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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469564/pavlovian-conditioning-of-larval-drosophila-an-illustrated-multilingual-hands-on-manual-for-odor-taste-associative-learning-in-maggots
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Birgit Michels, Timo Saumweber, Roland Biernacki, Jeanette Thum, Rupert D V Glasgow, Michael Schleyer, Yi-Chun Chen, Claire Eschbach, Reinhard F Stocker, Naoko Toshima, Teiichi Tanimura, Matthieu Louis, Gonzalo Arias-Gil, Manuela Marescotti, Fabio Benfenati, Bertram Gerber
Larval Drosophila offer a study case for behavioral neurogenetics that is simple enough to be experimentally tractable, yet complex enough to be worth the effort. We provide a detailed, hands-on manual for Pavlovian odor-reward learning in these animals. Given the versatility of Drosophila for genetic analyses, combined with the evolutionarily shared genetic heritage with humans, the paradigm has utility not only in behavioral neurogenetics and experimental psychology, but for translational biomedicine as well...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423428/aggregation-behavior-and-a-putative-aggregation-pheromone-in-sugar-beet-root-maggot-flies-diptera-ulidiidae
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Erik J Wenninger, Susan Y Emmert, Kelly Tindall, Hongjian Ding, Mark A Boetel, D Rajabaskar, Sanford D Eigenbrode
Male-biased aggregations of sugar beet root maggot, Tetanops myopaeformis (Röder) (Diptera: Ulidiidae), flies were observed on utility poles near sugar beet (Beta vulgaris L. [Chenopodiaceae]) fields in southern Idaho; this contrasts with the approximately equal sex ratio typically observed within fields. Peak observation of mating pairs coincided with peak diurnal abundance of flies. Volatiles released by individual male and female flies were sampled from 08:00 to 24:00 hours in the laboratory using solid-phase microextraction and analyzed using gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS)...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402593/a-new-method-for-the-production-of-sterile-colonies-of-lucilia-sericata
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N E Gasz, M L Harvey
Maggot debridement therapy (MDT) refers to the use of blowfly larvae to clean or debride an infected wound. Most commonly, larvae of Lucilia sericata (Meigen) (Diptera: Calliphoridae) are used, and are sterilized prior to use to ensure no further bacterial infections are introduced during treatment. Current methods sterilize eggs from laboratory-reared blowfly colonies, after which sterile early second instar maggots can be provided to hospitals for use in treatment. Maggots not required for treatment are used for colony regeneration, in which sterility is not maintained...
April 12, 2017: Medical and Veterinary Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384914/orbital-myiasis-with-scalp-pediculosis-and-buccal-abscess-an-uncommon-presentation
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Nidhi Kaeley, Rajeev Mohan Kaushik, Richa Rajput, Renu Dhasmana, Anurag Bhargava
We present a case of severe orbital myiasis caused by Osteris ovis, also known as sheep nasal botfly which is an uncommon manifestation of maggot infestation. Our patient was successfully treated with oral as well as topical ivermectin. The experience of ivermectin as an anti-parasitic agent in the treatment of orbital myiasis, although a known entity, is still limited among medical professionals including ophthalmologists. Thus, we would like to highlight the role of oral ivermectin as an anti-parasitic agent in the treatment of orbital myiasis facilitating the removal of maggots; thus, precluding the need for exploratory surgery...
February 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374542/to-eat-or-get-heat-behavioral-trade-offs-between-thermoregulation-and-feeding-in-gregarious-necrophagous-larvae
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Jana Podhorna, Cindy Aubernon, Marie Borkovcova, Julien Boulay, Valery Hedouin, Damien Charabidze
The thermoregulation behavior of Lucilia sericata larvae (Diptera: Calliphoridae), a necrophagous species that feeds on vertebrate cadavers, was investigated. These larvae require high heat incomes to develop, and can elevate temperatures by forming large aggregates. We hypothesized that L. sericata larvae should continue to feed at temperatures up to 38°C, which can be reached inside larval masses. Thermal regulation behavior such as movement between a hot food spot and colder areas was also postulated. The hypotheses were tested by tracking for 1h the activity of single, starved third instar larvae in a Petri dish containing one food spot (FS) that was heated to a constant temperature of 25°C, 34°C or 38°C with an ambient temperature of 25°C...
April 4, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361272/sterilization-of-blow-fly-eggs-chrysomya-megacephala-and-lucilia-cuprina-diptera-calliphoridae-for-maggot-debridement-therapy-application
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Kwankamol Limsopatham, Phadungkiat Khamnoi, Kabkaew L Sukontason, Dheerawan Boonyawan, Tarinee Chaiwong, Kom Sukontason
Maggot debridement therapy (MDT) is an application of sterile laboratory-reared blow fly larvae to remove necrotic tissue and disinfect wounds for medical conditions. For effective application, the blow fly larvae used in the wound treatment are required to be in aseptic condition. Here, we report the results of a detailed assessment of bacteria and fungi isolated from the eggs of two blow fly species, Chrysomya megacephala (F.) and Lucilia cuprina (Wiedemann) before and after sterilization by disinfectants Chlorhex-C, povidone-iodine, and sodium hypochlorite...
