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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739022/component-resolved-diagnosis-in-hymenoptera-allergy
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REVIEW
D Antolín-Amérigo, B Ruiz-León, E Boni, T Alfaya-Arias, M Álvarez-Mon, J Barbarroja-Escudero, D González-de-Olano, C Moreno-Aguilar, M Rodríguez-Rodríguez, M J Sánchez-González, L Sánchez-Morillas, A Vega-Castro
Component-resolved diagnosis based on the use of well-defined, properly characterised and purified natural and recombinant allergens constitutes a new approach in the diagnosis of venom allergy. Prospective readers may benefit from an up-to-date review on the allergens. The best characterised venom is that of Apis mellifera, whose main allergens are phospholipase A2 (Api m1), hyaluronidase (Api m2) and melittin (Api m4). Additionally, in recent years, new allergens of Vespula vulgaris have been identified and include phospholipase A1 (Ves v1), hyaluronidase (Ves v2) and antigen 5 (Ves v5)...
July 21, 2017: Allergologia et Immunopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736933/disruption-of-oxidative-balance-in-the-gut-of-the%C3%A2-western-honeybee-apis-mellifera-exposed-to-the-intracellular-parasite-nosema-ceranae-and-to-the-insecticide-fipronil
#2
Laurianne Paris, Michaël Roussel, Bruno Pereira, Frédéric Delbac, Marie Diogon
The causes underlying the increased mortality of honeybee colonies remain unclear and may involve multiple stressors acting together, including both pathogens and pesticides. Previous studies suggested that infection by the gut parasite Nosema ceranae combined with chronic exposure to sublethal doses of the insecticide fipronil generated an increase in oxidative stress in the midgut of honeybees. To explore the impact of these two stressors on oxidative balance, we experimentally infected bees with N. ceranae and/or chronically exposed to fipronil at low doses for 22 days, and we measured soluble reactive oxygen species (ROS) and ROS damage by quantifying both protein and lipid oxidation in the midgut...
July 24, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733815/structure-of-isolated-z-disks-from-honeybee-flight-muscle
#3
Mara Rusu, Zhongjun Hu, Kenneth A Taylor, John Trinick
The Z-disk is a complex structure comprising some 40 proteins that are involved in the transmission of force developed during muscle contraction and in important signalling pathways that govern muscle homeostasis. In the Z-disk the ends of antiparallel thin filaments from adjacent sarcomeres are crosslinked by α-actinin. The structure of the Z-disk lattice varies greatly throughout the animal kingdom. In vertebrates the thin filaments form a tetragonal lattice, whereas invertebrate flight muscle has a hexagonal lattice...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Muscle Research and Cell Motility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730143/long-term-temporal-trends-of-nosema-spp-infection-prevalence-in-northeast-germany-continuous-spread-of-nosema-ceranae-an-emerging-pathogen-of-honey-bees-apis-mellifera-but-no-general-replacement-of-nosema-apis
#4
Sebastian Gisder, Vivian Schüler, Lennart L Horchler, Detlef Groth, Elke Genersch
The Western honey bee (Apis mellifera) is widely used as commercial pollinator in worldwide agriculture and, therefore, plays an important role in global food security. Among the parasites and pathogens threatening health and survival of honey bees are two species of microsporidia, Nosema apis and Nosema ceranae. Nosema ceranae is considered an emerging pathogen of the Western honey bee. Reports on the spread of N. ceranae suggested that this presumably highly virulent species is replacing its more benign congener N...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725389/quality-versus-quantity-foraging-decisions-in-the-honeybee-apis-mellifera-scutellata-feeding-on-wildflower-nectar-and-fruit-juice
#5
Kyle Shackleton, Nicholas J Balfour, Hasan Al Toufailia, Roberto Gaioski, Marcela de Matos Barbosa, Carina A de S Silva, José M S Bento, Denise A Alves, Francis L W Ratnieks
Foraging animals must often decide among resources which vary in quality and quantity. Nectar is a resource that exists along a continuum of quality in terms of sugar concentration and is the primary energy source for bees. Alternative sugar sources exist, including fruit juice, which generally has lower energetic value than nectar. We observed many honeybees (Apis mellifera scutellata) foraging on juice from fallen guava (Psidium guajava) fruit near others foraging on nectar. To investigate whether fruit and nectar offered contrasting benefits of quality and quantity, we compared honeybee foraging performance on P...
