publication . Article . 2011

Social Complexity and Nesting Habits Are Factors in the Evolution of Antimicrobial Defences in Wasps

Stephen J Hoggard; Peter D Wilson; Andrew J Beattie; Adam J Stow;
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  • Published: 01 Jul 2011 Journal: PLoS ONE, volume 6, issue 7 (issn: 1932-6203, eissn: 1932-6203, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Public Library of Science
Abstract
Microbial diseases are important selective agents in social insects and one major defense mechanism is the secretion of cuticular antimicrobial compounds. We hypothesized that given differences in group size, social complexity, and nest type the secretions of these antimicrobials will be under different selective pressures. To test this we extracted secretions from nine wasp species of varying social complexity and nesting habits and assayed their antimicrobial compounds against cultures of Staphylococcus aureus. These data were then combined with phylogenetic data to provide an evolutionary context. Social species showed significantly higher (18x) antimicrobial...
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free text keywords: Q, R, Research Article, Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Science, Entomology, Phylogenetics, Medicine, Evolutionary Systematics, Zoology, Evolutionary Immunology
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Stow, A, Briscoe, D, Gillings, M, Holley, M, Smith, S. Antimicrobial defences increase with sociality in bees.. 2007 [OpenAIRE]

Evans, JD, Spivak, M. Socialized medicine: Individual and communal disease barriers in honey bees.. J Invert Pathol. 2010; 103: S62-S72

Stow, A, Beattie, A. Chemical and genetic defenses against disease in insect societies.. Brain Behav Immun. 2008; 22: 1009-1013 [PubMed]

Turnbull, C, Hoggard, S, Gillings, M, Palmer, C, Stow, A. Antimicrobial strength increases with group size: implications for social evolution.. 2010 [OpenAIRE]

Turillazzi, S, Mastrobuoni, G, Dani, FR, Moneti, G, Pieraccini, G. Dominulin A and B: Two new antibacterial peptides identified on the cuticle and in the venom of the social paper wasp Polistes dominulus using MALDI-TOF, MALDI-TOF/TOF, and ESI-Ion trap.. J Am Soc Mass Spectrom. 2006; 17: 376-383 [OpenAIRE] [PubMed]

Brothers, DJ. Phylogeny and evolution of wasps, ants and bees (Hymenoptera, Chrysidoidea, Vespoidea and Apoidea).. Zool Scripta. 1999; 28: 233-249 [OpenAIRE]

Hunt, JH. The evolution of social wasps.. 2007

Smith, SM, Beattie, AJ, Gillings, MR, Holley, MP, Stow, AJ. An enhanced miniaturized assay for antimicrobial prospecting.. J Microbiol Meth. 2008; 72: 103-106

Pilgrim, EM, von Dohlen, CD, Pitts, JP. Molecular phylogenetics of Vespoidea indicate paraphyly of the superfamily and novel relationships of it component families and subfamilies.. Zool Scripta. 2008; 37: 539-560

Evans, HE, O'Neil, KM. The sand wasps: Natural history and behaviour.. 2007

Wcislo, WT, Cane, JH. Floral resource utilisation by solitary bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea) and exploitation of their stored food by natural enemies.. Annu Rev Entomol. 1996; 41: 257-286 [PubMed]

Brockmann, HJ. Diversity in the nesting behaviour of mud-daubers (Trypoxylon politum Say; Sphecidae).. Fla Entomol. 1980; 63: 53-64

Cooper, KW. Biology of Eumeninae wasps. V. Digital communication in wasps.. J Exp Zool. 1957; 134: 469-513 [PubMed]

Evans, HE, Matthews, RW. Behavioural observations on some Australian spider wasps (Hymenoptera: Pompilidae).. T Roy Ent Soc London. 1973; 1: 45-55 [OpenAIRE]

Inoue, M, Endo, T. Below-ground host location by Campsomeriella annulata (Hymenoptera: Scoliidae), a parasitoid of scarabaeid grubs.. J Ethol. 2008; 26: 43-50

