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Tribolium castaneum as a whole-animal screening system for the detection and characterization of neuroprotective substances.

Brandt A, Joop G, Vilcinskas A.

Arch Insect Biochem Physiol. 2019 Jan 17:e21532. doi: 10.1002/arch.21532. [Epub ahead of print]


Downstream processing of Cry4AaCter-induced inclusion bodies containing insect-derived antimicrobial peptides produced in Escherichia coli.

Hoffmann D, Eckhardt D, Gerlach D, Vilcinskas A, Czermak P.

Protein Expr Purif. 2019 Mar;155:120-129. doi: 10.1016/j.pep.2018.12.002. Epub 2018 Dec 4.


The therapeutic potential of the insect metalloproteinase inhibitor against infections caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Eisenhardt M, Schlupp P, Höfer F, Schmidts T, Hoffmann D, Czermak P, Pöppel AK, Vilcinskas A, Runkel F.

J Pharm Pharmacol. 2018 Nov 8. doi: 10.1111/jphp.13034. [Epub ahead of print]


The infection of Harmonia axyridis by a parasitic nematode is mediated by entomopathogenic bacteria and triggers sex-specific host immune responses.

Gegner T, Carrau T, Vilcinskas A, Lee KZ.

Sci Rep. 2018 Oct 29;8(1):15938. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-34278-x.


Microbiome-assisted carrion preservation aids larval development in a burying beetle.

Shukla SP, Plata C, Reichelt M, Steiger S, Heckel DG, Kaltenpoth M, Vilcinskas A, Vogel H.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2018 Oct 30;115(44):11274-11279. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1812808115. Epub 2018 Oct 15.


Profiling antimicrobial peptides from the medical maggot Lucilia sericata as potential antibiotics for MDR Gram-negative bacteria.

Hirsch R, Wiesner J, Marker A, Pfeifer Y, Bauer A, Hammann PE, Vilcinskas A.

J Antimicrob Chemother. 2019 Jan 1;74(1):96-107. doi: 10.1093/jac/dky386.


Biological Profiling of Coleoptericins and Coleoptericin-Like Antimicrobial Peptides from the Invasive Harlequin Ladybird Harmonia axyridis.

Hirsch R, Wiesner J, Marker A, Bauer A, Hammann PE, Vilcinskas A.

Adv Exp Med Biol. 2018 Sep 30. doi: 10.1007/5584_2018_276. [Epub ahead of print]


RNAi targeting of rootworm Troponin I transcripts confers root protection in maize.

Fishilevich E, Bowling AJ, Frey MLF, Wang PH, Lo W, Rangasamy M, Worden SE, Pence HE, Gandra P, Whitlock SL, Schulenberg G, Knorr E, Tenbusch L, Lutz JR, Novak S, Hamm RL, Schnelle KD, Vilcinskas A, Narva KE.

Insect Biochem Mol Biol. 2018 Sep 19;104:20-29. doi: 10.1016/j.ibmb.2018.09.006. [Epub ahead of print]


Immunological larval polyphenism in the map butterfly Araschnia levana reveals the photoperiodic modulation of immunity.

Baudach A, Lee KZ, Vogel H, Vilcinskas A.

Ecol Evol. 2018 Apr 19;8(10):4891-4898. doi: 10.1002/ece3.4047. eCollection 2018 May.


Identification and characterization of natural viruses associated with the invasive insect pest Drosophila suzukii.

Carrau T, Hiebert N, Vilcinskas A, Lee KZ.

J Invertebr Pathol. 2018 May;154:74-78. doi: 10.1016/j.jip.2018.04.001. Epub 2018 Apr 3.


Antiplasmodial activity of tick defensins in a mouse model of malaria.

Couto J, Tonk M, Ferrolho J, Antunes S, Vilcinskas A, de la Fuente J, Domingos A, Cabezas-Cruz A.

Ticks Tick Borne Dis. 2018 May;9(4):844-849. doi: 10.1016/j.ttbdis.2018.03.011. Epub 2018 Mar 15.


Population-specific expression of antimicrobial peptides conferring pathogen resistance in the invasive ladybird Harmonia axyridis.

Gegner T, Schmidtberg H, Vogel H, Vilcinskas A.

Sci Rep. 2018 Feb 26;8(1):3600. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-21781-4.


Fitness costs of infection with Serratia symbiotica are associated with greater susceptibility to insecticides in the pea aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum.

Skaljac M, Kirfel P, Grotmann J, Vilcinskas A.

Pest Manag Sci. 2018 Aug;74(8):1829-1836. doi: 10.1002/ps.4881. Epub 2018 Mar 7.


Gene silencing in Tribolium castaneum as a tool for the targeted identification of candidate RNAi targets in crop pests.

