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Patricia Pietrantonio

Pietrantonio, Patricia
Patricia Pietrantonio
Professor and Texas AgriLife Research Fellow
HEEP 517
Office: 979-845-9728 Lab: 979-845-9755 Fax: 979-845-6305
Undergraduate Education
Ingeniera Agronoma. Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Graduate Education
Ph.D. Entomology. University of California, Riverside
M. Sc. Entomology. University of California, Riverside
Courses Taught
ENTO 619 - Graduate Course in Insect Toxicology: web supported with power point presentations, lecture notes and animations - Every other Spring semester since 1997
ENTO 615 - Graduate Course in Insect Physiology - Every fall semester
ENTO 691 - Graduate Research - Ongoing; see graduate student list

I am an Editorial Board Member of the journal Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,  and an Associate Editor for the journal Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology. I served as Editorial Board Member of the journal Insect Molecular Biology until 2019. I have been a Board Member of the “Acarological Society of America” since 2016-current.


†Post doc supervised ¶Graduate student supervised *Corresponding author.

Brock, CM, Temeyer, KB, Tidwell, J, Yang, Y, Blandon, MA, Carreón-Camacho, D, Longnecker, MT, Almazán, C, Pérez de León, AA, Pietrantonio, PV. 2019. The leucokinin-like peptide receptor from the cattle fever tick, Rhipicephalus microplus, is localized in the midgut periphery and receptor silencing with validated double-stranded RNAs causes a reproductive fitness cost. Int. J. Parasitol. DOI:10.1016/j.ijpara.2018.11.006

Calkins, TL, Tamborindeguy, C, Pietrantonio, PV. 2018. GPCR annotation, G proteins, and transcriptomics of fire ant (Solenopsis invicta) queen and worker brain: An improved view of signaling in an invasive superorganism. Gen. Comp. Endocrinol.DOI: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2018.12.008

Pietrantonio, PV, Xiong, C, Nachman, RJ, Shen, Y. 2018. G protein-coupled receptors in arthropod vectors: omics and pharmacological approaches to elucidate ligand-receptor interactions and novel organismal functions. Curr Opin Insect Sci 29:12-20.DOI:10.1016/j.cois.2018.05.016

Xiong, C, Kaczmarek, K, Zabrocki, J, Pietrantonio, PV, Nachman, RJ. 2018. Evaluation of Aib and PEG-polymer insect kinin analogs on mosquito and tick GPCRs identifies potent new pest management tools with potentially enhanced biostability and bioavailability. Gen. Comp. Endocrinol.DOI:10.1016/j.ygcen.2018.08.002

Travis L. Calkins; Mei‐Er Chen, Arinder K. Arora, Chloe Hawkings, Cecilia Tamborindeguy, Patricia V. Pietrantonio* 2018. Brain gene expression analyses in virgin and mated queens of fire ants reveal mating‐independent and socially regulated changes. 2018 Apr 2;8(8):4312-4327. DOI:10.1002/ece3.3976

Kwon H, Ali Agha M, Smith RC, Nachman RJ, Marion-Poll F, Pietrantonio PV. Leucokinin mimetic elicits aversive behavior in mosquito Aedes aegypti (L.) and inhibits the sugar taste neuron. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 Jun 21;113(25):6880-5. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1520404113. Epub 2016 Jun 6. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1520404113

Gulia-Nuss M, Nuss AB, Meyer JM, Sonenshine DE, Roe RM, Waterhouse RM, Sattelle DB, de la Fuente J, Ribeiro JM, Megy K, Thimmapuram J, Miller JR, Walenz BP, Koren S, Hostetler JB, Thiagarajan M, Joardar VS, Hannick LI, Bidwell S, Hammond MP, Young S, Zeng Q, Abrudan JL, Almeida FC, Ayllón N, Bhide K, Bissinger BW, Bonzon-Kulichenko E, Buckingham SD, Caffrey DR, Caimano MJ, Croset V, Driscoll T, Gilbert D, Gillespie JJ, Giraldo-Calderón GI, Grabowski JM, Jiang D, Khalil SM, Kim D, Kocan KM, Koči J, Kuhn RJ, Kurtti TJ, Lees K, Lang EG, Kennedy RC, Kwon H, Perera R, Qi Y, Radolf JD, Sakamoto JM, Sánchez-Gracia A, Severo MS, Silverman N, Šimo L, Tojo M, Tornador C, Van Zee JP, Vázquez J, Vieira FG, Villar M, Wespiser AR, Yang Y, Zhu J, Arensburger P, Pietrantonio PV, Barker SC, Shao R, Zdobnov EM, Hauser F, Grimmelikhuijzen CJ, Park Y, Rozas J, Benton R, Pedra JH, Nelson DR, Unger MF, Tubio JM, Tu Z, Robertson HM, Shumway M, Sutton G, Wortman JR, Lawson D, Wikel SK, Nene VM, Fraser CM, Collins FH, Birren B, Nelson KE,
Caler E, Hill CA. Genomic insights into the Ixodes scapularis tick vector of Lyme disease. Nat Commun. 2016 Feb 9;7:10507. DOI:10.1038/ncomms10507

Yang Y, Nachman RJ, Pietrantonio PV. Molecular and pharmacological characterization of the Chelicerata pyrokinin receptor from the southern cattle tick, Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus. Insect Biochem Mol Biol. 2015 May;60:13-23. doi: 10.1016/j.ibmb.2015.02.010. Epub 2015 Mar 4.

