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The genome of Tetranychus urticae reveals herbivorous pest adaptations
The completely sequenced and annotated spider mite genome is presented, representing the first complete chelicerate genome, and finds strong signatures of polyphagy and detoxification in gene families associated with feeding on different hosts and in new gene families acquired by lateral gene transfer.
Mapping Peptidergic Cells in Drosophila: Where DIMM Fits In
Mapping DIMM expression in the central nervous system (CNS) and periphery in the late larval stage Drosophila found that DIMm co-expression was a prevalent feature within single neuropeptide marker expression patterns, and best explained by a hypothesis that D IMM promotes a specific neurosecretory phenotype the authors term LEAP.
Genome sequences of the human body louse and its primary endosymbiont provide insights into the permanent parasitic lifestyle
The genome sequences of the body louse and its primary bacterial endosymbiont Candidatus Riesia pediculicola are presented, providing a reference for studies of holometabolous insects.
Regulatory peptides in fruit fly midgut
Using a combination of specific antisera to these peptides and transgenic fly models, it was shown that the endocrine cells in the adult Drosophila midgut produced exclusively NPF.
Mono- and dibasic proteolytic cleavage sites in insect neuroendocrine peptide precursors.
  • J. Veenstra
  • Biology
    Archives of insect biochemistry and physiology
  • 1 February 2000
Rules to predict proteolytic cleavage sites at basic amino acids in insect neuropeptide precursors are established and it is likely that, as in vertebrates, ambiguous processing sites exist to allow differential cleavage of the same precursor by different convertases and it seems possible that the precursor of allatostatins and PBAN are differentially cleaved in different cell types.
Two nitridergic peptides are encoded by the gene capability in Drosophila melanogaster.
The capa gene is the first to be shown to encode neuropeptides that act on renal fluid production through nitric oxide and is shown to be not synergistic, implying that both act on the same pathways in tubules.
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.