This effect may explain why the original Caenorhabditis n. A notable feature of the worm-star mode of attack is that it depends on rapid attachment of the Verde1 bacteria to the tail-spikes of worms, followed by the entanglement and knotting together of their tails. Fluorescently labeled Verde1 bacteria in worm-stars could be seen to adhere preferentially to tail-spikes Fig.
Possessing a tail-spike is therefore disadvantageous, when worms are swimming in the presence of Verde1. It is not obvious what compensatory advantage might come to worms from the possession of a tail-spike, and there is considerable variation between nematode species in this part of the anatomy.
One possibility that might be considered is that tail-spikes could assist in nictation, the distinctive pattern of nematode behavior in which worms stand on their tails and wave their heads in the air, thereby increasing their chances of dispersal. The preferential attachment of Verde1 to tail-spikes also suggests that this part of the nematode surface must have different biochemical characteristics from the rest of the cuticle. This shows a worm-star formed from Verde1 bacteria that had been fluorescently labeled with the dye SYTO13; green fluorescence from adherent bacteria is only visible in the region of the entangled tail-spikes.
The formation of worm-stars is an unexpected phenomenon in studies of C. Examples can still be found in German and Estonian museums. Irrespective of such speculation, the biological effects of Verde1 and Verde2, demonstrate how much remains to be discovered about the interactions of C. Lastly, identification of the bacterial virulence factors underlying these unexpected modes of pathogenesis may lead to the development of novel biological control agents that would be effective against parasitic nematodes. We thank Samantha Hughes for comments on the manuscript.
Two Leucobacter strains exert complementary virulence on Caenorhabditis including death by worm-star formationCurr Biol doi: National Center for Biotechnology Information , U. Journal List Worm v.
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Published online Jan Author information Article notes Copyright and License information Disclaimer. Received Jan 6; Accepted Jan The article may be redistributed, reproduced, and reused for non-commercial purposes, provided the original source is properly cited. Abstract In a recent paper, we reported the isolation and surprising effects of two new bacterial pathogens for Caenorhabditis and related nematodes. Keywords: bacterial infection, coryneform, Leucobacter, nematode trapping, autotomy, glycosylation, trade-off. Introduction Most of our knowledge of C. Double Infection Surprisingly, the bacteria causing the tail swelling in the Cape Verde isolate were distinct from the bacteria densely coating the worms, although both belong to genus Leucobacter.
Worm-stars and half-worms
A Novel Worm-Trapping Mechanism An entirely different response was seen when nematodes were exposed to Verde1 bacteria while swimming in liquid. Escape by Autotomy Worms that managed to escape from stars within the first hour after star formation survived with little damage. Host Range As is usual with any newly discovered pathogen, the preferred host for Verde1 is unknown. Open in a separate window. Locomotion and Pathogenesis Verde1 was tolerated by C. Complementary Pathogenesis The second Leucobacter strain, Verde2, was also found to have lethal effects on C.
Tail-Spike Function A notable feature of the worm-star mode of attack is that it depends on rapid attachment of the Verde1 bacteria to the tail-spikes of worms, followed by the entanglement and knotting together of their tails. Concluding Remarks Irrespective of such speculation, the biological effects of Verde1 and Verde2, demonstrate how much remains to be discovered about the interactions of C.
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Acknowledgments We thank Samantha Hughes for comments on the manuscript. References 1. Isolation of C. Microsporidia are natural intracellular parasites of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. PLoS Biol. Natural and experimental infection of Caenorhabditis nematodes by novel viruses related to nodaviruses. A phylogeny and molecular barcodes for Caenorhabditis, with numerous new species from rotting fruits. BMC Evol Biol. A novel bacterial pathogen, Microbacterium nematophilum, induces morphological change in the nematode C. Curr Biol. Nicholas HR, Hodgkin J.
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It grows very rapidly and has been known to attain a length of three and a half feet in 20 days. When the temperature moderates to 50 below, the ice worm experiences a "gone" sort of the-morning-of-the-5th-of-July feeling and at 45 below it staggers up to the ropes and announces that it is of no use to continue the go. At from 68 to 88 below zero the ice worm is fat, juicy and succulent and tastes not unlike the Saddlerock oysters they used to drive overland from Baltimore to chicago.
The chirp of the ice worm is not made with the mouth but from a whistle on its tail. The head end is always too busy to engage in vocal exercise, being constantly at work boring more house room in the solid ice in order that it may have room for growth and expansion.
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The Sourest of all Doughs once informed the Stroller that he and his native wife, Limpin' Grouse, were accustomed to dry ice worms and makes a soup of them following mild winters when the temperature did not drop to exceed 60 or 65 below zero. He said dried ice worms were vastly superior to stuff shipped into the country during the first years of the mining excitement and labeled "Specially Prepared for the Klondike. Some years ago and while at Dawson, the Stroller received a request from London to forward a sample of the Yukon ice worm by express but the express company refused to accept the shipment on the grounds that the worms might become remains and develop too much strength before reaching their destination.
Incidentally, Mr. Abbe, you might mention in your dictionary that ice worms flourish best and that the tail whistle concert is loudest and most harmonious when the ice is covered with from three to five inches of blue snow. In order to encourage thoughtful and responsible discussion, website comments will not be visible until a moderator approves them.
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Submit for review. Photo by Whitehorse Star The Major gripped his gleaming glass and laid it to his lips,And in despair he fully he took some nauseated sips,From out its coil of crapulence the ice-worm raised its head; Its muzzle was a murky blue, its eyes a ruby red