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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345225/highly-potent-host-external-immunity-acts-as-a-strong-selective-force-enhancing-rapid-parasite-virulence-evolution
#1
Charlotte Rafaluk, Wentao Yang, Andreas Mitschke, Philip Rosenstiel, Hinrich Schulenburg, Gerrit Joop
Virulence is often under selection during host-parasite coevolution. In order to increase fitness, parasites are predicted to circumvent and overcome host immunity. A particular challenge for pathogens are external immune systems, chemical defence systems comprised of potent antimicrobial compounds released by prospective hosts into the environment. We carried out an evolution experiment, allowing for coevolution to occur, with the entomopathogenic fungus, Beauveria bassiana, and the red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum, which has a well-documented external immune system with strong inhibitory effects against B...
March 26, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345023/enhancement-of-psma-directed-car-adoptive-immunotherapy-by-pd-1-pd-l1-blockade
#2
Inna Serganova, Ekaterina Moroz, Ivan Cohen, Maxim Moroz, Mayuresh Mane, Juan Zurita, Larissa Shenker, Vladimir Ponomarev, Ronald Blasberg
Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy in hematologic malignancies has shown remarkable responses, but the same level of success has not been observed in solid tumors. A new prostate cancer model (Myc-CaP:PSMA(+)) and a second-generation anti-hPSMA human CAR T cells expressing a Click Beetle Red luciferase reporter) were used to study hPSMA targeting and assess CAR T cell trafficking and persistence by bioluminescence imaging (BLI). We investigated the antitumor efficacy of human CAR T cells targeting human prostate-specific membrane antigen (hPSMA), in the presence and absence of the target antigen; first alone and then combined with a monoclonal antibody targeting the human programmed death receptor 1 (anti-hPD1 mAb)...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy Oncolytics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341836/fam46c-is-critical-for-the-anti-proliferation-and-pro-apoptotic-effects-of-norcantharidin-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells
#3
Qiao-Yan Zhang, Xiao-Qiang Yue, Yi-Ping Jiang, Ting Han, Hai-Liang Xin
Norcantharidin (NCTD), a demethylated analog of cantharidin derived from Chinese traditional medicine blister beetle, has been currently used as an anticancer drug for various cancers including hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). In this study, for a more comprehensive understanding of the targets of NCTD in HCC, next-generation RNA-Seq was utilized. We revealed that the expression of FAM46C, which has been reported as a tumor suppressor for multiple myeloma, was enhanced after NCTD treatment. Re-analysis of TCGA (The Cancer Genome Atlas) LIHC (liver hepatocellular carcinoma) dataset demonstrated that FAM46C expression was significantly lower in HCC tissues than in normal liver tissues...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341662/extreme-polarization-sensitivity-in-the-retina-of-the-corn-borer-moth-ostrinia
#4
Gregor Belušič, Katja Šporar, Andrej Meglič
The visual system of the European corn borer (ECB, Ostrinia nubilalis) was analysed with microscopy and electrophysiological methods (ERG, single cell recordings). The ECB has a pair of mainly ultraviolet-sensitive ocelli and a pair of compound eyes, maximally sensitive to green light. The ommatidia contain a tiered, fused rhabdom, consisting of the rhabdomeres of 9-12 photoreceptor cells with sensitivity peak wavelengths at 356, 413, 480, and 530 nm. The photoreceptors in a large dorsal rim area have straight rhabdomeres and high polarization sensitivity (PS1,2=3...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339461/mass-elevation-and-lee-effects-markedly-lift-the-elevational-distribution-of-ground-beetles-in-the-himalaya-tibet-orogen
#5
Joachim Schmidt, Jürgen Böhner, Roland Brandl, Lars Opgenoorth
Mass elevation and lee effects markedly influence snow lines and tree lines in high mountain systems. However, their impact on other phenomena or groups of organisms has not yet been quantified. Here we quantitatively studied their influence in the Himalaya-Tibet orogen on the distribution of ground beetles as model organisms, specifically whether the ground beetle distribution increases from the outer to the inner parts of the orogen, against latitudinal effects. We also tested whether July temperature and solar radiation are predictors of the beetle's elevational distribution ranges...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338630/life-cycle-ecological-characteristics-and-control-of-trachys-yanoi-coleoptera-buprestidae-an-important-pest-of-zelkova-serrata
#6
Masashi Ohsawa
This study was conducted to elucidate the life cycle and the ecological characteristics of Trachys yanoi Y. Kurosawa, an important pest of Zelkova serrata (Thunb.) Makino. Life cycle, mortality rates in developmental stages, annual population dynamics, and early leaf abscission were investigated. Adults emerged from under the bark of Zelkova trees in April and fed on Zelkova leaves. Females laid 49 eggs on average, mainly in May and early June. Eggs hatched after 17 days, and the larvae fed inside the leaves...
