E-MEXP-2205 - Transcription profiling of honeey bee to assess the effects of mating and instrumental insemination on honey bee behavior physiology and brain gene expression
Submitted on 3 June 2009, released on 1 December 2009, last updated on 2 May 2014
Mating is fundamental to the success and reproduction of most organisms, although the physiological and transcriptional changes associated with this process have been largely characterized only in Drosophila. In this study, we use honey bees as a model system since their queens undergo massive and permanent physiological and behavioral changes following mating. Previous studies have identified changes associated with the transition from a virgin queen to a fully-mated, egg-laying queen. Here, we further uncouple the mating process to examine the effects of natural mating vs. instrumental insemination and saline vs. semen insemination. We observed significant overlap between our study and analogous studies in Drosophila, suggesting that some post-mating mechanisms are conserved across insect orders.
transcription profiling by array, co-expression, innate behavior, loop
The effects of mating and instrumental insemination on queen honey bee flight behaviour and gene expression. Kocher SD, Tarpy DR, Grozinger CM. Insect Mol Biol 19(2):153-162 (2010), Europe PMC 20002808