October 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716449/venom-derived-peptides-inhibiting-kir-channels-past-present-and-future
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REVIEW
Craig A Doupnik
Inwardly rectifying K+ (Kir) channels play a significant role in vertebrate and invertebrate biology by regulating the movement of K+ ions involved in membrane transport and excitability. Yet unlike other ion channels including their ancestral K + -selective homologs, there are very few venom toxins known to target and inhibit Kir channels with the potency and selectivity found for the Ca2+-activated and voltage-gated K+ channel families. It is unclear whether this is simply due to a lack of discovery, or instead a consequence of the evolutionary processes that drive the development of venom components towards their targets based on a collective efficacy to 1) elicit pain for defensive purposes, 2) promote paralysis for prey capture, or 3) facilitate delivery of venom components into the circulation...
July 14, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715431/colony-collapse-disorder-ccd-and-bee-age-impact-honey-bee-pathophysiology
#7
Dennis vanEngelsdorp, Kirsten S Traynor, Michael Andree, Elinor M Lichtenberg, Yanping Chen, Claude Saegerman, Diana L Cox-Foster
Honey bee (Apis mellifera) colonies continue to experience high annual losses that remain poorly explained. Numerous interacting factors have been linked to colony declines. Understanding the pathways linking pathophysiology with symptoms is an important step in understanding the mechanisms of disease. In this study we examined the specific pathologies associated with honey bees collected from colonies suffering from Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and compared these with bees collected from apparently healthy colonies...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713010/hemolectin-expression-reveals-functional-heterogeneity-in-honey-bee-apis-mellifera-hemocytes
#8
Erika Gábor, Gyöngyi Cinege, Gábor Csordás, Tibor Török, Katalin Folkl-Medzihradszky, Zsuzsanna Darula, István Andó, Éva Kurucz
The identification of molecular markers considerably facilitated the classification and functional analysis of blood cell types. Apis mellifera hemocytes have been classified by morphological criteria and lectin binding properties; however, the use of molecular markers has been minimal. Here we describe a monoclonal antibody to a non-phagocytic subpopulation of A. mellifera hemocytes and to a constituent of the hemolymph clot. We demonstrate that the antibody identifies the A. mellifera hemolectin, a protein carrying human von Willebrand factor homology domains, characteristic of proteins involved in blood coagulation and platelet aggregation in mammals...
July 13, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712914/ige-cross-reactivity-of-phospholipase-a2-and-hyaluronidase-of-apis-dorsata-giant-asian-honeybee-and-apis-mellifera-western-honeybee-venom-possible-use-of-a-%C3%A2-mellifera-venom-for-diagnosis-of-patients-allergic-to-a-%C3%A2-dorsata-venom
#9
Peshala Gunasekara, S M Handunnetti, Sunil Premawansa, E W R A Witharana, W M D K Dasanayake, Indra P Ratnayake, Suranjith L Seneviratne, R K S Dias, G A S Premakumara, Rajiva de Silva
Diagnostic and therapeutic reagents are unavailable for anaphylaxis arising from stings by Apis dorsata. Venom profiles and cross-reactivity of A. dorsata and Apis mellifera were compared, to ascertain whether venom of A. mellifera can be used for diagnosis in A. dorsata allergy. Both venom profiles were similar by High Performance Liquid Chromatography and SDS-PAGE. Sera of 29 of 30 (96.7%) patients with anaphylaxis to A. dorsata stings had IgE to the phospholipase-2 (PLA2) doublet (15 and 16 kDa) of A...
July 14, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708507/effects-of-diluents-and-plasma-on-honey-bee-apis-mellifera-l-drone-frozen-thawed-semen-fertility
#10
REVIEW
Aziz Gül, Nuray Şahinler, Ali G Onal, Brandon K Hopkins, Walter S Sheppard
Cryopreservation is an advanced method used to protect germplasm in liquid nitrogen. Honey bees are of special interest to protect because of their pollination activity and critical role in agriculture. There has been important progress in the cryopreservation of honey bee germplasm in recent years, leading to practical recovery of genetic material for breeding purposes following freezing. However, there remains room for improvement and the goal of the present study was to evaluate the effect of different "extenders" added post-thaw on the fertilization rate of cryopreserved honey bee semen...
