Molecular Characterization of MbraOR16, a Candidate Sex Pheromone Receptor in Mamestra brassicae (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae)

Köblös, Gabriella and Francois, Marie-Christine and Monsempes, Christelle and Montagne, Nicolas and Fónagy, Adrien (2018) Molecular Characterization of MbraOR16, a Candidate Sex Pheromone Receptor in Mamestra brassicae (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). JOURNAL OF INSECT SCIENCE, 18 (5). pp. 1-8. ISSN 1536-2442

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Sex pheromone communication in Lepidoptera has long been a valuable model system for studying fundamental aspects of olfaction and its study has led to the establishment of environmental-friendly pest control strategies. The cabbage moth, Mamestra brassicae (Linnaeus) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), is a major pest of Cruciferous vegetables in Europe and Asia. Its sex pheromone has been characterized and is currently used as a lure to trap males; however, nothing is known about the molecular mechanisms of sex pheromone reception in male antennae. Using homology cloning and rapid amplification of cDNA ends-PCR strategies, we identified the first candidate pheromone receptor in this species. The transcript was specifically expressed in the antennae with a strong male bias. In situ hybridization experiments within the antennae revealed that the receptor-expressing cells were closely associated with the olfactory structures, especially the long trichoid sensilla known to be pheromone-sensitive. The deduced protein is predicted to adopt a seven-transmembrane structure, a hallmark of insect odorant receptors, and phylogenetically clustered in a clade that grouped a majority of the Lepidoptera pheromone receptors characterized to date. Taken together, our data support identification of a candidate pheromone receptor and provides a basis for better understanding how this species detects a signal critical for reproduction.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: In Situ Hybridization; SEX PHEROMONE; crop pest; odorant receptor;
Subjects: Q Science / természettudomány > QL Zoology / állattan
Depositing User: MTMT SWORD
Date Deposited: 02 Jan 2019 15:15
Last Modified: 02 Jan 2019 15:15

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