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See detailAphid alarm pheromone: An overview of current knowledge on biosynthesis and functions
Vandermoten, Sophie ULg; Mescher, Mark C.; Francis, Frédéric ULg et al

in Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2012), 42

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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 detailPurification and characterization of a carboxylesterase involved in malathion-specific resistance from Tribolium castaneum (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae).
Amichot, Marcel; Haubruge, Eric ULg; Bergé, Jean-Baptiste et al

in Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2008), 32

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See detailProteome variations of the Myzus persicae aphid according to host plant change.
Francis, Frédéric ULg; GERKENS, P.; Harmel, Nicolas ULg et al

in Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2006), 36(3), 219-227

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See detailProteomics in Myzus persicae: effect of aphid host plant switch.
Francis, Frédéric ULg; Gerkens, Pascal; Harmel, Nicolas ULg et al

in Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2006), 36(3), 219-27

Chemical ecology is the study of how particular chemicals are involved in interactions of organisms with each other and with their surroundings. In order to reduce insect attack, plants have evolved a ... [more ▼]

Chemical ecology is the study of how particular chemicals are involved in interactions of organisms with each other and with their surroundings. In order to reduce insect attack, plants have evolved a variety of defence mechanisms, both constitutive and inducible, while insects have evolved strategies to overcome these plant defences (such as detoxification enzymes). A major determinant of the influence of evolutionary arms races is the strategy of the insect: generalist insect herbivores, such as Myzus persicae aphid, need more complex adaptive mechanisms since they need to respond to a large array of different plant defensive chemicals. Here we studied the chemical ecology of M. persicae associated with different plant species, from Brassicaceae and Solanaceae families. To identify the involved adaptation systems to cope with the plant secondary substances and to assess the differential expression of these systems, a proteomic approach was developed. A non-restrictive approach was developed to identify all the potential adaptation systems toward the secondary metabolites from host plants. The complex protein mixtures were separated by two-dimensional electrophoresis methods and the related spots of proteins significantly varying were selected and identified by mass spectrometry (ESI MS/MS) coupled with data bank investigations. Fourteen aphid proteins were found to vary according to host plant switch; ten of them were down regulated (proteins involved in glycolysis, TCA cycle, protein and lipid synthesis) while four others were overexpressed (mainly related to the cytoskeleton). These techniques are very reliable to describe the proteome from organisms such as insects in response to particular environmental change such as host plant species of herbivores. [less ▲]

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See detailIn vitro production of adaline and coccinelline, two defensive alkaloids from ladybird beetles (Coleoptera : Coccinellidae)
Laurent, Pascal ULg; Braekman, Jean-Claude; Daloze, Désiré et al

in Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2002), 32(9), 1017-1023

In vitro experiments using [1-C-14] and [2-C-14] acetate were devised to study the biosynthesis of the defensive coccinellid alkaloids adaline and coccinelline in Adalia 2-punctata and Coccinella 7 ... [more ▼]

In vitro experiments using [1-C-14] and [2-C-14] acetate were devised to study the biosynthesis of the defensive coccinellid alkaloids adaline and coccinelline in Adalia 2-punctata and Coccinella 7-punctata, respectively. The labelled alkaloids obtained in these experiments had a specific activity about ten times higher than that of the samples obtained in feeding experiments. This in vitro assay has enabled us to demonstrate that these two alkaloids are most likely biosynthesised through a fatty acid rather than a polyketide pathway, that glutamine is the preferred source of the nitrogen atom and that alkaloid biosynthesis takes place in the insect fat body. [less ▲]

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