June 23, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698604/honeybee-apis-mellifera-associated-bacterial-community-affected-by-american-foulbrood-detection-of-paenibacillus-larvae-via-microbiome-analysis
#11
Tomas Erban, Ondrej Ledvinka, Martin Kamler, Marta Nesvorna, Bronislava Hortova, Jan Tyl, Dalibor Titera, Martin Markovic, Jan Hubert
Honeybee (Apis mellifera L.) workers act as passive vectors of Paenibacillus larvae spores, which cause the quarantine disease American foulbrood (AFB). We assessed the relative proportions of P. larvae within the honeybee microbiome using metabarcoding analysis of the 16 S rRNA gene. The microbiome was analyzed in workers outside of the AFB zone (control - AFB0), in workers from asymptomatic colonies in an AFB apiary (AFB1), and in workers from colonies exhibiting clinical AFB symptoms (AFB2). The microbiome was processed for the entire community and for a cut-off microbiome comprising pathogenic/environmental bacteria following the removal of core bacterial sequences; varroosis levels were considered in the statistical analysis...
July 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688300/herbicide-and-insect-resistant-bt-cotton-pollen-assessment-finds-no-detrimental-effects-on-adult-honey-bees
#12
Lin Niu, Weihua Ma, Chaoliang Lei, Juan Luis Jurat-Fuentes, Lizhen Chen
One important concern regarding the use of transgenic cotton expressing insecticidal toxins from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) is its potential detrimental effect on non-target organisms. The honey bee (Apis mellifera) is the most important pollinator species worldwide and it is directly exposed to transgenic crops by the consumption of genetically modified (GM) pollen. However, the potential effects of Bt cotton on A. mellifera remain unclear. In the present study, we assessed the effects of two Bt cotton varieties; ZMSJ expressing the Cry1Ac and Cry2Ab insecticidal proteins, and ZMKCKC producing Cry1Ac and EPSPS, on A...
July 5, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686887/can-the-exposure-of-apis-mellifera-hymenoptera-apiadae-larvae-to-a-field-concentration-of-thiamethoxam-affect-newly-emerged-bees
#13
Priscila Sepúlveda Friol, Aline Fernanda Catae, Daiana Antonia Tavares, Osmar Malaspina, Thaisa Cristina Roat
The use of insecticides on crops can affect non-target insects, such as bees. In addition to the adult bees, larvae can be exposed to the insecticide through contaminated floral resources. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate the possible effects of the exposure of A. mellifera larvae to a field concentration of thiamethoxam (0.001 ng/μL thiamethoxam) on larval and pupal survival and on the percentage of adult emergence. Additionally, its cytotoxic effects on the digestive cells of midgut, Malpighian tubules cells and Kenyon cells of the brain of newly emerged A...
June 29, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686725/persistence-of-subclinical-deformed-wing-virus-infections-in-honeybees-following-varroa-mite-removal-and-a-bee-population-turnover
#14
Barbara Locke, Emilia Semberg, Eva Forsgren, Joachim R de Miranda
Deformed wing virus (DWV) is a lethal virus of honeybees (Apis mellifera) implicated in elevated colony mortality rates worldwide and facilitated through vector transmission by the ectoparasitic mite Varroa destructor. Clinical, symptomatic DWV infections are almost exclusively associated with high virus titres during pupal development, usually acquired through feeding by Varroa mites when reproducing on bee pupae. Control of the mite population, generally through acaricide treatment, is essential for breaking the DWV epidemic and minimizing colony losses...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684976/use-of-costic-acid-a-natural-extract-from-dittrichia-viscosa-for-the-control-of-varroa-destructor-a-parasite-of-the-european-honey-bee
#15
Kalliopi Sofou, Demosthenis Isaakidis, Apostolos Spyros, Anita Büttner, Athanassios Giannis, Haralambos E Katerinopoulos
Costic acid has been isolated from the plant Dittrichia viscosa and its efficacy against Varroa destructor, a parasite of Apis mellifera, the European honey bee, has been studied. Costic acid exhibited potent in vivo acaricidal activity against the parasite. Initial experiments showed that the compound is not toxic for human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) at concentrations of up to 230 micromolar (μM), indicating that costic acid could be used as a safe, low-cost and efficient agent for controlling varroosis in honey bee colonies...
