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L C Perkin, E N Elpidina, B Oppert
Tribolium castaneum is a major agriculture pest damaging stored grains and cereal products. The T. castaneum genome contains 26 cysteine peptidase genes, mostly cathepsins L and B, and seven have a major role in digestion. We targeted the expression of the most highly expressed cathepsin L gene on chromosome 10, TC011001, by RNA interference (RNAi), using double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) constructs of different regions of the gene (3', middle, 5' and entire coding regions). RNA sequencing and quantitation (RNA-seq) was used to evaluate knockdown and specificity amongst the treatments...
October 22, 2016: Insect Molecular Biology
Erica L Heipertz, Jourdan Harper, Wendy E Walker
IFN regulatory factor (IRF)3 plays a detrimental role in the cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) mouse model of sepsis. However, it is unclear which pathway activates IRF3 in this context. In this report we investigate two pathways that activate IRF3: the Stimulator of Interferon Genes (STING) pathway (which senses cytosolic DNA) and the TIR-domain-containing adapter-inducing interferon-β (TRIF) pathway (which sense dsRNA and LPS via Toll-like receptor (TLR) 3 and 4). Initially, we examine the impact of these pathways using a severe CLP model (∼90% mortality)...
October 17, 2016: Shock
Anna V Cherepanova, Zhanna K Nazarkina, Pavel P Laktionov
Oligodeoxynucleotide (ODN) analogues of cell-surface-bound circulating DNA inhibit the dsRNA-induced production of pro-inflammatory interleukin 6, interferon beta and antibacterial peptide beta-defensin 2 not only in human gingival fibroblasts, but also in human primary endothelial and transformed cells (Hela and A431). ODN analogues do not effect dendritic cells activation by poly(I:C). The data obtained indicate that the early stages of the signal transduction cascade are violated by ODN analogues and the effects depend on the cell type...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Julia Bally, Glen J McIntyre, Rachel L Doran, Karen Lee, Alicia Perez, Hyungtaek Jung, Fatima Naim, Ignacio M Larrinua, Kenneth E Narva, Peter M Waterhouse
Expressing double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) in transgenic plants to silence essential genes within herbivorous pests is referred to as trans-kingdom RNA interference (TK-RNAi) and has emerged as a promising strategy for crop protection. However, the dicing of dsRNA into siRNAs by the plant's intrinsic RNAi machinery may reduce this pesticidal activity. Therefore, genetic constructs, encoding ∼200 nt duplex-stemmed-hairpin (hp) RNAs, targeting the acetylcholinesterase gene of the cotton bollworm, Helicoverpa armigera, were integrated into either the nuclear or the chloroplast genome of Nicotiana benthamiana...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Takujiro Homma, Junichi Fujii
Heat stress induces intracellular protein denaturation and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress, which elicits unfolded protein response (UPR) in cells. UPR involves three ER-localized sensor proteins: the inositol-requiring protein 1α (IRE1α), the dsRNA-activated protein kinase-like ER kinase (PERK), and activating transcription factor-6 (ATF6). However, the precise mechanism by which cells deal with heat stress remains to be elucidated. We report herein that heat stress effectively activates all branches of the UPR...
October 12, 2016: Experimental Cell Research
Yojana R Chikate, Vishal V Dawkar, Ranjit S Barbole, Priyadarshini V Tilak, Vidya S Gupta, Ashok P Giri
Helicoverpa armigera is one of the major crop pests and is less amenable to current pest control approaches. RNA interference (RNAi) is emerging as a potent arsenal for the insect pest control over current methods. Here, we examined the effect on growth and development in H. armigera by targeting various enzymes/proteins such as proteases like trypsins (HaTry2, 3, 4 and 6), chymotrypsin (HaChy4) and cysteine protease like cathepsin (HaCATHL); glutathione S-transferases (HaGST1a, 6 and 8); esterases (HaAce4, HaJHE); catalase (HaCAT); super-oxide-dismutase (HaCu/ZnSOD); fatty acid binding protein (HaFabp) and chitin deacetylase (HaCda5b) through dsRNA approach...
October 2016: Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology
Aline Koch, Dagmar Biedenkopf, Alexandra Furch, Lennart Weber, Oliver Rossbach, Eltayb Abdellatef, Lukas Linicus, Jan Johannsmeier, Lukas Jelonek, Alexander Goesmann, Vinitha Cardoza, John McMillan, Tobias Mentzel, Karl-Heinz Kogel
Meeting the increasing food and energy demands of a growing population will require the development of ground-breaking strategies that promote sustainable plant production. Host-induced gene silencing has shown great potential for controlling pest and diseases in crop plants. However, while delivery of inhibitory noncoding double-stranded (ds)RNA by transgenic expression is a promising concept, it requires the generation of transgenic crop plants which may cause substantial delay for application strategies depending on the transformability and genetic stability of the crop plant species...
