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PLoS Genet ; 16(8): e1008976, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32866141

RESUMO

Neural circuitry for mating and reproduction resides within the terminal segments of central nervous system (CNS) which express Hox paralogous group 9-13 (in vertebrates) or Abdominal-B (Abd-B) in Drosophila. Terminal neuroblasts (NBs) in A8-A10 segments of Drosophila larval CNS are subdivided into two groups based on expression of transcription factor Doublesex (Dsx). While the sex specific fate of Dsx-positive NBs is well investigated, the fate of Dsx-negative NBs is not known so far. Our studies with Dsx-negative NBs suggests that these cells, like their abdominal counterparts (in A3-A7 segments) use Hox, Grainyhead (Grh) and Notch to undergo cell death during larval development. This cell death also happens by transcriptionally activating RHG family of apoptotic genes through a common apoptotic enhancer in early to mid L3 stages. However, unlike abdominal NBs (in A3-A7 segments) which use increasing levels of resident Hox factor Abdominal-A (Abd-A) as an apoptosis trigger, Dsx-negative NBs (in A8-A10 segments) keep the levels of resident Hox factor Abd-B constant. These cells instead utilize increasing levels of the temporal transcription factor Grh and a rise in Notch activity to gain apoptotic competence. Biochemical and in vivo analysis suggest that Abdominal-A and Grh binding motifs in the common apoptotic enhancer also function as Abdominal-B and Grh binding motifs and maintains the enhancer activity in A8-A10 NBs. Finally, the deletion of this enhancer by the CRISPR-Cas9 method blocks the apoptosis of Dsx-negative NBs. These results highlight the fact that Hox dependent NB apoptosis in abdominal and terminal regions utilizes common molecular players (Hox, Grh and Notch), but seems to have evolved different molecular strategies to pattern CNS.


Assuntos
Apoptose/genética , Proteínas de Ligação a DNA/genética , Proteínas de Drosophila/genética , Receptores Notch/genética , Fatores de Transcrição/genética , Abdome/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Animais , Sistema Nervoso Central/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Drosophila melanogaster/genética , Drosophila melanogaster/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Feminino , Regulação da Expressão Gênica no Desenvolvimento/genética , Larva/genética , Larva/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Masculino , Células-Tronco Neurais/metabolismo , Sequências Reguladoras de Ácido Nucleico/genética
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Ecotoxicol Environ Saf ; 203: 110934, 2020 Oct 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32888599

RESUMO

Pharmaceuticals and personal care products are emerging contaminants that are increasingly detected in the environment worldwide. Certain classes of pharmaceuticals, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), are a major environmental concern due to their widespread use and the fact that these compounds are designed to have biological effects at low doses. A complication in predicting toxic effects of SSRIs in nontarget organisms is that their mechanism of action is not fully understood. To better understand the potential toxic effects of SSRIs, we employed an ultra-low input RNA-sequencing method to identify potential pathways that are affected by early exposure to two SSRIs (fluoxetine and paroxetine). We exposed wildtype zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryos to 100 µg/L of either fluoxetine or paroxetine for 6 days before extracting and sequencing mRNA from individual larval brains. Differential gene expression analysis identified 1550 genes that were significantly affected by SSRI exposure with a core set of 138 genes altered by both SSRIs. Weighted gene co-expression network analysis identified 7 modules of genes whose expression patterns were significantly correlated with SSRI exposure. Functional enrichment analysis of differentially expressed genes as well as network module genes repeatedly identified various terms associated with mitochondrial and neuronal structures, mitochondrial respiration, and neurodevelopmental processes. The enrichment of these terms indicates that toxic effects of SSRI exposure are likely caused by mitochondrial dysfunction and subsequent neurodevelopmental effects. To our knowledge, this is the first effort to study the tissue-specific transcriptomic effects of SSRIs in developing zebrafish, providing specific, high resolution molecular data regarding the sublethal effects of SSRI exposure.


Assuntos
Encéfalo/efeitos dos fármacos , Larva/efeitos dos fármacos , Mitocôndrias/efeitos dos fármacos , Inibidores de Captação de Serotonina/toxicidade , Transcriptoma/efeitos dos fármacos , Poluentes Químicos da Água/toxicidade , Peixe-Zebra , Animais , Encéfalo/embriologia , Biologia Computacional , Embrião não Mamífero/efeitos dos fármacos , Desenvolvimento Embrionário/efeitos dos fármacos , Humanos , Larva/genética , Análise de Sequência de RNA , Peixe-Zebra/genética
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Parasitol Res ; 119(10): 3359-3368, 2020 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32893331

