Functional CpG methylation system in a social insect
Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
Medical Subject Headings
Amino Acid Sequence; Animals; Base Composition; Bees; Computational Biology; DNA; DNA (Cytosine-5-)-Methyltransferase; *DNA Methylation; DNA-Binding Proteins; Dinucleoside Phosphates; Genes, Insect; Genome, Insect; Insect Proteins; Molecular Sequence Data
Bioinformatics | Cell Biology | Developmental Biology | Molecular Biology | Molecular Genetics
DNA methylation systems are well characterized in vertebrates, but methylation in Drosophila melanogaster and other invertebrates remains controversial. Using the recently sequenced honey bee genome, we present a bioinformatic, molecular, and biochemical characterization of a functional DNA methylation system in an insect. We report on catalytically active orthologs of the vertebrate DNA methyltransferases Dnmt1 and Dnmt3a and b, two isoforms that contain a methyl-DNA binding domain, genomic 5-methyl-deoxycytosine, and CpG-methylated genes. The honey bee provides an opportunity to study the roles of methylation in social contexts.
Rights and Permissions
Citation: Science. 2006 Oct 27;314(5799):645-7. Link to article on publisher's site
Wang, Ying; Jorda, Mireia; Jones, Peter L.; Maleszka, Ryszard; Ling, Xu; Robertson, Hugh M.; Mizzen, Craig A.; Peinado, Miguel A.; and Robinson, Gene E., "Functional CpG methylation system in a social insect" (2006). Peter Jones Lab Publications. 6.