Vitellogenin Underwent Subfunctionalization to Acquire Caste and Behavioral Specific Expression in the Harvester Ant Pogonomyrmex barbatus

@inproceedings{Corona2013VitellogeninUS,
  title={Vitellogenin Underwent Subfunctionalization to Acquire Caste and Behavioral Specific Expression in the Harvester Ant Pogonomyrmex barbatus},
  author={Miguel Corona and Romain Libbrecht and Yannick Wurm and Oksana Riba-Grognuz and Romain A. Studer and Laurent Keller},
  booktitle={PLoS genetics},
  year={2013}
}
The reproductive ground plan hypothesis (RGPH) proposes that the physiological pathways regulating reproduction were co-opted to regulate worker division of labor. Support for this hypothesis in honeybees is provided by studies demonstrating that the reproductive potential of workers, assessed by the levels of vitellogenin (Vg), is linked to task performance. Interestingly, contrary to honeybees that have a single Vg ortholog and potentially fertile nurses, the genome of the harvester ant… CONTINUE READING
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