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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230205/parasitised-caterpillars-suffer-reduced-predation-potential-implications-for-intra-guild-predation
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Wen-Bin Chen, Liette Vasseur, Min-Sheng You, Jian-Yu Li, Cheng-Xiang Wang, Ruo-Xue Meng, Geoff M Gurr
Intra-guild predation (IGP) is an important phenomenon structuring ecological communities and affects the success of biological control. Here we show that parasitism by the koinobiont wasp Cotesia vestalis is associated with behavioural changes in its larval host (diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella) that reduce risk of IGP. Compared with unparasitised caterpillars, parasitised P. xylostella moved less frequently to new feeding patches on plants and were less likely to fall from the plant. Wolf spiders killed significantly fewer parasitised larvae...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230183/drosophila-imaginal-disc-growth-factor-2-is-a-trophic-factor-involved-in-energy-balance-detoxification-and-innate-immunity
#2
Vaclav Broz, Lucie Kucerova, Lenka Rouhova, Jana Fleischmannova, Hynek Strnad, Peter J Bryant, Michal Zurovec
Drosophila imaginal disc growth factor 2 (IDGF2) is a member of chitinase-like protein family (CLPs) able to induce the proliferation of imaginal disc cells in vitro. In this study we characterized physiological concentrations and expression of IDGF2 in vivo as well as its impact on the viability and transcriptional profile of Drosophila cells in vitro. We show that IDGF2 is independent of insulin and protects cells from death caused by serum deprivation, toxicity of xenobiotics or high concentrations of extracellular adenosine (Ado) and deoxyadenosine (dAdo)...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229336/relevant-principal-factors-affecting-the-reproducibility-of-insect-primary-culture
#3
Norichika Ogata, Kikuo Iwabuchi
The primary culture of insect cells often suffers from problems with poor reproducibility in the quality of the final cell preparations. The cellular composition of the explants (cell number and cell types), surgical methods (surgical duration and surgical isolation), and physiological and genetic differences between donors may be critical factors affecting the reproducibility of culture. However, little is known about where biological variation (interindividual differences between donors) ends and technical variation (variance in replication of culture conditions) begins...
February 22, 2017: In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology. Animal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229028/small-scale-spatial-variation-in-population-and-individual-level-reproductive-parameters-of-the-blue-legged-hermit-crab-clibanarius-tricolor
#4
J Antonio Baeza, Donald C Behringer
Management of the few regulated ornamental fisheries relies on inadequate information about the life history of the target species. Herein, we investigated the reproductive biology of the most heavily traded marine invertebrate in the western Atlantic; the blue-legged hermit crab Clibanarius tricolor. We report on density, individual-level, and population-level reproductive parameters in 14 populations spanning the Florida Keys. In C. tricolor, abundance, population-level, and individual-level reproductive parameters exhibited substantial small-scale spatial variation in the Florida Keys...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228166/methylene-blue-assay-for-estimation-of-regenerative-re-epithelialization-in-vivo
#5
Maresha Milyavsky, Renee Dickie
The rapidity with which epithelial cells cover a wound surface helps determine whether scarring or scar-less healing results. As methylene blue is a vital dye that is absorbed by damaged tissue but not undamaged epidermis, it can be used to assess wound closure. We sought to develop a quantitative methylene blue exclusion assay to estimate the timeframe for re-epithelialization in regenerating appendages in zebrafish and axolotls, two classic model systems of regeneration. Following application of methylene blue to the amputation plane and extensive washing, the regenerating tail was imaged in vivo until staining was no longer visible...
February 2017: Microscopy and Microanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228159/the-effect-of-interspecific-competition-on-the-temporal-dynamics-of-aedes-albopictus-and-culex-pipiens
#6
Giovanni Marini, Giorgio Guzzetta, Frederic Baldacchino, Daniele Arnoldi, Fabrizio Montarsi, Gioia Capelli, Annapaola Rizzoli, Stefano Merler, Roberto Rosà
BACKGROUND: Aedes albopictus and Culex pipiens larvae reared in the same breeding site compete for resources, with an asymmetrical outcome that disadvantages only the latter species. The impact of these interactions on the overall ecology of these two species has not yet been assessed in the natural environment. In the present study, the temporal patterns of adult female mosquitoes from both species were analysed in north-eastern Italy, and substantial temporal shifts between abundance curves of Cx...
