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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211908/the-n-terminal-domain-of-schmallenberg-virus-envelope-protein-gc-is-highly-immunogenic-and-can-provide-protection-from-infection
#1
Kerstin Wernike, Andrea Aebischer, Gleyder Roman-Sosa, Martin Beer
Schmallenberg virus (SBV) is transmitted by insect vectors, and therefore vaccination is one of the most important tools of disease control. In our study, novel subunit vaccines on the basis of an amino-terminal domain of SBV Gc of 234 amino acids ("Gc Amino") first were tested and selected using a lethal small animal challenge model and then the best performing formulations also were tested in cattle. We could show that neither E. coli expressed nor the reduced form of "Gc Amino" protected from SBV infection...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207180/assembly-of-the-outermost-spore-layer-pieces-of-the-puzzle-are-coming-together
#2
George C Stewart
Certain endospore-forming soil dwelling bacteria are important human, animal, or insect pathogens. These organisms produce spores containing an outer layer, the exosporium. The exosporium is the site of interactions between the spore and the soil environment and between the spore and the infected host during the initial stages of infection. The composition and assembly process of the exosporium are poorly understood. This is partly due to the extreme stability of the exosporium that has proven to be refractive to existing methods to deconstruct the intact structure into its component parts...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206905/discovery-of-a-novel-alphavirus-related-to-eilat-virus
#3
Kyra Hermanns, Florian Zirkel, Anne Kopp, Marco Marklewitz, Innocent B Rwego, Alejandro Estrada, Thomas R Gillespie, Christian Drosten, Sandra Junglen
Most alphaviruses are transmitted by arthropods and infect vertebrate hosts. An exception is Eilat virus (EILV), the only described alphavirus with a host range restricted to insects. We established a new generic reverse transcription PCR assay for alphaviruses and tested 8860 tropical mosquitoes. We detected a novel alphavirus, tentatively named Taï Forest alphavirus (TALV), in Culex decens mosquitoes collected in Ivory Coast. The full genome was sequenced, and closest similarity was found to EILV. Pairwise amino acid identities to EILV ranged between 67 and 88 % for the corresponding proteins, suggesting that TALV defines a proposed new alphavirus species...
January 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205641/the-tiered-evaluation-of-the-effects-of-transgenic-cry1c-rice-on-cyrtorhinus-lividipennis-a-main-predator-of-nilaparvata-lugens
#4
Yu Han, Fugang Ma, Muhammad Nawaz, Yu Wang, Wanlun Cai, Jing Zhao, Yueping He, Hongxia Hua, Yulan Zou
T1C-19, a newly developed transgenic cry1C rice line, expresses cry1C under the control of the maize ubiquitin promoter, and is highly resistant to lepidopteran pests of rice. Cyrtorhinus lividipennis is the major predator of the eggs and young nymphs of Nilaparvata lugens, which is the main non-target sap-sucking insect pest of Bt rice. C. lividipennis may be exposed to Cry1C protein, thus biosafety evaluations of transgenic cry1C rice on C. lividipennis should be conducted before the commercialization of T1C-19...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205516/a-viral-protease-relocalizes-in-the-presence-of-the-vector-to-promote-vector-performance
#5
Aurélie Bak, Andrea L Cheung, Chunling Yang, Steven A Whitham, Clare L Casteel
Vector-borne pathogens influence host characteristics relevant to host-vector contact, increasing pathogen transmission and survival. Previously, we demonstrated that infection with Turnip mosaic virus, a member of one of the largest families of plant-infecting viruses, increases vector attraction and reproduction on infected hosts. These changes were due to a single viral protein, NIa-Pro. Here we show that NIa-Pro responds to the presence of the aphid vector during infection by relocalizing to the vacuole...
