Transfection of Wolbachia in Lepidoptera: the feminizer of the adzuki bean borer Ostrinia scapulalis causes male killing in the Mediterranean flour moth Ephestia kuehniella.

@article{Fujii2001TransfectionOW,
  title={Transfection of Wolbachia in Lepidoptera: the feminizer of the adzuki bean borer Ostrinia scapulalis causes male killing in the Mediterranean flour moth Ephestia kuehniella.},
  author={Yukiko Fujii and Daisuke Kageyama and Sugihiko Hoshizaki and Hajime Ishikawa and Tetsuhiko Sasaki},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2001},
  volume={268 1469},
  pages={855-9}
}
Two species of Lepidoptera, Ostrinia scapulalis and Ephestia kuehniella, harbour Wolbachia, which are maternally transmitted intracellular bacteria that often cause reproductive abnormalities in arthropods. While the infection in O. scapulalis causes conversion of genetic males into functional females (feminization), that in E. kuehniella induces cytoplasmic incompatibility. In the present study, we investigated the relative importance of host and Wolbachia factors in the differential… CONTINUE READING
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