Response of Three Kinds of Detoxifying Enzymes from Odontotermes formosanus (Shiraki) to the Stress Caused by Serratia marcescens Bizio (SM1)


  • XiaoYu Lu
  • MeiLing Nong
  • Kai Feng
  • Meng Xu
  • Fang Tang



Termite, Bacteria, Glutathione S-transferase, UDP glycosyltransferase, Cytochrome P450.


Subterranean termite Odontotermes formosanus (Shiraki) (Blattodea: Isoptera: Termitidae), is a pest species found in forests and dams. Serratia marcescens Bizio (SM1) has a potential pathogenic effect on O. formosanus. However, the response of detoxifying enzymes to exposure by S. marcescens in O. formosanus has not been studied. In the present work, 20 detoxifying enzyme genes, including 6 glutathione S-transferases (GSTs), 5 UDP glycosyltransferases (UGTs) and 9 Cytochrome P450s (CYPs), were identified from the O. formosanus transcriptome dataset by bioinformatics analysis. Furthermore, the effects of SM1 infection on the transcription levels of detoxifying enzyme genes (GSTs, UGTs and CYPs) in O. formosanus were determined. The results showed that the expression of all detoxifying enzyme gene, except one GST, in O. formosanus were altered in response to the infection by SM1. The response of GSTs, UGTs and CYPs to SM1 in O. formosanus suggested that they may play an important role in the defense against bacterial infection such as SM1, and implies that termites have evolved a complex immune response to potential pathogens.


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Lu, X., Nong, M., Feng, K., Xu, M., & Tang, F. (2021). Response of Three Kinds of Detoxifying Enzymes from Odontotermes formosanus (Shiraki) to the Stress Caused by Serratia marcescens Bizio (SM1). Sociobiology, 68(2), e5945.



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