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See detailInvolvement of odorant cues in the process of superparasitism avoidance
Vandermoten, Sophie ULg; Frere, Isabelle; Hance, Thierry et al

Poster (2010, August)

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See detailDo aphids and their predators use the same OBP to transport a same odour?
Vandermoten, Sophie ULg; Fan, Jia; Liu, Yong et al

Poster (2010, August)

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See detailNew insights into aphid isoprenoid pathway
Vandermoten, Sophie ULg; Cusson, Michel; Haubruge, Eric ULg et al

Conference (2010, August)

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See detailInvolvement of odorant cues in the process of superparasitism avoidance
Verheggen, François ULg; Vandermoten, Sophie ULg; Frere, Isabelle et al

Poster (2010, August)

The ability to avoid superparasitism provides a selective advantage to parasitoid females, allowing them to avoid depositing eggs in lower quality host. We observed in a Y-olfactometer that generalist ... [more ▼]

The ability to avoid superparasitism provides a selective advantage to parasitoid females, allowing them to avoid depositing eggs in lower quality host. We observed in a Y-olfactometer that generalist aphid parasitoids, Aphidius ervi and Aphidius rhopalosiphi (Hymenoptera, Braconidae), were more attracted toward non-parasitized than parasitized Sitobion avenae (Hemiptera, Aphididae) colonies. We collected the odors released from healthy aphids and aphids parasitized for 2 and 6 days using an electronic nose. Sitobion avenae alarm pheromone, (E)-ß-farnesene (EßF), was the only chemical identified, and was found in lower quantities in parasitized aphids. Both parasitoid species provided pronounced electrical depolarizations to EßF in electroantennography (EAG), and both were attracted to the latter compound in the Y-olfactometer. Parasitoid attraction was known to be guided by a variety of odorant cues released by plants and hosts, and our results support the hypothesis that the aphid alarm pheromone acts as a kairomone for A. ervi and A. rhopalosiphi. [less ▲]

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See detailLes prényltransférases et leurs rôles biologiques chez les pucerons
Vandermoten, Sophie ULg; Cusson, Michel; Haubruge, Eric ULg et al

Conference (2010, July)

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See detailInsect prenyltransferases: Characterization, roles in insect biology, and evolution
Cusson, Michel; Vandermoten, Sophie ULg; Barbar, Aline et al

Conference (2009, December)

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See detailStructural features conferring dual Geranyl/Farnesyl diphosphate synthase activity to an aphid prenyltransferase
Vandermoten, Sophie ULg; Santini, Sébastien; Haubruge, Eric ULg et al

in Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2009), 39(10), 707-716

In addition to providing lipid chains for protein prenylation, short-chain isoprenyl diphosphate synthases (scIPPSs) play a pivotal role in the biosynthesis of numerous mevalonate pathway end-products ... [more ▼]

In addition to providing lipid chains for protein prenylation, short-chain isoprenyl diphosphate synthases (scIPPSs) play a pivotal role in the biosynthesis of numerous mevalonate pathway end-products, including insect juvenile hormone and terpenoid pheromones. For this reason, they are being considered as targets for pesticide development. Recently, we characterized an aphid scIPPS displaying dual geranyl diphosphate (GPP; C10)/farnesyl diphosphate (FPP; C15) synthase activity in vitro. To identify the mechanism(s) responsible for this dual activity, we assessed the product selectivity of aphid scIPPSs bearing mutations at Gln107 and/or Leu110, the fourth and first residue upstream from the “first aspartate-rich motif” (FARM), respectively. All but one resulted in significant changes in product chain-length selectivity, effectively increasing the production of either GPP (Q107E, L110W) or FPP (Q107F, Q107F–L110A); the other mutation (L110A) abolished activity. Although some of these effects could be attributed to changes in steric hindrance within the catalytic cavity, molecular dynamics simulations identified other contributing factors, including residue-ligand Van der Waals interactions and the formation of hydrogen bonds or salt bridges between Gln107 and other residues across the catalytic cavity, which constitutes a novel product chain-length determination mechanism for scIPPSs. Thus the aphid enzyme apparently evolved to maintain the capacity to produce both GPP and FPP through a balance between these mechanisms. [less ▲]

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See detailNew insights into short-chain prenyltransferases: structural features, evolutionary history and potential for selective inhibition.
Vandermoten, Sophie ULg; Haubruge, Eric ULg; Cusson, M.

in Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS (2009), 66

Isoprenoids form an extensive group of natural products involved in a number of important biological processes. Their biosynthesis proceeds through sequential 1'-4 condensations of isopentenyl diphosphate ... [more ▼]

