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Title: Allele specific expression in worker reproduction genes in the bumblebee Bombus terrestris
Authors: Amarasinghe, Harindra E.
Toghill, BJ
Nathanael, Despina
Mallon, Eamonn B.
First Published: 14-Jul-2015
Publisher: PeerJ
Citation: PeerJ, 2015, 3, e1079
Abstract: Methylation has previously been associated with allele specific expression in ants. Recently, we found methylation is important in worker reproduction in the bumblebee Bombus terrestris. Here we searched for allele specific expression in twelve genes associated with worker reproduction in bees. We found allele specific expression in Ecdysone 20 monooxygenase and IMP-L2-like. Although we were unable to confirm a genetic or epigenetic cause for this allele specific expression, the expression patterns of the two genes match those predicted for imprinted genes.
DOI Link: 10.7717/peerj.1079
eISSN: 2167-8359
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2015 Amarasinghe et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, reproduction and adaptation in any medium and for any purpose provided that it is properly attributed. For attribution, the original author(s), title, publication source (PeerJ) and either DOI or URL of the article must be cited.
Description: PubMed 26213649
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Biology

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