The ceratotoxin gene family in the medfly Ceratitis capitata and the Natal fruit fly Ceratitis rosa (Dipera : Tephritidae)

Rosetto M., Marchini D., De Filippis T., Ciolfi S., Frati F., Quilici Serge, Dallai R.. 2003. The ceratotoxin gene family in the medfly Ceratitis capitata and the Natal fruit fly Ceratitis rosa (Dipera : Tephritidae). Heredity, 90 (5) : pp. 382-389.

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Abstract : Ceratotoxins (Ctxs) are a family of antibacterial sex-specific peptides expressed in the female reproductive accessory glands of the Mediterranean fruit fly Ceratitis capitata. As a first step in the study of molecular evolution of Ctx genes in Ceratitis, partial genomic sequences encoding four distinct Ctx precursors have been determined. In addition, anti-Escherichia coli activity very similar to that of the accessory gland secretion from C. capitata was found in the accessory gland secretion from Ceratitis (Pterandrus) rosa. SDS-PAGE analysis of the female reproductive accessory glands from C. rosa showed a band with a molecular mass (3 kDa) compatible with that of Ctx peptides, also slightly reacting with an anti-Ctx serum. Four nucleotide sequences encoding Ctx-like precursors in C. rosa were determined. Sequence and phylogenetic analyses show that Ctxs from C. rosa fall into different groups as C. capitata Ctxs. Our results suggest that the evolution of the ceratotoxin gene family might be viewed as a combination of duplication events that occurred prior to and following the split between C. capitata and C. rosa. Genomic hybridization demonstrated the presence of multiple Ctx-like sequences in C. rosa, but low-stringency Southern blot analyses failed to recover members of this gene family in other tephritid flies. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Culture fruitière, Insecte déprédateur des fruits, Ceratitis capitata, Ceratitis, Tephritidae, Gène, Peptide, Propriété antimicrobienne, réplication, Immunité, Évolution, Toxine, Génétique

Mots-clés complémentaires : Mouche des fruits, Ceratitis rosa

Classification Agris : F30 - Plant genetics and breeding
H10 - Pests of plants

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Rosetto M., University of Siena (ITA)
  • Marchini D., University of Siena (ITA)
  • De Filippis T., University of Siena (ITA)
  • Ciolfi S., University of Siena (ITA)
  • Frati F., University of Siena (ITA)
  • Quilici Serge, CIRAD-FLHOR-ARF (REU)
  • Dallai R., University of Siena (ITA)

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  • Document en bibliothèque
  • Localisation du document : CD_BR12130 [(Bibliothèque de Lavalette)] ; RN_BR580 [(Centre de Ressources 3P (La Réunion))]

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