Comparative Analysis of the Integument Transcriptomes between stick Mutant and Wild-Type Silkworms

  title={Comparative Analysis of the Integument Transcriptomes between stick Mutant and Wild-Type Silkworms},
  author={Duan Tan and Hai Hu and Xiaoling Tong and Minjin Han and Songyuan Wu and Xin Ding and Fangyin Dai and Cheng Lu},
  journal={International Journal of Molecular Sciences},
  • D. Tan, Hai Hu, Cheng Lu
  • Published 1 October 2018
  • Biology
  • International Journal of Molecular Sciences
In insects, the integument provides mechanical support for the whole body and protects them from infections, physical and chemical injuries, and dehydration. Diversity in integument properties is often related to body shape, behavior, and survival rate. The stick (sk) silkworm is a spontaneous mutant with a stick-like larval body that is firm to the touch and, thus, less flexible. Analysis of the mechanical properties of the cuticles at day 3 of the fifth instar (L5D3) of sk larvae revealed… 
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