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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550807/effects-of-waterborne-copper-delivered-under-two-different-exposure-and-salinity-regimes-on-osmotic-and-ionic-regulation-in-the-mudflat-fiddler-crab-minuca-rapax-ocypodidae-brachyura
#1
Mariana V Capparelli, John C McNamara, Martin Grosell
The effects of exposure to copper (Cu) on tissue Cu accumulation, on hemolymph osmotic, Na(+) and Cl(-) regulation, and on gill Na(+)/K(+)-ATPase (NKA) and carbonic anhydrase (CA) activities were evaluated in the fiddler crab Minuca rapax. Waterborne copper was delivered to the crabs at one of three salinities (seawater at 25‰ salinity [S] = isosmotic control; distilled water [<0.1‰ S] = hypo-osmotic medium; or 60‰ S = hyper-osmotic seawater) either for 5 days in a 0.5-cm water film containing 0, 50, 150, 250 or 500µg Cu/L with free access to a dry surface, or in crabs fully submerged for 5h at 0, 250 or 500µg Cu/L...
May 24, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545959/serpin-14-negatively-regulates-prophenoloxidase-activation-and-expression-of-antimicrobial-peptides-in-chinese-oak-silkworm-antheraea-pernyi
#2
Saima Kausar, Muhammad Nadeem Abbas, Cen Qian, Baojian Zhu, Yu Sun, Yuxuan Sun, Lei Wang, Guoqing Wei, Iram Maqsood, Chao-Liang Liu
Genes encoding proteins of serpins superfamily are widely distributed in invertebrates. In insects, serpins play important roles in regulating immune responses and other physiological processes. Here, we report the cloning and characterization of cDNA of Apserpin-14 from Chinese oak silkworm (Antheraea pernyi). The Apserpin-14 gene contains 1206 bp open reading frame, encoding a predicted 401 amino acid residue protein. We expressed the recombinant Apserpin-14 protein in Escherichia coli and then purified protein was used to prepare rabbit anti-Apserpin-14 polyclonal antibodies...
May 22, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540583/circadian-rhythm-in-melatonin-release-as-a-mechanism-to-reinforce-the-temporal-organization-of-the-circadian-system-in-crayfish
#3
Leonor Mendoza-Vargas, Armida Báez-Saldaña, Ramón Alvarado, Beatriz Fuentes-Pardo, Edgar Flores-Soto, Héctor Solís-Chagoyán
Melatonin (MEL) is a conserved molecule with respect to its synthesis pathway and functions. In crayfish, MEL content in eyestalks (Ey) increases at night under the photoperiod, and this indoleamine synchronizes the circadian rhythm of electroretinogram amplitude, which is expressed by retinas and controlled by the cerebroid ganglion (CG). The aim of this study was to determine whether MEL content in eyestalks and CG or circulating MEL in hemolymph (He) follows a circadian rhythm under a free-running condition; in addition, it was tested whether MEL might directly influence the spontaneous electrical activity of the CG...
June 2017: Invertebrate Neuroscience: IN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539890/insecticidal-effects-of-hemocoelic-delivery-of-bacillus-thuringiensis-cry-toxins-in-achaea-janata-larvae
#4
Thuirei J Ningshen, Vinod K Chauhan, Narender K Dhania, Aparna Dutta-Gupta
Insecticidal effects of Bacillus thuringiensis Cry toxins in hemocoel of larvae have not been properly evaluated. In the present study, hemocoelic injection of four representative Cry toxins i.e., Cry1Aa, Cry1Ab, Cry1Ac, and DOR5 to an economically important lepidopteran insect pest Achaea janata, induced larval mortality, reduced larval growth rate and gave rise to smaller pupae, all in a dose-dependent manner. We observed extensive degeneration as well as the disintegration of larval tissues, most notably, fat body, and the possible involvement of lysosomal enzymes in tissue histolysis...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533370/insect-pathogenic-fungus-interacts-with-the-gut-microbiota-to-accelerate-mosquito-mortality
#5
Ge Wei, Yiling Lai, Guandong Wang, Huan Chen, Fang Li, Sibao Wang
The insect gut microbiota plays crucial roles in modulating the interactions between the host and intestinal pathogens. Unlike viruses, bacteria, and parasites, which need to be ingested to cause disease, entomopathogenic fungi infect insects through the cuticle and proliferate in the hemolymph. However, interactions between the gut microbiota and entomopathogenic fungi are unknown. Here we show that the pathogenic fungus Beauveria bassiana interacts with the gut microbiota to accelerate mosquito death. After topical fungal infection, mosquitoes with gut microbiota die significantly faster than mosquitoes without microbiota...
