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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819224/the-role-of-rho-gtpases-and-actin-polymerization-during-macrophage-tunneling-nanotube-biogenesis
#1
Samer J Hanna, Kessler McCoy-Simandle, Veronika Miskolci, Peng Guo, Michael Cammer, Louis Hodgson, Dianne Cox
Macrophage interactions with other cells, either locally or at distances, are imperative in both normal and pathological conditions. While soluble means of communication can transmit signals between different cells, it does not account for all long distance macrophage interactions. Recently described tunneling nanotubes (TNTs) are membranous channels that connect cells together and allow for transfer of signals, vesicles, and organelles. However, very little is known about the mechanism by which these structures are formed...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813247/switch-like-arp2-3-activation-upon-wasp-and-wip-recruitment-to-an-apparent-threshold-level-by-multivalent-linker-proteins-in-vivo
#2
Yidi Sun, Nicole T Leong, Tommy Jiang, Astou Tangara, Xavier Darzacq, David G Drubin
Actin-related protein 2/3 (Arp2/3) complex activation by nucleation promoting factors (NPFs) such as WASP, plays an important role in many actin-mediated cellular processes. In yeast, Arp2/3-mediated actin filament assembly drives endocytic membrane invagination and vesicle scission. Here we used genetics and quantitative live-cell imaging to probe the mechanisms that concentrate NPFs at endocytic sites, and to investigate how NPFs regulate actin assembly onset. Our results demonstrate that SH3 (Src homology 3) domain-PRM (proline-rich motif) interactions involving multivalent linker proteins play central roles in concentrating NPFs at endocytic sites...
August 16, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805640/nutritional-endocrine-and-social-influences-on-reproductive-physiology-at-the-origins-of-social-behavior
#3
REVIEW
Karen M Kapheim
Understanding the evolutionary origins of social behavior in insects requires understanding the physiological basis for reproductive plasticity. Solitary bees and wasps or those living in small, flexible societies will be key to understanding how conserved pathways have evolved to give rise to reproductive castes. Nutrient-sensing and endocrine pathways are decoupled from reproduction in some life stages of social insects. Heterochrony, particularly as it is related to diapause physiology, may be an important mechanism by which this decoupling occurs...
August 2017: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805639/development-and-evolution-of-brain-allometry-in-wasps-vespidae-size-ecology-and-sociality
#4
REVIEW
Sean O'Donnell, Susan Bulova
We review research on brain development and brain evolution in the wasp family Vespidae. Basic vespid neuroanatomy and some aspects of functional neural circuitry are well-characterized, and genomic tools for exploring brain plasticity are being developed. Although relatively modest in terms of species richness, the Vespidae include species spanning much of the known range of animal social complexity, from solitary nesters to highly eusocial species with some of the largest known colonies and multiple reproductives...
August 2017: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805312/the-dock-and-coalesce-mechanism-for-the-association-of-a-wasp-disordered-region-with-the-cdc42-gtpase
#5
Li Ou, Megan Matthews, Xiaodong Pang, Huan-Xiang Zhou
Intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) play key roles in signaling and regulation. Many IDPs undergo folding upon binding to their targets. We have proposed that coupled folding and binding of IDPs generally follow a dock-and-coalesce mechanism, whereby a segment of the IDP, through diffusion, docks to its cognate subsite and, subsequently, the remaining segments coalesce around their subsites. Here, by a combination of experiment and computation, we determined the precise form of dock-and-coalesce operating in the association between the intrinsically disordered GTPase binding domain (GBD) of the Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome protein (WASP) and the Cdc42 GTPase...
August 14, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805251/wiskott-aldrich-syndrome-protein-emerging-mechanisms-in-immunity
#6
REVIEW
Elizabeth Rivers, Adrian J Thrasher
The Wiskott Aldrich syndrome protein (WASP) participates in innate and adaptive immunity through regulation of actin cytoskeleton-dependent cellular processes, including immune synapse formation, cell signaling, migration and cytokine release. There is also emerging evidence for a direct role in nuclear transcription programmes uncoupled from actin polymerization. A deeper understanding of some of the more complex features of Wiskott Aldrich syndrome (WAS) itself, such as the associated autoimmunity and inflammation, has come from identification of defects in the number and function of anti-inflammatory myeloid cells and regulatory T and B cells, as well as defects in positive and negative B-cell selection...
