Dec 1, 1995

Isoenzymes related to flight activity in Tetragonisca angustula (Hymenoptera:Apidae:Meliponinae): evidence of postranslational modification of the hexokinase and detection of new glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase variants

Biochemical Genetics
E B Castanheira, E P Contel


To detect genetic markers, electrophoretic analyses were carried out on Tetragonisca angustula, a stingless bee well adapted to its wide area of occurrence, which is becoming economically important because of the quality of its honey. Polymorphism of the enzyme hexokinase was detected and it was demonstrated that, although it presents two bands in meliponines, this enzyme is under the control of a single locus whose product probably undergoes postranslational modification. The more common allele occurs in the two Tetragonisca subspecies studied here, but the other seems to be characteristic of only one subspecies. Four variants involving the two glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase loci are also described. These two enzymes share the property of presenting two electrophoretic bands, one of which is characteristic of actively flying adult thoraces.

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Behavior, Animal
Enzymes, antithrombotic
Post-Translational Protein Processing
Malate Dehydrogenase
Glycerol-3-Phosphate Dehydrogenase
Genetic Markers

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