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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803209/20-hydroxyecdysone-attenuates-cardiac-remodeling-in-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
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Sukanya Phungphong, Anusak Kijtawornrat, Sirinut Chaiduang, Vitoon Saengsirisuwan, Tepmanas Bupha-Intr
BACKGROUND: Ecdysteroids, a group of steroid hormones found in insects and many plants, have been shown to prevent various changes in mammalian tissues after female sex hormone deprivation. PURPOSE: To examine whether an ecdysteroid, 20-hydroxyecdysone (20-HE), exhibits regulatory or protective roles in the cardiovascular system. STUDY DESIGN/METHOD: Blood pressure and cardiac function were evaluated in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) during and after daily treatment with 20-HE for six weeks...
August 9, 2017: Steroids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783121/isolation-and-purification-of-three-ecdysteroids-from-the-stems-of-diploclisia-glaucescens-by-high-speed-countercurrent-chromatography-and-their-anti-inflammatory-activities-in-vitro
#2
Lei Fang, Jialian Li, Jie Zhou, Xiao Wang, Lanping Guo
High-speed counter-current chromatography was used to separate and purify ecdysteroids for the first time from the stems of Diploclisia glaucescens using a two-phase solvent system composed of ethyl acetate-n-butanol-ethanol-water (3:0.2:0.8:3, v/v). Three ecdysteroids were obtained from 260 mg of ethyl acetate extract of the residue obtained after evaporation of the crude ethanolicextractof D. glaucescens in one-step separation, which were identified as paristerone (I, 30.5 mg), ecdysterone (II, 7.2 mg), and capitasterone (III, 8...
August 7, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782527/glue-protein-production-can-be-triggered-by-steroid-hormone-signaling-independent-of-the-developmental-program-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#3
Yuya Kaieda, Ryota Masuda, Ritsuo Nishida, MaryJane Shimell, Michael B O'Connor, Hajime Ono
Steroid hormones regulate life stage transitions, allowing animals to appropriately follow a developmental timeline. During insect development, the steroid hormone ecdysone is synthesized and released in a regulated manner by the prothoracic gland (PG) and then hydroxylated to the active molting hormone, 20-hydroxyecdysone (20E), in peripheral tissues. We manipulated ecdysteroid titers, through temporally controlled over-expression of the ecdysteroid-inactivating enzyme, CYP18A1, in the PG using the GeneSwitch-GAL4 system in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster...
August 4, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733163/rnai-mediated-knockdown-of-spook-reduces-ecdysteroid-titers-and-causes-precocious-metamorphosis-in-the-desert-locust-schistocerca-gregaria
#4
Ryohei Sugahara, Seiji Tanaka, Takahiro Shiotsuki
The Halloween gene SPOOK (SPO) is involved in the production of the active metabolite of ecdysteroid, 20-hydroxyecdysone (20E), in insects. A previous study showed that RNAi-mediated knockdown of SPO in Schistocerca gregaria last instar nymphs markedly reduced the hemolymph 20E titer, but did not affect metamorphosis. In the present study, the effects of SPO interference on development were re-examined in this locust. Injections of SPO double-stranded RNA (dsSPO) into nymphs at mid and late instars significantly delayed nymphal development and interfered with molting...
September 1, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711770/multigenerational-effects-evaluation-of-the-flame-retardant-tris-2-butoxyethyl-phosphate-tboep-using-daphnia-magna
#5
Maeva Giraudo, Maxime Dubé, Mélanie Lépine, Pierre Gagnon, Mélanie Douville, Magali Houde
Tris(2-butoxyethyl) phosphate (TBOEP) is an organophosphate ester used as substitute following the phase-out of brominated flamed retardants. Because of its high production volume and its use in a broad range of applications, this chemical is now frequently detected in the environment and biota. However, limited information is available on the long-term effects of TBOEP in aquatic organisms. In this study, Daphnia magna were exposed over three 21d generations to an environmentally relevant concentration of TBOEP (10μg/L) and effects were evaluated at the gene transcription, protein, and life-history (i...
