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Study on molecular mechanism underlying longevity of queens in honeybees.

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Masaki Kamakura

Research Site Toyama Prefectural University
Department of Biotechnology, Faculty of Engineering/Biotechnology Research Center
Associate Professor


Honeybees seem to be suitable for investigating mechanism of longevity regulation since the difference between longevity of queens and that of workers is more than 20 times. The aim of this study is to elucidate molecular mechanism of longevity regulation in queens by investigating how various factors which function downstrem of a queen-inducing factor, royalactin, small RNA and histone modification factors are involved in longevity regulation and chromatin modification.