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Identification and characterization of odorant binding proteins in the diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella

Cai, L‐J, Zheng, L‐S, Huang, Y‐P, Xu, W. and You, M‐S (2020) Identification and characterization of odorant binding proteins in the diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella. Insect Science .

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Odorant binding proteins (OBPs) are a group of soluble proteins functioning as odorant carriers in insect antennae, mouth parts and other chemosensory organs. However, multiple insect OBPs have been detected in other tissues and various functions have been proposed. Therefore, a detailed expression profile including stages, tissues and sexes where OBPs are expressed will assist in building the links to their potential functions, enhancing the functional studies of insect OBPs. Here, we identified 39 putative OBP genes from its genome and transcriptome sequences of diamondback moth (DBM), Plutella xylostella . The expression patterns of identified PxylOBPs were further investigated from eggs, larvae, pupae, virgin adults, mated adults, larval midgut, larval heads, adult antennae, adult heads and adult tarsi. Moreover, P. xylostella larvae and adults with and without host plants for 5 h were utilized to study the interactions between OBP expression and host plants. The results showed that most PxylOBPs were highly expressed in male and female adult antennae. The expression levels of certain PxyOBPs could be regulated by mating activities and feeding host plants. This study advances our knowledge of P. xylostella OBPs, which may help develop new strategies for more environmentally sustainable management of P. xylostella.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Agricultural Sciences
Publisher: Wiley
Copyright: © 2020 Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
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