February 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202045/identification-of-micrornas-and-their-response-to-the-stress-of-plant-allelochemicals-in-aphis-gossypii-hemiptera-aphididae
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Kang-Sheng Ma, Fen Li, Ying Liu, Ping-Zhuo Liang, Xue-Wei Chen, Xi-Wu Gao
BACKGROUND: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a group of short non-coding RNAs involved in the inhibition of protein translation or in mRNA degradation. Although the regulatory roles of miRNAs in various biological processes have been investigated, there is as yet an absence of studies about the regulatory roles of miRNAs involved in the metabolism of plant allelochemicals in insects. RESULTS: We constructed five small RNA libraries from apterous Aphis gossypii adults that had fed on an artificial diet containing various allelochemicals...
February 16, 2017: BMC Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199783/next-generation-transgenic-cotton-pyramiding-rnai-and-bt-counters-insect-resistance
#7
Mi Ni, Wei Ma, Xiaofang Wang, Meijing Gao, Yan Dai, Xiaoli Wei, Lei Zhang, Yonggang Peng, Shuyuan Chen, Lingyun Ding, Yue Tian, Jie Li, Haiping Wang, Xiaolin Wang, Guowang Xu, Wangzhen Guo, Yihua Yang, Yidong Wu, Shannon Heuberger, Bruce E Tabashnik, Tianzhen Zhang, Zhen Zhu
Transgenic crops producing insecticidal proteins from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) are extensively cultivated worldwide. To counter rapidly increasing pest resistance to crops that produce single Bt toxins, transgenic plant "pyramids" producing two or more Bt toxins that kill the same pest have been widely adopted. However, cross-resistance and antagonism between Bt toxins limits the sustainability of this approach. Here we describe development and testing of the first pyramids of cotton combining protection from a Bt toxin and RNA interference (RNAi)...
February 15, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199361/bombyx-mori-and-aedes-aegypti-form-multi-functional-immune-complexes-that-integrate-pattern-recognition-melanization-coagulants-and-hemocyte-recruitment
#8
Dennis R Phillips, Kevin D Clark
The innate immune system of insects responds to wounding and pathogens by mobilizing multiple pathways that provide both systemic and localized protection. Key localized responses in hemolymph include melanization, coagulation, and hemocyte encapsulation, which synergistically seal wounds and envelop and destroy pathogens. To be effective, these pathways require a targeted deposition of their components to provide protection without compromising the host. Extensive research has identified a large number of the effectors that comprise these responses, but questions remain regarding their post-translational processing, function, and targeting...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198918/artificial-diet-for-laboratory-rearing-of-condylorrhiza-vestigialis-guen%C3%A3-e-1854-lep-crambidae
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Lucas S Campos, Aloisio Coelho, José Roberto P Parra
The Brazilian Poplar Moth, Condylorrhiza vestigialis (Guenée), compromises the wood productivity of poplar trees (Populus sp.), mainly affecting the matchstick industry in southern Brazil. Considering the lack of information on rearing techniques for this insect, the objective of this study was to develop an artificial diet to rear C. vestigialis with biological characteristics similar to the wild insects. A properly diet will enable bio-ecological studies and biological control programs using the baculovirus Condylorrhiza vestigialis multiple nucleopolyhedrovirus (CvMNPV)...
February 9, 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197942/influences-of-chromium-and-cadmium-on-the-development-of-black-soldier-fly-larvae
#10
Qiao Gao, Xiaoyun Wang, Wanqiang Wang, Chaoliang Lei, Fen Zhu
The black soldier fly Hermetia illucens is a good candidate for waste management. The harvested insects are rich in protein and have the potential to be used in animal feed. However, people are wary about heavy metals in waste. Therefore, it is necessary to understand how the uptake of heavy metals could affect H. illucens and where and to what extent metals are accumulated by the black soldier fly. Based on these considerations, developmental parameters were investigated in the different life stages of H. illucens fed an increasing concentration gradient of cadmium (Cd) and chromium (Cr); additionally, Cd and Cr distribution in the body parts of H...
