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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544235/absence-of-juvenile-hormone-signalling-regulates-the-dynamic-expression-profiles-of-nutritional-metabolism-genes-during-diapause-preparation-in-the-cabbage-beetle-colaphellus-bowringi
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W Liu, Q-Q Tan, L Zhu, Y Li, F Zhu, C-L Lei, X-P Wang
Temperate insects have evolved diapause, a period of programmed developmental arrest during specific life stages, to survive unfavourable conditions. During the diapause preparation phase (DPP), diapause-destined individuals generally store large amounts of fat by regulating nutrition distribution for the energy requirement during diapause maintenance and postdiapause development. Although nutritional patterns during the DPP have been investigated at physiological and biochemical levels in many insects, it remains largely unknown how nutritional metabolism is regulated during the DPP at molecular levels...
May 20, 2017: Insect Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543273/differential-dispersal-and-the-allee-effect-create-power-law-behavior-distribution-of-spot-infestations-during-mountain-pine-beetle-outbreaks
#2
James A Powell, Martha J Garlick, Barbara J Bentz, Nicholas Friedenberg
Mountain pine beetles (MPB, Dendroctonus ponderosae Hopkins) are aggressive insects attacking Pinus host trees. Pines use defensive resin to overwhelm attackers, creating an Allee effect requiring beetles to attack en masse to successfully reproduce. MPB kill hosts, leaving observable, dying trees with red needles. Landscape patterns of infestation depend on MPB dispersal, which decreases with host density. Away from contiguously impacted patches (low beetle densities), infestations are characterized by apparently random spots (of 1-10 trees)...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543133/defense-syndromes-in-lodgepole-whitebark-pine-ecosystems-relate-to-degree-of-historical-exposure-to-mountain-pine-beetles
#3
Kenneth F Raffa, Charles J Mason, Pieruluigi Bonello, Stephen Cook, Nadir Erbilgin, Ken Keefover-Ring, Jennifer G Klutsch, Caterina Villari, Philip A Townsend
Warming climate is allowing tree-killing bark beetles to expand their ranges and access naïve and semi-naïve conifers. Conifers respond to attack using complex mixtures of chemical defenses that can impede beetle success, but beetles exploit some compounds for host location and communication. Outcomes of changing relationships will depend on concentrations and compositions of multiple host compounds, which are largely unknown. We analyzed constitutive and induced chemistries of Dendroctonus ponderosae's primary historical host, Pinus contorta, and P...
May 24, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542920/relating-quantitative-variation-within-a-behavior-to-variation-in-transcription
#4
Kyle M Benowitz, Elizabeth C McKinney, Christopher B Cunningham, Allen J Moore
Many studies have shown that variation in transcription is associated with changes in behavioral state, or with variation within a state, but little has been done to address if the same genes are involved in both. Here we investigate the transcriptional basis of variation in parental provisioning using two species of burying beetle, Nicrophorus orbicollis and Nicrophorus vespilloides. We used RNA-seq to compare transcription in parents that provided high amounts of provisioning behavior versus low amounts in males and females of each species...
May 23, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542919/context-dependent-colonization-dynamics-regional-reward-contagion-drives-local-compression-in-aquatic-beetles
#5
Matthew R Pintar, William J Resetarits
1.Habitat selection by colonizing organisms is an important factor in determining species abundance and community dynamics at multiple spatial scales. Many organisms select habitat patches based on intrinsic patch quality, but patches exist in complex landscapes linked by dispersal and colonization, forming metapopulations and metacommunities. Perceived patch quality can be influenced by neighboring patches through spatial contagion, wherein perceived quality of one patch can extend beyond its borders and either increase or decrease the colonization of neighboring patches and localities...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541478/genome-size-in-north-american-fireflies-substantial-variation-likely-driven-by-neutral-processes
#6
Sarah Sander Lower, J Spencer Johnston, Kathrin Stanger-Hall, Carl E Hjelmen, Shawn J Hanrahan, Katharine Korunes, David Hall
Eukaryotic genomes show tremendous size variation across taxa. Proximate explanations for genome size variation include differences in ploidy and amounts of noncoding DNA, especially repetitive DNA. Ultimate explanations include selection on physiological correlates of genome size such as cell size, which in turn influence body size, resulting in the often-observed correlation between body size and genome size. In this study, we examined body size and repetitive DNA elements in relationship to the evolution of genome size in North American representatives of a single beetle family, the Lampyridae (fireflies)...