RESUMO

Acanthocephalans are multi-host endoparasites, many of which use freshwater amphipods as intermediate hosts for their larval stages (e.g., cystacanths) while adults live in the intestines of vertebrates, including waterfowl. In central Alberta, Canada, several co-occurring species of the acanthocephalan genus Polymorphus use the amphipod Gammarus lacustris Sars, 1863 as an intermediate host. We applied DNA barcoding and morphometric analysis to differentiate cystacanth larvae from G. lacustris sampled from 17 Albertan water bodies. We slide-mounted specimens and measured morphological traits relating to proboscis hooks. We sequenced the standard DNA barcoding region of the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I gene (COI). Morphometric analysis suggested that the acanthocephalans we collected belonged to four morphologically different groups that keyed to Polymorphus contortus (Bremser, 1821) Travassos, 1926; P. marilis Van Cleave, 1939; P. paradoxus Connel et Corner, 1957; and P. strumosoides (Lundström, 1942) Amin, 2013. Our Bayesian tree based on COI sequences generally corroborated the morphological results and supported that the specimens assigned to P. cf. contortus and P. cf. strumosoides belong to two distinct species. In contrast, the Bayesian tree showed that specimens of P. cf. marilis were nested as a cluster within the P. cf. paradoxus clade. Similarly, small pairwise genetic distance (< 2%) between specimens identified as P. cf. contortus and P. cf. strumosoides suggests that they are conspecific. Future studies should use morphology and sequence data from adult acanthocephalans to assess the taxonomic identity of the cystacanth-based Polymorphus taxa. Our study is the first to provide genetic information for the four Polymorphus taxa and emphasizes the importance of applying multiple approaches to differentiate parasite species.


Assuntos
Acantocéfalos/classificação , Acantocéfalos/anatomia & histologia , Acantocéfalos/genética , Alberta , Anfípodes/parasitologia , Animais , Código de Barras de DNA Taxonômico , Água Doce/parasitologia , Genes de Helmintos/genética , Genes Mitocondriais/genética , Larva/anatomia & histologia , Larva/classificação , Larva/genética , Especificidade da Espécie
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PLoS Negl Trop Dis ; 14(8): e0008627, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32866158

RESUMO

The application of reverse genetics in the human filarial parasites has lagged due to the difficult biology of these organisms. Recently, we developed a co-culture system that permitted the infective larval stage of Brugia malayi to be transfected and efficiently develop to fecund adults. This was exploited to develop a piggyBac transposon-based toolkit that can be used to produce parasites with transgene sequences stably integrated into the parasite genome. However, the piggyBac system has generally been supplanted by Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR) based technology, which allows precise editing of a genome. Here we report adapting the piggyBac mediated transfection system of B. malayi for CRISPR mediated knock-in insertion into the parasite genome. Suitable CRISPR insertion sites were identified in intergenic regions of the B. malayi genome. A dual reporter piggybac vector was modified, replacing the piggyBac inverted terminal repeat regions with sequences flanking the insertion site. B. malayi molting L3 were transfected with a synthetic guide RNA, the modified plasmid and the CAS9 nuclease. The transfected parasites were implanted into gerbils and allowed to develop into adults. Progeny microfilariae were recovered and screened for expression of a secreted luciferase reporter encoded in the plasmid. Approximately 3% of the microfilariae were found to secrete luciferase; all contained the transgenic sequences inserted at the expected location in the parasite genome. Using an adaptor mediated PCR assay, transgenic microfilariae were examined for the presence of off target insertions; no off-target insertions were found. These data demonstrate that CRISPR can be used to modify the genome of B. malayi, opening the way to precisely edit the genome of this important human filarial parasite.


Assuntos
Brugia Malayi/genética , Sistemas CRISPR-Cas , Repetições Palindrômicas Curtas Agrupadas e Regularmente Espaçadas , Transfecção/métodos , Animais , Animais Geneticamente Modificados , Sequência de Bases , DNA de Helmintos/genética , Feminino , Edição de Genes , Genoma , Larva/genética , Luciferases , Microfilárias/genética
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Pestic Biochem Physiol ; 170: 104685, 2020 Nov.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32980060

