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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333106/isolation-characterization-and-antiproliferative-activity-of-new-metabolites-from-the-south-african-endemic-red-algal-species-laurencia-alfredensis
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Godwin A Dziwornu, Mino R Caira, Jo-Anne de la Mare, Adrienne L Edkins, John J Bolton, Denzil R Beukes, Suthananda N Sunassee
The marine red algae of the genus Laurencia have been widely studied for their structurally diverse and biologically active secondary metabolites. We report here the natural product investigation of the organic extract of a newly identified South African endemic species, Laurencia alfredensis. A sequence of column chromatography, preparative TLC and normal phase HPLC resulted in the isolation of eleven compounds comprising three labdane-type diterpenes (1-3), four polyether triterpenes (4-7), three cholestane-type ecdysteroids (8-10) and a glycolipid (11)...
March 23, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282622/the-effects-of-fipronil-and-the-photodegradation-product-fipronil-desulfinyl-on-growth-and-gene-expression-in-juvenile-blue-crabs-callinectes-sapidus-at-different-salinities
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Andrew D Goff, Parichehr Saranjampour, Lauren M Ryan, Michelle L Hladik, Joseph A Covi, Kevin L Armbrust, Susanne M Brander
Endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) are now widely established to be present in the environment at concentrations capable of affecting wild organisms. Although many studies have been conducted in fish, less is known about effects in invertebrates such as decapod crustaceans. Decapods are exposed to low concentrations of EDCs that may cause infertility, decreased growth, and developmental abnormalities. The objective herein was to evaluate effects of fipronil and its photodegradation product fipronil desulfinyl...
February 28, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260683/endocrine-related-genes-are-altered-by-antibacterial-agent-triclosan-in-chironomus-riparius-aquatic-larvae
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Pedro Martínez-Paz, Mónica Morales, Josune Urien, Gloria Morcillo, José Luis Martínez-Guitarte
Triclosan (TCS) is an antibacterial agent widely used in personal care and consumer products and commonly detected in aquatic ecosystems. In the present study, the effects of TCS on endocrine-related genes of Chironomus riparius aquatic larvae, a reference organism in aquatic toxicology, were evaluated. Twenty-four-hour in vivo exposures at 10µg/L, 100µg/L, and 1000µg/L TCS revealed that this xenobiotic was able to alter the transcriptional activity of ecdysone receptor gene (EcR), the ultraspiracle gene (usp), the estrogen-related receptor gene (ERR), and the E74 early ecdysone-inducible gene, as measured by real-time RT-PCR...
March 2, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257485/deep-sequencing-of-the-prothoracic-gland-transcriptome-reveals-new-players-in-insect-ecdysteroidogenesis
#4
Takayoshi Nakaoka, Masatoshi Iga, Tetsuya Yamada, Ikumi Koujima, Mika Takeshima, Xiangying Zhou, Yutaka Suzuki, Mari H Ogihara, Hiroshi Kataoka
Ecdysteroids are steroid hormones that induce molting and determine developmental timing in arthropods. In insect larva, the prothoracic gland (PG) is a major organ for ecdysone synthesis and release. Released ecdysone is converted into the active form, 20-hydroxyecdysone (20E) in the peripheral tissues. All processes from ecdysone synthesis and release from the PG to its conversion to 20E are called ecdysteroidogenesis and are under the regulation of numerous factors expressed in the PG and peripheral tissues...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241743/conserved-patterns-of-integrated-developmental-plasticity-in-a-group-of-polyphenic-tropical-butterflies
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Erik van Bergen, Dave Osbaldeston, Ullasa Kodandaramaiah, Oskar Brattström, Kwaku Aduse-Poku, Paul M Brakefield
BACKGROUND: Developmental plasticity is thought to have profound macro-evolutionary effects, for example, by increasing the probability of establishment in new environments and subsequent divergence into independently evolving lineages. In contrast to plasticity optimized for individual traits, phenotypic integration, which enables a concerted response of plastic traits to environmental variability, may affect the rate of local adaptation by constraining independent responses of traits to selection...