August 14, 2017: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798863/pollination-success-following-loss-of-a-frequent-pollinator-the-role-of-compensatory-visitation-by-other-effective-pollinators
#7
Allysa C Hallett, Randall J Mitchell, Evan R Chamberlain, Jeffrey D Karron
Pollinator abundance is declining worldwide and may lower the quantity and quality of pollination services to flowering plant populations. Loss of an important pollinator is often assumed to reduce the amount of pollen received by stigmas of a focal species (pollination success), yet this assumption has rarely been tested experimentally. The magnitude of the effect, if any, may depend on the relative efficiency of the remaining pollinators, and on whether the loss of one pollinator leads to changes in visitation patterns by other pollinators...
May 2017: AoB Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796121/climate-changes-and-hymenoptera-venom-allergy-are-there-some-connections
#8
Stefano Turillazzi, Francesco Turillazzi
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review aims to update the world status of the main allergenic stinging Hymenoptera. RECENT FINDINGS: In this review, we consider the problems that social Hymenoptera (bees, wasps and ants) could represent in the nearest future for human health in different parts of the world. SUMMARY: Distribution and consistency of allergenic species including venomous insects are interested by accelerated dynamics caused by climate changes and globalization...
August 8, 2017: Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794485/the-roles-of-barriers-refugia-and-chromosomal-clines-underlying-diversification-in-atlantic-forest-social-wasps
#9
Rodolpho S T Menezes, Seán G Brady, Antônio F Carvalho, Marco A Del Lama, Marco A Costa
Phylogeographic studies have sought to explain the genetic imprints of historical climatic changes and geographic barriers within the Brazilian Atlantic Forest (AF) biota, and consequently two processes of diversification (refugia and barriers) have been proposed. Additionally, there is evidence that eustatic changes influenced the biogeographic history of the AF. Here we evaluate these contrasting diversification processes using two AF social wasp species - the mid-montane Synoeca cyanea and the lowland Synoeca aff...
August 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791674/release-from-prey-preservation-behavior-via-prey-switch-allowed-diversification-of-cuticular-hydrocarbon-profiles-in-digger-wasps
#10
Mareike Wurdack, Carlo Polidori, Alexander Keller, Heike Feldhaar, Thomas Schmitt
The cuticle of insects is covered by a layer of hydrocarbons (CHCs), whose original function is the protection from desiccation and pathogens. However, in most insects CHC profiles are species-specific. While this variability among species was largely linked to communication and recognition functions, additional selective forces may shape insect CHC profiles. Here we show that in Philanthinae digger wasps (Crabronidae) the CHC profile co-evolved with a peculiar brood-care strategy. In particular, we found that the behavior to embalm prey stored in the nest with hydrocarbons is adaptive to protect larval food from fungi in those species hunting for Hymenoptera...
August 9, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780664/unique-sequence-organization-and-small-rna-expression-of-a-selfish-b-chromosome
#11
Yue Li, Xueyuan A Jing, John C Aldrich, C Clifford, Jian Chen, Omar S Akbari, Patrick M Ferree
B chromosomes are found in numerous plants and animals. These nonessential, supernumerary chromosomes are often composed primarily of noncoding DNA repeats similar to those found within transcriptionally "silenced" heterochromatin. In order to persist within their resident genomes, many B chromosomes exhibit exceptional cellular behaviors, including asymmetric segregation into gametes and induction of genome elimination during early development. An important goal in understanding these behaviors is to identify unique B chromosome sequences and characterize their transcriptional contributions...
August 5, 2017: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776716/oak-gall-wasp-infections-of-quercus-robur-leaves-lead-to-profound-modifications-in-foliage-photosynthetic-and-volatile-emission-characteristics
#12
Yifan Jiang, Linda-Liisa Veromann-Jürgenson, Jiayan Ye, Ülo Niinemets
Oak trees (Quercus) are hosts of diverse gall-inducing parasites, but the effects of gall formation on the physiology and biochemistry on host oak leaves is poorly understood. The influence of infection by four species from two widespread gall wasp genera, Neuroterus (N. anthracinus and N. albipes) and Cynips (C. divisa and C. quercusfolii), on foliage morphology, chemistry, photosynthetic characteristics, constitutive isoprene and induced volatile emissions in Q. robur was investigated. Leaf dry mass per unit area (MA ), net assimilation rate per area (AA ), stomatal conductance (gs ), and constitutive isoprene emissions decreased with the severity of infection by all gall wasp species...
