Data from: Duplication and diversification of trehalase confers evolutionary advantages on lepidopteran insects

Yanyan Zhou, Xiaotong Li, Susumu Katsuma, Yusong Xu, Liangen Shi, Toru Shimada & Huabing Wang
Gene duplication provides a major source of new genes for evolutionary novelty and ecological adaptation. However, the maintenance of duplicated genes and their relevance to adaptive evolution has long been debated. Insect trehalase (Treh) plays key roles in energy metabolism, growth, and stress recovery. Here, we show that the duplication of Treh in Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) is linked with their adaptation to various environmental stresses. Generally, two Treh genes are present in insects: Treh1...
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