February 27, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237481/20-hydroxyecdysone-from-dacrycarpus-imbricatus-bark-inhibits-the-proliferation-of-acute-myeloid-leukemia-cells
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Trinh Thi Thuy, Nguyen Thanh Tam, Nguyen Thi Hoang Anh, Dang Viet Hau, Dinh Thi Phong, Le Quoc Thang, Sabrina Adorisio, Tran Van Sung, Domenico V Delfino
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the anti-proliferative effects of 20-hydroxyecdysone isolated from the bark of Dacrycarpus imbricatus (Blume) de Laub. METHODS: Column chromatography was used for isolation of compounds from plant material. The structure of the isolated compound was identified by mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance techniques, including HSQC, HMBC, NOE-difference experiments. The isolated compound was tested for its anti-proliferative activity in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and OCI-AML cells...
February 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196088/transcriptomic-cellular-and-life-history-responses-of-daphnia-magna-chronically-exposed-to-benzotriazoles-endocrine-disrupting-potential-and-molting-effects
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Maeva Giraudo, Mélanie Douville, Guillaume Cottin, Magali Houde
Benzotriazoles (BZTs) are ubiquitous aquatic contaminants used in a wide range of industrial and domestic applications from aircraft deicers to dishwasher tablets. Acute toxicity has been reported in aquatic organisms for some of the BZTs but their mode of action remains unknown. The objectives of this study were to evaluate the transcriptomic response of D. magna exposed to sublethal doses of 1H-benzotriazole (BTR), 5-methyl-1H-benzotriazole (5MeBTR) and 5-chloro-1H-benzotriazole (5ClBTR) using RNA-sequencing and quantitative real-time PCR...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174130/identification-and-expression-of-nuclear-receptor-genes-and-ecdysteroid-titers-during-nymphal-development-in-the-spider-agelena-silvatica
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Yoshiko Honda, Wataru Ishiguro, Mari H Ogihara, Hiroshi Kataoka, DeMar Taylor
Ecdysteroids play an essential role in the regulation of the molting processes of arthropods. Nuclear receptors of the spider Agelena silvatica that showed high homology with other arthropods especially in the functional domains were identified, two isoforms of ecdysone receptor (AsEcRA, AsEcRB), retinoid X receptor (AsRXR) and two isoforms of E75 (AsE75A, AsE75D). AsEcR and AsRXR mRNA did not show major changes in expression but occurred throughout the third instar nymphal stage. AsE75DBD was low or non-existent at first then showed a sudden increase from D7 to D10...
February 4, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139750/myosuppressin-is-involved-in-the-regulation-of-pupal-diapause-in-the-cabbage-army-moth-mamestra-brassicae
#9
Nobuto Yamada, Hiroshi Kataoka, Akira Mizoguchi
Diapause, a programmed developmental arrest, is common in insects, enabling them to survive adverse seasons. It is well established that pupal diapause is regulated by ecdysteroids secreted by the prothoracic glands (PGs), with cessation of ecdysteroid secretion after pupal ecdysis leading to pupal diapause. A major factor regulating the gland activity is prothoracicotropic hormone (PTTH) secreted from the brain. In our previous study, we demonstrated that the cessation of PTTH release after pupal ecdysis resulted in the inactivation of the PGs, leading to pupal diapause in the cabbage army moth Mamestra brassicae...
January 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126483/the-angiotensin-converting-enzyme-ace-gene-family-of-bombyx-mori
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Hai-Yan Yan, Kazuei Mita, Xia Zhao, Yoshikazu Tanaka, Minoru Moriyama, Huabin Wang, Masashi Iwanaga, Hideki Kawasaki
We previously reported regarding an ecdysone-inducible angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) gene. We found another four ACE genes in the Bombyx genome. The present study was undertaken to clarify the evolutionally changed function of the ACE of Bombyx mori. Core regions of deduced amino acid sequences of ACE genes were compared with those of other insect ACE genes. Five Bombyx genes have the conserved Zn(2+)-binding-site motif (HEXXH); however, BmAcer4 has only one and BmAcer3 has no catalytic ligand. BmAcer1 and BmAcer2 were expressed in several organs...