September 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690150/serotonin-induces-ecdysteroidogenesis-and-methyl-farnesoate-synthesis-in-the-mud-crab-scylla-serrata
#6
B P Girish, C H Swetha, P Sreenivasula Reddy
In the current study, we have examined the role of serotonin in regulating the levels of methyl farnesoate and ecdysteroids in the giant mud crab Scylla serrata and validated that serotonin indeed is a reproductive hormone. Administration of serotonin elevated circulatory levels of methyl farnesoate and ecdysteroids in crabs. Since methyl farnesoate and ecdysteroid act through retinoid X receptor (RXR) and ecdysteroid receptor (EcR) respectively and these receptors are involved in the regulation of reproduction in crustaceans, we have determined the mRNA levels of RXR and EcR in hepatopancreas and ovary after serotonin administration...
September 2, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680812/new-reporter-gene-assays-for-detecting-natural-and-synthetic-molting-hormone-agonists-using-yeasts-expressing-ecdysone-receptors-of-various-insects
#7
Sayoko Ito-Harashima, Mai Matsuura, Masanobu Kawanishi, Yoshiaki Nakagawa, Takashi Yagi
Synthetic nonsteroidal ecdysone agonists, a class of insect growth regulators (IGRs), target the ecdysone receptor (EcR), which forms a heterodimer with ultraspiracle (USP) to transactivate ecdysone response genes. These compounds have high binding affinities to the EcR-USP complexes of certain insects and their toxicity is selective for certain taxonomic orders. In the present study, we developed reporter gene assay (RGA) systems to detect molting hormone (ecdysone) activity by introducing EcR-USP cDNA and a bacterial lacZ reporter gene into yeast...
July 2017: FEBS Open Bio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645488/characterization-and-expression-patterns-of-key-ecdysteroid-biosynthesis-and-signaling-genes-in-a-spider-mite-panonychus-citri
#8
Gang Li, Jin-Zhi Niu, Moises Zotti, Qin-Zhe Sun, Lin Zhu, Jun Zhang, Chong-Yu Liao, Wei Dou, Dan-Dan Wei, Jin-Jun Wang, Guy Smagghe
Ecdysteroids play a crucial role in regulating molting in the phylum of Arthropoda and much is known with members of the subphylum of Hexapoda including the Insecta. However, this is still unclear in key pests as spider mites belonging to the subphylum of Chelicerata that originated earlier in the Cambrian period. In this study, we investigated 14 key genes of ecdysteroid biosynthesis and signaling and their expression over the different developmental stages in the citrus red mite, Panonychus citri (Acari: Stigmaeidae)...
August 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634987/dietary-tio2-particles-modulate-expression-of-hormone-related-genes-in-bombyx-mori
#9
Guofang Shi, Pengfei Zhan, Weiming Jin, JianMing Fei, Lihua Zhao
Silkworm (Bombyx mori) is an economically beneficial insect. Its growth and development are regulated by endogenous hormones. In the present study, we found that feeding titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2 NP) caused a significant increase of body size. TiO2 NP stimulated the transcription of several genes, including the insulin-related hormone bombyxin, PI3K/Akt/TOR (where PI3K is phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase and TOR is target of rapamycin), and the adenosine 5'-monophosphateactivated protein kinase (AMPK)/target of rapamycin (TOR) pathways...
August 2017: Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631993/ovarian-ecdysteroid-biosynthesis-and-female-germline-stem-cells
#10
Tomotsune Ameku, Yuto Yoshinari, Ruriko Fukuda, Ryusuke Niwa
The germline stem cells (GSCs) are critical for gametogenesis throughout the adult life. Stem cell identity is maintained by local signals from a specialized microenvironment called the niche. However, it is unclear how systemic signals regulate stem cell activity in response to environmental cues. In our previous article, we reported that mating stimulates GSC proliferation in female Drosophila. The mating-induced GSC proliferation is mediated by ovarian ecdysteroids, whose biosynthesis is positively controlled by Sex peptide signaling...
