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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274885/molecular-identification-of-wild-triatomines-of-the-genus-rhodnius-in-the-bolivian-amazon-strategy-and-current-difficulties
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Simone Frédérique Brenière, Edwin Wily Condori, Rosio Buitrago, Luis Fernando Sosa, Catarina Lopes Macedo, Christian Barnabé
The Amazon region has recently been considered as endemic in Latin America. In Bolivia, the vast Amazon region is undergoing considerable human migrations and substantial anthropization of the environment, potentially renewing the danger of establishing the transmission of Chagas disease. The cases of human oral contamination occurring in 2010 in the town of Guayaramerín provided reasons to intensify research. As a result, the goal of this study was to characterize the species of sylvatic triatomines circulating in the surroundings of Yucumo (Beni, Bolivia), a small Amazonian city at the foot of the Andes between the capital (La Paz) and Trinidad the largest city of Beni...
March 6, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254111/celebrating-the-sequencing-of-the-rhodnius-prolixus-genome-a-tribute-to-the-memory-of-vincent-b-wigglesworth
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Claudio R Lazzari
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235907/octopamine-and-tyramine-regulate-the-activity-of-reproductive-visceral-muscles-in-the-adult-female-blood-feeding-bug-rhodnius-prolixus
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Sam Hana, Angela B Lange
The role of octopamine and tyramine in regulating spontaneous contractions of reproductive tissues was examined in the female Rhodnius prolixus Octopamine decreased the amplitude of spontaneous contractions of the oviducts and reduced RhoprFIRFa-induced contractions in a dose-dependent manner, whereas tyramine only reduced the RhoprFIRFa-induced contractions. Both octopamine and tyramine decreased the frequency of spontaneous bursal contractions and completely abolished the contractions at 5×10(-7) M and above...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199333/comparative-and-functional-triatomine-genomics-reveals-reductions-and-expansions-in-insecticide-resistance-related-gene-families
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Lucila Traverso, Andrés Lavore, Ivana Sierra, Victorio Palacio, Jesús Martinez-Barnetche, José Manuel Latorre-Estivalis, Gaston Mougabure-Cueto, Flavio Francini, Marcelo G Lorenzo, Mario Henry Rodríguez, Sheila Ons, Rolando V Rivera-Pomar
BACKGROUND: Triatomine insects are vectors of Trypanosoma cruzi, a protozoan parasite that is the causative agent of Chagas' disease. This is a neglected disease affecting approximately 8 million people in Latin America. The existence of diverse pyrethroid resistant populations of at least two species demonstrates the potential of triatomines to develop high levels of insecticide resistance. Therefore, the incorporation of strategies for resistance management is a main concern for vector control programs...
February 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145576/differences-in-competitive-ability-for-the-occupancy-of-shelters-in-triatomines
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C A Zacharias, S A Minoli, G Manrique
Triatomines (Hemiptera: Reduviidae: Triatominae) are nocturnal blood-sucking insects. During daylight hours they remain in an akinetic state inside their shelters, whereas at dusk they become active and move outside. When they are outside their shelters during the photophase, triatomines are vulnerable to diurnal predators and the period just before dawn is critical to their survival. This work analyses the existence of competitive interactions involved in the occupancy of shelters by triatomines. Behavioural assays were performed in which nymphs of different stages, nutritional status or species were released in an experimental arena containing a space-limited artificial shelter...
February 1, 2017: Medical and Veterinary Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143573/the-modern-morphometric-approach-to-identify-eggs-of-triatominae
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Soledad Santillán-Guayasamín, Anita G Villacís, Mario J Grijalva, Jean-Pierre Dujardin
BACKGROUND: Egg morphometrics in the Triatominae has proved to be informative for distinguishing tribes or genera, and has been based generally on traditional morphometrics. However, more resolution is required, allowing species or even population recognition, because the presence of eggs in the domicile could be related to the species ability to colonize human dwellings, suggesting its importance as a vector. RESULTS: We explored the resolution of modern morphometric methods to distinguish not only tribes and genera, but also species or geographic populations in some important Triatominae...
January 31, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108369/jaburetox-affects-gene-expression-and-enzyme-activities-in-rhodnius-prolixus-a-chagas-disease-vector
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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
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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...
February 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
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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
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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
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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 bear 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...
January 6, 2017: Arthropod Structure & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993629/neuropeptidomics-in-triatoma-infestans-comparative-transcriptomic-analysis-among-triatomines
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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
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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
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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
#18
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
#19
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
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