologs, the major biosynthetic regulators of aliphatic glucosinolates, as evident from quantitative real-time PCR and promoter:GUS fusion studies in allotetraploid B...
June 23, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643726/exotropia-in-a-pediatric-patient-with-rhabdomyolysis-caused-by-an-insect-sting
#4
Won Jae Kim, Saeyoon Kim, Myung Mi Kim
Various ocular and systemic reactions have been associated with insect sting. However, insect stings have been rarely reported to cause exotropia and diplopia. We encountered exotropia in a 6-year-old child with rhabdomyolysis of the left lower extremities caused by an insect sting. Exotropia and diplopia developed within 1 day after the sting and improved completely 1 week after the onset of symptoms. Clinicians should be aware of the potential for the development of exotropia in patients with insect stings, which requires careful follow-up...
June 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643581/a-white-paper-on-global-wheat-health-based-on-scenario-development-and-analysis
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Serge Savary, Annika Djurle, Jonathan Yuen, Andrea Ficke, Vittorio Rossi, Paul Esker, Jose M Fernandes, Emerson Del Ponte, Jatindra Kumar, Laurence V Madden, Pierce A Paul, Neil McRoberts, Pawan Kumar Singh, Laurent Huber, Claude Pope de Vallavieille, Sébastien Saint-Jean, Laetitia Willocquet
Scenario analysis constitutes a useful approach to synthesize knowledge and derive hypotheses in the case of complex systems which are documented with mainly qualitative or very diverse information. In this article, a framework for scenario analysis is designed and then, applied to global wheat health within a timeframe from today to 2050. Scenario analysis entails the choice of settings, the definition of scenarios of change, and the analysis of outcomes of these scenarios in the chosen settings. Three idealized agrosystems, representing a large fraction of the global diversity of wheat-based agrosystems, are considered, which represent the settings of the analysis...
June 23, 2017: Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643262/genome-editing-in-the-cricket-gryllus-bimaculatus
#6
Takahito Watanabe, Sumihare Noji, Taro Mito
Hemimetabolous, or incompletely metamorphosing, insects are phylogenetically basal and include many beneficial and deleterious species. The cricket, Gryllus bimaculatus, is an emerging model for hemimetabolous insects, based on the success of RNA interference (RNAi)-based gene-functional analyses and transgenic technology. Taking advantage of genome editing technologies in this species would greatly promote functional genomics studies. Genome editing has proven to be an effective method for site-specific genome manipulation in various species...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643261/genome-editing-of-silkworms
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Takuya Tsubota, Hideki Sezutsu
Silkworm is a lepidopteran insect that has been used as a model for a wide variety of biological studies. The microinjection technique is available and it is possible to cause transgenesis as well as target gene disruption via the genome editing technique. TALEN-mediated knock-out is especially effective in this species. We also succeeded in the precise and efficient integration of a donor vector using the Precise Integration into Target Chromosome (PITCh) method. Here, we describe protocols for ZFN, TALEN, and CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genome editing as well as the PITCh technique in the silkworm...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642773/infestation-of-broad-bean-vicia-faba-by-the-green-stink-bug-nezara-viridula-decreases-shoot-abscisic-acid-contents-under-well-watered-and-drought-conditions
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Luisa Ederli, Cecilia Brunetti, Mauro Centritto, Stefano Colazza, Francesca Frati, Francesco Loreto, Giovanni Marino, Gianandrea Salerno, Stefania Pasqualini
The response of broad bean (Vicia faba) plants to water stress alone and in combination with green stink bug (Nezara viridula) infestation was investigated through measurement of: (1) leaf gas exchange; (2) plant hormone titres of abscisic acid (ABA) and its metabolites, and of salicylic acid (SA); and (3) hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) content. Furthermore, we evaluated the effects of experimentally water-stressed broad-bean plants on N. viridula performance in terms of adult host-plant preference, and nymph growth and survival...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642678/a-cold-blooded-view-on-adult-neurogenesis
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Anabel R Simões, Christa Rhiner