February 23, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224717/tissue-specific-expression-and-silencing-phenotypes-of-mitochondrial-phosphate-carrier-paralogues-in-several-insect-species
#7
R Sugahara, A Jouraku, T Nakakura, M Minaba, T Yamamoto, Y Shinohara, H Miyoshi, T Shiotsuki
The mitochondrial phosphate carrier gene (PiC) encodes a membrane protein that mediates the supply of inorganic phosphate from the cytosol into the mitochondrial matrix. This substrate-specific transport system plays an important role in efficient ATP synthesis. Mammals appear to have only one PiC with two alternative splicing variants whose functional differences remain unclear. The present study is the first to characterize the multiple genes that encode PiC in insects. Bombyx mori was found to have two PiC paralogues, one ubiquitous and one testis-specific, the latter seeming to be present only in Lepidoptera...
February 22, 2017: Insect Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224224/aminopeptidase-n5-apn5-as-a-putative%C3%A2-functional-receptor-of-cry1ac-toxin-in-the-larvae-of-athetis-lepigone
#8
Li-Yu Wang, Shao-Hua Gu, Zi-Yan Nangong, Ping Song, Qin-Ying Wang
Athetis lepigone was a new lepidopteran pest and caused severe damage to maize crops in China. We have detected that Cry1Ac protoxin and toxin were highly active against the larvae of A. lepigone. However, there is no report about the mode of action of Bt Cry1Ac toxin against this pest until now. A 110 kDa APN5 protein from BBMV of A. lepigone was identified as the binding receptor of Cry1Ac toxin using Ligand blotting. The Cry1Ac receptor APN5 was cloned from A. lepigone larval midgut mRNA and named as AlAPN5 (GenBank accession no...
February 21, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224031/first-report-of-tasmanian-sheep-strain-g2-genotype-isolated-from-iranian-goat-using-the-high-resolution-melting-hrm-analysis
#9
Ahmad Hosseini-Safa, Mohammad Ali Mohag Hegh, Nader Pestechian, Maryam Ganji, Rasoul Mohammadi, Reza Mahmoudi Lamouki, Mohammad Rostami-Nejad
AIM: The present study was aimed to evaluate E. granulosus genotypes isolated from goats using HRM analysis in Isfahan province. BACKGROUND: Cystic echincoccosis, so-called hydatidosis, is widespread infection caused by the larval stage of Echinococcus granulosus. This is an important zoonotic disease worldwide, especially in the developing countries such as Iran. To date, molecular studies mainly based on the mitochondrial DNA sequences have identified distinct genotypes termed G1-G10 which can differ in some characteristics such as the growth and infectivity to different intermediate hosts or the survival rate in the definitive hosts that are important for the development of control strategies...
December 2016: Gastroenterology and Hepatology From Bed to Bench
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223491/oogenesis-and-reproductive-investment-of-atlantic-herring-are-functions-of-not-only-present-but-long-ago-environmental-influences-as-well
#10
Thassya C Dos Santos Schmidt, Aril Slotte, James Kennedy, Svein Sundby, Arne Johannessen, Gudmundur J Óskarsson, Yutaka Kurita, Nils C Stenseth, Olav Sigurd Kjesbu
Following general life history theory, immediate reproductive investment (egg mass × fecundity/body mass) in oviparous teleosts is a consequence of both present and past environmental influences. This clarification questions the frequent use of season-independent (general) fecundity formulas in marine fish recruitment studies based on body metrics only. Here we test the underlying assumption of no lag effect on gametogenesis in the planktivorous, determinate-fecundity Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) displaying large plasticity in egg mass and fecundity, examining Norwegian summer-autumn spawning herring (NASH), North Sea autumn-spawning herring (NSAH), and Norwegian spring-spawning herring (NSSH)...