May 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523581/human-adenovirus-in-tissues-of-freshwater-snails-living-in-contaminated-waters
#6
J S Gularte, R Staggemeier, M Demoliner, T M S Heck, F H Heldt, R G F Ritzel, C Rigotto, A Henzel, F R Spilki
Human adenovirus (HAdV) is resistant to environment and can be used as a marker to detect fecal contamination. Considering the importance of freshwater snails in the aquatic environment, their use as concentrators for HAdV is a complementary tool for viral analysis of water. The goal of the study was to detect HAdV in snails and surface water collected from wetlands of the Sinos River (Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil) basin and to compare rates and viral loads found in both samples. HAdV was detected through real-time PCR...
June 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522421/a-chymotrypsin-like-serine-protease-from-portunus-trituberculatus-involved-in-pathogen-recognition-and-amp-synthesis-but-not-required-for-prophenoloxidase-activation
#7
Hourong Liu, Yuan Liu, Chengwen Song, Zhaoxia Cui
Clip domain serine proteases (clip-SPs) play critical roles in various immune responses in arthropods, such as hemolymph coagulation, antimicrobial peptide (AMP) synthesis, cell adhesion and melanization. In the present study, we report the molecular and functional characterization of a clip domain serine protease (PtcSP2) from the swimming crab Portunus trituberculatus. The N-terminal clip domain and the C-terminal SP-like domain of PtcSP2 were expressed in Escherichia coli system, and assayed for their activities...
May 15, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520808/proteomic-analysis-of-biomphalaria-glabrata-plasma-proteins-with-binding-affinity-to-those-expressed-by-early-developing-larval-schistosoma-mansoni
#8
Xiao-Jun Wu, Nathalie Dinguirard, Grzegorz Sabat, Hong-di Lui, Laura Gonzalez, Michael Gehring, Utibe Bickham-Wright, Timothy P Yoshino
Interactions between early developing Schistosoma mansoni larval stages and the hemolymph of its snail intermediate host represent the first molecular encounter with the snail's immune system. To gain a more comprehensive understanding of this early parasite-host interaction, biotinylated sporocyst tegumental membrane (Mem) proteins and larval transformation proteins (LTP) were affixed to streptavidin-agarose beads and used as affinity matrices to enrich for larval-reactive plasma proteins from susceptible (NMRI) and resistant (BS-90) strains of the snail Biomphalaria glabrata...
May 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515484/the-complex-tibial-organ-of-the-new-zealand-ground-weta-sensory-adaptations-for-vibrational-signal-detection
#9
Johannes Strauß, Kathryn Lomas, Laurence H Field
In orthopteran insects, a complex tibial organ has evolved to detect substrate vibrations and/or airborne sound. Species of New Zealand weta (Anostostomatidae) with tympanal ears on the foreleg tibia use this organ to communicate by sound, while in atympanate species (which communicate by substrate drumming) the organ is unstudied. We investigated the complex tibial organ of the atympanate ground weta, Hemiandrus pallitarsis, for vibration detection adaptations. This system contains four sensory components (subgenual organ, intermediate organ, crista acustica homolog, accessory organ) in all legs, together with up to 90 scolopidial sensilla...
