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Yassine Benzidane, Delphine Goven, Aly Ahmed Abd-Ella, Caroline Deshayes, Bruno Lapied, Valérie Raymond
Neonicotinoids are the most important class of insecticides used in agriculture over the last decade. They act as selective agonists of insect nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs). The emergence of insect resistance to these insecticides is one of the major problems, which limit the use of neonicotinoids. The aim of our study is to better understand physiological changes appearing after subchronic exposure to sublethal doses of insecticide using complementary approaches that include toxicology, electrophysiology, molecular biology and calcium imaging...
August 12, 2017: Neurotoxicology
Pedro A Inostroza, Riccardo Massei, Romy Wild, Martin Krauss, Werner Brack
Emerging pollutants are ubiquitous in the aquatic system and may pose risks to aquatic ecosystems. The quantification and prediction of environmental partitioning of these chemicals in aquatic systems between water, sediment and biota is an important step in the comprehensive assessment of their sources and final fates in the environment. In this multi-compartment field study, we applied equilibrium partitioning theory and chemical activity estimates to investigate the predictability of concentrations in Gammarus pulex as a model invertebrate from water and sediment in a typical small central European river...
August 12, 2017: Environmental Pollution
Lisa H Nowell, Patrick W Moran, Travis S Schmidt, Julia E Norman, Naomi Nakagaki, Megan E Shoda, Barbara J Mahler, Peter C Van Metre, Wesley W Stone, Mark W Sandstrom, Michelle L Hladik
Aquatic organisms in streams are exposed to pesticide mixtures that vary in composition over time in response to changes in flow conditions, pesticide inputs to the stream, and pesticide fate and degradation within the stream. To characterize mixtures of dissolved-phase pesticides and degradates in Midwestern streams, a synoptic study was conducted at 100 streams during May-August 2013. In weekly water samples, 94 pesticides and 89 degradates were detected, with a median of 25 compounds detected per sample and 54 detected per site...
August 4, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
Zhongxiang Xiao, Zhenghao Xu, Zhefeng Gu, Junfei Lv, Imran Haider Shamsi
Leaching of allelochemicals in soil is one of the fundamental processes that determine the allelopathic activities, but is often overlooked. In the present study, the vertical leaching of seven putative allelochemicals, as well as one pesticide and one herbicide, was investigated by using polyvinyl chloride columns combined with bioassay approach. The results indicated that the leachability of pretilachlor and imidacloprid were the best (Lƒ>0.8), followed by vanillin and coumarin (Lƒ>0.6). The leachability of daidzein, menthol and m-tyrosine were medium (0...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Justine Criquet, David Dumoulin, Michael Howsam, Leslie Mondamert, Jean-François Goossens, Jean Prygiel, Gabriel Billon
The relevance of Polar Organic Chemical Integrative Samplers (POCIS) was evaluated for the assessment of concentrations of 46 pesticides and 19 pharmaceuticals in a small, peri-urban river with multi-origin inputs. Throughout the period of POCIS deployment, 24h-average water samples were collected automatically, and showed the rapid temporal evolution of concentrations of several micropollutants, as well as permitting the calculation of average concentrations in the water phase for comparison with those estimated from POCIS passive samplers...
August 1, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
Yuan Ding, Xiude Hua, Nana Sun, Jiachuan Yang, Jiaqi Deng, Haiyan Shi, Minghua Wang
In this study, we isolated six phage-displayed peptides by biopanning phage-displayed peptide libraries on an immobilized anti-imidaclothiz monoclonal antibody. After analyzing the relative sensitivity of the individual phage-displayed peptides, we subsequently developed and optimized both a phage enzyme immunoassay (P-ELISA) and a phage chemiluminescent enzyme immunoassay (P-CLEIA) to improve the sensitivity and linear range of imidaclothiz assays. The P-CLEIA (50% inhibition concentration (IC50) of 0.86ngmL(-1), linear range of 0...
