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The honey bee epigenomes: differential methylation of brain DNA in queens and workers

Lyko, Frank; Foret, Sylvain; Kucharski, Robert; Wolf, Stephan; Falckenhayn, Cassandra; Maleszka, Ryszard


In honey bees (Apis mellifera) the behaviorally and reproductively distinct queen and worker female castes derive from the same genome as a result of differential intake of royal jelly and are implemented in concert with DNA methylation. To determine if these very different diet-controlled phenotypes correlate with unique brain methylomes, we conducted a study to determine the methyl cytosine (mC) distribution in the brains of queens and workers at single-base-pair resolution using shotgun...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010-11-02
Type: Journal article
Source: PLoS Biology
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1000506


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