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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108369/jaburetox-affects-gene-expression-and-enzyme-activities-in-rhodnius-prolixus-a-chagas-disease-vector
#1
Leonardo L Fruttero, Natalia R Moyetta, Monique Siebra Krug, Valquiria Broll, Matheus V Coste Grahl, Rafael Real-Guerra, Fernanda Stanisçuaski, Celia R Carlini
Jaburetox, a recombinant peptide of ∼11kDa derived from one of the Canavalia ensiformis (Jack Bean) urease isoforms, is toxic and lethal to insects belonging to different orders when administered orally or via injection. Previous findings indicated that Jaburetox acts on insects in a complex fashion, inhibiting diuresis and the transmembrane potential of Malpighian tubules, interfering with muscle contractility and affecting the immune system. In vitro, Jaburetox forms ionic channels and alters permeability of artificial lipid membranes...
January 17, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104454/ecology-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-i-genotypes-across-rhodnius-prolixus-captured-in-attalea-butyracea-palms
#2
Cristina Poveda, Adriana Higuera, Plutarco Urbano, Juan David Ramírez
Trypanosoma cruzi, the agent of Chagas disease exhibits significant genetic diversity. This parasite is divided into six discrete typing units (DTUs) where T. cruzi I (TcI) is the most widespread in the Americas. TcI genotypes have been associated to domestic and sylvatic cycles of transmission (TcIDom and sylvatic TcI). Due to the importance of the enzootic transmission, we determined the frequency of TcI genotypes present in Rhodnius prolixus captured in different regions of the palm A. butyracea to understand the ecology of the disease and the importance of A...
January 16, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103294/community-based-entomological-surveillance-reveals-urban-foci-of-chagas-disease-vectors-in-sobral-state-of-cear%C3%A3-northeastern-brazil
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Cynara Carvalho Parente, Fernando S M Bezerra, Plutarco I Parente, Raimundo V Dias-Neto, Samanta C C Xavier, Alberto N Ramos, Filipe A Carvalho-Costa, Marli M Lima
BACKGROUND: The aim of this work was to explore the potential risk of vector-borne Chagas disease in urban districts in northeastern Brazil, by analyzing the spatiotemporal distributions and natural infection rates with Trypanosoma cruzi of triatomine species captured in recent years. The main motivation of this work was an acute human case of Chagas disease reported in 2008 in the municipality of Sobral. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We analyzed data from community-based entomological surveillance carried out from 2010 to 2014...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089691/orcokinin-neuropeptides-regulate-ecdysis-in-the-hemimetabolous-insect-rhodnius-prolixus
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Juan Pedro Wulff, Ivana Sierra, Marcos Sterkel, Michiel Holtof, Pieter Van Wielendaele, Flavio Francini, Jozef Vanden Broeck, Sheila Ons
To grow and develop insects must undergo ecdysis. During this process, the individual sheds the old cuticle to emerge as the following developmental stage. During ecdysis, different programed behaviors are regulated by neuropeptidergic pathways. In general, components of these pathways are better characterized in crustacean and holometabolous insects than in hemimetabola. In insects, the orkoninin gene produces two different neuropeptide precursors by alternative splicing: orcokinin A and orcokinin B. Although orcokinins are well conserved in insect species, their physiological role remains elusive...
January 9, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059141/the-molecular-sensory-machinery-of-a-chagas-disease-vector-expression-changes-through-imaginal-moult-and-sexually-dimorphic-features
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Jose Manuel Latorre-Estivalis, Hugh M Robertson, Kimberly K O Walden, Jerônimo Ruiz, Leilane Oliveira Gonçalves, Alessandra A Guarneri, Marcelo Gustavo Lorenzo
The triatomine bug Rhodnius prolixus is a main vector of Chagas disease, which affects several million people, mostly in Latin-America. Host searching, pheromone communication, and microclimatic preferences are aspects of its behaviour that depend on multimodal sensory inputs. The molecular bases of these sensory processes are largely unknown. The expression levels of genes transcribed in antennae were compared between 5(th) instar larvae, and female and male adults by means of RNA-Seq. The antennae of R. prolixus showed increased expression of several chemosensory-related genes in imaginal bugs, while both sexes had similar expression patterns for most target genes...
