Evolution of multicomponent pheromone signals in small ermine moths involves a single fatty-acyl reductase gene.

@article{Linard2010EvolutionOM,
  title={Evolution of multicomponent pheromone signals in small ermine moths involves a single fatty-acyl reductase gene.},
  author={Marjorie A. Li{\'e}nard and {\AA}sa K. Hagstr{\"o}m and Jean-Marc X S Lassance and Christer L{\"o}fstedt},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2010},
  volume={107 24},
  pages={10955-60}
}
Fatty-acyl CoA reductases (FAR) convert fatty acids into fatty alcohols in pro- and eukaryotic organisms. In the Lepidoptera, members of the FAR gene family serve in the biosynthesis of sex pheromones involved in mate communication. We used a group of closely related species, the small ermine moths (Lepidoptera: Yponomeutidae) as a model to investigate the role of FARs in the biosynthesis of complex pheromone blends. Homology-based molecular cloning in three Yponomeuta species led to the… CONTINUE READING

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