RESUMO

Sublethal doses of chlorantraniliprole (CAP) disrupt spinning disorder in the silkworm Bombyx mori (B. mori) and cause reduced cocoon production. In the present study, we investigated the effects of trace amounts of CAP on morphology and gene expression of the B. mori silk gland, found the posterior silk gland cells were possessed of disintegrated Endoplasmic reticulum (ER), unevenly distributed chromatin after exposure to CAP (0.01 mg/L). Gene expression analysis revealed that IRE1 and ATF6 ER stress-signaling pathways were inhibited, the PERK/CncC pathway was activated. Digital gene expression (DGE) analysis showed that detoxification-related genes, antioxidant genes and genes involved in ER protein processing pathway were expressed differentially in CAP-treated silkworm larvae. Notably, the transcript levels of the detoxification-related genes (CYP4M5, CYP6AB4, GSTD3 and GSTS1) and the antioxidant genes (CAT, TPX and SOD) were significantly increased, and the expression of ER protein processing-related genes (Sec61ß, Sec61γ, Sec23α and ERGIC-53) was significantly decreased after CAP exposure. The results showed that sublethal doses of CAP exposure caused ER stress, oxidative damage to the silk gland and the perturbation of protein processing in ER, thereby probably leading to abnormal growth of the silk gland and triggering the spinning failure in silkworm.


Assuntos
Bombyx/genética , Animais , Antioxidantes , Proteínas de Insetos/genética , Larva/genética , Seda , ortoaminobenzoatos/toxicidade
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Pestic Biochem Physiol ; 170: 104703, 2020 Nov.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32980071

RESUMO

For the last decade, scientists have reported a loss of honeybee colonies. Multiple factors like parasites, pathogens and pesticides are dealt as possible drivers of honeybee losses. In particular, insecticides are considered as a major factor of pollinator poisoning. We applied sublethal concentrations of four insecticidal substances to honeybee larval food and analyzed the effects on transcriptome. The aim was to identify candidate genes indicating early negative impacts after application of insecticidal substances. Honeybee larvae were kept in-vitro under hive conditions (34-35 °C) and fed with dimethoate, fenoxycarb, chlorantraniliprole and flupyradifurone in sublethal concentrations between day 3-6 after grafting. Larvae at day 4, 6 and 8 were sampled and their transcriptome analyzed. By use of a RT-qPCR array differences in gene expression of selected gene families (immune system, development detoxification) were measured. Targets mainly involved in development, energy metabolism and the immune system were significantly affected by the insecticidal substances tested, selectively inducing genes of the detoxification system, immune response and nutritional stress.


Assuntos
Inseticidas/farmacologia , Inseticidas/toxicidade , Animais , Abelhas/genética , Dimetoato , Larva/genética , RNA Mensageiro/genética , Transcriptoma
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Ecotoxicol Environ Saf ; 205: 111289, 2020 Dec 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32949839

RESUMO

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill released 3.19 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, making it the largest oil spill in U.S. history. Weathering and the application of dispersants can alter the solubility of compounds within crude oil, thus modifying the acute toxicity of the crude oil to aquatic life. The primary aim of our study was to determine the lasting impact of early-life stage sheepshead minnow (Cyprinodon variegatus variegatus) exposure to weathered, unweathered and dispersed crude oil on prey capture, male aggression, novel object interaction and global DNA methylation. Embryos were exposed from 1 to 10 dpf to water accommodations of crude oil and were raised to adulthood in artificial seawater. Our results suggest exposure to crude oil did not result in lasting impairment of complex behavioral responses of male sheepshead minnow. Exposure to dispersed weathered oil, however, decreased border dwelling in response to a novel object (i.e. decreased anxiety). Principal component analysis revealed that exposure to weathered oil had no overarching effect, but that unweathered crude oil increased variability in exploratory behaviors but decreased variability in anxiety-associated behaviors. Further work is needed to understand the effects of oil exposure on fish behavior and the potential ecological impact of subtle behavioral changes in fishes.


Assuntos
Comportamento Animal/efeitos dos fármacos , Peixes Listrados/fisiologia , Larva/efeitos dos fármacos , Poluição por Petróleo/efeitos adversos , Petróleo/toxicidade , Poluentes Químicos da Água/toxicidade , Animais , Metilação de DNA/efeitos dos fármacos , Ecologia , Golfo do México , Peixes Listrados/genética , Larva/genética , Larva/fisiologia , Masculino , Água do Mar/química , Tempo (Meteorologia)
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Chemosphere ; 254: 126900, 2020 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32957295

RESUMO

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are ubiquitous pollutants in marine environments and have arouse great concern since they pose adverse effects to marine ecosystem. To determine the potential impacts of environmentally relevant PAHs on early life stages of marine fish, this study exposed embryos of marine medaka (Oryzias melastigma) to 0, 2, 10, 50, and 250 µg/L of phenanthrene (Phe), one of the most abundant PAHs. The results demonstrated that Phe exposure decreased hatching rates, delayed hatching time of embryos, and increased deformity rate of newly-hatched larvae. Exposure to 10 and 50 µg/L Phe decreased the survival rate of marine medaka larvae at 28 days post-fertilization (dpf), and no embryo successfully hatched in 250 µg/L Phe exposure group. Morphology results showed that 10, 50, and 250 µg/L Phe exposure significantly retarded the development of embryos, and 2, 10, and 50 µg/L caused yolk sac edema and pericardial edema in newly-hatched larvae, indicating that low concentrations of Phe could induce developmental cardiac toxicity. Furthermore, the changes in the expression of heart development-related genes were determined, and the results showed that Phe-induced cardiac malformation might be related with fgf8, bmp4, smyd1, ATPase and gata4 genes. Overall, environmentally relevant PAHs could disrupt heart morphogenesis and hatching process of marine medaka, which might have profound consequences for sustainability of fish population.


