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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344590/proteome-profiling-of-paulownia-seedlings-infected-with-phytoplasma
#1
Xibing Cao, Guoqiang Fan, Yanpeng Dong, Zhenli Zhao, Minjie Deng, Zhe Wang, Wenshan Liu
Phytoplasma is an insect-transmitted pathogen that causes witches' broom disease in many plants. Paulownia witches' broom is one of the most destructive diseases threatening Paulownia production. The molecular mechanisms associated with this disease have been investigated by transcriptome sequencing, but changes in protein abundance have not been investigated with isobaric tags for relative and absolute quantitation. Previous results have shown that methyl methane sulfonate (MMS) can help Paulownia seedlings recover from the symptoms of witches' broom and reinstate a healthy morphology...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343967/evolutionary-history-of-the-hymenoptera
#2
Ralph S Peters, Lars Krogmann, Christoph Mayer, Alexander Donath, Simon Gunkel, Karen Meusemann, Alexey Kozlov, Lars Podsiadlowski, Malte Petersen, Robert Lanfear, Patricia A Diez, John Heraty, Karl M Kjer, Seraina Klopfstein, Rudolf Meier, Carlo Polidori, Thomas Schmitt, Shanlin Liu, Xin Zhou, Torsten Wappler, Jes Rust, Bernhard Misof, Oliver Niehuis
Hymenoptera (sawflies, wasps, ants, and bees) are one of four mega-diverse insect orders, comprising more than 153,000 described and possibly up to one million undescribed extant species [1, 2]. As parasitoids, predators, and pollinators, Hymenoptera play a fundamental role in virtually all terrestrial ecosystems and are of substantial economic importance [1, 3]. To understand the diversification and key evolutionary transitions of Hymenoptera, most notably from phytophagy to parasitoidism and predation (and vice versa) and from solitary to eusocial life, we inferred the phylogeny and divergence times of all major lineages of Hymenoptera by analyzing 3,256 protein-coding genes in 173 insect species...
March 20, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342150/expression-and-characterization-of-human-%C3%AE-1-4-galactosyltransferase-1-%C3%AE-4galt1-using-silkworm-baculovirus-expression-system
#3
Daisuke Morokuma, Jian Xu, Masato Hino, Hiroaki Mon, Jasmeen S Merzaban, Masateru Takahashi, Takahiro Kusakabe, Jae Man Lee
Baculovirus expression vector system (BEVS) is widely known as a mass-production tool to produce functional recombinant glycoproteins except that it may not be always suitable for medical practice due to the differences in the structure of N-linked glycans between insects and mammalian. Currently, various approaches have been reported to alter N-linked glycan structures of glycoproteins derived from insects into terminally sialylated complex-type N-glycans. In the light of those studies, we also proposed in vitro maturation of N-glycan with mass-produced and purified glycosyltransferases by silkworm-BEVS...
March 24, 2017: Molecular Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342011/acquiring-nutrients-from-tree-leaves-effects-of-leaf-maturity-and-development-type-on-a-generalist-caterpillar
#4
Raymond V Barbehenn, Madhav Kapila, Sara Kileen, Caleb P Nusbaum
The rapid growth and prolific reproduction of many insect herbivores depend on the efficiencies and rates with which they acquire nutrients from their host plants. However, little is known about how nutrient assimilation efficiencies are affected by leaf maturation or how they vary between plant species. Recent work showed that leaf maturation can greatly decrease the protein assimilation efficiency (PAE) of Lymantria dispar caterpillars on some tree species, but not on species in the willow family (Salicaceae)...
March 24, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341807/the-human-cancer-cell-active-toxin-cry41aa-from-bacillus-thuringiensis-acts-like-its-insecticidal-counterparts
#5
Vidisha Krishnan, Barbara Domanska, Alicia Elhigazi, Fatai Afolabi, Michelle J West, Neil Crickmore
Understanding how certain protein toxins from the normally insecticidal bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis target human cell lines has implications for both the risk assessment of products containing these toxins and potentially for cancer therapy. This understanding requires knowledge of whether the human cell active toxins work by the same mechanism as their insecticidal counterparts or by alternative ones. The B. thuringiensis Cry41Aa (also known as Parasporin3) toxin is structurally related to the toxins synthesized by commercially produced transgenic insect-resistant plants, with the notable exception of an additional C-terminal beta-trefoil ricin domain...
