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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932660/identification-of-beak-and-feather-disease-virus-in-an-unusual-novel-host-merops-ornatus-using-nested-pcr
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Subir Sarker, Shubhagata Das, Karla Helbig, Shane R Raidal
The complete genome sequence of beak and feather disease virus (BFDV) was discovered from a rainbow bee-eater (Merops ornatus), a species of Coraciiformes The genome consisted of 1,996 bp encoding two major bidirectional transcribed open reading frames. This is the first evidence of BFDV infection and complete genome characterization for this novel host species.
December 8, 2016: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930719/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-anti-allergic-and-anti-inflammatory-effects-of-ebv-a-newly-developed-derivative-of-bee-venom-through-modulation-of-irf3-signaling-pathway-in-a-carrageenan-induced-edema-model
#2
Hwa-Jin Chung, Jinho Lee, Joon-Shik Shin, Me-Riong Kim, Wonil Koh, Min-Jeong Kim, Jae-Woong Lee, Eun Jee Kim, In-Hee Lee, Won Kyung Kim, Yoon Jae Lee, Sang Kook Lee, In-Hyuk Ha
BACKGROUND: Bee venom (BV), a type of toxin extracted from honeybees (Apis mellifera), has been empirically and widely used to treat inflammatory diseases throughout Asia. Essential BV (eBV) was developed by removing phospholipase A2 (PLA2) and histamine to lower occurrence of allergic reaction. This study investigated the anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory activities of eBV in vitro and in vivo and its underlying mechanism of action. METHODS: The anti-inflammatory potential of eBV was assessed in vivo using a carrageenan-induced paw edema model...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930659/bee-inspired-novel-optimization-algorithm-and-mathematical-model-for-effective-and-efficient-route-planning-in-railway-system
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Kah Huo Leong, Hamzah Abdul-Rahman, Chen Wang, Chiu Chuen Onn, Siaw-Chuing Loo
Railway and metro transport systems (RS) are becoming one of the popular choices of transportation among people, especially those who live in urban cities. Urbanization and increasing population due to rapid development of economy in many cities are leading to a bigger demand for urban rail transit. Despite being a popular variant of Traveling Salesman Problem (TSP), it appears that the universal formula or techniques to solve the problem are yet to be found. This paper aims to develop an optimization algorithm for optimum route selection to multiple destinations in RS before returning to the starting point...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929455/neuropharmacological-manipulation-of-restrained-and-free-flying-honey-bees-apis-mellifera
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Eirik Søvik, Jenny A Plath, Jean-Marc Devaud, Andrew B Barron
Honey bees demonstrate astonishing learning abilities and advanced social behavior and communication. In addition, their brain is small, easy to visualize and to study. Therefore, bees have long been a favored model amongst neurobiologists and neuroethologists for studying the neural basis of social and natural behavior. It is important, however, that the experimental techniques used to study bees do not interfere with the behaviors being studied. Because of this, it has been necessary to develop a range of techniques for pharmacological manipulation of honey bees...
November 26, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928006/cryo-em-study-of-genome-release-of-dicistrovirus-israeli-acute-bee-paralysis-virus
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Edukondalu Mullapudi, Tibor Füzik, Antonín Přidal, Pavel Plevka
: Viruses from the family Dicistroviridae can cause substantial economic damage by infecting agriculturally important insects. Israeli acute bee paralysis virus (IAPV) causes honeybee colony collapse disorder in the United States. High-resolution molecular details of the genome delivery mechanism of dicistroviruses are unknown. Here we present a cryo-EM analysis of IAPV virions induced to release their genomes in vitro We determined structures of full IAPV virions primed to release their genomes to a resolution of 3...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927826/an-update-on-allergen-immunotherapy
#6
S Hasan Arshad
Allergen-specific immunotherapy (AIT) has been used to treat allergic diseases for over a century. It is the only treatment that addresses immune dysfunction underlying allergic responses rather than simply treating symptoms or suppressing inflammation. Its safety and efficacy in allergic rhinitis, asthma and insect allergy has been documented in a number of systematic reviews but its cost effectiveness is less clear. AIT reduces symptoms and requirement for medication, while improving quality of life. Further, the effect continues for years after discontinuation of treatment...
December 2016: Clinical Medicine: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of London
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925273/biochemical-response-of-the-africanized-honeybee-exposed-to-fipronil
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Thaisa C Roat, Stephan M Carvalho, Mário S Palma, Osmar Malaspina
Bees are recognized worldwide for their social, economic, and environmental value; however, they have been seriously threatened in recent decades by diseases and by high levels of pesticide use. The susceptibility of bees to insecticides makes them an important terrestrial model for assessing environmental quality, and various biomarkers have been developed for these assessments. The present study aimed to evaluate the activity of the enzymes acetylcholinesterase (AChE), carboxylesterase (CaE), and glutathione S-transferase (GST) in Africanized honeybees exposed to fipronil...
