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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160790/communication-or-toxicity-what-is-the-effect-of-cycloheximide-on-leaf-cutting-ant-workers
#1
Kátia Kaelly Andrade Sousa, Roberto da Silva Camargo, Luiz Carlos Forti
Leaf-cutting ants are insects that use plant material to grow fungus from which they feed. These fungus-growing ants perform various behavioral activities to establish an environment conducive to the fungus. Among these behaviors are activities that can serve to detect materials harmful to the colony, such as licking, scraping, chopping, etc. However, there are substances that may not be detected as harmful to the fungus on first contact. Cycloheximide (CHX) is one such substance, described as a fungicide that inhibits the synthesis of proteins in eukaryotes, although its mechanism of action remains unclear...
November 21, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158889/non-canonical-dorsoventral-patterning-in-the-moth-midge-clogmia-albipunctata
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Karl R Wotton, Anna Alcaine-Colet, Johannes Jaeger, Eva Jiménez-Guri
Background: Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) are of central importance for dorsal-ventral (DV) axis specification. They are core components of a signalling cascade that includes the BMP ligand decapentaplegic (DPP) and its antagonist short gastrulation (SOG) in Drosophila melanogaster. These components are very ancient, with orthologs involved in DV patterning in both protostomes and deuterostomes. Despite such strong conservation, recent comparative work in insects has revealed interesting differences in the way the patterning function of the DV system is achieved in different species...
2017: EvoDevo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158595/genome-wide-identification-of-long-non-coding-rna-genes-and-their-association-with-insecticide-resistance-and-metamorphosis-in-diamondback-moth-plutella-xylostella
#3
Feiling Liu, Dianhao Guo, Zhuting Yuan, Chen Chen, Huamei Xiao
Long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) is a class of noncoding RNA >200 bp in length that has essential roles in regulating a variety of biological processes. Here, we constructed a computational pipeline to identify lncRNA genes in the diamondback moth (Plutella xylostella), a major insect pest of cruciferous vegetables. In total, 3,324 lncRNAs corresponding to 2,475 loci were identified from 13 RNA-Seq datasets, including samples from parasitized, insecticide-resistant strains and different developmental stages...
November 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157281/identification-of-immunogenic-proteins-of-the-cysticercoid-of-hymenolepis-diminuta
#4
Anna Sulima, Justyna Bień, Kirsi Savijoki, Anu Näreaho, Rusłan Sałamatin, David Bruce Conn, Daniel Młocicki
BACKGROUND: A wide range of molecules are used by tapeworm metacestodes to establish successful infection in the hostile environment of the host. Reports indicating the proteins in the cestode-host interactions are limited predominantly to taeniids, with no previous data available for non-taeniid species. A non-taeniid, Hymenolepis diminuta, represents one of the most important model species in cestode biology and exhibits an exceptional developmental plasticity in its life-cycle, which involves two phylogenetically distant hosts, arthropod and vertebrate...
November 21, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156294/phospholipase-a1-based-cross-reactivity-among-venoms-of-clinically-relevant-hymenoptera-from-neotropical-and-temperate-regions
#5
Amilcar Perez-Riverol, Luís Gustavo Romani Fernandes, Alexis Musacchio Lasa, José Roberto Aparecido Dos Santos-Pinto, Débora Moitinho Abram, Gabriel Hideki Izuka Moraes, Frederic Jabs, Michaela Miehe, Henning Seismman, Mario Sergio Palma, Ricardo de Lima Zollner, Edzard Spillner, Márcia Regina Brochetto-Braga
Molecular cross-reactivity caused by allergen homology or cross-reactive carbohydrate determinants (CCDs) is a major challenge for diagnosis and immunotherapy of insect venom allergy. Venom phospholipases A1 (PLA1s) are classical, mostly non-glycosylated wasp and ant allergens that provide diagnostic benefit for differentiation of genuine sensitizations from cross-reactivity. As CCD-free molecules, venom PLA1s are not causative for CCD-based cross-reactivity. Little is known however about the protein-based cross-reactivity of PLA1 within vespid species...
