Journal article

Mutations in D alpha 1 or D beta 2 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor subunits can confer resistance to neonicotinoids in Drosophila melanogaster

Trent Perry, David G Heckel, John A McKenzie, Philip Batterham

INSECT BIOCHEMISTRY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2008

Abstract

Resistance to insecticides by modification of their molecular targets is a serious problem in chemical control of many arthropod pests. Neonicotinoids target the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) of arthropods. The spectrum of possible resistance-conferring mutations of this receptor is poorly understood. Prediction of resistance is complicated by the existence of multiple genes encoding the different subunits of this essential component of neurotransmission. We focused on the cluster of three Drosophila melanogaster nAChR subunit genes at cytological region 96A. EMS mutagenesis and selection for resistance to nitenpyram was performed on hybrids carrying a deficiency for this chromoso..

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