Assuntos
Embrião não Mamífero/efeitos dos fármacos , Desenvolvimento Embrionário/efeitos dos fármacos , Oryzias/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Fenantrenos/toxicidade , Teratogênios/toxicidade , Poluentes Químicos da Água/toxicidade , Animais , Ecossistema , Embrião não Mamífero/anormalidades , Desenvolvimento Embrionário/genética , Regulação da Expressão Gênica no Desenvolvimento/efeitos dos fármacos , Coração/efeitos dos fármacos , Coração/embriologia , Larva/efeitos dos fármacos , Larva/genética , Oryzias/genética , Fenantrenos/análise , Teratogênios/análise , Poluentes Químicos da Água/análise
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0234892, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32817668

RESUMO

The mosquito Aedes aegypti vectors the arboviral diseases yellow fever, dengue, Zika and chikungunya. Larvae are usually found developing in freshwater; however, more recently they have been increasingly found in brackish water, potential habitats which are traditionally ignored by mosquito control programs. Aedes aegypti larvae are osmo-regulators maintaining their hemolymph osmolarity in a range of ~ 250 to 300 mOsmol l-1. In freshwater, the larvae must excrete excess water while conserving ions while in brackish water, they must alleviate an accumulation of salts. The compensatory physiological mechanisms must involve the transport of ions and water but little is known about the water transport mechanisms in the osmoregulatory organs of these larvae. Water traverses cellular membranes predominantly through transmembrane proteins named aquaporins (AQPs) and Aedes aegypti possesses 6 AQP homologues (AaAQP1 to 6). The objective of this study was to determine if larvae that develop in freshwater or brackish water have differential aquaporin expression in osmoregulatory organs, which could inform us about the relative importance and function of aquaporins to mosquito survival under these different osmotic conditions. We found that AaAQP transcript abundance was similar in organs of freshwater and brackish water mosquito larvae. Furthermore, in the Malpighian tubules and hindgut AaAQP protein abundance was unaffected by the rearing conditions, but in the gastric caeca the protein level of one aquaporin, AaAQP1 was elevated in brackish water. We found that AaAQP1 was expressed apically while AaAQP4 and AaAQP5 were found to be apical and/or basal in the epithelia of osmoregulatory organs. Overall, the results suggest that aquaporin expression in the osmoregulatory organs is mostly consistent between larvae that are developing in freshwater and brackish water. This suggests that aquaporins may not have major roles in adapting to longterm survival in brackish water or that aquaporin function may be regulated by other mechanisms like post-translational modifications.


Assuntos
Aedes/genética , Aquaporinas/genética , Osmorregulação/genética , Aedes/fisiologia , Animais , Aquaporinas/metabolismo , Infecções por Arbovirus , Transporte Biológico , Ecossistema , Água Doce , Expressão Gênica/genética , Regulação da Expressão Gênica/genética , Hemolinfa/metabolismo , Proteínas de Insetos/metabolismo , Larva/genética , Larva/metabolismo , Osmorregulação/fisiologia , Osmose , Águas Salinas , Salinidade , Água/metabolismo
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PLoS Genet ; 16(8): e1008942, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32764744