August 4, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771705/selected-signalling-proteins-recruited-to-the-t-cell-receptor-cd3-complex
#13
REVIEW
Jatuporn Ngoenkam, Wolfgang Schamel, Sutatip Pongcharoen
The T cell receptor (TCR)-CD3 complex, expressed on T cells, determines the outcome of a T cell response. It consists of the TCRαβ heterodimer and the non-covalently associated signalling dimers of CD3εγ, CD3εδ and CD3ζζ. TCRαβ binds specifically to a cognate peptide antigen bound to a major histocompatibility complex (MHC) molecule, whereas the CD3 subunits transmit the signal into the cytosol to activate signalling events. Recruitment of proteins to specialized localizations is one mechanism to regulate activation and termination of signalling...
August 3, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770846/an-ultrahot-gas-giant-exoplanet-with-a-stratosphere
#14
Thomas M Evans, David K Sing, Tiffany Kataria, Jayesh Goyal, Nikolay Nikolov, Hannah R Wakeford, Drake Deming, Mark S Marley, David S Amundsen, Gilda E Ballester, Joanna K Barstow, Lotfi Ben-Jaffel, Vincent Bourrier, Lars A Buchhave, Ofer Cohen, David Ehrenreich, Antonio García Muñoz, Gregory W Henry, Heather Knutson, Panayotis Lavvas, Alain Lecavelier des Etangs, Nikole K Lewis, Mercedes López-Morales, Avi M Mandell, Jorge Sanz-Forcada, Pascal Tremblin, Roxana Lupu
Infrared radiation emitted from a planet contains information about the chemical composition and vertical temperature profile of its atmosphere. If upper layers are cooler than lower layers, molecular gases will produce absorption features in the planetary thermal spectrum. Conversely, if there is a stratosphere-where temperature increases with altitude-these molecular features will be observed in emission. It has been suggested that stratospheres could form in highly irradiated exoplanets, but the extent to which this occurs is unresolved both theoretically and observationally...
August 2, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770077/different-genetic-structures-revealed-resident-populations-of-a-specialist-parasitoid-wasp-in-contrast-to-its-migratory-host
#15
Shu-Jun Wei, Yuan Zhou, Xu-Lei Fan, Ary A Hoffmann, Li-Jun Cao, Xue-Xin Chen, Zai-Fu Xu
Genetic comparisons of parasitoids and their hosts are expected to reflect ecological and evolutionary processes that influence the interactions between species. The parasitoid wasp, Cotesia vestalis, and its host diamondback moth (DBM), Plutella xylostella, provide opportunities to test whether the specialist natural enemy migrates seasonally with its host or occurs as resident population. We genotyped 17 microsatellite loci and two mitochondrial genes for 158 female adults of C. vestalis collected from 12 geographical populations, as well as nine microsatellite loci for 127 DBM larvae from six separate sites...
July 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769963/tissue-specific-floral-transcriptome-analysis-of-the-sexually-deceptive-orchid-chiloglottis-trapeziformis-provides-insights-into-the-biosynthesis-and-regulation-of-its-unique-uv-b-dependent-floral-volatile-chiloglottone-1
#16
Darren C J Wong, Ranamalie Amarasinghe, Claudia Rodriguez-Delgado, Rodney Eyles, Eran Pichersky, Rod Peakall
The Australian sexually deceptive orchid, Chiloglottis trapeziformis, employs a unique UV-B-dependent floral volatile, chiloglottone 1, for specific male wasp pollinator attraction. Chiloglottone 1 and related variants (2,5-dialkylcyclohexane-1,3-diones), represent a unique class of specialized metabolites presumed to be the product of cyclization between two fatty acid (FA) precursors. However, the genes involved in the biosynthesis of precursors, intermediates, and transcriptional regulation remains to be discovered...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768218/monitoring-long-term-evolution-of-engineered-barrier-systems-using-magnets-magnetic-response
#17
N Rigonat, O Isnard, S L Harley, I B Butler
Remote and non-destructive monitoring of the stability and performance of Engineered Barrier Systems for Geological Disposal Facility of is gaining considerable importance in establishing the safety cases for Higher Activity Wastes disposal. This study offers an innovative use of mineral magnetism for monitoring groundwater saturation of the barrier. Four mixtures of permanent magnets (Nd-Fe-B, coated and uncoated; SmCo and AlNiCo) and bentonite were reacted for 4, 8 and 12 months with mildly-saline, high-pH leachates, representing the fluids saturating a time-evolved engineered barrier...
