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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654862/biopolymer-zein-coated-gold-nanoparticles-synthesis-antibacterial-potential-toxicity-and-histopathological-effects-against-the-zika-virus-vector-aedes-aegypti
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Periyakaruppan Suganya, Baskaralingam Vaseeharan, Sekar Vijayakumar, Banumathi Balan, Marimuthu Govindarajan, Naiyf S Alharbi, Shine Kadaikunnan, Jamal M Khaled, Giovanni Benelli
The control of multidrug-resistant bacteria as well as insect pests and vectors is timely and important now a days. The present study was designed to evaluate the in vitro antibacterial, antibiofilm and mosquito larvicidal effects of gold nanoparticles synthesized using the zein biopolymer (Ze-AuNPs) against Gram positive (Bacillus pumilus and Bacillus subtilis), Gram negative (Shigella sonnei and Pseudomonas aeruginosa) bacteria and third instar larvae of the dengue and Zika virus vector Aedes aegypti. The synthesized Ze-AuNPs were characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM)...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654175/identification-and-occurrence-of-the-hydroxamate-siderophores-aerobactin-putrebactin-avaroferrin-and-ochrobactin-c-as-virulence-factors-from-entomopathogenic-bacteria
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Merle Hirschmann, Florian Grundmann, Helge B Bode
Effective iron acquisition and fine-tuned intracellular iron storage systems are the main prerequisites for a successful host invasion by a pathogen. Bacteria have developed several different strategies to sequester this essential element from their environment, one relies on the secretion of low molecular weight compounds with high affinity for ferric iron, the so-called siderophores. Here we report hydroxamate siderophore structures produced by entomopathogenic bacteria of the species Xenorhabdus and Photorhabdus, which are known for their potential to produce bioactive natural products, required for their role as nematode symbiont and insect pathogen...
June 27, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653590/guinea-worm-from-robert-leiper-to-eradication
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Ahmed Tayeh, Sandy Cairncross, Francis E G Cox
Guinea worm disease, dracunculiasis or dracontiasis, is an ancient disease with records going back over 4500 years, but until the beginning of the 20th century, little was known about its life cycle, particularly how humans became infected. In 1905, Robert Thomas Leiper was sent by the British colonial authorities to West Africa to investigate the spread of Guinea worm disease and to recommend measures to prevent it. While carrying out his investigations, he made important contributions to the aetiology, epidemiology and public health aspects of Guinea worm disease and provided definitive answers to many outstanding questions...
June 27, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653588/positive-density-dependent-growth-supports-costs-sharing-hypothesis-and-population-density-sensing-in-a-manipulative-parasite
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Mikhail Gopko, Victor N Mikheev, Jouni Taskinen
Parasites manipulate their hosts' phenotype to increase their own fitness. Like any evolutionary adaptation, parasitic manipulations should be costly. Though it is difficult to measure costs of the manipulation directly, they can be evaluated using an indirect approach. For instance, theory suggests that as the parasite infrapopulation grows, the investment of individual parasites in host manipulation decreases, because of cost sharing. Another assumption is that in environments where manipulation does not pay off for the parasite, it can decrease its investment in the manipulation to save resources...
June 27, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653157/computational-analysis-on-down-regulated-images-of-macrophage-scavenger-receptor
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Byeongtaek Oh, Yugyung Lee, Mingui Fu, Chi H Lee
BACKGROUND: Thiolated-graphene quantum dots (SH-GQDs) were developed and assessed for an efficient preventive means against atherosclerosis and potential toxicity through computational image analysis and animal model studies. EXPERIMENTS: Zebrafish (wild-type, wt) were used for evaluation of toxicity through the assessment of embryonic mortality, malformation and ROS generation. The amounts of SH-GQDs uptaken by mouse macrophage cells (Raw264.7) were analyzed using a flow cytometer...
