cockroaches

Summary

Summary: Insects of the order Dictyoptera comprising several families including Blaberidae, BLATTELLIDAE, Blattidae (containing the American cockroach PERIPLANETA americana), Cryptocercidae, and Polyphagidae.

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  1. Vršanský P, Chorvat D, Fritzsche I, Hain M, Sevcik R. Light-mimicking cockroaches indicate Tertiary origin of recent terrestrial luminescence. Naturwissenschaften. 2012;99:739-49 pubmed publisher
    ..Here, we present a geographical distribution of only the third order of luminescent insects--luminescent cockroaches, with all 13 known and/or herein reported new living species (based on deposited specimens)...
  2. Xie Y, Kai Z, Tobe S, Deng X, Ling Y, Wu X, et al. Design, synthesis and biological activity of peptidomimetic analogs of insect allatostatins. Peptides. 2011;32:581-6 pubmed publisher
    Allatostatins (ASTs) comprise a family of insect neuropeptides isolated from cockroaches and found to inhibit the production of juvenile hormone (JH) by the corpora allata (CA)...
  3. Gao P. Sensitization to cockroach allergen: immune regulation and genetic determinants. Clin Dev Immunol. 2012;2012:563760 pubmed publisher
    ..In this review, we have focused on studies on the cockroach allergen induced immunologic responses and genetic basis for cockroach sensitization...
  4. Kai Z, Huang J, Xie Y, Tobe S, Ling Y, Zhang L, et al. Synthesis, biological activity, and hologram quantitative structure-activity relationships of novel allatostatin analogues. J Agric Food Chem. 2010;58:2652-8 pubmed publisher
    ..These results will be useful in the design of new AST analogues that are structurally related to the training set compounds...
  5. López Sánchez M, Neef A, Peretó J, Patiño Navarrete R, Pignatelli M, Latorre A, et al. Evolutionary convergence and nitrogen metabolism in Blattabacterium strain Bge, primary endosymbiont of the cockroach Blattella germanica. PLoS Genet. 2009;5:e1000721 pubmed publisher
    ..Here, we explain the metabolic reasons underlying the enigmatic return of cockroaches to the ancestral ammonotelic state.
  6. Matsumoto C, Matsumoto Y, Watanabe H, Nishino H, Mizunami M. Context-dependent olfactory learning monitored by activities of salivary neurons in cockroaches. Neurobiol Learn Mem. 2012;97:30-6 pubmed publisher
    ..problem solving) of salivation, which can be monitored as activity changes of salivary neurons in immobilized cockroaches, Periplaneta americana...
  7. Page K, Zhou P, Ledford J, Day S, Lutfi R, Dienger K, et al. Early immunological response to German cockroach frass exposure induces a Th2/Th17 environment. J Innate Immun. 2011;3:167-79 pubmed publisher
    ..Together, our data show that GC frass activated the innate immune response to augment DC recruitment and activation of mDCs which promoted robust T cell-skewing cytokines and ultimately drive the development of airway inflammation...
  8. Irles P, Belles X, Piulachs M. Identifying genes related to choriogenesis in insect panoistic ovaries by Suppression Subtractive Hybridization. BMC Genomics. 2009;10:206 pubmed publisher
    ..To this end, we planned the construction of a Suppression Subtractive Hybridization (SSH) library to identify genes involved in panoistic choriogenesis, using the cockroach Blattella germanica as model...
  9. Schimpf N, Matthews P, Wilson R, White C. Cockroaches breathe discontinuously to reduce respiratory water loss. J Exp Biol. 2009;212:2773-80 pubmed publisher
    ..Adult cockroaches (Nauphoeta cinerea) were chronically exposed to various treatments of different respiratory gas compositions (O(..

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  1. Wei H, El Jundi B, Homberg U, Stengl M. Implementation of pigment-dispersing factor-immunoreactive neurons in a standardized atlas of the brain of the cockroach Leucophaea maderae. J Comp Neurol. 2010;518:4113-33 pubmed publisher
    ..The distances between PDF-ir branching areas show specific numerical relationships that might be physiologically relevant for temporal encoding...
  2. Lihoreau M, Zimmer C, Rivault C. Mutual mate choice: when it pays both sexes to avoid inbreeding. PLoS ONE. 2008;3:e3365 pubmed publisher
    ..We discuss the implications of our results in the light of inbreeding conflict models...
  3. Gal R, Libersat F. A parasitoid wasp manipulates the drive for walking of its cockroach prey. Curr Biol. 2008;18:877-82 pubmed publisher
    The parasitoid wasp A. compressa hunts cockroaches as a live food supply for its offspring...