RESUMO

To remodel functional neuronal connectivity, neurons often alter dendrite arbors through elimination and subsequent regeneration of dendritic branches. However, the intrinsic mechanisms underlying this developmentally programmed dendrite regeneration and whether it shares common machinery with injury-induced regeneration remain largely unknown. Drosophila class IV dendrite arborization (C4da) sensory neurons regenerate adult-specific dendrites after eliminating larval dendrites during metamorphosis. Here we show that the microRNA miR-87 is a critical regulator of dendrite regeneration in Drosophila. miR-87 knockout impairs dendrite regeneration after developmentally-programmed pruning, whereas miR-87 overexpression in C4da neurons leads to precocious initiation of dendrite regeneration. Genetic analyses indicate that the transcriptional repressor Tramtrack69 (Ttk69) is a functional target for miR-87-mediated repression as ttk69 expression is increased in miR-87 knockout neurons and reducing ttk69 expression restores dendrite regeneration to mutants lacking miR-87 function. We further show that miR-87 is required for dendrite regeneration after acute injury in the larval stage, providing a mechanistic link between developmentally programmed and injury-induced dendrite regeneration. These findings thus indicate that miR-87 promotes dendrite regrowth during regeneration at least in part through suppressing Ttk69 in Drosophila sensory neurons and suggest that developmental and injury-induced dendrite regeneration share a common intrinsic mechanism to reactivate dendrite growth.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Drosophila/genética , Metamorfose Biológica/genética , MicroRNAs/genética , Regeneração Nervosa/genética , Proteínas Repressoras/genética , Animais , Dendritos/genética , Dendritos/fisiologia , Drosophila melanogaster/genética , Regulação da Expressão Gênica no Desenvolvimento , Larva/genética , Larva/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Células Receptoras Sensoriais/metabolismo
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4171, 2020 08 20.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32820176

RESUMO

Spiralia is a large, ancient and diverse clade of animals, with a conserved early developmental program but diverse larval and adult morphologies. One trait shared by many spiralians is the presence of ciliary bands used for locomotion and feeding. To learn more about spiralian-specific traits we have examined the expression of 20 genes with protein motifs that are strongly conserved within the Spiralia, but not detectable outside of it. Here, we show that two of these are specifically expressed in the main ciliary band of the mollusc Tritia (also known as Ilyanassa). Their expression patterns in representative species from five more spiralian phyla-the annelids, nemerteans, phoronids, brachiopods and rotifers-show that at least one of these, lophotrochin, has a conserved and specific role in particular ciliated structures, most consistently in ciliary bands. These results highlight the potential importance of lineage-specific genes or protein motifs for understanding traits shared across ancient lineages.


Assuntos
Motivos de Aminoácidos/genética , Cílios/genética , Invertebrados/genética , Proteínas/genética , Animais , Anelídeos/classificação , Anelídeos/genética , Anelídeos/fisiologia , Evolução Biológica , Cílios/fisiologia , Comportamento Alimentar/fisiologia , Perfilação da Expressão Gênica/métodos , Invertebrados/classificação , Invertebrados/fisiologia , Larva/genética , Larva/fisiologia , Locomoção/fisiologia , Moluscos/classificação , Moluscos/genética , Moluscos/fisiologia , Filogenia , Especificidade da Espécie
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0237675, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32797066

RESUMO

RNA interference (RNAi), a technique used to investigate gene function in insects and other organisms, is attracting attention as a potential new technology for mosquito control. Saccharomyces cerevisiae (baker's yeast) was recently engineered to produce interfering RNA molecules that silence genes required for mosquito survival, but which do not correspond to genes in humans or other non-target organisms. The resulting yeast pesticides, which facilitate cost-effective production and delivery of interfering RNA to mosquito larvae that eat the yeast, effectively kill mosquitoes in laboratory and semi-field trials. In preparation for field evaluation of larvicides in Trinidad, a Caribbean island with endemic diseases resulting from pathogens transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes, adult residents living in the prospective trial site communities of Curepe, St. Augustine, and Tamana were engaged. Open community forums and paper surveys were used to assess the potential acceptability, societal desirability, and sustainability of yeast interfering RNA larvicides. These assessments revealed that Trinidadians have good working knowledge of mosquitoes and mosquito-borne illnesses. A majority of the respondents practiced some method of larval mosquito control and agreed that they would use a new larvicide if it were proven to be safe and effective. During the community engagement forums, participants were educated about mosquito biology, mosquito-borne diseases, and the new yeast larvicides. When invited to provide feedback, engagement forum attendees were strongly supportive of the new technology, raised few concerns, and provided helpful advice regarding optimal larvicide formulations, insecticide application, operational approaches for using the larvicides, and pricing. The results of these studies suggest that the participants are supportive of the potential use of yeast interfering RNA larvicides in Trinidad and that the communities assessed in this investigation represent viable field sites.