January 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024903/cloning-localization-and-physiological-effects-of-sulfakinin-in-the-kissing-bug-rhodnius-prolixus
#6
Hussain Al-Alkawi, Angela B Lange, Ian Orchard
Sulfakinins (SKs) are a family of multifunctional neuropeptides that have been shown to have myotropic activity on muscles of the digestive system and to function as feeding satiety factors. Here, we confirm via cloning the presence of two sulfakinins (Rhopr-SK-1 and Rhopr-SK-2) in Rhodnius prolixus. Reverse transcriptase quantitative PCR demonstrates that the Rhopr-SK transcript is highly expressed in the central nervous system (CNS) of unfed fifth-instar R. prolixus. Fluorescent in situ hybridization shows transcript expression only in neurons in the brain...
December 23, 2016: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018164/an-insulin-like-growth-factor-in-rhodnius-prolixus-is-involved-in-post-feeding-nutrient-balance-and-growth
#7
Marina S Defferrari, Ian Orchard, Angela B Lange
Growth of organisms is modulated by the availability of nutrients and energy, and is mostly regulated by insulin-like growth factors (IGFs) through the insulin signaling system. In insects, IGFs produced by the fat body induce cell division during the molt cycle, regulate adult body size, and have metabolic effects. Here, we describe an IGF from the hematophagous hemipteran Rhodnius prolixus and show its activity in regulating growth and metabolism in the post-feeding period during the fifth, and last, nymphal instar...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998742/structure-and-postembryonic-development-of-the-intersegmental-nodules-in-the-non-muscular-joints-of-the-antennae-in-rhodnius-prolixus
#8
Bibiana Ospina-Rozo, Manu Forero-Shelton, Jorge Molina
The antennae of Insecta consist of two basal segments and the distal annulated flagellum lacking intrinsic muscles. Non-muscular joints are important to preserve the flexibility and structure of the long Heteropteran antennae which bears an intersegmental nodule on each non-muscular joint. Little is known about their properties or function. Here we characterize the structure and postembryonic development of the non-muscular joints of Rhodnius prolixus antennae. Using Scanning Electron Microscopy, we tracked the changes in shape and size of both intersegmental nodules during the course of the hemimetabolous insect life cycle...
December 17, 2016: Arthropod Structure & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993629/neuropeptidomics-in-triatoma-infestans-comparative-transcriptomic-analysis-among-triatomines
#9
Lucila Traverso, Ivana Sierra, Marcos Sterkel, Flavio Francini, Sheila Ons
Chagas' disease, affecting up to 6-7 million people worldwide, is transmitted to humans through the feces of triatomine kissing bugs. From these, Rhodnius prolixus, Triatoma dimidiata, Triatoma infestans and Triatoma pallidipennis are important vectors distributed throughout the Latin American subcontinent. Resistance to pyrethroids has been developed by some triatomine populations, especially T. infestans, obstructing their control. Given their role in the regulation of physiological processes, neuroendocrine-derived factors have been proposed as a source of molecular targets for new-generation insecticides...
December 18, 2016: Journal of Physiology, Paris
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989677/salt-controls-feeding-decisions-in-a-blood-sucking-insect
#10
Gina Pontes, Marcos H Pereira, Romina B Barrozo
Salts are necessary for maintaining homeostatic conditions within the body of all living organisms. Like with all essential nutrients, deficient or excessive ingestion of salts can result in adverse health effects. The taste system is a primary sensory modality that helps animals to make adequate feeding decisions in terms of salt consumption. In this work we show that sodium and potassium chloride salts modulate the feeding behavior of Rhodnius prolixus in a concentration-dependent manner. Feeding is only triggered by an optimal concentration of any of these salts (0...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27956137/deficiency-of-glycerol-3-phosphate-acyltransferase-1-decreases-triacylglycerol-storage-and-induces-fatty-acid-oxidation-in-insect-fat-body
#11
Michele Alves-Bezerra, Isabela B Ramos, Iron F De Paula, Clarissa M Maya-Monteiro, Eric L Klett, Rosalind A Coleman, Katia C Gondim
Glycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferases (GPAT) catalyze the initial and rate-limiting step for the de novo synthesis of triacylglycerol (TAG). Four mammalian GPAT isoforms have been identified: the mitochondria-associated GPAT1 and 2, and the endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-associated GPAT3 and 4. In the insect Rhodnius prolixus, a vector of Chagas' disease, we previously predicted a mitochondrial-like isoform (RhoprGPAT1) from genomic data. In the current study, we clone the RhoprGPAT1 coding sequence and identify an ER-associated GPAT (RhoprGPAT4) as the second isoform in the insect...
