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MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a class of non-protein coding small RNAs of 18–24 nucleotides in length that regulate expression of genes at post-transcriptional levels and play multiple roles in biological processes. Bm-ase plays an important role in the course of nerve development of the silkworm, Bombyx mori. Bmo-miR-9a is a conservative miRNA. By using target(More)
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) regulate expression of genes at post-transcriptional level by binding on complementary sequences of target mRNAs and play multiple roles in biological processes. To investigate the differential expression of miRNAs in posterior silk gland (PSG) of silkworm (Bombyx mori) in different periods and regulation of miRNAs on the expression of(More)
A mutant of Bombyx mori has wings with few scales and is named scaleless. We investigated the morphology of this mutant and found that it had many fewer wing scales than the corresponding wild type (WT) silkworm and that the remaining scales were smaller in shape with fewer furcations. Reciprocal transplantation of wing discs between scaleless and WT(More)
In the silkworm, metamorphosis and moulting are regulated by ecdysone hormone and juvenile hormone. The subject in the present study is a silkworm mutant that does not moult in the 2nd instar (nm2). Genetic analysis indicated that the nm2 mutation is controlled by a recessive gene and is homozygous lethal. Based on positional cloning, nm2 was located in a(More)
A new purple quail-like (q-lp) mutant found from the plain silkworm strain 932VR has pigment dots on the epidermis similar to the pigment mutant quail (q). In addition, q-lp mutant larvae are inactive, consume little and grow slowly, with a high death rate and other developmental abnormalities. Pigmentation of the silkworm epidermis consists of melanin,(More)
Peptidoglycan recognition protein (PGRP) binds specifically to peptidoglycan and plays an important role as a pattern recognition receptor in the innate immunity of insects. The cDNA of a short-type PGRP, an open reading frame of 588 bp encoding a polypeptide of 196 amino acids, was cloned from Bombyx mori. A phylogenetic tree was constructed, and the(More)
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