March 24, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334300/flight-capacity-of-the-walnut-twig-beetle-coleoptera-scolytidae-on-a-laboratory-flight-mill
#7
Aubree M Kees, Andrea R Hefty, Robert C Venette, Steven J Seybold, Brian H Aukema
The walnut twig beetle, Pityophthorus juglandis Blackman, and associated fungus Geosmithia morbida Kolařík, Freeland, Utley, & Tisserat constitute the insect-fungal complex that causes thousand cankers disease in walnut, Juglans spp., and wingnut, Pterocarya spp. Thousand cankers disease is responsible for the decline of Juglans species throughout the western United States and more recently, the eastern United States and northern Italy. We examined the flight capacity of P. juglandis over 24-h trials on a flight mill in the laboratory...
March 16, 2017: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334247/genetic-population-structure-of-dastarcus-helophoroides-coleoptera-bothrideridae-from-different-long-horned-beetle-hosts-based-on-complete-sequences-of-mitochondrial-coi
#8
Zhengqing Zhang, Yong Chang, Menglou Li
Dastarcus helophoroides (Fairmaire) (Coleoptera: Bothrideridae) is an important natural enemy of long-horned beetles in China, Japan, and Korea. In this study, the genetic sequence of cytochrome oxidase subunit Ι was used to investigate the genetics and relationships within and among D. helophoroides populations collected from five different geographic locations. We used principal component analysis, heatmap, and Venn diagram results to determine the relationship between haplotypes and populations. In total, 26 haplotypes with 51 nucleotide polymorphic sites were defined, and low genetic diversity was found among the different populations...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334246/the-role-of-the-beetle-hypocryphalus-mangiferae-coleoptera-curculionidae-in-the-spatiotemporal-dynamics-of-mango-wilt
#9
Tarcísio Visintin da Silva Galdino, Dalton de Oliveira Ferreira, Paulo Antônio Santana Júnior, Lucas de Paulo Arcanjo, Elenir Aparecida Queiroz, Renato Almeida Sarmento, Marcelo Coutinho Picanço
The knowledge of the spatiotemporal dynamics of pathogens and their vectors is an important step in determining the pathogen dispersion pattern and the role of vectors in disease dynamics. However, in the case of mango wilt little is known about its spatiotemporal dynamics and the relationship of its vector [the beetle Hypocryphalus mangiferae (Stebbing 1914)] to these dynamics. The aim of this work was to determine the spatial-seasonal dynamic of H. mangiferae attacks and mango wilt in mango orchards and to verify the importance of H...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334235/establishment-of-parasitoids-of-the-lily-leaf-beetle-coleoptera-chrysomelidae-in-north-america
#10
Lisa Tewksbury, Richard A Casagrande, Naomi Cappuccino, Marc Kenis
Three larval parasitoids were imported from Europe to control the lily leaf beetle, Lilioceris lilii Scopoli (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae), an accidentally introduced herbivore of native and cultivated lilies in North America. Tetrastichus setifer Thomson (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) was introduced in Massachusetts in 1999, and was found to be established there in 2002. Subsequent releases of T. setifer were made and two additional parasitoids, Lemophagus errabundus Szepligeti (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae) and Diaparsis jucunda (Holmgren) (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae), were introduced...