December 9, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27940266/aggregated-oviposition-in-rhodnius-prolixus-sensory-cues-and-physiological-consequences
#12
Carmen Rolandi, Pablo E Schilman
Females of the haematophagous bug Rhodnius prolixus attach their eggs in clusters on substrates related to their hosts, such as nests or avian feathers. Because the hosts are an enormous food resource as well as potential predators, the choice of the site and pattern of oviposition could have an important adaptive value. Here we investigated proximate and a potential ultimate cause of this aggregated pattern of laid eggs. First, we studied proximal causes by analyzing the use of chemical or physical cues associated with aggregated oviposition in R...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27938415/triatomine-bugs-their-microbiota-and-trypanosoma-cruzi-asymmetric-responses-of-bacteria-to-an-infected-blood-meal
#13
Sebastián Díaz, Bianca Villavicencio, Nathália Correia, Jane Costa, Karen L Haag
BACKGROUND: Triatomine bugs (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) are vectors of the flagellate Trypanosoma cruzi, the causative agent of Chagas disease. The study of triatomine gut microbiota has gained relevance in the last years due to its possible role in vector competence and prospective use in control strategies. The objective of this study is to examine changes in the gut microbiota composition of triatomines in response to a T. cruzi-infected blood meal and identifying key factors determining those changes...
December 9, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27938380/effect-of-the-saliva-from-different-triatomine-species-on-the-biology-and-immunity-of-tlr-4-ligand-and-trypanosoma-cruzi-stimulated-dendritic-cells
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Maria Tays Mendes, Tamires Marielem Carvalho-Costa, Marcos Vinicius da Silva, Ana Carolina Borella Marfil Anhê, Rafaela Mano Guimarães, Thiago Alvares da Costa, Luis Eduardo Ramirez, Virmondes Rodrigues, Carlo Jose Freire Oliveira
BACKGROUND: Triatomines are blood-sucking vectors of Trypanosoma cruzi, the causative agent of Chagas disease. During feeding, triatomines surpass the skin host response through biomolecules present in their saliva. Dendritic cells (DCs) play a crucial role in the induction of the protection to aggressive agents, including blood-sucking arthropods. Here, we evaluated if salivary components of triatomines from different genera evade the host immunity by modulating the biology and the function of LPS- or T...
December 9, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903288/untangling-the-transmission-dynamics-of-primary-and-secondary-vectors-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-in-colombia-parasite-infection-feeding-sources-and-discrete-typing-units
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Carolina Hernández, Camilo Salazar, Helena Brochero, Aníbal Teherán, Luz Stella Buitrago, Mauricio Vera, Hugo Soto, Zulibeth Florez-Rivadeneira, Sussane Ardila, Gabriel Parra-Henao, Juan David Ramírez
BACKGROUND: Trypanosoma cruzi is the causative agent of Chagas disease. Due to its genetic diversity has been classified into six Discrete Typing Units (DTUs) in association with transmission cycles. In Colombia, natural T. cruzi infection has been detected in 15 triatomine species. There is scarce information regarding the infection rates, DTUs and feeding preferences of secondary vectors. Therefore, the aim of this study was to determine T. cruzi infection rates, parasite DTU, ecotopes, insect stages, geographical location and bug feeding preferences across six different triatomine species...
