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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228617/silkworm-fungal-infection-model-for-identification-of-virulence-genes-in-pathogenic-fungus-and-screening-of-novel-antifungal-drugs
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Masaki Ishii, Yasuhiko Matsumoto, Ikuko Nakamura, Kazuhisa Sekimizu
The silkworm infection model has the potential to replace conventional animal models for evaluation of the efficacy and toxicity of investigational antifungal agents. Silkworms are relatively inexpensive, can be simply grown in large numbers and can be easily infected with pathogenic fungi, including mutant strains. Antifungal agents can then be injected into the silkworm either via the hemolymph to mimic intravenous administration or directly into the gut for oral administration, and their antifungal effect can be evaluated...
February 21, 2017: Drug Discoveries & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228181/characterization-and-functional-analysis-of-serpin-1-like-gene-from-oak-silkworm-antheraea-pernyi
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H M Yu, B J Zhu, Y Sun, G Q Wei, L Wang, C Qian, M Nadeem Abbas, C L Liu
Serpins are a broadly distributed family of proteases found in various organisms that play an important role in regulating the immune response. Here, we identified a serpin-1 gene from Antheraea pernyi that encodes a 279 amino acid protein with a molecular weight of 30.8 kDa. We expressed the recombinant Ap-serpin-1 protein in Escherichia coli and used the purified protein to prepare rabbit anti-Ap-serpin-1 polyclonal antibodies. We calculated the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay titer of the antibody as 1:128000...
February 23, 2017: Bulletin of Entomological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217113/antimicrobial-and-insecticidal-cyclic-lipopeptides-and-hydrogen-cyanide-produced-by-plant-beneficial-pseudomonas-strains-cha0-cmr12a-and-pcl1391-contribute-to-insect-killing
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Pascale Flury, Pilar Vesga, Maria Péchy-Tarr, Nora Aellen, Francesca Dennert, Nicolas Hofer, Karent P Kupferschmied, Peter Kupferschmied, Zane Metla, Zongwang Ma, Sandra Siegfried, Sandra de Weert, Guido Bloemberg, Monica Höfte, Christoph J Keel, Monika Maurhofer
Particular groups of plant-beneficial fluorescent pseudomonads are not only root colonizers that provide plant disease suppression, but in addition are able to infect and kill insect larvae. The mechanisms by which the bacteria manage to infest this alternative host, to overcome its immune system, and to ultimately kill the insect are still largely unknown. However, the investigation of the few virulence factors discovered so far, points to a highly multifactorial nature of insecticidal activity. Antimicrobial compounds produced by fluorescent pseudomonads are effective weapons against a vast diversity of organisms such as fungi, oomycetes, nematodes, and protozoa...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207908/isolation-and-determination-of-ivermectin-in-post-mortem-and-in-vivo-tissues-of-dung-beetles-using-a-continuous-solid-phase-extraction-method-followed-by-lc-esi-ms-ms
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Antonio J Ortiz, Vieyle Cortez, Abdelmonaim Azzouz, José R Verdú
A new analytical method based on solvent extraction, followed by continuous solid-phase extraction (SPE) clean-up using a polymeric sorbent, was demonstrated to be applicable for the detection of ivermectin in complex biological matrices of dung beetles (hemolymph, excreta or dry tissues) using liquid chromatography combined with positive electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry (LC/ESI+-MS/MS). Using a signal-to-noise ratio of 3:1, the limit of detection (LOD) in the insect matrices at trace levels was 0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207859/differential-effects-of-silencing-crustacean-hyperglycemic-hormone-gene-expression-on-the-metabolic-profiles-of-the-muscle-and-hepatopancreas-in-the-crayfish-procambarus-clarkii
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Wenfeng Li, Kuo-Hsun Chiu, Yi-Chun Tien, Shih-Fu Tsai, Li-Jane Shih, Chien-Hsun Lee, Jean-Yves Toullec, Chi-Ying Lee
In order to functionally characterize the metabolic roles of crustacean hyperglycemic hormone (CHH), gene expression of CHH in the crayfish (Procambarus clarkii) was knocked down by in vivo injection of CHH double-stranded RNA (dsRNA), followed by metabolomic analysis of 2 CHH target tissues (the muscle and hepatopancreas) using nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Compared to the levels in untreated and saline-injected (SAI) animals, levels of CHH transcript, but not those of molt-inhibiting hormone (a CHH-family peptide), in the eyestalk ganglia of CHH dsRNA-injected (DSI) animals were significantly decreased at 24, 48, and 72 hour post injection (hpi), with concomitant changes in levels of CHH peptide in the sinus gland (a neurohemal organ) and hemolymph...
