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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634792/impairments-of-cadmium-on-vitellogenin-accumulation-in-the-hepatopancreas-of-freshwater-crab-sinopotamon-henanense
#1
Jian Yang, Hui Sun, Yu Qian, Jie Yang
During ovary maturation of crabs, vitellogenin (Vg), a precursor molecule of vitellin (Vn) needed for embryogenesis, can be produced in large quantities in the hepatopancreas and then transported to the ovary by the hemolymph. In the present study, effects of Cd on Vg accumulation in the hepatopancreas and Vg transportation of the freshwater crab Sinopotamon henanense were investigated. We also studied the impacts of Cd on the mRNA expression of genes involved in energy metabolism, protein metabolism, and metallothionein (MT) and glutathione (GSH) synthesis...
June 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629793/the-effects-of-hypoxia-on-active-ionic-transport-processes-in-the-gill-epithelium-of-hyperregulating-crab-carcinus-maneas
#2
Čedomil Lucu, Andreas Ziegler
Effects of hypoxia on the osmorespiratory functions of the posterior gills of the shore crab Carcinus maenas acclimated to 12ppt seawater (DSW) were studied. Short-circuit current (Isc) across the hemilamella (one epithelium layer supported by cuticle) was substantially reduced under exposure to 1.6, 2.0, or 2.5mg O2/L hypoxic saline (both sides of epithelium) and fully recovered after reoxygenation. Isc was reduced equally in the epithelium exposed to 1.6mg O2/L on both sides and when the apical side was oxygenated and the basolateral side solely exposed to hypoxia...
June 16, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628611/effects-of-salinity-on-gonadal-development-osmoregulation-and-metabolism-of-adult-male-chinese-mitten-crab-eriocheir-sinensis
#3
Xiaowen Long, Xugan Wu, Lei Zhao, Haihui Ye, Yongxu Cheng, Chaoshu Zeng
As a catadromous species, salinity is a key parameter that affects gonadal development of Chinese mitten crab Eriocheir sinensis during reproductive migration. It is however unclear the effects of salinity on the gonadal development of male E. sinensis as well as their physiological responses to salinity during reproductive migration. This study investigated the effects of four salinities (0 ‰, 6 ‰, 12 ‰ and 18 ‰) on gonadal development, osmoregulation and metabolism of adult male E. sinensis over a 40-day period...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627423/severe-developmental-timing-defects-in-the-prothoracicotropic-hormone-ptth-deficient-silkworm-bombyx-mori
#4
Miwa Uchibori-Asano, Takumi Kayukawa, Hideki Sezutsu, Tetsuro Shinoda, Takaaki Daimon
The insect neuropeptide prothoracicotropic hormone (PTTH) triggers the biosynthesis and release of the molting hormone ecdysone in the prothoracic gland (PG), thereby controlling the timing of molting and metamorphosis. Despite the well-documented physiological role of PTTH and its signaling pathway in the PG, it is not clear whether PTTH is an essential hormone for ecdysone biosynthesis and development. To address this question, we established and characterized a PTTH knockout line in the silkworm, Bombyx mori...
June 13, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623796/cadmium-exposure-on-tissue-specific-cadmium-accumulation-and-alteration-of-hemoglobin-expression-in-the-4th-instar-larvae-of-propsilocerus-akamusi-tokunaga-under-laboratory-conditions
#5
Xianyun Zheng, Zhifang Xu, Guohua Qin, Haihua Wu, Haiying Wei
The expression of hemoglobin (Hb) genes has considerable potential as a biomarker for environmental monitoring in Chironomus. However, no sequence information is available regarding Hb genes in Propsilocerus akamusi (Tokunaga), thus the change in Hb mRNA gene expression caused by environmental pollutants remains unknown. In this study, we cloned two Hb gene fragments (PaHbV and PaHbVII) from P. akamusi, analyzed the expression patterns of the PaHbV and PaHbVII transcripts in different tissues using Real-Time quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR), and also measured the Cd levels in different tissues exposed to a sublethal concentration...
June 14, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623733/a-novel-immune-related-gene-hdd1-of-silkworm-bombyx-mori-is-involved-in-bacterial-response
#6
Kui Zhang, Guangzhao Pan, Yuzu Zhao, Xiangwei Hao, Chongyang Li, Li Shen, Rui Zhang, Jingjing Su, Hongjuan Cui
Insects have evolved an effective immune system to respond to various challenges. In this study, a novel immune-related gene, called BmHDD1, was first charactered in silkworm, Bombyx mori. BmHDD1 contained an ORF of 837bp and encoding a deduced protein of 278 amino acids. BmHDD1 was specifically expressed in hemocytes, and highly expressed at the molting and metamorphosis stages under normal physiological conditions. Our results suggested that BmHDD1 was mainly generated by hemocytes and secreted into hemolymph...
