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The genome of the model beetle and pest Tribolium castaneum
Tribolium castaneum is a member of the most species-rich eukaryotic order, a powerful model organism for the study of generalized insect development, and an important pest of stored agriculturalExpand
RNA interference in Lepidoptera: an overview of successful and unsuccessful studies and implications for experimental design.
Despite a large variation in the data, trends that are found are that RNAi is particularly successful in the family Saturniidae and in genes involved in immunity and that gene expression in epidermal tissues seems to be most difficult to silence. Expand
Functional and Evolutionary Insights from the Genomes of Three Parasitoid Nasonia Species
Key findings include the identification of a functional DNA methylation tool kit; hymenopteran-specific genes including diverse venoms; lateral gene transfers among Pox viruses, Wolbachia, and Nasonia; and the rapid evolution of genes involved in nuclear-mitochondrial interactions that are implicated in speciation. Expand
Genomics, transcriptomics, and peptidomics of Daphnia pulex neuropeptides and protein hormones.
We report 43 novel genes in the water flea Daphnia pulex encoding 73 predicted neuropeptide and protein hormones as partly confirmed by RT-PCR. MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry identified 40 neuropeptidesExpand
Genomics, transcriptomics, and peptidomics of neuropeptides and protein hormones in the red flour beetle Tribolium castaneum.
The authors' analysis of Tribolium indicates that, during insect evolution, genes for neuropeptides and protein hormones are often duplicated or lost. Expand
Genome Sequence of the Pea Aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum
The genome of the pea aphid shows remarkable levels of gene duplication and equally remarkable gene absences that shed light on aspects of aphid biology, most especially its symbiosis with Buchnera.
Drosophila molting neurohormone bursicon is a heterodimer and the natural agonist of the orphan receptor DLGR2
The heterodimeric Drosophila protein displays bursicon bioactivity in freshly eclosed neck‐ligated flies and is the natural agonist of the orphan G protein‐coupled receptor DLGR2. Expand
A new family of insect tyramine receptors.
The Drosophila tyramine receptor is, to the authors' knowledge, the first cloned insect G protein-coupled receptor that appears to be fully specific for tyramines. Expand
A genome-wide inventory of neurohormone GPCRs in the red flour beetle Tribolium castaneum
The survey of 340 million years of insect neurohormone GPCR evolution shows that neuropeptide/receptor couples can easily duplicate or disappear during insect evolution and shows that Drosophila is not a good representative of all insects, because several of the hormonal systems that the authors now find in Tribolium do not exist in Dosophila. Expand
Discovery of a Novel Insect Neuropeptide Signaling System Closely Related to the Insect Adipokinetic Hormone and Corazonin Hormonal Systems*
ACP is a prominent example of receptor/ligand co-evolution, probably originating from receptor and ligand gene duplications followed by mutations and evolutionary selection, thereby yielding three independent hormonal systems. Expand