  4. Jeong K, Kim C, Yong T. Enzymatic activities of allergen extracts from three species of dust mites and cockroaches commonly found in Korean home. Korean J Parasitol. 2010;48:151-5 pubmed publisher
    Allergen extracts from dust mites and cockroaches commonly found in Korean homes were used to evaluate their enzymatic activity as they are believed to influence allergenicity...
  5. Canonge S, Deneubourg J, Sempo G. Group living enhances individual resources discrimination: the use of public information by cockroaches to assess shelter quality. PLoS ONE. 2011;6:e19748 pubmed publisher
    ..Using binary choice between sheltering sites of different quality, we demonstrate that cockroaches in group dramatically outperform the problem-solving ability of single individual...
  6. Schimpf N, Matthews P, White C. Cockroaches that exchange respiratory gases discontinuously survive food and water restriction. Evolution. 2012;66:597-604 pubmed publisher
    ..We show that metabolic rate has no effect on survival during food and water restriction, but cockroaches exhibiting discontinuous gas exchange cycles (DGCs) live longer than those that do not and those provisioned ..
  7. Lenkic L, Tiu S, Tobe S. Suppression of JH biosynthesis by JH analog treatment: mechanism of suppression and roles of allatostatins and nervous connections in the cockroach Diploptera punctata. J Insect Physiol. 2009;55:967-75 pubmed publisher
  8. Zill S, Keller B, Chaudhry S, Duke E, Neff D, Quinn R, et al. Detecting substrate engagement: responses of tarsal campaniform sensilla in cockroaches. J Comp Physiol A Neuroethol Sens Neural Behav Physiol. 2010;196:407-20 pubmed publisher
    ..responses of campaniform sensilla, receptors that encode forces as cuticular strains, in the tarsi (feet) of cockroaches using neurophysiological techniques and digital imaging...
  9. Treiblmayr K, Pascual N, Piulachs M, Keller T, Belles X. Juvenile hormone titer versus juvenile hormone synthesis in female nymphs and adults of the German cockroach, Blattella germanica. J Insect Sci. 2006;6:1-7 pubmed publisher
    ..At these stages, the observed disparities between synthesis and titer might be explained by differential action of degradation enzymes...
  10. Tan Y, Chan S, Ong T, Yit L, Tiong Y, Chew F, et al. Structures of two major allergens, Bla g 4 and Per a 4, from cockroaches and their IgE binding epitopes. J Biol Chem. 2009;284:3148-57 pubmed publisher
    Inhalant allergens from cockroaches are an important cause of asthma to millions of individuals worldwide...
  11. Li M, Gustchina A, Glesner J, Wunschmann S, Vailes L, Chapman M, et al. Carbohydrates contribute to the interactions between cockroach allergen Bla g 2 and a monoclonal antibody. J Immunol. 2011;186:333-40 pubmed publisher
    ..The results show the relevance of x-ray crystallographic studies of allergen-Ab complexes to identify conformational epitopes that define the antigenic surface of Bla g 2...
  12. Soehler S, Neupert S, Predel R, Stengl M. Examination of the role of FMRFamide-related peptides in the circadian clock of the cockroach Leucophaea maderae. Cell Tissue Res. 2008;332:257-69 pubmed publisher
    ..Thus, our data suggest a role for the different FaRPs in the control of circadian locomotor activity rhythms in L. maderae...
  13. Wada K, Matsuwaki Y, Moriyama H, Kita H. Cockroach induces inflammatory responses through protease-dependent pathways. Int Arch Allergy Immunol. 2011;155 Suppl 1:135-41 pubmed publisher
    Exposure to cockroaches is a major risk factor for asthma. Products from cockroaches may contain proteases and ligands for pattern recognition receptors...
  14. McHugh B, MacGinnitie A. Indoor allergen sensitization and the risk of asthma and eczema in children in Pittsburgh. Allergy Asthma Proc. 2011;32:372-6 pubmed publisher
    ..Asthma and eczema are not significantly more frequent among children who had positive skin testing to cockroaches or mice...
  15. Gao P, Grigoryev D, Rafaels N, Mu D, Wright J, Cheadle C, et al. CD14, a key candidate gene associated with a specific immune response to cockroach. Clin Exp Allergy. 2010;40:1353-64 pubmed publisher
    ..Sensitization to cockroach allergen is one of the strongest predictors of asthma morbidity, especially among African Americans...