June 14, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611355/improved-efficacy-of-an-arthropod-toxin-expressing-fungus-against-insecticide-resistant-malaria-vector-mosquitoes
#7
Etienne Bilgo, Brian Lovett, Weiguo Fang, Niraj Bende, Glenn F King, Abdoulaye Diabate, Raymond J St Leger
The continued success of malaria control efforts requires the development, study and implementation of new technologies that circumvent insecticide resistance. We previously demonstrated that fungal pathogens can provide an effective delivery system for mosquitocidal or malariacidal biomolecules. Here we compared genes from arthropod predators encoding insect specific sodium, potassium and calcium channel blockers for their ability to improve the efficacy of Metarhizium against wild-caught, insecticide-resistant anophelines...
June 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610907/insulin-like-growth-factor-igf-like-peptide-and-20-hydroxyecdysone-regulate-the-growth-and-development-of-the-male-genital-disk-through-different-mechanisms-in-the-silkmoth-bombyx-mori
#8
Daiki Fujinaga, Yusuke Kohmura, Naoki Okamoto, Hiroshi Kataoka, Akira Mizoguchi
It is well established that ecdysteroids play pivotal roles in the regulation of insect molting and metamorphosis. However, the mechanisms by which ecdysteroids regulate the growth and development of adult organs after pupation are poorly understood. Recently, we have identified insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-like peptides (IGFLPs), which are secreted after pupation under the control of 20-hydroxyecdysone (20E). In the silkmoth, Bombyx mori, massive amounts of Bombyx-IGFLP (BIGFLP) are present in the hemolymph during pupal-adult development, suggesting its importance in the regulation of adult tissue growth...
June 10, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603698/crimean-congo-hemorrhagic-fever-tick-host-virus-interactions
#9
REVIEW
Anna Papa, Katerina Tsergouli, Katerina Tsioka, Ali Mirazimi
Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus (CCHFV) is transmitted to humans by bite of infected ticks or by direct contact with blood or tissues of viremic patients or animals. It causes to humans a severe disease with fatality up to 30%. The current knowledge about the vector-host-CCHFV interactions is very limited due to the high-level containment required for CCHFV studies. Among ticks, Hyalomma spp. are considered the most competent virus vectors. CCHFV evades the tick immune response, and following its replication in the lining of the tick's midgut, it is disseminated by the hemolymph in the salivary glands and reproductive organs...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602684/molecular-cloning-and-characterization-of-a-hemocyanin-from-sepiella-maindroni
#10
Ronghua Li, Zhuting Xu, Changkao Mu, Weiwei Song, Chunlin Wang
Hemocyanins are respiratory proteins occurring freely dissolved in the hemolymph of many arthropods and molluscs. Hemocyanin and hemocyanin-derived peptides have been linked to key aspects of innate immunity. In the present study, the full-length cDNA encoding hemocyanin in Sepiella maindroni (SmHc) was cloned and characterized. Bioinformatic analysis predicted that SmHc contains one open reading frame of 10,032 bp and encodes a polypeptide of 3343 amino acids. Sequence analysis showed that the predicted protein sequence of SmHc contained eight functional units (FUs)...
June 14, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600196/a-truncated-sph12-38-with-potent-antimicrobial-activity-showing-resistance-against-bacterial-challenge-in-oryzias-melastigma
#11
Xiao-Wan Ma, Lin Hou, Bei Chen, Dan-Qing Fan, Yan-Chao Chen, Ying Yang, Ke-Jian Wang
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) represent an efficient part of innate immunity and are found in a variety of life. Among them Histone 2A (H2A), as a promising class of AMPs, attracts great attention, but the in vivo mechanism of H2A derived AMP is still less known. Based on the acquisition of Sphistin, a synthetic 38-amino acid H2A derived peptide from Scylla paramamosain, as reported in our previous study, was truncated into three short fragments (Sph12-38, Sph20-38 and Sph30-38) and further investigated for its possible functional domains...
June 6, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600193/functional-and-molecular-responses-of-the-blue-mussel-mytilus-edulis-hemocytes-exposed-to-cadmium-an-in-vitro-model-and-transcriptomic-approach
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Philippine Granger Joly de Boissel, Michel Fournier, Juan Carlos Rodriguez-Lecompte, Patty McKenna, Frederick Kibenge, Ahmed Siah
The bivalve mollusk, Mytilus edulis, is used as a sentinel species in several monitoring programs due to its ability to bio-accumulate contaminants. Its immune system consists of hemocytes and humoral components, which constitute the main part of the hemolymph. The present study is aimed at understanding the effects of Cd on the differentially expressed genes involved in the phagocytosis of M. edulis' hemocytes. Our approach focuses on an in vitro model by exposing hemocytes to different concentrations of Cd ranging from 10(-9) M to 10(-3) M...
