Sex-specific triacylglycerides are widely conserved in Drosophila and mediate mating behavior

  title={Sex-specific triacylglycerides are widely conserved in Drosophila and mediate mating behavior},
  author={Jacqueline S. R. Chin and Shane R Ellis and Huong Thi Pham and Stephen J Blanksby and Kenji Mori and Qi Ling Koh and William J. Etges and Joanne Y Yew},
Pheromones play an important role in the behavior, ecology, and evolution of many organisms. The structure of many insect pheromones typically consists of a hydrocarbon backbone, occasionally modified with various functional oxygen groups. Here we show that sex-specific triacylclyerides (TAGs) are broadly conserved across the subgenus Drosophila in 11 species and represent a novel class of pheromones that has been largely overlooked. In desert-adapted drosophilids, 13 different TAGs are… CONTINUE READING
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