April 15, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125071/backstabbing-p-gp-side-chain-cleaved-ecdysteroid-2-3-dioxolanes-hyper-sensitize-mdr-cancer-cells-to-doxorubicin-without-efflux-inhibition
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Attila Hunyadi, József Csábi, Ana Martins, Joseph Molnár, Attila Balázs, Gábor Tóth
P-glycoprotein (P-gp, ABCB1) over-expression, causing a multi-drug resistant (MDR) phenotype, is a major problem in cancer chemotherapy that urgently requires novel approaches. Our previous studies showed certain ecdysteroid derivatives as promising chemo-sensitizers against MDR and non-MDR cancer cell lines while also exerting mild to moderate inhibition of P-gp function. Here we report the preparation of a set of substituted 2,3-dioxolane derivatives of poststerone, a known in vivo metabolite of 20-hydroxyecdysone (20E)...
January 25, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121379/identification-of-ecdysteroidogenic-enzyme-genes-and-their-expression-during-pupal-diapause-in-the-cabbage-armyworm-mamestra-brassicae
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M H Ogihara, H Ikeda, N Yamada, J Hikiba, T Nakaoka, Y Fujimoto, Y Suzuki, K Saito, A Mizoguchi, H Kataoka
In this study, we identified ecdysteroidogenic enzymes in the cabbage armyworm, Mamestra brassicae, and demonstrated reduced expression of these genes during diapause. Some insects employ a temporary developmental arrest, diapause, to survive in severe environments. The titres of the moulting hormone ecdysteroid were reduced in diapause pupae of M. brassicae; therefore, ecdysteroidogenesis might be suppressed by a diapause-specific mechanism. To clarify expression changes of ecdysteroidogenic enzyme genes during diapause in M...
January 25, 2017: Insect Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069934/steroid-signaling-in-mature-follicles-is-important-for-drosophila-ovulation
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Elizabeth Knapp, Jianjun Sun
Although ecdysteroid signaling regulates multiple steps in oogenesis, it is not known whether it regulates Drosophila ovulation, a process involving a matrix metalloproteinase-dependent follicle rupture. In this study, we demonstrated that ecdysteroid signaling is operating in mature follicle cells to control ovulation. Moreover, knocking down shade (shd), encoding the monooxygenase that converts ecdysone (E) to the more active 20-hydroxyecdysone (20E), specifically in mature follicle cells, blocked follicle rupture, which was rescued by ectopic expression of shd or exogenous 20E...
January 24, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069422/identification-of-ecdysteroid-receptor-mediated-signaling-pathways-in-the-hepatopancreas-of-the-red-swamp-crayfish-procambarus-clarkii
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Baojian Zhu, Lin Tang, Yingying Yu, Huimin Yu, Lei Wang, Cen Qian, Guoqing Wei, Chaoliang Liu
The hepatopancreas of crustaceans plays an important role in lipid and carbohydrate metabolism, digestion of food, and biogenesis. In this study, the hepatopancreas transcriptome from the red crayfish Procambarus clarkii was characterized for the first time using high-throughput sequencing, producing approximately 41.4 million reads were obtained. After de novo assembly, 57,363 unigenes with an average length of 725bp were identified, Gene Ontology analysis categorized 22,580 as being involved in biological processes, among which metabolic process and cellular process groups were the most highly enriched...
January 6, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993043/mechanisms-of-action-of-compounds-that-enhance-storage-lipid-accumulation-in-daphnia-magna
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Rita Jordão, Bruno Campos, Benjamín Piña, Romà Tauler, Amadeu M V M Soares, Carlos Barata
Accumulation of storage lipids in the crustacean Daphnia magna can be altered by a number of exogenous and endogenous compounds, like 20-hydroxyecdysone (natural ligand of the ecdysone receptor, EcR), methyl farnesoate, pyrirproxyfen (agonists of the methyl farnesoate receptor, MfR), and tributyltin (agonist of the retinoid X acid receptor, RXR). This effect, analogous to the obesogenic disruption in mammals, alters Daphnia's growth and reproductive investment. Here we propose that storage lipid accumulation in droplets is regulated in Daphnia by the interaction between the nuclear receptor heterodimer EcR:RXR and MfR...
