Analyses on the fungus-farming termite, Macrotermes natalensis

Mark Harrison, Mireille Vassuer-Cognet, Sarah Seite, David Sillam-Dussès, Roland Lupoli, Alain Robert, Laure-Anne Poissonnier, Tom Van Dooren, Arnaud Lemainque, David Renault, Sebastien Acket, Muriel Andrieu, Jose Viscarra, Hei Sook Sul, Wilhelm De Beer & Erich Bornberg-Bauer
Kings and queens of eusocial termites can live for decades, while queens sustain a nearly maximal fertility. To investigate the molecular mechanisms underlying their long lifespan, we carried out transcriptomics, lipidomics and metabolomics in Macrotermes natalensis on sterile short-lived workers, long-lived kings and five stages spanning twenty years of adult queen maturation. Reproductives share gene expression differences from workers in agreement with a reduction of several aging-related processes, involving upregulation of DNA damage repair and...
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