2017: Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680118/immunosuppression-in-honeybee-queens-by-the-neonicotinoids-thiacloprid-and-clothianidin
#16
Annely Brandt, Katharina Grikscheit, Reinhold Siede, Robert Grosse, Marina Doris Meixner, Ralph Büchler
Queen health is crucial to colony survival of honeybees, since reproduction and colony growth rely solely on the queen. Queen failure is considered a relevant cause of colony losses, yet few data exist concerning effects of environmental stressors on queens. Here we demonstrate for the first time that exposure to field-realistic concentrations of neonicotinoid pesticides can severely affect the immunocompetence of queens of western honeybees (Apis mellifera L.). In young queens exposed to thiacloprid (200 µg/l or 2000 µg/l) or clothianidin (10 µg/l or 50 µg/l), the total hemocyte number and the proportion of active, differentiated hemocytes was significantly reduced...
July 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678826/agonistic-interactions-between-the-honeybee-apis-mellifera-ligustica-and-the-european-wasp-vespula-germanica-reveal-context-dependent-defense-strategies
#17
Michelina Pusceddu, Ignazio Floris, Franco Buffa, Emanuele Salaris, Alberto Satta
Predator-prey relationships between sympatric species allow the evolution of defense behaviors, such as honeybee colonies defending their nests against predatory wasps. We investigated the predator-prey relationship between the honeybee (Apis mellifera ligustica) and the European wasp (Vespula germanica) by evaluating the effectiveness of attack and defense behaviors, which have coevolved in these sympatric species, as well as the actual damage and disturbance caused to the colonies under attack. Attack and defense behaviors were recorded in front of the hive to observe attacks at the hive entrance (68 attacks in 279 h) and at ground level on isolated and weakened honeybees close to the hive (465 attacks in 32 h)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677219/the-nectar-spur-is-not-only-a-simple-specialization-for-long-proboscid-pollinators
#18
Anna Vlašánková, Eliška Padyšáková, Michael Bartoš, Ximo Mengual, Petra Janečková, Štěpán Janeček
Since the time of Darwin, biologists have considered the floral nectar spur to be an adaptation representing a high degree of plant specialization. Nevertheless, some researchers suggest that nature is more complex and that even morphologically specialized plants attract a wide spectrum of visitors. We observed visitors on Impatiens burtonii (Balsaminaceae) and measured the depth of the proboscis insertion into the spur, the distance of the nectar surface from the spur entrance and the visitor's effectiveness...
July 5, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675652/adaptive-maintenance-of-european-alleles-in-the-brazilian-africanized-honeybee
#19
Brock A Harpur
The Anthropocene is an epoch hallmarked by intensified human intrusion across ecosystems. One such intrusion is the movement and re-introduction of long-separated populations. By facilitating introgression - intraspecific genetic admixture - secondary contact can facilitate range expansion and the establishment of invasive species. The proximate mechanisms through which introgression facilitates expansion are rarely known (Bock et al., ; Rius & Darling, ), but managed species provide a useful avenue for exploration...
July 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674395/comparative-transcriptome-analysis-on-the-synthesis-pathway-of-honey-bee-apis-mellifera-mandibular-gland-secretions
#20
YuQi Wu, HuoQing Zheng, Miguel Corona, Christian Pirk, Fei Meng, YuFei Zheng, FuLiang Hu
Secretions from mandibular glands (MGs) have important caste-specific functions that are associated with the social evolution of honey bees. To gain insights into the molecular architecture underlying these caste differences, we compared the gene expression patterns of MGs from queens, queenright workers (WQRs) and queenless workers (WQLs) using high-throughput RNA-sequencing technology. In total, we identified 46 candidate genes associated with caste-specific biosynthesis of fatty acid pheromones in the MG, including members of cytochrome P450 (CYP450) family and genes involved in fatty acid β-oxidation and ω-oxidation...
July 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
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