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Drosophila melanogaster cuticular pheromones consist of unsaturated hydrocarbons with at least one double bond in position 7: 7 tricosene (T) in males and 7,11 heptacosadiene (HD) in females. However, in many African populations like the Tai strain, females possess low levels of 7,11 HD and high levels of its positional isomer 5,9 HD. We have previously(More)
Drosophila melanogaster shows sexually dimorphic cuticular hydrocarbons, with monoenes produced in males and dienes produced in females. Here we describe a female-specific desaturase gene, desatF. RNAi knock-down led to a dramatic decrease in female dienes and increase in monoenes paralleled with an increase in copulation latency and a decrease in courtship(More)
Drosophila melanogaster produces sexually dimorphic cuticular pheromones that are a key component of the courtship behavior leading to copulation. These molecules are hydrocarbons, with lengths of 23 and 25 carbons in males (mainly with one double bond) and 27 and 29 carbons in females (mainly with two double bonds). Here, we describe an elongase gene,(More)
Cuticular pheromones in Drosophila melanogaster are unsaturated hydrocarbons with at least one double bond in position 7: 7-tricosene and 7-pentacosene in males and 7,11-heptacosadiene and 7,11-nonacosadiene in females. We have previously shown that a desaturase gene, desat1, located in chromosome region 87 C could be involved in this process: the Desat1(More)
Drosophila melanogaster cuticular pheromones consist of unsaturated hydrocarbons with at least one double bond in position 7: 7 tricosene (T) in males and 7,11 heptacosadiene (HD) in females. However, in many African populations like the Tai strain, females possess low levels of 7,11 HD and high levels of its positional isomer 5,9 HD. We have previously(More)
We have identified an elongase gene, elo68alpha, which is specifically transcribed in males. We have characterized the elo68alpha open reading frame, expressed it in fasDelta elo1Delta yeast and showed that it could elongate myristoleic and palmitoleic acids, therefore sharing an Elo1 specificity. This elongase was found to be exclusively expressed in male(More)
In Drosophila melanogaster, desat1 is involved in the synthesis of fatty acids (FAs), some of which are precursors in the production of unsaturated hydrocarbons (HCs) in position 7 (7-HC) that play an important role in mating behaviour. Three GS lines with P-element insertion in the desat1 promoter showed more or less decrease in 7-HC, depending on the site(More)
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