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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819888/paraquat-induced-movement-disorder-in-relation-to-oxidative-stress-mediated-neurodegeneration-in-the-brain-of-drosophila-melanogaster
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S Niveditha, S R Ramesh, T Shivanandappa
Exposure to pesticides like paraquat (PQ) is considered as a risk factor for Parkinson's disease (PD). PQ has been shown to induce PD-like phenotype in experimental animals. Drosophila, a valuable laboratory model organism, is widely used to study neurodegenerative disorders including PD. The acute (single dose) PQ model of PD in Drosophila is associated with high mortality as well as reversibility of locomotor deficits and, therefore, does not replicate the disease phenotype. We have investigated the relevance of the acute and multiple (sublethal) dose of PQ to induce PD-like symptoms in Drosophila and shown that multiple-dose of PQ induces irreversible locomotor impairment without significant mortality...
August 18, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817572/tissue-specific-insulin-signaling-mediates-female-sexual-attractiveness
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Tatyana Y Fedina, Devin Arbuthnott, Howard D Rundle, Daniel E L Promislow, Scott D Pletcher
Individuals choose their mates so as to maximize reproductive success, and one important component of this choice is assessment of traits reflecting mate quality. Little is known about why specific traits are used for mate quality assessment nor about how they reflect it. We have previously shown that global manipulation of insulin signaling, a nutrient-sensing pathway governing investment in survival versus reproduction, affects female sexual attractiveness in the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster. Here we demonstrate that these effects on attractiveness derive from insulin signaling in the fat body and ovarian follicle cells, whose signals are integrated by pheromone-producing cells called oenocytes...
August 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815502/flping-genes-on-and-off-in-drosophila
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Bonnie M Weasner, Jinjin Zhu, Justin P Kumar
The fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, has been a favorite experimental system of developmental biologists for more than a century. One of the most attractive features of this model system is the clarity by which one can analyze mutant phenotypes. Most genes are found in single copies, and loss-of-function mutants often have obvious phenotypes that can be analyzed during development and in adulthood. As with all metazoans, a significant fraction of Drosophila genes are used during both embryonic and postembryonic development, and null mutants often die during embryogenesis thereby precluding the analysis of postembryonic tissues...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814724/pathogenic-bacteria-enhance-dispersal-through-alteration-of-drosophila-social-communication
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Ian W Keesey, Sarah Koerte, Mohammed A Khallaf, Tom Retzke, Aurélien Guillou, Ewald Grosse-Wilde, Nicolas Buchon, Markus Knaden, Bill S Hansson
Pathogens and parasites can manipulate their hosts to optimize their own fitness. For instance, bacterial pathogens have been shown to affect their host plants' volatile and non-volatile metabolites, which results in increased attraction of insect vectors to the plant, and, hence, to increased pathogen dispersal. Behavioral manipulation by parasites has also been shown for mice, snails and zebrafish as well as for insects. Here we show that infection by pathogenic bacteria alters the social communication system of Drosophila melanogaster...
August 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813432/basic-reversal-learning-capacity-in-flies-suggests-rudiments-of-complex-cognition
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Brad R Foley, Paul Marjoram, Sergey V Nuzhdin
The most basic models of learning are reinforcement learning models (for instance, classical and operant conditioning) that posit a constant learning rate; however many animals change their learning rates with experience. This process is sometimes studied by reversing an existing association between cues and rewards, and measuring the rate of relearning. Augmented reversal-learning, where learning rates increase with practice, can be an important component of behavioral flexibility; and may provide insight into higher cognition...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812624/perceptive-costs-of-reproduction-drive-ageing-and-physiology-in-male-drosophila
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Zachary M Harvanek, Yang Lyu, Christi M Gendron, Jacob C Johnson, Shu Kondo, Daniel E L Promislow, Scott D Pletcher
Costs of reproduction are thought to result from natural selection optimizing organismal fitness within putative physiological constraints. Phenotypic and population genetic studies of reproductive costs are plentiful across taxa, but an understanding of their mechanistic basis would provide important insight into the diversity in life-history traits, including reproductive effort and ageing. Here, we dissect the causes and consequences of specific costs of reproduction in male Drosophila melanogaster. We find that key survival and physiological costs of reproduction arise from perception of the opposite sex, and they are reversed by the act of mating...
May 15, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812605/experimental-test-and-refutation-of-a-classic-case-of-molecular-adaptation-in-drosophila-melanogaster
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Mohammad A Siddiq, David W Loehlin, Kristi L Montooth, Joseph W Thornton
Identifying the genetic basis for adaptive differences between species requires explicit tests of historical hypotheses concerning the effects of past changes in gene sequence on molecular function, organismal phenotype and fitness. We address this challenge by combining ancestral protein reconstruction with biochemical experiments and physiological analysis of transgenic animals that carry ancestral genes. We tested a widely held hypothesis of molecular adaptation-that changes in the alcohol dehydrogenase protein (ADH) along the lineage leading to Drosophila melanogaster increased the catalytic activity of the enzyme and thereby contributed to the ethanol tolerance and adaptation of the species to its ethanol-rich ecological niche...