March 24, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341680/phar-a-negative-regulatory-protein-of-phap-modulates-the-colonization-of-burkholderia-gut-symbiont-in-the-midgut-of-the-host-insect-riptortus-pedestris
#6
Seong Han Jang, Ho Am Jang, Jun Beom Lee, Jong Uk Kim, Seung Ah Lee, Kyoung-Eun Park, Byung Hyun Kim, Yong Hun Jo, Bok Luel Lee
Five genes encoding PhaP family proteins and one phaR gene have been identified in the genome of Burkholderia RPE75. PhaP proteins function as the surface proteins of polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) granules, and PhaR protein acts as a negative regulator of PhaP biosynthesis. Recently, we characterized one phaP gene to understand the molecular cross-talk between Riptortus insects and Burkholderia gut symbionts. In this study, we constructed four other phaP gene-depleted mutants (ΔphaP1, ΔphaP2, ΔphaP3, ΔphaP4), one phaR gene-depleted mutant (ΔphaR) and a phaR-complemented mutant (ΔphaR/phaR)...
March 24, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340571/dirprot-a-computational-approach-for-discriminating-insecticide-resistant-proteins-from-non-resistant-proteins
#7
Prabina Kumar Meher, Tanmaya Kumar Sahu, Anjali Banchariya, Atmakuri Ramakrishna Rao
BACKGROUND: Insecticide resistance is a major challenge for the control program of insect pests in the fields of crop protection, human and animal health etc. Resistance to different insecticides is conferred by the proteins encoded from certain class of genes of the insects. To distinguish the insecticide resistant proteins from non-resistant proteins, no computational tool is available till date. Thus, development of such a computational tool will be helpful in predicting the insecticide resistant proteins, which can be targeted for developing appropriate insecticides...
March 24, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339710/productive-performance-and-blood-profiles-of-laying-hens-fed-hermetia-illucens-larvae-meal-as-total-replacement-of-soybean-meal-from-24-to-45-weeks-of-age
#8
S Marono, R Loponte, P Lombardi, G Vassalotti, M E Pero, F Russo, L Gasco, G Parisi, G Piccolo, S Nizza, C Di Meo, Y A Attia, F Bovera
The aim of the research was to study the effects of an insect meal from Hermetia illucens larvae (HILM) as complete replacement of soybean meal (SBM) on productive performance and blood profiles of laying hens, from 24 to 45 wk of age. A total of 108 24-week-old Lohmann Brown Classic laying hens was equally divided into 2 groups (54 hens/group, 9 replicates of 6 hens/group). From 24 to 45 wk of age, the groups were fed 2 different isoproteic and isoenergetic diets: the control group (SBM) was fed a corn-soybean meal based diet, while in the HILM group the soybean meal was completely replaced by Hermetia illucens larvae meal...
February 22, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339104/transferable-antibiotic-resistances-in-marketed-edible-grasshoppers-locusta-migratoria-migratorioides
#9
Andrea Osimani, Cristiana Garofalo, Lucia Aquilanti, Vesna Milanović, Federica Cardinali, Manuela Taccari, Marina Pasquini, Stefano Tavoletti, Francesca Clementi
Grasshoppers are the most commonly eaten insects by humans worldwide, as they are rich in proteins and micronutrients. This study aimed to assess the occurrence of transferable antibiotic resistance genes in commercialized edible grasshoppers. To this end, the prevalence of 12 selected genes [aac(6')-Ie aph(2″)-Ia, blaZ, erm(A), erm(B), erm(C), mecA, tet(M), tet(O), tet(S), tet(K), vanA, vanB] coding for resistance to antibiotics conventionally used in clinical practice was determined. The majority of samples were positive for tet(M) (70...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335483/land-use-for-edible-protein-of-animal-origin-a-review
#10
REVIEW
Gerhard Flachowsky, Ulrich Meyer, Karl-Heinz Südekum
The present period is characterized by a growing world population and a higher demand for more and better quality food, as well as other products for an improved standard of living. In the future, there will be increasingly strong competition for arable land and non-renewable resources such as fossil carbon-sources, water, and some minerals, as well as between food, feed, fuel, fiber, flowers, and fun (6 F's). Proteins of animal origin like milk, meat, fish, eggs and, probably, insects are very valuable sources of essential amino acids, minerals and vitamins, but their production consumes some non-renewable resources including arable land and causes considerable emissions...
