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Evolution of Termite Symbiosis Informed by Transcriptome-Based Phylogenies
Termitidae comprises ∼80% of all termite species [1] that play dominant decomposer roles in tropical ecosystems [2, 3]. Two major events during termite evolution were the loss of cellulolytic gutExpand
Δ12-Fatty Acid Desaturase from Candida parapsilosis Is a Multifunctional Desaturase Producing a Range of Polyunsaturated and Hydroxylated Fatty Acids
Numerous Δ12-, Δ15- and multifunctional membrane fatty acid desaturases (FADs) have been identified in fungi, revealing great variability in the enzymatic specificities of FADs involved inExpand
Biotechnological potential of insect fatty acid-modifying enzymes
Abstract There are more than one million described insect species. This species richness is reflected in the diversity of insect metabolic processes. In particular, biosynthesis of secondaryExpand
Historical biogeography of the termite clade Rhinotermitinae (Blattodea: Isoptera).
Termites are the principal decomposers in tropical and subtropical ecosystems around the world. Time-calibrated molecular phylogenies show that some lineages of Neoisoptera diversified during theExpand
Evolution of moth sex pheromone composition by a single amino acid substitution in a fatty acid desaturase
Significance The diversity of sex pheromones (SPs) is pivotal to insect reproductive isolation and speciation. However, knowledge of molecular mechanisms of pheromone evolution is limited. TheExpand
The role of desaturases in the biosynthesis of marking pheromones in bumblebee males.
Bumblebee males (Hymenoptera) produce species-specific labial gland secretions called marking pheromones (MPs). MPs generally consist of terpenoids and fatty-acid-derived aliphatic compounds withExpand
Molecular Mechanism of the Two-Component Suicidal Weapon of Neocapritermes taracua Old Workers.
In termites, as in many social insects, some individuals specialize in colony defense, developing diverse weaponry. As workers of the termite Neocapritermes taracua (Termitidae: Termitinae) age,Expand
Metabolomic and transcriptomic data on major metabolic/biosynthetic pathways in workers and soldiers of the termite Prorhinotermes simplex (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) and chemical synthesis of
Production of nitro compounds has only seldom been recorded in arthropods. The aliphatic nitroalkene (E)-nitropentadec-1-ene (NPD), identified in soldiers of the termite genus Prorhinotermes, was theExpand
Exploring complex pheromone biosynthetic processes in the bumblebee male labial gland by RNA sequencing
Male marking pheromones (MPs) are used by the majority of bumblebee species (Hymenoptera: Apidae), including a commercially important greenhouse pollinator, the buff‐tailed bumblebee (BombusExpand
Co-option of the sphingolipid metabolism for the production of nitroalkene defensive chemicals in termite soldiers.
The aliphatic nitroalkene (E)-1-nitropentadec-1-ene (NPD), reported in early seventies in soldiers of the termite genus Prorhinotermes, was the first documented nitro compound produced by insects.Expand