January 13, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811531/the-selective-antifungal-activity-of-drosophila-melanogaster-metchnikowin-reflects-the-species-dependent-inhibition-of-succinate-coenzyme-q-reductase
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Mohammad-Reza Bolouri Moghaddam, Thomas Gross, Annette Becker, Andreas Vilcinskas, Mohammad Rahnamaeian
Insect-derived antifungal peptides have a significant economic potential, particularly for the engineering of pathogen-resistant crops. However, the nonspecific antifungal activity of such peptides could result in detrimental effects against beneficial fungi, whose interactions with plants promote growth or increase resistance against biotic and abiotic stress. The antifungal peptide metchnikowin (Mtk) from Drosophila melanogaster acts selectively against pathogenic Ascomycota, including Fusarium graminearum, without affecting Basidiomycota such as the beneficial symbiont Piriformospora indica...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811139/metabonomics-approach-to-assessing-the-metabolism-variation-and-gender-gap-of-drosophila-melanogaster-in-aging-process
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Yu-Zhi Zhou, Ming-Liang Yan, Li Gao, Jian-Qin Zhang, Xue-Mei Qin, Xiang Zhang, Guan-Hua Du
Drosophila melanogaster is increasingly used for study aging mechanism and evaluating anti-aging drugs, but the changes of metabolites and differences of metabolites change between male and female during the aging process are not well known. Metabolomics technology, a massive information provider, has promoted the understanding of metabolic profile and overall changes of metabolites in organism. In this study, (1)H NMR based metabonomics was employed to investigate the dynamic changes of metabolites in whole bodies of male and female Drosophila melanogaster at 3, 15, 30, 45days and to research the gender gap of metabolites changes in aging process...
August 12, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803989/mdr65-decreases-toxicity-of-multiple-insecticides-in-drosophila-melanogaster
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Haina Sun, Nicolas Buchon, Jeffrey G Scott
ABC transporters are ubiquitous membrane-bound proteins, present in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes. The major function of eukaryotic ABC transporters is to mediate the efflux of a variety of substrates (including xenobiotics) out of cells. ABC transporters have been widely investigated in humans, particularly for their involvement in multidrug resistance (MDR). Considerably less is known about their roles in transport and/or excretion in insects. ABC transporters are only known to function as exporters in insects...
August 10, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802042/orco-mutagenesis-causes-loss-of-antennal-lobe-glomeruli-and-impaired-social-behavior-in-ants
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Waring Trible, Leonora Olivos-Cisneros, Sean K McKenzie, Jonathan Saragosti, Ni-Chen Chang, Benjamin J Matthews, Peter R Oxley, Daniel J C Kronauer
Life inside ant colonies is orchestrated with diverse pheromones, but it is not clear how ants perceive these social signals. It has been proposed that pheromone perception in ants evolved via expansions in the numbers of odorant receptors (ORs) and antennal lobe glomeruli. Here, we generate the first mutant lines in the clonal raider ant, Ooceraea biroi, by disrupting orco, a gene required for the function of all ORs. We find that orco mutants exhibit severe deficiencies in social behavior and fitness, suggesting they are unable to perceive pheromones...
August 10, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801530/rhythmic-behavior-is-controlled-by-the-srm160-splicing-factor-in-drosophila-melanogaster
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Esteban J Beckwith, Carlos E Hernando, Sofía Polcowñuk, Agustina P Bertolin, Estefania Mancini, M Fernanda Ceriani, Marcelo J Yanovsky
Circadian clocks organize the metabolism, physiology, and behavior of organisms throughout the day-night cycle by controlling daily rhythms in gene expression at the transcriptional and post-transcriptional levels. While many transcription factors underlying circadian oscillations are known, the splicing factors that modulate these rhythms remain largely unexplored. A genome-wide assessment of the alterations of gene expression in a null mutant of the alternative splicing regulator SR-related matrix protein of 160 kD (SRm160) revealed the extent to which alternative splicing impacts on behavior-related genes...
August 11, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801151/correlation-between-desiccation-stress-response-and-epigenetic-modifications-of-genes-in-drosophila-melanogaster-an-example-of-environment-epigenome-interaction
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Vineeta Sharma, Surbhi Kohli, Vani Brahmachari
Animals from different phyla including arthropods tolerate water stress to different extent. This tolerance is accompanied by biochemical changes which in turn are due to transcriptional alteration. The changes in transcription can be an indirect effect on some of the genes, ensuing from the effect of stress on the regulators of transcription including epigenetic regulators. Within this paradigm, we investigated the correlation between stress response and epigenetic modification underlying gene expression modulation during desiccation stress in Canton-S...
