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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104801/aquatic-insects-in-a-multistress-environment-cross-tolerance-to-salinity-and-desiccation
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Susana Pallarés, María Botella-Cruz, Paula Arribas, Andrés Millán, Josefa Velasco
Exposing organims to a particular stressor may enhance tolerance to a subsequent stress, when protective mechanisms against both stressors are shared. Such cross-tolerance is a common adaptive response in dynamic multivariate environments and often indicates potential co-evolution of stress traits. Many aquatic insects in inland saline waters from Mediterranean-climate regions are sequentially challenged with salinity and desiccation stress. Thus, cross-tolerance to these physiologically similar stressors could have been positively selected in insects of these regions...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100820/support-for-the-reproductive-ground-plan-hypothesis-in-a-solitary-bee-links-between-sucrose-response-and-reproductive-status
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Karen M Kapheim, Makenna M Johnson
In social bees, foraging behaviour is correlated with reproductive status and sucrose sensitivity via endocrine pathways. This association led to the hypothesis that division of labour in social insect societies is derived from an ancestral ground plan that functions to synchronize dietary preferences with reproductive needs in solitary insects. However, the relationship between these traits is unknown for solitary bees, which represent the ancestral state of social bees. We used the proboscis extension response assay to measure sucrose response among reproductive females of the solitary alkali bee (Nomia melanderi) as a function of acute juvenile hormone (JH) treatments and reproductive physiology...
January 25, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095875/assessment-of-synthetic-floral-based-attractants-and-sugar-baits-to-capture-male-and-female-aedes-aegypti-diptera-culicidae
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Kara Fikrig, Brian J Johnson, Durland Fish, Scott A Ritchie
BACKGROUND: The viruses transmitted by Aedes aegypti, including dengue and Zika viruses, are rapidly expanding in geographic range and as a threat to public health. In response, control programs are increasingly turning to the use of sterile insect techniques resulting in a need to trap male Ae. aegypti to monitor the efficacy of the intervention. However, there is a lack of effective and cheap methods for trapping males. Thus, we attempted to exploit the physiological need to obtain energy from sugar feeding in order to passively capture male and female Ae...
January 17, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095304/adaptive-significance-of-critical-weight-for-metamorphosis-in-holometabolous-insects
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Ken-Ichi Hironaka, Yoshihiro Morishita
Holometabolous insect larvae become committed to metamorphosis when they reach a critical weight. Although the physiological mechanisms involved in this process have been well-studied, the adaptive significance of the critical weight remains unclear. Here, we developed a life history model for holometabolous insects and evaluated it from the viewpoint of optimal energy allocation. We found that, without a priori assumptions about critical weight, the optimal growth schedule is always biphasic: larval tissues grow predominately until they reach a certain threshold, after which the imaginal tissues begin rapid growth, suggesting that the emergence of a critical weight as a phase-transition point is a natural consequence of optimal growth scheduling...
January 14, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090761/modest-overexpression-of-foxo-maintains-cardiac-proteostasis-and-ameliorates-age-associated-functional-decline
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Anna C Blice-Baum, Alexander C Zambon, Gaurav Kaushik, Meera C Viswanathan, Adam J Engler, Rolf Bodmer, Anthony Cammarato
Heart performance declines with age. Impaired protein quality control (PQC), due to reduced ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS) activity, autophagic function, and/or chaperone-mediated protein refolding, contributes to cardiac deterioration. The transcription factor FOXO participates in regulating genes involved in PQC, senescence, and numerous other processes. Here, a comprehensive approach, involving molecular genetics, novel assays to probe insect cardiac physiology, and bioinformatics, was utilized to investigate the influence of heart-restricted manipulation of dFOXO expression in the rapidly aging Drosophila melanogaster model...
February 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089691/orcokinin-neuropeptides-regulate-ecdysis-in-the-hemimetabolous-insect-rhodnius-prolixus
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Juan Pedro Wulff, Ivana Sierra, Marcos Sterkel, Michiel Holtof, Pieter Van Wielendaele, Flavio Francini, Jozef Vanden Broeck, Sheila Ons
To grow and develop insects must undergo ecdysis. During this process, the individual sheds the old cuticle to emerge as the following developmental stage. During ecdysis, different programed behaviors are regulated by neuropeptidergic pathways. In general, components of these pathways are better characterized in crustacean and holometabolous insects than in hemimetabola. In insects, the orkoninin gene produces two different neuropeptide precursors by alternative splicing: orcokinin A and orcokinin B. Although orcokinins are well conserved in insect species, their physiological role remains elusive...
January 9, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089490/dynamic-plant-plant-herbivore-interactions-govern-plant-growth-defence-integration
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Jorad de Vries, Jochem B Evers, Erik H Poelman
Plants downregulate their defences against insect herbivores upon impending competition for light. This has long been considered a resource trade-off, but recent advances in plant physiology and ecology suggest this mechanism is more complex. Here we propose that to understand why plants regulate and balance growth and defence, the complex dynamics in plant-plant competition and plant-herbivore interactions needs to be considered. Induced growth-defence responses affect plant competition and herbivore colonisation in space and time, which has consequences for the adaptive value of these responses...
