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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29617364/refractoriness-of-sergentomyia-schwetzi-to-leishmania-spp-is-mediated-by-the-peritrophic-matrix
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Jovana Sadlova, Miroslav Homola, Jitka Myskova, Magda Jancarova, Petr Volf
BACKGROUND: The peritrophic matrix (PM) is an acellular chitin-containing envelope which in most blood sucking insects encloses the ingested blood meal and protects the midgut epithelium. Type I PM present in sand flies and other blood sucking batch feeders is secreted around the meal by the entire midgut in response to feeding. Here we tested the hypothesis that in Sergentomyia schwetzi the PM creates a physical barrier that prevents escape of Leishmania parasites from the endoperitrophic space...
April 4, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29273219/cryptic-changes-in-immune-response-and-fitness-in-tribolium-castaneum-as-a-consequence-of-coevolution-with-beauveria-bassiana
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Charlotte Rafaluk-Mohr, Sophia Wagner, Gerrit Joop
Immunity is a key trait in host defence against parasites and is thus likely to be under selection during host-parasite coevolution. Broadly, the immune system consists of several lines of defence including physiological innate immunity, physical barriers such as the cuticle, avoidance behaviours and in some cases antimicrobial secretions. The defence conferring the highest fitness benefit may be situation specific and depend on the taxon and infection route of the parasite. We carried out a host-parasite coevolution experiment between the red flour beetle T...
February 2018: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163517/prophenoloxidase-mediated-ex-vivo-immunity-to-delay-fungal-infection-after-insect-ecdysis
#3
Jie Zhang, Wuren Huang, Chuanfei Yuan, Yuzhen Lu, Bing Yang, Cheng-Yuan Wang, Peng Zhang, Leonard Dobens, Zhen Zou, Chengshu Wang, Erjun Ling
Skin immunity protects animals from airborne pathogen infection. Unlike mammals, arthropods, including insects, undergo periodic ecdysis to grow and develop. Newly molted insects emerge with unsclerotized thin cuticles but successfully escape pathogenic infections during the post-molt period. Here we show that prophenoloxidases (PPOs) in molting fluids remain bioactive on the integument and impede fungal infection after ecdysis. We found that the purified plasma PPOs or recombinant PPOs could effectively bind to fungal spores (conidia) by targeting the cell wall components chitin and β-1,3-glucan...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28967173/daylight-length-dependent-translocation-of-vivid-photoreceptor-in-cells-and-its-essential-role-in-conidiation-and-virulence-of-beauveria-bassiana
#4
Sen-Miao Tong, An-Xue Zhang, Chong-Tao Guo, Sheng-Hua Ying, Ming-Guang Feng
The fungal insect pathogen Beauveria bassiana has the blue-light photoreceptor VIVID (VVD) but lacks a pigmentation pattern to trace its light responses. Here, we show that the fungal vvd is transcriptionally expressed, and linked to other blue/red photoreceptor genes, in a daylight length-dependent manner. GFP-tagged VVD fusion protein was localized to periphery, cytoplasm and vacuoles of hyphal cells in light/dark (L:D) cycles of 24:0 and 16:8 and aggregated in cytoplasm with shortening daylight until transfer into nuclei in full darkness...
January 2018: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755300/in-vivo-gene-expression-profiling-of-the-entomopathogenic-fungus-beauveria-bassiana-elucidates-its-infection-stratagems-in-anopheles-mosquito
#5
Yiling Lai, Huan Chen, Ge Wei, Guandong Wang, Fang Li, Sibao Wang
The use of entomopathogenic fungi to control mosquitoes is a promising tool for reducing vector-borne disease transmission. To better understand infection stratagems of insect pathogenic fungi, we analyzed the global gene expression profiling of Beauveria bassiana at 36, 60, 84 and 108 h after topical infection of Anopheles stephensi adult mosquitoes using RNA sequencing (RNA-Seq). A total of 5,354 differentially expressed genes (DEGs) are identified over the course of fungal infection. When the fungus grows on the mosquito cuticle, up-regulated DEGs include adhesion-related genes involved in cuticle attachment, Pth11-like GPCRs hypothesized to be involved in host recognition, and extracellular enzymes involved in the degradation and penetration of the mosquito cuticle...