October 2016: PLoS Pathogens
Vurtice C Albright, Colin R Wong, Richard L Hellmich, Joel R Coats
Silencing genes of a pest with double-stranded RNA is a promising new pest management technology. As part of the environmental risk assessment for dsRNA-based products, the environmental fate and the potential for adverse effects to on-target organisms should be characterized. In the present study, a non-bioactive dsRNA was spiked into the water column of a water and sediment microcosm to mimic drift from a spray application run off of unbound dsRNA or transport of plant tissues. Dissipation of dsRNA in the water column and partitioning into sediment was determined...
October 12, 2016: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
Qiongbo Hu, Wei Wu
RNA interference (RNAi) technology is considered as an alternative for control of pests. However, RNAi has not been used in field conditions yet, since delivering exogenous ds/siRNA to target pests is very difficult. The laboratory methods of introducing the ds/siRNA into insects through feeding, micro feeding / dripping and injecting cannot be used in fields. Transgenic crop is perhaps the most effective application of RNAi for pest control, but it needs long-time basic researches in order to reduce the cost and evaluate the safety...
August 10, 2016: Bioengineered
Ryo Okada, Eri Kiyota, Hiromitsu Moriyama, Toshiyuki Fukuhara, Rodrigo A Valverde
A double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) of approximately 15 kbp was isolated from asymptomatic winged bean (Psophocarpus tetragonolobus) plants. The size of the dsRNA, together with results of RT-PCR testing, suggested that it was the replicative form of a plant endornavirus. Cloning, sequencing, and sequence analyses confirmed the endornavirus nature of the dsRNA. Conserved motifs typical for endornaviruses were identified and their amino acid sequences compared with those of selected endornaviruses. Phylogenetic analyses revealed a close relationship with Bell pepper endornavirus, Phaseolus vulgaris endornavirus 2, and Hot pepper endornavirus...
October 6, 2016: Virus Genes
Daniel Luque, Carlos P Mata, Fernando González-Camacho, José M González, Josué Gómez-Blanco, Carlos Alfonso, Germán Rivas, Wendy M Havens, Satoko Kanematsu, Nobuhiro Suzuki, Said A Ghabrial, Benes L Trus, Joséa R Castón
: Most dsRNA viruses are transcribed and replicated in a specialized icosahedral capsid with a T=1 lattice consisting of 60 asymmetric capsid protein (CP) dimers. These capsids help to organize the viral genome and replicative complex(es). They also act as molecular sieves that isolate the virus genome from host defense mechanisms and allow the passage of nucleotides and viral transcripts. Rosellinia necatrix quadrivirus 1 (RnQV1), the type species of family Quadriviridae, is a dsRNA fungal virus with a multipartite genome consisting of four monocistronic segments (segments 1-4)...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Virology
Juan Wang, Ran-Ran Zhang, Guan-Qun Gao, Ming-Yuan Ma, Hui Chen
The values of physiological indices and the enzymes activities involved in the overwintering stage were studied in D. armandi larvae in each month from October 2014 to March 2015. The sorbitol, trehalose and glycerol values initially tended to increase as the ambient temperature decreased, before declining until the end of the winter. The activities of four enzymes (SOD, CAT, LDH and AchE) decreased, whereas POD, PK and MDH showed opposite trends in activity. Other enzyme activities (those of TPS, SDH and GLK) were low during the overwintering period and later increased and stabilized during spring...
October 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
Michael B Cheung, Viviana Sampayo-Escobar, Ryan Green, Martin L Moore, Subhra Mohapatra, Shyam S Mohapatra
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) has been reported to infect human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) but the consequences are poorly understood. MSCs are present in nearly every organ including the nasal mucosa and the lung and play a role in regulating immune responses and mediating tissue repair. We sought to determine whether RSV infection of MSCs enhances their immune regulatory functions and contributes to RSV-associated lung disease. RSV was shown to replicate in human MSCs by fluorescence microscopy, plaque assay, and expression of RSV transcripts...
2016: PloS One
Warunthorn Monwan, Piti Amparyup, Anchalee Tassanakajon
Clip domain serine proteinases (ClipSPs) play critical roles in the activation of proteolytic cascade in invertebrate immune systems including the prophenoloxidase (proPO) activating system. In this study, we characterized a snake-like serine protease, namely PmSnake, from the shrimp Penaeus monodon which has previously been identified based on the subtractive cDNA library of proPO double-stranded RNA (dsRNA)-treated hemocytes. An open reading frame of PmSnake contains 1068 bp encoding a predicted protein of 355 amino acid residues with a putative signal peptide of 22 amino acids and two conserved domains (N-terminal clip domain and C-terminal trypsin-like serine proteinase domain)...