Assuntos
Aedes/genética , Engenharia Genética/métodos , Controle de Mosquitos/métodos , Interferência de RNA , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/genética , Adulto , Animais , Feminino , Humanos , Larva/genética , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Mosquitos Vetores/genética , Controle Biológico de Vetores/métodos , RNA Interferente Pequeno/genética , Características de Residência , Inquéritos e Questionários , Trinidad e Tobago
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0237662, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32822370

RESUMO

The larvae of Drosophila melanogaster grow rapidly through use of a highly truncated cell cycle in which mitosis is entirely eliminated. The Drosophila homolog of the protooncogene transcription factor Myc plays a major role in promoting this endopolyploid (EP) growth. We have previously determined that the gene jim lovell (lov), which encodes a member of the BTB/POZ (Bric-a-brac, Tramtrack, Broad/Pox virus zinc finger) domain family of transcription factors, is also required for EP growth in one larval tissue, the trachea. Here we show that lov promotes EP growth in three further tissues indicating a fundamental role in this process. However, epistasis experiments revealed heterogeneity in lov's action in these tissues. Whereas in the tracheae and salivary glands lov acts downstream of Myc, in the fat body, reduced expression of lov does not impede the action of Myc, indicating an upstream action for the gene. We show here that lov's regulation of the gene uninflatable (uif) in the tracheae is a component of this difference. uif is required for tracheal EP growth downstream of Myc and lov but has no equivalent role in the fat body. Although Uif is a transmembrane component of the plasma membrane in the tracheae, its action downstream of Myc suggests an intracellular role for the protein in the tracheae. In addition to regulating uif expression in some tissues we also show that lov locates to the nucleolus, indicating it can function in both polymerase I and polymerase II transcriptional events. Our major finding is that tissue-specific mechanisms can interact with universal growth promotion by Myc to generate the individual endopolyploid organs of the larvae.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Drosophila/metabolismo , Drosophila melanogaster/metabolismo , Fatores de Transcrição/metabolismo , Animais , Proteínas de Drosophila/análise , Proteínas de Drosophila/genética , Drosophila melanogaster/genética , Drosophila melanogaster/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Epistasia Genética , Larva/genética , Larva/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Larva/metabolismo , Proteínas de Membrana/análise , Proteínas de Membrana/genética , Proteínas de Membrana/metabolismo , Poliploidia , Fatores de Transcrição/análise , Fatores de Transcrição/genética
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Parasitol Res ; 119(10): 3285-3296, 2020 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32812144

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The taxonomy of Hysterothylacium genus in Mediterranean waters remains incomplete and unresolved. The aim of the current study was to investigate the morphological and molecular identification of selected species of Hysterothylacium larvae in marine fish from the Tunisian Mediterranean coasts. A total of 192 marine fish samples were examined. In total, thirty-seven third-stage larvae of Hysterothylacium were morphologically identified as Hysterothylacium type V. In the present study, representatives of this type from the Mediterranean Sea were genetically characterized for the first time by sequencing the rDNA ITS (ITS1-5.8S-ITS2) regions and mtDNA cox2 gene. This study represents the first report of Hysterothylacium type V from the Mediterranean Sea. We also report Mullus barbatus, M. surmuletus, and Pagellus erythrinus as new hosts for this larval type. Based upon molecular and phylogenetic analyses considering the rDNA ITS regions, the Hysterothylacium type V described here was classified as a new genotype, named Genotype B. The valid genetic data of the described Hysterothylacium type V in the present study can be used to establish the phylogenetic relationships among Hysterothylacium species from the Mediterranean Sea and worldwide for future research.


Assuntos
Infecções por Ascaridida/veterinária , Ascaridoidea/classificação , Ascaridoidea/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Doenças dos Peixes/parasitologia , Peixes/parasitologia , Animais , Infecções por Ascaridida/parasitologia , Ascaridoidea/anatomia & histologia , Ascaridoidea/genética , DNA Mitocondrial/genética , DNA Espaçador Ribossômico/genética , Peixes/classificação , Genes de Helmintos/genética , Genótipo , Larva/anatomia & histologia , Larva/classificação , Larva/genética , Larva/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Mar Mediterrâneo , Filogenia
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0237167, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32764780

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The zebrafish Danio rerio is a valuable and common model for scientists in the fields of genetics and developmental biology. Since zebrafish are also amenable to genetic manipulation, modelling of human diseases or behavioral experiments have moved into the focus of zebrafish research. Consequently, gene expression data beyond embryonic and larval stages become more important, yet there is a dramatic knowledge gap of gene expression beyond day four of development. Like in other model organisms, the visualization of spatial and temporal gene expression by whole mount in situ hybridization (ISH) becomes increasingly difficult when zebrafish embryos develop further and hence the growing tissues become dense and less permeable. Here we introduce a modified method for whole mount ISH, which overcomes these penetration and detection problem. The method is an all in one solution that enables the detection and visualization of gene expression patterns up to the late larval stage in a 3D manner without the need for tissue sectioning and offers a valuable extension for whole mount ISH by immunohistochemistry in the zebrafish field.


