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Ubx promotes corbicular development in Apis mellifera

Overview of attention for article published in Biology Letters, January 2014
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Title
Ubx promotes corbicular development in Apis mellifera
Published in
Biology Letters, January 2014
DOI 10.1098/rsbl.2013.1021
Pubmed ID
Authors

V. Medved, Z. Y. Huang, A. Popadic, Victor Medved, Zachary Y. Huang, Aleksandar Popadić

Abstract

The key morphological feature that distinguishes corbiculate bees from other members of the Apidae family is the presence of the corbicula (pollen basket) on the tibial segment of hind legs. Here, we show that in the honeybee (Apis mellifera), the depletion of the gene Ultrabithorax (Ubx) by RNAi transforms the corbicula from a smooth, bristle-free concave structure to one covered with bristles. This is accompanied by a reduction of the pollen press, which is located on the basitarsus and used for packing the pollen pellet as well as a loss of the orderly arrangement of the rows of bristles that form the pollen comb. All these changes make the overall identity of workers' T3 legs assume that of the queen. Furthermore, in a corbiculate bee of a different genus, Bombus impatiens, Ubx expression is also localized in T3 tibia and basitarsus. These observations suggest that the evolution of the pollen gathering apparatus in corbiculate bees may have a shared origin and could be traced to the acquisition of novel functions by Ubx, which in Apis were instrumental for subsequent castes and behavioural differentiation.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Germany 1 4%
Unknown 22 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 3 13%
Researcher 2 9%
Student > Bachelor 1 4%
Unknown 17 74%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Environmental Science 3 13%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 3 13%
Unknown 17 74%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 17. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 03 April 2017.
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#485,319
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#15
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