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Feminizing Wolbachia endosymbiont disrupts maternal sex chromosome inheritance in a butterfly species [Evolution Letters]

Keywords : butterfly, chromosome inheritance, sex determination, Wolbachia

par Frédéric Magné - publié le

Wolbachia is a maternally inherited ubiquitous endosymbiotic bacterium of arthropods that displays a diverse repertoire of host reproductive manipulations. For the first time, we demonstrate that Wolbachia manipulates sex chromosome inheritance in a sexually reproducing insect. Eurema mandarina butterfly females on Tanegashima Island, Japan, are infected with the wFem Wolbachia strain and produce all-female offspring, while antibiotic treatment results in male offspring.(...)

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