May 25, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539510/sexual-conflict-and-correlated-evolution-between-male-persistence-and-female-resistance-traits-in-the-seed-beetle-callosobruchus-maculatus
#7
Liam R Dougherty, Emile van Lieshout, Kathryn B McNamara, Joe A Moschilla, Göran Arnqvist, Leigh W Simmons
Traumatic mating (or copulatory wounding) is an extreme form of sexual conflict whereby male genitalia physically harm females during mating. In such species females are expected to evolve counter-adaptations to reduce male-induced harm. Importantly, female counter-adaptations may include both genital and non-genital traits. In this study, we examine evolutionary associations between harmful male genital morphology and female reproductive tract morphology and immune function across 13 populations of the seed beetle Callosobruchus maculatus We detected positive correlated evolution between the injuriousness of male genitalia and putative female resistance adaptations across populations...
May 31, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537612/proline-rich-antimicrobial-peptides-targeting-protein-synthesis
#8
Michael Graf, Mario Mardirossian, Fabian Nguyen, A Carolin Seefeldt, Gilles Guichard, Marco Scocchi, C Axel Innis, Daniel N Wilson
Covering: up to 2017The innate immune system employs a broad array of antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) to attack invading microorganisms. While most AMPs act by permeabilizing the bacterial membrane, specific subclasses of AMPs have been identified that pass through membranes and inhibit bacterial growth by targeting fundamental intracellular processes. One such subclass is the proline-rich antimicrobial peptides (PrAMPs) that bind to the ribosome and interfere with the process of protein synthesis. A diverse range of PrAMPs have been identified in insects, such as bees, wasps and beetles, and crustaceans, such as crabs, as well as in mammals, such as cows, sheep, goats and pigs...
May 24, 2017: Natural Product Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536442/characterization-of-juvenile-hormone-related-genes-regulating-cantharidin-biosynthesis-in-epicauta-chinensis
#9
Ming Jiang, Shumin Lü, Yalin Zhang
Cantharidin is a defensive toxin biosynthesized by blister beetles. It is well known for medical applications and toxicity. However, the biosynthesis process of cantharidin is still not well understood. In the present study, three genes (methyl farnesoate epoxidase (EcMFE), juvenile hormone acid O-methyltransferase (EcJHAMT) and juvenile hormone epoxide hydrolase (EcJHEH)) were identified from Epicauta chinensis. The temporal and spatial expression patterns of these three genes revealed that the expression levels of EcMFE and EcJHEH were high in the first instar larval stage of E...