  16. Cristino A, Tanaka E, Rubio M, Piulachs M, Belles X. Deep sequencing of organ- and stage-specific microRNAs in the evolutionarily basal insect Blattella germanica (L.) (Dictyoptera, Blattellidae). PLoS ONE. 2011;6:e19350 pubmed publisher
    ..Therefore, the study of the miRNAs of the evolutionarily basal hemimetabolan Blattella germanica may provide valuable insights on the structural and functional evolution of miRNAs...
  17. Kelly L, Erwin E, Platts Mills T. The indoor air and asthma: the role of cat allergens. Curr Opin Pulm Med. 2012;18:29-34 pubmed publisher
    ..The objective is to discuss recent progress in our understanding of the role of the indoor environment in asthma, focusing on the special role of cat allergens...
  18. Pai H. Multidrug resistant bacteria isolated from cockroaches in long-term care facilities and nursing homes. Acta Trop. 2013;125:18-22 pubmed publisher
    ..The nocturnal and filthy habits of cockroaches may be ideal disseminators of pathogenic microorganisms in these institutions...
  19. Sabree Z, Degnan P, Moran N. Chromosome stability and gene loss in cockroach endosymbionts. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2010;76:4076-9 pubmed publisher
    ..We speculate that distant homologs may replace the functions of some eliminated genes through broadened substrate specificity...
  20. Revzen S, Burden S, Moore T, Mongeau J, Full R. Instantaneous kinematic phase reflects neuromechanical response to lateral perturbations of running cockroaches. Biol Cybern. 2013;107:179-200 pubmed publisher
    ..We elicited an escape response in cockroaches (Blaberus discoidalis) that ran onto a movable cart accelerated laterally with respect to the animals' motion ..
  21. Domenici P, Booth D, Blagburn J, Bacon J. Cockroaches keep predators guessing by using preferred escape trajectories. Curr Biol. 2008;18:1792-6 pubmed publisher
    ..However, the rules governing this variability are largely unknown. Here, we demonstrate that individual cockroaches (Periplaneta americana, a much-studied model prey species [9-14]) keep each escape unpredictable by running ..
  22. Li M, Gustchina A, Alexandratos J, Wlodawer A, Wunschmann S, Kepley C, et al. Crystal structure of a dimerized cockroach allergen Bla g 2 complexed with a monoclonal antibody. J Biol Chem. 2008;283:22806-14 pubmed publisher
    ..We have now identified key residues involved in IgE antibody binding; this information will be useful for the design of vaccines for immunotherapy...
  23. Kai Z, Huang J, Tobe S, Yang X. A potential insect growth regulator: synthesis and bioactivity of an allatostatin mimic. Peptides. 2009;30:1249-53 pubmed publisher
    ..H17 also shows a highly significant inhibition of JH production in topical cuticular assays in vivo. Our results suggest that H17 has potential as an IGR for cockroach control...
  24. Stevens W, Addo Yobo E, Roper J, Woodcock A, James H, Platts Mills T, et al. Differences in both prevalence and titre of specific immunoglobulin E among children with asthma in affluent and poor communities within a large town in Ghana. Clin Exp Allergy. 2011;41:1587-94 pubmed publisher
    ..Reports from several African countries have noted an increasing prevalence of asthma in areas of extensive urbanization...
  25. Fakoorziba M, Eghbal F, Hassanzadeh J, Moemenbellah Fard M. Cockroaches (Periplaneta americana and Blattella germanica) as potential vectors of the pathogenic bacteria found in nosocomial infections. Ann Trop Med Parasitol. 2010;104:521-8 pubmed publisher
    Although it has been difficult to prove the direct involvement of cockroaches (i.e...
  26. López Sánchez M, Neef A, Patiño Navarrete R, Navarro L, Jimenez R, Latorre A, et al. Blattabacteria, the endosymbionts of cockroaches, have small genome sizes and high genome copy numbers. Environ Microbiol. 2008;10:3417-22 pubmed publisher
    Blattabacteria are intracellular endosymbionts of cockroaches and primitive termites that belong to the class Flavobacteria and live only in specialized cells in the abdominal fat body of their hosts...
  27. Jeong S, Kim H, Youm J, Ahn S, Choi E, Sohn M, et al. Mite and cockroach allergens activate protease-activated receptor 2 and delay epidermal permeability barrier recovery. J Invest Dermatol. 2008;128:1930-9 pubmed publisher
    ..These results suggest that allergens with protease activity can influence the epidermal permeability barrier homeostasis through PAR-2 activation and consequent modulation of the calcium ions in skin...
  28. Garcia F, Notario M, Cabanas J, Jordano R, Medina L. Incidence of bacteria of public health interest carried by cockroaches in different food-related environments. J Med Entomol. 2012;49:1481-4 pubmed
    The aim of this study was to determine the incidence of bacteria of public health interest transmitted by cockroaches in different food-related environments...