January 12, 2017: Trends in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089049/variation-in-virulence-of-beauveria-bassiana-and-b-pseudobassiana-to-the-pine-weevil-pissodes-nemorensis-in-relation-to-mycelium-characteristics-and-virulence-genes
#8
Pedro Romón, Hardus Hatting, Arturo Goldarazena, Juan Carlos Iturrondobeitia
Entomopathogenic fungi such as Beauveria spp. have potential applications in the biocontrol of insect pests but little is known regarding their infectivity to the pine weevil Pissodes nemorensis. In this study, five isolates of Beauveria pseudobassiana and five isolates of Beauveria bassiana were tested for characteristics correlating with virulence on P. nemorensis. Isolate UAMH301 had the lowest mean lethal concentration value whereas the highest value was obtained with isolate LRC137. Growth rate was negatively correlated with virulence in B...
February 2017: Fungal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087662/terpenoids-in-plant-and-arbuscular-mycorrhiza-reinforced-defence-against-herbivorous-insects
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REVIEW
Esha Sharma, Garima Anand, Rupam Kapoor
BACKGROUND: Plants, though sessile, employ various strategies to defend themselves against herbivorous insects and convey signals of an impending herbivore attack to other plant(s). Strategies include the production of volatiles that include terpenoids and the formation of symbiotic associations with fungi, such as arbuscular mycorrhiza (AM). This constitutes a two-pronged above-ground/below-ground attack-defence strategy against insect herbivores. SCOPE: Terpenoids represent an important constituent of herbivore-induced plant volatiles that deter herbivores and/or attract their predators...
January 12, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087331/different-age-dependent-performance-in-drosophila-wild-type-canton-s-and-the-white-mutant-w1118-flies
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Shuang Qiu, Chengfeng Xiao, R Meldrum Robertson
Aging has significant effects on the locomotor performance of insects including Drosophila. Using a protocol for the high-throughput analysis of fly locomotion in a restricted space, we re-examined age-dependent behavioral characteristics in adult Drosophila. There are multiple important wild-type and background lines including the Canton-S strain and the w1118 strain, which has a null mutation of the white gene. Under standard rearing conditions, we found similar survival curves and median lifespans in Canton-S (50days) and w1118 (54days) strains, however, w1118 flies maintained stable body mass for up to 43days, whereas Canton-S flies gained body mass at young age, followed by a gradual decline...
January 10, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081189/global-gene-expression-analysis-of-cross-protected-phenotype-of-pectobacterium-atrosepticum
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Vladimir Gorshkov, Stanford Kwenda, Olga Petrova, Elena Osipova, Yuri Gogolev, Lucy N Moleleki
The ability to adapt to adverse conditions permits many bacterial species to be virtually ubiquitous and survive in a variety of ecological niches. This ability is of particular importance for many plant pathogenic bacteria that should be able to exist, except for their host plants, in different environments e.g. soil, water, insect-vectors etc. Under some of these conditions, bacteria encounter absence of nutrients and persist, acquiring new properties related to resistance to a variety of stress factors (cross-protection)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077262/virus-innexins-induce-alterations-in-insect-cell-and-tissue-function
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Daniel K Hasegawa, Stephanie L Erickson, Bradley M Hersh, Matthew W Turnbull
Polydnaviruses are dsDNA viruses that induce immune and developmental alterations in their caterpillar hosts. Characterization of polydnavirus gene families and family members is necessary to understand mechanisms of pathology and evolution of these viruses, and may aid to elucidate the role of host homologues if present. For example, the polydnavirus vinnexin gene family encodes homologues of insect gap junction genes (innexins) that are expressed in host immune cells (hemocytes). While the roles of Innexin proteins and gap junctions in insect immunity are largely unclear, we previously demonstrated that Vinnexins form functional gap junctions and alter the junctional characteristics of a host Innexin when co-expressed in paired Xenopus oocytes...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072861/identification-of-the-molecular-clockwork-of-the-oyster-crassostrea-gigas
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Mickael Perrigault, Damien Tran
Molecular clock system constitutes the origin of biological rhythms that allow organisms to anticipate cyclic environmental changes and adapt their behavior and physiology. Components of the molecular clock are largely conserved across a broad range of species but appreciable diversity in clock structure and function is also present especially in invertebrates. The present work aimed at identify and characterize molecular clockwork components in relationship with the monitoring of valve activity behavior in the oyster Crassostrea gigas...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070757/rnai-induced-electrophysiological-and-behavioral-changes-reveal-two-pheromone-binding-proteins-of-helicoverpa-armigera-involved-in-the-perception-of-the-main-sex-pheromone-component-z11-16-ald
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Kun Dong, Liang Sun, Jing-Tao Liu, Shao-Hua Gu, Jing-Jiang Zhou, Ruo-Nan Yang, Khalid Hussain Dhiloo, Xi-Wu Gao, Yu-Yuan Guo, Yong-Jun Zhang
Pheromone binding proteins (PBPs) are thought to play key roles in insect sex pheromone recognition; however, there is little in vivo evidence to support this viewpoint in comparison to abundant biochemical data in vitro. In the present study, two noctuid PBP genes HarmPBP1 and HarmPBP2 of the serious agricultural pest, Helicoverpa armigera were selected to be knocked down by RNA interference, and then the changes in electrophysiological and behavioral responses of male mutants to their major sex pheromone component (Z)-11-hexadecenal (Z11-16:Ald) were recorded...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Chemical Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069550/identification-characterization-and-expression-analysis-of-superoxide-dismutase-genes-in-dastarcus-helophoroides-coleoptera-bothrideridae
#15
Zhang Zhengqing, Guo Ruijian, Menglou Li
Dastarcus helophoroides, a predatory natural enemy of longhorned beetles, has a relatively longer lifespan compared to other insects. To determine the potential physiological roles of antioxidant enzymes superoxide dismutase (SOD) in longevity and aging of D. helophoroides, analyses including molecular information, bioinformatics research, phylogenetic relationship and expression patterns were combined for investigation. Four D.hSODs were classified into three groups: one cytoplasmic Cu/Zn-SOD, two extracellular Cu/Zn-SOD and one Mn-SOD, were identified and characterized by multiple alignments...