November 17, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155327/expression-profiles-of-the-p38-mapk-signaling-pathway-from-chinese-shrimp-fenneropenaeus-chinensis-in-response-to-viral-and-bacterial-infections
#6
Yuying He, Wanlong Yao, Ping Liu, Jian Li, Qingyin Wang
Mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling pathway plays an important role in cellular response to inflammatory cytokines, environmental stress and pathogenic infection, However, compared with mammals and insects, the potential function of p38 MAPK from Chinese shrimp (Fenneropenaeus chinensis) in response to viruses and bacterial infection is limited. In the study, the immune responses of four genes MKK3, MKK4, p38 and ATF-2 from F. chinensis were investigated in defending against white spot syndrome virus (WSSV), Vibrio anguillarum (V...
November 16, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155013/3-4-dihydroxyphenylacetaldehyde-synthase-and-cuticle-formation-in-insects
#7
Chenghong Liao, Archana Upadhyay, Jing Liang, Qian Han, Jianyong Li
Cuticle is the most important structure that protects mosquitoes and other insect species from adverse environmental conditions and infections of microorganism. The physiology and biochemistry of insect cuticle formation have been studied for many years and our understanding of cuticle formation and hardening has increased considerably. This is especially true for flexible cuticle. The recent discovery of a novel enzyme that catalyzes the production of 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetaldehyde (DOPAL) in insects provides intriguing insights concerning the flexible cuticle formation in insects...
November 15, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154460/elevated-co2-increases-r-gene-dependent-resistance-of-medicago-truncatula-against-the-pea-aphid-by-up-regulating-a-heat-shock-gene
#8
Yucheng Sun, Huijuan Guo, Erliang Yuan, Feng Ge
Resistance against pathogens and herbivorous insects in many plant results from the expression of resistance (R) genes. Few reports, however, have considered the effects of elevated CO2 on R gene-based resistance in plants. The current study determined the responses of two near isogenic Medicago truncatula genotypes (Jester has an R gene and A17 does not) to the pea aphid and elevated CO2 in open-top chambers in the field. Aphid abundance, mean relative growth rate and feeding efficiency were increased by elevated CO2 on A17 plants but were reduced on Jester plants...
November 20, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151152/a-maize-inbred-exhibits-resistance-against-western-corn-rootwoorm-diabrotica-virgifera-virgifera
#9
Lina Castano-Duque, Kenneth W Loades, John F Tooker, Kathleen M Brown, W Paul Williams, Dawn S Luthe
Insect resistance against root herbivores like the western corn rootworm (WCR, Diabrotica virgifera virgifera) is not well understood in non-transgenic maize. We studied the responses of two American maize inbreds, Mp708 and Tx601, to WCR infestation using biomechanical, molecular, biochemical analyses, and laser ablation tomography. Previous studies performed on several inbreds indicated that these two maize genotypes differed in resistance to pests including fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) and WCR. Our data confirmed that Mp708 shows resistance against WCR, and demonstrates that the resistance mechanism is based in a multi-trait phenotype that includes increased resistance to cutting in nodal roots, stable root growth during insect infestation, constitutive and induced expression of known herbivore-defense genes, including ribosomal inhibitor protein 2 (rip2), terpene synthase 23 (tps23) and maize insect resistance cysteine protease-1 (mir1), as well high constitutive levels of jasmonic acid and production of (E)-β-caryophyllene...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Chemical Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150962/genotype-and-diet-affect-resistance-survival-and-fecundity-but-not-fecundity-tolerance
#10
Megan A M Kutzer, Joachim Kurtz, Sophie A O Armitage
Insects are exposed to a variety of potential pathogens in their environment, many of which can severely impact fitness and health. Consequently, hosts have evolved resistance and tolerance strategies to suppress or cope with infections. Hosts utilising resistance improve fitness by clearing or reducing pathogen loads and hosts utilising tolerance reduce harmful fitness effects per pathogen load. To understand variation in, and selective pressures on resistance and tolerance we asked to what degree they are shaped by host genetic background, whether plasticity in these responses depends upon dietary environment, and whether there are interactions between these two factors...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150924/comprehensive-profiling-of-lysine-acetylome-in-baculovirus-infected-silkworm-bombyx-mori-cells
#11
Dongbing Hu, Shengjie Xue, Cui Zhao, Ming Wei, Huihui Yan, Yanping Quan, Wei Yu
Bombyx mori is one of the key lepidopteran model species, and is economically important for silk production and proteinaceous drug expression. Baculovirus and insect host are important natural biological models for studying host-pathogen interactions. The impact of Bombyx mori nucleopolyhedrovirus (BmNPV) infection on the proteome and acetylome of Bombyx mori ovarian (BmN) cells were explored to facilitate a better understanding of infection-driven interactions between BmNPV and host in vitro. The proteome and acetylome were profiled through 6-plex Tandem mass tag (TMT) labelling-based quantitative proteomics...
