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Molecular Model Systems in the Lepidoptera - Marian R. Goldsmith

Molecular Model Systems in the Lepidoptera

By: Marian R. Goldsmith (Editor), Adam S. Wilkins (Editor)

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The contributors present a diverse collection of chapters on basic research at the molecular level using Lepidoptera as model systems. This volume, however, is more than just a compendium of information about insect systems in general, or the Lepidoptera in particular. Each chapter is a self-contained treatment of a broad subject area, providing sufficient background information to give readers a sense of the guiding principles and central questions associated with each topic, in addition to major methodologies and findings. Comparisons with other major model systems are emphasized, with special attention given to the fruitfly Drosophila melanogaster. Topics include: an historical overview of research using Lepidopteran models, silkworm genetics, mobile elements of Lepidopteran genomes, experimental embryogenesis and homeotic genes, hormone action in the central nervous system, the molecular genetics of moth olfaction, and use of engineered baculoviruses for basic biological studies and insect pest control.

'This book succeeds extremely well in highlighting the research carried out with moths and butterflies ... each chapter provides a broad overview of an important area in lepidopteran research.' James B. Nardi, Science

List of contributors
Preface
A brief history of Lepidoptera as model systems
Genetics of the silkworm: revisiting an ancient model system
Mobile elements of lepidopteran genomes
Lepidopteran phylogeny and applications to comparative studies of development
A summary of lepidopteran embryogenesis and experimental embryology
Roles of homeotic genes in the Bombyx body plan
Chorion genes: an overview of their structure, function, and transcriptional regulation
Chorion genes: molecular models of evolution
Regulation of the silk protein genes and the homeobox genes in silk gland development
Control of transcription by Bombyx mori RNA polymerase III
Hormonal regulation of gene expression during lepidopteran development
Lepidoptera as model systems for studies of hormone action on the central nervous system
Molecular genetics of moth olfaction: a model for cellular identity and temporal assembly of the nervous system
Molecular biology of the immune response
Engineered baculoviruses: molecular tools for lepidopteran developmental biology and physiology and potential agents for insect pest control
Epilogue: Lepidopterans as model systems - questions and prospects
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521402491
ISBN-10: 0521402492
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 558
Published: 1st May 2015
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.6 x 18.9  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 1.2