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Chemical Ecology in Insect-microbe Interactions in the Neotropics

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Menegatti, Carla [1] ; Fukuda, Taise T. H. [1] ; Pupo, Monica T. [1]
Total Authors: 3
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, Fac Ciencias Farmaceut Ribeirao Preto, Dept Ciencias Farmaceut, Ave Cafe, BR-14040903 Ribeirao Preto, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 1
Document type: Review article
Source: Planta Medica; v. 87, n. 01/02, p. 38-48, FEB 2021.
Web of Science Citations: 2

Small molecules frequently mediate symbiotic interactions between microorganisms and their hosts. Brazil harbors the highest diversity of insects in the world; however, just recently, efforts have been directed to deciphering the chemical signals involved in the symbioses of microorganisms and social insects. The current scenario of natural products research guided by chemical ecology is discussed in this review. Two groups of social insects have been prioritized in the studies, fungus-farming ants and stingless bees, leading to the identification of natural products involved in defensive and nutritional symbioses. Some of the compounds also present potential pharmaceutical applications as antimicrobials, and this is likely related to their ecological roles. Microbial symbioses in termites and wasps are suggested promising sources of biologically active small molecules. Aspects related to public policies for insect biodiversity preservation are also highlighted. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 16/15576-3 - Natural products involved in symbiosis between actinobacteria and social insects
Grantee:Carla Menegatti
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 13/07600-3 - CIBFar - Center for Innovation in Biodiversity and Drug Discovery
Grantee:Glaucius Oliva
Support type: Research Grants - Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers - RIDC
FAPESP's process: 13/50954-0 - Novel therapeutic agents from the bacterial symbionts of Brazilian invertebrates
Grantee:Mônica Tallarico Pupo
Support type: BIOTA-FAPESP Program - Thematic Grants
FAPESP's process: 15/26349-5 - Chemical and ecological study of microorganisms associated with the symbiosis Cecropia-Azteca
Grantee:Taise Tomie Hebihara Fukuda
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate (Direct)