November 18, 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150505/cry64ba-and-cry64ca-two-etx-mtx2-bacillus-thuringiensis-insecticidal-proteins-against-hemipteran-pests
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Yonglei Liu, Yinglong Wang, Changlong Shu, Kejian Lin, Fuping Song, Alejandra Bravo, Mario Soberón, Jie Zhang
Genetically modified crops that express insecticidal Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) proteins have become a primary approach for control of lepidopteran (moth) and coleopteran (beetle) pests that feed by chewing the plants. However, the sap-sucking insects (Hemiptera) are not particularly susceptible to Bt toxins. In this study, we describe two Cry toxins (Cry64Ba and Cry64Ca) from a Bt 1012 strain showed toxicity against two important rice hemipteran pests, Laodelphax striatellus and Sogatella furcifera Both of these two proteins contain an ETX/MTX2 domain, and share common sequence features with the β-pore forming toxins...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147724/glabrous-cmgl-encodes-a-hd-zip-iv-transcription-factor-playing-roles-in-multicellular-trichome-initiation-in-melon
#13
Huayu Zhu, Xiaofen Sun, Qi Zhang, Pengyao Song, Qianmei Hu, Xiaojing Zhang, Xiang Li, Jianbin Hu, Junsong Pan, Shouru Sun, Yiqun Weng, Luming Yang
Map-based cloning identified CmGL that encodes a HD-ZIP type IV transcription factor that controls multicellular trichome initiation in melon. Trichomes are small hairs covering the aerial parts of plants that originate from the epidermal cells, which can protect plants against the damage by insects and pathogens. The regulatory pathway of unicellular trichomes has been well studied in the model plant Arabidopsis. Little is known about the genetic control and regulation of trichome development in melon (Cucumis melo L...
November 17, 2017: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146899/alternative-transcription-start-site-selection-in-mr-opy2-controls-lifestyle-transitions-in-the-fungus-metarhizium-robertsii
#14
Na Guo, Ying Qian, Qiangqiang Zhang, Xiaoxuan Chen, Guohong Zeng, Xing Zhang, Wubing Mi, Chuan Xu, Raymond J St Leger, Weiguo Fang
Metarhizium robertsii is a versatile fungus with saprophytic, plant symbiotic and insect pathogenic lifestyle options. Here we show that M. robertsii mediates the saprophyte-to-insect pathogen transition through modulation of the expression of a membrane protein, Mr-OPY2. Abundant Mr-OPY2 protein initiates appressorium formation, a prerequisite for infection, whereas reduced production of Mr-OPY2 elicits saprophytic growth and conidiation. The precise regulation of Mr-OPY2 protein production is achieved via alternative transcription start sites...
November 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146855/draft-genome-sequence-of-entomopathogenic-brevibacillus-laterosporus-strain-lak-1210-an-alkaliphilic-chitin-degrader
#15
Lakshmi Prasanna, Tushar Ranjan Moharana, Nizamuddin Sheikh, Veerabhadra Rao Arravapalli, Thangaraj Kumaraswamy, Vincent G H Eijsink, Madhusudhana Rao Nalam
We announce here the draft genome sequence of Brevibacillus laterosporus strain Lak 1210, isolated from mangrove soil. This alkaliphilic strain is an efficient chitin degrader and has the ability to control insects and inhibit phytopathogenic fungi. The assembly consists of 5,082,926 bp, with 4,321 protein-coding sequences and a GC content of 41.15%.
