Quantitative analysis of the genes affecting development of the hypopharyngeal gland in honey bees (Apis mellifera L.)

Hao Liu, Zi-Long Wang, Lin-Bin Zhou, Zhijiang Zeng

Abstract


Royal jelly has many important biological functions, however the molecular mechanism of royal jelly secretion in hypopharyngeal gland (HG) is still not well understood. In our previously study, six genes (SV2C, eIF-4E, PDK1, IMP, cell growth-regulating nucleolar protein and TGF-βR1) have been shown to might be associated with royal jelly secretion. In this study, the relative expression levels of these genes were examined in the hypopharyngeal gland of workers at different developmental stages (nurse, forager and reversed nurse stages). The results indicated that the relative expression levels of SV2C, eIF-4E, IMP, cell growth-regulating nucleolar protein and TGF-βR1 were reversed at reversed nurse stage compared to forager stage. We concluded that these genes are possibly candidates related to hypopharyngeal gland development or royal jelly secretion.

Keywords


honeybee, hypopharyngeal gland (HG), gene expression

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13102/sociobiology.v62i3.760

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