  29. Yang H, Kong X, Wei J, Liu C, Song W, Zhang W, et al. Cockroach allergen Per a 7 down-regulates expression of Toll-like receptor 9 and IL-12 release from P815 cells through PI3K and MAPK signaling pathways. Cell Physiol Biochem. 2012;29:561-70 pubmed publisher
    ..Reduction of IL-12 production and expression of TLR9 in P815 mastocytoma cells by Per a 7 suggests that this major cockroach allergen might contribute to the development of cockroach allergy. ..
  30. Page K. Role of cockroach proteases in allergic disease. Curr Allergy Asthma Rep. 2012;12:448-55 pubmed publisher
    ..activated receptor (PAR)-2 has been implicated as a mechanism behind the potent allergenicity associated with cockroaches. In this review, we focus on recent evidence linking cockroach proteases to activation of a variety of cells ..
  31. Busse W, Morgan W, Gergen P, Mitchell H, Gern J, Liu A, et al. Randomized trial of omalizumab (anti-IgE) for asthma in inner-city children. N Engl J Med. 2011;364:1005-15 pubmed publisher
    ..It has also revealed the limitations of environmental remediation and guidelines-based therapy in achieving greater disease control...
  32. Kinfu A, Erko B. Cockroaches as carriers of human intestinal parasites in two localities in Ethiopia. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 2008;102:1143-7 pubmed publisher
    A study was undertaken to assess the role of cockroaches as potential carriers of human intestinal parasites in Addis Ababa and Ziway, Ethiopia...
  33. Xiao B, Chen A, Zhang Y, Jiang G, Hu C, Zhu C. Complete mitochondrial genomes of two cockroaches, Blattella germanica and Periplaneta americana, and the phylogenetic position of termites. Curr Genet. 2012;58:65-77 pubmed publisher
    ..However, the closely related termites (Isoptera) are retained as unranked taxon within the order Blattaria (cockroaches)...
  34. Schauer C, Thompson C, Brune A. The bacterial community in the gut of the Cockroach Shelfordella lateralis reflects the close evolutionary relatedness of cockroaches and termites. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2012;78:2758-67 pubmed publisher
    Termites and cockroaches are closely related, with molecular phylogenetic analyses even placing termites within the radiation of cockroaches...
  35. Olmedo O, Goldstein I, Acosta L, Divjan A, Rundle A, Chew G, et al. Neighborhood differences in exposure and sensitization to cockroach, mouse, dust mite, cat, and dog allergens in New York City. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2011;128:284-292.e7 pubmed publisher
    ..Asthma prevalence varies widely among neighborhoods within New York City. Exposure to mouse and cockroach allergens has been suggested as a cause...
  36. Clynen E, Ciudad L, Belles X, Piulachs M. Conservation of fruitless' role as master regulator of male courtship behaviour from cockroaches to flies. Dev Genes Evol. 2011;221:43-8 pubmed publisher
    ..This suggests that the role of fruitless as master regulator of male sexual behaviour has been conserved along insect evolution, at least from cockroaches to flies.
  37. Jeong K, Jeong K, Yi M, Lee H, Hong C, Yong T. Allergenicity of sigma and delta class glutathione S-transferases from the German cockroach. Int Arch Allergy Immunol. 2009;148:59-64 pubmed publisher
    ..Cockroach glutathione S-transferases (GSTs) are known to elicit strong IgE responses. This study was undertaken to compare the IgE reactivity of German cockroach GSTs, Bla g 5 (sigma class) and delta class GST (BgGSTD1)...
  38. Vaickus L, Bouchard J, Kim J, Natarajan S, Remick D. Assessing pulmonary pathology by detailed examination of respiratory function. Am J Pathol. 2010;177:1861-9 pubmed publisher
    ..In conclusion, a detailed examination of WBP parameters can accurately assess the respiratory health of mice and will help direct additional studies...
  39. Harley C, English B, Ritzmann R. Characterization of obstacle negotiation behaviors in the cockroach, Blaberus discoidalis. J Exp Biol. 2009;212:1463-76 pubmed publisher
    ..During climbing attempts, cockroaches swing their front leg that then either successfully reaches the top of the block or misses...
  40. Page K, Ledford J, Zhou P, Dienger K, Wills Karp M. Mucosal sensitization to German cockroach involves protease-activated receptor-2. Respir Res. 2010;11:62 pubmed publisher
    ..The role for PAR-2 in mediating allergic airway inflammation has not been assessed using a real world allergen...
