Title: Cloning and expression of PKG, a candidate foraging regulating gene in Vespula vulgaris
Other Titles: PKG in Vespula vulgaris brain
Authors: Tobback, Julie
Heylen, Kevin
Gobin, Bruno
Wenseleers, Tom
Billen, Johan
Arckens, Lut
Huybrechts, Roger # ×
Issue Date: Oct-2008
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
Series Title: Animal Biology vol:58 issue:4 pages:341-351
Abstract: In honey bees enhancement of cGMP dependent protein kinase expression accompanies the behavioural transition from in hive working nursing bees towards outdoors foraging worker bees. Accordingly this gene was named amfor or Apis mellifera foraging gene. In the red harvester ant Pogonomyrmex barbatus a gene homologue affected food seeking behaviour as well but in this species the PKG expression decreased from the onset of foraging behaviour. Since the wasp Vespula vulgaris is phylogenetically positioned between both species in this paper we tried to elucidate whether the involvement of PKG in foraging behaviour can be extended to this species and if so, whether its expression is enhanced or decreased at the moment of transition. To enable this candidate gene approach, we first had to clone the PKG homologue from the common wasp. QPCR indicated a relevantly higher expression of Vvfor in nursing versus foraging wasps although interpretation of the results was hampered by a remarkable degree of variation as could be predicted from in the wild captured wasps as a source for mRNA extraction and quantification.
ISSN: 1570-7555
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Laboratory for Entomology (-)
Research Group Neuroplasticity and Neuroproteomics (-)
Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity Conservation Section
Animal Physiology and Neurobiology Section - miscellaneous
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