Sex determination in the haplodiploid wasp Nasonia vitripennis (Hymenoptera Chalcidoidea): A critical consideration of models and evidence

Leo W. Beukeboom*, Albert Kamping, Louis van de Zande

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Sex determining mechanisms are highly diverse. Like all Hymenoptera, the parasitic wasp Nasonia vitripennis reproduces by haplodiploidy: males are haploid and females are diploid. Sex in Nasonia is not determined by complementary alleles at sex loci. Evidence for several alternative models is considered. Recent studies on a polyploid and a gynandromorphic mutant strain point to a maternal product that is balanced against the number of chromosomal complements in the zygote and a parent-specific (imprinting) effect. Research is now focused on the molecular details of sex determination in Nasonia. (c) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)371-378
Aantal pagina's8
TijdschriftSeminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
Nummer van het tijdschrift3
StatusPublished - jun.-2007

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