2017: PloS One
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
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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/28194425/molecular-cloning-bioinformatic-analysis-and-expression-of-bombyx-mori-lebocin-5-gene-related-to-beauveria-bassiana-infection
#7
Dingding Lü, Chengxiang Hou, Guangxing Qin, Kun Gao, Tian Chen, Xijie Guo
A full-length cDNA of lebocin 5 (BmLeb5) was first cloned from silkworm, Bombyx mori, by rapid amplification of cDNA ends. The BmLeb5 gene is 808 bp in length and the open reading frame encodes a 179-amino acid hydroxyproline-rich peptide. Bioinformatic analysis results showed that BmLeb5 owns an O-glycosylation site and four RXXR motifs as other lebocins. Sequence similarity and phylogenic analysis results indicated that lebocins form a multiple gene family in silkworm as cecropins. Quantitative real-time PCR analysis revealed that BmLeb5 was highest expressed in the fat body...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188725/physiological-correlates-of-chill-susceptibility-in-lepidoptera
#8
Mads Kuhlmann Andersen, Signe Overgaard Jensen, Johannes Overgaard
The majority of insects enter a state of reversible coma if temperature is lowered sufficiently. If the cold treatment is not to severe these insects recover gradually when returned to benign temperatures in a time-dependent manner that often depends on the duration and intensity of the cold exposure. Previous studies have associated these phenotypes to changes in membrane potential (Vm) and ion balance, and especially hemolymph [K(+)] is known to be of importance for the recovery time. In the present study we examined this link in three species of Lepidoptera as insects from this order are known to possess resting hemolymph [K(+)] that would severely compromise Vm in other insects...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182764/phylogenetic-patterns-and-the-adaptive-evolution-of-osmoregulation-in-fiddler-crabs-brachyura-uca
#9
Samuel Coelho Faria, Diogo Borges Provete, Carl Leo Thurman, John Campbell McNamara
Salinity is the primary driver of osmoregulatory evolution in decapods, and may have influenced their diversification into different osmotic niches. In semi-terrestrial crabs, hyper-osmoregulatory ability favors sojourns into burrows and dilute media, and provides a safeguard against hemolymph dilution; hypo-osmoregulatory ability underlies emersion capability and a life more removed from water sources. However, most comparative studies have neglected the roles of the phylogenetic and environmental components of inter-specific physiological variation, hindering evaluation of phylogenetic patterns and the adaptive nature of osmoregulatory evolution...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167202/two-hemocyte-sub-populations-of-kuruma-shrimp-marsupenaeus-japonicus
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Keiichiro Koiwai, Rod Russel R Alenton, Reina Shiomi, Reiko Nozaki, Hidehiro Kondo, Ikuo Hirono
Hemocytes in the circulating hemolymph play important roles for immune responses in shrimp. Previous studies on immune responses by hemocytes in penaeid shrimp were based on gene expression analyses of the entire population of hemocytes and thus may have missed different immune responses of different hemocyte sub-populations. In this study, we separated hemocytes into two sub-populations by Percoll gradient centrifugation, morphological characteristics of each population were then analyzed by May-Giemsa staining, flow cytometry, and FACSCalibur...
February 3, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163091/a-prokineticin-like-protein-responds-to-immune-challenges-in-the-gastropod-pest-pomacea-canaliculata
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Alice Accorsi, Stefania Benatti, Eric Ross, Milena Nasi, Davide Malagoli
The golden apple snail Pomacea canaliculata is an invasive pest originating from South America. It has already been retrieved in Asia, the southern United States and more recently in the EU. Aiming to target the immune system of the snail as a way to control its spreading, we have developed organ-specific transcriptomes and looked for molecules controlling replication and differentiation of snail hemocytes. The prokineticin domain-containing protein Astakine 1 is the only cytokine known thus far capable of regulating invertebrate hematopoiesis, and we analyzed the transcriptomes looking for molecules containing a prokineticin domain...
February 2, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158185/schistosome-infectivity-in-the-snail-biomphalaria-glabrata-is-partially-dependent-on-the-expression-of-grctm6-a-guadeloupe-resistance-complex-protein
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Euan R O Allan, Jacob A Tennessen, Stephanie R Bollmann, Patrick C Hanington, Christopher J Bayne, Michael S Blouin
Schistosomiasis is one of the most important neglected tropical diseases. Despite effective chemotherapeutic treatments, this disease continues to afflict hundreds of millions of people. Understanding the natural intermediate snail hosts of schistosome parasites is vital to the suppression of this disease. A recently identified genomic region in Caribbean Biomphalaria glabrata snails strongly influences their resistance to infection by Schistosoma mansoni. This region contains novel genes having structural similarity to known pathogen recognition proteins...
February 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155146/enzyme-histochemistry-for-functional-histology-in-invertebrates
#13
Francesca Cima
In invertebrates, enzyme histochemistry has recently found a renaissance regarding its applications in morphology and ecology. Many enzyme activities are useful for the morphofunctional characterization of cells, as biomarkers of biological and pathologic processes, and as markers of the response to environmental stressors. Here, the adjustments to classic techniques, including the most common enzymes used for digestion, absorption, transport, and oxidation, as well as techniques for azo-coupling, metal salt substitution and oxidative coupling polymerization, are presented in detail for various terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139750/myosuppressin-is-involved-in-the-regulation-of-pupal-diapause-in-the-cabbage-army-moth-mamestra-brassicae
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Nobuto Yamada, Hiroshi Kataoka, Akira Mizoguchi
Diapause, a programmed developmental arrest, is common in insects, enabling them to survive adverse seasons. It is well established that pupal diapause is regulated by ecdysteroids secreted by the prothoracic glands (PGs), with cessation of ecdysteroid secretion after pupal ecdysis leading to pupal diapause. A major factor regulating the gland activity is prothoracicotropic hormone (PTTH) secreted from the brain. In our previous study, we demonstrated that the cessation of PTTH release after pupal ecdysis resulted in the inactivation of the PGs, leading to pupal diapause in the cabbage army moth Mamestra brassicae...