March 30, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348762/a-case-of-ignatzschineria-bacteraemia-in-an-unconscious-man-from-the-netherlands
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Edou Heddema, Frank Janssen, Harro van Westreenen
INTRODUCTION: Ignatzschineria species were previously known as Schineria species and are well known inhabitants of the larvae of the parasitic fly Wohlfahrtia magnifica. CASE PRESENTATION: We report a case of Ignatzschineria species bacteraemia in a Dutch patient with a wound infested with maggots. CONCLUSION: In the past, these bacteria have been isolated from Wohlfahrtia magnifica, a fly not indigenous to The Netherlands. Other fly larvae such as the blowfly larvae probably infested the wound and harboured this Ignatzschineria strain which subsequently caused this bacteraemia...
June 2016: JMM Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278280/natural-antimicrobial-peptide-complexes-in-the-fighting-of-antibiotic-resistant-biofilms-calliphora-vicina-medicinal-maggots
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Natalia Gordya, Andrey Yakovlev, Anastasia Kruglikova, Dmitry Tulin, Evdokia Potolitsina, Tatyana Suborova, Domenico Bordo, Camillo Rosano, Sergey Chernysh
Biofilms, sedimented microbial communities embedded in a biopolymer matrix cause vast majority of human bacterial infections and many severe complications such as chronic inflammatory diseases and cancer. Biofilms' resistance to the host immunity and antibiotics makes this kind of infection particularly intractable. Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are a ubiquitous facet of innate immunity in animals. However, AMPs activity was studied mainly on planktonic bacteria and little is known about their effects on biofilms...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277993/maggot-therapy-for-wound-care-in-iran-a-case-series-of-the-first-28-patients
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A Mirabzadeh, M J Ladani, B Imani, S A B Rosen, R A Sherman
OBJECTIVE: The need for improved wound care is receiving considerable attention in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Beginning in 2003, maggot therapy (MT) became part of Iran's effort to advance its wound care technology. The first cohort of patients treated with MT was analysed to evaluate the use of this treatment. METHOD: Patients treated with MT at three hospitals in Tehran were analysed retrospectively. Primary outcomes were time to wound debridement and time to wound healing...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261793/a-case-of-insect-colonization-before-the-death
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Stefano Vanin, Manuela Bonizzoli, Maria Luisa Migliaccio, Laura Tadini Buoninsegni, Valentina Bugelli, Vilma Pinchi, Martina Focardi
Forensic entomology is a branch of forensic science in which insects are used as evidence in legal investigations relating to humans, domestic animals and wildlife. One of the theoretical pillars on which the discipline is based concerns the fact that flies colonize a body after death. However in cases of myiasis, maggots are present before death, with consequences in the correct estimation of the minimum postmortem interval (mPMI). We report here the case of a woman, largely colonized by fly larvae, who has lain alive in her garden for four days prior to being rescued...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235562/urate-oxidase-produced-by-lucilia-sericata-medical-maggots-is-localized-in-malpighian-tubes-and-facilitates-allantoin-production
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Andre Baumann, Marisa Skaljac, Rüdiger Lehmann, Andreas Vilcinskas, Zdenӗk Franta
Lucilia sericata maggots are the only species currently approved for maggot debridement therapy (MDT), an alternative treatment for chronic and recalcitrant wounds. Maggots promote wound debridement, disinfection and healing by producing a complex mixture of proteins, peptides and low-molecular-weight compounds in their secretions and excretions, but the individual components are not well characterized at the molecular level. Here we investigated the purine catabolism pathway in L. sericata, focusing on the production of allantoin by Urate Oxidase (UO), which is thought to promote wound healing...
February 22, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174164/improving-malodour-management-in-advanced-cancer-a-10-year-retrospective-study-of-topical-oral-and-maintenance-metronidazole
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Reena George, Thotampuri Shanthi Prasoona, Ramu Kandasamy, Renitha Cherian, Thangarathi Celine, Jenifer Jeba, Shakila Murali, David Mathew
OBJECTIVES: To explore the relative effectiveness of topical or oral metronidazole used for malodour in necrotic cancers and to propose a protocol for metronidazole usage in managing malodour. METHODS: A retrospective case note review of the management of malodour over 10 years comparing outcomes with topical, intermittent and maintenance oral metronidazole. RESULTS: Among 179 patients treated for malodour, the commonest primaries were cervical (45%), and head and neck cancers (40%)...
