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Variation in endocrine signaling underlies variation in social life history

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Autor(es):
Amdam, Gro V. ; Nilsen, Kari-Anne ; Norberg, Kari ; Fondrk, M. Kim ; Hartfelder, Klaus
Número total de Autores: 5
Tipo de documento: Artigo Científico
Fonte: American Naturalist; v. 170, n. 1, p. 37-46, July 2007.
Área do conhecimento: Ciências Biológicas - Genética
Assunto(s):Hormônios de invertebrado   Hormônios juvenis   Vitelogeninas   Mosca-das-frutas   Drosophila melanogaster   Abelhas   Apis mellifica
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Variation in endocrine pathways can be a major mechanism underlying life-history evolution. Yet it is unclear whether this insight, derived primarily from solitary species, explains the origins of complex life-history traits in highly social taxa. Thus, we here document and study variation in social life-history syndromes of female fecundity, behavior, and life span in selectively bred honeybee (Apis mellifera) strains. Associated variation in endocrine signaling was uncovered by RNA interference (RNAi) silencing of the juvenile hormone (JH) suppressor gene vitellogenin. High versus low endocrine reactivity in response to vitellogenin knockdown consistently correlated with rapid social behavioral ontogeny and short life span versus slow social behavioral ontogeny and long life span. Variation in JH reactivity, furthermore, was a function of variation in fecundity (ovary size and follicle development). A JH-mediated pleiotropy of female life-history traits, including fecundity, behavior, and life span, characterizes the distantly related solitary insect Drosophila. For the first time, we document a similar regulatory principle in a highly social species where most females are alloparental helpers (workers) that seldom reproduce. We conclude that variation in endocrine pathways of solitary origin can underlie variation and evolvability of complex social life-history traits. (AU)

Processo FAPESP: 05/03926-5 - Genômica funcional de Apis mellifera: busca de novos genes e redes funcionais no contexto do desenvolvimento, da diferenciação de castas e da reprodução
Beneficiário:Zilá Luz Paulino Simões
Linha de fomento: Auxílio à Pesquisa - Temático
Processo FAPESP: 04/10836-0 - Receptor de insulina - uma peça chave potencial na integração de vias de sinalização no desenvolvimento de fenótipos alternativos em abelhas
Beneficiário:Klaus Hartmann Hartfelder
Linha de fomento: Auxílio à Pesquisa - Regular