February 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223099/transient-knock-down-of-kcna2-reduces-sleep-in-larval-zebrafish
#11
S Srdanovic, H Þorsteinsson, Þ FriÐriksson, S Ó Pétursson, V H Maier, K Æ Karlsson
In the current study we set out to determine the effects of morpholino oligonucleotide (MO) knock-down of kcna2 on sleep-wake cycles in zebrafish. The results were compared to a non-overlapping MO injection, Dec2, whós mutant is also linked with a short sleep phenotype. Four groups of fish were used in the experiment: naïve fish, and fish injected with either control, kcna2, or Dec2 MO. All groups underwent 24-hour behavioral monitoring of sleep-wake cycles at four and seven days-post-fertilization (dpf)...
February 18, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219418/new-insights-on-serodiagnosis-of-trichinellosis-during-window-period-early-diagnostic-antigens-from-trichinella-spiralis-intestinal-worms
#12
Zhong-Quan Wang, Ya-Li Shi, Rou-Dan Liu, Peng Jiang, Ya-Yi Guan, Ying-Dan Chen, Jing Cui
The clinical diagnosis of trichinellosis is difficult because its clinical manifestations are nonspecific. Detection of anti-Trichinella IgG by ELISA using T. spiralis muscle larval excretory-secretory (ES) antigens is the most commonly used serological method for diagnosis of trichinellosis, but the main disadvantage is false negativity during the early stage of infection. There is an obvious window period between Trichinella infection and antibody positivity.During the intestinal stage of Trichinella infection, the ES antigens of intestinal worms (intestinal infective larvae and adults) are exposed to host's immune system at the earliest time and elicit the production of specific anti-Trichinella antibodies...
February 20, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218640/brevianamides-and-mycophenolic-acid-derivatives-from-the-deep-sea-derived-fungus-penicillium-brevicompactum-dffscs025
#13
Xinya Xu, Xiaoyong Zhang, Xuhua Nong, Jie Wang, Shuhua Qi
Four new compounds (1-4), including two brevianamides and two mycochromenic acid derivatives along with six known compounds were isolated from the deep-sea-derived fungus Penicillium brevicompactum DFFSCS025. Their structures were elucidated by spectroscopic analysis. Moreover, the absolute configurations of 1 and 2 were determined by quantum chemical calculations of the electronic circular dichroism (ECD) spectra. Compound 9 showed moderate cytotoxicity against human colon cancer HCT116 cell line with IC50 value of 15...
February 17, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216318/circuit-homology-between-decussating-pathways-in-the-ciona-larval-cns-and-the-vertebrate-startle-response-pathway
#14
Kerrianne Ryan, Zhiyuan Lu, Ian A Meinertzhagen
Comparing synaptic circuits and networks between brains of different animal groups helps us derive an understanding of how nervous systems might have evolved. The circuits of the startle response pathway in the brains of tailed vertebrates are known from electrophysiological studies on the giant reticulospinal Mauthner cells (M-cells). To identify morphological counterparts in chordate tunicates, a sister group of vertebrates [1, 2], we have compiled a densely reconstructed connectome (defined in [3]) for the CNS in the tadpole larva of Ciona intestinalis (L...
February 14, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216316/local-spinal-cord-circuits-and-bilateral-mauthner-cell-activity-function-together-to-drive-alternative-startle-behaviors
#15
Yen-Chyi Liu, Melina E Hale
The reticulospinal Mauthner cells (M-cells) of the startle circuit have been considered to be dedicated to one basic motor output and the C-type startle response in fish. The neural circuit underlying the C-start, a startle behavior in which the fish forms a "C"-shaped body bend has been described in depth in goldfish and zebrafish [1, 2] and is thought to occur in other species [3, 4]. However, previous research has shown that some species can perform a second type of startle called the S-start [5-7]. This startle response, in which the first movement creates an "S"-shaped body bend achieved with regional muscle activity on left and right sides, cannot be explained by M-cell circuit models...