March 18, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333289/the-role-of-daf-21-hsp90-in-mouth-form-plasticity-in-pristionchus-pacificus
#11
Bogdan Sieriebriennikov, Gabriel V Markov, Hanh Witte, Ralf J Sommer
Phenotypic plasticity is increasingly recognized to facilitate adaptive change in plants and animals, including insects, nematodes and vertebrates. Plasticity can occur as continuous or discrete (polyphenisms) variation. In social insects, e.g. in ants, some species have workers of distinct size classes while in other closely related species variation in size may be continuous. Despite the abundance of examples in nature, how discrete morphs are specified remains currently unknown. In theory, polyphenisms might require robustness, whereby the distribution of morphologies would be limited by the same mechanisms that execute buffering from stochastic perturbations, a function attributed to heat-shock proteins of the Hsp90 family...
March 13, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333217/recurrent-gene-duplication-leads-to-diverse-repertoires-of-centromeric-histones-in-drosophila-species
#12
Lisa E Kursel, Harmit S Malik
Despite their essential role in the process of chromosome segregation in most eukaryotes, centromeric histones show remarkable evolutionary lability. Not only have they been lost in multiple insect lineages, but they have also undergone gene duplication in multiple plant lineages. Based on detailed study of a handful of model organisms including Drosophila melanogaster, centromeric histone duplication is considered to be rare in animals. Using a detailed phylogenomic study, we find that Cid, the centromeric histone gene, has undergone at least four independent gene duplications during Drosophila evolution...
February 25, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332030/molecular-cloning-expression-and-characterization-of-pectin-methylesterase-ctpme-from-clostridium-thermocellum
#13
Vikky Rajulapati, Arun Goyal
Many phytopathogenic micro-organisms such as bacteria and fungi produce pectin methylesterases (PME) during plant invasion. Plants and insects also produce PME to degrade plant cell wall. In the present study, a thermostable pectin methylesterase (CtPME) from Clostridium thermocellum belonging to family 8 carbohydrate esterase (CE8) was cloned, expressed and purified. The amino acid sequence of CtPME exhibited similarity with pectin methylesterase from Erwinia chrysanthemi with 38% identity. The gene encoding CtPME was cloned into pET28a(+) vector and expressed using Escherichia coli BL21(DE3) cells...
March 22, 2017: Molecular Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331183/differential-expression-of-chemosensory-protein-genes-in-midguts-in-response-to-diet-of-spodoptera-litura
#14
Xin Yi, Jiangwei Qi, Xiaofan Zhou, Mei Ying Hu, Guo Hua Zhong
While it has been well characterized that chemosensory receptors in guts of mammals have great influence on food preference, much remains elusive in insects. Insect chemosensory proteins (CSPs) are soluble proteins that could deliver chemicals to olfactory and gustatory receptors. Recent studies have identified a number of CSPs expressed in midgut in Lepidoptera insects, which started to reveal their roles in chemical recognition and stimulating appetite in midgut. In this study, we examined expression patterns in midgut of 21 Spodoptera litura CSPs (SlitCSPs) characterized from a previously reported transcriptome, and three CSPs were identified to be expressed highly in midgut...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330192/differential-display-reverse-transcription-pcr-ddrt-pcr-a-new-technology-for-molecular-detection-and-studying-one-of-the-antagonistic-factors-of-bacillus-endophyticus-strain-sa-against-staphylococcus-aureus-mrsa
#15
Mahmoud F Moustafa, Tarek H Taha, M Helal, Sulaiman A Alrumman
Differential Display (DDRT-PCR) is a powerful technique for analyzing differences in gene expression. In-vivo expression technologies and differential display RT-PCR are providing new approaches to further examine a microbe's response to experimental conditions which more closely resemble natural microbial associations and habitats. In this study, Bacillus endophyticus strain SA isolated from the inner tissue of the stem of the cultivated plant (Salvadora persica, Asir, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) produces an antagonistic factor...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330080/transgenic-rice-plants-expressing-synthetic-cry2ax1-gene-exhibits-resistance-to-rice-leaffolder-cnaphalocrosis-medinalis