September 28, 2016: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
Jie Zhong, Xi Dan Pang, Hong Jian Zhu, Bi Da Gao, Wen Kun Huang, Qian Zhou
A novel double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) mycovirus, consisting of three dsRNA genome segments and possibly belonging to the family Chrysoviridae, was isolated from the filamentous phytopathogenic fungus Colletotrichum gloeosporioides and designated as Colletotrichum gloeosprioides chrysovirus 1 (CgCV1). The three dsRNAs of the CgCV1 genome with lengths of 3397, 2869, and 2630 bp (dsRNAs1-3) were found to contain a single open reading frame (ORF) putatively encoding the RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp), a capsid protein, and a protease, respectively, all of which exhibited some degree of sequence similarity to the comparable putative proteins encoded by the genus Chrysovirus...
2016: Viruses
Mohammad Behram Khan, Jonathan Wee Kent Liew, Cherng Shii Leong, Yee-Ling Lau
BACKGROUND: Anopheles mosquitoes transmit malaria which is one of the world's most threatening diseases. Anopheles dirus (sensu stricto) is among the main vectors of malaria in South East Asia. The mosquito innate immune response is the first line of defence against malaria parasites during its development. The immune deficiency (IMD) pathway, a conserved immune signaling pathway, influences anti-Plasmodium falciparum activity in Anopheles gambiae, An. stephensi and An. albimanus. The aim of the study was to determine the role of Rel2, an IMD pathway-controlled NF-kappaβ transcription factor, in An...
September 29, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
June-Sun Yoon, Jayendra Nath Shukla, Zhong Jun Gong, Kanakachari Mogilicherla, Subba Reddy Palli
RNA interference (RNAi) is a useful reverse genetics tool for investigation of gene function as well as for practical applications in many fields including medicine and agriculture. RNAi works very well in coleopteran insects including the Colorado potato beetle (CPB), Leptinotarsa decemlineata. We used a cell line (Lepd-SL1) developed from CPB to identify genes that play key roles in RNAi. We screened 50 genes with potential functions in RNAi by exposing Lepd-SL1 cells to dsRNA targeting one of the potential RNAi pathway genes followed by incubation with dsRNA targeting inhibitor of apoptosis (IAP, silencing of this gene induces apoptosis)...
September 26, 2016: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Andrew Santiago-Frangos, Kumari Kavita, Daniel J Schu, Susan Gottesman, Sarah A Woodson
The bacterial Sm protein and RNA chaperone Hfq stabilizes small noncoding RNAs (sRNAs) and facilitates their annealing to mRNA targets involved in stress tolerance and virulence. Although an arginine patch on the Sm core is needed for Hfq's RNA chaperone activity, the function of Hfq's intrinsically disordered C-terminal domain (CTD) has remained unclear. Here, we use stopped flow spectroscopy to show that the CTD of Escherichia coli Hfq is not needed to accelerate RNA base pairing but is required for the release of dsRNA...
October 11, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Kyeoung-Hwa Kim, Ji-Hoon Park, Eun-Young Kim, Jung-Jae Ko, Kyung-Soon Park, Kyung-Ah Lee
Rad51 is a conserved eukaryotic protein that mediates the homologous recombination repair of DNA double-strand breaks that occur during mitosis and meiosis. In addition, Rad51 promotes mitochondrial DNA synthesis when replication stress is increased. Rad51 also regulates cell cycle progression by preserving the G2/M transition in embryonic stem cells. In this study, we report a novel function of Rad51 in regulating mitochondrial activity during in vitro maturation of mouse oocytes. Suppression of Rad51 by injection of Rad51 dsRNA into germinal vesicle-stage oocytes resulted in arrest of meiosis in metaphase I...
September 28, 2016: Scientific Reports
Yutaka Shishikura, Akira Koarai, Hiroyuki Aizawa, Mutsuo Yamaya, Hisatoshi Sugiura, Mika Watanabe, Yuichiro Hashimoto, Tadahisa Numakura, Tomonori Makiguti, Kyoko Abe, Mituhiro Yamada, Toshiaki Kikuchi, Yasushi Hoshikawa, Yoshinori Okada, Masakazu Ichinose
BACKGROUND: In response to tissue damage or inflammation, adenosine-5'-triphosphate (ATP) is released into the extracellular compartment and has been demonstrated to augment inflammation via purinergic P2 receptors (P2Rs). Recently, ATP has been shown to be increased in the airways of COPD patients. In the present study, we examined the possible involvement of extracellular ATP in airway mucus hypersecretion during viral-induced COPD exacerbations. METHODS: The involvement of extracellular ATP in the release of a major airway mucin, MUC5AC, and its signal pathway was examined after stimulation with polyinosine-polycytidylic acid [poly(I:C)], a synthetic analog of dsRNA to mimic viral infection, and rhinovirus (RV) infection in NCI-H292 cells and differentiated airway epithelial cells from COPD patients...
September 27, 2016: Respiratory Research
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