January 6, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069423/identification-and-characterization-of-pyrokinin-and-capa-peptides-and-corresponding-gpcrs-from-spotted-wing-drosophila-drosophila-suzukii
#16
Man-Yeon Choi, Seung-Joon Ahn, A Young Kim, Youngho Koh
The family of FXPRLamide peptides serves as a major insect hormone. It is characterized by a core active amino acid sequence conserved at the C-terminal ends, and provides various physiological roles across the Insecta. In this study we identified and characterized pyrokinin (PK) and Capa cDNAs encoding two FXPRLamide peptides, pyrokinin and CAPA-DH (diapause hormone), and two corresponding G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) from spotted wing drosophila (SWD), Drosophila suzukii. Expressions of PK and CAPA mRNAs were differentially observed during all life stages except the embryo, and the detection of CAPA transcription was relatively strong compared with the PK gene in SWD...
January 6, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067782/rna-interference-for-mosquito-and-mosquito-borne-disease-control
#17
REVIEW
Paul M Airs, Lyric C Bartholomay
RNA interference (RNAi) is a powerful tool to silence endogenous mosquito and mosquito-borne pathogen genes in vivo. As the number of studies utilizing RNAi in basic research grows, so too does the arsenal of physiological targets that can be developed into products that interrupt mosquito life cycles and behaviors and, thereby, relieve the burden of mosquitoes on human health and well-being. As this technology becomes more viable for use in beneficial and pest insect management in agricultural settings, it is exciting to consider its role in public health entomology...
January 5, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062579/lactobacillus-plantarum-favors-the-early-emergence-of-fit-and-fertile-adult-drosophila-upon-chronic-undernutrition
#18
Mélisandre A Téfit, François Leulier
Animals are naturally surrounded by a variety of microorganisms with which they constantly interact. Among these microbes, some live closely associated with a host and form its microbiota. These communities are now extensively studied, owing to their contributions to shaping various aspects of animal physiology. One of these commensal species, Lactobacillus plantarum, and in particular the L.p.(WJL) strain, has been shown to promote the growth of Drosophila larvae upon nutrient scarcity, allowing earlier metamorphosis and adult emergence compared to axenic individuals...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057597/depletion-of-juvenile-hormone-esterase-extends-larval-growth-in-bombyx-mori
#19
Zhongjie Zhang, Xiaojing Liu, Takahiro Shiotsuki, Zhisheng Wang, Xia Xu, Yongping Huang, Muwang Li, Kai Li, Anjiang Tan
Two major hormones, juvenile hormone (JH) and 20-hydroxyecdysone (20E), regulate insect growth and development according to their precisely coordinated titres, which are controlled by both biosynthesis and degradation pathways. Juvenile hormone esterase (JHE) is the primary JH-specific degradation enzyme that plays a key role in regulating JH titers, along with JH epoxide hydrolase (JHEH) and JH diol kinase (JHDK). In the current study, a loss-of-function analysis of JHE in the silkworm, Bombyx mori, was performed by targeted gene disruption using the transgenic CRISPR/Cas9 (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats/RNA-guided Cas9 nucleases) system...
January 3, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057308/drosophila-as-a-model-for-diabetes-and-diseases-of-insulin-resistance
#20
P Graham, L Pick
Despite the importance of insulin signaling pathways in human disease, initial concerns that insect physiology and sugar metabolism differ enough from humans that flies would not model human disease hampered research in this area. However, during the past 10-15 years, evidence has accumulated that flies can indeed model various aspects of diabetes and related human disorders. This cluster of diseases impact insulin and insulin signaling pathways, fields which have been discussed in many excellent review articles in recent years...
2017: Current Topics in Developmental Biology
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