Thesis / Dissertation

The evolutionary and functional characterisation of the ecdysteroid kinase-like (EcKL) gene family in insects

Jack Louis Scanlan, Geoffrey Robin (ed.)

Published : 2020


Many thousands of gene families across the tree of life still lack robust functional characterisation, and thousands more may be under-characterised, with additional unknown functions not represented in official annotations. Here, I aim to characterise the evolution and functions of the poorly characterised ecdysteroid kinase-like (EcKL) gene family, which has a peculiar taxonomic distribution and is largely known for containing an ecdysteroid 22-kinase gene in the silkworm, Bombyx mori. I hypothesised that EcKLs may also be responsible for insect-specific ‘detoxification-by-phosphorylation’, as well as ecdysteroid hormone metabolism. My first approach was to explore the evolution of the Ec..

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