November 16, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145860/a-new-single-step-protocol-for-rapid-baculovirus-driven-protein-production-in-insect-cells
#16
Judith Scholz, Sabine Suppmann
BACKGROUND: In the last three decades, the Baculovirus expression vector system (BEV) has evolved to one of the most widely used eukaryotic systems for heterologous protein expression including approved vaccines and therapies. Despite the significant improvements introduced during the past years, the BEV system still has major drawbacks, primarily the time required to generate recombinant virus and virus instability for certain target proteins. In this study we show that the conventional method to generate recombinant Baculovirus using a Tn7 transposition based system can be shortened to a single-step transfection-only procedure without further amplification...
November 16, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144022/collagen-a-review-on-its-sources-and-potential-cosmetic-applications
#17
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María Isabela Avila Rodríguez, Laura G Rodríguez Barroso, Mirna Lorena Sánchez
Collagen is a fibrillar protein that conforms the conjunctive and connective tissues in the human body, essentially skin, joints, and bones. This molecule is one of the most abundant in many of the living organisms due to its connective role in biological structures. Due to its abundance, strength and its directly proportional relation with skin aging, collagen has gained great interest in the cosmetic industry. It has been established that the collagen fibers are damaged with the pass of time, losing thickness and strength which has been strongly related with skin aging phenomena [Colágeno para todo...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143881/rmce-based-insect-cell-platform-to-produce-membrane-proteins-captured-on-hiv-1-gag-virus-like-particles
#18
João Vidigal, Bárbara Fernandes, Mafalda M Dias, Marco Patrone, António Roldão, Manuel J T Carrondo, Paula M Alves, Ana P Teixeira
Conformationally complex membrane proteins (MPs) are therapeutic targets in many diseases, but drug discovery has been slowed down by the lack of efficient production tools. Co-expression of MPs with matrix proteins from enveloped viruses is a promising approach to obtain correctly folded proteins at the surface of virus-like particles (VLPs), preserving their native lipidic environment. Here, we implemented a site-specific recombinase-mediated cassette exchange (RMCE) strategy to establish a reusable HIV-1 Gag-expressing insect cell line for fast production of target MPs on the surface of Gag-VLPs...
November 16, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143280/genome-sequencing-and-phylogenetic-analysis-of-banna-virus-genus-seadornavirus-family-reoviridae-isolated-from-culicoides
#19
Song Song, Yuanyuan Li, Shihong Fu, Wenwen Lei, Xiaofang Guo, Yun Feng, Xiaoyan Gao, Xiaolong Li, Zhonghua Yang, Ziqian Xu, Ying He, Huanyu Wang, Hongning Zhou, Bin Wang, Xiaoqing Lu, Guodong Liang
In an investigation of blood-sucking insects and arboviruses, a virus (YN12243) was isolated from Culicoides samples collected in the Sino-Burmese border region of Yunnan Province, China. The virus caused cytopathic effect (CPE) in C6/36 cells and passaged stably. Polyacrylamide gel analysis showed that the genome of YN12243 was composed of 12 segments of double-stranded RNA (dsRNA), with a distribution pattern of 6-6. The nucleotide and amino acid sequences of the coding region (1‒12 segments) were 17,803 bp and 5,925 amino acids in length, respectively...
October 26, 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143256/toxic-effects-of-solanum-xanthocarpum-sch-wendle-against-helicoverpa-armigera-hub-culex-quinquefasciatus-say-and-eisenia-fetida-savigny-1826
#20
Kathirvelu Baskar, Jeevanantham Ananthi, Savarimuthu Ignacimuthu
Many commercially available agro and household chemicals are used as pesticides, repellents, and growth inhibitors against insect pests. The repeated uses of these chemicals against insect pests have caused the development of resistance in them; they also cause ill effects on nontarget organisms. The present study was aimed to evaluate the antifeedant, larvicidal, pupicidal, and biochemical effects of the solvent extracts of Solanum xanthocarpum against third instar larvae of Helicoverpa armigera. Hexane, chloroform and ethyl acetate extracts were subjected to phytochemical analysis...
November 15, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
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