February 14, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197070/role-of-app-interactions-with-heterotrimeric-g-proteins-physiological-functions-and-pathological-consequences
#11
REVIEW
Philip F Copenhaver, Donat Kögel
Following the discovery that the amyloid precursor protein (APP) is the source of β-amyloid peptides (Aβ) that accumulate in Alzheimer's disease (AD), structural analyses suggested that the holoprotein resembles a transmembrane receptor. Initial studies using reconstituted membranes demonstrated that APP can directly interact with the heterotrimeric G protein Gαo (but not other G proteins) via an evolutionarily G protein-binding motif in its cytoplasmic domain. Subsequent investigations in cell culture showed that antibodies against the extracellular domain of APP could stimulate Gαo activity, presumably mimicking endogenous APP ligands...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196962/spatial-and-temporal-analysis-of-alphavirus-replication-and-assembly-in-mammalian-and-mosquito-cells
#12
Joyce Jose, Aaron B Taylor, Richard J Kuhn
Sindbis virus (SINV [genus Alphavirus, family Togaviridae]) is an enveloped, mosquito-borne virus. Alphaviruses cause cytolytic infections in mammalian cells while establishing noncytopathic, persistent infections in mosquito cells. Mosquito vector adaptation of alphaviruses is a major factor in the transmission of epidemic strains of alphaviruses. Though extensive studies have been performed on infected mammalian cells, the morphological and structural elements of alphavirus replication and assembly remain poorly understood in mosquito cells...
February 14, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196471/characterization-and-expression-profiling-of-serine-protease-inhibitors-in-the-diamondback-moth-plutella-xylostella-lepidoptera-plutellidae
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Hailan Lin, Xijian Lin, Jiwei Zhu, Xiao-Qiang Yu, Xiaofeng Xia, Fengluan Yao, Guang Yang, Minsheng You
BACKGROUND: Serine protease inhibitors (SPIs) have been found in all living organisms and play significant roles in digestion, development and innate immunity. In this study, we present a genome-wide identification and expression profiling of SPI genes in the diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella (L.), a major pest of cruciferous crops with global distribution and broad resistance to different types of insecticides. RESULTS: A total of 61 potential SPI genes were identified in the P...
February 14, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195429/double-stranded-rna-delivery-through-soaking-mediates-silencing-of-the-muscle-protein-20-and-increases-mortality-to-the-asian-citrus-psyllid-diaphorina-citri
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Xiudao Yu, Gowda Siddarame, Nabil Killiny
BACKGROUND: Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri Kuwayama, is the most important economic pest of citrus because it transmits Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus (CLas), the causal agent of huanglongbing (HLB). Silencing genes by RNA interference (RNAi) is a promising approach for controlling D. citri. RNAi-based insect management strategies depend on the selection of suitable target genes. RESULTS: The muscle protein 20 gene DcMP20 was characterized from D. citri in an effort to impair proper muscle development through RNAi...
February 13, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195158/infection-derived-lipids-elicit-an-immune-deficiency-circuit-in-arthropods
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Dana K Shaw, Xiaowei Wang, Lindsey J Brown, Adela S Oliva Chávez, Kathryn E Reif, Alexis A Smith, Alison J Scott, Erin E McClure, Vishant M Boradia, Holly L Hammond, Eric J Sundberg, Greg A Snyder, Lei Liu, Kathleen DePonte, Margarita Villar, Massaro W Ueti, José de la Fuente, Robert K Ernst, Utpal Pal, Erol Fikrig, Joao H F Pedra
The insect immune deficiency (IMD) pathway resembles the tumour necrosis factor receptor network in mammals and senses diaminopimelic-type peptidoglycans present in Gram-negative bacteria. Whether unidentified chemical moieties activate the IMD signalling cascade remains unknown. Here, we show that infection-derived lipids 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoglycerol (POPG) and 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl diacylglycerol (PODAG) stimulate the IMD pathway of ticks. The tick IMD network protects against colonization by three distinct bacteria, that is the Lyme disease spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi and the rickettsial agents Anaplasma phagocytophilum and A...