July 31, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
Kenia Fernanda Aguiar Santos, Odimar Zanuzo Zanardi, Matheus Rovere de Morais, Cynthia Renata Oliveira Jacob, Monique Bárbara de Oliveira, Pedro Takao Yamamoto
Hippodamia convergens is an important predator found in different agroecosystems. We evaluated the impacts of six insecticides on eggs, larvae and adults of this predator. For eggs, all insecticides reduced larval hatching rates, but did not affect egg duration. Chlorpyrifos and phosmet reduced larval survival; and chlorpyrifos, etofenprox and phosmet prolonged the larva development time. The survival and duration of pupae were not affected by all insecticides tested. Chlorpyrifos reduced fecundity, fertility and longevity when eggs were sprayed...
August 1, 2017: Chemosphere
Mohammad Asaduzzaman Miah, Mohammed Esmail Abdalla Elzaki, Zhaojun Han
Cytochrome P450 monooxygenases (CYPs) usually overexpressed in resistant strain were found involved in oxidative detoxification of insecticides. In this study, an investigation was conducted to confirm if resistance irrelevant CYPs which were not overexpressed in resistant strain before, were capable of degrading insecticides. Three resistance irrelevant CYPs viz. CYP417A2v2, CYP425A1v2, and CYP4DJ1 from CYP4 family of Laodelphax striatellus were randomly selected for experiments. CYP417A2v2 and CYP425A1v2 were found expressed successfully in Sf9 cell line while CYP4DJ1 was not expressed successfully and out of two expressed CYPs, only CYP417A2v2 showed its efficient catalytic activity...
July 2017: Ecology and Evolution
C He, W Xie, X Yang, S-L Wang, Q-J Wu, Y-J Zhang
The Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius) (Hemiptera:Aleyrodidae) species complex includes invasive and destructive pests of field crops, and the sibling species MEAM1 and MED are its two most damaging members. Previous research indicated that the replacement of Middle East-Minor Asia 1 (MEAM1) by Mediterranean (MED) as the dominant B. tabaci species in China can be mainly attributed to MED's greater tolerance to insecticides. Glutathione S-transferases (GSTs) play important roles in the detoxification of hydrophobic toxic compounds...
August 2, 2017: Insect Molecular Biology
Mustapha F A Jallow, Dawood G Awadh, Mohammed S Albaho, Vimala Y Devi, Nisar Ahmad
The presence of pesticide residues in primary and derived agricultural products raises serious health concerns for consumers. The aim of this study was to assess the level of pesticide residues in commonly consumed fruits and vegetables in Kuwait. A total of 150 samples of different fresh vegetables and fruits were analyzed for the presence of 34 pesticides using the quick easy cheap effective rugged and safe (QuEChERS) multi-residue extraction, followed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) or liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)...
July 25, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Haibo Bao, Yang Liu, Yixi Zhang, Zewen Liu
Due to great diversity of nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) subtypes in insects, one β subunit may be contained in numerous nAChR subtypes. In the locust Locusta migratoria, a model insect species with agricultural importance, the third β subunits (Locβ3) was identified in this study, which reveals at least three β subunits in this insect species. Imidacloprid was found to bind nAChRs in L. migratoria central nervous system at two sites with different affinities, with Kd values of 0.16 and 10.31nM...
August 2017: Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology
Zhiguo Li, Meng Li, Jingfang He, Xiaomeng Zhao, Veeranan Chaimanee, Wei-Fone Huang, Hongyi Nie, Yazhou Zhao, Songkun Su
Acute toxicities (LD50s) of imidacloprid and clothianidin to Apis mellifera and A. cerana were investigated. Changing patterns of immune-related gene expressions and the activities of four enzymes between the two bee species were compared and analyzed after exposure to sublethal doses of insecticides. Results indicated that A. cerana was more sensitive to imidacloprid and clothianidin than A. mellifera. The acute oral LD50 values of imidacloprid and clothianidin for A. mellifera were 8.6 and 2.0ng/bee, respectively, whereas the corresponding values for A...