December 7, 2016: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924153/genome-sequence-of-a-commensal-bacterium-enterococcus-faecalis-cba7120-isolated-from-a-korean-fecal-sample
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Joon Yong Kim, Hye Seon Song, Yeon Bee Kim, Joseph Kwon, Jong-Soon Choi, Yong-Joon Cho, Byung-Yong Kim, Jin-Kyu Rhee, Jinjong Myoung, Young-Do Nam, Seong Woon Roh
BACKGROUND: Enterococcus faecalis, the type strain of the genus Enterococcus, is not only a commensal bacterium in the gastrointestinal tract in vertebrates and invertebrates, but also causes serious disease as an opportunistic pathogen. To date, genome sequences have been published for over four hundred E. faecalis strains; however, pathogenicity of these microbes remains complicated. To increase our knowledge of E. faecalis virulence factors, we isolated strain CBA7120 from the feces of an 81-year-old female from the Republic of Korea and performed a comparative genomic analysis...
2016: Gut Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923877/poison-and-alarm-the-asian-hornet-vespa-velutina-uses-sting-venom-volatiles-as-alarm-pheromone
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Ya-Nan Cheng, Ping Wen, Shi-Hao Dong, Ken Tan, James C Nieh
In colonial organisms, alarm pheromones can provide a key fitness advantage by enhancing colony defense and warning of danger. Learning which species use alarm pheromone and the key compounds involved therefore enhances our understanding of how this important signal has evolved. However, our knowledge of alarm pheromones is more limited in the social wasps and hornets as compared to the social bees and ants. Vespa velutina is an economically important and widespread hornet predator that attacks humans and honey bees...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921037/acute-kidney-injury-in-western-countries
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REVIEW
Josée Bouchard, Ravindra L Mehta
BACKGROUND: Acute kidney injury (AKI) is frequent and is associated with poor outcomes, including increased mortality, higher risk of chronic kidney disease, and prolonged hospital lengths of stay. The epidemiology of AKI mainly derives from studies performed in Western high-income countries. More limited data are available from Western low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs) located in Central and South America. SUMMARY: In this review, we summarize the most recent data on the epidemiology of AKI in Western countries, aiming to contrast results from industrialized high-income countries with LMICs...
October 2016: Kidney Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921036/acute-kidney-injury-in-asia
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REVIEW
Li Yang
BACKGROUND: Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a common disorder and is associated with a high morbidity and mortality worldwide. The diversity of the climate and of the socioeconomic and developmental status in Asia has a great influence on the etiology and presentation of AKI in different regions. In view of the International Society of Nephrology's 0by25 initiative, more and more attention has been paid to AKI in Asian countries. SUMMARY: In this review, we summarize the recent achievements with regard to the prevalence and clinical patterns of AKI in Asian countries...
October 2016: Kidney Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919493/eleven-episodes-of-recurrent-optic-neuritis-of-the-same-eye-for-22-years-eventually-diagnosed-as-neuromyelitis-optica-spectrum-disorder
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Yih Chian Yew, Jyh Yung Hor, Thien Thien Lim, Ruban Kanesalingam, Yee Ming Ching, Masita Arip, P E Samuel Easaw, Gaik Bee Eow
It is difficult to predict whether a particular attack of neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) will affect the optic nerve [optic neuritis (ON): unilateral or bilateral], spinal cord (myelitis), brain or brainstem, or a combination of the above. We report an interesting case of recurrent ON of the same eye for a total of 11 episodes in a Chinese woman. Over a period of 22 years, the attacks only involved the left eye, and never the right eye and also no myelitis. For a prolonged duration, she was diagnosed as recurrent idiopathic ON...
November 2016: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917318/disentangling-urban-habitat-and-matrix-effects-on-wild-bee-species
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Leonie K Fischer, Julia Eichfeld, Ingo Kowarik, Sascha Buchholz
In face of a dramatic decline of wild bee species in many rural landscapes, potential conservation functions of urban areas gain importance. Yet effects of urbanization on pollinators, and in particular on wild bees, remain ambiguous and not comprehensively understood. This is especially true for amenity grassland and extensively managed wastelands within large-scale residential housing areas. Using Berlin as a study region, we aimed to investigate (a) if these greenspaces are accepted by wild bee assemblages as foraging habitats; (b) how assemblage structure of bees and individual bee species are affected by different habitat (e...
