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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224659/assessment-of-the-toxicity-of-pesticides-on-honey-bee-drone-fertility-using-laboratory-and-semi-field-approaches-a-case-study-of-fipronil
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Guillaume Kairo, Yannick Poquet, Haïthem Haji, Sylvie Tchamitchian, Marianne Cousin, Marc Bonnet, Michel Pelissier, André Kretzschmar, Luc P Belzunces, Jean-Luc Brunet
Concern about the reproductive toxicity of plant protection products (PPPs) in honey bee reproducers is increasing. Because the reproductive capacity of honey bees is not currently considered during the risk assessment procedures performed during PPP registration, it is important to provide methods to assess such potential impairments. To achieve this aim, we used two different approaches that involved semi-field (SF) and laboratory (Lab) conditions to study the impact of Fipronil on drone fertility. For each approach, the drones were reared for 20 days, from emergence to sexual maturity, and exposed to Fipronil via a contaminated sugar solution...
February 22, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223550/nadh-autofluorescence-a-new-metabolic-biomarker-for-cancer-stem-cells-identification-of-vitamin-c-and-cape-as-natural-products-targeting-stemness
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Gloria Bonuccelli, Ernestina Marianna De Francesco, Rianne de Boer, Herbert B Tanowitz, Michael P Lisanti
Here, we assembled a broad molecular "tool-kit" to interrogate the role of metabolic heterogeneity in the propagation of cancer stem-like cells (CSCs). First, we subjected MCF7 cells to "metabolic fractionation" by flow cytometry, using fluorescent mitochondrial probes to detect PCG1α activity, as well ROS and hydrogen-peroxide (H2O2) production; NADH levels were also monitored by auto-fluorescence. Then, the various cell populations were functionally assessed for "stem cell activity", using the mammosphere assay (3D-spheroids)...
February 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222708/wild-pollinators-enhance-oilseed-rape-yield-in-small-holder-farming-systems-in-china
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Yi Zou, Haijun Xiao, Felix J J A Bianchi, Frank Jauker, Shudong Luo, Wopke van der Werf
BACKGROUND: Insect pollinators play an important role in crop pollination, but the relative contribution of wild pollinators and honey bees to pollination is currently under debate. There is virtually no information available on the strength of pollination services and the identity of pollination service providers from Asian smallholder farming systems, where fields are small, and variation among fields is high. We established 18 winter oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.) fields along a large geographical gradient in Jiangxi province in China...
February 21, 2017: BMC Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222394/pancreatoprotective-effects-of-geniotrigona-thoracica-stingless-bee-honey-in-streptozotocin-nicotinamide-induced-male-diabetic-rats
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Muhammad Shakir Abdul Aziz, Nelli Giribabu, Pasupuleti Visweswara Rao, Naguib Salleh
: Stingless bee honey (SLBH) has been claimed to possess multiple health benefits. Its anti-diabetic properties are however unknown. In this study, ability of SLBH from Geniotrigona thoracica stingless bee species in ameliorating pancreatic damage and in maintaining metabolic profiles were investigated in diabetic condition. METHODS: SLBH at 1 and 2g/kg/b.w. was given orally to streptozotocin (STZ)-nicotinamide-induced male diabetic rats for 28days. Metabolic parameters (fasting blood glucose-FBG and lipid profiles-LP and serum insulin) were measured by biochemical assays...
February 17, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218830/rapidfire-tm-mass-spectrometry-with-enhanced-throughput-as-an-alternative-to-liquid-liquid-salt-assisted-extraction-and-lc-ms-analysis-for-sulfonamides-in-honey
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Brian T Veach, Thilak K Mudalige, Peter Rye
The use of veterinary drugs in honey bees for the prevention of infectious disease is ever increasing due to the spread of colony collapse disorder around the world. The United States Food and Drug Administration is concerned about the presence of these drugs residues in honey as they often lead to health concerns or potential antibiotic resistance. Currently there is a need for a rapid screening method for the detection of veterinary drugs in honey. Herein is a method that utilizes automated solid-phase extraction that is directly coupled to a mass spectrometer for the qualitative screening of 12 different regulated sulfonamides in honey...
February 20, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216580/impacts-of-dietary-phytochemicals-in-the-presence-and-absence-of-pesticides-on-longevity-of-honey-bees-apis-mellifera
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Ling-Hsiu Liao, Wen-Yen Wu, May R Berenbaum
Because certain flavonols and phenolic acids are found in pollen and nectar of most angiosperms, they are routinely ingested by Apis mellifera, the western honey bee. The flavonol quercetin and the phenolic acid p-coumaric acid are known to upregulate detoxification enzymes in adult bees; their presence or absence in the diet may thus affect the toxicity of ingested pesticides. We conducted a series of longevity assays with one-day-old adult workers to test if dietary phytochemicals enhance longevity and pesticide tolerance...
