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The relationship between parasitic wasps and bracoviruses constitutes one of the few known mutualisms between viruses and eukaryotes. The virions produced in the wasp ovaries are injected into host lepidopteran larvae, where virus genes are expressed, allowing successful development of the parasite by inducing host immune suppression and developmental(More)
Polydnaviruses (PDVs) are obligate symbionts of hymenopteran parasitoids of lepidopteran larvae that induce host immunosuppression and physiological redirection. PDVs include bracoviruses (BVs) and ichnoviruses (IVs), which are associated with braconid and ichneumonid wasps, respectively. In this study, the gene family encoding IkappaB-like proteins in the(More)
A putative membrane form of guanylate cyclase gene was identified in region 32 of the second chromosome of Drosophila melanogaster. The Drosophila protein has a single hydrophobic sequence that divides the protein into a putative extracellular region and a cytoplasmic catalytic region which contains tyrosine kinase and cyclase domains showing varying(More)
Aphidius ervi is an endophagous braconid, parasitoid of the pea aphid, Acyrthosiphon pisum. A. ervi teratocytes, deriving from the dissociation of the embryonic serosa, synthesize and release two major proteins into the host haemocoel. The gene of one of these proteins has been cloned and characterized. This gene codes for a 15.8 kDa protein belonging to(More)
Sperm tail proteins that are components of a specific structure formed late during spermatid elongation have been found to be encoded by the Mst(3)CGP gene family. These genes have been demonstrated to be regulated both at the transcriptional as well as at the translational level. We report here on the dissection of the regulatory regions for two members of(More)
The Nup154 gene of Drosophila encodes a protein showing similarity with known nucleoporins: rat Nup155 and yeast Nup170 and Nup157. Hypomorphic mutant alleles of Nup154 affected female and male fertility, allowing investigation of the gene function in various steps of oogenesis and spermatogenesis. Nup154 was required in testes for cyst formation, control(More)
We report the molecular cloning of Drosophila genes encoding putative lipase homologs, Dm lip1, lip2 and lip3, the definition of their structure and the expression patterns during development. These Drosophila lipases are related to acid lipases, with a common GHSQG motif, within a more general consensus GXSXG, identified as the active site shared by all(More)
We performed a molecular analysis of the Aphidius ervi ribosomal gene structure. This insect belongs to a set of closely related Aphidiinae species of the genus Aphidius Nees, of relevant interest in biological control. We constructed A. ervi genomic libraries, cloned and characterized several rDNA repeating units and sequenced different regions of the rDNA(More)
Toxoneuron nigriceps (Viereck) (Hymenoptera, Braconidae) is an endophagous parasitoid of the tobacco budworm Heliothis virescens (F.) (Lepidoptera, Noctuidae). Parasitized H. virescens larvae are developmentally arrested and show a complex array of pathological symptoms ranging from the suppression of the immune response to an alteration of ecdysone(More)
In this paper we analyze the expression in follicular cells and regulation of the vitelline membrane protein gene we identified in region 32E of the second chromosome of D. melanogaster (VMP32E). We report germ line transformation results obtained with different kinds of gene fusion leading to the identification of a follicular cell subpopulation involved(More)