July 3, 2017: Fly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627423/severe-developmental-timing-defects-in-the-prothoracicotropic-hormone-ptth-deficient-silkworm-bombyx-mori
#11
Miwa Uchibori-Asano, Takumi Kayukawa, Hideki Sezutsu, Tetsuro Shinoda, Takaaki Daimon
The insect neuropeptide prothoracicotropic hormone (PTTH) triggers the biosynthesis and release of the molting hormone ecdysone in the prothoracic gland (PG), thereby controlling the timing of molting and metamorphosis. Despite the well-documented physiological role of PTTH and its signaling pathway in the PG, it is not clear whether PTTH is an essential hormone for ecdysone biosynthesis and development. To address this question, we established and characterized a PTTH knockout line in the silkworm, Bombyx mori...
August 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610907/insulin-like-growth-factor-igf-like-peptide-and-20-hydroxyecdysone-regulate-the-growth-and-development-of-the-male-genital-disk-through-different-mechanisms-in-the-silkmoth-bombyx-mori
#12
Daiki Fujinaga, Yusuke Kohmura, Naoki Okamoto, Hiroshi Kataoka, Akira Mizoguchi
It is well established that ecdysteroids play pivotal roles in the regulation of insect molting and metamorphosis. However, the mechanisms by which ecdysteroids regulate the growth and development of adult organs after pupation are poorly understood. Recently, we have identified insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-like peptides (IGFLPs), which are secreted after pupation under the control of 20-hydroxyecdysone (20E). In the silkmoth, Bombyx mori, massive amounts of Bombyx-IGFLP (BIGFLP) are present in the hemolymph during pupal-adult development, suggesting its importance in the regulation of adult tissue growth...
August 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526479/foxo-mediates-the-timing-of-pupation-through-regulating-ecdysteroid-biosynthesis-in-the-red-flour-beetle-tribolium-castaneum
#13
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/28502740/isolation-of-an-insulin-like-peptide-from-the-asian-malaria-mosquito-anopheles-stephensi-that-acts-as-a-steroidogenic-gonadotropin-across-diverse-mosquito-taxa
#14
Andrew B Nuss, Mark R Brown
Many insulin-like peptides (ILPs) have been identified in insects, yet only a few were isolated in their native form for structural and functional studies. Antiserum produced to ILP3 in Aedes aegypti was used in a radioimmunoassay to monitor the purification of an ILP from heads of adult An. stephensi and recognized the ILP in other immunoassays. The structure of the purified peptide matched that predicted for the ILP3 in this species. The native form stimulated ecdysteroid production by ovaries isolated from non-blood fed females...
May 11, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497253/effects-of-juvenile-hormone-analogue-methoprene-and-20-hydroxyecdysone-on-reproduction-in-polygonia-c-aureum-lepidoptera-nymphalidae-in-relation-to-adult-diapause
#15
Satoshi Hiroyoshi, Gadi V P Reddy, Jun Mitsuhashi
We investigated the effects of juvenile hormone analogue (methoprene) and 20-hydroxyecdysone on female and male reproduction in a nymphalid butterfly, Polygonia c-aureum. This butterfly has a facultative adult diapause controlled by the corpora allata and brain. Methoprene seems to terminate reproductive diapause, although transplantation experiments indicate that the activity of the corpora allata does not affect male mating behavior Endo (Dev Growth Differ 15:1-10, 1973a), suggesting that the brain may be involved in diapause...