February 14, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208761/cold-ambient-temperature-promotes-nosema-spp-intensity-in-honey-bees-apis-mellifera
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Gina Retschnig, Geoffrey R Williams, Annette Schneeberger, Peter Neumann
Interactions between parasites and environmental factors have been implicated in the loss of managed Western honey bee (=HB, Apis mellifera) colonies. Although laboratory data suggest that cold temperature may limit the spread of Nosema ceranae, an invasive species and now ubiquitous endoparasite of Western HBs, the impact of weather conditions on the distribution of this microsporidian in the field is poorly understood. Here, we conducted a survey for Nosema spp. using 18 Swiss apiaries (four colonies per apiary) over a period of up to 18 months...
February 9, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207237/simultaneous-determination-of-absolute-configuration-and-quantity-of-lipopeptides-using-chiral-liquid-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-and-diastereomeric-internal-standards
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Reza Nemati, Christopher Dietz, Emily Anstadt, Robert Clark, Michael B Smith, Frank Nichols, Xudong Yao
Lipopeptides promote innate immune response and are related to disease pathology. To investigate the newly-emerging roles of lipopeptides, accurate measurements of stereoisomers with multiple chiral centers are essential yet challenging. This work uses (3R)- and (3S)-(15-methyl-3-((13-methyltetradecanoyl)oxy)hexadecanoyl)glycyl-L-serine, abbreviated as L-serine-(R+S)-Lipid 654, to develop a method that combines chiral liquid chromatography, a diastereomeric mixture of isotopically-labeled internal standards and multiple reaction monitoring mass spectrometry...
February 16, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207182/immune-system-stimulation-by-the-gut-symbiont-frischella-perrara-in-the-honey-bee-apis-mellifera
#9
Olivier Emery, Konstantin Schmidt, Philipp Engel
Gut bacteria engage in various symbiotic interactions with their host and impact gut immunity and homeostasis in different ways. In honey bees, the gut microbiota is composed of a relatively simple, but highly specialized bacterial community. One of its members, the gammaproteobacterium Frischella perrara induces the so-called scab phenotype, a dark-colored band that develops on the epithelial surface of the pylorus. To understand the underlying host response, we analyzed transcriptome changes in the gut in response to bacterial colonization...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205632/using-dna-metabarcoding-to-investigate-honey-bee-foraging-reveals-limited-flower-use-despite-high-floral-availability
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Natasha de Vere, Laura E Jones, Tegan Gilmore, Jake Moscrop, Abigail Lowe, Dan Smith, Matthew J Hegarty, Simon Creer, Col R Ford
Understanding which flowers honey bees (Apis mellifera) use for forage can help us to provide suitable plants for healthy honey bee colonies. Accordingly, honey DNA metabarcoding provides a valuable tool for investigating pollen and nectar collection. We investigated early season (April and May) floral choice by honey bees provided with a very high diversity of flowering plants within the National Botanic Garden of Wales. There was a close correspondence between the phenology of flowering and the detection of plants within the honey...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193870/disruption-of-quercetin-metabolism-by-fungicide-affects-energy-production-in-honey-bees-apis-mellifera
#11
Wenfu Mao, Mary A Schuler, May R Berenbaum
Cytochrome P450 monooxygenases (P450) in the honey bee, Apis mellifera, detoxify phytochemicals in honey and pollen. The flavonol quercetin is found ubiquitously and abundantly in pollen and frequently at lower concentrations in honey. Worker jelly consumed during the first 3 d of larval development typically contains flavonols at very low levels, however. RNA-Seq analysis of gene expression in neonates reared for three days on diets with and without quercetin revealed that, in addition to up-regulating multiple detoxifying P450 genes, quercetin is a negative transcriptional regulator of mitochondrion-related nuclear genes and genes encoding subunits of complexes I, III, IV, and V in the oxidative phosphorylation pathway...