Assuntos
Biologia do Desenvolvimento/métodos , Desenvolvimento Embrionário/genética , Regulação da Expressão Gênica no Desenvolvimento , Peixe-Zebra/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Animais , Embrião não Mamífero , Imuno-Histoquímica , Hibridização In Situ , Larva/genética , Larva/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Modelos Animais , Peixe-Zebra/genética
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Ecotoxicol Environ Saf ; 204: 111052, 2020 Nov.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32739675

RESUMO

Transgenerational effects on sensitivity to pesticides are poorly studied. This study investigated the transgenerational influences of maternal body mass in the major pest moth Spodoptera littoralis, with a focus on sensitivity to chlorpyrifos pesticide. In 147 clutches of a laboratory strain of S. littoralis, we compared larval mortality between control larvae and larvae treated with chlorpyrifos. Because of the classic positive relationships between offspring size and maternal size and between offspring size and offspring quality, sensitivity to chlorpyrifos was predicted to be lower in larvae of larger mothers. Surprisingly, we found the opposite result, with higher pesticide toxicity in larvae of larger mothers. This result is partly explained by the lack of a relationship between larval mass and larval sensitivity to chlorpyrifos. This means that another offspring characteristic linked to maternal size should have affected larval sensitivity to chlorpyrifos. More generally, knowledge of the effects of the traits and ecological environments of mothers on offspring sensitivity to pesticides remains limited. Ecotoxicologists should pay more attention to such maternal effects on sensitivity to pesticides, both in pests and non-target species.


Assuntos
Clorpirifos/toxicidade , Epigênese Genética , Resistência a Inseticidas/genética , Inseticidas/toxicidade , Spodoptera/efeitos dos fármacos , Animais , Peso Corporal/efeitos dos fármacos , Feminino , Larva/efeitos dos fármacos , Larva/genética , Larva/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Longevidade/efeitos dos fármacos , Exposição Materna , Spodoptera/genética , Spodoptera/crescimento & desenvolvimento
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0236509, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32785243

RESUMO

Knowledge about population genetic structure and dispersal capabilities is important for the development of targeted management strategies for agricultural pest species. The apple fruit moth, Argyresthia conjugella (Lepidoptera, Yponomeutidae), is a pre-dispersal seed predator. Larvae feed on rowanberries (Sorbus aucuparia), and when rowanberry seed production is low (i.e., inter-masting), the moth switches from laying eggs in rowanberries to apples (Malus domestica), resulting in devastating losses in apple crops. Using genetic methods, we investigated if this small moth expresses any local genetic structure, or alternatively if gene flow may be high within the Scandinavian Peninsula (~850.000 km2, 55o - 69o N). Genetic diversity was found to be high (n = 669, mean He = 0.71). For three out of ten tetranucleotide STRs, we detected heterozygote deficiency caused by null alleles, but tests showed little impact on the overall results. Genetic differentiation between the 28 sampling locations was very low (average FST = 0.016, P < 0.000). Surprisingly, we found that all individuals could be assigned to one of two non-geographic genetic clusters, and that a third, geographic cluster was found to be associated with 30% of the sampling locations, with weak but significant signals of isolation-by-distance. Conclusively, our findings suggest wind-aided dispersal and spatial synchrony of both sexes of the apple fruit moth over large areas and across very different climatic zones. We speculate that the species may recently have had two separate genetic origins caused by a genetic bottleneck after inter-masting, followed by rapid dispersal and homogenization of the gene pool across the landscape. We suggest further investigations of spatial genetic similarities and differences of the apple fruit moth at larger geographical scales, through life-stages, across inter-masting, and during attacks by the parasitoid wasp (Microgaster politus).


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Genética Populacional , Repetições de Microssatélites/genética , Mariposas/genética , Oviposição/fisiologia , Animais , Frutas/genética , Fluxo Gênico , Variação Genética , Larva/genética , Larva/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Malus/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Malus/parasitologia , Mariposas/patogenicidade , Mariposas/fisiologia , Oviposição/genética , Dispersão de Sementes/genética , Sorbus/genética , Sorbus/parasitologia
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0235912, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32776931

