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Do social insects support Haig's kin theory for the evolution of genomic imprinting?

Pegoraro, M, Marshall, H, Lonsdale, ZN and Mallon, EB (2017) Do social insects support Haig's kin theory for the evolution of genomic imprinting? Epigenetics, 12 (9). pp. 725-742. ISSN 1559-2308

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Although numerous imprinted genes have been described in several lineages, the phenomenon of genomic imprinting presents a peculiar evolutionary problem. Several hypotheses have been proposed to explain gene imprinting, the most supported being Haig’s kinship theory. This theory explains the observed pattern of imprinting and the resulting phenotypes as a competition for resources between related individuals, but despite its relevance it has not been independently tested. Haig’s theory predicts that gene imprinting should be present in eusocial insects in many social scenarios. These lineages are therefore ideal for testing both the theory’s predictions and the mechanism of gene imprinting. Here we review the behavioral evidence of genomic imprinting in eusocial insects, the evidence of a mechanism for genomic imprinting and finally we evaluate recent results showing parent of origin allele specific expression in honeybees in the light of Haig’s theory.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0604 Genetics, 0601 Biochemistry And Cell Biology, 1101 Medical Biochemistry And Metabolomics
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH426 Genetics
Divisions: Natural Sciences & Psychology (closed 31 Aug 19)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2018 09:44
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 10:34
DOI or ID number: 10.1080/15592294.2017.1348445
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8468
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