Knorr E, Fishilevich E, Tenbusch L, Frey MLF, Rangasamy M, Billion A, Worden SE, Gandra P, Arora K, Lo W, Schulenberg G, Valverde-Garcia P, Vilcinskas A, Narva KE.

Sci Rep. 2018 Feb 1;8(1):2061. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-20416-y.


The entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium robertsii communicates with the insect host Galleria mellonella during infection.

Mukherjee K, Vilcinskas A.

Virulence. 2018 Jan 1;9(1):402-413. doi: 10.1080/21505594.2017.1405190.


Nutritional immunology: Diversification and diet-dependent expression of antimicrobial peptides in the black soldier fly Hermetia illucens.

Vogel H, Müller A, Heckel DG, Gutzeit H, Vilcinskas A.

Dev Comp Immunol. 2018 Jan;78:141-148. doi: 10.1016/j.dci.2017.09.008. Epub 2017 Sep 29.


Strategies for the construction of insect P450 fusion enzymes.

Talmann L, Wiesner J, Vilcinskas A.

Z Naturforsch C. 2017 Sep 26;72(9-10):405-415. doi: 10.1515/znc-2017-0041.


Orally Delivered Scorpion Antimicrobial Peptides Exhibit Activity against Pea Aphid (Acyrthosiphon pisum) and Its Bacterial Symbionts.

Luna-Ramirez K, Skaljac M, Grotmann J, Kirfel P, Vilcinskas A.

Toxins (Basel). 2017 Aug 24;9(9). pii: E261. doi: 10.3390/toxins9090261.


The selective antifungal activity of Drosophila melanogaster metchnikowin reflects the species-dependent inhibition of succinate-coenzyme Q reductase.

Moghaddam MB, Gross T, Becker A, Vilcinskas A, Rahnamaeian M.

Sci Rep. 2017 Aug 15;7(1):8192. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-08407-x.


Evaluation of high-throughput isomiR identification tools: illuminating the early isomiRome of Tribolium castaneum.

Amsel D, Vilcinskas A, Billion A.

BMC Bioinformatics. 2017 Aug 3;18(1):359. doi: 10.1186/s12859-017-1772-z.


Burying beetles regulate the microbiome of carcasses and use it to transmit a core microbiota to their offspring.

Shukla SP, Vogel H, Heckel DG, Vilcinskas A, Kaltenpoth M.

Mol Ecol. 2018 Apr;27(8):1980-1991. doi: 10.1111/mec.14269. Epub 2017 Sep 8.


Temporal dynamics of whole body residues of the neonicotinoid insecticide imidacloprid in live or dead honeybees.

Schott M, Bischoff G, Eichner G, Vilcinskas A, Büchler R, Meixner MD, Brandt A.

Sci Rep. 2017 Jul 24;7(1):6288. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-06259-z.


Epigenetic Mechanisms Regulate Innate Immunity against Uropathogenic and Commensal-Like Escherichia coli in the Surrogate Insect Model Galleria mellonella.

Heitmueller M, Billion A, Dobrindt U, Vilcinskas A, Mukherjee K.

Infect Immun. 2017 Sep 20;85(10). pii: e00336-17. doi: 10.1128/IAI.00336-17. Print 2017 Oct.


Probiotic Enterococcus mundtii Isolate Protects the Model Insect Tribolium castaneum against Bacillus thuringiensis.

Grau T, Vilcinskas A, Joop G.

Front Microbiol. 2017 Jul 7;8:1261. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.01261. eCollection 2017.


Analysis of virus susceptibility in the invasive insect pest Drosophila suzukii.

Lee KZ, Vilcinskas A.

J Invertebr Pathol. 2017 Sep;148:138-141. doi: 10.1016/j.jip.2017.06.010. Epub 2017 Jun 27.


Sustainable farming of the mealworm Tenebrio molitor for the production of food and feed.

Grau T, Vilcinskas A, Joop G.

Z Naturforsch C. 2017 Sep 26;72(9-10):337-349. doi: 10.1515/znc-2017-0033. Review.


Experimental evolution of resistance against Bacillus thuringiensis in the insect model host Galleria mellonella results in epigenetic modifications.

Mukherjee K, Grizanova E, Chertkova E, Lehmann R, Dubovskiy I, Vilcinskas A.

Virulence. 2017 Nov 17;8(8):1618-1630. doi: 10.1080/21505594.2017.1325975. Epub 2017 May 26.


Svetamycins A-G, Unusual Piperazic Acid-Containing Peptides from Streptomyces sp.

Dardić D, Lauro G, Bifulco G, Laboudie P, Sakhaii P, Bauer A, Vilcinskas A, Hammann PE, Plaza A.