February 6, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158259/predicting-the-current-potential-and-future-world-wide-distribution-of-the-onion-maggot-delia-antiqua-using-maximum-entropy-ecological-niche-modeling
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Shuoying Ning, Jiufeng Wei, Jinian Feng
Climate change will markedly impact biology, population ecology, and spatial distribution patterns of insect pests because of the influence of future greenhouse effects on insect development and population dynamics. Onion maggot, Delia antiqua, larvae are subterranean pests with limited mobility, that directly feed on bulbs of Allium sp. and render them completely unmarketable. Modeling the spatial distribution of such a widespread and damaging pest is crucial not only to identify current potentially suitable climactic areas but also to predict where the pest is likely to spread in the future so that appropriate monitoring and management programs can be developed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120807/the-speed-curvature-power-law-in-drosophila-larval-locomotion
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Myrka Zago, Francesco Lacquaniti, Alex Gomez-Marin
We report the discovery that the locomotor trajectories of Drosophila larvae follow the power-law relationship between speed and curvature previously found in the movements of human and non-human primates. Using high-resolution behavioural tracking in controlled but naturalistic sensory environments, we tested the law in maggots tracing different trajectory types, from reaching-like movements to scribbles. For most but not all flies, we found that the law holds robustly, with an exponent close to three-quarters rather than to the usual two-thirds found in almost all human situations, suggesting dynamic effects adding on purely kinematic constraints...
October 2016: Biology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073023/functional-connectomics-how-maggots-make-up-their-minds
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William B Kristan
How Drosophila larvae select one behavior or a sequence of behaviors, and then persist in the final one, has been addressed by a powerful combination of electron-microscopy reconstruction of neuronal connections, genetic manipulations, electrophysiology, and neuronal modeling. Surprisingly, reciprocal inhibitory synaptic connections are major players in choosing, sequencing and maintaining behaviors.
January 9, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031474/field-evaluation-of-insecticides-for-control-of-cabbage-maggot-diptera-anthomyiidae-in-rutabaga-in-canada
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W G van Herk, R S Vernon, D R Waterer, J H Tolman, P J Lafontaine, R P Prasad
At the time of this research, there were only two insecticides registered for control of cabbage maggot, Delia radicum L., in rutabaga in Canada, one of which (diazinon) will be deregistered by 2017, and resistance having been reported in some areas for the other (chlorpyrifos). To screen for chemistries to replace these organophosphates, and obtain efficacy data comparable between key vegetable brassica production areas in Canada, four small plot field studies were conducted concurrently in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Quebec in 2009...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017550/a-novel-bioconversion-for-value-added-products-from-food-waste-using-musca-domestica
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Yi Niu, Dong Zheng, Binghua Yao, Zizhe Cai, Zhimin Zhao, Shengqing Wu, Peiqing Cong, Depo Yang
Food waste, as a major part of the municipal solid waste has been generated increasingly worldwide. Efficient and feasible utilization of this waste material for productivity process is significant for both economical and environmental reasons. In the present study, Musca domestica larva was used as the carrier to conduct a bioconversion with food waste to get the value-added maggot protein, oil and organic fertilizers. Methods of adult flies rearing, culture medium adjuvant selection, maggot culture conditions, stocking density and the valorization of the waste have been explored...
December 22, 2016: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997861/comparative-fly-species-composition-on-indoor-and-outdoor-forensic-cases-in-malaysia
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Rizal Abdullah Syamsa, Baharudin Omar, Firdaus Mohd Salleh Ahmad, Othman Hidayatulfathi, Abd Wahid Shahrom
Forensic entomology refers to the science of collection and analysis of insect evidence in order to determine the minimum time period since death. This study aimed to investigate the occurrence of forensically important flies on 34 human remains referred to Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre over a period of three years. Entomological specimens were collected at the death scenes and/or during autopsies. Live specimens were reared into adults while preserved specimens were processed for species identification...
January 2017: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27991691/morphology-of-rare-exogenous-materials-in-dermatopathology
#19
Angel Fernández-Flores
Dermatopathologists are occasionally challenged by exogenous materials found in their biopsies. Recognition of most of the structures and morphological parts of foreign materials is not always easy because most of the literature thus far has focused on the study of the histological and histopathological aspects of human tissues, as well as on the granulomatous response elicited by such foreign bodies. However, there are some cases of rare exogenous material in biopsies, mainly published as case reports; and dermatopathologists often lose precious time searching for information about such cases...
March 2017: Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986935/bioassay-and-scanning-electron-microscopic-observations-reveal-high-virulence-of-entomopathogenic-fungus-beauveria-bassiana-on-the-onion-maggot-diptera-anthomyiidae-adults
#20
Hui Zhang, Shengyong Wu, Zhenlong Xing, Xiaoqing Wang, Zhongren Lei
When flies were dipped in 1 × 10(8) conidia/ml conidia suspensions and then kept in the incubator (22 ± 1 °C, 70 ± 5% RH), scanning electron microscope observations revealed that, at 2 h, the majority of adhering Beauveria bassiana conidia were attached to either the wing surface or the interstitial area between the macrochaetae on the thorax and abdomen of the onion maggot adults. Germ tubes were being produced and had oriented toward the cuticle by 18 h. Penetration of the insect cuticle had occurred by 36 h, and by 48 h, germ tubes had completely penetrated the cuticle...
December 2016: Journal of Economic Entomology
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