During brain development, highly complex and interconnected neural circuits are established. This intricate wiring needs to be robust to faithfully perform adult brain function throughout life, but at the same time offer room for plasticity to integrate new information. In the mammalian brain, adult-born neurons are produced in restricted niches harboring neural stem cells. In the fruit fly Drosophila, low-level adult neurogenesis arising from a dispersed population of neural progenitors has recently been detected in the optic lobes...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642497/interactive-effects-of-plant-neighbourhood-and-ontogeny-on-insect-herbivory-and-plant-defensive-traits
#10
Xoaquín Moreira, Gaétan Glauser, Luis Abdala-Roberts
Plant ontogenetic stage and features of surrounding plant neighbourhoods can strongly influence herbivory and defences on focal plants. However, the effects of both factors have been assessed independently in previous studies. Here we tested for the independent and interactive effects of neighbourhood type (low vs. high frequency of our focal plant species in heterospecific stands) and ontogeny on leaf herbivory, physical traits and chemical defences of the English oak Quercus robur. We further tested whether plant traits were associated with neighbourhood and ontogenetic effects on herbivory...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642479/a-genetically-enhanced-sterile-insect-technique-against-the-fruit-fly-bactrocera-dorsalis-hendel-by-feeding-adult-double-stranded-rnas
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Muhammad Waqar Ali, Wenping Zheng, Summar Sohail, Qingmei Li, Weiwei Zheng, Hongyu Zhang
RNAi based sterile insect technique (SIT) is an authentic insect management approach but requires proper target genes. During this study, spermless males were developed by interfering with germ cell differentiation and azoospermia related genes. Data demonstrates significant reductions in the target genes expressions (boul, zpg, dsx (M) , fzo and gas8) after oral dsRNAs administration. Knock down of target genes significantly affected the reproductive ability of males and reduced egg-hatching as compared to the control group...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640973/production-of-red-flowered-oilseed-rape-via-the-ectopic-expression-of-orychophragmus-violaceus-ovpap2
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Wenqin Fu, Daozong Chen, Qi Pan, Fengfeng Li, Zhigang Zhao, Xianhong Ge, Zaiyun Li
Oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.), which has yellow flowers, is both an important oil crop and a traditional tourism resource in China, whereas the Orychophragmus violaceus, which has purple flowers, likely possesses a candidate gene or genes to alter the flower color of oilseed rape. A previously established B. napus line has a particular pair of O. violaceus chromosomes (M4) and exhibits slightly red petals. In this study, the transcriptomic analysis of M4, B. napus (H3), and O. violaceus with purple petals (OvP) and with white petals (OvW) revealed that most anthocyanin biosynthesis genes were up-regulated in both M4 and OvP...
June 22, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640580/a-bio-inspired-alginate-gum-arabic-hydrogel-with-micro-nano-scale-structures-for-controlled-drug-release-in-chronic-wound-healing
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Mi Li, Haichang Li, Xiangguang Li, Hua Zhu, Zihui Xu, Lianqing Liu, Jianjie Ma, Mingjun Zhang
Bio-polymeric hydrogels have drawn increasingly research interests in biomaterials due to its tunable physical and chemical properties for both creating bioactive cellular micro-environment and serving as sustainable therapeutic reagents. Inspired by a naturally occurring hydrogel secreted from the carnivorous Sundew plant for trapping insects, here we have developed a bio-inspired hydrogel to deliver mitsugumin53 (MG53), an important protein in cell membrane repair, for chronic wound healing. Both chemical compositions and micro/nano morphological properties inherent from the natural Sundew hydrogel were mimicked using sodium alginate and gum arabic with calcium ion-mediated cross-linking...
June 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640578/the-insect-analogue-to-the-lotus-leaf-a-planthopper-wing-membrane-incorporating-a-low-adhesion-non-wetting-superhydrophobic-bactericidal-and-biocompatible-surface
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Gregory Shaun Watson, David W Green, Bronwen W Cribb, Christopher Leslie Brown, Christopher Merritt, Mark James Tobin, Jitraporn Vongsvivut, Ming-Xia Sun, Alping Liang, Jolanta Anna Watson
Nature has produced many intriguing and spectacular surfaces at the micro and nanoscales. These small surface decorations act for a singular or, in most cases, a range of functions. The minute landscape found on the lotus leaf is one such example, displaying anti-wetting behaviour and low adhesion with foreign particulate matter. Indeed the lotus leaf has often been considered the 'benchmark' for such properties. One could expect that there are animal counterparts of this self-drying and self-cleaning surface system...