March 7, 2017: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334232/walking-responses-of-tribolium-castaneum-coleoptera-tenebrionidae-to-its-aggregation-pheromone-and-odors-of-wheat-infestations
#11
B J Stevenson, L Cai, C Faucher, M Michie, A Berna, Y Ren, A Anderson, S Chyb, W Xu
The red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum (Herbst) (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae), is a worldwide pest of stored grains. Using "Y"-tube olfactometry we studied the response of T. castaneum to odors from simulated wheat infestations containing conspecifics, and infestations containing the lesser grain borer, Rhyzopertha dominica (F.) (Coleoptera: Bostrichidae), and the granary weevil Sitophilus granarius (L.) (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Tribolium castaneum larvae were significantly attracted to odors from all three test species...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334210/assessment-of-habitat-modification-and-varied-planting-dates-to-enhance-potential-natural-enemies-of-anasa-tristis-hemiptera-coreidae-in-squash
#12
C G Fair, S K Braman
The squash bug, Anasa tristis (DeGeer) (Hemiptera: Coreidae), is an indigenous pest of squash and other cucurbits. Pesticides can control squash bug populations although many small-scale growers in the Southeast seek alternative methods of management. Cultural control methods, including varying the planting date and farmscaping, are not well understood under southeastern conditions. The goal of farmscaping is to increase natural ecosystem functions to aid in the control of pest populations. In the summers of 2014 and 2015, field plots of squash, separated by a minimum of 150 m were organized in a split-split plot design, with floral resources at the whole-plot level and varied planting date at the subplot level...
March 8, 2017: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334128/trap-height-affects-capture-of-lady-beetles-coleoptera-coccinellidae-in-pecan-orchards
#13
T E Cottrell
There is scarce information regarding the vertical stratification of predaceous Coccinellidae in tall trees. Although numerous studies have been done in orchards and forests, very few studies have assessed the occurrence of predaceous Coccinellidae high in tree canopies. The objective of this study was to examine the abundance of Coccinellidae at different heights in mature pecan, Carya illinoinensis (Wangenh.) K. Koch, orchards with tall trees. From spring through late fall during 2013 and 2014, yellow pyramidal Tedders traps were suspended in the pecan canopy at 6...
February 17, 2017: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331402/diversity-and-distribution-of-polyphagan-water-beetles-coleoptera-in-the-lake-st-lucia-system-south-africa
#14
Matthew S Bird, David T Bilton, Renzo Perissinotto
Water beetles belonging to the suborder Polyphaga vary greatly in larval and adult ecologies, and fulfil important functional roles in shallow-water ecosystems by processing plant material, scavenging and through predation. This study investigates the species richness and composition of aquatic polyphagan assemblages in and around the St Lucia estuarine lake (South Africa), within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A total of 32 sites were sampled over three consecutive collection trips between 2013 and 2015...
2017: ZooKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331393/the-beetle-fauna-insecta-coleoptera-of-the-rawdhat-khorim-national-park-central-saudi-arabia
#15
Mahmoud S Abdel-Dayem, Hassan H Fad, Ashraf M El-Torkey, Ali A Elgharbawy, Yousif N Aldryhim, Boris C Kondratieff, Amin N Al Ansi, Hathal M Aldhafer
This study was conducted as a part of a comprehensive baseline survey of insect biodiversity of Rawdhat Khorim National Park (RKNP), Central Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). During this study a total of 262 Coleoptera species belong to 182 genera in 35 families were identified, of which 247 are named at a species level. Fifteen species (6.0%) are apparently endemic to KSA. Thirty-eight species are new to the known beetle fauna of KSA, including 25 species reported from the Arabian Peninsula for the first time...