Isoprenoids form an extensive group of natural products involved in a number of important biological processes. Their biosynthesis proceeds through sequential 1'-4 condensations of isopentenyl diphosphate (C(5)) with an allylic acceptor, the first of which is dimethylallyl diphosphate (C(5)). The reactions leading to the production of geranyl diphosphate (C(10)), farnesyl diphosphate (C(15)) and geranylgeranyl diphosphate (C(20)), which are the precursors of mono-, sesqui- and diterpenes, respectively, are catalyzed by a group of highly conserved enzymes known as short-chain isoprenyl diphosphate synthases, or prenyltransferases. In recent years, the sequences of many new prenyltransferases have become available, including those of several plant and animal geranyl diphosphate synthases, revealing novel mechanisms of product chain-length selectivity and an intricate evolutionary path from a putative common ancestor. Finally, there is considerable interest in designing inhibitors specific to short-chain prenyltransferases, for the purpose of developing new drugs or pesticides that target the isoprenoid biosynthetic pathway. [less ▲]

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See detailCaractère bifonctionnel d'une prényltransférase de pucerons
Cusson, Michel; Vandermoten, Sophie ULg; Charloteaux, Benoit et al

Conference (2008, November)

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See detailIsoprenoid metabolism in aphid : A new target for bioinsecticides development
Vandermoten, Sophie ULg; Charloteaux, Benoît ULg; Santini, Sébastien et al

Poster (2008, July)

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See detailCharacterization of a novel aphid prenyltransferase displaying dual geranyl/farnesyl diphosphate synthase activity
Vandermoten, Sophie ULg; Charloteaux, Benoît ULg; Santini, S. et al

in FEBS Letters (2008), 582(16), 19281934

We report on the cDNA cloning and characterization of a novel short-chain isoprenyl diphosphate synthase from the aphid Myzus persicae. Of the three IPPS cDNAs we cloned, two yielded prenyltransferase ... [more ▼]

We report on the cDNA cloning and characterization of a novel short-chain isoprenyl diphosphate synthase from the aphid Myzus persicae. Of the three IPPS cDNAs we cloned, two yielded prenyltransferase activity following expression in Escherichia coli; these cDNAs encode identical proteins except for the presence, in one of them, of an N-terminal mitochondrial targeting peptide. Although the aphid enzyme was predicted to be a farnesyl diphosphate synthase by BLASTP analysis, rMpIPPS, when isopentenyl diphosphate and dimethylallyl diphosphate are supplied as substrates, typically generated geranyl diphosphate (C10) as its main product, along with significant quantities of farnesyl diphosphate (C15). Analysis of an MpIPPS homology model pointed to substitutions that could confer GPP/FPP synthase activity to the aphid enzyme. [less ▲]

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See detailLa biosynthèse des isoprenoides chez les pucerons: une cible potentielle de nouveaux bio-insecticides?
Vandermoten, Sophie ULg; Cusson, Michel; Francis, Frédéric ULg et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2008), 12(4),

Actuellement, le contrôle des pucerons repose en grande partie sur l'utilisation d'insecticides de synthèse. Toutefois, l'effet néfaste de ceux-ci sur l'environnement, ainsi que le développement croissant ... [more ▼]

Actuellement, le contrôle des pucerons repose en grande partie sur l'utilisation d'insecticides de synthèse. Toutefois, l'effet néfaste de ceux-ci sur l'environnement, ainsi que le développement croissant de populations résistantes conduit à rechercher de nouvelles méthodes de lutte. Parmi celles-ci, une des voies actuellement envisagée est la formulation de nouveaux bio-insecticides ciblant et perturbant les fonctions biochimiques de l'insecte. En raison de la haute spécificité des agents utilisés, ces méthodes de contrôle des ravageurs ne présentent généralement que peu de risque pour l'environnement, les espèces non ciblées et la santé humaine. Dans le contexte de la lutte contre les pucerons, la voie de biosynthèse des isoprénoïdes, et plus particulièrement les enzymes de la famille des " short-chain " isoprényle diphosphate synthases, s'avère être une cible intéressante pour le développement de ces nouveaux agents de contrôle. En effet, chez les pucerons, cette voie de biosynthèse est associée à la production des mono- et sesquiterpènes, deux classes d'isoprénoïdes jouant des rôles importants au niveau de la physiologie des pucerons [less ▲]

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See detailMolecular cloning and functional expression of a new aphid isoprenyl diphosphate synthase
Vandermoten, Sophie ULg; Beliveau, Catherine; Sen, Stephanie et al

Poster (2006, December 18)

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See detailMolecular cloning and functional expression of a new aphid isoprenyl diphosphate synthase
Vandermoten, Sophie ULg; Beliveau, C.; Sen, S. et al

in Archives Internationales de Physiologie et de Biochimie (2006, December), 190

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See detailIdentification of a new aphid isoprenyl diphosphate synthase
Vandermoten, Sophie ULg; Beliveau, Catherine; Sen, Stéphanie et al

Conference (2006, November)

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