The Polyandrous Queen Honey Bee: Biology and Apiculture

Genetic Influence on Ovarian Development Plasticity In Apis mellifera (Hymenoptera: Apidae)

Author(s): Lovleen Marwaha

Pp: 197-210 (14)

DOI: 10.2174/9789815079128112010011

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


Variant genomic expression and proteomics ultimately induce plasticity in honey bees' ovarian development. The expression of the same genomic content in female castes is influenced by; the compositional difference between royal jelly and workers jelly, queen pheromones, hormones associated with metamorphosis and environmental cues. Various concerned genetic elements with diversified transcriptomics include Kr-h1,hsp, Cut-like protein gene, Ftz-F1, anti-apoptotic buffy, Incov, oat, Apaf-1, ark, Incov2, MAPK, FoxO, mTOR, Hedgehog, TGF-β, Wnt, Hippo, Toll, Imd, H3K4me3, H3K27ac, H3K36me3, etc. The specific genetic elements are responsible for the structural and functional activation of the queen ovary. In workers, the same genetic factors act as the primary criterion for induction Programme Cell Death (PCD). This chapter attributes to enlisting concerned genetic elements which serve as an inducer for divergent ovarian development. The next chapter describes the details of PCD in workers' ovaries. 

Keywords: Associated genetic elements and queen, Ovarian developmental plasticity.

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