Bajracharya P, Lu HL, Pietrantonio PV. The red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta Buren) kept Y not F: predicted sNPY endogenous ligands deorphanize the short NPF (sNPF) receptor. PLoS One. 2014 Oct 13;9(10):e109590. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0109590. eCollection 2014. PubMed PMID: 25310341; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4195672.

Castillo P, Pietrantonio PV. Differences in sNPF receptor-expressing neurons in brains of fire ant (Solenopsis invicta Buren) worker subcastes: indicators for division of labor and nutritional status? PLoS One. 2013 Dec 20;8(12):e83966. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0083966. eCollection 2013. PubMed PMID: 24376775; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3869854.

Yang Y, Bajracharya P, Castillo P, Nachman RJ, Pietrantonio PV. Molecular and functional characterization of the first tick CAP2b (periviscerokinin) receptor from Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus (Acari: Ixodidae). Gen Comp Endocrinol. 2013 Dec 1;194:142-51. doi: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2013.09.001. Epub 2013 Sep 17. PubMed PMID: 24055303.

Kwon H, Pietrantonio PV. Calcitonin receptor 1 (AedaeGPCRCAL1) hindgut expression and direct role in myotropic action in females of the mosquito Aedes aegypti (L.). Insect Biochem Mol Biol. 2013 Jul;43(7):588-93. doi: 10.1016/j.ibmb.2013.03.005. Epub 2013 Mar 22. PubMed PMID: 23523607.

Kwon H, Lu HL, Longnecker MT, Pietrantonio PV. Role in diuresis of a calcitonin receptor (GPRCAL1) expressed in a distal-proximal gradient in renal organs of the mosquito Aedes aegypti (L.). PLoS One. 2012;7(11):e50374. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0050374. Epub 2012 Nov 29. Erratum in: PLoS One. 2013;8(10). doi:10.1371/annotation/9d100bb6-b5ee-4fd0-81e9-c315523e7f75. PubMed PMID: 23209727; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3510207.

Kersch CN, Pietrantonio PV. Mosquito Aedes aegypti (L.) leucokinin receptor is critical for in vivo fluid excretion post blood feeding. FEBS Lett. 2011 Nov 16;585(22):3507-12. doi: 10.1016/j.febslet.2011.10.001. Epub 2011 Oct 15. PubMed PMID: 22019456.

Sooresh A, Kwon H, Taylor R, Pietrantonio P, Pine M, Sayes CM. Surface functionalization of silver nanoparticles: novel applications for insect vector control. ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 2011 Oct;3(10):3779-87. doi: 10.1021/am201167v. Epub 2011 Oct 6. PubMed PMID: 21957003.

Lu HL, Pietrantonio PV. Insect insulin receptors: insights from sequence and caste expression analyses of two cloned hymenopteran insulin receptor cDNAs from the fire ant. Insect Mol Biol. 2011 Oct;20(5):637-49. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2583.2011.01094.x. Epub 2011 Jul 29. PubMed PMID: 21797944.

Lu HL, Pietrantonio PV. Immunolocalization of the short neuropeptide F receptor in queen brains and ovaries of the red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta Buren). BMC Neurosci. 2011 Jun 14;12:57. doi: 10.1186/1471-2202-12-57. PubMed PMID: 21672256; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3146894.

Nachman RJ, Pietrantonio PV. Interaction of mimetic analogs of insect kinin neuropeptides with arthropod receptors. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2010;692:27-48. Review. PubMed PMID: 21189673.

Lu HL, Kersch C, Pietrantonio PV. The kinin receptor is expressed in the Malpighian tubule stellate cells in the mosquito Aedes aegypti (L.): a new model needed to explain ion transport? Insect Biochem Mol Biol. 2011 Feb;41(2):135-40. doi: 10.1016/j.ibmb.2010.10.003. Epub 2010 Nov 5. PubMed PMID: 21056665; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3031248.

Hopkins BW, Longnecker MT, Pietrantonio PV. Transcriptional overexpression of CYP6B8/CYP6B28 and CYP6B9 is a mechanism associated with cypermethrin survivorship in field-collected Helicoverpa zea (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) moths. Pest Manag Sci. 2011 Jan;67(1):21-5. doi: 10.1002/ps.2034. PubMed PMID: 20949449.

