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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449398/feeding-induced-phenol-production-in-capsicum-annuum-l-influences-spodoptera-litura-f-larval-growth-and-physiology
#1
Vijaya Movva, Usha Rani Pathipati
We studied the role of induced plant phenols as a defense response to insect herbivory. Phenolic compounds were induced in Capsicum annuum L., the source of many culinary peppers, after feeding by different stages of the insect pest, Spodoptera litura F. The phenols were identified and quantified using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and effects produced by these phenols on larval development were studied. Vanillic acid was identified in plants challenged by second, fourth, and fifth instar larvae, but not in plants challenged by third instar nor unchallenged plants...
May 2017: Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448908/biological-impacts-of-glyphosate-on-morphology-embryo-biomechanics-and-larval-behavior-in-zebrafish-danio-rerio
#2
Shuhui Zhang, Jia Xu, Xiangyu Kuang, Shibao Li, Xiang Li, Dongyan Chen, Xin Zhao, Xizeng Feng
All of these days, residues of herbicides such as glyphosate are widely distributed in the environment. The ubiquitous use of glyphosate has drawn extensive attention to its toxicity as an organic pollutant. In this study, we employed larval zebrafish as an animal model to evaluate the effect of different concentrations of glyphosate on early development via morphological, biomechanics, behavioral and physiological analyses. Morphological results showed that an obvious delay occurred in the epiboly process and body length, eye and head area were reduced at concentrations higher than 10 mg/L...
April 21, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448051/protocols-for-investigating-the-host-tissue-distribution-transmission-mode-and-effect-on-the-host-fitness-of-a-densovirus-in-the-cotton-bollworm
#3
Xianming Yang, Pengjun Xu, Robert I Graham, He Yuan, Kongming Wu
Many novel viruses have been discovered in animal hosts using next-generation sequencing technologies. Previously, we reported a mutualistic virus, Helicoverpa armigera densovirus (HaDV2), in a lepidopteran species, the cotton bollworm, Helicoverpa armigera (Hubner). Here, we describe the protocols that are currently used to study the effect of HaDV2 on its host. First, we establish a HaDV2-free cotton bollworm colony from a single breeding pair. Then, we orally inoculate some neonate larval offspring with HaDV2-containing filtered liquid to produce two colonies with the same genetic background: one HaDV2-infected, the other uninfected...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448012/protocols-for-visualizing-steroidogenic-organs-and-their-interactive-organs-with-immunostaining-in-the-fruit-fly-drosophila-melanogaster
#4
Eisuke Imura, Yuto Yoshinari, Yuko Shimada-Niwa, Ryusuke Niwa
In multicellular organisms, a small group of cells is endowed with a specialized function in their biogenic activity, inducing a systemic response to growth and reproduction. In insects, the larval prothoracic gland (PG) and the adult female ovary play essential roles in biosynthesizing the principal steroid hormones called ecdysteroids. These ecdysteroidogenic organs are innervated from the nervous system, through which the timing of biosynthesis is affected by environmental cues. Here we describe a protocol for visualizing ecdysteroidogenic organs and their interactive organs in larvae and adults of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, which provides a suitable model system for studying steroid hormone biosynthesis and its regulatory mechanism...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447937/il17-factors-are-early-regulators-in-the-gut-epithelium-during-inflammatory-response-to-vibrio-in-the-sea-urchin-larva
#5
Katherine M Buckley, Eric Chun Hei Ho, Taku Hibino, Catherine S Schrankel, Nicholas W Schuh, Guizhi Wang, Jonathan Patrick Rast
IL17 cytokines are central mediators of mammalian immunity. In vertebrates, these factors derive from diverse cellular sources. Sea urchins share a molecular heritage with chordates that includes the IL17 system. Here, we characterize the role of epithelial expression of IL17 in the larval gut-associated immune response. The purple sea urchin genome encodes ten IL17 subfamilies (35 genes) and two IL17 receptors. Most of these subfamilies are conserved throughout echinoderms. Two IL17 subfamilies are sequentially strongly upregulated and attenuated in the gut epithelium in response to bacterial disturbance...