June 28, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765578/selection-of-reference-genes-for-expression-analysis-using-rt-qpcr-in-the-dissemination-system-of-heliothis-virescens-ascovirus-3%C3%A2-h-hvav-3h
#18
Zi-Shu Chen, Ning-Ning Han, Jian-Hong Li, Guo-Hua Huang, Hu Wan
Ascoviruses are double-stranded DNA viruses that mainly infect noctuid larvae, and are transmitted by the parasitoid wasp Microplitis similis Lyle. Ascovirus-parasitoids wasp-noctuid insects constitute the dissemination system. Selection of suitable reference genes for the dissemination system could play an important role in elucidating the pathogenic molecular mechanisms of ascovirus. Unfortunately, such studies on potential reference genes in the dissemination system of ascoviruses are lacking. In the present study, we evaluated 11 candidate reference genes: β-actin1 (ACT1), β-actin2 (ACT2), elongation factor 1 (EF1), elongation factor 2 (EF2), ribosomal protein L10 (L10), ribosomal protein L17A (L17A), superoxide dismutase (SOD), 28S ribosome (28S), Tubulin (TUB) and 18S ribosome (18S)...
August 1, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760733/wasp-arp2-3-dependent-actin-polymerization-influences-fusogen-localization-during-cell-cell-fusion-in-c-elegans-embryos
#19
Yan Zhang, Yihong Yang, Zhiwen Zhu, Guangshuo Ou
Cell-cell fusion is essential for development and physiology. Actin polymerization was implicated in the C. elegans fusogen EFF-1 engagement in a reconstituted Drosophila cell culture system, and the actin-binding protein spectraplakin links EFF-1 to the actin cytoskeleton and promotes cell-cell fusions in C. elegans larvae. However, it remains unclear whether and how fusogens and the actin cytoskeleton are coordinated in C. elegans embryos. Here, we used live imaging analysis of GFP knock-in and RNAi embryos to study the embryonic cell-cell fusions in C...
July 31, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754346/characterization-of-two-peptides-isolated-from-the-venom-of-social-wasp-chartergellus-communis-hymenoptera-vespidae-influence-of-multiple-alanine-residues-and-c-terminal-amidation-on-biological-effects
#20
Kamila Soares Lopes, Gabriel Avohay Alves Campos, Luana Cristina Camargo, Adolfo Carlos Barros de Souza, Beatriz Vasconcelos Ibituruna, Ana Carolina Martins Magalhães, Lucas Ferreira da Rocha, Alessa Bembom Garcia, Mosar Correa Rodrigues, Dagon Manoel Ribeiro, Michelle Cruz Costa, Manuel Humberto Mera López, Luciana Marangni Nolli, Fernando Zamudio-Zuniga, Lourival Domingos Possani, Elisabeth Ferroni Schwartz, Márcia Renata Mortari
Chatergellus communis is a wasp species endemic to the neotropical region and its venom constituents have never been described. In this study, two peptides from C. communis venom, denominated Communis and Communis-AAAA, were chemically and biologically characterized. In respect to the chemical characterization, the following amino acid sequences and molecular masses were identified: Communis: Ile-Asn-Trp-Lys-Ala-Ile-Leu-Gly-Lys-Ile-Gly-Lys-COOH (1340.9Da) Communis-AAAA: Ile-Asn-Trp-Lys-Ala-Ile-Leu-Gly-Lys-Ile-Gly-Lys-Ala-Ala-Ala-Ala-Val-Xle-NH2 (1836...
July 25, 2017: Peptides
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