June 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640543/evolutionary-optimized-photonic-network-structure-in-white-beetle-wing-scales
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Bodo D Wilts, Xiaoyuan Sheng, Mirko Holler, Ana Diaz, Manuel Guizar-Sicairos, Jörg Raabe, Robert Hoppe, Shu-Hao Liu, Richard Langford, Olimpia D Onelli, Duyu Chen, Salvatore Torquato, Ullrich Steiner, Christian G Schroer, Silvia Vignolini, Alessandro Sepe
Most studies of structural color in nature concern periodic arrays, which through the interference of light create color. The "color" white however relies on the multiple scattering of light within a randomly structured medium, which randomizes the direction and phase of incident light. Opaque white materials therefore must be much thicker than periodic structures. It is known that flying insects create "white" in extremely thin layers. This raises the question, whether evolution has optimized the wing scale morphology for white reflection at a minimum material use...
June 22, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640534/dynamics-of-transcriptomic-response-to-infection-by-the-nematode-heterorhabditis-bacteriophora-and-its-bacterial-symbiont-photorhabdus-temperata-in-heliothis-virescens-larvae
#16
R An, K S Suri, J L Jurat-Fuentes, P S Grewal
Entomopathogenic nematodes in the Heterorhabditis genus and their symbiotic Photorhabdus bacteria are important biocontrol agents of insect pests and models for the study of microbe-host interactions. In this work, we used larvae of the tobacco budworm (Heliothis virescens) as a model to study its defensive mechanisms against Heterorhabditis bacteriophora nematodes carrying symbiotic Photorhabdus temperata. We first determined time points of initial nematode entry and release of bacteria into the haemolymph to perform transcriptional analysis of insect gene expression during these steps in the infective process...
June 22, 2017: Insect Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640355/screening-of-melon-genotypes-for-resistance-to-vegetable-leafminer-and-your-phenotypic-correlations-with-colorimetry
#17
Frederico I C DE Oliveira, Leonardo B C Fiege, Elaine F Celin, Renato Innecco, Glauber H S Nunes, Fernando A S DE Aragão
Melon is one of the most important vegetable crops in the world. With short cycle in a system of phased planting, phytosanitary control is compromised, and a great volume of agricultural chemicals is used to control vegetable leafminer. Genetic control is an ideal alternative to avoid the damage caused by this insect. Thus, the aim of this study was to evaluate Cucumis accessions in regard to resistance to leafminer and correlate the variables analyzed. Fifty-four accessions and four commercial hybrids of melon were tested...
April 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639145/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-activity-of-theaflavin-epicatechin-combinations-versus-multidrug-resistant-acinetobacter-baumannii
#18
Jonathan W Betts, Michael Hornsey, David W Wareham, Roberto M La Ragione
INTRODUCTION: Acinetobacter baumannii is an important human nosocomial pathogen; most clinical isolates are multidrug-resistant (MDR). Infections caused by A. baumannii often lead to high morbidity and mortality, with limited treatment options. Owing to the small number of anti-Gram-negative antibiotics in the development pipeline, researchers are looking to other natural compounds. The aim of this study was to determine the in vitro kill kinetics, in vivo efficacy and toxicity of theaflavin-epicatechin combinations against MDR A...
June 21, 2017: Infectious Diseases and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639012/the-effect-of-social-learning-on-avoidance-of-aposematic-prey-in-juvenile-great-tits-parus-major
#19
Eva Landová, Kateřina Hotová Svádová, Roman Fuchs, Pavel Štys, Alice Exnerová
Social learning plays an important role in acquiring new foraging skills and food preferences in many bird species but its potential role in learning to avoid aposematic prey has never been studied. We tested the effect of social learning on the acquisition of avoidance of aposematic insect prey (firebug Pyrrhocoris apterus; Heteroptera) in juvenile, hand-reared great tits (Parus major). Behaviour towards aposematic prey was compared between two groups of birds: (1) the observers that were, prior to encounter with firebugs, allowed to watch the experienced conspecific demonstrator repeatedly refuse to attack the prey, and (2) the control birds that lacked this opportunity...
June 21, 2017: Animal Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638443/dosage-compensation-and-sex-specific-epigenetic-landscape-of-the-x-chromosome-in-the-pea-aphid
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Gautier Richard, Fabrice Legeai, Nathalie Prunier-Leterme, Anthony Bretaudeau, Denis Tagu, Julie Jaquiéry, Gaël Le Trionnaire
BACKGROUND: Heterogametic species display a differential number of sex chromosomes resulting in imbalanced transcription levels for these chromosomes between males and females. To correct this disequilibrium, dosage compensation mechanisms involving gene expression and chromatin accessibility regulations have emerged throughout evolution. In insects, these mechanisms have been extensively characterized only in Drosophila but not in insects of agronomical importance. Aphids are indeed major pests of a wide range of crops...
2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
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