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Abstract
Microbial diseases are important selective agents in social insects and one major defense mechanism is the secretion of cuticular antimicrobial compounds. We hypothesized that given differences in group size, social complexity, and nest type the secretions of these antimicrobials will be under different selective pressures. To test this we extracted secretions from nine wasp species of varying social complexity and nesting habits and assayed their antimicrobial compounds against cultures of Staphylococcus aureus. These data were then combined with phylogenetic data to provide an evolutionary context. Social species showed significantly higher (18x) antimicrobial...
Subjects
free text keywords: Q, R, Research Article, Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Science, Entomology, Phylogenetics, Medicine, Evolutionary Systematics, Zoology, Evolutionary Immunology
27 references, page 1 of 2

Stow, A, Briscoe, D, Gillings, M, Holley, M, Smith, S. Antimicrobial defences increase with sociality in bees.. 2007 [OpenAIRE]

Evans, JD, Spivak, M. Socialized medicine: Individual and communal disease barriers in honey bees.. J Invert Pathol. 2010; 103: S62-S72

Stow, A, Beattie, A. Chemical and genetic defenses against disease in insect societies.. Brain Behav Immun. 2008; 22: 1009-1013 [PubMed]

Turnbull, C, Hoggard, S, Gillings, M, Palmer, C, Stow, A. Antimicrobial strength increases with group size: implications for social evolution.. 2010 [OpenAIRE]

Turillazzi, S, Mastrobuoni, G, Dani, FR, Moneti, G, Pieraccini, G. Dominulin A and B: Two new antibacterial peptides identified on the cuticle and in the venom of the social paper wasp Polistes dominulus using MALDI-TOF, MALDI-TOF/TOF, and ESI-Ion trap.. J Am Soc Mass Spectrom. 2006; 17: 376-383 [OpenAIRE] [PubMed]

Brothers, DJ. Phylogeny and evolution of wasps, ants and bees (Hymenoptera, Chrysidoidea, Vespoidea and Apoidea).. Zool Scripta. 1999; 28: 233-249 [OpenAIRE]

Hunt, JH. The evolution of social wasps.. 2007

Smith, SM, Beattie, AJ, Gillings, MR, Holley, MP, Stow, AJ. An enhanced miniaturized assay for antimicrobial prospecting.. J Microbiol Meth. 2008; 72: 103-106

Pilgrim, EM, von Dohlen, CD, Pitts, JP. Molecular phylogenetics of Vespoidea indicate paraphyly of the superfamily and novel relationships of it component families and subfamilies.. Zool Scripta. 2008; 37: 539-560

Evans, HE, O'Neil, KM. The sand wasps: Natural history and behaviour.. 2007

Wcislo, WT, Cane, JH. Floral resource utilisation by solitary bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea) and exploitation of their stored food by natural enemies.. Annu Rev Entomol. 1996; 41: 257-286 [PubMed]

Brockmann, HJ. Diversity in the nesting behaviour of mud-daubers (Trypoxylon politum Say; Sphecidae).. Fla Entomol. 1980; 63: 53-64

Cooper, KW. Biology of Eumeninae wasps. V. Digital communication in wasps.. J Exp Zool. 1957; 134: 469-513 [PubMed]

Evans, HE, Matthews, RW. Behavioural observations on some Australian spider wasps (Hymenoptera: Pompilidae).. T Roy Ent Soc London. 1973; 1: 45-55 [OpenAIRE]

Inoue, M, Endo, T. Below-ground host location by Campsomeriella annulata (Hymenoptera: Scoliidae), a parasitoid of scarabaeid grubs.. J Ethol. 2008; 26: 43-50

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publication . Article . 2011

Social Complexity and Nesting Habits Are Factors in the Evolution of Antimicrobial Defences in Wasps

Stephen J Hoggard; Peter D Wilson; Andrew J Beattie; Adam J Stow;