Cervoni 2017 J Exp Biol

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Cervoni MS, Cardoso-Júnior CAM, Craveiro G, Souza AO, Alberici LC, Hartfelder K (2017) Mitochondrial capacity, oxidative damage and hypoxia gene expression are associated with age-related division of labor in honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) workers. J Exp Biol 220:4035-46.

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Cervoni MS, Cardoso-Junior CAM, Craveiro G, Souza AO, Alberici LC, Hartfelder K (2017) J Exp Biol

Abstract: During adult life, honey bee workers undergo a succession of behavioral states. Nurse bees perform tasks inside the nest, and when they are about 2-3 weeks old they initiate foraging. This switch is associated with alterations in diet, and with the levels of juvenile hormone and vitellogenin circulating in hemolymph. It is not clear whether this behavioral maturation involves major changes at the cellular level, such as mitochondrial activity and the redox environment in the head, thorax and abdomen. Using high-resolution respirometry, biochemical assays and RT-qPCR, we evaluated the association of these parameters with this behavioral change. We found that tissues from the head and abdomen of nurses have a higher oxidative phosphorylation capacity than those of foragers, while for the thorax we found the opposite situation. As higher mitochondrial activity tends to generate more H2O2, and H2O2 is known to stabilize HIF-1α, this would be expected to stimulate hypoxia signaling. The positive correlation that we observed between mitochondrial activity and hif-1α gene expression in abdomen and head tissue of nurses would be in line with this hypothesis. Higher expression of antioxidant enzyme genes was observed in foragers, which could explain their low levels of protein carbonylation. No alterations were seen in nitric oxide (NO) levels, suggesting that NO signaling is unlikely to be involved in behavioral maturation. We conclude that the behavioral change seen in honey bee workers is reflected in differential mitochondrial activities and redox parameters, and we consider that this can provide insights into the underlying aging process.

Keywords: Honeybee, High-resolution respirometry, Redox state, Hypoxia signaling, Nitric oxide Bioblast editor: Kandolf G


Labels: MiParea: Respiration 



Preparation: Intact cells 


Coupling state: LEAK, ROUTINE, OXPHOS, ET  Pathway: N, ROX  HRR: Oxygraph-2k 

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