January 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126483/the-angiotensin-converting-enzyme-ace-gene-family-of-bombyx-mori
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Hai-Yan Yan, Kazuei Mita, Xia Zhao, Yoshikazu Tanaka, Minoru Moriyama, Huabin Wang, Masashi Iwanaga, Hideki Kawasaki
We previously reported regarding an ecdysone-inducible angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) gene. We found another four ACE genes in the Bombyx genome. The present study was undertaken to clarify the evolutionally changed function of the ACE of Bombyx mori. Core regions of deduced amino acid sequences of ACE genes were compared with those of other insect ACE genes. Five Bombyx genes have the conserved Zn(2+)-binding-site motif (HEXXH); however, BmAcer4 has only one and BmAcer3 has no catalytic ligand. BmAcer1 and BmAcer2 were expressed in several organs...
January 23, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125668/a-new-method-for-quick-and-easy-hemolymph-collection-from-apidae-adults
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Grzegorz Borsuk, Aneta A Ptaszyńska, Krzysztof Olszewski, Marcin Domaciuk, Patcharin Krutmuang, Jerzy Paleolog
Bio-analysis of insects is increasingly dependent on highly sensitive methods that require high quality biological material, such as hemolymph. However, it is difficult to collect fresh and uncontaminated hemolymph from adult bees since they are very active and have the potential to sting, and because hemolymph is rapidly melanized. Here we aimed to develop and test a quick and easy method for sterile and contamination-free hemolymph sampling from adult Apidae. Our novel antennae method for hemolymph sampling (AMHS), entailed the detachment of an antenna, followed by application of delicate pressure to the bee's abdomen...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125032/malpighian-tubules-as-novel-targets-for-mosquito-control
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Peter M Piermarini, Carlos J Esquivel, Jerod S Denton
The Malpighian tubules and hindgut are the renal excretory tissues of mosquitoes; they are essential to maintaining hemolymph water and solute homeostasis. Moreover, they make important contributions to detoxifying metabolic wastes and xenobiotics in the hemolymph. We have focused on elucidating the molecular mechanisms of Malpighian tubule function in adult female mosquitoes and developing chemical tools as prototypes for next-generation mosquitocides that would act via a novel mechanism of action (i.e., renal failure)...
January 24, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123116/the-first-organ-based-free-ontology-for-arthropods-ontology-of-arthropod-circulatory-systems-oarcs-and-its-integration-into-a-novel-formalization-scheme-for-morphological-descriptions
#18
Christian S Wirkner, Torben Göpel, Jens Runge, Jonas Keiler, Bastian-Jesper Klussmann-Fricke, Katarina Huckstorf, Stephan Scholz, Istvan Mikó, Matt Yoder, Stefan Richter
Morphology, the oldest discipline in the biosciences, is currently experiencing a renaissance in the field of comparative phenomics. However, morphological/phenotypic research still suffers on various levels from a lack of standards. This shortcoming, first highlighted as the "linguistic problem of morphology", concerns the usage of terminology but also the need for formalization of morphological descriptions themselves, something of paramount importance not only to the field of morphology but also when it comes to the use of phenotypic data in systematics and evolutionary biology...
January 25, 2017: Systematic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115054/motility-precedes-egress-of-malaria-parasites-from-oocysts
#19
Dennis Klug, Friedrich Frischknecht
Malaria is transmitted when an infected Anopheles mosquito deposits Plasmodium sporozoites in the skin during a bite. Sporozoites are formed within oocysts at the mosquito midgut wall and are released into the hemolymph, from where they invade the salivary glands and are subsequently transmitted to the vertebrate host. We found that a thrombospondin-repeat containing sporozoite-specific protein named thrombospondin-releated protein 1 (TRP1) is important for oocyst egress and salivary gland invasion, and hence for the transmission of malaria...
January 24, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095489/transgenic-expression-of-the-anti-parasitic-factor-tep1-in-the-malaria-mosquito-anopheles-gambiae
#20
Gloria Volohonsky, Ann-Katrin Hopp, Mélanie Saenger, Julien Soichot, Heidi Scholze, Jens Boch, Stéphanie A Blandin, Eric Marois
Mosquitoes genetically engineered to be resistant to Plasmodium parasites represent a promising novel approach in the fight against malaria. The insect immune system itself is a source of anti-parasitic genes potentially exploitable for transgenic designs. The Anopheles gambiae thioester containing protein 1 (TEP1) is a potent anti-parasitic protein. TEP1 is secreted and circulates in the mosquito hemolymph, where its activated cleaved form binds and eliminates malaria parasites. Here we investigated whether TEP1 can be used to create malaria resistant mosquitoes...
January 2017: PLoS Pathogens
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