#16
R Manikandan, N Balakrishnan, D Sudhakar, V Udayasuriyan
Bacillus thuringiensis is a major source of insecticidal genes imparting insect resistance in transgenic plants. Level of expression of transgenes in transgenic plants is important to achieve desirable level of resistance against target insects. In order to achieve desirable level of expression, rice chloroplast transit peptide sequence was fused with synthetic cry2AX1 gene to target its protein in chloroplasts. Sixteen PCR positive lines of rice were generated by Agrobacterium mediated transformation using immature embryos...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329001/experimental-demonstration-of-the-possible-role-of-acanthamoeba-polyphaga-in-the-infection-and-disease-progression-in-buruli-ulcer-bu-using-icr-mice
#17
Bright K Azumah, Phyllis G Addo, Alfred Dodoo, Gordon Awandare, Lydia Mosi, Daniel A Boakye, Michael D Wilson
The transmission of Buruli ulcer (BU), caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans (MU), remains puzzling although a number of hypothesis including through bites of infected aquatic insects have been proposed. We report the results of experiments using ICR mice that give credence to our hypothesis that Acanthamoeba species may play a role in BU transmission. We cocultured MU N2 and MU 1615 which expresses red fluorescent protein (RFP) and Acanthamoeba polyphaga (AP), and confirmed infected AP by Ziehl-Neelsen (ZN) staining...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327528/anti-obesity-effect-of-bombus-ignitus-queen-glycosaminoglycans-in-rats-on-a-high-fat-diet
#18
Mi Young Ahn, Ban Ji Kim, Ha Jeong Kim, Hyung Joo Yoon, Sang Duck Jee, Jae Sam Hwang, Kun-Koo Park
The mechanism of functional insect glycosaminoglycan (GAG) on obesity caused a high fat diet has not yet been elucidated. Therefore, insect glycosaminoglycans derived from Isaria sinclairii, Bombus ignitus (a type of bumblebee) queen, and Gryllus bimaculatus were purified and investigated as a potential functional food. 14-week old male Wistar rats were fed a high-fat diet (HFD) for 6 weeks. There were five groups that received daily intraperitoneal administration of phosphate buffered saline (PBS, control), GbG (GAG from Gryllus bimaculatus) 10 mg/kg, ISG (GAG from Isaria sinclairii) 10 mg/kg, IQG (GAG from Bombus ignites) 10 mg/kg, or Pravastatin (2 mg/kg)...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327305/functional-analysis-of-inhibitor-of-apoptosis-1-of-the-silkworm-bombyx%C3%A2-mori
#19
Rina Hamajima, Asako Iwamoto, Moe Tomizaki, Ikue Suganuma, Koji Kitaguchi, Michihiro Kobayashi, Hayato Yamada, Motoko Ikeda
Recent advances in genome-wide surveys have revealed a number of lepidopteran insect homologs of mammalian and Drosophila genes that are responsible for apoptosis regulation. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms for apoptosis regulation in lepidopteran insect cells remain poorly understood. In the present study, we demonstrated that the transfection of Bombyx mori BM-N cells with dsRNA against the B. mori cellular iap1 gene (cbm-iap1) induces severe apoptosis that is accompanied by an increase of caspase-3-like protease activity...
December 2016: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323281/chance-and-necessity-in-the-genome-evolution-of-endosymbiotic-bacteria-of-insects
#20
Beatriz Sabater-Muñoz, Christina Toft, David Alvarez-Ponce, Mario A Fares
An open question in evolutionary biology is how does the selection-drift balance determine the fates of biological interactions. We searched for signatures of selection and drift in genomes of five endosymbiotic bacterial groups known to evolve under strong genetic drift. Although most genes in endosymbiotic bacteria showed evidence of relaxed purifying selection, many genes in these bacteria exhibited stronger selective constraints than their orthologs in free-living bacterial relatives. Remarkably, most of these highly constrained genes had no role in the host-symbiont interactions but were involved in either buffering the deleterious consequences of drift or other host-unrelated functions, suggesting that they have either acquired new roles or their role became more central in endosymbiotic bacteria...
March 21, 2017: ISME Journal
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