February 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192487/volatile-organic-compounds-of-thai-honeys-produced-from-several-floral-sources-by-different-honey-bee-species
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Praetinee Pattamayutanon, Sergio Angeli, Prodpran Thakeow, John Abraham, Terd Disayathanoowat, Panuwan Chantawannakul
The volatile organic compounds (VOCs) of four monofloral and one multifloral of Thai honeys produced by Apis cerana, Apis dorsata and Apis mellifera were analyzed by headspace solid-phase microextraction (HS-SPME) followed by gas chromatography and mass spectrometry (GC-MS). The floral sources were longan, sunflower, coffee, wild flowers (wild) and lychee. Honey originating from longan had more VOCs than all other floral sources. Sunflower honey had the least numbers of VOCs. cis-Linalool oxide, trans-linalool oxide, ho-trienol, and furan-2,5-dicarbaldehyde were present in all the honeys studied, independent of their floral origin...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191986/studies-of-learned-helplessness-in-honey-bees-apis-mellifera-ligustica
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Christopher W Dinges, Christopher A Varnon, Lisa D Cota, Stephen Slykerman, Charles I Abramson
The current study reports 2 experiments investigating learned helplessness in the honey bee (Apis mellifera ligustica). In Experiment 1, we used a traditional escape method but found the bees' activity levels too high to observe changes due to treatment conditions. The bees were not able to learn in this traditional escape procedure; thus, such procedures may be inappropriate to study learned helplessness in honey bees. In Experiment 2, we used an alternative punishment, or passive avoidance, method to investigate learned helplessness...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Animal Learning and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187378/development-of-an-analytical-method-for-detecting-nitrofurans-in-bee-pollen-by-liquid-chromatography-electrospray-ionization-tandem-mass-spectrometry
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Mi Sun Park, Kyung Tae Kim, Jong Seong Kang
Bee pollen collected by honeybees, which is in powdered form, is a good nutritional supplement. Nitrofuran antibiotics are assumed not to be present in bee pollen, which is important as the level of antibiotics in bee pollen is strongly regulated in many countries. A liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method to detect nitrofurans in honey has been developed, but this method is not suitable for bee pollen because of it being in powdered form. During preparation of bee pollen samples, the dispersal of powder particles in an aqueous solution often makes them susceptible to forming an emulsion with solvent components such as hexane and ethyl acetate...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182641/stress-indicator-gene-expression-profiles-colony-dynamics-and-tissue-development-of-honey-bees-exposed-to-sub-lethal-doses-of-imidacloprid-in-laboratory-and-field-experiments
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Lina De Smet, Fani Hatjina, Pavlos Ioannidis, Anna Hamamtzoglou, Karel Schoonvaere, Frédéric Francis, Ivan Meeus, Guy Smagghe, Dirk C de Graaf
In this study, different context-dependent effects of imidacloprid exposure on the honey bee response were studied. Honey bees were exposed to different concentrations of imidacloprid during a time period of 40 days. Next to these variables, a laboratory-field comparison was conducted. The influence of the chronic exposure on gene expression levels was determined using an in-house developed microarray targeting different immunity-related and detoxification genes to determine stress-related gene expression changes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178217/flavonoid-composition-and-antitumor-activity-of-bee-bread-collected-in-northeast-portugal
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Filipa Sobral, Ricardo C Calhelha, Lillian Barros, Montserrat Dueñas, Andreia Tomás, Celestino Santos-Buelga, Miguel Vilas-Boas, Isabel C F R Ferreira
Bee bread (BB) is a fermented mixture of plant pollen, honey, and bee saliva that worker bees use as food for larvae, and for young bees to produce royal jelly. In the present study, five BB samples, collected from Apis mellifera iberiensis hives located in different apiaries near Bragança, in the northeast region of Portugal, and one BB commercial sample were characterized by high-performance liquid chromatography coupled to a diode array detector and electrospray mass spectrometry (HPLC-DAD-ESI/MS) in terms of phenolic compounds, such as flavonoid glycoside derivatives...
February 7, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173114/a-new-metazoan-recombination-rate-record-and-consistently-high-recombination-rates-in-the-honey-bee-genus-apis-accompanied-by-frequent-inversions-but-not-translocations
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Olav Rueppell, Ryan Kuster, Katelyn Miller, Bertrand Fouks, Sara Rubio Correa, Juan Collazo, Mananya Phaincharoen, Salim Tingek, Nikolaus Koeniger
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 1, 2016: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168846/performance-of-honey-bee-colonies-under-a-long-lasting-dietary-exposure-to-sub-lethal-concentrations-of-the-neonicotinoid-insecticide-thiacloprid
#18
Reinhold Siede, Lena Faust, Marina D Meixner, Christian Maus, Bernd Grünewald, Ralph Büchler
BACKGROUND: Substantial honey bee colony losses have occurred periodically in the last decades. The drivers for these losses are not fully understood. The influence of pests and pathogens are beyond dispute, but in addition, chronic exposure to sub-lethal concentrations of pesticides has been suggested to affect the performance of honey bee colonies. This study aims to elucidate the potential effects of a chronic exposure to sub-lethal concentrations (one realistic worst-case concentration) of the neonicotinoid thiacloprid to honey bee colonies in a three-year replicated colony feeding study...
February 7, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164223/the-complex-demographic-history-and-evolutionary-origin-of-the-western-honey-bee-apis-mellifera
#19
Julie M Cridland, Neil D Tsutsui, Santiago R Ramírez
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163990/authors-response-on-schick-et-al-2017-an-experiment-of-the-impact-of-a-neonicotinoid-pesticide-on-honey-bees-the-value-of-a-formal-analysis-of-the-data-environ-sci-eur-2017
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EDITORIAL
Peter Campbell, Mike Coulson, Keith Ward
Whilst a formal statistical analysis of any experimental data is always preferable in principle, in the case of Pilling et al. (PLoS ONE 8:e77193, 2013), it is hard to see how the results of any formal analysis-including those provided by Schick et al.-could be considered reliable. Regardless of the issue of statistical analysis, there was a wealth of valuable and novel biological and chemical residue data generated under field conditions of use in Pilling et al., which when taken into consideration alongside other relevant available published data and information (i...
2017: Environmental Sciences Europe
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