May 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499928/detection-of-ostreid-herpesvirus-1-microvariants-in-healthy-crassostrea-gigas-following-disease-events-and-their-possible-role-as-reservoirs-of-infection
#10
Olivia Evans, Paul Hick, Richard J Whittington
Ostreid herpesvirus-1 microvariants (OsHV-1) cause severe mortalities in farmed Crassostrea gigas in Europe, New Zealand and Australia. Outbreaks are seasonal, recurring in the warmer months of the year in endemic estuaries. The reference genotype and microvariant genotypes of OsHV-1 have been previously detected in the tissues of apparently healthy adult oysters naturally exposed to OsHV-1 in the field. However, the role of such oysters as reservoirs of infection for subsequent mortality outbreaks remains unclear...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492538/drosophila-caspase-activity-is-required-independently-of-apoptosis-to-produce-active-tnf-eiger-during-nociceptive-sensitization
#11
Juyeon Jo, Seol Hee Im, Daniel T Babcock, Srividya C Iyer, Felona Gunawan, Daniel N Cox, Michael J Galko
Tumor necrosis factor (TNF) signaling is required for inflammatory nociceptive (pain) sensitization in Drosophila and vertebrates. Nociceptive sensitization in Drosophila larvae following UV-induced tissue damage is accompanied by epidermal apoptosis and requires epidermal-derived TNF/Eiger and the initiator caspase, Dronc. Major gaps remain regarding TNF function in sensitization, including the relationship between apoptosis/tissue damage and TNF production, the downstream signaling in this context, and the target genes that modulate nociceptive behaviors...
May 11, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482796/effects-of-cold-acclimation-on-gene-expression-in-fall-field-cricket-gryllus-pennsylvanicus-ionoregulatory-tissues
#12
Lauren E Des Marteaux, Alexander H McKinnon, Hiroko Udaka, Jantina Toxopeus, Brent J Sinclair
BACKGROUND: Cold tolerance is a key determinant of temperate insect distribution and performance. Chill-susceptible insects lose ion and water homeostasis during cold exposure, but prior cold acclimation improves both cold tolerance and defense of homeostasis. The mechanisms underlying these processes are mostly unknown; cold acclimation is thought to enhance ion transport in the cold and/or prevent leak of water and ions. To identify candidate mechanisms of cold tolerance plasticity we generated transcriptomes of ionoregulatory tissues (hindgut and Malpighian tubules) from Gryllus pennsylvanicus crickets and compared gene expression in warm- and cold-acclimated individuals...
May 8, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482697/biotransformation-enzyme-activities-and-phase-i-metabolites-analysis-in-litopenaeus-vannamei-following-intramuscular-administration-of-t-2-toxin
#13
Yijia Deng, Yaling Wang, Lijun Sun, Pengli Lu, Rundong Wang, Lin Ye, Defeng Xu, Riying Ye, Ying Liu, Siyuan Bi, Ravi Gooneratne
T-2 toxin (T-2) is a type-A trichothecene produced by Fusarium that causes toxicity to animals. T-2 contamination of grain-based aquatic feed is a concern for the industries related to edible aquatic crustacean species such as the shrimp industry because it can lead to serious food safety issues. T-2, its metabolites, and selected phase I (EROD, CarE) and phase II (GST, UGT, SULT) detoxification enzymes in hemolymph and tissues were monitored at 0, 5, 10 15, 30, 45, and 60 min following T-2 intramuscular administration (3 mg/kg bw) in shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei)...
May 8, 2017: Drug and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469184/simultaneous-quantification-of-amino-metabolites-in-multiple-metabolic-pathways-using-ultra-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-with-tandem-mass-spectrometry
#14
Jin Wang, Lihong Zhou, Hehua Lei, Fuhua Hao, Xin Liu, Yulan Wang, Huiru Tang
Metabolites containing amino groups cover multiple pathways and play important roles in redox homeostasis and biosyntheses of proteins, nucleotides and neurotransmitters. Here, we report a new method for simultaneous quantification of 124 such metabolites. This is achieved by derivatization-assisted sensitivity enhancement with 5-aminoisoquinolyl-N-hydroxysuccinimidyl carbamate (5-AIQC) followed with comprehensive analysis using ultra-high performance liquid chromatography and electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS)...