May 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535871/zombie-soldier-beetles-epizootics-in-the-goldenrod-soldier-beetle-chauliognathus-pensylvanicus-coleoptera-cantharidae-caused-by-eryniopsis-lampyridarum-entomophthoromycotina-entomophthoraceae
#10
Donald C Steinkraus, Ann E Hajek, Jim K Liebherr
Adult goldenrod soldier beetles, Chauliognathus pensylvanicus, were found infected by the fungus Eryniopsis lampyridarum (Entomophthoromycotina) in Arkansas during September - October (1996, 2001, 2015 and 2016). Living and dead infected beetles were found on flowering frost aster, Symphyotrichum pilosum, common boneset, Eupatorium perfoliatum, and Canada goldenrod, Solidago canadensis. Live and dead beetles (n=446) were collected in 1996 from S. pilosum flowers and held individually in the laboratory for determination of fungal prevalence...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533987/exoskeleton-may-influence-the-internal-body-temperatures-of-neotropical-dung-beetles-col-scarabaeinae
#11
Valentina Amore, Malva I M Hernández, Luis M Carrascal, Jorge M Lobo
The insect exoskeleton is a multifunctional coat with a continuum of mechanical and structural properties constituting the barrier between electromagnetic waves and the internal body parts. This paper examines the ability of beetle exoskeleton to regulate internal body temperature considering its thermal permeability or isolation to simulated solar irradiance and infrared radiation. Seven Neotropical species of dung beetles (Coleoptera, Scarabaeinae) differing in colour, surface sculptures, size, sexual dimorphism, period of activity, guild category and altitudinal distribution were studied...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533810/tc003132-is-essential-for-the-follicle-stem-cell-lineage-in-telotrophic-tribolium-oogenesis
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Matthias Teuscher, Nadi Ströhlein, Markus Birkenbach, Dorothea Schultheis, Michael Schoppmeier
BACKGROUND: Stem cells are undifferentiated cells with a potential for self-renewal, which are essential to support normal development and homeostasis. To gain insight into the molecular mechanisms underlying adult stem cell biology and organ evolution, we use the telotrophic ovary of the beetle Tribolium. To this end, we participated in a large-scale RNAi screen in the red flour beetle Tribolium, which identified functions in embryonic and postembryonic development for more than half of the Tribolium genes...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533453/selection-of-the-intrinsic-polarization-properties-of-animal-optical-materials-creates-enhanced-structural-reflectivity-and-camouflage
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Kathryn D Feller, Thomas M Jordan, David Wilby, Nicholas W Roberts
Many animals use structural coloration to create bright and conspicuous visual signals. Selection of the size and shape of the optical structures animals use defines both the colour and intensity of the light reflected. The material used to create these reflectors is also important; however, animals are restricted to a limited number of materials: commonly chitin, guanine and the protein, reflectin. In this work we highlight that a particular set of material properties can also be under selection in order to increase the optical functionality of structural reflectors...
July 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533374/unique-clade-of-alphaproteobacterial-endosymbionts-induces-complete-cytoplasmic-incompatibility-in-the-coconut-beetle
#14
Shun-Ichiro Takano, Midori Tuda, Keiji Takasu, Naruto Furuya, Yuya Imamura, Sangwan Kim, Kosuke Tashiro, Kazuhiro Iiyama, Matias Tavares, Acacio Cardoso Amaral
Maternally inherited bacterial endosymbionts in arthropods manipulate host reproduction to increase the fitness of infected females. Cytoplasmic incompatibility (CI) is one such manipulation, in which uninfected females produce few or no offspring when they mate with infected males. To date, two bacterial endosymbionts, Wolbachia and Cardinium, have been reported as CI inducers. Only Wolbachia induces complete CI, which causes 100% offspring mortality in incompatible crosses. Here we report a third CI inducer that belongs to a unique clade of Alphaproteobacteria detected within the coconut beetle, Brontispa longissima This beetle comprises two cryptic species, the Asian clade and the Pacific clade, which show incompatibility in hybrid crosses...
May 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526479/foxo-mediates-the-timing-of-pupation-through-regulating-ecdysteroid-biosynthesis-in-the-red-flour-beetle-tribolium-castaneum
#15
Xianyu Lin, Na Yu, Guy Smagghe
The steroid hormone 20-hydroxyecdysone (20E), the major developmental hormone in insects, controls all the developmental transitions including ecdysis and metamorphosis. In our study with last larval stages of the red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum, dsRNA-mediated gene silencing of Forkhead box protein O (FoxO) resulted in reduced food intake and larval mass and this agreed with a reduction in the expression of insulin signaling-related genes (insulin-like peptides 2, 3, 4, and chico). Interestingly, we also observed a significant delay in the moment of the pupation and these FoxO-silenced larvae then died at the middle pupal stage...
