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August 2019

Neuropeptide Mimetics: The Physiological Effects of Kinin and CAPA Analogs in Rhodnius prolixus

August 12 @ 10:10 am - 11:00 am
UTM – IB 200

Neuropeptide Mimetics: The Physiological Effects of Kinin and CAPA Analogs in Rhodnius prolixus In the Chagas disease vector Rhodnius prolixus, the kinin and CAPA neuropeptides modulate a host of feeding and diuresis-related behaviours that are implicated in disease transmission. CAPA and kinin neuropeptide analogs have been developed to elicit potent changes in physiology, to be later incorporated in novel pest-control strategies. Here, the effects of kinin and CAPA analogs were investigated on feeding and diuresis-related tissues, with the kinin and…

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Investigating the role of mucin-related genes in the dauer state of C. elegans

August 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Ramsay Wright 432

Exit Seminar Francine Milone "Investigating the role of mucin-related genes in the dauer state of C. elegans" Abstract: The nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, like many organisms, can mount adaptive responses to diverse stimuli that often involve altered gene expression in different cell types. High temperature, low food availability and the presence of a stress pheromone trigger the alternative developmental state in C.elegans known as dauer. Although the genetic mechanisms that govern this developmental state are well understood many questions still remain.…

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Special Seminar: Calmodulin-like (CML) protein-mediated plant counter defense against viral RNA silencing suppressors

August 16 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Earth Sciences Building, Room 3087

Special Seminar Professor Kenji Nakahara Pathogen-Plant Interactions Group, Research Faculty of Agriculture, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-8589, Japan “Calmodulin-like (CML) protein-mediated plant counter defense against viral RNA silencing suppressors” Abstract: RNA silencing is one of the major antiviral systems in plants and most plant viruses encode RNA silencing suppressors (RSS) to facilitate their infection of plants by inhibiting the plant’s endogenous antiviral RNA silencing machinery. Previously, a tobacco calmodulin-like protein (CML) has been reported to interact with HC-Pro and 2b, which…

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