December 1, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890693/developmental-study-of-the-proboscis-extension-response-to-heat-in-rhodnius-prolixus-along-the-life-cycle
#16
Carole Labrousse, Claudio R Lazzari, Nadine Fresquet
Triatominae are blood-sucking insects that localise their hosts using a range of sensory signals to find food, and among them, the heat emitted by the hosts. Heat is one of the main short-range cues in vertebrate hosts, able to trigger alone the Proboscis Extension Response (PER) that precedes the bite. Previous studies demonstrated that heat responsiveness of fifth-instar nymphs is maximum to moderate temperatures (30-35°C) compatible with those of their vertebrate host's body surface. This study investigated whether this thermal preference for biting is maintained along the life cycle of R...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889871/genetic-relationships-and-spatial-genetic-structure-among-populations-of-rhodnius-prolixus-hemiptera-reduviidae-in-colombia-and-venezuela-based-on-mitochondrial-cytochrome-b-sequences
#17
K P Luna-Marín, V M Angulo-Silva, J Hernández-Torres, M Ruiz-García
One hundred twenty Rhodnius prolixus (Stal) (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) specimens from 6 Colombian Departments and 1 Venezuelan State had 594-bp of the mitochondrial cytochrome-b gene sequenced to improve the understanding of evolutionary processes that shape the main vector of Chagas disease. The levels of genetic diversity for this species were low-medium with reference to other bugs. The genetic heterogeneity among the populations was very limited which means there has been extensive gene flow and/or very recent split processes...
November 26, 2016: Neotropical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878214/lethal-and-sublethal-effects-of-essential-oil-of-lippia-sidoides-verbenaceae-and-monoterpenes-on-chagas-disease-vector-rhodnius-prolixus
#18
Marcela B Figueiredo, Geovany A Gomes, Jayme M Santangelo, Emerson G Pontes, Patricia Azambuja, Elói S Garcia, Mário G de Carvalho
The aim of this study was to identify the composition of the essential oil from leaves of Lippia sidoides (EOLS), a typical shrub commonly found in the dry northeast of Brazil, popularly known as "alecrim-pimenta". Additionally, we investigated the nymphicidal, ovicidal, phagoinhibitory and excretion effects of EOLS, its major constituent thymol and its isomer carvacrol, on fourth instar nymphs and eggs of Rhodnius prolixus, the Chagas' disease vector. The nymphicidal and ovicidal activity of thymol, carvacrol, and EOLS was assessed by tests using impregnated Petri dishes...
January 1, 2017: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866813/rhodnius-prolixus-from-physiology-by-wigglesworth-to-recent-studies-of-immune-system-modulation-by-trypanosoma-cruzi-and-trypanosoma-rangeli
#19
REVIEW
P Azambuja, E S Garcia, P J Waniek, C S Vieira, M B Figueiredo, M S Gonzalez, C B Mello, D P Castro, N A Ratcliffe
This review is dedicated to the memory of Professor Sir Vincent B. Wigglesworth (VW) in recognition of his many pioneering contributions to insect physiology which, even today, form the basis of modern-day research in this field. Insects not only make vital contributions to our everyday lives by their roles in pollination, balancing eco-systems and provision of honey and silk products, but they are also outstanding models for studying the pathogenicity of microorganisms and the functioning of innate immunity in humans...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865772/kissing-bugs-can-generalize-and-discriminate-between-different-bitter-compounds
#20
Yamila Asparch, Gina Pontes, Santiago Masagué, Sebastian Minoli, Romina B Barrozo
Animals make use of contact chemoreception structures to examine the quality of potential food sources. During this evaluation they can detect nutritious compounds that promote feeding and recognize toxins that trigger evasive behaviors. Although animals can easily distinguish between stimuli of different gustatory qualities (bitter, salty, sweet, etc.), their ability to discriminate between compounds of the same quality may be limited. Numerous plants produce alkaloids, compounds that elicit aversive behaviors in phytophagous insects and almost uniformly evoke a bitter taste for man...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Physiology, Paris
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