August 8, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800588/non-lethal-genotyping-of-tribolium-castaneum-adults-using-genomic-dna-extracted-from-wing-tissue
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Frederic Strobl, J Alexander Ross, Ernst H K Stelzer
The red flour beetle Tribolium castaneum has become the second most important insect model organism and is frequently used in developmental biology, genetics and pest-associated research. Consequently, the methodological arsenal increases continuously, but many routinely applied techniques for Drosophila melanogaster and other insect species are still unavailable. For example, a protocol for non-lethal genotyping has not yet been adapted but is particularly useful when individuals with known genotypes are required for downstream experiments...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798324/calcium-imaging-revealed-no-modulatory-effect-on-odor-evoked-responses-of-the-drosophila-antennal-lobe-by-two-populations-of-inhibitory-local-interneurons
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Martin F Strube-Bloss, Veit Grabe, Bill S Hansson, Silke Sachse
Although we have considerable knowledge about how odors are represented in the antennal lobe (AL), the insects' analogue to the olfactory bulb, we still do not fully understand how the different neurons in the AL network contribute to the olfactory code. In Drosophila melanogaster we can selectively manipulate specific neuronal populations to elucidate their function in odor processing. Here we silenced the synaptic transmission of two distinct subpopulations of multiglomerular GABAergic local interneurons (LN1 and LN2) using shibire (shi (ts) ) and analyzed their impact on odor-induced glomerular activity at the AL input and output level...
August 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796386/heat-shock-protein-70-from-a-thermotolerant-diptera-species-provides-higher-thermoresistance-to-drosophila-larvae-than-correspondent-endogenous-gene
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V Y Shilova, O G Zatsepina, D G Garbuz, S Y Funikov, E S Zelentsova, N G Schostak, A M Kulikov, M B Evgen'ev
Heat shock proteins (Hsp70s) from two Diptera species that drastically differ in their heat shock response and longevity were investigated. Drosophila melanogaster is characterized by the absence of Hsp70 and other hsps under normal conditions and the dramatic induction of hsp synthesis after temperature elevation. The other Diptera species examined belongs to the Stratiomyidae family (Stratiomys singularior) and exhibits high levels of inducible Hsp70 under normal conditions coupled with a thermotolerant phenotype and much longer lifespan...
August 10, 2017: Insect Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794482/the-white-gene-controls-copulation-success-in-drosophila-melanogaster
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Chengfeng Xiao, Shuang Qiu, R Meldrum Robertson
Characteristics of male courtship behavior in Drosophila melanogaster have been well-described, but the genetic basis of male-female copulation is largely unknown. Here we show that the white (w) gene, a classical gene for eye color, is associated with copulation success. 82.5% of wild-type Canton-S flies copulated within 60 minutes in circular arenas, whereas few white-eyed mutants mated successfully. The w (+) allele exchanged to the X chromosome or duplicated to the Y chromosome in the white-eyed genetic background rescued the defect of copulation success...
August 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794277/modulation-of-social-space-by-dopamine-in-drosophila-melanogaster-but-no-effect-on-the-avoidance-of-the-drosophila-stress-odorant
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Robert W Fernandez, Adesanya A Akinleye, Marat Nurilov, Omar Feliciano, Matthew Lollar, Rami R Aijuri, Janis M O'Donnell, Anne F Simon
Appropriate response to others is necessary for social interactions. Yet little is known about how neurotransmitters regulate attractive and repulsive social cues. Using genetic and pharmacological manipulations in Drosophila melanogaster, we show that dopamine is contributing the response to others in a social group, specifically, social spacing, but not the avoidance of odours released by stressed flies (dSO). Interestingly, this dopamine-mediated behaviour is prominent only in the day-time, and its effect varies depending on tissue, sex and type of manipulation...
August 2017: Biology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794215/male-relatedness-and-familiarity-are-required-to-modulate-male-induced-harm-to-females-in-drosophila
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Sally Le Page, Irem Sepil, Ewan Flintham, Tommaso Pizzari, Pau Carazo, Stuart Wigby
Males compete over mating and fertilization, and often harm females in the process. Inclusive fitness theory predicts that increasing relatedness within groups of males may relax competition and discourage male harm of females as males gain indirect benefits. Recent studies in Drosophila melanogaster are consistent with these predictions, and have found that within-group male relatedness increases female fitness, though others have found no effects. Importantly, these studies did not fully disentangle male genetic relatedness from larval familiarity, so the extent to which modulation of harm to females is explained by male familiarity remains unclear...
August 16, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792069/bloom-syndrome-helicase-in-meiosis-pro-crossover-functions-of-an-anti-crossover-protein
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Talia Hatkevich, Jeff Sekelsky
The functions of the Bloom syndrome helicase (BLM) and its orthologs are well characterized in mitotic DNA damage repair, but their roles within the context of meiotic recombination are less clear. In meiotic recombination, multiple repair pathways are used to repair meiotic DSBs, and current studies suggest that BLM may regulate the use of these pathways. Based on literature from Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Arabidopsis thaliana, Mus musculus, Drosophila melanogaster, and Caenorhabditis elegans, we present a unified model for a critical meiotic role of BLM and its orthologs...
August 9, 2017: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
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