April 27, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446697/hydrodynamic-regime-determines-the-feeding-success-of-larval-fish-through-the-modulation-of-strike-kinematics
#6
Victor China, Liraz Levy, Alex Liberzon, Tal Elmaliach, Roi Holzman
Larval fishes experience extreme mortality rates, with 99% of a cohort perishing within days after starting to actively feed. While recent evidence suggests that hydrodynamic factors contribute to constraining larval feeding during early ontogeny, feeding is a complex process that involves numerous interacting behavioural and biomechanical components. How these components change throughout ontogeny and how they contribute to feeding remain unclear. Using 339 observations of larval feeding attempts, we quantified the effects of morphological and behavioural traits on feeding success of Sparus aurata larvae during early ontogeny...
April 26, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445094/proteinases-during-early-development-of-the-pacific-whiteleg-shrimp-penaeus-vannamei
#7
Patricia Hernandez-Cortes, Crisalejandra Rivera-Pérez, Fernando García-Carreño, Diana Martínez-Alarcón
During shrimp larval development, changes occur in molecular components. Enzyme activity and mRNA expression of proteinases were assayed in Penaeus vannamei during larval development, which consists of 5 nauplius stages, 3 protozoeal stages, 3 mysis stages, and 12 postlarval stages. Trypsin activity reached a maximum at the beginning of postlarval stages 1 and 2, and significantly decreased in subsequent postlarval stages. Chymotrypsin activity increased at the third protozoeal stage, then significantly decreased in subsequent stages...
February 2017: Biological Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445089/genetic-and-morphological-differentiation-of-the-semiterrestrial-crab-armases-angustipes-brachyura-sesarmidae-along-the-brazilian-coast
#8
Murilo Zanetti Marochi, Setuko Masunari, Christoph D Schubart
The genetic and morphometric population structures of the semiterrestrial crab Armases angustipes from along the Brazilian coast were examined. The influence of the Central South Equatorial Current on larval dispersal of A. angustipes also was evaluated. Six populations were sampled from estuarine areas in São Luis do Maranhão, Maranhão; Natal, Rio Grande do Norte; Maceió, Alagoas; Ilhéus, Bahia; Aracruz, Espírito Santo; and Guaratuba, Paraná. Patterns of genetic differentiation were assessed using DNA sequence data corresponding to parts of the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1...
February 2017: Biological Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444917/ultrastructural-comparison-of-the-drosophila-larval-and-adult-ventral-abdominal-neuromuscular-junction
#9
Nicole Wagner
Drosophila melanogaster has recently emerged as model system for studying synaptic transmission and plasticity during adulthood, aging and neurodegeneration. However, still little is known about the basic neuronal mechanisms of synaptic function in the adult fly. Per se, adult Drosophila neuromuscular junctions should be highly suited for studying these aspects as they allow for genetic manipulations in combination with ultrastructural and electrophysiological analyses. Although different neuromuscular junctions of the adult fly have been described during the last years, a direct ultrastructural comparison with their larval counterpart is lacking...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444855/intraguild-interactions-and-behavior-of-spodoptera-frugiperda-and-helicoverpa-spp-on-maize
#10
José P F Bentivenha, Débora G Montezano, Thomas E Hunt, Edson L L Baldin, Julie A Peterson, Vinícius S Victor, Luiz E R Pannuti, Ana M Vélez, Silvana V Paula-Moraes
BACKGROUND: Spodoptera frugiperda (J. E. Smith) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), is one of the major pests of maize, and is in the same feeding guild of the noctuid pests, Helicoverpa zea (Boddie), and Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner), recently reported in South and North America. The intraguild interactions of these species were assessed in laboratory and field conditions by determining the survival of larvae in interactions scenarios with non-Bt maize silks and ears. Moreover, a video-tracking system was utilized to evaluate behavioral parameters during larval interactions in scenarios with or without food...
