Transfer of paternal mitochondrial DNA during fertilization of honeybee (Apis mellifera L.) eggs

@article{Meusel2004TransferOP,
  title={Transfer of paternal mitochondrial DNA during fertilization of honeybee (Apis mellifera L.) eggs},
  author={Michael S. Meusel and Robin F. A. Moritz},
  journal={Current Genetics},
  year={2004},
  volume={24},
  pages={539-543}
}
Strict maternal inheritance of mitochondrial (mt) DNA is believed to be the rule in most eukaryotic organisms because of exclusion of paternal mitochondria from the egg cytoplasm during fertilization. In honeybees, polyspermic fertilization occurs, and many spermatozoa, including their mitochondria-rich flagellum, can completely penetrate the egg, thus allowing for a possibly high paternal leakage. In order to identify paternal mtDNA in honeybee eggs, restriction fragment length polymorphisms… 

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