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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913989/patterns-of-inhalant-allergen-sensitization-and-geographical-variation-in-korean-adults-a-multicenter-retrospective-study
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Min Gyu Kang, Mi Yeong Kim, Woo Jung Song, Sujeong Kim, Eun Jung Jo, Seung Eun Lee, Jae Woo Kwon, Sang Min Lee, Chan Sun Park, Hye Kyung Park, Heung Woo Park, Yoon Seok Chang, Jaechun Lee, Young Min Lee, Young Koo Jee, Jong Myung Lee, Inseon S Choi, Sang Heon Cho
PURPOSE: Inhalant allergen sensitization is one of the major factors involved in the pathogenesis of allergic respiratory diseases. However, the sensitization is determined by interactions between genetic and environmental factors. Thus, testing panels of inhalant allergens may differ among geographical areas. Here we aimed to determine 10 common inhalant allergens in Korean adult patients with suspected respiratory allergies and to examine the variation between different geographical locations...
November 2017: Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28840814/molecular-characterization-and-phylogeny-of-four-new-species-of-the-genus-trichonympha-parabasalia-trichonymphea-from-lower-termite-hindguts
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Vittorio Boscaro, Erick R James, Rebecca Fiorito, Elisabeth Hehenberger, Anna Karnkowska, Javier Del Campo, Martin Kolisko, Nicholas A T Irwin, Varsha Mathur, Rudolf H Scheffrahn, Patrick J Keeling
Members of the genus Trichonympha are among the most well-known, recognizable and widely distributed parabasalian symbionts of lower termites and the wood-eating cockroach species of the genus Cryptocercus. Nevertheless, the species diversity of this genus is largely unknown. Molecular data have shown that the superficial morphological similarities traditionally used to identify species are inadequate, and have challenged the view that the same species of the genus Trichonympha can occur in many different host species...
August 25, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820587/flupyrimin-a-novel-insecticide-acting-at-the-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptors
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Yasumichi Onozaki, Ryo Horikoshi, Ikuya Ohno, Shigeki Kitsuda, Kathleen A Durkin, Tomonori Suzuki, Chiaki Asahara, Natsuko Hiroki, Rena Komabashiri, Rikako Shimizu, Shogo Furutani, Makoto Ihara, Kazuhiko Matsuda, Masaaki Mitomi, Shinzo Kagabu, Katsuhito Uomoto, Motohiro Tomizawa
A novel chemotype insecticide flupyrimin (FLP) [N-[(E)-1-(6-chloro-3-pyridinylmethyl)pyridin-2(1H)-ylidene]-2,2,2-trifluoroacetamide], discovered by Meiji Seika Pharma, has unique biological properties, including outstanding potency to imidacloprid (IMI)-resistant rice pests together with superior safety toward pollinators. Intriguingly, FLP acts as a nicotinic antagonist in American cockroach neurons, and [(3)H]FLP binds to the multiple high-affinity binding components in house fly nicotinic acetylcholine (ACh) receptor (nAChR) preparation...
August 28, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767688/cross-reaction-between-formosan-termite-coptotermes-formosanus-proteins-and-cockroach-allergens
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Christopher P Mattison, Taruna Khurana, Matthew R Tarver, Christopher B Florane, Casey C Grimm, Suman B Pakala, Carrie B Cottone, Claudia Riegel, Yvette Bren-Mattison, Jay E Slater
Cockroach allergens can lead to serious allergy and asthma symptoms. Termites are evolutionarily related to cockroaches, cohabitate in human dwellings, and represent an increasing pest problem in the United States. The Formosan subterranean termite (Coptotermes formosanus) is one of the most common species in the southern United States. Several assays were used to determine if C. formosanus termite proteins cross-react with cockroach allergens. Expressed sequence tag and genomic sequencing results were searched for homology to cockroach allergens using BLAST 2...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733329/the-antifungal-activity-of-the-peptide-periplanetasin-2-derived-from-american-cockroach-periplaneta-americana
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JiEun Yun, Jae-Sam Hwang, Dong Gun Lee
The cockroach, which is a household insect, is an established model organism in research. Periplanetasin-2, derived from the American cockroach Periplaneta americana, exerted potent antifungal effect against pathogenic fungi without causing hemolysis. Periplanetasin-2 induced oxidative stress by generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and lipid peroxidation. Periplanetasin-2 also caused apoptosis by exposure of phosphatidylserine and fragmentation of DNA, exerted in a concentration-dependent manner. Hence, we investigated the mitochondrial apoptotic mechanism of periplanetasin-2 in Candida albicans After treatment with periplanetasin-2, we observed mitochondrial depolarization and calcium accumulation...