April 26, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444314/cold-disinfestation-of-hass-avocado-persia-americana-of-three-species-of-fruit-fly-diptera-tephritidae-ceratitis-capitata-ceratitis-rosa-and-ceratitis-cosyra
#11
A B Ware, C L N du Toit
The avocado industry is important in South Africa, but access to certain markets is impeded by the presence of phytosanitary pests. One of the ways of securing entry to these markets is to demonstrate that a mitigating treatment will result in there being a negligible chance of accidental importation. In cold treatment comparative studies at 0 °C and 2 °C of immature stages of Ceratitis capitata (Wiedemann), Ceratitis rosa Karsch, and Ceratitis cosyra (Walker) in "Hass" avocado, the third instar of C...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444212/numerical-response-and-impact-of-laricobius-nigrinus-coleoptera-derodontidae-on-adelges-tsugae-hemiptera-adelgidae-in-their-native-range
#12
D L Mausel, L T Kok, S M Salom
To determine if key attributes for a successful biological control agent are possessed by the predator, Laricobius nigrinus Fender, field studies were conducted in its native range of Seattle, WA. The relationship between adult and immature L. nigrinus abundance to different densities of its prey, Adelges tsugae Annand, were determined. In a second study, predator and prey densities, and survivorship of each sistens A. tsugae stage were determined to gauge the impact of predation. The predator strongly aggregated and increased its reproduction when prey density increased, the two mechanisms of a numerical response...
April 21, 2017: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442723/effects-of-elevated-co2-on-the-fitness-and-potential-population-damage-of-helicoverpa-armigera-based-on-two-sex-life-table
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Jinping Liu, Wenkun Huang, Hsin Chi, Chonghui Wang, Hongxia Hua, Gang Wu
We evaluated the direct effects of three different atmospheric CO2 concentrations (380 ppm, 550 ppm and 750 ppm) on the population parameters of the cotton bollworm, Helicoverpa armigera fed an artificial diet. The life history and fitness of H. armigera were analyzed using an age-stage, two-sex life table. Our results showed significantly longer larval durations and lower female pupal weight under elevated CO2 than under ambient CO2. Additionally, the fecundity of H. armigera was lower under elevated CO2 than under ambient CO2...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442438/dorsal-fin-development-in-flounder-paralichthys-olivaceus-bud-formation-and-its-cellular-origin
#14
Jie Chen, Xiaoyu Liu, Xiaohua Yao, Fei Gao, Baolong Bao
The development of the median fin has not been investigated extensively in teleosts, although in other fishes it has been proposed that it involves the same genetic programs operating in the paired appendages. Adult median fins develop from the larval bud; therefore an investigation of fin bud formation and its cellular origin is essential to understanding the maturation mechanisms. In Paralichthys olivaceus, skeletogenesis proceeds from an anterior to posterior direction providing a good opportunity to study the formation of dorsal fin bud...
April 22, 2017: Gene Expression Patterns: GEP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442400/laboratory-evaluation-of-brevibacillus-laterosporus-strains-as-biocidal-agents-against-chrysomya-megacephala-fabricius-1794-diptera-calliphoridae-larvae
#15
Isabel Nogueira Carramaschi, Lorrane de Andrade Pereira, Vitor Dos Santos Baia, Jacenir Reis Dos Santos Mallet, Margareth Maria de Carvalho Queiroz, Viviane Zahner
The biocidal activity of three strains of Brevibacillus laterosporus upon the post-embryonic developmental stages of Chrysomya megacephala was evaluated. Bioassays were performed to verify lethal and sub-lethal effects including ultra-structural changes in the midgut. Among the strains assayed, Shi3 presented the highest larval mortality rates, achieving 70% at a concentration of 1x10(8) spores/g of diet. Transmission electron microscopy revealed intestinal alterations caused by all strains tested. The findings of this study indicate that Shi3 represents a promising tool for use in the biocontrol of C...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442366/regulating-distal-tip-cell-migration-in-space-and-time
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REVIEW
Alyssa D Cecchetelli, Erin J Cram
Gonad morphogenesis in the nematode C. elegans is guided by two leader cells, the distal tip cells (DTC). The DTCs migrate along a stereotyped path, executing two 90° turns before stopping at the midpoint of the animal. This migratory path determines the double-U shape of the adult gonad, therefore, the path taken by the DTCs can be inferred from the final shape of the organ. In this review, we focus on the mechanism by which the DTC executes the first 90° turn from the ventral to dorsal side of the animal, and how it finds its correct stopping place at the midpoint of the animal...