  41. Clemente C, Federle W. Pushing versus pulling: division of labour between tarsal attachment pads in cockroaches. Proc Biol Sci. 2008;275:1329-36 pubmed publisher
    ..Here we show that the two types of attachment pads found in cockroaches (Nauphoeta cinerea), tarsal euplantulae and pretarsal arolium, serve fundamentally different functions...
  42. Neef A, Latorre A, Peretó J, Silva F, Pignatelli M, Moya A. Genome economization in the endosymbiont of the wood roach Cryptocercus punctulatus due to drastic loss of amino acid synthesis capabilities. Genome Biol Evol. 2011;3:1437-48 pubmed publisher
    b>Cockroaches (Blattaria: Dictyoptera) harbor the endosymbiont Blattabacterium sp. in their abdominal fat body. This endosymbiont is involved in nitrogen recycling and amino acid provision to its host...
  43. Tichy H, Kallina W. Insect hygroreceptor responses to continuous changes in humidity and air pressure. J Neurophysiol. 2010;103:3274-86 pubmed publisher
    ..Furthermore, the mechanical parameters associated with homogeneous changes in air pressure on the sensillum surface can only partially account for the responses of the moist and dry cells of both species to humidity stimulation...
  44. Natarajan S, Kim J, Bouchard J, Cruikshank W, Remick D. Reducing LPS content in cockroach allergens increases pulmonary cytokine production without increasing inflammation: a randomized laboratory study. BMC Pulm Med. 2011;11:12 pubmed publisher
  45. Vaickus L, Bouchard J, Kim J, Natarajan S, Remick D. Oral tolerance inhibits pulmonary eosinophilia in a cockroach allergen induced model of asthma: a randomized laboratory study. Respir Res. 2010;11:160 pubmed publisher
    ..In this study we endeavored to induce oral tolerance to cockroach allergen (CRA: a complex mixture of insect components) in order to ameliorate asthma-like, allergic pulmonary inflammation...
  46. Goldman D, Chen T, Dudek D, Full R. Dynamics of rapid vertical climbing in cockroaches reveals a template. J Exp Biol. 2006;209:2990-3000 pubmed
    Rapid, vertically climbing cockroaches produced climbing dynamics similar to geckos, despite differences in attachment mechanism, ;foot or toe' morphology and leg number...
  47. Kim J, McKinley L, Natarajan S, Bolgos G, Siddiqui J, Copeland S, et al. Anti-tumor necrosis factor-alpha antibody treatment reduces pulmonary inflammation and methacholine hyper-responsiveness in a murine asthma model induced by house dust. Clin Exp Allergy. 2006;36:122-32 pubmed
  48. McConnell R, Milam J, Richardson J, Galvan J, Jones C, Thorne P, et al. Educational intervention to control cockroach allergen exposure in the homes of hispanic children in Los Angeles: results of the La Casa study. Clin Exp Allergy. 2005;35:426-33 pubmed
    ..However, there has been little evaluation of educational approaches for controlling cockroach infestations and reducing allergen exposure...
  49. McKinley L, Kim J, Bolgos G, Siddiqui J, Remick D. Allergens induce enhanced bronchoconstriction and leukotriene production in C5 deficient mice. Respir Res. 2006;7:129 pubmed
    ..We investigated the role of complement in a murine model of asthma-like pulmonary inflammation...
  50. Page K, Lierl K, Herman N, Wills Karp M. Differences in susceptibility to German cockroach frass and its associated proteases in induced allergic inflammation in mice. Respir Res. 2007;8:91 pubmed
    ..Cockroach exposure is a major risk factor for the development of asthma. Inhalation of fecal remnants (frass) is the likely sensitizing agent; however isolated frass has not been tested for its ability to induce experimental asthma in mice...
  51. Pai H, Chen W, Peng C. Cockroaches as potential vectors of nosocomial infections. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2004;25:979-84 pubmed
    To determine the possible role of cockroaches in the epidemiology of nosocomial infections.
  52. McKinley L, Kim J, Bolgos G, Siddiqui J, Remick D. Reproducibility of a novel model of murine asthma-like pulmonary inflammation. Clin Exp Immunol. 2004;136:224-31 pubmed
    ..This study shows that HDE containing high levels of cockroach allergens and endotoxin collected from different sources can induce an asthma-like response in our murine model...
  53. Haspel G, Rosenberg L, Libersat F. Direct injection of venom by a predatory wasp into cockroach brain. J Neurobiol. 2003;56:287-92 pubmed
    ..To our knowledge, this is the first direct evidence documenting targeted delivery of venom by a predator into the brain of its prey...