Fengliang Jin

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A 371 bp full-length cDNA (GenBank Accession No. DQ232774) was obtained from housefly Musca domestica by using degenerate primers and subsequent amplification by 5'- and 3'-RACE. The cecropin gene, Mdcec and Mdcec/6His, was cloned into expression pPICZalpha-A vector and was expressed in the methylotrophic yeast, Pichia pastoris. The recombinant Mdcec was(More)
BACKGROUND Destruxins (dtxs) are the mycotoxin produced by certain entomopathogenic fungi, such as Metarhizium anisopliae, Aschersonia sp, Alternaria brassicae and Ophiosphaerella herpotrichae. It can affect a wide variety of biological processes in insects, including innate immune, Ca(2+) channel in cells, and apoptosis in a dose-dependent manner. Dtxs(More)
BACKGROUND RNA interference (RNAi) technology shows a great potential in controlling agricultural pests, despite the difficulty of introducing exogenous dsRNA/siRNA into target pests. Isaria fumosorosea is a common fungal pathogen of the B-biotype Bemisia tabaci (whitefly), which is a widespread pest. Entomopathogenic fungi directly penetrate the cuticle(More)
Insect cecropins are small basic polypeptides synthesized in fat body and hemocytes in response to bacterial infections or hypodermic injuries. To explore a new approach for high expression of soluble cecropin in Escherichia coli cells, we fused the sequence encoding Musca domestica mature cecropin (named Mdmcec) in-frame to thioredoxin (TRX) gene to(More)
BACKGROUND The diamondback moth Plutella xyllostella has developed a high level of resistance to the latest insecticide chlorantraniliprole. A better understanding of P. xylostella's resistance mechanism to chlorantraniliprole is needed to develop effective approaches for insecticide resistance management. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS To provide a comprehensive(More)
A cDNA encoding the general odorant binding protein II (GOBP II) was isolated from the antennae of Spodoptera litura (SlGOBP II, GenBank Accession No. EU086371) by homologous cloning and rapid amplification of cDNA ends (RACE). Sequencing and structural analyses revealed that the open reading frame (ORF) of SlGOBP II was 489 bp, encoding 162 amino acids(More)
The diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella, is recognized as a widely distributed destructive insect pest of Brassica worldwide. The management of this pest is a serious issue, and an estimated annual cost of its management has reached approximately US$4 billion. Despite the fact that chemicals are a serious threat to the environment, lots of chemicals are(More)
Cecropins are linear cationic antibacterial peptides that have potent activities against microorganisms. In the present study, a 480bp full-length cDNA encoding diamondback moth (Plutella xylostella) cecropin 1 (designated as Px-cec1) was obtained using RT-PCR. A Northern blot analysis showed that the Px-cec1 transcript was predominantly expressed in fat(More)
Whenever gene expression is being examined, it is essential that a normalization process is carried out to eliminate non-biological variations. The use of reference genes, such as glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase, actin, and ribosomal protein genes, is the usual method of choice for normalizing gene expression. Although reference genes are used to(More)
Most, if not all, entomopathogenic fungi have been used as alternative control agents to decrease the insect resistance and harmful effects of the insecticides on the environment. Among them, Isaria fumosorosea has also shown great potential to control different insect pests. In the present study, we explored the immune response of P. xylostella to the(More)