June 26, 2017: Pharmaceutical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652511/properties-of-induced-antimicrobial-activity-in-musca-domestica-larvae
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Kiyoshi Kawasaki, Minako Andoh
Insects produce antimicrobial molecules that contribute to their innate immune responses to eliminate invading microorganisms. To explore the potential utility of these antimicrobial molecules, we focused on larvae of the house fly Musca domestica, which is an efficient processor of organic waste and a good resource of protein and oil for animal feeding. The induction of hemagglutinating activity, which is usually accompanied by activation of innate immune responses in fly larvae, was observed in the hemolymph following needle injury...
June 25, 2017: Drug Discoveries & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651962/fatty-acid-composition-of-free-living-and-parasitic-stages-of-the-bovine-lungworm-dictyocaulus-viviparus
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Ann-Christin Becker, Ina Willenberg, Andrea Springer, Nils Helge Schebb, Pablo Steinberg, Christina Strube
The development of parasitic nematodes proceeds via multiple stages, often implicating the necessity to adapt to different environments. Especially the transition from free-living to parasitic stages is accompanied by a significant change in the environmental conditions. To shed light on possible adaptations to these transitions, the fatty acid composition of different developmental stages of the bovine lungworm Dictyocaulus viviparus was investigated. Fatty acids of D. viviparus eggs, the free-living first, second and third larval stage (L1-L3) as well as the parasitic preadult stage and adult male and female worms residing in the lungs of infected hosts were quantified by gas chromatography after transesterification to their fatty acid methyl esters...
June 23, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651535/molecular-phylogeny-reveals-food-plasticity-in-the-evolution-of-true-ladybird-beetles-coleoptera-coccinellidae-coccinellini
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Hermes E Escalona, Andreas Zwick, Hao-Sen Li, Jiahui Li, Xingmin Wang, Hong Pang, Diana Hartley, Lars S Jermiin, Oldřich Nedvěd, Bernhard Misof, Oliver Niehuis, Adam Ślipiński, Wioletta Tomaszewska
BACKGROUND: The tribe Coccinellini is a group of relatively large ladybird beetles that exhibits remarkable morphological and biological diversity. Many species are aphidophagous, feeding as larvae and adults on aphids, but some species also feed on other hemipterous insects (i.e., heteropterans, psyllids, whiteflies), beetle and moth larvae, pollen, fungal spores, and even plant tissue. Several species are biological control agents or widespread invasive species (e.g., Harmonia axyridis (Pallas))...
June 26, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651010/macrophages-but-not-neutrophils-are-critical-for-proliferation-of-burkholderia-cenocepacia-and-ensuing-host-damaging-inflammation
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Jennifer Mesureur, Joana R Feliciano, Nelly Wagner, Margarida C Gomes, Lili Zhang, Monica Blanco-Gonzalez, Michiel van der Vaart, David O'Callaghan, Annemarie H Meijer, Annette C Vergunst
Bacteria of the Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc) can cause devastating pulmonary infections in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients, yet the precise mechanisms underlying inflammation, recurrent exacerbations and transition from chronic stages to acute infection and septicemia are not known. Bcc bacteria are generally believed to have a predominant extracellular biofilm life style in infected CF lungs, similar to Pseudomonas aeruginosa, but this has been challenged by clinical observations which show Bcc bacteria predominantly in alveolar macrophages...
June 26, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650995/septins-restrict-inflammation-and-protect-zebrafish-larvae-from-shigella-infection
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Maria J Mazon-Moya, Alexandra R Willis, Vincenzo Torraca, Laurent Boucontet, Avinash R Shenoy, Emma Colucci-Guyon, Serge Mostowy
Shigella flexneri, a Gram-negative enteroinvasive pathogen, causes inflammatory destruction of the human colonic epithelium. Infection by S. flexneri has been well-studied in vitro and is a paradigm for bacterial interactions with the host immune system. Recent work has revealed that components of the cytoskeleton have important functions in innate immunity and inflammation control. Septins, highly conserved cytoskeletal proteins, have emerged as key players in innate immunity to bacterial infection, yet septin function in vivo is poorly understood...
