Arthropod Reproductive Biology

A special issue of Insects (ISSN 2075-4450). This special issue belongs to the section "Insect Physiology, Reproduction and Development".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2024 | Viewed by 914

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1. Departamento de Bioquímica Clínica, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Córdoba 5000, Argentina
2. Centro de Investigaciones en Bioquímica Clínica e Inmunología (CIBICI), Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET), Córdoba 5000, Argentina
Interests: Chagas' disease; vectors; insect physiology; insect reproduction; defense mechanisms; endocrine system; lipid and protein metabolism

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Department of Biology, University of Toronto Mississauga, Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6, Canada
Interests: insect physiology; insect reproduction; endocrine signaling; nutrient regulation; insulin signaling; Rhodnius prolixus

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1. Department of Clinical Biochemistry, Faculty of Chemical Sciences, National University of Córdoba, Cordoba, Argentina
2. Research Center in Clinical Biochemistry and Immunology (CIBICI), National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), Cordoba, Argentina
Interests: reproduction; oogenesis; immunity; toxic proteins; ureases; Chagas disease vectors; Rhodnius prolixus; Jack Bean Urease; physiology; biochemistry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,             

Arthropods, a diverse phylum encompassing insects, arachnids, crustaceans, and myriapods, represent the most successful group of organisms on the face of the Earth. Their large populations and great variety of individuals correlate with their high rates of reproduction. Successful reproduction across arthropod taxa is governed not only by biological adaptations, such as unique hormonal regulation and genetic pathways, but also by a vast array of mating behaviors, courtship rituals, and copulatory structures. Understanding arthropod reproductive biology is paramount for the scientific community, but also has practical implications through translational research. This knowledge can aid in the development of targeted strategies for pest control and the manipulation of beneficial species for pollination or biological control purposes. This Special Issue, devoted to arthropod reproductive biology, welcomes original articles and reviews exploring physiological, behavioral, and molecular aspects that contribute to the extraordinary success and resilience of arthropod life cycles.

Dr. Lilián E. Canavoso
Dr. Jimena Leyria
Dr. Leonardo Luis Fruttero
Guest Editors

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  • arthropod
  • reproductive system
  • endocrine regulation
  • mating behaviors
  • pheromones
  • oogenesis
  • gonadotrophic cycle
  • courtship rituals
  • offspring

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The Expression and Function of Notch Involved in Ovarian Development and Fecundity in Basilepta melanopus
by Yifei Xie, Yifan Tan, Xuanye Wen, Wan Deng, Jinxiu Yu, Mi Li, Fanhui Meng, Xiudan Wang and Daohong Zhu
Insects 2024, 15(4), 292; - 19 Apr 2024
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Basilepta melanopus is a pest that severely affects oil tea plants, and the Notch signaling pathway plays a significant role in the early development of insect ovaries. In this study, we explored the function of the notch gene within the Notch signaling pathway [...] Read more.
Basilepta melanopus is a pest that severely affects oil tea plants, and the Notch signaling pathway plays a significant role in the early development of insect ovaries. In this study, we explored the function of the notch gene within the Notch signaling pathway in the reproductive system of B. melanopus. The functional domains and expression patterns of Bmnotch were analyzed. Bmnotch contains 45 epidermal growth factor-like (EGF-like) domains, one negative regulatory region, one NODP domain and one repeat-containing domain superfamily. The qPCR reveals heightened expression in early developmental stages and specific tissues like the head and ovaries. The RNA interference (RNAi)-based suppression of notch decreased its expression by 52.1%, exhibiting heightened sensitivity to dsNotch at lower concentrations. Phenotypic and mating experiments have demonstrated that dsNotch significantly impairs ovarian development, leading to reduced mating frequencies and egg production. This decline underscores the Notch pathway’s crucial role in fecundity. The findings advocate for RNAi-based, Notch-targeted pest control as an effective and sustainable strategy for managing B. melanopus populations, signifying a significant advancement in forest pest control endeavors. Full article
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