J Org Chem. 2017 Jun 16;82(12):6032-6043. doi: 10.1021/acs.joc.7b00228. Epub 2017 Jun 6.


The digestive and defensive basis of carcass utilization by the burying beetle and its microbiota.

Vogel H, Shukla SP, Engl T, Weiss B, Fischer R, Steiger S, Heckel DG, Kaltenpoth M, Vilcinskas A.

Nat Commun. 2017 May 9;8:15186. doi: 10.1038/ncomms15186.


Synergistic Efficacy of Aedes aegypti Antimicrobial Peptide Cecropin A2 and Tetracycline against Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Zheng Z, Tharmalingam N, Liu Q, Jayamani E, Kim W, Fuchs BB, Zhang R, Vilcinskas A, Mylonakis E.

Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2017 Jun 27;61(7). pii: e00686-17. doi: 10.1128/AAC.00686-17. Print 2017 Jul.


Urate Oxidase produced by Lucilia sericata medical maggots is localized in Malpighian tubes and facilitates allantoin production.

Baumann A, Skaljac M, Lehmann R, Vilcinskas A, Franta Z.

Insect Biochem Mol Biol. 2017 Apr;83:44-53. doi: 10.1016/j.ibmb.2017.02.007. Epub 2017 Feb 22.


Bioactivity of Natural and Engineered Antimicrobial Peptides from Venom of the Scorpions Urodacus yaschenkoi and U. manicatus.

Luna-Ramirez K, Tonk M, Rahnamaeian M, Vilcinskas A.

Toxins (Basel). 2017 Jan 6;9(1). pii: E22. doi: 10.3390/toxins9010022.


Endogenous egg immune defenses in the yellow mealworm beetle (Tenebrio molitor).

Jacobs CGC, Gallagher JD, Evison SEF, Heckel DG, Vilcinskas A, Vogel H.

Dev Comp Immunol. 2017 May;70:1-8. doi: 10.1016/j.dci.2016.12.007. Epub 2016 Dec 26.


Knockdown of genes in the Toll pathway reveals new lethal RNA interference targets for insect pest control.

Bingsohn L, Knorr E, Billion A, Narva KE, Vilcinskas A.

Insect Mol Biol. 2017 Feb;26(1):92-102. doi: 10.1111/imb.12273. Epub 2016 Nov 15.


Antiplasmodial Activity Is an Ancient and Conserved Feature of Tick Defensins.

Cabezas-Cruz A, Tonk M, Bouchut A, Pierrot C, Pierce RJ, Kotsyfakis M, Rahnamaeian M, Vilcinskas A, Khalife J, Valdés JJ.

Front Microbiol. 2016 Oct 24;7:1682. eCollection 2016.


The insect-derived antimicrobial peptide metchnikowin targets Fusarium graminearum β(1,3)glucanosyltransferase Gel1, which is required for the maintenance of cell wall integrity.

Bolouri Moghaddam MR, Vilcinskas A, Rahnamaeian M.

Biol Chem. 2017 Apr 1;398(4):491-498. doi: 10.1515/hsz-2016-0295.


In Vitro Antimicrobial Efficacy of Tobramycin Against Staphylococcus aureus Biofilms in Combination With or Without DNase I and/or Dispersin B: A Preliminary Investigation.

Waryah CB, Wells K, Ulluwishewa D, Chen-Tan N, Gogoi-Tiwari J, Ravensdale J, Costantino P, Gökçen A, Vilcinskas A, Wiesner J, Mukkur T.

Microb Drug Resist. 2017 Apr;23(3):384-390. doi: 10.1089/mdr.2016.0100. Epub 2016 Oct 18.


Heat shock protein 83 plays pleiotropic roles in embryogenesis, longevity, and fecundity of the pea aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum.

Will T, Schmidtberg H, Skaljac M, Vilcinskas A.

Dev Genes Evol. 2017 Jan;227(1):1-9. doi: 10.1007/s00427-016-0564-1. Epub 2016 Oct 14.


Comparative transcriptomics in three ladybird species supports a role for immunity in invasion biology.

Vogel H, Schmidtberg H, Vilcinskas A.

Dev Comp Immunol. 2017 Feb;67:452-456. doi: 10.1016/j.dci.2016.09.015. Epub 2016 Sep 28.


Multifaceted biological insights from a draft genome sequence of the tobacco hornworm moth, Manduca sexta.