August 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708056/metarhizium-robertsii-produces-indole-3-acetic-acid-which-promotes-root-growth-in-arabidopsis-and-enhances-virulence-to-insects
#6
Xinggang Liao, Brian Lovett, Weiguo Fang, Raymond J St Leger
The plant root colonizing insect-pathogenic fungus Metarhizium robertsii has been shown to boost plant growth, but little is known about the responsible mechanisms. Here we show that M. robertsii promotes lateral root growth and root hair development of Arabidopsis seedlings in part through an auxin [indole-3-acetic acid (IAA)]-dependent mechanism. M. robertsii, or its auxin-containing culture filtrate promoted root proliferation, activated IAA-regulated gene expression and rescued the root hair defect of the IAA-deficient rhd6 Arabidopsis mutant...
July 15, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557308/discovery-of-a-new-intravacuolar-protein-required-for-the-autophagy-development-and-virulence-of-beauveria-bassiana
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Zhen-Jian Chu, Huan-Huan Sun, Xiao-Guan Zhu, Sheng-Hua Ying, Ming-Guang Feng
High proportions of hypothetical proteins exist in genomic databases of fungi, including putative secretory proteins (PSPs) likely involved in fungal invasion and virulence. Here we characterize one of many PSPs revealed in the previous transcriptome of Beauveria bassiana (a fungal insect pathogen) infecting a global lepidopteran pest and name it vacuole-localized protein 4 (VLP4) because this small, domain-lacking protein (22.96 kDa) was specifically localized in the vacuoles of hyphal cells. Deletion of VLP4 resulted in repression of almost all genes acting in autophagy and central development pathways...
July 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533370/insect-pathogenic-fungus-interacts-with-the-gut-microbiota-to-accelerate-mosquito-mortality
#8
Ge Wei, Yiling Lai, Guandong Wang, Huan Chen, Fang Li, Sibao Wang
The insect gut microbiota plays crucial roles in modulating the interactions between the host and intestinal pathogens. Unlike viruses, bacteria, and parasites, which need to be ingested to cause disease, entomopathogenic fungi infect insects through the cuticle and proliferate in the hemolymph. However, interactions between the gut microbiota and entomopathogenic fungi are unknown. Here we show that the pathogenic fungus Beauveria bassiana interacts with the gut microbiota to accelerate mosquito death. After topical fungal infection, mosquitoes with gut microbiota die significantly faster than mosquitoes without microbiota...
June 6, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399190/expression-of-the-insect-metalloproteinase-inhibitor-impi-in-the-fat-body-of-galleria-mellonella-exposed-to-infection-with-beauveria-bassiana
#9
Lidiia Vertyporokh, Iwona Wojda
The inducible metalloproteinase inhibitor (IMPI) discovered in Galleria mellonella is currently the only specific inhibitor of metalloproteinases found in animals. Its role is to inhibit the activity of metalloproteinases secreted by pathogenic organisms as virulence factors to degrade immune-relevant polypeptides of the infected host. This is a good example of an evolutionary arms race between the insect hosts and their natural pathogens. In this report, we analyze the expression of a gene encoding an inducible metalloproteinase inhibitor (IMPI) in fat bodies of the greater wax moth larvae Galleria mellonella infected with an entomopathogenic fungus Beauveria bassiana...
2017: Acta Biochimica Polonica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292241/microbial-pest-control-agents-are-they-a-specific-and-safe-tool-for-insect-pest-management
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REVIEW
Caroline Deshayes, Myriam Siegwart, David Pauron, Josy-Anne Froger, Bruno Lapied, Véronique Apaire-Marchais
Microorganisms (viruses, bacteria and fungi) or their bioactive agents can be used as active substances and therefore are referred as Microbial Pest Control Agents (MPCA). They are used as alternative strategies to chemical insecticides to counteract the development of resistances and to reduce adverse effects on both environment and human health. These natural entomopathogenic agents, which have specific modes of action, are generally considered safer as compared to conventional chemical insecticides. Baculoviruses are the only viruses being used as the safest biological control agents...
