The function and evolutionary significance of a triplicated Na,K-ATPase gene in a toxin-specialized insect

Abstract

The Na,K-ATPase is a vital animal cell-membrane protein that maintains the cell’s resting potential, among other functions. Cardenolides, a group of potent plant toxins, bind to and inhibit this pump. The gene encoding the α-subunit of the pump has undergone duplication events in some insect species known to feed on plants containing cardenolides. Here we… (More)
DOI: 10.1186/s12862-017-1097-6

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