June 6, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595982/trophic-transference-of-microplastics-under-a-low-exposure-scenario-insights-on-the-likelihood-of-particle-cascading-along-marine-food-webs
#13
M F M Santana, F T Moreira, A Turra
Microplastics are emergent pollutants in marine environments, whose risks along food-web still need to be understood. Within this knowledge gap, MPs transference and persistence along trophic levels are key processes. We assessed the potential occurrence of these processes considering a less extreme scenario of exposure than used previously, with microplastics present only in the hemolymph of prey (the mussel Perna perna) and absent in the gut cavity. Predators were the crab Callinectes ornatus and the puffer fish Spheoeroides greeleyi...
June 5, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589099/serine-protease-inhibitors-in-ticks-an-overview-of-their-role-in-tick-biology-and-tick-borne-pathogen-transmission
#14
REVIEW
Adrien A Blisnick, Thierry Foulon, Sarah I Bonnet
New tick and tick-borne pathogen control approaches that are both environmentally sustainable and which provide broad protection are urgently needed. Their development, however, will rely on a greater understanding of tick biology, tick-pathogen, and tick-host interactions. The recent advances in new generation technologies to study genomes, transcriptomes, and proteomes has resulted in a plethora of tick biomacromolecular studies. Among these, many enzyme inhibitors have been described, notably serine protease inhibitors (SPIs), whose importance in various tick biological processes is only just beginning to be fully appreciated...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587859/characterization-and-function-of-a-tachylectin-5-like-immune-molecule-in-penaeus-monodon
#15
Pacharaporn Angthong, Sittiruk Roytrakul, Padermsak Jarayabhand, Pikul Jiravanichpaisal
Tachylectin5A and its homolog, tachylectin5B both contain a fibrinogen-related domain (FReD) and have been studied in horseshoe crabs, Tachypleus tridentatus and Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda and shown to be involved in host defense. Here, we demonstrate the presence of tachylectin5-like genes in shrimp, Penaeus monodon, designated as Penlectin5-1 (PL5-1) and Penlectin5-2 (PL5-2), which both contain a signal peptide and a single FReD with an acetyl group and a calcium binding sites and they are both structurally similar to horseshoe crab tachylectin/carcinolectin5...
June 3, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576656/a-double-stranded-rna-degrading-enzyme-reduces-the-efficiency-of-oral-rna-interference-in-migratory-locust
#16
Huifang Song, Jianqin Zhang, Daqi Li, Anastasia M W Cooper, Kristopher Silver, Tao Li, Xiaojian Liu, Enbo Ma, Kun Yan Zhu, Jianzhen Zhang
Application of RNA interference (RNAi) for insect pest management is limited by variable efficiency of RNAi in different insect species. In Locusta migratoria, RNAi is highly efficient through injection of dsRNA, but oral delivery of dsRNA is much less effective. Efforts to understand this phenomenon have shown that dsRNA is more rapidly degraded in midgut fluid than in hemolymph due to nuclease enzyme activity. In the present study, we identified and characterized two full-length cDNAs of double-stranded RNA degrading enzymes (dsRNase) from midgut of L...
May 31, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557066/purification-and-functional-characterization-of-lectin-with-phenoloxidase-activity-from-the-hemolymph-of-cockroach-periplaneta-americana
#17
Ganesh Arumugam, Bhuvaragavan Sreeramulu, Ramaraj Paulchamy, Sakthivel Thangavel, Janarthanan Sundaram
Lectins also identified as hemagglutinins are multivalent proteins and on account of their fine sugar-binding specificity play an important role in immune system of invertebrates. The present study was carried out on the hemolymph lectin of cockroach, Periplaneta americana with appropriate screening and purification to understand its molecular as well as functional nature. The lectin from the hemolymph was purified using ion-exchange chromatography. The approximate molecular weight of purified lectin was 340 kDa as determined by FPLC analysis...
May 30, 2017: Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552321/vital-role-for-cyclophilin-b-cypb-in-asexual-development-dimorphic-transition-and-virulence-of-beauveria-bassiana
#18
Zhen-Jian Chu, Huan-Huan Sun, Sheng-Hua Ying, Ming-Guang Feng
Cyclophilin B (CypB) was previously revealed as one of many putative secretory proteins in the transcriptome of Beauveria bassiana infection to a lepidopteran pest. Here we show a main localization of CypB in hyphal cell walls and septa and its essential role in the in vitro and in vivo asexual cycles of the fungal insect pathogen. Deletion of cypB reduced colony growth by 16-42% on two rich media and 30 scant media with different carbon or nitrogen sources. The deletion mutant suffered a delayed conidiation on a standard medium and a final 47% reduction in conidial yield, accompanied with drastic transcript depression of several key genes required for conidiation and conidial maturation...
May 25, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
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
#19
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
#20
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
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