May 16, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522347/functional-analysis-of-tcctlp-5c2-a-chymotrypsin-like-serine-protease-needed-for-molting-in-tribolium-castaneum
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Daniel Albaum, Gunnar Broehan, Subbaratnam Muthukrishnan, Hans Merzendorfer
In a previous study, we have characterized a gene family encoding chymotrypsin-like proteases from the red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum (TcCTLPs). We identified 14 TcCTLP genes that were predominantly expressed in the midgut, where they presumably function in digestion. Two genes (TcCTLP-6C and TcCTLP-5C2), however, additionally showed considerable expression in the carcass, and RNAi studies demonstrated that they are required for molting (Broehan et al., 2010; Insect Biochem. Mol. Biol 40, 274-83). Thus, the enzyme has distinct functions in different physiological environments...
May 15, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521943/developmental-regulation-and-evolution-of-scaling-novel-insights-through-the-study-of-onthophagus-beetles
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Sofia Casasa, Daniel B Schwab, Armin P Moczek
Scaling relationships play critical roles in defining biological shape, trait functionality, and species characteristics, yet the developmental basis of scaling and its evolution remain poorly resolved in most taxa. In the horned beetle genus Onthophagus, scaling relationships of most traits are largely comparable across many species, however, the morphology and scaling of horns, a recent evolutionary invention, has diversified dramatically, ranging from modestly to highly positively linear to more complex sigmoidal allometries...
February 2017: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518097/light-sheet-based-fluorescence-microscopy-of-living-or-fixed-and-stained-tribolium-castaneum-embryos
#18
Frederic Strobl, Selina Klees, Ernst H K Stelzer
The red flour beetle Tribolium castaneum has become an important insect model organism in developmental genetics and evolutionary developmental biology. The observation of Tribolium embryos with light sheet-based fluorescence microscopy has multiple advantages over conventional widefield and confocal fluorescence microscopy. Due to the unique properties of a light sheet-based microscope, three dimensional images of living specimens can be recorded with high signal-to-noise ratios and significantly reduced photo-bleaching as well as photo-toxicity along multiple directions over periods that last several days...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515888/unpacking-brown-food-webs-animal-trophic-identity-reflects-rampant-microbivory
#19
Shawn A Steffan, Yoshito Chikaraishi, Prarthana S Dharampal, Jonathan N Pauli, Christelle Guédot, Naohiko Ohkouchi
Detritivory is the dominant trophic paradigm in most terrestrial, aquatic, and marine ecosystems, yet accurate measurement of consumer trophic position within detrital (="brown") food webs has remained unresolved. Measurement of detritivore trophic position is complicated by the fact that detritus is suffused with microbes, creating a detrital complex of living and nonliving biomass. Given that microbes and metazoans are trophic analogues of each other, animals feeding on detrital complexes are ingesting other detritivores (microbes), which should elevate metazoan trophic position and should be rampant within brown food webs...
May 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515881/effect-of-bursaphelenchus-xylophilus-infection-on-leaf-photosynthetic-characteristics-and-resource-use-efficiency-of-pinus-massoniana
#20
Ruihe Gao, Zhuang Wang, Juan Shi, Youqing Luo
Pine wilt disease (PWD) is considered as the most destructive forest-invasive alien species in China. We measured gas exchange parameters and foliar carbon isotope ratios (δ(13)C) of different infection phases of Masson pine in order to investigate the effect of Bursaphelenchus xylophilus infection on photosynthetic responses and resource-use efficiency. The results showed that net photosynthetic rate (Pn), transpiration rate (T), stomatal conductance (gs), and internal CO 2 concentrations (Ci) decreased in the infested trees at photosynthetic photon flux density (PPFD) levels from 0 to 2,000 μmol m(-2) s(-1) compared with controls...
May 2017: Ecology and Evolution
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