August 22, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719023/identification-of-odorant-binding-and-chemosensory-protein-genes-and-the-ligand-affinity-of-two-of-the-encoded-proteins-suggest-a-complex-olfactory-perception-system-in-periplaneta-americana
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P He, Z-Q Li, Y-F Zhang, L Chen, J Wang, L Xu, Y-N Zhang, M He
The American cockroach (Periplaneta americana) is an urban pest with a precise chemosensory system that helps it achieve complex physiological behaviours, including locating food and mating. However, its chemosensory mechanisms have not been well studied. Here, we identified 71 putative odorant carrier protein genes in P. americana, including 57 new odorant-binding proteins (OBPs) and 11 chemosensory proteins (CSPs). To identify their physiological functions, we investigated their tissue expression patterns in antennae, mouthparts, legs, and the remainder of the body of both sexes, and determined that most of these genes were expressed in chemosensory organs...
July 18, 2017: Insect Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606470/mechanistic-evaluation-of-gastroprotective-effects-of-kangfuxin-on-ethanol-induced-gastric-ulcer-in-mice
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Yongmei Shen, Jia Sun, Chao Niu, Dongdong Yu, Zhiwei Chen, Weitao Cong, Funeng Geng
This study was designed to evaluate the gastroprotective effect of Kangfuxin (KFX), a Chinese patent medicine constituent isolated from American cockroach, on ethanol-induced gastric ulcer in mice and to elucidate the potential mechanisms of the effect involved. According to the results, mice treated with alcohol appeared obvious gastric mucosal injury, while treatment with Cimetidine (a positive control) and KFX significantly relieved the damage, along with decreased oxidative stress and apoptosis indexes...
June 9, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573241/mechanisms-underlying-action-of-xinmailong-injection-a-traditional-chinese-medicine-in-cardiac-function-improvement
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Zhengtao Li, Sujuan Li, Lin Hu, Fang Li, Alex Chun Cheung, Weizai Shao, Yuling Que, George Pek-Heng Leung, Cui Yang
BACKGROUND: As a bioactive composite extracted from American cockroach, Xinmailong injection (XML) is used for the treatment of congestive heart failure (CHF) in China. Clinical data has provided evidence that XML has positive inotropic properties. The objective of this study was to assess the mechanisms involved in the therapeutical effect of XML on CHF. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The effects of XML on the cardiac function in isolated rat heart were measured. A Ca(2+) imaging technology was used in rat cardiomyocytes (H9c2 cells) to reveal the role of XML on Ca(2+) channels...
2017: African Journal of Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicines: AJTCAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548451/molecular-and-functional-characterization-of-the-american-cockroach-periplaneta-americana-rab5-the-first-exopterygotan-low-molecular-weight-ovarian-gtpase-during-oogenesis
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Mohamed Elmogy, Amr A Mohamed, Muhammad Tufail, Tomohide Uno, Makio Takeda
The small Rab GTPases are key regulators of membrane vesicle trafficking. Ovaries of Periplaneta americana (Linnaeus) (Blattodea: Blattidae) have small molecular weight GTP/ATP-binding proteins during early and late vitellogenic periods of oogenesis. However, the identification and characterization of the detected proteins have not been yet reported. Herein, we cloned a cDNA encoding Rab5 from the American cockroach, P. americana, ovaries (PamRab5). It comprises 796 bp, encoding a protein of 213 amino acid residues with a predicted molecular weight of 23...