May 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467416/females-are-the-brighter-sex-differences-in-external-fluorescence-across-sexes-and-life-stages-of-a-crab-spider
#15
Erin E Brandt, Susan E Masta
Fluorescence is increasingly recognized to be widespread in nature. In particular, some arachnids fluoresce externally, and in spiders the hemolymph fluoresces. In this study, we examined the external fluorescence and the fluorophores of different sexes and life stages of the crab spider Misumena vatia (Clerk 1757), a sit-and-wait predator that feeds on insects as they visit flowers. We designed novel instrumentation to measure external fluorescence in whole specimens. We found that although males and females possess internal fluorophores with similar properties, the external expression of fluorescence varies across sexes and life stages...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465230/molecular-characterization-and-expression-analysis-of-turtle-protein-in-silkworm-that-is-associated-with-nosema-bombycis-infection
#16
Feng Zhu, Shengyan Xiao, Yonghong Zhang, Yulan Shao, Fenfen Tang, Shiliang Chen, Xingrong Bai
In this report, we describe the cloning and characterization of a member of the immunoglobulin superfamily (IgSF); i.e., Turtle. The cDNA of Turtle was cloned from the silkworm Bombyx mori using the rapid amplification of cDNA ends (RACE) technique. Three isoforms of Bombyx Turtle were obtained, including Bmtutl-464, Bmtutl-519, and Bmtutl-810. The three isoforms had identical 27-amino acid signal peptides and four extracellular immunoglobulin (Ig) domains (IgI-IgIV). Sequence similarity and phylogenic analysis indicated that Bmtutl-810 belongs to the group of insect Turtle isoforms and shares 76...
April 30, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461222/cold-mortality-is-not-caused-by-oxygen-limitation-or-loss-of-ion-homeostasis-in-the-tropical-freshwater-shrimp-macrobrachium-rosenbergii
#17
Lisa B Jørgensen, Heath A MacMillan, Johannes Overgaard
Using the tropical crustacean Macrobrachium rosenbergii we investigate two popular hypotheses proposed to explain loss of function in ectotherms exposed to critically high and low temperatures. Specifically, we examine whether acute cold stress disrupts hemolymph and muscle ion balance or causes a loss of oxygen availability. We found that acute cold stress causes loss of righting response at 13 °C, but that a cold-induced loss of ion-balance only occurs after onset of mortality. In regards to oxygen availability, we found no decrease in hemolymph oxygen content during cold exposure, and no changes in the concentrations of the anaerobic end products l-lactate and succinate in the tail muscle of the shrimp...
April 28, 2017: Cryobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448606/a-feeding-protocol-for-delivery-of-agents-to-assess-development-in-varroa-mites
#18
Ana R Cabrera, Paul D Shirk, Peter E A Teal
A novel feeding protocol for delivery of bio-active agents to Varroa mites was developed by providing mites with honey bee larva hemolymph supplemented with cultured insect cells and selected materials delivered on a fibrous cotton substrate. Mites were starved, fed on treated hemolymph to deliver selected agents and then returned to bee larvae. Transcript levels of two reference genes, actin and glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH), as well as for nine selected genes involved in reproductive processes showed that the starvation and feeding protocol periods did not pose a high level of stress to the mites as transcript levels remained comparable between phoretic mites and those completing the protocol...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448564/insights-into-the-biochemical-defence-and-methylation-of-the-solitary-bee-osmia-rufa-l-a-foundation-for-examining-eusociality-development
#19
Aneta Strachecka, Jacek Chobotow, Jerzy Paleolog, Aleksandra Łoś, Michał Schulz, Dariusz Teper, Halina Kucharczyk, Maciej Grzybek
We examined age-related biochemical and histological changes in the fat bodies and hemolymph of Osmia rufa males and females. We analysed solitary bees during diapause, in October and in April; as well as the flying insects following diapause, in May and June. The trophocyte sizes, as well as the numbers of lipid droplets were the greatest at the beginning of diapause. Subsequently, they decreased along with age. Triglyceride and glucose concentrations systematically decreased in fat body cells but increased in the hemolymph from October to June...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446822/anti-mycobacterium-activity-of-microbial-peptides-in-a-silkworm-infection-model-with-mycobacterium-smegmatis
#20
Akiho Yagi, Ryuji Uchida, Hiroshi Hamamoto, Kazuhisa Sekimizu, Ken-Ichi Kimura, Hiroshi Tomoda
An in vivo-mimic silkworm infection model with Mycobacterium smegmatis was established. When silkworms were raised at 37 °C following an injection of M. smegmatis cells (1.25 × 10(7) CFU larva(-1) g(-1)) into the silkworm hemolymph, they died within 48 h. Under these conditions, four microbial peptides with anti-M. smegmatis activity, lariatin A, calpinactam, lysocin E and propeptin, exerted therapeutic effects in a dose-dependent manner, and these are also clinically used agents that are active against Mycobacterium tuberculosis...
May 2017: Journal of Antibiotics
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