Extended longevity of queen honey bees compared to workers is associated with peroxidation-resistant membranes.

@article{Haddad2007ExtendedLO,
  title={Extended longevity of queen honey bees compared to workers is associated with peroxidation-resistant membranes.},
  author={Laura Saade Haddad and Louie Kelbert and A. J. Hulbert},
  journal={Experimental gerontology},
  year={2007},
  volume={42 7},
  pages={601-9}
}
In the honey bee (Apis mellifera), depending on what they are fed, female eggs become either workers or queens. Although queens and workers share a common genome, the maximum lifespan of queens is an order-of-magnitude longer than workers. The mechanistic basis of this longevity difference is unknown. In order to test if differences in membrane composition could be involved we have compared the fatty acid composition of phospholipids of queen and worker honey bees. The cell membranes of both… CONTINUE READING

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