2017: ZooKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330219/effect-of-chlorpyrifos-on-soil-microbial-diversity-and-its-biotransformation-by-streptomyces-sp-hp-11
#16
M Supreeth, M A Chandrashekar, N Sachin, N S Raju
The application of pesticides in agricultural fields not only reaches the target pests but also with soil where it interacts with soil microorganisms resulting in change of microbial diversity. Chlorpyrifos (CP) is one such organophosphorous insecticide most widely used against various insects, termites, and beetles throughout the globe. In the present work, the effect of CP on soil microbial population was assessed by the cultivable method. The fertile soil which does not have a history of any pesticide application was treated with 100 and 200 µg/g of CP along with control which received only sterile water and incubated for 1, 7, and 14 days...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325976/arthropod-and-oligochaete-assemblages-from-grasslands-of-the-southern-kenai-peninsula-alaska
#17
Matthew L Bowser, John M Morton, John Delton Hanson, Dawn R Magness, Mallory Okuly
BACKGROUND: By the end of this century, the potential climate-biome of the southern Kenai Peninsula is forecasted to change from transitional boreal forest to prairie and grasslands, a scenario that may already be playing out in the Caribou Hills region. Here, spruce (Picea × lutzii Little [glauca × sitchensis]) forests were heavily thinned by an outbreak of the spruce bark beetle (Dendroctonus rufipennis (Kirby, 1837)) and replaced by the native but invasive grass species, Calamagrostis canadensis (Michx...
2017: Biodiversity Data Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325968/a-new-genus-and-two-new-species-of-southeast-asian-bidessini-as-well-as-new-synonyms-for-oceanian-species-coleoptera-dytiscidae
#18
Michael Balke, Johannes Bergsten, Liang-Jong Wang, Lars Hendrich
Rompindessus jenisi Balke, Bergsten & Hendrich, gen. n. et sp. n. is described from near Rompin village in West Malaysia. The new genus is characterized by the presence of an occipital line and basal pronotal striae, the presence of a thick anterior bead on clypeus and two-segmented parameres as well as by the absence of basal elytral striae, the absence of sutural line on elytron, the absence of basal epipleural transverse carina, and the absence of longitudinal elytral carina. Moreover, male pro- and mesotarsus appear stout, and distinctly dilated laterally; the pronotum is comparably long and parallel-sided and the colour of beetle conspicuous dark orange...
2017: ZooKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325898/experimental-evidence-suggests-that-specular-reflectance-and-glossy-appearance-help-amplify-warning-signals
#19
Samuel J Waldron, John A Endler, Janne K Valkonen, Atsushi Honma, Susanne Dobler, Johanna Mappes
Specular reflection appears as a bright spot or highlight on any smooth glossy convex surface and is caused by a near mirror-like reflectance off the surface. Convex shapes always provide the ideal geometry for highlights, areas of very strong reflectance, regardless of the orientation of the surface or position of the receiver. Despite highlights and glossy appearance being common in chemically defended insects, their potential signalling function is unknown. We tested the role of highlights in warning colouration of a chemically defended, alpine leaf beetle, Oreina cacaliae...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324834/ivermectin-alters-reproductive-success-body-condition-and-sexual-trait-expression-in-dung-beetles
#20
Daniel González-Tokman, Imelda Martínez M, Yesenia Villalobos-Ávalos, Roberto Munguía-Steyer, María Del Rosario Ortiz-Zayas, Magdalena Cruz-Rosales, Jean-Pierre Lumaret
Ivermectin is a very common parasiticide used in livestock. It is excreted in the dung and has negative effects on survival and reproduction of dung-degrading organisms, including dung beetles. Here we exposed the dung beetle Euoniticellus intermedius to different concentrations of ivermectin in the food and evaluated reproductive success and the expression of traits associated with survival and reproduction under laboratory conditions. It is the first time the effects of ivermectin were evaluated on offspring physiological condition and the expression of a secondary sexual trait...
March 16, 2017: Chemosphere
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