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Expression patterns of the glycogen phosphorylase gene related to larval diapause in Ostrinia furnacalis

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Martin EdwardsORCiD



Glycogen phosphorylase (GP) acts in the first step in release of glucose from glycogen, a form of energy storage for most organisms. To investigate the characteristics and expression pattern of GP gene (Ofgp) in the Asian corn borer, Ostrinia furnacalis (Guenée), larvae, we cloned and analyzed tissue transcription of Ofgp. The results indicate that the open reading frame (ORF) is 2,526 bp, encoding 841 amino acid. The calculated three-dimensional structure shows 33 α-helices and 24 β-sheets. Ofgp transcription levels varied significantly during the second to fifth instars under long-day (28°C, 16:8 L:D photoperiod, and 70–80% relative humidity (RH)) and short-day (24.5°C, 11:13 L:D photoperiod, and 70–80% RH) conditions, remained low during the prediapause phase, and then increased after about 36 d under short-day photoperiod. In the larvae reared under long-day condition, hemolymph ranked the highest in the transcript level of Ofgp. The highest transcription was recorded in the fat body and was lower in the other tissues in larvae reared under short-day condition. We found that Ofgp transcription increased linearly from October 2012 to January 2013. The transcript level was negatively correlated with environmental temperature. We infer the higher Ofgp transcription may enhance the cold hardiness of the diapause larvae.

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Author(s): Guo J, Zhang H, Edwards M, Wang Z, Bai S, He K

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology

Year: 2016

Issue: Early View

Online publication date: 08/01/2016

Acceptance date: 08/01/2016

Date deposited: 05/02/2016

ISSN (print): 0739-4462

ISSN (electronic): 1520-6327

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


DOI: 10.1002/arch.21318


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2010CB951503National 973 Program of the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People's Republic of China