Cytoplasmic incompatability in Drosophila melanogaster due to different Wolbachia genotypes

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Wolbachia is an endosymbiont prevalent among different arthropoda and in some Nematoda species. The bacteria ads across the populations of host species via induction of reproductive abnormalities: cytoplasmic incompatability, parthenogenesis, feminization, and male killing. we estimated the level of cytoplasmic incompatability in Drosophila melanogaster caused by three most prevalent Wolbachia genotypes, namely wmel, wmelCS и wmelCS2. wmel and wmelCS genotypes were shown to cause mild cytoplasmic incompatibility (< 10 %), while wmelCS Wolbachia were unable to do so. Possible mechanisms of sustainability of Wolbachia in the populations of Drosophila melanogaster are discussed.

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Yury Y Ilinsky

Institute of Cytology and Genetics SB RAS, Novosibirsk, Novosibirsk Oblast, RF

Email: 630090, Novosibirsk, Lavrentyeva pr., 10. Russia

Ilya K Zakharov

Institute of Cytology and Genetics SB RAS, Novosibirsk, Novosibirsk Oblast, RF

Email: 630090, Novosibirsk, Lavrentyeva pr., 10. Russia


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