February 14, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194311/tracking-the-virus-like-particles-of-macrobrachium-rosenbergii-nodavirus-in-insect-cells
#16
Ummi Fairuz Hanapi, Chean Yeah Yong, Zee Hong Goh, Noorjahan Banu Alitheen, Swee Keong Yeap, Wen Siang Tan
Macrobrachium rosenbergii nodavirus (MrNv) poses a major threat to the prawn industry. Currently, no effective vaccine and treatment are available to prevent the spread of MrNv. Its infection mechanism and localisation in a host cell are also not well characterised. The MrNv capsid protein (MrNvc) produced in Escherichia coli self-assembled into virus-like particles (VLPs) resembling the native virus. Thus, fluorescein labelled MrNvc VLPs were employed as a model to study the virus entry and localisation in Spodoptera frugiperda, Sf9 cells...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193292/the-effect-of-elevated-temperatures-on-the-life-history-and-insecticide-resistance-phenotype-of-the-major-malaria-vector-anopheles-arabiensis-diptera-culicidae
#17
Shüné V Oliver, Basil D Brooke
BACKGROUND: Temperature plays a crucial role in the life history of insects. Recent climate change research has highlighted the importance of elevated temperature on malaria vector distribution. This study aims to examine the role of elevated temperatures on epidemiologically important life-history traits in the major malaria vector, Anopheles arabiensis. Specifically, the differential effects of temperature on insecticide-resistant and susceptible strains were examined. METHODS: Two laboratory strains of A...
February 14, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188868/gene-sequence-variations-and-expression-patterns-of-mitochondrial-genes-are-associated-with-the-adaptive-evolution-of-two-gynaephora-species-lepidoptera-lymantriinae-living-in-different-high-elevation-environments
#18
Qi-Lin Zhang, Li Zhang, Tian-Xuan Zhao, Juan Wang, Qian-Hua Zhu, Jun-Yuan Chen, Ming-Long Yuan
The adaptive evolution of animals to high-elevation environments has been extensively studied in vertebrates, while few studies have focused on insects. Gynaephora species (Lepidoptera: Lymantriinae) are endemic to the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau (QTP) and represent an important insect pest of alpine meadows. Here, we present a detailed comparative analysis of the mitochondrial genomes (mitogenomes) of two Gynaephora species inhabiting different high-elevation environments: G. alpherakii and G. menyuanensis. The results indicated that the general mitogenomic features (genome size, nucleotide composition, codon usage and secondary structures of tRNAs) were well conserved between the two species...
February 7, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188867/bombyx-mori-serpin6-regulates-prophenoloxidase-activity-and-the-expression-of-antimicrobial-proteins
#19
Bing Li, Hai-Zhong Yu, Chong-Jun Ye, Yan Ma, Xing Li, Tao Fan, Fu-Sheng Chen, Jia-Ping Xu
Serpins are a family of serine protease inhibitors that are found widely in insects. They play an important role in insect physiological responses, such as innate immunity and development. In this study, we obtained the Bombyx mori serpin6 (BmSerpin6) sequence from National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) and the silkworm genome database (SilkDB). Reverse transcription PCR (RT-PCR) results showed that BmSerpin6 was expressed highly in hemocytes, the midgut, and the fat body. After challenging with Micrococcus luteus (Mi) and Serratia marcescens (Sm), the BmSerpin6 expression level was induced significantly...
February 8, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188742/function-and-expression-of-a-splicing-variant-of-vesicular-glutamate-transporter-1
#20
Satomi Moriyama, Masafumi Iharada, Hiroshi Omote, Yoshinori Moriyama, Miki Hiasa
Vesicular glutamate transporter (VGLUT) is an active transporter responsible for vesicular storage of glutamate in synaptic vesicles and plays an essential role in glutamatergic neurotransmission. VGLUT consists of three isoforms, VGLUT1, VGLUT2, and VGLUT3. The VGLUT1 variant, VGLUT1v, with an additional 75-base pair sequence derived from a second intron between exons 2 and 3, which corresponds to 25 amino acid residues in the 1st loop of VGLUT1, is the only splicing variant among VGLUTs, although whether VGLUT1v protein is actually translated at the protein level remains unknown...
February 7, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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