May 26, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506564/contamination-of-cockroaches-insecta-blattaria-to-medically-fungi-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
H Nasirian
INTRODUCTION: Fungal infections have emerged worldwide. Cockroaches have been proved vectors of medically fungi. METHODS: A systematic meta-analysis review about cockroach fungal contamination was investigated. Relevant topics were collected between January 2016 and January 2017. After a preliminary review among 392 collected papers, 156 were selected to become part of the detailed systematic meta-analysis review. RESULTS: Cockroaches contaminated to 38 fungi species belonging to 19 families and 12 orders...
May 11, 2017: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475112/insect-active-toxins-with-promiscuous-pharmacology-from-the-african-theraphosid-spider-monocentropus-balfouri
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Jennifer J Smith, Volker Herzig, Maria P Ikonomopoulou, Sławomir Dziemborowicz, Frank Bosmans, Graham M Nicholson, Glenn F King
Many chemical insecticides are becoming less efficacious due to rising resistance in pest species, which has created much interest in the development of new, eco-friendly bioinsecticides. Since insects are the primary prey of most spiders, their venoms are a rich source of insect-active peptides that can be used as leads for new bioinsecticides or as tools to study molecular receptors that are insecticidal targets. In the present study, we isolated two insecticidal peptides, µ/ω-TRTX-Mb1a and -Mb1b, from venom of the African tarantula Monocentropus balfouri...
May 5, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433752/serotonergic-transmission-and-gap-junctional-coupling-in-proventricular-muscle-cells-in-the-american-cockroach-periplaneta-americana
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Ryoichi Yoshimura, Taeko Suetsugu, Yasuhisa Endo
The visceral muscle tissues of insects consist of striated muscle cells. The mechanisms responsible for delivering signals to the contractile muscles in the insect digestive tract remain unclear. We found that serotonergic nerves innervate the hemocoel surfaces of foregut and midgut muscles in the American cockroach. Electron microscopy of the neuromuscular junctions in the proventriculus (gizzard) revealed typical synaptic structures, the accumulation of large core/cored vesicles (neuropeptides) and small clear vesicle (neurotransmitter) at presynapses, and synaptic clefts...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429621/the-distribution-and-movement-of-american-cockroaches-in-urban-niches-of-new-orleans
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John C Carlson, Felicia A Rabito, Derek Werthmann, Mark Fox
American cockroaches are an important source of household allergens in tropical and semitropical climates. To determine which outdoor niches produce American cockroaches, traps were placed at 40 homes in New Orleans to collect nymphs. Nymphs were collected from the sewers, yards, and within the homes themselves. To compare sewers and yards as sources of cockroaches entering homes, adult cockroaches were collected, marked, and released into yards and sewers. No sewer-released cockroaches were collected in homes...
October 2017: Clinical Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426402/molecular-identification-of-thelandros-scleratus-and-thelastoma-icemi-nematoda-oxyruida-using-mitochondrial-cox-1-sequences
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Anshu Chaudhary, Garima Kansal, Neetu Singh, Kumari Shobhna, Manu Verma, Hridaya S Singh
Two species of parasitic nematodes collected from the intestine of Brook's House Gecko, Hemidactylus brooki and American cockroach, Periplaneta americana L. The parasites were identified as Thelandros scleratus and Thelastoma icemi by PCR amplification method. Subsequently, sequence analysis of mt cox1 (504 and 540 bp) for T. scleratus and T. icemi respectively revealed that these sequences showed maximum similarity of 90% (in case of T. scleratus), 77% (in case of T. icemi), to nematode sequences available on GenBank...