December 20, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27976533/phytoecdysteroids-as-antifeedants-towards-several-beetles-that-include-polyphagous-and-monophagous-feeding-guilds
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Russell Jurenka, Kathryn Russell, Matthew O'Neal
BACKGROUND: Plants are thought to produce ecdysteroids as a means of protection from insect herbivores. Some insects will not feed on plants containing high amounts of phytoecdysteroids and this response could be limited to monophagous and oligophagous insects. The aim of this study was to determine if phytoecdysteroids could inhibit feeding in several species of beetles that range from monophagous to polyphagous. RESULTS: Here we demonstrate that phytoecdysteroids, including 20-hydroxyecdysone, prevents several beetle species from feeding on preferred host plants, including the polyphagous Japanese beetle, Papillia japonica (Scarabaeidae)...
December 15, 2016: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929032/ecdysteroid-containing-food-supplements-from-cyanotis-arachnoidea-on-the-european-market-evidence-for-spinach-product-counterfeiting
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Attila Hunyadi, Ibolya Herke, Katalin Lengyel, Mária Báthori, Zoltán Kele, András Simon, Gábor Tóth, Kálmán Szendrei
Phytoecdysteroids like 20-hydroxyecdysone ("ecdysterone") can exert a mild, non-hormonal anabolic/adaptogenic activity in mammals, and as such, are frequently used in food supplements. Spinach is well-known for its relatively low ecdysteroid content. Cyanotis arachnoidea, a plant native in China, is among the richest sources of phytoecdysteroids, and extracts of this plant are marketed in tons per year amounts via the internet at highly competitive prices. Here we report the investigation of a series of food supplements produced in Germany and claimed to contain spinach extracts...
December 8, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907116/rnai-mediated-functional-analysis-of-bursicon-genes-related-to-adult-cuticle-formation-and-tanning-in-the-honeybee-apis-mellifera
#18
Claudinéia Pereira Costa, Moysés Elias-Neto, Tiago Falcon, Rodrigo Pires Dallacqua, Juliana Ramos Martins, Marcia Maria Gentile Bitondi
Bursicon is a heterodimeric neurohormone that acts through a G protein-coupled receptor named rickets (rk), thus inducing an increase in cAMP and the activation of tyrosine hydroxylase, the rate-limiting enzyme in the cuticular tanning pathway. In insects, the role of bursicon in the post-ecdysial tanning of the adult cuticle and wing expansion is well characterized. Here we investigated the roles of the genes encoding the bursicon subunits during the adult cuticle development in the honeybee, Apis mellifera...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890717/ecdysone-receptor-ecr-and-ultraspiracle-usp-genes-from-the-cyclopoid-copepod-paracyclopina-nana-identification-and-expression-in-response-to-water-accommodated-fractions-wafs
#19
Jayesh Puthumana, Min-Chul Lee, Jeonghoon Han, Hui-Su Kim, Dae-Sik Hwang, Jae-Seong Lee
Ecdysteroid hormones are pivotal in the development, growth, and molting of arthropods, and the hormone pathway is triggered by binding ecdysteroid to a heterodimer of the two nuclear receptors; ecdysone receptors (EcR) and ultraspiracle (USP). We have characterized EcR and USP genes, and their 5'-untranslated region (5'-UTR) from the copepod Paracyclopina nana, and studied mRNA transcription levels in post-embryonic stages and in response to water accommodated fractions (WAFs) of crude oil. The open reading frames (ORF) of EcR and USP were 1470 and 1287bp that encoded 490 and 429 amino acids with molecular weight of 121...
February 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Toxicology & Pharmacology: CBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815474/effect-of-20-hydroxyecdysone-on-proteolytic-regulation-in-skeletal-muscle-atrophy
#20
Muthita Hirunsai, Tossaporn Yimlamai, Apichart Suksamrarn
BACKGROUND/AIM: 20-Hydroxyecdystone (20E) is an ecdysteroid hormone which controls molting and reproduction in arthropods. 20E also produces a variety of effects in vertebrates, including enhancing protein synthesis and skeletal muscle regeneration. The effect of 20E on disuse muscle atrophy has not been reported to date. This study examined the proteolytic regulation of 20E in tenotomized rat slow soleus and fast plantaris muscles. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Male Wistar rats were randomly divided into three groups: sedentary control (CON), tenotomy without 20E treatment (TEN), and tenotomy with treatment of 5 mg/kg BW of 20E (TEN+20E)...
November 2016: In Vivo
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