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Association of detoxification enzymes with butene-fipronil in larvae and adults of Drosophila melanogaster


Insecticide resistance is a major challenge in successful insect pest control as the insects have the ability to develop resistance to various widely used insecticides. Butene-fipronil is a novel compound with high toxicity to insects and less toxicity to the non-target organisms. In the present study, the effect of butene-fipronil alone and in combination with three enzyme inhibitors, piperonyl butoxide (PBO), diethyl maleate (DEM), and triphenyl phosphate (TPP), was carried out on larvae and adults of Drosophilia melanogaster. Our results indicated that the co-toxicity indices of butene-fipronil + PBO, butene-fipronil + TPP, and butene-fipronil + DEM mixtures were 437.3, 335.0, and 210.3, respectively, in the second-instar larvae, while 186.6, 256.2, and 238.5, respectively, in the adults, indicating synergistic effects. Interestingly, butene-fipronil increased the expression of CYP28A5 in the larvae; CYP9F2, CYP304A1, CYP28A5, and CYP318A1 in the female adults; and CYP303A1 and CYP28A5 in the male adults. Furthermore, high-level expression of Est-7 was observed in the female adults compared to larvae and male adults. Our results suggest that there is no difference in butene-fipronil metabolism in larvae and male and female adults of D. melanogaster.

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This research was supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (973 Program, No. 2010CB126200), the National Natural Sciences Foundation of China (31272047 and 31360442), and a nationally special fund of China for agri-scientific research in the public interest (201103026).

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Arain, M.S., Shakeel, M., Elzaki, M.E.A. et al. Association of detoxification enzymes with butene-fipronil in larvae and adults of Drosophila melanogaster. Environ Sci Pollut Res 25, 10006–10013 (2018).

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  • Butene-fipronil
  • Detoxification enzymes
  • Drosophila melanogaster
  • Synergists