June 26, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649558/characterization-of-lepidopteran-specific-cry1-and-cry2-gene-harbouring-native-bacillus-thuringiensis-isolates-toxic-against-helicoverpa-armigera
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Showkat Ahmad Lone, Abdul Malik, Jasdeep Chatrath Padaria
Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) based biopesticides are feasible alternatives to chemical pesticides. Here, we present the distribution of lepidopteran-specific cry1 and cry2 genes in native B. thuringiensis. Forty four out of 86 colonies were found to harbour crystals by phase contrast microscopy exhibiting a Bt index of 0.51. PCR analysis resulted in the amplification of cry1 in 24 and cry2 in 14 isolates. Twelve of the isolates showed presence of both cry1 and cry2, while 18 isolates did not show presence of either of the genes...
September 2017: Biotechnology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649467/larval-exposure-to-field-realistic-concentrations-of-clothianidin-has-no-effect-on-development-rate-over-winter-survival-or-adult-metabolic-rate-in-a-solitary-bee-osmia-bicornis
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Elizabeth Nicholls, Robert Fowler, Jeremy E Niven, James D Gilbert, Dave Goulson
There is widespread concern regarding the effects of agro-chemical exposure on bee health, of which neonicotinoids, systemic insecticides detected in the pollen and nectar of both crops and wildflowers, have been the most strongly debated. The majority of studies examining the effect of neonicotinoids on bees have focussed on social species, namely honey bees and bumble bees. However, most bee species are solitary, their life histories differing considerably from these social species, and thus it is possible that their susceptibility to pesticides may be quite different...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649061/effect-of-seaweeds-occurring-at-karachi-coast-on-mosquito-larvae-and-liver-function-in-rats
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Khan Hira, Rajput M Tariq, Viqar Sultana, Jehan Ara, Syed Ehteshamul Haque
Seaweeds have been consumed as human food from thousands of years. In this study ethanol extract of 16 different seaweeds were tested for mosquito larvicidal activity against 4th instar larvae of Aedes aegyptii. The ethanol extracts of Padina pavonia and Sargassum ilicifolium caused 50% mortality at 1200ppm concentration. However other seaweeds Halimeda tuna, Ulva lactuca (Chlorophyta), Dictyota dichotoma var intricata, Jolyna laminariodes, Sargassum binderi (Phaeophyta), Melanothamnus afaqhusainii and Solieria robusta (Rhodophyta) showed LC50 at ≈1500 ppm concentration...
March 2017: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649046/transgenerational-endocrine-disruption-and-neurotoxicity-in-zebrafish-larvae-after-parental-exposure-to-binary-mixtures-of-decabromodiphenyl-ether-bde-209-and-lead
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Lianguo Chen, Xianfeng Wang, Xiaohua Zhang, Paul K S Lam, Yongyong Guo, James C W Lam, Bingsheng Zhou
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and heavy metals are two key groups of electric and electronic equipment contaminants. Despite their co-occurrence in aquatic environments, their combined effects remain largely unknown, particularly under a chronic exposure regime. In the present study, adult zebrafish (Danio rerio) were exposed to environmentally relevant concentrations of BDE-209 and lead (Pb), or their binary mixtures, for 3 months. After chronic parental exposure, increased transfer of BDE-209 and Pb to the offspring eggs was activated in the coexposure groups, with BDE-197 being the predominant PBDE congener, indicating the dynamic metabolism of BDE-209 in parental zebrafish...
June 22, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648790/larval-stress-alters-dengue-virus-susceptibility-in-aedes-aegypti-l-adult-females
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David S Kang, Yehonatan Alcalay, Diane D Lovin, Joanne M Cunningham, Matthew W Eng, Dave D Chadee, David W Severson
In addition to genetic history, environmental conditions during larval stages are critical to the development, success and phenotypic fate of the Aedes aegypti mosquito. In particular, previous studies have shown a strong genotype-by-environment component to adult mosquito body size in response to optimal vs stressed larval conditions. Here, we expand upon those results by investigating the effects of larval-stage crowding and nutritional limitation on the susceptibility of a recent field isolate of Aedes aegypti to dengue virus serotype-2...
