Gonadotropic effects of dopamine in isolated workers of the primitively eusocial wasp, Polistes chinensis

  title={Gonadotropic effects of dopamine in isolated workers of the primitively eusocial wasp, Polistes chinensis},
  author={Ken Sasaki and Kazuhisa Yamasaki and Koji Tsuchida and Takashi Nagao},
In social insects, biogenic amines are thought to play regulatory roles in the transition between reproductive states in females. To determine the effect of dopamine on the reproductive development of workers in primitively eusocial societies, isolated workers of the paper wasp Polistes chinensis were supplied with oral dopamine. Ovarian development was accelerated in dopamine-fed workers as compared to control workers of the same age fed only sucrose solution. Oral dopamine increased brain… 
Biogenic amines shift during the pre-reproductive to reproductive transition in the small carpenter bee, Ceratina calcarata
It is found that as females transition from a pre-reproductive to reproductive state, ovarian development is accompanied by an increase in brain levels of octopamine and serotonin, the first characterization of biogenic amines in the brains of males.
Social Evolution With Decoupling of Multiple Roles of Biogenic Amines Into Different Phenotypes in Hymenoptera
Recent progress in the understanding of the neurohormonal regulation of reproduction and social behavior in eusocial hymenopterans is reviewed, with an emphasis on biogenic amines.
Caste-specific development of the dopaminergic system during metamorphosis in female honey bees
The developmental process of caste-specific dopaminergic systems during metamorphosis in the honey bee is revealed, suggesting caste- specific behavior and division of reproduction in this highly eusocial species.
Dopamine production in the brain is associated with caste-specific morphology and behavior in an artificial intermediate honey bee caste
Dopamine production in the brain is associated with the continuous caste-specific morphology, as well as being linked to the amount of tyrosine taken from food, and it supports the aggressive behavior of queen-type females.
Bumble bee queens activate dopamine production and gene expression in nutritional signaling pathways in the brain
To explore the neuroendocrine mechanisms underlying caste-specific behavior and its evolution from primitive to advanced eusocial bees, the monoamine levels and expression of genes involved in
Neuroendocrine mechanisms underlying regulation of mating flight behaviors in male honey bees (Apis mellifera L.).
Juvenile hormone–dopamine systems for the promotion of flight activity in males of the large carpenter bee Xylocopa appendiculata
It is suggested that brain dopamine can be regulated by JH and enhances flight activities in males and the JH–dopamine system in males of this solitary bee species is similar to that of males of the highly eusocial honeybee Apis mellifera.


Brain biogenic amines and reproductive dominance in bumble bees (Bombus terrestris)
Brain levels of dopamine, serotonin, and octopamine were measured in bumble bee workers and queens that differ in behavioral and reproductive state to suggest the role of biogenic amines in reproductive division of labor in social insects.
Distribution and levels of dopamine and its metabolites in brains of reproductive workers in honeybees.
Brain tyramine and reproductive states of workers in honeybees.
Dietary dopamine causes ovary activation in queenless Apis mellifera workers
A role of dopamine in the chain of events mediating changes in the reproductive status of orphan honey bee workers is suggested, and ovary activation was not due to differential diet consumption.
Oviposition and oogenesis in virgin fire ant females Solenopsis invicta are associated with a high level of dopamine in the brain
The possible role of dopamine as the neural target of the queen pheromone regarding its potent allotoregulatory effect in other insects is discussed.
Reproductive caste determination in eusocial wasps (Hymenoptera: Vespidae).
Correlative and experimental studies indicate that differences in nutrition during larval development are often the basis of pre-imaginal caste determination, which has important implications for the roles of subfertility and manipulation by nest mates in the evolution of eusocial behavior.
Common endocrine and genetic mechanisms of behavioral development in male and worker honey bees and the evolution of division of labor.
  • T. Giray, G. Robinson
  • Psychology, Biology
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
  • 1996
It is reported that behavioral development in drones is regulated by mechanisms common to workers, and results suggest that endocrine and genetic mechanisms associated with temporal polyethism did not evolve strictly within the context of worker social behavior.