February 9, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215862/natural-infection-of-the-feline-lungworm-aelurostrongylus-abstrusus-in-the-invasive-snail-achatina-fulica-from-argentina
#16
Romina Valente, Julia Ines Diaz, Oscar Daniel Salomón, Graciela Teresa Navone
The giant African snail Achatina fulica is an invasive mollusk native to Africa, the first record in Argentina was in Puerto Iguazú, in northeastern Argentina in 2010. Recently it was reported in Corrientes Province. This snail can act as an intermediate host of Metastrongyloidea nematodes of importance in public health as: Angiostrongylus cantonensis, Angiostrongylus costaricensis and Angiostrongylus vasorum. Taking into account the presence of A. fulica in Argentina, the objectives of this study is to assess the presence of Metastrongyloidea nematodes in this mollusk species in Puerto Iguazú, Misiones, close to the international border with Brazil and Paraguay...
February 15, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214856/the-central-nervous-system-of-jawless-vertebrates-encephalization-in-lampreys-and-hagfishes
#17
Carlos A Salas, Kara E Yopak, Thomas J Lisney, Ian C Potter, Shaun P Collin
Lampreys and hagfishes are the sole surviving representatives of the early agnathan (jawless) stage in vertebrate evolution, which has previously been regarded as the least encephalized group of all vertebrates. Very little is known, however, about the extent of interspecific variation in relative brain size in these fishes, as previous studies have focused on only a few species, even though lampreys exhibit a variety of life history traits. While some species are parasitic as adults, with varying feeding behaviors, others (nonparasitic species) do not feed after completing their macrophagous freshwater larval phase...
February 18, 2017: Brain, Behavior and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213538/colonization-and-transmission-of-the-gut-microbiota-of-the-burying-beetle-nicrophorus-vespilloides-through-development
#18
Yin Wang, Daniel E Rozen
Carrion beetles in the genus Nicrophorus rear their offspring on decomposing carcasses where larvae are exposed to a diverse community of decomposer bacteria. Parents coat the carcass with antimicrobial secretions prior to egg hatch (defined as Pre-Hatch care) and also feed regurgitated food, and potentially bacteria, to larvae throughout development (defined as Full care). Here we partition the roles of pre- and post-hatch parental care in the transmission and persistence of culturable symbiotic bacteria to larvae...
February 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213447/the-drosophila-postsynaptic-deg-enac-channel-ppk29-contributes-to-excitatory-neurotransmission
#19
Alexis Hill, Xingguo Zheng, Xiling Li, Ross McKinney, Dion Dickman, Yehuda Ben-Shahar
The protein family of Degenerin/Epithelial Sodium Channels (DEG/ENaC) is comprised of diverse animal-specific, non-voltage-gated ion channels that play important roles in regulating cationic gradients across epithelial barriers. Some family members are also enriched in neural tissues in both vertebrates and invertebrates. However, the specific neurophysiological functions of most DEG/ENaC-encoding genes remain poorly understood. The fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster is an excellent model for deciphering the functions of DEG/ENaC genes because its genome encodes an exceptionally large number of DEG/ENaC subunits termed pickpocket (ppk) 1-31 Here we demonstrate that ppk29 contributes specifically to the postsynaptic modulation of excitatory synaptic transmission at the larval neuromuscular junction (NMJ)...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213320/comparative-analysis-of-mosquito-diptera-culicidae-aedes-aegypti-liston-responses-to-the-insecticide-temephos-and-plant-derived-essential-oil-derived-from-piper-betle-l
#20
Prabhakaran Vasantha-Srinivasan, Sengottayan Senthil-Nathan, Athirstam Ponsankar, Annamalai Thanigaivel, Edward-Sam Edwin, Selvaraj Selin-Rani, Muthiah Chellappandian, Venkatraman Pradeepa, Jalasteen Lija-Escaline, Kandaswamy Kalaivani, Wayne B Hunter, Veeramuthu Duraipandiyan, Naif Abdullah Al-Dhabi
Resistance to treatments with Temephos or plant derived oil, Pb-CVO, between a field collected Wild Strain (WS) and a susceptible Laboratory Strain (LS) of Ae. aegypti were measured. The Temephos (0.1mg/L) showed the greatest percentage of mosquito mortality compared to Pb-CVO (1.5mg/L) in LS Ae. aegypti. However, WS Ae. aegypti was not significantly affected by Temephos (0.1mg/L) treatment compare to the Pb-CVO (1.5mg/L). However, both strains (LS and WS) when treated with Pb-CVO (1.5mg/L) displayed steady larval mortality rate across all instars...
February 20, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
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