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Small heat shock proteins (sHsps) function in the response of insects to abiotic stress; however, their role in response to biotic stress has been under-investigated. Mythimna separata, the oriental armyworm, is polyphenetic and exhibits gregarious and solitary phases in response to high and low population density, respectively. In this study, three genes were identified encoding sHsps, namely MsHsp19.7, MsHsp19.8 and MsHsp21.4, and expression levels in solitary and gregarious M. separata were compared. The deduced protein sequences of the three MsHsps had molecular weights of 19.7, 19.8 and 21.4 kDa, respectively, and contained a conserved α-crystalline domain. Real-time PCR analyses revealed that the three sHsps were transcribed in all developmental stages and were dramatically up-regulated at the 6th larval stage in gregarious individuals. Expression of the three MsHsps was variable in different tissues of 6th instar larvae, but exhibited consistent up- and down-regulation in the hindgut and Malpighian tubules of gregarious individuals, respectively. In addition, MsHsp19.7 and MsHsp19.8 were significantly induced when solitary forms were subjected to crowding for 36 h, but all three MsHsps were down-regulated when gregarious forms were isolated. Our findings suggest that population density functions as a stress factor and impacts MsHsps expression in M. separata.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Choque Térmico Pequenas/genética , Proteínas de Insetos/genética , Mariposas/genética , Animais , Aglomeração , Regulação da Expressão Gênica , Larva/genética , Larva/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Mariposas/crescimento & desenvolvimento
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PLoS Genet ; 16(7): e1008907, 2020 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32667927

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Holometabolous insects have distinct larval, pupal, and adult stages. The pupal stage is typically immobile and can be subject to predation, but cocoon offers pupal protection for many insect species. The cocoon provides a space in which the pupa to adult metamorphosis occurs. It also protects the pupa from weather, predators and parasitoids. Silk protein is a precursor of the silk used in cocoon construction. We used the silkworm as a model species to identify genes affecting silk protein synthesis and cocoon construction. We used quantitative genetic analysis to demonstrate that ß-1,4-N-acetylglucosaminidase 1 (BmGlcNase1) is associated with synthesis of sericin, the main composite of cocoon. BmGlcNase1 has an expression pattern coupled with silk gland development and cocoon shell weight (CSW) variation, and CSW is an index of the ability to synthesize silk protein. Up-regulated expression of BmGlcNase1 increased sericin content by 13.9% and 22.5% while down-regulation reduced sericin content by 41.2% and 27.3% in the cocoons of females and males, respectively. Genomic sequencing revealed that sequence variation upstream of the BmGlcNase1 transcriptional start site (TSS) is associated with the expression of BmGlcNase1 and CSW. Selective pressure analysis showed that GlcNase1 was differentially selected in insects with and without cocoons (ω1 = 0.044 vs. ω2 = 0.154). This indicates that this gene has a conserved function in the cocooning process of insects. BmGlcNase1 appears to be involved in sericin synthesis and silkworm cocooning.


Assuntos
Acetilglucosaminidase/genética , Bombyx/genética , Cruzamento , Domesticação , Animais , Bombyx/fisiologia , Feminino , Regulação da Expressão Gênica/genética , Larva/genética , Larva/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Masculino , Biossíntese de Proteínas/genética , Seda/genética
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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A ; 117(32): 19209-19220, 2020 08 11.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32723826

RESUMO

Some organisms have evolved a survival strategy to withstand severe dehydration in an ametabolic state, called anhydrobiosis. The only known example of anhydrobiosis among insects is observed in larvae of the chironomid Polypedilum vanderplanki Recent studies have led to a better understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying anhydrobiosis and the action of specific protective proteins. However, gene regulation alone cannot explain the rapid biochemical reactions and independent metabolic changes that are expected to sustain anhydrobiosis. For this reason, we conducted a comprehensive comparative metabolome-transcriptome analysis in the larvae. We showed that anhydrobiotic larvae adopt a unique metabolic strategy to cope with complete desiccation and, in particular, to allow recovery after rehydration. We argue that trehalose, previously known for its anhydroprotective properties, plays additional vital roles, providing both the principal source of energy and also the restoration of antioxidant potential via the pentose phosphate pathway during the early stages of rehydration. Thus, larval viability might be directly dependent on the total amount of carbohydrate (glycogen and trehalose). Furthermore, in the anhydrobiotic state, energy is stored as accumulated citrate and adenosine monophosphate, allowing rapid reactivation of the citric acid cycle and mitochondrial activity immediately after rehydration, before glycolysis is fully functional. Other specific adaptations to desiccation include potential antioxidants (e.g., ophthalmic acid) and measures to avoid the accumulation of toxic waste metabolites by converting these to stable and inert counterparts (e.g., xanthurenic acid and allantoin). Finally, we confirmed that these metabolic adaptations correlate with unique organization and expression of the corresponding enzyme genes.


Assuntos
Dípteros/metabolismo , Proteínas de Insetos/metabolismo , Monofosfato de Adenosina/metabolismo , Animais , Dessecação , Dípteros/química , Dípteros/genética , Secas , Glicogênio/genética , Glicogênio/metabolismo , Proteínas de Insetos/química , Proteínas de Insetos/genética , Larva/química , Larva/genética , Larva/metabolismo , Metaboloma , Transcriptoma , Trealose/metabolismo , Água/metabolismo
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