Journal article

Wolbachia-induced loss of male fertility is likely related to branch chain amino acid biosynthesis and iLvE in Laodelphax striatellus

Jia-Fei Ju, Ary A Hoffmann, Yan-Kai Zhang, Xing-Zhi Duan, Yan Guo, Jun-Tao Gong, Wen-Chao Zhu, Xiao-Yue Hong

INSECT BIOCHEMISTRY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2017

Abstract

Wolbachia are endosymbionts that infect many species of arthropods and nematodes. Wolbachia-induced cytoplasmic incompatibility (CI) is the most common phenotype in affected hosts, involving embryonic lethality in crosses between Wolbachia-infected males and uninfected females. The molecular mechanisms underlying this phenomenon are currently unclear. Here we examine the molecular correlates of the Wolbachia infection in Laodelphax striatellus (Fallén), an important rice pest, where embryonic lethality is strong and almost complete. We compared the gene expression of 4-day-old Wolbachia-infected and uninfected L. striatellus testes to identify candidate genes for paternal-effect embryonic le..

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Grants

Awarded by National Natural Science Foundation of China


Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by a grant-in-aid for Scientific Research (31672035, 31371944 and 31172131) from the National Natural Science Foundation of China. AAH was supported by a National Health and Medical Research Fellowship (1118640). We are very grateful to Dr. Jing-Tao Sun of the Department of Entomology, Nanjing Agricultural University, China for his valuable comments and suggestions during the study.