2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276124/two-eisosome-proteins-play-opposite-roles-in-autophagic-control-and-sustain-cell-integrity-function-and-pathogenicity-in-beauveria-bassiana
#11
Long-Bin Zhang, Li Tang, Sheng-Hua Ying, Ming-Guang Feng
Pil1A and Pil1B are two core eisosome proteins that are homologous to yeast Pil1/Lsp1 or filamentous fungal Pil1A/Pil1B but have been unexplored in entomopathogenic fungi. Here we examined subcellular localization and functions of Pil1A and Pil1B in Beauveria bassiana, a fungal insect pathogen. Either localization or co-localization experiments of the two proteins demonstrated that Pil1A and Pil1B were simultaneously localized at the periphery of hyphal cells for formation of stable, punctuate spots in B. bassiana...
May 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262388/enzymatic-comparison-and-mortality-of-beauveria-bassiana-against-cabbage-caterpillar-pieris-brassicae-linn
#12
Manish Dhawan, Neelam Joshi
Beauveria bassiana, an entomopathogenic fungus, is the alternative biocontrol agent exploited against major economic crop pests. Pieris brassicae L. is an emerging pest of the Brassicaceae family. Therefore, in the present study, fungal isolates of Beauveria bassiana, viz. MTCC 2028, MTCC 4495, MTCC 6291, and NBAII-11, were evaluated for their virulence against third instar larvae of P. brassicae. Among all these fungal isolates, maximum mortality (86.66%) was recorded in B. bassiana MTCC 4495 at higher concentration of spores (10(9)conidia/ml), and the minimum mortality (30...
July 2017: Brazilian Journal of Microbiology: [publication of the Brazilian Society for Microbiology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995045/in-vitro-interaction-of-metarhizium-anisopliae-ma9236-and-beauveria-bassiana-bb9205-with-heterorhabditis-bacteriophora-hni0100-for-the-control-of-plutella-xylostella
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J P Correa-Cuadros, A Sáenz-Aponte, M X Rodríguez-Bocanegra
The diamondback moth (Plutella xylostella) is a major pest of broccoli crops in Colombia. To control P. xylostella, we evaluated the interaction of Beauveria bassiana Bb9205 and Metarhizium anisopliae Ma9236 with Heterorhabditis bacteriophora HNI0100 and its bacterial symbiont Photorhabdus luminescens HNI0100. We used antagonism and disk diffusion assays with fungal extracts to test the interaction between symbiotic bacterium and fungi. P. luminescens inhibited the growth of B. bassiana and M. anisopliae up to 40% by the secretion of secondary metabolites, whereas fungal extracts did not inhibit P...
2016: SpringerPlus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27754403/label-free-differential-proteomics-and-quantification-of-exoenzymes-from-isolates-of-the-entomopathogenic-fungus-beauveria-bassiana
#14
Giuseppe Dionisio, Per Kryger, Tove Steenberg
Beauveria bassiana is an entomopathogenic fungus that grows both in vivo and in vitro. In vivo it can colonize live insect hosts, and tissue digestion occurs by secreted hydrolytic exoenzymes. It can also colonize dead insect tissue provided this is free from competing microorganisms. Depending on whether the host is alive or dead the expression (quality/quantity) of the exoenzymes may vary. We have grown several isolates of B. bassiana in shaking flasks for 120 h at 25 °C in order to evaluate the maximal exoenzyme production using two diet regimes...
October 14, 2016: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27693371/jak-stat-signaling-pathway-mediated-immune-response-in-silkworm-bombyx-mori-challenged-by-beauveria-bassiana
#15
Tao Geng, Ding-Ding Lv, Yu-Xia Huang, Cheng-Xiang Hou, Guang-Xing Qin, Xi-Jie Guo
Innate immunity was critical in insects defensive system and able to be induced by Janus kinase/signal transducer and activator of transcription cascade transduction (JAK/STAT) signaling pathway. Currently, it had been identified many JAK/STAT signaling pathway-related genes in silkworm, but little function was known on insect innate immunity. To explore the roles of JAK/STAT pathway in antifungal immune response in silkworm (Bombyx mori) against Beauveria bassiana infection, the expression patterns of B. mori C-type lectin 5 (BmCTL5) and genes encoding 6 components of JAK/STAT signaling pathway in silkworm challenged by B...