2016: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916802/positive-and-negative-impacts-of-non-native-bee-species-around-the-world
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REVIEW
Laura Russo
Though they are relatively understudied, non-native bees are ubiquitous and have enormous potential economic and environmental impacts. These impacts may be positive or negative, and are often unquantified. In this manuscript, I review literature on the known distribution and environmental and economic impacts of 80 species of introduced bees. The potential negative impacts of non-native bees include competition with native bees for nesting sites or floral resources, pollination of invasive weeds, co-invasion with pathogens and parasites, genetic introgression, damage to buildings, affecting the pollination of native plant species, and changing the structure of native pollination networks...
November 28, 2016: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916524/gain-and-loss-of-floral-scent-production-through-changes-in-structural-genes-during-pollinator-mediated-speciation
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Avichai Amrad, Michel Moser, Therese Mandel, Michel de Vries, Robert C Schuurink, Loreta Freitas, Cris Kuhlemeier
The interactions of plants with their pollinators are thought to be a driving force in the evolution of angiosperms. Adaptation to a new pollinator involves coordinated changes in multiple floral traits controlled by multiple genes. Surprisingly, such complex genetic shifts have happened numerous times during evolution. Here we report on the genetic basis of the changes in one such trait, floral scent emission, in the genus Petunia (Solanaceae). The increase in the quantity and complexity of the volatiles during the shift from bee to hawkmoth pollination was due to de novo expression of the genes encoding benzoic acid/salicylic acid carboxyl methyltransferase (BSMT) and benzoyl-CoA:benzylalcohol/2-phenylethanol benzoyltransferase (BPBT) together with moderately increased transcript levels for most enzymes of the phenylpropanoid/benzenoid pathway...
November 22, 2016: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916302/modelling-seasonal-effects-of-temperature-and-precipitation-on-honey-bee-winter-mortality-in-a-temperate-climate
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Matthew Switanek, Karl Crailsheim, Heimo Truhetz, Robert Brodschneider
Insect pollinators are essential to global food production. For this reason, it is alarming that honey bee (Apis mellifera) populations across the world have recently seen increased rates of mortality. These changes in colony mortality are often ascribed to one or more factors including parasites, diseases, pesticides, nutrition, habitat dynamics, weather and/or climate. However, the effect of climate on colony mortality has never been demonstrated. Therefore, in this study, we focus on longer-term weather conditions and/or climate's influence on honey bee winter mortality rates across Austria...
December 1, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914814/rush-venom-immunotherapy-in-children
#17
Ronit Confino-Cohen, Yossi Rosman, Arnon Goldberg
BACKGROUND: Rush venom immunotherapy (VIT) is highly effective in Hymenoptera venom allergy. Still, specific data regarding its safety and efficiency in children are rather sparse. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to better evaluate the safety and efficiency of rush VIT in this specific age group. METHODS: Children younger than 16 years with systemic reaction to insect sting involving, at least, one body system other than skin and children aged 16-18 years with any kind of systemic reaction were offered conventional or rush VIT with a build-up phase that lasted 3 days...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912247/molecular-evolution-in-insect-societies-an-eco-evo-devo-synthesis
#18
Amy L Toth, Sandra M Rehan
The evolution of eusociality is a perennial issue in evolutionary biology, and genomic advances have fueled steadily growing interest in the genetic changes underlying social evolution. Along with a recent flurry of research on comparative and evolutionary genomics in different eusocial insect groups (bees, ants, wasps, and termites), several mechanistic explanations have emerged to describe the molecular evolution of eusociality from solitary behavior. These include solitary physiological ground plans, genetic toolkits of deeply conserved genes, evolutionary changes in protein-coding genes, cis regulation, and the structure of gene networks, epigenetics, and novel genes...
November 28, 2016: Annual Review of Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911954/the-bees-among-us-modelling-occupancy-of-solitary-bees
#19
J Scott MacIvor, Laurence Packer
Occupancy modelling has received increasing attention as a tool for differentiating between true absence and non-detection in biodiversity data. This is thought to be particularly useful when a species of interest is spread out over a large area and sampling is constrained. We used occupancy modelling to estimate the probability of three phylogenetically independent pairs of native-introduced species [Megachile campanulae (Robertson)-Megachile rotundata (Fab.), Megachile pugnata Say-Megachile centuncularis (L...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911369/field-experiments-of-pollination-ecology-the-case-of-lycoris-sanguinea-var-sanguinea
#20
Futa Yamaji, Takeshi A Ohsawa
Plant-pollinator interactions have been studied for approximately one hundred years. During that time, many field methods have been developed to clarify the pollination effectiveness of each pollinator for visited flowers. Pollinator observations have been one of the most common methods to identify pollinators, and bagging and cage experiments have been conducted to show the effectiveness of specific pollinators. In a previous study of Lycoris sanguinea var. sanguinea, its effective pollinators, the visitation frequencies of each floral visitor, and its reproductive strategies were not identified...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
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