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Identification of differentially expressed genes from adult cockroach females exhibiting maternal care behavior

Title
Identification of differentially expressed genes from adult cockroach females exhibiting maternal care behavior
Authors
Park Y.C.Yoo J.-S.Jun S.-S.Kim T.-H.Kim J.K.Choe J.C.Kim H.B.
Ewha Authors
최재천
SCOPUS Author ID
최재천scopus
Issue Date
2012
Journal Title
Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology
ISSN
1226-8615JCR Link
Citation
vol. 15, no. 3, pp. 343 - 348
Indexed
SCIE; SCOPUS; KCI WOS scopus
Abstract
Recent challenges in the study of animal behavior are to detect genes related to behavior and how the genes exert their influence on morphological and behavioral plasticity, particularly as related to the mechanism of insect sociability. In this study, we discovered genes related to parental care behavior in social insects. Woodroaches of the genus Cryptocercus provide nutritious materials and symbiotic protists via proctodeal feeding to their young during early developmental stages. Thus, they are a good model species for discovering genes related to parental care behavior. We screened eight differentially expressed genes (DEG1-DEG8) from adult Cryptocercus females exhibiting maternal care behavior. Of the proteins translated from the screened genes, DEG7 showed high homology to apolipophorin-III-like proteins. Analysis of diverse molecular features revealed that DEG7 was a partial clone encoding apoLp-III, which plays essential roles in hemolymph-lipid transport processes in insects. Isolation of full-length cDNAs for the DEGs identified in this study would be very helpful for a functional annotation of the individual genes and further understanding of maternal care behavior at the molecular level in the future. © 2012 Korean Society of Applied Entomology, Taiwan Entomological Society and Malaysian Plant Protection Society.
DOI
10.1016/j.aspen.2012.05.009
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