Kanost MR, Arrese EL, Cao X, Chen YR, Chellapilla S, Goldsmith MR, Grosse-Wilde E, Heckel DG, Herndon N, Jiang H, Papanicolaou A, Qu J, Soulages JL, Vogel H, Walters J, Waterhouse RM, Ahn SJ, Almeida FC, An C, Aqrawi P, Bretschneider A, Bryant WB, Bucks S, Chao H, Chevignon G, Christen JM, Clarke DF, Dittmer NT, Ferguson LCF, Garavelou S, Gordon KHJ, Gunaratna RT, Han Y, Hauser F, He Y, Heidel-Fischer H, Hirsh A, Hu Y, Jiang H, Kalra D, Klinner C, König C, Kovar C, Kroll AR, Kuwar SS, Lee SL, Lehman R, Li K, Li Z, Liang H, Lovelace S, Lu Z, Mansfield JH, McCulloch KJ, Mathew T, Morton B, Muzny DM, Neunemann D, Ongeri F, Pauchet Y, Pu LL, Pyrousis I, Rao XJ, Redding A, Roesel C, Sanchez-Gracia A, Schaack S, Shukla A, Tetreau G, Wang Y, Xiong GH, Traut W, Walsh TK, Worley KC, Wu D, Wu W, Wu YQ, Zhang X, Zou Z, Zucker H, Briscoe AD, Burmester T, Clem RJ, Feyereisen R, Grimmelikhuijzen CJP, Hamodrakas SJ, Hansson BS, Huguet E, Jermiin LS, Lan Q, Lehman HK, Lorenzen M, Merzendorfer H, Michalopoulos I, Morton DB, Muthukrishnan S, Oakeshott JG, Palmer W, Park Y, Passarelli AL, Rozas J, Schwartz LM, Smith W, Southgate A, Vilcinskas A, Vogt R, Wang P, Werren J, Yu XQ, Zhou JJ, Brown SJ, Scherer SE, Richards S, Blissard GW.

Insect Biochem Mol Biol. 2016 Sep;76:118-147. doi: 10.1016/j.ibmb.2016.07.005. Epub 2016 Aug 12.


Coevolution of parasitic fungi and insect hosts.

Joop G, Vilcinskas A.

Zoology (Jena). 2016 Aug;119(4):350-8. doi: 10.1016/j.zool.2016.06.005. Epub 2016 Jun 18. Review.


Sequences of stilboflavin C: towards the peptaibiome of the filamentous fungus Stilbella (= Trichoderma) flavipes.

Degenkolb T, Götze L, von Döhren H, Vilcinskas A, Brückner H.

J Pept Sci. 2016 Aug;22(8):517-24. doi: 10.1002/psc.2897.


Insect antimicrobial peptides: potential tools for the prevention of skin cancer.

Tonk M, Vilcinskas A, Rahnamaeian M.

Appl Microbiol Biotechnol. 2016 Sep;100(17):7397-405. doi: 10.1007/s00253-016-7718-y. Epub 2016 Jul 15. Review.


The Medical Potential of Antimicrobial Peptides from Insects.

Tonk M, Vilcinskas A.

Curr Top Med Chem. 2017;17(5):554-575. Review.


The role of epigenetics in host-parasite coevolution: lessons from the model host insects Galleria mellonella and Tribolium castaneum.

Vilcinskas A.

Zoology (Jena). 2016 Aug;119(4):273-80. doi: 10.1016/j.zool.2016.05.004. Epub 2016 May 19. Review.


FR-900098, an antimalarial development candidate that inhibits the non-mevalonate isoprenoid biosynthesis pathway, shows no evidence of acute toxicity and genotoxicity.

Wiesner J, Ziemann C, Hintz M, Reichenberg A, Ortmann R, Schlitzer M, Fuhst R, Timmesfeld N, Vilcinskas A, Jomaa H.

Virulence. 2016 Aug 17;7(6):718-28. doi: 10.1080/21505594.2016.1195537. Epub 2016 Jun 3.


Diversity, evolution and medical applications of insect antimicrobial peptides.

Mylonakis E, Podsiadlowski L, Muhammed M, Vilcinskas A.

Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2016 May 26;371(1695). pii: 20150290. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2015.0290. Review.


Sex, offspring and carcass determine antimicrobial peptide expression in the burying beetle.

Jacobs CG, Steiger S, Heckel DG, Wielsch N, Vilcinskas A, Vogel H.

Sci Rep. 2016 May 3;6:25409. doi: 10.1038/srep25409.


Seasonal phenotype-specific transcriptional reprogramming during metamorphosis in the European map butterfly Araschnia levana.

Vilcinskas A, Vogel H.

Ecol Evol. 2016 Apr 20;6(11):3476-3485. doi: 10.1002/ece3.2120. eCollection 2016 Jun.


Next Generation Sequencing Identifies Five Major Classes of Potentially Therapeutic Enzymes Secreted by Lucilia sericata Medical Maggots.

Franta Z, Vogel H, Lehmann R, Rupp O, Goesmann A, Vilcinskas A.

Biomed Res Int. 2016;2016:8285428. doi: 10.1155/2016/8285428. Epub 2016 Mar 28.

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