Hopkins BW, Pietrantonio PV. The Helicoverpa zea (Boddie) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) voltage-gated sodium channel and mutations associated with pyrethroid resistance in field-collected adult males. Insect Biochem Mol Biol. 2010 May;40(5):385-93. doi: 10.1016/j.ibmb.2010.03.004. Epub 2010 Mar 31. PubMed PMID: 20362057.

Hopkins BW, Pietrantonio PV. Differential efficacy of three commonly used pyrethroids against laboratory and field-collected larvae and adults of
Helicoverpa zea (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) and significance for pyrethroid resistance management. Pest Manag Sci. 2010 Feb;66(2):147-54. doi:
10.1002/ps.1847. PubMed PMID: 19757481.

Lu HL, Vinson SB, Pietrantonio PV. Oocyte membrane localization of vitellogenin receptor coincides with queen flying age, and receptor silencing by RNAi disrupts egg formation in fire ant virgin queens. FEBS J. 2009 Jun;276(11):3110-23. doi: 10.1111/j.1742-4658.2009.07029.x. Epub 2009 Apr 23. PubMed PMID: 19490112.


Iowa State University, Ames, IA. Department of Entomology. Paul A Dahm Memorial Lecture in Entomology. Dedicated to Insect Toxicologist P.A. Dahm. “Towards target validation in pests: from candidate receptors to phenotypes.” April 8, 2013.

Pietrantonio, P.V. 2013. GPCRs signaling in regulation of diuresis in females of Aedes aegypti (L.) mosquitoes. 20 min power-point presentation. PBT section Symposium “The Future of Mosquito Endocrinology”. November 10, 2013. ESA Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, Nov. 10-13, 2013.

P.V. Pietrantonio and Lu, H.L. 2013. Receptors and effectors involved in reproductive control in the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta Buren. Invited to Member symposium: Red imported fire ants: global approaches to a global invasive species. ESA Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, Nov. 10-13, 2013.

Pietrantonio, P.V. 2013. The challenge of IRM in Helicoverpa zea in North America: staying ahead of moving molecular targets. P-IE Section Symposium: Mechanisms of Resistance: From mechanisms to management, IRAC US Symposium Series No. 9. ESA Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, Nov. 10-13, 2013.

Pietrantonio, P.V., H.S. Kwon and R. Nachman. 2013. A diuretic kinin analog elicits food aversion in females of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Selected by Organising Committee of the Mosquito Kolymbari Meeting, 6th “EMBO Conference on Molecular and Population Biology of Mosquitoes and Other Disease Vectors: From Basic Vector Biology Research to Disease Control”. Kolymbari, Crete, Greece, 15-19 July 2013.

Pietrantonio, P.V. 2011. Arthropod vector G protein-coupled receptors involved in fluid excretion: tissue expression, cell specialization revealed in renal organs and RNAi phenotypes. Fifth EMBO Conference “Molecular and Population Biology of Mosquitoes and Other Disease Vectors”. 24-30 July, 2011. Kolymbari, Crete, Greece.

Pietrantonio, P.V., C. Almazan, D. Carreon-Camacho, R. J. Nachman, H.-L. Lu. 2010. Analysis of the tick kinin receptor function through structure-activity relationships of kinin peptidomimetics, and RNAi and immunohistochemistry in females of Ripicephalus microplus (Acari: Ixodidae). Invited presentation. Abstract published in the Abstract Book of the XIII International Congress of Acarology. Recife, State of Pernambuco, Brazil. August 23-27, 2010.

GRANTS (Last 5 years)

Pietrantonio, PV and K. Temeyer. Towards novel acaricide development against cattle fever tick: GPCR target validation and identification of chemical leads. USDA NIFA-AFRI- Animal Health and Disease. Funds: $500,000. 2016-2020.

Weaver et al. (Director). CDC- Western Gulf Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases. Subaward: Pietrantonio, P.V. Aim 1. Impact of Insecticide Resistance in Vector Control. Insecticide Resistance Management. Funds: $467,901. 2017-2021.

Pietrantonio, PV and S. Yang. Discover new targets and develop novel chemicals to deter mosquito feeding using a GPCR pipeline and computational modeling. Vector Biology Funds State of Texas-State Appropriations Competitive Intramural. Funds: $100,000 FY 18-19.

Pietrantonio, PV. Development of molecular diagnostics tools for detection of Cry1Ac/Cry1Ab (Bt) resistance in bollworm, Helicoverpa zea. Cotton Incorporated. Funds: $20,000. 2019.

Pietrantonio, PV. Fire ant brain -ovary signaling: neuropeptides and receptors as the key to reproduction interference. Funds: $100,000. FY 17/19.

Pietrantonio, P.V. and Co-PI, C. Tamborindeguy. 2013. Title: Neuropeptide receptors and identification of genes in signaling networks involved in reproduction and nutrition in the Red Imported Fire Ant. NSF-IOS. 1257837- 03/01-2013 to 02/29/2016. Funds: $601,904.