Identification of the Bombyx Red Egg Gene Reveals Involvement of a Novel Transporter Family Gene in Late Steps of the Insect Ommochrome Biosynthesis Pathway*♦

@inproceedings{OsanaiFutahashi2012IdentificationOT,
  title={Identification of the Bombyx Red Egg Gene Reveals Involvement of a Novel Transporter Family Gene in Late Steps of the Insect Ommochrome Biosynthesis Pathway*♦},
  author={Mizuko Osanai-Futahashi and Ken-ichiro Tatematsu and Kimiko Yamamoto and Junko Narukawa and Keiro Uchino and Takumi Kayukawa and Tetsuro Shinoda and Yutaka Banno and Toshiki Tamura and Hideki Sezutsu},
  booktitle={The Journal of biological chemistry},
  year={2012}
}
Ommochromes are one of the major pigments involved in coloration of eggs, eyes, and body surface of insects. However, the molecular mechanisms of the final steps of ommochrome pigment synthesis have been largely unknown. The eggs of the silkworm Bombyx mori contain a mixture of ommochrome pigments, and exhibit a brownish lilac color. The recessive homozygous of egg and eye color mutant, red egg (re), whose eggs display a pale orange color instead of normal dark coloration, has been long… CONTINUE READING
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