June 1, 2017: Acta Parasitologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404730/not-flying-blind-a-comparative-study-of-photoreceptor-function-in-flying-and-non-flying-cockroaches
#15
Roman V Frolov, Atsuko Matsushita, Kentaro Arikawa
Flying is often associated with superior visual performance since good vision is crucial for detection and implementation of rapid visually-guided aerial movements. To understand the evolution of insect visual systems it is therefore important to compare phylogenetically related species with different investments into flight capability. Here, we describe and compare morphological and electrophysiological properties of photoreceptors from the habitually flying green cockroach Panchlora nivea, and the American cockroach Periplaneta americana, which flies only at high ambient temperatures...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331632/group-housed-females-promote-production-of-asexual-ootheca-in-american-cockroaches
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Ko Katoh, Masazumi Iwasaki, Shouhei Hosono, Atsushi Yoritsune, Masanori Ochiai, Makoto Mizunami, Hiroshi Nishino
BACKGROUND: Facultative parthenogenesis, seen in many animal phyla, is a reproductive strategy in which females are able to generate offspring when mating partners are unavailable. In some subsocial and eusocial insects, parthenogenesis is often more prevalent than sexual reproduction. However, little is known about how social cooperation is linked to the promotion of parthenogenesis. The domiciliary cockroach Periplaneta americana is well-suited to addressing this issue as this species belongs to the superfamily Blattoidea, which diverged into eusocial termites and shows facultative parthenogenesis...
2017: Zoological Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317204/cockroach-allergen-serine-proteinases-isolation-sequencing-and-signalling-via-proteinase-activated-receptor-2
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D J Polley, K Mihara, R Ramachandran, H Vliagoftis, B Renaux, M Saifeddine, M O Daines, S Boitano, M D Hollenberg
BACKGROUND: Allergy to the German cockroach (Blattella germanica) is a significant asthma risk factor for inner-city communities. Cockroach, like other allergens, contains trypsin-like enzyme activity that contributes to allergenicity and airway inflammation by activating proteinase-activated receptors (PARs). To date, the enzymes responsible for the proteolytic activity of German cockroach allergen have not been characterized. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to identify, isolate and characterize the trypsin-like proteinases in German cockroach allergen extracts used for clinical skin tests...
July 2017: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228922/parasitic-gregarine-blattarum-found-infecting-american-cockroaches-periplaneta-americana-in-a-population-in-pulau-pinang-malaysia
#18
Zary Shariman Yahaya, Nik Ahmad Irwan Izzaudin, Ainul Farhana Abdul Razak
A study on the prevalence of a common endoparasite in the wild population of the American cockroach was conducted in Penang Island using a trapping method at several sampling sites on the island. Gregarine blattarum was found in the digestive tract in 5 out of 115, or 4.35%, of the wild American cockroaches, Periplaneta americana, that were sampled. This is the first report in Malaysia of Gregarine blattarum in local American cockroaches.
January 2017: Tropical Life Sciences Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188710/-prevalence-of-sensitization-to-inhalant-allergens-in-the-immunology-department-from-hospital-de-especialidades-pedi%C3%A3-tricas-mar%C3%A3-a-honduras-2016
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Victoria Alejandra Gonzales-González, Adolfo Martín Díaz-Flores, Karla Zobeyda Fernández-Zelaya, María Félix Rivera-Reyes
BACKGROUND: Allergic diseases are a public health problem; estimates indicate that between 30% and 40% of the world population is affected by some allergy. Knowing the prevalence of allergen sensitization allows for adequate diagnoses and treatments to be offered. In Honduras there are no studies available in pediatric patients. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this research was to identify the most common types of sensitization in children and their correlation with the most common allergic diseases in patients on immunotherapy at the Maria Hospital of Pediatric Specialties...
January 2017: Revista Alergia Mexico: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Mexicana de Alergia e Inmunología, A.C
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183995/structure-of-a-eukaryotic-voltage-gated-sodium-channel-at-near-atomic-resolution
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Huaizong Shen, Qiang Zhou, Xiaojing Pan, Zhangqiang Li, Jianping Wu, Nieng Yan
Voltage-gated sodium (Nav) channels are responsible for the initiation and propagation of action potentials. They are associated with a variety of channelopathies and are targeted by multiple pharmaceutical drugs and natural toxins. Here, we report the cryogenic electron microscopy structure of a putative Nav channel from American cockroach (designated NavPaS) at 3.8 angstrom resolution. The voltage-sensing domains (VSDs) of the four repeats exhibit distinct conformations. The entrance to the asymmetric selectivity filter vestibule is guarded by heavily glycosylated and disulfide bond-stabilized extracellular loops...
March 3, 2017: Science
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