August 2017: Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology
Elyse Caron-Beaudoin, Rachel Viau, Andrée-Anne Hudon-Thibeault, Cathy Vaillancourt, J Thomas Sanderson
Estrogen biosynthesis during pregnancy is dependent on the collaboration between the fetus producing the androgen precursors, and the placenta expressing the enzyme aromatase (CYP19). Disruption of estrogen production by contaminants may result in serious pregnancy outcomes. We used our recently developed in vitro co-culture model of fetoplacental steroidogenesis to screen the effects of three neonicotinoid insecticides on the catalytic activity of aromatase and the production of steroid hormones. A co-culture of H295R human adrenocortical carcinoma cells with fetal characteristics and BeWo human choriocarcinoma cells which display characteristics of the villous cytotrophoblast was exposed for 24h to various concentrations of three neonicotinoids: thiacloprid, thiamethoxam and imidacloprid...
July 24, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Matthias Schott, Gabriela Bischoff, Gerrit Eichner, Andreas Vilcinskas, Ralph Büchler, Marina Doris Meixner, Annely Brandt
In cases of acute intoxication, honeybees often lay in front of their hives for several days, exposed to sunlight and weather, before a beekeeper can take a sample. Beekeepers send samples to analytical laboratories, but sometimes no residues can be detected. Temperature and sun light could influence the decrease of pesticides in bee samples and thereby residues left for analysis. Moreover, samples are usually sent via normal postal services without cooling. We investigated the temporal dynamics of whole-body residues of imidacloprid in live or dead honeybees following a single-meal dietary exposure of 41 ng/bee under various environmental conditions, such as freezing, exposure to UV light or transfer of individuals through the mail system...
July 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
Despoina Evr Kapantaidaki, Eldem Sadikoglou, Dimitra Tsakireli, Vasileios Kampanis, Marianna Stavrakaki, Corinna Schorn, Aris Ilias, Maria Riga, George Tsiamis, Ralf Nauen, George Skavdis, John Vontas, Anastasia Tsagkarakou
BACKGROUND: Neonicotinoids, pyrethroids and ketoenols, are currently used for the control of Trialeurodes vaporariorum (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae). In this study, insecticide resistance status and mechanisms were investigated by classical bioassays and molecular techniques. RESULTS: Dose response bioassays were performed on 19 Greek populations, among the 35 different whitefly populations used for the whole analysis. Resistance factors scaled up to 207-, 4657- and 59- fold, for imidacloprid, bifenthrin and spiromesifen, respectively...
July 22, 2017: Pest Management Science
Ming-Cheng Wu, Yu-Wen Chang, Kuang-Hui Lu, En-Cheng Yang
Honey bee larvae exposed to sublethal doses of imidacloprid show behavioural abnormalities as adult insects. Previous studies have demonstrated that this phenomenon originates from abnormal neural development in response to imidacloprid exposure. Here, we further investigated the global gene expression changes in the heads of newly emerged adults and observed that 578 genes showed more than 2-fold changes in gene expression after imidacloprid exposure. This information might aid in understanding the effects of pesticides on the health of pollinators...
July 18, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Paola Paradies, Fabrizio Iarussi, Mariateresa Sasanelli, Antonio Capogna, Riccardo Paolo Lia, Daniele Zucca, Beatrice Greco, Cinzia Cantacessi, Domenico Otranto
BACKGROUND: The increasing number of reports of human infections by Strongyloides stercoralis from a range of European countries over the last 20 years has spurred the interest of the scientific community towards this parasite and, in particular, towards the role that infections of canine hosts may play in the epidemiology of human disease. Data on the epidemiology of canine strongyloidiasis is currently limited, most likely because of the inherent limitations of current diagnostic methods...
July 20, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
Susan de Burgh, Kasia Hunter, Chrissie Jackson, Michael Chambers, Corinna Klupiec, Veronica Smith
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July 17, 2017: Parasitology Research
Fabrizia Veronesi, Angela Di Cesare, Gabriele Braun, Lisa Günther, Giulia Morganti, Fabrizio Rueca, Gabriele Petry, Roland Schaper, Donato Traversa
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July 17, 2017: Parasitology Research
Angela Di Cesare, Fabrizia Veronesi, Gioia Capelli, Katrin Deuster, Roland Schaper, Fabrizio Solari Basano, Roberto Nazzari, Barbara Paoletti, Donato Traversa
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July 17, 2017: Parasitology Research
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