April 22, 2017: Mechanisms of Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441464/crucial-roles-of-pox-neuro-in-the-developing-ellipsoid-body-and-antennal-lobes-of-the-drosophila-brain
#17
Shilpi Minocha, Werner Boll, Markus Noll
The paired box gene Pox neuro (Poxn) is expressed in two bilaterally symmetric neuronal clusters of the developing adult Drosophila brain, a protocerebral dorsal cluster (DC) and a deutocerebral ventral cluster (VC). We show that all cells that express Poxn in the developing brain are postmitotic neurons. During embryogenesis, the DC and VC consist of only 20 and 12 neurons that express Poxn, designated embryonic Poxn-neurons. The number of Poxn-neurons increases only during the third larval instar, when the DC and VC increase dramatically to about 242 and 109 Poxn-neurons, respectively, virtually all of which survive to the adult stage, while no new Poxn-neurons are added during metamorphosis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440625/antischistosomal-activity-of-pyrido-1-2-a-benzimidazole-derivatives-and-correlation-with-inhibition-of-%C3%AE-haematin-formation
#18
John Okombo, Kawaljit Singh, Godfrey Mayoka, Ferdinand Ndubi, Linley Barnard, Peter M Njogu, Mathew Njoroge, Liezl Gibhard, Christel Brunschwig, Mireille Vargas, Jennifer Keiser, Timothy J Egan, Kelly Chibale
The extensive use of praziquantel against schistosomiasis raises concerns about drug resistance. New therapeutic alternatives targeting critical pathways within the parasite are therefore urgently needed. Haemozoin formation in Schistosoma presents one such target. We assessed in vitro antischistosomal activity of pyrido[1,2-a]benzimidazoles (PBIs), and investigated correlations with their ability to inhibit β-haematin formation. We further evaluated the in vivo efficacy of representative compounds in experimental mice and conducted pharmacokinetic analysis on the most potent...
April 25, 2017: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439681/side-effects-of-pesticides-used-in-irrigated-rice-areas-on-telenomus-podisi-ashmead-hymenoptera-platygastridae
#19
Juliano de Bastos Pazini, Rafael Antonio Pasini, Enio Júnior Seidel, Matheus Rakes, José Francisco da Silva Martins, Anderson Dionei Grützmacher
Telenomus podisi Ashmead (Hymenoptera: Platygastridae) is an important agent for the biological control of stink bug eggs in irrigated rice areas and the best strategy for its preservation is the use of selective pesticides. The aim of this study was to know the side-effects of pesticides used in Brazilian irrigated rice areas on egg parasitoid T. podisi. We evaluated, under laboratory conditions, 13 insecticides, 11 fungicides, 11 herbicides, and a control (distilled water) in choice and no-choice tests. In the no-choice tests, the pesticides were sprayed at pre and post-parasitism stages (egg and larval stages of T...
April 24, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438684/two-spliced-isoforms-of-the-sex-determination-gene-fruitless-in-the-chinese-mitten-crab-eriocheir-sinensis
#20
Peiyao Li, Yuan Liu, Danli Luo, Chengwen Song, Zhaoxia Cui
The fruitless (fru) gene plays an important role in sex determination pathway and courtship behavior of Drosophila melanogaster. In the present study, two fru isoforms (Esfru1 and Esfru2) were identified from the Chinese mitten crab Eriocheir sinensis. Sequence analysis showed that Esfru1 and Esfru2 were encoded by the same genomic locus and generated by alternative splicing of pre-mRNA. Esfru1 had all introns completely spliced out, while Esfru2 had a longer exon1 with an additional 78bp sequence. They both contained a conserved BTB domain which was also found in D...
April 21, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
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