December 20, 2016: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27448694/coevolution-of-parasitic-fungi-and-insect-hosts
#16
REVIEW
Gerrit Joop, Andreas Vilcinskas
Parasitic fungi and their insect hosts provide an intriguing model system for dissecting the complex co-evolutionary processes, which result in Red Queen dynamics. To explore the genetic basis behind host-parasite coevolution we chose two parasitic fungi (Beauveria bassiana and Metarhizium anisopliae, representing the most important entomopathogenic fungi used in the biological control of pest or vector insects) and two established insect model hosts (the greater wax moth Galleria mellonella and the red flour beetle Tribolium castaneum) for which sequenced genomes or comprehensive transcriptomes are available...
August 2016: Zoology: Analysis of Complex Systems, ZACS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27043942/genome-wide-host-pathogen-interaction-unveiled-by-transcriptomic-response-of-diamondback-moth-to-fungal-infection
#17
Zhen-Jian Chu, Yu-Jun Wang, Sheng-Hua Ying, Xiao-Wei Wang, Ming-Guang Feng
Genome-wide insight into insect pest response to the infection of Beauveria bassiana (fungal insect pathogen) is critical for genetic improvement of fungal insecticides but has been poorly explored. We constructed three pairs of transcriptomes of Plutella xylostella larvae at 24, 36 and 48 hours post treatment of infection (hptI) and of control (hptC) for insight into the host-pathogen interaction at genomic level. There were 2143, 3200 and 2967 host genes differentially expressed at 24, 36 and 48 hptI/hptC respectively...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26496616/antagonism-of-entomopathogenic-fungi-by-bacillus-spp-associated-with-the-integument-of-cicadellids-and-delphacids
#18
Andrea Toledo, Silvina López, Mónica Aulicino, Ana María de Remes-Lenicov, Pedro Balatti
Entomopathogenic fungi are potential tools to biocontrol cicadellids and delphacids, two groups of insects that cause extensive damage to agricultural crops. However, bacteria living on the host cuticle may inhibit fungal growth. In the present work, following the molecular characterization of 10 strains of Bacillus isolated from the integument of cicadellids and delphacids, we selected isolates of the fungi Beauveria bassiana and Metarhizium anisopliae that are resistant to the antimicrobials secreted by these bacterial strains...
June 2015: International Microbiology: the Official Journal of the Spanish Society for Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26321153/the-fungistatic-and-fungicidal-effects-of-volatiles-from-metathoracic-glands-of-soybean-attacking-stink-bugs-heteroptera-pentatomidae-on-the-entomopathogen-beauveria-bassiana
#19
Rogério B Lopes, Raul A Laumann, Maria C Blassioli-Moraes, Miguel Borges, Marcos Faria
This study was initially designed to evaluate the differential susceptibility of three soybean-attacking pentatomids to the entomopathogenic fungus Beauveria bassiana in standardized bioassays. Euschistus heros (Eh) was shown to be significantly less susceptible than Chinavia ubica (Cu), whereas Dichelops melacanthus (Dm) adults were highly susceptible to fungal infections. A deeper look at the mechanisms involved in the possible role of volatiles from metathoracic glands on fungal infections was undertaken, and gland extracts from Nezara viridula (Nv), a species known for its resilience to fungal infections, were also included in the assays...
November 2015: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26056261/tenebrionid-secretions-and-a-fungal-benzoquinone-oxidoreductase-form-competing-components-of-an-arms-race-between-a-host-and-pathogen
#20
Nicolás Pedrini, Almudena Ortiz-Urquiza, Carla Huarte-Bonnet, Yanhua Fan, M Patricia Juárez, Nemat O Keyhani
Entomopathogenic fungi and their insect hosts represent a model system for examining invertebrate-pathogen coevolutionary selection processes. Here we report the characterization of competing components of an arms race consisting of insect protective antimicrobial compounds and evolving fungal mechanisms of detoxification. The insect pathogenic fungus Beauveria bassiana has a remarkably wide host range; however, some insects are resistant to fungal infection. Among resistant insects is the tenebrionid beetle Tribolium castaneum that produces benzoquinone-containing defensive secretions...
July 14, 2015: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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