August 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. A, Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493870/functional-male-accessory-glands-and-fertility-in-drosophila-require-novel-ecdysone-receptor
#16
Vandana Sharma, Anuj K Pandey, Ajay Kumar, Snigdha Misra, Himanshu P K Gupta, Snigdha Gupta, Anshuman Singh, Norene A Buehner, Kristipati Ravi Ram
In many insects, the accessory gland, a secretory tissue of the male reproductive system, is essential for male fertility. Male accessory gland is the major source of proteinaceous secretions, collectively called as seminal proteins (or accessory gland proteins), which upon transfer, manipulate the physiology and behavior of mated females. Insect hormones such as ecdysteroids and juvenoids play a key role in accessory gland development and protein synthesis but little is known about underlying molecular players and their mechanism of action...
May 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479230/characterization-of-synthetic-ecdysteroid-analogues-as-functional-mimics-of-brassinosteroids-in-plant-growth
#17
Jutiporn Thussagunpanit, Kanapol Jutamanee, Sureeporn Homvisasevongsa, Apichart Suksamrarn, Ayumi Yamagami, Takeshi Nakano, Tadao Asami
Brassinosteroids (BRs) are plant steroidal hormones that play important roles in many stages of plant growth. Several plant species produce ecdysteroids, which are known as insect molting steroid hormones. In this study, we evaluated the biological activities of three hydroxysteroidal compounds, 20-hydroxyecdysone (ECD), 7,8-dihydro-8α-20-hydroxyecdysone (DHECD), and 7,8-dihydro-5α,8α-20-hydroxyecdysone (α-DHECD), and compared their activities with that of brassinolide (BL), the most potent BR. In rice, DHECD and α-DHECD enhanced the degree of lamina inclination, as do BRs...
September 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448012/protocols-for-visualizing-steroidogenic-organs-and-their-interactive-organs-with-immunostaining-in-the-fruit-fly-drosophila-melanogaster
#18
Eisuke Imura, Yuto Yoshinari, Yuko Shimada-Niwa, Ryusuke Niwa
In multicellular organisms, a small group of cells is endowed with a specialized function in their biogenic activity, inducing a systemic response to growth and reproduction. In insects, the larval prothoracic gland (PG) and the adult female ovary play essential roles in biosynthesizing the principal steroid hormones called ecdysteroids. These ecdysteroidogenic organs are innervated from the nervous system, through which the timing of biosynthesis is affected by environmental cues. Here we describe a protocol for visualizing ecdysteroidogenic organs and their interactive organs in larvae and adults of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, which provides a suitable model system for studying steroid hormone biosynthesis and its regulatory mechanism...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428023/cyp450s-analysis-across-spiny-lobster-metamorphosis-identifies-a-long-sought-missing-link-in-crustacean-development
#19
Tomer Ventura, Utpal Bose, Quinn P Fitzgibbon, Gregory G Smith, P Nicholas Shaw, Scott F Cummins, Abigail Elizur
Cytochrome P450s (CYP450s) are a rapidly evolving family of enzymes, making it difficult to identify bona fide orthologs with notable lineage-specific exceptions. In ecdysozoans, a small number of the most conserved orthologs include enzymes which metabolize ecdysteroids. Ecdysone pathway components were recently shown in a decapod crustacean but with a notable absence of shade, which is important for converting ecdysone to its active form, 20-hydroxyecdysone (20HE), suggesting that another CYP450 performs a similar function in crustaceans...
July 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421370/the-current-state-of-knowledge-on-the-neuroactive-compounds-that-affect-the-development-mating-and-reproduction-of-spiders-araneae-compared-to-insects
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Marta Sawadro, Agata Bednarek, Agnieszka Babczyńska
The neuroendocrine system of insects, including the presence of the main neuroactive compounds, and their role in ontogenesis are probably best understood of all the arthropods. Development, metamorphosis, the maturation of the gonads, vitellogenesis and egg production are regulated by hormones (juvenile hormones, ecdysteroids) and neuropeptides. However, knowledge about their presence and functions in spiders is fragmentary. In this paper, we present a summary of the current data about the juvenile hormones, ecdysteroids and neuropeptides in selected groups of arthropods, with particular emphasis on spiders...
June 2017: Invertebrate Neuroscience: IN
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