June 22, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648613/multiple-mechanisms-of-resistance-to-pyrethroids-in-anopheles-gambiae-s-l-populations-in-niger
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H Soumaila, M Idrissa, M Akgobeto, G Habi, H Jackou, I Sabiti, A Abdoulaye, A Daouda, I Souleymane, R Osse
INTRODUCTION: We performed a transversal study to map resistance of malaria vectors (Anopheles mosquitoes) to insecticides in Niger within the frame of the National Malaria Control Program funded by the World Health Organization (WHO). METHOD: Larvae of Anopheles gambiae s.l were collected from November to December 2013 in seven locations selected on the basis of different patterns of use of insecticides and environment. WHO susceptibility test tubes were used on females Anopheles to detect resistance to insecticides...
June 22, 2017: Médecine et Maladies Infectieuses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648371/impacts-of-tannery-effluent-on-development-and-morphological-characters-in-a-neotropical-tadpole
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Mateus Flores Montalvão, André Luis da Silva Castro, Aline Sueli de Lima Rodrigues, Bruna de Oliveira Mendes, Guilherme Malafaia
Previous studies have shown the contamination of rivers and streams caused by tannery effluents (TE). However, the effects of TE on amphibians are still unknown. Thus, we evaluated whether the TE, even at low concentrations (0.2%), could cause asymmetric development (inferred through the fluctuating asymmetry indices (FA)) and changes in morphological characteristics of Physalaemus cuvieri larvae. Accordingly, the tadpoles were distributed in groups non-exposed (n=160) and exposed (n=160) to this TE, for 15days...
June 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647853/are-podocytes-motile
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Nicole Endlich, Florian Siegerist, Karlhans Endlich
Podocytes, the postmitotic and highly branched epithelial cells of the glomerulus, play a pivotal role for the function of the glomerular filtration barrier and the development of chronic kidney disease. It has long been discussed whether podocytes in vivo are motile and can laterally migrate in a coordinated way along the capillaries until they reach the position of naked glomerular basement membrane often found in podocytopathies. Such motility would also be the prerequisite for the replacement of lost podocytes by progenitor cells...
June 24, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647183/activity-of-tagetes-minuta-linnaeus-asteraceae-essential-oil-against-l3-anisakis-larvae-type-1
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Filippo Giarratana, Daniele Muscolino, Graziella Ziino, Alessandro Giuffrida, Stefania Maria Marotta, Vittorio Lo Presti, Vincenzo Chiofalo, Antonio Panebianco
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate in vitro effects of Tagetes minuta L. essential oil (TEO) on L3 Anisakis larvae type 1. METHODS: In order to evaluate the potential use of Tagetes minuta essential oil against L3 Anisakis larvae three different media were tested: 1) a saline solution (SS); 2) an industrial marinating solution (MS); 3) sunflower seeds oil (SO). For each media and concentrations of TEO (0.1%, 0.5%, 1.0% and 5.0% v/v), 20 parasites were introduced into plastic Petri dishes (diameter 90 mm) and maintained at room temperature...
May 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646669/validation-of-a-commercial-kit-aimed-to-the-detection-of-pathogenic-anisakid-nematodes-in-fish-products
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Serena Cavallero, Alessandro Bruno, Enrico Arletti, Monica Caffara, Maria Letizia Fioravanti, Antonella Costa, Gaetano Cammilleri, Stefania Graci, Vincenzo Ferrantelli, Stefano D'Amelio
Anisakids are parasitic nematodes responsible for a zoonosis that occurs following the ingestion of fish and fish products infected with larvae belonging to the genera Anisakis and Pseudoterranova. Rarely Contracaecum is found in association with gastric/intestinal illness, while Hysterothylacium is commonly considered not pathogenic. Although Real Time PCR assays have been recently used with the aim to detect and quantify these parasites in food products, methods applied did not undergo through extensive validation process, a feature highly desirable or mandatory in the case of testing laboratories accredited for the ISO EN 17025:2005...
June 15, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
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